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January 14, 2020

Get Woke, Go Broke: Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Star Trek Are Now All Dead Brands Due to Identity Politics

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will limp past a billion, maybe today, but that's about all it will make. Theaters are dropping it, and it's making smaller and smaller amounts every week, with big drops weekend-to-weekend.

It's made less money every single weekend than both previous films in this #FakeNews trilogy, and it's even making less money than the non-trilogy "Rogue One."

In fact, it's expected it will make less money than Rogue One, becoming the fourth most money making films out of five -- only Solo, which lost money, made less.

It's a big deal that it's making less money than Rogue One, because that's one of the freestanding spinoff movies, which were never expected to make more money than the main-storyline trilogy films.

But Disney Star Wars' failure is now complete:

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker earned another $2.4 million on Wednesday, dropping 40% from yesterday and a whopping 86% from last Wednesday. That gives Walt Disney and Lucasfilmís Star Wars sequel a $460.9 million domestic cume. The film is officially over the unadjusted $460 million (counting reissues) domestic gross of the first Star Wars beginning back in 1977 ($1.495 billion adjusted), and itíll likely end the weekend above the unadjusted-for-inflation $474 million gross (counting the 2012 3-D reissue) of Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace ($882 million adjusted). Alas, at its rate of descent, it not only wonít get anywhere near The Last Jedi, it won't end up matching the $532 million domestic finish of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Meanwhile, #FakeNews Doctor Who's ratings continue to plummet.

The ratings fell in America:

BBC America's Doctor Who ratings continued to decline with the release of Episode 3 "Orphan 55."

TV Series Finale reports Doctor Who Episode 3 "Orphan 55" had an abysmal .10 rating with total viewers only reaching 468,000.

This is more than a 20% decline from Episode 2, Spyfall: Part Two.

Spyfall: Part Two had a .15 rating and only 589,000 total viewers. That was a more than 25% decline from the premiere which had a .19 rating and 790,000 total viewers.

And ratings are dropping like a stone in the UK, too:

In the United Kingdom, Doctor Who News reports the "Orphan 55" episode was watched by 4.19 million viewers. Radio Times previously reported Spyfall: Part Two had UK viewership at 4.6 million. This is nearly a 10% decline in viewership. Not as substantial as the American audience with BBC America, but still a significant drop off.

In other words, episode 3's ratings were worse than episode 2's, which were worse than episode 1's, which in turn were worse than anything from the previous season.

You don't have to be a Timelord to chart the future ratings of this dying show.

You may have heard -- or not heard -- that Star Trek Discovery was an identity politics trash fire.

Its ratings are very bad, though CBS tries not admit that. The ratings were bad enough that Netflix, which had partnered with them to air the show overseas, laughed them off when they wanted a new financing partnership for the next season.

But Star Trek fans had hoped that the new Star Trek entry, Star Trek Picard, would return to the show's original tone and vision, and without all the politics.

No dice, says decrepit ham Patrick Stewart. The show's going to be about Trump and Brexit, with Star Fleet reimagined as a Galactic Bully that needs to get its nose bloodied by #TheResistance.

The new "Star Trek" series starring Sir Patrick Stewart isnít being explicitly billed as "woke," but it seems the seriesí star, who will reprise his role as the legendary Enterprise captain, Jean-Luc Picard, believes "Star Trek: Picard" will have a message for anti-immigrant leaders and global isolationists.

The series will have a "more pessimistic take" on Starfleet, the quasi-military arm that handles discovery, research, and, generally, law enforcement duties for the United Federation of Planets, according to Newsweek. Stewart described the fictional organization, now years past the events of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and the subsequent Star Trek films, as hopelessly corrupt and cruelly "isolationist" in the face of a galactic refugee crisis.


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"Picard," he notes, is "me responding to the world of Brexit and Trump and feeling, 'Why hasn't the federation changed? Why hasnít Starfleet changed? Maybe they're not as reliable and trustworthy as we all thought."

Stewart goes on to describe both the United Kingdom and the United States as "f***ed."

Can I just say I always thought he was a shitty actor, since the first time I saw him in a minor role in Excalibre, as one of the first knights to swear fealty to Arthur?

He's just hammy and deep-voiced. Everything is always the same with this boring tone of a bad literature teacher reading parts of Paradise Lost to you.

Fans had hoped that this Picard show would return to the tone of The Next Generation, but series producer Robert Kurtzman says the show will be pure #Resistance agitporn, and that that's all by Patrick Stewart's demented demand:

In Jan. 23, CBS All Access will debut "Star Trek: Picard," a series in which Stewart reprises the thoughtful, cultured, bald starship captain he played for seven seasons on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and in a string of four feature films that ended in 2002. The new show is different from its predecessor in nearly every respect -- texture, tone, format, production value, even the likelihood of characters dropping an f-bomb. That's all by design. Stewart's design.

When a producer isn't interested in taking credit but in preemptively affixing blame, that's a sign the project is a disaster.

I can't wait until Bond 25 tanks too. The bonfire of the IPs will be glorious, glorious!

You can't spell "Identity Politics" without IPs, Hollywood decided.

May they go all go broke and be forced to give hand-jays under bridges.


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