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The Jedi Lounge: Interview With Kelly M

This week at the Jedi Lounge, we are interviewing Kelly M who runs the great Team Ahsoka website!

1. Which Star Wars movie did you see first?
A New Hope, which I saw on television (or possibly VHS) in the late 1980s. It was quite literally my first step into a larger world.

2. What Star Wars means to you?
To me, Star Wars isn’t just the pinnacle of captivating and imaginative storytelling; it’s an integral part of my life. And it’s something I’ve been able to share not just with close friends and family but, thanks to social media, with countless other fans around the world. I’ve made quite a few good friends with people I’ve met online (my husband included).

3. What’s your favorite part of the Star Wars saga and why? (it can be one of the eight movies or even one of the tv shows)
This is a tough one as I’m pretty fond of all the movies and spin-off media. If I had to pick just one part, I’d choose The Clone Wars TV series as it did a spectacular job of fleshing out the themes and characters from the prequel trilogy and it gave us a glimpse into the realities of a galaxy-wide war from various points of view.
It also introduced a wide range of exciting and well-written original characters including my all-time favourite Star Wars character, Ahsoka Tano. I honestly can’t recommend this series enough to fans of the saga and urge those who disliked the prequel trilogy to give The Clone Wars a shot. It may even change the way you feel about the prequels.

4. If you had to choose a subtitle that sums up the Star Wars saga what would it be for you?
“Never give up hope, no matter how dark things seem”. This fortune cookie from The Clone Wars episode ‘The Wrong Jedi’ sums up the entire saga perfectly. And it’s great life advice!

5. What do you think of having anthology movies that don’t focus on the Skywalker saga and tell other stories ? And which anthology movies would you like to see in the upcoming years ?
As much as I love the Skywalker saga, I’m glad Lucasfilm and Disney have been bold enough to push on with their plans to create more anthology films. Lucasfilm had already begun to explore the wider galaxy in The Clone Wars and Star War Rebels (even if these tie into the saga in some way) so it’s great to see that they’re carrying on this tradition in the form of standalone films. It’s a big galaxy, after all, and I’m sure every inhabitant has a story to tell.
What I would really love to see is a Siege of Mandalore film, be it live action or animated (ideally the latter). Rogue One was a perfect lead-in for A New Hope, tying together the prequel and original trilogies. A Siege of Mandalore film would be the ideal set-up for Revenge of the Sith and E.K. Johnston’s Ahsoka novel. I know a LOT of Clone Wars fans would love to see Ahsoka, Rex, and co on the big screen again and it’d give the series the mind-blowing ending it truly deserved.

6. What did you think of Rogue One ? And how many times you saw it ?
I’d seen it four times at the time of writing and I wouldn’t be surprised if I see it a couple more times before it finishes its theatrical run.
I could ramble on endlessly about Rogue One but, for the sake of brevity, I’ll just say that it’s a beautiful tribute to the Star Wars saga that blends elements from the prequels and the original trilogy and sends a wonderful message: The road to a brighter future is often fraught with hardship and heartache but one should never lose hope.

7.Rogue One showed a different side of the Alliance, a side that is more questionable, what did you think of that ?
This is exactly the sort of thing I had expected to see in the film and I’m glad Lucasfilm didn’t shy away from exploring the morally grey areas of the Rebellion. If The Clone Wars and books like Claudia Gray’s Lost Stars have taught me anything, it’s that nothing is ever black or white. Even the seemingly noble Rebel Alliance has a few skeletons in its closet…

8. Were you satisfied with how Rogue One ended and with the fact that all the main heroes died ?
To be honest, I couldn’t think of a better way to end this film. The closing scenes with Vader, Leia, and the Tantive IV were beyond even my wildest expectations and the death of the entire Rogue One crew added a certain gravitas to the story. The crew’s sacrifice for the greater good was as bittersweet as it was inspirational and it will make me view the events of A New Hope in a whole new light.

9. Rogue One brought back Tarkin to life with CGI and a young Leia at the end, what were your thoughts of this use of CGI ?
Ethical issues aside, I thought ILM and Lucasfilm did a spectacular job of bringing Tarkin and young Leia back to life in Rogue One. From a technical point of view, it was practically flawless (the minor imperfections were more noticeable in the 3D screenings) and from a storytelling point of view, it made perfect sense to include these two iconic characters in the film.
That said, I’m not sure how comfortable I would be about using this technology to recreate Leia in Episode IX. Thankfully, it seems that Lucasfilm have no plans to bring Carrie Fisher back to life on screen but, should they change their minds, I hope it is done in a sensitive manner and in a way that respects her family’s wishes.

