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.

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Liberal Wanted The Last Jedi To Be More Liberal

Ian Harris writes a piece in The Michigan Daily entitled, ‘The Last Jedi’ and the state of film criticism.

But what I take even more of an issue with than the film itself is the discussion surrounding it.

I find myself in the same place, but for different reasons.

The originals are generally loved and the prequels generally loathed, with “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One” both falling somewhere in the pretty-good-or-maybe-great-but-not-amazing range.

I’d have to disagree.  Rather, it seems to be the Sequel Trilogy that is now generally loathed, with the Prequel Trilogy having mixed opinions.

Before it was released in theaters worldwide, “The Last Jedi” boasted a stellar 94 percent on the critical aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes. That number has since gone down to a still impressive 90 percent. But for whatever reason, audiences didn’t take to the film in the same way. The audience score on the same website currently sits at a middling 49 percent, the worst ever for a “Star Wars” picture. 

That reason is politics.  As the recent Oscars demonstrated, those working within the industry are ruled by the political fashions of the day.  It affects absolutely everything they do.  Critics are no different; they have based their reviews of the film on the political lectures they received which they found agreeable, to the exclusion of genuine film craft considerations.

But rather than a productive debate about the merits of the movie’s themes, commentary on its characters or possibly what it was actually trying to say and whether or not it succeeded in it, much of the discussion that surrounds “The Last Jedi” resembles that of a political debate or a Twitter feud between celebrities.

That’s because the Star Wars franchise has now become the latest skirmish in the much larger cold culture civil war.

One of the prominent narratives that surrounds this film is that the people who don’t like “The Last Jedi” don’t like it for one of the following reasons: All of its main characters are either women or people of color, it doesn’t respect white males and makes all the male characters stupid and they can’t let go of the old “Star Wars” they remember from when they are kids.

That of course is entirely incorrect.  No such narrative exists, prominent or otherwise.  Rather, that is a purely imaginary point that SJWs have wholly fabricated in order to have something to argue against, in an effort to defend the political messaging in the film.

Think about this logically for a moment.

What sense would it make for long time fans to be upset over the inclusion of female or non-white characters, when both female and non-white characters have been in Star Wars throughout its entire 40 year history, going back to the very beginning.

What sense would it make for any fans to be upset over the inclusion of female or non-white characters so suddenly with The Last Jedi, when its predecessor The Force Awakens was generally well received?  Why would they suddenly become enraged over such things now?

Of course it doesn’t make any sense, which is why SJWs believe it to be true.  None of what Harris is contending here has any basis in factual reality.  I understand that SJWs believe that it’s still 1968, and really want it to be.  But in reality it’s actually 2018.  These battles were fought and won 40 years ago or more.

Now let me preface this by saying that by no means are these the only criticisms being leveled at the film’s detractors, but they are the ones making the loudest splash and the ones that are most dangerous for allowing us to have a meaningful discussion about the film itself.

No.  What’s actually making the loudest splash are the SJWs arguing against these non-existent points, much in the same way that they virtue signaled one another over the equally imaginary black stormtrooper controversy.

That’s one of the more fascinating aspects of SJW psychopathology.  SJWs are compelled to argue against points that no one is making.

One article that was making the rounds over this past weekend was titled “Why So Many Men Hate ‘The Last Jedi’ But Can’t Agree on Why.”

Yes, I’ve commented on that silly article.

The author’s argument essentially boils down to this: “Because there is no central criticism of this film that everyone agrees upon, the reason people don’t like it must be sexism.”  She points to the prequel films as examples of films everyone agrees are bad for the same specific reasons and uses that to explain that if “The Last Jedi” were actually a bad movie, everyone would have the same criticisms of it.

To which I explain:

Not necessarily.  This assumes that there’s a heated disagreement as to why The Last Jedi is bad.  Rather, what this merely shows is that there’s multiple reasons why The Last Jedi is bad.  Moreover, movie viewers are allowed to have differing opinions as to why they might not like a film, just as they are allowed to have differing opinions as to why they might like a film.  This really isn’t evidence of anything more than the existence of differing opinions.  Differing opinions are what happens when people aren’t forced to comply with the consensus of the collective.

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” ~George Patton

Ian continues:

Art is, by its very nature, subjective.

Actually, that is entirely incorrect.  The notion that art is entirely subjective is a myth that is pushed primarily by those with no education or training in the arts.  Art has objective standards that one can be trained in and judged by.  Therefore, art cannot be entirely subjective.  It’s that simple.

Taste is subjective, art is not.

It’s perfectly reasonable to like bad movies.  Many people do; the fans and producers of MST3K for instance.  But it’s important to recognize that a movie is bad, even when it’s liked.  One of the worst movies ever made, Highlander II: The Quickening, is one of my favorites.  It’s such a clusterfarkle of bad ideas that I find it wholly entertaining to watch.  But I’m able to recognize that it’s not a good film despite the pleasure it brings me.  I don’t allow my personal taste to affect my objectivity.

