Jan 31, 2017

What is 'The Official Mission Debrief'?

Not the cover as it's not finalised!
It looks like to 'celebrate' the Blu-Ray released of Rogue One, a tie in book is being released at the same time (speculated to be March 28).

Called 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - The Official Mission Debrief' the hardcover book is currently available for pre order on Amazon

The selling notes on the listing say:

'As Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is released on DVD worldwide, The Official Mission Debrief presents an all-encompassing guide to the hugely successful movie, with unprecedented access to the making of the film, its stars, its crew and its stunning landscapes. Relive the latest movie in the world's biggest franchise over and over again. A must for any fan of Star Wars.'

With a list price of $19.99, it's on offer for $13.51 that seems like good value for a hard cover book. 

The Official Mission Debrief is published by Titan Magazines. You may know them as the outfit that has been publishing the official Star Wars Insider magazine for over a decade. So we could have reasonable confidence the book is closely tied with the Rogue One production crew.

Over its 96 pages it will have some pretty useful intel and hopefully some discussion on the much talked about reshoots!

Speaking of Star Wars books, 'Empire's End', the conclusion to Chuck Wendig's trilogy is being released. Find out what happens to Grand Admiral Rae Sloane as As the final showdown between the New Republic and the Empire draws near, all eyes turn to a once-isolated planet: Jakku!

Force Friday for The Last Jedi will be 1 September

Force Friday for The Last Jedi will be 1 September 2017

That's the day when the official toys and merchandise for The Last Jedi will go onsale to the general public.

We're hoping for some more epic Lego sets.

We can probably expect speak to see children's books that promote the book too. Novelisations and other material will come out the day of the films release. 

There's usually a first tranche of toys released and then others, particularly figurine series following of the next months, well into the New Year.

Disney, Lucasfilm will go hard selling gear from Hasbro, Lego, Hot Toys and Funko. We just don't get why Funko dolls are so popular but who are we to argue with consumerism. 

Jan 30, 2017

Filming for Han Solo movie has begun!

Our fear of prequels (in an over all movie and video game sense) has been assuaged somewhat by the success of Rogue One. We trust the new Han Solo movie will be made in the same spirit and will thus be awesome!

We also now have it confirmed the working title is Red Cup.

Jan 29, 2017

How close to the dark side of the Force did Luke Skywalker actually get?

Luke killing Darth Vader
Keep your filthy hands off my sister!

How close to the dark side of the Force did Luke Skywalker actually get?

In ANH, Luke starts out as a farm boy, realises he’s in a war with his own father and suddenly is the last hope for freedom.

It’s a tough gig and by the time Jedi rolls around some four years after Luke followed a crazy old man on an adventure, Luke has changed considerably.

He is no longer the blue eyed dreamer, he’s well on his way to become a Jedi, he is, the new man in black.

Roll over Johnny Cash.

And being The Man in Black means he’s skirting the line, getting too close to the dark side of the Force.

That place where Vader went and look what happened.

Millions died.

So what evidence is there that Luke was bordering the dark side of the Force?

Jedi builds this up very slowly, and quite carefully.

First up is Luke’s entrance to the Palace. He begins his rescue by force chocking two hapless Gamorrean guards in a manner that his father would be proud of.

He then mockingly commences negotiations with Jabba the Hutt and despite nearly having the tables turned on him by way of the Rancor, he warns Jabba 'that's the last mistake you'll ever make'.

That's a death threat if I ever heard one.

I hadn't realised Jedi did such things?

At the very least it's a sign of cockiness, something I believe Han Solo warned him about some four years ago in A New Hope.

Following a mad cap orgy of blood letting at the hand of Luke's saber, Luke having pretty much already effected the rescue, he fires the cannon into Jabba's Sail Barge killing everybody but his pals.

 Everybody but his pals.

He didn't have to kill them, he could have just swung himself and Leia onto their escape ship, but no, he killed them all. Kind of like how Anakin dealt mercilessly to those who kidnapped his mother.

