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Dec 31, 2017

Should we care who Rey's parents REALLY are?

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The Force Awakens introduced us to Rey and she told us she had a 'big secret' about where she was from and who her parents where. 

She'd lived on Jakku waiting for years in vain for their return. 

The Force flash-back showed her with Ankar Plutt holding her back as a ship took off from Jakku, with apparently her parents inside. 

Since then it's been a mystery as to her heritage.

The Force Awakens set this up big time, it even included a flash back to young Rey seeing her parents leave Jakku.  

And then the questions began.

Was she a Solo?

A Kenobi?

A relative of Padme from Naboo?

Luke's offspring?

Well Kylo Ren gave Rey an answer in The Last Jedi wish rejected pretty much every fan theory there was. 

As Kylo is doing his emo best to gaslight Rey, he told her that he knew her parents were simply junk traders who sold her off for drinking money and now lay dead in a pauper’s grave on Jakku.

Rey seemed to agree.

This scene was intended to crush Rey's spirit and help make up her mind to join Kylo as he takes over The First Order, because his 8 pack ab set was clearly not compelling enough.

It's also intended to play into the thematic narrative of The Last Jedi that one doesn't need to be a Skywalker or from 'noble' heritage to be a world changer. 

Greatness can come from anywhere. 

Even slaves. 

Even the child of two drunks. 

So scriptwriter Rian Johnson is telling us to let the past go or as Kylo said, "kill it if you have to" (not that he clearly could when he saw Luke turn up on Crait). 

That's if we take the story at face value though. 

Anakin Skywalker was actually The Chosen One. His being a slave had nothing to do with him. Greatness was apparently Forced on him. 

Can we trust what Ren told Rey?


If Rey's family are dead in a grave on Jakku, why did Rey never learn about this when she was on the plant. Sure, it's a big planet but if they returned to Jakku one would imagine they would return somewhere close to homebase? 

It's Star Wars right. 

How did Ren know they were in a grave. Did he use the Force to sense it? 

As a viewer, when he told Rey what he knew, I could not believe him because of the context he was saying it in. He was trying to break Rey and get her to join the dark side, a place where the truth is not often told. 

One suspects though, Rian has set the path for Rey now and that whatever ever happens in Episode IV, she will be doing it without any help from her parents. 

Still, she's got that first experience with Luke as a Force ghost to look forward to!

The really mystery that will never be answered is whether Ray tested her water with a ph Meter on Jakku.

Dec 30, 2017

Just how influenced by Star Wars was Guardians of the Galaxy?

guardians of the galaxy star wars themed posterNow that the hype and cosmic dust of Guardians of the Galaxy has has exploded across the galaxy in the form of Vol 2, we can take the time reflect on just how good the first movie was and wonder why that might be.


Is it because it felt like Star Wars?


For this writer, it may have been the best fun he’s had at the movies since he saw Roger Rabbit or Return of the Jedi as a child so maybe there is something there.

Before we go through the Star Wars influences on Guardians, we should note the first comic form of Guardians of the Galaxy was published in 1969, some 8 years before Star Wars hit the silver screen.

So this piece of writing is about how the Star Wars films influenced the Guardians movie and is not a discussion about what came first.

To clear up any doubt about whether the influences are real or just imagined by rabid Star Wars fans, the film’s director James Gunn was quoted as saying:

“This was intentionally my version of Star Wars. When I was first considering doing the movie, the chance to make something like that was one of the things that got me on board. Not just Star Wars, but Raiders Of The Lost Ark, and other movies like that. The stuff I loved as a kid. I wanted to make a movie that made people feel the way they made me feel.”


Here's some of the express influence Star Wars had over GOTG

  • The duo of Groot and Rocket Racoon pretty much stole the movie over Star Lord. They were very funny did some cool things and they had a great personal relationship. Did you notice how Rocket translated everything Groot said for their fellow Guardians? That’s unmistakably a Han Solo and Chewbacca type friendship right there. Han spends a lot of the Star Wars films sharing what Chewie thought or responding. C3PO totally does with R2D2 so this would seem an obvious Star Wars influence on GoG.
  • While Peter Quill (Star Lord) is arguably of the Han Solo mold, Groot is effectively Rocket’s version of Chewbacca. How is Quill like Han Solo? How about his quips for every situation he’s in and his sexual tension chemistry with Gamora mirrors Solo and Leia's and he turns out to be a hero after struggling a bit. 
  • Evil Fathers. As Luke and Leia had Vader as their evil father, sisters Gamora and Nebula had the world conquering Thanos as their adopted father. 
  • There's a puppet master pulling strings. Ronan the Destroyer takes the part of Vader in this film and like Vader serving the Emperor, Ronan served Thanos. 
  • Thanos even kills an underling who annoyed him which mirrors Vader’s force choke moves.
  • George Lucas also managed to have a random influence on the post credits seen – Howard the Duck makes an amusing appearance. While Howard is a Marvel product, it was Lucas who directed the movie version. You could argue that a lot people (such as myself) would only have known who Howard was from having seen the movie (again as a child, many years ago!).
Guardians is not exactly a copy of Star Wars it certainly has been influenced by it.

This is not to say that Guardians was not influenced by other things as well. The movie has a multitude of references to icons of the 1980s such as Troll Dolls and Alyssa Milano.

Star Lord is also arguably based on Indiana Jones (which was based on a million of other things but is actually another Lucas influence). At one point Quill even makes a passing reference to the Ark from Raiders.

It's nice to see Star Wars and George Lucas having an impact on movie making in a great way - it's returning the favour after all...

Dec 29, 2017

19 bits of trivia about the Han 'Solo' movie and a couple of Easter Eggs


Trivia from the Han Solo prequel film 


Despite its massive commercial and critical success, the Han 'Solo' movie will always be the Star Wars movie where the directors got fired and Ron Howard came in and saved the day.

