The most famous nip slip in Star Wars history? & a bit of Ming-Na Wen as Leia

Sep 25, 2021

This post is about space nipples & Ming-Na Wen dressed in Princess Leia costumes

The two are unrelated but... 

We said it.

Space Nipples & Fennec Shand as Leia. 

Nipples and a certain wardrobe malfunction and we're not talking about Miss Rhythm Nation, Janet Jackson and her deliberate Superbowl breast display with Monsieur Timberlake.

At this point, it is indeed fair to ask why on Warth (!) is this Star Wars blog even entertaining the thought of doing a post on nipples.

This is not Playboy Magazine, after all, our dear readers seriously come for the articles.

And the character quotes.

And of course the shapely form of a Twilek.

Oola from Return of the Jedi nip slip

What if I was to tell you that Return of the Jedi actually features a nipple slip?

It's the most famous wardrobe malfunction in the entire galaxy!

So here goes the tale.

Cast your mind back to Jabba's Palace in Return of the Jedi. Jabba takes umbrage of a sort with his green slave dancer Oola and as Jabba draws his Twi'lek girl closer to him by pulling her chains, she resists as she knows what's coming - her end.

During this struggle, her great green breast comes out from under her costume, revealing all.

It's a blink and you'll miss the flash moment, however, when people were able to rent Return of the Jedi on VHS in the mid-eighties, they were able to watch the scene in slow motion and get an eyeful.

Legend has it that this is the most paused moment in home rental video history!

On a hunch, we checked, and in the Disney+ Plus version of this scene, there's still a space nipple blowing free in the wind:

nip slip jedi version of disney plus

Don't believe us? Check out this video:

How about some close ups?

Unlike how Carrie Fisher had to tape her breasts down in ANH, someone clearly forgot the gaffer tape on set the day they filmed Oola!

But wait, is the second blue dancer showing some skin as well? Thanks, Special Edition of ROTJ! This blue dancer is Lyn Me.

Carrie Fisher wasn't exactly a shy gal though. Did you ever spot the part in Jedi where Han Solo does a sneaky boob grab? No surprise their though - Ford and Fisher had an affair during the filming of A New Hope while Harrison was married.

carrie fisher see through dress breasts

Here's 501 facts and trivia about Star Wars films.

For your final cosplaying intel - here's Ming-Na Wen, who you may know as Fennic Shand from the Mandalorian dressing up as Slave Leia:


She posted it on Instagram herself, saying she needed a few drinks first! You'll see Shand next in The Book of Boba Fett coming 2021

To keep this party going, here's Ming-Na rocking a classic white one piece Leia outfit:


Want more images? Check out this wicked homemade style Twilek cosplay

Dune's influence on Star Wars

Sep 17, 2021

How 'Dune' 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 and saga 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 you could argue that A New Hope is basically Akiro Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress set on Dune.

the effect Dune on A New Hope

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

princess irulan dune madsen

Dune's influence on A New Hope

  • Princess Leia’s name is arguably inspired by the Princess Alia.
  • Star Wars features a dry dessert planet called Tatooine. Remind me what kind of planet Arrakis was in Dune? "I don't like sand"...
  • The Jawa Sandcrawler was was possibly inspired by the mining vehicles Arakin’s used. Iffy on this connection.
  • 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... Luke's father was a 'was a navigator on a spice freighter.'

space slug empire dune

The Empire Strikes Back was influenced by Frank Herbert

  • 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 Paul Atredies physically. Kinda like what happens when Luke calls out to Leia after he's fought Darth Vader.

jabba inspired by dune emperor

How Return of the Jedi was inspired by Dune

  • 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. We do appreciate that Jabba was originally conceived in ANH as a human.
  • 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 having an influence on Star Wars

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!

The Mandalorian Chapter: The Jedi may have also a wee Dune nod:

“Calodan” may be a reference to Caladan, which as you probably know as the planet that serves as the ancestral home of House Atreides.

“Corvus” could also perhaps be a nod to Alpha Corvus, another planet mentioned in the later Dune work by Herbert's son. We suspect this is a bit of a stretch, however.

