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– by Seth McDonald

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, director Rian Johnson introduced fans to new Force abilities. From Supreme Leader Snoke melding the minds of Rey and Kylo, giving them the ability to speak to each other over long distances to Luke Skywalker projecting his likeness far across the galaxy. Johnson recently spoke with IGN and gave insight into the projection scene. Specifically, he specified why Luke appeared in a younger form, and why he had Anakin’s lightsaber:

“[Luke] is basically tailoring this projection to have maximum effect on Kylo. He knows that Kylo’s Achilles heel is his rage, and so that’s why he kind of makes himself look younger, the way Kylo would’ve last seen him in their confrontation at the temple, and that’s why he decided to bring Kylo’s grandfather’s lightsaber down there — the lightsaber that Kylo screamed at Rey, ‘that’s mine, that belongs to me.'”

But that lightsaber split in half, right?

“We as an audience saw that… The truth is, we see the lightsaber split in half — Kylo sees a blinding flash of light and is knocked unconscious, and then Rey takes the lightsaber away before he wakes up. So if you really want to dig into it and get an explanation, you can say that he doesn’t 100 percent know what happened to the lightsaber.”

RELATED: The Last Jedi: Director Rian Johnson Explains Those Force Connection Scenes

While I still feel sort of ‘meh’ about the film overall, after watching it a second time I did find more to enjoy. The mind melding by Snoke was great, and while Luke projecting himself was truly an impressive feat, I still feel it denied fans one last, actual lightsaber duel from Luke Skywalker.

Speaking of Force projecting, how many of you readers think Supreme Leader Snoke was also Force projecting in his throne room? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Source: IGN

  • Lenin1959

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    Ah, whatever. The worst thing happened with episode VIII: I don’t care anymore about the new trilogy. Never expected this could ever happen.

    • The Down Voter

      “I don’t care anymore about the new trilogy”

      Doesn’t care but keeps crying about it online.

      Makes sense.

      • Lenin1959

        If this is crying to you, you must be new to Earth. Welcome, oh alien visitor from Planet Troll! Aaaand blocked because I am not interested in news from your cave! 😋

        • The Down Voter

          Can’t take heat huh?

          Good riddance, crybaby neck-beard.

  • Jesl

    I’m 100% with you pal!

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I only have one question about the so-called Force Projection.
    How come Lukes image doesn’t affect the dust on the ground to make a red mark, but when the First Order fires on him he gets dust on his shoulder?

    • Danny B

      It doesn’t – he made that gesture as a ‘Fuck you’ and to keep up appearances – thats my thought anyway….

  • Triple M

    More apologizing

    • The Down Voter

      The movie came out a month ago, you miserable mess.

      Move on and stop crying on the internet.

      • Triple M

        The movie came out a month ago, and you’re reading and commenting…why exactly?

        I mean apart from the name calling and the tantrum.

        • The Down Voter

          Hey I know, go make another angry petition or review bomb some more.

          • Triple M

            More tantrums? Get in line with Johnson.
            He can apologise, you can get mad about people not liking it.

            As for review bombing… your actual name is ” down voter ”
            I see irony isn’t your strength either.

  • TheFrank

    It’s looking like this film will fall somewhere between 65-70% domestic revenue when compared to TFA. Right now, it’s still around 70% but the theater count is going to begin to drop now that the contract Disney had with theaters ends (no screens dropped for 1st 4 weeks). However, the fact that this film has bombed in comparison to what it should have made is going to make a lot of theaters think twice when Disney comes around the next time with Ep. 9.

    There is no getting around the fact that this film is a dumpster fire for Disney. This film should’ve sailed past $700m easily; Instead, it’s struggling just to get to $650m (and, with the theater count drop, it might not even reach THAT). With any other movie, $650m would be phenomenal; For a Star Wars film featuring two of the original trilogy stars…? With all of the built-in advantages of the Christmas / New Year’s timeframe…?

    The fact that Jurassic World is still hanging around close to TLJ speaks volumes to how bad TLJ did at the box office relative to what it should have done. Wow.

    The fact that Disney couldn’t do better than Lucas when it came to holding audience from the 1st to 2nd in a trilogy says a lot. And the fact that Deadpool 2 now starts a week BEFORE “Solo”? Wow. Solo might not even get a #1 for any week that it’s in theaters. Imagine those headlines.

    • Kronx

      TLJ has made $1.2 billion globally and is the number 6 film of all time, domestic. That’s not a dumpster fire.

      Speaking of Lucas, Empire made 55% of what Star Wars did and less than what RotJ made. AotC made 61% of what TPM did. TLJ is at 60% of TFA box office.

      • Unc Sam

        “TLJ has made $1.2 billion globally and is the number 6 film of all time”

        Can’t see any reason why, if TLJ was a decent product, it wouldn’t have eclipsed TFA’s total.

        It certainly had everything going for it including but not limited to great marketing, good will to the brand, Fishers farewell performance, Hamill returning, increased ticket prices, favourable terms extracted from cinema chains, largest ever range of fans (original generation+ prequel generation+ sequel generation) etc.

        2.2-2.5bn seems a pretty reasonable take for a decent movie with so many advantages.

        • Kronx

          I think it’s more that TFA had bigger advantages, nostalgia, curiosity, Abrams, etc. giving it better numbers perhaps than it should have had.

          Empire was a superior movie in many ways to Star Wars, but it made 68% of what Star Wars did (55% if you adjust for inflation). People just don’t turnout in the same numbers for part 2 of 3.

          I think the first real reality check will come with Episode 9. I think it’s going to have disappointing numbers. Some of it will be fan alienation from Episode 8, but I think most of it comes from the fact that the First Order and Kylo Ren just aren’t very intimidating.

          Honestly, the whole thing would have played out better if Rey had turned and a fatally wounded Luke had rescued Ben at the end.

          • Unc Sam

            Completely agree re episode 9. Really feels like they’ve needlessly written themselves into a corner with the change of direction taken in 8.

            The FO are pretty pathetic, Hux fares poorly against Tarkin or Piett, he’s just comedy relief. Ren is all passion, angst and no threat – he doesn’t have his grandfathers menace or Palpatines intelligence (mistake offing Snoke on that part I felt). He’s also been bested in combat at almost every opportunity which hardly adds to his legend.

            Crushed by the weight of his failure with Ben Solo and under pressure from Snoke I’d have like Luke to have fallen to the dark side. Would have saved him from being the Yoda analogue they used him for while keeping the character central for the final movie in what is afterall the Skywalker saga.

        • Lenin1959

          Because TFA was sort of A New Hope (pun intended) for all Star Wars fans that didn’t like Lucas’ prequel trilogy. That hope crashed and burnt so the next episode made a lot less money. And that episode VIII is a brave attempt at something new but unfortunately a failed attempt does not help its box office either.

    • Kratos

      the movie is a shithole.