SWSC The Last Jedi Retrospective: Initial Reactions

In observation of the one year release of The Last Jedi, the members of the Star Wars Shadow Council recall our reactions to the movie and how our views have changed over the past year. In part II, we look remember our first reactions to seeing the movie.

Continue reading SWSC The Last Jedi Retrospective: Initial Reactions

Advertisements

SWSC The Last Jedi Retrospective: Before the Movie

In observation of the one year release of The Last Jedi, the members of the Star Wars Shadow Council recall our reactions to the movie and how our views have changed over the past year. In today’s article, we talk about how we became fans and our hopes going into the movie.

Continue reading SWSC The Last Jedi Retrospective: Before the Movie

About The Last Jedi Script… UPDATE!

The Last Jedi script was made available at the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library and podcaster Who Talks First made the trip and managed to get some of the exact lines from the script.

Continue reading About The Last Jedi Script… UPDATE!

Why Reylo Just Doesn’t Work in Star Wars: Episode IX

rey kylo ren star wars last jedi footloose music fight praetorian guards

In the first article, we discussed how The Force Awakens portrayed Rey and Kylo’s relationship and how it differed from stories that use the ‘enemies to lovers’ trope in key ways. Now, we show why romantic Reylo is incompatible with the story going into Episode IX.

Continue reading Why Reylo Just Doesn’t Work in Star Wars: Episode IX

The Case for Rey Skywalker: Another Interpretation

Image result for rey luke the last jedi

In the first Case for Rey Skywalker, we presented the idea Luke knew who Rey was at the end of The Force Awakens and kept it from her to protect her. Now we present an alternative possibility. Continue reading The Case for Rey Skywalker: Another Interpretation

The Enemies to Lovers Trope vs. Rey and Kylo in the Force Awakens

Tropes serve the function of signaling story elements to the audience and of providing shortcuts to understanding said story. While badly-written tropes can come off as “cliche,” the most common fiction tropes are so popular, and are relied on so heavily, because they have a fundamental logic to them that the creators know most or much of the target audience will grasp instinctively. However, various tropes are similar enough in essential elements that they are easily confused or misidentified (sometimes by design). In such cases, the surrounding context of the story and structure, as well as an understanding of how such tropes work and – significantly – why they work, should be given special consideration. Here we examine how the “enemies to lovers” trope is used in modern popular fiction and compare and contrast it with how Kylo and Rey’s relationship is presented in the Force Awakens.  The comparison will show whether their relationship, as presented in canon, is in agreement with or in violation of the trope.

Continue reading The Enemies to Lovers Trope vs. Rey and Kylo in the Force Awakens

Guest Post: The Importance of Rey’s Parents

The following post was sent as a message by reddit user quietansible and we were so impressed we asked to post it. It lays out a very cogent argument for why whether Rey’s father is Luke matters in The Last Jedi.

Continue reading Guest Post: The Importance of Rey’s Parents