Oct 17, 2017

The untitled Han Solo movie is called: Solo

How uninspired..

solo- a star wars story

At least it looks like the movie is in good hands!
I'm sure everyone is just going to call it the Han Solo movie any way. 

Maybe they should have just called it Han and Lando's Excellent Adventure

Oct 12, 2017

Why do Stormtroopers 'always' miss their targets?

Why do Stormtroopers 'always' miss their targets?

It's become a bit of a joke on the internet that Stormtroopers always miss their target.

Storm Troopers are so bad at firing their weaponry that the heroes always get away with not even a scratch.

There's even a popular joke that if a Stormtrooper shoots a Star Trek 'red shirt' the red shirt will still die. Which may say more about Star Trek...

But do Stormtroopers really miss? The evidence suggests otherwise and that it's a myth they always miss.

Let's start with A New Hope

The opening scene involves Stormtroopers boarding Princess Leia's ship, the Tantive IV. The entry hatch is blasted and out swarm the troopers into their own kill box they just created. They then proceed to kill most of the men aboard the vessel using their.... blasters. They basically shot their way out of a hole in the wall.

They were deadly accurate and  later on one of them was even able to quickly switch to stun and take down Princess Leia herself. Mission accomplished boys.

Whilst on Tattoine, Luke and Obiwan come across the Jawa's barge which has been shot to shit by Storm Troopers. Luke surmises it was the Tusken Raiders but Obi Wan is moved to note that "these blast points, too accurate for sand people. Only imperial storm troopers are so precise."

Now lets bear in mind that Obi Wan Kenobi is not merely a craxy old hermit, he was a General who fought in the Clone Wars. He knows what he is talking about. And as we later found out from the Clone Wars / Sith movie, we know he survived Order 66 - we'll talk about that some more later.

Also remember that Aunt Beru and Uncle Own were turned into crispy critters.

A few scenes later and we are on board the Death Star. Which is where all the talk of Stormtroopers missing appears to stem from. Queue the prison cell block break out.

Our heroes are pinned down in a corridor with cloned marksmen shooting at them with some serious firepower and they all miss. Yep. You got us there.

Our heroes are then later attempting to sneak onboard the Millennium Falcon as Obi Wan becomes one with the Force at the hands of Vader to wit Luke cries out Noooooooooo (like father, like son eh?).

The distracted troopers note the escape and commence firing at our heroes. All shots miss. Yep, you got us there. These Storm Troopers can't hit the side of a barn.

But hold the phone, don't we find out after our heroes escape that Governor Tarkin had ordered a homing beacon placed on the Falcon in an attempt to learn the location of the rebel forces? He was pretty serious about finding them, you'll recall he blew up Alderaan to try and get the location from Princess Leia.

So if it was that important for Tarkin to learn the location of the rebels secret base do you think he would allow the Stormtroopers to actually harm our heroes? The reality is Tarkin actually let them escape so our heroes would inadvertently lead him to the rebel fleet.
This means the Stormtroopers were deliberately missing their supposed targets.
You might be asking yourself, but because of their inability to shoot to kill, the Clone soldiers were dying at the hands of our heroes.

Yes, yes they were and the sequels revealed the Clones were under the direct control of the Republic and by the time A New Hope rolled around, under Lord Sidous. They were at his beck and call to do his will. And by delegated authority, they were Tarkin's minions. So when he orders them to not kill, that's all they do.

Only Ewoks can prevent forest fires?

Ewoks can prevent forest fires poster

Oct 10, 2017

Just how did Rey win her duel with Kylo Ren?

Thoughts on the duel between Rey and Kylo Ren - how did Rey win?

How did Rey REALLY beat Kylo Ren in their duel?

We spied this amusing comment on the 'net from someone who said they'd seen the movie three times which read:

"How does someone that just a few minutes earlier discover that she has Force ability so easily defeat someone else who although not a Jedi or a Sith has clearly had some training in the force."

And I was like did you see the same movie?

They probably thought Rey was just a girl.

The saber battle between Kylo and Rey was pretty darn good but Rey was the ultimate victor.

How does this come to pass?

The start of The Force Awakens shows Rey being attacked by TWO masked men. She fights them off and displays that she's a talented fighter able to hold her own against physically stronger opponents, using her staff.

She's clearly tough and not afraid of getting into the odd scrape. She's been through it before.

This serves to demonstrate in the fight with Ren that she has enough skills and agility to take him on in combat.

This next bit is really important.

Kylo Ren is severely injured in the fight.

The movie made an extremely blunt point that Chewbacca's Bowcaster weapon is very strong. Both Chewie and Han Solo used it to great effect, demonstrating that when hit with it you would be thrown 10 feet from where you stood. Many Stormtroopers died to bring you this information.

After Kylo Ren killed Han Solo, Chewie shot Kylo with the bowcaster. He took the full blast to his chest. He didn't take a back step, which demonstrated how strong he was.

The blast however left him bleeding and as he faced Rey, his blood was spilling onto the snow at his feet. You saw it when he punched his own chest. He was in real pain.

Finn had also managed to get Kylo with the saber. It was more of a flesh wound but it would serve to help Kylo lose a bit of focus. It would have also tired him somewhat.

Focus is key here too.

Kylo has just murdered his father Han Solo as part of his personal test whether he would be drawn to the dark or light side of the Force. It would be pretty fair to say his mind isn't fully in the game as he's waging an emotional battle in his head.

Another point to consider is that his training is not yet complete - Snoke tells us so at the end of the movie so it's arguable that Kylo is not yet the ultimate swordsman and it's quite likely he hasn't been in combat against another force sensitive person (wielding a saber) since he took part in the massacre at the Jedi Temple / Academy that Luke had started.

Remember, this film is called The Force Awakens and it has awoken in Rey big time.

The Force awoke within her when she touched Luke's long lost saber in Maz Kanata's castle. The Force is seemingly on a mission to bring Rey and Luke together. It is willing her to succeed.

There are some possibilities to consider.

Rey could be Luke's daughter. 

Rey could also be a Solo - while that would seem unlikely given the context of the film, that could be part of a bigger secret. If there is a familial relation to the Skywalker linage, it would be reasonable to assume the Force is particularly strong within Rey which would help her beat Kylo.

At the end of the day, the Force Awakens need a climactic sword fight - so to make it believable, Kylo had to be turned down somewhat and the blast from Chewie served that purpose.

Think back to the movie Gladiator when the same trick was used on Maximus - though the extreme of that was he was dealt a mortal blow (and still won the fight against Commodus).

We'll find out when The Last Jedi comes out in 2017.

Oct 9, 2017

The Last Jedi's full trailer has finally been revealed.

It feels like I have been waiting for this moment since Luke hacked off his father's arm and was inducted into the club by the Emperor with the classic line 'So be it then, Jedi.'.

Sure, Luke Skywalker had a wordless cameo at the end of The Force Awakens but that hardly counts as some quality time with a child hood hero.

Enjoy Rian Johnson's trailer for The Last Jedi.

Holy Cow Batman, were you blinded by its majesty?



I have no idea how the movie can live up to the hype of its own trailer.

Let's cover the things. Oh, the things!

Rey gets to the Journal of Wills

The Walkers!

The silvery fox creatures!

Luke speaks!

Has Kylo swapped sides?

Is that Luke facing off against Kylo? Snoke? We think there was a LOT of misdirection happening in this trailer!

Isn't this quote just brilliant? "I've seen this strength only once before. It didn't scare me enough then. It does now!"