I think that it is important that we as liberals not (to quote “Revenge of the Sith”) become the very thing we want to destroy. If we attack anyone who criticizes a movie that features a woman in the starring role simply because the movie features a woman in the starring role, we do ourselves a disservice. 

Yet that’s what you do anyway.  Read the sentences you wrote above about the purely imaginary points that you’re arguing against.  You cannot help yourselves.

Do I think there are probably some crazy people out there who hate “The Last Jedi” because it’s about a female Jedi, a Black stormtrooper and a Resistance led by women and people of color? Yes, of course, there are those people. But those people probably also hated the similarly diverse “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One” and neither of those movies created the kind of division that “The Last Jedi” did.

And yet, genuine posts that openly state such things can’t be found.  We can’t be certain that the few that have been pointed to aren’t posted by SJW activists perpetrating a hate hoax in order to prove a point that doesn’t exist, as was the case with the De-Feminized Fan Edit.

My issues with “The Last Jedi” involve basically every single part of the film, but what I do not have any issue with is the casting or the nature of the characters. Far from it, I believe these characters and these actors have been severely underserved by the story they were given. 

I agree, and have said so multiple times on this blog.

She is a gifted actress who had a great character in the first movie that I believe was wasted in “The Last Jedi.”

Her character really wasn’t any better in The Force Awakens, once the nostalgia goggles are removed.

Rey basically sits on the sidelines for the entire third act of the film, in which Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren take center stage. Her entire storyline revolves around needing a man to bring back to the fight (first Luke, then Kylo).

Yes, but she then gets to lecture that man about what he’s done and why he did it, as though she were there or has any wisdom of her own, then prances off as Yoda informs the audience that she already knows everything in the Jedi books.  But remember, she’s not a Mary Sue.

I don’t believe that “The Last Jedi” is bad because it stars a woman.

Nobody does.  But it probably makes you feel bold to type that sentence out anyway.

I believe that it is bad because it doesn’t feature its main character (who happens to be a woman) nearly enough. It makes Rey into an agent of Luke and Kylo’s storylines, rather than using them as supporting players in hers.  

All Luke did was milk some alien nipples and project a Force Doppelganger.  Are you sure that you understand the distinction between main and supporting characters?  Do you know what an ensemble is?

“The Last Jedi” wants to be seen as the most progressive and forward-thinking “Star Wars” yet, but in the last act of the film, it gives up on all of that to fall back on everything it claims it wants to forget. The film purports to be about realizing your heroes were flawed and not looking for an old man to come and face down an entire evil army, and then at the end of the movie Luke Skywalker comes out of hiding to face down an entire evil army. 

In the lamest fashion possible.

Seemingly the entire point of Benicio Del Toro’s character was to show that this isn’t a conflict with straight lines of good and evil, but one filled with shades of grey. And yet at the end of the movie, we are left with good guys vs. bad guys, one side that blows up planets and one side that saves lives. Rey and Kylo Ren are supposedly conflicted characters grappling with the darkness and light inside of them, but at the end of the movie Rey is unquestionably good and Kylo is unquestionably evil. There is no moral ambiguity about the ending of “The Last Jedi.”

That’s the result of stupidly insisting on a fan-ficish “remnants of the Empire” scenario.  Good vs. evil is the only possible outcome in that setting.

Even the movie’s attempts to critique the Han Solo archetype Poe Dameron fell flat on its face. While he is chastised early on for having a dumb plan that gets a few people killed, he later initiates an even dumber plan that leads to all but 10 members of the Resistance getting killed and nobody seems to care.

Not even the women in charge who lead all but a dozen or so Resistance fighters to their deaths.

Regardless, we should be able to have a conversation about a movie about space wizards who can make rocks move and fly through space without becoming mortal enemies in the process. 

Ahh.  The commonly parroted “space wizards” remark.  The remark that demonstrates that SJWs should never have been allowed anywhere near this franchise.  Before the Sequel Trilogy was released, Lucasfilm advertised TFA as “The Cinematic Event of a generation.”  Now that the franchise sucks thanks to ridiculous things like Kal-Leia, it’s just a movie about “space wizards with laser swords.”  Go read some Joseph Campbell for Pete’s sake, will ya?

Seriously though, a reasonable conversation with people who make and perpetuate false accusations in an effort to protect political messaging is highly unlikely.

But then again, I hated the movie, and from what I understand that must mean I just didn’t get it.

Or that you’re racist, sexist, and/or misogynist.

I understand that Harris is trying to articulate his dislike of the film from his liberal point of view.  But pay close attention to the nature of his complaints.  For Harris, the film wasn’t liberal enough.  If Harris had his way, the film would be far far worse.  So much so that he might have even named the main character Rey Bechdella.

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Some fashion glasses would help make The Last Jedi more liberal.

Thanks to SC Reviews for finding this article.

Great Movies Let Us Down

The mental gymnastics being performed to apologize for the steaming pile of social justice propaganda that is The Last Jedi are absolutely amazing.

