Solo Trailer:My thoughts

Solo is the second Star Wars anthology (or “Story”) film, following December 2016’s Rogue One, and the fourth Disney Star Wars film overall. However, while R1 had a roughly smooth path to the big screen-as did Force Awakens and Last Jedi-Solo had some problems….

In the middle of production, the film’s two directors-Phil Lord and Chris Miller-known for their “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” “21 Jump Street” series as well as the acclaimed “Lego movie” (Which featured Star Wars characters in it making a cameo appearance) were replaced, as Disney felt that they were trying to make the film too much of a comedy.

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While most of the cast-and probably a good amount of footage-was retained, director Ron Howard-whose experience spans decades-and he’s a longtime Lucasfilm collaborator as well. Most famously as the director of Willow…


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….but also for American Graffiti, pretty much the project that allowed Lucas to truly break into the mainstream and get backing for “Star Wars”… (a great deal of early Star Wars marketing centered around “It’s from the America Graffiti guy!”)

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…and of course inspired Ron’s later sitcom, “Happy Days”

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….was brought onboard to salvage the film. The trailer is really our first major look. The film arrives in May, making it the first of the Disney films to really be released in the traditional Memorial Day weekend that the Lucas-produced entries had (Every Disney Star Wars film-despite some early targets for  memorial day for TFA and TLJ-has been released in December. Probably marketing has something to do with it-Christmas and all!)


My thoughts on some shots, in no particular order.

Chewbacca’s bandolier here is a bit different, closely resembling the Wookie armor in “Revenge of the Sith”. Funny thing is, Chewie’s in that movie too and mainly just has his classic look.

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Looks like Han’s got the dark winter coat look again.

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Han in some sort of landspeeder seen a few times in the trailer.

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Once again bringing up “Grafitti”, kind of looks similar to Harrison’s character in that. Wouldn’t be surprised if it was deliberate, knowing Ron. (“Grafitti” is also referenced quite a few times in the various films, most notably in “Attack of the Clones” which features some slight 1950’s touches in it’s Coruscant scenes).

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The more pristine looking Falcon interior. Presumably, this is when Lando owned the ship.

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Considering his later venture, not surprising it’s super clean. (Cloud City-apart from maybe the Carbon freezing chamber-looks a lot less “used universe” than other OT locations).

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Speaking of Lando, like the old “Legends” materials, looks like Lando is teamed with a droid as his co-pilot. Possibly a female droid too (Well, although Droids don’t really have gender, maybe one programmed as female), as Pheobe Waller is part of the cast and said to play a droid character (She’s not the first “female” droid in the series of course, but  maybe the first one to really be a main character).

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I’m pretty sure that hand gesture they’re making is the same one Lando makes in ROTJ.

The look of the droid kind of looks a bit like a full body R2-unit (especially the head, but the legs and midsection also bear some resemblance.

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The design also reminds me a bit of Leebo, a character who appeared in the “Shadows of the Empire” storyline, as co-pilot of Dash Rendar, who, like Han, is a “mercenary with a heart of gold” (and often criticized for being the story’s Han stand-in).

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Back to Lando, he’s got a nice coat of his own…

As well as what seems to be his main look, a yellow shirt.



The Empire of course makes an appearance. I’m guessing this is sort of half-way between ROTS and Star Wars on the timeline scale of things. Han signing up for Imperial flight school is actually something that’s been associated with the character for a very long time….it’s part of some story notes Lucas wrote as guidelines for some of the comics and novels, and was elaborated on a bit in AC Crispin’s Han Solo trilogy, as well as the Chewbacca miniseries.

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In the Legends stuff, Han was trained by Baron Fel, a character who marries Wedge’s sister, and eventually they raise a rather large family, with one of Fel’s sons marrying Han’s daughter (and only surviving child) Jaina. And people say the prequels make the SW universe small!

Kind of curious about this creature, that looks a bit like a mix between Maz and an orangutan. I’m guessing this could be the original look of the Falcon’s gunner stations, although not quite sure on that.

…and of course, something almost every Star Wars film has…a weird bar/club.

One of the best things about the new Disney films-even if many disagree with the direction they’ve taken-is that they’ve got some really great Star Destroyer shots-Rogue One in particular of course had the interesting visual of the Destroyer over the city (Packing up what’s left of the Kyber crystals) as well as an ESB like shadow reveal of the Death Star dwarfing these things….and of course Vader’s arrival at Scarif.

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Here we see it in some strange (atmospheric? Space?) clouds, appearing to pursue the Falcon, which of course becomes a major Imperial pasttime in ESB.


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And like Disney’s other films, we’ve got a new TIE fighter. This one appears to have an extended hull, but not quite one like the TIE bomber. Red cockpit too, which is something we normally see on the First Order TIEs.

Speaking of Imperials, looks like we’re getting a new form of Stormtrooper in this film too.  Given the *ton* of Stormtrooper variants introduced in Rogue One-the most I think in a Star Wars film since “Revenge of the Sith”-


Some kind of train, I’m guessing an Imperial one. The windows in particular scream “Walker….” except this has no legs.  The cockpit area in particular seems to strongly evoke one particular Walker, the AT-M6 from Last Jedi. Maybe the train is a modified AT-M6 model? After all, the Special editions and prequels did use some CG elements from Jurassic Park to save some money on the creatures, so why not here?

