Jan 31, 2017

What is 'The Official Mission Debrief'?

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

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

The selling notes on the listing say:

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 29, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roll over Johnny Cash.

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

That place where Vader went and look what happened.

Millions died.

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

Jedi builds this up very slowly, and quite carefully.

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

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

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

I hadn't realised Jedi did such things?

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

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

 Everybody but his pals.

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

Dark side much?

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

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

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

Or more correctly, a suit of black death!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She was quoted as saying:

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

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

Some of the influences are plot based.

Some are style.

Check out this comparison:

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

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

Probably not, so Good one George.

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

Ever wonder where the word Jedi came from?

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

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

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

Did you ever see Attack of the Clones? 

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

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

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

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

Or not....

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

Jan 23, 2017

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

Darth Vader burning on Endor.

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

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

15th December 2017

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

Edit: No, he wasn't.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The best quotes from "The Last Jedi" movie

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Quotes from The Last Jedi

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Quotes from The Last Jedi

I've got a bad feeling about this! This line is not actually spoken by a human in the movie but Rian says it's there....

Luke Skywalker's The Last Jedi lines

  • 'Who are you?' Luke to Rey when they first meet.
  • Why are you here?
  • Luke says to Rey “I know one truth. It’s time for the Jedi to end.”.
  • This is not going to go….the way you think.”
  • To R2D2 "Hey, sacred island, watch the language"
  • I've seen this strength only once before. It didn't scare me enough then. It does now!
  • “Go away.” to Rey and Chewbacca
  • “Impressive. Every word in that sentence was wrong.” 
  • “Where’s Han?”
  • “I will never teach another Jedi. I came to this island to die. The time of the Jedi must end.”
  • “Old friend, I wish I could make you understand but I’m not coming back. Nothing can change my mind.”
  • “Han was Han about it, but Leia trusted me with her son.”
  • “No one’s really ever gone.”- Luke to Leia
  • “The rebellion is reborn today. The war is just beginning and I will not be the last Jedi.”
  • "See you round, kid"

rey's lines from the last jedi

Rey Quotes

  • “Master Skywalker, I’m from the Resistance. Your sister Leia sent me. We need your help.”
  • "Something inside me is awake" to Luke
  • "We need Luke Skywalker.” says Rey to Luke. His reply: “You don’t need Luke Skywalker.”
  • “I’ve seen your daily routine. You are not busy.”
  • “There’s no light left in Kylo Ren.”
  • “You didn’t fail Kylo. Kylo failed you."
  • "You are a monster.”- Rey to Kylo “Yes I am.” he replied. 
  • “If I go to him, Ben Solo will turn.”
  • “You don’t have to do this. I feel the conflict in you. It’s tearing you apart.” to Kylo.
  • “You underestimate Luke Skywalker, Ben Solo, and me.”- Rey to Snoke

Princess Leia Organna Quotes

  • “Just for the record, Captain, I’m with the droid on this one.”
  • “Wipe that nervous expression off your face, C-3PO.”
  • “Poe, get your head out of your cockpit.”
  • “We fought until the end but the galaxy lost all its hope. The spark is out." 
  • “I’m just glad you’re here. At the end.”- Leia to Luke

C3PO quotes

  • “Sir, I’m almost afraid to ask.”- C-3PO . “Good instinct, 3PO, go with that.”- Poe's response.

Snoke quotes

  • “When I found you, I saw raw untamed power.”
  • "Darkness rises and light to meet it!"
  • “Weakness properly manipulated can be a sharp tool.”
  • “You are no Vader. You’re just a child in a mask.”
  • “Skywalker lives. The seed of the Jedi lives. As long as he does, hope exists.”
  • “My disappointment in your performance cannot be overstated.”
  • “My faith in you is restored.”
  • “For you, all is lost.” to Rey

Poe Dameron quotes

  • To Finn "You must have a thousand questions" to which Finn replies "Where's Rey?"
  • BB8, punch it!
  • We are the spark, that will light the fire, that will burn the First Order down.
  • “Finn naked leaking bad?”- questioning BB-8
  • “Captain, Commander, you can call me whatever you like.” to Holdo
  • To Leia “Permission to jump in an X-Wing and blow something up?” “Permission granted.”
  • “Shut up.”- Poe to C-3PO 

Kylo Ren quotes

  • "Forget the past"
  • "Let the past die – kill it if you have to".
  • “I want every gun we have to fire on that man.”
  • “Did you come back to forgive me? Save my soul?”- Kylo Ren to Luke

Finn qotes

  • May the Force be with you.
  • I was raised to fight, for the first time I have something to fight for
  • I won't let them win!