If you live long enough, you see the same eyes in different people

If you live long enough, you see the same eyes in different people.

Look at those eyes. 

So piercingly real. 

This image is from the poster of The Last Jedi.

The official The Last Jedi poster has been released

Here's the official Star Wars poster for The Last Jedi. 

First thing one notes is Luke looms large over top. His father used to play that part...

Also it's bathed in chuck berry red. 

Blood red.

Which means Rey's blue saber stands out. Note that its glow reflects onto Luke who is largely bathed in red on the other side. More Stars Wars duality.

The use of the red and blue sabers continues on from The Force Awakens poster and again Rey and Kylo's weapons of choice run in parallel to each other (In TFA Rey's staff aligned with Kylo's saber).

It also confirms Captain Phasma has a spear. 

And of course, there's no Han Solo :( 

the last jedi official poster

To download the poster for a screenshot / wallpaper right click on the image. 

Oct 8, 2017

When is a Star Wars prequel not a prequel?

douglas chiang phantom menace concept design

When it's a sequel!

I noted a great discussion on Reddit about how Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith are prequels to A New Hope but also act as sequels to The Phantom Menace.

Mind blown?

Probably not if you understand the meaning of 'sequel'.

What it basically comes down to is the anchoring in time of the original publication:

"a published, broadcast, or recorded work that continues the story or develops the theme of an earlier one."

Many people think of sequel as being a publication that comes after the initial publication.

And that's pretty fair, however the definition also gives room to describe what one would consider a prequel as being as sequel.

It's all simple word play then or a game of semantics right?

One could even state a sequel is "something that takes place after or as a result of an earlier event."

And that's when you can describe Attack of the Clones as being a sequel to the story of The Phantom Menace as it's a continuation of the story.

Technically then, every release after ANH, inclusive of The Last Jedi is a sequel.

Some smart ass might like to argue then that A New Hope is a prequel to The Empire Strikes Back.

And they'd be wrong because ANH was the first publication and thus the defintion of what is a prequel or sequel hands on that.

So Rogue One is a prequel to ANH as it is published some 40 years after the original movie.

Is it a sequel to Revenge of the Sith?

You could argue that in terms of the time line of actual publication it is, however I would contend that given it has very little plot connection to ROTS, it doesn't serve as a continuation of that story story so is not a sequel but it does meet the definition in relation to ANH...

Now, any considerations on the Holiday Special?

Oct 5, 2017

Who REALLY is the Supreme Intellect that Lucas spoke of to the director of Return of the Jedi?

Update: Clearly I was late to the party as Stumpy Hobbit had already had it confirmed by Pablo Hildago himself on Twitter that George's storylines indeed inspired the Snoke character!

I couldn't find the actual tweet by Pablo though...

Who is the Supreme Intellect that Lucas spoke of to Richard Marquand?

This tweet by Jedi News piqued my interest:

Richard Marquand was the director of the third Star Wars movie, Return of the Jedi. A personal favorite, Jedi was the first Star Wars movie I saw as a kid at the theatre.

Given that love, I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Marquand and think he made a great movie

So when Jedi News says that Marquand had some insight about Lucas's intended vision of the Star Wars universe post Jedi, I was indeed interested. 

Here's the actual quote from the July 1983 edition of Prevue Magazine:

“If you follow the direction, and project into the final trilogy [i.e. Episode VII-IX], you realise that you’re going to meet the supreme intellect, and you think how is it possible to create a man who has such profound cunning that he can not only control Darth Vader, but the fate of Luke Skywalker? Control the destiny of the whole galaxy? You’ll be amazed!”

So there's apparently supreme intellect out there, pulling strings across the universe far wider than that Palpatine once managed?

That was in 1983 and some 33 years later, The Force Awakens is released and with it a mysterious character called Snoke. Snoke is definitely pulling strings across the universe. He's tapped into the psyhe of Kylo Ren and is attuned to the Force in someway. 

Is Snoke the embodiment of the idea that Lucas described to Marquand? 

Is Snoke this 'Supreme Intellect'?

I'm sure Pablo Hidalgo will be the first to tell me my Snoke Theory Sucks but it's not really mine, this theory has been around since the moment Snoke dropped into canon. I'm just taking it for a spin.

It's impossible to miss the reference to the intelligence is considered 'supreme' and that Snoke's more formal title is 'Supreme Leader'. Or am I making a leap to far like most random Youtube Star Wars speculators?

A rumoured working title for TFA was The Ancient Fear. An ancient supreme intellect perhaps? Update 2 - Pablo debunked that for us personally!

I quite like the Snoke - Darth Plagueis theory myself... but then Pable debunked that theory too. 

But let's take a side step of sorts. 

I'm interested in this reminder from history because of what happened with the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney - you know when Lucas sold Star Wars to the 'white slavers'...

We understand that Lucas had been playing with ideas for years about the movies numbers 7,8,9 and had made several comments over the decades.

While it is absolute myth that Lucas actually wrote 9 or even 12 Star Wars movies, he has stated several times, he thought that the third trilogy should be filmed in the time line where Luke Skywalker was as old as Kenobi himself was in A New Hope.

Indeed, at the time of the sale it was widely reported that Lucas had been developing story lines for the future and they were incorporated into the sale.  

Cut to literally the last minute of The Force Awakens and it's clear that Lucas' vision of Luke has been carried through.

We also know that script writer Michael Arndt spent also most a year as the lead pen of the film that became The Force Awakens before JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan effectively when back to the drawing board.

But did Arndt work with the story lines that Lucas had developed and supplied to Disney? And did these also include the 'Supreme Intellect' that Marquand spoke of? And if so, is this shadowy entity Supreme Leader Snoke?

We won't of course know until until The Last Jedi is released. And even then, we may not know until movie 9 but we're picking that now Skywalker is Obi Wan's age equivalent, the story lines as suggested by Lucas for that character will be mixed into the new foundation set by The Force Awakens.

And maybe we'll learn just how much of Lucas's ideas were carried over into the third trilogy and The last Jedi. Will Luke Skywalker get to confront the Supreme Intellect?

Did you ever see the movie Krull? It's an awesome fantasy film that's so bad it's good. Nice to see it had a mention on the Prevue magazine cover above!

Joss Wheedon says The Empire Strikes Back committed a cardinal sin. What was it?

ending screen empire back

The Avengers and Firefly director had been clearly thinking about the perils of sequels when he went into Age of Ultron.

He commented on the ending of The Empire Strikes back:

Empire committed the cardinal sin of not actually ending.

Which at the time I was appalled by and I still think it was a terrible idea. Well, it's not an ending. It's a Come Back Next Week, or in three years. And that upsets me.

I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn't end I'll go to a French movie.

That's a betrayal of trust to me. A movie has to be complete within itself, it can't just build off the first one or play variations."

Which is not to say you can run around screaming “OMG WHEEDON HATES STAR WARS!”.

So how did Age of Ultron fair in terms of quality. Someone remind me?

Oct 3, 2017

Here’s 10 insanely awesome facts about the Star Wars films that any fanboy really ought to know.

10 awesome Star Wars film facts

Oh noes it's another damn post on key facts about Star Wars! But you know you love them!

So here's ten sweet facts about the Star Wars movies that every self respecting fan boy and girl should know.

