Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Disney‘s D23 Expo took us behind-the-scenes of the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie, and gave us a beautiful tribute to Carrie Fisher as well as a special announcement.

It also gave us some simply stunning new character posters for the six main characters of the new film – Luke Skywalker, General Leia Organa, Rey, Finn, Poe and Kylo Ren.

Rian Johnson, the Director of the new movie, debuted the behind-the-scenes trailor and it is… FANTASTIC.

The trailer is something fans will rewatch and dissect for weeks to come, and it really builds anticipation for the next saga entry.  Fittingly, it’s Carrie Fisher who has the last word in the trailer, as she gives us a little insight into the soul and motivation at the core of the eighth feature: “It’s about family.  And that’s what’s so powerful about it.

To watch the trailer, visit the official Star Wars YouTube channel here.

Out of all the Star Wars: The Last Jedi news that broke at D23, one of the most moving and poignant was the announcement that Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher had been made Disney Legends, and that Carrie was now a Disney Princess.

Thanks to Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, we learned that that had always been a dream of Carrie’s.

Billie wasn’t able to attend the event due to filming commitments on American Horror Story, but did send a letter thanking them for honouring her mum, in that letter she wrote:

Becoming part of the Disney family was truly an amazing moment for her. She secretly always wanted to be a Disney princess, so getting to be a Disney princess and a Disney Legend would have been her ultimate dream.

For more information on everything Star Wars at D23, visit the Official Star Wars website here.

For more information on Mark and Carrie becoming Disney Legends, visit the official site, again, here.

Thank you, Disney, for making this fan very happy.  I never thought my favourite Princess would be a Disney Princess, but now she is, and knowing that it would have meant the world to her, makes it a special thing indeed.

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The Women of Star Wars, and an Episode VIII Update

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There was always going to be a lot of Star Wars news over the Easter long weekend, thanks to the Star Wars Celebration event happening right now in the United States.

There’s both good news and disappointing news out of the event, as well as at least one thing that is sure to excite everyone – the very first trailer for the brand new saga entry.

It’s… fantastic!

We’re eight long months away from Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, and I have to admit I wasn’t expecting a teaser just yet… and I certainly wasn’t expecting this teaser, which left my jaw hanging open.

If you want to avoid spoilers for Episode VIII, then scroll down right now.  You can stop when you see the Episode VIII promo image featuring Rey, Poe and Finn.  You’ll know it when you see it.

Here we go…

Spoiler Alert

The teaser trailer is brief, as you would expect, but it packs a punch.

Particularly the last words of the trailer, uttered by Luke Skywalker.  Yes, my friends!  Luke actually has dialogue in this film!!

Here are a few shots from the two minute long preview:

What we see makes it clear that this movie is going to be bigger and darker than The Force Awakens.  And let’s face it, Episode VII was pretty dark thanks to the death of Han Solo and the destruction of an entire star system!

The film looks beautiful, and I’m really excited to see it.

Those words uttered by Luke, the ones that left my jaw hanging open?

“It’s time for the Jedi… to end.”

WTF?!  That’s the dark stuff I’m talking about.

As regular readers know, the death of Carrie Fisher a few months ago hit me pretty hard, like it did for a lot of fans, and as a result I wasn’t as excited about the new movie as I normally would have been.  This trailer has gotten me pumped up for the next entry in the saga again.

If you haven’t seen the trailer, or if you want to watch it again, you can visit the official Star Wars site, or click right here to visit their YouTube channel.

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And now to other Star Wars news.

First, the disappointing item.

After Carrie’s brother, Todd Fisher, told us that his sister would be appearing in Star Wars Episode IX via unused footage from Episodes VII and VIII, we’ve been let down by the current keeper of the Star Wars flame, Kathleen Kennedy.

Kathleen has pretty much said General Leia’s story will now, more or less, end with The Last Jedi.  Carrie won’t be appearing in any form in Episode IX.

To read more, visit sciencefiction.com here.

I understand why they’ve made this decision, but it kind of hurts a bit.  I just hope they don’t kill the character off.  It would be wonderful to still be able to follow her adventures in any tie-in novels and comics.

Lastly, let’s finish the article with some good news.

Disney are releasing a series of mini-stories focused on the women of Star Wars, called Star Wars: Forces of Destiny.

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What we do know, is that there will be a story focused on Princess Leia, as well as one on Jyn, Rey, Sabine, Hera and Ashoka, and that the whole thing will be narrated by Maz Kanata.

