Star Wars – My Theory about the origin of Rey

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Photoshop mashup borrowed image of Leia, Rey and Han.

The Last Jedi opens in just a few months, and I keep meaning to write up my own theory about the origin of Rey, the young woman with force abilities whom we last saw handing Luke Skywalker his father’s lightsaber.

This isn’t based on any inside information and it could quite possibly not be where the story tellers have decided to go. I believe that as J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm wrote The Force Awakens, they had no idea what back story they were going to give Rey. They might not have even thought she needed to have a back story until “who are Rey’s parents” dominated the conversation. Unlike the original Lucas stories, which were linked together by one person’s vision, this new trilogy seems to be made up as it goes along. I am not necessarily saying this is a bad thing (well, yes, I am saying that), rather that it is just a thing. Therefore, absent a grand plan, the answer to the “Who is Rey” question might never really be fully satisfying.

My theory below isn’t meant to be “the” answer. It’s actually the only story that will redeem this new trilogy for me. Up to now, I don’t really incorporate it into my own “head canon.” I have gone on and on before about how I abhor the fundamental changes to the main three characters (Luke, Han and Leia) in this new trilogy. My theory tries to fill in some acceptable background story so that I might find their motivation slightly more palatable. I don’t think I will ever accept the new trilogy as my Star Wars. It lacks so much of the heart and wonder and joy of the original.

So, given that long introduction, my theory on Rey is that she is the presumed dead daughter of Han and Leia, younger sister to Kylo Ren (aka Ben Solo), and also a former student of Uncle Luke Skywalker’s young Jedi academy. I based this theory less on how it neatly ties up loose ends and more on the fact that the pain of losing their daughter is the only way I will accept that Han and Leia wandered around in a separated state. They fought too long together against too many things to separate because their son made bad choices. Having their son turn to the dark side is just another thing in a long line of things that Han and Leia would have faced and fought together. I never felt it was enough of a motivation to drive Han to run off and return to smuggling as an antidote to parental pain. But the loss of a young child? That kind of grief could drive our favorite smuggler to wander about the galaxy, a grieving father, drifting about.

If I were to frame the story, Rey would have been another one of Luke’s pupils, along with her older brother and other force sensitive young children. She could have been 8-9 years old at the time of the massacre of this new Jedi academy at the hands of the Knights of Ren. But because she is his little sister, and perhaps “there is good in him”, Kylo would not have been able to kill Rey. Instead, he’s the one who took her away and hid her on Jakku. He had to do it quickly, and left her someplace that his fellow First Order folks would never look. He either had to make it look like she died as well or that somehow she got away and disappeared. Perhaps he’s spent the last few years trying to prevent anyone from finding her, keeping her safe from a distance.

Rey would have been young, and things would have been traumatic. Maybe she has a vague memory of her parents, maybe she doesn’t. We haven’t really been shown any memories on purpose so the storytellers after The Force Awakens weren’t boxed into any decisions about Rey. So, with a little hand-waving, the story could decide that Rey is be the daughter of Han and Leia.

In the end, I think the back story of Rey will be revealed in The Last Jedi. I don’t know which way Lucasfilm has decided to go. For some time, both Abrams and Johnson have said that her origin didn’t matter as much as her future. I contend that Star Wars is all about origins, and their impact on the future as well as the choices we make in spite of those origins. I approach this December with much trepidation. After I do see The Last Jedi, you can be sure I will weigh in with my opinion. Depending on how it goes, it might be the last new Star Wars movie for me for a long, long time.

 

 

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My notes from Yesterday’s Apple Announcement (iPhone X)

1504235064_apple-special-event-september-2017-steve-jobs-theater-iphone-x-launchI put together some notes as I watched yesterday’s Apple event streamed live from the new Steve Jobs theater at the new Apple campus. I sent them out to fellow Mac users at work (I am one of the strong supporters of Macs where I work), and got such good feedback, I thought I’d gather the notes here on my blog to capture them for myself in the future.

Plus, this blog is lonely. I don’t write on it nearly as much as I would like.

So with that being said, here’s my notes from yesterday’s Apple event (aka the annual fall announcement of the new iPhones).