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The mysterious Qi/Ra, along with Lando’s droid buddy.

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Judging by her outfit, I wonder if she has some relation to these weird armored guys, who wear a similar pattern and are involved in some train fight?

That combination of red, black and silver also seems slightly Phasmaesque too.

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Woody Harrelson, apparently a mentor character to Han who also has to “assemble a crew”, making me think this is a bit of a heist film (although one probably different in tone to “Rogue One”).

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Between Planet of the Apes, Venom and this, looks like Woody’s doing a lot of sci-fi work lately!

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Thadie Newton’s character. I’m guessing she might be an Imperial mole in Han’s crew. In a photo of her on set, that sure looks like it could be an Imperial symbol Ron’s trying to cover there.


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We also get a bit of the Falcon navigating what appears to be some giant tentacles after escaping the Imperials.  One of the most different features of the ship (apart from what looks like another alternate radar dish) is that the “Gap” between the maws seems to be filled in. Somehow I guess it eventually falls off or gets detached.

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The characters reaction to these tentacles as well (with a fairly pristine Falcon cockpit). I wonder, could this possible be the Kessel run?

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Favorite Movie scenes: The Force Awakens

In three years, Disney’s given us three Star Wars films-two installments of the sequel trilogy, and “Rogue One” of course. While they have been a bit polarizing among groups of fandom (mainly due to claims of unoriginality, or going too much into the OT sandbox of Rebellion vs. Empire instead of new story directions), they’ve gotten good critical reviews, and have definetly revived the brand as a major box office force (heh). Here’s my thoughts on a few notable scenes from the first Disney film, “The Force Awakens”.


Rey The Scavenger

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While the first few scenes of the film sort of showed off the “new toys”-the upgraded Stormtroopers, the fancy new (and ill-fated) X-wing with a Millenium Falconesque dorsal canon, Kylo Ren, and the new Star Destroyer etc, we get a lot of the old, first shown us via Rey’s goggles, which are crafted from a Stormtrooper helmets, with Rey taking some component out of some massive vessel….which we soon learn, from the outside, is very familiar-an old Star Destroyer (with an X-wing nearby)-the remnants of the Battle of Jaaku, a post-Endor battle-one that pretty much broke the Empire even further than Endor (While also planting the seeds of the First Order) that’s been retold in a good chunk of Disney media since TFA’s release (The novel Lost Stars, the novel Aftermath, both Battlefront games etc.).



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After Rey drops off some the scrap and get her rations for the day, we get even more interesting callbacks to the OT-Rey’s home, in particular, is that of a toppled AT-AT….and her helmet she seems to put on possibly out of boredom, that of a Rebel pilot.

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It’s worth noting that this was one of the early things we saw emerge from the filming….the foot of the said  Walker.

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It sort of demonstrates, to a degree, the balancing act of the sequel trilogy; trying to mix the old with the new.

The Garbage will do!

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The Millenium Falcon makes it’s debut in the sequel trilogy (and it’s first real appearence since ROTJ, apart from some PT “hidden” cameos) in this thrilling scene, which of course hearkens back to Luke’s assesment of the ship when the audience first saw it (Well, before the reveal was kind of spoiled by the Special Edition version introducing it a scene earlier).


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But of course we get to see what this “piece of junk” can do, once again, in a scene that evokes the classic Star Wars trope of “obstacle course” chase scenes (The trench from A New Hope, the Asteroid Chase from ESB, the speeder bike chase and the Death Star shaft from ROTJ, TPM’s pod race, AOTC’s airspeeder chase and ROTJ’s opening space battle).


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We also get a look at a crashed Super star destroyer, once again confirming Vader’s ship wasn’t unique, and of course the shot of the TIE fighter pilot similar to the angle used in the other films (Some interesting trivia-the shot of the TIE pilot briefly seen in ROTJ is actually the same footage from ANH with a different backdrop-one of the rare examples of stock footage in the series.)


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We also get a “I can do this! I can do this” moment. I’m not sure if this is an Abrams cliche-outside of the Star Trek films and this I’ve seen relatively little of his work, but the line kind of reminds me of that moment in the 2009 Star trek reboot, although Chechov in the film *knew* he could do it, while in TFA Rey and Finn are pretty much trying to reassure themselves.

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And we also get the return of the Falcon’s gunner stations, which film-wise haven’t been seen on screen since “A new Hope”

(Although a scene was filmed for ROTJ, it ended up getting deleted from the final film-the other Rebel guys in the ship weren’t totally useless it seems!).


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Castle battle

The good ol’ shoot out with Stormtroopers, and Han Solo indulging in said favorite pasttime, with a series of shots, including a third one where he’s not even looking at the target…


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And of course there’s the running gag of Han using Chewie’s bowcaster.

