Star Wars: The Last Jedi was more or less a blockbuster. The movie might have polarized its half a century old audience but it was still a hit at the Box Office. This episode was the definition of polarization as it split the fanbase into half. Never before this phenomenon has been witnessed after the release of a Star Wars film.
One one hand, a huge section of fans heaped massive amount of praise on the follow-up episode to ‘The Force Awakens’ as it brought in new elements and was a major departure from original Star Wars trilogy.
On the other hand, the reason for the massive criticism it garnered was due to the fact that Star Wars: The Last Jedi did not follow the same pace as the original movies. These fans are more traditional Star Wars admirers who became attached to the franchise because of old Lucas movies.
The greatest insult to The Last Jedi was that even the prequel trilogy was considered more adhering to the source materials better than the Last Jedi was. The Prequel Trilogy was a box office bomb. Yet the diehard fans of Star Wars still consider it in a higher regard than The Last Jedi. The Hate is real.
But the movie was not completely without its pros. It just crossed the 600 Million USD mark at the theaters. The Disney Banner may have interfered with Lucas Films’ proceedings and Disney-fied the movie (as the mouse house has been notoriously infamous for), but it is still fu**ing Star Wars!!
How could one not be excited?!?! How could not one watch this cultural phenomenon in the making?!?! The movie was good despite its major glaring flaws and chinks in the armor.
One of the most talked about points of the movie were Luke Skywalker’s return to Star Wars, Kylo Ren and his emo mode turncoat behavior. There were so many questions surrounding Luke’s character, some of them the movie did answer but a lot of them remained unanswered.
The Last Jedi tinkered with Luke Skywalker as he entered into uncharted territory which even Mark Hamill acknowledged that at first, he did not approve of it, but then he decided to follow director’s vision. He came a long way from dedicating himself to Jedi order to now having developed disdain for the organization at the time when he is being persuaded by Rey to revive it.
Once he learned about the prophecy about Ben Solo, the Chosen One, he would restore the balance blah blah. He introduced reforms into the “Jedi order” and started tracking movements of Han and Leia’s son. But when Ben found out that Darth Vader was his grandfather, he could not resist the Dark Force and became Kylo Ren.
Snoke was by far the most mysterious element of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. No one knew who he was. No one knew where he came from. No one even knew if Snoke was a Jedi or a Sith. No one knew his motivations.
All the fans ever knew that this ugly old bastard was the leader of the First Order and Kylo Ren’s teacher who taught the young Solo the Dark Arts of the force. Andy Serkis, the man who voices Supreme Leader Snoke told reporters in several interviews that he is the greatest evil that galaxy has ever seen.
In the movie, we saw how he was mind-controlling Kylo Ren and Rey at first but was so easily taken down by his own protege (atleast that’s what I thought). Well, some new information has come to light about Snoke. And it is earth shattering!!
The Working title of Star Wars eighth installment reveals quite a bit about Supreme Leader Snoke. The working title for Star Wars Episode IX is called Black Diamond. Star Wars buffs will readily recognize the name as a term belonging to Star Wars lore in a big way.
For the young padawans out there who still cannot figure it out, we will help you. Black Diamond is a clear reference to Carbonado. In Star Wars Universe, Carbonado is the toughest form of diamond to ever exist with a pitch black color. It has an obvious reference to Snoke and his origins within the Galaxy.
Spoiler Alert: The following paragraphs contain Major Spoilers for The Last Jedi. Look away or get in. Completely your call….
When the working title was revealed, the fans were left searching for answers. They finally found some. In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Supreme Leader Snoke was seen wearing a black diamond studded ring, the diamond being a relic taken from Darth Vader’s castle on the planet Mustafar.
The castle was built over a cave that was strong with the Force and was the sight of Vader’s greatest defeat. The Four Sages of Dwartii, the chief advisors to Emperor Palpatine of the Galactic Empire, also share a strong connection with Snoke’s ring.
So does the ring tell anything about the rise of Snoke and his First Order? When Snoke dies at the hands of Kylo Ren by being cut in half, the only thing that stays on the throne is his half cut hand with the ring on it.
The Ring could very well end in General Hux’s or (most probably) Kylo Ren’s hands. If that is the case, then the back story on Snoke could be explored further. Kylo is Vader’s Grandson after all. A connection between the two being further explored could be in the cards.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is already in theaters. The Official synopsis for the movie reads:
Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.
Well, the good news is that the director J.J. Abrams is returning to the driver’s seat for the ninth and last episode of this Star Wars trilogy. The screenwriter Chris Terrio is working on a screenplay. According to Terrio, the movie will make it amply clear that prequels are also “happening in the same universe” as new movies.
Many people complained that ‘The Force Awakens’ felt like a rehash of ‘New Hope’ with top-notch computer graphics, so Abrams has decided to create a spectacle by bringing new elements and at the same time paying tribute to the original trilogy and the prequels.
Here’s what he said in an interview:
“Well, it’s certainly something that I’m aware of now working on Episode IX – coming back into this world after having done Episode VII. I feel like we need to approach this with the same excitement that we had when we were kids, loving what these movies were. And at the same time, we have to take them places that they haven’t gone, and that’s sort of our responsibility.”
He has promised fans that it will be unlike anything they have seen before. It would be a big milestone if Abrams succeeds in tying all the three trilogies. So stay excited Star Wars fans.
Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just… do things