  • Tim Cook opened the event with a tribute to Steve Jobs.
  • Broadcasting from the new Steve Jobs theater in the new Apple park.
  • Apple park converted from a “sea of asphalt” into a green space. Designed to be seamless with Nature. Brings the outside in and connects everyone to the beautiful California landscape
  • 100% renewable energy powered. One of the world largest on site solar farms
  • Great visitor center open later this year. More than just an apple store. Focus on inspiring people, as well as discovering and exploring new products
  • Retail update – Angela Ahrendts
    • No longer call them “stores”, call them Town Squares
    • new store designs – creating plaza, open spaces open to everyone,
    • Launched “Today at Apple” – classes/sessions to teach people to use their phones to take photos, or swift playgrounds, to teacher Tuesdays where they keep educators up to date on the latest technologies
    • These sessions are led by a new position called the “creative pro”, a complement to the genius bar
    • Continue to open new ones, and reinvesting in the current ones.
    • Tim Cook especially proud of the apple employees
  • First product up: Apple Watch
    • 50% year over year sales growth
    • Apple watch is now the #1 watch in the world
    • 97% customer satisfaction rate (industry leading)
    • Tim Cook: most important thing to apple is how the watch is helping to change people’s lives.
    • Bring on Jeff Williams to talk about new stuff.
    • Watch OS 4 – redesigned workout app, Gymkit a new app to link to gym equipment.
    • Enhancing the heart rate app. more data displayed, adding feature to detect elevated heart rate when not active.
    • Announcing Apple Heart Study: Will use Watch data to analyze arrhythmia and notify users. Collaboration with Stanford Medical. Starts in US.
    • Next gen apple watch: Apple Watch series 3
      • Cellular built in
      • number is the same as your iPhone
      • Can use Siri, maps, text and phone calls, Find my Friends automatically switches to Watch from iPhone.
      • Same size cases. New gold aluminum finish in sport. New band colors. New band called Sport loop (light, stretchy and breathable)
      • Cellular, GPS, 70% faster processor, Watch OS 4
      • Series 1 $249, Series 3 without cellular $329, Series 3 with cellular $399
      • All versions Available in both 38mm and 42mm
      • Orders begin Sept 15, Available Sept 22nd
  • Next up: Apple TV
    • Announcing Apple TV 4K
    • Eddie Que
    • Supports HDR 10 and Dolby Vision.
    • To be honest, I am not a video aficionado so I don’t know what all of the different terms mean.
    •  A10X fusion chip. 2x CPU performance and 4x graphics performance of current Apple TV
    • Working with large studies to bring all their 4K versions to the iTunes store, all at same price as the HD versions
    • If you’ve bought HD version, automatically upgraded to 4K at no charge
    • Apple TV 4K starts at $179, Sept 15th order, Ships Sept 22,
  • Next up iPhone: iPhone 8
    • Giving a summary of the impact of the iPhone these 10 years.
    • No other device has had the impact on the world like the iPhone.
    • so essential or put so much power into people’s hands as the iPhone
    • Our intention with iPhone has always been to create something so powerful, immersive such that the hardware disappears.
    • “Apple has always believed that technology infused with humanity can change people’s lives and improve the world.”
    • Phil Schiller to talk iPhone 8 (4.7”), iPhone 8 plus (5.5”)
      • This is a huge step forward for iPhone
      • Glass in front and back. Side band made of aluminum (Assume this is the antenna)
      • Silver, space grey, and new gold finish
      • 7-layer color process, 50% strengthening, glass reinforced by steel. Most durable ever in a smartphone. Microscopically sealed.
      • A11 processor, six-core CPU, 64 bit design
      • Lots of specs, but basically, better for games, and much better for photos (dual cameras in the Plus)
      • More power allows for AR (augmented reality). AR being added to apps – MLB at bat to show player stats in real time as scan around the ballpark. Sky Guide uses AR to superimpose star maps on the sky around you (awesome app. I use it myself a lot)
      • Still has home button
      • Future is wireless. – Wireless charging
      • Qi open wireless standard – Any Qi-certified charger will work with iPhone 8.
      • New generation of iPhone, packed with innovations.
      • iPhone 8: 64GB ($699), 256 GB ($849)
      • iPhone 8 plus: 64 GB ($799), 256 GB ($949)
      • Preorder Sept 15, available Sept 22nd
  • One more thing – iPhone X (X pronounced “ten”)
    • “We’re not stopping there. We do have… one more thing.”
    • The Future of the Smart phone
    • “Reveal a product that will set the path of technology for the next decade” (video)
    • Biggest leap forward since original iPhone.
    • Phil Schiller back up again
    • iPhone X
      • Edge to edge, top to bottom display,
      • Glass on front and back, same as iPhone 8
      • side Band made of polished stainless steel (assume this is the antenna)
      • water and dust resistant at microscopic layer
      • Two colors: Space grey and silver
      • Super retina display
      • Super Retina Display: 5.8-inches. 2426×1125, 458 ppi. First OLED display great enough for iPhone.
      • Raise to Wake, or tap the screen to wake
      • no more home button – opportunity to rethink the way to use it
      • swipe up from bottom to go “home”
      • iPhone X locked until you look at it, and it recognizes you – Face ID
        • Uses True depth camera system area – sensors at the top of the screen
        • neural networks and machine learning creates a mathematical model of your face, and check the results from the camera against the mathematical model created on board, to unlock the phone
        • A11 bionic chip with built in neural engine
        • requires user attention to unlock., opens even in the dark
        • Chance of random person unlocking your phone is 1 in 50,000 touch ID, 1 in 1,000,000 for Face ID
        • also works with apple pay & 3rd party apps that work with Touch ID
        • Animoji – can create custom emoji’s that follow your facial motion, and record them and send in iMessages
      • Amazing cameras – dual optical image stabilization, low light zoom, f/1.8 and f2.4, larger, faster, deeper. *Dual* optical image stabilization. Better low-light. 2x bright Quad LED flash.
      • Battery life: 2 hours longer than the iPhone 7
      • Wireless – also wireless charging, Qi certified charging, but made it better to move the industry forward
        • Airpower: new Apple wireless charging matt that can be used by both iPhone and apple watch and new air-pods with wireless optional charging case – coming next year
      • new Jonny Ivy video played of the iPhone X.
      • iPhone X: 64GB ($999) and 256GB ($1149). 
      • pre-Order starts October 27, shipping November 3
    • iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7 (regular and Plus) also still being sold
  • In summary, Tim Cook thanks everyone who works at Apple
  • “I think Steve would be really proud.” – Tim Cook