Given that drama and the need to rework the movie, there's plenty of trivia about the making of the movie to satisfy even the most keenest of Star Wars fact fans...
  1. Alden Ehrenreich was the first actor to audition for directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. They saw many other actors but Alden made a lasting impression.
  2. The script was written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan. This means that Lawrence has had a hand in writing four Star Wars films (Empire, Jedi, TFA and this one).
  3. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired by Kathleen Kennedy, the head of Lucasfilm, only three weeks away from finishing principal photography on June 2017. They are in good company as Kennedy also removed Colin Trevorrow from the Star Wars IV project. Instead JJ Abrams is back for a second turn at directing to finish the story he started. 
  4. Miller and Lord's removal paved the way for Ron Howard to finish the film and even reshoot many scenes. This means that this is the first Star Wars film to have ever been directed by an Academy Award winner for Directing. Howard won the golden gong for A Beautiful Mind.  George Lucas was nominated for the award with A New Hope, which means he was the first Oscar nominated director of Star Wars when he directed The Phantom Menace. 
  5. Ron Howard famously turned down George Lucas's offer to direct The Phantom Menace. He also famously defended the movie and its young star. Howard had previously directed Lucasfilm's Willow production. Howard of course starred in the George Lucas film, American Graffiti and its sequel. 
  6. This is the second Star Wars anthology movie to be made, following the release of Rogue One. It was intended to be the third but Josh Trank's supposed Boba Fett movie was delayed after he left the project.
  7. Is the fifth Star Wars prequel.
  8. John Howell composed the film score. He's an experienced composer and has an Academy Award nomination for his How to Train Your Dragon score. This means Howell is only the third composer on a Star Wars film after John Williams and Michael Giacchino (Rogue One).
  9. Woody Harrelson was picked over Christian Bale as Solo's mentor, Beckett. Solo is the second time he has been in a Ron Howard directed film. The first was EdTV.
  10. While some fans have guessed that Solo, is presumeably the movie that Josh Trank had been hired to direct until he was removed from the job due to rumoured poor on and off set performance during the ill fated Fantastic Four reboot, this is not the case. Trank's film was likely a Boba Fett story - either way Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed they changed the order of the Anthology films, confirming that Trank was not directing the Solo movie. 
  11. The working title used during filming was "Red Cup" a reference to the plastic red Solo cups that are popular for drinking beer from at keg parties. 
  12. Michael Kenneth Williams was originally cast in the film and shot scenes, but amid the reshoots he was unable to return to the set and his role as a CGI character was removed. Instead Paul Bettany was brought in by Howard and the role was filmed in person. Bettany had a major role in Howard's A Beautiful Mind so they already had the connection. Bettany is also quite popular at this time due to his role as Jarvis and Vision in the Avenger movies. 
  13. 30 odd years since Howard directed Warwick Davis in Willow, he directed him again in yet another cameo performance in a Star Wars film.
  14. This is Joonas Suotamo's second full gig playing Chewbacca after his first turn in The Last Jedi. Suotomo played Chewbacca officially as a body double in The Force Awakens - it is speculated he did any parts where Chewbacca was walking, this was due to the ill health (bad knees) of the original Chewbacca, Peter Mayhew.
  15. Michael Kenneth Williams  took part in the intial round of filming however was unavailable for reshoots which meant he was replaced with Paul Bettany.
  16. Emilia Clarke is the eleventh actor from Game of Thrones to have a part in Star Wars
  17. Tobias Beckett's character was in part inspired by Long John Silver in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Silver had a relationship with Jim Hawkins and the Solo / Beckett relationship mirrors that. In a same vein, scriptwriters also likened the relationship to that of Val Kilmer's and Bobby De Niro's characters relationships in Michael Mann's Heat.
  18. Emilia Clarke made her name as the 'Mother of Dragons' in Game of Thrones - her appearance in this film means she is the tenth actor from that series to have a part in Star Wars - many of those roles were cameos, however Clarke's role is a starring part.
  19. It spans 6 years, meaning it has the longest time frame of any Star Wars movie (The opening scene from Rogue One excluded...)
  20. Did you spy the dice in Han's land speeder? They are the ones that make it on to the Falcon. They become a minor plot point in The Last Jedi and can be seen a deleted scene of The Force Awakens.
  21. Enfys Nest's character name leaked due to promotional material slipping out.
  22. The planet Mimban which Han find himself on was first referenced in the first Star Wars extended universe novel, Splinter of the Mind's Eye
Want to know more facts and trivia about Star Wars movies? Try out those of Rogue One, Jedi and The Force Awakens!

Dec 25, 2017

20 subtle moments you might have missed in The Last Jedi

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Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi was an action ride and a half - but there was a lot of subtlety that could have been easily missed.

Here's some wee plot points that one could easily have missed amongst all the excitement.

  1. The Falthier boy jockey at the end used the Force to pick up the broom... he was the result of the Spark after all. 
  2. When Rey reaches out and touches the rain on the Island, this is her first experience of rain. When she is drawn into the dark side of the island, that's probably her first time submerged in salt water or perhaps even swimming. Remember, there was not a lot of water on Jakku.
  3. When Rey is following Luke up the stairs did you spot the giant sea monster breaking the surface of the ocean below them?
  4. Rey stole the Jedi books and hid them in the Millenium Falcon. You can see them in the draw in the end of the movie
  5. Yoda burns down the tree so Luke does not discover this. That trickster!
  6. As the Force Tree burns, its flames appear to make the Rebel Alliance symbol. This could be interpreted as the Jedi rising 'from the ashes' 
  7. In the prequel Rogue One, Jyn Erso reads out the list of data file names - one is 'hyperspace tracking' - this shows it was a 'thing' in the Star Wars universe and not just a gimmick for the movie. 
  8. Kylo tricks Snoke buy turning both sabers at the same time and thinking about killing his enemy - Snoke missed that Kylo wanted to rule for himself and was thus his enemy. 
  9. When Luke is projecting himself to Crait from the Island there are two clues for the viewer to understand this. The first is his beard is brown and he appears younger - this is the same look as when he last saw Kylo Ren at the 'Jedi Acadmey'. The second clue is while Kylo's feet where disturbing the red salt during the confrontation, when Luke walked over it, no red salt was disturbed. 
  10. Rogue One director Gareth Edwards has a cameo as one of the last Rebels on Crait - you can catch him in the trenches. 
  11. Finn and Rose actually completely fail in their mission! Twice! First they fail to execute the hyper drive plan, and second when Rose crashes into Finn, she exposes the rest of Rebels to certain death (she had no idea Luke would turn up to rescue them).
  12. Admiral Ackbar was killed in the bridge explosion.
  13. The classic line "I've got a bad feeling about this" was not said by a human but apparently BB-8.
  14. There's no indication whether code breaker DJ, survives or not. 
  15. No light sabers actually cross each other in the heat of battle, a first for a main trilogy Star Wars film. 
  16. When Luke raps Rey over the knuckles, that's a call back to when Yoda trained Luke.
  17. Luke Skywalker's mechanical hand features a damaged area where his hand was shot by a laser blast during the rescue of Han Solo in Return of the Jedi.
  18. When Poe Dameron introduces himself to Rey, the classic "I know" line is used.
  19. Rose and Finn are arrested for a  '27-b-stroke-6'. This is a reference to Terry Gilliam's film Brazil.
  20. When Rey and BB-8 are reunited on the Falcon Rey notices that his antenna had been repaired and gently plays with it. This is a call back to The Force Awakens when she made the original repair. 
  21. When Rey says to Luke "I need someone to show me my place in all this" half her face is in the light, the other in the dark. Which is suggestive of the light and dark sides of the Force. This lighting technique was done in The Force Awakens on Kylo when he was bathed in red and blue in his face of with his father Han Solo whilst the light of the sun was failing. George Lucas employed the same technique in Revenge of the Sith when he had Anakin in the shadow and Obi-Wan Kenobi in the light. Lucas also played with the dark and the light and Luke's place in the Force in the Return of the Jedi when it was revealed his black costume had white underneath.
the dark side and the light shadow on rey
The dark side and the light!

