43 awesome facts & Easter Eggs from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Jan 22, 2022
Rogue One facts and trivia

Facts and trivia about Rogue One, a truly great Star Wars movie


Here's some facts and trivia about the development, production and detail of Rogue One, the first Star Wars anthology film.
  1. The film's working title was 'Los Alamos'. Star Wars films have an odd production naming history.
  2. Its place in the Star Wars time line is just before A New Hope. It is also 5 years after the Star Wars Rebels television show.
  3. Lucasfilm Visual effects legend John Knoll came up with the story. He pitched it to Kathleen Kennedy and the rest is history.
  4. Doug Chiang is the production designer. His claim to fame is design work on the prequel trilogies (and he continued to find form with The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett.
  5. Garry Whitta wrote the first draft of the screenplay and came up with the film's title. Gary is known for his work on The Book of Eli and After Earth. He actually posted the title of the movie to his Twitter account at one point but no one knew it was the movie!
  6. Whitta also drafted an opening crawl that went unused (here's the text of all the Star Wars crawls)
  7. Screenwriter and director Christopher McQuarrie did a two week pass on the script post Whitta's effort. McQuarrie is best known for winning an Oscar for scripting The Usual Suspects and has had a strong career since (Mission Impossible) so his involvement is notable. 
  8. The original R1 squad had a giant green alien called Senna and a Lunka. They were paired as a duo but ultimately dropped. This concept design shows what they may have looked like.
  9. This is the first Star Wars movie where the title of the movie is said. Bodhi Rook says it, confirming the title of the movie is a call sign.
  10. In the initial first drafting of the movie, Jyn Erso and the character that became Cassian Andors survived the Battle of Scariff. 
  11. Alan Tudyk plays Enforcer Robot, K-250. He filmed a small cameo as a pilot called Wray Nerely but it was cut out.
  12. It 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.
  13. The "I don't like you either" guy, Dr. Evazan has a blink and you'll miss him cameo. You'll remember him as the guy giving Luke Skywalker a hard time in the Cantina Bar in ANH, a hard time until Obi-Wan stepped in and sorted things out.
  14. Genevieve O'Reilly reprised her role as Mon Mothma, whom she previously played in Revenge of the Sith.
  15. Jimmy Smits also returns as Leia's father, Bail Organna. He played key supporting roles in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith
  16. Anthony Daniels appears in his 9th Star Wars movie - if you count his voice acting work for the cinematic release of The Clone Wars, making him the only actor to appear in all the Star Wars movies. Whike his sidekick R2D2 also appears in all the movies, R2 was only played by Kenny Baker in 4 movies - most of the prequels where animated and he was too ill for The Force Awakens.
  17. Jyn Erso was originally conceived as being a Sergeant in the movie. This was changed so late in the piece that production runs of the Jyn Erso doll included the rank as part of the name!
  18. Character 'Saw Gerrera' originally featured in Star Wars: Clone Wars television show. Gerrera is played by Oscar winner, Forrest Whitaker.
  19. 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.
  20. Gary Whitta, one of the script writers, filmed a cameo as a Rebel pilot but it never made the final cut. 
  21. Gareth Edwards requested that the extras grow out their sideburns and mustaches to fit into the ‘70s aesthetic of A New Hope. Check out the radio operator on the Rebel Base...
  22. It falls to K-2SO to deliver the line "I've got a bad feeling about this" - be he gets cut off before he can finish the famous quote. This makes it the tenth time the line has been uttered in a Star Wars movie.
  23. Tony Gilory is credited as saving the film through his script rewrites and editing
  24. It was Donnie Yen's idea for his 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.
  25. In Saw Gerrera's cave, there are paintings of monsters from director Gareth Edward's prior movies, Monsters and Godzilla.