The Baby Tigers are Here!

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Sohni, the Sumatran female tiger at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, relaxes on the Maharaja Jungle Trek

Yesterday, on the Disney Parks blog, Disney announced the birth of two little adorably cute baby Sumatran Tigers at their Animal Kingdom resort. Sohni, their Sumatran Tiger female, gave birth sometime this month to two really cute little tiger cubs. They don’t have names yet, and it wasn’t announced whether each of them were male or female, only that they are here.

(In looking through my photos from our last trip to Disney World, it turns out I did have a photo of Momma Tiger, Sohni. My previous blog post featured a photo of Malosi, the proud father.)

They put up a short video of Mom and babies in their nursery. The images are shot with a black and white camera, positioned over above them, and you can see the two little sweeties rolling around as they try to learn how to crawl their way to their mom. If you need a little smile in your day, definitely watch this beautiful video.

These species of Tiger are endangered in the wild, and thanks to the hard work of the conservationists at Disney and the other Zoos around the world, we now have two more little tigers in the world. I wish them health and long lives and hope that they are only the first in a long line of more new tigers so we can eventually repair the damage and repopulate Tigers in the wild.

In the meantime, I cannot wait to get down to Disney World to meet these little angels!

 

 

Time to Update the Blog

I was playing around with my very neglected blog while writing my post about the Tigers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom when I discovered that the WordPress Theme I had chosen is now retired. I tried to edit a couple of things here and there and it seemed like I couldn’t do it.  So, if I want to keep thing blog up, I guess it’s time to look into the themes that are available on WordPress and see if one of those appeals to me.

I don’t spend much time on this blog. I have ideas of things to write but lack the time to sit down and actually write them. Really, this means I value other things on my to do list more than writing a blog post here or there.