Dark side much?

One could perhaps argue that in getting rid of Jabba, Luke was actually helping the people of Tattoinne become free of the crime lord's family and the long shadow it had cast over the planet.

But I think that's being too free with Lucas' intentions with the script.

And let's not forget the fact that Luke is wearing black costuming for most of the film. He is literally now a man in black.  He arrives at Jabba's Palace in a dark Jedi like robe which when discarded in the Rancor attack reveals a suit of black.

Or more correctly, a suit of black death!

On Endor, Luke is wearing another black costume and wears this when he confronts Vader in front of the cackling confident Emperor. Vader is all in black too as the color is the universal symbol for villainy and so the comparison must be made - Luke is getting close to the dark side and his costume is intended to help the viewer believe this may be the case.

Let's cut to the climatic saber battle between Luke and Vader, during it Leia is shot on Endor and Luke feels her pain through the force and unwillingly reveals her existence as being Vader's taught, a fact which the Sith Lord seizes on and threatens to turn her to the Dark Side.

And, that is a bridge too far for Luke, he loses his shit at Vader.

Gone is the formal Jedi restraint, he just goes for it and beats Vader by tapping into his anger. He deals Vader a mortal blow and suddenly that moment is make or break for Skywalker.

Of course Luke chooses light over dark but he was *THIS* close when he made his final fatal attack. The difference was that he was not Vader, he was Luke Skywalker, son of Anakin Skywalker, a Jedi Knight.

Lucas then served us with a nice twist of sorts however.

Take a closer look at Luke's costume. Look at the fold across the chest that is now unbuttoned, what is that colour?

It's white. It's the yang to black's yin.

Underneath all Luke's stresses doubts and struggles with who his father was and who HE was, he was always the good guy. Always the Knight in White Satin.

Always the boy who never got to Tosche Station to get his power converters.

This is a movie after all and he was a Jedi, like his Father was before him. Nice symbolism Lucas.

So yes, Luke got pretty close to turning to the Dark Side, but his heroic qualities shone through and after all of that with Vader, he regained his zen and stuck it to the Emperor telling him that he was a Jedi like his Father was before him.

 It was a fearless moment one which nearly cost him life when he was zapped by Force lightning.

But we all know how that turned out....

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 entertain a gabillion movie watchers a gabillion times.

Yet 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.

Why 'John Carter' of Mars is the original Star Wars film

a princess of mars original cover

'John Carter' of Mars is the original Star Wars film

While Star Wars was really inspired by George Lucas’s love of the Flash Gordon serial, the real inspiration comes from science fiction author Edgar Rice Burroughs.

His nearly 100 year old stories about a human that travels to Mars and falls in love with a beautiful princess are often argued as being responsible for the whole ‘green men from mars’ thing and Star Wars...

It is irrelevant that the recent 'based on the books' movie called John Carter flopped big time at the box office ( I enjoyed it).

Of the film itself, Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis apparently turned down the chance to direct, quipping "George already pillaged all of that" with the "Star Wars" films.

In other words, most of the best elements of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars fantasies had already been "borrowed" for George Lucas' space saga, and just because the film was dismissed by many people, the source material cannot be so easily rejected.

Lucas made no bones about how he was inspired by Rice's work and said in 1977 “Originally, I wanted to make a Flash Gordon movie, with all the trimmings, but I couldn’t obtain all the rights.

So I began researching and found where (Flash Gordon creator) Alex Raymond got his idea: The works of Edgar Rice, especially his John Carter series of books."

Indeed, the first draft of the Star Wars follow up, The Empire Strikes Back was written by science fiction author Leigh Bracket.

She was quoted as saying:

 “I was introduced to Edgar Rice Burroughs at a very young age . . . That changed the course of my life . . . My fascination for Mars came from the fascination for his Mars.”

It's hard then not to see how her influence also shaped Star Wars by way of Burroughs. 

