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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi has officially hit theaters over on the other side of the Atlantic. And by around this time, many folks over there have seen this film — and if you’re reading this, so have you. If not, I’d click away until either tonight or tomorrow morning when you have.

In this special episode of Los Fanboys, I go deep into Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I walk through the big twists and turns in an effort to justify that ridiculous A+ rating I have it in my spoiler-free review, WHICH YOU CAN READ HERE!

Sure, I loved the film, but what did you think of it, and what do you have to say about my rambly musings in the podcast? Let us know what you think down below. I may have talked for a solid 50 minutes, but I’d like to think this is the start of a conversation, first and foremost.

So sound off down below!

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  • Alejo Contreras

    Still mourning…

    • Joseph Jammer Medina

      No good for you?

      • Alejo Contreras

        The best star wars since Empire actually… But I cried like a child with the twin suns sequence

        • Shieldwolf

          Now THAT is a good reaction to the movie. 🙂 It was perfect symmetry,

  • Gonna have to sleep on it I think.

  • Unc Sam

    Need to see it again, but leaving the cinema I didn’t have the buzz I had from the other 2 most recent movies.

    It bothered me how incompetent the First Order were. Very little threat from them at all, the galaxy could just leave them to their own devices and Hux would somehow manage to kill them all. Compare with the lethal and decisive Empire from last years Rogue One.

    The answers for who Snoke and Rey are felt like cop-outs (particularly Snoke).

    Some major plot holes in this cut of the movie, Fin’s storyline didn’t do his character justice, much of Poe’s rebellious story line felt forced.

    Can anyone tell me why the FO didn’t obliterate the Resistance ship with thousands of fighters?

    • DAH

      Same, Im not very happy about the ‘Snoke’ situation…since to me he was one of the most interesting characters in the new trilogy with lots of potential and Serkis’s performance was spectacular, However its the poor buggers like my cousin, who have been buying all the new ‘canon’ novels like ‘Aftermath’ for the promised clues about Snoke….only for them to find out….well you know….well played Disney..well played…Ka-Ching!!

      • Unc Sam

        Yeah…..

        For me Star Wars is always at its best when the bad guys are properly bad. Slapstick comedy relief just doesn’t cut it.

        Snoke…wtf were they thinking…..

    • Alejo Contreras

      Who WAS snoke?

      • Yerko Vidal Cvitanic

        Yeah maaan, they totally cut him off

        • Alejo Contreras

          He really got screwed because of the director’s cut

    • Kronx

      I’m not claiming the FO is in any way competent, but they do explain their strategy in the movie. The resistance ship is able to stay far enough way for the FO not to send fighters. If pressed, the FO might have sent ships anyway, but their strategy is to save resources and simply wait 18 hours for the fuel to run out.

      Of course, they could’ve simply sped up their own ships and forced the resistance ship to use its fuel faster.

      My theory is that Snoke intentionally surrounds himself with incompetent people so that if they try to overthrow him they can be beaten.

      • Unc Sam

        I think my problem with that line (it was something like “don’t go too far ahead or the fleet won’t be able to support you”) is that it’s never been an issue in any SW before. Also, the fighters didn’t seem to be in any obvious danger, Ren and his wingmen were able to inflict pretty heavy damage. A couple of missiles to the engines and they’d have saved everyone the wait.

        It just had poorly-thought-out-plot-device written all over it.

    • Brafdorf

      Empire were idiots in the originals too. The Stormtroopers were even more mindless

      Rey is still to be revealed. And Snoke could still be alive – we just don’t know.

  • Katie

    Let down tbh. I was looking forward to learning more about Snoke but nope, Rey oh she’s a nobody umm ok and now Luke is dead?! I can only take so much until I leave the theater disappointed.

    • Rolta

      I agree. What’s left to be interested in now? Also, the main thing with the originals was they had a likable set of characters. There’s nobody left now who is interesting at all, especially not amongst the earnest characterless rebels. Episodes 7 and 8 represent a try hard Disney version of star wars, but they’re all bluster. This building a rebellion has been in at least three of the nine films so far. I also have no idea what motivates the first order, even less so now drilling kylo ren is the main baddie left. He’s maybe one of the more interesting characters, but never as the main dominant antagonist. He has had no motivation other than to serve snoke. So remind me why snoke is his main enemy again?

