A couple of days ago the official cast for Episode IX was released in anticipation for the movie beginning filming on August 1. There was, of course, the expected returning cast such as Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isacc, and Kelly Marie Tran. Then there were some surprising delights such as the official announcement that Billy Dee Williams will be joining the cast, Mark Hamill will indeed return to undoubtedly play Force Ghost Luke Skywalker, and Carrie Fisher will reprise her role using unseen footage from The Force Awakens. There were some new faces also joining the ensemble of actors with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant.
But beyond that this official cast announcement is also giving hints of what to expect in the upcoming Star Wars film, to a certain degree.
Such as the absence of Gwendoline Christie who played the awesome Captain Phasma through The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. With her name not being featured in the returning cast it’s pretty evident that yes, Phasma did perish in the The Last Jedi after all.
When a Star Wars movie comes out one thing is inevitable; it’s time to update my Ranking series and with Solo introducing so many new and fantastic heroines to the Star Wars universe this list was destined to be upgraded. Enjoy my newest edition of The Ten Most Awesome Women of ‘Star Wars‘.
I was honestly surprised at how temporary Val’s involvement in Solo was but her participation in the movie was very awesome indeed. I would love to see her return in either a novel or one the animated shorts from Forces of Destiny.
9. Rose Tico
This new age of Star Wars is not only cranking out fantastically enjoyable films but it has also become one of the most diverse franchises in Hollywood with women of color frequently being added to the Star Wars roster and I couldn’t be happier.
Rose is a wonderful addition to the Star Wars universe and I can’t wait to see her return in Episode IX to go on some more magical adventures.
Star Wars has been full of droids but it took until now for a major female droid to join the robot party and she definitely her placed her stamp on the Star Wars universe with her fierce attitude. She was one of the most no-nonsense ladies I have ever seen and really made me smile a number of times. Seeing her lead a droid rebellion was one of the coolest, funniest, and most awesome moments I have ever seen in Star Wars and only shows me that there is so much room for creativity in the Star Wars universe.
Star Wars is one of the greatest movie franchises ever made but while it’s filled to the brim with exciting, memorable, and iconic characters left and right through all of its movies there have been some characters who have simply gotten lost in the creative process of making these films. And so today I’m going to share with you the ten characters who should’ve been treated with a lot more love and care. Enjoy!
10. Count Dooku
Count Dooku was introduced in the prequel trilogy in the second installment and while he was obviously played by an incredible actor in Christopher Lee George Lucas didn’t write the character into the movie correctly. Count Dooku wasn’t exactly a believable Sith. When you have characters as scary and intimidating as Darth Maul and his master, Darth Sidious, I kind of expect that frightening aspect in every Sith and Dooku just didn’t have that. He was too fancy, too polished for me, and I just couldn’t take him seriously. Then he was dead within the first fifteen minutes of the next movie and so there went his extra development. I don’t know what Lucas could’ve done to make Dooku a better character but he was definitely a wasted opportunity for something a lot more epic.
9. Saw Gerrera
Saw Gerrera was constantly shown throughout the marketing for Rogue One as a major characterand yet he was dead within the first fifty minutes of the movie. In fact, he didn’t even leave his room throughout nearly all of his scenes except for his first appearance in the film when he saved Jyn from her hideout in her home planet, Lah’Mu. He could’ve undoubtedly played a larger role in the movie and maybe he did before the infamous reshoots this film underwent but from what the finished product showed us he feels, at times, like a uneccessary block in the middle of the movie.
The Force Awakens introduced some exciting new characters to the Star Wars universe and one of those incredible new additions was Captain Phasma. I remember seeing some concept art for The Force Awakens in the early months of 2014 and one of the most interesting pieces of art was the one that highlighted Phasma in concept form. It was literally one of the coolest things I had ever seen. Then, when I found out that this incredible new stormtrooper was a woman I was like, “WHAAAT!” She was so awesome!!! And then I watched The Force Awakens and I was like, “Huh?” There was so much hype surrounding that character and she ended up playing a ridiculously minor role that quite possibly didn’t need to be in the movie. She was simply eye candy for the film and a chance for Disney to say they introduced the first female villain to a Star Wars movie.
Then they brought her back from the dead for The Last Jedi and hyped up her involvement for the film yet again. They introduced a novel about her in her early days as a brutal warrior before she joined the First Order (which I own) and it really did give some incredible back story to her. They even made a comic book showing how she escaped the trash compacter in StarKiller Base and rejoined the ranks of the First Order but, like in The Force Awakens, her role in The Last Jedi was much smaller than I imagined it being. She didn’t even show up in the movie until over an hour and a half into the film and then “died” within a few scenes of her coming into the movie which is just a terrible waste of an awesome character. But, I don’t think she’s dead.
