Published on: January 16, 2020
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Hi, Kevin Coupe here, and this is FaceTime with the Content Guy … coming to you quite literally from the road this week. It has been a busy week, and so I took advantage of the rare quiet moment to record this video.
Back before the Christmas holidays, I had a chance to go see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and review it here; I wasn't wild about it. While there were some good moments, I thought it ultimately was an unsatisfying conclusion to three trilogies about the Skywalker clan.
After spending some time thinking about the movie, I was able to figure out why I like the Star Trek movies and TV shows more than I like most of the Star Wars sagas. At their best, the Star Trek stories are about people, and the Star Wars films are about myths … and I prefer stories about people. I don't think there is a right or wrong, just personal preference. And I like Star Trek, which is why I am on pins and needles about "Star Trek: Picard." which premieres next Thursday. I can't wait.
That said, I must admit to having seen Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker twice. Once on its opening night, by myself, and then again about a week ago, when I went with Mrs. Content Guy, who wanted to see it.
I'm glad I did, because I learned an important lesson from the second experience.
When the movie was over, Mrs. Content Guy - fully aware of my nitpicking tendencies and dissatisfaction with the film - said she liked it, that as a causal fan, it did everything she could ask in wrapping up an extended nine-film story. She wasn't arguing with me and my perceptions, just letting me know that there was a different way to look at the movie. For the more casual fan, it worked.
And then, as we were leaving the theater, there was a man and a little kid walking nearby, and I heard the kid say, "But Dad, I don't understand. What happened to Jar Jar?"
Now, for the uninitiated, Jar Jar Binks was introduced in the second trilogy of films, which was about events that took place before the first trilogy of films. He was a CGI-created Gungan who was widely hated by fans and must-criticized for characteristics that veered into racial caricature. Pretty much nobody liked Jar Jar.
But for this little kid, Jar Jar was an important character, and she wanted to know what happened to him, and why he wasn't part of this movie.
Both Mrs. Content Guy and this little kid demonstrated an important point that also is a business lesson - that you can't always assume that everybody sees things the same way. One has to allow for the possibility that what we don't like, other people will love, and what we love may not be appreciated by other people. That doesn't mean we shouldn't have opinions or standards or make decisions based on our own taste. But come to the decision-making process with a little humility, and understanding that even after decisions are made, we may have to do a little listening.
That's what is on my mind this morning. As always, I want to hear what is on your mind.
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