Star Wars is one of the greatest sci-fi franchise which has given rise to a cultural phenomenon never seen before in the history of Hollywood. The first cult classic franchise in Hollywood has always gifted its fan base with blockbuster movies that have ended up dominating the box office consecutively.
Star Wars is nothing short of a religion now. And we mean that in the literal sense, not just the metaphorical one. The Last Jedi is the most recently added one in almost a dozen movie strong franchise.
A cult classic as old and grand as Star Wars is bound to have followers. There are literally temples and cults that worship the Jedi and Sith order in the real world.
Star Wars is known mostly for three things – Lightsaber wielding Jedis, Aliens, and Spaceships. And all three have been provided in plenty in the Original Trilogy, the 1990s Prequel Trilogy and the current The Last Jedi Trilogy.
The latest trilogy is especially significant in this regard as Rian Johnson (the director and shot-caller of The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens) had promised that the current trilogy will add more planets, ships and species to the Star Wars saga.
Speaking of Ships, The Last Jedi has shown us what exactly The First Order is truly capable of. The First Order is the successor to the infamous Galactic Empire that toppled the benevolent Galactic Republic to start a reign of blood and violence throughout the galaxy.
The Empire was the interstellar superpower that made the Famous Death Star spaceship – A planet Killing superweapon that was fashioned out of a dead planetoid to function as a massive space station with an even more massive cannon to kill its targets.
The Death Star ended up getting destroyed but The First order surely learned from the Empire’ Legacy – Bigger is always better.
The First order created the Star Killer base. The Star Killer was basically a stationary death star that had a laser weapon that could destroy an entire solar system. But The First Order did not stop there. In The Last Jedi, the First Order showed their true capabilities when Supreme Leader Snoke’s lead ship The Supremacy entered the picture.
Snoke’s Mobile Fortress was truly massive. It had hangars that could house and repair multiple star destroyers on the go and had tens of thousands of First Order Starfighters that could literally swarm an entire enemy fleet.
But the question that now arises in everyone’s mind is – How is Snoke’s Ship different from Darth Vader’s Ship in A New Hope?
Both were massive and both had the ability to single-handedly destroy entire feet by themselves. So how is The Supremacy different from its predecessor? Quirkybyte has an answer.
“It’s a big flying city.” Kevin Jenkins, The Last Jedi’s design supervisor, says in The Last Jedi‘s Visual Dictionary. “Vader’s Executor is simply a headquarters, but Snoke doesn’t have a planet, so he lives on the ship.”
If you listen to his explanation closely, it all starts to make sense. Vader’s ship was a mobile headquarters while Snoke’s ship was a city in itself. When Vader was terrorizing the Galaxy with his efforts, the empire was already well and strong with the Rebels only a shadow of the Republic’s true strength.
He did not need a space-ship/ planet. Snoke cannot have that luxury. The Resistance is still strong enough to hit back at the First Order since they still possess enough forces to do so. Snoke is the mother lode of the First Order. If he dies, the Order dies.
And that is why they have to keep his location mobile and a secret. Snoke cannot stay in one position for long, let alone a planet. But if a ship does house Snoke, it must be big and capable enough to house someone of his stature. And this is where The Supremacy comes into the picture.
“Snoke’s Mega Destroyer, Supremacy, came pretty quick.” Jenkins revealed.
“We sat down and talked about the big Star Destroyer, and Rian [Johnson] said ‘What about a big flying wing? That might be cool.’ And I did only about six or seven shapes. He chose one, and then I worked up a painting that ended up in the moviescape [the collection of concept art that spans the entire film, chronologically] for the whole journey.”
“Very early on, I thought it would be cool to have Star Destroyer docking bays on the front or sides of the Mega Destroyer.” Jenkins said. “But Rian said ‘No, it’s getting too busy. That’s not Star Wars.’ or ‘We don’t need that.’ He was right: It comes back to that simplicity of design. We just kept returning to a huge flying wing.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now in theaters. And the preparations for the conclusive episode of the trilogy has begun. Millions of Star Wars fans are now tracking every small detail for the next episode after the successful run of Star Wars: Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the global box-office.
The director J.J. Abrams is coming back for Star Wars 9 with a lot of big ideas with screenwriter Chris Terrio who is working on a screenplay. He is promising fans that the conclusive installment will be unlike anything they have seen before. He intends to avoid repetitions and bring in many new elements onto the big screen.
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 assured the fans that Star Wars 9 will be truly different and satisfying. He feels if they can manage to tie in all the three trilogies, it would be a big accomplishment. The movie is set to be released on May 24, 2019.
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