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Dec 8, 2017

The history of Luke Skywalker's blue lightsaber

Luke Skywalker's Blue Lightsaber

The history of Luke Skywalker's blue lightsaber


Please note that this story of Luke's blue saber is the story of it in the movies. 

It does not cover any other elements of the expanded universe, Legends or current canon outside of the movies.

The history of Luke Skwalker's saber is as long as the Star Wars saga itself. 

This makes sense really as Jedi Knights with electric swords is what Star Wars is all about really. Well, you know what we mean.

We call it Luke's saber but it was really Anakin's. 

Obi-Wan Kenobi picked it up as he left Anakin to die, having just bested him in their duel on Mustafar in Revenge of the Sith.  He held it for many years until he gave it to Luke in A New Hope so hence fans often think of the blue saber as Luke’s.

But if the sword was originally Anakin’s, what is its story? 


You may recall in Attack of the Clones that Anakin lost his arm in the duel with Count Dooku, thus continuing (or starting!?) the tradition for characters to lose their limbs in Star Wars movies. 

Given the loss, Anakin required a second saber. And it is with this saber that the real story comes into play. This is the saber that Anakin used when he became Darth Vader.

Thus it is the saber that massacred the Younglings in Revenge of the Sith. It is the saber that he executed Count Dooku with. It is the saber that killed all those he found in the Jedi Temple and it is the saber with which he lost his duel with Obi-Wan.

So the blue saber had a tough start to life – it was initially used by one of the most promising Jedi that had ever been and then it became used by a Sith Lord. 

Talk about duality.


By the time it is passed to Luke, the sword has seen a lot of blood split. No wonder Kylo Ren wanted it so badly.

This weapon has been a part of some real Star Wars history and has let the blood of many innocents but in ANH, Luke doesn’t get to play swashbuckler, rather he gets to train with it on board the Millennium Falcon. 

It’s not until the events of The Empire Strikes back does the sword truly became a part of Luke's legend.

In that movie, it is used by Luke to free himself from the ice trappings of the Wampa and then used by Han Solo to carve up his Taun-taun so that he could place Luke’s frozen body inside it to protect him from the cold.

The next time is a more darker moment.

Luke has undertaken training with Yoda on the swampy plant of Degobah. There comes a point where Luke comes across a cave. Effectively warned not to take his weapon in with him, Luke finds himself having a strange dream like experience where he must draw his saber to protect him from an advancing Darth Vader. 

It is the first occasion we see Luke actively use the saber to protect himself. That it is a dream experience of a kind, does not diminish that Luke used the saber believing he was actually facing Vader.

Of course Luke eventually faces Vader at Bespin’s Cloud City where they have an epic fight and get the measure of each other – so much so it’s a fight Luke cannot win and loses his hand for his trouble (just like his father had years before – on two different occasions!). 

At this point it is the stuff of movie legend that Vader reveals himself as Luke’s father. 

Imagine that!

But in all that excitement, Luke’s saber is actually lost down a shaft somewhere. And that, was apparently the end of that.

In Return of the Jedi, Luke fashions his own saber (while not mentioned in the film, it is a Jedi tradition to do so) and uses that saber when he destroys Jabba’s Sail barge and of course when he fought Vader aboard the Death Star, returning the favour by cutting of Darth Vader’s arm, an indignity he’s now suffered through three times!

But what of that lost blue saber? 

This is where the saga of the saber begins to play out even further than any fan may have ever imagined. 

30 odd years since it was lost both in movie time and real world time, it turned up again in The Force Awakens.

The sword was found to be in possession of Maz Kanata, a strange being who appears to be sensitive to the Force, or at least has a profound understanding of it. She set’s Rey up to find it as she knows the Force is calling her to it. 

Why? 

We do not really know but Maz knows the sword must find its way to Rey’s hands and so gives it to Finn as a place holder until Rey is ready.

Finn gets to do a dance with a Stormtrooper with the sword and then holds his own for a time against the father killing Kylo Ren at which point Rey then gets her hands on the sword and has an epic battle with Ren. 