  • The only characters that appear in all 8 films form the most famous robot pairing in history, R2D2 and C3PO. You could argue Obi Wan Kenobi also appears in all 6 movies albeit with two different actors and two appearances as a ghost. That argument could be rendered moot by the fact the robots also appeared in the Star Wars Holiday Special which is technically considered Star Wars cannon! Or is it?
  • The Millenium Falcon has a cameo appearance in Revenge of the Sith. In an all too brief shot it is seen landing on Coruscant. 
  • Return of the Jedi was originally going to be called Revenge of the Jedi. It was also going to have a really dark ending where Luke Skywalker was going to take over the Empire by himself, presumably after killing the Emperor and Lord Vader. 
  • A lot of people cite Mon Mothma as being the only other female in the original Star Wars other than Leia as having a role of any really importance. How everyone forgets loving Aunt Beru. But now we have Jyn and Ray as leads!
  • In early drafts of Star Wars, Luke’s last name was Starkiller and he was a General.
  • Boba Fett was first seen in The Empire Strikes Back right? Nope, technically his first appearance was in an animated segment of The Star Wars Holiday Special. It is the only good part of that movie
  • Frank Oz who is the voice for the most famous little green guy in cinema history, Yoda was also the voice of the Muppet’s Miss Piggy. It was because of his talents that he developed with Jim Henson that saw him get the call up. He also did the puppetry. 
  • Return of the Jedi’s Ewoks were originally intended to be a tribe of Wookie, however it was eventually realised that given Chewbacca could fly the Millennium Falcon, Wookie were not so primitive and thus the entire plot of the Ewok attack on the Shield generator would have seemed a nonsense. The Ewoks thus came into play for this reason – and also apparently it was thought a lot of kiddie friendly Ewok teddy bears and associated merchandise could be sold. You saw Caravan of Courage right? The Wookie were eventually seen on there home planet of Kashyyyk in Revenge of the Sith. 
  • Richard Marquand suggested that Leia should be the one who killed Jabba the Hutt.
  • The Phantom Menace's Darth Maul has a grand total of ten horns on his head.

Did you think this was a good list? Here's 101 bits of trivia about Star Wars! Oh, and some about the Prequels.

Who or what is the Blue Snaggletooth? And what is the truth?

The Blue Snaggletooth is one of the rarest Star Wars figurines - its design was part guess, part screw up. But wait, is there a alternative truth. Something that comes from a certain perspective. 

Snaggletooth, was originally released by toy maker Kenner in 1979 as part of a 'Star Wars Cantina Adventure' set. He came with three other friends, Hammerhead, Walrusman and the eponymous Greedo

Their faces were sculpted rather accurately by Kenner when compared to how they appeared in the original Star Wars movie, but what they did to their clothes (and sometimes physiology) has amused figurine collectors for years since.

With only a black-and-white headshot photo of Snaggletooth to go on, Kenner effectively made-up what it thought the character looked like, giving the alien human proportions a lovely blue suited costume to wear. It was quite the dapper costume.

The  actual movie version of Snaggletooth is actually half the height and wears a red outfit. Once this 'mistake' was confirmed, the correct version of Snaggletooth was re-produced and released. This meant that original Blue Snaggletooth is now a rare find and a prize worth to any Star Wars collectors top shelf. 


It can be argued that Kenner didn't really make a mistake with their design. If you want the real truth you have to go to the official Star Wars site where they lay it out:

"The funny thing is that Kenner actually wasn’t mistaken. Snivvians, the species of Snaggletooth, are average sized and more than one does appear in the classic trilogy. The character that inspired Kenner to create a smaller Snaggletooth didn’t even appear in Star Wars. It was a smaller female Snivvian called Zutmore who appeared in The Star Wars Holiday Special, seen on the photo Kenner used for the figure’s card. The Snivvians that appeared in Star Wars are often documented in black and white photographs and while they sport a hunchback, neither is short in height."

So there you have it. Every other website seems to report that the design of Snaggletooth was done in some kind of vacumn - however

Fun Fact One: The legend of the Blue Snaggletooth is so well established that you can still buy the figurine on Amazon.

Fun Fact Two: Walrusman was eventually renamed - Ponda Baba, and the rest is history. 

Even better than the real thing?

princess leia cosplay recreation  

For many cosplayers, Princess Leia in the metal slave bikini of Jedi is the gold standard. There's a million lasses and even a lad or two that have donned the outfit.

But it takes a special kind of cosplayer to recreate the Rolling Stone Magazine beach shot that Carrie Fisher did to promote Return of the Jedi!

We understand that the model is cosplayer @DannyCozplay. Here's another picture from the photo shoot:

princess leia cosplay bikini costume

Oct 1, 2017

10 strange oddities about the Star Wars movies

10 strange oddities about the Star Wars movies

10 strange facts and oddities about Star Wars

You could almost say they are space oddities.


On with the show!

Star Wars has become a huge beast of a franchise and over 6 movies some strange things have cropped up as part of each films production.

Here's a wee list.

  1. The wise wizard Gandalf from Lord of the Rings was a huge influence on the character of Obi Wan Kenobi - so much so that an early draft of the Star Wars script featured lines cribbed directly from the pages of Tolkien!
  2. Peter Cushing filmed all his scenes as Grand Moff Tarkin wearing slippers!
  3. Denis Lawson who famously played X-Wing pilot Wedge is the real life uncle of Ewan McGregor who played Obi Wan Kenobi in the prequel films!
  4. The plot twist reveal of the father and son relationship between Vader and Luke in The Empire Strikes Back is often misquoted as "Luke, I am your father". The line is actually "No, I am your father". No one knows why people do this!
  5. In Jedi, the green Twilek Oola has a nipple slip and George Lucas left it in every time Jedi was re-released. Maybe the Rancor was supposed to distract us?
  6. Despite being one of the most famous and well known villains in the history of movie making, Darth Vader actually has only 12 minutes of screen time in A New Hope! That's four minutes less than the screen time of Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs - and Anthony Hopkins got an Oscar for the part! 
  7. The reason the little green guy Yoda returned as a character to Return of the Jedi was there was some concern about whether Vader was really Luke's father. After consultation with child psychologists about how Vader's claim could be perceived by younger children who then went on to watch Jedi, George Lucas decide he needed an independent character to confirm Darth Vader's claim that he is Luke Skywalker's father. Which was awesome for everyone as we all love Yoda!
  8. You know that awesome pod racer race in The Phantom Menace? Yep, Lucas was just copying the famous chariot race from Ben Hur. Lucas actually copied from a LOT of movies to make his own one. 
  9. Lucas was actually quite good at stealing good ideas. You know that bit where Obi Wan feels the death of the people on the planet Alderaan? Lucas just took that from a Star Trek episode where Spock felt the death of 400 of his own Vulcan kind.
  10. David Lynch was offered the chance to direct Return of the Jedi but turned it down. Can you imagine how crazy Jedi could have turned out if Lynch had cast his magic over the film? Lynch actually chose Dune as his next film, and while it wasn't an universally accepted film, it has gone on to earn its own unique place in film history as a really interesting sci-fi movie. It was also probably just as well that Sting didn't have a role in Jedi either.....Truth be told though, the Dune book had a massive influence on Star Wars.

Sep 26, 2017

Did Moff Jerjerrod actually double his efforts?

jer jerrod and vader in ROTJ opening scene

Did Moff Jerjerrod actually double his efforts?

If you were to ask a casual movie watcher what first scene of The Return of the Jedi was all about, they might offer up the rescue of Han Solo from his carbonite coffin at Jabba's Palace on Tattooine. 