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'.

Four: In The Battle for Endor, the Nightsister known as 'Charal' was played by Sian Phillips. She played the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam in the 1984 film version of Dune.
Five: Sicario director Denis Villeneuve wrote, directed the remake of Dune. He was well placed to do so following the success of his Blade Runner sequel and the fantastic Arrival.
Here's the first image from the Dune remake, a picture of Timothee Chalamet who is playing Prince Paul Atreides. Looks a lot like the Star Wars sequels eh?
Timothee Chalamet dune remake as Paul Atreides

Return of the Jedi filmed female X-Wing pilots but they were cut from the film

Sep 14, 2021
Did you know the production of Return of the Jedi filmed female pilots attacking the Death Star but they were left cut out of the film on the editing room floor?

Me neither till I spied this picture on the internet. Check her out being tailed by that TIE Interceptor - looks like the shield is still up! (Actually is this really an X-Wing, I think it's an A-Wing). But alas, this scene was cut from the Rebels assault on the Death Star.

deleted female pilot jedi

Vivienne Chandler was filmed as an X-Wing pilot for Jedi where she had a 'full page and a half of dialogue' in a cockpit set. She reckons she actually went to a screening of the film that included her scenes, and then when it was actually released to the public, she was on the cutting room floor. Gone.

Including this rather motherly looking lady. Just imagine what her eyes would have seen from that cockpit.

female pilot deleted from Return of the Jedi

Here's Vivienne in full X-Wing pilot garb:

vivienne chandler jedi cut scene
Could this Martini BE any stronger?

How Kylo Ren finished what Darth Vader started

Sep 4, 2021

How Kylo Ren finished what Darth Vader started

In The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren has a chat with Lord Vader's recovered iconic helmet. 

He's clearly got grandaddy issues when he says "I will finish what you started".

What did this mean?

We never really got an explicit answer from the sequel films that followed. 

We did learn in The Rise of Skywalker that Kylo had not been in communion with Vader but it was the Emperor Palpatine the whole time. He'd been working over Ben Solo for a long time. '

Heck, the nerds on the internet saw this coming from a mile off:

Sometimes however a broken clock is correct twice a day, and so to answer the question of what Kylo was going to finish, one bright spark put this together:

i will finished what you started

It's kind of clever eh?

But let's not take it at face value. 

The love story between Kylo Ren and Rey is cute and all but when Kylo utters that line in The Force Awakens we can be pretty sure he is not talking about using the Force to bring back dead people to life. 

It was actually a part of director and script writer JJ Abram's Mystery Box concept - make up some cool shit, and fix the details later. 

There was never an intention for Kylo Ren to suddenly find this power within himself at the right time. Reber, Rian Johnson was writing The Last Jedi at the same time as The Force Awakens was filming - there was no pre determined path, it was all made up along the way - meaning it was never the intention that Kylo Ren finishing what Vader started would be harnessing the power of the Force to bring the dead back to life. 

Still, it's a cool idea. 

The opening crawl text of every Star Wars crawl

Sep 2, 2021

The opening crawl words of every Star Wars movie...

that has one...

The Star Wars 'opening crawl' is one of the first truly great things about Star Wars films. The yellow text has become an iconic font, copied by many others since the first release.

It's become an iconic part of the Star Wars lore.

While not an original movie making concept (Flash Gordon has that claim, we believe) it made the idea very popular and is these days is expected as part of the opening of every Star Wars film. This should be of no surprise to anyone who knows how many ideas George Lucas 'borrowed' from films and media. 

Many other works have sort to emulate or parody the concept of the opening words scroll, looking at you Spaceballs.

Each crawl's prologue gives a quick explanation of the most immediate events leading up to the start of the film.

While the text is crawling up the screen, John Williams' famous Star Wars theme is blasting its familiar notes, creating an attention-grabbing start to the film.

The font of the crawl is called News Gothic has also become quite iconic and adopted by many designers.

Here's the opening text for each film. Note the animated Clone Wars movie did not have a word crawl, nor did Rogue One or the Solo prequel film (though it did have explanatory text).

star wars crawl text

Episode IV: A New Hope from 1977 - the one where we learn a blaster at your side is no match for a hokey religion…

"It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armoured space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. 