Ren of course being the grandson of Darth Vader, the man who used to own the sword that Rey fights him with. The sword has come full circle in an odd manner.

But Rey didn’t want the sword from Maz in the first place. The dream sequence spoked her totally – so much so that even though she knows she must find Luke Skywalker, she still hands him the sword when they first still meet at the top of the ‘Jedi Steps’ on the island where Luke has hidden himself away. 

It’s a poignant moment – Luke’s blue saber has been returned to him after so many years.

One can only imagine the feelings that were running through Luke’s mind at that moment – the last time he saw it, his father had just cut off his arm and revealed himself.

Time will tell whether in Star Wars The Last Jedi Luke accepts the sword from Rey or lets her keep it. We’re pretty confident the sword will become Rey’s as it would seem without doubt that Luke will take Rey as his Jedi apprentice and she'll need something to practice with. 

Why does George Lucas get so much hate from Star Wars fans?

George Lucas, revered director of Star Wars


Why does George Lucas get so much hate from Star Wars fans?


George Lucas is one of the greatest film makers in history.

He created Star Wars.

He created Indiana Jones.

If we forget Howard the Duck (though I loved it as a kid, did you pick him at the end credits of Guardians of the Galaxy?), the man has a pretty solid history when it comes to making movies.

Star Wars has made more money than any other piece of celluloid did and it has entertained a gabillion movie watchers a gabillion times.

Yet some people seem to hate George Lucas.

They hate George Lucas because he created the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi.

They hate George Lucas because he made Jar Jar Binks.

They hate George Lucas because he cast Sam Jackson as Mace Windu.

They hate George Lucas because he made an Ewok's eye's blink and they hate him because he suggested Greedo shot first.

Well screw them all. We mean, those vocal individuals are entitled to their views.

But let's discuss this hate, just one more time.


Special Edition hatred


Let's take the example of the Special Edition of A New Hope.

Han is bravely chasing a few Stormtroopers down a corridor. Why they ran in the first place is a question in itself, however Han abruptly finds himself confronted with a room chock full of at least a hundred troops, all added in by computer design.

And what happens?

The rabid fans cry sacrilege! Lucas has ruined the scene!

No he hasn't.

Remember two things.

Lucas has managed to catch up to himself. Budget restraints meant he probably couldn't get enough troopers in the original shot. Now he has the budget he can catch up and get them in. Second thing is the Special Editions are a re release for a new generation.

I remember I was a university student in the late 1990's when the Special Edition was shown in Palmerston North - and I took my girl friend as she had never seen Star Wars and this was a movie event she needed to be a part of - did the extra troopers hinder her enjoyment of the film?

No, if anything it made the joke better.

And that's it in a nutshell - Lucas's changes to the movies of the original trilogy are designed to enhance them.

An Ewok with blinking eyes is no big detail. A do over of the Emperor in the Empire Strikes Back is no big deal either. Temuera Morrison's voice as Bobba Fett, not tooooo annoying.

A young Anakin Skywalker subbed in for the classic redeemed Vader in Return of Jedi? Well, you got us there, that one didn't make sense.

Regardless, these reasons are not reasons to hate George Lucas.

The case for Prequel Trilogy


I fear that by running this website I'm turning into an apologist for the prequel trilogy. But I'll say this, for every person that says they hate George Lucas because of the abomination that was Jar Jar Binks, I'll find you 15 who love Darth Maul.

Maul has become one of the classic Star Wars bad guys and he actually deserves it far more than a certain Bounty Hunter called Bobba Fett.

At least Maul actually managed to kill a great Jedi....

So what am I saying here?

Yes, the Prequels had some miss steps and Attack of the Clones merely an 'average' Star Wars film but within these three movies there was plenty to love, and fans did - you recall the box office takings didn't you?

That's right, they cleaned up cash wise as people went to see them again and again, despite the supposed hate.

And let's be clear, Revenge of the Sith is a GREAT Star Wars movie. It's actually a favourite.