Phasma is not only a fierce warrior but she’s very good at surviving. Surviving near death and seemingly insurmountable odds is something Phasma has done since she was a child growing up and I don’t think her defeat in The Last Jedi is the last we’ll see of her. Yes, she fell down in a pit of fire and the odds of surviving that are pretty scarce but this is Phasma we’re talking about. She’s survived worse…I think. And I mean, come on, her armor can deflect blasters! I think it could withstand some fire for enough time to allow her to get to a ship and escape the Supremacy.
And that would be great because she’s such a fabulous character. Her feud with Finn has been so enjoyable throughout this trilogy so far and I would love to see a round three duel between them two. That would just be fun. 🙂
I just also want to see some more Phasma. She’s such a really cool villain.
I don’t know, maybe she is officially gone and the story of Phasma will just be a shiny, chrome waste of a character but if she does come back I will probably jump up and down with joy.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day. May the Force and Phasma will be you.
I love Star Wars for so many reasons and one of those reasons are the lightsaber duels. When I was a little girl I remember watching Revenge of the Sith and The Phantom Menace and then taking my Star Wars toys and remaking those lightsaber battles in my own little way. It was so much fun to not only watch but to also reenact. And then I got a little older and I finally saw the original trilogy and those lightsaber battles were less flashy but all the more incredible. That’s why when Rogue One was coming out I was a little worried, I’m not gonna lie. The thought of a movie with no lightsaber duels seemed bogus. Thankfully the film didn’t need one because it was that good.
Now, when I wrote this post last year it was all about lightsaber duels but after The Last Jedi my idea of what a duel is had to be updated and so here is the new version of that post.
15. The Attack of the Clones: Escaping Geonosis
This is hands down the worst lightsaber duel out of all of the Star Wars films. The duel between Obi-Wan and Count Dooku is okay. It’s when Anakin joins the party that it starts becoming ridiculous. Who decided let’s let Anakin cut off the power and have a slow motion fiasco of a red and blue lightsaber flashing by the camera while all you can see is the two duelers’ faces in the shadows? That’s so dumb! And then after that terrible duel comes super CGI Yoda ready to tangle with the former Jedi, Count Dooku. It’s laughable watching them hurl fake rocks at each other, throw lightning, and then finally start fighting with their lightsabers. I don’t know how many times Yoda flips in that one sequence but it’s very, very annoying to behold. In fact, the last time I watched it it was so bad that I vowed never to watch The Attack of the Clones again. That’s how terrible it was.
14. A New Hope: On the Death Star
There’s nothing particularly wrong with this duel, it’s just ancient. The lightsabers look fake, the movements are slow, and it’s just boring. There’s nothing more I can say.
There are many different types of blasters in Star Wars but this blaster really differentiated itself from the rest of the pack because of its versatility and the fact that it can turn into a close-range weapon. I still remember my immense surprise when I saw this blaster become a short baton of sorts. It was very cool. I still haven’t seen any other blasters like it and so that’s why this is one of my favorite weapons.
9. Rey’s Quarterstaff
To live in the desolate junk world of Jakku you have to be resourceful and Rey is every bit of that. I love her quarterstaff because it’s such a crude looking weapon and yet, it’s perfect. The strips of cloth keeping parts of it together, the metal pieces, it’s utterly fascinating and it kind of shines a light on who Rey really is; a survivor, and this weapon speaks that in volumes.
8. Chirrut Imwe’s Staff/Lightbow
First of all Chirrut is already one of the coolest characters created in Star Wars and so the fact that he has such an awesome weapon isn’t surprising. The main reason why I love his staff so much is simply because it is such a versatile weapon.
I remember the first time I saw him transform his staff into a crossbow. It was during the skirmish on Eadu. There were all of these Tie fighters flying around chasing Rebel X-Wing pilots and he took his staff, hit a button or something turning it into a crossbow, and then shot down a tie fighter. I was shocked. It was undoubtedly one of Chirrut’s greatest moments and it instantly placed his weapon in my top ten list.
From lightsabers to crossbows to sniper rifles and handheld blasters Star Wars has a vast array of different weapons throughout the films. So I’m here to write about my ten favorite weapons in Star Wars and I hope you enjoy.
One thing I loved from the prequels were the weapons General Grievous’s Magnaguards used. I’m a fan of staves and so these electrostaves were incredible to me, especially with the fact that they were able to repel attacks from a weapon as powerful as a lightsaber. These are definitely some of my favorite weapons in Star Wars.