10. About The Force Awakens, how do you think it connects with the two other trilogies ? Were you satisfied about this opening to the Sequel trilogy ?
I know a lot of people have complained about the similarities between TFA and ANH but I found it thoroughly enjoyable (if not particularly innovative) and I do feel it brought back a lot of the fans that had all but given up on the saga after the prequels were released.
That said, a lot of the film’s success can be attributed to nostalgia so I am expecting bigger, better things from Episode VIII. I’ll be bitterly disappointed if Episode VIII turns out to be a retread of a previous storyline.
With regards to how TFA connects with the other two trilogies, I’d say it does a fairly good job of following on from the original trilogy, though there’s still a lot of the time period between Return of the Jedi and TFA that needs to be explored. I also found it a little disheartening that everything had gone so horribly wrong for our OT heroes and that the New Republic was already descending into chaos. I guess there’s no such thing as a happy ending in Star Wars!
Aside from the mention of the clone army and the odd Easter egg here and there, there wasn’t a great deal to connect TFA to the prequel trilogy…but I don’t think it was some sort of conspiracy to anger fans of the prequels. Remember, the events of the prequels are quite a few decades in the past by this point (the galaxy has moved on) and we still don’t know what Lucasfilm have in store for us in Episodes VIII and IX. So let’s give them the benefit of the doubt… ūüėČ

11. Do you have any theories about Rey’s parents ?
Oh dear. This one’s a minefield.
Initially, I was almost certain that Rey was Luke’s daughter but lately I’m not so sure. I know there are quite a few theories floating about (some plausible, some downright daft) but I’m currently leaning towards the idea that Rey’s parents are a) characters we’ve never met and b) no one special.
She may very well be a Skywalker or a Solo or even a descendant of Kenobi’s but I’d honestly be happier if it turned out that Rey wasn’t related to any of these iconic characters. Let Rey be special on her terms.

12. Do you think it is a good idea to have three different directors for the Sequel trilogy ? Or would you have preferred just one director for the three movies ?
I think it’s hard to pass judgement at this stage as I have no idea what Rian Johnson or Colin Trevorrow have in store for us. Ask me again when Episode IX is out!

13. What did you think of the portrayal of classic characters Han and Leia in The Force Awakens ? Did you think it was a good continuation of how the characters were in the Original Trilogy ?
It was great to see that Leia was still actively involved in the fight against tyranny but a little disheartening that everything she, Han, and Luke had fought for in the Original Trilogy had fallen apart within a couple of decades. Not to mention the additional heartache of having a son succumb to the Dark Side and then murder your husband. Life certainly hasn’t been kind to poor Leia.
Han’s return to smuggling caught me a little offguard but I suppose it makes some sense (it’s familiar territory to him). What I’d like to know is what happened between him and Leia between the events of ‘Bloodline’ and TFA that pushed them so far apart…

14. George Lucas said about the first six movies “It’s ONE movie and it’s meant to be seen I through VI.” Do you agree with this statement and why?
I’d probably agree and disagree with his statement. Episodes I to VI do tell one long, fairly cohesive story (especially if you throw in The Clone Wars for good measure) but I’m not sure I’d recommend watching the films in that particular order.
That now-iconic revelation in The Empire Strikes Back loses its shock factor if you watch the prequels first, so I’d personally advise newcomers to watch the films in this order: IV, V, I, II, III, VI.
This would not only preserve Empire’s shock factor but also give viewers the chance to dip into Anakin’s backstory before seeing how his journey ends in Return of the Jedi.

15. How important do you think it was to have the Prequels telling this story of the rise and fall of Anakin, the fall of the Republic and the rise to power of a tyrant … and why do you think it was important to tell this story? For you, how does it connect to the First trilogy?
The prequel trilogy turned out to be somewhat different to what I had had in mind but I’m still fairly pleased with what we got. The three films serve as a warning that even those with noble intentions can fall victim to circumstance and make some spectacularly terrible decisions. They also helped humanize Vader and establish how a seemingly peaceful Republic can collapse into chaos or, worse, give rise to a tyrannical regime that attempts to rob the average citizen of their powers and rights.
Sadly, a brief glance at the news suggests that we haven’t learnt from the mistakes made by that Galaxy Far, Far Away…

16. What’s your favorite aspect of the story in the Prequels and why ?
It’s a tie between the politics (particularly during the tumultuous Clone Wars era) and the world-building. The prequels really gave us the sense that there was a huge, diverse galaxy out there waiting to be explored.

