I honestly can't say I've seen anything like it before. The established rules of the Star Wars universe are ripped up and tossed aside over and over again, and when fans point out the gigantic inconsistencies and plot holes that this causes, they immediately try to paper over the cracks with some bullshit excuse for why things happened the way they did in the movies, usually in a novel or comic that nobody will ever read. Frequently that excuse is pointed out as flimsy at best, so they contradict themselves with another excuse instead. And then to make matters worse, because there seems to be zero internal communication among anyone working for Lucasfilm, you'll often have multiple different excuses at once, making it even harder to figure out what the fuck is supposed to be going on.I mentioned it a few times in the thread on MauLer's vids, but Disney's fuck-ups on Star Wars are a step beyond anything ever seen before as far as fuck-ups go in universe consistency. I'm serious. Let me briefly establish the myriad levels of lore consistency fuck-up and their implications:
A minor fuck-up may derail the train of thought of some audience members and may have minor quibbles, but the rest of the concept remains solid and if writing stays competent, should have no further issue for the remainder of the subplot. At the absolute worst level of damage, it's written off entirely and everyone does their best to pretend it didn't happen or even lampshade it.
A major fuck-up will almost certainly derail the train of thought of an audience member, and may very well be something that needs addressing. A character acting out-of-character can be one of these. A major fuck-up can cause some damage, but traditionally only for those involved with it. The universe is still fine regardless.
A complete fuck-up is a different manner. A complete fuck-up totally details the train of thought of the audience, and causes lasting damage to any current plots and subplots. At this point, the universe itself has taken damage. It's still possible to recover from this, but the window for that happening is closing fast. It will take extremely solid writing to salvage, and if that's not forthcoming, it's going to need retconning.
A critical fuck-up is the biggest and rarest. A violation of universe consistency of this magnitude fucks up the entire work of fiction it's attached to, and damages its attached universe so utterly that retconning it or dumping the thing as non-canon is the only salvation to save the body whole. It is unsalvagable otherwise.
Impossibly, Disney Wars has managed to do the impossible and make something beyond a critical fuck-up. We are now officially in the territory of formerly-only theoretical fuck-up levels. They have managed to not just create a lore inconsistency bad enough to ruin the entire fabric of the universe, but in the attempt to save face, created additional, even bigger ones, with even bigger potential damage inflicted in the process. There is nothing left. Whether you were a fan of the PT, OT, or ST, the series is dead. And yet, it exists, refusing to go away and die.
I have a couple noteworthy examples that come to mind.
Let's start with the firing sequence of Starkiller Base. You have this gigantic planet-sized superweapon that fires a beam so powerful it can shoot across the galaxy and obliterate a system however many light-years away. Okay, pretty overpowered, but whatever. In the Star Wars universe, it's at least plausible. But then, our heroes on whatever-the-fuck-Orange-Yoda's-planet-is-named look up in the sky and can see all of this happening, clear as day. Just as in Abrams Trek, JJ proves he has absolutely no fucking clue how utterly enormous the distances in space are, so people point this out. Then the response: something about the dark energy that Starkiller Base uses warps space-time itself to make it visible to everyone in the galaxy all at once, like some kind of random forced TV broadcast. Did the First Order know this was going to happen? How would you even figure that out without alerting everyone of this superweapon, perhaps before you're ready to use it?
How about Yoda's Force ghost calling down lightning? Not only is this a power we haven't seen before (Force lightning, sure, but that's more of a Sith power and not something that's summoned like you have the G.I. Joe Weather Dominator), it's a Force ghost having physical interaction with the world, something that, to my knowledge, no other Force ghost has ever done. The standard rule for Force ghosts as seen in the films is that they can show up and communicate with Force-sensitive people, but that's pretty much the limit of what they can do. But now here's Yoda's ghost calling down lightning like it's no big deal. From what I recall, they didn't even bother coming up with an excuse for this one, but if there is one, let me know.
And of course, we certainly can't forget the lunacy that is the Holdo Maneuver, probably the biggest fuck you to the lore in these movies. Now, I'm not sure what all the lore has to say about hyperspace and how hyperdrives work, but I'd guess that a smart author at some point thought about it and came up with a reason why hyperspace ramming wouldn't work. Regardless, that's not all that relevant to this discussion. There's a damn good reason why we haven't seen hyperspace ramming in Star Wars before: it renders space battles completely fucking pointless. Why bother amassing huge fleets or giant superweapons when your opponent could wire a droid brain to a hyperdrive and obliterate your forces with practically zero losses? It ruins the coolness of epic space battles by putting that annoying question in the back of your mind: "why aren't they just ramming it?"
This one deserves extra mention because of how Disney keeps fumbling over themselves trying to keep their canon in check. When fans pointed out how this is something that has never happened in canon before, they came up with an excuse: Admiral Tumblr's ship has experimental shields that interacted somehow with a hyperspace jump and that's how she turned her ship into a nuke. Okay, but that raises another question: why not get those shields and put them on other ships for easy nukes? And another: why the hell would anyone agree to have such destructive shielding installed on their ship, when an errant jump might wipe out not just everyone on board, but perhaps a whole planet?
So then they retconned their excuse and claimed that it was all just down to timing, that her ship was still partly in real space but moving so fast it just tore through everything. But that raises even more questions. If it's just timing, why not get a droid to run the numbers? If this is how hyperspace jumps work, why has nobody else in thousands of years thought about doing this?
Oh and then there's that throwaway line in episode 9 about how the Holdo Maneuver is "one in a million," but then at the end of the film we see another ship doing it, so I guess it's probably not all that hard after all, and now every single battle in Star Wars is just going to boil down to who can launch their instant-win nuke first.
These people have absolutely no idea what the fuck they're doing, and they've turned Star Wars into the biggest trainwreck in sci-fi history. If there were justice in the world, nobody who wrote any of this bullshit would work again.