  26. As Pao sees the approaching AT-ACT on Scarif he lets out a cry of 'Karabast!' - which Rebels fans will know as a saying of characters Zeb and Ezra.
  27. To design the U-wing, 781 different drawings were done by Doug Chiang's design team before they settled on the final look.
  28. You know that planet Jyn is rescued from as a prisoner? That's called Wobani. Do you think it curious that Wobani is an anagram of Obi-Wan?
  29. Chris Weitz, one of the scriptwriters, said that one of the titles of the movie that was 'kicked around' for Rogue One was 'Dark Times'.
  30. Director Gareth Edwards has a cameo as a Rebel on the Tantive IV. He's the one that frees the ship to allow it to escape Darth Vader. 
  31. Speaking of directors, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson also had a cameo as an operator on the Death Star.
  32. The firing sequence is copied exactly from that of ANH, frame for frame.
  33. Where A New Hope started with Darth Vader in black being surrounded by his white Storm Troopers, Rogue One reverses this with Krennic dressed in white being surrounded by his black Deathtroopers. A continuation of Lucas' Ring Theory perhaps?
  34. The ship known as 'The Ghost' from the television show Rebels makes an appearance in the final Rebel attack. It's the first leap from that show's realm to make into a Star Wars movie.
  35. And to tie into the above, Pablo Hidalgo has confirmed Chopper was in Rogue One - where? He can be briefly found on Yavin base. See the red circle in the image just below.
  36. Did you spot the blue milk in the Erso's family home? That's a nice wee Easter egg referring to Luke having a drink of it back at Uncle Owen and Beru's farm in ANH.
  37. The use of Blue Squadron was a reference to the novelization of Star Wars featuring Blue Squadron instead of Red. This was a choice made by Lucas late in the piece after the novel was already written by Alan Dean Foster. Foster when on to write Splinter of the Mind's Eye and the novelization of The Force Awakens.
  38. Leia says the last line of the movie "What is it they've sent us? Hope." It's a clever set up for the title of A New Hope and ties in thematically well. In saying this last line, that takes Leia's tally saying the final line of a Star Wars movie to three - the other two being The Force Awakens and Return of the Jedi.
  39. The Hammerhead Corvette used in the Battle of Scarif to smash one Imperial Stars Destroyer into the other was an idea taken from the classic video game, Knights of the Old Republic. It was also seen in season two of Star Wars: Rebels.
  40. Rogue One sets up how Luke eventually gets the call sign 'Rogue-Five'. The Original Red Five, Pedrin Gaul, was killed during the battle over Scarif, meaning that when Luke gets involved with the Rebel assault on the Death Star, he takes up the vacancy in Red Squad.
  41. Jyn's mother Erso wears the "red sash of the enlightened' which was worn by the sects found on Jedha - the same as Chirrut wore. Given these sects were about the Whills and the Kyber Crystals, the scene when Jyn receives her mother's crystal necklace should serve to show that her mother was truly trying to protect her with the power of the Force. Also, and perhaps crucially for the plot - Chirrut was able to sense the crystal around Jyn's next on Jedha - which led to Baze and Chirrut getting caught up in Jyn's adventure.
  42. Wedge Antiles makes a cameo of sorts. The voice actor for the character, David Ankrum, was brought in to do act as the Public Address voice for the scenes featuring the Rebel Base. Ankrum can be heard telling the Rebels to board their ships. Wedge eventually did make a cameo in The Rise of Skywalker.
  43. Admiral Ackbar was intended by Gary Whitta to lead the assault on Scariff however JJ Abrams beat him to the punch and used him in TFA. Gary was quoted as saying “We didn’t want to use him again after The Force Awakens. So Ackbar became Admiral Raddus."
  44. The co-writer of Rogue One, Tony Gilroy (He eventually became the producer of the Andor show) is the voice questioning Bodhi Rook on the U-Wing, which led to the pilot coming up with the call sign “Rogue One”.
Did you like all of that? Here's 111 more facts about the Star Wars films.

