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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....


Rian Johnson is making a NEW Star Wars trilogy!!!!!

rian johnson movie maker

Rian Johnson, director of the forth coming The Last Jedi is going to stay with the Force for a while longer... he's signed on to created a brand-new Star Wars trilogy. 

Take note - it is not a continuation of the Skywalker legacy - i.e. it is a stand alone Star Wars story.

Here's the official word from Lucasfilm:

For director Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was just the beginning of his journey in a galaxy far, far away.

Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Johnson will create a brand-new Star Wars trilogy, the first of which he is also set to write and direct, with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman onboard to produce.

As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud. In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.

“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”

“We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi,” Johnson and Bergman said in a joint statement. “Star Wars is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. We can’t wait to continue with this new series of films.”

Johnson’s upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in U.S. theaters on Dec. 15, 2017.

No release dates have been set for the new films, and no porgs were available for comment.

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How cool is that reference to Porgs? 

This is also a strong signal from Lucasfilm and Disney that they are VERY happy with Rian's work as both writer and director of The Last Jedi. 

No pressure to finish what you started JJ...

Variety Magazine is also reporting that Disney is

"planning a live-action “Star Wars” TV series to air on its entertainment streaming service that is expected to launch by the end of 2019."

But there was no official word from Lucasfilm or Disney on that. 



Nov 6, 2017

Why does Star Wars have British actors?

Mark Hamill and Peter Cushing
An American and an Englishman walk into a Death Star

Why does Star Wars have British actors?


The recent use of English actress Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars raised some eyebrows when her natural English accent was used.

Actors like Christian Bale hide their natural accents when film so they sound American in American movies.

Not so the Star Wars universe.

As Ray’s opposite, Englishman John Boyega played Finn.

Many British actors feature in the original trilogy as well.

Why is this?

In terms of the original trilogy, large components of those films were made in England!

Thus when you’re in England and needing actors, your players will tend to be English or British.

Case in point, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew and Anthony Daniels are all British actors.

 And let's not forget the VERY famous English actors in the film - Peter Cushing as Tarkin and Sir Alec Guiness as Obi-Wan Kenobi. They were likely more actors sort out by Lucas for for being note worthy actors in their own right - Alec Guinness for example was already an Oscar Winner for the film Bridge on the River Kwai! 

Sure, George brought in American actors too but the reason why Star Wars has so many British actors is largely down to location, location location.

You'd probably have to accept that Daisy and Jon were not chosen for their roles in The Force Awakens solely because they lived in England, it likely was more they were identified as relatively unknown actors who had the potential to do the film justice and were cheap enough in a salary sense.

In a similar manner, when the Star Wars prequels were made, Australian and New Zealand actors featured heavily.

And where were those films made?

Australia. To catch some tax breaks, Star Wars prequels Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith were largely filmed Down Under.

This led to Australasian actors and actresses have some key roles


  • Keisha Castle-Hughes - Queen Apailana of Naboo
  • Temura Morrision - Jango Fett and Commander Cody
  • Daniel Logan as young Boba Fett
  • Jay Laga'aia - Captain Typho
  • Rose Byrne - Dorme
  • Joel Egerton as Owen Lars Attack of the Clones
  • Jack Thompson - Cliegg Lars in
  • Rena Owen - Taun We in Attack of the Clones



This of course not to forget The Phantom Menace which was in England which meant British actors again feature such as Terrance Stamp as Chancellor Valorum and Keria Knightly!

Oct 29, 2017

Adam Driver appears to have slipped up and revealed a key thing about Rey's origin

Adam Driver has done an interview with GQ magazine in which he appears to have casually revealed a key piece of information about Rey.

Are you ready for this?

It's a spoiler for sure.

And huge if true. 

Ready then? 

Driver said that Rey is a 'princess'.

Here's the full quote:

"You have, also, the hidden identity of this princess who's hiding who she really is so she can survive and Kylo Ren and her hiding behind these artifices".

So was that a casual slip up by Adam Driver or some kind of lazy description of Rey?

I'd like to think if true this would have been caught by Driver's Star Wars minders but whatever. 

So then?

From what royal lineage is Rey? Secret daughter of Leia? Someone from Naboo? The daughter of Pademe's sister?


And of course it could all be pure misdirection...


10 facts you might not know about the Rebel Alliance


10 things you might not know about the Rebel Alliance


The Rebel Alliance was one of the key groups from which meany heroes sprang in the Star Wars saga.

Think Leia but also Wedge, Bail Organa and Admiral "It's a trap Ackbar" and of course the heroes of Rogue One, Jyn Erso, Andors, Saw and our fave, K-2SO.

