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New TV spot for The Last Jedi

So I got a big surprise last night. Here I am watching Game 7 of the World Series (it’s the only time I pay attention to baseball) and suddenly I hear Star Wars music…and then there’s this new footage playing and I’m like “Oh my gosh, what is this?”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi TV Spot

The sneaky people at Disney decided to spring a new TV trailer on us without any warning (and I love it!) The biggest parts that are new include: footage of Luke walking into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon and flipping on the lights (with a very emotional look on his face); additional footage that indicates a fight between Luke and Rey; a badass look at Snoke’s “throne room”(? I’m just going to call it a throne room because truthfully I don’t know what it is) and this awesome line “Darkness rises, and light to meet it.”

It seems relatively clear to me that this is going to come down to a clash between Kylo and Rey, the former represents the dark and the latter the light (at least I hope so). I’m so excited that I can finally say that The Last Jedi comes out NEXT MONTH!

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The Han Solo movie is called….Solo?

No, seriously. Ron Howard just revealed the title of next year’s anthology film (which follows a young Han Solo) and it is: Solo. Well, to be fully correct it’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, but why split hairs. They named a Han Solo movie Solo.

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Seriously? SERIOUSLY?? (I wish I was making this up) At least with the last anthology film we got a cool title (Rogue One is a pretty great title for a Star Wars film). But Solo? Boooooooring…..and lame as well.

I’ve said before that I was worried about this movie. Now I’m REALLY worried. Hold onto your hats folks, it’s going to be a bumpy year until this one comes out.

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The new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer is here and OMG what is even happening??

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer #2

It’s finally here! For six LONG months, the Star Wars fandom has been kept waiting for a new, full-length trailer for the upcoming 8th installment in the Star Wars saga.* And last night, it finally arrived! We really should be careful what we wish for, because we got everything we asked for and then some, including more questions than answers!

I’m just going to dive right in and get to the part everyone wants to talk about: WHAT ON EARTH is happening at the end? Because it looks like Rey is talking to Kylo and saying “I need someone (you, Kylo) to tell me my place in all this” and the (seeming) reverse shot has Kylo extending his hand. Now, before we all freak out with “OMG Rey is going to the Dark Side!!”, I do need to point out that this IS a trailer, and trailers are known to splice together footage in ways that can be misleading. It may turn out that Rey isn’t talking to Kylo at all, she could just as easily be talking to Luke (or someone else, who knows?). But then again, it is VERY possible that what we see is exactly what happens and Rey and Kylo are forming a (temporary?) alliance. What I can say for sure is that when the screen went black I nearly screamed at my television because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

Now then, back to the rest of the trailer. It was awesome to hear Snoke speak. I’m fairly convinced his words are aimed at Kylo, but as someone pointed out, he could be speaking to Rey as well. And then there’s Kylo’s moment, where he says “The past, kill it if you have to. It is the only way to be what you were meant to become.” The footage of Ren flying in his TIE Interceptor is great (clearly he’s inherited his father and grandfather’s piloting skills, though he’d probably only acknowledge the latter). But as he’s saying this line, the footage of him flying in his colossal space battle is intercut with Leia in her ship, and the way the scene is cut implies that Kylo has located her through the Force and is locked on, his finger on the trigger with the means to kill his mother. And while this too freaked me out, I couldn’t help but notice that Kylo seemed deeply conflicted about the idea (he noticeably swallows like he’s thinking “can I really kill my mother too?”) I don’t personally think Kylo is going to kill Leia; it’s been stated before that Carrie Fisher’s part in the film was NOT changed in the slightest due to her untimely death, and since we know she was supposed to figure BIG in Episode IX, I think that at the very least she will be injured, but not dead (I’m very interested to see how they resolve this in Episode IX).

Based on something Daisy Ridley said during Star Wars Celebration (about how you shouldn’t meet your heroes because they can disappoint you), I was not completely surprised at Luke’s dialogue towards Rey. While the first trailer implied that Luke was training Rey, THIS trailer (to me) implies that after he begins training, he realizes just how powerful Rey actually is and this scares him, to the point that I think he’s going to refuse to train her any further. As he says:

“I’ve seen this raw strength only once before. It didn’t scare me enough then…it does now.”

