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Jedi vs. Sith Part Two

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about how I was playing Star Wars: The Old Republic and comparing my Jedi and Sith characters. In that post I remarked that I felt the Jedi was the stronger of the two characters based on how the fighting style seemed more focused and controlled. Well, I think I’ve changed my mind.

After I wrote the original post, I eventually finished the class stories for my Jedi Consular and Sith Inquisitor and also played as a Jedi Knight and Sith Warrior. And after finishing all four of the Force-wielding classes, I have to say that the Sith get better everything–better stories, better companions, better music, etc. The Jedi are definitely the better fighters, but their stories just seem so bland when compared to their Sith counterparts. Of course, it could be that I found the Sith stories more compelling because I wasn’t strictly dark side with them; I made a lot of light side choices that added a certain amount of nuance to the overall plot whereas I was pretty much straight light side with the Jedi. But on the whole the Sith characters just came across as so much more interesting.

Just how interesting did I find the Sith? I played through the Warrior story twice, once as a marauder and once as a juggernaut. To be perfectly honest, though, I did think the Jedi Knight story was just about on an even keel with the Sith Warrior story in terms of quality. In fact, after playing all of the Force-wielding classes, I began to think the Jedi Consular story was pretty boring, which made me a little sad because the Consular was the first character I ever created. At the time it was utterly fascinating, but compared with the other stories, it ends up a bit underwhelming. So in a way, it’s kind of interesting to see how a couple extra years in the game have changed my opinion of it.

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I Had My Doubts about “The Clones Wars”…

…the Star Wars animated series from 2008 that fills the gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. “It’s just a ploy for money!” I cried. “They’re probably breaking canon and expecting people to ignore it! And what’s this nonsense about Anakin having a Padawan?” The rest of the world, however, seemed thrilled about Clone Wars, claiming it was better than the prequel movies and a fun show to boot. Still deeply suspicious, I decided to give it a try.

Oh my goodness, it is leagues better than the prequels. If movie Anakin had been more like TV Anakin, I really think the prequels wouldn’t be quite so hated. Padme gets to do interesting stuff; Jar Jar is less annoying (but still giving off those secret Force power vibes); Obi-Wan is a delightful ball of sarcasm, and Anakin’s Padawan, a Togruta girl named Ahsoka Tano, is a much better character than I was expecting. Granted, I’m only on the first season, so maybe the show goes downhill. But for now, it’s amazing.

I haven’t seen any of Rebels yet, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever get around to it. Right now I’m enjoying the ride that Clone Wars is offering.

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Star Wars Episode VIII Review: “The Last Jedi” *Contains Spoilers*

It was feeling like everyone else in the world had seen this movie already except me, but I finally made it out to the theater today and watched The Last Jedi, the latest installment in the Star Wars saga. My thoughts…well, let’s review the plot first. I know I was happy to discover what it was since the trailers revealed few details (obviously spoilers are forthcoming).

According to the opening crawl, the Republic is no more. The First Order has crushed it completely; Leia’s band of resistance fighters is the only thing left of order and democracy. And Kylo Ren is leading the charge in a desperate attempt to prove to Snoke that he has what it takes to follow in Vader’s footsteps (apparently Snoke is conveniently forgetting the Vader destroyed the Emperor and returned to the light side). Poe, a freshly-recovered Finn, and their new friend Rose work on a scheme that will let them disable the First Order’s lightspeed tracker and allow the rest of the Resistance to escape unharmed. Meanwhile, Rey tries to persuade Luke to return to his sister’s side and aid her in their fight against the First Order. But as we heard Luke ominously warn in the trailer, “This is not going to go the way you think,” and he was right on all fronts. The best laid plans go horribly awry; Kylo Ren finds the strength to murder Snoke and claim leadership of the First Order, and Rey, who has searched for the truth for so long, finds it a bitter pill to swallow.

Is it true that Rey’s parents were nobodies, just junk dealers who sold her for drinking money? Who knows. We don’t know how much we can trust Kylo at this point; he clearly has his own motives. But something tells me Rey’s story isn’t over yet.

As for Luke–why was it necessary to kill him, Rian Johnson!? Why!? It was bad enough we lost Han in The Force Awakens, but now Luke is gone, too! Plus Carrie Fisher is dead, so no more Leia. Why are you taking away all of the happy endings? Is this your way of trying to make your own characters look better? If so, you needed a better tactic.

Not going to lie, the movie felt way too long. Part of the problem was the whole sub-plot of Finn and Rose trying to find a codebreaker. That felt like enough material to be its own movie.

I still can’t take Kylo Ren seriously as a villain. If he didn’t look like a big, sad puppy all of the time, he would probably be very effective. But Snoke was correct when he called Kylo “a child in a mask”, and unless he does some serious growing-up in Episode IX, I think that’s all he’ll ever be. The same may be true for Rey as well–in Empire Strikes Back, I felt that Luke had at least learned humility after his confrontation with Vader. With Rey, I don’t get the impression she’s learned anything after her encounters with Snoke and Kylo. Luke’s lessons were vital to his maturity in Return of the Jedi. Will Rey show the same maturity? I certainly hope so. While she’s not as impulsive as Kylo, she still does not control her emotions very well and is too easily swayed by the dark side. Perhaps she’ll read those Jedi texts she rescued from the tree and gain some useful knowledge.