Here's some facts about the Alliance that you might not have known.





    rebel logo on Luke's helmet
    Luke's helmet with red Starbird symbol

  • Mon Mothma, who made a brief appearance in Return of the Jedi and had a bigger role in Rogue One was one of the original founders of the Alliance. This was of course in response to Chancellor Palpatine declaring himself Emperor. 
  • The Revenge of the Sith had some deleted scenes which showed Organa Bail and Mon Mothma having primary talks with Padme about building an alliance.
  • In A New Hope, Leia is the leader of the Alliance, having followed in her adopted father's footsteps - the deep steps of Bail Organa.
  • It has been suggested that Palpatine pushed for the Alliance to be formed himself. This Machiavellian masterstroke was that following the Clone Wars, it gave him another target to which the Empire could legitimately attack. This would assist with the Emperor as being seen to perform the functions of the Emperor - protecting his people (so to speak).
  • "Rebel scum" was the popular insult that Imperialists used towards members of the Alliance. It reminds us of Ireland's Troubles.
  • The symbol of the Rebel Alliance is called the "Starbird" and is sometimes described as a rising Phoenix. It was adopted in recognition of the work Galen Marek did in helping found the Alliance. It was originally the Marek family's emblem. This name should not be confused with Galen from Rogue One. This probably means the original reasoning for this alliance symbol is no longer canon but until George Lucas personally calls me on this point, it's staying. 
  • The Alliance's logo or emblem can often be spotted in the in the movies - keep an eye out for it on many of the pilot's helmets. 
  • After the Alliance had learned of the Death Star's existence a military campaign commanded by Princess Leia was hatched to steal the schematics of the battle station. The operation was known as Operation Skyhook. It failed and that failure is effectively the opening scene of A New Hope. Or did it fail? This part of the story has been turned into Rogue One.
  • After the Alliances evacuation from the planet Hoth, the Rebels took a more mobile approach using Admiral Ackbar's flagship, the Home One was used as their headquarters.
  • The Alliance's victory over the Empire in the Battle of Endor naturally meant the end of the Empire as Palpatine was dead. In response the Alliance reformed as the New Republic and began to build towards a more democratic union of planets, not that this was an easy thing!
  • In The Force Awakens, the Rebels lead by Commander Leia Organa are no longer considered rebels, they are the Resistance.
Here's a picture of a Rebel helmet:

rebel fighter pilot helmet star wars


Also the rebel symbol was used brilliantly in this Russian version of Rogue One marketing poster. Check the shadow....and then order the poster from Amazon!

rebel symbol alliance rogue one


Oct 24, 2017

The best low budget Star Wars costumes ever

budget star wars costumes

Sometimes you just don't have money or resources to come up with the best ever Star Wars cosplay outfits and you just make do with what you have.

Sometimes you've got to come in on budget or the Emperor will simply not be pleased....

Here's some costumes that had a bit more effort put into them.

Oct 19, 2017

When Star Wars goes blue

luke battles darth vader in empire

I was listening to some Ryan Adams when his song When Stars Go Blue came on and for some reason my mind turned to the blue milk that has kept fans amused for years in Star Wars.

I'm talking about the Bantha milk that was spied in Aunt Beru's kitchen.

Which made me wonder, how the heck to you milk a Bantha?

Either way, I kept thinking about the colour blue in Star Wars and how it was so pervasive across so many of the movies.

The first blue thing we see in A New Hope is R2D2. His white and blue colours with a splash of red thrown in are now wholly synomous with the little driod that could.

Much the same as Luke's blue light saber, so let's talk about that.  

Something blue, something borrowed


So much happened to Luke’s blue saber both before he actually got his farmer boy hands on it, the saber has already seen a LOT of violence, some of it in battle against this guy:


While Obi-Wan did spin Luke a bit of yarn (from a certain point of view) there was no lying when Obi Wan told Luke that the saber he handed to him was his father’s Anakin Skywalker. 

In the Revenge of the Sith film it was used to kill Count Dooku and to fight against Obi-Wan Kenobi, oh and lest we forget, it was used to massacre the younglings

When it’s first handed to Luke by Obi-Wan, it’s both an introduction to him and the viewer of such things as Jedi Knights, the Force and a big hint as to what is to come. But Luke doesn’t actually get to use the saber for violence in A New Hope. 

That’s saved up for Empire.

We finally got to see Luke use his saber for realszies in The Empire Strikes back when his duel Darth Vader results him becoming just another Star Wars statistic

And when he does become just another statistic, what's the back drop?

