Category: Star Wars Musings

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!!

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.
light-side 2.jpg

Dark side

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.

last jedi poster

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!!!