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Snoke Has The Exact Same Storyline as Palpatine from the Original Trilogy

It’s common knowledge that Snoke resembled Palpatine in nearly every aspect throughout his involvement in the current Star Wars trilogy but I only recently realized just how much their stories mirror each other and it’s kind of shocking.

One of the big upsets of The Last Jedi was Snoke getting killed off. People had been wondering for two years straight who this strange deformed man was and some people even began to theorize that it was Mace Windu come back for revenge on the Skywalkers. That was an interesting theory but it turned out not to matter as we watched with horror, and shock, this mysterious character get sliced in two right before our very eyes.

It felt like we were being robbed of a great story just to make another character’s journey even greater and there were a few fans who were less than pleased with this surprising decision to eliminate Snoke out of the picture.

Now I, for one, was okay with it because I thought Snoke was too much like Palpatine anyway but it was a bit jarring to see him dead so soon.

Well, Palpatine had the exact same fate.

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The first Star Wars movies I watched were the prequels and so I knew everything about the rise of Emperor Palpatine but for those who watched the original trilogy for the first time back in the day they didn’t know who Palpatine was. In fact, he was just as mysterious as Snoke as he was introduced for the first time in The Empire Strikes Back as a hologram.

Just imagine how excited people were to see Darth Sidious in the flesh in Return of the Jedi only to have him chucked into the bowels of the Death Star by the end of the movie without a bit of his backstory being revealed. Because it was such a satisfying victory for Darth Vader I don’t think people cared too much about Palpatine’s demise but if there was anyone who wanted to know about the mystery hologram man they were surely disappointed.

The same thing happened with Snoke.

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In The Force Awakens we saw him as this monstrous hologram that talked to Kylo Ren and told him about the threat of a new Jedi rising against him. And then we finally got to see him in The Last Jedi just to have him brutally killed out of the movie to further Kylo’s story.

Either Rian Johnson wasn’t paying attention or he went for a straight correlation between these two characters and that’s a bit surprising. One of the reasons why Star Wars has been so loved up to this point is its abundance of originality. Just the other day I wrote a post displaying how unimaginative the Star Wars franchise has become and this observation I just obtained proves that point yet again.

Hopefully Episode IX won’t be awash in derivative moments.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Force be with you.

 

The Originality of a Space Battle in ‘The Last Jedi’

The Last Jedi was about as unconventional a Star Wars movie as you can get. Yes, it had lightsabers and Jedi, space battles and conversations of the Force, but Rian Johnson changed a lot about the way we view these movies. He took a more ethical approach to the entire story of Star Wars which led to a complex but satisfying sequel rather than just creating a fun action movie. One of those striking elements of the movie that he made his own happened to be the very first scene in The Last Jedi; the space battle.

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Space battles have always been a huge staple of Star Wars. In fact, the first scene ever to appear in a Star Wars film involved a space battle! That’s how important they are. Every Star Wars movie that there has been has had at least one space battle in it and The Last Jedi was thankfully not an exception…but Rian Johnson made sure to put his own spin on it.

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Here Are Some New Ideas Rian Johnson’s Trilogy Could Introduce

With Rian Johnson’s new trilogy the slate will be wiped clean and he’s been given the incredible opportunity to tell a new story in this ever-expanding franchise. But with new stories come different concepts to things we may have or have not seen before. He has already announced that he wants to take the trilogy away from the classic Skywalker saga and begin a new tale, one that moves away from those nostalgic elements that Disney has been clinging on to for dear life. But how is he going to do that? Well, here are some of the ideas I would present to this upcoming trilogy. Enjoy!

New Galactic Soldiers

First Order Stormtroopers

Throughout Star Wars there is a common soldier of an army. Through the original trilogy it was the Imperial Stormtroopers. In the prequel trilogy it was the droids of the Trade Federation and the Clones of the Republic Army. And now in the current trilogy there are the First Order stormtroopers. So let’s say, theoretically, this new trilogy is set a thousand years into the future, as I explained in my last post. There will undoubtedly be a new galactic order which means there needs to be soldiers to protect that order.

I think these soldiers should be actual warriors unprogrammed like robots in the fashion of the infamous stormtroopers but trained as people are trained every day to protect the world they love. What their names will be, I don’t know, but I think it would be nice to see a different concept for soldiers in Star Wars than what we’ve seen before.

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When Should Rian Johnson’s New Trilogy Take Place?

Rian Johnson, writer and director of The Last Jedi, has been given the unenviable task of creating a brand new Star Wars trilogy that is set to stand apart from the Skywalker saga which has been the backbone of this wonderful franchise for four decades. And that’s a great thing. One thing that has brought the Star Wars franchise to a skidding halt is its unwillingness to “let the past die” as one wise man (named Kylo Ren) once said.

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The current trilogy is focused on a brand new set of characters who are living in a post-Empire galaxy but it’s set only thirty years after Return of the Jedi which forced the trilogy to bring back iconic characters, basically remake, beat by beat, a story that happened forty years ago, and kept the traditional ideas of Star Wars in place.

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Then the two Star Wars stories, instead of focusing on characters and stories we’ve never heard of, also decided to remain in an area of the Star Wars universe that felt safe. Rogue One was a tad bit inventive as it told a tale of the rebels who stole the Death Star plans. And even though we all know what happened they still managed to make the movie enjoyable enough to become a billion dollar success despite the massive reshoots that took place through the making of the film.