Given that this line is intercut with Luke’s mechanical hand clawing up through some wreckage before another shot of (what is surely) his Jedi temple burning to the ground, I have to believe that Luke is talking about Kylo Ren, and how he felt his nephew’s raw power and didn’t take it seriously enough at the time. And speaking of power, I love the shot where Rey’s Force meditation cracks the stone around her and Luke’s jaw nearly smacks the ground in shock. I think I’m going to love seeing Luke and Rey onscreen together.

One of the moments that scared me the most is Snoke growling “Fulfill your destiny” and the camera shows us Rey screaming in pain (with Snoke visible in the background). Which begs the question “How, when and WHY is Rey in the clutches of Snoke?” Did she attempt to infiltrate somewhere and get caught? Did she just get captured outright in battle? I can’t wait to find out what’s going on.

The other big moment I want to talk about is when Luke says (presumably to Rey): “This is not going to go the way you think…” That line is loaded with so many layers of meaning. For one, he could just be talking about her training like “What you think is going to happen, won’t happen.” Or, maybe Rey becomes convinced that she can save Kylo from the dark side and Luke is telling her that story won’t go the way she thinks it will. But there’s also a deeper level of meaning that’s directed to US, the audience. We’ve developed all these ideas about how the Star Wars saga will ultimately go, and this could be a subtle way of Rian Johnson telling us that a bombshell twist is coming, and the way we think the story is going to go (i.e. the typical redemption arc for Kylo, Luke or someone) isn’t going to happen at all. Then again I could just be overthinking it, but you never know these days…

Other thoughts:

Where is General Hux? We’ve yet to see him in either the first teaser trailer or this one.

I can’t be the only one who freaked out when Finn confronted Captain Phasma and they started fighting. That is going to be EPIC and I can’t wait to see how it plays out.

That Porg is so cute!!! I bet he becomes Chewbacca’s sidekick thingy.

I want to know the context of the moment where Leia is standing by this huge mechanical doorway (in her big cloak outfit looking sad), the long shot is one of my favorites in the trailer.

What is up with the Millennium Falcon flying through what appear to be giant red crystals? Is that the interior of that one planet with the red dust (where the new AT-M6 walkers are seen)?

Listen carefully to the music in the first part of the trailer, the Imperial March is playing in the bass line. Does it mean anything? We’re not sure to be honest…

Thankfully, there is only just over two months to go until all of our questions are (hopefully) answered. I’m happy to report that I’ve secured my ticket and the final countdown has officially begun. Now, what did YOU think about the new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Are you freaking out too? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

There will be a lot of soundtrack reviews coming this week, I have plenty of catching up to do. Until next time, have a good Tuesday! (And may the Force be with you).

*Technically Rogue One isn’t part of the saga since it’s a standalone anthology film.

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New Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer drops TONIGHT!

Hey everyone, sorry I disappeared like that last week. Yours truly was ambushed by a not-so-friendly neighborhood flu virus and I’m only just now feeling better. And just in time, because the moment we’ve been waiting close to SIX MONTHS for is finally here! A new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is FINALLY premiering TONIGHT during Monday Night Football. And what’s more, tickets for the movie will go on sale immediately afterward.

I can’t wait to see more details about this highly anticipated film; as soon as that trailer drops I will begin analyzing every piece and letting you know what I think about it.

A soundtrack review of American Made is still coming, along with several other soundtracks (I have a bit of a backlog at present, so things will be hectic for a while). And of course I will be continuing my song-by-song review of Moana (most likely this will resume tomorrow).

I’ve missed life in the blogosphere and it is good to be back! Hope everyone has a good Monday!

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10 awesome connections between The Clone Wars and the Star Wars films

I was thinking about Star Wars (again) and I started to consider all the ways that The Clone Wars series ties back into the films (both prequel and original). The following list is by no means exhaustive, but I thought it would be fun to share all of this with you. Enjoy!

