THE TITLE FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII REVEALED

WE CAN NOW REFER TO EPISODE VIII OFFICIALLY AS STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? LET US OVER ANALYZE BELOW…

First thoughts? That’s good.

From the Star Wars website:

We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

THE LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled for release December 15, 2017. 

Here’s the teaser poster:

Let’s speculate and analyze like the obsessed movie lovers we are.

First off, who is the last Jedi? The obvious answer is Luke Skywalker, but could the title be a clue to his fate? The ominous and Sith, er, Knights of Ren or the First Order colored red Star Wars title font would lead us to believe as much. This the second act of a trilogy and as we’ve experienced in The Empire Strikes Back, it’s usually the darkest part of any three act story. Could Luke fall at the hands of his nephew, Kylo Ren’s rage?

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    After the destruction of Starkiller Base (the even biggerer Death Star) Kylo was on his way to “complete his training” with Supreme Leader Snoke. We know that Luke and Rey’s relationship is going to be a huge part of The Last Jedi with him training her and possibly revealing if he is indeed her father or uncle or someone connected to her. Could The Last Jedi end with Kylo and his other Knights of Ren attacking Luke and Rey? And could Luke sacrifice himself like Kylo’s namesake Obi-Wan? That sounds very plausible and also possible. And would that make Rey the last Jedi instead of Luke?

    Here’s something else to consider: Jedi is both singular or plural. Perhaps Luke and Rey both survive or maybe there are other Jedi that Luke trained the last 30 years that survived the massacre we saw in Rey’s Force vision in The Force Awakens.

    The only thing that would make us think otherwise is the confirmation that the late Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) was supposed to have a reunion with her brother in Episode IX. However, with the passing of our Princess, this isn’t going to happen. But if it did, Luke theoretically could still have reunited with her as Ben Kenobi did with Luke as a spirit of the Force. I’ve got a bad feeling about this…

    Luke dying I mean. I’m beyond excited for The Last Jedi coming this December as Rian Johnson is a smart and skilled writer/director.

    What are your thoughts?

    HOW LUKE AND REY RELATE TO EACH OTHER IS KEY IN STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII

    HOW LUKE AND REY RELATE TO EACH OTHER IS KEY IN STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII

    Star Wars: Episode VIII writer/director Rian Johnson opens up about some plot details.

    Last we saw, Rey she was standing with her arm reached out to Luke Skywalker holding his old lightsaber, seemingly forever, on the cliffs of Ahch-To. A not-so-sly nod to this being Act 2 of the new trilogy.

    It’s confirmed by Johnson that Episode VIII will indeed pick up immediately where  left off.

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      “I don’t want to skip ahead two years,” Johnson says. “I want to see the very next moment of what happens.” How Rey and Luke relate to each other is the key relationship in Episode VIII, and Johnson says “a large part of the movie” will be spent addressing why Luke’s there and what he’ll do next. Like Luke, Rey has been pulled into a bigger world by connecting with the Force, “but part of what’s she’s dealing with is the realization that she has this power and this gift,” Johnson adds. “She’s taking her first step to coming to terms with this thing inside her that she never knew was there and is just starting to reveal its potential.”

      Not skipping ahead two years or so like most Star Wars trilogy films should prove interesting. The opening title crawl alone is the main topic of debate as to what it will catch us up on in the few seconds that have passed. I’m all for more Luke. Hopefully his on-screen sister, Leia (the late great ) will reunite with him along with the rest of us at some point in the film. And Rey is totally a Skywalker, right? Who do you think she is?

      Episode VIII is just under a year away. Stay tuned for a title reveal, images and a teaser trailer in the coming months.

      WITNESS SPACESHIP EARTH TURN INTO THE DEATH STAR

      The transformation into the Empire’s super weapon is about as awesome as you thought it would be.

      I just watched the livestream and I’m beyond excited. Disney and Star Wars together creating moments like these are what memories are made of. I’m a 34 year old man and I won’t ever forget this. And that’s having watched it from my television in my living room 2 hours away from Epcot.

      If you were lucky enough to go to the event then I am envious. And if you brought your little ones? Man, what a time to be a kid. If your children saw this in the park or even at home, I can’t imagine they aren’t awestruck. It’s just so cool. Of course it’s celebrating a giant super weapon called the Death Star that destroys planets, but let’s not get down on that one little element!

      Here’s the whole half hour livestream below with some really cool images further below. If you want to see the Death Star then skip to the 21:00 mark because the hosts and first guest are about as fun to watch as it was for Poe to be mind raped by Kylo Ren.

      Let’s discuss the details of the livestream.

      The hosts are straight up AWFUL. Like, they said “May the Force be with you” at least a dozen times. Each time without any enthusiasm from the crowd. There wasn’t one clap from anyone the last time they said it. Everyone was just like, “SHOW ME SPACEHIP EARTH AS DEATH STARRRGH!” and I can’t blame them.

      Fortunately, they brought out Mads Mikkelsen (Galen Erso) to keep our attention. And the guy is just the best. One of the best Bond villains, the best Hannibal (yeah, I said it), and so stoically likable. When asked how he was feeling about it all, Mads said,“I’m over the moon!” to which the host had his one good line of the night in replying, “That’s no moon!”

