Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review

As a Star Wars fan, it’s difficult to “review” a new Star Wars movie. Firstly, it’s Star Wars and there really isn’t a bad one if you’re a big Star Wars fan. And then there’s the euphoria that falls over people immediately after seeing a new Star Wars movie, which is what causes all of the “Best since Empire!” reactions. But I can safely say, after a night of reflecting on it, that The Last Jedi is one of the best Star Wars movies. To me, Revenge of the Sith was my favorite since Empire, so I’m not going to say that The Last Jedi is the “Best since Empire!” like others are, but it is definitely the best since 2005. It’s my new favorite Star Wars film.

My problem with The Force Awakens was that it felt like Abrams was going down a nostalgia checklist, filling in the boxes to make sure people saw recognizable “Star Wars” things at the expense of cool new ships and ideas. I remember when Empire and Jedi came out, and my favorite thing about those new Star Wars movies is how each one introduced new ships and vehicles, and of course that meant cool new toys. The Last Jedi really feels like a New Star Wars movie, and not one that relies on nostalgia just to win people over. This is the Return of the Jedi sequel I wanted The Force Awakens to be.

I really don’t want to spoil anything in this review, it’s important to go into the movie as clean as possible to really enjoy it, and believe me it’s a ride you will enjoy. But I will say that you do get to see Luke do amazing things, how great Carrie is as Leia will break your heart because she won’t be back in IX, and the movie seriously opens up some fantastic new avenues for Star Wars to go. It also shatters almost every fan theory over the last to years and leaves them in a pile of rubble.

The story basically alternates between what’s happening with the Resistance fleeing The First Order and Luke and Rey on Ahch-to. Eventually Finn and Rose go on a secret mission to the casino city of Canto Bight to help the Resistance’s chances, and then everything comes together in the end as you’d expect in a Star Wars movie. What you don’t expect is some of the character choices they made, especially with Luke, but Rian Johnson makes it work spectacularly. Reading one-sentence spoilers on the internet does not adequately explain how great all the decisions are, which some hyperbolic fans are claiming “destroys Star Wars forever”. Just about every spoiler plot point people are melting down over on the internet are actually some of the best parts of the movie.

As a Star Wars fan who was alive for the Original Trilogy, lived through the “Dark Times”, the Prequels, and now; this movie is a rollercoaster of emotions. You go from having a lump in your throat and tears in your eyes to John Williams soaring you through the sky with hope and optimism of where Star Wars is going. If this is how Rian Johnson’s trilogy is going to be, Star Wars fans are going to be in for an amazing decade of movies coming up. Like no one except for maybe a young George Lucas, Rian Johnson gets it. He is absolutely worthy of carrying the torch for the next generation of Star Wars fans.

And that’s something very important that the movie speaks to. The Last Jedi is a Star Wars film, and while George always intended Star Wars to be for kids there’s a very big element to the story of this film about growing up. Even though I don’t know if it was intentional by Rian Johnson, it speaks to Star Wars fandom. For a long time there’s been an aging group of Star Wars fans who are so afraid of new people coming into Star Wars that they’ve been gatekeeping and trying to shoo new fans away for one reason or another. The Last Jedi shows that even when you get old, there will be people to carry the flame and it’s OK to let go and embrace that. Detailing it any further would be major spoilers, but it’s definitely there.

I do have to mention John Williams’ score as there has been a surprising lack of talk about it. He brings back all of the great themes from The Force Awakens, including a reprise of Jedi Steps, but also weaves in Original Trilogy themes and there’s even a very slight hint at the Prequels in a scene where the past Jedi are discussed (including a Prequel character name-drop by someone fans won’t expect to hear saying the name). And Rose’s theme is fantastic. It’s the biggest new theme in the soundtrack, and it’s obviously played during Rose’s scenes with Finn. It’s very strong on Canto Bight and then later in a scene between the two of them.

When driving home from our screening my friend asked if there was anything that disappointed me in it, and I can honestly say there wasn’t. It would’ve been nice to have more Artoo, but the one scene he’s in is one of the highlights of the movie and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s the longest Star Wars movie, but that gives all of the key storylines time to play out to an immensely satisfying ending. Looking back at the whole thing, I can’t say I was upset about anything done. Perhaps that’s because I didn’t get invested in any head canon theories over the past two years. I had theories, but it wasn’t the end of the world to me if they weren’t correct.

