Let The Past Die

Jeremy From Geeks + Gamers destroyed his Force Awakens Blu-Ray on live stream. Jeremy was once a passionate fan of The Force Awakens, and a defender of the film from critics.  But The Last Jedi, and the misbehavioral antics of Lucasfilm representatives changed all of that.

It’ll be interesting to see if this sparks a movement, in advance of Episode IX’s release.

A Comic Book Telling George Lucas’ Original Vision For The Sequel Trilogy

Over the decades, Mark Hamill has been the one to listen to for hints and clues as to how the future of Star Wars would take shape.  He’s always been very forthright and genuine, and overall the best kind of movie star that a fan could ask for.

Way back in 1983, Hamill discussed the possibility of a future Sequel Trilogy:

Hamill asked Lucas what he would be doing in it according to nerdreport.com:

 I said, ‘Well, what do you want me to do?’ He said, ‘You’ll just be like a cameo. You’ll be like Obi-Wan handing the lightsaber down to the next new hope.’”

More interesting than that however, was Mark Hamill’s statements in an interview with Maria Shriver, also back in 1983:

“It’s either going to be on another plane of existence, or not the same character.  When  you see the ending, you’ll see why it has to be the last one. Period.” ~Mark Hamill, 1983

On another plane of existence.  That sounds very interesting.

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George Lucas seems to echo some of those thoughts, hinting at a much more deeply metaphysical and perhaps a more mature Star Wars Trilogy.  Lucas stated according to starwars.com:

“The other one — what happens to Luke afterward — is much more ethereal. I have a tiny notebook full of notes on that. If I’m really ambitious, I could proceed to figure out what would have happened to Luke.”

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It’s possible that this young Force-sensitive woman would have been a teenager according to ScreenRant:

[Abrams] said Lucas’s treatment had centered on very young characters – teenagers, Lucasfilm told me – 

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Kira and Skyler

According to Arndt:

Early outlines for the movie centered around the characters Sam and Kira. Arndt described them, respectively, as “pure charisma” and a “loner, hothead, gear-headed, badass.” [1] While its been widely reported that Vanity Fair said the leads of George’s outline were “teenagers,” George himself said they were in their 20s, which fits the early concept art better. He also said the story was about the grandchildren of Anakin Skywalker.

However, Lucas himself stated:

“The original Saga was about the father, the children, and the grandchildren. That’s not a secret to anybody, it’s even in the novels and everything. The children were in their 20s and everything, so it wasn’t The Phantom Menace again.”

Kira would later find Luke exiled in a Jedi Temple:

Lucas himself showcased art of where the first Temple (and Luke) was located. His plan was for Luke to slowly regain his faith by training a new pupil, Kira (who would later become Rey), meaning Skywalker factored in Lucas’ sequel trilogy much earlier than in actuality.

Accoding to ScreenRant:

The book also reveals Lucas’ initial plans for Episode VII and possibly the rest of his Star Wars sequel trilogy. As it turns out, Luke exiled himself to a remote location where the first Jedi temple existed decades after the fall of the Galactic Empire. Over the course of the film, Luke would slowly regain his spirit and, eventually, start to train the new Jedi, named Kira.

According to Arndt:

So, the late-2012 idea of a Luke Skywalker haunted by the betrayal of one of his students, in self-imposed exile & spiritually in “a dark place”, not only precedes Rian Johnson’s involvement in Star Wars but J.J. Abrams’, as well.

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According to slashfilm.com:

In the book, we learn that one of the first meetings to visualize The Force Awakens happened on January 16, 2013 at Skywalker Ranch with George Lucas himself. Among the pieces presented at the meeting were portraits of an older Luke Skywalker training a new disciple named Kira (who was later renamed Rey). The idea was that, 30 years after the fall of the Empire, Luke had gone to a dark place and secluded himself in a Jedi temple on a new planet. The paintings show Luke meditating, reassessing his whole life.

Apparently, the initial plan for Star Wars: Episode 7 was that Luke, over the course of that movie, would rediscover his vitality and train this new Jedi. 

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Leia would also have been trained by Luke according to screenrant.com:

Shortly after Episode VIII premiered, Hamill shared that Leia’s Force sensitivity was a plot point in Lucas’ outlines for the sequels. He did not state specifics of how exactly that would manifest, but said it would be a “waste of innate talent” if Leia never tapped into that side of her.

