I was born in the year 1977. About two months after I came into the world, a little-known sci-fi movie was a surprise spring hit that quickly became a sensation with cinemagoers. The film in question was Star Wars.
It makes me wonder if I should become a Jedi or follow Jedi beliefs.
1977 was the year Pink Floyd released their masterpiece Animals. I believe the late godfather of punk Lou Reed made the album Street Hassle that year, which many more years later he admitted he mostly regretted doing. In this day and age of gender identity, Lou Reed is sometimes criticized for being hostile to trans people.
Never Mind the Bollocks, the band’s sole studio album, led the way. In those days, Queen Elizabeth II was the British monarch, and they flaunted their success to the Royal Family.
The Ramones and maybe The Clash made albums in ’77, too. I just read an article about Patti Smith’s integration of her presence in the rock music scene with art’s photorealistic movement in the Washington Post. AI users are now able to use AI to create original images, including some that may be photorealistic.
In 1977, The Fall was already making music and making waves. I believe that they had really just started making music the previous year.
In the past decade and a half, there may not be another Star Wars moment that fans love to hate, or simply just hate, more than when Anakin Skywalker slaughtered an entire room full of younglings in Revenge of the Sith. It was a dark, disturbing scene that haunted even the most passionate fans of George Lucas’ prequel trilogy.
The “Stupendous Wave” Star Wars YouTube channel said in 2019 that John Boyega’s people said that an official trailer for Rise of Skywalker would air at halftime during Monday Night Football, and go to YouTube at the same time. This sounded like bullshit to me, and as troubles continued after the backlash given what Rian Johnson did to the story arc directing The Last Jedi, I was mostly aware that I should try to get a night’s sleep that Monday and get the same scoop of trash that had been grabbed several times too many already the next morning.
Or whenever. They’re not the worst movies in the world, but they’re not really good, either.
Luke Skywalker wanted there to be more Jedi Masters, heroes of The Force, who help police their galaxy.
The word disciple is a personal follower of Jesus during his life. The Last Jedi retells how Jesus could do only so much, as when Luke is unseated by Ben Solo, son of Han Solo with Leia Organa. Ben has betrayed Luke and murdered the other disciples, becoming Kylo Ren.
This is not that different than the Apostle Judas betraying Jesus to Pontius Pilate for thirty pieces of silver. Unlike Jesus, crucified by the Romans, Luke enjoyed the freedom to retreat to Ahch-To. He is done with enlisting Jedi, at least until Rey seeks him out, and tells him what she knows is happening in the First Order across the galaxy.
Luke had known when teaching Ben that the young man could be trouble for the galaxy.
Some of the tragedy of The Last Jedi, tragic in the sense that the events of the story are irreversible, and of an ill nature, is that what Luke could teach caused the apprentices’ demise. Heady stuff. The Jedi dedication to The Force could not combat the voice of the darkness in Ben’s mind (Snoke’s voice, I believe).
Young Ben Solo is seduced by the Dark Side, as the transformation into Kylo Ren begins (with, I think, the interrogation of Rey).
Luke Skywalker is my favourite character in The Last Jedi because of the reminders Mark Hamill creates of the original Star Wars movie trilogy. Luke`s abilities in The Force, begun in Star Wars in 1977, and explored in the two sequels, are what fans usually like about him. For Luke to teach the ways of a Jedi Warrior is great because Luke learned from Yoda, in The Empire Strikes Back, the ways of The Force.
“Pass on what you have learned,” Yoda finally tells Luke in Return of the Jedi.
The Star Wars audience knows of events in the time between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens because they have been told to Rey by Han Solo when the two are aboard the Millennium Falcon after Rey leaves home. If Luke`s other disciples had anticipated Ben’s seduction by the Dark Side, and his protégés, they would have become afraid, as this is Anakin Skywalker’s grandson and potentially very powerful. No one facing death would fail when a pressing objective very much requires the opposite: the objective to become Jedi and to defeat the First Order.
Luke`s remorse is evident.
Recollections of the murders are present in The Last Jedi, but that movie would have been better if it were more clear what Luke searched for in his years of travel before the events of The Force Awakens. Luke is a Jedi Master who can deter the First Order if only he can teach Ben Solo the treachery of The Dark Side of The Force. That can`t be done, not even by Luke Skywalker.
