To begin i will be talking about things that happened in The Last Jedi so there will be spoilers. If you are trying to avoid them please turn away. SPOILERS TO FOLLOW
The latest film from the Star Wars Universe begins with the Resistance packing up from their base as the First Order is about to start bombing it. As the Resistance escapes Kylo Ren and the First Order try to destroy the ships yet Kylo hesitates as he senses his mother and doesn’t want to destroy her, but a TIE fighter hits the bridge of the ship killing several leaders like Admiral Akbar. Thankfully they aren’t all killed as Leia uses some of her Jedi abilities to save herself, but she was still injured and leaves Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) in charge over Poe.
While this is going on Rey is on Ahch-To with Luke, we return with Rey presenting the Lightsaber to him only for him to refuse to come help. We dive into what the force is something like Midi-chlorians that are in all things that bind us all together, check on the last couple of episodes from The Clone Wars animated series. They lean on the spiritual side of the force which is great as well.
Back in the great space chase the Resistance get there own resistance as Poe wants to mutiny over Holdo when he discovers that Holdo’s plan is to use small transports to escape from the First Order on to an old rebel base on Crait. Poe thinks this is dumb and has Finn and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) go on a secret mission to find a code breaker to get them on the First Order ship to stop their ability to track the rebel fleet. They (Finn and Rose) have to go to Canto Blight to find a hacker to get them in. After finding DJ (Benicio del Toro) who steals a ship to get them back we learn that the rich are financing both sides of the war, so who are the good guys and who are bad. Oh and Nien Nunb is still alive.
This is all I’m going to say here as the needs to be something that you need to learn from going to see the film. It has some great action set pieces and I have no clue where the next film will be going JJ Abrams has his work cut out for himself, especially with the death of Carrie Fisher last year. Another thing that I am glad is back is the humor at times The Force Awakens was a bit too serious. All in all it was another Star Wars film and I doubt that I could be that disappointed with one of them, as I am one of the few it seems still find some positives in the prequels which get derided by just about all the fanboys, who are out there complaining about this new trilogy as well. One of the coolest things about the film was the creature the Porgs are there because Skellig Michael has a bunch of puffins on it so the Porgs are there to cover that issue. Also, I am looking forward to what stories Rian Johnson has to tell in his trilogy.
Well it was announced yesterday that Rian Johnson is going to be creating an all-new trilogy not focusing on the Skywalker family, according to the press release “Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.” This sound pretty cool and it seems like these could be how the new films after Episode IX comes out in 2019 and the rumored third solo film arrives in 2020. With a new trilogy perhaps will we be getting more Star War Stories as well. This seems great as was the announcement from Disney CEO Bob Iger that “a live-action “Star Wars” TV series to air on its entertainment streaming service that is expected to launch by the end of 2019.” Could this be the previous attempted television series Underworld set between III and IV with some focus on the Boba Fett from the cancelled video game 1313 or something very different. With Rebels set between III and IV, but not really dealing with the underworld and bounty hunters and a solo film rumored to be focusing on Boba Fett would either of these be great things to explore on television as well. This live action series will be on the Disney streaming service which will be ‘substantially’ less than Netflix and the service will be coming out in the second half of 2019. Now if we could also get some word on what Dave Filoni and Lucasfilm Animation is working on after Rebels end.
Well, filming has finished for the Han Solo movie and Ron Howard has announced the title of the film. As most of us were expecting it to be the title is Solo. This is added to the big news from last week with the new trailer for The Last Jedi. It seems like the only thing we really need to know now is what the next anthology film is going to be about there are several rumors out there a Boba Fett film and a Obi-Wan between episodes III and IV. There are tons of rumors I’ve seen that Guillermo Del Toro want to make a Jabba the Hutt movie and there are rumors about just about every character out there ranging from those in the animated television shows like an Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex from Clone Wars or an Ezra Bridger and Hera Syndulla from Rebels appearing Hera was name dropped in Rogue One already. We will have to wait and see what all happens with the end of Rebels as to what happens with these characters. There is also the idea of another Rogue One type film but with those Bothan spies getting information about the second Death Star, many will die. Time will tell and it seems like they’ll announce what the next anthology film will be about after The Last Jedi comes out.
I case you were looking here is a link to the new trailer for Star War: The Last Jedi. It comes out in December. Sure Rian Johnson was expressed some wishes for people to come into the film with no idea of what’s coming but the film comes out in two months and I am sure that most of us are going to forget much of what happens in the trailer in a couple of weeks. Also this is just a reminder that the final season of Star Wars Rebels returns in about a week on DisneyXD.
