↠ 27 WTF Star Wars facts

Aug 25, 2019
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Luke Skywalker always took his bath time very seriously...

27 random as Star Wars facts that you might not know

Here's some random as nuggets of trivia and facts about the Star Wars movies. As the legend and lore of Lucas's far away galaxy grows, these factoids become even more awesome!

  1. In a New Hope, Leia was kept captive 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. 
  2. In Return of the Jedi, listen to the music 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 and him actually being the Chosen One
  3. Darth 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 did have the higher ground after all... Luke followed up with a hander arm sever in Return of Jedi.
  4. The Bantha milk drank by Luke and Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru in A New Hope is blue! It's become the stuff of Star Wars legend so much so, it was used in Rogue One as well. 
  5. Anakin Skywalker really is the ‘Chosen one’. While Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi 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. If you pay careful attention to the music when this happens, the Jedi theme plays briefly, perhaps signaling something profound... 
  6. Harrison Ford famously was never intended to be Han Solo, he was just hanging around after American Graffiti and was helping other actors read their lines as Lucas was in the casting process. Eventually, Lucas wised up and realized Harrison already had the part down cold. 
  7. 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 Return of Jedi during the Battle of Endor. 
  8. Carrie Fisher appeared in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. This movie was a weird Kevin Smith homage to Star Wars and featured an appearance by Fisher as a nun and Mark Hamill as a parody of himself. Carrie's cameo was the one that got the laughs.... do you follow the good book?
  9. A lot of people forget this but Fisher appeared in the classic movie When Harry met Sally. She was the 'friend' of Sally who ended up marrying Harry’s best friend. See, there is life outside of Star Wars! Fisher also had a cameo in the Blues Brothers!
  10. Carrie Fisher wrote an actual bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge and screenplay for the film based on her writing. The book was about her drug addiction and her relationship with her mother. Fisher has managed to parlay her writing talent with a few turns at playing script doctor for a few Hollywood movies, most notably Rene Russo's Outbreak. 
  11. Yoda’s species has never been mentioned. In official records, he is simply an ‘unknown species’. He'll always be Kermit's ugly cousin to us.
  12. For the prequel film Attack of the Clones, Yoda was performed by Frank Oz. The next two prequels featured a CGI Yoda and the DVD release of Clones saw a CGI version replace the puppet. 
  13. While many think Yoda had Darth Sidious beat in his famous duel in Revenge of the Sith, it was actually Mace Windu, a former student of Yoda who firmly beat the Sith Lord (of course Anakin came in and ruined it all..). 
  14. 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. 
  15. During Revenge of the Sith Bail Organa and Yoda step into the hallway of Organa's ship and have a nice conversation about becoming rebels or something. It's the same ship that Darth Vader boards to capture Princess Leia Organa in the start of A New Hope. 
  16. Does the name “Annikin Starkiller” sound familiar? That's the character's original name for the Skywalker line.
  17. During the assault on the Rebels ice base on Hoth, it is Hamill who speaks the line, “the first transport is away!”. This line is later used as a reference to Star Wars in Mass Effect 3
  18. Carrie Fisher had to stand on a box for most of her scenes with Harrison Ford in the original Star Wars films because she is a foot shorter than him. This was done so the actors would look better in the frame shot together. 
  19. Master Yoda is 66 cm tall. As a comparison, R2D2 stands taller at 96 cm! 
  20. In the very short lived T.V. show Firefly, a model version of Han Solo frozen in carbonite can be seen in many places - the props department would move it around as a running gag. Presumably, this was kind of like how Superman appeared in every episode of Seinfeld
  21. Princess Leia never actually gets to 'meet' Obi-Wan Kenobi. She sees him from afar when she's escaping the Death Star and 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... 
  22. Harrison Ford is the only actor to have appeared in films directed by all three of these directors: Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppola.
  23. Yoda's original name was 'Minch'. Glad Lucas changed it?
  24. Everyone assumes Luke only appeared in the three original Star Wars films. Think about it for a moment and you’ll realize Skywalker appears as a baby at the end of Revenge of the Sith. He, of course, appeared for 30 seconds in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi making it 6 film appearances. 
  25. In A New Hope, Darth Vader has only 12 minutes of screen time! Talk about screen presence.

Rise of Skywalker official poster

Aug 24, 2019

rey fighting kylo ren in rise of skywalker

Arise, Jedi. 