      Actually, in this movie I mainly think kylo ren is lame.

      • SC Polt

        He’s more brat that evil. If he were truly evil, then you could understand why Luke feels guilty about training him. Instead, we get Luke pouting because he trained a bratty millennial. Welcome to the club.

    • Alejo Contreras

      Actually… Leia’s kryptonian Origin was the biggest let down of all.

      • Katie

        Nah maybe one day we will get her backstory in a Leia vs Superman movie.

        • Alejo Contreras

          Leia x Mary Poppins

        • Kindofabigdeal

          Save Padme…
          Why did you say that name?!

  • Neil Pye

    needed more boobs.

  • Kronx

    Loved it, though it did feel like an Empire/Jedi mashup at parts, I loved everything they did with Luke. I get why Hamill wasn’t quite onboard at first, but it makes sense when you get to the end of it all.

    I wasn’t a fan of Finn and Rose’s side quest. The results of it are worth it, but it could’ve been a lot more efficient and less preachy.

    You can tell that this movie was written after reading messageboards though. It takes a look at the moral grey areas of everyone involved that have been debated for quite a while. Plus, I swear they must have read my posts about not needing a Death Star when you can move something at the speed of light.

  • the50sguystrikesback

    With Leia surviving, I wonder if they’re considering a recast for Episode IX after all.

    • Yerko Vidal Cvitanic

      Been thinking about that too…. They gonna have to, if the they not gonna kill her off in the beginning of the movie… 3d style

    • Alejo Contreras

      Ep.IX Will get a 10yr flash forward, getting out a la Henry Jones Sr.

      • Kindofabigdeal

        We named the porg Indiana.

    • Brafdorf

      cgi

  • Deathstroke936

    It looked good… Other than that, biggest disappointment of the year… Whoever said they ripped off Battlestar Galactica, was right. Two biggest gripes, Luke’s intention with his own nephew… (just wrong in every way) and it became boring at times… First boring SW movie… Only biggest of fanboys (and critics) can overlook this and say this was good… Plot, story and pacing issues really hurt it

    I asked my kids if they wanted to rewatch, and they asked for Coco instead … (You should too)

    • Alejo Contreras

      I’d definetly rewatch coco

    • Games

      The whole theater was cheering in this. I am not exaggerating. The whole crowd was screaming. They loved it. Yeah, it is fanboys that liked it. SMH. It is the fanboys that complain constantly, who said TFA was too much like other ST movies and now it is fanboys that are saying TLJ is not enough like ST movies. You need to just watch Episodes 4 and 5 and leave the rest for people that actually like ST.

      • Kindofabigdeal

        Are you talking about Star Trek?

        • Games

          What are you talking about? 😉

    • HaroldNMaudeDib

      Funny. Lucas sued the original Battlestar Galactica back in the 70s for ripping him off. Now here we are 40 years later and the Star Wars reboot rips off teh Battlestar Galactica reboot. May you live in interesting times.

  • Derrve

    Can’t say I enjoyed it. I thought the story line was good it just didn’t seem like star wars.
    Introducing a new force ability in the movie, the leia thing! Snokes exit. No real use of the original droids. What was the point of bring Phasma back? And Lukes character was wrong for me. It was trying to add the humour of Yoda from Empire and missed the mark. The intro of him was stupid. But done more for comedy effect. The original movies were supposed to be about the sky walkers but now the only relatable person left is a solo.
    And don’t get me started on the one-liners. The opening sequence was shocking and to human relatable IMO.

    • Deathstroke936

      The Leia Thing!!! LOL. I thought to myself… Is she kryptonian…?

      • Derrve

        hahaha exactly!

      • Alejo Contreras

        I hated that part

    • Games

      So a Jedi can pick things up, throw things around, tell people what to say but can not float in space and pull themselves towards an object? Seriously? Darth Vader stole a gun right out of a guys hand. But Leia pulling herself is too far for you?

      • Derrve

        Yeah basically. It’s the fact that she’d been blown into space. And then floated back. Just seemed about off for me. I think maybe it was the way it was filmed. If it had been a sudden pulling instead I may have believed it a little more.
        Hey this is just my thoughts. I’m not saying it’s right or wrong.

