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

Retrospective Thoughts on The Force Awakens | Green Card Back

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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Star Wars IRL #1: Puzzlewood

Puzzlewood, AKA Takodana | Green Card Back

With a series as expansive as Star Wars there are opportunities around the world to visit the real-life locations that bring these stories to life. The UK has many such places for fans to go, from A New Hope to Solo, and this weekend my wife and I were lucky enough to visit Puzzlewood in Gloucestershire – otherwise known as the woods of Takodana in The Force Awakens.

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C-3PO (The Last Jedi Budget Line) Review

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The Last Jedi (Budget Line), 2017

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Appears in: Revenge of the Sith, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi

Card Back: C-3PO is a droid programmed for etiquette and protocol, built by the heroic Jedi Anakin Skywalker, and a constant companion to astromech R2-D2.

One of the nicer yet more inconsequential surprises of Star Wars collecting in recent years has been the line of cheaper, limited articulation action figures on sale in budget stores. These affordable figures have spanned the saga with sometimes as little as 3POA, but the price makes them almost worth it for certain shelf-filler characters.

I say almost worth it, because there’s a key issue with the line – size. Way too big for the 3.75″ line and that little bit too short for 6″, after getting the undersized Darth Vader from 2016’s Rogue One line I had consigned these figures to their own odd little subsection marked ‘no need to buy’.

That all changed when C-3PO saw release in this year’s The Last Jedi wave. So is he a game changer? Click through to find out!

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Empire Delivers Faint Praise for the Prequels

Faint Praise for the Prequel Trilogy from Empire Magazine | Green Card Back

With The Last Jedi less than two weeks away the film magazine Empire has launched an as-expected Star Wars edition, this time featuring alternate Rey and Kylo covers, an art card showing the best of Disney’s recycled designs and, of most interest, a supplemental magazine celebrating the saga’s 40th anniversary.

The magazine focuses the most heavily on the Original Trilogy, with a further eight whole pages dedicated to the Holiday Special and the Ewok TV movies. The tone of the Return of the Jedi section is generally denigrating of Lucas, so it comes as some surprise to find a tidy four page article tucked away at the back that’s actually written in defence of the Prequel Trilogy (PT).

Well, sort of.

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