This all means that I am not willing to either buy a them (because some of the WordPress themes cost money) or design one from scratch. Guess that means some changes might be coming in the near future.

Stay tuned.

RSM

Baby Tigers Coming soon to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Sumatran Tiger at Disney’s Animal Kingdom- Taken June 2017 (pretty sure this is Malosi)

Our family has long been fans of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and not necessarily for the rides, but for the conservation message and the chance to see the animals in the beautifully themed wildlife areas. We spend a lot of time walking the self guided treks and talking with the cast members about the animals that live in the park. During our last two trips to Walt Disney World, we struck up conversations with the cast members stationed with the Asian Tigers section along the Maharaja Jungle Trek. We were curious about one of the Tigers they had and wanted to know his story and to learn things about Tigers in general.  They are amazing animals and my son and I were mesmerized by his beauty.

We learned that the one we saw on that day in April was Malosi (Seen above in a photo we took later in June of this year), a male Sumatran Tiger and that he was brought to Animal Kingdom as part of their conservation initiative to help build up a genetically diverse population of Sumatran tigers. He and Animal Kingdom’s other Sumatran Tiger, Sohni, were being brought together in the hopes that baby tigers might follow. They were getting to know each other’s smells through a separation but had not yet been together. Needless to say, my children and I were overjoyed.

When we returned to Disney World in June (yes, I know, we went in April and then again in June, we are HUGE fans) we stopped along the Maharaja Jungle Trek again to ask how things were going. Again Malosi was out, and Sohni was back in her enclosure, but they were hopeful that there might be baby tigers in the near future. The cast  member we talked to said that they might not know whether Sohni was pregnant until she was very close to her due date so there was even a chance she was already pregnant. Again, we were overjoyed and full of good thoughts.

Then last week, we saw the news reported on the Disney blog that Sohni was indeed pregnant. Turns out she probably was pregnant when we had seen her during our June trip! Disney expects the baby tigers to be born sometime during this month of August.

There are so few Sumatran tigers in the wild, I hope for the very best with Sohni and her babies and I am grateful for Disney’s Conservation Fund and its efforts to sustain populations of animals that are struggling in the wild, so that maybe one day we can help build up those wild numbers again.

In the meantime, I will be watching the disney parks blog in anxious anticipation of little tiger cub fur balls and cannot wait to return next year and hopefully see the new additions. All my love to Sohni and Malosi.

Thoughts about Star Wars Celebration 2017

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Starting tomorrow, the annual Star Wars convention, also known as Celebration, will start in Orlando, Florida. I won’t be attending, but I will be trying to follow along virtually via twitter and the various bloggers out there.

One such blogger,  at Inside the Magic, wrote his top 5 things he hopes will be announced at Celebration here.

I was going to reply on his blog with my own thoughts, but decided to post them here (so I didn’t complain about The Force Awakens on another person’s website).

I am on board with almost all of his hopes.

(5) George at the 40th Anniversary of the release of Star wars panel.

Say what you will, but George created this world and his absence is noticeable in the lack of originality and cohesive character actions in The Force Awakens (no, Han and Leia wouldn’t have failed parenting so hard and no, Luke wouldn’t have run away – I may have blogged about that in excess over the last couple of years). He needs to be there to celebrate the 40th. I hope Disney invited him, and I hope, as you say, he decides to attend.

(4) Announcement of Luke Skywalker / Ben Solo fill-in novels set between Episodes VI and VII

I don’t really care about Ben Solo/Kylo Ren so I am not at all interested in a book about him. I found him to be an entirely annoying character. Yes, I am one of those old “get off my lawn” Original Trilogy folks who really didn’t like TFA (but find things in this rebirth to love: like Rogue One, and especially the TV cartoon Rebels). On the other hand, more Luke Skywalker is always good!

(3) Lando in The Last Jedi! You bet. We need some “hello what have we here” after the depression of TFA. Fingers crossed.

(2) An Obi-wan Kenobi spinoff movie with Ewan and I am there opening day.