A more seasoned Star War fan would probably tell you it's when Darth Vader arrives at the Death Star II and puts the frighteners on Moff Jerjerrod, the man charged with building the planet killer. 

Jerjerrod and Vader have a lovely discussion about his progression:

Moff Jerjerrod: Lord Vader. This is an unexpected pleasure. We are honored by your presence.
Darth Vader: You may dispense with the pleasantries, Commander. I am here to put you back on schedule.

Jerjerrod: I assure you, Lord Vader, my men are working as fast they can.

Vader: Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate them.

Jerjerrod: I tell you that this station will be operational as planned.

Vader: The Emperor does not share your optimistic appraisal of the situation.

Jerjerrod: But he asks the impossible! I need more men!

Vader: Then perhaps you can tell him when he arrives.

Jerjerrod[alarmed] The Emperor's coming here?

Vader: That is correct, Commander, and he is most displeased with your apparent lack of progress.
Jerjerrod: We shall double our efforts.
Vader: I hope so, Commander, for your sake. The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.

This is a charming conversation.

When Vader clearly enunciates that he could motivate Jerjerrod is placed under pressure but he stands his ground only to be informed the Emperor will be making an appearance to which Jerjerrod affirms their efforts will be doubled. 

Did they though? 

Well the truth appears to be they hardly had time to get cracking on the Death Star's completion cause Lando and his friends blew it up a few days later... 

There's a deleted scene which actually gives some weight to Vader's comments in their exchange - he Force chokes Jerjerrod!

Here's a cool piece of triva - while Micheal Pennington played the role, Alan Rickman auditioned!

Old School movie watchers will know him as the bad guy from Die Hard, everyone else will know him from Harry Potter!

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Sep 24, 2017

18 references in The Force Awakens to the other Star Wars movies

When JJ Abrams joked about putting Jar Jar Binks' decomposed body in a sand dune to make a call back to the Star Wars prequel films, it spread across the net as it served to show that JJ was smart enough to not do something stupid like that.

What JJ was smart enough to do was plenty of references and call backs to both the original and prequel Star Wars trilogies.

Here's a list of them !

Note that this is a list of references to the films that came before TFA. Some are obvious, some are pretty obscure and vague. This is not a list of easter eggs of everything found in the movie (but do check out the Beastie Boys one!) nor does it explore the thematic relationships of the movies.

And yes, we totally acknowledge the TFA was a giant echo / model of the plot of ANH hope in so many ways. So what.

  1. This first one is a gimme - every Star Wars film has featured the classic line, "I've got a bad feeling about this.." And so in TFA it fell to Han Solo to deliver the famous quote. 
  2. Just as A New Hope found a young Luke Skywalker tied to the sandy planes of Tattooine as a moisture farmer, Rey finds herself as a scavenger who trades parts for food and water. She too is stuck on the planet, waiting for her family to return.
  3. When on the Falcon for the first time & as he's trying to give first aid to Chewie, Finn comes across the training ball aid that Luke used to learn about the Force when using the saber in ANH. In the same vein, Rey and Finn hide in the same hidden compartments that Han et al used when they first landed on the Death Star. We also get to see the famous dejarik or holochess game that RD2D and Chewbacca once played in ANH. Apparently it's the same game!
  4. The red light saber of Kylo Ren continues a tradition of the bad guys brandishing red sabers. 
  5. It's almost as an in joke but Finn appears to be a little short for a Stormtrooper, perhaps a reference to Leia's famous line to Luke as he attempts to rescue her on the Death Star (the truth though is at the time of the TFA, clones are no longer used so troopers will be of differing heights).
  6. When Han asks Finn if there is a garbage shoot to put Phasma down, this is a call back to when Han and co went down a garbage shoot to escape from the cell block in ANH.
  7. Captain Phasma is modelled somewhat (in style) on Bobba Fett who was first introduced in The Empire Strikes Back as having the cool 'bad ass' role. Let's hope Phasma get to cut loose in The Last Jedi.
  8. Kylo Ren makes a reference to the Clone Wars when he perhaps mockingly suggests to General Hux that maybe they should consider obtaining a Clone Army given the apparent loyalty issues Finn had just demonstrated.
  9. As BB-8 does some rolling to escape the TIE attack, two podracers can be spied in the background, a nod to The Phantom Menace.
  10. Finn's trooper number designation, FN-2187, is a direct callback to A New Hope. If you recall the cell number that Princess Leia found her self in when she was captive on the Death Star, it was 2187. The use of that number itself was a reference to the year that George Lucas's prior movie THX 1138 was set in!
  11. In the trailer for TFA, when entering Maz Kanata's castle, our heroes observe a large array of flags. Many of them refer to the pod racing flags that racers like Sebulba and Anakin flew in Phantom Menace. The Mandalore flag which is a link to Bobba Fett as well. Many of these were removed from the final version of the film.
  12. Many people have noted that Kylo Ren seems to have the same hair as Anakin Skywalker did in Revenge of the Sith. This would be a very subtle reference if it is intentional - none-the-less it could be the case due to the grandfather grandson relationship!
  13. The orange doll that Rey has fashioned in her living abode is very reminiscent of the suits worn by the rebel pilots in A New Hope. 
  14. A really obscure reference that is not explicitly made in the film is that Captain Phasma's chrome armour is made from a space ship that Palpatine used to own. It's a prequel reference in that the ship was built on the planet Naboo, the home planet of Padme Amidala, Kylo's grandmother. 
  15. Unkar Plutt has a similar kind of hold over Rey as did Watto over Anakin. While Watto owned Anakin, Plutt's control is by way of having an apparent monopoly over the food supply. More curiously, Rey's flashback sequence implies Plutt seems to have some kind of custodial responsibility for Rey as it is his arm that is holding her when she is watching her parent's spaceship take off from Jakku. 
  16. When Han Solo calls out to Kylo Ren using his real name of Ben, this is a direct reference to Obi Wan Kenobi for he was known as Old Ben during his time on Tatooine as he looked over Luke.
  17. Rey suggests to Han that they're on the ship that did the Kessel Run in 14 parsecs - Han is quick to correct that it was 12 as he claimed in ANH!
  18. The lightsaber stuck in the snow moment between Rey and Kylo is a clear call back to the part in The Empire Strikes Back where Luke used his Force powers to call the saber to him just prior to the Wampa attacking him for a second time.  In TFA, Rey's Force call is stronger than Kylo's.
  19. We're had placed to think of a direct Return of the Jedi reference but note the Starkiller base had a similar end to Death Star II where X-Wings flew inside each technological terror to help destroy it. 
We will be interested to see what callbacks The Last Jedi makes, and indeed, what JJ Abrams will do now that he's directing episode IV.

    Try this page, if you're after the cameo appearances by celebrity actors.

    Sep 18, 2017

    First 'Porg' tattoos spotted in the wild

    This is next level PORG. 

    Tattooed on this couple's legs before the movie is even out!

    What if they are not simply cute little inhabitants of Ach-to that keep Luke company? What if they are Sith? 

    porg tatoo on leg last jedi

    Is this legit?

    Sep 16, 2017

    The influence of Frank Herbert's Dune novel on Star Wars

    A look out how the Dune book influenced George Lucas's first Star Wars film script

    We have covered many times that George Lucas soaked up a thousand different inspirations from books and films that he wove into the grand tapestry of Star Wars.

    We've looked at war films, country and westerns and even the novels of Edgar Rice Borrows.