Rian Johnson has raised the bar to a level JJ Abrams may never be able to reach. The Last Jedi is a Star Wars film that I will watch over and over, for decades to come. It may be a very long time before one tops this.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

No, Rian Johnson DID NOT Say The Last Jedi Trailer Was Too Spoilery!

Yesterday morning Rian Johnson replied to someone on Twitter worried about avoiding spoilers. If you’ve actually left your house any time after Force Friday you’ve probably seen as much as the next trailer will show, but spoiler-phobes are still worried.

He explained in his Tweet that if someone wants to go into The Last Jedi without seeing ANY new footage, then they shouldn’t watch the new trailer. It’s simple logic. The only way to go into a movie completely clean without seeing ANYTHING from it is to not watch the trailer:

Of course writers in the field of ad-driven online media have to get clicks on their stories to maximize their page views so they’re flat out lying about Rian Johnson’s comments.

Neither of those things are what Rian meant with his Tweet, but the internet is lying to people today just to maximize their ad views by exploiting Star Wars fan’s worries about spoilers. They’re the scum of the Earth, and its for things like this that online media needs to go the way of AOL’s AIM…

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

There is No New Last Jedi Trailer at Hascon, in Japan, or on 9/11

With all the frenzy over people wanting a new trailer for The Last Jedi, there’s a lot of bogus news out there about the trailer arriving earlier than it really will.

The current hysteria going around claims that Lucasfilm will debut it at Hasbro’s little convention in Rhode Island this Friday and then will premiere it for everyone else on 9/11. While Hascon originally said they’d have a room for people to watch a Last Jedi trailer, it seems like it’s going to be the same one from April (or a shorter version of it). Not the new trailer people are expecting.

Another thing going on this weekend is a fan event in Japan that people think will debut a new trailer. Unfortunately almost the exact same event was recently held in Los Angeles (it was for fan group leaders and select bloggers) and they showed absolutely nothing there. The thing going on in Japan this Sunday seems to be the same version of this recent event, only in Japan.

Both versions of these false trailer stories end with the trailer premiering for everyone on 9/11. That’s not exactly the day Lucasfilm would want to use to promote their new Star Wars movie.

The thing many people don’t want to accept is that Lucasfilm is following the same marketing schedule they did with The Force Awakens in 2015, which means we’ll probably need to wait until October for the final trailer (and poster) before release.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

GMA Is Not Teasing Something for Star Wars This Week

UPDATE!

GMA Tweeted me to let me know nothing is being hinted at with the Tweet.


Following the Entertainment Weekly reveals last week, many Star Wars fans are getting antsy for a new trailer for The Last Jedi. As Lucasfilm has (in the past) revealed or announced new trailers on Good Morning America, a Tweet by the show this morning has Star Wars fans wondering:

Of course it could just be GMA’s social media person not realizing what fans are expecting and unwisely using a Star Wars GIF in their Tweet. However, The Last Jedi is following Rogue One’s trailer schedule 100% so far:

Rogue One’s first teaser came in April 2016, right after The Force Awakens hit home video.
The Last Jedi’s first teaser arrived in April 2017 at Star Wars Celebration Orlando.

Rogue One’s BTS reel was shown at Star Wars Celebration London in July 2016.
The Last Jedi’s BTS reel was shown at D23 Expo in July 2017.

Following the teaser and BTS reel, a second Rogue One teaser hit August 11th during the Olympics coverage on NBC. A final trailer arrived in October.

Based on the timing and how The Last Jedi has been matching Rogue One so far, we’re almost overdue for a second teaser. So something this week would not be outside the realm of possibility.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

EW’s The Last Jedi Coverage Adds More to the Rey/Jedha Theory

As every Star Wars fan knows, Entertainment Weekly produced some awesome new images from The Last Jedi today along with articles revealing some new stuff about the movie.

While the “Rey Skywalker” people are taking the Rey & Luke article as more confirmation that he’s her daddy, if you read into it things start to line up with the theory surrounding Jedha.

Specifically, this:

“As she tries to pick up her own pieces, she may find they fit together well with the remnants of Luke Skywalker. Working together, they may become whole again.”

Think about it. If Luke placed his Jedi academy on Jedha and it was wiped out by Kylo and the Knights of Ren, and if Rey is from the same planet and her “clan” was also wiped out by Kylo; that gives the two of them common ground to build upon and what could be the “MARTHA!” moment to finally have them join up to go after the First Order.