Jason Burke from fansided.com tells us that Rian’s movie was great because it showed us how everything we liked about the franchise really just sucked in an article entitled, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the ultimate letdown movie and that’s why it’s so great.

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The greatest movie of all time.

In it he writes:

Tasked with the impossible expectation of repairing, rebooting and continuing the most beloved franchise in modern history, J.J. Abrams didn’t shirk away from his responsibilities. 

The franchise wasn’t in need of repair.  It was trucking along just fine with The Clone Wars and was already preparing to produce the Sequel Trilogy before its sale to Disney.

So careful in his execution to get “that” feel of the classics, once discarded by George Lucas quicker than Anakin’s limbs tumbling into a molten lava river, that his new version of our heroes and their adventures bordered on plagiarism.

Wow.  So SJWs have fallen in love with Rian Johnson’s propagandist subversion so much, that they’re now turning on JJ Abrams.  JJ certainly has his work cut out for him in Episode IX.

Whatever you think, it worked.

No.  It didn’t.

Disney could give you 2.068 billion little green pieces why they would agree.

Well sure, but they cooked the Golden Goose.

Accepting The Force Awakens for what it was on the surface, a reboot/sequel akin to A New Hope, maybe on some subconscious level, we all were hoping for The Empire Strikes Back Redux. We didn’t get that movie.

No kidding.  Tell that to all the people dredging up old criticism of The Empire Strikes Back in an attempt to liken the two.

Rian Johnson’s script made sure to crap all over whatever Abrams tried to recapture and your childhood at the same time. 

Gee, thanks Rian Johnson.

 He made sure to show you that the Force was more than mind tricks and moving rocks, a la, Leia morphing into a crystalline Star-Lord in the dark chasm of space before performing her best Mary Poppins impersonation.

Which is why the Force is now gobbledygook, as Lucas feared it would become.

He made sure to show you that allegiance is just a strange synonym for whoever gets you through the moment as DJ (Lando-lite played by Benicio Del Toro) plays both sides only to live and get paid — means to an end.

Kind of like the allegiance of fans to a franchise…

And, that legends are just propped up myths, flawed and human and still prone to making the same mistakes that beset them on this journey.

And just think, if fans had only come to that realization 40 years ago, they never would have bothered with the Star Wars franchise to begin with.  Fans could have saved themselves a whole lot of money over the decades.

The Last Jedi is a beautiful letdown

The Last Jedi is a complete letdown and beautiful one at that. 

Is a beautiful letdown anything like a grotesque uplifting?

Written from the perspective of a man who walked into Kathleen Kennedy’s office and said, “You know, the script seemed to take off about halfway through when I dropped enough acid to kill an actual Wookie.” And, she said, “Ok, great!”

That actually makes some sense.

We were expected to get answers to questions like: What is Rey’s mysterious lineage?  How did Snoke manage to corrupt Ben Solo and create The First Order?

How did Rey become so flawless in everything she does?

Who cares, he said.

Many of the fans are saying that now.

“Well, where were the Knights of Ren we’ve waited to see? Where was the ultimate lightsaber showdown that has become the staple of all Star Wars films? It was deeper than that.

One man’s depth is another man’s shallow.

All the characters, like Disney’s version of the franchise, are struggling to move forward.

Disney’s version of the franchise is struggling to move forward all right.  Ha!

Caught up in the cosmic ordeal of light and dark, of bloodlines and perpetual war. Stuck in an endless loop –The Jedi and the Sith have waged the same fight over and over, only the names and the combatants have changed.

Which is what kept people coming back to the franchise for 40 years.

Poe has the looks and heart of a natural leader, unrivaled as a pilot, but he wants to play the hero.

He’s also a seamstress apparently.

He shows an absolute lack of discipline and focuses when taking out a dreadnaught, another superweapon with flawed engineering, that he sacrifices an entire bomber fleet against Leia’s wishes.

To his disappointment, he loses rank with his general, but he still hasn’t learned a valuable lesson: he can’t win the war by himself, not in one moment, and not by himself. Instead of reflecting, Poe goes on a rogue and treasonous run, until finally, in the end, watching Luke, he understands that sacrifice and living another day can be the spark for the rebellion.

Yes.  Rebellions are often won by turning tail and running away.  What a fine lesson indeed.

Finn finds life outside the conflict is more gray than black and white. Rose tries to show Finn what the fight is truly about as the Star Wars galaxy’s version of the one percent on Canto Bight, the arms dealers, live lavishly, profiting from war and slavery. Even The Resistance funnels payments to them to acquire weapons for the fight. But, more than that, Finn is still trying to reconcile his place within this new life as a person and not a number before Rose shows him the things worth fighting for.

Rose Tico’s moronic social justice lectures to the audience do not apply to the real world.  The whole point of myth is to teach lessons that have applications in the real world.  They’re a way for youth to gain wisdom, without having to live through those experiences themselves.  There’s no wisdom in Rose Tico’s lectures because they don’t apply to reality.