(1) Original theatrical release cuts on blu-ray without the special features would make my year. I’m more excited about that potential than The Last Jedi. 🙂

Are any of you going to attend Star Wars Celebration? I wish I could but I can’t convince the rest of my family to go with me, and I’d feel guilty leaving them. Plus, when you add up ticket prices and then the cost of autographs and photos (because why go without getting an autograph), and it’s a rather expensive few days. Still, Star Wars! Maybe next year. I have a feeing there will be many more Celebrations to come.

RSM

 

The Conundrum of General Leia

Shortly after Carrie Fisher passed away in December, worry about her role and the future of Princess Leia in Episodes VIII and IX started to surface online. My first feeling was a sense of loss of someone I’d looked up to my whole life. Although it doesn’t seem nearly as important as the loss of Carrie Fisher the person, I also felt the loss of Carrie Fisher as Leia in the still unfinished new Star Wars trilogy.  We knew long before her death, that Carrie Fisher had already filmed her parts in Episode VIII so that wasn’t in question.

Now that a little time has passed, I thought I’d pull together some thoughts on the options we Star Wars fans have for General Leia Organa. The way I see things, there are four options that Disney has for how to handle Episodes VIII (The Last Jedi) and IX (as yet untitled) without Carrie Fisher.

  1. Recast: Rumors are that Leia was going to have a larger role in Episode IX then she did in The Force Awakens or will have in The Last Jedi. One way to continue the storyline as originally intended is to recast another actress to play Leia for those scenes. I don’t want to even speculate potential actresses because for me, Carrie Fisher is Princess (General) Leia and no matter how wonderful another actress might be, I won’t accept another person filling her shoes.
  2. Digital Recreation: As they did with a young Leia and General Tarkin in the recently released Rogue One, Disney now has the technology to digitally recreate an actor or actress and inner them into a film, interacting with other characters. They could recreate General Leia using image data from The Force Awakens.  Thankfully, it looks like this won’t happen. Almost immediately, Disney released an official statement that they wouldn’t use the new Digital technology to recreate General Leia in Episode IX.
  3. Write in the death of Leia: While her scenes are filmed for Episode VIII, they could rewrite the storyline going forward to incorporate the death of Leia, either on screen of off. This could serve as a sort of catharsis for all of us who lost her, both Carrie and Leia, and allow us to say goodbye. I have mixed feelings about this option, because while I’d like to be able to say goodbye to my Princess, I want her to live forever. It was hard enough losing Han. I don’t want to have to lose Leia too in order to usher in this new generation of Star Wars kids. (Don’t get me started on Luke)
  4. Rework the scenes already filmed: This one hit me almost immediately but I didn’t see anyone suggesting it in all of the blog or forum comments I’ve read over the lat few months. If her scenes have already been filmed, why not rework when they would appear, and split them up. Use some of them in The Last Jedi and some in Episode IX. This would allow Leia to continue through both of the remaining films in the new trilogy without having to kill her off. Leia can live on, and she will always be Carrie Fisher’s performance.

After the fourth option came to me, that was the one I wanted most. I know that some scenes we would have gotten will never happen, but we will get the ones that are filmed. Perhaps through some sort of movie magic (shooting over the shoulder of someone about Carrie’s height or something) they can add in additional scenes here or there.  There have been rumors of reshoots being done next month swirling about the web.

I don’t know where the current creative minds wanted to take General Leia. I am sure that there were at least two key scenes she’d have before things were all said and done: Reunion with her brother and Reunion with her son. I don’t know if both of those were part of what she already filmed. I hope so, but I don’t know.

I’m ultimately torn. I know I won’t accept any other actress at Leia, so I’m prepared to skip the final episode if that’s what they do. If forced to choose between giving Leia a sendoff or allowing her to live on through another actress, I’d actually choose to say good bye.  I just hope that we don’t have to. I find the new trilogy sad enough already without the real possibility that the original Trio (Luke, Han and Leia) will all be dead by the time we’re through. Never did it enter my mind, when I heard that new Star Wars was coming, that I’d have to say goodbye. Perhaps if it had, I could have skipped The Force Awakens and spared myself the disappointment.

Fingers crossed that Disney makes the best decision, whatever that may be,  and that whatever they do decide brings us some sort of hope.

