When J.J. Abrams began a new Star Wars trilogy in 2015 with a film astoundingly similar to A New Hope, I did not mind the huge parallels for the most part. However, I told myself that if new director Rian Johnson chose to continue the series with another carbon copy of the originals, I could not be so forgiving again.
As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about.
If The Force Awakens was a return to form for Star Wars, then The Last Jedi is a bold departure into a new era. After fans were burned by subpar prequels, Episode