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Why Would Luke Want to End the Jedi?

“It’s time for the Jedi to end.”

These are the words of Luke Skywalker, some of the first we’ve heard him say since “Return of the Jedi.” He didn’t speak in 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” and according to the lore, he’s been hiding out on a remote world home to the first Jedi Temple for quite some time.

Why would he, the last Jedi Master, say a thing like that?

This is the question we all hope will be answered in December’s release of “The Last Jedi,” the eighth installment of the Skywalker Saga. But more than a few clues are scattered across the “Star Wars” canon, and the answer might be easier to find than we thought.

Perhaps the first thing we need to understand is Luke’s journey, starting with “The Empire Strikes Back” and how we can assume his journey during the events of “The Force Awakens” played out. In “The Empire Strikes Back,” Luke can see the pain and suffering of Princess Leia and Han Solo through the Force, even before it happens. He ignores the advice of his masters to remain in his hidden training on Dagobah and goes to confront Darth Vader in order to save them. This decision puts him on the brink of the dark side, but he is able to save his friends sooner or later. Luke is so much more powerful now, so many years later, we have to assume he could have interceded on Han’s behalf when Han’s son, Ben Solo (who took on the name Kylo Ren), ran him through with a lightsaber.

The question we have to ask is why? Luke knew his best friend was going to die at the hands of Ben Solo, Luke’s nephew and former student, so why did he still let it happen?

I think the answer lies in Luke’s finishing move in “Return of the Jedi.” At the climax of the film, when he should have launched into an impressive battle against the emperor, he chooses nonviolence. He throws away his lightsaber and lets the emperor have his way with him. It’s only through the compassion of his father that he’s able to survive. This act brings Anakin Skywalker back to the light side.

Thanks to two new stories that have been released in 2017, the first a short story in “The Legends of Luke Skywalker,” and the second the single player story of “Star Wars: Battlefront II,” we catch glimpses of this new Luke Skywalker. He’s helping Imperials, people he would have shot at indiscriminately before his new enlightenment. He doesn’t care what life-form is around and needs help, he shows that life-form compassion.

This nonviolent trajectory for Luke Skywalker fits with George Lucas’ concept of an ideal world. In 2012, while on “CBS Morning News,” Lucas talked about how compassion should be the overriding driver of government and societal structure: “[We come] out and say that we care about everyone in our society and what we want to do is do what’s best for everybody in the society. We want to build the best society where everybody gets the best possible life they can possibly have.”

In “The Force Awakens,” when Han Solo tells us that Luke had a student turn dark and kill the other students in his charge, Luke might have to rethink what that compassion means. How can he kill his nephew when his finishing move is love and compassion? Of course, this split forces Luke to do a lot of soul-searching, and what better place to seek out than the origin of the Jedi to see how they grappled with their problems?

One of the earliest lessons learned in “Star Wars” is that violence is cyclical, just as Greek mythology long ago pointed out. It was foretold to Cronus, the father of Zeus, that his children would be his undoing because of this circular violence. The damage he did to his father would likewise be done to him. And he couldn’t stop it.

This idea appears in Christian theology, too. In Matthew 26:52, we see a passage that reads: “‘Put your sword back in its place,’ Jesus said to him, ‘for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.'”

Luke put his sword away once and saved his father. After his nephew’s turn to the dark side, it makes sense that he’d put away his sword again. And something tells me that Rey isn’t going to find a very helpful Luke Skywalker at the beginning of “The Last Jedi” because of this nonviolent coda.



‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Awakens Social Media Buzz Again

Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and Disney-Pixar’s “The Incredibles 2” dominated social media again last week, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.

The ninth “Star Wars” movie generated 121,000 new conversations last week after airing a TV spot on Nov. 20 and releasing several new images throughout the week. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has pulled in more than 4.12 million new conversations three weeks before its Dec. 15 launch. Early tracking released on Nov. 21 showed the tentpole could open in the $200 million range at the domestic box office.

Directed by Rian Johnson, the movie picks up where 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” left off. It stars returning cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Andy Serkis. The new cast members include Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, and Benicio del Toro. It’s the final film role for Fisher, who died last December.

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“The Incredibles 2” earned 117,000 new conversations last week following the Nov. 18 release of its first teaser trailer. The animated comedy is the sequel to the 2004 original with Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, and Samuel L. Jackson reprising their roles. The film is scheduled to be released on June 15.

Fox’s “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” produced 30,000 new conversations last week, two months before the Jan. 26 opening of the film — the finale of the “Maze Runner” sci-fi trilogy. The movie’s original release date has been delayed for nearly a year in order to allow star Dylan O’Brien to recover from injuries sustained during shooting.

Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” drew 19,000 new conversations last week as anticipation begins to build for the May release of the tentpole, in which the Avengers team up with the “Guardians of the Galaxy” superheroes. The film, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, was featured in four Vanity Fair covers on Nov. 26.


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‘Star Wars’ Fans Think Boba Fett is Alive in ‘The Last Jedi’

The oldest debate in Star Wars history might not have anything to do with Han shooting Greedo under that table. Instead, it’s all about whether or not Boba Fett survived being eaten by the Sarlacc Pit in Return of the Jedi. For years, fans and writers of Star Wars comic books and novel have maintained that Boba Fett wasn’t eaten at all. But, will that become canon? Some fans believe there’s serious evidence to prove Fett is still at large during the time of The Last Jedi.


