During the trailer for The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker said “it is time for the Jedi to end”. This has given me much to think about. In Return of the Jedi, Luke declared that he was a Jedi like his father before him, but now it looks like he lost his faith in the Jedi way. What made Luke think this way? Does he mean that the old Jedi way needs to end so that a new way can begin? If so, then this would mean that the Jedi of old had gone astray and that Luke may be trying to reinvent the Jedi by trying to achieve a balance between light and dark instead of exclusively adhering to the light. Maybe Luke tried rebuilding the Jedi by using the old philosophy, but ended up making the same mistakes as his predecessors, which led to the fall of Kylo Ren. Maybe adhering to just the light can be just as destructive as adhering to just the dark. This could be reminiscent of when Luke founded the New Jedi Order in Legends, which achieved a balance between light and dark to the point in which they could even use Force Lightning. This made Luke’s Jedi in Legends more powerful than their predecessors. Maybe when Luke said “it is time for the Jedi to end” he could have meant to say “it is time for the Jedi to reinvent themselves.” If this is where Luke’s story is heading in the new Canon, I cannot wait to see it unfold.
I found an interesting picture that I believe will show Rey’s new look at the end of The Last Jedi. In this picture, Rey has a significant scar above her left eye, a cybernetic left arm, and a hardened look on her face. This could mean that when she faces Kylo Ren again, he will severely hurt her both physically and psychologically at the end of their rematch. This is kind of reminiscent of when Luke Skywalker was physically and spiritually wounded by Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. If this is what happens to Rey at the end of the film, it could be an interestingly dark development in her character as well as a faithful homage to The Empire Strikes Back.
While reading Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End, I learned the ultimate fate of Jar Jar Binks, the least popular character in Star Wars history. After persuading the Galactic Senate to bestow emergency powers to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine in Attack of the Clones, Jar Jar was banished from his people AGAIN and became an outcast to all of Naboo. The reason for this is because by granting Palpatine emergency powers, Jar Jar inadvertently gave Palpatine the means to transform the Galactic Republic into the Galactic Empire. As a result, everyone on Naboo hated Jar Jar. To get by, Jar Jar spent the remainder of his days in disgrace as a clown and street performer in Naboo’s capital city of Theed. Adults avoided him, but he was very popular with the Naboo children and orphans who sought refuge on Naboo. It is very fitting that everyone ended up hated Jar Jar Binks both in the real world and the Star Wars world.
Great news! This summer, there will be a new Star Wars show called Forces of Destiny. This show will provide tie-ins to various events that have occurred throughout the Star Wars Canon Timeline. The only downside is that each episode will only be three minutes long. Here is a preview depicting Rey and BB-8. Apparently, this episode takes place between when Rey found BB-8 and when she met Finn. The very thought of getting more Star Wars fills me with indescribable joy!
In the trailer for The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker mentioned that there was something bigger happening in the Force than just light and dark. I have been pounding this question against my head for a while and I have yet to receive a definitive answer. Here is what I think so far. The light and dark sides of the Force are two ends of a spectrum. While the light and dark sides are VERY familiar territory for Star Wars fans, the area in the middle is largely unexplored territory. Even in the Legends continuity, the middle of the Force was very mysterious and gave us only brief glimpses of its nature and power. In the new Canon, we got our first wielder of the middle of the Force: the Bendu, who was an embodiment the balance between light and dark. I think Luke Skywalker may have found something in the First Jedi Temple that will enable him and Rey to access the light and dark in perfect balance. This may also shed light on why Luke said the Jedi had to end because Luke may believe that accessing the light side alone is not enough to defeat Supreme Leader Snoke. With this in mind, I think The Last Jedi will give us a clearer picture of what the middle of the Force is like. I hope I will receive an answer this December.
I found this concept art of Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke’s appearance in The Last Jedi. Based on this picture, it is clear that Supreme Leader Snoke likes to dress in more rich and regal garb compared to Emperor Palpatine such as red and gold robes and a ring that may have a black cyber crystal. Kylo Ren’s new look makes him look more like his grandfather, Darth Vader. He is wearing a full cape instead of his short tattered cloak. I look forward to seeing these two lords of darkness in all their sinister glory when The Last Jedi comes out.
While visiting the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, I came across a robot that reminded me of R2-D2 from Star Wars. Like R2-D2, this robot operates in space in order to repair the exterior of space crafts. What was even more amazing was the robot’s humanoid appearance. I cannot wait to see what new innovations NASA will create to bring us closer to a Star Wars-like world. Who knows? One day they may create a real-life lightsaber! You never know!