Fear is the Past to the Dark Side: Skywalker Family Allegories in The Last Jedi

– by HanSpinel

Many have used the visual parallels between Rey and Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi as suggestion to a romantic connection. However, I suggest a more thematic and resonating connection of family and fear of the past is being presented, particularly when including Luke Skywalker’s perspective….

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March to Star Wars Celebration: Episode IX Character Posters

Episode IX Character Posters by HanSpinel

Happy March, friends and followers of the Star Wars Shadow Council! As many of you know, and/or are attending, next month is Star Wars Celebration Chicago! We’re sure to get a ton of great news and content regarding all things Star Wars, including more info about Episode IX.

So, to help hype up your “March” to Star Wars Celebration Chicago, we’ve designed some Star Wars Episode IX Character Posters! Fourteen total, one for each announced returning character of the Sequel Trilogy. We’ll be releasing them one by one throughout the month, and compiling each poster in the gallery below as they get released. Enjoy, and may the Force be with you…. always.

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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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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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