How is it that Luke, with everything he knows about The Force, can make such a dangerous error? Luke has decided, I think, in The Last Jedi, that to wield The Force, with as much ferocity as he has, is hubris. If Luke had reached Ben Solo on any other level than training Ben to be a Jedi Warrior, the sway of The Dark Side on Ben might have been dispelled, with Ben never joining the First Order.
Although the conflict in Ben has made unrest in the galaxy that Luke, Leia, Poe, Finn, 3P0, R2, and Rose together begin to combat in The Force Awakens, Ben`s path could have taken him elsewhere instead of to the very center of the battle against the tyranny of the First Order anew in the galaxy.
Reasonable fear is usually an emotion evoked by The Dark Side of the Force on one full of vulnerability. That same emotion could have prevented the tragedy and kept both Han Solo and Luke Skywalker alive. Remember that Luke`s powers mostly fail him in The Empire Strikes Back when Darth Vader pursues him to Cloud City on Bespin after Yoda has told Luke that he isn`t ready for the encounter.
In The Last Jedi, Leia has told Luke that she desires him to teach The Force. If Luke could have drawn insight from what Yoda at the last had to say about teaching, with wisdom, The Force, a generation before Ben murdered Luke’s apprentices, the drawback of overconfidence in Luke Skywalker could have meant a saner outcome.
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The Skywalker Saga drew to a close beginning December 20, 2019.
It’s Good Friday, and I’m having browser issues. Microsoft put up an alpha version of its Edge browser, and I tried, like a web developer, to surf it before it was finished, and it lasted maybe three days.
Star WarsCelebration went on from April 11 to April 15 in Chicago. The celebration is an army of devotees sharing a love of Star Wars. This year Star WarsCelebration premiered a teaser for Episode IX, a preview of the Star Wars series The Mandalorian, the cinema for Jedi: Fallen Order, and a trailer for S7 of The Clone Wars. It is all interesting.
Being that this year is 2019 and Lucasfilm put The Phantom Menace, a prequel film to Star Wars, in the cinema in 1999, the twenty-year anniversary of Phantom Menace was observed.
Five days is a long time to spend with Star Wars, but between Thursday and Monday, a viewer watching the events on the Star Wars YouTube channel got to see the panel discussions each day at 12:00 and 4:00 Chicago time. Celebration, which I think is nine years running, moves around the US, but this year they put it on in Chicago. Given the audience’s enthusiasm, it seems like that worked well for them.
Jedi: Fallen Order is the name of the EA game that is the first new Star Wars game since Battlefront II. EA is a notoriously difficult game company. The decisions EA makes are known to send gamers away.
I suspect Disney needs Episode IX in December to be a sensation if they want their investment in Disney+ to succeed. Disney+ is the streaming service available this fall, in November, when Disney is making available their animated Star Wars features, along with the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, the Star Wars live-action films, and The Mandalorian. Disney+ could rival Netflix, and it is expensive for Disney in the short term, so it is reasonable to think that if Episode IX is a major success, it is an indication Disney+ will also do well.
It is hard to anticipate what Netflix is planning in response to its rival. If there is already talk about what Netflix is going to do, I haven’t caught it.
I believe that Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy is leading Lucasfilm for the next ten years, and her decisions to put a lot of roles that are empowering for girls affect her hold on the Star Wars fanbase because a large number of fans have made a backlash owing to the perception that they are “toxic.” The space opera Star Wars has a lot of fans, so the response has been loud about how Star Wars has met its “demise” in the sense that there will never again be a great trilogy. The next trilogy of Star Wars films is going to be directed by Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.
The Last Jedi was the film that divided the fanbase, perhaps deliberately. That said, there was a backlash to the Star Wars Prequels, which subsided, so the same may be true of the problems facing the Star Wars Sequels, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and now Episode IX, concluding the Skywalker Saga. Be that as it may, The Mandalorian, continuing Return of the Jedi, from 1983, looks fantastic. Some of the success of Disney+ is probably going to be affected by whether Episode IX proves to be a record-breaker.
Good luck to Lucasfilm.
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