New Year’s Eve: 2019 vs 2020.
(eye contact, people)
The Force Awakens: There will always be a new generation of fascists, and people from all walks of life can band together to work against them.
The Last Jedi: Evil will relentlessly work to snuff out hope. Do what you can, even if you’re just some nobody, and you may be able to inspire others as well.
The Rise of Skywalker: It was all zombie space Hitler’s fault. Kill him and we’ll be fine.
That’s really my biggest problem with the Rise of Skywalker. It completely undermines the themes of the previous two movies by making it all about Palpatine – and not even in a good way. Ian McDiarmid was fascinating as the master manipulator in Return of the Jedi & the prequels, but here he wasn’t even a character. He was an obstacle, like a video game boss.
And it changes Rey’s journey as well, from “anyone can be a hero” to “people with powerful families/bloodlines can be heroes even if their families are evil” – which is related, but not the same thing.
I mean, it was entertaining, and they pulled a lot of triggers on metaphorical guns (and literal ones), and there was some amazing cinematography and multi-layered call-backs. I loved the way it evoked the Mustafar battle on Endor, with the elements reversed, for instance.
But overall it’s kind of — we needed a big finish, so we’re finishing it. Hope to see you with the 5 million spinoffs.
Agh, sorry for rambling. I was going to just post the themes, which is something I’ve been thinking about for a few days now, and just kept writing
On Wandering.shop (thread start)
I keep thinking of The Last Jedi. The first time through was grueling, watching the relentless assault of the First Order as it tried to snuff out every last bit of hope. The scenes with Rey and Luke were a relief because he was “only” depressed, not doomed.
But Luke eventually regains enough hope to take action. And enough of the Resistance is able to survive, keeping the spark of hope alive. And their legend survives, passed from Rose & Finn to a stable boy on Canto Bight, who’s already fanning that spark.
The whole movie is about hope: whether you’ve lost it or someone is actively trying to stomp it out, as long as it exists, you can hold onto it. That hope that, to quote another trilogy, “There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.”
Almost everyone who encountered Peter Mayhew claimed he was one of the kindest people you’d ever meet. In the same realm of Tom Hanks, Mr. Rogers, and Bob Ross.
Just a bit taller.
He loved being a part of Star Wars. He was famous for using his special custom lightsaber cane.
Despite being in a lot of pain, he went to as many conventions as possible to meet people. You could tell his love for Star Wars fans was genuine.
Mark Hammil wrote a touching tribute to him.
“He was the gentlest of giants. A big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile & a loyal friend who I loved dearly. I’m grateful for the memories we shared & I’m a better man for just having known him. Thanks Pete.”
Rest in Piece, Mr. Mayhew.
If you are in some sort of pleasant afterlife, I hope they finally gave you the medal you totally deserved.
May the Fourth Be With You.
@casualCosplayKatie@Instagram.com as Cloud City Princess Leia.
May the Fourth Be With You! @CasualCosplayKatie: Easiest #princessleiahair by a long shot. Now with full ‘bound outfit (even if I’m not bound anywhere today)!
I learned long ago that “things happened that I didn’t like” and “it was badly made” are two different complaints about a movie. And while a lot of stuff happened that I didn’t like, it was interesting and creative in a way that Star Wars hasn’t been able to be in decades. We knew where the prequels were heading, we knew where Rogue One was heading, and The Force Awakens followed essentially the same plot beats as A New Hope.
It’s dark, yes – but not really much darker than Revenge of the Sith, another film that features the slow, inexorable snuffing out of hope by a powerful galactic-sized force, leaving only a handful of heroes at the end. But with RotS, we knew things would get better (eventually). This time, we get a triumphant return at the end, and a hint at a better future in the epilogue.
The Last Jedi made it possible for Star Wars to be surprising again, and unless Episode IX goes out of its way to reject it (or even if it does), I suspect it’ll be received better in the long run than it has been in the moment.
@Jo Oh, geez, I remember writing a “How the Hobbit will/won’t be like the SW prequels” post ages ago.
It turned out a lot more like the SW prequels than I’d hoped.
But then I’m the weirdo who still thinks the prequels just needed better direction and someone who could tell Lucas to drop or rethink some of the ideas that just didn’t work.
This is my friend TJ, wearing a costume she made for Halloween, 1977. She was 16 at the time.
Now, keep in mind: there was no internet to search for images. She could not have rented and paused the movie, because it wasn’t released on video until 1982. No, TJ just went to the movie a bunch of times, took notes with a flashlight, drew a bunch of sketches, and put this together.
In 19-fucking-77. So let’s bury this bullshit about how women didn’t grow up on Star Wars.
Some dude tried to explain why TLJ is an insult to real fans and since I liked it I wasn’t a real fan and SON, I GOT A DOT MATRIX PRINT OUT OF Star Wars: New Hope, The Journal of the Whills, Part 1 IN A DRAWER SOMEWHERE, COME AT ME.
My mother is 74 years old and knows what a Corellian blood stripe is. The ladies have been here the whole time.