    We have however always shied away somewhat from Frank Herbert's Dune.

    Let's fix that.

    Forget that Dune was made into a movie in 1984 by David Lynch, it's the novel that had the influence on Lucas and his development of the original Star Wars script or "Journal of the Whills" as it was once titled.

    While there should be no doubt about the influence that it had on Lucas, we cannot find a single article or quote by the man wherein he refers to Dune. But make no mistake, the comparison of some if the ideas in both movies are unmistakable....

    Indeed Herbert himself has been said to have jokingly formed the "We’re Too Big to Sue George Lucas Society" when he recognized elements from his own works and many other writers in the film.

    And let's be clear, Star Wars does not have the same story as Dune. It took elements and themes but not the direct plot.

    Spice Up Your Life

    In the first draft of Star Wars the drug ‘spice’ was very much a central theme of script. Indeed Lucas's version of Princess Leia was not fleeing from the Empire with the stolen plans for the Death Star but rather, holding a cargo of the drug 'melange' spice... later Han Solo became a smuggler of spice...

    Here's a comparison of some direct lifts and inspirations

    • Princess Leia’s name is arguably inspired by the Princes Alia
    • Star Wars features a desert planet called Tatootine. Remind me what kind of planet Arrakis was in Dune?
    • The Jawa sandcrawler Jawas was inspired by the mining vehicles Arakin’s used. 
    • The Skywalker family were moisture farmers in a similar vein as the 'dew collectors’.
    • The 'Jedi Mind Trick' is very similar to how the sisterhood of the Bene Gesserit can use The Voice to influence the actions of others.
    • In ANH, Luke Skywalker practices his lightsaber training against an automated training remote. This seems a direct lift from the part where Princess Alia works on her sword skills against an automated training dummy.
    • In Empire Strikes Back, the Millennium Falcon just manages to escape from the jaws of giant, space slug that was living in a space asteroid. In Dune, there are giant sandworms which cause a bit of similar havoc. 
    • In ESB, the villain turns out to be hero's father. In Dune, the villain out to be hero's grandfather
    • Return of the Jedi’s Jabba the Hutt looks like a giant slug with a fat face and arms. This character may have been inspired by The God Emperor of Dune, Leto Atreides the Second who funnily enough was a 15 foot long slug.

    Speaking of the Great Bard...

    We should acknowlege that a lot of Shakespeare's plays influenced Frank Herbet as he developed Dune - so while many of the family dynamics in Dune and the 'saga' of it all, can be compared and contrasted with Star Wars, one could perhaps argue the driving force of Shakespeare ripples underneath the surface quite strongly in Star Wars regardless of Dune's influence.

    Indeed, to dismiss Shakespeare's work as an influence on George Lucas would be a mistake. Though Lucas may not have been directly taking paragraphs out of Shakespeare (unlike which he did for Tolkien!) his admiration of The Forbidden Plant exposed him to what was basically The Tempest set in space. Given Lucas's love of films by Akiro Kurosawa, he most likely saw 'Ran', which was a remake of King Lear!

    Shakespeare actually has a lot to answer for - it was his line from Othello that inspired the name of the Mortal Engines novel!

    Extra for Experts: 

    One: We mentioned above that David Lynch directed the movie version of Dune. We think it's a pretty good science fiction movie, though a patient watch is needed. You know how things come full circle? George Lucas actually met with Lynch to discuss the possibility of Lynch taking the director's chair for Return of the Jedi! Lynch turned him down which led to Marquand having a crack.

    Two: There's a large feeling out there that Lucas was perhaps inspired by the film script of a Dune film that never got made by director Alejandro Jodorowsky. That this version of Dune got so close to being made is the stuff of legend and can be seen in the documentary called 'Jodorowsky's Dune'.

    Three: Denis Villeneuve looks set to direct a remake of Dune. He's well placed to do so following the success of his Blade-runner sequel and the fantastic Arrival. 

    Sep 12, 2017

    JJ is back for IX!

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    This news has made our day.

    After Colin Trevorrow got the boot, JJ Abrams is coming back to direct Star Wars movie. 

    The last movie he directed did something like over 1B at the box office, so he sounds like a safe bet eh?

    Here's the official word from Star Wars:

    "J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. 

    Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.

    “With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.

    Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019."

    Sep 10, 2017

    What is the connection of Jango and Boba Fett to THX 1138?

    You may have read how we loved our viewing of George Lucas's first official film, THX 1138. Lucas' sci-fi movie gained a cult like status as it explored themes of loss of humanity and denial of self, bureaucratic systems that control a population and manipulation of free will.

    And what does that have to with Jango Fett and his cloned son Boba?

    In the Star Wars time line, Attack of the Clones is the first occasion we get to see young Boba - we meet with him and his father Jango as Obi-Wan Kenobi follows a lead to Kaimino.

     As Obi-Wan is introduced to his newly discovered army, we are shown the scale of it and how it is being made:

    Check out the comparison in the above photo that Mike Klimo, who knows a thing or two about Star Wars, has put together. 

    You see it right? 

    The production system used in THX-1138 appears to have been used as inspiration for what Kenobi is exposed to in the Clones movie. 

    Sure it's at a grander scale but the concept is the same. In TXH, the embryo is simply referred to as a designated name, the same manner as the clone Storm Troopers are. 

    It's a straight lift.

    Mike Klimo has another inspiration:

    In THX, the situation is a factory setting, in Clones, it's mass 'factory' style learning. Check out the uniforms and head pieces. There's no intended individuality. 

    Sep 5, 2017

    Colin Trevorrow is off the Star Wars IX movie

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    Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is off the Star Wars IX film project.

    Here's the official word:

    "Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon."

    So how many directors have been booted from a modern Star Wars project?

    Let's count them:

    • Josh Trank - unannounced project which we can guess as a Bobba Fett vehicle
    • Phil Lord and Christopher Miller - Han Solo
    • Colin Trevorrow - Untitled IX

    So that's four directors from 3 Star Wars movies given the boot.

    We could almost add Rogue One director Gareth Edwards to that list as he was not involved in the re-shoots of Rogue One which by most measures saved the film.

    Hey, here's an amusing picture:

    In terms of Trank's firing, we understand from internet scuttlebut that after the disastrous Fantastic Four reboot and his off set 'issues' he was considered too great a risk. 

    Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had genuine creative differences and were unwilling to bend to the needs of the producer and were given a firm boot by Kathy Kennedy.

    And now less than two months later, Kathy has given Colin Trevorrow a bus ticket home. 

    This news coming on the heels of box office flop, The Book of Henry doesn't appear to put Colin in a good light however his dinosaur movie was pretty handy and Safety Not Guaranteed was an absolutely charming movie so go figure. 

    So who is going to be put in the director's chair. The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson? Han Solo movie director Richie Cunningham? 

    Those would be two safe bets.

    Here's what we think would be a brave call: Lawrence Kasdan for the gig!

    Time will tell. 

    Sep 4, 2017

    111 truly awesome facts about the Star Wars movies that any fan will love

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    111 awesome Star Wars facts and trivia

    There's been eight Star Wars movies over 40 years and there's been a lot of ideas, stories, characters and actors that have been thrown into the mix.

    This has meant there's plenty of facts about the Star Wars movies, both in terms of what can be found in them and the things that happened while they were in production.

    And they are awesome.

    You could even use this list as the basis for a pub quiz if you wanted - you just need to rephrase them as questions and answers.

    Here's 111 of the best facts about Star Wars that we could find.