The holy triumvirate of the force; Luke, Rey, and Kylo are essentially struggling with what has weighed us all down at one time or another: the past.

Rey finally meets Luke, a man who was revered through the galaxy as a mythical hero, a space god with a laser sword, only to find a cynical old hermit who has cut himself off from the Force altogether. Give him a bottle of Jack, some Lucky’s and the best Mark Hamill Joker voice, and he’s the perfect hobo.

He believes that the galaxy’s dysfunction stems from the hubris of the Jedi and Sith and that he was complicit in that arrogance by believing in his own legend — that he failed a boy with that mighty Skywalker blood. Through Rey’s persistence and a little help from your friendly neighborhood force ghost, Yoda, Luke realizes that the Jedi can endure as long as they evolve.

So the Jedi never really returned at all, rendering the title of Episode VI utterly meaningless.  Great.

Rey deals with the past in her way. She, like, the audience, believe there is more — that her parents must be someone. She must be a Skywalker, a Solo, Ben Kenobi’s granddaughter or the reincarnation of Anakin Skywalker (an idea I love but would never work). Sadly, unexpectedly, quite shockingly, we find out she’s nobody, and it’s brilliant.

Boy, are you SJWs going to be pissed when JJ Abrams retcons that in Episode IX by revealing to us that Kylo lied to Ren just as Ben lied to Luke about his parentage, and that Rey is really Luke’s niece as he claims in the novelization.  Or maybe it will all still be brilliant.

See, before the midi-chlorians and the Jedi temples, before the sequels and prequels and the expanded universe, Star Wars was much simpler. In some ways, it was about something more relatable, our place.  We were all Luke Skywalker. A farm boy who felt stuck with what his uncle and the universe thought he should be — gazing out amongst double sunsets with the comprised posture of someone just waiting for the opportunity to bust out of his own skin and jump on the first cruiser, laser beaming him straight off the planet.

What George Lucas accomplished is making you believe that the energy that flowed through him flowed through us all. That anyone from any walk of life, with the proper training, direction and focus could wield it while being guided by it—that we all played a part in destiny.

No.  He didn’t.  Rather, what George Lucas did accomplish instead, was showing that if you had the inner motivation and optimism and merit, you could accomplish great things.  Not everyone has those things.  So equal equality equally equalized equitably was never part of George Lucas’ message.  Rather, that’s a social justice reinterpretation, and therefore worthless.  You can see what would happen if just anyone could use the Force here.

Then came the prequels and the force became clinical, sterile in feel—just a swab of your blood and, maybe, just maybe, you could be a force wielder, too. 

This is where watching the films becomes important when commenting on them.  The Midi–Chlorians were never a stand-in for the Force.  They were microorganisms in the cells of a person’s body, that facilitated access to the Force.  The Force was still the Force. Red blood cells carry oxygen.  Red blood cells are not oxygen itself.

On some levels it would make sense that they would have a greater scientific understanding of the Force and how it operates within a person before the fall of the Republic after which much Jedi knowledge was lost.  Everyone had Midi-Chlorians.  But some had higher or lower counts of them, just as in real life the count of red blood cells varies from person to person.

While, as fantastic as The Empire Strikes Back and nearly as good Return of The Jedi were, the force took a dynastic turn.

That is part of the core of the hero with a thousand faces.  It’s why Star Wars struck such a deep chord and lasted for 40 years, and why abandoning that for the political fashion trends of the moment will kill the franchise.

But, in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars, the inclusion that Rey’s parents are, in fact, junkers and drunks who sold her for a fix, meant that someone from the meekest background could change destiny.

Luke started out as a naive farm boy.  It doesn’t get much meeker than that.  Rey goes from junker to universal expert in everything in about 5 nano-seconds.

Then, there’s Kylo Ren. Say what you want about Adam Driver and his portrayal of the unstable antagonist, which has been the joke of many YouTube videos, Twitter feeds and countless memes, but Driver, Johnson, and Abrams have crafted something in the character that the MCU and DCEU have not: a complex villain.

Driver plays the character with a ferocious intensity, his face always wears an unsure look, as if he’s ever dangerously close to falling off the edge of a cliff. He’s a villain who accepts being a monster, not because he’s sadistic and enjoys the brutality in death, but only because he believes it’s the only way forward and the only way to break from the path that Luke and Snoke set upon him.

With his helmet smashed to little black bits on the floor, Kylo has chosen to move on from Darth Vader.  But he’s still unsure. Rey can see the good in him, Snoke, the raw dark power. In familiar Star Wars fashion, he needs to rectify the two. Johnson gives him a third option, an escape; himself.

He’s like the quarterback bully with emotional issues in some WB drama for teens.

Let the past die

Kylo wants merely to obliterate the past (Kill it if you have to). Not realizing that the rage that moves him forward is rooted in the past, he’s doomed to repeat the sick cycle until his death or everyone else’s.  Unlike Luke, who accepts his failures and faults, especially with Ben, and moves forward from the force like a Skype Obi-Wan Kenobi.  And, Rey, who accepts the past and can move towards the present, just the latest last Jedi.