Mark Hamill also stated:

“This is always something that interest me because we can communicate telepathically and I tell her in one of the movies, I guess the third one, you have that power too. So I always wondered, and I don’t read the fanfiction, why she wouldn’t fully develop her Force sensibilities and I think that’s something George Lucas addressed in his original outline for 7, 8, 9. I was talking to him last week, but they’re not following George’s ideas so we’ll have to wait and see on that one. But it seems like a waste of an innate talent that she should utilize in some way.”

More recently, Hamill has made this comment regarding Luke’s fate in George Lucas’ version of the Sequel Trilogy as reported by ign.com:

“I happen to know that George didn’t kill Luke until the end of [Episode] 9, after he trained Leia. Which is another thread that was never played upon [in The Last Jedi].”

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In this 1983 interview with Gene Siskel, it’s hinted that Luke Skywalker would be a father in the Sequel Trilogy:

Again Hamill states that “it wouldn’t be on the same plane of existence.”  I have to wonder if at least a portion of the Sequel Trilogy might have taken place in the afterlife that the Force Ghosts inhabit.

According to thewrap.com, in his unauthorized biography of George Lucas, Dale Pollock said back in 2012 that he was fortunate enough to read Lucas’ outlines for the Sequel Trilogy, and beyond…

The stories for “Star Wars” episodes seven, eight and nine, which George Lucas has outlined and the Walt Disney Company will produce and release, are “the most exciting” in the series, the filmmaker’s biographer told TheWrap on Wednesday.

While researching his book, Dale Pollock, author of the unauthorized Lucas biography, “Skywalking: The Life And Films Of George Lucas,” was allowed to read the outlines to the 12 stories written by the filmmaker but was required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

“It was originally a 12-part saga,” Pollock told TheWrap. “The three most exciting stories were 7, 8 and 9. They had propulsive action, really interesting new worlds, new characters. I remember thinking, ‘I want to see these 3 movies.’”

I’d be very interested to read what Dale Pollock might have to say on the matter of the Sequel Trilogy now.

According to Owen Likes Comics:

Likewise, the thematic inspiration for the possible sequel trilogy were outlined by George Lucas himself, in an interview published in Denise Worrell’s 1983 book Icons: Intimate Portraits. In the chapter entitled “The Dark Side of George Lucas”, Lucas is reported to have only a vague notion of what will happen in the three films of a sequel trilogy. He is quoted as saying:

If the first trilogy is social and political and talks about how society evolves, Star Wars is more about personal growth and self realization, and the third deals with moral and philosophical problems. The sequel is about Jedi Knighthood, justice, confrontation, and passing on what you have learned.”

Here is some additional concept art for the Sequel Trilogy, though I’m not certain if these were produced before or after Lucasfilm’s sale to Disney.  Either way, they look far more interesting than anything that actually ended up in Disney’s Sequel Trilogy films:

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A tormented Anakin Force ghost torn between the light and the dark.

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A Jedi killer character

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Another Jedi killer concept.

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Alas, poor Yorrick, I knew him [well]!

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Junk Castle

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Kira in training.

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Female protagonist Kira.

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Darth Talon

According to Naboo News, Darth Talon from the Extended Universe appears to have played a role in the Sequel Trilogy as one of the primary villains, who seduces Han Solo’s son to the dark side of the force.  According to Futurism:

Among them comes a member of the One Sith under the name of Darth Talon. In the One Sith, Darth Talon served as a personal assassin for the Emperor and Sith Lord Darth Krayt. Trained as a child to be a Sith Lord, Darth Talon finished her training after many years, and slew her former mentor in cold blood under Darth Krayt. With her dedication at hand, Talon was anointed as a Sith Lord of the One Sith.

Not only did her power arise from a lifetime of training, it was furthered by her desire to serve under Darth Krayt alongside Darth Nihilus and Darth Maladi, among many other.

As a member of the One Sith, Darth Talon was not one to give up on her hunt. Due to her failure to capture Princess Marasiah Fel because of Cade Skywalker, Darth Talon went to every way possible to ensure she would find her mark. Through her hunt to take down Emperor Roan Fel, Darth Talon went to every means necessary, including killing Princess Fel’s personal mentor and guardian by the name of Elke Vetter. That, of course, didn’t happen till after cutting off Vetter’s arm and leg to obtain what information she needed about the princess’ whereabouts.

