BEEN THERE, SEEN THAT. Terry Teachout has a brief and brutal review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which concludes thusly:

To all this I need only add that the American film industry has now, it would seem, attained the perigee of decadence: it has given us, courtesy of J.J. Abrams, a totally derivative hommage to a totally derivative hommage.

Here endeth the lesson.

Heh. To how understand just how badly self-lobotomized Hollywood has become, despite SW: TFA‘s undeniably derivative nature and plot holes you could drive a Star Destroyer through, it’s likely the most watchable movie in film theaters right now.

Related: “But we now live in the age of the fake nerd and I think that’s where Star Wars fits best. The people that ‘f***ing love science!’ and watch Big Bang Theory can’t shut up about Star Wars. It’s another method to signal their membership in the cult of pseudo-scientism. They may never have made it past geometry in school, but they swear they grew up on comic books and were always a nerd.”