You’re the first apologist I’ve read that hasn’t quoted “let the past die” as though it’s genuine wisdom.  I sincerely applaud you for that.

We all had a vision of what this film would be.  I know I did.  I was happy with the formula.  Disney could’ve been, too.  I’ve heard the cries about Snoke but what was Palpatine but a shadowy, influential figure named The Emperor by Return of the Jedi.

He was the despotic ruler of the Empire who Grand Moff Tarkin tells us swept away the final remnants of the Republic when he dissolved the Imperial Senate.  The novelization of Episode IV gave us the history of Palpatine in the first few pages.

Rey could’ve been the long-lost descendent of Darth Bane, hell, she still might be, we don’t know anything except the letdown of her origin lifted her to great heights.  And, we could’ve had the clash of titans, with red and blue lights whirring and cracking each time Luke and Kylo’s sabers met but we’ve seen that story seven times already.

Rian Johnson took all your tropes, set up your expectations and subverted all of them with stunning visuals and multiple twists that we’re all still trying to work out. He tore all our heroes down, stripped them, and made them question everything just as he asked the audience too. In some ways, we’ve got wonder if Rian Johnson is the last Jedi because he just played the greatest mind trick on us all.

Yeah, it’s all one big Jedi mind trick.  One that had us paying ridiculous admission ticket prices.

Mark Hamill Doesn’t Care Anymore

Patrick Cavanaugh of comicbook.com writes an article entitled, Mark Hamill Doesn’t “Care Anymore” About Returning to the Star Wars Series.

In it, he reports on new comments made by Mark Hamill:

Sadly, the passing of Carrie Fisher and demise of Harrison Ford’s Han Solo prevents the original trio from appearing in the upcoming Episode IX, with star Mark Hamill having no interest in returning to the series with those reunion opportunities no longer possible.

“It really has tarnished my ability to enjoy it to its fullest,” Hamill shared with ABC News of Fisher’s passing. “You were asking earlier, ‘Are you gonna come back?’ I don’t care anymore, on that level. Because Han Solo is gone, Luke is gone. You just can’t get the band back together the way you wanted it to be, and it shouldn’t be that way. It is what it is. Rather than being sorry that we can’t have more of her, I’m just grateful that we had the time with her that we did.”

Many fans also no longer care about returning to the franchise.

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Who could blame him?

 

Feminist Almost Sees Reality Through Her SJW Haze

Jewel Queen from The Mary Sue writes a piece entitled, The Inclusive Illusion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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If only feminists understood what reality looks like.

In it she writes,

While many critics and large numbers of fans have praised the film for its “new direction,” an undeniable backlash has grown against it. 

Undeniable?  We might think so.  But there’s plenty of people in the process of denying just such a thing.  Some folks are even openly calling for denial.  Read, here, here, here, and here.

Many fans of the movie have lumped all this criticism together as the same racist and misogynist fanboys who decried the inclusion of Finn from the first Force Awakens teaser…

Except that absolutely no one decried that.  It was a completely fabricated controversy.

…as well as the increase of women in Star Wars media.

This too is a completely fabricated controversy.  No one is decrying the increase of women in Star Wars media.  Rather, what some fans are decrying instead, is the injection of the pure idiocy of feminist ideology into Star Wars media.  That’s an important distinction to make.  I explain that in greater detail here.

Those hateful detractors certainly exist…

Actually, no, they don’t.

…but the limited perspective that all criticism is in that bad faith has masked the flaws of The Last Jedi in terms of feminism and diversity.

But that’s one of the primary problems we find in SJW psychopathology.  They instantly react to anything they dislike by calling it racist, sexist, misogynist, xenophobic, homophobic, etc. etc. etc.  They do this whether or not the word actually applies, and indeed, whether or not they actually have an understanding of the definition of the word they’re using.  It’s actually really interesting to study this particular behavioral aberration.

The movie diminishes the role of its own female lead, mishandles its characters of color, and gives women and POC no meaningful impact on the final story.

You’re one of the very few feminists who has been able to see this.  I’d highly recommend reading articles by Erin White from Afropunk, and Lelanie Seyffer at Hypable, to learn more about your forbidden point of view.

When The Force Awakens came out, Rey was a shining light for female fans of Star Wars. While Rey was not the first important woman in the franchise, she was significant in being one of the main protagonists like Luke and Anakin.

Well, that’s part of the feminist misunderstanding of Star Wars right there.  There was never a main protagonist.  The Star Wars films were ensemble pieces:

It was heartwarming to see Rey have agency andhumanity. However, The Last Jedi strips these elements from her. Rather than the focus of Rey’s arc being on her Jedi training and character development, Rey is relegated to attempting to make Luke Skywalker return to the Resistance and trying to “save” Kylo Ren, even if he shows no signs of remorse.

It’s amazing how nonsensical and ridiculous things that can be contrived in a screenplay, isn’t it?