How many arms have Wookies 'ripped off' people in Star Wars films?

Characters losing limbs is a real part of Star Wars lore. Obi-Wan Kenobi started the trend by defending Luke in A New Hope, Luke lost his own hand to his father and things came full circle when he return the favour to his Dark Father. 


But what about Wookies ripping arms off people? 


How many?


solo film - chewbacca rips arms off


Ever since Han Solo cooly warned C3PO and R2D2 when they were playing HoloChess on the Flacon with Chewie about the nature of his Wookie friend:

"It's not wise to upset a Wookiee... droids don't pull people's arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookiees are known to do that."

At which point C3PO took the advice and politely suggested to R2 to "let the Wookie win!". 

So when was the first time Star Wars films actually featured a scene where a Wookie would remove an arm from a socket?

Oddly enough, it was first supposed to occur in The Force Awakens but the scene was deleted from the final edit. 

Unkar Plutt was Chewbacca's victim here. He had tracked the stolen Millenium Falcon and accosted Ray inside Maz Kanata's Castle:

Check out the deleted scene:

                       

So given that technically was not the first official time a Wookie ripped an arm from a socket on screen, when is it? Our Walking Carpet finally got his chance in the wonderful Han Solo film:

The scene is played for laughs and the damage part is done off screen but Chew is featured holding an arm in each hand:

 

So that's it, Chewbacca the Wookie has only ripped off one arm in the canon of the films. 

But, given there's a certain show called The Book of Boba Fett that features comic book legend Black Krrsantan, there's a chance he would rip off an arm right?

We've got you covered. 

In episode 4 'The Gathering Storm', the hulking beast drunkenly relieves a terrified Trandoshan of his limb, despite the best efforts of Garsa Fwip:

krrsantan ripps arm off trandoshan



So there you have it, despite a lot of arms being cut off by light sabres in Star Wars, in terms of the film and television cannon, Chewbacca has ripped off two limbs and Krrsantan one, meaning in total Wookies have ripped off 3 arms.

One final moment from a classic comic book moment:

comic book arm rip out chewbacca


"The Gathering Storm" Review: Book of Boba Fett Season 1: Chapter 4

Jan 19, 2022

After the hit and miss of the Streets of Mos Espa the Book of Boba Fett finally shows Boba in action as a man to not screw with.

Having taken several beatings physically and mentally in the first three episodes, our now standard flashback sees 'The Man with No Name' of Star Wars unleash hell on the biker gang that killed his Tusken tribe, battle a Sarlacc monster and retrieve Slave 1. 

Wookie Black Krrsantan

"The Gathering Storm" directed by Kevin Tancharoen (Titans, Flash, Fame and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)


My key takeaway is this episode obviously was written and filmed well before the internet moaners started to complain how Boba was weak, not killing anybody like the feared Bounty Hunter he apparently was. 

Even the newly repaired by Fennec Shand calls him out on it. 

And writer Jon Favreau highlights this is a personal growth story for Fett, it's going to be his grand arc of development. Fett acknowledges all this and simply shrugs it all away like a grain of sand off his back - stating his time with the Tusken people has made him even stronger.

Slave 1 is now officially in good old Disney 'family first fashion' referred to as a "Firespray" Ship. 

When he slaughtered the biker gang from above his Firespray, he showed no emotion*, he just took them all out and moved on. 

Stone. 

Cold. 

Killer. 

*OK, a quiet steely, murderous streak was probably boiling through his revenge full veins.

the gathering storm boba fett

The fairly long flash back sequence (remember this is the Book of Fett, meaning his whole story) features more Batha riding, the discovery and repair of Fenech Shand and a fun liberation of Slave 1 from Jabba's palace. 

The episode is basically a few set pieces strung together.

Boba fruitlessly searches for his prized Mandalorian armour at the Salarc Putt, at which time the Sarlac bests Slave 1 until Shand produces some 'sonic boom' of her own to save the ship. 

This sets up an interesting story as to how Fett knows that Our Metal Man The Mandalorian obtained his suit from Cob Vanth...

Back to reality, nothing much happens other than Fett meets with Jabba the Hutt's former Captains of Crime to discuss the melange of the Pykk Syndicate with a not so subtle reminder to the audience that Fett is in possession of a Rancour.

We suspect he's gonna ride it into town one day instead of all walking he does...

Trivia about The Gathering Storm

  • If you listened carefully in the final minutes when the duo talk about hiring muscle... the theme of the Mandalorian plays for a moment - will Din Djarin join in some fun? Quote by Shand "Credits can buy muscle if you know where to look.”
  • Fett's line that "No one gets far without a tribe" confirms his intent to set up The House of Fett. He is building that team with Shand, The Wookie who likes to rip arms off and who knows else...
  • The robot cooking dinner in The Palace appeared to take a General Grievous style pose when he raised his blades to Fett'
  • We have finally solved the old age question, do Gonk droids blow up when shot? They sure do, Micheal Bay style...
  • The timelines are slowly resolving together - it appears Fett spent about 4 years or so with the Tusken Tribe and perhaps a year or so running around the desert before he partnered with Shand. It's still vague.
  • Did you spot a certain drunk Wookie in Sanctuary ripping off an arm, Wookie style? Counting Chewbacca in Solo, this is the 2nd on-screen time we have seen a Wookie rip a limb off. (There's a deleted scene for The Force Awakens in which Chewbacca does some damage to Unkar Plutt).
  • "There's an advantage to people thinking your dead" - Boba Fett, with a few scores to settle.
  • Points off the review score for visible shiny mod bikes at the Mod Shope where Shand was repaired.
  • Fett is turning out to be a real animal lover, Bantha Whisper
  • The Sarlacc creature design was true to the Return of the Jedi Special Edition (Next time, don't touch my buttons).
  • When Fennec cut the iron bars to enter the Palace sewer it appeared to be the same sound as the lightsabers hissing when Dooku was decapitated in Revenge of the Sith
  • When Garsa Fwip says to the blue Jizz Player, "Hit it, Max!", this confirms the musician is indeed the same Max Rebo that was playing in Chalmun's Cantina in A New Hope when Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke ventured in.
  • Ming-Na Wen's son Cooper can be spied in a non-speaking role. 