Indeed, there's so much to love about Revenge of the Sith, one really wonders how people can hate it.

There's a lot of subtlety that a lot of people could miss if they have their 'I hate Lucas' hat on.  Anakin in the dark and Obi Wan in the light is excellent film making for example.

The Kids are alright with it


Ian McDiarmid who played Emperor Palpatine is on record as saying this about the prequels:

“ I’m usually approached by mums and dads of 4-year olds now who’ve been watching the movies, who are completely fascinated by them. And they won’t leave their television screens until they’ve seen the whole lot. So it continues to grip, and it continues to grip kids. And even though, we all know with the prequels some of the adults who’d seen the early films were a bit disappointed, that’s not true of succeeding generations, which sort of means that these films are really going to go on forever, and that’s extraordinary, I think, and great.”

Even JJ Abrams (the director of Episode 7 if you've been living under a rock) said:

"A lot of kids who saw all the prequels when they were young really do identify with those movies as much as my generation identified with the originals."

So that must mean there's a whole generation of 20 years olds (Gen Y?) that totally love George Lucas!


Here's the real reason some people hate George Lucas


We all grew up.

We stopped being mystified by Darth Vader.

We stopped pretending to fly X Wings and we stopped taking part in epic light sabre battles with our brothers.

We grew up and started judging new prequel movies as adults rather than wide eyed kids.

Remember how you may have loved the speeder bike race in Jedi? Kids love the pod race in Phantom Menace (admit it, you actually loved it!).

You loved Rogue One right? You better thank Lucas for it - so much of that was his idea - from Vader's Castle to the Whills, he had a massive influence.

So this has been a ramble and a half. I wonder if all the haters out there on the internet who unleash their venom from behind their keyboards would actually say the things they do to George's face.

Some how I doubt it.

Dec 7, 2017

Rian Johnson understands Star Wars Ring Theory


A promotional article in Rolling Stone Magazine reveals a great nugget of intel about The Last Jedi director's comprehension about what he calls the 'patterns' in Star Wars.

The rest of us call it Star Wars Ring Theory.

This is George Lucas' round about why of describing it:

"The interesting thing about Star Wars—and I didn’t ever really push this very far, because it’s not really that important—but there’s a lot going on there that most people haven’t come to grips with yet. But when they do, they will find it’s a much more intricately made clock than most people would imagine."

Mike Klimo, who coined the term Star Wars Ring Theory, states that this "means that Lucas was expanding the original trilogy into an “epic sextet, with patterns of plot and structure, cinematic allusions, and visual imagery acquiring meaning above all from [their] interrelationships."

If that made any sense... you'll appreciate what Rian Johnson was talking about in the Rolling Stone article:

As he shaped the story for Last Jedi, Johnson found it challenging to grapple with the "patterns" in the Star Wars movies. 

 "It was a real process," he says. "There's a lot of possibilities with how to take it... Even just as a Star Wars fan, you realize there are patterns etched into your brain of how you think it should go. It's tough, because you don't want to let yourself be guided by those deep-set grooves in your brain, but you also don't want to make creative decisions just to spite those. 

It's an interesting line to ride. I felt that I had to be conscious of those patterns and those grooves. Whether I was going to subvert them or play along with them. You could say, 'I'm going to just ignore them and tell my story,' but then you're fooling yourself and you're probably just going along the same path. I had to be conscious of them and even incorporate them. This can't drive it, but you have to incorporate them, almost in a meta way, into the narrative itself."

We'll see how this plays out in Last Jedi and report back.

Dec 6, 2017

Taika Waititi to direct a Star Wars film? Kathy Kennedy says YES!


Check out this interview with NZ film critic Kate Rogers and Kathy Kennedy where Kate draws out a Kathy to offer Waititi a Star Wars film...

It's in jest clearly but it's very clear one of the most powerful people in Hollywood is up for the idea of NZ's fourth most famous film director* to helm a film. 


When Rogers pit the idea to Kathy she replied:

I would love for him to direct a Star Wars movie," she said.