Dec 20, 2017

How Luke was tricked by Yoda in The Last Jedi

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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:

Try.

And

Do not try.

Teachings.

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

And it was a 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!

And what a part did Yoda play. 

We first meet Yoda again as he watches Luke walk the up the Island steps with the intention of burning the Force tree and the Jedi 'bibles'. Luke changes his mind 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 resuced 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 setting up Rey as the new hope for the Galaxy.

Brilliant writing by Rian Johnson!

Dec 18, 2017

Who REALLY is the Supreme Intellect that Lucas spoke of to the director of Return of the Jedi?


Update: Clearly I was late to the party as Stumpy Hobbit had already had it confirmed by Pablo Hildago himself on Twitter that George's storylines indeed inspired the Snoke character!



I couldn't find the actual tweet by Pablo though...

Who is the Supreme Intellect that Lucas spoke of to Richard Marquand?


This tweet by Jedi News piqued my interest:


Richard Marquand was the director of the third Star Wars movie, Return of the Jedi. A personal favorite, Jedi was the first Star Wars movie I saw as a kid at the theatre.

Given that love, I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Marquand and think he made a great movie

So when Jedi News says that Marquand had some insight about Lucas's intended vision of the Star Wars universe post Jedi, I was indeed interested. 

Here's the actual quote from the July 1983 edition of Prevue Magazine:

“If you follow the direction, and project into the final trilogy [i.e. Episode VII-IX], you realise that you’re going to meet the supreme intellect, and you think how is it possible to create a man who has such profound cunning that he can not only control Darth Vader, but the fate of Luke Skywalker? Control the destiny of the whole galaxy? You’ll be amazed!”

So there's apparently supreme intellect out there, pulling strings across the universe far wider than that Palpatine once managed?

That was in 1983 and some 33 years later, The Force Awakens is released and with it a mysterious character called Snoke. Snoke is definitely pulling strings across the universe. He's tapped into the psyhe of Kylo Ren and is attuned to the Force in someway. 


Is Snoke the embodiment of the idea that Lucas described to Marquand? 


Is Snoke this 'Supreme Intellect'?

I'm sure Pablo Hidalgo will be the first to tell me my Snoke Theory Sucks but it's not really mine, this theory has been around since the moment Snoke dropped into canon. I'm just taking it for a spin.

It's impossible to miss the reference to the intelligence is considered 'supreme' and that Snoke's more formal title is 'Supreme Leader'. Or am I making a leap to far like most random Youtube Star Wars speculators?

A rumoured working title for TFA was The Ancient Fear. An ancient supreme intellect perhaps? Update 2 - Pablo debunked that for us personally!

I quite like the Snoke - Darth Plagueis theory myself... but then Pable debunked that theory too. 

But let's take a side step of sorts. 

I'm interested in this reminder from history because of what happened with the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney - you know when Lucas sold Star Wars to the 'white slavers'...

We understand that Lucas had been playing with ideas for years about the movies numbers 7,8,9 and had made several comments over the decades.

While it is absolute myth that Lucas actually wrote 9 or even 12 Star Wars movies, he has stated several times, he thought that the third trilogy should be filmed in the time line where Luke Skywalker was as old as Kenobi himself was in A New Hope.

Indeed, at the time of the sale it was widely reported that Lucas had been developing story lines for the future and they were incorporated into the sale.  

Cut to literally the last minute of The Force Awakens and it's clear that Lucas' vision of Luke has been carried through.

We also know that script writer Michael Arndt spent also most a year as the lead pen of the film that became The Force Awakens before JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan effectively when back to the drawing board.

But did Arndt work with the story lines that Lucas had developed and supplied to Disney? And did these also include the 'Supreme Intellect' that Marquand spoke of? And if so, is this shadowy entity Supreme Leader Snoke?

We won't of course know until until The Last Jedi is released. And even then, we may not know until movie 9 but we're picking that now Skywalker is Obi Wan's age equivalent, the story lines as suggested by Lucas for that character will be mixed into the new foundation set by The Force Awakens.

And maybe we'll learn just how much of Lucas's ideas were carried over into the third trilogy and The last Jedi. Will Luke Skywalker get to confront the Supreme Intellect?

Did you ever see the movie Krull? It's an awesome fantasy film that's so bad it's good. Nice to see it had a mention on the Prevue magazine cover above!

Edgar "drives, babies" Wright has a cameo in The Last Jedi

Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright managed to score a wee cameo part in The Last Jedi as a member of the Resistance!


Wright hit big this year with his Baby Driver car chase epic. 

edgar write joe cornish cameo apperance in the last jedi


Wright is flaked with Joe Corninsh (writer of Attack the Block - John Boyega made his name in that), his brother Oscar and producer Leo Thompson. 

Dec 16, 2017

Here's how The Last Jedi could have ended (if you hated the original ending)

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My take on how The Last Jedi could have ended


The Last Jedi was a hot mess.

Let's just admit it and move on*.

It had a lot going for it but it had some major plot issues, the least of which was Luke's character arc.

Luke was the Jedi that convinced The Chosen One to kill the Emperor and restore balance to the Force. Luke had faced Vader himself and beaten him in the process. 

I'm saying he was battle hardened. He had been through it all. Despite his fear, he never gave up. 

The Last Jedi then turned him into a sad old hermit because he had at one time thought to kill Kylo Ren before he destroyed the galaxy (the one that's far far away). 

Some things went down with Ben Solo and Luke then shut himself away and from the Force. 

Yoda then convinces him to sort his shit and then he Force projects the shit out himself, tells Kylo Ren he's been a bad bad boy and then dies. 

Dies while looking at a Binary Sunset. It's a beautiful thing. 

But it's not how it should have played out. 

