Category: Star Wars Musings

HERE WE GO!

I did my presentation today.
I’ve discovered a little problem I have.
I keep taking deeper and deeper breaths after each slide until I reach the point where I literally can’t take a deeper breath and end up almost hyperventilating!!
I only just made it through my 10 minutes and my next presentation is 15!!
I may just turn blue and pass out.

Anyway, I think everyone in my group did really well and we now just wait for our results.
The frustrating thing is that we will probably have finished and presented our next presentation before we find out about this one.
Frustrating.

Anyway, I chilled this afternoon. Did a little shop and watched some of ‘The Crown’ that I’ve decided to binge watch.

As I sit here, I have literally just found out that Matt Smith has been cast in a ‘key’ role in Star Wars episode 9.
My mind has gone into overdrive.
Who is he playing?

As a Brit, my mind has immediately flown to First Order/Imperial.
Could Hux be getting a rival?
Could Supreme Leader Ren be promoting someone over Hux?

Then my husband came up with an idea and one I think fans would love.
Considering where they are thinking about taking any future films, could he possibly be getting cast as Grand Admiral Thrawn?

Thrawn

We have yet to see a Grand Admiral in this trilogy but unless they are going to do some major playing around with timelines, Matt is just too young and Thrawn is out of his timeline considering Star Wars Rebels.

Interestingly, with the 2012 acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney, most of the licensed Star Wars novels and comics produced since the originating 1977 film Star Wars were rebranded as Star Wars Legends and declared non-canon to the franchise in April 2014.

Meaning that anything with Thrawn in it was now ‘not’ Canon and open to interpretation in anything new and Thrawn has long been considered by Lucasfilm when developing projects like Star Wars Rebels.

How he would be written into episode 9 is still a mystery to me, but the thought of Matt bringing him to life with the blue skin and flaming red eyes against the white uniform is quite a delicious thought.

Anyway, probably got that one completely wrong.
Watch this space.

But with that news and the leaked images from the set this week, we are now well and truly into ‘speculation’ about what to expect in episode 9.
Only 16 months to go!!

AND SO IT BEGINS….

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away……

Well, actually not that far away.
55 miles or just over an hour in the car at Pinewood Studios in London and some of it, right on my doorstep at the Cardington Airship Sheds just 3 miles away!!
Star Wars episode nine will start filming on Wednesday this week!!Star wars blue

Redemption for Kylo?
Balance for Kylo and Rey?
Dare I say the word ‘grey’?
NOT A CLUE!
Only 16 months to go to find out.

The cast has FINALLY been confirmed.
Adam and Daisy will obviously be reprising their roles of Kylo and Rey.
John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Kelly Marie Tran will be back as Finn, Poe and Rose.
Mark Hamill is back as Luke, even though he died in the last film so it’s likely that force ghosts will be back. Will Uncle Luke be tormenting Kylo?
Carrie Fisher is returning as Leia!! and they are staying true to their word about not using CGI to create Leia by using existing unreleased footage that was filmed during the first two movies.
A welcome return to the SW universe is Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian.
And yes… my General is back to HOPEFULLY kick some ass before he ultimately dies as Domhnall Gleeson reprises his role of General Hux.

And there you have it.
I don’t have much in the way of expectations.
I’ve learnt over the last few years that most of the fun of these films is the speculation about story lines and the build up to each release and then ultimately having everything knocked on the head and going in completely the opposite direction.

I know that I would love to see redemption for Kylo. He may not survive but I want him redeemed. I also want to see at least one scene where he confronts his Mother. I’m just hoping that a scene like that has been filmed previously and never used.

I want more information about Rey. There is something very different and powerful about her. It needs explanation. How and why is she still linked to Kylo through the force. Snoke said that he’d created the link but they were still linked at the end of Last Jedi AFTER Snoke had been killed.

What I want most of all from the last film is to finally see General Hux in all his glory.
Kicking Kylo’s ass and biting back after everything he went through in the Last Jedi.
In the final shot of him in the Last Jedi, he looks like a man with a burning desire for revenge and is just biding his time until he gets his chance.
He’s going to die doing it, I have no doubt about that, but give him a chance to get his dignity back, please!! Domhnall may be a funny guy and General Hux was the comic relief for the Last Jedi but (if you read the books) Hux has a past and he’s pretty ruthless. Give him chance to show it. (Beyond blowing up a few planets of course)
He even shares something in common with Kylo in the fact that he killed his own father!
Technically he got someone else to do the killing, but that’s just semantics.