Hopefully, these stories will also do something with the characters of Padme and Mon Mothma.  Two important women in the Star Wars saga too often overlooked, despite their vital roles.

If you’d like to learn more about the new Forces of Destiny series, click here to visit Slate.com.

That’s it for now.  If you’re lucky enough to be at Star Wars Celebration, have an amazing time!

For the rest of us, we’ll post any significant news from the event that we hear about.

Until then, May the Force be With You.

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The Future of the Star Wars Saga

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Have you wondered what will happen to the story of the Skywalker family when Star Wars: Episode IX premieres in 2019?

A number of media outlets are reporting today (thanks to Variety ) that Disney CEO Bob Iger, has spoken with investors about the future of the Star Wars saga (among other things).

According to Variety, Iger has had conversations with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, and mapped out the future of Star Wars well past 2020.

We have confirmation that the anthology movies will be continuing, focusing on moments in time in the saga’s history, and some media commentators are suggesting the saga films could also continue.

It’s reasonable to expect that Episodes VIII and IX will continue to focus on the Skywalker family.  Luke, Leia and Kylo Ren are holding the banner at the moment, but what will happen to this famous, history shaping family after Episode IX?

Will that be the end of their story?

It’s doubtful Kylo Ren will survive.  He’s about as bad as a villain gets in Star Wars, especially with his horrific act on Starkiller Base in Episode VII.

It’s still possible that Rey is a Skywalker.  It’s also possible that Luke did have a child before exiling himself, or that Leia and Han had a second child who was secreted away after Kylo’s fall.  Another possibility is that Kylo has a child who will continue the history of the family – hopefully as a Jedi and not as a Knight of Ren or a Sith.

It would be wonderful to see another generation of Skywalkers work to uphold peace and justice in the galaxy.

Part of me wants the saga films to continue.  I’ve been in love with the Skywalker story for a very long time, and seeing it end would be like saying good bye to an important part of my childhood, but part of me would also feel a sense of closure if the story does end in a way that isn’t just horrifically tragic.

Time will tell.  I’m sure the anthology series will gain a huge audience, and it might only be us GenXers who will feel the absence of the Skywalker family – having grown up with it.  Either way, it is nice to know that Star Wars will continue, probably indefinitely, to inspire new generations to spend some time in that beautiful and compelling galaxy, far, far away.

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Star Wars News Roundup

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With Star Wars Episode VIII in production, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story amping up for release, there is a lot of focus on the world’s most beloved space saga.

Some of that focus came from the British Royal Family, with the future King of England and his brother visiting the set of Episode VIII.

Prince William the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Henry (more commonly known as Prince Harry) the Prince of Wales, were photographed playing with lightsabres, hugging Chewbacca and generally having an amazing time on the set of the major motion picture.

Unfortunately, that galaxy far, far away’s very own royal, Princess Leia Organa, wasn’t on hand to greet the princes, but her brother, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, was.

The Princes, apparently, did more than visit the set.  Rumour (we stress this word… RUMOUR) has it they have a special cameo role in the film as Stormtroopers who are on hand when Rey and Fin allegedly infiltrate a First Order base.

For more information on Henry and Williams’ visit, click here to read the Vanity Fair article.

In other Star Wars news, there’s an unusual rumour floating around the internet that tries to explain why Luke is still single and alone decades after playing his part in defeating the Empire.

Apparently, some fans believe Luke is gay, and Mark Hamill has no issue with that if that’s how it turns out.

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To read more about this intriguing possible twist, click here to check out the CinemaBlend article.

Lastly, the crew of Episode VIII have arrived in Ireland to film more scenes in this second installment of the third trilogy.

We don’t know what scenes are being filmed, or which actors are on hand, but it’s probably safe to assume this is another leg in Luke and Rey’s journey and that both Mark and Daisey will be enjoying the incredible vistas of that beautiful island.

To read more, visit The Star Wars Underworld here.

I should probably mention before I go that there is a post on Reddit that claims to spoil the majority of the film.  I have read it, and if the poster really has gotten a hold of a copy of the script (which is very unlikely), I wish I hadn’t!  It all sounds fantastic, and a lot of it lines up with things we’ve heard from the production so far, but it does list off what could be the major beats of the film.

Which I don’t want to know!

In the event it is a genuine leak I’m not going to include a link here.  If that post on Reddit is a real list of the major story points for Episode VIII, I’m not going to risk spoiling the film for everyone.  I love spoilers, but only so far as they whet my appetite for what’s to come.  I don’t want an entire film ruined for me, particularly one I’m looking forward to more than any other release due out in the next two years.