Some of the influences are plot based.

Some are style.

Check out this comparison:

leia and dejah gold bikini inspiration
Dejah versus Leia
Dejah Thoris, the Princess Of Mars herself, was commonly described and depicted as wearing golden bikinis and showing a lot of skin.

Is it a surprise then that ANOTHER princess wore a golden bikini in Return of the Jedi?

Probably not, so Good one George.

George also took a bit of 'naming' help from Burroughs.

Ever wonder where the word Jedi came from?

While it may have an Asian language link, the monarchs found on the planet of Mars are a titled Jed (king), Jeddak (emperor) and Jeddara (empress) respectively.

So one can assume Jedi may have come from Edgar Rice. On Barsoom a 'padwar' is a low-ranking officer.

This is not too far a stretch from 'padawan', an apprentice Jedi, is it not?

Did you ever see Attack of the Clones? 

Carter vs Clones
At the end it featured a pretty epic Colosseum battle where Yoda swooped in with his merry band of Clone Troopers so save the luckless Jedi from certain defeat. 

Did you notice that the John Carter had a similar scene where the hero had to battle chained alien beasts?

If you thought John Carter was ripping off Star Wars, think again, Burroughs wrote this scene over 100 years ago!

So, if we accept these elements found in Star Wars are indeed nicked from the stories that Burroughs set on Mars, then it would seem only fair to Disney's John Carter of Mars that it should be recognized as the original Star Wars movie.

Or not....

If you want an expert's take, read this. Or you could read essay on how I watched 6 movies that George said influenced him when making Star Wars.

Jan 24, 2017

That Rian is such a tease!

Teaser of The Last Jedi crawl

2 Academy Award nominations for Rogue One

Those shiping Cassian and Jyn hard would have been quite disappointed that Rogue One has no acting Oscar nominations but the staff at Lucasfilm should be well pleased with their two nods for the Best Visual Effects and Sound Mixing.

The nod for visual effects is especially well deserved as Rogue One was simple breath taking with every set piece being a work of CGI master class.

Step up John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould, your nomination is well deserved and must be a treat for Knoll who's pitch to Kathleen Kennedy directly led to the green light for Rogue One.

Those getting the ear of the Academy for Sound Mixing are: David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson.

The Force Awakens was also nominated for the same categories last year (and a couple more!) but did not win.

Jan 23, 2017

What is the release date of 'The Last Jedi'?

Darth Vader burning on Endor.

What is the release date of 'The Last Jedi'?

The world wide release date for what I'm calling 'Luke's Excellent Adventure' is:

15th December 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.


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.

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

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. 

Is Obi-Wan in The Last Jedi? We'll take that serving.

Will Obi-Wan Kenobi have a cameo part in The Last Jedi?

With internet rumours swirling murkily round the net like the mists of Dagobah*  about the possibility of Obi-Wan Kenobi having a part in Star Wars Episode *, The Last Jedi we thought we’d better chip in because we know that director Rian Johnson reads every day. You could say he’s actually looped in…

But Obi-Wan in Episode 8? WE ARE IN. WE ARE SO IN.

We feel it, and many have said it before that Ewan McGregor’s version of the Jedi General was the best thing about the Prequel Trilogy. His performances, esp in Revenge of the Sith were fantastic. If Obi-Wan was to be in The Last Jedi, we would ask that Rian consider Ewan McGregor as a force ghost.

This is not some idle fancy. Obi-Wan has a minor cameo in The Force Awakens. One line, and his legend lives on. We could speculation that Obi-Wan could play a part in a couple of ways.

He could commune with Luke to help with his on-going concerns with the Force. Luke’s been hiding on a planet called Ahch-to for many years – plenty of time for him to appear out of the ether for discussion. But that would all be stuff in the past. 

The movie would need to see something happening NOW – so it would seem to reason that Obi-Wan would offer a form of guidance for Rey. After, all he’s already contacted her when she was in the catacombs of Kanata’s Castle and told her these are her “first steps”.  So he’s already on her case.