I will say this for The Last Jedi–it wasn’t a carbon copy of an earlier movie. It was its own thing, and I liked that. I just would have preferred it if it had had a little more of a hopeful feel to it.

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So Apparently “The Last Jedi” is Retconning the Chosen One Prophecy

It came to my attention today that The Last Jedi is rumored to reveal that Luke Skywalker operated under the belief that Kylo Ren was the Chosen One. And now he might believe that Rey is the Chosen One. Naturally, my jaw was on the floor. Everyone knows the Chosen One was Anakin/Vader–George Lucas himself confirmed it multiple times–so how they think they can get away with saying he wasn’t the Chosen One is beyond me. We spent six movies with this character with the knowledge he was the Chosen One; you can’t just change that on the fly! They even stated it explicitly with the Mortis storyline from The Clone Wars!

But that’s not all. They are also completely retconning what the Chosen One prophecy stated. I don’t believe it was ever recited in full, but the gist of it was that there would come a Jedi who was conceived not by a human father but by the midichlorians, the microscopic life forms that allow people to commune with the Force, and this Jedi was destined to overthrow the Sith order and bring balance to the Force. But now they are changing the prophecy; now it says that the Chosen One is the reincarnation of the founder of the Jedi Order.

What the–YOU CAN’T RETCON THE CHOSEN ONE PROPHECY! IF YOU HAVE TO RETCON ANYTHING, WHY DON’T YOU MAKE JAR JAR THE SITH LORD HE WAS ORIGINALLY SUPPOSED TO BE!?

I really, really hope a lot of this stuff turns out to be rumors, and they leave the prophecy alone. My geek rage levels will not be pretty if it’s true.

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May the Force be with You in Middle-Earth

It’s Star Wars Day, and I figured I’d do something a little different by going into the similarities between Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings. It’s kind of a running joke in my family that Star Wars is really just The Lord of the Rings in space, and here I shall prove it to the world. Some of these may seem fairly obvious; others may be completely bonkers, but all should be entertaining.

Luke Skywalker = Frodo Baggins

Frodo and Luke

 

Ordinary guy (but with famous relatives) living a pretty ordinary life suddenly finds himself in the middle of a plot that could destroy the world.

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader = Bilbo Baggins

Darth Vader and Bilbo

First in the family to have epic adventures, is temporarily under the influence of the Dark Lord but fights off the influence and becomes one with the Force/sails to the Grey Havens.

Obi-Wan Kenobi = Gandalf

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Gandalf

The man responsible for seeing both generations off on their respective adventures–also dies and comes back in a more powerful form.

Emperor Palpatine = Sauron

Emperor Palpatine and Sauron

Do I really need to explain this one?

Han Solo = Aragorn

Han Solo and Aragorn

Ruffian who turns out to be a hero.

Princess Leia = Arwen

Princess Leia and Arwen

A princess who always has a plan and is not afraid to make sacrifices for the people closest to her no matter what the personal cost.

C-3PO and R2-D2 = Legolas and Gimli

C-3PO and R2-D2 and Legolas and Gimli

Best friends who are always bickering.

Lando Calrissian = Eomer

Lando Calrissian and Eomer

The friend who shows up in Part II and is crucial to helping win the battle in Part III.

Count Dooku = Saruman

Count Dooku and Saruman

Former good guy who turned traitor. Bonus points for both parts being played by Christopher Lee.

Yoda = Gollum

Yoda and Gollum

Odd-looking creature with a weird speech pattern who shows our hero the way to complete his quest.

I know, I know, I couldn’t find parallels for all of the LotR characters (which makes me sad because I would love to know who Eowyn and Sam are analogous to), but I think these are pretty accurate, nonetheless–and funny, too, which was the whole point behind this post.

Happy Star Wars Day!

 

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Star Wars: Episode VIII Title Released!

We now know what the title for the next Star Wars movie is! Are you ready? It’s (insert drum roll) The Last Jedi.

As titles go, it’s not terrible. I guess I was a little disappointed that it broke the theme of the second leg of the trilogy having a title of four words (Episode II was Attack of the Clones; Episode V was The Empire Strikes Back). It’s probably a dumb thing to be sad about, though, so I’ll probably get over it. It definitely is interesting, so I’m certainly eager to see what the next chapter is.

I just hope it doesn’t turn out to be a rehash of The Empire Strikes Back.

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A Star Wars Fan Film That Would Make an Awesome Canon Story

I’m not normally one for fan films, but this one was so well done that I thought it deserved a mention. Titled “Hoshino”, it follows the story of a blind Jedi Master and her rise to power. It’s only seven minutes long, but the story it manages to convey in those seven minutes is so intriguing that I think it should have a place in the official Star Wars canon.

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