Pursued by the Empire’s sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy…."

Trivia: Film director Brian De Palma convinced George Lucas to shorten the original text he had drafted.

Trivia 2: When Star Wars was first released in 1977 the crawl did not feature the text "A New Hope" that came later after the film was a success.

Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back – the one where things get icy between all parties involved.

"It is a dark time for the Rebellion. Although the Death Star has been destroyed, Imperial troops have driven the Rebel forces from their hidden base and pursued them across the galaxy.

Evading the dreaded Imperial Starfleet, a group of freedom fighters led by Luke Skywalker has established a new secret base on the remote ice world of Hoth.

The evil lord Darth Vader, obsessed with finding young Skywalker, has dispatched thousands of remote probes into the far reaches of space…."

Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi – the one in which the evil empire is taken down a peg or two.

"Luke Skywalker has returned to his home planet of Tatooine in an attempt to rescue his friend Han Solo from the clutches of the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt.

Little does Luke know that the GALACTIC EMPIRE has secretly begun construction on a new armored space station even more powerful than the first dreaded Death Star.

When completed, this ultimate weapon will spell certain doom for the small band of rebels struggling to restore freedom to the galaxy..."

The Prequels

The Prequel Trilogy also featured the Star Wars crawl and introduced many fans to the concept of there being tax in space...

Episode 1: The Phantom Menace – the one in which Star Wars becomes a lesson in trade disputes and economic sanctions. 

"Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute.

Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo.

While the congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the conflict...."

There's always a bigger fish..

Episode II: Attack of the Clones: – the one in which Yoda turns out to be a bad ass. 

Here's the scroll:

"There is unrest in the Galactic Senate. Several thousand solar systems have declared their intentions to leave the Republic. This separatist movement, under the leadership of the mysterious Count Dooku, has made it difficult for the limited number of Jedi Knights to maintain peace and order in the galaxy. Senator Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, is returning to the Galactic Senate to vote on the critical issue of creating an ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC to assist the overwhelmed Jedi...."

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith – the one in which everyone dies, one way or another. 

War! The Republic is crumbling under attacks by the ruthless Sith Lord, Count Dooku. There are heroes on both sides. Evil is everywhere. In a stunning move, the fiendish droid leader, General Grievous, has swept into the Republic capital and kidnapped Chancellor Palpatine, leader of the Galactic Senate. As the Separatist Droid Army attempts to flee the besieged capital with their valuable hostage, two Jedi Knights lead a desperate mission to rescue the captive Chancellor...

The Force Awakens Crawl

This crawl was notable for revealing the title of the next sequel, The Last Jedi. Of course, no one knew this was the title at the time but director Rian Johnson sure did!

Luke Skywalker has vanished.
In his absence, the sinister
FIRST ORDER has risen
from the ashes of the Empire
and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi,
has been destroyed.

With the support of the REPUBLIC,
General Leia Organa leads a brave RESISTANCE.
She is desperate to find her
brother Luke and gain his
help in restoring peace and
justice to the galaxy.

Leia has sent her most daring
pilot on a secret mission
to Jakku, where an old ally
has discovered a clue to
Luke’s whereabouts . . . .

This crawl is notable as it contains the title for The Last Jedi!


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The prequel film Rogue One does not actually feature a crawl at all and it's the first live action Star Wars movie to not have the text (not counting the Ewok movies, Caravan of Courage or Battle for Endor or The Clone Wars).

It does, however, show the traditional 'a long time ago, in a far away galaxy' line following the introduction to the Erso family.

the last jedi poster

The Last Jedi

"Episode VIII


"The FIRST ORDER reigns. Having decimated the peaceful Republic, Supreme Leader Snoke now deploys his merciless legions to seize military control of the galaxy.

"Only General Leia Organa’s band of RESISTANCE fighters stand against the rising tyranny, certain that Jedi Master Luke Skywalker will return and restore a spark of hope to the fight.