 

Ahsoka Tano Day – One Day Late

ahsoka1Apparently, yesterday, January 29th, was Ahsoka Tano day as celebrated on Twitter (#AhsokaTanoDay). Nine years ago yesterday, in 2008, the cartoon movie Star Wars The Clone Wars  debuted in theaters, and with it was the first appearance of Anakin Skywalker’s padawan, Ahsoka Tano.

My children were young when Star Wars: The Clone Wars the movie was in theaters, so we waited to see it when it was on DVD. They immediately loved it. They were instantly huge fans of Anakin, Ahsoka and Jabba the Hut’s baby son, Rotta (whom Ahsoka called “Stinky”). We watched it over and over, and they watched it even more in the car on our drive to/from school.

I didn’t read much social media back then, and didn’t really pay attention to whether other Star Wars fans liked the new movie or the new characters. All I did know is that I was a fan, of all of them. Most of all, I loved Ahsoka. She was spunky and smart. She was a bit bratty but brave, and there was something about her. Something that said she had a journey to take and some life lessons to learn. The dynamic between her and Anakin did for that character what the live action Anakin and Padme were never able to do – it humanized him and made us realize how much was lost when he turned to the dark side.

It was only much after Clone Wars cartoon series was well in to its third season that I realized that some of the fans found Ahsoka less than wonderful during that first movie. They compared her to Jar Jar in their pantheon of hated Star Wars characters. I will break here in my Ahsoka narrative to say that I have no hatred for Jar Jar. I actually quite liked him and The Phantom Menace. That was the first of the Star Wars films that my children asked to repeat view. It was probably their favorite followed by Return of the Jedi and the Ewoks. Say what you will about the childish nature of those characters, but that was exactly the audience George Lucas was going for when he introduced them.

I watched only one season of Star Wars:The Clone Wars the TV series when it was originally broadcast. I had been watching it with my children, and some of the action was a bit too heavy for them. The loss of the Clones was often too upsetting for them and they found the Night Sisters really creepy, so we stopped watching as a family. I have since watched the series in it’s entirety on Netflix, and absolutely loved the arc they gave Ahsoka. My children are starting to watch it now that they are older, and they agree that Ahsoka and Captain Rex are their two favorite characters. They are easily mine as well.

In honor of Ahsoka Tano day, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to George Lucas, David Filoni and Ashley Eckstein for bringing me Ahsoka, in all of her layered brilliance. I never thought I’d love a Star Wars character the way I love Luke, Han and Leia. Ahsoka proved me wrong. I can’t imagine the Star Wars universe without her.

…and I hope I never have to…do you hear that Mr. Filoni. 🙂

 

RSM Review: Wishful Drinking

carrie-fisher-as-prinsess-leia-wishful-drinking-cover-2-shotA month before Carrie Fisher died, I wrote a blog review of her latest autobiographical work, The Princess Diarist. I’d decided after reading it that I’d go back and read them all and try to give them proper reviews. Then came December, and the heartbreaking news that Ms. Fisher had passed away. I’m still not entirely willing to accept it. Now all I want to do is to hear her voice again.

So I’ve continued what I started, and went back and purchased Wishful Drinking on iBooks on my iPad. I knew that Ms. Fisher had published several books, some autobiographical and some fiction, but I had just never gotten around to reading them. I also knew that this one had a live stand up show associated with it (HBO decided to rebroadcast it after her passing). It wasn’t until I read the book that I learned the show came first, and the book second.

Having just listened to Carrie read The Princess Diarist, I couldn’t help but hear her voice in my head as I read Wishful Drinking. I could hear her when she quietly told a story, or as she yelled an exclamation. I swear it felt like she was in the room reading it to me.

Like her most recent book, the stories told don’t necessarily come out linearly. They tend to jump around. From her interviews, I get the sense that this is what it would be like to actually talk with Ms. Fisher. Her brain moves so quickly, that her thoughts come out all over the place. I found it both fascinating and comforting.

Her first chapter focused on the death of her friend, Greg, who very famously died at her house and her subsequent depression, followed quickly by a chapter on her own family and the big scandal break up when her father left her mother for Elizabeth Taylor complete with family photos and a really awesome Hollywood 101 Family tree. I’ve read that she uses the family tree bit in the stand up show. A great deal of this book is dedicated to stories about her mother, Debbie Reynolds, some really very strange and some sweet.

