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Today I want to discuss the tools Luke Skywalker has on him as he makes his way through The Last Jedi. One prop in particular has really caught my attention. The other props might say a lot about Luke’s situation and how mobile he is on Ahch-To. Based on this stuff, it seems like he’s on the move during the movie and perhaps Rey is the reason for his travels or an unwanted distraction from his purpose on the island world. I’ve heard and seen strange things like porgs, an amphibian nun with a white veil on top of her head, and a sea monster. This journey requires tools, protection, and some directions.
The marble compass in a box
In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker has a compass that guides his way. The compass is a box with a blue marble-like orb on the top. I believe Luke Skywalker moves his hand over the blue orb and the box opens up to reveal the compass inside the box. The interior of the box has metallic dials with Aurebesh writing inside denoting some “space” version of North, South, East, and West with a needle to point the way. The prop is probably the most beautiful piece of craftsmanship I can think of for a Star Wars film. It has a very old look to it but the inside is almost steampunk or like something mystical from Naboo.
I looked at the compass and I had to ponder if it is just another tool in the bag or is it special? Does it take Luke Skywalker to where he needs to go in The Last Jedi? Or does he find it at the end and that journey is conducted over the next film after The Last Jedi? I saw Luke with it one time and I’m pretty sure he had the glove on we see in the recent trailer from Star Wars Celebration (the same glove that touches the book in the trailer):
I wasn’t able to get many more details on the compass itself. Before I ever saw it, I heard it was important. After I saw it, the work on the prop was so nice I find it hard to believe it isn’t crucial or special in some way. Either compasses in Star Wars are really awesome or Luke Skywalker’s is really important. The rest of his stuff is really patchwork–general survival materials. The question remains: is the compass mystical and “Jedi” in nature?
Backpacking through Ahch-To
Also of note is Luke’s orange backpack with a net on the back and his water bottle in it. The backpack has a net strapped to it and the net has kindling inside it for making a fire. I assume it is for making a fire, but it could be a porg’s nest for all I know. The backpack wasn’t like the one he has in Empire at all. In fact, it reminds me of the X-wing inspired backpacks you can buy at the mall today.
Things to prod
Skywalker has a wooden walking stick and a cattle prod-type weapon for zapping any creatures that get in his way. A person on set heard it called a “lightning rod” but it doesn’t look like an epic weapon. It looks like something you would just casually zap a pest with. Luke’s wooden walking stick clicks to his belt where his lightsaber would be. I did casually ponder if it could be a training saber like we saw in Star Wars Rebels but it looked more like a walking stick. However, I never saw a lightsaber on his belt, just these other utility tools for getting by on Ahch-To. In fact, I have yet to see Luke’s lightsaber at all. (I’m not saying he doesn’t have one in the film. I’m just saying I haven’t seen any empirical evidence of a lightsaber yet.)
While the stuff above is empirical evidence, this is less so. There is a rumor that near the end of the film, Luke is going for Snoke and Rey is going for Kylo. I asked the person that believes this to be true if they have an encounter in the film and they didn’t know for sure. It makes me wonder if we leave off the circumstances of the film with Luke going to embrace that he’s a Jedi again and he’s intent on bringing Snoke and the First Order down? If that’s the case, I wonder what makes him change from being the reluctant master to the Jedi he was supposed to be? The possibilities are fascinating. This part could be entirely wrong though, but I find the potential very cool.
I’m more excited than ever
The Last Jedi has me more intrigued than anything we have seen from Star Wars since they started making more films. Every time I see something, the movie gets cooler. Usually for every few cool things I see, there’s something that is less than inspired. The Last Jedi feels and looks very inspired so far. I feel like the film is going to contribute to the lore of the galaxy in interesting ways and I couldn’t be more excited. This December cannot get here quickly enough for me.