Rose Tico

  • That is a big gun!
  • “Finn. THE Finn.”
  • “That’s how we’re going to win. Not fighting what we hate. Saving what we love.”

Admiral Holdo

  • “…and now to your stations and may the Force be with us.”- Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo 
  • “A Stormtrooper and a who now are doing what?”

DJ Quotes

  • “Don’t let the wrapper fool you.”
  • “What’s your story, Roundy?” to BB-8

General Hux

  • They cannot get away, Supreme Leader. We have them tied to the end of a string.”

Yoda's Last Jedi lines

  • “Oh, Skywalker, missed you I have.”
  • “The greatest teacher, failure is.”
  • “Page turners, they are not.”
  • “Wisdom they held, but that library contained nothing that the girl Rey does not already possess.” - What a great trick from Yoda!

Luke Skywalker's The Last Jedi quotes

Luke Skywalker's The Last Jedi quotes from Star Wars

Luke Skywalker's The Last Jedi quotes from Star Wars 

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

Like what has he been doing for 30 years?

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

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

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

  • 'Who are you?' Luke to Rey when they first meet.
  • Why are you here?
  • It's now or never!
  • "Breathe. Breathe. Just Breathe" - Luke to Rey as he teaches her how to use the Force.
  • Luke says to Rey “I know one truth. It’s time for the Jedi to end.”.
  • This is not going to go….the way you think.”
  • To R2D2 "Hey, watch the language"
  • I've seen this strength only once before. It didn't scare me enough then. It does now!

So be it then, Jedi!

the last jedi title logo

The new title of Star Wars VIII has been revealed:

The Last Jedi

Which just seems perfect.

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

Here's the official word from Lucasflm:

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

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

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

Jan 21, 2017

Thrawn is coming

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

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

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

Here's the official guff:

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

One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire, through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond.

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

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

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

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

Jan 20, 2017

8 great 'Call Backs' that connect Star Wars films

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

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

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

Things that go bump on the Death Star

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

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

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

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

Remember this guy from A New Hope? 

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

The quick character cameo occurs at the end of Revenge of the Sith when Vader and the Emperor are standing on the bridge of a Star Destroyer, overlooking the initial construction stage of the Death Star. 

In a blink an you'll miss it moment, a younger Tarkin quietly sidles up to the Sith Lords.

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

Vader's murder of the Younglings

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

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

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

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

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

In hindsight, it's a brutal set up.

I've got a bad feeling about this

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

"I love you"

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

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

"You will die"

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

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

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

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

The Force Awakens

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

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

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

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

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

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

What did Rogue One offer?

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

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

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

The Last Jedi snuck a few in too

When Luke is on the Millenium Falcon, R2D2 shows him the old hologram projection of Leia seeking help from General Kenobi is a blatantly obvious reference to A New Hope!

After Rey and Kylo have defeated Snoke's Royal Guard, Kylo makes it clear he is seizing control of the First Order and invites Rey to join him. Vader made the same offer to his Luke in Empire. Both Luke and Rey refused the offer. 

When Leia reunites with Luke on Crait, she mentions her hair. This is a call back to The Force Awakens when Han Solo mentions the change when they too reunite. Here's some more call backs found in The Last Jedi.

Jan 17, 2017

Watch 'The Last Jedi' online for free

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

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

Spooky Mulder. 

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

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

It's super cheeky!

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

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

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

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

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

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

What does Disney think about this?

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

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

Jan 15, 2017

Have you spotted Wedge Antilles in Rogue One yet?

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That's right, Wedge Antilles has a wee cameo in Rogue One. 

The Rebel pilot whose quote 'look at the size of that thing' is the stuff of Star Wars legend, has a cheeky cameo that's harder to find than the robot Chopper!

So where is he?

It's not where, more of a case of 'hear'.

Wedge's character is famously played by English actor Denis Lawson. However, in the original version of Star Wars, Lawson did not do the voice work for the character, it was done by American David Ankrum.

This is where Rogue One's Supervising Sound Editor Matthew Wood had some fun with the movie. He decided to add a pretty cool Easter egg into the film and he needed David Ankrum to do it...

He asked David to come into the recording studio to some lines to be the announcer for the public addresses system the Rebel's base on Yavin IV.

I don't think I would ever had picked up with cameo Easter Egg unless it was specifically pointed out to me!

