Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Episode VIII Title

Alrighty folks, as I'm sure many of you saw yesterday, the full title for Star Wars Episode VIII was announced!  Drum roll please....

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to premier December 15, 2017.

My first reactions to this name was a) thankful that the writers went with something simple that sounded like it fit in with the Star Wars world and then b) a bit of disappointment.

I really want all three trilogies (the fact that there are three trilogies already makes me really happy--I love the symmetry) to rhyme and sort of mimic one another.

While I recognize the need for different stories to be told, I still like George Lucas' idea of having all of the movies and trilogies rhyme, each one a different stanza of the poem, but still coherent.

I like when books in a series follow a similar scheme: 

The Fellowship of the Ring, Being the First Part of the Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Being the Second Part of the Lord of the Rings, the Return of the King, Being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (etc.)

 Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant

Matched, Crossed, Reached

I really want the Star Wars movies to also keep to a pattern of sorts.  

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I know that it's not necessarily a trend since we only have two complete trilogies, but you only need two points to draw a line, so I am coming to conclusions on the names based on the original two trilogies.

The first film refers to a person.  A New Hope refers to Luke, the protagonist.  The Phantom Menace refers to Darth Maul, the antagonist.  The names mirror each other in their topic, but diverge just enough (one with a protagonist and the other with an antagonist) that it is just the right balance, in my opinion.  It's also perfect for the first film in a set because it introduces you to characters you are going to need to know, and tells you that they are going to be one of the main focuses of the film.

The second film so far has referred to events.  The Empire Strikes Back, and the Attack of the Clones both refer to enemy advances and wars.  This heightens the suspense in the series, and I think it's a good way to get movie goers to come back.

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The third film indicates how the series is going to end ever so subtly.  The Return of the Jedi indicates slightly that good will win out (hence the Jedi) while the Revenge of the Sith points out that evil will win in this case (i.e. Sith).  Also the "R---- of the ---" format is quite pleasing to my uber organization sensibilities.

The Force Awakens sadly broke the trend a bit.  It didn't really focus on a character, as the other two have.  This new title for the second film doesn't really focus on an event either.

Personally, even though I don't know much about what Episode VIII holds in store, I can't help but wonder if it would be better for the titles to actually switch.

The Last Jedi would appropriately refer to a character, Luke, who is a constant presence throughout Episode VII and is the motivation of a lot of what happens in the film (i.e. everyone is looking for him).

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The Force Awakens also refers to an event like the second movie in each trilogy has historically.  The other two trilogies have referred to negative actions (The Empire Striking Back and the Clones Attacking) but maybe it would be fitting for this final installment to switch things up in the end and note a positive event, The Force Awakening, you know, just to show that good does win in the end.

But okay, okay, The Force Awakens already exists and there is no going back.  It's too late to change.

Since no one really knows what's going to happen in Episode XIII it is too early to say for sure whether or not the name is a good one.  

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But maybe the name still hints at the story line, nevertheless?

The Last Jedi must be referring to Luke, right?  I mean, he is the last Jedi around.  But my assumption was that he would train Rey and maybe even Finn too, since he seems Force sensitive, and they would be Jedi also.  So he's not the last last Jedi, he's just the last one at the beginning.

Does that make any sense?

The final thing I want to mention as regards this name is the fact that it is kind of similar to Star Wars: The Last of the Jedi, a book series written by Jude Watson with Anakin and Obi-wan as the main characters.  I don't think that it will bear much into the movie at all (especially since these books are no longer canon) but I just thought it kind of odd the filmmakers would choose a name so close to an already existing and already Star Wars affiliated brand.

What do you think of the name?  Yea, or nay?

Are you super excited for Episode VIII: The Last Jedi?

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  1. I'm not sold on this title. It doesn't quite flow - and you'd think they could've come up with something more creative.

    1. Yes. Hopefully it has some sort of double meaning or hidden message that relates to the film--but we won't know until it comes out. As it is though, it's a bit simple.

  2. I like the title, but it concerns me deeply. I fear one of my beloved characters may have to die to make it true. v_v

  3. My first reaction was the proverbial "I have a bad feeling about this."

    *Sigh.* I think it's terrible. It sounds so ominous and depressing, and besides, it makes no sense. Luke was the first of the new Jedi in the original trilogy, and now, only 30 years after the Jedi *returned*, we're already down to the *last*?

    I don't like "The Force Awakens" because it completely undermines the events of the original trilogy. For instance, the Empire is back in power (just under a different label) as if the Rebellion had never occurred. And the Skywalker/Solo family is split up - I wanted to see them all together again - with each member acting totally out of character. It's like all the struggles and sacrifices in the original movies were all for nothing. Now it looks like that sorry pattern is going to continue in Episode VIII.

    - Ellen

    1. Haha, perfect!

      That is true.

      Hmm, maybe they'll double back and stick to the originals more. We shall see!!