A Critique of Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Part 3

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A Critique of Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Part 3 4.5

This is Part 3 of 6 of a series of videos all about Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

We continue where we essentially left off, Han Solo meeting Rey and Finn, leading to the Rathtar's scene. A scene filled with confusing and contradictory writing along with monster meatballs.

Soon after, we progress into the very chunky middle portion of the plot line while taking tangents into The Lord of the Rings, Captain America: Civil War, The Shining, Ready Player One, The Simpsons and more in this 4 hour selection of Star Wars analysis.

The cameos that were present in the older parts have now been removed from current and future instalments because they are drastically out of date - My fault for the production time taking so long. Otherwise, the video is essentially very similar to the two previous parts in form.

The Thumbnail art is courtesy of Oliver Pocock

The artists involved with the merchandise store -

0:00:00 - Introduction.

0:00:51 - Han Solo's reputation.

0:02:08 - The executions of nostalgia in storytelling.

0:09:29 - The miserable tale of Han Solo and his dice.

0:13:28 - Opening up Rey and Han's relationship and what it costs.

0:17:00 - The many mistakes in writing during the Rathtar scene.

0:23:40 - The execution of throwaway lines in storytelling.

0:36:58 - You should go and Watch YMS' video on Kimba: The White Lion.

0:39:18 - Rey solves problems by accident and without requiring appreciation for it.

0:43:22 - Han Solo has been irreparably damaged.

0:46:09 - Who is to blame for the fugitives escaping?

0:47:27 - Addressing (Character X was always incompetent)

0:57:55 - How The First Order's targets are backwards and why.

1:04:04 - The characterisation that was intended and the result.

1:09:59 - Wish fulfilment characters don't have definition. - What are her choices?

1:26:19 - Explaining Luke's disappearance and the map.

1:30:05 - Developing Rey and Han's relationship - What could have been.

1:38:56 - What is ADR and what can we infer about TFA in relation to it?

1:44:33 - The difference in cantina execution between ANH and TFA.

1:45:36 - Maz Kanata is confusing.

1:49:44 - What is Kylo's goal? Why is the helmet here and Anakin is not?

1:54:17 - Infinite product to consume.

2:00:14 - Maz's advice and purpose.

2:01:38 - Addressing Finn's character history and consistency.

2:09:16 - The new Stormtroopers and why they are particularly incompetent.

2:12:09 - Cosmonaut Variety Hour is entirely hypocritical when discussing media.

2:17:50 - How characters are often introduced and understood and how that compares to Rey.

2:20:16 - Anakin's Lightsaber and the Force-back.

2:36:44 - What is the Republic and does this world care?

2:39:57 - The physics/resources of Starkiller base.

2:46:38 - (That's not how space works) how lazy writing can destroy a franchise.

3:01:28 - Maz's motivation?

3:04:01 - Rey has developed sharp shooting and the cantina has been destroyed.

3:12:52 - Rian Johnson's baffling decisions when it comes to deleted scenes and an explanation from Rich Evans.

3:18:04 - Maz vs. Yoda - The difference in creation when comparing the trilogies.

3:21:33 - Finn's encounter with a very specific kind of trooper and what that means.

3:29:10 - Rey is captured by Kylo Ren, How and why?

3:35:29 - A counter to Whataboutism

3:37:45 - The Outro - Links to other content.

3:45:39 - MauLer Merchandise!

3:51:48 - Stingers.

💬 Comments

How could Han make enemies with every faction in the galaxy? Do they not realize how big a galaxy is and how many factions there must be? Even if he lived to be a million years old, he couldn't possibly piss off every single one. There isn't _one_ obscure planet somewhere he could hide out on?

Author — Possum Reviews


Omg those edits!
Worth the wait, will be rewatched soon.

Author — Thorneyed


1:10:27 if you turn on captions you see he mistyped "Leia" with "layer" therefore this whole nearly 4 hours argument is invalid

0/10 would never watch it again

Author — Tiago Lima


Star killer is my second most favorite star wars character. So I was indeed a bit miffed when they uncannonized him and used his name to represent one of the dumbest things I have ever seen.

Author — LordTheCyril


In a way, this isn't just a discussion about the flaws of the Force Awakens exclusively. It is also a discussion about the declining quality of mainline Star Wars franchise as a whole.

Author — Elijah Johnson


*“Why bother putting a Janitor in combat”*

Hey man, don’t give the Government ideas.

Author — Bisexual Ichigo


The way they handled the First Order is such a missed opportunity. In my humble opinion, they should have opted for a relatively small (but big by our standards) group of underground fascist-like Empire terrorist cells causing mayhem in Republic space, not this nonsense that can manage to make the largest known Weapon of Mass Destruction in secret, with seemingly unending funds and manpower. Suddenly you can have a scary Sith appear in Coruscant's sewer system like a maniac, a la Jack the Ripper. Then it may mean something, and carry some weight.

Author — Koko


Remembering Han Solo as the smuggler, it's just so absurd and shits on the OT so hard. Imagine it in other contexts!

"Frodo Baggins! The hero from the War of the Ring?" "Huh, no, the heir to the Baggins estate."

Author — Schwazoom


It's fine, I didn't want to do ANYTHING this weekend anyway.

Author — Cynic Snacks


As someone with ADHD, I'm offended. I'm 100% sure I could have written a better script that the dumpster fire we were given

Author — Dante S. Martin


Kylo: "Grandfather, I'll finish what you started."

Come to think on it.. Kylo could've meant he planned to kill Snoke and the First Order all along... and Palpatine too, I guess.. as a sort of double agent. That would make his struggle more interesting! He has to be evil enough to get close to Snoke but not lose himself entirely to the dark side.

Just one of a million better ideas Disney could've gone with. Seriously, how does Rian still have a job in hollywood after what he did?

Author — Derek Drake


pretty sure abrams and johnson don't know that there is a difference between a solar system and a galaxy

Author — J3D1M1NDTR1CK5


Ladies and Gentlemen, it's been about three months. Which means Mauler should be gracing the world with a new video soon. Fingers crossed.

Author — Ruel Lindsay II


US: "Why is Han poorly handled?"
MauLer: "A good question... for another four hour video."

Author — Jaye Connor


cosmonaut has split personality disorder, its the only explanation that makes sense.

Author — General Grievous


That scene with Carrie and Mark reuniting before Luke’s death being removed really shows how much Rian Johnson shouldn’t have written nor directed the film

Author — Coolbeens 23


A really interesting thought that Rey wasn’t purposefully made so powerful, that it was a product of bad writing decisions over time.

Author — Dustin Harrelson


2:15:04 unsubscribded from Cosmonaut Variety Hour immediately....

Author — Gary Esajas


The idea that the First Order trains its storm troopers from infancy doesn't even make sense. Yes, the clone troopers were trained from birth, but they had the more-or-less unlimited resources of the Galactic Republic. Under more normal circumstances, training the majority of your soldiers for that long is just too big an investment, and the First Order has (or at least should have) far fewer resources than the Republic.
History actually provides us with an example of soldiers trained from infancy, namely the janissaries of the Ottoman Empire. Like the First Order's storm troopers, the janissaries were kidnapped, enslaved, and trained from infancy, but they didn't make up the majority of Ottoman soldiers. They were an elite corps, the equivalent of the Roman Praetorian Guard or the Persian Immortals. Like I said, you just can't afford to give all your soldiers that level of training unless you have infinite resources.

Author — BigBadSeed


"Beating a dead horse?"

No no... this is incineration.

Author — Red Priest