Here's some cool concept art of Fett riding a Bantha by Christian Alzmann

Boba Fett concept art by Christian Alzmann.
The Book of Boba Fett concept art by Christian Alzmann.


The influences of the Holiday Special that are now Star Wars canon

Jan 12, 2022
madalorian rifle holiday special

How the Star Wars Holiday Special has influenced the formal canon


While the Star Wars Holiday Special is infamously famous as a piece of hot garbage derided by most viewers, thanks to its modern availability on the internet, it has become a bit of a cult film.

For this writer, I'll probably never choose to watch it again, except for the Boba Fett cartoon sequence which is quite entertaining as a side story. I like it so much, I even have the hoodie of this Fett!

And it's Boba Fett that brings us here today. 

The Mandalorian features this rifle, and yep, it looks like it was inspired by the one Fett used in the Special.

The show also makes a reference to Life Day. 



Did you spy it yet? Yes, the style of that weapon is remarkably similar to that which the Special Edition 

Take for example the plot point about Chewbacca. Chewie is returning home to visit his family for Life Day on the planet of Kyshkkk. 

You may recognise that name as it was featured in the Revenge of the Sith. Yes, the name of Chewie's planet was taken from the Holiday Special.

wookie battle revenge sith


The original designs for the Special featured the Wookie homes in the trees which I think was inspired by the work of concept designer Ralph McQuarrie. These elements eventually made their way into the Ewok tree village in Jedi and the Revenge of the Sith.

Chewbacca, son of Attichitcuk


The Han Solo movie took things a step further when Chewbacca introduced himself to Han.

Their exchange:

Han: "So what's your name?"

Chewbacca: "Chewbacca, son of Attichitcuk"

And where does that name Attichitcuk come from? Yes, it is Chewie's father in the special.

Attichitcuk from Holiday Special Star Wars


The influence of the Special also extends to the Clone Wars television series. 


In The Mandalore Plot episode of 2010, the elongated Mandalorian helmets are based on Boba Fett's cartoon version.

The version of C-3PO on the 2001 Star Wars: Clone Wars was animated in a style that paid homage to the animation style of C-3PO in the Special.

The Book of Boba Fett also makes a reference to the Mythosaur Boba rode in the cartoon segment of the Special:

mythosaur boba fett



Chapter 3: Book of Boba Fett Review 'The Streets of Mos Espa'

Spoilers in play.


After last week's sandy epic (hey how you doin' David Lean), The Tribes of Tatooine in which we learned how Boba Fett and his brutal Gaffi stick became a tribe member of a tribe of Sand People and nothing much in the current timeline happened, what the heck happened in Chapter 3?


chapter 3 book of boba fett

Directed by Robert Rodriquez, Chapter 3 builds on what came before and starts the main timeline story in earnest - the first true 'in roads' into becoming a crime lord are dealt with in Fett fashion. 


But let's recall the name of this show. It's the Book of Boba Fett.


This means it's the story of how Fett escaped from the Sarlacc Pitt and fell into the hands of a tribe Sand People who kidnapped him but eventually made him one of their own (refer The Tribes of Tatooine episode).


And something happened which we suspected would occur, Fett's people were slaughtered. 


And that is going to send the internet into a freaking frenzy after all the shipping that went on last week. 


So as to plot, we get some great scenes such as an assassination attempt by The Black Wookie, and the gift by the Hutt Twins of a new rancour for the pit. 


Let's talk Krrsantan's assassination attempt. He threw Fett into a heavy machine with such massive Wookie force (TWICE), such violence would kill any human yet Fett lives and has but a headache. 


I hate that shit.


And why is no one on guard duty when Fett is in his Bacta tank? 


