If you have not seen “The Last Jedi”, I would not read any further unless you are ok with spoilers. Everything that you are about to read are my guesses about the future of the franchise. It is all conjecture. I don’t have any inside contacts over at Disney. I’ve not seen any scripts. I am just a casual fan of the Star Wars franchise that also loves to analyze films, especially their use of foreshadowing and cultural themes. I’ve already done a general critique of what I didn’t like about the “Last Jedi.” Read it here So, without further ado, I present to you the Evangelical Libertarian’s predictions concerning the future direction of the Star Wars franchise.
First, I believe Disney is bringing the original storyline to an end in order to begin multiple new story lines. After Kylo Ren and Rey join forces to defend themselves against Snoke’s version of the Imperial Guard, they have an important, albeit brief verbal exchange. Kylo Ren’s words to Rey in that scene, along with their conversation on the way up to Snoke’s throne room in the elevator, I believe, give us the basic seeds that will blossom into the future of the franchise. Paraphrasing here, Kylo Ren tells Rey, “Let it all die. the Jedi, the Sith, the Empire, the Republic, all of it, let it all die.” I believe Disney is spelling out for us their intention. They are killing the original story line. After this series of films, I believe the Skywalker dynasty will end, as well as most of the links to the original films, except maybe legend references. These movies are Disney building a bridge out of the past and into the future. They are going to expand the franchise and create multiple story lines and merchandising opportunities. I’ll get into that next, including how I think the new story lines will come about.
Rey’s origins I believe were only partially explained in the “Last Jedi”. I think Kylo Ren’s vision of her past was accurate but incomplete. Rey, I believe is like Anakin, a force conception. In the cave, when she looked into the glass, she only saw herself. The people Kylo Ren saw in his vision and assumed to be her parents, will turn out to have been only her mother, likely being forced to sell her child in order to get drinking money for her husband because she was not his child and he knew it.
Here is the whopper prediction everyone. I believe Rey is the new Anakin and Kylo Ren is the new Vader. Wait, Kylo Ren the new Vader (sarcasm), everyone knows that EL. Hang with me a second here. Rey and Kylo are two sides of the same character, or the Force if you will. Rey is born on a desert planet into difficult circumstances, lonely, afraid, and different from everyone else because she is Force conceived. In her early years she will be, like Anakin, the hero and display fantastic powers. But, in the end she will become the villain. I think this will happen in the next film. Both Rey and Kylo’s visions of each other’s futures were accurate. He will turn back to the Light and she will turn to the Darkside of the force. When she first used the Force, she went straight to the darkside. Luke was shocked that she did not even resist. In contrast, Kylo could not kill Leia, and I believe he saved her by using the Force when she should have died. This will come out fairly early in the next film as well. The first two films, “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi” have gone out of their way to focus on Kylo Ren’s moral conflict. Rey tells Luke as she leaves to go to confront Kylo Ren in an attempt to turn him that he (Kylo Ren) is the Rebellion’s best hope now.
Though the original storyline is being ended, multiple new story lines are going to be established. I believe Rey is not the only force conception. This was foreshadowed at the very end of “The Last Jedi” when the orphan child that had helped Rose and Fin reached for the broom and drew it to himself without touching it. We are watching Disney let the old Jedi Order die to give birth to a new one. It is time for it to die, Luke tells us several times in “The Last Jedi.” Yoda confirms it by destroying the Tree that contained the ancient Jedi texts. He also confirms that it is time for the Jedi to die when speaking with Luke. Luke points out the arrogance of believing that the force would vanish with the original Jedi Order while training Rey. He tells Kylo Ren that “every word that he had just spoken was wrong,” that he, Luke would not be the last Jedi. The old Jedi Order will die and a new order will arise from force conceptions throughout the galaxy.
Lastly, I believe Rey and Kylo Ren will possibly kill each other as the climax of the next film. I think Rey will turn and do what all Sith do when they turn. Like Anakin and Kylo Ren before her, she will plan an attempt to kill all the young Force conceived Jedi in order to wipe out the new order before it can begin. I think Rey and Kylo Ren’s final fight scene will be Kylo Ren’s redemption scene, and it will involve him stopping her from hunting the new force conceived Jedi down in order to kill them. Rey and Kylo may join forces briefly in the next film, but in the end, she will be the villain and he will be the hero. Both will die to make way for new story lines that will involve all the new force conceptions. Also wherever there is light there is dark. We will also see some of these Force conceptions birth a new Sith order. Snoke tells us in the film that he knew that as Kylo Ren grew in strength, that there would be one among the Jedi who would rise with more or less equal power. Snoke assumed it was Luke, but it turned out to be Rey.