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But we also get a scene a bit unlike what we’ve seen in other Star Wars films-a fight with a Stormtrooper using melee weapons.  While some of the Battle droids in the prequels-in particular the “Magnaguards” from Revenge of the Sith-had weapons that could block a lightsaber, this is pretty much the first time we’ve seen something similar in the films.

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Although the concept goes back to the early Star Wars days, with a Stormtrooper possessing a lightsaber in concept art. (Certainly, many aspects of the Force Awakens-and arguably the Disney Star Wars as a whole-owe a great debt to Star Wars concept art, which I might explore in a future article).

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Although Han, Finn and co. are quickly overwhelmed, we’re treated to the arrival of Poe’s resistance squadron, with some pretty cool X-wing moves that wouldn’t really have been quite as possible with the OT’s 80’s SFX (although they certainly tried). Particuarly cool is Poe’s skill as a pilot here; with his pretty epic takedown of several TIE fighters causing Finn-unaware that his friend is piloting the X-wing, exclaiming:




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While “The Force Awakens” was filming at Pinewood studios, so was another installment in a long-running franchise, likewise due for late 2015: Spectre, the 24th James Bond film, and the fourth to star Daniel Craig-and like TFA, it brought back some of the long-unusued elements of the franchise; in this case, the criminal organization known as SPECTRE, not seen since the late 60’s.

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Craig decided to make a short cameo in TFA filming close by, as the Stormtrooper that keeps an eye on Rey, but falls victim to her Jedi mind tricks, with an “And I’ll drop my weapon” as almost an afterthought. Some of fandom’s issues with how Rey could possibly know the Jedi mind trick despite not being trained at all aside, it’s a funny scene, and Craig’s voice is pretty much unmistakable. Although it’s certainly hard to imagine any James Bond ever really leaving his weapon behind-this is the guy who keeps his gun under his pillow when he sleeps.

Favorite movie scenes-Indiana Jones and the last crusade

Another round of my favorite scenes from various movies. This time, I look at the third (and many feel should have been final) Indiana Jones film-Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.


Do you believe, Marcus?

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Kind of an interesting scene here, with Indy going to his father’s house for any clues as to his disiappearence, only to find his house in a state of disarray, leaving Marcus and Indy to wonder what he’s been into. Indy quickly realizes that the grail diary has been sent to him from Venice, and almost seems in awe of it and his father’s obsession, and even slightly haunted, with a haunting version of the ‘grail theme’ playing in the background (The theme, in a sense, is also Henry’s-in particular, it’s used when the character is brought up in Crystal Skull-although Henry does have his own theme of sorts, it’s not used that much) It’s also here that we’re sort of given the last of the “serious Marcus” we remember from Raiders, in a way echoing his warning to Indy about the Lost ark in his own house back then, as Indy asks him “Do you believe, Marcus? Do you believe the grail actually exists?”.

The search for the Grail is the search for the divine in all of us. But if you want facts, Indy, I’ve none to give you. At my age, I’m prepared to take a few things on faith.


There’s an interesting cutaway here to some black and white photos, showing what looks like an old doctored photo of Sean Connery around the James Bond era with a young Indy. I’m not sure if the photo is a doctored one of young Harrison Ford, although it does sort of have his signature frown look. Indy’s kind of reflecting on his somewhat troubled relationship with his dad, it seems, and then decides to accept Donovan’s tickets to Venice. Marcus, suprisingly, decides to head with him, although apart from the “You’re meddling with powers you can’t possibly comprehend”, he’s largely relegated to a sort of “fish out of water” comic relief for the rest of the film.


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Attempting to head out of Germany after their brief stop-over in Berlin to recover the grail, Indy and his father intend to board a Zepellin; but unfortunately Vogel-aided in part by another guy (Played by Indy’s fight scene opponent in the last two films-Pat Roach-who in a deleted scene, was still on the plane and attempted to catch the Joenses as they made their escape attempt), are trying to search for them. So Indy improvises, probably knocking a ticket guy out and stealing his clothes, once again illustrating Indiana Jones’s slightly clumsy use of disguise, which of course made it’s first appearance in “Raiders”, and was demonstrated as well in the scene immediately before this one as well. Here, it’s kind of clear that like one of the outfits he tried to steal in “Raiders”, it’s not quite the right size.

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Indy’s able to get the drop on Vogel, and of course we have the hilarious “No ticket!” moment. Here’s another detail you might have missed though-The German newspaper Henry Jones is reading is upside-down (possibly part of the reason Vogel spotted him in the first place!).


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The Steal Beast

The Climax of the film features one of my favorite Indiana Jones action scenes, as Indiana Jones tries to get his father out of the Mark VII Tank. The first part of the chase is Indy using his horse to quickly dodge the blasts of the tank, literally running circles around it and managing to have the tank accidentally ram one of the other transports-which the very angry Vogel simply blasts off and runs over. Indy then uses the simplest of weapons-a rock-to jam one of the Tank’s smaller turrets, causing a backfire which at least gives him a bit more of an edge.