17. What did you think of the performances of the main cast in the Prequels ?
If I’m completely honest, I’d say it was a little hit and miss. But I’ve never let that affect my overall enjoyment of the prequels.

18. What impact has The Clone Wars left on the movies for you? How did it change your way of watching the movies?
I see the series as a perfect complement to the prequel trilogy as it delved into topics the films just didn’t have the time to explore, e.g. Anakin’s growth from troubled Padawan to confident Jedi Knight, and the actual Clone Wars themselves.
It also made the Order 66 scenes a LOT harder to watch. Poor Plo…

19. What’s your favorite aspect of the story in Star Wars Rebels ?
I tend to favour the Force lore-heavy episodes but the one aspect of the series that has really kept me hooked is seeing how a small rebel cell became an integral part of a much wider, larger rebellion and how the Ghost crew have dealt with the various obstacles thrown their way. All signs point towards us seeing the birth of the Rebel Alliance on this show (be it this season or the next). I can’t wait!

20. About the Ghost crew, who is your favorite and who is the one you like the least ?
It’s hard to pick a favourite as it changes from episode to episode. Sometimes it’s Kanan, sometimes it’s Sabine. They’ve both come a long way over the course of three seasons, coming to terms with who they are and who they’re meant to be, and I’m curious to see where they’ll go from here. Of course, I’m also a huge fan of our favourite murder-bot Chopper (who isn’t?).
As for least favourite, it’s Ezra. For whatever reason, I haven’t connected with him as I did with Ahsoka in The Clone Wars and while I certainly don’t hate him, I kind of wish Sabine had been the central character in Rebels.
For a while, I was hopeful that the writers were going to take Ezra’s character in a certain direction. His struggles with his anger and guilt at the start of season 3 made him a much more relatable character and his erratic behaviour really threatened to destabilize the crew dynamic. But, sadly, this seemed to have resolved itself within a couple of episodes. A missed opportunity, I think.

21. Where do you think Ezra’s story is headed in the future seasons ? Considering his name is Bridger and in Star Wars names have a meaning, what do you think he is supposed to bridge ?
I’d like to think that he’ll serve as a sort of bridge between the Light Side and the Dark (especially given his recent dealings with Maul) but I can’t help but feel that his family name is just a nod to the fact that Star Wars Rebels bridges the gap between Revenge of the Sith and the Original Trilogy.

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The Jedi Lounge: Interview With Andy Peachey

As I was in London this week, I haven’t been able to post our new interview on Wednesday and instead I’m posting it today. This week’s interview is with Andy Peachey who had already answered questions during our first edition of the Jedi Lounge. You can follow him on Twitter – @Andy_peachey

1. What do you think of having anthology movies that don’t focus on the Skywalker saga and tell other stories ? And which anthology movies would you like to see in the upcoming years ?
I really love this concept. I love the Skywalker Saga & am very intrigued as to which direction that story is going to go for characters like Rey & Ben Solo but I’ve always been very interested in the expansiveness & potential for Star Wars Stories that don’t deal with the core Saga. Even ‘Rogue One’ which was a story about completely different characters from what we know from the 7 films is still very much connected to it by exploring the back story to ‘A New Hope’ & I’d really love to see stories that does not connect with that story at all & begin to expand the Galaxy in a whole new way.

2. What did you think of Rogue One ? And how many times you saw it ?
I really enjoyed this film, I’m still not entirely sure how to express how I feel about ir simply because it was so different to what we’ve come to expect in a Star Wars film. All I know is I loved the characters & how this story offers a whole new layer to what we already know in ‘A New Hope’. So far I’ve seen the film twice but hoping to see it a third soon.

3.Rogue One showed a different side of the Alliance, a side that is more questionable, what did you think of that?
I loved it. It’s been alluded that there are certain rebel factions out there who are not quite the rebels as they have been portrayed in the Original Trilogy & step more into that grey area where their methods are on the extreme side & I really liked getting to see that. Added another layer to the Rebel Alliance.

4. Were you satisfied with how Rogue One ended and with the fact that all the main heroes died ?
I think I was. This is one of the aspects of the film that I am not entirely sure how I feelt one way or the other. I’m not one of those people that subscribe to the idea that if a character doesn’t show up in a film then that must mean they’re dead. I find that a little lazy in terms of the writing & doesn’t really embrace the idea that we’re dealing with a vast Galaxy. However I did like the concept that these rebels were making a huge sacrifice in service of something much greater than themselves & that their actions would bring hope back to the Galaxy in both the abstract & the physical with Luke Skywalker.