The issue here is that the story focuses more on how Luke feels about his past failures, and Kylo’s “reasons” for turning against Luke. It does not give any consideration to Rey’s emotions and choices, and even when it does, it is very weak.

Do we really need to learn about Rey’s emotions in a war movie?

In our current times, it’s disturbing how our female lead is expected to excuse a threatening and violent white man just because of his tragic backstory.

It is?  How many times has a female lead excused a threatening and violent white man just because of his tragic backstory?  I mean, specifically.  What specific instances are you referring to.  I’m asking, because I know that you composed that sentence thinking that it sounded wise, while not having any idea as to whether or not it represents an accurate reflection of factual reality.

The situation worsens as Rey goes on a suicide mission to save “Ben Solo.” Rey speaks of how she saw a vision of Kylo’s future in the Light Side, but we are simply told instead of shown. Even in the throne room sequence, Rey’s decisions are not at the center, as the big twist is Kylo choosing to kill his master, Supreme Leader Snoke.

Feminists always have to be at the center of everything.

Rey’s screen time even dropped from 43 minutes in TFA to 30 minutes in TLJ. She didn’t go on a compelling journey that expanded her character in any genuine way.

That’s because Rey’s not a compelling character that can be expanded upon in any genuine way.

In the first space battle, I was thrilled to meet Paige Tico, a Vietnamese female space pilot, only to get crushed after seeing her die without so much as one line of dialogue.

Fighter pilots do sometimes die in battle.

The damage grew worse with Finn’s treatment. Despite getting an injury so painful it put him in a coma, Finn wakes up, bangs his head, and walks around in nothing but a bacta suit on in his first scene, all for comedic relief. He’s demoted from a protagonist to side-character throughout his seventeen minutes of reduced screen time.

And those who haven’t let the past die, know when this sort of thing has been done before.

Rose is denied proper writing, as most of her time is spent preaching to Finn about how things like child slavery are bad—to a former child-soldier.

Don’t you understand?  She has to fem-splain things to Finn.

This has caused many fans to hate Rose, but imagine what could have been if she had been well written!

How are the SJW activists working in the Lucasfilm Story Group going to accomplish that exactly?

She’s also given a flat romance with Finn, after she sacrifices himself to save him to show how we must save what we love, which … he wasn’t already doing all along?

I don’t think anyone understands what they were doing all along.

Part of diversity is actively putting your characters of color in impactful roles and allowing them to live as most white leads do. 

You mean like Lando Calrissian, from 38 years ago?

Poe Dameron is also changed from the responsible and caring person he was in The Force Awakens to a reckless, disobedient, and glory-obsessed pilot. 

It’s what needed to happen, so that Holdo could teach him a deeply stupid feminist lesson.

Poe is forced to deal with his new leader, Admiral Holdo, who he has a right to question, as she denies any of the Resistance information about her plan.

You’re starting to think like a normal person.

Finally, The Last Jedi does not give the female characters and characters of color any other role than supporting their (white) male counterparts. 

It kind of makes you wonder why so many feminists think this film passes the worthless Bechdel Test, doesn’t it?

Rey’s job is to sway Luke, then Kylo, to her side. Rose has the job of teaching Finn something he already knew. Holdo exists to make Poe listen to women. And what about Leia Organa, who only hours ago lost her husband and, by the film’s conclusion, her brother? Leia is put in a coma after her Shooting Stars sequence, and no insight is given into how she feels, nor does she get to make meaningful decisions.

Well, the women in charge made the decision not to gas up before they left, which led to two days worth of failed missions and all but a dozen or so Resistance soldiers to their deaths.  I’d say that might be meaningful.

Like diversity, feminism is more than just having women on the screen.

But this was feminism on screen.  That’s precisely why it was so incredibly stupid.

Admiral Holdo is killed off to complete Poe’s character arc. It’s quite telling how one of the most memorable shots of the film is a woman sacrificing herself after she’s outlived her usefulness to the story.

When did Holdo have any usefulness?

Rose is left in a state of limbo at the film’s conclusion, and it’s implied that there might be a competition between her and Rey for Finn’s attention, because how feminist is it to have two women fighting over a man, right?

Actually, folks are thinking that Rose is going to get Jar-Jared and dropped from the narrative almost entirely.  But really, who cares either way?

The end product leaves all the female characters and characters of color without any meaningful impact on the story. 

This is probably news to Rian Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy, who worked so hard to bring you their diversity fashion show.

This is disheartening because two years ago, Lucasfilm promised that everyone would be a part of Star Wars with the Sequel Trilogy. 

You can see what would happen if everyone was a part of Star Wars here.  Seriously though, Star Wars could never properly be about everyone.  Because everyone doesn’t fight in wars.  And that’s what Star Wars is about; war.  Hence the “wars” in Star Wars.

Fans who disliked this movie ought to be taken seriously, not lumped in the same boat as the men who call Rey a Mary Sue.

But the men who called Rey a Mary Sue had a legitimate point too.