It was reasoned by the film's production staff that Wedge Antilles couldn't make a cameo in Rogue One because in ANH when he sees the giant Death Star for the first time he states in amazement the line we mentioned about, 'look at the size of that thing!' If he had taken a part in the the battle over Scarif, he would never had said that line in ANH and thus there would have been a continuity error in the movie.

Thus Wood, wanting to do the Easter egg, had to get Ankrum in for the voice over. 

Extra for Experts:

Rogue One had many other cameo appearances including some familiar pilots...
Here's some trivia about Wedge

Jan 14, 2017

9 great moments Obi-Wan Kenobi had in Star Wars (from our certain point of view)


Here's some of Obi-Wan's greatest Star Wars moments (from our certain point of view)

Luke Skywalker once referred to Obi-Wan Kenobi was ‘Old Ben’ which belies the truth of the greatness that rests on the shoulders of one of the few Jedi that actually, truly made a difference in the struggle to bring balance to the Force.

Obi-Wan has appeared in every Star Wars movie in some shape or form so he’s had plenty of opportunity to get in on the action. Here’s what are our favourite moments of the character, be they quotes, saber fights or misdirection.

This little one's not worth it

By the time Obi-Wan and Luke visit Mos Eisley's cantina bar, we haven't quite got the measure of Obi-Wan. He's demonstrated some smarts with dealing with the sand people and showed us a Jedi mind trick to great effect. But he's just a creaky old man right?

Not so young Padawan!

As Ponda Baba and his mate Dr. Evazan try to pick a fight with Luke, Obi-Wan politely intercedes with a friendly, "this little one's not worth it" which brings no result. As Ponda presses further Obi-Wan cuts his arm off with his own lightsaber.

We learn at that moment Obi-Wan was a take no prisoners kind of guy and to be regarded quite seriously.

Fun fact: Empire's assassin droid IG-88 was made from recycled Cantina bar parts!

When he took down General Grievous 

Grevious had been fairly sucessfull in his turn as Supreme Commander of the Droid Army so much so that he was a feared opponent for all those taking part in the Clone Wars. So it would have been hugely pleasing for General Kenobi to beaten him in their fight in Revenge of the Sith. If Jedi were to have feelings, that is.

We think this fight with Grevious was great as it was a battle of wills, featured some bad ass saber movies by Grevious and ending with Kenobi delivering a classic line about guns being "So uncivilized".

When he took down Darth Maul

Admit it, you felt pained when Darth Maul killed Qui-Gon Jin in the Phantom Menace. But you damn well loved it when Obi-Wan did a Force flip, grabbed his saber and split Maul in two. Arguably one of the best sword movements in Star Wars, it was a stand out moment in TPM.

That 'look' he gave Vader just after he saw Luke on the Death Star

As a young child watching Star Wars for the first time, I was slightly confused when Kenobi appeared to give up his fight with Vader when he saw Luke.

Why would you do that?

I was even more surprised when Kenobi's body seemed to have disappeared as if by some magic. Turns out that was the Force, yolo!

As an older child I understood the look that Old Ben had. He knew he was about to become more powerful than Vader could have ever imagined and in doing so he would be able to guide and inspire young Luke. And so he gives Darth Vader this telling look and adds a wry smile to it.

That took balls.

And anyway, like 13 seconds later Obi-Wan is telling Luke to "Run Luke, Run" via the Force...

"Use the Force Luke!"

This was the summation of every part of Obi-Wan in A New Hope. He had taught Luke as much as he could in the short time they had together. In the knowledge he could become a Force ghost to watch over him, he had died in the hope that it (c)would spur Luke on to defeat the Evil Empire.

His guidance at this very moment in the Battle of Yavin directly led to Luke bringing down the Death Star and setting him on a path to assist with Vader's ultimate redemption (though he probably now believed Luke was actually the Chosen One).

When he fought Vader for the second time and left him for dead

Then you are lost! The final saber duel between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader was the culmination of three movies that explained how Darth Vader become Darth Vader. And at the end of the day, one moment of anger and rage and fear lead to Anakin thinking he could best his mentor even though it was clearly explained to him that Obi-Wan had the higher ground.

Obi-Wan had no choice but to defend him self and so cut off Anakin's legs and arm. And then he picked up Little Orphan Annie's saber and walked away leaving him to die.

That was brutal.