If you want to read the post, you’ll have to rely on Google.

That’s it for now.

As more news comes to light, I’ll post it here.

May the Force be with you!

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Episode VIII Update – Luke, Leia, Poe and More

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We’re 626 days away from the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII, and trickles of information continue to escape the production as fans obsess over details both minor and potentially major.

There are so many little pieces of information coming out, that it’s actually a bit exhausting keeping up with it all.  It’s not all that often that I find something I want to take the time to post about, because at the moment we’re getting a lot of disjointed minutia.

I am, however, invested in the story and the characters and when I come across interesting pieces on those aspects of the new film, I’m more than willing to find the time to sit down and write about it.

Some people could consider the following to be spoilers, so proceed with caution.  They deal with the characters of Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Poe Dameron, Laura Dern’s as yet unnamed character… and Han Solo!

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As reported earlier this month, there are a series of scenes between Poe Dameron and Laura Dern’s character in the upcoming feature film.

In those scenes, it looks like Poe leads a mutiny against Laura’s character.

A few more details have come out giving further insight into those scenes which were originally reported on by Latino Review.

The extra information comes from the wonderful MakingStarWars website.

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Laura’s character is a leader in the Resistance.  That part of the first report was a bit vague, with there being an opinion she might have been a leader in the New Republic.

Leia’s vessel is ambushed and she is blasted ‘through space’ – which sounds like the vessel she is in is severely damaged during the fight, venting atmosphere and people into deep space!

Leia lives, but ends up in a coma.

Laura’s character takes command of the Resistance while Leia is in medical care.  She kinda screws things up and Poe is not happy.

Poe takes charge and becomes the defacto leader of the Resistance.

To read more on these scenes, visit MakingStarWars here.  The breakdown of the scenes is after a piece on some changes that have been made to Poe’s costume for Episode VIII.

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The amazing MakingStarWars has delivered some more insight into the upcoming movie via a brief description of a scene that involves Luke.

The scene takes place in what looks like it’s a casino and Luke is walking through it, hunting for someone.  The casino scene is said to be full of aliens, and harkens back to the original cantina scene in Star Wars: A New Hope, and the death sticks scene from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones where Obi-Wan and Anakin are trying to find the bounty hunter Zam Wesell in a bar after an assasignation attempt on Senator Amidala.

Not much else is known about that scene, but some internet commentators have wondered if Luke is looking for Lando Calrissian – which would be amazing.  One of the very few things I didn’t like about Episode VII was the lack of Lando.

To read the article, click here.

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Harrison Ford is toying with all of our emotions.

In a recent interview with the BBC, Harrison made a comment when asked if Han could return, that set the internet alight: “Anything is possible in space. I wanted Han Solo to sacrifice himself for the good of the other characters to bring some gravitas to the story.

That comment, combined with a recent casting call for Episode VIII that included Harrison’s name on it, has the rumour mill bubbling.

Could Han Solo still be alive?  I hope so – but I doubt it.  I can’t see Lucasfilm and Disney doing that.

Han’s death made sense in Episode VII and it carried such immense emotional weight – plus, Leia felt it in the force.  Yes, she could have sensed a terrible wound, but I can’t see anyone screwing with us fans that mercilessly.

But, as Harrison says, “Anything is possible in space.

To read the article, click here.

That’s it for now!

As more information on the story and characters for Star Wars: Episode VIII comes out, I’ll post it here.

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Episode VIII Update – Daisy Ridley, Leia and Chewbacca

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Star Wars: Episode VIII is well into production, with many Star Wars fan sites reporting on the various tid bits of information that are slipping out of the production.

For more information on these bits and pieces, you can visit either of these two major (and pretty awesome) Star Wars fan sites, Making Star Wars here and The Star Wars Underworld here.

Of more interest, to me at least, have been a couple of reports that have centred around the wonderfully talented Daisy Ridley.

It was inevitable that someone would eventually ask Daisy or one of the other young stars of Episode VIII, to compare Rian Johnson with J.J. Abrams.  Daisy, when asked that very question recently, said that both created a beautiful, warm and friendly atmosphere on set, but that Rian was more cheeky and not as focused on secrecy as J.J. – as was recently seen with the teaser to mark the first day of filming on the eighth Star Wars feature film.

For more on Daisy’s comments, you can visit Den of Geek here to read the full story.

Daisy also featured prominently in the news recently because she was “skinny-shamed”.