If people do not listen to these concerns, Lucasfilm may repeat these mistakes with Episode 9.

They’re going to repeat many mistakes, because Lucsfilm no longer employs wise storytellers.  Rather, they employ naive political activists instead.

The fans need to rise up this time to give Rey, Finn, Poe, Rose, Leia, Holdo, and more the story they deserve.

I’m willing to bet that most fans don’t give a hoot about Rey, Finn, Poe, Rose or Holdo.  But only the box office for Episode IX will tell us for sure.

Rian Johnson Says TLJ Criticism Is Unfair, Mark Hamill Retweets Comments

Frank Pollata of CNN reports on an interview with Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill at the South by Southwest Conference.  I’ve written previously how it seems that Mark Hamill’s more recent comments have taken a turn against the fans, and here we get more of that.

What’s actually unfair is the effort to compare the criticism of The Last Jedi with criticism of The Empire Strikes Back as part of the larger effort to tear down the Original Trilogy, in a vain attempt to elevate the Sequel Trilogy, thereby making them both equal.  It’s vain because all one has to do is pop in the DVDs for both films and watch them, thus making any argument either way utterly meaningless.  The Last Jedi is no Empire Strikes Back.

But the argument is circling the internet anyway, and it’s always silly every time it’s repeated.

Granted, there was no internet as we know it now in the 1970s or 1980s.  But we didn’t live in caves.  We had communication.  We had fanzines.  We had Fan Clubs.  We had letters to the editors of Starlog and other publications.  We had telephones.  Heck, we even had internet bulletin boards in the 1980s.  You can watch the film War Games starring Mathew Broderick to get a sense of how that worked.  But more importantly, stars and directors received fan mail, through the old fashioned U.S. Postal Service.  Mark is old enough to know all of this.

But is the argument they’re honestly making here is that no one would know that The Last Jedi sucks were it not for the internet?  Even if that could be true, how would that be good for anyone?

Furthermore, those who have followed George Lucas’ career know that he’s always been a pretty good business man.  He produced each film with the profits he earned from the previous film.  So if The Empire Strikes Back were as poorly received as SJWs are now suddenly claiming when it’s convenient to do so, then Return of the Jedi would never have been produced.

The CNN interview continued:

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Mark Hamill recites the contents of his Twitter feed.

Thanks for telling us how we feel, Mark.  I guess psychiatry is a Force power now.  Why not?  Everything else is.

The only people I’ve seen feel entitled, are the SJWs who have been screaming their demands at Lucasfilm as to what kind of characters and actors ought to appear on screen and in print.

I understand that for Mark Hamill his time with Disney has likely been an emotional roller coaster ride.  So I’d like to cut him some slack here.

But at some point I’d like to think that Mark Hamill will be open to considering the possibility that the movie just isn’t very good.  Blaming the fans for not liking your movie is never good policy.  Particularly not the fans who defended Mark when they thought that Disney was mistreating him.

Feminist Has Difficulty With Character Arc

Kimberly Kerasali writes at The Mary Sue:

Perhaps the greatest failing of Star Wars is its treatment of Leia Organa (and, by extension, Carrie Fisher), despite how much we love her. Though a feminist icon and one of the great female characters of the saga and beyond, Leia was never given much focus or a defined character arc over the first three movies, and she still deserves better now, even though Carrie Fisher is gone.

Well sure she did.  Princess Leia started out as spoiled royalty who went out on “diplomatic missions,” and ended up getting her hands dirty engaging in battle for the Rebellion on the front lines.  She started in one place, and ended up in another.  That’s a defined character arc.

A New Hope’s portrayal of Leia is still lauded as revolutionary, and I am inclined to agree. While she does kiss Luke twice and has sexual tension with Han, their relationships are mostly based on friendship, and her main goal is always the rebellion, with her being a representation of what Luke aspires to be: wise, courageous, clever, selfless, heroic, and a symbol of hope. Many Star Wars story leaders and fans also cite Leia as the whole reason the saga started, with her being the reason the plans/R2-D2 got to Luke and Obi-Wan. However, despite seeing her planet destroyed in front of her, no time whatsoever is spent on her emotional trauma, while she comforts Luke over Obi-Wan’s death and Han’s abandonment, instead.

She’s not that kind of person.  She almost confides in Han on Endor, but ultimately tells Han that she can’t tell him what she was talking to Luke about, and just wants him to hold her.  She doesn’t whine.  She keeps it inside.  She’s stoic.

Empire Strikes Back is arguably the best of the Trilogy when it comes to Leia’s treatment, though that isn’t saying much. This is the movie in which Leia has the closest thing to character growth, but even then, it’s mostly a “defrosting ice queen” arc, with hints of the typical romcom trope that growing to love a man is the most important thing in life. The Leia/Han romance is also peppered with predatory undertones, as outlined by Pop Culture Detective (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWoP8VpbpYI).

It’s a little deeper than that.  She reveals the reason behind her reluctance to get involved with Han when she says to Han, “Then you’re as good as gone, aren’t you?”  She doesn’t know if she can really trust him to stick around.