She even attempted sabotage of a Jedi ship after sending the planet Vendaxo’s wild life after them. Due to her failure to kill Princess Fel, Darth Talon’s life was spared, and ultimately, her orders were to hunt down Cade Skywalker. The ultimate goal would be to turn the last scion of the Skywalker bloodline into a Sith Lord due to his ability to control the Force.

Though it’s not clear how close to the EU mythology the Sequel Trilogy incarnation of the Darth Talon character would be.

According to The Art of The Last Jedi, Han Solo’s son was to become a Jedi Killer.

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The lower panels in this concept art seem to show a steaming love scene, suggesting that the Sequel Trilogy may have been meant for older audiences.

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Fire & Ice Double Lightsaber

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Kira exploring submerged Death Star 2.0 wreckage.

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Emperor’s throne room under water.

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In terms of visual design, the Prequel Trilogy had a kind of World War I era motif, where the ships and designs looked largely hand made, or made in a fabrication shop.  The Original Trilogy had an industrial World War II motif, what people now refer to as Diesel Punk.  But in some of the designs that we see from George Lucas’ Sequel Trilogy, it appears that he may have intended to push the art design forward to a more Viet Nam era motif, similar to the Viet Nam era motif of the designs that we see in James Cameron’s Aliens.  This in turn makes me wonder if the art design for any potential Episode X through XII might have had a more 1980s Cold War era motif, to further demonstrate the passage of time through changing design motifs.

Given what has been said about George Lucas’ Sequel Trilogy being “ethereal” and “on another plane,” I have to wonder if he intended to expand on material that was explored in The Clone Wars episodes, Overlords, Altar of Mortis, and Ghosts of Mortis.

George Lucas has made some statements in regards to focusing on the Whills in the Sequel Trilogy.

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According to Naboo News, the Whills were referenced in a line from an early draft of The Revenge of the Sith screenplay:

QUI-GON: (V.O.) The ability to defy oblivion can be achieved, but only for oneself. It was accomplished by a Shaman of the Whills. It is a state acquired through compassion, not greed.

What are the Whills?  According to George Lucas:

“Originally, I was trying to have the story be told by somebody else; there was somebody watching this whole story and recording it, somebody probably wiser than the mortal players in the actual events. I eventually dropped this idea, and the concepts behind the Whills turned into the Force. But the Whills became part of this massive amount of notes, quotes, background information that I used for the scripts; the stories were actually taken from the Journal of the Whills.”

According to Slashfilm.com, Lucas stated:

“Back in the day, I used to say ultimately what this means is we were just cars, vehicles, for the Whills to travel around in…We’re vessels for them. And the conduit is the midi-chlorians. The midi-chlorians are the ones that communicate with the Whills. The Whills, in a general sense, they are the Force.”

The Whills sound suspiciously like a soul.

This concept seems to be touched upon in The Clone Wars episodes, Voices, Destiny, and Sacrifice, where Yoda travels to the center of the Galaxy to a planet which holds the wellspring of the Force, and the source of midi-chlorians.  The Living Force, the Unifying Force, and the Cosmic Force are explored here.

I also wonder, if the Sequel Trilogy was meant to be much more mature than the preceding films.  Episode I was very much for little kids.  Episode II & III, for older kids, but still for kids.  Episode IV, V and VI, were mainly an all ages affair, but probably primarily aimed at early to mid teenagers.  So if the Sequel Trilogy continued that trend, and matured into more adult material, that would mean that a person could start with Episode I as a little kid, and watch continuing episodes as they grew up.  The material in the movies would mature along with the viewer as the episodes went along.

It’s likely that we’ll never know the full extent of what we missed out on.  But there may be more hints and tidbits about George Lucas’s Sequel Trilogy out there in articles and Mark Hamill interviews for those willing to hunt for the material.  Perhaps together as a fan base we could piece together the real Sequel Trilogy story.  A great place to start looking would be the old Starlog Magazines, the entire library of which is now available online for free courtesy of archive.org, right here.

Mark Hamill wished hey had stayed closer to George Lucas’ vision for the Sequel Trilogy, according to Metro:

Mark Hamill has now admitted that he is a little disappointed that Lucas is no longer involved, while also registering his disappointment that the powers that be over at the studio weren’t “more accepting of his guidance and advice.”

“What I wish is that they had been more accepting of his guidance and advice. Because he had an outline for ‘7,’ ‘8,’ and ‘9’. And it is vastly different to what they have done.”

