This Week in Star Wars

Releases and reprints for the weeks of October 22nd.

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Something Overlooked in the TFA Junior Novelization

the_force_awakens_junior_novel_coverI discovered this a while back, but it’s worth sharing again. The sounds of the battle when she’s in the snow forest is described a bit differently in the junior novelization versus the adult:




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The Battlefront II Story Based on Leaked Dialog (Spoilers)

A large amount of dialog from Battlefront II was leaked on Pastebin back in June. It’s heavily fragmented and scrambled, but there is enough there to figure out large segments of the plot for BFII. I’ve gone through and figured out as much as I can. The highlights are:

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Character Archetypes of the Sequel Trilogy

One of the things that makes Star Wars appeal across so many cultures is that it bases its characters on universal character archetypes.  Below I have compiled the archetypes that I believe are being used for major characters in the Sequel Trilogy.

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A mere two days away from graduating from high school in 1996, I ran–not walked–RAN to opening night of Twister. I emerged from the cineplex gnashing my teeth that I endured every scene and not one fucking time did Helen Hunt exclaim to Bill Paxton or Jamie Gertz, “Right hand, blue!” or see Philip Seymour Hoffman and Alan Ruck locked in a contortionist’s nightmare before falling on the ground cackling with glee. Not once. Just some stupid cow flying through the air, whoopdee woo.

Fast forward 21 years later, and I was delighted that an industry friend invited me to an early screening of Geostorm, starring Gerard Butler as “Guy Trying to Do American Accent Again” and directed by Dean “Also Makes Bad Movies, Not Just My Creative Partner Roland Emmerich” Devlin. Again, what the fuck with this movie. Gerard Butler spent more time in a hoity toity spaceship than he did a car, much less one even MADE by Geo! I mean… don’t misunderstand me, I’m glad that the movie wasn’t called Geometro or Geoprizm or, even worse, Geotracker. But SPOILER ALERT: There are no shitty cars from the 1990s in this film. Like, anywhere. Instead, it’s about weather murder or something.

And NOW, we have Solo: A Star Wars Story. I AM COMING OUT OF MY SKIN with anticipation to see how Ron Howard righted this ship. It’s no secret that Lucasfilm axed Phil Lord & Chris Miller for attempting to make the film all about this cute backstory of some arrogant smuggler person. I’m now waiting with baited breath for Ron Howard’s telling of what exactly it is that the brilliant Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian will actually be fucking drinking from the crimson nectar-bearer. May 25th can’t come soon enough.

-R F S

Duality of Hands Update: The Last Jedi Trailer

Back in February of 2017, I wrote a theory detailing how Luke and Rey’s hands were used as symbols to represent humanity, “more machine than man,” and a couple of other things. I updated it before the new trailer came out. I recommend reading this before continuing.

In the recent trailer for The Last Jedi, two key moments popped up that tie in with my analysis. First and foremost is the moment that Kylo Ren holds his hand out for Rey, and the moment of Luke’s hand bursting from the ashes of his fallen Jedi academy.

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