Another theory I have is that only Kylo Ren dies, slain by Rey’s hand, but in doing so he saves the Rebellion and the new Force conceptions. Rey, a non-Skywalker, lives on to train a new Sith Order to match the rise of the New Jedi Order.
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Born in 1972, I was a just old enough to see and enjoy the Star Wars saga when it first entered the consciousness of the American public. It is a badly acted movie that moves a little too slowly for today’s sophisticated movie-goers, but it had a great story line, a tremendous musical score, and cinematography like nothing we had ever seen before. We watched Star Wars, and then we watched the making of Star Wars on a fledgling channel called HBO, just to see how they pulled off all those (no pun intended) out of this world outer space shots. The exterior space landscapes were majestic. Kubrick himself couldn’t have done any better in that era. That is what really makes it a landmark film. It upped the ante. No one would really ever be happy with those cheesy Star Trek films again. I know I just offended a bunch of people. But, Darth Vader would force choke Ricardo Monteblan or Benedict Cumberbatch’s terrible, yet extremely angry Khan. And frankly a world where people educated themselves beyond war and poverty, (except the Borg and a few other ugly looking space species) is just not very imaginative. Star Trek is a too thinly veiled approximation of the authors political beliefs and has no real basis in any moral universe.
Then there were those terrible awful prequels. The acting was bad. The story was eh. I mean Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor were pretty good. So was Natalie Portman. The real problem with those movies is that they relied too much on technology. The one thing we always wanted when we were kids was more lightsaber fighting, but when we got it in the prequels, we realized why they didn’t do that much of it in the originals. It wasn’t just that it was a hard effect to create, it was climactic. They made us wait for it and long for it. That’s the art of making movies, and television too for that matter. Making the audience endure the whole story to get what they want in the end. The prequels were all action and no substance. All climax and no endurance. Like most things in life, when what you want comes easy, it is unsatisfying to you. The prequels were unrewarding because they were all reward.
Then Disney bought the rights and entered the fray. I thought the Force Awakens was unimaginative. It was a New Hope except with a girl and a different colored robot. I really enjoyed Rogue One. Good acting, good plot, good guys win yet die in the process, which is often how it happens in real life. It was a decent film. I also enjoyed (gasp) The Last Jedi. I know I’m not supposed to, but if you let the movie stand in its own right, it was entertaining and contained actual new and creative story line. But it was Dinsnyfied, and that is what I really dislike about the direction of the new installments.
In both Rogue One and the new Star Wars additions to the franchise the hero is a girl. I’m just weary of the politics of Hollywood. There is nothing wrong with the hero being a girl at all. Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia was as much a hero as Mark Hamil’s Luke Skywalker in the original films. Women are often heroes in film and in real life. One of my spiritual heroes is Amy Carmichael, the missionary to India in the early twentieth century. Margret Thatcher, the iron lady of Britain, who is hated by third wave feminists, was, in her own right, a wonderful leader whom I have a great deal of respect for. But it is not just that the lead character is a girl, but that she is a girl who is “following her heart” that really bugs me. I swear Disney doesn’t have a creative bone in its corporate body. When CGI Yoda shows up just as Luke is about to burn the Jedi tree down with all the Jedi books of wisdom, we all think, “awesome, Yoda will stop him, we need the ancient Jedi wisdom.” But when Luke falters and can’t bring himself do it, YODA BURNS IT DOWN! Then Yoda basically says that the Jedi books of wisdom were boring to start with, and that the girl Rea has “ALL THAT SHE NEEDS IN HER HEART!” So, in typical Disney fashion the movie is about a girl who is following her heart. It’s nauseating. It’s unoriginal. It’s pure Disneyfication. I enjoyed the movie but I absolutely hate the Disneyfication of the Saga that will surely continue as long as they are the ones making the films. I said to my children when I first heard that Disney had bought the rights to the franchise, jokingly, “Oh great, now Star Wars will be a movie about a girl who follows her heart.” We all laughed. It’s not funny now.
In a few days I’m going to write a blog describing where I believe the new films are headed as far as story line is concerned. Whether you like the films or not, I think you’ll find my predictions thought provoking, and I hope you’ll take the time to read and comment on it when it hits the net later this week or early next.
