57 DAYS TO GO!

Only 57 days to go until The Last Jedi hits the big screen.

All the new merchandise is now hitting the shops ready for Xmas and new artwork and tidbits of information weasel their way onto the internet almost on a daily basis.

Musings and theories by other fans continue to cause the occasional ruckus but Disney have done their usual incredible job of keeping the important stuff under wraps. Drip feeding the fandom with the tiniest reveals and keeping them salivating for more.

One of my favourite theories at the moment is to do with Kylo destroying the academy and killing all the students.
After The Force Awakens, everyone was quick to hate on Kylo. His reputation as ‘The Jedi Killer’ was set in stone.

However….

In a new theory, is that reputation really set in stone?
We now know, from the new trailer, that Luke is scared of Rey’s power and stated that he’d seen it only once before. It didn’t scare him enough back then and it does now.

What if Kylo, back at the academy, lost control of his immense power and inadvertantly destroys the academy, killing all the students?
What would that do to him mentally?
Did he run, thinking his family would never accept him for what he’s done?
Did Snoke find him and manipulate him?
It could explain his struggle with the light if he’s not totally convinced by the dark.
Does Kylo struggle with forgiving himself and believe he only deserves the dark?
It would also explain why he was so quick to pick up on Rey’s ability and his offer of help.

If this is the case, it will make giving Kylo a redemption much easier to swallow for all the fans who cannot forgive him for killing Han Solo and his treatment of Rey in Force Awakens.

It’s going to take a lot for Rey to even come close to trusting Kylo again but I have no doubt that she will.
I still believe they will be joining forces (so to speak) but I do not think it will be romantically. I believe that they will need each other to bring their powers under control and I believe that we could be seeing our first ‘grey’ jedi.

Anyway…..

I found some new artwork today.
Lightside and darkside standups for cinema foyers.

There is some amazing artwork emerging for the Last Jedi and these are no exception!!
But look closely.
What suddenly strikes you?

Luke is in both of them!! Light and Dark.
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WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?!!

And then you realise that the dark side image of Luke is also used in the glorious official poster for the film.

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I really have no clue what twists and turns Rian Johnson has planned for us in this movie.
It’s going to be great!!

MY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS

If you are one of these strange people who don’t like watching trailers before a movie is released, please do not go any further.
You have been warned.

OK, it’s been a few days now since the new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit the internet.
Can I just say ‘OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!’

It had the desired effect I was expecting. Excitement, confusion, anticipation, surprise.
I think I was actually holding my breath through the entire first watch.

I think it’s done it’s job very well.
It has given us a good feel for how the movie will play out but I think there are one or two red herrings in there to throw us off the scent.

On the internet, it always amuses me to what lengths people will argue about what they believe will happen. They have a viewpoint, they’ve read the trailer one way and if anyone argues otherwise, all hell breaks loose! Most of the time it’s all in good humour.

‘Most of the time’!

Anyway, after scrutinising the trailer myself over the last few days, I thought I’d give you my perspective.

Remember, these are my thoughts and viewpoints…. I could be completely wrong!!
This is the fun part.
Trying to figure it all out and then being completely dumbfounded when you realise you’d got it all wrong and they pull something completely different out of the bag.

The opening few seconds….

Yes!! My baby looking all lonely, contemplative and angsty.
I love that Kylo is now out of the robes and into a more form fitting uniform.
We actually get to ‘see’ Adam in this movie. He’s big and he’s beautiful.
What is he overseeing? Preparation for a battle?

Rey is taking to her lightsabre. She’s looking determined.
Daisy is looking really good. Her exercise regime has definately paid off.

So, Luke is afraid of Rey’s powers because they remind him of Kylo’s. I really hope this film explores what actually happened at Luke’s academy and how Kylo became known as ‘The Jedi Killer’. Why is Luke so scared?

Can I just say again….. Adam is looking incredible in this film!!
At least we get to actually see his face through most of this one.
If there’s one thing Adam can do very well it’s angst and anger.
Listen to how calm he is when delivering the line ‘Let go of the past…. kill it, if you have to’.
And yes!! He’s still having tantrums.
Ooooh chills.

This, I believe, is a red herring. We are meant to believe that Kylo kills Leia but there is just no way this is going to happen. Look at the angst on his face as his finger hovers over that button!
Besides, it would be sloppy writing on Rian’s part to have Kylo kill both parents and we know that Leia (Carrie) is going to be given a better send off than that!!
Kylo is going to be more conflicted in The Last Jedi than he was in Force Awakens.
I am going to love every minute of it!!

PORGS!!!
I still don’t know what to make of them.
My kids love them and they haven’t even seen the movie yet.
I suspect there’s a lot more to them than we have been lead to believe. I have no doubt they are going to be some of the comic relief of this movie, but I also believe they are not to be underestimated.

Poe and Finn throw themselves into the hero spots of the film and I can’t wait to see that fight between Finn and Phasma.

I think, in the context of the trailer, this little line is aimed directly at the audience!!
I think Luke is right. I don’t think anyone has a clue how this is going to play out. Regardless of all the hype and speculation, I think there are going to be plenty of twists and turns and shocks along the way.
Also… the crystaline foxes… what significance do they have? They are obviously being protected by the resistance as the planet is attacked. Are they indiginous? Are they intelligent? Have they been helping the resistance?

OK, this is a scene I’ve watched over and over.
I believe this is going to be a pivotal moment. Not for Rey, but for Kylo!!

