Before we go on, I must stand up and confess something about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What I’m about to say has nothing to do with the quality of the movie itself, I think it was great, and I enjoyed it a lot. That said, there’s something I must take off my chest. Okay, here it goes: I think it was a shameless copy of a new hope.
Yes, I can already see some of you snarking and rolling your eyes, but please stay with me just a bit longer. Again, as much as I enjoyed the movie, its lack of originality disappointed me a lot. I understand why Disney did it, there was too much riding on the film to take any risks.
That said, it’s my sincere hope that Star Wars: The Last Jedi, takes more risks, a new generation deserves new stories. Thankfully, I’m happy to say that based on the limited information available I think it’s on the right track. With that said here are 5 things to expect in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi:
1. The end of the Jedi.
I love Star Wars, I Love the Jedi, I love the Sith, but man I’m tired of the conflict between the two. You could quickly summarize the story of the whole galaxy as the war between the light side and the dark side, sometimes the light wins, and sometimes the dark wins, but in the end, nothing really changes. I get the feeling that Luke has finally understood this, the best he can do to end the cycle is to get rid of the Jedi once and for all.
2. The beginning of something new.
Rey and Kylo are force users, but at the same time, they’re something more. If as Luke said the Jedi are finished, then what will take their place? New sith? I don’t think so. I believe that Rey and Kylo will become a new kind of force users, with a preference for the light side or the dark side of course, but different. Perhaps they will become the “grey Jedis” everyone is talking about, a force user that seeks balance above everything else.
3. Luke won’t be Yoda, and Rey won’t be Luke.
It’s clear that Luke is going to be Rey’s mentor, what is not clear is the kind of relationship they will have. What we can see from the trailers and the information so far is that there’s going to be a lot of tension between the two. Luke has been described several times as jaded and cynical after the incident that destroyed his school. He’s terrified he’s going to make the same mistakes with Rey, and so he keeps her at a distance, not fully trusting her. This will certainly affect Rey’s development as a force user in ways it didn’t affect Luke.
4. The bigger picture will take form.
How are Kylo and Rey related? Are they even related at all? Who’s supreme leader Snoke? Why does he have an interest in Kylo and Rey? What happened between Luke and Kylo? A thousand theories surround these questions, some more solid than others. I’m not sure which ones will end being true, but what I know is this: this movie will answer those questions, or at least provide enough information to start discarding theories finally.
5. A war of influence and leadership.
The situation in the galaxy is different from previous Star Wars movies. Both the resistance and the first order suffered devastating loses and the collateral damage left the galaxy in chaos. As such, this means that the war will be as much as making alliances and gaining influence as it is about winning battles. The thing is Leia is old, and she’s exhausted. Perhaps we will see someone else take the mantle? Poe Dameron maybe?
This is a guest post by Fernando Autran.