Here is how I think the end of The Last Jedi should have played out. 

We get to the point where the Rebels are on Crait and at their most desperate hour. 

Instead of Force projecting himself halfway across the galaxy to screw with Ren's mental hatred of him, he turns up in person, the here and now (Maybe Chewbacca went back for him...?)

They do the dance they do, even point for point as it happens in the actual movie until Luke EFFORTLESSLY pulls an Obi Wan Kenobi and removes a few of Kylo Ren's limbs. 

Does that sound familiar? 

It would have been a great moment - think about it Kylo wants to be his grandfather who lost three limbs to one of the great Jedi Knights. Well, he wants it and now he gets it care of one of the great Jedi Knights. 

Satisfied, Luke joins the Rebel and they leave Crait. 

Hux rescues Ren just like Palpatine did Vader in Revenge of the Sith. 

End of movie.

Brilliant eh?

This also sets up episode 9 really well.

What ever plot happens happens. 

We then get to the business end of the movie. Luke has a rematch with Kylo Ren. It's epic, there are heroes on both sides but Kylo gets his revenge. Maybe he tricks Luke. 

Either way Luke goes out a dying hero and not a bitch like Snoke.

This sets up the final confrontation between Rey and Kylo. 

You can decide who wins. 

So that's it, my take on how The Last Jedi should have ended and how it would have lent itself to an excellent sequel and conclusion to the new trilogy.

*millions disagree with me.

Dec 15, 2017

How Kylo Ren tricked Snoke in The Last Jedi

how did Kylo Ren trick Snoke and kill him?

How Snoke, the Supreme Commander, was tricked & beaten by Darth Vader's grandson in The Last Jedi


The Snoke Throne Room scene with Kylo Ren and Rey is arguably the best thing about The Last Jedi, it's just fantastic.

It starts with a parallel to Return of the Jedi - Rey is there, having surrendered herself to Kylo Ren so that she can turn him to the light. 

Or so she believes. 

Ren has let her come to him so he may please Shrike. 

So it seems.

Snoke does some posturing with the Force and throws Rey about, does the same thing Palpatine does in Jedi by showing her that her friends are dying out the window in space and then he calls on Kylo to kill her.

And this is where it got interesting. 

While he is urging on Kylo to kill Rey, Snoke misreads the intention of Kylo's mind. Due to his arrogance and hubris, he misread the enemy that Kylo was thinking of. 

Kylo wanted to kill Snoke and take the First Order for himself. He was not intending to kill Rey as Snoke presumed. Perhaps Snoke should not have insulted Kylo in front of his would be lover eh?

So, Kylo slowly turned his saber and also Rey's at the same time. Rey's of course was conveniently at Snoke's side. 

And then the trap set, Kylo committed fully to his plan and ignited Rey's saber through Snoke's body and severed him in half. 

Kylo had wholly and totally tricked Snoke.

You could call it a severance package.

It was an incredible moment - it was so unexpected as one could reasonably have expected Snoke to survive until the third movie of the trilogy as he was the 'big bad guy' but in a ballsy move, scriptwriter and director Rian Johnson killed him off early.

Bravo.

And this led directly to one of the great Star Wars moments, Rey and Kylo teaming up to defeat Snoke's former Praetorian Guards. It was edge of your seat stuff and finally, Kylo had met an adversary worthy of him and it was a team up!

Rey and Kylo even swapped sabers at one point and the results were incredible. 

But back to Snoke. Some might ask, how Snoke could have been duped so easily? (Well as Luke's nephew it kind makes sense given how easy Yoda tricked Luke in the same film)

Think back to this moment in the throne room scene in Return of the Jedi and the repartee Luke and the Emperor shared where Luke challenges Darth Sidious with: "your overconfidence is your weakness".

And what happens? The Emperor totally misjudged what was actually happening in that room and died for his troubles. 

The exact same thing happened to Snoke. 

As he pontificated how awesome he was that he had actually connected the minds of Rey and Kylo together, Kylo had his own 'Darth Vader Turns Against His Master Moment' and slaughtered him.

Kylo was seething with hate as a result of Snoke's bravado and took the chance to bite the hand that fed him...

It's movie magic by director Rian Johnson that will become the stuff of Star Wars lore that people will talk about for a long time as they quietly forget the many, many things wrong with the film. 

Side note: Do you think Snoke's Guards could be the Knights of Ren?

27 questions about The Last Jedi plot holes (or odd plot choices)

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Here's a list of questions we had about the plot holes and failings of The Last Jedi

  1. So Nien Numb is dead right? (Edit - I apparently missed he's on The Falcon!)
  2. What happened to DJ? How did he know what Holodo's plan was? Did he hear Poe Dameron speak of it?
  3. Why has no one ever driven a hyperspace device into any ships before a la Holdo? Seems like this would have been thought of before.... (Do you agree Admiral Akbar should done it?)
  4. Why was Rose so stupid in letting Finn live which meant certain death for the others? Shure, she fell in love him with but it all felt wrong and entirely selfish.
  5. Why did Holdo simply not tell Poe Dameron of her plan to get to Crait? It wasn't need to know!
  6. Why did they kill off Snoke before we learned anything about his character? That said, it was an awesome trick Kylo pulled over him.
  7. Why did General Hux not send Star Destroyers AHEAD of the Rebel Fleet to flank them? They could have easily zipped into hyperspace with a strong gist of where they would be. 
  8. Why did Luke want to kill Kylo back when Luke was training him? It's simply out of character for ROTJ Luke. Have a damn chat about it first with his mother at least? 
  9. Where the heck are the Knights of Ren? Where the Snoke's Pratorian Guard? How awesome were they, holding their own for a time against to bad ass sword slingers? 
  10. What was Luke's third lesson to Rey?
  11. Why did Rian Johnson make Luke so snarky?
  12. How did Snoke and Palpatine never bump into each other?
  13. Why did Yoda look so freakin' weird? (He was pretty cool though!)
  14. How the heck do bombs 'drop' in space? Edit: With this power: 
    how do the bombs drop in the last jedi on the dreadnaught
  15. What on earth was the 4 boobed beast that Luke milked doing in the movie? Green milk eh.
  16. Why did Leia make that joke about her hair with Luke? So out of place? No, it was probably a direct call back to when Han Solo mentioned Leia had changed her hair when they reunited in The Force Awakens? 
  17. Why was there not a real light saber battle?
  18. What happened to the line "I've got a bad feeling about this"? Apparently BB-8 says the famous line somewhere....
  19. Why does Luke actually die? At one point Kylo says to Rey that the exertion of their contact would kill her - was this some foreshadowing by Rian Johnson?
  20. Why did Phasma have to go out so cheaply? They've made her new Boba Fett. Well no body spied so she might not be dead. 
  21. How can Kylo Ren stop laser blasts in mid air with the Force but struggle so much with Snoke's Praetorian Guards?
  22. Do we really need a love triangle with Finn, Rey and Rose? We did have a wee one in Empire for a while (When Leia kissed Luke!)
  23. Why make it look like the Resistance are bad guys for buying X-Wings from weapons manufacturers? How the heck are they supposed to RESIST without guns and ships? There's no grey here, it's dark side versus light. 
  24. Why did they not give the Holdolo character role to Admiral Ackbar? Would have been a grand finale to the character. 
  25. Is it ironic that Rose's sister did a better job than her? She at least succeeded in her mission. 
  26. Rey going into the dark side of the Island made no damn sense. Right? Oh wait are you telling us she is in charge of her own destiny Rian?
  27. How did Kylo Ren not figure out that Luke was a projection on Crait? He had a brown beard for goodness sake. Oh and a saber that he and Ren fought over an hour or so ago. He was clearly blinded by his rage which is ironic because he had just be lecturing Rey to let the past go, kill it if you have to.. oh wait, maybe that's what he was doing.
  28. WHY THE FUCK DID LUKE NOT KILL REN IN PERSON WITH A GREEN LIGHT SABER? Not a plot hole, just something I was keen to see!