    1. Princess Leia never actually gets to 'meet' General Obi Wan Kenobi. She sees him from afar when she's escaping the Death Star as Obi-Wan is about to let Darth Vader kill him but that's it. Unless you count Obi-Wan being present for her birth in Revenge of the Sith...then she never met him.
    2. Anthony Daniels, who voiced C3P0 and climbed into the tin suit, is the only actor to appear in all 8 Star Wars films - you have to count The Clone Wars animated film of course! Kenny Baker did not actually film anything for Revenge of the Sith, his parts were a mix of CGI and footage recycled from Attack of the Clones. In The Force Awakens, Artoo was a mix of manual robot and CGI as Baker was too aged to perform. RIP Kenny.
    3. Empire was the first movie to have a number by its title in the opening credits being 'V'. The original Star War was not called A New Hope or Episode 4, this came later. 
    4. As General Kenobi is about to leave to hunt down General Grevious, he shares a nice moment with Anakin which finishes with a very loving, 'Good bye old friend' from Kenobi. This is the last time in the movie the two Jedi converse as friends. A key thing is the lighting - Anakin in the dark and Obi Wan in the light - it is a literal case of foreshadowing what was to come.
    5. Bail Organa and Yoda step into the hallway of Organa's ship and have a nice coversation about being rebels or something in Sith. It's the actual ship that Darth Vader boards to capture Princess Leia Organa in the start of A New Hope.
    6. Darth 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.
    7. In a New Hope, Leia was kept as Tarkin's prisoner on the Death Star in cell number 2187. This was a deliberate choice as 2187 is the year that the Lucas directed film THX 1138, was set. 
    8. The furry Ewoks were a late addition to the Star Wars mythology in Jedi. Their part in the story was to be played by the Wookiees, but by the time Lucas and his production partners sat down to write Return of The Jedi, they realized that, because Chewbacca could fly the Millennium Falcon, repair the ship and operate pretty much any weapon or machine in the known universe, they'd made the Wookiees too technologically advanced for the plot.
    9. Wedge Antilles really is Obi-Wan Kenobi's Uncle! And he made a cameo appearance in Rogue One.
    10. In Jedi, listen very carefully as Darth Vader picks up the Emperor and throws him down the Death Star shaft. This is the only time the Jedi theme music plays over a shot of Vader, reflecting his return to the light side of the Force. tie fighter story board star wars
    11. It's a myth the Wampa was created to allow for Luke's rearranged face after a car accident. Mark Hamill was injured prior to the filming of The Empire Strikes Back. This is fact though. The myth is that due to his face being rearranged, Lucas had to re-write the Hoth events to include the Wampa attacking Luke to account for his injury. The truth is that no accommodations were made for Hamill’s face. The myth is probably stoked by this moment from Empire that was unused.
    12. After appearing in Jedi, Wedge Antilles becomes the only X-wing pilot character (apart from Luke) who survives all three major battles in the films. Luke of course only two part in two of those battles as a pilot.
    13. On the Hoth planet Rebel base - recall that dude to which Han Solo retorts, "Then I'll see you in Hell!" just before he heads out to find a certain missing Jedi? That's Cliff Clavin from Cheers AKA John Ratzenberger. These days he does voice acting in most Pixar movies.
    14. Anakin Skywalker really is the ‘Chosen one’. While Yoda and Mace Windu 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.
    15. Harrison Ford famously was never intended to be Han Solo, he was just hanging around after American Graffitti and was helping other actors read their lines as Lucas was in the casting process. Eventually Lucas wised up and realised Harrison already had the part down cold. That's the stuff of movie making legend.
    16. After Padme dies, she is returned to Naboo for burial - her body has been altered to make it appear like she was still pregnant - this is all part of the ruse to kept the existence of Leia and Luke a secret. 
    17. The famous reveal of the father and son relationship between Vader and Luke in The Empire Strikes Back is often misquoted as "Luke, I am your father". The line is actually "No, I am your father"
    18. "It's a trap," which is arguably the most famous line in the ROTJ, was, incredibly, not in the screenplay. The line was scripted as "It's a trick!" and was later changed post-filming after a test screening because, let's face it, "it's a trick" just doesn't have the same ring to it. Anyway, Princess Leia said it first in The Empire Strikes Back.
    19. 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. 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!
    20. James Earl Jones is famed for providing the voice for Vader however he didn't do the famous breathing effect. This was done by Ben Burt placing a microphone inside the mouth piece of a breathing apparatus and recording it being used.
    21. Mr Diehard, Alan Rickman auditioned for the role of Moff Jerjerrod.falcon concept design
    22. George Lucas at one stage considered using the great actor and director Orsen Welles as the voice actor for Darth Vader.
    23. It's a myth that George Lucas had 12 films all mapped out before the first Star Wars was released. That’s the legend but the mythology of it has grown over the years. The nutshell is that Lucas wrote a great deal of material when he was developing his little sci-fi adventure. Based around a so called “Journal of Whills”, Lucas script eventually was cut up and Star Wars as we know it was filmed. It was not until Empire Strikes Back came out that the term Episode 5 was mentioned officially. Lucas’s grand vision was actually pieced together over several years in very broad strokes. The 12 or 9 films as most people know of were never fully scripted but were largely imaginings of Lucas that were eventually firmly realized well after 1977
    24. The script for A New Hope was heavily influenced by Frank Herbert's Dune novel - several concepts were taken from it. 
    25. In ROTS, a quick character cameo occurs when Vader and the Emperor are standing on the bridge of a Star Destroyer, overlooking the initial construction stage of the Death Star. In a blink an you'll miss it moment, a young Moff Tarkin quietly sidles up to the Sith Lords. Moff Tarkin features heavily in A New Hope, it is he who orders the destruction of the planet Alderaan.
    26. During the opera scene of ROTS, Palpatine tells Anakin about how Darth Plagueis was so powerful he could create life. While it's never made explicit, the film could have been suggesting that Darth Plagueis caused the 'immaculate conception' of Anakin Skywalker. The Expanded Universe novels show that Plagueis certainly was capable of such an amazing act...
    27. Jedi was originally going to be called Revenge of the Jedi until Lucas decided that Jedi do not seek revenge. This was quite late in the production so there was a lot of promotional gear with the title already printed on it. 
    28. Mark Hamill received a black eye when filming the famous 'Dianoga' attack in the Trash Compactor scene from A New Hope which meant he was filmed from one side only for the rest shooting that scene.
    29. Princess Leia was subject to one of the most famous ad libs in cinema history - that being Han Solo's response to her declaration of love - "I know". Harrison Ford apparently made it up at Irvine Kershner's suggestion. Leia got to return the line in Jedi during the Battle of Endor. 
    30. E.T. made a cameo appearance in The Phantom Menace
    31. If you asked the average Star Wars fan what was Leia’s home world, they would be correct in answering the planet Alderraan and they could go to the head of the class. If you asked the most hard core fan, they might also quickly add that Leia and Luke were actually born at a medical facility on Polissa Massa – if you’ve seen Revenge of the Sith you might recall that is where Obi Wan Kenobi took the injured Padme for medical assistance.
    32. ANH famously featured the milk at the Lar's family breakfast scene.
    33. Rogue One features the same blue milk in Saw's cavern. 
    34. Darth Vader has only 12 minutes of screen time in A New Hope!facts and trivia about The Empire Strikes Back
    35. Hayden Christensen  appeared as the costumed Vader in Revenge of the Sith. He apparently begged Lucas to let him play him.