 It's this icon blue over orange background:



And where has the blue saber ended up? 

Currently, Rey is standing at the top Achto Island handing back to Luke. That blue saber sure has an attachment to him!

blue harvest logoBlue Harvest


Blue Harvest was the working / filming title of Return of the Jedi.

It was so named as to try and put off of the now fervent fans who might other wise have visited the film sets and let some secrets out of the bag. The film production was heavily into the joke and lots of caps and t-shirts were made to put people off.

While it was rumoured that Lucas wanted to actually make a horror film with the Blue Harvest name, no filming ever took place. The name has since become the stuff of legend - so much so that the Family Guy Stars Wars spoof was named for it.

The Blue Snaggletooth tale


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 figurines

'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.

THAT ABOVE IS THE LEGEND. HERE IS THE TRUTH:

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.

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

Grand Admiral Thrawn is blue


One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe. 

thrawn rebels


From his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire, through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond into the Rebels television show where he's quite the fan favorite.

The duality of Anakin Skywalker: Is he Team red or Team BLUE?


In what may or not be case of over reading into things, Dan Zehr has provided some pretty cool insight into some of the themes that revolve around Anakin Sykywalker in Revenge of the Sith.

His article on the official Star Wars site features a consideration of modern 'man or machine' discussion and the ability of evil to 'subvert the natural order' and the two faces of Palpatine.

count dooku execution


What really got my attention however was the duality drawn by Anakin's use of two sabers to behead the quite surprised Count Dooku in Revenge of the Sith.

If you recall at the beginning of the movie, Obi-Wan and Anakin are on a mission to rescue the conniving Palpatine which ends with Anakin being encouraged by the Chancellor to end Dooku's life and thus ending the Clone War (at face value anyway).

While this scene is obviously a deliberate signal to the viewer that Anakin has dipped his toes into the Dark Side of the Force, the message of the double saber may not have been have been picked up by all viewers (certainly not this author who has seen Revenge of the Sith 11 times by his reckoning).

So what is this duality Dan wrote of?

"On General Grievous’ flagship, Anakin captures Dooku’s lightsaber in dramatic fashion, thereby crossing both blades at the neck of the Sith Lord.

The symbolism here is strong: the blue blade represents Anakin’s optimism, hope, and rationality, while the red blade (which Anakin will soon wield in another form) represents his anger, despair, and inherent violence.

Both blades work in tandem, further demonstrating the conflict and dichotomy of the tragic hero."

This is a great example of the talent of George Lucas. He's a wonderful story teller and this small moment of visually representing the duality of Anakin's journey is a nice small moment that reinforces the character's journey to the dark side.

And just to round out the colour blue thread, here's Jedi Knight Aayla Securra:

aayla secura revenge of the sith

Final fact:

Actress Jessika Pava piloted an X-Wing in The Force Awakens. Her call sign was Blue Three

Now, about that green lightsaber...

Well well, what have we here? My predictions for The last Jedi. Some serious, most fanciful...



Here’s my plot predictions for The Last Jedi


These are just predictions and guesses of mine for Episode 8. Some serious,  most fanciful. They are made before anything leaks from the set so I’ll be interested to come back and see how they play out in 2017.

  • Rey’s staff will contain a lightsaber
  • Rey’s lightsaber will be double-bladed and blue
  • Poe will do bugger all but fly around looking pretty in his X-Wing
  • Leia will demonstrate some real force action. She will be er... Forced to make a terrible decision - save Rey or someone else...
  • The end of TFA made it clear Luke and Rey had made a connection. Luke has the 'oh damn, all my troubles have literally climbed up this hill to say 'allo guv' look. 
  • Luke must thus train Ray as the Force has demanded it. 
  • This training will mirror and echo the training that Luke recieved from Yoda. He will import everything he can into Rey but the lingering flaw that nags Luke will set Rey on the wrong path
  • Luke is probably Rey's father.
  • We'll learn what happened at the Jedi Academey. 
  • Kylo Ren will have matured into a bad ass.
  • He will go head to head with Luke and we'll see his green saber flash for the final time.
  • That's right, we think Luke might die, leaving Rey to be The Last Jedi.
  • General Hux will die but before that he will do something evil to one of our fan favourite characters.
  • Billie Lord will have a bigger part.
  • Benico Del Torro's character will die at the conclusion of the film.
  • There will not be a Darth Vader flashback.
  • Lando Calrissian will turn up.
  • We will learn of Snoke's broader motives.. like dur
  • Unkar Plutt will have some kind of revenge on Rey. Or he will completely turn around and help her. He will only have one arm....
  • We will learn about Finn's back story. He will not be the son of Lando. 
  • Rey will have Skywalker lineage. Possibly Shimi's sister had a daughter who had a daughter... 
  • The film will be dedicated to Carrie Fisher
Note: This was written before the trailer came out!

