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George Lucas Revealed His Plans for the Sequel Trilogy in 1976!

It seems that a lot of Star Wars fans, including myself, need to read a lot more because we’re missing huge pieces of the puzzle and going off on tangents. In speculation, this is fine, I think, because that’s one of the best parts of being in a fandom. Sitting around talking about what might be is really interesting, and I love to do it on my blog. But there are some things that really do need ironing out, such as the fact that George Lucas was talking about the sequel trilogy on the set of the first Star Wars film!

I honestly didn’t know that. Nor did I know that there was always going to be a plan for Luke Skywalker to age and become this hermit type of character in self-exile. That part really stunned me, but it has been substantiated by excellent sources such as Phil Szostak, whom I follow on Twitter. He has been part of the big LucasArts and LucasFilm machine since the very early days, and he said this:

Many fans on social media ridicule JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson for “ruining Luke Skywalker” and even the entire franchise. In fact, they still do, and I see it daily. I do not like to get into political crap throwing on social media, so I avoid the toxicity as much as possible. But knowing that this IS actually fact paints a very different picture of what JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson did with the sequel movies.

I have been one of those fans that were hurt by what they did with Luke in TLJ. Killing him off was never going to go down well with me because, in my mind, he is the hero, and I just couldn’t get my head around what they did with the character (and neither did Mark Hamill). But as it turns out, none of this original idea was Abrams or Johnson. It was their way before they got involved with the sequels. I am not even sure if Mark Hamill is aware of that even now because he has been quoted as saying he didn’t like what “they” did with Luke Skywalker. He eventually got on-board, of course, for promotional reasons. And perhaps maybe he already knew they were going to do something else with Luke, which may have helped to ease the frustration he was feeling about Luke’s character progression.

Luke Skywalker dying, though – I have yet to find anything substantial that disproves Rian Johnson was responsible for that. So until then, Johnson is absolutely wearing that one.

I thought this post would give some of you some food for thought. Do let me know what you think about this. Did you already know this, or did it blow your mind as much as it did mine?

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The Force by George Lucas

As I am home today slowly recovering from an awful migraine that kept me up most of the night, I figured I’d spend time going through social media. I am what you call a social media lurker – I very rarely say anything on social media but I always READ what everyone else is saying. This is a very powerful thing because when you’re not caught up in your own ego, you can learn a lot online from the things people say. Although that can also be a trap because most people are full of BS to be honest. This is where you have to make up your own mind on what you decide to keep and what you decide to discard.

This is how I feel about Star Wars. Everyone has a lot to say about it but only very few people truly understand it. Knowing a lot about Star Wars doesn’t mean anything if you don’t appreciate where it all started and it all started with George. To say that I admire George Lucas for what he created would be a serious understatement. But when it comes to Star Wars, there really is no other higher authority for me. And sure, Star Wars has grown a lot since he handed it over to Disney. But I still feel the truest essence of what Star Wars is belongs to him.

So when he talks about the Star Wars universe, I listen. So I found this and decided to post about it because it’s awesome and probably the best way anyone could explain what the force actually is:

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Through The Empire Strikes Back, Luke is learning to be a Jedi, but it’s not something that you just pick in 10 minutes. The whole idea is it’s very hard to learn to be a Jedi.

A lot of people get confused about the Force. They see it as some special thing that you can find and pick up and put it on your head and suddenly you have the Force. Whereas it’s always been designed so that every [living] being has the Force.

The amount of Force, which is like talent or intelligence, is different in every person. Some of it is inherited, but it’s no more than a talent. It’s not something you can acquire – it’s something you can learn to use. I have the power to lift that cup off the table using the Force, but I can’t do it unless I have been trained to do it.

– George Lucas on “The Force”

What do you think about this? Do you agree or disagree with George? Do you think George’s understanding is outdated and not modern enough now to apply?

Let me know what you think my friends, ANY opinion is welcome and I always try to reply 🙂

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The Code of the Mandalorian

I saw a post from a website I follow that posts a lot of content regularly – most of it is great. And I saw a post on the Mandalorian Code and started asking myself questions about it hence, this post was born.

When it comes to The Mandalorian, I wouldn’t say I am a super fan but I am intrigued enough to write about the character and his plight in the series. That’s all it takes to hook you in. I love the show a lot and it’s exciting seeing how each episode unfolds but there are a lot of questions that don’t seem to be getting answered in the series so far.

The biggest one I have is so far is “is there such a thing as the Mandalorian Code and if so, what is the code exactly?” So that’s two questions but you get what I mean.

After reading up on the Mandalorian code, it appears that there are three facets to the actual code all Mandalorians must follow. The first is the Canons of Honor:

Strength is life, for the strong have the right to rule.

Honor is life, for with no honor one may as well be dead.

Loyalty is life, for without one’s clan one has no purpose.

Death is life, one should die as they have lived.