    36. 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.
    37. 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...).
    38. James Earl Jones is famed for providing the voice for Vader however he didn't do the famous breathing effect. This was done by Ben Burt placing a microphone inside the mouth piece of a breathing apparatus and recording it being used. 
    39. George Lucas at one stage considered using the great Orsen Welles as the voice actor for Darth.
    40. Han Solo grabs Princess Leia’s breasts in the middle of the Battle of Endor. He was perhaps checking she was still wearing this
    41. When Jango Fett gets into his ship after his fight with Obi-Wan in Attack of the Clones, he bangs his head on the open door. This was intentional, and is a reference to a famous goof from the orginal movie where a cloned storm trooper accidentally bangs his head on a door (the clone being the descendant of Jango Fett and having inherited this character trait). luke darth duel story board star wars
    42. Carrie Fisher has spoken many times of her struggles with bipolar disorder. You wouldn't wish this on any anybody. 
    43. Harrison Ford and Fisher had an affair during the film of A New Hope. Ford was married at the time. 
    44. Leia's character has her own musical theme titled "Princess Leia's Theme". It is represented by the musical leitmotif method which is famously used across the films. The piece was composed by John Williams and was used several times. It first appeared in A New Hope, heard when Princess Leia is captured by the evil Sith Lord, Darth Vader. Later, it surfaces as R2-D2 plays her holographic message to Obi-Wan Kenobi. The also theme plays when Kenobi is killed by Vader and it makes an appearance in the credits of the movie. It also is used in the two follow up movies and the Revenge of the Sith prequel when her adoptive father Bail Organa introduces her to her adoptive mother. 
    45. In the original drafts of Star Wars, Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker were definitely different people - it wasn’t until the development of script for The Empire Strikes Back that the two were combined as one character. This means Darth Vader does not mean Dark Father and the name was not a hint as to Luke's parentage.
    46. Lord Vader’s famous leitmotif theme music is known as The Imperial March and was not introduced until Empire Strikes Back.
    47. It's a myth that Splinter of the Mind's Eye was the scripted sequel to A New Hope. The truth is the book ‘Splinter of the Mind’s Eye’ was commissioned by Lucas as a potential sequel to Star Wars. The myth is that the novel was written based off a script written by George Lucas. There was no written script at all - Alan Dean Foster was writing the novelisation of Star Wars and also a second book. He was as simply instructed by Lucas to write the book based off some ideas and film treatments that George threw at him. Lucas could then turn it into a film script down the line, if he so chose. The reality is that when Star Wars 'went global' Lucas changed gears and the sequel script was first drafted by Leigh Bracket, which after her death from cancer, Lucas refined further with help from Lawrence Kasdan.
    48. Boba Fett was first seen in The Empire Strikes Back right? Nope, technically his first appearance was in an animated segment of The Star Wars Holiday Special. It is the only good part of that movie
    49. Bobba also actually made his first public appearance in a Star Wars street parade before either movie!
    50. Frank Oz who is the voice for the most famous little green guy in cinema history, Yoda was also the voice of the Muppet’s Miss Piggy. It was because of his talents that he developed with Jim Henson that saw him get the call up. He also did the puppetry. 
    51. A very early draft of the Emire saw Han Solo going in search of his Father-In-Law, Ovan Marekal, who has political ties with Lord Vader.
    52. In Revenge of the Sith Darth Vader's head was symmetrical for the first time in a Star Wars film. It was developed using precise machinery - the original was hand sculpted and was mildly aspherical!
    53. The classic "The first transport is away!" line from Empire Strikes Back was delivered by Mark Hamill. 
    54. George Lucas took a lot of his inspiration from a film called The Hidden Fortress. It featured a pair of bickering sidekicks who served as comic relief and crucially managed to help keep the plot ticking along. Lucas adopted this concept and applied it to the robots.
    55. C3PO's most famous quote is perhaps "I suggest a new strategy, Artoo: let the Wookie win." which pretty much speaks for itself!
    56. The original drafts for Star Wars show that the Skywalker family was actually called Starkiller. Indeed the drafts featured a General Starkiller and didn’t focus on the young moisture farmer from Tatooine. His son was called Deak. He eventually became Luke.
    57. In ESB's original script treatment Luke Skywalker flies to the 'Bog' Planet where he meets a frog-like Jedi named 'Minch', who teaches him the ways of the force. That's right, Yoda was frog-like and was going to be called Minch. Can you image it, "But Master Minch, you cannot die!" 
    58. A lot of people miss it, thinking the C3PO is totally golden but his right leg is silver from beneath the knee joint. In The Force Awakens he had a red arm for a time but at the end of the movie has gone back to what we presume was the original gold.
    59. R2D2 stands at a height of 96cm.
    60. George Lucas made his first Star Wars cameo in Revenge of the Sith. He dressed as a Pantoran senator, Baron Papanoida. You might not have recognised him as he all dressed up in blue body paint! His daughter also cameoed with him at the same time. His son Jedi appears as a padwan Jedi that is killed by the Stormtroopers as he attempts to make contact with Bail Organa. trivia about Qui Gon Jinn
    61. Coincidentally or not, the filming code name for Return of the Jedi was Blue Harvest.
    62. Ralph McQuarrie designed C3PO by taking liberty with the Maschinenmensch design from the film Metropolis. Robby the Robot also was an inspiration for the protocol droid aspect.
    63. When Anakin is slaughtering the Tusken Raider in Attack of the Clones, Qui-Gon's voice can be heard in the background. This is no accident as Qui-Gon Jinn's Force-Ghost was trying to stop Anakin's rage, but clearly failed.
    64. The characters of R2 and C3PO were so popular they had their own animated television series for a short time and once appeared in episodes of The Muppets and Sesame Street where R2 oddly appeared to fall in love with a fire hydrant!
    65. The planet name of 'Coruscant' was created by Star Wars author Timothy Zahn for his book Heir to The Empire. George Lucas liked the name and included shots of Coruscant, the Imperial Capital at the end of the Return of the Jedi movie. It then featured in the prequels. The main character Thrawn from those books eventually featured in the third season of Star Wars: Rebels.
    66. R2D2 served several masters - starting with Padme, Anakin, Bail Organa, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker and for a time, Jabba the Hutt... In the expanded universe R2 accompanies the descendants of Skywalker on many adventures.
    67. The two robots are the subject of Obi Wan's most famous quote, "These aren't the droids you're looking for". This line has became a common phrase used to indicate that the issue or matter being discussed is not relevant, often said with a knowing wave of the hand...
    68. Rogue One is the first big screen Star Wars movie that John Williams has not recorded the score for. Michael Giacchino composed the music for Rogue One.
    69. C3P0 has appeared in every Star Wars movie including Rogue One, TFA and the Clone Wars.
    70. It was Donnie Yen's idea for his Rogue One character Chirrut Imwe to be blind. Director Gareth Edwards thought it was cool and ran with it. Yen initially turned down the role when it was first offered to him however when he told his kids about the chance, they were so excited, he changed his mind.
    71. Han Solo’s space ship the Millennium Falcon has a cameo appearance in Revenge of the Sith. It is seen landing on Coruscant.luke emperor force lightning story board star wars
    72. It was Return of the Jedi’s director Richard Marquand who came up with the idea of having Leia turn up to Jabba’s Palace as a disguised bounty hunter. He also suggested that Leia should strangle Jabba the Hutt. 
