To be blunt, I was fairly underwhelmed for the trailer to The Last Jedi. Don’t get me wrong, it was a beautiful trailer. It looked gorgeous and you can’t beat a John Williams score. But there was nothing really there to grab me either. Nothing is going to top the feeling when it came to the trailers for The Force Awakens. We didn’t think we would get any more Star Wars films when those were announced. So that level of excitement will never be matched again.
But watching the trailer it leaned heavily on Luke Skywalker. That makes the most sense considering that he was the most important character in the previous movie who only had a cameo with no spoken lines. Though the trailer really gave away nothing in terms of plot and that is probably for the best. We see Kylo Ren looking emo, Finn is still in a coma, the First Order and Resistance are at war. The biggest takeaway is Luke training Rey in the ways of the Force and seemingly wanting the Jedi Order to end.
The Jedi Order ending seems to be something that is being explored in the new canon. In his appearance in Star Wars Rebels, Yoda makes a comment about how the Jedi got it wrong. Ahsoka also mentions how she is no Jedi yet still fights on the side of good. There is also the Bendu who makes it very clear his disdain for Jedi and Sith alike. It is also implied people such as Moz Kanata are Force users and the Force influences people such Chirrut Imwe. So this will be a new avenue to explore and help keep things fresh so as to not repeat things done in the Legends continuity.
There were some things that I found interesting in the trailer though. The bit with the AT-AT’s (though I know that’s not what they’re going to be) and the visual spectacle of them on the horizon was gorgeous. It also looks like a full on war is going to happen between the Resistance and the First Order. I think there is something cool about two fringe groups dictating the future of the galaxy as a whole. So there are still things there I want to see but it was only a teaser. I can’t be too critical of it. I also think if this is the only trailer, I would be okay with it. The less I know, the better.
Star Wars Rebels is coming to an end. A new series has already been anmounced to replace it. But no one knows anything about this series. The big question is just when the series is going to be set? Will it be set before Episode I? In between I and II? Once again between III and IV? There is enough room for all of this and more. But I’m hoping it’s between VI and VII.
There is a thirty plus year gap between these two movies. Some of the expanded material such as comics and novels have barely touched this gap. This is probably due to the movies still yet to explain what was going on, particularly with Luke and just what he has been up to. But thirty years is a long time and you can mine this for decades.
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams are either deceased or much older than their characters would be in this time frame. There would be no way for them to reprise their roles in any sort of live action scenario. Animation would be a perfect way to capture the adventures of these characters during this time period. We could also see what characters such as a young Poe Dameron and Ben Solo/Kylo Ren were up to during their youth.
Either way I’m anticipating what this series will be about. More Star Wars, the better.
I love Star Wars Rebels. Absolutely love it. But I have also known from the beginning that this is a show with a end date. The show was only set a few years before Rogue One/A New Hope and each season contained numerous time jumps that moved the show closer to that time. So with season three featuring numerous characters who were in those two movies, it became clear that the end was near. So at Star Wars Celebration, creator and showrunner Dave Filoni announced that the fourth season would be the final season. It would be easy to say I was sad but honestly I was not.
It was more bittersweet than anything. If there’s one thing that I absolutely hate about long form storytelling are the stories that overstay their welcome. There are many shows I can list that went on far too long and ultimately tarnished the legacy of the show by doing so. There is a beauty in an ending as nothing is meant to last forever and nor should it. Though to be honest, I do think Star Wars is going to last forever.
The story of Ezra and Kanan is one that has almost always had an end date on it. No one really knows what is going to happen to them. But there are no Jedi or other Force users by the time the original trilogy comes along. We know the only two to survive the show are going to Hera who achieves the rank of General by Rogue One and Chopper. What else is going to happen to these characters we have come to know and love? That’s honestly such an open ended question. I do think Sabine has the biggest chance of surviving as the whole Mandalorian saga is growing in importance with ties to the Clone Wars animated series. There have already been talks about the series that will replace Rebels that is probably well into development.
Just because something is ending does not mean it is a bad thing. Something is not beautiful because it lasts forever. The impact that this series has had on Star Wars mythos has been phenomenal. The characters will forever to live on in material such as comics, video games, etc and more importantly in the hearts of the fans of the show. Who knows…maybe some of these characters may actually the jump to the live action movies. Saw Gerrera did it. Who is to say Hera or Sabine won’t be able to? Time will tell. But thank you Star Wars Rebels for the great memories.
Sometime towards the end of last year, I decided that I needed to get out of town for a vacation. The problem is…where exactly do I go? That’s when I was reminded about a little thing called Star Wars Celebration. As everyone knows, I’m a huge Star Wars fan especially after Disney bought the franchise and things became more streamlined. I remember seeing things on various websites such as IGN and Collider about Star Wars Celebration. It is the multi day convention that is officiated by Lucasfilm. So that means you can expect to see people from the cast and crews of the various projects going on and news dropping. So I decided that I wanted to go to that especially since it will be the 40th anniversary.
So I got a second job so I would be able to buy a planet ticket, book a hotel, buy a ticket to the actual event and have enough cash on me to buy swag while there. That’s what I did too. I worked countless hours where it left me completely tired at best or completely drained at work. But it was something I wanted to go and experience so I was willing to make the sacrifice. After making all the necessary purchases, now I look at the calendar and the time has almost arrived.