Skinny-shamed, you ask?  You’ve no doubt heard of “fat-shaming”, well now internet trolls have taken it to a whole new level, and have attacked Daisy for setting unrealistic expectations amongst young women because she’s too skinny.

All the fuss took place on Daisy’s Instagram feed where one of these trolls posted a meme of Rey with a speach bubble saying “I can’t believe the unrealistic expectations I’m setting for young girls.  Who cast me anyway?  Don’t they know real women have curves?”

The comment took the young star by surprise, but to her credit she responded in a very measured and sensible way, declaring she will not allow anyone to make her feel bad or ashamed about her looks.

Daisy’s response?  “I will not apologise for how I look, what I say and how I live life ’cause what’s happening inside is much more important anyway and I am striving to be the best version of myself, even if I stumble along the way.  It seems apt I get tagged in this a day after I received misogynistic comments on my (International Woman’s Day) post.”

To read more of how Daisy handled this unusual attack, you can check out the article at the Guardian newspaper here.

Finally, J.J. Abrams has admitted he made a mistake in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by having Leia hug Rey, rather than Chewbacca after they returned from the disastrous mission to take out the First Order’s superweapon.

Fans were so surprised by the lack of empathy between Chewbacca and Leia in the film, considering what had happened to them both, that it was creating all sorts of fury and conspiracy theories on the internet – with some fans even suggesting Chewbacca was the reason for Leia and Han’s relationship ending.

To stop all of the insane speculation, J.J. spoke up to set the record straight, pretty much saying he made a creative error.  There was a definite rationale behind the creative choices he made, and it simply didn’t play out which happens sometimes.

Congratulations to J.J. for having the courage to admit the mistake, because it shows a lot of respect for the fans and a great deal of respect for the integrity of the entire saga.

To read more about J.J.’s admission, visit Games Radar here.

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Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled to be released on the 17th of December, 2017.  The film is being written and directed by Rian Johnson and stars Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Anthony Daniels as C-3P0, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke.

Joining the stars from Episode VII on the newest film are the recently announced Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.

For those of you desperate to watch Episode VII on DVD or BluRay, the seventh installment in the ongoing saga of the Skywalker family will be released on DVD and BluRay on the 5th of April.  It will be available for digital download on the 1st of April.

Preorders are available for the digital download now.

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The Countdown Begins

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Star Wars Episode VIII officially began filming today (the 15th of February in the US, the 16th here in Australia).

Rian Johnson, the director of the next installment in the ongoing saga of the Skywalker family, along with Disney, made a point of sharing this milestone with fans, posting to social media and various other sites.

Disney and Rian even released some footage officially commemorating the first day of filming.

The most special thing about that footage is that it shows us Luke Skywalker as more than a figure standing against a beautiful, scenic background in a wide shot.

The footage is brief, and like a lot of fans I’ve watched it a few times.  It begins with a zoom in across a body of water, with the island Luke has been hiding on centre screen, then switches to a close up of the Jedi Master, followed by a shot of Rey handing Luke his lightsaber.

From there we see a shot of Rian Johnson (very happily) saying “cut… beautiful.”  That’s followed by a simple graphic that reads ‘VIII’.  Then we’re back to Rian who says “…ladies and gentlemen, welcome to episode eight.”

The last thing we see is a graphic that reads ‘NOW IN PRODUCTION’.

Disney let the world know via the official Star Wars website, and their announcement was picked up by pretty much every science fiction and general entertainment website on the internet.

To read the official announcement and watch the footage from Lucasfilm and Disney, click here.

If you can’t tell, I’m bloody excited!

I’m looking forward to the anthology films, but with no where near as much excitement as I’m looking forward to Episode VIII!

I love this sort of fan service.  It makes us a part of the journey without ruining a thing, and it hypes up our anticipation.  The only disappointment for me in Episode VII, was the lack of Luke.  Getting this unexpected early gift from the production team was perfection.

I hope we get a few additional little glimpses as filming continues over the next few months.

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Who Will Be The Next Skywalker?

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There has been a lot of speculation about who the next Skywalker will be, and one or two websites focusing on The Force Awakens are fairly certain they’ve either discovered or worked out the sequence of events that unfold in the film, and who is the next Force-using good guy.

J.J. Abrams has a deserved reputation for keeping a tight set, where secrets rarely slip out – so every rumour or possible reliable source could be wrong.  Either way, we still have a handful of days to discover whether or not J.J. succeeded and if his reputation remains intact.