He made passes at her.  That’s predatory now?

That brings us to the worst of the worst: Return of the Jedi. I could go on for a millennium about everything wrong with the gold bikini, from how it was used to silence both Carrie and Leia, to how it poisoned relations between Star Wars and its female fans for years to come by attempting to brand it a boys’ story.

You could, but you’d be incorrect.  What feminists are apparently incapable of understanding, is that the gold bikini was a reflection of the gangster Jabba the Hutt who forced her to wear it when he held her in captivity.  I’m not sure that the Jabba character would have been quite as ruthless if he had feminist sensibilities.

But perhaps the worst part is how, after Luke got focus in Empire and Han got his arc in A New HopeReturn of the Jedi should have been Leia’s movie. 

All three characters received a full arc over the course of the three films.  I explained Leia above.  Luke started out as a naive farm boy, transitioned into a hot headed impatient fighter, and ended as a wise Jedi.  Han started out as a unreliable rogue, but after being frozen and rescued by his friends, volunteered to become General of the ground forces at the Battle of Endor as a changed man.

She should have been leading the charge to get Han back. She should have been the General in charge of the assault on the shield generator (there are implications in the new Canon that she was a ranking General at this point, but that’s not shown in the movie), and most importantly, she should have had some reaction to Darth Vader being her father, as she arguably has spent more time with him than Luke.

Well, no.  She shouldn’t have been.  Because the Original Trilogy was an ensemble piece, and didn’t focus on any one character.  But for goodness sake, she strangled her captor with the very chains that he held her captive with while in the gold bikini that he forced her to wear.  How much more feminist can you get than that?

After the Original Trilogy, there came a period of retroactive recognition for Leia.

Some would say that it was merely the next logical step in the character’s development, rather than anything as dramatic as “retroactive recognition.”

Now, we have the ongoing Sequel Trilogy. In The Force Awakens, we don’t get to see Leia being a General until the third act. Even then, a good portion of her character is still based around her relationships with men, whether it be a sister trying to bring her brother home, a wife trying to repair her relationship with her husband, or a mother trying to save her son. All worthy pursuits, but also somewhat unsatisfying from a feminist perspective, especially for someone who started out as independent as A New Hope Leia.

Are you arguing that Leia shouldn’t have any relationships with men, like Holdo?

1. A Leia anthology movie about her early days in the rebellion. Leia, Princess of AlderaanStar Wars RebelsRogue One; and even the upcoming Han Solo movie have already laid the groundwork for this to work. This would be a difficult one, as it almost feels blasphemous to continue Leia’s story after Carrie’s death, since she and her character are in many ways a “Möbius striptease,” as she once said.

That’s actually not a bad idea, but it would be a mostly political movie, since Leia didn’t engage in battle until she fired that blaster on the Death Star.  To depict her as battling before then, would undo the defined character arc that she had in the Original Trilogy.

 

“Actors Have Very Good Instincts”

Thanks to commenter Shelly Keith Childs for providing the following George Lucas quote:

“Lots of times actors have very good instincts. They’re thinking about the character a lot more than you are. You’re looking at the whole thing, they are looking at that particular person. If they’re uncomfortable or something doesn’t work, it’s usually because there is something wrong with it.” ~ George Lucas in ‘The Making of Star Wars’ by J.W. Rinzler.

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His instincts were ignored.

Did Mark Hamill Turn To The Dark Side?

By now, most fans are familiar with the multiple statements made by Mark Hamill about his reaction to The Last Jedi script:

Many dismiss these comments as either out of context editing, or compare it to Mark Hamill’s complaints about the Return of the Jedi script.  Though frankly, the sheer amount and nature of Mark’s complaints over The Last Jedi are hardly comparable to his previous concerns, or are able to be so easily dismissed.

So much so, that he has expressed regret over making his conversations with Rian public, and has apologized for his criticism of The Last Jedi.

And now, Mark takes a pot shot at Backlashers.  Backlashers, who had largely been defending him, and who mostly agreed with his own reactions to “Jake Skywalker.” Grant Davis from Heroic Hollywood reports on Mark Hamill’s tweet:

Why the seeming change of attitude?

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Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

Perhaps because he was given a role Episode IX, as is now rumored.

Larry Bartleet from NME reports on two more Mark Hamill tweets, that suggests he may be returning in Episode IX in some form:

Did Mark Hamill change his attitude thanks to an offer from Disney/Lucasfilm that he couldn’t refuse?

This is all pure speculation of course, based on what tidbits of information are publicly available.  But Mark Hamill’s change of heart is interesting, particularly when watching what many felt was Mark Hamill’s unvarnished reaction to seeing the completed film for the first time:

Last Jedi Box Office Worse Than Thought

I’ve previously discussed the details of the box office for The Last Jedi, and why the 1.3 Billion figure isn’t what many think it is.  Now, World Class Bullshitters provides further analysis in their latest video: