Space Opera Needs To Be Big
This is a basic truism. (And one that Star Wars really started to fail at with the prequels.) You have an entire galaxy to play in. There is no reason to keep things small. George Lucas started going off the rails when his vast, sweeping space opera became about one small family and the same handful of planets.
The problem is more widespread than just Star Wars. It’s enough of a problem in science fiction that there’s an entire TV Tropes page about it. (Warning: time sink) Some of the more recent space opera franchise films have been really, really bad about it. Continue reading