"And these blast points, too accurate for sand people. Only imperial storm troopers are so precise"

A classic line that became mocked by many fans for being very incorrect as the original trilogy showed the storm troopers were pretty bad shots.  But at that point in the movie it served a purpose to show how strong willed and evil the Empire was. If you'd managed to live through Order 66 like Obi-Wan had, you could forgive him for thinking about storm trooper precision when being confronted with the Empire for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Anyway's the whole missing their targets thing was all part of the ruse by Tarkin.

When he passes Luke to Aunt Beru at the end of Revenge of the Sith

The passing of the torch in a sense. Kenobi's world had fallen apart, his Jedi life over, his friends all dead. He was going to ‘watch over the boy’ and this moment gave way two the final shot of ROTS, Luke’s two new guardians against the back ground of Tatooine’s two suns setting – echoing the famous scene of Luke doing the same in A New Hope.

Rey! These are your first steps...

We are throwing in Obi-Wan's brief words to Rey during her flashback sequence as it was so unexpected in The Force Awakens. It's great to know someone is looking out for her. This call from the Force echoes prior calls Obi-Wan made to Luke and also how Qui-Gon Gin reached out to Anakin in Attack of the Clones.

When he lied to Luke

We did not know it at the time but when Obi-Wan took Luke to his home on Tatooine, he lied to Luke about the nature of his father's death. Obi-Wan told Luke that his pupil Darth Vader killed his father Anakin. The sequel proved this to be a lie, and the so called Dark Father naming conspiracy began.

For clarity Old Ben did not lie when he said he couldn't recall owning any droids. As he didn't. He never owned R2 nor C3PO.

More things Kenobi:

Jan 13, 2017

10 facts about Cloud City from The Empire Strikes Back. #3 will blow your mind and convert you to being a Vegan!

cloud city concept art by Ralph McQuarrie

10 facts about Cloud City from The Empire Strikes Back 

  • Cloud City was an outpost and a tibanna gas mining colony above the planet Bespin
  • It is so named as it is perpetually surrounded by giant clouds. 
  • The city sits 60,000 kilometers above the core of the gas giant. It is kept in place by an anti-gravity pod.
  • The city's economy is centered on tibanna gas. The gas is used on the production of weapons and hyperdrives. Extended Universe tales tell of tourism and gambling being other things to do.
  • Cloud City appeared in Empire Strikes Back film and featured Lando Calrissian who administered the city. 
  • Calrissian won his role from Baron Administrator Dominic Raynor in a Sabacc tournament. Thus he was in charge when Lord Vader arrived and made his 'deal'. When it was clear Vader did not intend to keep his end of the bargain, Calrissian betrayed him and ordered his citizens to flee.
  • Three key plot points then occurred that were a pretty big deal in terms of Star Wars:
    1. Lei and Han's love was confirmed (freezing out Luke) with the immortal words, "I Know"
    2. Han was frozen in carbonite by Vader and thus thus claimed as a bounty by Boba Fett
    3. Luke faced Vader only to lose his arm and learn he was his son. 
Cloud City over Bespin with an X-Wing

  • In an early rough draft of Star Wars written by Lucas in 1974, a city on Alderaan, was described as a giant gas planet. That concept eventually became Bespin. When concept designer Ralph McQuarrie began conceptual work for the second draft of the script, he designed was could have been an Imperial capital on Alderaan. Whilst that idea never made it to the final pages, the art designs McQuarrie drew were eventually used as the the inspiration for the look of Cloud City, differing only in minor respects from the city as seen in Episode V.
  • Bespin has one sun and a rotation is 12 hours and an orbital period around that sun of 14 years.  
  • Many a Empire viewer has wonder who that bald guy with Lando is. He is Lobot. Lobot served as Lando's aide. His brain was permanently connected to the Cloud City's central computer which allowed him to communicate directly with the city's computer network. Lobot was played in the film by John Hollis. Hollis went on appear in minor roles in Blake's 7 Superman I, II and IV and Flash Gordon.  Flash! Aaaah AAAAAA!

Jan 9, 2017

What is this Had Abbadon that people talk about in very hushed whispers?

had adaddon star wars jedi
Look, two moons!

What is Had Abbadon?

I'd never heard of Had Abbadon until I saw this concept art by Ralph McQuarrie and was curious as to why it featured two half constructed Death Stars.

That planet below is Had Abbadon.

In early drafts of Return of the Jedi, Had Abbadon was actually a proposed name for the Imperial capital which later became Coruscant and featured heavily in the prequel films.

The concept was for it to be a city-planet orbited by two Death Stars that were being built.

It was even to have a moon called Endor!