Right now, we’re surrounded by theories, have a vague idea of the major plot points, and can say that the only new character who isn’t a Skywalker is BB-8.

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A number of fans believe that Rey might be the daughter of Leia Organa-Skywalker and Han Solo, and an almost equal number wonder if she might be the daughter of Luke Skywalker.

She’s certainly the most speculated about character.

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We all know that both Luke and Leia are strong in the Force, and J.J. has confirmed that that is still so, even though Leia chose not to become a Jedi and we’ve barely seen a glimpse of Luke in the previews.  We also know that the story of Star Wars is the story of the Skywalker family, so it stands to reason that at least one of the new characters being introduced in The Force Awakens, will be a Skywalker.

But who?

I kind of hope they throw a spanner in the works and make it Poe Dameron.

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Anakin was a great pilot, and so was Luke.  Poe is one of the best pilots the new Resistance has.

Rey certainly seems to be the main focus, along with John Boyega’s Finn, but Poe is in there, kind of flying under the radar.

Could that be a purposeful thing?  J.J. Abrams is a master of obfuscation.

It is also entirely possible that Finn is a Skywalker.  He is seen wielding a lightsaber, and going into a duel with Kylo Ren in one of the previews.  He also appears in all of the posters with a lightsaber in hand.

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The other popular theory is that Kylo is Luke’s son, or possibly even Leia and Han’s.

That would be an interesting twist.

Is it possible?

Considering the way Kylo seems to almost worship Darth Vader’s melted mask in the previews, it is.  His commitment to “finish” what Vader started also speaks volumes.  Could a grandchild of Anakin Skywalker choose to follow in his footsteps, rather than the footsteps of their mother or father (or Aunt or Uncle)?

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What would be particularly interesting, is if Kylo was the brother or nephew of one of the main characters and there were two Skywalker children.

That’s a little ‘Expanded Universe’ like in its execution, but still not entirely unlikely.

As of the writing of this article, we only have a few days of speculation left – though of course, they might not even reveal who is a Skywalker in this film (if there even is a Skywalker other than Leia and Luke in this movie).  They might wait until episode VIII.

My money is on Rey.  I hope it’s either Rey or Poe.

No matter what, it’s going to be fun finding out, and it’s going to be fun seeing the fan reaction.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiers December 14 in the United States, December 15 in the United Kingdom, December 16 in Australia and most of Europe, December 17 in the United Arab Emirates and December 18 in Canada.

It stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew.

The film is directed by J.J. Abrams from a story by Michael Arndt, Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams.

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Welcome to Star Wars: The Skywalker Legacy

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Another Star Wars blog?

Yup, ‘fraid so!

This one, like all the others out there, will have it’s own unique take on the Star Wars universe, particularly because I want to focus on the legacy of the Skywalker family, but like so many others it will also report on all things episodes VII, VIII and IX, the new anthology films, and the Rebels animated series which has just been renewed for a third season.

You might be wondering why someone would want to skew things a little to the Skywalker side of Star Wars, when realistically the most popular characters in fandom are Han Solo and Boba Fett?

It’s a good question.

The idea was sparked by two things: my interest in the Skywalker family and my original fan boy love for Leia and Luke, and something that George Lucas said in a November interview, where he spoke about his original vision for episodes VII through IX.  Here’s the direct quote that sparked this website, via an interview online at /Film:

“People don’t actually realize it’s actually a soap opera and it’s all about family problems – it’s not about spaceships.”

If you’d like to read more from that interview or watch it, jump over to /Film right here.

While I love starships and space battles as much as the next guy, I also love the idea of making a family the central theme of a massive war story.  We don’t know much (if anything canon) about the Skywalkers prior to our introduction to Shmi in The Phantom Menace, but we quickly learn that Anakin is anything but ‘normal’.  The arrival of two Jedi and a Queen in exile throw both Skywalkers into the middle of extraordinary circumstances, and it snowballs from there.  We learn, over the course of six movies, that the family are both blessed and cursed with an amazing legacy that began as an ancient prophecy that could have, as its resolution, anything.  Was Anakin going to the Dark Side and then redeeming himself a re-balancing of the Force?  Was it the creation of two powerful Jedi in Luke and Leia, with one pursuing their gifts and the other putting them aside to fight for freedom?  Was it the actual destruction of the centuries old Jedi Order and the emergence of the Sith, and their eventual defeat that balanced those energies that surround us and bind us together?  Is the Force still seeking balance in the new trilogy?

