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The Four Best Deleted Scenes of ‘The Last Jedi’

Yesterday I got the Blu-Ray for The Last Jedi and immediately proceeded to watch the fourteen deleted scenes that came with it. While they were all enjoyable four of the deleted scenes really stood out to me and I’m here to share them with you. Enjoy!

Rey Goes to “Save” The Caretakers

Thanks to The Last Jedi novel I already knew about this scene where Rey goes to save the Caretakers from “raiders” seeking to plunder the Caretakers’ village but seeing it in motion was really enjoyable. It showcased Rey in a different light than her other scenes in the movie because she was at her most, I’d say, heroic but it was also startling to witness because she was also very much enthralled with the dark side during this scene. I mean she was so angry and that anger fueled her strength during this part.

I wonder if this is a kind of precursor to a fault she might face in Episode IX. She is very protective of the people she loves or cares about and what if she was faced with a choice; turn to the dark side and save your friends or remain with the light and lose them. I have a feeling she wouldn’t hesitate to turn to the dark side if it meant the survival of her friends. Uh-oh.

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Finn’s Greatest Moments

The Force Awakens is one of my favorite Star Wars movies because it introduced some truly fantastic characters; Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley’s Rey, Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron, and John Boyega’s Finn. Finn was such a lovable character. He was adorable, sweet, kind, heroic, and he was different than other major Star Wars characters that came before him considering that he was the first stormtrooper who went good. In The Last Jedi he was even more heroic and that makes me even more excited for his involvement in Episode IX. So today on this segment of Greatest Moments I’m sharing with you all of my favorite moments from Finn. Enjoy!

1. Defecting

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FN-2187 could’ve easily been like every other First Order stormtrooper, a mindless human robot who follows any order, atrocious or not, but he decided to be different, he decided to do what is right, and as he was given the order to slaughter all of those helpless Jakku civilains he didn’t. He lowered his gun despite knowing that he could’ve easily gotten shot right there on the spot and that takes a lot of bravery.

2. Saving Poe

This was another incredibly brave plan off of Finn’s behalf. He was within hours, maybe minutes, of getting his mind wiped and transformed back into the mindless murderer that the constant story of the stormtrooper is but he came up with the brilliant escape plan to save the Resistance pilot, Poe, hijack a TIE fighter, and get away from the evil First Order as quickly as possibly. Of course, the plan didn’t exactly transpire as he would’ve liked but it was still an impressive attempt at desertion.

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The Fifteen Best Duels in ‘Star Wars’: Ranked from Worst to Best

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

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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

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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.

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The Things I Would Love To See in ‘Episode IX’ of ‘Star Wars’

I know, Episode IX isn’t going to be here anytime soon and I should probably focus on Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is actually going to be in theaters in about three months, but I can’t help but think about the final installment of this current Star Wars trilogy.

The Last Jedi was amazing and now that the novel for The Last Jedi is almost upon us a lot of my questions will be answered and there will undoubtedly be some juicy content that I won’t even see coming that’ll hopefully shine a light on the upcoming sequel. Outside of the hints that The Last Jedi movie and novel might provide here are the things that I would love to see happen or explained in Episode IX. Enjoy!

The Knights of Ren

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In The Force Awakens we were given a brief, but very cool, glimpse of the evil cult Kylo Ren leads, the Knights of Ren, but since then there has been little mention of these black clad warriors. I believe this was intentional.

Rian Johnson took J.J Abrams’ ideas and upended them for the better by killing Snoke, making Kylo Ren the Supreme Leader of the First Order, literally grounding Poe to make him a better person, having Finn embark on a mission away from the friends that he knew to also help him grow, revealed that Rey’s parents are deadbeats, turned Luke into a depressed hermit/hero, and basically annihilating the Resistance. These were some of the more striking choices that Rian Johnson made and I loved them. One thing he didn’t tamper with, however, were the Knights of Ren.

This mysterious group he left to the devices of J.J Abrams in Episode IX and I am seriously hoping they finally make their major Star Wars debut in this ninth film. Snoke had his Praetorian Guards. I believe it’s only fair that Kylo Ren should have his Knights of Ren to be his personal guard. That would probably lead to a rather epic battle that I don’t even want to imagine just in case it doesn’t happen and I won’t be disappointed. Still sounds awesome though. 🙂

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The Defining Moments of Finn

Finn was introduced in The Force Awakens and he became an immediate fan favorite because he was just so darn lovable. I loved Finn because I had never seen a stormtrooper as a main character and on top of that he was the first black character to have a super major role in Star Wars. Basically, Finn is pretty awesome.

Now his story has grown beyond just being the stormtrooper gone good and today I’m celebrating his journey with this segment of The Defining Moments. Enjoy!

