It's time for the Jedi to end.
Holy Hammerheads on Hoth! This past week Orlando, Florida was the site of the 2017 Star Wars Celebration, and big news came out of that event like a flaming A-Wing through a Star Destroyer command tower.
First, and foremost there was a panel on the upcoming film, Star Wars - The Last Jedi, that included this trailer! Take a look...
Now before I get started with my thoughts on Star Wars, the trailer, the other news, and whathaveyou, can I just say -
There is usually one moment in each of the new teasers, and/or trailers that captures my imagination more than any other, and for some reason this one and the subsequent, related images are just it for me. Wow. Just...wow. So cool.
Anyway...the new Star Wars - The Last Jedi teaser trailer doesn't give us very much actual information, but in my humble opinion it does a fine job of doing what teaser trailers should do - it gets you excited for the film.
In addition to neat imagery, and classic Star Wars sounds, and music, it shows each of our heroes, new and old, engaged in activities that clearly press on from the previous film. Well, except maybe Finn. In the end of the last movie, The Force Awakens, he's pretty banged up and he seems to be taking his time healing his injuries here. My guess is that they don't want to show too much. Personally though, I can't wait to see John Boyega back in action. I like him, and I like Finn.
Rey is training with Luke Skywalker to be...wait...hold on a second...a Jedi right? Something else? Luke's ominous line at the end of the teaser makes my fanboy mind explode with possible meanings! Could this be alluding to a new type of Force wielder? I can hardly wait to find out!
As for Poe...poor Poe...he is the typical Star Wars RPG pilot character. The GM is always messing with him by taking out his ship. He isn't even in them when they get trashed! Damn, that's cold.
Oh, did I mention how freakin' cool those speeders racing over the ash, and red dust planet look? I did? Well they do.
Other news out of the Star Wars Celebration was that Star Wars Rebels, the CGI animated series on Disney XD will be receiving a fourth and final season. That's right! Four seasons and done! What's up with that? I guess it makes sense. End while you are still hot. End on your own terms. OK, I like it.
Check out the trailer:
But what will the animation team do next, eh? Unclear is the future. Difficult to see.
Finally, Star Wars Battlefront II, a sequel to the popular reboot of the Battlefront franchise is also coming soon, with a story mode focused on a heroic female character on the side of the Empire. Hold on. Did I read that right? I did. Wow. OK then. Nice.
I have to admit I was really excited about Battlefront, but gave up on it pretty quickly as I am not especially good at those kind of computer games, and found this one in particular to be frustrating and very difficult. I probably won't get Battlefront II, but I do like the idea behind it. I will probably check out some of the streaming videos of people playing it who, unlike myself, know what they're doing.
Does this rekindle my desire to run a Star Wars RPG? Yes.
Will I get around to doing so? No. Not anytime soon.
With too many other projects on my plate, and the new film still roughly 8 months away, I think I'll hold off any plans to start prepping for a game I could barely get off the ground even if I wanted to. My current crop of players just don't get jazzed about Star Wars the way my old groups did.
Still, pretty excited for all the upcoming material and to follow up on other rumors, and such that came out of the show (more on those when I have more solid information).
Until then...May The Force Be With You!