Hux dog

And so it begins. A 16 month wait for a conclusion.
16 months of reading what people are speculating.
16 months of taking in any snippet of information we are given or photo that is released.

And now I have to get back to the mundane task of housework and uni work.
Oh the joy.

NOT SURE…..

Since Star Wars The Last Jedi landed in December and divided the Star Wars community, the question left for many fans was, after the death of the people’s princess, Carrie Fisher, just how are they going to finish the current trilogy?

Disney have stated from day one that they will NOT use CGI to re-create Leia.

So fans have been left to wonder just how she will be included in episode 9 and will Kylo get the conclusion he desperately needs.
Have they been lucky enough to have masses of existing footage they can cut into the story line or will they need to re-cast?

There is now talk about re-casting Princess Leia.

SERIOUSLY?!!

If they did, it’s a risky step.
They are going to have to get the casting spot on or fans will NEVER forgive them.

In a recent article on movieweb.com, 5 actresses have been theorised.

Only one, in my opinion, could seamlessly slot into Leia’s place

The articles states that a petition is calling for Meryl Streep to finish the role.
Again…. SERIOUSLY?!!!

This would be a HUGE mistake. She is totally wrong, as is Olivia Coleman and Sally Hawkins who are both too young. Robin Wright and Laura Linney are both too….glamourous and again, a little too young looking.

Leia actresses

No, in my opinion, the only actress who could justify replacing Carrie Fisher is Joely Fisher!!

Joely Fisher

Carrie’s half sister and Auntie to Billie Lourd, Carrie’s daughter who also has a small recurring part in the current trilogy.
In my opinion, she has similar looks and build to Carrie and it would be keeping it in the family for what would have to be Leia’s last outing in a Star Wars movie.
OK, there’s 11 years between Carrie and Joely but physically Joely is perfect and a good makeup artist could complete the look.

There is a script in place and filming starts at the end of July, so speculation starts right now!!
The last two films have confirmed how little we will know until we go and see the film in December 2019.
With that said, here is where the fun begins.

Every snippet of info a clue to what we can expect and with JJ Abrams back in charge, it’s going to be one hell of a ride and I just can’t wait!

 

 

SO HERE GOES…..

After 2 long years of waiting, speculating and theories, the torture is finally over, only to be replaced by the knowledge that we are in for another torturous wait of two years for the finale!!

And this time it REALLY is going to be torturous!
I could have cried when I reset my countdown clock.

So, after seeing The Last Jedi twice, I think it’s about time I set down my thoughts.
I think it’s fair to say that there will be spoilers so if you haven’t seen the movie please don’t go any further.

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I’m serious, don’t go any further if you haven’t seen it yet and don’t want to be spoiled.

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OK, if you’ve carried on reading after that warning, I have no sympathy for you.

The Last Jedi is absolutely bloody amazing!!
It was completely worth the wait.

I love the fact that for two years people have been arguing about ‘who’ Snoke was and ‘who’ Rey’s parents are, and in the end, Snoke was quite literally a nobody (unless there is something to surprise us in episode IX) and most importantly Rey’s parents were nobodies. ‘Junk traders who sold her off for drinking money’. Rey is a nobody!!

This film has everything. Action, drama, humour and a smouldering love triangle.
Yes, a love triangle.
Kylo Ren, Rey and Ben Solo.
Let me explain. Rey finds out a lot more about who Kylo is and what made him the way he is and she softens.
She sees the possibilities in him. She wants to see Kylo disappear and Ben Solo return.

They are bonded through the force.
They keep ‘hooking up’ for quick chats.
Kylo softens when talking to Rey and looks like a kicked puppy!! (be still my heart)
It’s quite clear that Rey sees ‘Ben’ when they talk and Kylo drops his harsh ‘Kylo’ side and becomes ‘Ben’.
She see’s and falls in love with ‘Ben’.

