With IX in production, focus has shifted to the final installment in the Skywalker Saga. Many, if not most, expect that it will bring a close to the Skywalker storyline and the franchise will explore entirely new directions. However, a look at where we are and where we’ve come from suggests a surprising direction for the franchise.
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Continue reading The Future of Star Wars: IX and Beyond
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
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
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A discussion of what is and isn’t the message of The Last Jedi and the strange reluctance to apply it to the protagonist.
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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
Twitter user Chey shared this interesting take on Kylo and Rey’s Force battle over the Skywalker lightsaber in a private chat. Reproduced with her permission.
Continue reading Guest Post: A Different Take on the Contest Over the Skywalker Lightsaber
With Episode IX starting filming shortly, the Star Wars Shadow Council is pleased to give you our absurdly early predictions for the film.
Continue reading Way Too Early Predictions for Star Wars: Episode IX