Wouldn’t it be nice to get a comic book series telling the story of George Lucas’ intended vision for the Sequel Trilogy?  It wouldn’t be out of the ordinary, since the Star Wars franchise has already previously published alternate versions of the Star Wars Saga.  Maybe folks reading this can send Mark Hamill a friendly tweet, and ask him what the chances are of getting such a comic series.

#RealSequelTrilogyComic

 

Freddie Prinze Jr. Convinced Me Not To Buy Rebels On DVD

I enjoyed David Filoni’s Clone Wars animated series immensely, and actually rewatch it from time to time.  The artwork is stunning and unparalleled.

I tried Rebels, but after the first few episodes, I just couldn’t get into it.  It was mainly because the Sabine character was just far too silly to me.  So I dropped out.

But since then, I’ve read a number of people who have generally good things to say about the series.  And since I’ve enjoyed David Filoni’s previous work on the Clone Wars, I thought I’d give REBELS a shot, and buy it on DVD.  I was about to change my mind on REBELS.

But that thought was cured instantly after I read the massively ignorant tweets of REBELS voice star, Freddie Prinze Jr.

It all started with Freddie Prinze Jr. tweeting a comment about how Pablo Hidalgo needs a raise, because someone complained to him that Alden Ehrenreich doesn’t look or sound anything like Harrison Ford:

Am I missing something here?  Was Pablo Hildago the casting director for Solo?  Why would he deserve a raise for this?  For being forced to consider the criticism?

But that’s not the comedy gold that changed my decision as to whether or not to purchase REBELS.  The conversation continued in that thread on Twitter, and then Freddie dropped this bomb:

Beyond the fashionably bigoted remark about white people that is all the rage among today’s SJW ignorati, what the hell is Freddie Prinze Jr. talking about?

Admittedly, I’m an out-of-shape average middle aged man myself, but I’ve never fantasized about Han giving me the Falcon.  Not once.  When I’ve thought about what a genuine Sequel Trilogy might look like, Han and the Falcon don’t show up at all.  In my mind, it would have been a new trilogy that wouldn’t try to ride on the coat tails of the Original Trilogy.  It would have all brand new ideas, and maybe include Luke Skywalker as an Obi-Wan type supporting character.  I never thought of Han giving the Falcon to….anyone.  30 years later, I figured the Falcon would be sitting in an intergalactic boneyard, having been towed away by a Corellian AAA long ago.

Has anyone fantasized about Han giving them the Falcon?  Anyone?

But beyond that, the fact that Freddie Prinze Jr. tells others to take joy in someone else’s pain and grief (whether real or imagined) tells you just about all you need to know about the SJW mentality at today’s Lucasfilm.

The conversation continued on Twitter, and a fan made the following perfectly rational comment in response:

To which Freddie Prinze Jr. stupidly replied:

Imagine pulling up at at a Burger King drive thru.  You order a Whopper, done your way, right away.  You pull up to the window, and the teenager hands you a chicken sandwich instead.  You complain, but the teenager shrugs his shoulders and tells you, “Burger King has a business plan and it’s working, so your opinion doesn’t matter.”  And then imagine that the teenager then proceeds to insult you with some adolescent body shaming and ageist slurs.  How likely would you be to frequent that business in the future, or recommend that others frequent that business?  Probably not very likely.

Only now, you’re getting this adolescent rant from a graying has-been tween beefcake, who really ought to know better at his age.

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Business Guru Freddie thinks that people will buy his ship no matter what.

It probably doesn’t occur to Freddie’s microscopic pea-brain, that the resorts he speaks of are largely sold out to the very average out-of-shape guys that he insults.  Average out-of-shape guys who bring their whole family.  And some of those average out-of-shape guys are even as lily white as Freddie himself appears to be.  Freddie might think that Lucasfilm is appealing to a new generation of kids.  But kids of any generation, don’t generally buy their own toys, or make their own reservations at resorts.  Kids generally tend to rely on their average out-of-shape parents to do that for them.  Of course, the average out-of-shape parents have to be willing.

The box office for The Last Jedi, and the waning toy and merchandise sales demonstrate that normal people are not frequenting the Star Wars franchise as often as they used to.  Lucasfilm can have the perfect business plan all they like, but it doesn’t amount to a hill of beans if people start walking away from their franchise.  And it appears that people are.