Dec 14, 2017

The good, the bad and the ugly of The Last Jedi #spoilers


Following my first review of The Last Jedi, I thought I'd do a very spoilerly what worked for me and what did not.

Opinions may vary.

I'll update this as I muse on things.

The Good


The duality of Rey and Kylo Ren. While they were manipulated by the fantastic CGI version of Snoke, the reality of it was real for them - they have became the dark side and light sides of the Force. This movie is the anti-Return of the Jedi - Rey believed she could turn Kylo to the light, as Luke did Vader. The trouble for Rey was Kylo had plans to take on the world for himself, and after the brutal slaying of Snoke, he offered her the chance to join him - just as Vader did Luke in Empire.

At the start of the movie, Poe Dameron disobeys an order and saves the day somewhat and gets demoted for his trouble.

It was awesome.

Later in the finale, he leads the final desperate attack, only to realise that he must call off the attack as it is a suicide mission (like his attack on the Dreadnought was) and does so as he realises the lesson that Admiral Holdo had taught him.

Speaking of Holdo. Her character was played most excellently well by Laura Dern. Her character went through some well played is she a good gal or bad gal moments. That said, her character should have been played by Admiral Ackbar.
It would have been amazing.

I loved the fake out that Poe thought Holodo was entering the bridge to capture  but it was Leia who then shot him with a gun set to stun - a blue shot - and a nice call back to the first and last time Leia used stun in ANH. 

Luke.

Luke was awesome, if a little too snarky.

When R2D2 showed Luke the famous old hologram of Leia seeking help from General Kenobi to try and convince him to help Leia and the Rebels.

Leia using the Force (even though it looked a little naff)

Luke's final look at the twin sun sunset. Probably the most fitting end a character could have in the Star Wars universe. 

DJ - he was cool, reliably played.

Hux was a delight - his over the top character is a lot of fun. Adrian Edmunson was an excellent foil to hux and his facial responses to the shennaigans going on around him were superb.

Finn's heroic choice at the end to sacrifice himself was quite gallant and his strongest character moment across his two movies. Shame Rose decided to fuck that up. 

Yoda turned up as his fun old self, the kind you'll remember from Empire and Jedi. His wise words imparted to Luke the strength he needed to get of his butt and playball. 

The Bad

All of that Canto Bight nonsense. The Casino looked quite lavish and featured a fun array of interesting looking humans and aliens however the whole moral preaching about the Falthier animals was to simple and too on the nose. 

And that chase / escape on the horses? It felt like some magical mystery tour via the lens of The Dark Crystal. A waste of time.

While the death of Snoke was clever and Rey and Kylo's duel with Snoke's Red Guards was epic and will go into history as one of the great Star Wars saber fights, the death of Snoke was a waste of a character. We learned nothing about Snoke, where he came from, what made him tick. Instead he suffers the fate of Darth Maul before him - a great character killed off too soon. 

When the first order fleet was bombarding the shielded Rebel, their shots arced. This is space, they should fire straight.

Yoda's CGI was terrible. How the heck did they let that pass for a cameo?

Why did Holdolo not tell Poe Dameron her plan? Kinda stupid. 

The Ugly


Why would Luke want to kill young Ren? It makes NO SENSE, he didn't even try to redeem him, as he did his father and Ren wasn't even that far along!

Luke projecting himself across space to confront Kylo was a huge disappointment, mostly because it was painfully obvious what was going on when Luke turned up with a brown beard, the same as he had when he last saw Kylo. And then, he used the blue sabre! Luke has a GREEN sabre for Snoke's sake. 

What a let down.

And then Luke dies due to the effort.

What a let down.

Rose. What a pointless character. She decided to let Finn live which meant certain death for the remaining rebels. She had no idea Luke was going to save them. It was an utterly stupid moment.  

Our review of the The Last Jedi

last jedi review

Bear in mind we saw this an hour ago, so this might be a bit of a mess.

It's fairly non-spoilery....

It really should be no surprise to any one that The Last Jedi hits many sweet  beats as part of Disney's path to global domination.

And that's all down to the honest take that director and script writer Rian Johnson. 

JJ Abrams' Force Awakens was the set up so this movie could happen and let's be very clear, this movie could not have happened without that 'look back' at the world George Lucas created. 

Thus, Rian's vision is a 'look forward'. This time, the new characters of Rey and Finn and Poe are given some room to breathe. This is all of course underpinned by the return of Luke Skywalker!

In many ways this movie is the 'anti-Return of the Jedi' in the sense that the broad themes of that movie weigh heavy on the hearts and minds of the key characters in Rey and Kylo. It's really fun.

We knew we were in for something special when Disney announced Rian would be taking on a new Star Wars trilogy prior to the release of this movie and we can now see why. While he will not get and Academy nod for his writing or direction, he's proved his worth. 

Lumped with a minute long cameo in The Force Awakens, Mark Hamill's alter ego has plenty time to shine in a Star Wars movie.  And this time, he's on par as much as Alec Guiness was in A New Hope though with the additional of a lot of snark. Wow, 15 years moping on an island with only Porg and what I'm going to describe as Nuns makes a Luke a real misery guts.