While Luke has been cast by many as the Obi-Wan figure of TFA (and mostly 8 has he will probably be the one that actually trains Rey) we think it would be quite cool to have Obi-Wan 'pop in' on Rey as he did with Luke in Empire and Jedi. 

Of course, he could actually be Rey's father but we think that's a long, long shot

* 'Mists of Dagobah' that would be a great expanded universe book title!)

Cameo appearances in The Last Jedi

Cameo role appearances in The Last Jedi

Cameo role appearances in The Last Jedi

These days it's almost a given, but Warwick Davis make's his 10th appearance in a Star Wars movie. That's just an incredible run! Davis is a genuinely nice guy and the fans just love him, so it's no surprise he keeps being asked back for a turn.

Rumours swirl through the mists of Dagobah that Obi-Wan Kenobi in the form of Ewan McGregor will play a cameo role as a Force Ghost. We'll believe it when we see.

It's been confirmed by john Boyega that the Princes William and Harry visited the set and may be having a turn as Stormtroopers.

Gary Barlow, songwriter from Take That will don the white and black, as will Bane himself, Tom Hardy.

We understand that Rogue One's director Gareth Edwards has a small cameo. 

The best quotes from "The Last Jedi" movie

Film quotes from the Last Jedi

Quotes from The Last Jedi

So this is it, The Last Jedi is all about Luke.

What will Luke say to Rey? That look he gave her at the end of The Force Awakens was amazing. It said everything and nothing.

Was it a look of disappointment?

Of realisation he once more had to face evil?

Either way, he has to offer Rey a line.

It's going to be very hard to see Carrie Fisher as Leia in the movie following her death. We hope the filming has magically captured a wonderful moment so Leia's introduction in The Last Jedi will be quite poignant.

And what of Rey? 

Sure Luke's had a hard time with Ben Solo massacring all his padawan learners but Rey's pain is right now. She's had a less than a week to reflect on what has just happened to her and now suddenly she is in front of the Jedi that she thought was myth.

What do you say to a Jedi like that?

Hello? Here's your light saber that you lost when your father cut your arm off 30 years ago....

Quotes from The Last Jedi

May the Force be with you.

I've got a bad feeling about this!

'Who are you?' Luke to Rey when they first meet.

"It's now or never!"

Breathe. Breathe. Just Breathe - Luke to Rey as he teaches her how to use the Force.

Luke says to Rey “I know one truth. It’s time for the Jedi to end.”.

Luke Skywalker's The Last Jedi quotes

Luke Skywalker's The Last Jedi quotes from Star Wars

Luke Skywalker's The Last Jedi quotes from Star Wars 

Given Luke didn't say a single word in The Force Awakens, we are expecting him to be pretty verbose in The Last Jedi as he's got a lot of explaining to do.

Like what has he been doing for 30 years?

We want to know how he feels about his student Kylo Ren killing everyone. Does he now understand just what the hell Kenobi had been through?

We also want to know how he feels about Rey turning up at the top of the Jedi steps. Who the hell named them the Jedi steps anyway?

Leaked set reports suggests that Luke has been struggling with depression or even insanity so his first exchange with Rey should be pretty interesting!

"Who are you?" apparently said to Rey when they meet.

Breathe. Breathe. Just Breathe - Luke to Rey as he teaches her how to use the Force.

Luke says to Rey "It is time for the Jedi to end".

So be it then, Jedi!

the last jedi title logo

The new title of Star Wars VIII has been revealed:

The Last Jedi

Which just seems perfect.

Note how the words 'Star Wars' are in red, the same as Revenge of the Sith and we know how that went!

Here's the official word from Lucasflm:

We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

THE LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.

Jan 21, 2017

Thrawn is coming

Thrawn prequel novel by timothy zahn Thrawn

One only needs to say that single word to a Star Wars book reader and they will immediately conjure thoughts of the blue Grand Admiral and make whispery noises of awe. 

