The "Star Wars" franchise first began in 1977 and was created by George Lucas. It gained a huge cult following as it explored such themes as romance, war, and family. The saga has found its way back to the big screen in 2015 with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," and the next installment is due to be released in December this year.

The awkward clash of new and old

The battle between father and son is one is explored across many mediums. It is the crux in character Luke Skywalkers story as he finds out he is the son of Darth Vader. Therefore, it is understandable why they tried to include it in the more recent 2015 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".

However, the chemistry between Harrison Ford (Han) and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) is lackluster as was the death of Han Solo at the hands of his son. For the most part, the scene lacked the emotional tether it was aiming for, as the connection between older Han and the new audience had not had enough time to develop. The reintroduction of fan favorite Han Solo was muddied by this estranged and awkward relationship, which begs the question was this simply a maneuver to knock out another member of the old cast in an effort to re-brand "Star Wars?" Rather than killing off Han Solo, could they not have the new character Ren take over his place on the Millennium Falcon figuratively rather than literally?

How many 'Star Wars' movies is too many?

Over the past few years the franchise has made a real move to come back to relevancy with the release of movies, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", "Rogue One" and the upcoming "Star Wars: The Last Jedi". These films follow the original six predecessors and take place years after their ending.

The first of the "Star Wars" movies was released in 1977," now in 2017 with several movies continuing the franchise; one has to wonder if the continuation of the franchise is more for profit than for plot. As standalone movies, they would not make much sense without the prior viewing of the original six movies. One can argue that these continuations were shout outs to die-hard fans but the hype surrounding movie after movie is beginning to die down.

Would it have been better to make just the one "Star Wars" movie?

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is set for release in December 2017. It remains unclear whether it is the last movie of the franchise or not. The latest installment is set to feature on character Rey as she trains under the guidance of Luke Skywalker. The title of "The Last Jedi" is ominous and leads the audience to believe that this could indeed be the end of the Jedi. However, with the stand-alone movie "Rogue One" focusing on brand new characters, it is entirely possible that the Jedi world will continue into the future.