She gets around to Princess Leia about half way through the book. Her first story, which I actually saw the clip from the tale end of her live show first and completely didn’t understand, involves a speech and drama class she took in London to which she credits the enunciation Leia has at the beginning of Star Wars: A New Hope (especially in the classic Hologram dialog – Proper Copper Coffee Pot – read the book and you’ll get it). This is the chapter where she shares the story of George Lucas telling her she can’t wear a bra under her white dress on the death star because there’s no underwear in space.

The last several chapters are dedicated to her relationship with Paul Simon, and her depression and addiction. Every story is near heartbreaking, yet she tells them with such humor that you hope that she’s actually laughing behind the words.  Every interview with and article about Ms. Fisher over the years has focused on her honesty with her struggles. She is definitely honest. Sometimes honest to the point where I wonder where she got the strength to share so much. Perhaps sharing it made it a less heavy burden.

Having read Wishful Drinking, I want to see the live show. Now that we’ve lost her, I miss Ms. Fisher and want to watch, read and listen to all I can of her voice. As with Princess Diarist, this isn’t fit to share with my children. With the honesty comes adult language and stories that I’d just as soon they not hear yet. I wouldn’t have been ready to hear things like this from Princess Leia when I was a child.

Next up, I’ve requested Shockaholic from the library to read next. I already miss her voice and I want to hear it again.

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

viii-logo-tall-1536x864-414669331908As I posted my tribute to Carrie Fisher yesterday afternoon, StarWars.com broke the news that the next installment of “the Skywalker Saga” (as they called it) has been given a name. Ready yourself for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. I delayed publishing this because I wanted my Carrie Fisher article to sit up on my site for a full day.

So, with that, We have a new title.

It will come as no surprise to you all that I greet this announcement with much trepidation. I still don’t like the new direction taken in The Force Awakens. I still don’t like how Luke, Han and Leia were all portrayed. I still don’t like how we just threw everything they accomplished in the original trilogy in the garbage to sell new toys and bring in new characters. I still hate that we killed off Han just to make Mr. Ford happy.

I’m also broken hearted that with the death of Carrie Fisher we will never get to give Leia her due. No solution either Disney or Lucasfilm comes up with will be as wonderful as what would have happened with Carrie’s inclusion in Episode IX. (this one is a topic for another post).

Things to notice, or rather things, I noticed.

This title is shorter than any title of the second in the trilogy titles

  • Attack of the Clones
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • The Last Jedi

The Star Wars words are outlined in what I can only call Sith or Darth Vader red, not the usual beautiful yellow. To me, that signals an episode where the bad guys might have the upper hand. I expect battles, with some small victories but the war will not yet be won.

The use of the word Jedi. Now the Jedi appear twice in titles in the saga. That will make the shorthand reference to movies just a little more complicated. Perhaps that’s only ever been a think for those of us who are old school. We refer to “Star Wars”, “Empire”, and “Jedi” when talking about the original Three. I’ve never heard anyone refer to the Prequels as anything other than their full names.  Same as TFA. So perhaps this isn’t going to be a thing.

The title itself. I feel like something else in the Star Wars extended universe, or comics or novels has been called “the Last Jedi.”  I am sure a quick internet search will find what my old brain can only vaguely recall. (and yes, it did, here is it: The Last Jedi which was not about Luke)

The tense of the word Jedi. As used in Star Wars, Jedi  can refer to one Jedi (as in, I am a Jedi like my father before me) or several Jedi (as in the Jedi order). We already were told that Luke was a Jedi, and that he was the last of the Jedi in Return of the Jedi. Presumably, Luke worked to restart the Jedi order, or something like it, after Return of the Jedi. Also, presumably, it didn’t go so well. Does this title refer again to Luke, or to someone to follow in his footsteps (Rey?) or to whatever happened to that fledgling Jedi order? What does this really mean for Luke.

Unlike the tact I took leading up to The Force Awakens, I plan to read any and all spoilers and speculation I can find out there on the internet. If I find that they do, indeed, kill off Luke, I just might have to catch this one on DVD.