A new legion of fans have sprung up now that Thrawn has been added to the new Star Wars canon in the television show, Star Wars Rebels. 

Disney must have long term plans for Thrawn as a new novel by Timothy Zahn that delves into his origins is about to be published by Penguin Random House.

Here's the official guff:

In this definitive novel, readers will follow Thrawn’s rise to power—uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.

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, 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.

But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy.

After Thrawn is rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers, his deadly ingenuity and keen tactical abilities swiftly capture the attention of Emperor Palpatine. And just as quickly, Thrawn proves to be as indispensable to the Empire as he is ambitious; as devoted as its most loyal servant, Darth Vader; and a brilliant warrior never to be underestimated.

On missions to rout smugglers, snare spies, and defeat pirates, he triumphs time and again—even as his renegade methods infuriate superiors while inspiring ever greater admiration from the Empire. As one promotion follows another in his rapid ascension to greater power, he schools his trusted aide, Ensign Eli Vanto, in the arts of combat and leadership, and the secrets of claiming victory. But even though Thrawn dominates the battlefield, he has much to learn in the arena of politics where ruthless administrator Arihnda Pryce holds the power to be a potent ally or a brutal enemy.

All these lessons will be put to the ultimate test when Thrawn rises to admiral—and must pit all the knowledge, instincts, and battle forces at his command against an insurgent uprising that threatens not only innocent lives but also the Empire’s grip on the galaxy—and his own carefully laid plans for future ascendancy.

Jan 20, 2017

8 great 'Call Backs' that connect Star Wars films

'It's treason then' quote by Palpatine
It's treason then...

8 awesome 'call back moments' that join the Star Wars movies up

When we say call backs we're talking about how the 7 Star Wars movies each have moments where they reference each other. Here's 6 moments where the script writers took the time to match things up. 

Things that go bump on the Death Star

Remember that Storm Trooper that bumped his head in A New Hope? 

That goof became the stuff of legend among Star Wars fans so much so that when Lucas decided Jango Fett was to be the 'father' of the Clone Army, this 'bump' was called back as an actual character trait of Jango. 

During Attack of the Clones, when the Mandalorian gets into his ship after his tete a tete with Obi-Wan, he bangs his head on the open door.

Grand Moff Tarrkin's Revenge of the Sith blink and you'll miss him cameo

Remember this guy from A New Hope? 

Tarkin is the dude who ordered the destruction of planet Alderaan, the home of the Organa family and millions of other voices. 

The quick character cameo occurs at the end of Revenge of the Sith 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 younger Tarkin quietly sidles up to the Sith Lords.

Tarkin was also brought back from the dead as a CGI animation for Rogue One. This means Tarkin appeared in three Star Wars movies in a row (for the time line).

Vader's murder of the Younglings

Killing of the Younglings in Revenge of the Sith was a pretty obvious severe call back to the prior film, the Attack of the Clones. 

While the murder is off screen, it is blatant what the freshly anointed Vader has just done. 

He has murdered innocent children and there's nothing so subtle as that. 

The call back is to the prior film, Attack of the Clones. Recall the scene where in front of the Younglings, Obi-Wan and Yoda chat about how Obi-Wan has lost a planet (how embarrassing!). 

This is the same type of class where Yoda is teaching young ones about being a Jedi. 

In hindsight, it's a brutal set up.

I've got a bad feeling about this

This line is stated by so many major characters, you just expect this line to be in every Star Wars movie you see.

"I love you"

So said Leia to Han as he was about to be frozen in carbonite. Ford's ad libbed reply of" I Know" is the stuff of Hollywood legend. 

The call back came in Jedi when just after Han Solo grabbed Leia's breasts, the lines were reversed. 

"You will die"

During Revenge of the Sith Mace Windu and Palpatine have battled it out and Windu has won the duel (something Yoda couldn't do, even when Mace had softened the Emperor up for him). Palpatine is no longer pretending he is anything but a Sith Lord. 