"I think he has exactly the right sensibility. It was very exciting to see him step into the Marvel universe and do such an amazing job with Thor."

Can't see it happening myself, Kathy is a hard task master and Taika would hate not having any wiggle room....

*Martin Cambell, PJ and of course Jane Campion ahead of him! *

* It's also an abstract Flight of the Conchords reference.....


How many Porgs can you spot in this new Last Jedi poster?

Look carefully at this Chinese poster of Rey, young padawan, and you will see Porgs!


How many are there?

rey last jedi chinese poster


Here's a clue - look at Rey's right foot - there's two little porgs having a gander at that blue saber!

There might also be one to the left of the word 2D at the bottom but the jury is out on that one...


Dec 5, 2017

What does the title of The Last Jedi mean?

What is the meaning of The Last Jedi?
What's in a name?

Here we go again, a new Star Wars film, with an interesting title meaning.

We thought the Jedi had returned yet, now two movies later we're being told that we are back to the last Jedi?

The last Jedi.

At face value, that's Luke Skywalker.

Right?

Or does the name mean, that last set of Jedi. The Jedi padawan Luke was training before Kylo Ren killed them all?

Ren is NOT a Sith. Technically he is still a padawan Jedi... kinda.

Well the truth according to director and writer of the movie Rian Johnson is that the title of the film indeed refers to Luke.

So no more arguing about that eh?

Word on the street is that the island Rey found Luke on at the end of The Force Awakens is an ancient Jedi Temple (Han Solo suggested Luke was looking for it in the Force Awakens).

Does this have something to do with the title?

Will Luke train Rey as a Jedi?

That seems to be the set up from the ending of The Force Awakens.

Speaking of Rey, what if she becomes The Last Jedi.

It's possible that Luke has decided the ways of the Jedi were ultimately wrong and a new path is needed, one which eschews traditional Jedi codes such as no family and no real material possession.

What if Luke Skywalker dies in this movie?


As we know, after the death of Han Solo in The Force Awakens, all bets are off.

This current round of movies are a hand over to the next generation of characters,

Rey, Finn and Poe. So, Rian Johnson would have some room to move if he needed to off Luke to serve the plot.

But that would be sad and leave neither Luke, Leia nor Han in IX.

If the Last Jedi is all about Luke, colour us very excited. We think it's a fantastic title. 

24 facts, trivia and Easter Eggs about The Last Jedi

trivia facts and figures the last jedi

Facts and trivia about The Last Jedi


Star Wars VIII had some big shoes to fill.

 On the left foot was the behemoth that was The Force Awakens and on the right was the juggernaut that was Rogue One.

So the Star Wars production crew went hard under the watch of Rian Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy.

And now we have The Last Jedi.

SPOILERS LURK BELOW!

Here's some facts and figures about making the movie:

  1. Director Rian Johnson came up with the episode's title during his first draft and had to keep it secret for several years.
  2. Benicio Del Torro, was originally cast as Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace but dropped out when he realized his on screen time would be minimal. So the trivia is he has been cast twice for a Star Wars film!
  3. Rian has confirmed that to his mind, The Last Jedi title refers to Luke.
  4. Tom Hardy (Batman, Peaky Blinders) and Gary Barlow (singer from Take That) make cameo appearances as Stormtroopers. 
  5. Rogue One's director Gareth Edwards has a small cameo (as he did in Rogue One)
  6. It's almost a forgone conclusion these days, but Warwick Davis has yet another cameo as well, making it his tenth appearance in a Star Wars film. Here's a list of the cameo parts of The Last Jedi.
  7. Jimmy Vee plays R2D2, formally replacing Kenny Baker following his death.
  8. Carrie Fisher had filmed her scenes in the months before her untimely death.
  9. The horses that Finn and Rose escape on during the scene on Canto Bight are called 'falthiers'. The handler / trainer of the falthiers goes by the name of Bargwill Tomder.
  10. Rian reckons that Carrie Fishers dog 'Gary' can be spotted in the Canto Bight casino scene. He's a pet of a gambler. He can be found at the bar.... 
  11. Rian Johnson watched three particular movies to help inspire him when writing the script. Rian said "Twelve O’Clock High was a big touchstone, for the feel and look of the aerial combat as well as the dynamic between the pilots. Three Outlaw Samurai for the feel of the sword-fighting, and the general sense of pulpy fun. And To Catch A Thief was a great film to rewatch, for the romantic scale and grandeur".
  12. TLJ begins immediately where The Force Awakens left off.
  13. Luke's first words to Rey are "Who are you?"
  14. John Williams again wrote the score, his eighth time for a Star Wars movie. When Rian was asked about his approach to the soundtrack and whether it was to lean on the classic themes or lean more on new music he reply that his approach was "to hand the movie to John Williams. ;-)"
  15. Captain Phasma returns and now brandishes a spear as her weapon of choice.
  16. Canto Bight is on a planet called Cantonica.
  17. Carrie Fisher's sudden death in December 2016 meant she had not completed her audio dialogue re-recording parts. The sound team had to take snippets of her work "from here and there" to get the job done. 
  18. Rian Johnson asked JJ Abrams for a Force Awakens script change to allow R2D2 to accompany Rey to Ach-to Island instead of BB8. This was so R2 could feature more and also echo the fact that he was on Degobah with Luke during his training with Yoda, much the same as Rey does with Luke.
  19. The Last Jedi has 12 scene end 'wipes' compared to The Phantom Menace which had 55.
  20. Kelly Marie Tran by playing Rose Tico is the first major character of Asian heritage. 
  21. George Lucas had absolutely no part in the development of the movie.
  22. Rian was hired  to  direct the The Last Jedi just when J.J. Abrams was starting to shoot The Force Awakens.
  23. More than 125 sets for the production where made. 
  24. There was a 110 days shooting schedule.
  25. The amount of practical creatures in The Last Jedi is bigger than The Force Awakens and Rogue One combined.
  26. When Luke Skywalker takes the saber offered by Rey as they meet, a close inspection of the hand shows damage exactly at the place Luke was shot in The Return of the Jedi during the escape from the Sarlac Pitt:

Nov 29, 2017

11 crazy stories, facts and myths about Darth Vader you probably want to know about

Darth Vader doing the Force choke

Darth Vader


We only needed to write those two words and you know exactly to whom's face they belong to.

The fallen Jedi and one of the great Sith Lords, Darth Vader is one of the most famous movie villains of all time.

His imposing presence, magical powers which include the infamous ability to force choke a man just by thinking about and ultimately tragic personal story have inspired all kinds of acclaim and a place in most Star Wars fans hearts.

But enough of this chit chat, here’s 11 crazy stories, facts and myths about Darth Vader that any Star Wars fan would be keen to know!


1. While Lucas had said post release of A New Hope that he had 9 Star Wars movies all mapped out, he didn't really. It was only on when developing the second draft of Empire Strikes Back with Leigh Bracket that Darth Vader became Luke's father. Indeed, in original drafts of A New Hope, Vader and Anakin Skywalker were different characters.

2. The famous reveal of the father and son relationship between Vader and Luke is often misquoted as "Luke, I am your father". The line is actually "No, I am your father". It's kind of like how Star Trek's Captain Kirk never actually said "Beam me up, Scotty".

Sebastian Shaw as Darrth Vader in Return of the Jedi
Sebastian Shaw as Vader in Jedi
3. The character of Vader has been played by several actors. In the original trilogy David Prowse is famous for wearing the suit and Sebastian Shaw as the 'face' of Vader in  Return of the Jedi. 

The prequels saw an idealistic Jake Lloyd tackle Anakin in The Phantom Menace and Hayden Christensen covered the next two movies as well. Bob Anderson also stepped in for sword fighting scenes and C. Andre Nelson helped out a bit with the redux versions of the original trilogy.

4. Hayden also appeared as the costumed Vader in Revenge of the Sith. He apparently begged Lucas to let him play him. The suit had to be designed to accommodate his smaller stature than Prowse's.

