What will Stuart Sweet do since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is streaming on Disney+?
Sure, that seems like a simple question. But when it comes to streaming and Stuart, nothing is easy. The issue of the latest Star Wars movie, also known as Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker, is a perfect example. But rest assured, I’m here to clarify things a bit and show you that all is well in the world of streaming.
Stuart and Star Wars
If this was a Facebook relationship, it would easily be classified as “it’s complicated.” You see, my colleague is a sci-fi fan from way back. I’ve seen the bookshelf behind him during various video conferences. It’s filled with every type of sci-fi book, DVD, and collectible action figure known to man. He really geeks out on that stuff and there’s nothing wrong with that. So, what’s the problem?
Stuart is a true-blue Trekkie. In the ongoing fanboy culture war, he’s squarely on the side of Captains Kirk, Picard, and other Federation bigwigs. The fact that he also wants to watch the latest Star Wars show is both a guilty pleasure and a dirty little secret. (Well, until now, that is.) So far, that’s still not a huge problem, right? Keep reading because things are about to get crazy.
The “Problem” is Disney+
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that Stuart is not a fan of this streaming service. You might remember when he shared a less-than-stellar review of it on this blog. This put me in the position of having to defend Disney+ (sort of) even though I don’t have it. Things got a little awkward between us after that, which brings me to what this post is all about. Here’s the REAL problem with Stuart and The Rise of Skywalker:
Getting Disney+ is the only way he can watch this show, without paying for an expensive rental. Stuart never does that, ever.
No one wants to go back on their word. If Stuart got Disney+ and wrote about it in this blog, someone would call him out in the comments sections. Sure, he could get it on the sneak and not say a word about it but he’d still have to live with himself. As I see it, the only option for him is to continue to stew, no pun intended, over the movie that will never be… at least for him. Disney owns Star Wars and he’ll have to pay to play; it’s as simple as that.
The Streaming Solution for All of Us
Stuart’s Star Wars dilemma has grounded him to a halt. For the rest of us, this year promises a lot of great programs to stream. That’s definitely the case for anyone who’s excited about the upcoming release of HBO Max. Ironically, Stuart put up a post about this very topic on April 22, 2020. Personally, I think this will be a great delivery system for HBO’s amazing original programming.
Speaking of HBO originals, here are some titles that look promising:
- Bad Education
- Lovecraft Country
- Perry Mason
- The Undoing
Most of these trailers aren’t exactly ideal for sharing here. You should check them out, and you can find them all on YouTube. Trust me when I say that the future of original programming continues to look great at HBO. And with HBO Max right around the corner, there’s that to look forward to. Let’s face it, HBO is the biggest news in streaming this week.
Now, if only we could get “Stubborn Stuart” to shelf his love of sci-fi for a minute so he could enjoy these shows!