On Sunday, a Reddit user pointed out that a few leaked images for upcoming 2018 Star Wars toys clearly depict Boba Fett flying out of the Sarlacc Pit, apparently shooting his flame-thrower at it. While the leaked images don’t prove anything, and may not end up being “real” official Star Wars products at all, it is an interesting choice. Why show Boba Fett flying around the Tatooine desert at all, much less next to the Sarlacc Pit unless he’s making some kind of comeback post-Return of the Jedi?

Again, Boba Fett truthers have existed way before Lucasfilm even dreamed of creating a new unified canon for Star Wars. In 1991, the comic book series Dark Empire made it clear that Fett didn’t die on Tatooine at all, and was still a formidable Bounty Hunter six years after the Battle of Endor. In that timeline, Fett was hunting Han and Leia for the murder of Jabba the Hutt. Subsequent to that, the rest of the expanded universe novels and comics continued to operate under the assumption that Fett was alive. Obviously, Dark Empire and all the other ‘90s expanded universe stuff has been swept away in terms of new canon, but that doesn’t mean some version of Fett’s escape from the Sarlacc couldn’t still happen.

The latest canon story to feature Boba Fett is called “Added Muscle,” which appears in the new anthology Star Wars book; A Certain Point of View. In the audiobook version, Fett is voiced by none other than Jon Hamm, which couldindicate Disney is setting up Hamm to voice Fett in that rumored Boba Fett standalone movie.


The question is, would such hypothetical Jon Hamm-as-Boba-Fett standalone movie take place after Return of the Jedi or after? Because if Boba Fett is alive during the time of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, he’d be about the age Han Solo was. Which means, Snoke might hire him to do some dirty work related to Luke Skywalker.

The Last Jedi opens on December 15, 2017. As of this writing, a standalone Boba Fett movie has not been confirmed by Lucasfilm.



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Star Wars’ Rian Johnson has revealed who The Last Jedi is

One of the great questions surrounding Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been the exact interpretation of its title. 

Does that refer to Luke? Or to Rey? Or to both of them? However, director Rian Johnson revealed to The New York Times that we’ve all been wasting our time a little on this mystery, since the answer’s been in the most obvious of places: the opening crawl of The Force Awakens.

Indeed, they very blankly state that: “Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister First Order has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed.”

“There’s always wiggle room in these movies — everything is from a certain point of view — but coming into our story, he is the actual last of the Jedi,” Johnson explained. “And he’s removed himself and is alone on this island, for reasons unknown.”


Well, that’s it then. His comments about “a certain point of view” are interesting, however, and do seem to boost all these theories that Rey may represent some next evolution of the Jedi, whether that be a “Grey Jedi” or something entirely different.

Add to that, Johnson revealed the film will dig deep into the matter of the Jedi, after Luke’s ominous words in the trailer: “It’s time for the Jedi to end”. 

“The heart of the movie is Luke and Rey. It follows all the other characters, but its real essence is the development of the two of them. And it’s absolutely tied up in that question of, what is Luke’s attitude toward the Jedi?” he said. 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits UK cinemas 14 December. 



‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Reportedly Not Having A Panel At SDCC

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will not be having a panel at San Diego Comic Con this year, according to io9’s Germain Lussier and backed by the San Diego Comic Con Unofficial Blog. The latter reached out to Lucasfilm recently and they were told that Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s “presence at SDCC 2017 will be focused on our booth on the convention floor, so there will be no press events or interview opportunities this year.” This likely extends to Han Solo not having a panel as well.

It makes sense since the movie will be having presentations at D23 this year, along with Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther. Disney and Lucasfilm might not want to put in their efforts for another event happening the week immediately after.

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Benicio Del Toro as “DJ”, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2.

The Last Jedi will be hitting theaters on December 15, 2017.




Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Disney might bring back Yoda

Rumors regarding the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi are running rampant online and some of these theories seem accurate if you put the pieces together. Toys have been known to give spoiler-like giveaways to movies prior to their releases, but there came a theory via Mike Zeroh’s YouTube channel. Take it with a grain of salt, but since the Disney theme parks will be adding Star Wars expansions to their property, Mike said that there will be a force tree on display there.

Rumor has it that theme park attendees can enter into the tree and hear Yoda’s voice within. Disney Imagineers and Lucasfilm intend on making the park as immersive as possible for the patrons, so you really couldn’t exclude this rumor as a possibility.

There had already been rumors of Force ghosts making an appearance in the past, but the idea of a Star Wars expansion borrowing elements from The Last Jedi does make sense because we are in an era of using cinematic projects with connective tissue that bring it all together.

Back in April Mike had said he believed that a reporter had seen a sizzle reel and within it was Rey and some circling orbs or wisp-like apparitions appearing around her. Just think Groot’s spores in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1.


Speaking of “connective tissue” and to further support this theory, Editor-In-Chief Jason Ward of Making Star Wars brought out his own theory about Yoda being in the new Last Jedi flick. He discussed that Variety had done an interview with Frank Oz and asked him whether or not he would be reprising the Yoda role “in the new Star Wars.”

Of course, being how secretive this entire franchise is, Oz gave his deflective but suitable enough answer to keep things fair as he considers a certain loyalty to his family that he’s worked with all these years.

There were also reports of Frank Oz on set of The Last Jedi and then the aforementioned “orbs of light,” according to the Making Star Wars EIC. He even made the connection of the orbs found in Rebels and further back into The Clone Wars. Mike Zeroh just took his theory up a notch thinking this immersive experience for Disney theme park patrons would likely be utilized from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.



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