      Mads said his character, Galen Erso, was working on something that could have made the world [galaxy] a safer place, but the Empire had other plans. He then introduced a brief clip of Galen having a conversation with Ben Mendelsohn’s, Director Krennic. Galen says to Krennic, “You’re confusing piece with terror.” This was immediately followed with a montage of Rogue One footage with some very quick new imagery, but nothing overly different. It looked like all the rest of the things we’ve seen so far, which, to be frank, is stellar.

      Here’s the other Star Wars related parks info below.

      1. There are new additions to the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away daytime show. During the show, fans will be getting a sneak peek at the AWR  Troopers who’ll be working under Director Krennic in Rogue One.

      2. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular will be making its intergalactic return, replacing Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM on New Year’s Eve.

      3. Rogue One props are coming to the Star Wars Launch Bay!

      4. There will also be new making-of Rogue One footage added to the “Meet the Makers” segment of the cool Star Wars: Path of the Jedi film presented at the Launch Bay.

      5. Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will also be getting updates. Beginning in the middle of December, more randomized tracks will be making their way into the ride. On top of that, the attraction will both start and end at different Star Wars locations.

      6. Last but not least, an all-new Star Warsthemed tour will be offered on Mondays and Saturdays throughout 2017 starting January 2. The seven hour adventure will take guests on Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, offer a meet and greet with Chewbacca and Kylo Ren at the Star Wars Launch Bay, an insider tour of the Launch Bay, a viewing of Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, and Star Wars-themed cuisine at Backlot Express. The tour will conclude with the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party, with a special viewing of the accompanying show.

      Really cool stuff, but the detail they’re leaving out about Star Tours is that one of the new updates is a scene from Star Wars: Episode VIII starting in 2017!

      But enough of that really cool and interesting stuff that I’m totally checking out as soon as possible–How was Spaceship earth’s transformation into the Death Star? View the pics below!

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      I literally was caught on video going, “Ohhhhhhwwww!” or something similar to whatever the hell that is when the Death Star’s super laser went off. Just as I wished it would when we first reported about this event (also, my Photoshopping was ON POINT).

      Now excuse me while I go to Epcot forever.

      WILL WE SEE BOUNTY HUNTERS IN EPISODE VIII?

      I’ve talked about how much I enjoy Matt Gourley’s podcast I Was There Too, and the latest episode had a couple interesting snippets from the guest interviews.

      The first interview features Lauren Lapkus discussing her role in Jurassic World during which she mentions auditioning for Star Wars Episode VIII. She and Gourley briefly discuss whether or not the script she was given was the actual script and if the character she auditioned for might have been some type of bounty hunter. However, Lapkus, bound by confidentiality, is unable to provide many details.

      The second part of the episode is where it gets really interesting. Gourley speaks with a mystery guest referred to only as “Starship One” who describes auditioning for Episode VIII and the process involved. Although speaking through a voice modulator, I’m pretty sure Starship One is a woman. Based on the information given, Gourley speculates that this mystery guest also auditioned for the same role as Lapkus.

      Starship One signed a non-disclosure, so they also didn’t go into any real details either. However, they did mention that the script they were given for the audition was on red paper to keep it from being photocopied, and that it involved them meeting with someone else on a planet and discussing what sounds like plans for an attack that, “…we gotta win.”

      At the end of the episode, Gourley gives a disclaimer stating the interview had been edited to ensure no details were released that would violate the nondisclosure act. Even with as little as we get from the interview, it’s still fascinating to hear about the audition process for such a secretive film from a personal perspective.

      Adam Driver recently discussed in an interview with Collider that he felt the script for Episode VIII showed a shift in tone that was similar to Empire Strikes Back. And with the somewhat vague description of bounty hunters during the interview, this leaves the door open for a lot of speculation. Episode VIII needs to raise the stakes, and I can imagine Supreme Leader Snoke and the First Order will certainly be seeking payback for the destruction of Starkiller Base.

      Rumors have also been floating around since before The Force Awakens about Boba Fett returning. Because of his appearance in the last Battlefront game, which some people considered canon, this at least proves it’s possible since he clearly escaped the Sarlacc Pit. But we all know that the video games and their place in the Star Wars mythos is “complicated.”

      According to the new official canon of Star Wars, after the collapse of the Galactic Empire and signing of the Galactic Concordance, the Empire’s remaining faithful servants fled to the Unknown Regions, far from the New Republic, and eventually created the First Order.  They gathered strength and soldiers from the furthest parts of space before beginning to wage war on the New Republic. At the end of The Force Awakens, Supreme Leader Snoke orders General Hux to come to him, along with Kylo Ren, in order to “complete his training.” I think it’s safe to say that Snoke is somewhere in the Unknown Regions; he doesn’t strike me as a lead-from-the-front type of guy. I believe at least a portion of Episode VIII will take place at the First Order’s base in this area and from that base, as Kylo Ren trains, they will hire a group of bounty hunters to track down our heroes who are spread throughout the galaxy. We can assume Rey will be training with Luke Skywalker (do or do not, there is no try); while Finn and Poe Dameron set up with the Resistance in a new base. The bounty hunters, or one of them, will track down and possibly capture Finn and/or Poe, (or more), and Rey will need to rescue them. Maybe Boba Fett will make some kind of appearance, even if it’s nothing more than a nod to the character.

      The Force Awakens shared many similarities with A New Hope, and I feel like that trend will continue with Episode VIII. What do you guys think? Is there anything we can learn from these scant details? You can listen to the full episode here.