        • Games

          You are too much. It is obvious that you were looking for something to dislike walking into the movie. If you hadn’t been one 30 second scene would not be your issue for disliking a whole movie. This is literally a story about wizards with magical powers, doing stuff with their minds. Yet a woman floating in space is the straw that broke the camels back. You can see the idiocy in this right? There is not Written book about what a Jedi can and can’t do. Actually, throughout their history they can all do different stuff. Maybe next time don’t nitpick every moment of a movie and instead enjoy it for being a wild ride, which it is.

          • Derrve

            I don’t believe that I ever put this down as being the only reason I didn’t enjoy the movie. In fact I state that the story is a good story. I just had issues with some things in it and it felt as a result that it had been taken to far and it didn’t feel like a Star Wars movie to me. I’d actually gone into the movie expecting it to be amazing. I’d tried to stay away from the trailers so it didn’t spoil anything for me and was quite hyped. But you can presume to know exactly what I was thinking because I have a difference of opinion.

          • Games

            Good we are in agreement. I do know exactly what you are thinking.

          • Derrve

            If you say so

          • Kindofabigdeal

            There is a book about what a Jedi can and can’t do. It was in the movie.

          • Games

            You read it? Tell me what it said?

          • Kindofabigdeal

            In the glossary when you look up The Last Jedi it simply says “That’s not how the Force works.”

          • Games

            Right next to that it says, “Thanks for contributing to our success, now go buy a stuffed Porg! See you next movie which you know you will see because you just can’t help yourself.”

    • Brafdorf

      Ben Solo is also a Skywalker moron
      Leia is his mother

  • Triple M

    It wasn’t as bad as TFA… but that’s about all I can say for it.

  • Alejo Contreras

    Having slept on it.. I still believe it’s the best Skywalker saga movie since ESB… but it’s still plagued with some issues that could’ve been done with Better taste:

    Leia-el

    Slowest chase

    Snoke

  • the50sguystrikesback

    Rian did a good job, but the direction he took SW in
    was FAR from groundbreaking (OR original).

    AND…
    I am SO glad that Rian also retread some original trilogy material
    (i.e. Ren bringing Rey before Snoke).

    Now all you smug a$$es who ragged on J.J. Abrams for doing it
    (thinking Rian Johnson was above repetition) can STHU!

  • the50sguystrikesback

    Just THINKING about what J.J. will do with the rebirth of the Rebellion and a deranged, power-hungry Kylo Ren bent on turning Rey or destroying her…I’m gettin’ goosebumps already. 🙂

  • Film Fillet

    Nearly all the critics love it. It seems a majority of fans are disappointed, myself included. I really didn’t like it. If you say ‘The Last Jedi’ very, very, very slowly, it sounds exactly like ‘retcon’.

    • Games

      No it is a vocal minority that run to the internet to complain that dislike it. Typical fanboys. They love to hate. Nothing more.

      • Film Fillet

        Come back with something more original than ‘typical fanboys’ it’s so boring and unfounded – you’re most likely a ‘feed me any shit and I will lap it up’ kinda guy…

        • Games

          get your panties out of a bunch. It is obvious you have been called this one too many times. If the shoe fits…

    • Brafdorf

      Most people are waiting for something that just isn’t possible.

      People shit on Force Awakens too. They’re going to shit on the next one too.

  • Veteran

    Con: Worst CGI of any Star Wars Film.
    Pro: Best Lightsaber fight of any Star Wars Film

  • SC Polt

    I didn’t hate it, but it wasn’t great. When you step back you realize nothing much happens. The film starts out with rebels running away from the First Order and at the end they are still just running away (albeit fewer of them). It was basically a slow motion chase throughout the entire movie. With a film being as long as The Last Jedi, and being a Star Wars movie, there will still be scenes and moments that are great and make you giddy (Snoke v Rey v Kylo scene was fantastic). While the Rey/Kylo stuff was good, it’s a lot less interesting to have both characters simply dabble with “turning” and then basically go back to their respective corners. Again, even character-wise, the film nudges them along without having much by way of arc.

    The Finn subplot was terrible, and if taken out, would have really improved the film overall. Also, Kylo does not make a good villain. We never see him as truly evil, and if we did, I could buy more that Luke would feel guilty about allowing him to become the next great villain. Basically, Luke was responsible for training a brat, and that probably covers about 75% of parents and teachers. So I don’t get Luke’s guilt.