"But the Resistance has been exposed. As the First Order speeds toward the rebel base, the brave heroes mount a desperate escape...."

So there you have all 7 Star Wars crawls. Which one do you think best reflects the movie in which it features?

Han Solo movie opening text

Solo did not have a crawl but it did have this text displayed on screen.

"Opening Scroll: It is a lawless time. Crime Syndicates compete for resources - food, medicine, and hyperfuel. On the shipbuilding planet of Corellia, the foul Lady Proxima forces runaways into a life of crime in exchange for shelter and protection. On these mean streets, a young man fights for survival, but yearns to fly among the stars..."

It may be worth noting that the title of The Last Jedi was mentioned in The Force Awaken's crawl.

Here's the opening lines of all the movies.

The Rise of Skywalker Opening Crawl

The dead speak! The galaxy has heard a mysterious broadcast, a threat of REVENGE in the sinister voice of the late EMPEROR PALPATINE.

GENERAL LEIA ORGANA dispatches secret agents to gather intelligence, while REY, the last hope of the Jedi, trains for battle against the diabolical FIRST ORDER.

Meanwhile, Supreme Leader KYLO REN rages in search of the phantom Emperor, determined to destroy any threat to his power....

Extra for Experts: Here's 501 facts about the Star Wars movies. Number 333 will blow your mind!

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

Sep 1, 2021
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 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. 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.
  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 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 his as they 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 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 side kick 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 let's 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 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 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 Treat Williams did a cameo in The Empire Strikes Back

Aug 27, 2021
treat williams star wars cameo

Treat Williams had a sweet cameo in Empire Strikes Back

It turns out that actor Treat Williams made a cameo of sorts on Empire Strikes Back as an Echo Base rebel in one of the Hoth ice base attack scenes.

Treat never intended to be, or was cast in the movie, it happened by a chance set visit. He was visiting Carrie Fisher and got caught up in it all.

Years later. Treat explain how the cameo happened in an interview:

"I’ll tell you the story: I went over to London and I was visiting Carrie [Fisher]. She said, “Wouldn’t it be fun to run through a shot?” And, I said, “Sure. All right.” And, she said, “We’ll dress you up and you’ll run through the soundstage a couple of times and that’ll be it – it’ll be fun.”

"I didn’t mention it for like fifteen years after that. Then, once I did in some interview a few years ago, all of a sudden I got more fan mail than I ever have in my entire life! I mean, people sent little dolls and little paratroopers – they still do! It’s crazy. "

You won’t find Treat William's name anywhere in the credits but some people claim he played the part of Jess Allashane. 

This is misinformation as Treat made a set visit in England whereas the scenes for Allashane were filmed in Norway. 

So how's that for a bit of random trivia? Here's 501 more bits of interesting facts.

Click the link if you want to see which other famous actors have done some cameos in Star Wars.

The double meaning(s) of the Star Wars films titles

Aug 23, 2021

What do the names of the Star Wars movies mean?

Call us 'Captain Obvious' but we thought it might be fun to explain the names or titles of the Star Wars saga films.

Just in case you missed a trick...

For many, the first sequel was fairly confusing as to its interpretation...

The Phantom Menace

We think this title has two meanings.

The phantom menace is the trade dispute that has been deliberately manufactured by Chancellor Palpatine AKA Darth Sidious. As one half of the Sith duo with Darth Maul, he was the real threat.

Using his cunning, he manipulated various parties into the blockade action against the planet of Naboo. While it was a real blockade, it was a 'phantom' menace in that Sidious was using it as a means to an even greater end.

That end, of course, is to strengthen his political position as part of his plan to build an Empire.

Another way to look at it is that he himself is the Phantom Menace in that he's part of a 'whispers and shadows' campaign. 

He's a cloaked figure to many parties after all and his true identity is unknown. He is thus a phantom...

Attack of the Clones

The Battle of Geonosis where Yoda led his newly acquired Clone Army to rescue his lost Jedi (and Padme!) was where it really all began, indeed Yoda actually says “Begun, this clone war has.”

The Clone War was a further step in Sidious's path to greater power. 