Here's the first official poster from the Rise of Skywalker.  Featuring a dueling Rey and Kylo Ren, looming large is the Emperor himself:
rise of skywalker poster

The return of Ian McDiarmid to the Star Wars franchise as Emperor Palpatine sounds pretty awesome. 

We all thought he died when Lord Vader threw him down the shaft in The Return of the Jedi. 

How did he survive?

Recent in universe books have suggested there was a contingency plan in the event of Palpatine's demise - how does it all come together?

Ewan McGregor confirmed as returning to Star Wars

Aug 23, 2019
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Edit: This has now been formally confirmed by Lucasfilm as happening!

Hello there.

Internet scuttle but is heavily reporting that  Ewan McGregor has signed a deal with Disney to return to the Obi-Wan Kenobi character once more.

McGregor famously played the Jedi Master three times in the Star Wars prequels, his turn in Revenge of the Sith is often considered one of the high points of the entire saga. 

The Return of Kenobi has been a long-held wish for many Star Wars fans. It was widely anticipated that the character would feature in a stand-alone film as part of the Star Wars anthology series when it was discovered that Stephen Daldry was prepping for an unannounced film

That work apparently was dropped when Solo didn't perform strongly at the box office (great film though!).

Maybe Disney was foxing after all as the Hollywood 'trade' sites are all now reporting that the deal is inked. 

With no formal announcement from Disney, we can only speculate if this role is for a film or television. 

Indeed, we await a public confirmation!

The Mandalorian trailer officially released

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Here is, the long awaited trailer for the first ever live action Star Wars show, The Mandalorian:

The show executive produced by Jon Favreau and Clone Wars veteran Dave Filoni.

It follows the travails of a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy after the fall of the Empire. 

Starring Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian and featuring Gina Carano, Carl "you got a stew going on" Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, and Agents of Shield's Ming-Na Wen.

Key things to note from the trailer:

ig robot shooting mandalorian

The Mandalorian is set 5 years in the time line after The Return of the Jedi.

Here's the official poster of the show:

mandalorian official poster

The 9 clues that Luke was not on Crait when he faced Kylo Ren

Aug 17, 2019
luke battling kylo ren in the last jedi

When Luke Skywalker appears on Crait, many viewers were surprised as he had apparently decided to stay on Achto Island and he had no way off the planet as his ride in the form of the Falcon had taken off and his X-Wing was under several feet of salt water and had been for years.

So many viewers would have asked how was he there?

The key answer was immediately obvious (though many viewers did not understand they were not seeing the real Luke) - and that was his beard and hair were suddenly brown when a matter of hours ago, he was quite the silver fox!

There was no way this was the real Luke but for those that didn't get the ruse straight away, director and script writer Rian Johnson added several other clues to help the viewer work this out before the big reveal by Luke.

Here they are:
  • Luke's feet do not leave a red foot print on the salty surface but Kylo's do.
  • Luke's feet movement makes no sound. 
  • No ash or dust settles on his person. And when he brushes some off his shoulder, there's actually nothing there. 
  • No ash or dust settles on his saber BUT it does on Kylo Ren's.
  • Leia appears to understand what is happening when Luke places his hand on hers. This is a very subtle one and is perhaps some what arguable.
  • Luke's saber is the actually same as the one that Rey and Kylo just Force broke on Snoke's ship. This however might not actually be a clue for Kylo but it is for the viewer. Why not a clue for Kylo? Rian Johnson has pointed out that "the truth is, we see the lightsaber split in half -- Kylo sees a blinding flash of light and is knocked unconscious, and then Rey takes the lightsaber away before he wakes up."
  • Luke is younger looking with a brown beard - the same look as when he and Kylo were face to face at the Jedi Academy. 
  • There blades never actually touch. If Luke had of allowed this to happen, his ruse would be up.
  • And finally, how did Luke get into the cave? There was no entrance for him, other than the closed front door.
The real question should be way did Kylo not see these signs and figure out Luke's trick for himself? 

He was blinded by his fury and anger. 

Even though he told Rey to 'let go of the past', he also told her to kill it if she had to. So, given Luke was the (dis)embodiment of Kylo past, he had to kill him and Luke's deliberate appearance played into that.

