With the most exciting day two news already out of the bag, it is time take a look at what else was noteworthy amongst the day two events for Star Wars Celebration.
If you haven’t had a chance to see the most important news of the day yet, you probably need to get your head out of a rock, or you have blinders on for a no spoiler Star Wars movie come December. If you haven’t had a chance to see my reaction to the trailer, you can check that out here. You can also find day one’s review here.
I know you’re still hyperventilating about the trailer, but let’s change directions here and check out what else was unveiled today.
The Last Jedi
Aside from the release of the trailer, there was also some interesting developments from “The Last Jedi” panel today. There was more than posturing and tight-lipped actors/actresses today, as Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Mark Hamill introduced some interesting new lights on the plot of “The Last Jedi”. “Rey has a certain expectation as to what she might be getting from Luke and what that might entail. And as a lot of people might know, it’s difficult when you meet your heroes because it might not be what you expect.”
Daisy Ridley mentioned this about her character and her relationship with Luke Skywalker, “Rey has a certain expectation as to what she might be getting from Luke and what that might entail. And as a lot of people might know, it’s difficult when you meet your heroes because it might not be what you expect.” This is quite interesting and likely will lead to quite a character dynamic between the two. Daisy from what you may remember portrayed quite the strong willed and independent Rey.
John Boyega mentioned this about his character, “Finn definitely stood up for himself, he’s in recovery, but he will be back in The Last Jedi.” This was an obvious and easy answer for John. With Daisy’s answer being a little more forthcoming, I wonder if Finn is primed for a much larger and more impactful role that John is needing to stay quiet about.
One interesting tid bit that IGN’s Marty Silva gathered about Luke is “Luke is obviously having a crisis of faith, possibly related to the flashback/Force visions of him and R2 near the fiery destruction of some sort of structure – likely the Jedi academy where he instructed Ben Solo – that mirrors scenes from TFA.” This fascinates me as this relates to what I gathered about his potential “grey tendencies” earlier today.
These comments go right in line with his comments at the end of the teaser trailer. This makes me even more excited to see Luke in “The Last Jedi”.
Forces of Destiny
— Star Wars (@starwars) April 13, 2017
Today was the unveiling of Disney’s newest animated Star Wars series “Forces of Destiny”. The short series that will be airing on Disney’s YouTube channel will feature short stories involving female Star Wars characters Leia, Ahsoka, Rey, Jyn, and Sabine. The panel “Heroines of Star Wars” included commentary from Daisy Ridley, Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka), and Tiya Sicar (Sabine). Dave Filoni, creator of Rebels also joined the women on stage to discuss his new series.
There was some good commentary on the characters of Ahsoka and Sabine from Sicar and Eckstein. However, Filoni had a good one-liner in reference to how he has worked out these two characters, “I am not designing this (these characters) for kids in 1977, I am designing this for kids now.” I think this is a perfect statement from Dave. With the strong female characters in these shows, he is giving both sides someone to identify with.
Ashley Eckstein also mentioned that Dave simply took gender out of her character and her character’s popularity is not just among women but also among men. Count me among the men who love Ahsoka. Filoni’s creation of her was top notch and added a different character for us to look to and forward to in the Star Wars universe.
For my St. Louis Cardinals’ fans reading this, in case you aren’t aware, Ashley Eckstein is the wife of 2006 World Series MVP David Eckstein. Anymore, she has definitely become the more popular of the two.
There was another panel dedicated to Fisher today as Mark Hamill had a chance to talk about his relationship with her and the impact she had on him. The panel had some good content about the relationship between the two of them and how cordial and fun it was.
— StarWars Celebration (@SW_Celebration) April 14, 2017
However, the biggest news that came from this was that Fisher will not be in Episode IX which is contrary to what was reported earlier in the week from her brother. However, if it came from the powers that be at Star Wars, I am going to trust that report just a bit more.
Another solid day of the Star Wars Celebration is in the books and I will be looking forward to hearing about the “Rebels” panel tomorrow and hopefully some more information about Battlefront 2. I certainly hope that you are enjoying this commentary on this wonderful event. If you are, I would appreciate it if you would drop me a line in the comments or on social media. I’d love to have a discussion on what your thoughts are about what we’ve heard so far.