solo reshoots

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Mark Hamill shares his preferred Star Wars viewing order
  • Solo press tour begins
  • Therm Scissorpunch makes his (its?) debut
  • Frank Oz opens up about Yoda
  • And much more!

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Revenge of the Sith Novelization

When you think of Star Wars, you think of the movies first and foremost. Sure, Star Wars Rebels ranks among the Star Wars stories, and the Extended Universe books are beloved by all who suffered through the Dark Age in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, a time before we were blessed with new content every three minutes or so. But for the most part, Star Wars fandom begins and ends with the movies.

I’m a prequels kid (see also: Millennial), in that the prequel trilogy was the one that truly ensnared my imagination and drew me into the fandom. (Sorry not sorry, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.) And before The Force Awakens graced our screens, I used to consistently and emphatically rank Revenge of the Sith as my favorite Star Wars film (while editing out the mistreatment of Padmé Amidala in my head, of course). But I was always fudging my answer a little. Because it wasn’t the Revenge of the Sith movie I loved so deeply – it was the book.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi - Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • The difference between J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson
  • An update on the LA-based George Lucas Museum
  • A personal history of Kanan Jarrus
  • Mark Hamill’s emotional last day on the Millennium Falcon
  • And much more!

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Ahsoka!
  • More Ahsoka!!
  • Dave Filoni & co. discuss the series finale of Star Wars Rebels
  • Michael K. Williams reflects on his cut role in Solo
  • Leia and Chewbacca share a moment in the novelization of The Last Jedi
  • And much more!

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Even though Emo Kylo Ren is still making a mockery of the character on Twitter, Star Wars fans have actually begun to embrace the tortured, complicated character of Kylo Ren/Ben Solo as an antagonist to be reckoned with. Credit Rian Johnson and Adam Driver for taking the cartoonish Ren from The Force Awakens (remember Matt the Radar Technician?) and turning him into a more nuanced and more terrifyingly realistic villain. So, sure, I appreciate the way Johnson has rejuvenated the character, but is that reason enough to declare that Kylo Ren is an even better villain than Darth Vader himself? That Ben Solo’s story is everything Anakin Skywalker’s should have been?

Being a constant presence in the Star Wars fandom is enough to give one whiplash; it sometimes feels like every debate is a competition between two extremes. Either the prequel trilogy is the film version of the antichrist, or it is an emblem of cinematic perfection. Either Rian Johnson ruined Star Wars, or he revitalized it. Either Kylo Ren is the greatest Star Wars villain, or Darth Vader is. How about this crazy, hot take: they’re both pretty fantastic.

But I’d like to turn my attention to Darth Vader – or, more specifically, to Anakin Skywalker, the man within the machine – because there is so much more to the character than awkward Naboo picnics and diatribes about sand. And there are so many more Anakin Skywalker-centric stories to digest than the three prequel movies.

So join me, and together we will redeem the image of Anakin Skywalker.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Dave Filoni dishes on the latest episodes of Star Wars Rebels
  • An update on Star Wars mobile game Rise to Power
  • A petition to get Ava DuVernay into the director’s chair
  • Confirmation from the Master Codebreaker himself on a certain ship…
  • And much more!

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Solo Trailer Breakdown

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Potential planets are revealed for Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • A new comic explains how Rey is so strong with the Force
  • More Snoke backstory in Episode IX?
  • Attack of the Clones gets a shot-by-shot remake
  • And much more!

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Last month, Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve caused quite a stir in the Star Wars community. Talking with FANDOM about his upcoming film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic Dune, Villeneuve described his vision for the project: “The ambition is to do the Star Wars movie I never saw,” he said. “In a way, it’s Star Wars for adults.” Naturally, this offhand comment sent fans into an uproar. With the phrase “Star Wars for adults,” Villeneuve is very clearly asserting that Star Wars itself is “for kids.”

To which I reply: You’re damn right Star Wars is for kids! And that’s precisely what makes it so beloved and so culturally resonant.      

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Star Wars Rebels Final Episodes

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Dave Filoni breaks down the new trailer for season 4 of Star Wars Rebels
  • The fempire strikes back with a de-meninized edit of The Last Jedi
  • Rian Johnson shares a BTS clip of John Williams conducting The Last Jedi
  • Porg high-tops!
  • And much more!

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Whether you were six or 26-years-old, you probably remember the feeling when you first picked up a lightsaber.

My family recently acquired the Jedi Challenges AR set, and I cannot stop gawking at the lightsaber that came with the package – a near-perfect replica of the historic lightsaber Rey uses in The Last Jedi, the lightsaber that belonged to Luke and to his father before him. Every time the lightsaber catches my eye, I feel compelled to reverently lift it from its case, as I then proceed to swoosh the lightsaber around my living room like a bona fide, Clone Wars-era Jedi. (In fact, since sitting down to write this piece, I’ve already grabbed the lightsaber and re-enacted Rey’s Ahch-To training session and the sequence in Snoke’s throne room and Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon’s duel with Darth Maul, several times each, while experimenting with my Soresu form.)

In a way, I carry a lightsaber with me wherever I go. After stumbling upon a shimmering display of high-end lightsabers at a WonderCon booth two years ago, I snapped a picture and set it as my phone background and haven’t changed it since. More recently, I set my lockscreen as the Dave Filoni sketch of Ahsoka Tano handing Kanan Jarrus a lightsaber during a cut scene from Star Wars Rebels, and it warms my heart whenever I see it.

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