There's a lot of other cool things that Rian put into the movie. There's plenty of subtly scripted moments, Yoda's trick on Luke and plenty of great call backs to the past Star Wars films.

How Yoda tricked Luke in The Last Jedi

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Take you to him, I will

When we first met Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back, we had no idea who or what he was. We quickly learned he was a fun loving trickster with a sense of adventure.

And then he got serious with his 'Do or do not' pearls of wisdom.

We loved him and he became part of Star Wars royalty, in a fan sense.

So for this viewer, it was a genuine delight when he cameo-ed in The Last Jedi and was voiced again by Frank Oz.

We got to see happy and fun Yoda rather than "fear leads to hate" Yoda and it was a treat!

We first meet Yoda again as he watches Luke walk the up the Achto Island steps with the intention of burning the Force tree and the Jedi 'bibles'. Luke changes his mind on the book burning so Yoda (as a Force ghost!) zapps some lightning down and does the job himself. 

Luke, having changed his mind, tries to retrieve the books but Yoda then prevents him by further bursting the tree on fire. 

It was a powerful moment.

Even though Luke was a grand old Jedi, Master Yoda was still teaching him lessons. And the one Yoda was imparting was that he had to let go of the Jedi. 

Strong stuff. 

But that's not the trick Yoda pulled on Luke.

While Luke tried to rescue the books that had been safely looked after on the Island since the Jedi began, Yoda intoned gravely:

“Wisdom they held, but that library contained nothing that the girl Rey does not already possess.”

It was a line designed to say to Luke, at face value, that the books no longer mattered with the implication being that the time of Jedi was over.

And Luke appeared to accept that. Well, he had no choice as the tree exploded.

But cut to the last scene on the Millennium Falcon after our heroes are rescued by Chewbacca and Rey. As Finn opens the drawer to get a blanket for Rose, what was in there?

Yes, the Jedi books.

Rey had ALREADY stolen them from Luke before he wanted to burn the tree down.

It puts Yoda's words to Luke in a whole new light. While the conversation was about helping Luke to reconcile his part in things  (letting go), Yoda was also helping sett up Rey as the new hope for the Galaxy.

Brilliant writing by Rian Johnson!

What is the font of the Star Wars opening crawl?

Aug 16, 2019

What is this Star War font called?

While the Star Wars logo is an iconic design, the famous yellow opening crawl is just as an iconic font.

The original Star Wars font crawl is known as Franklin Gothic but has become known as 'Univers'. 

All six films from the Lucas era use the Gothic/Univers font.

The first three films used sophisticated camera work to produce the crawl.

When The Phantom Menace came along, Star Wars legend John Knoll came up with a new way to get them on screen so they matched the original crawl.

As an aside, Knoll is the gentleman that famously pitched the idea of what would become Rogue One to Kathleen Kennedy!

Did you know that the crawl font was updated by JJ Abrams for The Force Awakens? The style of font that TFA's crawl uses is called News Gothic.

How could the man be so sacrilegious!?

The original Star Wars opening title sequence designer Dan Perri was quoted about the change saying:

"Oh, Oh my God, that's way off. I know the New Gothic lines well and I can tell you I used it on Raging Bull because it was from the era, from the ’40s and ’50s. No I would not have used New Gothic on Star Wars."

We don't care actually because frankly, I didn't even notice the first time around watching the film. Perhaps I was too excited to be seeing new Star Wars!

And that's just it, Univers and New Gothic are fairly similar but certainly distinct. The font change was perhaps a subtle suggestion from Abrams to the viewer that his film was 'same same but different'. 

The use of the original font as a crawl up the screen was actually inspired by the Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon serials which as a whole had inspired Lucas to create Star Wars. George Lucas asked Dan Perri to use the titles of those shows to inspire the crawl. 

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

Aug 14, 2019
the effect Dune on A New Hope

How the Dune book influenced George Lucas' first Star Wars film script

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

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

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

Let's fix that.

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

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

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

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

If you wanted to be fairly uncharitable your could argue that A New Hope is basically Akiro Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress set on Dune.

Spice Up Your Life

In the first draft of Star Wars the drug ‘spice’ was very much a central theme of script.

 Lucas's first version of Princess Leia was not fleeing from the Empire with the stolen plans for the Death Star but rather, holding a cargo of the drug 'melange' spice...the later script noted Han Solo smuggled of spice...