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Then it’s mano-a-mano with him vs Vogel, although Indy runs out of bullets, and then has to deal with another group of troops, although his quickly procuring a luger leads to a comic moment where he manages to shoot through them like butter. However, Vogel soon gains the upper hand, and we’re treated to yet another pretty brutal Indiana Jones fight, with Vogel smooshing Indy’s head against the tank’s treads. Indy’s accidental knocking out of the periscope guy mocking him, however, allows his father to get the upper hand….using a pen.

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Small note about periscope guy; that’s actually Nick Gillard, the stunt guy probably responsible for a good chunk of this sequence. He’d later become well known for his work on the Star Wars prequels, which, despite a lot of other criticisms, received almost universal praise for their lightsaber battles.

Nick Gillard even had a brief cameo in Episode III, as a Jedi  “swordmaster” who becomes one of Darth Vader’s early victims.

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We get a nice whimsical moment with Henry using a pen’s ink to stun one of the german soldiers, with Marcus remarking “The pen is mightier than the sword”….

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with Henry than blasting away Vogel’s reinforcements.Unfortunately, although it frees Indy from Vogel’s grip, it also knocks him over to the turret he busted up, which his bag also gets caught on….and then against a literal “rock and a hard place”. Like the scene where Indy is dragged by the truck in Raiders, and him trying to slow his mind car in Temple of Doom, this is one of those real “That’s gotta hurt!” moments. Thankfully, salvation comes in the form of Marcus knocking out one of the other guys inside the tank, whose ricochet from a misfire kills the Tank’s driver, steering Indy clear of some really nasty rocks.

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Indy temporarily gets the upper hand again (To the tune of Raider’s march, naturally), managing to check on his pop, who remarks “You call this archaeology?” (As he said before, “The quest for the grail is not archaeology!”)

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The scene ends with Sallah coming to the rescue after Henry Sr. is knocked over by Vogel, who delivers a few blows to Indy via his brass knuckles, with Indy in turn giving him something even worse, smashing his head against the hatch, before Indy realizes it’s time to abandon tank. Vogel meets a pretty bad end, much like Indy’s “sparring partners” played by Pat Roach in the previous two films, both played by Pat Roach (although not quite as bloody). It’s quite a thrilling scene, with some fantastic stunts and also great score from John Williams.

Star Wars the Last Jedi Thoughts Part Two-What’s next in Episode 9? *Massive spoilers*

The Last Jedi is over, as well as 2/3rds of the new sequel trilogy.  However, Disney’s Star Wars movies are still far from over; as not only do we have the Han Solo spinoff film to go, but we also have an upcoming trilogy from Rian Johnson (although it’s unclear what shape it will take), many unannounced spin-off films (although according to many sources, “Kenobi” is almost a sure thing) and of course, the finale of this sequel trilogy, Episode 9.

But where do we go from here? At the end of “The Last Jedi”, the Resistance is pretty much down to a handful of people aboard the Millenium Falcon, and the First Order pretty much ruling the galaxy. Things haven’t been this bad since the Empire rose in “Revenge of the Sith”. Even “Empire’s” defeat was more of a personal one for the heroes;  while Han was frozen and Luke not only lost his hand but had his whole world turned upside down, the Rebel fleet, although without a base, was pretty much intact and gearing up for the battle in ROTJ.


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Now? Not only has the resistance lost pretty much most of it’s command staff, but pretty much it’s entire fleet. The Millenium Falcon pretty much *is* the fleet.

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Now, Leia still remains, but one of the biggest hurdles is that the actress, Carrie Fisher, died last year. According to Colin Tremorrow and some writers, Episode 9 was going to largely feature Carrie Fisher, with her perhaps playing a role in the defeat or redemption of her son, Ben Solo/Kylo Ren. This makes a lot of sense when one considers the structure of the films so far; Episode 7 focused on Han, 8 on Luke, so logically Leia would close out the trilogy.


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While there are still some OT characters around-C-3PO, R2-D2, Nien Numb….and Lando’s fate remains unresolved, they were mainly side characters and I can’t really see any taking over Leia’s intended role. It’s kind of unclear how 9 will handle the loss, perhaps explaining she died off-screen somehow (possibly as complications of her coma in 8?) or simply ignoring it, or saying she’s off doing something else, as some franchises do tend to do.

Although as far as the leadership of the Rebellion/resistance is concerned, Poe is definetly probably the candidate with Holdo and probably Leia now out of the picture. However, he has no real relationship to Kylo Ren apart from defying him at the beginning of TFA.

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Although the resistance is pretty much in really bad shape, Luke’s example of standing up to the Walkers seems to have become a bit of a legend among the orphans of Canto Bight, as seen in the closing scene-and at least one has force ability. Not only could the legend of Skywalker help rebuild the Resistance somehow, but also the Jedi, as we see one youth use the force to summon a broom. In both the “Legends” EU and the new Disney canon, Luke’s destruction of the Death Star helped the Rebellion-another seemingly impossible feat-helped the Rebellion grow in the first place. As said by both Holdo and later, Poe, “We are the spark that will burn the First Order down.”




