Dumbest Vox Headline Ever

The title of Vox’s review of Rogue One, the new Star Wars movie that tells the story of how the Rebels got the plans for the first Death Star that was destroyed in the original movie released back in 1977,  is perhaps the dumbest headline I’ve ever seen:


Because the fact that it’s been called ‘Star Wars” for the past forty years or so wasn’t enough of a clue apparently.

Be warned there are spoilers in the review so click through at your own peril

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  1. Hal_10000 says:

    Forget it, Jake. It’s Vox.

  2. John Peabody says:

    Most of the action takes place on SPACESHIPS or PLANETS….I haven’t seen one scene of war on a STAR.

  3. KM says:

    If i were a charitable soul, I say the author meant that the emphasis was finally on the horrors of war instead of the optimism that underdog good can conquer overwhelming evil – or perhaps noting they went gritty and bloody instead of super clean laser/lightsaber wounds – and so poorly phrased their headline.

    But its Vox and their headlines always suck.

    Oh well, they tried.

  4. Franklin says:

    @John Peabody: What about the Death Star?

  5. MarkedMan says:

    @John Peabody:

    Most of the action takes place on SPACESHIPS or PLANETS….I haven’t seen one scene of war on a STAR

    Yeah, and almost all of the combatants are humans or aliens. Not a single star is seen fighting…

  6. grumpy realist says:

    I remember dragging my father and one of his friends to see Star Wars when it first came out and they had a BALL. My father said it took all the cliches of every single WWI movie he had ever seen and wrapped them up in a SF coating.

  7. MBunge says:

    So…does Vox actually serve a purpose? I’ve barely read anything there because it’s hard to imagine any value in a place that employs Matt Yglesias, the Internet’s greatest argument against meritocracy, and apparently aspires to be the king of middlebrow explainy pieces.