  1. Anakin Skywalker meets Captain Tarkin (the future Grand Moff) while rescuing a Jedi Master. Tarkin is decidedly NOT impressed with the Jedi (though he and Anakin do come to a grudging understanding by the end of the arc). Knowing this, it REALLY makes you wonder if Tarkin knew who Darth Vader really was…
  2. Earlier in this same arc, Anakin unveils a plan whereby he, Obi-Wan, and the rest of their team will smuggle themselves onto a Separatist-controlled planet by freezing themselves in carbonite. Vader (apparently) remembered this idea years later and attempted to implement it on Luke.
  3. Anakin was friends with the future Admiral Ackbar. No, really! When Anakin and Padme are dispatched to Mon Cala, home planet of the Mon Calamari, they are forced to rescue the Crown Prince whose captain of the guard is one Captain Ackbar. Knowing what happens in the future, seeing them work together was surreal to say the very least.
  4. Anakin (and his Padawan Ahsoka) pays a visit to Mustafar long before Anakin has his fateful duel with Obi-Wan there.
  5. The Clone Wars series is the reason Darth Maul was (technically) resurrected and made into one of the greatest villains in the Star Wars canon. In one of their early encounters, Maul taunts Obi-Wan by reminding him how he killed Qui-Gon Jinn (at the climax of Episode I).
  6. Mon Mothma (the leader who gave the briefing in Episode VI) appears as a Senator in multiple episodes. Watching her talk with Padme is cool and really sad at the same time since we know what happens at the end of Episode III.
  7. The Clone Wars establishes even more that Anakin and Bail Organa are friends which is so ironic to me given how Anakin (as Vader) will be a part of the Empire that destroys Bail’s home planet (and kills Bail himself).
  8. You know Sy Snootles, the alien singer with the awesome performance number in Return of the Jedi? Well, as it turns out, during the Clone Wars, Sy (who was still a performer) had a love affair with Jabba’s uncle Ziro the Hutt, only to ultimately betray and kill him in order to retrieve some damning information.
  9. Think back to the Death Star conference meeting in Episode IV. Remember that older officer with a white moustache and off-white uniform? The Clone Wars reveals that this was formerly Admiral Yularen, fleet commander serving under General Anakin Skywalker. It blows my mind that Yularen’s former Jedi commander is walking mere steps from him and he has no idea at all.
  10. Last, and to me most importantly, in the earth-shattering Mortis arc, Anakin is shown EXACTLY what he will become in the future by a living incarnation of the Dark side of the Force. He sees visions of Padme dying, the death of the Jedi and most terrifyingly, a vision of himself as the masked Darth Vader. Now, one could argue that since Anakin’s memory of his vision is wiped out, that this doesn’t really count. But to me it does, because it answers a long-burning question (for me anyway): if Anakin HAD known what was coming, would he have acted differently? Had he not been stopped, I think the answer would have been yes. Anakin is HORRIFIED by what he sees and desperately wants to stop this future from happening (though at this late stage, I’m not sure if that is even possible).

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J.J Abrams is writing AND directing Star Wars Episode IX (!!!!!!!!)

It’s been barely a week since the news broke that Colin Trevorrow was OUT as the director of Star Wars Episode IX (2019) due to “creative differences” between himself and the powers-that-be at Disney/Lucasfilm. Immediately, speculation was rampant as to who would replace him. Rian Johnson (director of Episode VIII: The Last Jedi) immediately volunteered his services, but I was secretly hoping that J.J Abrams (director of The Force Awakens) would be lured back as he had expressed regret that he wouldn’t be directing another installment in the trilogy (the opportunity had been offered to him earlier, but he hadn’t been able to commit at the time).

My wish came true!!!

Just yesterday the news came out that J.J. Abrams is writing AND directing Star Wars Episode IX and I could not be happier. After seeing The Force Awakens, I trust him with creating the exciting conclusion to the sequel trilogy and I am sure he will not let us down (after all, he knows he’ll have an angry horde after him if he screws it up).

There are just over three months left until The Last Jedi FINALLY hits theaters (not that I’m counting the days or anything…). Now if I could just feel more confident about the young Han Solo film…

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Thinking about Star Wars

Hello, yes I’m still here. I’m honestly not sure when i’ll be back to blogging regularly (life is crazy), but I wanted to talk a bit about Star Wars (again) so here I am.

