Uncharted Evolution for the Jedi Robe

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As the trailer and leaked studio shots have shown, in Episode VIII Luke Skywalker looks like the kind of Jedi we’ve waited a long time to see – a utilitarian Force user whose outfit echoes the past without being beholden to it. It’s a departure from the classic Jedi robes that shows yet another evolution of Luke’s character.

Before the Prequel Trilogy cemented the look of the Jedi there was a world of possibility about how different Jedi across the galaxy could look. A great deal of our visual ideas of the ‘guardians of peace and justice’ were informed by the now abandoned EU, and the work of Dark Horse Comics in particular.

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Reassurance of The Last Jedi Spoilers

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As long-time readers will know, I have many problems with The Force Awakens.

Whilst there are a few issues that will never go away (the absolute destruction of Han Solo’s character since Return of the Jedi being a major one), I’ve still held out a faint hope that The Last Jedi could redeem some of TFA’s missteps and get the new trilogy on track. I admit that this hope has been tested, particularly as the woes of the ill-conceived Han Solo film roll on, but in recent weeks there has been one thing to make me feel more optimistic about the film than ever before – and that, ladies and gents, has been the spoilers.

I’ll be discussing some of these revelations in detail after the jump, so don’t click through if you want to stay unspoiled!

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A Closer Look at The Last Jedi

Disney used the D23 exposition to release new character posters and a video from behind-the-scenes of this December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Together with the teaser trailer we’re getting a bit more of a sense of how the film will feel, if not necessarily how it will play out. There are positives – Rey looking very cool with her cloak and lightsaber, amongst some impressive visuals – but it’s difficult to take all of the “new, unique Star Wars” ego-stroking seriously after the similar praise that marched ahead of The Force Awakens.

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Hyperspace & The Force Awakens

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The Last Jedi may contextualise The Force Awakens into place alongside the rest of the series. It may redeem Luke Skywalker; heck, it could even retcon Han Solo back to being the responsible leader he grew into over three films, rather than the failed smuggler and deadbeat absent dad we were presented with back in 2015.

All of the above would help. Rian Johnson’s film could (and I’m not holding my breath) perform an incredible job of papering over the cracks created by Abrams’ production, but it still can’t make The Force Awakens a good Star Wars film. And there’s one element that illustrates exactly why:

Hyperspace.

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