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Speaking of the force, although Leia has the ability too of course, it’s possible Rey might be able to rally other force-users going forward, perhaps somehow rebuilding the Jedi-or something similar-in her own way, although it’s possible Luke, in a ghost form, will help.


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There’s also the question of the sacred Jedi texts. At the end of the film, they’re actually spotted on board the Millenium Falcon, hinting that perhaps Leia (Or Chewbacca?) took the texts and all Yoda really burned down was an empty tree. Maybe they’ll have some role going forward?

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Speaking of the Resistance, what about Finn and Rose? Rose of course is pretty much one of the new main characters, and it looks like romance will blossom between the two, although it’s unclear what their role in the resistance might be going forward. Perhaps they’ll help rally the citizens to oppose the first order, as Rose clearly has investment in how the citizens of the galaxy suffer under their rule? I actually wouldn’t mind both her and Finn perhaps taking over the ‘government’ part of the post-First order galaxy (if there is one) with Poe perhaps rebuilding the Republic navy and Rey, the Jedi.

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Then there’s the First Order itself. Snoke and Phasma are dead, and the Galaxy is currently ruled by two rivals-Hux and Ren. Ren, in many ways, achieved what his grandfather didn’t. In both ROTS and ESB, Vader obviously has ambitions to eventually replace Palpatine and rule the Empire with first Padme (His wife) and later Luke (His son). Although Vader does of course eventually overthrow him, it’s at the cost of his own life and more of a selfless act to save his son than any actual ambition. Ren, overthrowing Snoke, properly takes his place with no fatal injury to himself, although like Luke and Padme, Rey refuses to be co-ruler.

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Hux is in a bit of a weird place-it’s obvious he hates Ren and wants power for himself, (and possibly doesn’t believe Ren’s excuse about Snoke). While there’s hints of some friction between Vader and other Imperial commanders throughout the OT (and also in Rogue One), it’s not quite been at this level. Could First Order civil war be on the horizon?



Star Wars: The Last Jedi: My thoughts Part One-Luke-MASSIVE SPOILERS

His Compassion for you will be his undoing.-Palpatine


Remember, real heroes are never as polished as the legends that surround them.-Big Boss, Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker

In my 400th post 🙂 I’m going to look at the latest installment in the Star Wars saga, and perhaps the final one in the Skywalker side of things….well, at least the ‘light side’ of the Skywalkers, that is.

I’ll start with Luke, and eventually do further character/plot/setting reviews in future posts.

Luke Skywalker

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Luke’s the big macguffin here, but he’s initially portrayed as a broken man, and far less idealistic than he was in the OT. He’s a bit like Yoda in ESB, somewhat reluctant and with a more mischievous sense of humor than we’ve seen before (although he probably picked up a bit of that from Han). Although with Yoda, he was mainly testing Luke’s patience, and found him lacking, but trained him anyway with a slight push from Obi-Wan; Luke just doesn’t really want to get involved anymore. Even when he does agree to train Rey-with R2-D2 showing him the old “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope” message, he only does it to show that while she has the gift and all, generally bringing back the Jedi is a bad idea, as it also allows the Dark side to gain ascendance (With the old Jedi Order being responsible, in part, for the Empire being formed, and his own failings helping give rise to the first order). Although Rey manages to rekindle at least part of his connection to the force (As he’s shut himself off) and at least reconnect with the comatose Leia (Perhaps helping her to regain consciousness), in a scene somewhat reminiscent of another mid-trilogy moment, when he had his other darkest hour…..

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After Rey leaves in an attempt to try to save Kylo Ren, somewhat similar to his own quest in ROTJ, Luke just wants to torch the old Jedi tree library (although it appears Rey took the books with her for some reason, as they’re seen later in the Falcon close to the end of the film.) when Yoda appears as a force ghost (as predicted by Obi-Wan in ROTJ) …


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….shows up and pretty much does the job for him, seemingly repeating another ROTJ qoute: “Already know you that which you need” but referring to Rey’s abilities, as well as reminding Luke to focus on the here and now instead of worrying about the future . (I’ll deal with more of Yoda’s presence in this film in the future.)The film also shows Luke as even more flawed. While it’s clear in the first two films he was a bit impatient and occasionally ‘cocky’, the film reveals that in a way, that he shares some of the blame for Ben’s fall and the state of things-in part, because he had compassion….and cared for his nephew in a similar fashion to the way he cared for his father, despite the darkness in both, and couldn’t do a killing a blow. But while Luke staying his hand resulted in the light awakening in his father and Vader selflessly giving his life to take the Emperor down, here it only awakened more darkness. The Force awakens, indeed.



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Luke seems to accept that this time, there’s no way to turn Ben back to the good side, something Rey also learns (although episode 9 will probably answer that question for good), and we see him with a look resembling his ROTJ appearance-cropped hair, black suit etc….although much older with a beard. It’s a nice nod to when we last saw him. Looks like he got a quick haircut too from his time on Ach-To.

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When things seem kind of really bad for the resistance, the Prodigal son (of Vader) returns, and has a nice moment with Leia, with the ROTJ brother/sister theme playing, and Luke handing her the Millenium Falcon’s dice (sort of) as a bit of a reminder of their shared friend, Han. Also pretty great is Luke’s wink to C-3PO, with one final “Master Luke”.