When I said that writing Lucasfilm and Hasbro wouldn’t work, I honestly wasn’t trying to be contrary or difficult.  This is the mentality that you’re fighting.  You’re writing to people who don’t care about your opinions.  So the only thing that might work, is to simply walk away from the franchise altogether and deprive Disney of revenue, and then sit back and watch what that does to their business model.

The only thing that stalker Freddie is slaying here is his own fading D-List celebrity.

Maybe Freddie needs to watch the following video:

 

UPDATE:

SC Reviews found some additional humdingers from Freddie:

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This gentleman has some great insight on this matter:

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Geeks + Gamers adds their own commentary:

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Another Response to Freddie from Abu Nas:

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World Class Bullshitters has their own say:

Conflict Between Alden and Ron Howard?

SC Reviews has an interesting perspective on the recent Esquire interview with Alden Ehrenreich:

From Esquire:

Of Lord and Miller, Ehrenreich says, “They had a different style than Ron in terms of the way we were working.” He’s not sure what their Solo would have been like. He liked the script. He liked them as directors. He can’t say whether they were really taking an Apatovian riffs-over-script approach. “From the first screen test on, we played around with it a lot. We tried a lot of different things, rethinking behind the scenes,” he says. “That was yielding a different movie than the other factions wanted. I knew what I was doing, but in terms of what that adds up to, you’re so in the dark as an actor. You don’t know what it’s shaping up to be, how they’re editing it, so it’s kind of impossible without having seen those things to know what the difference [of opinion] was, or exactly what created those differences.”

He wasn’t told that Lord and Miller were being replaced until it happened, he says. The directors themselves told him almost immediately. “They said, ‘We were let go,’ and that’s it. They had mentioned there were some disagreements before, but they didn’t get into it. They wished me the best with the rest of the movie. On a personal level, it felt emotional, for them to be going after we’d set out on that course together. Because I spent a lot of time with them, and we had a really good relationship—they also cast me. But I think at that point, they were kind of on board with [the decision], too. Like, ‘This is what’s happening.’ That’s not what they said to me, but that was the vibe I got.”

Ehrenreich says the fan-press rumor that it was he who approached Kennedy with concerns about Lord and Miller is “not at all” true, that he couldn’t imagine ever making a call like that “unless people were being put in danger or something.”

He also insists that the story about Lucasfilm forcing Lord and Miller to bring in an acting coach—later identified as writer- director Maggie Kiley—to work on his performance has been mischaracterized: “She was part of conversations that happened for a couple weeks at one point,” Ehrenreich says, “but that was basically it.” (Lord and Miller say that Kiley is someone they’d worked with on previous films and that they brought her on Solo as a resource for the entire cast as well as themselves.) As for the various stories about the Solo crew breaking into spontaneous applause upon hearing of Howard’s appointment or (depending on which account you read) Lord and Miller’s firing?

“That’s bullshit,” Ehrenreich says. “For a crew to do that would mean they hated [Lord and Miller], which was not by any stretch the case.”

The production went dark for almost three weeks between Lord and Miller’s sacking and Howard’s arrival. “It was this period of going, What if they get somebody that you don’t get along with? What if they get somebody that has a totally different vision?” Ehrenreich admits. But he adds that Howard won over the cast and crew quickly.

“Everybody’s hackles are raised a bit, and Ron had this ability to come in and deal with morale and get everybody enthusiastic about, A, what we’d already shot, because I think his feeling was that a lot of what we’d already done was really good, and, B, the direction for the next piece of it. He knew how to navigate a tricky situation, and almost from the first or second day everybody pretty quickly recharged and got excited again about the movie.” (Lord and Miller ended up with executive-producer credits on the film. Everyone involved is cagey about how much of their material ended up in the final cut.)

It’s interesting that these sentiments towards Lord & Miller, are similar to sentiments expressed previously be fellow cast members who also worked under the duo on this film.

“Obviously, it was a surprise. I love Phil and Chris — everybody loves Phil and Chris — they’re so brilliant.” -Thandie Newton

“I will tell you this much though,” Williams adds. “What saddens me most is I was very proud of the work that I did. What I believe I have created with Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson and Alden [Ehrenreich, who plays Solo]… I thought it was some great work. We was on the spaceship, and we all had these amazing scenes together, and I thought it was a great opportunity, and I thought it was some great stuff. It’s unfortunate the world won’t get to see it.” – Michael K. Williams

People who worked with Lord & Miller on this film, seem to have good things to say about their experiences.