And then we get the most cheesy, lame-ass moment in quite some time, a speeder chase with Fett's new street imps against the Mos Espa Mayor's 'main guy'. 


The speeders had a very out of place colour system. It was the Power Ranger colours like they ran over Spy Kids or something. 

It was all wrong and looked stupid as they 'raced' through at turtle speed against the dry dust of the roads of Mos Eisley. 

Should have gone the 'faster, more intense' route...

Director Robert Rodriquez (yes the same one that did the awesome season 2 episode which formally introduced Boba back into Star Wars) should be embarrassed about that scene, it's gonna go down as bad Star Wars. The recruits' so-called cybernetics were also unimpressive and if they were so deadly how did Wookie Black Krrsantan best them fairly easily?


This all reveals the Pykes are truly running the show in town and Fett has his work cut out for him as the Daimyo of Tatooine. 


Frankly, this was the part that bored us till we get to the chorus.


Which we hope will come next week as the episode simply ends. It feels like most of what has come before is a red herring of sorts. The Mayor is the bad guy! No, it's the Hutts! No! It's the Pykes.


This is fine but there are only 4 episodes left for anything meaty in the post Mando season two timeline to occur. 


We get it, there's gonna be a showdown with the Pyke Syndicate. 


How dull.


But do not count out the Hutt twins. No way would they quit the planet so easy. 


The music was excellent. 


We suspect we will see Boba Fett continue to recruit his base soldiers and we believe we will see Black Krrsantan become loyal to him at a very crucial key plot point near the end of the series.

Here's some concept art of Krrsantan taking on Fett by artist Christian Alzmann:

krrsantan Fett fight concept art


Trivia:

  • Spot the roaming spider robot outside the Palace. You may have seen that in Return of the Jedi. 
  • Witches of Dathomir mentioned by Danny Trejo's character as riding Rancor
  • The 'Sand Kid' watching Boba Fett leave the camp on the Bantha mirrors the shot of Jango leaving Kamino in Slave 1 with Boba watching from his quarters.
  • Did you spot a certain mechanic Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) and some pit droids from The Mandalorian? 

  • The script likely made a reference to the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special when Fett uttered the line "I've ridden beasts 10 times its size" when speaking of his new pet Rancour. The Mandalorian show also made reference to Earth Day which came from the Special.
Fett mythosaur reference


BOBF: Chapter 2 Review: The Tribes of Tatooine

Jan 5, 2022

 After last week's slow burning, scene setting episode 'Stranger in a Strange land', we were hoping the second episode of The Book Boba Fett, The Tribes of Tatooine would turn the scale and speed of the plot up a wee bit.

Did it?

This review will fill you in! Oh, by the way, did you ever see the film Dances with Wolves?

Boba fett chapter two review



Did you ever meet the Mayor of Mos Espa? Fennec Shand thinks a visit would be nice if you have not had the pleasure...


How about the Rancour?


How about an Assasin Wookie - the first-ever Bad Guy Wookie in Star Wars? It could be the infamous 'gladiator' Black Krrsantan but I do not think there's any way to tell at this point? (Side note - When will we see an appearance of Doctor Aphra in the TV medium?)


How about slugging it out with two Hutts in front of Sanctuary? (This is a nonsensical plot point. The Mayor says something is happening at Sanctuary, Garsa knows something is happening and... then the Hutt's turn up? Beats me how they knew when Fett and Shand were turning up to visit the Mayor's office to get the intel in the first place...)


Another flashback to Fett's training with the Sand People as to how to correctly use a Gaffi stick?


speeder bike concept art



A 'space train' long speeder in the Tattoine desert? Give me some strength. This is not the Solo film, no this is another knowing nod to Lawrence of Arabia


Could we say Fett is truly a Lizard Brain now?


Oh great, an evil tree. I bet he makes a Gaffi stick from the branch.


Called it. 


This series is sure not the Mandalorian.


That said...


There's a fight in a bar where Boba confronts a 'biker gang'. At that point, the actor Tem Morrison evokes and invokes his own Maori heritage and taps into his Jake the Muss character from Once Were Warriors and unleashes his own personal hell on the biker gang. 

Morrison's eyes go to a place that Sam Neil was channelling in Event Horizon and the result is chilling. Fett's character has a truly quiet rage - and as the episode gives a brief nod to, the death of his father Jango Fett lurks darkly in his dreams.

Brutal.