This turn as Luke will be career defining for Hamill - an almost impossible feat given this is Star Wars! This will be how Luke is remembered, no matter what happens in the future.  Even if Yoda totally tricked him.

But what of the story?


It's a bit of a mess frankly. As I suspected Finn's side journey to Canto is a complete waste of time from the point of few of truly advancing the story. It does help him grow emotionally but boring!

Once again C3PO and R2D2 are basically sent to the background so that BB8 can shine ever more so than TFA.

If I was to be critical, it would be that it's clear JJ Abram's is clearly the stronger film, however he did have Lawrence Kasdan looking over his shoulder...

Several key set ups in TFA were swept away with cop outs which were incredibly disappointing. What happened to the Knights of Ren? Ray's parentage? Boring results there.

Oddly, the climax of the film really comes two thirds into the movie, the rest is filler until Luke gets to 'do' his thing, which left me wholly unimpressed. I'm sure that's a whole other post to explore that moment.

Overall, the movie has a great set up, some great turns and twists but is badly let down by its wistful ending. Many will disagree, I'm sure.

Oh, and one thing I was quite worried about was Rian's dialogue. His prior films have had wonderful, zippy and snappy moments. Which have no place in Star Wars. And so when Dameron started doing 'your momma' jokes.....


And what of General Leia?



Leia gets more to do than the Force Awakens but is again reduced to a side character, albeit one with a huge amount of grace. One particular scene was quite notable in that the lead up to it has been a long time coming where she uses the Force to for the first time.

Her reunion with Luke was joyful yet bittersweet,

She'll always be royalty to me.

This is one incredibly beautiful movie


If you thought the CGI was near perfect in Rogue One, be prepared to be blown away by the wonderful efforts Lucasfilm have got onto the screen. From Poe Dameron's X-wing blasting through space like a bat out of hell taking on Hux's armada (single handedly on occasion), the return of the Raddus (whoop whoop!), Snoke's face and Finn and Phasma's 'battle royale' admidst a blaze of fire, everything looked just perfect.

That's a wrap*

There's a lot right about this movie and a lot wrong. It has some spectacular set pieces, some mis-directions and heart warming moments.

When it riffs on Star Wars, it does really well. When it tries to respin Star Wars, it goes off kilter somewhat.

I suspect a repeat viewing will allow me to enjoy the movie for what it is - a Hollywood space opera.

Time will tell, but I suspect this film will not be as loved by many fans as think they do right now.

Here's our spoilery questions about the plot points piece and 12 subtle things you may have missed.  

* For a beloved character...

Dec 8, 2017

The history of Luke Skywalker's blue lightsaber

Luke Skywalker's Blue Lightsaber

The history of Luke Skywalker's blue lightsaber


Please note that this story of Luke's blue saber is the story of it in the movies. 

It does not cover any other elements of the expanded universe, Legends or current canon outside of the movies.

The history of Luke Skwalker's saber is as long as the Star Wars saga itself. 

This makes sense really as Jedi Knights with electric swords is what Star Wars is all about really. Well, you know what we mean.

We call it Luke's saber but it was really Anakin's. 

Obi-Wan Kenobi picked it up as he left Anakin to die, having just bested him in their duel on Mustafar in Revenge of the Sith.  He held it for many years until he gave it to Luke in A New Hope so hence fans often think of the blue saber as Luke’s.

But if the sword was originally Anakin’s, what is its story? 


You may recall in Attack of the Clones that Anakin lost his arm in the duel with Count Dooku, thus continuing (or starting!?) the tradition for characters to lose their limbs in Star Wars movies. 

Given the loss, Anakin required a second saber. And it is with this saber that the real story comes into play. This is the saber that Anakin used when he became Darth Vader.

Thus it is the saber that massacred the Younglings in Revenge of the Sith. It is the saber that he executed Count Dooku with. It is the saber that killed all those he found in the Jedi Temple and it is the saber with which he lost his duel with Obi-Wan.

So the blue saber had a tough start to life – it was initially used by one of the most promising Jedi that had ever been and then it became used by a Sith Lord. 

Talk about duality.


By the time it is passed to Luke, the sword has seen a lot of blood split. No wonder Kylo Ren wanted it so badly.

This weapon has been a part of some real Star Wars history and has let the blood of many innocents but in ANH, Luke doesn’t get to play swashbuckler, rather he gets to train with it on board the Millennium Falcon. 

It’s not until the events of The Empire Strikes back does the sword truly became a part of Luke's legend.

In that movie, it is used by Luke to free himself from the ice trappings of the Wampa and then used by Han Solo to carve up his Taun-taun so that he could place Luke’s frozen body inside it to protect him from the cold.

The next time is a more darker moment.

Luke has undertaken training with Yoda on the swampy plant of Degobah. There comes a point where Luke comes across a cave. Effectively warned not to take his weapon in with him, Luke finds himself having a strange dream like experience where he must draw his saber to protect him from an advancing Darth Vader. 

It is the first occasion we see Luke actively use the saber to protect himself. That it is a dream experience of a kind, does not diminish that Luke used the saber believing he was actually facing Vader.

Of course Luke eventually faces Vader at Bespin’s Cloud City where they have an epic fight and get the measure of each other – so much so it’s a fight Luke cannot win and loses his hand for his trouble (just like his father had years before – on two different occasions!). 

At this point it is the stuff of movie legend that Vader reveals himself as Luke’s father. 

Imagine that!

But in all that excitement, Luke’s saber is actually lost down a shaft somewhere. And that, was apparently the end of that.

In Return of the Jedi, Luke fashions his own saber (while not mentioned in the film, it is a Jedi tradition to do so) and uses that saber when he destroys Jabba’s Sail barge and of course when he fought Vader aboard the Death Star, returning the favour by cutting of Darth Vader’s arm, an indignity he’s now suffered through three times!

But what of that lost blue saber? 

This is where the saga of the saber begins to play out even further than any fan may have ever imagined. 

30 odd years since it was lost both in movie time and real world time, it turned up again in The Force Awakens.

The sword was found to be in possession of Maz Kanata, a strange being who appears to be sensitive to the Force, or at least has a profound understanding of it. She set’s Rey up to find it as she knows the Force is calling her to it. 

Why? 

We do not really know but Maz knows the sword must find its way to Rey’s hands and so gives it to Finn as a place holder until Rey is ready.

Finn gets to do a dance with a Stormtrooper with the sword and then holds his own for a time against the father killing Kylo Ren at which point Rey then gets her hands on the sword and has an epic battle with Ren. 