Tom Hanks New Movie “The Post” Is Pure Media Propaganda
About a year ago my wife and I started watching the show “Blacklist”, the show that thrust James Spader back into the spotlight. I enjoy the show and am glad to see Spader make a come back, if for no other reason than nostalgia. We still watch the show, we just can’t binge watch it any more as we are caught up to the current season. What struck me about the show, coming to it so late, is the “New Cold War” theme that shows up in the first two seasons. You know, the two seasons that were written and filmed before the “New Cold War” began, before the Russians were the demon behind every bush. The idea struck me while watching “Blacklist” that the themes were planted in the script to get us ready for what was coming, Russian involvement in the Middle East, Russian hacking, and the resurgence of Russia on the world’s stage as a major power. Hollywood was priming the pump for us to re-receive the Russians as our new nemesis, moving them back into a role that they had already once previously occupied. It was like my childhood, with Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen inspiring the youth of America to want to fight those dirty no good Ruskies in “Red Dawn”. Interestingly, Red Dawn was also re-made just prior to the beginning of the “New Cold War” too.
The War on Terror was winding down, and with China as our most favored national trading partner, America needed a new enemy and it couldn’t be them. It had to be one that Europe could fear too. We can’t let Britain, France, and Germany start thinking for themselves. And if you want to make F.I.S.A. courts a permanent part of the American judicial structure you need a new vastly more powerful boogeyman that can rig elections and effect the the homeland in order to get the public in an uproar… right?
Since I first noticed these themes in Hollywood a little over a year ago, I started paying closer attention to what is being released into my Netflix que. My wife loves the new show “The Brave”, and asked me to watch an episode with her. After five minutes of watching it I turned to her and said, “Darling, this is pure unadulterated propaganda.” A team of lethal American military operators roam the world snuffing out our enemies on foreign soil that they are generally not suppose to be on. Computer geeks in a blacked out room give them orders with plausible deniability. If they get caught we never knew they were there. Of course this is a candid admission that we actually do this kind of stuff all the time. The powers that be are just getting us used to the idea, making it palatable for us. Enticing us to emotionally invest in the characters so that when the real ones are discovered in the real world we will be in their corner without ever asking the hard question, “Should we be waging war on foreign soil without a declaration of war?” “Are we morally right to do so?”
Does all this sound like you should be wearing a tinfoil hat while reading it? Here’s a little additional reading on the subject to illustrate the point.
But governments aren’t the only organizations that can run psychological operations using the media. The media themselves have learned from their handlers, and they have gotten pretty good at manipulating the public. Let me explain what I mean.
I just got done watching “The Greatest Showman”. I don’t like musicals at all. People singing and dancing when they should be talking is weird to me. One of the previews they showed before the movie started was for the new Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep drama called, “The Post”. It is about the Nixon Whitehouse and damaging leaks regarding the governments outright lies concerning the Vietnam War. But truthfully, that’s not what I think it is really about.
Over the past few years the fourth estate in this country has taken it on the chin. The entire 2016 election cycle was disastrous for the media. President Trump’s election was accomplished despite everything that they could throw at him. He spent practically no money against the media’s darling, Hillary Clinton, and still won the election. Since day one of his presidency the media has been actively trying to have him impeached, but to no avail. CNN is running a twenty-four hour a day negative campaign against him. And yet, he sits in the Oval Office tweeting away insults at them all day long and all they can do is gnash their teeth. This just goes to show how far the mighty have fallen. No one believes a word that the New York Times or The Washington Post print outside of Manhattan and Washinton D.C.. The hashtag #fakenews is everywhere. The Twittersphere fact checks the media ruthlessly. Bloggers are constantly ruining their story paradigms and alternative news sources report news from a different angle so that their is a variety of perspective. The internet has destroyed the corporate media’s monopoly on information. It has rankled them so much that they have been trying to get laws passed to proclaim them the official news service of the State, and bloggers as State sanctioned “fake news”. Sound far fetched? Then you forgot this story from 2013.
People have options now that they didn’t have before. Television news as we all once knew it is over, even in its current cable infotainment model. Print media is finished. But they, the establishment media, still believe that they can recover their lost reputation and cultural influence.
So what is “The Post” really about? It is a drama that shows the corporate media in a positive light. It makes them the hero of the story. The bad government men are thwarted by “The Post”, short for “The Washington Post”, which of course portrays their journalists as a virtuous group of people concerned with getting the American people the truth in order to take down the evil Whitehouse. It is, at the same time, both the media’s attempt to recover their former glory, and a wet dream (I’m sorry to be course here) about destroying Trump as they did Nixon. It is the leftist elite intellectuals in the U.S. entertainment complex running a psychological operation on the public, nothing more, nothing less.
Go and see it if you want to, just see it for what it is, a myth, like Harry Potter or Fantasia. Hanks and Streep are fantastic actors and I’m sure they’ll help sell us a compelling and entertaining story. But that will be all that is is, a story. Hollywood can tell a good story, no doubt. But their stories are about as historically accurate as Grimm’s Fairy Tales. And honestly, that’s kind of an insult to Mr. Grimm, who I hold in much higher esteem than The Washington Post or their Hollywood allies.