Star Wars The Force Awakens maz kanata

We’ve tried to answer some of the unanswered questions of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and also offered some of our own ridiculous theories and highlighted some of your Force Awakens theories. Today we bring you a new batch of even more Force Awakens theories to make you read, imagine, and consider.

After the jump we present eight new Force Awakens theories for you to consider, including how Darth Vader’s helmet may be effecting Kylo Ren,  how Rogue One could connect with Force Awakens and give us some of Rey’s backstory, a look into the possible meanings behind Kylo Ren and Rey’s names, and a bunch of theories as to who Supreme Leader Snoke might be (a Yuuzhan Vong, a new character inspired by Abeloth and Son, and an interesting Darth Vader comparison) but also why he is definitely not Darth Plagueis.

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In our extensive coverage of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’ve constantly referenced information gathered from The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Visual Dictionary and the novel Before The Awakening. All three of those books are filled with a lot of information about the film. A fourth book we haven’t really talked about is Star Wars: the Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections.

While this book is filled with amazing beautiful cross-section illustrations created by Kemp Remillard (you can see some of the art here), the text by Jason Fry adds great flavor and world-building but doesn’t provide too much in terms of extra clues and information about the film’s story and the future of the Star Wars franchise. That said, it has a few interesting bits I’d like to highlight, including the fact that the Millennium Falcon now includes a kitchenette,a gift from Han Solo to his beloved Leia which has seemed to upset some fans. Is it a sexist addition to the Star Wars canon? Author Jason Fry has been forced to respond.

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We knew that Gwendoline Christie‘s character Captain Phasma didn’t have a huge role, but many fans were expecting the chrome-plated stormtrooper Captain to be the Boba Fett of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I don’t think anyone, including the writers and filmmakers, expected a lone unnamed stormtrooper to become the obsession of the internet following the film’s release. And no, we’re not talking about John Boyega‘s character, but the riot control baton First Order stormtrooper that Finn battles outside Maz Kanata’s castle.

Find out how the internet has taken to this unexpected breakout character, find out about the character’s possible origins from the Force Awakens tie-in novels, learn how you can make your own First Order-sanctioned Z6 riot control baton, and buy t-shirts and collective figures based on this trooper.
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star wars: the force awakens screenplay

Disney has sent out the Star Wars: The Force Awakens screenplay to members of the Writers Guild of America for awards consideration. The screenplay pretty much reflects the final film, including lines improvised or changed during the filming, and excludes any form of deleted scenes that were most definitely in the shooting script. That said, the descriptions in the screenplay give us some confirmations and clues that you might find interesting.

Hit the jump to get more info about Luke Skywalker, get confirmations about what exactly we see in Rey’s vision, dive into the the internal conflicts of Rey and Kylo Ren, and discover new details about The Force Awakens ending.

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Making A Murderer

Yesterday I mentioned I recently got hooked on Netflix’s new doc-series Making A Murderer. If you haven’t yet checked it out, I urge you to do so, but don’t read this post as it will explore spoilers from the real-life events presented in the show. It seems like I was not alone in getting sucked into this long-form documentary series, and there has been a lot of coverage on the web this week. I did a deep dive and wanted to highlight some of the articles and topical news since the release of the series. We look at the following:

  • The best theories as to what really happened.
  • The story of how the series was created and filmed over ten years.
  • Read about possibly shocking evidence that was not presented in the tv series.
  • Could we get a Making A Murderer sequel?
  • Online petitions have popped up demanding that President Obama take action
  • Prosecutor Ken Kratz‘s Yelp page has been flooded with negative reviews, forcing the company to take action.
  • Hacker group Anonymous claims they will make new evidence public
  • The problem with treating true crime villains like fictional villains

All that and more, after the jump.

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star wars: the force awakens theories

Okay, so we’ve already tried to answer some of the unanswered questions of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and also offered some of our own ridiculous theories. Today I thought I’d take a look at some of your ridiculous (and not so ridiculous?) Force Awakens theories.

After the jump you can see some more theories about the possible identity of Supreme Leader Snoke, connect the dots between Arthurian legend and The Force Awakens, find out what Obi-Wan Kenobi’s legacy may have to do with the future of this franchise, wonder if Rey is even her real name, speculate on whether Max Von Sydow‘s Lor San Tekka is a metaphor for George Lucas, and lastly dig into a theory involving a “subtle relationship” between two same-sex characters. All this and more, after the jump.

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American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson

I didn’t get to sleep last night because I got sucked into binge watching Netflix’s Making of a Murderer documentary miniseries. I guess thats the new “my dog ate my homework”? If you’re not watching that series, you should check it out ASAP (and learn a lesson from me and begin watching earlier in the day, because you won’t be able to stop). While I don’t expect American Crime Story to be as gripping of an experience as Making of a Murderer, but during that show’s court sequences I began to get excited about Ryan Murphy‘s new FX series.

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson is set to premiere on FX in February, and the first reactions have begun to appear online. Fox has sent out screeners for journalists to binge over the holiday break, and the early buzz is pretty high. The limited series re-examines the infamous O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers, exploring “the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.” The show stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson and John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro. Hit the jump to see the first tweets in our American Crime Story early buzz roundup.

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force awakens deleted scenes

JJ Abrams‘ first cut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was almost two hours and forty minutes in length. Lets be clear, that’s his first cut of the movie, not the assembly edit. The film was chopped down to 2 hours and 16 minutes for the final theatrical release, with a reported 20 minutes of scenes getting axed in the last month of editing alone. A dozen full scenes were left on the cutting room floor, not to mention snippets of scenes, moments of dialogue… etc. A lot of these scenes had near-complete visual effects, and some of the characters and moments removed can be seen in some of the merchandise and books. So what was left out of the final theatrical cut? Let’s try to find out.
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Snoke Darth Plagueis theories

One of the unanswered questions of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is “who is Supreme Leader Snoke?” Not much is revealed about the character, played by performance capture mastermind Andy Serkis, in the film. But there is a small group of Star Wars fanatics that believe he is Darth Plagueis, a character set up in the Star Wars prequels. While it might be nice to have the puppet master of this new sequel trilogy tie into the larger Star Wars saga, I never really bought into the idea. And now I believe I have some proof. Hit the jump to find out why the Snoke Darth Plagueis theories are most likely wrong.

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