From the moment we walked out of The Force Awakens, we started to ask ourselves questions about what to expect in Star Wars Episode 8. We’re approaching about a year and a half of speculation, and it only intensified when Lucasfilm released the first trailer for The Last Jedi in April. You’ve already heard our reaction to that trailer, but more recently a simpler type of speculation caught our eye.
In an interview in Vanity Fair, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy admitted that the title is intentionally ambiguous—meaning “Jedi” could be meant as a singular or plural term. Given that initially most of the public seems to have assumed that it’s singular, but the international traslations, paired with Kathy Kennedy’s admission as a sure indication that we were misled and it is to be interpreted as plural. It was an interesting nugget of pseudo-information, and it got us thinking about some of the big questions we’re still dying to have answered. We’ll just look at a few of them in this post.
What Is Luke Actually Up To?
This might be the biggest question about Episode 8, aside from “who is (or are) the last Jedi?” We know that Luke has been isolated, and it seems to be implied that his attempts to rebuild the Jedi order have been destroyed. We also see indications in the trailer that he’s studying ancient texts of some kind, something that we have never seen a Jedi in the cinematic saga do previously. In the past we’ve seen them primarily educating each other or meditating—never being scholarly. It begs the question of what truth Luke is seeking, or what else he’s been up to all these years, assuming it’s not just waiting for Rey to come along.
Will There Be A Kenobi Connection?
In terms of the greater Star Wars timeline, Obi-Wan Kenobi has been gone a while—but that doesn’t mean he’s totally out of the picture. We already saw him return in spiritual form after his death in A New Hope. Leading up to The Force Awakens he was included in an article on the probability for which legacy characters would return that was featured on an online portal hosting odds for different events and a variety of games, and to our delight he was actually given a fair chance (Remember our Sky-wobi / Palpa-wobi theory?). Kenobi is such a beloved character, and is so deeply intertwined with the series, that it seems unlikely that he won’t be included in one way or another. What that would look like is anybody’s guess. He could be advising Luke from his spiritual afterlife, he could appear in some kind of flashback, or as previously theories on the podcast, he could prove to be an integral branch in Rey’s family tree.
Is There An Opening Crawl?
This is an unusual question, and almost certainly one that’s not worth answering. Of course there’s going to be an opening crawl. A list of questions posed by Buzzfeed following the trailer’s release pointed out that The Last Jedi seems to pick up right where we left off, seconds after the end of The Force Awakens. That begs the question of what an opening crawl would explain, other than recap the events of The Force Awakens. If this is the case, would you like to see a crawl? Does maintaining a format outweigh necessity in this case?
Are We Going To Recreate Characters Again?
There are bigger questions that could have made this list, but they’re the ones that we’ve already addressed in previous articles and on previous episodes of Blabba The Hutt, who Rey’s parents are and why did Kylo turn to the dark side? The one that we’re really interested in is whether the recreation of young Leia and Grand Moff Tarkin was a one-time trick or the beginning of a trend. The tragic death of Carrie Fisher unfortunately made this an even more pressing question. On the one hand, it would be wonderful if the story were able to press on with Leia as it may have intended. On the other, it also seems important to leave an actor’s work as authentic as possible, which might mean it’s better (and more respectful) to move on without further them.
As always, we would love to hear your thoughts on the above, we would also love to know what your burning questions are? Let us know in the comments below.
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