Ren of course being the grandson of Darth Vader, the man who used to own the sword that Rey fights him with. The sword has come full circle in an odd manner.

But Rey didn’t want the sword from Maz in the first place. The dream sequence spoked her totally – so much so that even though she knows she must find Luke Skywalker, she still hands him the sword when they first still meet at the top of the ‘Jedi Steps’ on the island where Luke has hidden himself away. 

It’s a poignant moment – Luke’s blue saber has been returned to him after so many years.

One can only imagine the feelings that were running through Luke’s mind at that moment – the last time he saw it, his father had just cut off his arm and revealed himself.

What happens to the saber in The Last Jedi?


Rey gives it to Luke who then casually throws it behind him, down the cliff. 

Rey then trains with it on the Achto Island. It's then used by Kylo to kill Snoke and the Praetorian guards. As Rey and Kylo force duel for it's possession, the saber snaps in half, ending the legacy of the saber and perhaps symbolically, the end of the Skywalker story or how fractured that family now is. 

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

George Lucas, revered director of Star Wars


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


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

He created Star Wars.

He created Indiana Jones.

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

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

Yet some people seem to hate George Lucas.

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

They hate George Lucas because he made Jar Jar Binks.

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

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

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

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


Special Edition hatred


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

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

And what happens?

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

No he hasn't.

Remember two things.

Lucas has managed to catch up to himself. Budget restraints meant he probably couldn't get enough troopers in the original shot. Now he has the budget he can catch up and get them in. Second thing is the Special Editions are a re release for a new generation.

I remember I was a university student in the late 1990's when the Special Edition was shown in Palmerston North - and I took my girl friend as she had never seen Star Wars and this was a movie event she needed to be a part of - did the extra troopers hinder her enjoyment of the film?

No, if anything it made the joke better.

And that's it in a nutshell - Lucas's changes to the movies of the original trilogy are designed to enhance them.

An Ewok with blinking eyes is no big detail. A do over of the Emperor in the Empire Strikes Back is no big deal either. Temuera Morrison's voice as Bobba Fett, not tooooo annoying.

A young Anakin Skywalker subbed in for the classic redeemed Vader in Return of Jedi? Well, you got us there, that one didn't make sense.

Regardless, these reasons are not reasons to hate George Lucas.

The case for Prequel Trilogy


I fear that by running this website I'm turning into an apologist for the prequel trilogy. But I'll say this, for every person that says they hate George Lucas because of the abomination that was Jar Jar Binks, I'll find you 15 who love Darth Maul.

Maul has become one of the classic Star Wars bad guys and he actually deserves it far more than a certain Bounty Hunter called Bobba Fett.

At least Maul actually managed to kill a great Jedi....

So what am I saying here?

Yes, the Prequels had some miss steps and Attack of the Clones merely an 'average' Star Wars film but within these three movies there was plenty to love, and fans did - you recall the box office takings didn't you?

That's right, they cleaned up cash wise as people went to see them again and again, despite the supposed hate.

And let's be clear, Revenge of the Sith is a GREAT Star Wars movie. It's actually a favourite.

Indeed, there's so much to love about Revenge of the Sith, one really wonders how people can hate it.

There's a lot of subtlety that a lot of people could miss if they have their 'I hate Lucas' hat on.  Anakin in the dark and Obi Wan in the light is excellent film making for example.

The Kids are alright with it


Ian McDiarmid who played Emperor Palpatine is on record as saying this about the prequels:

“ I’m usually approached by mums and dads of 4-year olds now who’ve been watching the movies, who are completely fascinated by them. And they won’t leave their television screens until they’ve seen the whole lot. So it continues to grip, and it continues to grip kids. And even though, we all know with the prequels some of the adults who’d seen the early films were a bit disappointed, that’s not true of succeeding generations, which sort of means that these films are really going to go on forever, and that’s extraordinary, I think, and great.”

Even JJ Abrams (the director of Episode 7 if you've been living under a rock) said:

"A lot of kids who saw all the prequels when they were young really do identify with those movies as much as my generation identified with the originals."

So that must mean there's a whole generation of 20 years olds (Gen Y?) that totally love George Lucas!


Here's the real reason some people hate George Lucas


We all grew up.

We stopped being mystified by Darth Vader.

We stopped pretending to fly X Wings and we stopped taking part in epic light sabre battles with our brothers.

We grew up and started judging new prequel movies as adults rather than wide eyed kids.

Remember how you may have loved the speeder bike race in Jedi? Kids love the pod race in Phantom Menace (admit it, you actually loved it!).

You loved Rogue One right? You better thank Lucas for it - so much of that was his idea - from Vader's Castle to the Whills, he had a massive influence.

So this has been a ramble and a half. I wonder if all the haters out there on the internet who unleash their venom from behind their keyboards would actually say the things they do to George's face.

Some how I doubt it.

Dec 7, 2017

Rian Johnson understands Star Wars Ring Theory


A promotional article in Rolling Stone Magazine reveals a great nugget of intel about The Last Jedi director's comprehension about what he calls the 'patterns' in Star Wars.

The rest of us call it Star Wars Ring Theory.

This is George Lucas' round about why of describing it:

"The interesting thing about Star Wars—and I didn’t ever really push this very far, because it’s not really that important—but there’s a lot going on there that most people haven’t come to grips with yet. But when they do, they will find it’s a much more intricately made clock than most people would imagine."

Mike Klimo, who coined the term Star Wars Ring Theory, states that this "means that Lucas was expanding the original trilogy into an “epic sextet, with patterns of plot and structure, cinematic allusions, and visual imagery acquiring meaning above all from [their] interrelationships."

If that made any sense... you'll appreciate what Rian Johnson was talking about in the Rolling Stone article:

As he shaped the story for Last Jedi, Johnson found it challenging to grapple with the "patterns" in the Star Wars movies. 

 "It was a real process," he says. "There's a lot of possibilities with how to take it... Even just as a Star Wars fan, you realize there are patterns etched into your brain of how you think it should go. It's tough, because you don't want to let yourself be guided by those deep-set grooves in your brain, but you also don't want to make creative decisions just to spite those. 

It's an interesting line to ride. I felt that I had to be conscious of those patterns and those grooves. Whether I was going to subvert them or play along with them. You could say, 'I'm going to just ignore them and tell my story,' but then you're fooling yourself and you're probably just going along the same path. I had to be conscious of them and even incorporate them. This can't drive it, but you have to incorporate them, almost in a meta way, into the narrative itself."

We'll see how this plays out in Last Jedi and report back.

Dec 6, 2017

Taika Waititi to direct a Star Wars film? Kathy Kennedy says YES!