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I had no idea of any of that when I was first introduced to Star Wars.  To me, Star Wars started as a film about friendship, that’s what the nine year old me took from it when I first saw The Empire Strike Back (I saw Empire before I saw A New Hope).  Then, when we learned about the relationships between some of the middle trilogy characters, it became about friendship and family, and when the prequel trilogy hit that only deepened.

I liked that, and still do.

But then again, I’m also one of the few people who loved the development of the relationship between Anakin and Padme in Attack of the Clones.  Yes, some of the acting wasn’t the best – despite both actors being very talented, but it’s still possibly my favourite prequel film.

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When we take our sci-fi fan glasses off and look at the first six Star Wars films, you can see what George Lucas means.  Star Wars is a little like a soap opera.  Not in a Bold and the Beautiful way, but in a Shakespearean way.  The Skywalker family are as tragic as the Montague’s or Capulet’s, while also being as selfless and heroic as Superman or Wonder Woman (or if you’re a Marvel guy or gal, Professor X or Captain Marvel).

I get the Han Solo and Boba Fett love, and like both characters, but the story of the Skywalkers appeals to me the most.

We have Shmi Skywalker, a woman sold into slavery who has a virgin birth via the Force.  Despite the obvious parallels to Christianity, her character is compelling, and flawlessly played by Pernilla August.  Shmi is struggling to provide her son with a normal upbringing despite the both of them being slaves, and despite sensing that there is something very special and unique about her boy.  She accepts her lot and tries her best, until, toward the end of episode one, she makes an amazing sacrifice and practically begs Qui Gon Jinn and Obi Wan Kenobi to take her boy away to a better life – even though it means she will be alone.

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Her son, Anakin Skywalker, starts out as a cute if not slightly obnoxious child, who grows into a complicated teen and young adult who kills his wife, pretty much orphans his children, and becomes the ultimate instrument of evil.

While marching around the galaxy sporadically force-choking people for kicks, he tortures his daughter, cuts off his sons hand, and tries to convert his boy to the Dark Side.

Anakin’s journey ends with redemption, but his path back to the light is strewn with the bodies of thousands.

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Both Shmi and Anakin’s stories are tragic.  As is poor Padme’s.

A Skywalker by marriage, she is the child-Queen of Naboo, who eventually becomes the Senator for that world.

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She marries Anakin in secret, and falls pregnant with his children, only to be killed by him.

Before she dies, she gives birth to twins.

Things get a little better for Anakin and Padme’s children, Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa-Skywalker, but only slightly.  They, at least, both make it into their fifties (which is the approximate age they’ll be in The Force Awakens)!

Both Leia and Luke are orphaned, with one being raised by the Queen and Viceroy of Alderaan, and the other being raised by farmers on a remote, practically lawless backwater planet.

Leia watches her homeworld and adopted family get blown into glowing embers by a monstrous superweapon, while Luke stumbles across the smoking corpses of his Aunt and Uncle around the same time.  And it rollercoasters from there, for the both of them!

They eventually meet on the Death Star without knowing anything about their familial ties, and for a while there it looks like they’re going to fall in love with each other before Han thankfully gets in the way of that, then they both almost end up dead at the Battle of Yavin, only to make it through and eventually find out they’re brother and sister and the children of one of the most most evil people in the known galaxy.

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It’s suggested they find happiness after the Battle of Endor, but it looks like that was short lived.

If the rumours about the story line for The Force Awakens are true, the Star Wars galaxy has known nothing but war since the Alliance defeated the Empire.  Luke is a recluse or an exile, and Leia has continued to fight for freedom against oppression.  Where it looked like she might find happiness with Han, it appears something happened to their relationship which drew them apart.

Part of my obsession with the story of the Skywalkers is the simple fact I want the poor buggers to know some happiness – not just momentary happiness, but real lasting happiness.

If I were to choose a third reason, it would simply be that I love Star Wars, and I think it’s healthy to let yourself get lost now and again in the things that you love.  What’s wonderful about having a blog is that you don’t have to worry about whether or not people read it, because you’re not trying to make any money out of it and you can just ramble – which can be a little therapeutic!

If you enjoy my rambles and the updates, that’s wonderful, if not, you won’t be back and that’s okay.  Either way, thank you for visiting.

May the Force be with you, and may The Force Awakens be everything we hope it can be… and hopefully, by the end of this trilogy, Leia and Luke at the very least, can find some lasting happiness.

Millennium Falcon in Hyperspace