BREATH SHELLY, BREATH!!

Exactly 12 hours from now I will be settled in at the cinema about to watch the Force Awakens.

I don’t know if I’ll be able to concentrate much but it doesn’t matter as I know it virtually word by word and scene by scene.

No, my mind will be racing and my tummy will be in knots because at midnight I will FINALLY, after an agonising 2 year wait, be seeing the Last Jedi.

I have been tweeking through theories and ‘alleged’ spoilers and HOLY F’## if half of those spoilers are true I am going to die tonight.

I have today to get through first.
Some training at the hospital this morning.
A hair cut this afternoon.
If I can make it, a lunch out with colleagues.
I’m thinking about a nap before we go out but somehow I don’t think that will be happening.

This is more exciting than waking up on Xmas morning!!

SORRY, CAN’T HELP MYSELF.

Gone are the days when I can stay up until 1:30 am to watch a red carpet event, so this morning’s coffee was spent catching up on last nights events at the ‘Last Jedi’ world premiere in Los Angeles.

To say that Adam looked stunning is an understatement.

Domhnall looked like he was having a blast.

One of the most amusing photos of the evening was the one taken of Gwendoline Christie and Adam.
She is one of the few people on the planet that can make a 6’3″ Adam look like a midget!

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The tweets have been rolling in ever since and the buzz is very positive.

One tweet caught my attention….

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Does this mean we are getting some Kylo skin?!!!

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So! Now that I have that off my chest.
This morning saw us waking up to snow.
We get a little excited when we get snow as we don’t get it all that often.
I decided to venture to Tesco with Dharma before coming home and doing a little tidying.
I’m now going to have some lunch before I tackle the last of my essay.

If the snow continues overnight, getting to work tomorrow is going to be fun.

TIME OUT

Just a quick time out to update on how things are going.

I’m actually regressing mentally by the day.
In just 5 days and 12 hours I’ll be on my way to the cinema for….
Well you know what for!
By Wednesday evening I should be regressed to the age of a ten year old and barely able to contain myself.

Anyway, yesterday didn’t go as expected.
I had intended to work on my essay but Dharma had other ideas.
The nose bleeds she has suffered with in the past, decided to rear their ugly heads again.
I’m talking 1.5 hours each time with 4-5 cm clots.
No GP appointments were available and the walk in centre wouldn’t take her so we ended up in A+E.
By the time we sat down the bleeding had stopped.
When she got checked, they couldn’t identify where the bleeding was coming from so couldn’t cauterise anything.
We were sent home with instructions to go back with any more heavy bleeding, otherwise, go back to the GP if they become a regular thing again so she can get referred to the ENT department.

Great, concentration on my essay was not going to happen so I ended up doing a little Xmas foody shopping. I got some lovely gammon joints that I baked and put into the fridge overnight so that they sliced beautifully this morning ready for the freezer.

Today, I ‘finally’ managed to get some of my essay done.
I’m actually now only around 300 words short of completing it, so I’m feeling a little more relaxed about it.

This weekend should see the end of the essay but I will also be baking some sausage rolls for the freezer.
I intend to make this weekend as relaxing as possible as I’m back to work on Monday.
How effective I will be at work is an unknown.
I will be in full on Star Wars mode getting ready for Wednesday.
I will be impossible to work with and I can only apologise for that.
I’m not sorry about it but I will apologise anyway!!

So, back to this evening and I’m about to nip to the cinema for an unlimited pre-viewing of Jumanji with Ian and Marjorie.
I’m hoping it will be good. I love Dwayne Johnson but I just don’t find Kevin Hart funny….. at all!!
We’ll just have to wait and see.

BREATH ADAM, BREATH

These pictures just sum up how Adam Driver feels in public.

Adam, casually before an event.
Chilled. Smiling. Relaxed.

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Adam at a red carpet event.

Poor guy.
Looks like he wants to vomit.
Having said that, he looked damned fine in the all black ensemble!!

1 WEEK!!!!

Look at that countdown.
Single digits.

In 7 days and 12 hours, I will be sat in our local cinema watching the Force Awakens and eagerly awaiting the midnight viewing of the Last jedi.

The cast, including a very relaxed looking Adam Driver, are currently all in Japan for a big Red Carpet event with rumours of a ‘special screening’ of the film.