Luke would realize his evil nephew who wiped out his Jedi was also the same person responsible for Rey being in the situation she is. That also would explain how Kylo is curious about a “girl” on Jakku in The Force Awakens.

The person who killed Rey’s people is the same one who killed Luke’s Jedi.

No need for Rey to be Luke’s kid. That right there is enough to link the two in an adoptive style relationship.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

Finally a Snoke Theory That Doesn’t Suck

Perhaps one of the more annoying things to come out of JJ Abrams’ Force Awakens Mystery Box was the rampant and insane Snoke theories. Despite Andy Serkis saying in one of his first interviews that Snoke is a newly introduced character, the crazy theories ranged from him being Plagueis, Leia, the murdered Youngling in Revenge of the Sith, to Boba Fett. But going off Serkis’ statement that he is a new character, one theory was that he was someone the remnants of the Empire encountered when they fled to the Unknown Regions as shown in the Aftermath books (and likely Battlefront II).

But today the newsfromjakku instagram leaker posted something that opens a whole new can of worms for a Snoke theory that actually works.

They posted a picture of a Diathim, otherwise known as one of the “angels” that Anakin confused Padme for in The Phantom Menace.

And. Wow. This makes a ton of sense and fits the puzzle almost perfectly. The Diathim are being used in the canon quite extensively, from The Clone Wars to the Aftermath trilogy and most recently in Inferno Squad. They’re keeping them pretty active in Star Wars for some reason.

An even bigger thing is their appearance. They look a lot like the leaked color image of Snoke, blue eyes and everything, but even more important is their size. MakingStarWars has talked about the puppet for Snoke being huge, as he’s supposed to be something like seven feet tall. Well, the Diathim are apparently anywhere from seven to nine feet tall.

Their appearance, body shape (especially the long gangly arms like Snoke), and height all line up with what we now know about Snoke. This actually makes a lot of sense and is finally a Snoke theory that isn’t completely insane. Snoke could literally be a “fallen angel” who seizes command of the First Order as they fled the known regions of the galaxy…

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

Theory: Luke’s Academy, Jedha, and Rey’s Parentage. It’s All Connected

Yesterday I wrote how there’s growing evidence that Luke’s Jedi Academy could very well have been located on Jedha. And now more evidence has come out and putting the pieces together could spell out a big solution to the Rey’s parentage puzzle as well.

There’s an Instagram leaker who recently has been posting a lot of legitimate stuff from The Last Jedi, and today he posted an image of the Clan of Toribota. The recent Guardians of the Whills novels talked about this clan, which was located on Jedha:

If they look familiar, it’s because this is the “Clan Leader” that Kylo Ren kills in the “Force Back” in The Force Awakens:

So how does this apply to Rey’s parentage? This is the theory as it stands right now:

Luke travels to Jedha at some time before ESB in the Star Wars comic. Discovers it is a good remote location with a strong connection to the Force and Jedi.

The Clan of Toribota was still on Jedha even after the “mining accident”.

When Luke decides to train new Jedi he decides to place his academy on Jedha, with the Clan of Toribota there as protectors if anyone were to come and cause trouble.

When Ben Solo goes bad and decides to wipe out Luke’s academy, they also take out the Clan of Toribota.

Rey and her parents were part of this Clan, which could also have a connection to the “Church of the Force”. Seeing Kylo and the Knights of Ren purging the Force users on Jedha and their clan, her parents flee to hide her from Kylo. That’s why Kylo knows about a girl, he knows that two clan members escaped his purge with a young girl.

And it’s very possible the slaughter of the Clan of Toribota on Jedha is long before the Academy is wiped out. Think of Ben Solo joining a biker gang, they go off and do something really bad (kill a clan), Leia then sends him off to boarding school with Uncle Luke to straighten him out yet he still goes bad and kills everyone.

Like I said, it’s just a theory but as more and more evidence comes out to connect the dots with Jedha and Luke it starts to make a shocking amount of sense. A lot more than they Rey Skywalker/Kenobi/Palpatine craziness.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

What if Luke’s Jedi Academy Was on Jedha?

With their new unified canon for Star Wars, there’s nothing that Lucasfilm does or introduces that should be dismissed or ignored. Too many fans dismissed the “filler” episodes of Rebels, such as the one with the Hammerhead Corvettes, only to see those elements pop up in the movies. They’re building out a big universe, and the Jedi mecca of Jedha introduced in Rogue One could have a bigger purpose.