We love that Boba Fett is not a single-minded bounty hunter or a killing machine. We can't way to see how he progresses his character art but overall we consider this episode as simple filler. There is still no overall plot point obviously in play other than Boba finding his way in the universe.


Trivia

Try this idea on for size.....

  • Order of the Night Wind in play... 
  • Boba Fett continues to insist he walks his 10,000 steps a day...
  • Directed by Steph Green
  • Epic reference to Spice - a Dune novel reference perhaps?
  • Mok Shaiz, the Ithorian mayor of Mos Espa was voiced by Robert Rodriquez (who directed Chapter 1).



Ming-Na Wen is Star Wars Cosplayer

Jan 1, 2022

 


MING-NA WEN WAS A STAR WARS FAN WELL BEFORE SHE WAS FENNEC SHAND

ming-na wen with darth vader

Ming-Na Wen is currently having quite the moment in the spotlight with her Season 2 of The Mandalorian turn as Fennec Shand, featuring in the team up with Mando and Bobba Fett to rescue Baby Grogu. She's going to have a major part in The Book of Bobba Fett too. 

It's clear though she didn't simply just 'jump into' the role post her Agents of Shield gig - she's clearly a life long Star Wars fan as these cosplay pictures show - and she's no stranger to the Princess Leia Slave Bikini!

ming-na-wen-leia-slave-gold-bikini

Here's Wen as ANH Style Leia:

ming-na wen princess leia white costume

A light saber wall fan:

ming-na wen with laser swords

Lego Fan!

ming-na wen with giant x-wing lego

ming-na wen with light saber

ming-na wen with star wars lunch box

She really loves light sabers eh?

ming-na wen will light saber

Chop sticks!

ming-na wen lightsaber chopsticks

Who let the Ewoks out?

ming-na wen with ewoks

Who plays Garsa Fwip in The Book of Boba Fett?

Dec 30, 2021
Garsa Fwip is a Twilek played by actress Jennifer Beals

Garsa Fwip jessical beals
"Welcome to the Sanctuary. Would you care to partake in any of our sundry offerings?"

Garsa Fwip runs the Cantina in Mos Espa known as Sanctuary. She first appears in episode 1of The Book of Boba Fett titled ‘ Stranger in a Strange Land’.

Sanctuary was under the thumb of Jabba the Hutt's reign and continues to do so under the beginning of Boba Fett's hand at playing crime lord. She offers 'tribute' in the form of cash which is placed inside Fett's helmet. 

Garsa Fwip is played by actress Jennifer Beals.

Beals first rise to fame in the massive film Flashdance and worked in Hollywood for the next three decades. A recent popular film she featured in was The Book of Eli (the Star Wars connection here is Garry Whitta the scriptwriter for that film, wrote Rogue One). 

Here's what Beals looks like out of character:

jennifer beals boba fett


garsa fwip


Beals posted this image of her character on her Instagram:

Garsa Fwip jennifer beals



Review: Book of Boba Fett Series One - Episode 1: Stranger in a Strangeland

Dec 29, 2021

Here's our review of the debut episode of The Book of Boba Fett 

Last year's final episode of the Mandalorian had this writer in delightfully happy tears as the Luke Skywalker we had wanted to see since we were 9 years old wrecked some robots and met Baby Grogu.


And then a second magical thing happened, the reveal of the existence of a secret show, The Book of Boba Fett.


Star Wars fans around this third rock from the sun collectively lost their shit for the second time in 5 minutes. 


And here we are a year later, with Temuera Morrison (having his own McConaissance > refer Aquaman, Frontier, The Flash)  debuting as Boba Fett in the character's own spinoff show!


So, what's the score? Is this Jango Fett wannabe any good?


To paraphrase a certain meth cook: YOU'RE GOD DAMN RIGHT.


The Book of Boba Fett is another crack entry into the Star Wars canon. 


The set-up from The Mandalorian pays off immensely here as Fett sets of his plan to be the Crime Lord of Tatooine with the delightful Ming-Na Wen playing Fennec Shand as his right-hand gal.


The episode: Stranger in a Strangeland is more a 'get to know Boba' episode. Via Bacta Tank dream sequences we learn how Fett survived falling into the Sarlac Pitt in Return of the Jedi (it's simpler than you may think) to taking 'tributes' from former Jabba the Hutt and Bib Fortuna, shall we say, associates. 