Via Fandom dot com

The second is the Resol’nare:

Wearing armor.

Speaking the language.

Defending yourself and your family.

Raising your children as Mandalorians.

Contributing to the clan’s welfare.

When called upon by the Mand’alor, rallying to his cause.

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And the final part was known as the Supercommando Codex which was integrated into the Code of Honor.

Whether or not The Mandalorian Din Djarin follows each of these codes is yet to be seen but there does seem to be a lot of “isn’t that part of the Mandalorian Code?” questions mentioned throughout the series. So I guess to fully understand the code Din Djarin uses or refers to as The Mandalorian Code, we’d need to see that somewhere in writing and confirmed by its creators. We’ll probably get it in some book down the line after the second season or maybe in another book but it’ll end up somewhere.

The reason why I wanted to know about the code is because of what Din Djarin says to The Marshall about the Mandalorian Armour he is wearing. It does say that every Mandalorian must wear armour but nothing pertaining to anyone that isn’t a Mandalorian wearing Mandalorian armour. It’s a little specific but still, it’s not really confirmed anywhere that I looked anyway.

If you know where this specific part of The Mandalorian code is found, please do let me know so I can do a follow-up post to this one. And as always, have any questions you’d like to ask me or any feedback for this or any of my posts, I am always lurking in the comments so comment away!

Thanks for reading, enjoy your week, stay safe out there and I’ll catch you in tomorrow’s post!

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The Evolution of Boba Fett

I saw this tweet on my time line and I just couldn’t ignore it because it was so good – plus I am kind of in a bit of a Boba Fett celebration right now because why not?

So what do you think Boba Fett has been doing all this time? Do you think he has been posing as a Tusken Raider? That would be the perfect way to lay low and off everyone’s radar. Pretty smart if you ask me.

And what does it mean for a Mandalorian to lose their armour? Because we know that the armour of a Mandalorian is one of their most important possessions and they cannot ever give it up. And the Beskan steel is sought after the universe over. The only conclusion I can come to is that when Boba Fett was accidentally thrown into the Sarlacc pit, he had to remove his armour to escape it and somehow the Sarlacc spat it up and the Jawa’s found it on their travels through Tatooine. What do you think about this theory? Possible or no?

Let me know your thoughts friends as I am always keen to talk star wars with my dear readers!

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Kylo Ren/Ben Solo in the Battle of the Force’s Will

That’s an odd title for a post, I know but I’ll explain what is meant by “battle of the force’s will”. The Force as most understand it is exactly as Obi-Wan described it to Luke in A New Hope:

The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us, it binds the galaxy together.

It’s what gives any practitioner of the ways of the Force their power. The same is true for dark side users as well. In this scene in The Last Jedi, it was described to me once on Tumblr that this scene is where you can see the dark side of the force trying to bend Kylo Ren’s will to kill Leia. I did mention this in an earlier post but I can’t for the life of me find that post. It seems I have written way too many articles about Kylo Ren 😅

But seriously, take a look at this GIF and in particular pay attention to the lighting on Kylo Ren’s face:

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Sure it could just be the way the lighting for this scene has been filmed and means nothing at all. Or it could be the representation of the dark and light sides of the force wrestling inside him at this very intense moment in the film. Can you even have shadows in space? Also, notice how his face looks like he’s struggling with something. We can’t see it, but I believe it’s the internal conflict within him – the light and dark sides of the force trying to gain control over Kylo Ren/Ben Solo’s will to act.

And then you see Kylo Ren remove his finger from the trigger because he couldn’t kill his mother after all. At this moment in the scene, Ben Solo has scratched his way to the surface, leaving his “soul” in complete turmoil. Look at his mouth quivering in this scene as he watches the First Order TIE fighter pilots do what he could not and fire upon Leia and her crew:

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And this is why Adam Driver is one of my favourite actors. The changes in his facial expressions are so subtle yet speak volumes about the feelings he is trying to portray.

And just before you begin to question the validity of “lighting” in a scene to convey or control the atmosphere of that scene, check out this one from The Force Awakens and pay particular attention to when Rey and Finn (representing the “heroes” in this film) enter the area – you can see quite clearly there is a ray of light shining down upon Ben Solo and Han:

And then the light disappears and the only light left surrounding Ben and Han is tainted red (and red has always been considered the colour of the dark side of the force). This is where I believe Kylo Ren takes over and Ben is lost forever (well, we know it’s not forever but during that scene he was totally diminished).

So therein lies my theory on how the light and dark sides of the force were always present in almost every important decision Kylo Ren/Ben Solo made. This is something that I think JJ Abrams did exceptionally well in The Force Awakens and it still remains in my top five Star Wars films to date. One day I’ll rank them, I promise!

Let me know your thoughts friends – do you think this was a powerful scene? Do you think the death of Han Solo was handled well? Do you think that Han Solo should have lived? Let me know in the comments as always and may the force be with you!

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