Force Ghosts

Lately I had been thinking about how in Star Wars whether we’ll see the ghosts of Obi-Wan or Yoda in the future Star Wars movies. Problem is, the Obi-Wan actor, Alec Guinness is dead and I don’t like the idea of replacing the Force Ghosts with their younger selves, don’t get me started on Hayden Christiansen replacing Sebastian Shaw at the end of Return of the Jedi. I even heard that there was talk about him playing ghost Anakin in Force Awakens, so glad they didn’t do it though. But, how would we explain why these ghosts haven’t appeared in these new stories. I mean, they could use CG for Obi-Wan, “maybe”, but there’s a huge debate over whether they should and shouldn’t do that. But there is one way of explaining why the Force Ghosts haven’t appeared.

My brother had read some of the original Star Wars continuity, some of the Thrawn Trilogy at least. He explained that it began with Obi-Wan’s ghost telling Luke that this is the last he will see of him because his visits from the afterlife was only temporary and now he will never see him again, which made Luke wonder how could he continue without Obi-Wan’s guidance.

Maybe they could do that in the new trilogy, that we haven’t seen Obi-Wan or Anakin was because they’ve used up all their visits and can long see our heroes anymore. It would make sense to me and I think it’s probably best not to use CG, I mean they can do it if they want, I think it’s cool, but I would more likely try to avoid it. I mean, they already brought Thrawn from those books into the Rebels TV show, so they’re borrowing from the old continuity.

I mean, they can bring back Yoda, cause he’s a puppet or a CG alien and the voice of Yoda, Frank Oz is still alive.

Star Wars Clone Wars Continuity Correction

Previously I talked about how I didn’t understand how the Stormtroopers are not Clone Troopers. Cause I didn’t understand why the Empire would go from creating lots and lots of clones that are grown and are totally obedient to recruiting random people. Then the 3D Clone Wars series came out and said that they’re totally obedient because they Jango Fett was killed they didn’t have any more DNA to harvest and that changed it. But then, how did they betray their Jedi generals? Oh, they had a chip installed in their heads to make them turn on the Jedi when Order 66 was executed. All sound like a big copout.

But then, I remembered the old Star Wars Battlefront 2 game which actually had a better explanation as to why they stopped making clones. Was that after the fall of the Republic and the rise of the Empire, the Cloners didn’t agree with Empire, so they tried to rebel using their own clones against the Empire. During the attack, a lot of Cloners were killed pretty much destroying the cloning lab. And that’s why they switched from clones to recruiting. Again, that makes a lot more sense to me than all this copout shit like lack of DNA and chips installed in their brains.

But due to Star Wars being bought out by Disney, that was retconned. But, what are you gonna do, that’s why I never trusted expanded universes. But I’m just saying they’ve been using ideas from the expanded universe into the new one, like Thrawn. They could’ve easily put this idea into Clone Wars or Rebels.

How Rey Really Beat Kylo Ren

I heard people complain about this a lot and I wanna tell you the variables that allowed Rey to beat Kylo Ren in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

  1. Kylo Ren is a pussy. He’s a Sith wannabe. Sure, he’s been trained with a lightsaber by Luke Skywalker, but his anger clouds his judgment, he’s just so filled with anger that he can’t fight well.
  2. Rey was already skilled with a staff so she has some skill in fighting with a staffed weapon.
  3. Kylo Ren was injured badly when Chewbacca shot him, so that affected his fighting too.
  4. If you watch the movie, Rey is mostly avoiding him before she finally defeats him.
  5. This is a big one and it’s more like a “got lucky” thing. Obi-Wan in Star Wars (Episode IV) “A Jedi can fill the Force flowing through him” When Kylo Ren mentions the Force, Rey closes her eyes before she finally gets the strength to defeat him. Because she finally felt the Force flow through her, she embraced it, and that allowed her to defeat him. Basically, for that brief moment, the Force was on her side. But again, just for that moment, she got lucky.

So there, those are the five variables that allowed Rey to defeat Kylo Ren. Don’t like it? Still wanna be a stickler? Well, that’s how I see it and I’m sticking to it.

Empire: From Growing Clones to Recruiting

Here’s something I don’t get about the Star Wars movies. See, in Attack of the Clones, the Kaminos says that the Clones are “totally obedient, taking any order without question.” But then when the Empire took over, they stopped making Clones replacing them with Stormtroopers. I mean, for a long time, I had thought that the Stormtroopers were still Clones, which is why I was confused as to why George Lucas (along with his other stupid edits to the original movies) didn’t replace all the Stormtroopers voices with Jango Fett actor Temuera Morrison’s voice, like he did to Boba Fett in his (stupid) edit to Empire Strikes Back. But the point is, I don’t understand why the Empire would go from growing Clones who take any order without question to recruiting random people who could easily betray them. Then there were the animated shows like Clone Wars and Rebels, and all of sudden, they’re not so obedient. Stuff like Clone Troopers were traitors and deserters, that because they had to keep harvesting Jango Fett’s DNA, and after Mace Windu killed him, they had to make due with what they had left of. COPOUT! Why have that element of the Clones being obedient in the first place?