1. Snapping Out of the Spell

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FN-2187 was a loyal First Order stormtrooper. He had risen in the ranks from sanitation duty to being part of Captain Phasma’s platoon and when it was time for him to participate in his first raid he was ready. He had gone through all of the simulations, he was a perfectly trained soldier ready to do anything the First Order asked of him, and then reality struck.

When a fellow stormtrooper was gunned down in front of him he realized, at that moment, the brutality of war. This wasn’t a game anymore. This was a real battle with individuals dying on both sides. When he looked around and saw his fellow comrades heartlessly herding the helpless Jakku innocents into a circle against their will it was like watching a horror film. What was he doing? Was he really a part of a regime this evil?

When he, along with the other stormtroopers, were given the orders to slaughter the unfortunate civilians he couldn’t perform the atrocious act. It was wrong, it was evil, and he didn’t have the stomach to do something as wicked as gunning down helpless men, women, and children. Even though he didn’t know it, this would be the beginning of his transformation from the soldier, FN-2187, to the eventual rebel hero, Finn.

2. Removing the Helmet

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Finn was traumatized. He couldn’t believe the atrocities he had just witnessed or the fact that he had been a part of it. Taking off that stormtrooper helmet was the second act of his defiance and him growing into a different person. He didn’t want to be this mindless follower in a white mask of death. He was a living soul just like the ones that had been extinguished down on Jakku and he was going to make sure he wouldn’t be a part of the evil First Order anymore.

3. Rescuing Poe

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Finn knew it was only a matter of time before he would be sent to reconditioning and would become a brainwashed First Order soldier. He would rather die than become a robotic monster again and so he had to think fast how he was going to get away from the First Order. As fate would have it, during the skirmish on Jakku the First Order managed to capture the Resistance’s best pilot. Knowing this the stormtrooper, FN-2187 concocted a brilliant escape plan.

Not only was his rescuing of Poe the ultimate renouncing of the First Order but it was the beginning of a great friendship that would end up blossoming between the two.

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The Greatest Duos in ‘Star Wars’

Star Wars is packed full of incredible characters throughout all of its nine films and while most of the characters usually head on their own path some of these lovable individuals end up becoming remarkable teams that have become iconic in film history. And so today I’m going to talk about the duos in Star Wars that have always brought a smile to my face and made the movies that much better. Enjoy!

Finn and Rose

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The latest installment in this nine film-and-counting franchise, The Last Jedi, brought a new character to the Star Wars universe, the adorable Rose Tico, and placed her alongside the lovable Finn throughout the entire movie, immediately making them one of the greatest and cutest duos in Star Wars so far.

One of my favorite scenes in The Last Jedi was when Rose first meets Finn.

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Not only is it one of the funniest scenes in the movie but we get to see how Finn has really become the “big deal” that he lied and said he was in The Force Awakens due to Rose gushing over him when she first meets him. She soon realizes that Finn was actually trying to desert and that’s when we get to see that her character isn’t one to be trifled with which I love. As she’s taking the stunned Finn to her superiors it immediately establishes the chemistry between the two characters as they realize what they must do at the same time to fix the hyperspace tracking situation. From thereon they partake in a daring mission that strengthens their friendship and highlights how great of a team they really are. And thanks to Rian Johnson not killing Rose after she saved Finn from committing suicide to save the Resistance I’m sure the two will have many more exciting adventures together and I can’t wait to see them.

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Is the Romance in ‘The Last Jedi’ Worthy?

Star Wars is a fantastic franchise for many, many reasons but it also bodes one of the greatest love stories ever to be in a sci-fi film. The story of Han Solo and Leia is one of the greatest romances I’ve ever seen in a movie and it really set the bar for love stories in Star Wars. 

And then you had the prequel trilogy which is basically wrapped around the tragic love story of Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala. While their love story isn’t one of my favorites it is very central to the overall story of how everything came to be in Star Wars.

Now we have a new trilogy and the aspect of romance has finally been legitimately introduced in Disney’s third Star Wars installment, The Last Jedi. Now in the previous two films there were hints of romance. In The Force Awakens it is established throughout the movie that Finn and Rey’s affection for each other is slightly beyond the realm of mere friendship. And then in Rogue One Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor end up realizing they love each other just moments before their demise. The Last Jedi is the first recent Star Wars film to feature a legitimate romance and I’m glad about it. That’s a very important aspect of these new Star Wars movies that hadn’t been broached yet and I’m glad it has. The question is, was the romantic aspect of The Last Jedi a plus for the movie or an unwanted distraction?

SPOILER ALERT! I’m going to talk about some of the movie’s scenarios in great detail and so if you haven’t watched The Last Jedi yet and you don’t want to know what happened in the film I advise you to discontinue reading this now. Okay, thanks for observing this warning and I hope you enjoy.

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