And let's not forget that young Luke Skywalker once had the belief that his "father didn’t fight in the Clone Wars, he was a navigator on a spice freighter.”

Here's a comparison of some direct lifts and inspirations

A New Hope

  • Princess Leia’s name is arguably inspired by the Princess Alia
  • Star Wars features a desert planet called Tatooine. Remind me what kind of planet Arrakis was in Dune?
  • The Jawa sandcrawler Jawas was possibly inspired by the mining vehicles Arakin’s used. 
  • The Skywalker family were moisture farmers in a similar vein as the 'dew collectors’.
  • The 'Jedi Mind Trick' is very similar to how the sisterhood of the Bene Gesserit can use The Voice to influence the actions of others.
  • In ANH, Luke Skywalker practices his lightsaber training against an automated training remote. This seems a direct lift from the part where Princess Alia works on her sword skills against an automated training dummy.
  • Spice mining...

space slug empire dune

The Empire Strikes Back

  • In Empire Strikes Back, the Millennium Falcon just manages to escape from the jaws of giant, space slug that was living in a space asteroid. In Dune, there are giant sandworms a giant one of which causes a bit of similar havoc when one attacks the Duke's vessel. 
  • In ESB, the villain turns out to be hero's father. In Dune, the villain out to be hero's grandfather
  • Alia can connect her mind to her brother physically. Kinda like what happens when Luke calls out to Leia after he's fought Darth Vader.

jabba inspired by dune emperor

Return of the Jedi

  • Return of the Jedi’s Jabba the Hutt looks like a giant slug with a fat face and arms. This character may have been inspired by The God Emperor of Dune, Leto Atreides the Second who funnily enough was a 15-foot long slug. That novel was published in 1981, two years before the release of ROTJ. 
  • Indeed, a lot of the whole Jabba The Hutt Palace scenes appear to have been inspired by the Children of Dune sequel.
  • The sand desert where the Sarlaac Pit resides is called the Dune Sea
Mortal Engines author Philip Reeve shared his views on Dune influencing Star Wars when he was discussing the definition of 'space opera':

"Star Wars was, of course, a love-letter to the genre, full of motifs which come straight out of pulp fiction and the rockets hips’n’ray guns serials of 1930s cinema.

It also borrows heavily from Frank Herbert’s novel Dune, which I read when I was about twelve, mad about Star Wars and looking for something similar.

I was far too young to get Herbert’s mix of Orientalist fantasy, desert ecology and flaky 1960s mysticism but, as with Star Wars, that combination of swords and starships appealed to me. "

Let's not forget Lawrence of Arabia

Both Dune and George Lucas were inspired by the story of Lawrence of Arabia which was a spiritual journey of sorts that took place in a desert. Lucas was most definitely inspired by the David Lean movie and use shots from it for both the original and prequels films.

We say this to show that though the book came before the film, they both share common inspirations. Indeed, 19 other movies went into the creation of Star Wars.

Speaking of the Great Bard...

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

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

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

Extra for Experts: 

One: We mentioned above that David Lynch directed the movie version of Dune.

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

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

Three: Denis Villeneuve is remaking of Dune. He's well placed to do so following the success of his Blade Runner sequel and the fantastic Arrival. 

The chronological timeline order of the Star Wars movies

Aug 7, 2019

time line of star wars

What is the Star Wars movies 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. 

So, here's the list of every single Star Wars film in chronological order. Which is to say the order they occurred in their time period (a long time ago) and not in the order they were theatrically released. 

We are even going to include the Ewok side stories because we just loved Caravan of Courage as a kid....

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. 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.

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.

3. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

The one where after the Republic's victory on Christophsis, Anakin and his new apprentice Ahsoka 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.

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!

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 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 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.

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 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.

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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.

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 alwasy 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.

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Why does George Lucas get so much hate?

Aug 4, 2019
George Lucas, revered director of Star Wars

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

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

He created Star Wars.

He created Indiana Jones.

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

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

Yet some people seem to hate George Lucas.

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

They hate George Lucas because he made Jar Jar Binks.

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

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

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

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

Special Edition hatred

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

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

And what happens?

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

No he hasn't.

Remember two things.

Lucas has managed to catch up to himself. Budget restraints meant he probably couldn't get enough troopers in the original shot. Now he has the budget he can catch up and get them in. The 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 Boba 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 Boba 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.
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