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The world premiere will be taking place in Los Angeles on (I believe) 8th December and the European premiere will be at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 12th December.

So!! expect spoilers to start feeding their way onto the internet from tomorrow.
Time for a blackout on social media if you are adamant about going into the film unspoiled.
I for one, love spoilers.
You’re never 100% certain they are correct and for me it all just adds to the excitement and anticipation of a film.

I have loved some of the press junket interviews I have seen so far and I am pleased that Domhnall Gleeson is actually being included in a lot of the press for this film.
This gives me great hope that he plays a bigger part this time around. It will be good to see Hux get more than 3 minutes of screen time.

There has been one moment during recent interviews that completely stole my heart however.
If you read my blog regularly you will know that I am a huge Adam Driver fan and that one of the things that makes Adam so endeering is his complete lack of confidence in his own work. He has major anxieties about appearing in public and always looks decidedly uncomfortable on red carpets and in interviews.

The cast and director of Last Jedi were all on Jimmy Kimmel the other night, Adam included. He was at the end of the front row of guests, furthest away from Jimmy and he kept himself very quiet during the entire show.
Towards the end of their segment, as the show was going to a break, you can clearly see Daisy Ridley, leaning around Laura Dern, giving Adam a thumbs up to make sure he’s OK!!

Talk about heart melting moment!!

 

Anyway, that’s my fangirling done for the day.
I have GOT to get my essay done today if it kills me.
Then I’m off out to see a preview screening of ‘Stronger’ with Jake Gyllenhaal.

 

MY FAVOURITE THEORY

OK, so with only 10 days until I’m preparing myself for a Star Wars double bill with Force Awakens followed by a midnight showing of Last Jedi, I thought I’d talk about theories, or more specifically, one theory in particular.

There are hundreds of theories flying around the internet about what people think is going to happen in the next movie.
One of the most anticipated conundrums is ‘who’ are Rey’s parents.
The discourse this question has created is a movie in it’s own right.

I am, thankfully, one of those people that can read a theory and then analyse it a little to decide whether or not it’s a possibility.

So far, in my oppinion, I do NOT believe the following three main theories…….

Rey is Kylo’s sister……. C’mon, that would be way too obvious and a little disappointing if Rian hasn’t come up with something just a little more original.

Reylo is canon…… Mmmmm….. not so sure. I certainly believe that Rey and Kylo are going to be collaborating and as much as I’d love a happy ending for them as a pair, I don’t think this will be happening either. Sorry.

Rey is a Kenobi……. wishful thinking from the fans. They are desperate to get a Kenobi in there somewhere but I just don’t think this is the way to do it. Although the following theory could prove me wrong.

I love reading theories.
The way people will latch onto tidbits of information from various sources and then come up with ideas is facinating.
A lot of the time you have a little laugh at the rediculousness of an idea, but occasionally you find yourself saying ‘actually, that’s not such a bad idea, that could actually work’.

A few weeks ago I read about a theory that I initially thought ‘really?’
But as I read more and more about why and how they came up with theory, I thought ‘actually, that’s not such a bad idea, that could actually work’.

I came across a Tumblr post by lilolgf.tumblr.com who theorised that ‘Rey is General Armitage Hux’s half sister’

That’s where I thought ‘really?’
It was so off the track of any other theory I’d read about that I decided to carry on reading.

So! I sincerely hope that lilolgf doesn’t mind me picking their post to pieces!!

They have taken into consideration the ‘Aftermath’ trilogy of books that are set between the Return of the Jedi and the Force Awakens.
These books give us a lot of information about Hux’s family and his childhood and as lilolgf points out ‘there seems to be a lot of focus on a character who had about 5 minutes of screen time’ in Force Awakens. Almost like he’ll play a bigger part than we’ve been led to believe’.

Oh I do hope so. I love Domhnall Gleeson and next to Kylo Ren, I love the character of General Hux.
Some would say a little too much!

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Anyway, in the books we learn that Hux’s father is Brendol Hux. A high ranking officer who had an affair with an unnamed kitchen worker who was Hux’s mother. Yes, Hux is a bastard! He was physically and psychologically abused by his father which explains a lot about his cold character.