His manipulations via Count Dooku by way of leading the Separatist movement allowed for the Kamino Clones to be used as a legitimate counter to that movement.

Here's some trivia about the concept art for the film. It gives some great insight as to the film making process.

Revenge of the Sith

If you'll go back to The Phantom Menace, you'll recall that Darth Maul was hankering for getting some revenge when he chats with Darth Sidious.

It's totally on the agenda.

As for ROTS, after a long time of the Sith not being visible in the framework (not since the formation of the Republic), Palpatine has finally exerted his power and taken control of the Senate and formed his own Empire.

The destruction of the Jedi via Order 66 serves as an act of literal visceral revenge by bringing the Sith back into control of the galaxy as they had once before. 

Fact fact: Return of the Jedi was originally titled Revenge of the Jedi so Revenge of the Sith was an opportunity to get that theme back on the agenda.

original millennium falcon concept art

A New Hope

Originally Star Wars was just known simply as that. 

Then in 1981, George Lucas added the title of A New Hope and the episodic nature of Star Wars was born.

In terms of the title's meaning, the new hope for the galaxy is clearly Luke Skywalker.

After all the troubles that befell Anakin, Obi-Wan sees Luke as the new hope in response to Vader and the Emperor taking over the Galaxy.

The new hope being the one who will bring balance to the Force. Obi Wan was however wrong on that point and Anakin was actually the Chosen One.

Given the ending of Rogue One, 'hope' can also refer to that which came from Princess Leia receiving the Death Star plans.

The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire striking back title is literal. The Battle of Hoth is the Empire returning serve to the Rebel's first truly successful salvo.

After the Rebels destroyed the Death Star I, the Empire had hunted high and low around the galaxy and in finding them, they turned up the heat! Han Solo being frozen in carbonite found it cold however - it did serve as an example of the Empire winning back some ground against the Rebels. 

Vader taking Luke's arm is a physical manifestation of the Empire 'striking back' too. The psychological effects on Luke must have been quite indelible on him - given how close he was turning to the Dark Side in Return of the Jedi.  

Return of the Jedi

You could be forgiven for thinking of Luke as being the Jedi who returned but you would be wrong.

Luke is not a Jedi until he has faced Vader as his final test (Yoda tells him this).

So, it's impossible for Luke to be 'returning' as he has never been a Jedi.

However, if you look at it in the sense of Jedi as a collective, you could well argue that the Jedi (as a plural collective) have returned when he says to the Emperor:

Luke: I am a Jedi, like my father before me.
Palpatine: So be it... Jedi!

The real Jedi returning is Darth Vader.

When he decides to save his son in preference to Emperor Palpatine, he becomes a Jedi again. Listen carefully to the music that plays just as he's throwing the Emperor down the shaft, it is the Force theme (AKA Binary Sunset).

It is marking Vader (now actually returning as Anakin Skywalker) bringing balance to the Force!

In short, Vader is the returning Jedi (singular), Vader and Luke together are the returning Jedi (plural).

Vader becoming a Jedi is not in the sense that he's rejoined the cult / religion / dogma of being a Jedi, rather he has chosen the light side of the Force, and finally done the right thing after all those years of being the puppet of Palpatine. 

The Force Awakens

One word:


Rey is a ray of hope.

A new one.

She is also a ray of light.

The light side of the Force.

The Force has awoken in her. She's able to learn the ways of the Force just by an initial thought.

As a guess, she chances her arm with a Jedi mind trick. She can summons a sabre to her open hand just by thinking about it. All in less than 2 days worth of action and adventure!

The Force has indeed awoken in Rey.

You could also consider that the dark side of the Force has also fully awoken in Kylo Ren. When he killed his father, he fully committed to crossing over to the dark side and resisting the temptation of the light.

Rogue One

We think this is a reference to three things.

The first is that it is the military call sign of the ship Jyn's crew leave for their mission on.

The second is a reference to Jyn Erso's personal nature and the third reference is the fact the movie is set somewhat outside of the Skywalker family saga.

Check out Rogue One's meaning in more detail.