I’m honestly not sure what to expect. There is a lot to see for sure but I have no idea what it is like on the floor of the event. Will I meet some cool people? Are there cool activities to do? I know for sure that I will be going to many of the various panels that will be going on especially ones where cast members from the movies are attending. It does make me wonder why Hayden Christensen, Anakin Skywalker from the prequel movies, will be attending. He has been somewhat hesitant about Star Wars and understandably so considering the movies he was in and the reputation.
All I can say is that I’m excited but the excitement hasn’t fully hit me just yet. I’m sure by the time I’m in the airport, it will be in full effect. Nothing like going to something where I’ll be surrounded by something I love with people who share the same passion as me. I will be sure to keep this updated with my experience…experiences there as well.
Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm and announced that they would be releasing anthology Star Wars movies, I was intrigued. It was a good way of expanding out the universe that was really so insular. But ever since the buyout was announced, there has always been the rumor of a Han Solo standalone movie. That was something that did not get me so excited.
I like Han Solo but I’m not really crazy about the character. He’s not really a bad boy as people like to make him out to be. His whole shooting of Greedo first thing is really more of an act of self defense more than anything. We are frequently told how much of a scoundrel and rogue he is but other than some dirty dealings, we never really see that aspect of the character. So I’ve never really gotten the appeal so him getting a standalone prequel movie is really boring to me.
The cast is the only thing that I like about the movie so far. Seeing Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover (as a young Lando) is nice. I really do not know much about Alden Ehrenreich who is playing the young Han Solo but I will give him the benefit of a doubt. Since this is a Star wars movie, I will certainly see it. But it will probably be the first Star Wars movie that I do not see on opening day. But who knows…things may change my attitude about the film.
Since I’ve been a legal adult, I have not been on a vacation. One day last year I was sitting around restless. I knew that I needed a change in my life but wasn’t quite sure as to what. I must have saw a friends’ post on Facebook and they had gone out of town. So it was right there and then I decided to take a trip out of town? But where?
I was always aware of Star Wars Celebration. The 2016 event was held in London but I found out that the 2017 one would be in Orlando, Florida. That would be a much easier trip to make. I don’t really havr to explain how much of a Star Wars fan I am. I also haven’t been to Orlando since I was a baby.
So first things first I booked my hotel through Expedia. They have a pay when you arrive and free cancellation. But I knew I could not really afford to go with my income. I would still have to pay them when I got there and flights are never cheap. That’s not taking in the expenses such as dining and actually getting around the unfamiliar city.
So sometime in October I walked into Target and found out that they were having a hiring event for the holiday. I applied and was hired that day. So throughout the whole holiday, I must have worked on average of 65 hours a week. Exhausted became my new best friend. Bags underneath my eyes became my new fashion statement.
In November, I purchased my ticket for Star Wars Celebration. That was the easy purchase. A few days before Christmas, I finally bought my airline tickets. It was now official that I would be going to Orlando. Then it clicked in my head that I now had four months to save up and prepare for my actual trip. Already calculating how much I plan on spending and emergency money.
So now I am currently working two jobs still to help pay for this as well as my own personal debts. As the days go by and it becomes more of a reality, my excitement grows. Excited about a new experience. Excited about indulging in something I love. Just excited about everything that is going into it.
Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm and thus Star Wars, they ejected the old Expanded Universe. Those stories are now dubbed the Legends continuity. So since 2014 there has been a new continuty established where everything unless explicitly stated are in canon. This is all headed by the Star Wars Story Group and Pablo Hidalgo.
Though I haven’t been able to read all the books in the new canon, I have enjoyed the ones I’ve been able to sink my teeth into. It is a good way to fill in gaps that are skipped over in the movies. For example in Lords of the Sith it is set a few years after Revenge of the Sith and so we see the beginnings of the Rebel Alliance as well as the relationship of Darth Vader and Palpatine. We see that the relationship between the two has always had cracks in it and thus destined to fail. It helps explain as to why Vader would turn on Palpatine in Return of the Jedi.
Character backstories are also tricky to cram into movies. So Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel was used to help explain the backstories of Orson Krennic and Galen Erso. Two characters in the movie are introduced as already knowing one another but the details are vague (but not to the extent of throwing off people who don’t read the books). The novel fills readers on their long history with one another that the movie could only infer. So if you read the book right before seeing the movie, as I did, character interactions made a lot more sense and thus much richer.
Then there are the novels that do not fit either of those bills. Lost Stars is probably the best example of this as it is set right before the original trilogy and runs parallel and continues just shortly after. It is a Romeo & Juliet esque novel about two young people who find themselves on different sides of the Galactic War. Popular characters from the canon such as Leia Organa and Wilhuff Tarkin make appearances but they do not distract from the events of the novel and its protagonists. This is a good example of fleshing out the universe in unique ways that may not necessarily work anywhere else.
I cannot say that the novels are for everyone. What really is? Some may simply want to stick with the movies and that’s completely fine. Though others may want to experience more of what the Star Wars franchise can do. These are nice additions and well worth the read whether it be for a Star Wars fanatic or someone just wanting to dip their toes in the water.