Star Wars releases for the week of October 30th through November 6th – 12th. There are just two releases this week.
In part 1 of my Sequel Trilogy Theory of Everything, I discussed my thoughts on the events that led up to the state of affairs that we find the major character’s in at the beginning of the Force Awakens.
The post can be found here:
The TLDR version is that I believe:
Snoke is a villain more akin to Voldemort or Suaron than to Palpatine in that I believe he is seeking to regain lost power and that he sees the members of the Skywalker family as a means to that end.
Rey is Luke’s daughter and was separated from her family when the Falcon was stolen from Han Solo during an attack on the Skywalker/Solo family orchestrated by Snoke. Luke, Han, Leia, and Ben were led to believe that Rey had been killed. The loss of Rey was the catalyst for a chain of events that culminated with Ben Solo’s fall to the Dark Side.
Luke is aware of the Chosen One prophecy and believes that his family are the ones that need to maintain the balance of the Force. He originally thought that Rey would be the one to carry on that legacy, but after her “death” he put all of his hopes on Ben. After Ben fell Luke went looking for answers at the First Temple to try to figure out both how he went so wrong and how to make things right again.
The Force Awakens drops hints to the back story and also poses a few other minor mysteries that I would like to address here.
Last night on Discord chat, we discussed:
- the proper pronunciation of “Ocarina” [we were right all along!];
- how adorable bats are, aside from vampire bats which are butt and also terrifying;
- the convergent evolution of Australia’s animal kingdom:
“You like this normal animal? What if it had pockets on its body and poison somewhere?? Fuck you.”
- how board games Risk and Catan end friendships;
- curiosity about the frog hippo nuns called “The Caretakers” in The Last Jedi; and
- the variety of porgs that we are hoping to see in The Last Jedi.
“If there are porgs that are black and white and look like cute little penguins, I will die.”
Star Wars Speculation mod u/CartoonWarp didn’t miss a beat, providing a shopped version of the screaming porg we saw in the full TLJ trailer.
And so, with invaluable input from u/shenanakins and u/needs_more_sprinkles, we added a bow-tie.
And then a monocle.
And then a top hat.
Then a lit cigar for his adorable flipper.
And finally, a jaunty mustache.
Legends of Luke came out Tuesday and it’s given our first look at an older Luke… and evidence there might be another in his life.
Darth Vader 2017 #7 has a list of priority surviving Jedi.
And it turns out Adam was talking about the princess in the Hidden Fortress, not Rey:
Driver is on a roll now, discussing what excites him: character and narrative and cinematic influences. The original Star Wars was an homage to Akira Kurosawa’s 1958 film The Hidden Fortress, he says, and the link lives on in the new trilogy, in which concealed identities drive the narrative. Then he lets it slip.
“You have, also, the hidden identity of this princess who’s hiding who she really is so she can survive and Kylo Ren and her hiding behind these artifices,” Driver says, apparently dropping a massive revelation about Rey’s royal origins.
Credit to swnonsense.
The Legends of Luke junior novel came out today and one the chapters, ‘Fishing in the Deluge’, adds quite a bit to our understanding of the lore and mechanics of the setting.