A wee confrontation with some well-disciplined attackers demonstrates that Fett is no 'super hero' character, he's a 50-year-old man and while he may be one shrewd fighter, his flesh may not be as willing as his clearly sharp brain.  

Or maybe he's having a hard time recovering from being slowly digested by the Sarlac...

review boba fett season one episode one

The shows central arc is how Boba survived his escape from the Sarlacc Pitt via his capture by the Sand People that live near Mos Espa. Fett wins his freedom and appears to be considered acceptable by the Sand People. This explains how in The Mandalorian he has their weapon of choice, the Gaffi stick and has learned how to use it. 

Of interest to note is Fett lost his armour. And the Mandalorian himself knows how this feels, the bloody Jawa stole it and left him for dead. This ties into the opening show of Season 2 of The Mandalorian.

The overall verdict was this was a set-up episode in which nothing really happens but it sets up the series quite well. 

Boba is no bumbling idiot, he's the real deal.

Trivia, references and callbacks

This episode was not shy in making a few knowing nods to past Star Wars moments and lore, least, not Fett's own journey. 

  • Direct literal scene from Attack of the Clones where young Boba picks up his father Jango Fett's hat in a dream sequence. 
  • The episode showed in an official canon sense how Boba Fett escaped from the Sarlac Pitt he fell into in Return of the Jedi. 
  • No English was spoken for the first approx ten minutes. 
  • Directed by Robert Rodriquez who wrote the prequel of From Dawn to Dusk: From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter in which Temuera Morrison appeared as The Hangman.
  • Was that Max Rebo playing in the bar?
  • Indeed, we're calling a cameo appearance from director Robert Rodriguez -  the dude playing the guitar on the stool in the Cantina next to Max Rebo. RR is well known for his guitar playing skills - he scores many of his own films.
  • When Boba strangled the 4 armed monster in the desert, one would think this was a call back to how Leia strangled Jabba Fett with a chain in Return of the Jedi. That monster (no official name yet?) has a very Ray Harryhausen vibe. It also reminded me of John Carter of Mars (which was source material for the original Star Wars film).
  • Spot the sexualised Twi'lek male...
  • Geonosis from Attack of the Clones was spotted briefly 
  • Jennifer Beals (Flashdance, The Book of Eli) plays Garsa Fwip - the sexy orange Twilek in the Cantina  
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Jennifer Beals as the Mos Espa Cantina proprietor


The chronological timeline order of the Star Wars movies

Dec 26, 2021

What is the Star Wars movie's chronological order?

With all the Star Wars films coming out these days, you could be forgiven for not keeping track of what the chronological order of them is.

Where does the 'Solo' film fit in for example?

Does it come before Rogue One?

And that's a fair question for the casual viewer who hasn't seen either of those films. 

Not to mention The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett (with its post Jedi flashbacks), The Acolyte, Andor and Rangers of the New Republic!

So, here's the list of every single Star Wars film and Disney Plus show in chronological/narrative order. 

This is to say the order they occurred in their time period (a long time ago) and not in the order they were theatrically released. 

narative timeline of star wars films

We are even going to include the Ewok side story adventures because we just loved Caravan of Courage as a kid... (hey why is it not on Disney Plus!!)

time line of star wars


1. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

The one where a young Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-gon Jinn escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who turns about to be the Chosen One.

Fun Fact: "Phantom Menace" was the name of a villain in the "Flash Gordon" comics. This 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.

there's always a bigger fish

2. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

The one where Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé Amidala, while Obi-Wan Kenobi investigates an assassination attempt on the senator which leads to ... an attack of Clones.

Fun Fact: When Anakin is slaughtering the Tusken Raider in Attack of the Clones, Qui-Gon's voice can be heard in the background yelling "Anakin! Anakin!".

This is no accident as Qui-Gon Jinn's Force-Ghost was trying to stop Anakin's rage but clearly failed.

Qui-Gon also urged Rey to rise up at the end of The Rise of Skywalker.

3. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 - 2020)

The one where after the Republic's victory on Christophsis, Anakin and his new apprentice Ashoka Tano must rescue the kidnapped son of Jabba the Hutt.

It was the first official Star Wars cartoon movie released in theatres.

The Clone Wars television show fits in between these two films and ties in neatly to the beginning of the Revenge of the Sith timeline, with some events in the final season happening on the same days as key moments in the film. 

4. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

The one where Anakin and Obi-Wan rescue Palpatine from Count Dooku. Anakin is lured into a sinister plan to rule the galaxy by Palpatine, succumbs and becomes Darth Vader.

