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Should Solo: A Star Wars Story Get a Sequel?

Ron Howard has been quoted as saying that he hasn’t heard anything concrete at all about a sequel being considered for Solo: A Star Wars Story. So that nips all those unofficial rumours in the bud a bit.

That’s not to say that there won’t ever be a sequel, but it’s kind of like saying “they are going to be including Hayden Christensen in the Obi-Wan TV show”. Until something official is announced, it’s only a rumour.

As far as what I think of Solo: A Star Wars Story – it’s not in my top five movies in the Star Wars franchise, let’s just say that. The only real surprise in this film was seeing Darth Maul (which nobody knew would happen) and he was awesome. Especially since at that point, everyone thought he was dead (cinematically, that is). We know his story carries on in the animated series but in terms of the films, nobody expected to see him in this and his one scene was better than most of the others combined. Darth Maul remains one of the best things to come out of the Star Wars cinematic universe.

Fight me if you don’t agree 😉

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The Sith and Death Part I

Please note: the following post discusses many aspects of life and death in the Star Wars cinematic universe. It should be considered a spoiler if you have not yet seen Revenge of the Sith, Return of the Jedi or The Rise of Skywalker.

I got the idea for this post from a tweet I saw randomly on Twitter about the Jedi and the Sith and how differently they view death. It’s a fascinating topic. It’s something I’ve never really thought about until now. But it’s everywhere in the Star Wars universe and definitely worth discussing.

So I will break this post up into two parts; the first about the Sith and their views on death and then the second on the Jedi, how they look at death and how different they are and why.

When researching this topic, there was very little to go on. Wookiepedia has a general page on death in the Star Wars universe, but it’s basically what most fans already know. As a Jedi, you can learn how to avoid death by studying the living force. Through these teachings, a Jedi can learn how to become one with the force after the physical body passes on to the “other side”. We have seen many instances of this in the Star Wars universe and in particular, in the cinematic universe.

But you’ll notice this is only about the Jedi. Up until very recently, there was nothing concrete to suggest that the Sith could live beyond their mortal “lives”. The only original mention of Sith being able to “cheat” death is during Revenge of the Sith when Emperor Palpatine is grooming Anakin to slowly turn him to the dark side. A major part of this ploy is explaining to Anakin exactly how the Sith were able to “cheat death” and live extra long lives. The Darth Plagueis the Wise speech is, of course, Palpatine talking about himself as he was Darth Plagueis’ Sith apprentice.

So it’s safe to say that he Sith definitely do not view death as the Jedi do. Palpatine’s discussion with Anakin is actually very informative, even if you know very little about Darth Plagueis the Wise. The most important difference between the Sith and the Jedi is how the Jedi are accepting of death as a natural part of the life cycle. Whereas the Sith look upon death as a finality to all things and therefore it must be avoided at all costs.

It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the Sith had found a way to cheat death by using a combination of the force and dark Sith magic. When Palpatine advises Anakin that “the dark side of the force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural”, he is coaxing Anakin into believing that there was a way to stop death in its tracks.

Darth Plagueis therefore became a key catalyst in the turning of Anakin to the dark side. And without Darth Plagueis’ teachings, Darth Sidious would never have been able to survive the horrific fall down the reactor shaft in Return of the Jedi. Darth Sidious was able to survive or “cheat” death by mastering the technique that Darth Plagueis had discovered before his untimely death at the hands of his apprentice.

Darth Plagueis had discovered a way to transfer a being’s consciousness to another “vessel” therefore preserving that conciousness and effectively, living again once that conciousness had “died” in its host body. This is how Darth Sidious was able to “cheat” death after dying in Return of the Jedi. So cloning was also an integral part of Darth Sidious’ plan to overcome death and rule the galaxy again in The Rise of Skywalker.

Darth Plagueis Via Comic Vine

Anakin’s journey towards the dark side of the force, as we know, did not involve resurrecting the dead, at least not in the cinematic universe. In a roundabout way, Anakin does “die” on Mustafar at the hands of his master and best friend, Obi-Wan Kenobi and was “reborn” as Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader. But in the comics, Darth Vader’s obsession with life after death is explored and expanded to include an encounter with Padme that is both shocking and interesting. If you haven’t read the Darth Vader comics, I highly recommend you do. They are beautifully written and the art work is fantastic. And the way that they tie into the cinematic universe is done surprisingly well.