The Last Jedi

Yoda's dead, Ben Kenobi is dead, Anakin Skywalker is dead. 

A cold read suggests the title is referring to Luke Skywalker who is the last known to be living Jedi.  

Or does it?

Again, it's a double play on words. 

Luke is indeed the last Jedi standing and he comes full circle in his character arc as he understands that he must sacrifice himself, to save Kylo Ren, Leia, Rey and the rest of their band of merry rebels and in doing so, he becomes the epitomy of what it means to be a Jedi Knight. 

And in that act (and death), he hands over the title of being the last Jedi to Rey, to continue on her path.

Kinda like what Obi-Wan Kenobi did for Luke himself in ANH.

Han Solo

We may be mistaken about this but we think the Han Solo movie is about some guy called Landonis.

Here's some trivia from the Solo movie.

The Rise of Skywalker

This film title one has a double meaning too.

Rey adopts the title of Skywalker as a mantle - to honor Luke & Leia's legacy.

 It also can refer to Ben Solo (his mother is a Skywalker) rising from the depths of being under Snoke's influence and coming back from the dark side.  

How many times is "May the Force be with you" spoken Star Wars?

Aug 14, 2021

How many times has "May the Force be with you" been said in Star Wars?

It all starts of course with A New Hope.

The line is first said by General Dodonna to his brave Rebel troops just before the Battle of Yavin.

Han Solo then somewhat surprisingly says it to Luke shortly after before he flies off to tackle the Death Star. Given Han had questioned the value of 'hokey religion', he used it as a sign of friendship and genuine goodwill to Luke.

And we know how that all ended up...

In George Lucas's first draft of Star Wars, the concept of the Force was not fully formed, a character that never made it into the final version of the film called King Kayos, said the blessing "May the Force of Others be with you all".

There was a lengthy development of the concept before it became what we know it to be today.

Amusingly, Obi-Wan Kenobi is sometimes credited with using the phrase first but here are the quotes for when he uses it:

"The Force will be with you... always."
"Luke, the Force will be with you."
"Use the Force, Luke."
"Remember, the Force will be with you always."

There are plenty of other phrases when the force is used too.

But what is it based on? 

It's likely that George Lucas was inspired by the salutation or blessing that is often said in Catholic mass, "May the the Lord be with you'.

To which the reply is 'and also with you'.

For those wondering, George Lucas was raised Methodist.

The Force is mentioned several times in the Star Wars movies but there are three main ways that this phrase we are talking about you is said

"May the Force be with you" is used 16 times in the 7 movies.

"May the Force be with us" is spoken twice and "The Force will be with you" is also used twice.

The Clone Wars and the Mandolorian also borrow the phrase. 

Here's the use per movie breakdown:

A New Hope

General Dodonna say it to his troops and Han Solo says it to Luke just before the Battle of Yavin

Number of times = 2

The Empire Strikes Back 

When Luke is speaking with Lando and Chewie, he says "Chewie, I'll be waiting for your signal. Take care, you two. May the force be with you."

Number of times = 1

Return of the Jedi

It is not said in Jedi. Admiral Ackbar says before the Battle of Endor, "May the Force be with us"

Number of times = 0

The Phantom Menace

Qui-gon Jin says it to young Anakin just before the pod race starts.

Mace Windu and Yoda exchange this pleasantry between them. Yoda says it another time.

Number of times = 4

Attack of the Clones

Anakin and Obi-Wan each make the exchange before Anakin leaves the planet Coruscant with Padme.

Mace says it to Obi-Wan

Obi-Wan gets as far as "may the" before his transmission is cut off. We don't count this.

Number of times = 3

Revenge of the Sith

Yoda says the line to Obi-Wan just before he travels to the Wookie home planet.

Obi-Wan and Anakin say it to each other, the last time they speak as friends.

Yoda and Obi-Wan wish each other it as luck just before Yoda goes to take on Darth Sidious.

Number of times = 5

The Force Awakens

Finally, it is Commander Organa (Leia) who says the classic line to Rey at the end of the The Force Awakens. This makes 'May the Force be with you' the last line spoken in TFA. This line is not only one of 'good luck', it's Leia truly wishing that the Force be with Rey as she begins her journey to becoming a Jedi as she heads off to find Luke Skywalker.