What if that’s where Luke’s Jedi Academy was?

It does match the terrain seen in the “Force Back” during The Force Awakens, which is a rocky desert environment:

And most importantly, they’re going to be revisiting Jedha post-“mining accident” in the Star Wars comic. Luke will be visiting the planet that was once a Jedi mecca when the new creative team takes over the book:

If you think about it, there’s a lot of reasons why Luke would pick the planet as his location to train the next generation of Jedi Knights. It has a history with the Jedi, while at the same time it being partially destroyed by the Empire would make it less attractive to noisy people who may be snooping around. It’s a perfect place to hide out and the perfect location for him to set up his new Academy.

Lucasfilm exploring the location in the post-Rogue One timeline, especially with Luke himself traveling there, could be a signal that they’re not done with the planet yet and that’s where Luke goes with his new Jedi.

We’ll have to wait and see if this theory plays out…

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

The Last Jedi Toys Are Starting to Leak – Do Not Share Images!

Traditionally when it comes to Star Wars toy leaks, LEGO is the first to get out in the wild. While they’ve been out for a while, new HD images of The Last Jedi LEGOs have leaked online. Even worse, some Toys R Us stores have broken the street date and put The Last Jedi toys on the shelves already! These are being spread around social media right now, but based on what happened with The Force Awakens I’d advise against even retweeting the images if you see them.

I like seeing Star Wars toys early as much as anyone, and the leaks for The Force Awakens made the 18-hour live stream absolutely hilarious. Every single world premiere reveal they hyped up on the live stream had already been seen by most Star Wars fans due to the toys already showing up on shelves at Walmart and Target across the country. I’m not saying to avoid sharing the toys to take something away from Star Wars fans, but instead to protect them from headaches and getting suspended from social media.

Disney/Lucasfilm uses an external enforcer for copyright on social media named Irdeto. Most of the time it’s an automated system that scans Twitter and Facebook for certain images, and then a DMCA take-down notice is fired off to the social media platform, and you’ll get your post deleted and an infraction placed on your account. It doesn’t matter if you take a picture of a toy sitting on a store shelf with your own personal camera (in which case you technically own that image), you’ll be hit with a copyright violation. Enough of those will result in you being suspended from whatever social media platform you use.

These notices can even apply to retweets. So if you’re on Twitter and see someone posting pictures of the new LEGO sets and retweet one of those, you can be hit just for retweeting the image. It sounds crazy, but this happened to Star Wars fans back in December of 2015 right before the release of The Force Awakens. They would retweet images of Hasbro figures that were sent out early to Walmart or Target, and that retweet would earn them a DMCA takedown.

So based on how things were handled with The Force Awakens, the safest thing to do when you see a new Star Wars toy is to not share pictures of it. Even if you see on on the shelf of Walmart early (thanks to the distribution problems), don’t take a picture of it and share. It’s not worth invoking the wrath of an automated copyright enforcement bot over a toy.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

No Footage From The Last Jedi Until Celebration in April

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Those believing claims that they’ll see a teaser for The Last Jedi soon will be disappointed by this report, but there’s big things coming.

Today StarWarsNewsNet ran a report they heard from a source that says there will be no footage released for The Last Jedi until Star Wars Celebration. However we may be getting a lot of footage in April to make up for the wait:

“With this in mind we contacted one of our sources who shared with us an interesting tidbit. According to him, right now they are hard at work on a new Behind the Scenes reel for The Last Jedi, which will be the first footage that we will see from the movie. This means that there will be no teaser trailer before Celebration. All rumors on the web with earlier dates are not accurate, as are the reports with teaser descriptions. While a BTS reel premiering during Celebration is not surprising at all, since they did pretty much the same for The Force Awakens and Rogue One, it is interesting that we will be heading into Celebration without any TLJ footage released before. That is of course if we don’t count the brief start of production video that Lucasfilm released back in February.”

They go on to say that in addition to the Behind the Scenes reel, there will also be a teaser at Celebration. This is similar to how they treated Rogue One, with a BTS thing during the panel and a teaser following it (that wasn’t shown online). In this case both the BTS reel and the teaser trailer will be shown to people not at the convention.

As their source backs up, and doesn’t contradict, what the head of Lucasfilm has said in regards to the trailer; chances are this is legit. Of course that means the people claiming we’d get a trailer on February 10th or the 22nd/23rd are obviously just trying to exploit people’s hype for the movie.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.