The Last Jedi – My Predictions and Hopes

With 16 hours away from the coveted release of the next chapter in the Star Wars saga, I decided to take this time and hash out what I would like to see in the upcoming film as well as my predictions for what will happen.

For those who have been out of touch with the movie trailer buzz here is the official trailer for The Last Jedi.

 

All caught up on the awesomeness? Good. Let’s move on…

 

WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE

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I think this one tops most people’s lists of things they wish to see brought to the mainstream Star Wars canon. Traditionally in Star Wars there has always been the Dark Side and the Light. With the prequels, we were given the name of the Dark Side,the Sith. Now we know that the Sith embody everything that is bad, evil and just downright nasty. The most famous Sith for most Star Wars fans is none other than Darth Vader, the fallen Jedi who was the figurehead of the Empire. In every Star Wars game/movie/or series the battle is always between the Dark and the Light for control of the Galaxy, but what if there was another side?

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Introduced in the Expanded canon that was disavowed when Disney bought Lucasfilms, were the Grey Jedi. Now the Grey Jedi were basically the middle ground between the two sides. While they never fully support one side they will never neglect one. The Grey Jedi  are all about maintaining the balance. While both the Jedi and the Sith work to extinguish the other, the Grey Jedi work to maintain the balance, so the equilibrium of the force does not tip to one side. They understand that in order for life to flourish there must be a balance between the light and the dark.

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One of the most famous Grey Jedi was actually introduced in the Clone Wars TV series, and that was Ahsoka Tano. She started the series off as the apprentice of Anakin during the Clone Wars. Throughout the five seasons she grew herself as a knight and eventually left the Jedi order at the conclusion of the fifth season. Ahsoka is one of the few Jedi that has mastered the Jar’Kai style of Lightsaber fighting in which the wielder utilizes 2 lightsabers and holds one reverse in her palm.  She has become weary of the Jedi order, and doesn’t trust that they would look out for their own in the time of need. During the series she becomes the voice of reason for Anakin and helps to keep his rage and anger in check. Season five of the Clone Wars series concludes hours before Episode III takes place.

Ahsoka made an appearance in the new Star Wars Series Rebels, during which she confronted her old master in the form of Darth Vader. She has some very meaningful dialogue in this encounter and openly admits to Anakin that she failed him and allowed him to become this (Vader), and that she would stop Vader to bring her old master some peace.

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That being said… I would like to have some mention of Ahsoka. I know that she isn’t an official character, but Disney has stated that the Clone Wars TV series is considered official canon so why not have a mention of her as the failed pupil of Anakin? Or some force user that survived the collapse of the Sith and the Jedi that lives in seclusion?

OUT WITH THE OLD MASTER/PADAWAN COMBO

I know this is a cornerstone of the whole Star Wars mythos. Having a master teach the younger inexperienced fighter the “ropes” until the younger one surpasses the master in skill. They’ve done this in all the Star Wars movies yet: Obi-Wan/Qui Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan/ Anakin, Obi-Wan/Luke, Luke/Yoda, Ben/Luke and now probably Luke and Rey (that doesn’t include the Sith either…). Toss this out the window and go for a new approach. I know when I watched the trailer and when Rey says “I need someone to show me my place in all this” and Kylo extended his hand, I wanted so much for the two of them to strike out on their own. Screw the whole master and apprentice crap; and just have two people learning the ins and outs of the force together and deciding their own path, without having it decided for them. I think that would make for a much more compelling story than the typical master/student one they always run with.

KYLO TO SAY GTFO TO SNOKE

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Through most of the trailers and TV spots it looks pretty obvious that Snoke is going to get greedy. He’s an old, angry, crusty force user who has a young apprentice… sound familiar? It looks obvious that he is going to try and turn Rey to the Dark Side and she is going to resist his temptations. Then Kylo is going to be pissed at being tossed aside and is going to leave Snoke, and the Knights of Ren, and do his own thing.

KNIGHTS OF REN

COME ON!!! YOU SPENT AN ENTIRE MOVIE TALKING ABOUT HOW KYLO WAS THE “MASTER OF THE KNIGHTS OF REN”… SHOW US WHO THEY ARE!!!!

LUKE BUSTING OUT SOME LIGHTSABER SKILLS

This goes without saying that we never really got enough of Luke laying a beat down with his lightsaber. We got it briefly in Return of the Jedi when he saved Han and Leia, but we need to see him lay waste to some nameless henchmen. It’s not a Star Wars movie if the hero doesn’t just demolish a whole bunch of anonymous henchmen.

I guess knowing who Rey’s parents are is on the list too…

 

MY PREDICTIONS

FINN & PHASMA

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So we know Finn is going to heal from his near fatal wounds inflicted by Kylo in the last movie, and we know he’s going to do some undercover spy stuff with Rose. We know from the trailer that he is going to be undercover in a First Order base and is going to have a throwdown with Phasma. My prediction is that Phasma is going to kick his ass. Don’t get me wrong, Finn will put up a beast of a fight, but from what I’ve read of Phasma… he doesn’t stand a chance. Rose is going to have to rescue him somehow and he’s going to have a final confrontation with Phasma in the final movie.