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Reevaluating ‘Revenge of the Sith’ After ‘The Last Jedi’

Since Disney has acquired Lucasfilm I haven’t watched the prequel trilogy as often as I once did because it’s become less enjoyable over the years. After The Force Awakens my enjoyment of the prequels lessened considerably but then after Rogue One it’s rare for me to want to watch a prequel film, or at least be able to watch a prequel through one sitting. So imagine my surprise when I suddenly got the urge to watch Revenge of the Sith last night. I haven’t sat down and really watched this movie in years. What would make we want to watch it now? But there was this certain sense, this urge I felt to see how I perceive Revenge of the Sith after the somewhat shortcomings of The Last Jedi. So, I turned it on and I watched it.

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It was amazing. George Lucas may have gotten a lot of things wrong with his prequels but I have to admit, Revenge of the Sith is a brilliant display of storytelling when looked at through unbiased eyes. The movie’s one blaring mishap (Anakin and Padme) isn’t from a storytelling perspective but an act of bad casting. If Adam Driver had been Anakin and let’s say, from an acting stand point, Oscar Winning Felicity Jones was Padme the story would’ve obtained a complexity that just isn’t grasped from Hayden Christensen’s a-tad-bit-annoying performance and Natalie Portman’s clearly unenthusiastic take on the character. They, however, are really the only blight on the movie and when I looked past them and enjoyed the movie for what it is I realized how surprisingly incredible the movie actually is.

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Should There Be A Remake of ‘The Last Jedi’?

As the breaking news surrounding Lucasfilm’s halt on the Star Wars stories (for now) permeated the entertainment world there has been an abrupt uprising of Star Wars fans who want to remake The Last Jedi. A lot of times fans have roared outcries against movies, harping for remakes and complete annihilation of certain movies, but it’s never been given a lot of traction. This time these fans seem kind of serious as they have started to make a petition for those wanting a remake of The Last Jedi. Even the writer/director of the film, Rian Johnson, has encouraged the fans, saying that he would love to see them remake The Last Jedi. But the question is, should The Last Jedi be scrapped and remade in the way that fans wanted it or would that make things worse? Well, here’s a few reasons why it would be nice to do The Last Jedi over again.

1. Snoke

Supreme Leader Snoke

One of the greatest mysteries coming out of The Force Awakens was the questions involving Supreme Leader Snoke. The questions were simple. Who was he? Where did he come from? How did he convert Ben Solo to the dark side? Was he actually Mace Windu back for revenge? How was he so powerful? When The Last Jedi finally arrived I was hoping that at least one of these questions would be answered and unfortunately none of them were. Snoke was utilized into the movie only as a tool to push along Kylo Ren’s story and when he was no longer needed Rian Johnson killed him off within the blink of an eye. I couldn’t believe it. If there were to be a Last Jedi remake Snoke would definitely need more presence.

There were a lot of fan theories surrounding the identity of the mysterious Snoke but one of the most exciting rumors I remember seeing early last year was the idea that Snoke would reveal to Luke in an epic showdown that he was Luke’s grandfather. Yes, it would be another “I am your father” moment except maybe even more surprising. Not only would that have been the ultimate drop-the-mic moment in the movie but it would’ve also fixed that terrible Anakin-is-a-midichlorian-bubble nonsense George Lucas crafted. This is why.

I used to think that when Shmi told Qui-Gon Jinn that her son, Anakin didn’t have a father that it was a little fishy sounding so I always figured she was actually lying to him and not telling him who the real father was, which would make sense if he was actually this powerful and mysterious wielder of the dark side named Snoke. If she had told the Jedi Master that her son was the spawn of a Sith Lord or whatever Snoke is he would’ve definitely never agreed to try to train the boy. This would also shine a different perspective on Anakin turning to the dark side, for it would make more sense why the supposed “chosen one” was so easily tempted to do everything the Jedi Council said not to do. He couldn’t help it. His father was one with the dark side!

All in all, Snoke needed more justice and I would love to see his story revamped.

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My Experience Listening to the Audio Commentary for ‘The Last Jedi’

One of my favorite things when buying a new movie is to explore all of its behind-the-scenes features and The Last Jedi had hours upon hours of tantalizing behind-the-scene material to delve into but my favorite of them all was the audio commentary. I’ve just recently discovered commentary on some of my other owned movies and it was like discovering the holy grail of behind-the-scenes content. Watching a movie and having the commentary alongside it gives a truly in-depth look into how the creator or creators made the movie and what their thought process was behind some of your favorite scenes and moments in the film. So yesterday my sister and I watched the audio commentary for The Last Jedi and I was positively blown away. There was so much fascinating information I’ve actually forgotten a lot of it but the one nugget Rian Johnson provided in the commentary that really stuck out to me was during the scene where Kylo Ren is heading into the rebel base on Crait.

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Here it shows an incredible downward shot showing Kylo Ren marching into the base with a platoon of snowtroopers in his wake which is actually one of my favorite shots in the movie but does it look familiar by any chance?

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Yes, here it shows Anakin Skywalker marching into the Jedi Temple with an army of stormtroopers trailing him but what’s incredible about this is it’s the exact same shot, except sideways! I was legitimately blown away by this information but also super excited as well. About two weeks ago I wrote a post analyzing how similar Kylo Ren and Anakin Skywalker were and this shot only validates that theory and it was so incredible to discover that I was right! I knew they were pushing for a strong Anakin vibe in Kylo Ren and this shot proved that.

There were also a whole lot of other nuggets throughout the commentary but I’ll let you, if you happen to own the movie, enjoy the commentary for yourself. Every bit of it is worth hearing.

I thank you for reading this post and I hope you have a magical day. May the Force be with you.