I just purchased my midnight premiere tickets for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and watched the new trailer. The Force is strong with me tonight! Based on the trailer, it looks like patricide was not enough for Kylo Ren because it looks like he will commit matricide as well. Also, I saw Luke Skywalker (the mightiest Jedi who ever lived) exhibit true fear and the possibility of Rey turning to the dark side. It looks like it is going to be a much darker film than The Force Awakens and I am looking forward to it. Lightspeed to December!
Now that Disney has scrapped the Original Expanded Universe of Star Wars, the possibilities of new stories are limitless. Even though I can’t legally write and publish a Star Wars story, there is one scenario I hope Disney would explore in the future. Even though we have only seen glimpses and hints to the era of the Old Republic, I hope we get to see more of this age as time progresses. It may take a long time before we see it because Disney is focusing on the sequel trilogy, but I believe once they are done with it they can direct their attention elsewhere in the Star Wars Universe.
When Disney eventually gets to the Old Republic era, I hope one of their stories would be something like this. Imagine a backwater planet where no one has ever seen or heard of a Jedi or Sith. This would be before the rise of Darth Bane when the Sith were legion. On this planet a Jedi and Sith crash land on this planet after drifting away from a war. Then they slay one another in a lightsaber duel. However, their duel was seen by two childhood friends, who scavenge their lightsabers and the Sith’s mask. The more they expose themselves to these artifacts the more they realize they are Force sensitive.
Unfortunately, one of the friends starts turning to the dark side after frequently wearing the Sith mask and using the red lightsaber. Eventually, this individual becomes a crazed dark side wielding serial killer. The other friend who possesses the Jedi lightsaber decides to hunt down his former companion and end the killing spree. Throughout the story, the two friends utilize various light and dark side powers, but unlike fully trained Jedi and Sith their usage of the Force is basic, unstable, and unpredictable. This would be due to a lack of training and it shows with how they fight each other. Their lightsaber duels would be more like brawls than sword fights. Even their clothing would look more disorganized and haggard compared to traditional Jedi and Sith garb.
What do you think? Should Disney and Lucasfilm explore this story when the time comes? Do you think they will ever consider this scenario?
Here is a video giving us a behind the scenes look at The Last Jedi. It is exciting and I look forward to seeing the film in its entirety. May the Force be with us all!
I had an interesting thought about Darth Vader. We all know how he sounds when he breathes, but how does he sound when he sneezes in that helmet? What do you think?
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.