And he launches a lightning bolt attack on Windu with the words "you will die". 

This is a call back to Jedi when Luke has resolved not to kill his father and join the Dark Side which pisses of the Emperor who confirms Luke is now a Jedi and then stuns him with a bolt or a few thousand of Force lighting. 

He takes a pause and say's "And now, you will die". Great work script writers, great work.

The Force Awakens

The Force Awakens film was basically a well executed re hash of all the famous Star Wars moments, revisited in different guises.

Jakku is a stand in for Tatooine, Rey's heroism matches Luke, Maz's Castle can be likened to the Cantina etc.

The movie is basically a greatest hits of the Star Wars universe and there's one hit which we think is a brilliant call back to the film that started it all, A New Hope. 

When Finn is tending to Chewbacca's injury he looks for something to use. And he pulls out the training remote that Luke used under Obi Wan tutelage, 30 odd years before hand. It's a blink and you'll miss moment but it was a nice wink to the past. 

And if you didn't like that, this little factoid may brighten you smile.

You know when Finn bumps the digital chess board (the game is actually called Dejarik) ... the game the starts up is the uncompleted game that Chewbacca and R2D2 played in A New Hope!

What did Rogue One offer?

Rogue One also featured a few call backs, especially to A New Hope. While the plot connections between the movies are fairly straightforward for us, the call back to 'hope' we like the best is pretty awesome and it doesn't matter in which order the movies are watched.

At the end of Rogue One, Leia's quote is that she has been brought 'hope' in the form of the Death Star plans.

In ANH, Leia refers to Kenobi as being her 'only hope'. With the entire theme of Rogue One being about hope (Jyn says that 'Rebellions are built on hope') the callback is pretty strong.

Jan 17, 2017

Watch 'The Last Jedi' online for free

Given my recent rant about how Star Wars movies are available to watch for free online, I had shower thoughts moment and wondered what about the other Star Wars movies and the forth coming The Last Jedi.

This movie will be the most pirated film of the year, especially as it has the return of Luke Skywalker where he actually says a few lines. It will probably even more pirated than the latest season of Netflix's Stranger Things! 

Spooky Mulder. 

Star Wars fans will likely try and stream the movie for free the moment it is released. Some dude some will where make a shonky video of it in the theatre and load it up for sharing on Putlocker or Vodlocker or one of the many other movie sharing sites such as 123movies.

I looked around and if you google, "where can I watch The Last Jedi online for free", you are immediately swamped with search engine results pages where cheeky film pirates have already prepared pages which will eventually have The Last Jedi uploaded so it can be downloaded and streamed thousands and thousands of times.

It's super cheeky!

Even though no official announcement has been made, you can find pages that are already offering you the opportunity to watch Iron Man 4 and the Mortal Engines film.

So if you came to this page looking to watch or download Rian Johnsons' The Last Jedi for free, we have a question for you.

Why are you looking to watch The Last Jedi for free online? What so special about Episode VII? 

Why didn't you go and see it at the movies and in doing so, pay the people who spent 150 million dollars making it, their due? These movies are not cheap. Why should you get to stream it for free? Can't you just wait until it's put on Netflix?

You surely do know the film has just come out yet so there's no way that you can legally find it online just yet?

Are you looking for some illegally copied film material, just in case The Last Jedi has already leaked? And yes, the cam copies are already available to view the full movie. In fact you can watch all the Star Wars films online for free. 

What does Disney think about this?

What do they think of Youtube already having links to the movie. People have already uploaded 'fake' versions to Youtube which purport to be the full movie. They're not. They are fake and looking to scam you into looking at something else. 

We understand why you would want to watch Star Wars: Rogue One and The Last Jedi online because it continues the adventures that happened to Rey in The Force Awakens.