    73. When Luke claims Chewbacca is a prisoner transfer from cell block. 1138, this is a direct reference to George Lucas’s first film, THX 1138. That film was about a dystopian future where a authoritarian regime was in control – a not to dissimilar state of affairs in Star Wars.
    74. Han Solo’s “I know” line in response to Leia’s declaration of love as adlibbed by Harrison Ford. It’s become an iconic Star Wars quote and is arguably just as popular as Ackbar's "it's a trap".
    75. "I've got a bad feeling about this" or a variation of it is spoken in every movie.
    76. R2D2 is taller than the Ewok 'Wicket' from ROTJ.
    77. Mace Windu is the only Jedi in any film to wield a purple colored lightsaber. Here's some of his quotes from the prequels.
    78. None of the Star Wars films have credits at the beginning of them. This actually became a really big deal and meant Lucas quit various film institutions such as the Director's Guild and Stars Wars films were considered independent movies.
    79. R2D2 and C3PO were snuck into a scene in Indianna Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark as well as JJ Abrams' two Star Trek films.
    80. The Phantom Menace's production sets were built only as high as the tops of the actors' heads and computer graphics filled in the rest. But it was realised that Liam Neeson was so tall that they needed to build things taller and this cost the production another $150,000 in construction costs.
    81. That particular Jedi stands at a tall height of 1.93 meters.emperor story board star wars
    82. Quote said to Jar Jar: "The ability to speak does not make you intelligent. Now get out of here." Many Star Wars fans wish he paid attention. 
    83. Phantom Menace is the only film in the series in which the top-credited actor plays a non-recurring character, and in which the top-credited character dies.
    84. What's in a name? The name "Qui Gon" derives from an ancient Chinese system of alternative medicine called "Qigong". The word "Jinn" refers to the "Djinn" or the so called genies of Arabian myth.
    85. Qui-Gon was actually a padawan of Count Dooku.
    86. E.T. creatures made a cameo appearance in The Phantom Menace
    87. Darth Maul has ten horns on his red head
    88. While Ray Park is famous as playing the Sith Lord, Peter Serafinowicz actually voiced the character. Benicio Del Toro was originally cast to play Darth Maul but he abandoned the role after George Lucas decided to trim Darth Maul's screen time in the film. Benicio del Toro was originally cast but dropped out. He has a part in Star Wars The Last Jedi as DJ, a slicer of dubious renown. 
    89. Actor Hayden Christiansen played Darth Vader in Revenge of the Sith as opposed to David Prowse who previously did the role. Hayden apparently begged Lucas to let him play him. The suit had to be designed to accommodate his smaller stature than Prowse's. Not that Lucas would have cast Prowse as he appears to have something against him and he was banned from making any appearances at official Star Wars promotional events such as conventions. 
    90. The sound of the hovering battle tanks used by the battle droids in The Phantom Menace was created by running an electric razor around a metal salad bowl and then digitally lowering the pitch.
    91. In Attack of the Clones, Jar Jar Binks stands in for Senator Amidala and puts forth the motion that gives Palpatine supreme powers. This means that Jar Jar, one of the most universally hated characters in the Star Wars films is unwittingly responsible for the fall of the Old Republic and the downfall of the Jedi.
    92. Revenge of the Sith featured 4 hands being cut off in the film. Anakin loses one to Obi Wan, Mace Windu loses one to Anakin and Obi-Wan cuts two of General Grievous' hands off.
    93. The sound effect when Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber is kicked down the reactor shaft in the climatic battle with Darth Maul, is the same sound effect heard when Luke Skywalker throws his lightsaber away in Return of the Jedi when he tells the Emperor that he is a Jedi, like his father before him!
    94. In Rogue One the planet Jedha features a place known as the 'Temple of the Whills'. This is a great reference to some obscure Star Wars trivia - The Journal of the Whills was a formal record of history, maintained by a beings known as The Whills. During the original Star Wars writing period, George Lucas had the idea that R2D2 relayed the stories he knew to the Whills so that the Skywalker saga could be recorded for all time.
    95. R2D2 was infamously given the ability to fly in the prequel films which bugged many fans (despite the fun he had on screen). This was rather roughly explained in other fiction that after the Clone Wars the company responsible for the development of his boosters went out of business. When his rocket boosters were damaged they were unable to be repaired.
    96. Every clone trooper in Revenge of the Sith is a creation of CGI. No clone costumes or helmets were manufactured for filming.
    97. The shipping title of Phantom Menace was "The Doll House", Clones was "Cue Ball" and Sith, "The Bridge".
    98. The Phantom Menace was the first Star Wars film to be released on DVD.
    99. When Jango Fett gets into his ship after his fight with Obi-Wan in Attack of the Clones, he bangs his head on the open door. This was intentional, and is a reference to a famous goof from the orginal movie where a cloned Stormtrooper accidentally bangs his head on a door (the clone being the descendant of Jango Fett and having inherited this character trait of clusmyness).
    100. "Phantom Menace" was the name of a villain in the "Flash Gordon" comics. Which shouldn't surprise too many people as George Lucas has often cited Flash Gordon as one of his inspirations for making the original Star Wars. In the film of Flash Gordon, Max von Sydow played villain, Ming the Merciless. Sydow of course had a turn as The Force Awakens as Lor San Tekka.clone trooper story board star wars
    101. Revenge of the Sith is the only film in the main saga story line thus far that does not feature R2D2 in the final shot. You could argue the same for The Force Awakens too, however he's at least on the island....
    102. Ewoks were a late addition to the Star Wars mythology. Their part in the story was to be played by the Wookiees, but by the time Lucas and his production partners sat down to write Return of The Jedi, they realized that, because Chewbacca could fly the Millennium Falcon, repair the ship and operate pretty much any weapon or machine in the known universe, they'd made the Wookiees too technologically advanced for the plot.
    103. Admiral Ackbar's backstory is that he was once the slave of Grand Moff Tarkin, as well as his personal pilot.
    104. In the DVD 2004 release of Jedi, Sebastian Shaw (older Anakin Skywalker) is replaced in the celebration scene by Hayden Christensen. A lot of fans were not happy about this.
    105. Darth Vader's funeral pyre scene on Endor was added at the very last moment, long after principle photography and pick-ups had wrapped. The scene was thrown together and shot near the hills of Skywalker Ranch.
    106. It took six people to work the full-sized animatronic of Jabba the Hutt. The frogs he ate were not real.
    107. Jedi was the first Star Wars film to show a light saber combat something other than another light saber. On Jabba's Sail Barge, Luke fights the guards  bearing staffs and blasters. This perhaps a call back to the original movie where Luke wears a blaster helmet and tries to anticipate blast shots from the Remote on the Millennium Falcon. This shows the progress Luke has made as a Jedi Knight.
    108. Speaking of that Remote, it makes a return in The Force Awakens. Finn finds it when he is looking for first aid to help Chewbacca.
    109. A venerable if maverick Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn was a student of the living Force. Unlike other Jedi Masters, who often lose themselves in the meditation of the unifying Force, Qui-Gon Jinn lived for the moment, espousing a philosophy of "feel, don't think -- use your instincts."
    110. Jedi was originally going to be called Revenge of the Jedi until Lucas decided that Jedi do not seek revenge. This was quite late in the production so there was a lot of promotional gear with the title already printed on it.
    111. Craig Daniel, better known as James Bond 007 was the Stormtrooper that freed Rey in The Force Awakens.
    Wow, you made it this far! The Force is strong with you.