The Rise of Skywalker Revealed at Star Wars Celebration

Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron at the Death Star ruins on Endor in The Rise of Skywalker | Green Card Back

It’s Star Wars Celebration once again this weekend, with the Force-related festivities going down at McCormick Place, Chicago. I’ll have more news and round-ups over the course of the weekend, but in the meantime let’s get straight to the lead…

You’ve seen it already, of course. But here, for posterity, is the newly-revealed first teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.

As a lifelong Star Wars fan conflicted about The Force Awakens and with no desire to watch The Last Jedi again any time soon, I have to say that I’m more intrigued than I ever thought I could be about Episode IX.

There’s a galaxy-spanning adventure vibe on display, fitting in with the rumoured “race for the prize” plot. Kylo Ren looks back to being a pure antagonist once more, as should always have been the case after The Force Awakens. And the return of Darth Sidious… Well, wow.

Actual chills.

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Leaked Art for Star Wars Episode IX

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So, the countdown to December and Star Wars Episode IX is underway…

This week saw the leak of merchandising poster art and a series of character designs for the new JJ Abrams film. The designs correspond with leaks reported at Making Star Wars, which gives weight to some of the rumours about plot revealed there – but then, we’ve all been burned before by fake spoilers.

Click through to see the images and read more!

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Galaxy of Adventures: Star Wars Reboot in Waiting?

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So, have you been watching Galaxy of Adventures?

The latest animated Star Wars micro-series is a collection of YouTube exclusive 3-4-minute shorts detailing key moments from the Star Wars saga. While the scenes, sound FX and even some of the dialogue is taken from the films in their entirety, the videos themselves are stylised, hyper-kinetic traditional animation with anime flair.

Check it out for yourself right here:

Galaxy of Adventures has been generally well-received by the fandom. But while the viewing figures have not been stratospheric, what’s more interesting than outright performance is that the series even exists at all.

As well as returning to the source material of Lucas’ films, Galaxy of Adventures has a wider target audience than the young girl demographic of Forces of Destiny. Regardless of the pros and cons of either approach, there’s no denying that this feels like a safer approach to the franchise for Disney. But since the Mouse can’t live off Lucas’ six films forever, what could the long-term strategy be?

Obviously, I don’t know what they have planned for sure; but this is how I could see Disney’s approach play out. And if it does go this way… I won’t mind that much at all.

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I Was Wrong About The Last Jedi and This is Why

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After watching the Solo teaser trailers back at the start of February my wife asked me a simple question. Having seen The Last Jedi, was I happier now that new Star Wars films were being made?

I thought about it for a few moments before answering honestly – no. As great as Rogue One is, its existence is not worth the damage that the other films have made to the franchise.

This, I realised, is why I was wrong about The Last Jedi.

So what was I wrong about? The arguments have been heard across the internet since December, and it’s not my intention to revisit them all in my own words. What this article has always been intended to do, both as it originally existed and through the revisions I’ve made since, is to attempt to draw a line from George Lucas’ saga of Episodes I-VI to the latest instalments to try and understand if there’s any kind of craftsmanship at play in the Sequel Trilogy at all – or at the very least any basic respect for what went before.

As a primer I recommend you read We Need to Talk About Han, an article I wrote in March 2016 that set out the issues of The Force Awakens and the responsibilities inherent in creating a sequel.

Are y’all caught up? Great stuff. Let’s push on.

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Retrospective Thoughts on The Force Awakens

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My wife has always loved The Force Awakens. Following our visit to Takodana last weekend we watched Abrams’ film once more, and her enjoyment hadn’t diminished. Without the knowledge of the story that came with growing up on Star Wars it remains a charming and accessible entry point for her – although certain plot contrivances still threw her out of the film at times (Poe Dameron, looking at you).

Watching The Force Awakens at the cinema with Emma provided my most enjoyable experience of it in 2015, and watching it again with her this week was the most I’ve ever enjoyed it. So, what exactly made it better this time around?

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