Luke’s last stand is pretty spectacular, with the Walkers against the setting sun. And although Luke doesn’t really take down any walkers, I can’t help but be a bit reminded of this scene with Luke facing a Walker in the now non-canon EU, “Dark Empire”.

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(Although he was certainly no slouch in ESB either, but he didn’t use the force.)

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Despite a massive barrage, Luke is unscathed. While we’re led to believe this is mainly the force shielding him from the blast perhaps, but even more anomalies show up, as Luke has the saber-broken on-board the Supremacy-fully working.

The duel isn’t really meant to be spectacular or flashy, and the blades hardly connect-indeed, Luke is pretty much dodging them altogether to keep up his illusion to allow the Resistance/New Rebellion to escape. It’s perhaps the closest we’ve come to a mexican stand-off in a lightsaber duel in this films, which is kind of funny since the old Eastwood Westerns were certainly an influence on the original films (and the Western films-particularly the late 60’s ones-borrow heavily from Asian cinema such as Kurosawa movies, another inspiration.)


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Although certainly there were elements of such a stand-off in TPM’s “Laser gate” sequence.

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But it turns out to be a ruse, and Luke was never there, and it’s Luke ‘broadcasting’ himself from Ach-To. It’s certainly something that’s been used in the Expanded Universe a lot…including the current Disney canon, where it was a Sith power…but I’ll get more on that later.

Luke’s last words,

“See you around, kid” seem to hint that, as he says he’ll be a presence in Kylo’s life going forward, although it’s unclear if it’ll be something that’ll weigh on his consciousness like his father’s death (Luke seems to indicate so when he states “If you strike me down in anger, I will always be with you. Just like your father.”

Luke then looks up at Ach-to’s twin suns (although this seems like a bit of a cheat-while it made sense for Tatooine to be a dried-out desert planet because of it’s two suns, Ach-To is pretty much the opposite….maybe they’re less powerful stars.), in an echo of course of that classic sequence…

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His journey, in a way, ends where it begins, although it’s possible the journey isn’t over yet, and maybe he’ll help the Rebellion in some fashion as a force ghost-as we saw with Yoda, it’s still possible for these ghosts to imprint on the physical world in some way, at least through the force.  Although we sort of saw this in ROTJ, with Obi-Wan at least being able to sit.

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And of course, in many ways having Leia still surviving sort of fits  ROTJ dialogue,

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“If I don’t make it back you’re the only hope for the alliance.”

Although due to unfortunate real-world events, this will not perhaps unfold that way. However, as we see towards the end of the film, Luke is no longer the last Jedi, Rey at least has “That what she needs” as Yoda would put it; and take the place of Luke as the Rebel’s Jedi inspiration….


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….and perhaps she can pass her knowledge on, as the end of the film hints that-despite their allies not responding, the legend of Luke facing down the Walkers and Kylo Ren has begun to grow among the orphans on Canto Bight, who wear the symbol of the Rebellion/resistance. So, like his father’s sacrifice, Luke’s sacrifice might eventually have deeper meaning, and allow for a true new beginning for the galaxy.

Star Wars-The Big Question-Who are Rey’s parents? *possible spoilers!*

Along with the background of villain Supreme Leader Snoke, this is probably the no.1 question on Star Wars fan’s minds….who were Rey’s parents?


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Rey is introduced in “The Force Awakens” living alone on Jaaku, collecting junk from the long-ago battle (chronicled in many Star Wars novels and games by now) and selling it for food. She also appeared to be semi-raised by Unkar Platt, but like with Watto and Anakin there’s little love lost between the two.

We know that Rey was left on Jaaku by her parents, as revealed in the force vision in Maz’s castle. We don’t know anything really beyond that, except that she was waiting on Jaaku for them to come back, and once she embarked on her journey, she was often adamant about going back in case they showed up. How and why are of course still unknown.




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Let’s look at some of the candidates.


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Of course, the big one, and perhaps the most obvious. Luke of course might have had reasons for leaving her behind (although it’s fairly implied by some sources that Luke’s exile/Ben’s fall is fairly recent, about 5 years before, and Rey is born considerably earlier).  If Luke is the father, makes you wonder who the mother is; and while Luke of course got married and had a son (and also apparently didn’t age for twenty years) in the now non-canon Expanded Universe legends stuff (His Jedi order was a bit different on the attachment/marriage issue)….

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…Maybe his giving away of Rey has something to do with the Jedi rules forbidden attachment? Although of course Luke’s attachment to his father brought him back to the light in the end, Anakin’s fear about Padme’s death drove him in part to the dark side. Maybe Luke in this continuity is trying to follow the old Jedi rules? Then again, wouldn’t his nephew, Ben (Who, ironically, is the name of his son in the “Legends” stuff) count?