5. Rogue One brought back Tarkin to life with CGI and a young Leia at the end, what were your thoughts of this use of CGI ?
I really enjoyed it. I am okay with CGI characters especially at the level they can now use this technology so long as it’s in the service of the story & you really couldn’t have this story without our favourite Grand Moff.

6. About The Force Awakens, how do you think it connects with the two other trilogies ? Were you satisfied about this opening to the Sequel trilogy ?
Ultimately my feelings on The Force Awakens really depend on the next two films. As a beginning for a new Saga I felt it visually relied far too heavily on the Original Trilogy & in terms of expanding the Galaxy it did little to nothing for me but in terms of introducing new characters or re-introducing a few, I absolutely loved it. Rey, Kylo, Finn, Poe & Han Solo had amazing stories in that film & I’m really looking forward to Episode VIII to see what Luke is all about in this time frame & hopefully getting more on Leia too. I just hope Episode VIII really expands on the Galaxy much more with interesting new planets, technology & politics, particularly between what is going on with the New Republic, The Resistance & the First Order.

7. Do you have any theories about Rey’s parents ?
I’ve had a few but at this point I’m pretty much done with Rey theories & am just going to let Episode VIII tell me her story.

8. Do you think it is a good idea to have three different directors for the Sequel trilogy ? Or would you have preferred just one director for the three movies ?
I do think it’s a good idea as Star Wars as a franchise is so huge I’m not sure any one Director outside of George Lucas could handle directing an entire trilogy. So this gives each Director an opportunity to really focus in on their own part of the story with Kathleen Kennedy & the Lucasfilm Story Group making sure the entire trilogy feels cohesive.

9. What did you think of the portrayal of classic characters Han and Leia in The Force Awakens ? Did you think it was a good continuation of how the characters were in the Original Trilogy ?
I absolutely loved Han Solo in this film & really felt Harrison Ford gave it his all, in fact this was the movie that really made me fall in love with the character as portrayed on screen which I didn’t have so much in the Original Trilogy. I thought Leia was okay but I’d rather not say too much more on that as I don’t wish to upset people especially given Carrie Fisher’s passing. I have high hopes for Leia in Episode VIII however.

10. What’s your favorite aspect of the story in Star Wars Rebels ?
I love it all quite honestly but as someone who loves the mystical side of Star Wars, I do particularly love episodes where that is the focus.

11. About the Ghost crew, who is your favorite and who is the one you like the least ?
I find it really hard to answer that at this point as I really do love all of the Ghost Crew for different reasons but I’d say Zeb is my least favourite. I think as the series has gone on he’s had less & less to do & I think Season 3 might be that Lasat’s last. I don’t think all of the Ghost Crew will be escaping Thrawn alive & I think Zeb may be a casualty of the upcoming battle between Thrawn & our rebels.

12. Where do you think Ezra’s story is headed in the future seasons ?
Considering his name is Bridger and in Star Wars names have a meaning, what do you think he is supposed to bridge ? I think in an abstract sense he’s bridging the time period between the Prequel era & the Original Trilogy era by learning more about what happened before but not being tormented from having lived through it like Kanan or Rex have. Outside of that it’s a concept that is still full of potential. He could be the Bridge for bringing the rebel cells together which we’ve seen some examples of already or he may act as a bridge between the light & dark sides of the force as we’ve seen him use both & what that might means for his journey as a Jedi Padawan. Time will tell on that one I think!

The Jedi Lounge: Interview With Nate Burguete

This week we are continuing with our fan interview and this time we are interviewing Nate Burguete, you can follow him on Twitter @JEDINATE17

1. Which movie did you see first?
The first Star Wars movie I ever watched was Episode III, Revenge of the Sith. I was 7 years old. I walked into the living room where my dad was sitting on the couch and he was watching something on TV. So I say next to him and said, “What is that?” He looked at me and said two words, and two words only. No more, no less (see what I did there ;)). “Star Wars.” The rest is history.

2. What does Star Wars mean to you?
Star Wars means everything to me. It means an infinity of imagination. It means powerful and inspiring characters. It means beautiful and wild locations. It means the coolest technology and transportation. It means a complex and forever thrilling story. Star Wars means everything.

3. What’s your favorite part of the Star Wars saga and why?
My favorite part of the Star Wars saga is the characters. They are all so dynamic and so different in so many different ways. There’s so many of them but they are still so amazingly different, there’s so repeat of character. Each being is their own self, different personality, story and life from everyone else around them. One character in particular that amazes me is Ahsoka Tano. Ever since I first watched The Clone Wars, she has been and always will be my favorite Star Wars character ever. She inspires me so much and seeing her story continue in Star Wars Rebels and now her own novel, it’s truly amazing.