Fun Fact: The Millennium Falcon is spied landing on Coruscant in Revenge of the Sith. This was prior to Lando or Han Solo owning it!

The Bad Batch also flits around this time line as well. 

anakin as a sith

5. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

The second of the Anthology series, the young Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca (and learns his family name) and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion. Marks a Star Wars first where the original actor, Harrison Ford was replaced by Alden Ehrenreich as Solo.

Fun Fact: This was the first Star Wars movie to not mention the word 'Jedi'.

6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

The first Anthology film,  Jyn, finds her caught up with the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to steal the Death Star plans in a desperate attempt to prevent the Empire from taking over the universe.

Fun Fact: This is the first Star Wars movie where the title of the movie is said. Bodhi Rook says it, confirming the title of the movie is a call sign.

The timing between these two films in terms of 'film time' appears to be a few hours,

rogue one team

7. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

The one where Luke Skywalker joins forces with an old Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot who likes to shoot first, a Walking Carpet and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.

Fun Fact: the original Star Wars soundtrack remains the highest-grossing non-popular music recording of all-time

8. The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978 TV Movie)

The one where it's so bad, it's so bad yet still is technically Star Wars canon. A TV movie featuring the original ANH cast getting up to some wild antics. One for trivia enthusiasts only...

Fun Fact: Chewbacca’s father is named Attichitcuk and his wife is called Mallatobuck. His son Lumpy’s proper name is Lumpawarrump. The name Attichitcuk was referred to in the Solo film.

9. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The one where Luke meets Yoda and his father.

Fun Fact: The classic "The first transport is away!" quote was delivered by Mark Hamill.

luke arm cut off

10. The Ewok Adventure (1984 TV Movie)

The one where Wicket and his friends agree to help two shipwrecked human children, Mace and Cindel, on a quest to find their parents. They have to rescue them from the hungry Gorax:

gorax creature caravan of courage


Fun Fact: Cindel teaches Wicket to speak English which screws up the moment in ROTJ where Leia teaches Wicket to speak English...

11. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985 TV Movie)

The one where Marauders raid the Ewok village and steal a power supply they believe to be magical. It kinda goes off-piste and there's a wicked witch involved.

Fun Fact: The witch Charal is a Nightsister. The third season of the Clone Wars introduced them as being Sith Witches from the planet Dathomir.

12 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

The one where Princess Leia walks around in a golden bikini and there's a second Death Star.

Fun Fact: David Lynch was originally offered the chance to direct this episode of the series. He turned it down because he believed it was "Lucas' thing." He went on to direct the Dune movie instead. It's actually really interesting how much Frank Herbert's book influence the original Star Wars script development.

leia slave bikini

We are just going to sneak in here that The Mandalorian Disney Plus show is set 5 years after ROTJ. The Book of Boba Fett is set in the same time frame. Rangers of the New Republic will also play in this time space.

We are not sure where Ashoka fits in at this time.  


13. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

The one where Thirty years after the Empire's defeat, the First Order appears to be looking for Luke. Rey is introduced as the yin to Kylo Ren's yang.

Fun Fact: The Starkiller base name was inspired by that word being the original last name of Luke Skywalker as found in Lucas's original scripting.


14.Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

The one where Luke decides who is really the last Jedi.

Fun Fact: When Luke raps Rey over the knuckles with the plant, that's a call back to when Yoda trained Luke in Empire.

what is chronological order of star wars films

15. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

The one where Rey decided who is really the last Jedi.

We've covered the time sequence order of the movies but there's always going to be some conjecture about what order actually watch the movies.

We say watch all of them as you wish, others say the Machete Order is the best way to watch the films.

There has been no word on when the Rian Johnson trilogy will be set (we suspect this trilogy has been quietly canned by Lucasfilm). We suspect whenever it is set, it will be very tangential to the Skywalker saga. We also now know that the film by the guys that did Game of Thrones have left their deal with Lucasfilm and moved onto something with Netflix.

The Obi-Wan Kenobi mini series is moving along into production - it will naturally be set before Rogue One / ANH.

Rogue Squadron is the new stand-alone Star Wars film directed by Patty Jenkins. It has been hinted at but not yet clearly stated that this film will be set POST the events of The Rise of Skywalker. 

As for The Accolyte, or the Lando Calrissian show or we have no idea where those shows fit in.  
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