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Certainly Rey being related to Luke would explain why the Lightsaber “calls” to her, and her affinity for the force. The second trailer for “The Force Awakens” also used Luke’s line from ROTJ, although edited a bit. “The force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power too”. Although of course nothing was revealed in TFA regarding that (Unless you count Ben/Kylo, as he’s that same bloodline as well), it still makes you think….

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Plus of course Rey’s also a good pilot and mechanic, which of course also apply to Anakin and Luke…. (although I wouldn’t say piloting is genetic…)

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But it could also apply to….


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Han and Leia

I gotta admit, this one’s considerably more far-fetched and unlikely. Rey’s a good pilot and pretty much the new captain of the Millennium Falcon, and of course saw Han as a father figure. While many also speculated that Rey was their daughter in the initial buildup to TFA, neither Han or Leia seems to have any family connection. Also, why would they dump their daughter behind and simply raise Ben? Although the Falcon eventually ends up on Jaaku, I’m thinking there isn’t any connection here either. Although being a good pilot and a Jedi are both attributes of their “Legends” daughter, Jaina Solo…..(Who almost got her own book series before the Lucasfilm sale to Disney pulled the plug).


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Obi-Wan Kenobi

While this one’s also far-fetched, it’s gained a bit of traction, and could explain why we hear Ben’s voice-in a mix of Alec Guiness(“Rey!”) and Ewan Mcgregor’s (“There are your first steps”) when her force vision ends. While Kenobi of course is shown to be a pretty straight-laced Jedi in the films, the “Clone Wars” series established that Obi-Wan had a past relationship with the queen of Mandalore, Satine (Which is said to not be an intentional Moulin Rouge reference, but it just seems like a major coincidence if it isn’t)


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….and nearly left the Jedi Order for her (presumably during his apprenticeship under Qui-Gon). The two were reunited during the wars, and still had some feelings for each other, although Obi-Wan of course was committed to the Jedi Order. Their story forms an interesting parallel to Anakin/Padme’s. Unfortunately, Satine is later killed.



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Although Satine leaves no heirs, this does show that Obi-Wan, much like his apprentice-but with less recklessness and anger-was sometimes willing to ‘bend’ the rules of the order just a bit….and so it’s possible he might’ve gotten in a relationship during his exile on Tatooine-or perhaps even earlier? That could’ve produced a son or daughter who might also be one of Rey’s parents. (He’s a bit too old and dead to be Rey’s direct parent, unless we’re talking something like Anakin’s birth). It also could explain Rey’s British accent.


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While Palpatine never is shown to have taken an Empress or any form of female relationship, several of the old “Legends” expanded universe books did imply that he did possibly have heirs. They were….a bit odd, to say the least….Triclops, Triocolous from the strange YA books, and Irek Ismaren, AKA “Lord Nyax”, whose eventual form in the New Jedi Order books looks more like a video game boss than a believable Star Wars villain.

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The last two ended up as pretenders to the throne, although the first one was kind of legit. Anyway, like with Kenobi, it’s possible, although somewhat more unlikely, and would form an interesting link with Kylo Ren-both being the grandchildren of Sith Lords….

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Here’s another theory, that Rey is possibly related to Snoke somehow. Granted, we don’t know much about Snoke quite yet, although he does appear to have a larger-and more corporeal-role in The Last Jedi. Could his talk of “raw power” be him talking to Rey?


“When I found you, I saw raw, untamed power. And beyond that, something truly special.”

Somehow supported by Luke later on, talking to Rey…

“I’ve seen this raw strength only once before. It didn’t scare me then. It does now.”

Of course, in both instances this could be referring to Kylo Ren….but maybe not?


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Jyn Erso

This gained a bit of traction before Rogue One came out, due in part to her similar looks and accent. Since then, not so much, for good reason .



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Idien Verso and Del Meeko

This is a new one.


Spoilers for Battlefront II-these two former Imperial “Inferno Squad” special forces members who eventually defect to the rebel alliance, fall in love, and apparently get married and have a daughter, although Meeko eventually meets his end at Kylo Ren’s hand. An upcoming DLC will continue her story. Some fans of course assume that the daughter might be Rey, but  I think that’s a bit far fetched. Even though the “Lucasfilm story group” generally keeps the movies/comics/novels/games tightly connected these days compared to the old EU, with several characters crossing over (Admiral Rae Sloane, for instance) I seriously doubt they’d have such an important plot point be relegated to spin-off media that will probably be seen by a fraction of the viewing audience. Although there is a bit of precedent for this-Poe Dameron’s parents were revealed in a Marvel Star Wars comic, Shattered Empire.

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But let’s face it, Poe’s parentage isn’t exactly a big deal, and from all accounts he was raised pretty normally by these people (and of course inherited his mother’s piloting skills) as opposed to Rey and Finn. So it’s not a huge plot point like Rey’s parents.


Just Some ordinary people

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In Marvel comics history, part of the reason that Steve Ditko left the Amazing Spider-Man is that he had a different idea for the reveal of the man behind the mask of the Green Goblin-he would just be some ordinary guy Peter Parker didn’t know. Stan Lee however, decided to have him be Norman Osborn, a character introduced a few issues before, and the father of Peter’s college friend, Harry Osborn.