4. If you had to choose a subtitle that sums up the Star Wars saga what would it be for you?
A galaxy filled with war, love, heartbreak and hope.

5. What do you think of having anthology movies that don’t focus on the Skywalker saga and tell other stories? And which anthology movies would you like to see in the upcoming years?
I think it’s great that Disney is doing something different with their chance to make Star Wars films and showcasing different stories in different eras of the Star Wars universe. Rogue One was a great start and I look forward to many more Star Wars anthology films. An anthology film I would liked to see is either a film entirely about Yoda or General Grievous. Now those are characters we need to see on the big screen.

6. What did you think of Rogue One and how many times have you seen it?
At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about the movie but after a while I realized it was an awesome movie and the story was great. I loved the concept of these six ordinary beings in a vast galaxy doing extraordinary things. In the end it was a great sacrifice and Rogue One will forever be remembered for the Rebel Alliance’s victory. I have only seen it once but I hope to see it at least one more time before it goes out of theatre.

7. Rogue One showed a different side of the Alliance, a side that is more questionable, what did you think of that?
I think it was great to see more of the Rebel Alliance and how they operate within their bases and how they like to accomplish certain things. The way they used Jyn as a key to get to the plans was very shocking. Something the Empire would do…

8. Were you satisfied with how Rogue One ended and the fact that all the main heroes died?
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t shocked with how it ended. I was not expecting ALL six of them to die. I thought maybe one or two but after a few of them died, I started seeing a pattern and getting a feeling that it wasn’t going to end well for any of them, literally. I guess it was nice to see that not every story ends with a happy ending. And it adds on to the sacrifice and makes it more emotional. The last two scenes with Vader and Leia was just PURE AWESOME! Vader was a bad ass and Leia was a huge surprise. I was¬†very¬†satisfied with the ending of Rogue One.¬†I will never watch A New Hope the same again.¬†

9. Rogue One brought Tarkin and a young Leia back to life with CGI, what were your thoughts of this use of CGI?
With Tarkin I was okay with because I knew they could pull it off but with Leia I was very scared because that’s a lot to handle and the pressure is really on with this character and making it right. Lucky enough, Leia turned out to be AMAZING. The CGI was perfect and I was very very satisfied with how it turned out.

10. About The Force Awakens, how do you think it connects with the two other trilogies? Were you satisfied about this opening to the sequel trilogy? 
It connects with the originals and prequels because not only does it continue the Skywalker storyline but it also continues the stories of Han Solo, Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker. Seeing the three of them again was great. How they were each introduced again was perfect. Seeing Han and Leia on screen together again was gold. Pure gold. I was very satisfied with The Force Awakens and I think JJ Abrams did a fantastic job. It could not have been better. It was actually my very first Star Wars movie in theatres and I’m very proud to say that.¬†

11. Do you have any theories about Rey’s parents?
I was set on her being a Solo but now I know that is not true, seeing as that was not shown in the film and also Daisy Ridley (Rey) did state in an interview that she is not a Solo. My bet is on her being a Skywalker. Crossing fingers!!!

12. Do you think it’s a good idea to have three different directors for the sequel trilogy? Or would you have preferred just one director for the three movies?
Seeing as how well The Force Awakens did, I think they should have kept JJ for the rest of the trilogy because he clearly knows what he’s doing but I’ve heard that he is going to be a producer for Episode VIII so that is very reassuring.

13. What did you think of the portrayal of classic characters Han and Leia in The Force Awakens? Did you think it was a good continuation of how the characters were in the original trilogy? 
Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher did a fantastic job with recurring their characters back into the Star Wars universe after 30 plus years. It felt like they never left the screen. The acting was on point and both did amazing with their characters and interactions, once again. 

14. George Lucas said about the first six movies “It’s ONE movie and it’s meant to be seen I through VI.” Do you agree with this statement and why?
I agree with this statement because George is right, it is just one big movie if you put them all together. It all makes sense. And yes, the way they should be viewed is starting with The Phantom Menace and ending with Return of the Jedi, but to each’s own.

15. How important do you think it was to have the prequels telling this story of the rise and fall of Anakin, the fall of the Republic and the rise to power of a tyrant? And why do you think it was important to tell this story? For you, how does it connect to the first trilogy?
I think it was very important for the prequels to exist. In fact, it actually makes watching the original trilogy easier because you understand everything more and you understand why certain things have happened or are happening and what happened to certain characters and so forth. It was important to tell this story because the story of Anakin Skywalker needed to be told. We needed to know how Darth Vader came to be and where the name Anakin Skywalker came from. Well that’s because that’s who he used to be before he was seduced to the dark side, as Ben tells it. Everything that happens in Episodes I, II and III leads up to the originals and it just makes sense to tell the entire story, from the beginning.