LEIA

With the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher we know that Leia is probably not going to make it through the movie. I might be wrong, but I don’t think they will have her survive the movie. My prediction is that when Kylo fails to destroy the ship she’s on, Snoke will have set a contingency in place so Kylo has to watch her die as her ship is vaporized.

POE

We haven’t seen that much of Poe in the trailers. For being the top pilot in the resistance and personal friend to Leia and Finn, you would think he would get more screen time (although he originally wasn’t supposed to survive the first movie). My prediction is that Poe is going to “use the spark, that will light the fire, that will burn the First Order down” as it was put in the trailer. I think he’s also going to come in useful during the dog fight in space, but will ultimately be unable to save Leia, and that will weigh on him as a failure for the rest of the series.

LUKE/REY

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Luke has been living in seclusion on his own little island for the better part of a decade if not more.  Rey shows up with the lightsaber he lost when he had his hand hacked off and expects him to train her. My prediction is that obviously Luke will be reluctant to train Rey, citing his earlier failure with Ben as the reason. We will get a flashback that will finally show us what happened with Luke’s earlier attempt to restart the Jedi order. Rey will cite that she is not Kylo and she can do this, Luke will reluctantly agree and then say he has never seen someone with that much power. Luke and Rey will leave with Chewie on the Millenium Falcon when they get a call asking them for help from Leia. They will come into conflict with Snoke, and Luke will spout about Rey not being ready for something like that. Rey will go off on her own to challenge Snoke.

Snoke is going to postulate about how powerful she is and how good she would be for the dark side, and Kylo is going to throw a tantrum and tell snoke to go F*@# himself. A big fight will ensue when Luke shows up to help, and Kylo and Rey will strike out on their own.

OVERALL STORY

Overall I think this is going to follow much the same vein as the Empire Strikes Back, with the Dark Side taking a major victory and the Resistance having their backs up against the wall. Leia will most likely not make it through the film, and someone on the Light Side is going to lose a hand… it’s a necessity. This movie is going to set the stakes for the “final” confrontation between the First Order and the Resistance, not to mention Snoke and the Light Side.

Finn is going to have some character growth and we’re obviously going to find out Rey’s lineage. Chewie might make the ultimate sacrifice having just watched his best friend get murdered by a boy he (arguably) helped to raise. I feel like Chewie might try to save Leia and they both end up getting killed which will allow for Rose (the Resistance Mechanic) to pair up with Rey as her new co-pilot.

Finn is going to get beat by Phasma and resolve that he will defeat her in the next film. Luke will join the Resistance to take up Leia’s place as the general. Poe is going to spiral thinking Leia’s death was his fault until Luke talks to him. Hux is going to survive the film; although, he will probably lose a lot of men in an ill advised attack and spend the rest of the movie in Snoke’s bad books.

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Those are my wishes and predictions for this movie! I know I have tickets to see it tomorrow night after work and I assume most of you do too. Let me know what you think!

See you next week!

 

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Justice League + Star Wars – Trailers Galore

Coming off Thanksgiving weekend and the multitude of trailers that were released, I am going to focus on two in particular and those would be the Justice League and Star Wars trailers.  In preparation for writing this post, I spent a solid half an hour of my morning routine watching and re-watching both trailers to have them both fresh in my memory. So let’s dive right in.

JUSTICE LEAGUE

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This Justice League trailer  showcased each of the Heroes in their own little spotlights. It also included some more spot on humour courtesy of Ezra Miller as Barry Allen. But the meat of the trailer comes from the showcasing of the invasion.

The trailer starts off with Lois looking out of the Kent farm and seeing Clark standing in the field looking towards the sun. He remarks about how the fact she has the ring on her finger means yes, but then Lois wakes up alone from her dream, in a world without Superman.  News is played in the background citing that terrorism and war are at an all time high and that the world is without hope now that Superman is gone.

As the voice over from Bruce begins talking about his nightmare (the Knightmare sequence from Batman V. Superman), we are shown close ups of the Parademons as well as an ancient battle in which a man is being turned into a Parademon. We also get to see some of the power the big bad Steppenwolf can toss down when he decimates what appears to be a scouting party of Amazons, with one strike of his weapon (hammer/axe) on the ground. We also get another shot of what I assume to be the opening battle between the forces of Apocalypse and the united armies of man, Atlantis, and the Amazons.  We are then shown snippets of each of the respective heroes, most notably Wonder Woman standing on a Statue of Lady Justice. Snippets of the final battle begin with intermingling dialogue from Bruce Wayne and inter-cut humour and jokes from Aquaman and Flash.  This movie does appear to bring the colour out of the darkness and is shown to be very rich in reds and oranges as colour tones. We get to see the Justice League doing battle with some Parademons and the Batmobile in action as it smashes through a blockade set up. The trailer also shows us shots of each member of the league failing to fight the enemies by themselves while the narration states ” Alone we are weak… Together we are strong”. The final scene is great bit of humour from Flash when the Bat signal is thrown in the air and helps to make this movie a lot lighter in tone than the previous entries in the DCEU.