Star Wars: After losing a director about a week ago JJ Abrams is now confirmed as the new director and writer for the newest film. They also announced that the release date of the film has been pushed back from May to December of 2019.
Switch: The most recent Nintendo Direct has pointed out some cool games coming to the Switch. Sure they focused a lot on the new Mario game but there were several other announcements like a demo of what looks like the most unique game I’ve played in year Project Octopath Traveler, it’s a HD-2D game and looks pretty cool.
Well there is now news that the finale of the sequel trilogy is going to have a new director. Colin “what’s his name” Trevorrow the Jurassic World/Safety Not Guaranteed director has according to the report has “stepped down due to creative differences” however this was long speculated since his most recent film The Book of Henry did poorly at the box office. This is the third time in recent films that Star Wars has pulled the director from the film most recently Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the Han Solo film for making it funny and Josh Trank who was attached to some Star War Story film. All of these directors have some big indie film and a blockbuster to their names but that’s it. This was the issue for some of them and they were announced years before they began shooting anything this hopefully changes the way that directors are chosen in the subsequent Star Wars films. The biggest rumor of replacement is Rian Johnson taking over and writing/directing again or even George Lucas coming out to direct. Who ever it turns out to be they will be a known commodity with a decent track record directing films
First off Family Guy has released a nine minute Adam West tribute on YouTube. It’s a nice tribute for a wonderful actor.
Next Disney had their huge D23 convention this past weekend and there is tons of news coming out. Incredibles 2 starts shortly after the end of the original, Wreck it Ralph 2 will spoof Disney Princesses and the internet, the Live action Aladdin has been cast with Will Smith as the Genie, The Jungle Cruise ride will be getting it’s own movie with The Rock, there was also talk about Star Wars and the next Avengers movie but I expect to see/hear more about those at the SDCC. The coolest news was about a Star Wars hotel at Walt Disney World as well as a whole Star Wars land Galaxy’s Edge coming to Disney World and Disneyland
Finally, there is a new Doctor on Doctor Who and spoilers it’s a woman. The Doctor is Jodie Whittaker, she was on Broadchurch and in the film Attack the Block. Now sure it is great that The Doctor is female but I hope that’s not the whole plot. It seems likely that we might get a male companion for the first time since in all seriousness Adric as they seem to like the romance aspect of the Doctor and Companion over their first couple of episodes. I really hope that they don’t make that big of a deal over the fact that the Doctor is now female since we’ve gone through this with Missy (The Master) a couple of years ago and they didn’t make such a big deal about it.
This has to be one of the weirdest stories that I’ve seen recently the Han Solo film being only like 3 week away from finishing filming and the directors leave. Now according to several sources Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have left the project, being fired because of creative differences. As Kathleen Kennedy stated in an official statement “Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon.” Lord and Miller are the guys behind the cartoon Clone High, the Jump Street movies and the animated films The Lego Movie as well as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. According to The Hollywood Reporter they were fired for going “off-script” and not really making Lawrence Kasdan the screenwriter, who knows Han Solo better than just about anyone, happy with their decisions. Hopefully this can be figured out quickly and that this doesn’t delay the release until December of 2018.
It has been officially 40 years since Star War, subsequently named, A New Hope and all the follows. I’ve been a fan of this film series for as long as I have been alive it seems. I don’t remember when I first watched it but me and my sisters would routinely watch a film, often Return of the Jedi, of the trilogy, while our parents went out for the evening. So much has come from this one film seven other feature films, those Ewok movies, a great cartoon series, as well as a horrible Holiday Special all set in the Star Wars Universe and then there is the space comedy Spaceballs, and the rumors of a Spaceballs sequel and even the Star Trek movies have a debt to pay to Star Wars.
Take some time this upcoming weekend and watch some Star Wars or even read some if that’s more your pace. I for one still have to get Rogue One before any marathon happens.
This year it will be light in huge announcements for Star Wars today the trailer for Last Jedi came out at Celebration last month and I doubt that we’d have anything major from the Han Solo movie yet. Perhaps something about the post 2020 films or maybe the long gestating television series is going to be made. It seems like the right time for a live action series taking place in the Star Wars Universe, it is bound to be good and the timing is right. Look at the success that Marvel (The Defenders) has had on Netflix as well as all their other series and those other streaming services like Hulu who’s Handmaid’s Tale is getting great reviews and Amazon Prime with Transparent. There are a lot of way to explore the universe and it could be multiple shows, does it need a Jedi or Sith in it to work or could we just have the average people living in the Empire. Not sure what would make a great show, but it would be wonderful if there were something besides the animated shows that explored the world of Star Wars.