When they touch hands during one of these force Skypes, they both see a future of them together.
I speculate at this point as I think Rey sees a future with Ben in the Light but Kylo sees a future with Rey as they both rule the Galaxy in the dark.
I think that episode IX will see them having to come to terms with the fact that they must work together if they want to ‘be’ together, neither light or dark, we will see the rise of the ‘grey’ jedi.
Balance!!

The best scene in the entire movie was the moment they ‘teamed’ up to take out 8 praetorian guards!!

Last Jedi move

And then Kylo spoils it by asking her to join him to rule the galaxy together!!
Holding out his hand, Kylo even ‘pleads’ with her.
Rey’s response is to turn him down and leave him. She wants Ben and not Kylo, and she is distraught by her decision!
I lOVE the way they are taking these two.

But I’m gettting carried away.
The rest of the film is incredible.
The battle scenes are out of this world.
The battle on Crait was a work of art.
The planet is made up of red crystals and covered in a white salt layer so when the surface is broken with explosions there is literally an explosion of colour.
The contrast of the red on the white is stupendous. I’ve never seen anything like it before.

The space battles are phenominal but I’d expect nothing less from a Star Wars movie.
The destroyers, the Dreadnaught, the Supremacy! The First Order ships were beautiful.
I may be a little biased as I love anything Imperial/First Order.

Canto Bight is OK but the Fathiers are beautiful!

The island of Ahch-to is stunning.
The keepers are funny and they really don’t like Rey! but the Porgs steal the show.
The scene where Chewbacca has killed and grilled a couple of them is hilarious.
The look on their faces as they plead with Chewbacca is the ‘aaahh’ moment of the movie.
Kids are going to go crazy over the porgs.

The characters.

I already told you what I thought about Kylo and Rey.
Leia is simply beautiful. She has gone out on a high, although I really want to see how they deal with her ‘disappearance’ in episode IX. The fact that we finally have confirmation about how strong she is with the force was amazing.

Poe remains the cocky pilot and will be a worthy leader in the next film.
He’s certainly not afraid to stand up for what he believes is right.

Finn and Rose make a wonderful couple. Rose was a brilliant newcomer and summed up where the films are going in one simple quote.
” This is how we’re going to win. Not by killing those we hate, but by saving those we love”
Before she kisses Finn and passes out.

Admiral Holdo!
Admiral Holdo is not what I expected.
Her character was played very well. We were made to kind of hate her before we realised that ‘actually’ she was doing what she was doing for the greater good.
She gave her life to save what was left of the rebellion.

General Hux!!
OMG!! This character did not go where I expected.
He certainly was the comic relief of the movie but there was also a hidden villainy.
You really had to feel sorry for him. Nothing went right for him.
The moment he realised what Admiral Holdo was doing was a picture.
I seriously thought he was going to throw up!!

Hux sick

But I came away happy.
Poor Hux may have had everything taken away from him, including respect, but at least he made it to the end of the movie!!

Rian Johnson did a fabulous job.
This film is incredible.
I can’t wait to see what JJ Abrams does with the finale.
It’s going to be an excruciating 2 years of waiting, speculating and theories.

I love JJ Abrams, I trust JJ Abrams.
That will be my mantra for the next 2 years.
BRING IT ON!!

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!

Tattoo 2

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.

daisy and domhnall

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!!

28………

In just 28 days I will probably be hyperventilating for the entire day.
In 28 days I will be arriving at our local cinema for a 21:00 showing of The Force Awakens that will be followed by a midnight showing of The Last Jedi!!

To say I’m a tad excited is an understatement.
I apologise for the amount of gushing that will probably ensue over the next few weeks as all the publicity really kicks in.

I saw this little cartoon the other day and I think it sums me up a treat at the moment!

Star Wars Stress

The TV spots have already started in the US and I think that this one is currently my favourite!!
Poe Dameron has the best line in the movie so far.

As long as he doesn’t blow up my General, he can blow up what he wants!!

So, the UK at least, are now officially less than one month away from release.
I want to assure all my American counterparts that, apart from telling you what I thought of the film, I will not post any spoilers.

This will be a spoiler free zone!!