Hero Fan Productions is a channel you MUST be following on YouTube. A week ago, I shared their video “The Last”, which depicts Luke Skywalker’s journey through Episode IV to the trailer to Episode VIII (click here if you missed it). In “The Chosen One”, HFP looks at Luke’s father, Anakin, from Episodes I-VI (and Rogue One) plus footage from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. Vader’s legacy still loomed large over his family in Episode VII. Even 30 years after his death, Anakin’s fall was still dividing and hurting his family, the irony being that it was the mad protection of his family that drove him from them into the arms of the Dark Side. Everyone has their own view on the Prequels, but the information provided from them (mostly from Episode III and the 10 years of animated series) makes Vader’s story even more tragic. The notions of “balance to the force” and “the chosen one” appear to be something that we’re going to be dealing with again in The Last Jedi, which is promising the BIGGEST jaw-dropping plot twist in the Saga’s history. HFP does a great job with this (I wish they’d have stuck to using Williams’ score instead of epic music that gets a little distracting), and it gets you thinking about those parts of Anakin’s story that still may affect the stories yet to come.
This month has been the 40th anniversary celebration of the film that started it all: Star Wars. Seven more films later, with four more on the way (Lucasfilm has announced the third spin-off will be announced for 2020 sometime in June 2017), the film that started with a farm boy is coming full circle with this Christmas’ The Last Jedi. “Who is Luke Skywalker?” is the central question that drove JJ Abrams to get involved with the sequels. After only a brief, cryptic cameo in The Force Awakens, Luke looks to be as central to Episode VIII as any character. We know he’s not the man Rey expects to find. The first trailer for TLJ has him condemning the Jedi. However, Hero Fan Productions “The Last” does a really fantastic job at recapping Luke’s journey, especially in highlighting the parallels with Anakin’s journey and where Luke went right and Anakin wrong. I think TLJ is a continuation of the journey (we do have several decades of catching up to do), and I don’t think we’ll be saying good-bye to Luke until Episode IX. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.
MrRazNZ has assembled one of the most powerful Star Wars fan videos I have ever run across. Whether you love or hate the Prequel Trilogy, the final showdown between Anakin and Obi-Wan is undoubtedly one of if not the most powerful scene in any of the films. It changed forever how you view Obi-Wan in the Original Trilogy, especially his initial meeting with Luke. This video does an exceptional job, using Williams score (mostly from Episode III’s “The Immolation Scene” track) to weave that initial talk in Obi-Wan’s hut between Luke and Ben with flashing back to the actual events. What was once a whimsical talk between a mysterious man and a young boy is now a only the truth “from a certain point of view” conveyed to a son by the weary and aged warrior who had to cut down his father and watch him burn. There are literally thousands of these kinds of videos on YouTube, but this one is a work of art and does the best job of expounding upon how seeing what happened on Mustafar changes the original film forever for viewers than anything I’ve ever read or seen.
Tomorrow is the best unofficial holiday on every geek’s calendar: MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!!! In anticipation of our yearly celbration of Quatro de Mayo, and in keeping with running through some of my favorite YouTube channels for interesting and informative videos, I thought I’d post What Culture’s 10 Changes Made to Star Wars that Were Completely Justified. Continue reading 10 Star Wars Changes That Were Completely Justified→
The original Star Wars Battlefront games had single player modes that were integral to the enjoyment of the game, and DICE made a big mistake omitting a campaign from its revival of the franchise. Normally video game trailers don’t come on the site until launch, but we are all Star Wars geeks, and Star Wars video games are canon now (the first Battlefront is how the brought back Boba Fett post ROTJ). This campaign reveal looks amazingly epic, spanning the destruction of the second Death Star to the rise of The First Order. I was not pleased with the multiplayer-only first installment, but this trailer has me changing my mind. Read more below from Coming Soon for all the details. Continue reading Trailer Time: Star Wars Battlefront II (2017 – Xbox, Playstation)→