Number of times = 1

So it looks like Obi-Wan says it the most with three times, Yoda and Mace both twice.

Rogue One

Jyno Erso says to her band of merry Rebels "May the Force be with us"

Special mention should go to Admiral Raddus who said "Rogue one, may the Force be with you".

K-2SO also tries to get the quote out but is told to shut up by Jyn and Cassian.

Number of times = 0

The Last Jedi. 

Not spoken by any human characters but BB8 utters it in his robot 'manner' while flying with Poe Dameron against the Dreadnought. 

Han Solo movie: It was not spoken.

The quote is all over the Clone Wars but it's also popped up a couple of times in the Mandalorian.

In Season Two: Episode 5, Chapter: The Jedi, Ashoka wishes the quote to both Mando and Baby Grogu as they depart to find the planet to send a signal to the Universe that Grogu needs some Jedi assistance. 

In the final episode of the same season: 'The Rescue', having declared he will look after Grogu with his life, Luke Skywalker wishes the Force be with Mando and those on the Bridge of the Lite-Cruiser. 

15 great Obi-Wan Kenobi quotes from Star Wars

Aug 2, 2021
alec guiness as obi wan
Strike me down...

Great Obi-Wan Kenobi quotes from the Star Wars films

When Star Wars was first released way back in 1977 it seemed an unlikely space adventure but it soon struck a chord with a million fans around the world. 

Part of its appeal beyond lightsabers and space ships was the character of the quotable old Jedi Master known as Obi-Wan Kenobi. 

A New Hope saw the introduction of a seemingly a tired old man, a former General "who fought in The Clone Wars" who needed to get Luke Skywalker from Mos Eisley to Alderaan.

‘Old Ben’ proved to be have been one of the key Jedi in the history of their time – Kenobi had actually unwittingly been caught up in the Sith’s plans to take over the Republic, fought bravely in the Clone Wars and nearly killed Vader (well, he dealt him a mortal blow and left him for dead). 

Originally played by Sir Alec Guinness, his acting skills earned him a Best Supporting Oscar nomination. 

Decades later the younger prequel version by Ewan MacGregor brought new life to the character by showing his Jedi chops and quotes against a couple of Sith Lords and his Clone Army.

Guinness and MacGregor both brought different elements of the character to their roles and fans will argue over who did what better but they both delivered some classic lines and quotes. 

It's my view the Obi-Wan of Episode 3 was the best realization of the character but that's only because MacGregor was standing on the shoulders of an acting giant. 

Here's my favourite quotes – not necessarily the most popular ones.

We’ll start with several quotes from A New Hope.  

  • "And these blast points, too accurate for sand people. Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise"

Mocked by many fans for being very incorrect as the original trilogy showed the Clone troopers were pretty bad shots, this quote is very accurate as the Stormtroopers on the Death Star were ordered to miss.

If you'd managed to live through Order 66 like Obi-Wan had, you could forgive him for thinking about stormtrooper precision, and again remember this quote was said before Obi-Wan and the others found themselves running around the Death Star.

  • "These aren't the droids you're looking for."

But how they were the droids! 

One of the first examples of a Jedi's powers being used in the Star Wars universe has become one of the all time classic Star Wars quotes and a trick repeated by Qui Gon Gin in The Phantom Menace and Luke in Return of the Jedi. 

It's also up there with Ackbar's "It's a trap" in terms of popularity via internet memes and pop culture references. 

  • "Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy."

How right was Kenobi? 

Luke gets his life threatened by a bar patron, sees an arm sliced off, witnessed Han Solo kill Greedo and then is sold out to the Imperial Troopers all in the space of about an hour!  

  • "I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced."

How Kenobi felt on board the Millennium  Falcon when Alderaan was destroyed by the Death Star. 

This Force device was used later in The Force Awakens when Leia felt the death of Han Solo. 

obi wan kenobi macgregor

Revenge of the Sith quotes - where you could argue MacGregor’s version of Kenobi shone more brightly than anything else in the other prequels.