5. While Return of the Jedi saw Luke return the favour to Vader and cut his arm off, the idea for it actually came from the expanded universe novel, ‘Splinter of the Mind's Eye’. This book was intended to be turned into a sequel to Star Wars but when that movie became so popular, the idea was abandoned.

6. Vader was actually the only Star Wars film character to lose an arm three times! And both his legs as well. Obi Wan Kenobi got 3 of his limbs in Revenge of the Sith! (he had the higher ground...).

7. Darth Vader was referenced in the film Back to the Future by Marty McFly as being from the planet Vulcan. No one was sure who was more upset - Star Wars fans or Trekkies!

8. Vader has his own theme song written by John Williams. Known as the Imperial March it was introduced in the Empire movie and used in Jedi and in the prequels to show when Anakin was turning to the dark side of the Force.

Darth Vader concept art by Ralph McQuarrie

9. James Earl Jones is famed for providing the voice for Vader however he didn't do the famous breathing sound effect. This was done by the now famous Ben Burt placing a microphone inside the mouth piece of a breathing apparatus and recording it being used. Burt has since become world reknown for his sound recording skills and I believe he worked on every Star Wars movie to date.

10. George Lucas at one stage considered using the great Orsen Welles as the voice actor for Vader. Welles eventually voiced the planet destroyer Unicron in the animated Transformers movie.

11. Anakin Skywalker really is the ‘Chosen one’. While Yoda and Obi Wan may have thought a mistake had been made in the reading of the prophecy, Anakin was the one who actually killed Sith Lord Palpatine by throwing him down the Death Star’s reactor shaft in Jedi and thus restored balance to the Force.

Bonus fact - Darth Vader only appeared on screen in A New Hope for a total of 12 minutes. It's amazing that for such a short amount of screen time that his character become one of the most loved bad guys in movie making history!

We think these were some pretty cool bits of trivia about the Dark Lord.

Do you have any others to share? Leave them in the comments!

Nov 14, 2017

How the Wizard of Oz inspired the story of A New Hope



You’ve surely heard of the Wizard of Oz? 

Many people know it as the FAMOUS OLD MOVIE starring Judy Garland as Dorothy and a dog called Toto. 

It was of course originally a book that took the world by storm in 1900 when it was published and it grew into a publishing empire for author Frank L Baum.

For a book to become a smash hit in 1900 and the years later, it must have been a pretty magical tale.

It was 39 odd years later when the Hollywood movie was released. It was a popular movie at the time but it came into its own as the years went by due to repeated showings on American TV and it became a cultural touch stone where even 60 years later, the movie was remade by Tim Burton and Wicked is a hugely popular broad way musical.

And even George Lucas managed to get caught up in the magic of the movie. 

It was noted film critic Roger Ebert who quickly noticed how Lucas had perhaps drawn inspiration from the 1939 film when he write in his 1977 review of what as then still called Star Wars:

"Star Wars" is a fairy tale, a fantasy, a legend, finding its roots in some of our most popular fictions. The golden robot, lion-faced space pilot, and insecure little computer on wheels must have been suggested by the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow in "The Wizard of Oz." 


Let's begin with Luke Skywalker. 

If we posit the equation that 'Luke = Dorothy', we can begin to unlock some of the parallels between the two characters.
  • Both Luke and Dorothy live with their aunt and uncle on a farm
  • They both are looking for something more. Luke wants to go to the Academy to fly things and likes to stare into the Binary Sunset and ponder such things. Dorothy states her deal when she sings Somewhere over the rainbow.
  • They each have complementary farm hands. Hunk, Zeke, and Hickory for Oz and C–3PO and R2-D2 respectively.
  • Each has their world turn upside down. Dorothy's is literally thrown around by a tornardo, and Luke's by the Vader's stormtroopers murdering his family (which was actually a call out to John Wayne's The Searchers).
The two characters also become surrounded by familiar companions.
  • Chewbacca steps in for the Cowardly Lion
  • C–3PO steps in for The Tin Man (and both enjoy some oil for their joints early in each film)
  • R2-D2 steps in for Toto. Both don't speak English and one could argue that R-TWO D TWO is a play on TO TO. 