16. What’s your favourite aspect of the story in the prequels and why?
My favourite aspect of the prequels are the Jedi. They were so cool and each Jedi was so different, especially all the different species. My top 3 favourite background Jedi are Plo Koon, Shaak Ti and Luminara Unduli (sorry Kit Fisto!). 

17. What did you think of the performances of the main cast in the prequels?
I thought they were phenomenal. Hayden Chtistensen, Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor were all great. Such amazing actors. I don’t see why Hayden gets so much hate for his performance. It was awesome! He delivered a great and memorable Anakin Skywalker. The acting was really great. Dialogue was good too. My favourite of the three is Ewan McGregor. He. Is. AWESOME.¬†

18. What impact has The Clone Wars left on the movies for you? How did it change your way of watching the movies?
The Clone Wars changed everything for me. It also filled a lot of empty plot holes and unanswered questions. Not only did they do a great job at putting spotlight on the true heart of The Clone Wars, but they also were heavy with the clones, order 66, the true nature of the Force and so much more. Clone Wars is such a beautiful series and really is great. 

19. What’s your favourite aspect of the story in Star Wars Rebels?
I really like Kanan and his story and his character as a Jedi but also as a rebel too. His character has changed so much since the beginning of the show and he’s also gotten so much wiser. The plot twist at the end of season 2 when he loses his sight to Maul’s saber was a major shocker and one I was not expecting. The people behind the show really threw me off there.

20. About the Ghost crew, who is your most favorite and who is your least?
My favorite member of the Ghost crew would definitely have to be Kanan Jarrus because he’s just such an awesome character and an awesome Jedi. My least favorite is Zeb Orrelios because he just seems so pointless to me. I would’ve been fine with just Kanan, Hera, Sabine, Ezra and Chopper. I really hope they kill him off.

21. Where do you think Ezra’s story is headed in the future seasons? Considering his name is Bridger and Star Wars names have a meaning, what do you think he is supposed to bridge?
I think I can speak on behalf of everyone when I say eventually Ezra will turn to the dark side and both him and Kanan will die. How? I’m not sure. I can speculate that maybe Maul or Vader will be a player in Ezra’s turn and use him to kill Kanan then once that is done, they kill Ezra since there is no more use for him. I never thought of his name in that way, that’s really good. I would say maybe he bridges into the dark side? I don’t know, that’s just my assumption/speculation.¬†

The Jedi Lounge: Interview With Mary Emma

Today it’s Wednesday so this means a new interview with a fan, this week we’re interviewing Mary Emma, you can follow her on Twitter @maryemma41

1. Question : Which Star Wars movie did you see first?
A New Hope

2. What Star Wars means to you?
Family drama that consists in everyday life. Also how some people think.

3. What’s your favorite part of the Star Wars saga and why? (it can be one of the eight movies or even one of the tv shows)
The prequels because I like see how things started everyone had to start somewhere, what they went through to get where they are today, show there feelings how stuff in the galaxy started and how things are the way they are in the future. Everyone has a story to be told.

4. If you had to choose a subtitle that sums up the Star Wars saga what would it be for you?
The Skywalker’s Drama. Or one man journey.

5. What do you think of having anthology movies that don’t focus on the Skywalker saga and tell other stories¬†? And which anthology movies would you like to see in the upcoming years¬†?
I like the idea like I said everyone has a story to be told. I would like see definitely an obi wan movie on being a child how he grew up how to he hook up with quin won and his training then his years after the fall of the Jedi. Definitely more Vader of him in solitude would show that even though he was more machine tgsn man, still his mind still had thoughts of his days as a Jedi, then a movie about him getting rid of the other Jedi. Maybe showing Luke and Leia growing up ad well.

6. What did you think of Rogue One ? And how many times you saw it ?
Loved Rogue One saw it 2 times will see it one more time before it leaves, but then again I love back story movies.

7. Rogue One showed a different side of the Alliance, a side that is more questionable, what did you think of that ?
I think they had to do what they had to do anyone who is in jepordary to lose will do what they have to do. They were scared they were worried, so they were trying to do the right thing to protect themselves and others so if they killed some on the way well it happens, I’m sure it wasn’t there intention, they just wanted to be safe.