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I can’t find any pics of Howard with his arm around Alden…

Ethan Van Sciver, puts forth the theory that Alden Eherenreich also has a bit of a beef with Ron Howard, and that it was Ron Howard himself who leaked rumors that Alden couldn’t act.  Ethan also suggests that the reason that Alden let it slip that he’s signed up for three films, is that perhaps Lucasfilm may be looking to fire Alden, if Ron Howard doesn’t particularly care for him.

I’d only add, that if any of this is the case, then we should start to see comments from other cast and crew members echoing issues with Ron Howard.  The truth will eventually come out, because it always does.

In all of this though, I can’t help but think of Lord & Miller’s reactions and responses about the casting of Alden in the following video.  They don’t really appear to be too happy about the topic.  Something seems amiss and awkward with regards to Alden’s casting.

Don’t Be Fooled By The He/She Back And Forth In Enfys Nest Marketing

I’ve previously discussed how Enfys Nest is in fact Qi’Ra in disguise.  I’ve also discussed the contradictory pronouns in Enfys Nest marketing material that are meant to protect the integrity of the big reveal of Enfys Nest as Qi’Ra in the film’s purported twist ending.  Now comes word of more pronoun contradictions from Jeremy at Geeks + Gamers.

Expect more to follow.

Do not be fooled by this marketing ploy.

What the political activists at Lucasfilm are attempting to do is deliver another moronic social justice lesson.  After the film is released, the cast and crew will talk about how brilliant it was to put out contradictory information on Enfys Nest’s gender in order to keep people guessing, and how it really goes to show that gender equality is a real thing, and that you shouldn’t let gender bias affect your viewpoints, and it’s going to be a really hard lesson for the chauvinist character Han Solo to learn, and don’t all those means-spirited middle-aged OT fans feel stupid for calling Rey a Mary Sue, and don’t all those misogynists feel silly for roasting Rose Tico and Holdo, because this really shows everyone that girls can be just as manly as men can be, because nobody had a clue what Enfys Nest’s gender was…yadda, yadda, yadda.

In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if all the Behind-The-Scenes Blu-Ray extras for this film, recording the cast and crew saying all of that, has already been recorded and edited.

But anyone with even a cursory knowledge of life drawing and the human anatomy, and the thought process involved in SJW political activism, will be able to see right through this transparent charade:

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Social justice politics are no mystery.

Shipper Bait

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Chris Lee of Vulture.com reports on a 6 minute sequence from Solo shown at CinemaCon:

As the pile of chips grows in front of Han — whom Lando first calls “Haaan” before being corrected — Lando begins to lose his cool. Just then, Solo goes all in, pushing all his money into the pot. “Whoa, whoa, whoa, slow down,” Lando says. “You might want to quit while you’re ahead.”

“You might want to quit while you’re behind,” Han responds.

“You’re adorable,” Lando fires back.

A ripple of recognition shuddered through the Caesar’s Palace Ballroom as conventioneers registered this film’s reinterpretation of Star Wars’ iconic rivals. Despite months of negative buzz and the uncertainty surrounding Solo in light of its original directors being fired and replaced, suffice it to say the material played well in the room.

Normal people would interpret this as banter between rivals as one attempts to belittle the other.

But you can bet your bottom dollar, that Hando shippers will be swooning over this from now until the movie’s release.

Alden Confirms That He Is Signed Up For Three Han Solo Films

Alex Pappadamas from Esquire interviews Alden Ehrenreich.  It’s a lengthy article that goes into some of the controversies around the production, with new statements from Lord & Miller which contradict earlier rumors, and so on and so forth.  As far as I’m’ concerned, the real story won’t really come out until everyone’s NDAs expire.

But there was this little interesting tidbit:

I ask Ehrenreich how many he’s signed up for.

“Three,” he says, then flinches, understanding he may have just created a disturbance in the Force. “I don’t know if that’s officially, uh, public. But—yeah.” 

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Triple your pleasure, triple your fun.

Star Peace

I previously discussed the controversy over the removal of the blasters from the International Solo posters.  I also discussed Disney’s purported response to the removal, and how it conflicted with the known political climate in Brazil over the public debate on firearms.  I explained how it didn’t matter if the posters were international, since the political motivation for removing the blasters was the same despite being designed for Brazil.  I then repeated that explanation in response to Star Wars Explained’s inappropriate admonishment of Jeremy at Geeks + Gamers.