If you look closely at the scene earlier in the trailer where Kylo is picking up his sabre, it is obviously taking place in the same room Rey is being tortured by Snoke. You see the red guards in the back of both images. When Snoke says the words ‘fullfill your destiny’, I believe they are being spoken to Kylo.
Has he just been told to kill Rey, to complete his training, to become the most powerful sith that ever lived?
Is this the moment Kylo decides on a different path?

This is the moment that is causing more discourse on the internet than any other.
Here’s my take on it and please remember that this is just a theory. I’m not insisting I’m right and I’m probably completely wrong.

I believe this is the biggest red herring in the entire trailer.
I have no doubt that Kylo and Rey will be joining forces (excuse the pun) in some form during this movie but I don’t think it is in this moment. In fact I think they are two completely different scenes that have been cleverly cut together.

I believe Rey is actually talking to Luke at the beginning of the movie when she says ‘I need someone to show me my place in all this’.

As to who Kylo is holding his hand out to?
It could still very well be Rey but I believe it could also be Leia.

There!
I’ve done it. That’s what I got out of this trailer.
Now I just have to wait another two months to find out.

I already have my tickets for a double bill starting on 13th Dec at 21:00 with The Force Awakens and this leads into a midnight showing of The Last Jedi. I will be amongst the first to see it. I can’t wait!!

So I have just wasted a couple of hours playing with this and have rattled off around a thousand words.
I now have to get back to an essay that I still need to write and reference 1500 more words for.
Bet it doesn’t get finished today!!

IT’S GONNA BE A KILLER!

The frustration of realising that the new Star Wars trailer drops today.
The problem is that it will be airing during Monday night football in America and as America are 5 – 10 hours behind us here in the UK, I won’t get to see it until tomorrow.

My brain is silently screaming….. NOT FAIR!!!

WE HAVEN’T EVEN HAD EPISODE 8 YET!

Exciting Star Wars news!

We are rapidly approaching the release of episode 8, The Last Jedi.
We have been waiting an excruciating 2 years to find out what happens to Rey, Kylo and Finn.

Rian Johnson, the director,  has been teasing us constantly and everyone has high hopes that he has created yet another Star Wars masterpiece.

There has, however, been some drama about episode 9 that was due for release in May 2019.
The director ‘had’ been Colin Trevorrow and this was being taken cautiously by fans. They were a little nervous. So was I, to be honest. I’m not exactly a fan of Colin Trevorrow’s work.

However, Colin and Disney ‘parted ways’ earlier this week and today it was announced that JJ Abrams, who directed Force Awakens, is returning to write and direct episode 9!!
BUT……
And here’s where I’m going to cry…..

Because he is going to be re-writing the script, the release has been pushed back to December 2019!!!

ANOTHER AGONIZING 2 YEAR WAIT!!!

On the plus side, it’s JJ Abrams and I ABSOLUTELY BLOODY LOVE JJ ABRAMS!!
I now have complete faith that the trilogy will have a satisfactory, if not happy, ending.

HERE WE GO!!

Countdown has well and truly started for ‘The Last Jedi’ in December.

Today, Disney revealed a sizzle real from the filming.

Bedsides a very quick glimpse of General Hux looking very sleek with his mullet, Kylo is looking incredibly hot!!

Daisy rehearing to fight who? The Knights of Ren maybe?

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Adam rehearsing to fight who? His own Knights maybe? Actually I don’t really care. He just looks really hot!!

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John Boyega in an Imperial uniform!

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This is what I love about a build up to a movie like this.
We just don’t know anything. It’s all hearsay and rumour.
Just so long as Adam keeps looking pretty, I’ll keep eating it all up until I see it!

Can’t wait!!

TIDBITS

When it comes to being a Star Wars fan, patience is a virtue.

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Yeah right!!

The wait for the next installment of the current Trilogy, The Last Jedi, is killing us.
It’s been one and a half years since The Force Awakens and whatever patience we had is fast disappearing!!

It is now torture.
We have 7 more months to go.
We have 1 trailer.
We have tidbits of information trickling through that we just don’t know if we can trust or not.

The latest news, and it’s not information specific, is that The Last Jedi is going to have the biggest reveal in Star Wars history!!

I am slowly dying inside.
I need to see this movie.
Having said that, I’m scared to see this movie.

Why?

I think we may well lose Hux.
He’s going down in a ball of flames with his ship, I can feel it in my bones.
I just hope he gets more than 3 minutes of screen time in this one before it happens!!

I also want to see Kylo start on his path to redemption but at this stage in the game, it’s still very unclear if that is even on the books.

Right, now I’ve tortured myself enough it’s time to go to work to take my mind off it.

MMM, POSSIBILITY?

OK, so less than a week to go before Rogue One!!

There is a lot of speculation that we might…. just might… get our first glimpse of a trailer or teaser for Star Wars EpVIII at Rogue One screenings.
This would mean a reveal of the actual title which is still under wraps.

However….

It would appear that Lucasfilm has submitted a sneeky trademark filing this week.
The filing includes a multitude of items like the usual toys and clothing but also for things like Christmas ornaments and motion picture films and considering the next Episode is due for release Christmas 2017, this is a very promising clue.

The filing is for “Star Wars Forces of Destiny”

Now this is quite possibly a movie title but it also sounds like the title for a new game.
Could go either way.

It also begs the question, with Rogue One less than a week away, is this filing just a little too close to give us a trailer for EpVIII?

God I love being a Geek!!!