  • Games

    This was an amazing movie. Gripping and had the whole theater buzzing the whole time. They nailed the story and I am truly excited for what is coming next. It was so much fun being in the giant theater and having so many people be invested in the characters, on the edge of their seats and clapping at the best parts. I love the new direction they are going and this movie opens up so many new opportunities. My whole family wanted to go see the next one. Will wait till next weekend!

  • The Last Jedi was garbage. I absolutely hated it. Some of the worst writing in the saga. Mis-used characters who were completely wasted and nothing made any sense.

    Super Leia, last daughter of Krypton was retarded. She should have died in space. I thought that was perfect and then I was like WTF? She lived AND used a force power no Sith or Jedi in history has ever wielded? I’m cool with her being able to use the force on some level but for fuck sakes.

    Also Snoke… How the fuck are you gonna kill a character you spent all this time shrouding in mystery and darkness in the blink of an eye? Especially when he was throwing the guy who killed him around like a rag doll 10 minutes previous. He gives no explanations of any kind for himself, his red guard, his ship, for obtaining the first order, his power, his history, his knowledge, his intentions. He literally speaks about nothing, nothing is said and then he’s killed like a side character? WHAT IN F@CK is wrong with you Rian?

    And then Dr. Strange Luke comes to save the day as an astral projection? Are you kidding me? He never even ignites a lightsaber in the film even once, doesn’t fight at all, just spends the entire film wallowing in self-pity and then dies a miserable, useless death completely un worthy of a saviour of the galaxy, un-worthy of the man who confronted Vader, resisted the emperor and restored the light to the galaxy. Are you kidding me???????? What a completely disgusting and utter mis-use of such a beautiful Hero.

    It honest to god felt like Rian Johnson hated everything JJ did and tried to undo it all. Rian has a severe mis-understanding of Star Wars on very fundamental level. He just doesn’t get it. KOTOR had an infinitely better and much more interesting story than any of these films. This was horrible. In some ways even worse than the prequels.

    I’ve completely lost faith in this franchise. There were some decent moments in this film, but they were marred by idiotic and horrible moments that ruined not just this film but destroyed what happened in the previous films.

  • Darth Kaos

    The worst SW movie Ever.

  • Brafdorf

    this is the first new Star Wars that stands with the originals

  • HaroldNMaudeDib

    Even more proof that Kathellen Kennedy is a moron. Maybe hold off on giving a guy an entire new trilogy until the actual audience has seen it?

    • Kindofabigdeal

      HA. I wonder if they will try and do some DC Comics back peddling away from Johnson and his trilogy.

  • Loveblanket

    I’m an old school fan that saw the originals as a kid and did not like the prequels. I liked E7 and loved Rogue One and my view on TLJ is that it’s a steaming pile of shit with plot holes that almost made me laugh out loud and solutions to those plot holes that were obvious to everyone I went to see it with including my friends 11 year old. The best part of this mess is that when asked why we didn’t see Lando in the film, Johnson said they didn’t have a way to fit the character in. Really? You couldn’t see Lando Calrissian settle down after the fall of the empire and becoming the owner of a swank casino not wanting to go through another war with the first order? They show up and try to get help from him and he refuses to get involved until they tell him about Han and then he sets up a meeting with a contact to try to help them. Seems pretty straight fucking forward to me. And did someone remove everything from the first order ships? You know like radios to call for reinforcements, fighters that already showed they could catch the ships, or missiles that wouldn’t be affected by their shields, or their own lightspeed engines they could use to jump on top of the rebel fleet, or even order something crazy like a suicide lightspeed attack by a smaller ship into the rebel flagship JUST LIKE HOLDO DID TO THEM!!! This movie is so poorly written and so plain fucking stupid it actually made me angry. No movie has affected me like that since Episode 1. The worst sin was finally making Kylo interesting even revealling a great motivation for his move to the dark side, and then they ruin it by not completing his redemption and turning him into a cackling marvel villain by the end. I mean we know what will happen in E9, Kylo will be killed and the rebels will win again because with no other enemy powerful enough to challenge Rey or Kylo, he can’t possibly be redeemed and they won’t end the saga with the bad guys winning. Jesus, it’s been two days and I’m still pissed about a dumb movie.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.