Since this past weekend was a holiday, I decided to celebrate by going on an epic Star Wars marathon. In no particular order, I watched Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Revenge of the Sith and Return of the Jedi. I found watching Revenge of the Sith to be particularly painful as I’d watched several seasons of The Clone Wars prior to putting in the movie, and since The Clone Wars series is a direct precursor to Episode III, in my mind the film was a direct continuation of the series (even though the show was supposed to run right up to the events of Episode III and even run parallel to the film if they’d been allowed to keep going after Disney acquired the franchise). It was just painful because, in watching The Clone Wars, I became very attached to all of the Jedi characters (except for Pong Krell), and watching them die the way they did…it hurt. Yes, I know Star Wars is fictional, none of this EVER happened, but these characters are very real to me.

On another note (pun intended), I really love all the musical Easter Eggs in The Clone Wars and Rebels. People should really stop discounting these two shows just because they’re animated. I didn’t think much of them at first either, but once I started watching, it hit me just how good the storytelling was. These shows are at the very least the equal of the live-action films (if not better if you compare them to Episode II). And the musical Easter Eggs that I mentioned….are just fantastic. For instance, when Padme visits Alderaan, there’s a great iteration of Leia’s theme. But the Easter Egg i like the most is the repeated references to the Imperial March, usually when Anakin does something or encounters someone that foreshadows his transformation into Darth Vader. This happens a lot when Anakin is around Chancellor Palpatine (who we all know is really Darth Sidious). In The Clone Wars, Anakin struggles a lot with his emotions, and in one episode, Anakin walks away at the end in a particularly black mood, with a few bars of the Imperial March playing ominously in the background. The most recent example I’ve seen is when Anakin encounters Captain Tarkin on a Separatist controlled world they’re trying to escape from (yes, he met Tarkin YEARS before he ever became the cunning Grand Moff seen in Rogue One and A New Hope, who knew??) The two spend most of the episode in conflict (Tarkin doesn’t think much of the Jedi) but by the end they’ve earned each other’s respect. And when the two shake hands back on Coruscant, there’s the Imperial March again…hinting at the contact they’ll have in the future. There’s actually a lot of speculation as to whether or not Tarkin knew who Vader really was. Most seem to agree that if he didn’t know, he at least had his suspicions on the matter (that he wisely kept to himself).

And speaking of Rebels…I am over the moon about the latest trailer for Season 4. When Tarkin directly mentioned Krennic and Project Stardust (both referring to the events of Rogue One which I suspect Rebels will run straight up to) I completely geeked out! I’m so curious to see what happens to Thrawn by the end of the season. I’m still holding out hope that at some point this legendary character makes the leap to live-action (in a perfect world, this would be pulled off as a complete surprise) but that would require him to make it out of the season alive. And right now…given the last words the Bendu spoke to Thrawn in season 3…I just don’t know. And then there’s the fates of Kanan and Ezra. As much as I don’t want to think of it, it CAN’T end well for either of them, and here’s why: by the time of Return of the Jedi, Yoda makes it clear that Luke will be “the last of the Jedi.” While Ezra could conceivably live on just not as a full-fledged Jedi (if the rumor that Benicio del Toro is playing Ezra in The Last Jedi turns out to be true I will FREAK OUT), Kanan most definitely identifies as a Jedi, which means he can’t be around, which probably means he dies. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t WANT Kanan to die, I don’t want ANY of them to die, but I have this terrible feeling that by the time Season 4 is over, Kanan (and possibly more) will be gone.

Since this is the last season of Rebels, I hope Dave Filoni doesn’t keep us in suspense too much longer as to what the next animated series will be about. I have no real preference myself, so long as Filoni returns with something. I know it will never happen, but I’d love to see the rest of The Clone Wars produced. I know it’s all written out, but it would be so cool to see it realized in animation, the way it should have been. Also a Maul-centric series would be amazing (provided Sam Witwer stays on as the voice).

Anyways, those are my thoughts on Star Wars. What do you think of the upcoming season of Rebels? Do you also think Kanan is going to die? Could Ezra be making the jump to live-action in The Last Jedi? (I’m not totally against that idea by the way). Hopefully I will be back to regular blogging in the near future. If nothing else, I’ll make sure to share my thoughts with the big films yet to come out this fall (especially The Last Jedi when it gets here). Later!

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