The reason I mention these comics is because a) they are now considered canon and b) they discuss Darth Vader and how he manages to do what Darth Sidious could only imagine. And that is, well, you’ll have to read the comics to find out. But it is a nice way to follow up after this blog post and look further into the Sith and their obsession with death. You can check out the comic details on Wookiepedia and the comics themselves are available online from multiple sources.

If you’re at all interested in looking at a list of all the characters that died in the Star Wars cinematic universe, Time Magazine wrote an article listing all 111 deaths. Of those 111 deaths, 32 were Sith or affiliated to the Dark Side of the Force.

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Darth Vader’s Armour and the role it played in the creation of “The Chosen One”

To truly understand what Darth Vader represents in the Star Wars universe, you would need to start with the armour that was fashioned for him after he endured extensive injuries during his fight with Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar. I believe the armour Vader wore helped him to transition into the dark side menace that he became and it played a crucial part in the character’s evolution.

Let’s begin with details taken from Wookiepedia:

Darth Vader’s armor (serial number: E-3778Q-1) was designed to maintain and protect the young Sith apprentice’s charred body while exuding an air of intimidation and control. His suit followed an ancient Sith tradition, in which the warriors of the dark side of the Force would adorn themselves in heavy armor. The suit’s construction incorporated Sith alchemy to augment Vader’s severely diminished physical strength and vitality.

The part of the quote I’ve highlighted above is particularly interesting because it mentions Sith Alchemy. If the suit was given to Vader by Sidious, this means that Darth Sidious partly delivered on his promise to Anakin by giving him the power to survive despite his life-threatening injuries. So I have questions about this. Where did this alchemy come from? Is it something that Darth Sidious already knew as part of his dark side knowledge? Was this something that Darth Plagueis taught him? Either way, it turned Darth Vader into a more powerful Sith Lord and allowed him to use his physicality where he would otherwise be reserved to spending most of his time in a bacta tank.

Image Credit Wookiepedia

There were only two people that knew of Darth Vader’s fate and what he looked like underneath the armour he wore. Darth Sidious and Obi-Wan Kenobi. And this made Darth Vader both stronger and weaker at the same time. Darth Sidious could easily overpower Vader, even with the armour. Darth Sidious made sure that Vader’s armour was susceptible to Force Lightning when it was made, giving him an advantage over Vader should the need ever arise. And it did, the end result was Darth Sidious being thrown into a reactor followed by the death of Darth Vader and Anakin’s final ascension back to the light side of the force. But before any of that could happen, Darth Vader was a force to be reckoned with as Darth Sidious’ dark side enforcer, and he was both feared and respected for the power that he had, particularly by his troopers and crew.

One other question also comes to mind, and that is how did Darth Sidious know that Anakin Skywalker would need the suit, to begin with? Had he already envisioned Anakin’s fate? I could definitely get behind this because we had already seen how powerful Darth Sidious was with his fight against Yoda, causing Yoda to retreat into hiding. It is entirely possible that Darth Sidious knew about Anakin’s fate much earlier on and was purposefully hiding the truth for his own evil and wicked manipulation game to play out.

 

Art by Source: lildevilme at DeviantArt

 

Without Darth Sidious, would Darth Vader even exist? I have thought about this often, and my answer to this question is No. It may have taken longer for Anakin to eventually fall to the dark side without Sheev Palpatine whispering in his ear about immortality and Darth Plagueis, but he’d still fall. The end result would not have been in favour for Anakin however because, without Darth Sidious and the suit, Anakin would have died on Mustafar where Obi-Wan Kenobi left him, and Darth Vader would cease to exist. So the relationship between Sidious and Vader was more critical than some fans realise (certainly myself until I wrote this) because, without it, Anakin would never have become the chosen one bringing balance to the Force – which is another topic I’d like to explore in a later post.

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Star Wars Post – Darth Maul by Rod Reis

I’m on a mission to try and animate something every other day. Some of the better posts I’ve posted on Pinterest and Instagram are animated motion art. I’m still going to be picky with what I animate (because not every image created looks good with animation) but I want to try and do more of this because I really enjoy it.

Here’s my first comic cover animation – the textless version of Rod Reis’ Darth Maul cover art – I had real fun with this one 🙂

Star Wars Post – Darth Vader – “Sith” animated art

I felt very much in the mood to animate something today and get my mind off other things. So here’s a lovely little animation I did and no idea who the artist is (I always try to find the artist with a google search but came up empty).

The artist is Ted Mininni 🙂

Enjoy 🙂