Return of the Last Jedi: A Throne Room Parallel Video

– article and video study by HanSpinel

Several commonalities exist in the form of plot lines and visual parallels between The Last Jedi (TLJ) and the Original Trilogy (OT). Here, I explore the similarities among the “Throne Room” scenes of Return of the Jedi and The Last Jedi, most of which play out in a beat-for-beat fashion (video below). 

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To Buy or Not to Buy? International Toy Fair 2019 Impressions

– Guest Post by Toytooine

February 14th has come and gone again, the season of love; and for us fans of an aggressively branded property, it marks the return to our first love – spending gobs of money on useless crap! Yes, every year around this time the icy cold of New York unfreezes for just a bit for all our favorite toy companies to come together and show off their upcoming wears for the year. Essentially, Toy Fair is a big ol’ convention for the toy industry to remind the retailers (and us!) of all the exciting stuff we can look forward to buying in 2019.

I low-key have looked forward to this show popping up images online for years and years now. Mostly, you can envision what the companies are going to show off, but every once in a while you get some surprises. Hey, remember that giant 6-foot Sail Barge they showed off last year? You just never know.

Now, before y’all get too excited, it’s much too early for Ep IX merch, so none of that was shown off. However, you can bet on an avalanche of plastic goodies in the stores as the new theme park opens and the movie draws closer. For the time being, we are looking at merch from existing material, which is A-Ok by me. In addition, since collecting is a money game, I figured I’d critique the reveals in the best way these companies know how – will I buy it? Besides, it’ll be fun to see how much money I’m about to sink this year.. right?

So, did our licensees bring their A-game to the Sabaac table, or can our disappointment in their performance not be overstated? Let’s take a look… Continue reading To Buy or Not to Buy? International Toy Fair 2019 Impressions

Searching for Carrie Fisher: Estimating Screen-Time Available for Episode IX

written by HanSpinel

I’ve been wondering recently: just how much Carrie screen time is available to use in Episode IX? And is there a way to find out? Below, I estimate the available screen-time containing Carrie Fisher left on the cutting room floor of The Force Awakens including scenes with Maz Kanata and some potential dialogue with Rey that was likely cut from the film. All in all, the results may surprise you in that over an hour’s worth or more of various footage and dialogue is likely available containing our beloved Princess and General….

Update (02/18/19): Don’t forget, and as @Mirahtrunks rightly points out, none of these estimates include unused footage from TLJ, which only strengthens the conclusion that Leia could have some nice screen-time in IX and/or play a pivotal role!

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V-day or D-day: What will Episode IX mean for ReyLo?

– Guest Post by kelC3PO

There may be something in the air when it comes to Rey and Kylo Ren… but is it romance, or family ties?

In this post, I draw comparisons between the Luke/Leia and ReyLo “relationships.” A majority of the post focuses on highlighting fan opinions from the late 70’s and early 80’s that are in favor of a Luke/Leia love. I then hypothesize that any ReyLo relationship will end the same way as Luke/Leia… with Rey and Kylo Ren as relatives. A population of fans were upset with this reveal after RotJ, and I suspect ReyLo fans will react similarly should ReySky be revealed in Episode IX.

Hope you like it!

Finn & Rey | Roses & Clover

– written & edited by HanSpinel

“Well, don’t get all mushy on us….”

In celebration of Valentine’s Day this week, I’ve put together a fan-adaptation and video study on the chemistry and bond between the characters Finn & Rey set to SYML – Mr. Sandman. The footage includes scenes from both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Below, I briefly share choices in the editing room along with the video. Pairs nicely with Finn & Rey: Acts of True Love 😉 Hope you enjoy, and happy Valentine’s Eve! ❤

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Finn & Rey: Acts of True Love

written by HanSpinel

Happy Valentine’s Eve, Peanuts!

The Last Jedi script was made available at the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library and podcaster Who Talks First managed to transcribe some of the exact lines from the script. The script line describing Rey and Finn’s embrace in the final moments of The Last Jedi caught my attention:

But even as Finn embraces her, we see it in his eyes, this is not the same Rey he knew before.

– The Last Jedi Script

This is an honest look into Finn’s perspective at the end of The Last Jedi. But how did Finn and Rey get here? And what exactly has changed about Rey from Finn’s perspective? As we embark on the journey to Episode IX, it’s worth reviewing the Sequel Trilogy through Finn’s Acts of True Love for Rey, along with the chemistry and bond they develop along the way, and yes, perhaps even romance….

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The Wayward Stormtrooper & Fallen Jedi

I made a choice

An Unlikely Anti-Hero and Unfamiliar Anti-Villain

What is a Narrative Foil? Well, I can tell you it doesn’t mean to wrap your character in aluminum foil and then microwave them. You could try, but they’d probably end up looking worse than Anakin post Mustafar duel. Narrative foils are characters that are completely different from each other in every way, yet their differences somehow also make them similar as well. Sometimes this trope is used to show how two different heroes could be, like naive, wide eyed Luke with cynical, rogue Han Solo. Other times it can be used to show a contrasting mirror for a hero and a villain, like how Luke and Vader were so different yet the same. Many have spoken about how Rey and Kylo are foils, and objectively speaking, they are. But what if I told you there was another foil dynamic in the sequel trilogy?

Written by themandalorianwolf

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