Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduces plenty of great new characters. I can’t wait to see more of Rey, Finn, Poe, and BB-8. But I’m more than happy to leave behind Maz Kanata, the bar-owner/Yoda stand-in/exposition mouthpiece the film churns out in the second act. What could have been a strong addition to the franchise instead reeks of the film’s attempt to mimic what works well in the previous movies. In the case of Maz, it’s like director J.J. Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan were trying to have it all, and they end up getting nothing.
Here are a few of the problems I have with Ms. Kanata:
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