Ooooh Jedi

Can I go ahead now and buy my ticket(s) for Star Wars VIII? It is set to premier 15 December 2017.

But that is not the important part, at least not now. The important part is the subtitle: The Last Jedi.sw-the-last-jedi-tall-b

Not much to speculate about yet . . . or is there?

‘The Last Jedi’ most definitely refers to Luke at some level. It is taken from what Yoda told Luke, “When gone am I, the last of the Jedi you will be” but it doesn’t have to be just Luke. Seriously, there are several options to consider.

  1. Jedi is a plural word as well as singular. Perhaps the films thrust will be the the the last Jedi who have been in hiding somewhere that come out and defeat the baddies.
  2. Last might refer to the end of the fighting order of Jedi, and the beginning of something new. Luke had failed in trying to rebuild the Jedi, and has now discovered that the Jedi need to go away in favor of something else, because apparently Jedi always take the galaxy, one way or another, into war.
  3. Rey is a good candidate for the Next Something New who learns from the last Jedi. I have already speculated that in this film Luke buys the farm. My original understanding was, after seeing Han Solo die, that in order Luke would die, then Leia. I still think that might be the order. I promise you when there is a Leia death scene, I will be bawling my eyes out like I do ever time Spock saves the Enterprise in The Wrath of Khan. They all die, and Rey is left as the last one. Then maybe her and Finn get together and have lots of little Jedi.
  4. It might be a return of Obi Wan Kenobi. They’ve been setting us up with these force ghosts things for a bit–all the way back to the original. Remember–“If you strike me down and I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” Kenobi is the ‘first’ Jedi we ever meet in this universe, and maybe he is also the ‘last’ we ever meet as well. His ghost comforts Luke after Yoda dies, and then that is it. Remember kiddos, Ewan McGregor’s voice as Obi Wan is in The Force Awakens. Oh, and so is Alec Guinness. It would be so awesome to somehow see Mark Hamill and Ewan McGregor in a scene together–maybe fighting together. Can I buy my ticket now, please?
  5. There must be an explanation of why Luke left the known galaxy. It is perhaps, Kylo Ren killed Luke’s best student, the last remaining Jedi of his academy. And perhaps, that last Jedi was none other than Kylo’s twin sister, AKA Jaina. I’m still trying to get Jaina Solo in this movie, because she was my fave from the EU.
  6. Be prepared for doubling meanings. Return Of The Jedi featured the graduation of Luke Skywalker as a Jedi because he faced Vader and did what Obi Wan and Yoda couldn’t do. He defeated both the Sith Lords. “I am a Jedi, like my father before me.” But it was not just his return, it was also the return, the redemption, of Anakin Skywalker as a Jedi. Having seen the prequels as we have, when Luke is on the ground writhing in pain from the Emperor’s force storm, Vader probably sees Padme’s face and hears Obi Wan’s words. He can smell the surprise in Mace Windu. He understands Count Dooku’s dilemna. He returns as a Jedi. But also, the ‘religion’ if you want to call it that, returns as well. Now they are back. Expect multiple meanings.
  7. We need to prepare ourselves for a possibility that this film, this entire film, might be a flashback kind of movie that is all about Luke and Kylo with no Leia, No Rey, No Chewie nothing but Jedi and Sith machinations. In this possibility, the last Jedi might well be the story of how all the Jedi died.

See, this is what happens when you give a nerd something to think about. I mean, if I am this bad over three words–The Last Jedi, imagine what I might do if they dropped a trailer on us.

SOME FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE STAR WARS TRAILER

Millenium Falcon

Did you see the new Star Wars trailer?

I did.  In case you haven’t, then here you go.

Just like about a billion or so other people, I’m looking forward to seeing what the new Star Wars films have to offer.  I was six when the original Star Wars came out and have been a fan ever since.  I was, and still am, a little worried about J.J. Abrams taking over the franchise.

However, I must admit, the new trailer looked mind blowingly exciting.  Here are five of my initial reactions.

1.  Those shots of the Millennium Falcon looping around in the atmosphere looked amazing.  I could almost hew Chewbacca growl excitement as they flipped.  However, we all know that Chewie is dead.  The Falcon, however, lives! Millenium Falcon

2.  The Falcon is missing the circular communications array on top.  Has it been blown off?  Upgraded?  Downgraded?  It was a piece of junk 30 years earlier, is this scene we see where they steal it from the junkyard?

3.  If I had one of those triple bladed hilted broad sword style Sith lightsabers, it would be only a matter of seconds before I accidentally disemboweled myself.  Seriously, that thing looks more dangerous than the Death Star.STAR-WARS-TEASER_612x380

4.  X-Wings–again, in atmosphere–flying over a frozen lake–and they are sporting the Rogue Squadron insignia.  I am now suddely 8 years old again dreaming of flying an X-Wing.

X-Wing
Imagine me in the cockpit

5.  All the characters we see are new.  I suppose that Daisy Ridley on the sideways landspeeder is Jaina Solo.  I can only hope that the Sith we see is Jacen.  Or Anakin.  Please.  Pretty please.  I am really excited that the first face we see is a black one–played by John Boyega–because the Star Wars universe, as wonderful as it is, has not done a very good job in presenting racial and ethnic diversity among major characters.

Jaina Solo?
Jaina Solo?

None of the images, as we see them, are in context.  They are probably nothing like what we think they are, especially those stormtroopers.  Indeed, it wouldn’t even surprise me if the stormtroopers weren’t a flashback scene of some sort that occurs in the first five minutes of the film.  This was true of all the prequel trailers as well as Abram’s Star Trek reboot trailers.  Plus, I’ve got to believe, (have faith Greenbean, have faith) that those making this film are far too savy to let too much of the story emerge early.

It looks like Star Wars ought to look.  Let’s just hope the writing is as a crisp as the production.

all images from ew.com

MAYBE, MAY THE FOURTH

The Fourth was with them?

Friday is International Star Wars Day because it is May the Fourth.  Get it, as in “May the Fourth be with you.”  All apologies to people who have hard time forming the “th” sound, but it is a pretty clever idea.  To celebrate such a momentous endeavor, I am sharing my all time favorite Star Wars quotes.  However, the spin on it is I am setting them in slightly different contexts.  You’ll figure it out.

If your not with me, you’re my enemy–Hitler, to Stalin in 1939

Anakin?

My powers have doubled since the last time we met, Count–Big Bird

Using the Force?

Sith Lords are our speciality–Seal Team Six

Whose scruffy-looking?–Mel Gibson

Nerf Nerder

I am your father–Sigmund Freud

There is no try–Steve Jobs

Around the survivors a perimeter create–Rick Santorum

Your father was seduced by the dark side–Pebbles Flintstone-Rubble to Bam Bam

I find your lack of faith disturbing–Billy Graham

What a piece of junk–a Mariner’s fan commenting on the 2012 starting lineup.

I’m Luke Skywalker, I”m here to rescue you–Ronald Reagan, 1980

A little short for a stormtrooper?

The circle is now complete–Simba

These aren’t the droids you’re looking for–A cellphone buyer

You’ll find I’m full of surprises–Colton Harris Moore aka The Barefoot Bandit

There is always a bigger fish–Roy Scheider

A Bigger Fish

I’ve got a bad feeling about this–President Obama before the State of the Union address

That’s no moon, its a space station –An NFL quarterback as he goes ‘under center’

Full Moon