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Why Episode VIII Needs More Time

In a move that doesn’t surprise me at all, Disney/Lucasfilm have pushed back the release date to Star Wars: Episode VIII to Open December 15, 2017.

This is GREAT news.

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Here’s why:

First off, script re-writes.

According to the Meet the Movie Press podcast, writer/director Rian Johnson is currently rewriting his screenplay to focus more on the characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens instead of introducing new protagonists.

This makes perfect sense to me. The new cast of TFA have received almost universal affection from fans new and old. In my view Rey, Finn, and to a lesser extent Poe, are the very life and energy of the film. Putting them front and center is the right choice. It can’t be stated enough: the new characters in TFA have captured the hearts and minds of fans much in the way the original cast did in 77.

Second, financial and cultural impact (aka MONEY!)

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Now the biggest movie in U.S. box office history, TFA has proved the December release window is the perfect time for a Star Wars movie. Also, with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in early may, it makes sense not to have 2 big budget space fantasy films from Disney releasing in the same month.

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Inside the Star Wars Rebels Mid-Season Trailer – Shot by Shot

Star Wars Rebels returns with a vengeance.

During the era of the Clone Wars airing on television, Star Wars fans received the treat of many connections with the greater Star Wars mythology. However, we’ve never seen such an interconnected fireworks display of the Star Wars myth on television until the Star Wars Rebels midseason trailer dropped. With direct connections to the Clone Wars, the prequels, the original trilogy, and The Force Awakens, Star Wars Rebels graduated to an absolute must see for any Star Wars fan.

Rebels is transcending what any Star Wars TV show has ever accomplished previously. Let’s take a look at the trailer:

What follows is a *almost* comprehensive shot by shot analysis of the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 midseason trailer.

Note: TFA spoilers to follow!

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Podcast: TFA is Not a Repeat of A New Hope- With Chris Taylor – SWR #205

Riley, is joined by Author extraordinaire Chris Taylor on this week’s episode of the Star Wars Report Podcast!

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This week’s topics include:

  • How Star Wars Conquered the universe
  • What was really GL’s role on the OT?
  • How is TFA different than the Lucasion Star Wars?
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Podcast: Did our TFA Predictions Come True? – SWR #204

Riley is joined by long-time friend of the program Mark Newbold! Be sure to check out the brand new Jedinews Network of podcasts!

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This week’s topics include:

  • Riley reunites Aaron Goins, Hurliman and Newbold on the show!
  • We talk about all of our TFA Predictions
  • Riley is hilariously wrong
  • What TFA moments moved us to tears?
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The Force Awakens Cast Doesn’t Need to Go to Lightsaber Fight School

I love Sam Jackson. However, I think he’s dead wrong about the lightsaber duels in TFA.

Samuel Jackson thinks the Star Wars: The Force Awakens actors need to “go to lightsaber fight school.”

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Mace Windu himself – the man with the purple lightsaber seemed taken aback by the untrained, and rather raw choreography of the lightsaber fights in TFA.

“It’s done in the spirit of the Star Wars films,” he said, obviously holding back. “It’s adventuresome, it’s exciting in a way. I think the kids need to go to lightsaber fight school but that’s just me, they got time to get better.”

Yes, the lightsaber fights in TFA are raw, untrained and unrefined.

That’s because they should be raw, untrained and unrefined.

The simple fact of the matter is in the Galaxy of The Force Awakens, there are no lightsaber fight schools. The Jedi are gone from the universe, all but forgotten. Spoilers to follow…

Keep in mind that when Finn and Rey face Kylo, neither of them have ever been trained in lightsaber combat. The only way they were able to even have a chance at surviving the fight is because Chewie had taken a direct shot at Ren’s gut with the Bowcaster of Doom.

In an interview with Empire Magazine last Month, J.J. Abrams addressed the issue of Lightsaber combat in TFA:

When you look at Star Wars and Empire, they are very different lightsaber battles, but for me they felt more powerful because they were not quite as slick [as the prequels]. I was hoping to go for something much more primitive, aggressive and rougher, a throwback to the kind of heart-stopping lightsaber fights I remembered being so enthralled by as a kid.

At least for me, the lightsaber fight at the end of TFA was indeed heartstopping. While not as elegant and high-speed and the Lightsaber battles of the Prequels, the moment where Rey calls the Skywalker saber to her hand gives me chills almost every time I see it. That’s the emotional pull at the root of the lightsaber combat in TFA.

-Riley