In the books, Hux’s home planet of Arkanis comes under attack by the New Republic and Brendol Hux and his son are evacuated but Hux’s mother is left behind. This attack was apparantly part of the civil war which ended with the battle of Jakku which is Rey’s home planet.

At this point, little bells are starting to go off in my head and then lilolgf goes on…….

Their theory is that Hux’s mother managed to escape Arkanis and went to Jakku, where she met Rey’s father and they had Rey but then had to leave her for some reason.
They go on to theorise that Rey’s father was a powerful jedi, maybe even Obiwan’s son. As neither Hux or his mother have the force, Rey’s dad would have and it makes sense if he were a Jedi.

As I started to do some math and get a little carried away with the age gap between Hux and Rey, lilolgf goes on to say…..

In TFA Rey is 19 and Hux is 34, while this gives a large 15 year age gap, in terms of time line it makes sense as Hux is 5-10 years old when he leaves Arkanis, which gives his mother 5-10 years to get to Jakku, meet Rey’s father and have Rey.

Age gap sorted!

It’s been revealed we will find out about Rey’s family in the TLJ and it makes sense for her to be related to characters we already know.
It wouldn’t make sense if she were Han and Leia’s daughter as they didn’t care much when she was kidnapped and Finn was freaking out.
For her family reveal to have an impact she needs to be related to a main character.
Her being Obiwan’s granddaughter is most likely but she could also be Hux’s half sister to have it relevant to the current plot.

OK!! I can live with that.
We know that both Kylo and Hux feel ‘entitled’ and are jossling each other for position and this could well be their catalyst.

Then lilolgf goes on to analyse the actors chosen to play the parts and draws on some interesting facts.

Rey and Hux are the only new characters with English accents so it’s plausible they’re related. Their facial structures are also kind of similar, which would have been taken into account when Daisy Ridley and Domnhall Gleeson were cast.

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lilolgf finishes off their theory by saying…..

It is stated that due to his upbringing Hux believes it’s his destiny to rule the galaxy, this could then create a parallel with Vader tempting Luke to rule the galaxy with him “as father and son”.

Hux is gonna play a bigger role in TLJ, he’s on the official posters, the cover of vanity fair and he appears in the Star Wars Tours footage.

I actually LOVE this theory!!
It will pit Hux against Kylo and it will mean that Domhnall will be seen a lot more during the next two films, although one theory I’ve read has General Hux going down in flames with his beloved Finalizer.

We know that Domhnall has signed for three films but in Hollywood this doesn’t mean anything except that they wanted to guarantee he’ll be available ‘if’ his character survives to the third movie.

Domhnall was worried about signing the contract. He has stated that ‘the fear of the fame almost stopped him from playing part of General Hux’ which is a strange thing to say about a character that had about three minutes of screen time!!

Personally I really hope this theory comes to fruition.
It will be amazing to see what Domhnall can do with General Hux if he really gets a chance to get his teeth into the part.
It would be a big enough ‘OMG’ moment to parallel ‘I am your father’

Having said all that, I know that it should all be taken with a pinch of salt because at the end of the day, we simply do NOT know how this film is going to go.

 

It doesn’t matter how many theories I’ve read, I will be going into this film with a clear and open mind. I can’t wait to see what ‘shock’ Rian has come up with and I can’t wait to see all the new discourse start flooding the internet as people start arguing about what Rian did right and what he did wrong.

CHILAXING AND HAPPY

It’s going to be a long weekend. My essay must be written, even if it kills me.

So this evening I’m chilling with a few drinks and trawling the internet for all things Star Wars: The Last Jedi and I’ve just found this little behind the scenes beauty.

Adam is going to look stunning if he does this fighting without his helmet! I can’t wait.

The talk show interviews are beginning to start and tonight sees most of the cast on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, including Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Laura Dern, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christine, Kelly Marie Tran, Domhnall Gleeson and writer/director Rian Johnson. (ADAM AND DOMHNALL!!)
Not that I can watch it here in the UK but apparantly clips will be up on Youtube by tomorrow lunch time.

So, just in time for a lunch break from writing my essay!

Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Mark Hamill will be on one of my favourite shows on December 15th, Graham Norton!
I love this show. Graham really knows how to get the laughs with and at his guests. I’m just so glad Adam is not going to be on the couch. I don’t think his anxieties could handle Graham Norton!!