The  lowest levels of Had Abbadon were intended to be home to Emperor Palpatine's throne room which was surrounded by a lawa pit.

Luke Skywalker's fight against Darth Vader was set to take place their until it was set on the second Death Star.  Revenge of the Sith fans may recognise Vader and Kenobi eventually had a duel in a lava pit!

emperor throne concept art had abbadon
Strike me down!
The Star Wars Legacy Comics eventually made use of Had Abbadon in a story line involving a descendant of Luke Skywalker, namely Cade Walker where he took on a Sith.

Original 'The Empire Strikes Back' concept artwork by Ralph McQuarrie

Concept art for The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back is often considered the best of the entire set of 6 Star Wars films. It’s certainly considered one of the best sequels in film history.

While Lando Calrisian is no Don Corleone, it’s up there with The Godfather Pt II in that regard. Anyways, one of the reasons why Empire is a great Star Wars movie is because of the vision of Ralph McQuarrie who backed up from A New Hope to put Lucas’s ideas on to canvas.

Here’s some of McQuarrie’s designs for Empire, that largely feature that Attack on the Rebel Base on the ice plant of Hoth.

I'm looking for a great warrior, Yoda.
Luke and Yoda walking around the swamp of Degobah
Found one!
Don't look back, he might be gaining on you!

No, I am your Father!
Looking out for AT Walkers
The Hangar
space cave empire concept art
Watch out for space slugs Han!
The first transport is away!

If you want do explore a really crazy science fiction concept, check out what Municipal Darwinism means.

Jan 8, 2017

Got the post Rogue One blues?

What to do now that you've seen Rogue One four times and that there's 339 day left until Star Wars VII comes out? 

We've got the cure.

Check out these 37 bits of fact and trivia about Rogue One. Did you spot the blue milk or Chopper?

We taken a moment to look at A New Hope in A New Light comparing how the two movies match up with each other so well.

We also played a game of spot the cameo appearance in Rogue One.

Finally, we had some thoughts on dear Carrie Fishers' passing. May the Force be with you Carrie.

Have a great New Year!


Check out TJ's rebel pilot Halloween costume from 1977!

Check out this awesome X-Wing Pilot cosplay from 1977!

Found on Reddit, it shows a keen lass called TJ dressed as a Rebel pilot in a home made costume. 

Maybe Luke or Wedge? 

While the word cosplay was not yet invented, make no mistake, Star Wars fans have been doing this since the moment the first movie came out!

Given back in 1977 there were no VCR or Blu Ray editions of Star Wars (as it was called then!) this is a most impressive rendition of the costume. Sure there may have been the odd picture floating around in a magazine but who knows. 

Rebel pilot costume 1977 halloween star wars girl

Actually we do know! The creator of the costume is actually the girl wearing it. She said in this post "Made entirely by myself ... with no helpful freeze-frame DVD player, BTW. I sat in the movie theatre and took sketches by hand!
Oh yeah, I made the fanboys drool when I was 16".

And TJ, you're making the fan boys and girls on Reddit drool 40 years later!

Jan 4, 2017

Where is Chopper in Rogue One?

So you heard that Star Wars Rebels 'Chopper' was in Rogue One, only for you to miss him? If you look at this screen grab below, you can see our robot friend at the bottom left. Blink and you will miss him!

Rogue One: Where to find Chopper roboit

This was a pretty cool Easter egg but would it blow your mind to know also that the 'Ghost' also appears?

What happens when R1 scriptwriter @garywhitta retweets you

You may have been surprised when you watched Rogue One to notice that there was no yellow text slowly crawling up the screen. This was a deliberate decision according to director Gareth Edwards.

He is also on the record as stating that there was a crawl in Gary Whitta's original draft. 

I thought, that sounded interesting, so I tweeted to Gary:
I didn't really expect a reply and nor did I get one. I reasoned that he didn't actually have any rights to the script (that's how Hollywood works, scripts are effectively sold by writers to the studios) and that he couldn't share anything thing he wrote, even if he wanted to.

But The Book of Eli writer did check out my tweet history and found something he liked. It was the awesome poster of Jyn in 'old school' movie poster style for Rogue One:

Gary quoted the tweet asking if anyone knew where it came from and the reaction was amazing.

As of writing this post, the tweet had received 154 retweets and 349 likes. It also made some 23K impressions across twitter users accounts and I gained about 40 new followers.

Those are some incredible stats so thanks Gary!