WHAT THIS TRAILER TELLS US

As an avid comic fan, the story is pretty clear when you look at all the trailers and teasers that have been released.

An ancient battle took place on Earth in which the Amazons, Atlanteans, and Man had to unite against the dark forces of Apocalypse. The alliance was victorious and as such each race claimed a motherbox. The motherboxes were hidden without the other races knowing their locations. Steppenwolf is sent to Earth to find the motherboxes and activate them which will allow the Apocalyptan army to invade Earth.

Batman and Wonder Woman are trying to recruit other meta humans to fight for humanity should the need arise and to honour the sacrifice of Superman. Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg are thrust into this team up in order to save the world from destruction.

Regardless of what all the promotional work might say Superman will be showing up in this film. I don’t think he will appear until the final act, but I could be wrong. The fake cop-out of Superman’s death in Batman V. Superman was the biggest waste of time for any movie goer because there can’t be a Justice League without Superman, there just can’t.

 

Here is the trailer that was released on Saturday for those that haven’t seen it themselves yet.

Let’s move on to Star Wars!

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

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This trailer was a little more cryptic than that of the Justice League movie. While it still does showcase a lot of what the potential plot could be, it still leads quite a bit up to the imagination.

The trailer starts with an individual staring out some windows while water is running down them and we can see some sort of machinery in the background. We are shown different cuts of new footage like the Gorilla walkers for the first order and what looks to be Kylo Ren leading a large contingent of storm troopers into a cavern where the floor in made of volcanic looking rock with red highlights.  While all of these shots are appearing one right after the other we are told by Snoke that ” When I found you, I saw raw untamed power and beyond that something truly special”. It’s unclear who he is referring to but it is led to believe he is talking to Kylo Ren. We are then quickly transferred to Rey’s training at the hands of Luke, where he is amazed at her raw power (she is able to crack the rock upon which she is meditating by using the force). Luke quickly tells her that he has only seen power like that once before and it didn’t scare him then, but it does now. As he delivers this line we are shown what can only be Luke’s temple he was training the new generation of Jedi in up in flames as he collapses beside R2D2.

The trailer pans up to space battle and we are shown Kylo Ren’s personal fighter ship as he destroys the defenses on a Resistance Frigate and prepares to target the power core to blow the ship. He hesitates as his mother is on the ship. We see the Millenium Falcon in action evading some Tie fighters as Chewie performs his trademark Wookie call and one of the new creatures (pooko?) screams in surprise. Poe delivers a line of hope saying “they have the spark that will light the fire that can burn down the First Order”, and we see Finn in a First Order uniform battling Captain Phasma with one of the shock batons. We are shown more training by Luke while he says “This isn’t going to go the way you want it to”. The First Order and the Resistance do battle, and Snoke is shown to be torturing Rey while she is suspended in the air by the force. The trailer ends with Rey saying she needs someone to help her find her place in all of this and then we switch to a cut of Kylo Ren in what appears to be the same scene holding out his hand.

WHAT THIS TRAILER TELLS US

This trailer is a lot harder to read than the Justice League one, only for the fact that this story is 100% original whereas the Justice League Story was based of the New 52 Justice League Origin by Geoff Johns. It appears that Rey is deep in her training with Luke and Kylo Ren has recovered from his wounds he received during the Force Awakens. My guess is that story is going to take a left field turn. It would be a refreshing change of pace for the Star Wars universe and would bring a more realistic approach by making it less black and white and adding a few shades of grey into it.

My guess is that Kylo Ren is going to be unable to kill his mother and she will survive until the end of the movie when she will be killed by her ship being blown up in a space battle. It’s not a very fitting ending for Carrie Fischer but with her passing I don’t think they would disrespect her memory by having her face added digitally to a different actor’s body.  Luke and Rey are going to grow frustrated with each other because of Luke’s unwillingness to train her for fear of making another Kylo Ren.

Snoke is going to try and take Rey as his apprentice and induct her into the Knights of Ren. This is going to sever the tie between Snoke and Kylo and I think Kylo and Rey are going to forge their own path as Grey Jedi instead of the typical Sith and Jedi.

Poe and Finn are working heavily for the resistance and it looks like Finn is going to go undercover in an attempt to steal secrets/sabotage a base. He will obviously get found out by Phasma which will lead to the showdown with the stun baton and Poe having to rescue him, furthering the bromance.

Here is the new trailer for those that haven’t seen it.

 

All of this is obviously just speculation but I can’t help to hope that Star Wars might do something other than the typical good vs. bad for once.

 

Any comments leave them below! Otherwise see you next week!