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Everything We Learned About The Caretakers

The fish-looking creatures in nun outfits are called Lanais. They are distant relatives of Porgs, the other beings on the planet of Ahch-To. For thousands of years, an enclave of female caretakers have lived on a northern inlet of the temple island and are devoted to the upkeep and care of the ancient structures. They don’t appear to have powers of the Force, although they do possess the “uncanny ability to read the intentions of newcomers to the island.”

The male Lanais are hunters and gatherers, spending most of their time on the sea on handcrafted boats. The females are described as more spiritual and empathetic. Males and females interact only on a monthly basis when the men return from the sea with ships filled with enough fish to feed the village until the next gathering. The multi-day reunion becomes a festival with music, dance, food, and romance. A scene was cut from the film that featured one of these festivals.

Alcida-Auka is the caretaker matron, a position she inherited from an untold number of generations.

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Luke’s X-Wing

The door of Luke’s hut on temple island on Ahch-to is actually made from a salvaged S-foil from his submerged X-Wing. As discussed in the Art of The Last Jedi book, Luke Skywalker’s submerged X-Wing was a visual idea initially conceived by Doug Chiang in 2013 for The Force Awakens. The idea was reexplored in the development of The Last Jedi, initially with Rey finding it while exploring the island, seeing it was rusted and rotting away in the water in a cave. The image represents Luke’s commitment to his exile, as the destroyed T-65 means he wanted never to have a means to leave the planet. This is one of the reasons he uses astral projection in the climax of the film.


Luke Asked Leia to be His First Student

When Luke Skywalker opened his Jedi Academy, he wanted his sister Leia to be the first student. She turned down the offer, deciding her family and the future of the New Republic were more important than extended Jedi training. While Leia spent her time on politics and family, she still seems to have learned some Force abilities.

Carrie Fisher‘s General Leia is sporting a new hairstyle which apparently contains an Alderaanian mourning braid, which we must assume is due to the loss of Han Solo at the end of The Force Awakens.


Prime Jedi

The mosaic pool is an image of the Prime Jedi, the very first in the Order, in a state of meditation and balance. The pool was initially a clear representation of the rebel icon symbol, but later evolved into a more Buddhist-inspired image showing the first Jedi, referred to as Jedi Prime, holding a lightsaber and meditating, with one side of the saber representing the light side of the Force and the other the dark side.

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A Brick/Looper Reunion on Canto Bight

Joseph Gordon Levitt, star of Rian Johnson’s directorial debut Brick and his science fiction film Looper, plays a character on Canto Bight named Slowen Lo. He is the tall Canto Bight alien who complains about Finn and Rose parking their ship on the beach. Apparently, the alien’s backstory is that he is a well-known driftwood sculpture artist.


The Master Codebreaker

Finn and Rose go to the Canto Bight casino to find the Master Codebreaker, but instead, they are arrested and find DJ. I confirmed with Rian Johnson that DJ was not the person that Maz Kanata sent them to find. Played by Justin Theroux, the Master Codebreaker’s identity is not known by anyone, and he has posted all of his personal data in a public network node wrapped in quantum-spread biohexacrypt code. It’s presented as an open invitation: “Anyone who can crack his code is welcome to take over the mantle of Master Codebreaker.” No one has so far. The casino allows him to play dice games, but he is restricted from playing any of the electronic games.


More on the Fathiers

The Fathiers stand 3 meters high at the shoulder and can reach speeds of up to 75 kilometers per hour. These majestic animals and are bred specially for racing at Canto Bight. Their long, wing-like ears help dissipate excess body heat and act as air-steering rudders.


The Kids on Canto Bight

How did those kids end up working in the stables on Canto Bight? Apparently, they were abandoned by losing gamblers who couldn’t afford them any longer. The book reveals that they learned of the Luke Skywalker AT-M6 standoff as part of fragmented tales from travelers from distant worlds.

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Why Poe Wasn’t Told the Plan

One of the plot criticisms for The Last Jedi is that there is no given reason why Poe Dameron wasn’t told Holdo’s plan in the final third of the story. I had been told that, initially, the idea was that after the First Order began tracking them through Hyperspace, the Resistance couldn’t be sure there wasn’t a mole within their ranks, so they locked down the information. But according to this book, that might not be the canon explanation. The book claims that the location of planet Crait had fallen off the star charts and was a closely guarded secret that only Leia and Holdo knew. Which is probably why only those who needed to know were let in on the plan.


The Superlaser Siege Canon

The superlaser siege cannon that the First Order uses to break into the Resistance base on Crait is 200 meters long and is basically a “miniaturized” version of the laser inside the Death Star. The laser is powered by composite kyber crystal reactions.

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