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.




The Empire Strikes Back has more examples



Not enough for you? Let's consider The Empire Strikes Back, in particular the time spent at Cloud City.

The whole damn exercise is a trap set by Vader to capture Luke Skywalker and turn him to the Dark Side (side note, Leia says the original 'it's a trap' line to Luke!).

So when Leia and Han are running around avoiding being shot - well it's all moot as Vader has ordered the Falcon's hyper drive to be disabled. A deliberate 'no escape' ploy by Vader. Because if they escape, Luke will not turn up. If they are dead, Luke will sense this and still not turn up.

Plan B is to freeze Han Solo in carbonite so why kill him? Either way, the idea is to lure Luke. Heck, Han's torture was only intended to make sure Luke felt his friend's pain and make sure he turned up to play his part.

The a priori deduction behind all this is again the  stormtroopers have been ordered not to shoot and kill our heroes. So they are deliberately missing. 

Is this not enough? Are you not entertained by this notion? Okay it's a lot more loose than the argument found in ANH. Let's get to Jedi but we are going to have to talk about Ewoks. I love the little fuzzballs but a lot of you hate the critters. Bear with me.

Return of the Jedi


Let's offer this premise:

Luke Skywalker is about to become a truly great Jedi. Han Solo is one of the best smugglers in the galaxy and perhaps one of the bravest men around. Leia knows a thing or two about warfare and Chewbacca survived the battle on Kashyyyk and is actually one of the most bad ass creatures in the Galaxy.

R2D2 is one of the most awesome astro mechs in the history of robots. C3PO is merely along for the ride....

AND yet, these great players managed to get themselves caught by the Ewok in a very simple trap thanks to Chewie thinking with his stomach.

Bear that in mind when we talk about the Battle of Endor. Yes the Stormtroopers ultimately lose to the furballs but they sure managed to kill a lot of them. They were not missing their shots that day!

Leia was also shot by a trooper blast. I'll let it slide that it was perhaps a stray shot but none the less one of our heroes was shot by a laser blast from a Stormtrooper. Yeah, this line of thought is loose as.


What about those sharp shooters that killed everyone and everything in the Prequel Films?



You could argue that the Storm Troopers in the original trilogy were starting to show their age I guess...perhaps they were in need of some eye glasses.

So that covers the original trilogy. I've argued that the joke about Storm Troopers being unable to hit the side of a barn is just that, a joke. Attack of the Clones revealed that the troopers were simply clones of Jango Fett, a player that was no slug with weaponry (well, till he took a blaster to a sword fight with Mace Windu).

These Clones were the business and who saved the day at the end of the film? Yoda and his Clone Army that was all Stormtrooper baby!

The Clone Trooper effectiveness in executing Order 66


So much so that when it was time for Order 66 in Revenge of the Sith, the true value and skill of the Storm Troopers was realised. Order 66 was an imprinted command on the troops to kill the Jedi they were with when the order was received and the Sith film showed the soldiers shooting down many a Jedi warrior. Albeit they weren't fair fights, none the less the troopers blasts were very precise.

You might go, hang on minute, Obi Wan and Yoda survived Order 66 so the Troopers still suck.

Yes, it's very true they did survive but how many Jedi died at the hands of Storm troopers who were fighting battles in the midst of the Clone Wars ? 10,000 but who is counting - heck this is a discourse on how good a shot a storm trooper actually is, not about their abilities to kill Jedi or two of the greatest Jedi ever.

But let's be honest here, by the time ANH rolled around there wasn't orignal Jango Fett clones in action....

At the end of the day, Star Wars is a set of movies and film making is not a perfect art. Some things just are the way they are because the writer wrote things a certain way. Who expected Star Wars to come under so much scrutiny?

Anyways, none of  this explains why Chewbacca didn't get a medal at the end of A New Hope...

Update

Clone Wars vet Dave Filoni offered his own thoughts when doing some promo for Star Wars: Rebels

"When Obi Wan says, ‘Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise’, I think he’s making that up on the fact that he used to fight with clones, so he assumes that a Stormtrooper is really good.

Much to his shock those guys can’t hit an R2 unit in a naked hallway, let alone be precise. So I like Stormtroopers, I find them very interesting.

The Stormtroopers have better gear, better weapons in a lot of ways but it’s just a different war they are fighting than the Clone troopers’ was."

A most interesting take!