Kindred spirits on the internet let us know who designed the poster - it's Alexy Kot and Gary was good enough to tweet them out and here they are - you can purchase a copy of the poster if you like!

The next day someone else asked Gary the same question about the draft Rogue One crawl in a different way and he was drawn into a response:
It's clear Gary is perfectly happy with the way things are. I'm still keen to see it as I love things that give insights into how Star Wars movies are made! It's certainly not an obsession though, Star Wars never get obsessed abut anything...

Jan 3, 2017

Is it true that George Lucas wrote 12 Star Wars films?

Yes, Virginia, it kinda is. and it kind of isn't.

The truth is that

George Lucas truly wanted to make many Star Wars movies but he did not write completed scripts for 12 movies!

George Lucas has created much myth and legend about the number of Star Wars films.

He’s stated things in the media that showed he intended to make many Star Wars films and indeed at one time he did say:

“As I was writing, I came up with some ideas for a film about robots, with no humans in it. When I got to working on the Wookiee, I thought of a film just about Wookiees, nothing else.

So, for a time, I had a couple of odd movies with just those characters. Then, I had the other films, which were essentially split into three parts each, two trilogies.

When the smoke cleared, I said, 'This is really great. I'll do another trilogy that takes place after this.' I had three trilogies of nine films, and then another couple of odd films.

Essentially, there were twelve films.”

That’s the legend but the mythology of it has grown over the years. 

The nutshell is that Lucas wrote a great deal of material when he was developing his little sci-fi adventure. Being the visionary he is, he clearly had many ideas and concepts for his first movie.

Based around a so called “Journal of Whills”, Lucas script eventually was cut up, rehashed, rewritten and eventually Star Wars as we know it was filmed. 

It was not until Empire Strikes Back came out that the term Episode 5 was mentioned officially.

So basically wee Georgie wrote and wrote so much material he had mapped out a series of films in his mind.

Were they fully realized visions as he oft would claim throughout the years?


This penciled planning on the Lucas's infamous 'yellow binder' shows exactly how far George actually went:

Which is to say not very far.

It would appear he said too much to the media about all these films that the concept of them all stuck around and he simply had no choice but to keep up appearances.

He eventually said he would do 9 films – as he knew of 3 trilogy stories he wished to tell – the others were simply one offs about wookies or robots.

To his credit Lucas actually ended up making 6 Star Wars films – more than any fan could dream of really!

Jan 2, 2017

He's calamariffic! Review Admiral Raddus 3.75 inch figurine from Hasbro

Check out this Admiral Raddus figurine, it's calamariffic!

Admiral Raddus, the coolest Calamari this side of Scariff has now been immortalised in plastic by Hasbro. You can buy him on Amazon for a good price and you could probably find him on the shelves at Walmart or Target if you're afraid of the internet...

Cast as a 3.75 inch figurine, this Raddus is intended for ages four and up (we guess the average buying age is closed to 27 though!). 

So what are we saying? 

This figure is suitable for kids who want to play 'action hero Calamari' and also perfect for the guy or gal who collects Star Wars figures. Either way, this toy is a handy addition to any set.

Here's the real life version of Raddus on the set of Rogue One with the film's director, Gareth Edwards:

Admiral Raddus on Rogue One set gif

Boasting a handy side arm and a crazy assault rifle that fires some kind of lava projectile, these are some handy battle accessories. 

Your bullish blue Admiral has five points of articulation which means he's very posable which means the young ones will be able to play with him in some epic play ground battles. Adults will be able to hold him and say his rad quotes like, "Get me a Hammerhead Corvette, I have an idea." and "Rogue one, may the Force be with you".

Raddus was an immediate hit when Rogue One was released so we imagine this Hasbro version of him will be quite the collected item

Raddus's status as being alive or dead was never revealed in the final moments of Rogue One. It's quite possible that Darth Vader got to him as he boarded his ship (called the Profundity). So, if you're on the side of the fence where Raddus dies, you can bring him back to life in the sand pit. Because that's where the best Star Wars adventures happen...

Buy the Admiral Raddus Hasbro figurine
Fun fact about Raddus, the production crew of Rogue One called him the 'Winston Churchill' of the movie because of the statesman like manner he had about him.

Hasbro has also released quite the range of Rogue One figurines, with Jyn, Galen and evil Director Krennic all coming to the party. 

We were pretty stocked to see that Bistan also has enough merit to be added to the playset. 

Extra for Experts: 

Do you know who the most popular Star Wars figurine is? 

Did you guess Darth Vader? 

You'd be wrong. Kylo Ren?