8. Were you satisfied with how Rogue One ended and with the fact that all the main heroes died ?
Yes and no. Yes because all heroes die, I think there is more meaning to their trails that they go through, more purpose. And no I felt maybe Jyn should of lived or escaped, in my opinion.

9. Rogue One brought back Tarkin to life with CGI and a young Leia at the end, what were your thoughts of this use of CGI ?
I liked it because considering Tarkin was a big part of the empire, we didn’t realize he was a real jerkand was more evil than we realized, and for Leia it was OK, we always did question on how did leak actually get the plans. Tarkin CGI I thought was good but Leia was a little weird looking.

10. About The Force Awakens, how do you think it connects with the two other trilogies ? Were you satisfied about this opening to the Sequel trilogy ?
I thought it was a little confusing but it showed a lot happened in the galaxy after the empire. Yes and no because a lot of unanswered questions but hopefully as they make the rest of them it will fill the gaps, but its exciting either way. Brilliant minds at work.

11. Do you have any theories about Rey’s parents¬†?
I think she’s Vader. lol now here me out someone had his DNA… Could be wrong.¬†

12. Do you think it is a good idea to have three different directors for the Sequel trilogy ? Or would you have preferred just one director for the three movies ?
No have one director too many too many approaches and too many ideas. Bring George back. When too many hands in the pot, not good.

13. What did you think of the portrayal of classic characters Han and Leia in The Force Awakens ? Did you think it was a good continuation of how the characters were in the Original Trilogy ?
No because we don’t know why or what they are not together. Too many questions that need to be told. We just know they fought and he left, why did he leave, why didn’t she go with him. No all we know they were happy at the end of Episode 6.

14. George Lucas said about the first six movies “It’s ONE movie and it’s meant to be seen I through VI.” Do you agree with this statement and why?
Yes, see it in order. To show how everything began, and why some are the way they are. Show what they went through.

15. How important do you think it was to have the Prequels telling this story of the rise and fall of Anakin, the fall of the Republic and the rise to power of a tyrant … and why do you think it was important to tell this story? For you, how does it connect to the First trilogy?
It’s very important because none of us knew or realized what happened how did it get to that point, Anakin had a life before Darth Vader. I always wondered how and why did he wear the suit his did it happen and why was he so angry and evil. Things happen and change a person for them to become different, there had to be a reason of why he went to the dark side.

16. What’s your favorite aspect of the story in the Prequels and why¬†?
Favorite part of the Prequels is how it showed the galaxy before the bad times showed everyone’s life and what they went through. But my favorite is Padm√© and Anakin love story, what they went through what they endured and how tragic it was very sad. How they couldn’t be together because of other choices, I cry everytime I watch it.

17. What did you think of the performances of the main cast in the Prequels ?
Everyone did a phenomenal job. They portrayed everyone perfectly.

18. What impact has The Clone Wars left on the movies for you? How did it change your way of watching the movies?
I never saw The Clone Wars, but what I’ve read it showed how Anakin was the baddest Jedi in the galaxy, that’s where I think we should see a movie about him as well his training him making his lightsaber, him fighting all those battles with Obi-Wan. Come on Disney “do it”. But the little I did see they portrayed it pretty good. Especially Ashoka and Anakin.

19. What’s your favorite aspect of the story in Star Wars Rebels¬†?
Rebels I honestly didn’t see enough of them to say.

20. About the Ghost crew, who is your favorite and who is the one you like the least ?
I don’t know, but I’m sure they did what had to be done.¬†

21. Where do you think Ezra’s story is headed in the future seasons¬†? Considering his name is Bridger and in Star Wars names have a meaning, what do you think he is supposed to bridge¬†?
Again I don’t know.

The Jedi Lounge: Interview With Andrew In Belfast

For our third week of interviews at The Jedi Lounge, we are interviewing Andrew In Belfast, owner of the website The Astromech Journal and co-founder of The Future Of The Force, a website on which I have written a few posts, great team! You can follow him on Twitter at @AndrewinBelfast.

1. Question :Which Star Wars movie did you see first?
The first Star Wars movie I saw was Return of the Jedi – I’m an 80’s kid and it took ages for me to get around to watching A New Hope – it was Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi that I obsessed over as a kid.

2. What Star Wars means to you?
Star Wars for me is the best form of escape Рa galaxy far far away, detached from the real world. For me the design of Star Wars is what reels me in Рthe world was so tremendously realised from the off  Рits so easy to sink into and enjoy, because the world is designed so beautifully and completely.