Jan 15, 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 - 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. 
  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, 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. 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. 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.
  25. 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...
  26. 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. 
  27. 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.
  28. 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. 
  29. E.T. made a cameo appearance in The Phantom Menace
  30. 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.
  31. Rogue One features blue milk in Saw's cavern. ANH famously featured the milk at the Lar's family breakfast scene.
  32. Darth Vader has only 12 minutes of screen time in A New Hope!facts and trivia about The Empire Strikes Back
  33. 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".
  34. Hayden Christensen  appeared as the costumed Vader in Revenge of the Sith. He apparently begged Lucas to let him play him.
  35. 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.
  36. 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...).
  37. 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. 
  38. George Lucas at one stage considered using the great Orsen Welles as the voice actor for Darth.
  39. Han Solo grabs Princess Leia’s breasts in the middle of the Battle of Endor. He was perhaps checking she was still wearing this
  40. 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
  41. Carrie Fisher has spoken many times of her struggles with bipolar disorder. You wouldn't wish this on any anybody. 
  42. Harrison Ford and Fisher had an affair during the film of A New Hope. Ford was married at the time. 
  43. 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. 
  44. 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.
  45. Lord Vader’s famous leitmotif theme music is known as The Imperial March and was not introduced until Empire Strikes Back.
  46. 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.
  47. 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
  48. Bobba also actually made his first public appearance in a Star Wars street parade before either movie!
  49. 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. 
  50. 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.
  51. 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!
  52. The classic "The first transport is away!" line from Empire Strikes Back was delivered by Mark Hamill. 
  53. 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.
  54. C3PO's most famous quote is perhaps "I suggest a new strategy, Artoo: let the Wookie win." which pretty much speaks for itself!
  55. 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.
  56. 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!" 
  57. 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 gold.
  58. R2D2 stands at a height of 96cm.
  59. 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. 
  60. The Bantha milk drank by Luke and Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru in A New Hope is blue. 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. Speaking of "it's a trap" it is usually ascribed to Ackbar however, Leia called it out first to Luke in Empire Strikes Back on Cloud City.
  76. "I've got a bad feeling about this" or a variation of it is spoken in every movie.
  77. R2D2 is taller than the Ewok 'Wicket' from ROTJ.
  78. Mace Windu is the only Jedi in any film to wield a purple colored lightsaber. Here's some of his quotes from the prequels.
  79. 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.
  80. 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.
  81. 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.
  82. That particular Jedi stands at a tall height of 1.93 meters.emperor story board star wars
  83. 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. 
  84. 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.
  85. 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.
  86. Qui-Gon was actually a padawan of Count Dooku.
  87. E.T. creatures made a cameo appearance in The Phantom Menace
  88. Darth Maul has ten horns on his red head
  89. 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. 
  90. 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.
  91. 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.
  92. 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.
  93. 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.
  94. 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!
  95. 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.
  96. 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.
  97. Every clone trooper in Revenge of the Sith is a creation of CGI. No clone costumes or helmets were manufactured for filming.
  98. The shipping title of Phantom Menace was "The Doll House", Clones was "Cue Ball" and Sith, "The Bridge".
  99. The Phantom Menace was the first Star Wars film to be released on DVD.
  100. 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).
  101. "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 will now have a role in Episode 7.clone trooper story board star wars
  102. Revenge of the Sith is the only film thus far that does not feature R2D2 in the final shot.
  103. 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.
  104. "It's a trap," which is arguably the most famous line in Return of the Jedi, was, incredibly, not in the screenplay. The line was scripted as "Its 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.
  105. Admiral Ackbar's backstory is that he was once the slave of Grand Moff Tarkin, as well as his personal pilot.
  106. 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.
  107. 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.
  108. It took six people to work the full-sized animatronic of Jabba the Hutt. The frogs he ate were not real.
  109. 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.
  110. 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.
  111. 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."
  112. 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.
  113. Craig Daniel, better known as James Bond 007 was the Stormtrooper that freed Rey in The Force Awakens.
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