It is very important to bear in mind that the duo of R2 and C3PO were directly inspired by characters from The Hidden Fortress, so don't think Lucas is wholly copying from Oz.


George Lucas has previously said that he took facets of Luke’s personality and made them into characters, and that that’s how he came up with Luke’s friends and companions. And that's pretty much what happen in Oz. 

An amusing parallel is that when Darth Vader kills Obi-Wan Kenobi, only Kenobi's robes remain as his body has disappeared into the Force. When Dorothy accidentally kills the Wicked Which of the West, only her robes too remain after the water is thrown on her. In each case, both scenes have become very famous film moments.

At the end of the day Luke and Dorothy have both had a life changing adventure. the difference being that Luke's family is still dead and while Dorothy bested the Witch and outed the Wizard, the Empire lives on. 

I should be at pains to point out that Lucas has not taken point from point from the Wizard of Oz to write his script. He actually took hundreds of elements from books and film and real world issues and turned them into his own unique fairy tale, and arguably gone that had an even bigger impact on film than Baum's first book did on literature. 

Indeed Lucas said with almost a sense of annoyance about the matter:

‘Oh, he just took The Wizard of Oz and turned it inside out.’ But if you look at those two movies, they are totally different ideas. I mean, you can see certain similarities between almost any two movies. But coming up with a basic idea and developing it and making it work is very difficult and not to be underestimated.”

So let's give him a fair due on that point.

But don't be fooled, in Return of the Jedi, Lucas did a fabulous homage to this scene:



Can you pick what this is going to be?

Recall that R2D2 and C3PO are inspired by OZ and you get:

wizard of oz reference in return of the jedi


Like Dorothy and her new friends went off to the Wizard's Emerald City, C3PO and his little buddy R2 headed off to Jabba's Palace, each party not really knowing what their fates would be.

There's an amusing story relating to production era of The Force Awakens.

At one stage Carrie Fisher had not read the film’s script but was desperate too. She tried to bribe costume designer Michael Kaplan to divulge details with a chance to see the red shoes from the Wizard of Oz that Fisher’s mother owned. Kaplan while tempted, he kept his mouth shut and never saw the shoes.

We suspect this might have been a cheeky tale from Fisher because Reynolds apparently sold the shoes in 2011 well before TFA script was written!

For a more expert consideration on OZ's influence on Star Wars check out:

Nov 9, 2017

When in time should Rian Johnson's new trilogy be set?


If you've been too busy doing your job or milking your cat, you might not have heard that Rian John, director of the forth coming The Last Jedi, has been given the opportunity by Lucasfilm to develop a new Star Wars trilogy.


He will write and direct the first film of what we are called (which we are calling Rian's Trilogy >> RT) 

It's been made very clear that this new set of films will be stand alone from the Skywalker saga and the adventures of Rey and Poe and Finn. 

Which means there's an opportunity pretty much to do anything, any where any time in that galaxy far far away. 

So when in time should those RT movies be set. 

ANH was a long time ago. 

Should Rian's Trilogy be set in a similar time? By that we mean from the prequels to the sequels and in between. 

Let's call that Star Wars 'now time'. Would an epic story need to tie in to the Skywalker saga now time? 

Nope, move along. 

Could it be set in the far ahead future? 

Nope, that would set Lucas on a story telling path it may not want to commit to. 

So this means that Rian's trilogy will likely be set years and years before A New Hope was even a twinkle in Obi Wan's eye. 


So when could the RT be set?

Will it be set thousands of years before hand? Hundreds of thousands?

Could we see the formation of the Jedi order?

Could we see how the Sith came into being?

Could we learn how the Force itself was created? 

The early days of Couruscant? 

Old Republic?

Remember even though RT will explore unexplored Star Wars, it can of course take themes and ideas and but them in a totally different context. 

Personally, I'm just looking forward to new space ships....