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Now Jeremy has discovered the same altered blasterless character images, now being used for American character posters.

If you still doubt that there is a political agenda at work here, read the following sentence from the new Han Solo novel Last Shot, which describes what happened when Han Solo brought a toy blaster home for a young Kylo Ren to play with:

He brought Ben a play blaster from Burundang and he was encouraging his violent side;

Pretty soon, every commanding officer in the Resistance will be some sort of space hippie like Holdo.

UPDATE:

Just a point of clarification here.

Jeremy is not speaking about the British Solo posters, which were released on the Star Wars UK Twitter feed, all of which sport blasters:

 

Rather what Jeremy is referring to instead, are the new blasterless character posters for the United States:

If you’ll recall, Disney purported responded to ScreenRant, specifically stating that, “First of all, the posters arent for the United States. They’re posters for Brazil.”

And yet, here are the very same blasterless images now in the United States poster. Compare and contrast:

Maybe Disney is trolling us.

 

The Secret Of Poe’s Jacket

It seems that Lucasfilm Story Group just can’t stop writing about Poe’s jacket, making it almost a character unto itself.

According to Sara Moran from ScreenRant, the latest issue of the Poe Dameron comic book lets fans know the real reason that Poe let Finn keep his jacket.

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It won’t eject because the writers of TFA didn’t think about ejection seats when they wrote the screenplay.

In his telling of this tale, Poe reveals it was him who triggered Finn’s ejector seat in the TIE (something Finn thought had happened automatically) but when he tried to eject himself, his jacket was jamming the mechanism.

Poe curses the “blasted jacket,” explaining that because of its role in nearly killing him, he was perfectly happy with Finn becoming its new owner.

Fascinating.

 

Han Solo Novel Last Shot Unintentionally Retcons The Force Awakens

Among the tales of Han Solo’s baby sitting, and Lando Calrissian’s admiration of his own genitalia, Last Shot readers also get treated to the high adventure of Han Solo’s mid-life crisis.

James Whitbrook of i09 reports:

Daniel José Older’s new Star Wars novel, Last Shot, was bundled up with the recent wave of Solo: A Star Wars Story-themed book announcements. But while there are parts of it that deal with the early lives of Han and Lando, it’s at its best when it’s set decades after the upcoming movie, as the two come to terms with leaving their past—and their youth—behind.

…set approximately two years after Return of the Jedi and the Battle of Jakku, with Han pulled away from his family by Lando into a new adventure tying up the other arcs of the book through its mysterious villain, a sort of Dr. Frankenstein-for-droids figure named Fryzen Gor. That contrast is to starkly remind us of one thing: Han and Lando grew up.

From Han’s point of view in this time period, getting old is a petrifying and new thing to him, as he tries to balance his new homelife looking after a 2-year-old Ben Solo with a wife constantly caught up in the bureaucratic quagmire of establishing the New Republic (a New Republic that frequently wants Han to get caught up in its administration as well, much to his chagrin).

Han’s unease, so potent that it almost feels uncharacteristic for the smuggler-turned-Rebel-hero who helped bring down the Empire. How does a guy who’s spent most of his adult life on the run, solving problems with lies and deals and liberal amounts of blasterfire, know how to be a parent? Can he be the father he never really knew, or the husband he never thought he’d be, to a child and wife who unquestionably, thoroughly love him?

Han finds himself worryingly holo-calling home every time he has a moment to check up on Leia and Ben, and at one point late on in the novel he admits that he has no idea if he’s comfortable being out among the stars as a pilot anymore, doing the things he’s loved his whole life, when he knows should be back home raising Ben—despite the fact he has no idea if anything he’s doing with his son is actually good for the child.

But it’s also important reminder that these characters we’ve known and loved for years—decades, rather, of learning more and more about them over years of books and comics and movies, as we’re about to do so again with Solo next month—are not trapped in amber. They are confronted with maturity and aging and realities of lives outside of spaceship battles and daring rebellions, just as we all eventually become (well, at least without the spaceship battles and daring rebellions bit). And in confronting those very real emotions in Han and Lando, Last Shot becomes far more interesting than you might expect a supposed Solo tie-in novel to really be.

Okay.  So riddle me this: if Han Solo “grew up” 2 years after Return of the Jedi, and becomes a boring suburbanite dad while eschewing a life of adventure, then how come we see him in Episode VII as the same smuggler character we first met in Episode IV before his arc was finished in Episode VI?