Just rewatched for the first time in probably ten years. Not everything holds up IMO—some of the self-aware remix-culture jokes step on the emotional beats—but it's still maybe the best deconstruction of fandom self-loathing ever made.
It's really, really sad how much its portrayal of fan masochism still rings true. The obsessive, self-righteous rage it was critiquing in a post-TPM context is just as strong almost two decades later for the new movies*—rather than learning from prequel hate, the community doubled down. "Which came first, Star Wars or the cynicism?"
I see a lot of myself in Tom—specifically me from around eight years ago or so who was just absolutely obnoxious in their self-flagellating, performative hatred for George Lucas. Realizing how similar we were was one of the things that got me off the ledge re: my obsession with the franchise, which I remain extremely grateful for.
On the fun side, it's retroactively become this weird period artifact of the fanfilm community, which is only strengthened by the fact that the only place you can get a copy is the TFN archive. 'Twas a simpler time. (That said, I hope Chris has a backup copy somewhere just in case.)
*this is specifically referring to the toxic internet discourse continuously going on at scream-level about movies that are already several years old, not people who just don't like the Disney movies, tbc
Last edited by Abbie (2019-09-11 14:41:42)