"Only a Sith Lord deals in absolutes."

This is my favourite line from Episode 3 (albeit it drives me crazy when people misunderstand it). 

It's not as famous as some of Old Ben's others but it's a wise read on Anakin and shows Kenobi has firmly and finally made his mind up about Anakin's state of mind and where his loyalties lie being he has turned to the dark side.

What happened next is now the stuff of Star Wars legend. Which leads to another great quote:

  • Obi-Wan: "It's over, Anakin. I have the high ground."
  • Vader: "You underestimate my power."
  • Obi-Wan: "Don't try it."

Which results in Anakin trying it and having his legs cut off as result.

Of politics:

  • Anakin: "The Chancellor doesn't appear to be corrupt."
  • Obi-Wan: "Chancellor Palpatine is a politician."

Don't try it Anakin!
The Phantom Menace obliged with:

  • Obi-Wan: "I have a bad feeling about this."
  • Qui-Gon: "I don't sense anything." 

How many characters have said that line in a Star Wars movie? It's here because it adds to the long-running gag that runs throughout every Star Wars film.

On the swamps of the Dagobah system with Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back:

  • Yoda: "I cannot teach him. The boy has no patience."
  • Obi-Wan: "He will learn patience."
  • Yoda: "Hmm. Much anger in him, like his father."
  • Obi-Wan: "Was I any different when you taught me?"

This was an interesting exchange with Yoda and Obi-Wan from Empire Strikes Back. Yoda seemingly was talking to himself and boom, the disembodied voice of a dead Obi-Wan replies. 

Ghosts indeed.

We’ll end with some more A New Hope quotes

  • Obi-Wan: "That's no moon. It's a space station"

As the Millennium Falcon arrived where the planet Alderran used to be, it quickly found itself flying towards the Death Star at which point our would-be heroes were put to the test.

  • Darth Vader: Your powers are weak, old man. 
  • Obi-Wan: You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.
Obi-wan and his young Padawan learner are having their second life or death duel, the first being where Obi-wan had bested Anakin while he was having one of the greatest tantrums in the history of the galaxy. Obi-Wan left him for dead. 

First-time viewers of A New Hope never really knew the backstory between these two Jedi - why was Obi-Wan so ready to let Vader kill him? Why did his body disappear? The new prequel movies explained it all and cast more light on the outcome of the duel.

This time round the Jedi was 19 years older and his powers were arguably on the wane while Vader was one of the greatest warriors there had ever been. 

But did Vader beat our brown-robed hero?

No, Obi-Wan let Vader’s red saber slice through him and in doing so allowed him to join the Force and thus be able to ultimately guide Luke to destroy the Death Star and then finally defeat Vader which then brought about the death of the Emperor ending a certain reign of terror. 

Call it the butterfly effect if you will, Kenobi's actions in ANH led directly to Luke and Vader's final confrontation.

Recall the scene in the movie when Ben looks at Luke. It was a knowing look that Luke was the key to everything from that point on, not that of a defeated man. Indeed moments after his death, he is channeling a Force warning to Luke tell him 'run Luke, run!'.

  • "Use the Force, Luke."

Even though Han suggested that the Force should be with Luke before they left to take on the giant Death Star, Luke needed this nudge from the dead Jedi to get his groove on so do something important with womp rats back home.

"You'll find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view"

Update: it's now 15 great quotes as Obi-Wan made a surprise appearance in The Force Awakens. 

Dialogue from both Ewan MacGregor and Alec Guinness was used to this line could be placed in Rey's flashback when she touches Luke's so-called Bespin Saber for the first time:

  • “Rey . . . these are your first steps"

This article explains how JJ's team was able to conjure up Alec Guiness saying 'Rey!'.

And in The Rise of Skywalker, the line goes full circle when the Force Ghost says:

  • "Rey, these are your final steps"

As per The Force Awakens, both the voices of MacGregor and Guinness were combined.

Extra for experts:
What are your favourite Obi-Wan Kenobi quotes? Do you prefer them from the prequels? What would you add to this list?

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