So perhaps the ‘reveal’ will be something like Ditko’s original plan for the character, and not some “big reveal” like Stan’s plan, or of course, that other famous Star Wars revelation….

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So maybe the parents aren’t that important or any character we’re aware of at all, maybe they couldn’t care for Rey somehow, didn’t care to, gave her to Platt to pay off some debt etc. or were scared of her force powers or something.

There was no father.

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One of the other theories that’s a bit weird is that Rey doesn’t have a parent, or even that she’s actually a reincarnation of Anakin, and that maybe it’s the force making amends for kind of screwing up that whole thing in the first place.

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While an interesting theory, it just seems a bit weird even for Star Wars, although I’m sure the film will delve into some arcane Jedi lore, if the shots in the trailer of the books in Luke’s tree are any indication. But something kind of feels a bit too hokey about this one. And it would certainly make the training a bit awkward for Luke.


May the Fourth be with you-What could the fourth trilogy be about?

Recently, Disney confirmed that Rian Johnson-Co-writer and director of The Last Jedi-will be supervising a fourth Star Wars trilogy. However, it’s a bit unclear if this will be a continuation of the current “Skywalker saga” of films, or something self contained. Much like my “third spin-off” speculation (A third spin-off that has yet to materialize, despite Kathleen Kennedy teasing a Summer announcement; perhaps it’s been delayed due to the Han Solo problems), this is mainly just me thinking about what it could be.




Sequel to the sequels?


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It’s pretty obvious that the current sequel trilogy is pretty much the last hurrah for our original trilogy heroes. Han died in “The Force Awakens”. Carrie Fisher’s passing will probably mean no more Leia after “The Last Jedi” although the character’s fate remains unknown. Mark Hammil could continue as Luke but he’s somewhat far older now, and also his fate post-TLJ remains unknown. Plus he’s also fairly old at this point-it seems like a wise move by Disney to mostly sideline the OT characters in the sequel trilogy due to their age (and makes me a bit concerned about Ford headlining a new Indiana Jones-as “Force Awakens” and “Blade Runner 2049” proved, at this age he’s perhaps best as a mentor to a new lead-although I suppose Indiana Jones 5 could do this, but hopefully with somebody other than Shia Lebouf’s Mutt). The only real OT characters that could go on are probably Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2, all who are of course not human, and simply-with the exception of Anthony Daniel’s voice as Threepio-wearing an outfit/CG/remote control etc.

The current actors are of course still young, and it’s conceivable that-bar their characters dying-they could continue in Star Wars movies past “Episode 9” for years to come, and perhaps even down the line pass *their* torches to another new generation of heroes.





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Totally new saga? 

This is of course what the spin-offs are primarily for; but perhaps they can tell a story that goes through more than one film. Certainly, there’s been a few “micro-sagas” in the the now non-canon “Legends” Expanded Universes, such as the adventures of Stormtrooper-turned-mercenary-turned-Jedi Kyle Katarn (Dark Forces/Jedi Knight), or the former Royal Guard Kir Kanos (Crimson Empire), each of whom saved the galaxy in their own way, with the regular Star Wars heroes (and some villains) only making the occasional cameo. And both were multi-part sagas.

Dark Horse also did their own take on a saga mostly divorced from the era of the film’s; the “Legacy” comics. In a way, it anticipated some of the developments of the sequel trilogy, with the good guys facing off against a resurgant Empire/Sith-with the Jedi once again mostly extinct, and Luke is a mentor (although he’s now a force ghost that retains a youthful appearance like his post-2004 father) ; However, unlike those films, set pretty much in our ‘real time’ from the time of ROTJ (A few decades) this one goes a full century into the future. It’s of course not totally distant from the films; the main character, Cade, is a descendant of Luke’s (presumably through Luke’s son Ben from the novels) and there’s even a Leia stand-in although she’s Cade’s cousin (through the Jaina/Jagged Fel line).

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Still, if they want to go in semi-fresh, perhaps a ‘far future’ saga is the way to go. Kind of worked for another franchise with “Star” in the title…


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Old Republic?

I discussed something similar in my spin-off thread.  Part of the Star Wars backstory-fleshed out somewhat in the prequels-is that there was once a massive war between the Jedi and the Sith lords, with the Sith thought to be extinct-although one of their order-Darth Bane (This is still canon; Bane is mentioned in “Clone Wars” series) survived and continued the order in secret with the rule of two-with one Sith as the Master and the other the apprentice. This eventually culminated in the conflict of the first six episodes, with Palpatine ascending to power and wiping out (most of) the Jedi, bringing back Sith rule under the Empire and taking Vader as his apprentice. (It’s kind of unclear where Snoke/Kylo Ren/Knights of Ren fit into the dark side hierarchy, but I’m sure some answer is coming)

While the story of this war-as well as prior wars-is told in the “Darth Bane” novel series (as well as it’s comic counterpart, Jedi vs. Sith) and Bioware’s “Old Republic” franchise, that series (apart from the Bane element) is now non-canon, so Disney could be free to tell this story their own way….and it’d probably take quite a few movies to do so.

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