As always, possible spoilers for The Last Jedi ahead…
Johnson Talks Trilogy
A reminder, here's the first story based on my interview with Rian Johnson. Will have some more stuff later this week too. https://t.co/4hsl1t7AiO
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) December 5, 2017
As promised, Germain Lussier began his pre-premiere coverage of The Last Jedi with a post about Director Rian Johnson; however, the piece does not totally focus on Episode VIII.
It’s arguably the biggest decision Disney/Lucasfilm has made about the franchise since they first announced the sequel trilogy back in 2012, and one which will have a massive role in shaping the Star Wars universe in the years and decades to come. Not only will it tell a non-Skywalker story, it’ll be the first films beyond (or maybe before) the original trilogy era that Disney has clearly felt most secure in setting its non-“Episode” films. Given how particular the company has been with its other directors, the fact that it has given Johnson an entire trilogy is proof of its confidence in him… and The Last Jedi.
Johnson explained to Lussier:
I was the one who said, ‘The thing that’s interesting to me would be a new trilogy, one story told over three movies, on that big canvas of the Star Wars world. But—go someplace new, meet some new folks, tell a new story,’ and they really responded to that.”
The director also goes into a bit of philosophical detail as to his approach on The Last Jedi, as well. It’s a great read that can be found on io9.gizmodo.com.
Ratcliffe’s Jedi History
— Amilyn Ratcliffe (@amy_geek) December 4, 2017
Over on Nerdist, Amy Ratcliffe posted a story entitled: “History of Star Wars: The Past and Future of the Jedi Order.”
The piece, one of a series of posts intended to delve a little deeper into the lore of the Star Wars universe, looked back “at what we know about the Jedi Order and what that history could mean for The Last Jedi.”
It’s been a while since I’ve seen the Jedi Code posted, but Ratcliffe wisely uses the poem to center her discussion:
Like any religion or organization, the Jedi had rules. The Jedi Code guides how the members of the Order use and interact with the Force.
There is no emotion, there is peace.
There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
There is no passion, there is serenity.
There is no chaos, there is harmony.
There is no death, there is the Force.
The discussion about what a terrible idea it is to teach restriction and suppression of emotions is for another day, but the Code is meant to lead Jedi towards the light side and using the Force selflessly rather than selfishly. But maybe it boxes them in too much.
Boxes them in too much… Hmmm. This is a great point, which Amy returns to later in the piece, writing:
Given his history with the Jedi—long before Kylo Ren ever betrayed him, the Jedi that Luke knew in the original trilogy lied to him from the start—it’s no wonder Luke no longer has warm feelings about them. The constraints of the Order haven’t been working for him, so perhaps it’s time to come up with other guidelines for using the Force.
It is an awesome post, with info and links galore. Read it at Nerdist.
Speaking of history, Robin Vogt of Brickcityblockade.com posted a pretty interesting piece discussing the Earth-bound origins of Snokes Praetorian guards. According to Robin, the historical Praetorian Guards were military veterans “granted the position of Praetorian Guard to the Emperor himself.
“Their goal was to serve the Emperor, and on the battlefield, protect the emperor from death (no matter the situation).
“When called upon, the Praetorian Guards would be seen as the ‘elites’ and be at the forefront of conflicts both internally and externally,” added Vogt. “These guards would serve until they died, most of the time because of their age or serious injuries from conflicts. Simply, the only honor was to die in service of the Roman Emperor.”
With this perspective in mind, Robin goes on to discuss Snoke’s Praetorian Guards, their connection to the other Earthly traditions, and has a theory to boot:
In recent news, Star Wars fans have been introduced to the newest member of Supreme Leader Snoke’s ‘First Order’. These latest additions just so happened to be named Praetorian Guards, after their role in the First Order became the focus of toy leaks and conversations within the community. These new Praetorian Guards resemble the traditional tone of the Imperial Guards from the original trilogy, however, sport a newer look that resembles the early Japanese Samurai Warriors or Bushi 武士 of the Kamakura Period 鎌倉時代 (est. 1192).
I loved the mix of Star Wars and Earth history on this one, and I enjoyed the theory. Read it on Brickcityblockade.com.
Finally, after relinquishing his press conference moderator duties, EW.com’s Anthony Breznican was back on the keyboard, writing about the backstory in the back of Mark Hamill’s mind.
“Since it’s not canon, there’s no need for a spoiler warning,” explained Breznican. “Instead, here’s a heartbreak warning: the actor devised an absolutely wrenching experience for one particular chapter in the character’s life after the events of Return of the Jedi.”
“Actors like backstories,” explained Hamill to EW. “They want to know motivation and all those things.”
Read the piece to find out what dark, emotional scenario Hamill used to fuel his performance.