Check out this interview with NZ film critic Kate Rogers and Kathy Kennedy where Kate draws out a Kathy to offer Waititi a Star Wars film...

It's in jest clearly but it's very clear one of the most powerful people in Hollywood is up for the idea of NZ's fourth most famous film director* to helm a film. 


When Rogers pit the idea to Kathy she replied:

I would love for him to direct a Star Wars movie," she said.

"I think he has exactly the right sensibility. It was very exciting to see him step into the Marvel universe and do such an amazing job with Thor."

Can't see it happening myself, Kathy is a hard task master and Taika would hate not having any wiggle room....

*Martin Cambell, PJ and of course Jane Campion ahead of him! *

* It's also an abstract Flight of the Conchords reference.....


How many Porgs can you spot in this new Last Jedi poster?

Look carefully at this Chinese poster of Rey, young padawan, and you will see Porgs!


How many are there?

rey last jedi chinese poster


Here's a clue - look at Rey's right foot - there's two little porgs having a gander at that blue saber!

There might also be one to the left of the word 2D at the bottom but the jury is out on that one...


Dec 5, 2017

What does the title of The Last Jedi mean?

What is the meaning of The Last Jedi?
What's in a name?

Here we go again, a new Star Wars film, with an interesting title meaning.

We thought the Jedi had returned yet, now two movies later we're being told that we are back to the last Jedi?

The last Jedi.

At face value, that's Luke Skywalker.

Right?

Or does the name mean, that last set of Jedi. The Jedi padawan Luke was training before Kylo Ren killed them all?

Ren is NOT a Sith. Technically he is still a padawan Jedi... kinda.

Well the truth according to director and writer of the movie Rian Johnson is that the title of the film indeed refers to Luke.

So no more arguing about that eh?

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

Does this have something to do with the title?

Will Luke train Rey as a Jedi?

That seems to be the set up from the ending of The Force Awakens.

Speaking of Rey, what if she becomes The Last Jedi.

It's possible that Luke has decided the ways of the Jedi were ultimately wrong and a new path is needed, one which eschews traditional Jedi codes such as no family and no real material possession.

What if Luke Skywalker dies in this movie?


As we know, after the death of Han Solo in The Force Awakens, all bets are off.

This current round of movies are a hand over to the next generation of characters,

Rey, Finn and Poe. So, Rian Johnson would have some room to move if he needed to off Luke to serve the plot.

But that would be sad and leave neither Luke, Leia nor Han in IX.

If the Last Jedi is all about Luke, colour us very excited. We think it's a fantastic title. 

Nov 29, 2017

11 crazy stories, facts and myths about Darth Vader you probably want to know about

Darth Vader doing the Force choke

Darth Vader


We only needed to write those two words and you know exactly to whom's face they belong to.

The fallen Jedi and one of the great Sith Lords, Darth Vader is one of the most famous movie villains of all time.

His imposing presence, magical powers which include the infamous ability to force choke a man just by thinking about and ultimately tragic personal story have inspired all kinds of acclaim and a place in most Star Wars fans hearts.

But enough of this chit chat, here’s 11 crazy stories, facts and myths about Darth Vader that any Star Wars fan would be keen to know!

1. While Lucas had said post release of A New Hope that he had 9 Star Wars movies all mapped out, he didn't really. It was only on when developing the second draft of Empire Strikes Back with Leigh Bracket that Darth Vader became Luke's father. Indeed, in original drafts of A New Hope, Vader and Anakin Skywalker were different characters. Some blind fans's argue this is not the case, but they are just blind to the facts.

2. The famous reveal of the father and son relationship between Vader and Luke is often misquoted as "Luke, I am your father". The line is actually "No, I am your father". It's kind of like how Star Trek's Captain Kirk never actually said "Beam me up, Scotty".

Sebastian Shaw as Darrth Vader in Return of the Jedi
Sebastian Shaw as Vader in Jedi
3. The character of Vader has been played by several actors. In the original trilogy David Prowse is famous for wearing the suit and Sebastian Shaw as the 'face' of Vader in  Return of the Jedi. 

The prequels saw an idealistic Jake Lloyd tackle Anakin in The Phantom Menace and Hayden Christensen covered the next two movies as well. Bob Anderson also stepped in for sword fighting scenes and C. Andre Nelson helped out a bit with the redux versions of the original trilogy. In Rogue One, two actors had a turn in the Nazi inspired dark suit, Spencer Wilding and Daniel Naprous.


4. Hayden also appeared as the costumed Vader in Revenge of the Sith. He apparently begged Lucas to let him play him. The suit had to be designed to accommodate his smaller stature than Prowse's.

5. While Return of the Jedi saw Luke return the favour to Vader and cut his arm off, the idea for it actually came from the expanded universe novel, ‘Splinter of the Mind's Eye’. This book was intended to be turned into a sequel to Star Wars but when that movie became so popular, the idea was abandoned.

6. Vader was actually the only Star Wars film character to lose an arm three times! And both his legs as well. Obi Wan Kenobi got 3 of his limbs in Revenge of the Sith! (he had the higher ground...).

7. Darth Vader was referenced in the film Back to the Future by Marty McFly as being from the planet Vulcan. No one was sure who was more upset - Star Wars fans or Trekkies!

8. Vader has his own theme song written by John Williams. Known as the Imperial March it was introduced in the Empire Strikes Back movie and used in Jedi and in the prequels to show when Anakin was turning to the dark side of the Force.

Darth Vader concept art by Ralph McQuarrie

9. James Earl Jones is famed for providing the voice for Vader however he didn't do the famous breathing sound effect. This was done by the now famous Ben Burt placing a microphone inside the mouth piece of a breathing apparatus and recording it being used. Burt has since become world reknown for his sound recording skills and I believe he worked on every Star Wars movie to date.

10. George Lucas at one stage considered using the great Orsen Welles as the voice actor for Vader. Welles eventually voiced the planet destroyer Unicron in the animated Transformers movie.

11. Anakin Skywalker really is the ‘Chosen one’. While Yoda and Obi Wan may have thought a mistake had been made in the reading of the prophecy, Anakin was the one who actually killed Sith Lord Palpatine by throwing him down the Death Star’s reactor shaft in Jedi and thus restored balance to the Force.

Bonus fact - Darth Vader only appeared on screen in A New Hope for a total of 12 minutes. It's amazing that for such a short amount of screen time that his character become one of the most loved bad guys in movie making history!

We think these were some pretty cool bits of trivia about the Dark Lord.

Do you have any others to share? Leave them in the comments!