Star Wars: Snoke Theory

star-wars-force-awakens-snoke-leaderIt’s been a year since Force Awakens came out and Rogue One just came out, the Star Wars universe is about to get bigger and bigger. Force Awakens left us with a lot of questions, like “Who are Rey’s parents?” or “Who is Snoke and where did he come from?” A lot people feel Snoke just came out of nowhere, well first of all, I think the mystery of who Snoke is just as a mystery of who is the Emperor in (the first) Star Wars, he was mentioned but we never see him fully until Return of the Jedi. But again, who is he? I have a theory, I don’t think he’s Mace Windu or some stuff like that. My theory isn’t that he’s a character we’ve met before.

I think he’s an ancient Sith, dating back hundreds of years ago, farther back than Plagus and Palpatine. Before you argue, may I remind you that Yoda was like 900 years old and still kicking. That’s my theory, he’s a Sith Yoda. I mean, he does look old as shit, it’s possible that he could be as old as Yoda, kept alive all these years by the power of the Force.

But the question is, why has he been in hiding all these years? Maybe he was in league with Palpatine, but he betrayed him, because the Sith always betray each other, and he went into hiding like Yoda. If Yoda didn’t oppose him, why should he? But after the Emperor was finally killed, this was his perfect opportunity to step in and control the Empire.

I can’t wait to learn of who he really is. That’s what I like about him, I like the mystery and I’m sure they’ll blow our minds. Can’t wait, fingers crossed.

Personalism

I’m reminded of something we talked about in one of my film classes that my teaching mentor told me about. See, we were studying this film theorist who believed in personalism. My teacher described it in a film way by describing Kirk and Spock in Star Trek. In Star Trek, Kirk would always risk the lives of a lot to save someone else, Spock would always disagree, the classic line “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” But Kirk would always do something to save both. Some would even say that’s the philosophy of the Jedi in Star Wars. The Jedi wouldn’t risk the lives of everyone to save one or few lives.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Take Luke for example in Empire Strikes Back, Luke risked his own life, his training, and the potential to defeat the Empire to save his friends. Fact, if Luke had stayed behind, Lando would’ve saved Leia, Chewie, and 3P0 and they could’ve rescued Han later. And of course Luke didn’t come out on top. Or take the prequels for example, Anakin basically killed off all the Jedi to save Padme from dying, and we all know how that turned out. I also watched this game my brother played, Last of Us, where the only way to save the world from a bad infection was to sacrifice a little girl, so the main character saved her and lied to her to keep her alive. That also goes back to the age old question, of whether you can sacrifice few to save others, like in Watchmen or Cabin in the Woods.

Messed up philosophy. What’s your take on this?

How I Would Change Star Wars Prequels

I recently watched some videos about guys who think they would’ve fixed the Star Wars prequels. I mean, I really don’t hate the prequels, I mean they are inferior to the original movies but I really don’t have any ill will toward them. What really irks me are these people who don’t like Yoda using a lightsaber, cause I thought it was great. I mean, almost every Revenge of the Sith fan edit I’ve looked at cut out Yoda fighting the Emperor. I love that scene.

Anywho, see the only real thing I would’ve change in the prequels is first of all, I would take out Midiclorians and just say that Anikan was really strong with the Force and might have been conceived by it. Also say that Darth Plagus could manipulate the Force to create life and save those from dying instead of the Midiclorians.

I would change the dialogue between Anikan and Padme, didn’t bother me, but people were.

I would completely remove Count Dooku and replace him with Darth Maul, have him survive Phantom Menace and make him the lead villain of the prequels until Anikan kills him in Revenge of the Sith. It also works cause I like the idea of Obi-Wan tempted to seek revenge for Qui-Gan’s death despite the fact that he’s a Jedi and shouldn’t.

Remove Jar-Jar. He never bothered me, but everyone hates him and I’m fine with removing him.

Make Anikan slightly older in Phantom Menace instead of him being child compared to Padme.

But mostly, the real thing is change a little bit of the plot of Phantom Menace. I didn’t like the trade dispute. What I liked about Attack of the Clones were the Separatists and I thought the plot of the Separatists was something that should’ve began in Phantom Menace. I think the prequels should’ve started with the Separatists leaving the Republic and becoming like the Nazis and beginning their reign on occupying Nabboo. But the Republic doesn’t really consider it a threat or don’t wanna get involved with it like how we didn’t get involved in World War II until the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. I was thinking it would be like Magnificent Seven.

Also, wouldn’t say Padme lost the will to live, like maybe Anikan accidentally hurt her when he Force choked her.

Take out the scene where 3PO switches heads with a Battle Droid.

This is just a small thing, but I had this idea where Anikan and Padme discuss names for their child. I like the idea that they talk about if they have a boy they’d name him Luke and if it is a girl they’d name it Leia. I just thought that Padme came up the names so quickly.

Also, I would’ve made the lightsaber fight between Obi-Wan and Grievous made a lot more intense, cause he’s always a badass in every expanded universe but in Revenge of the Sith he was taken down so easily. I expected more from the guy with four lightsabers and robot arms.

One problem I had with the prequels is how Leia has memory of her mother when Padme died when she was born or how she remembers her and Luke doesn’t. (Shrugs) Don’t know how to fix that.

Another problem I had with the prequels is Jango Fett being the host of the Clone Army for the Republic and the assassin for the Separatists. I mean, wouldn’t they have just figured out that he was hired by the same person to do both?  I don’t know how to change that, the only thing I can assume is that they figured he’s a bounty hunter and just doesn’t have a side in the matter and hired by the Republic for the Clone Army and by Gunray to kill Padme.

I know you guys think I should change more, but really again, the prequels just didn’t bother me as much. I actually like them a lot.