3. What’s your favorite part of the Star Wars saga and why? (it can be one of the eight movies or even one of the tv shows)
The Millenium Falcon, dropping off with the rest of the garbage in Empire. I also have a soft spot for the Dex’s Diner scene in Attack of the Clones.

4. If you had to choose a subtitle that sums up the Star Wars saga what would it be for you?
Mysteries of the Force.

5. What do you think of having anthology movies that don’t focus on the Skywalker saga and tell other stories¬†? And which anthology movies would you like to see in the upcoming years¬†?
Don’t mind it¬† – but Skywalker Saga is king. I want an Obi-Wan movie – I know its a cliche at this point but I don’t care. Also the Star Wars Marvel comics have changed my mind about the Boba Fett movie – I want to see his mission to find out who the Rebel Pilot was (Luke) that exploded the first Death Star – seeing Vader smash that glass on screen would be worth the admission price alone. A Darth Revan film would also be fantastic, and I’m starting a personal lobby for a Sabine Wren standalone film.¬†

6. What did you think of Rogue One ? And how many times you saw it ?
Loved it. Saw it twice РI may go once more. For me the fun really starts when I can obsessively watch it at home Рfor me Star Wars has always been a small screen experience  Рas it was what I grew up watching it on.

7. Rogue One showed a different side of the Alliance, a side that is more questionable, what did you think of that ?
It’s more realistic – I’m still not sure whether that’s a good thing. For me, those concerns resolves naturally in any event because Jyn and co force the Alliance’s hand – and then we can all move along together after that. My preference is for Star Wars to not align too closely with real world politics – I prefer it as a safe space.

8. Were you satisfied with how Rogue One ended and with the fact that all the main heroes died ?
Yes. Plus that “Hope” scene at the end had me in tears.

9. Rogue One brought back Tarkin to life with CGI and a young Leia at the end, what were your thoughts of this use of CGI ?
I loved it. The ethical issues have been blown out of proportion – legally I understand studios aren’t allowed to do it without consent of the estate until 70 years after the actor’s death. I think people need to get back to being stunned by special effects and thats what ILM always did for cinema – brought us awesome and fantastic effects. It is literally light and magic.

10. About The Force Awakens, how do you think it connects with the two other trilogies ? Were you satisfied about this opening to the Sequel trilogy ?
Yes. 100%  Рplus it united the fanbase Рa welcome by-product. The Force Awakens was sentimental in the best possible way РI loved it. A beautiful film. 

11. Do you have any theories about Rey’s parents¬†?
No – personally I’d love a Kenobi link but I think its a bit fanciful.¬†

12. Do you think it is a good idea to have three different directors for the Sequel trilogy ? Or would you have preferred just one director for the three movies ?
I’d have preferred just one – but they seem to be going for light, dark, and resolution in the director choice – I’d have been happy with Abrams – he just “gets” the Lucas and Spielberg vibe.

13. What did you think of the portrayal of classic characters Han and Leia in The Force Awakens ? Did you think it was a good continuation of how the characters were in the Original Trilogy ?
I think Leia should have been given more¬† – some of the deleted scenes. I’d have liked to have seen her interact more with the Resistance command and even the “Victory Kids” like Kare Kun.

14. George Lucas said about the first six movies “It’s ONE movie and it’s meant to be seen I through VI.” Do you agree with this statement and why?
To an extent, but a continuation showing the aftermath adds depth. We see the repercussion of the I to VI events and it casts light and shade on the events of the fall of the Republic, rise of Empire and the Rebellion. We see the long term consequences of those actions. It works.

15. How important do you think it was to have the Prequels telling this story of the rise and fall of Anakin, the fall of the Republic and the rise to power of a tyrant … and why do you think it was important to tell this story? For you, how does it connect to the First trilogy?
Essential – and as they mature the blend in better and better with the Original Trilogy. The lazy criticism of the prequels in the mainstream media drives me mad.

16. What’s your favorite aspect of the story in the Prequels and why¬†?
Kenobi Рfor me they tell his story as much as Anakin. 

17. What did you think of the performances of the main cast in the Prequels ?
I see no flaw in the performances Рthey embody the characters now for me. 

18. What impact has The Clone Wars left on the movies for you? How did it change your way of watching the movies?
The Clone Wars is essential viewing – as is Rebels.

19. What’s your favorite aspect of the story in Star Wars Rebels¬†?
Sabine’s backstory.

20. About the Ghost crew, who is your favorite and who is the one you like the least ?
Sabine Wren, and Ezra is probably my least favourite (sorry Johnamarie!)

21. Where do you think Ezra’s story is headed in the future seasons¬†?¬†Considering his name is Bridger and in Star Wars names have a meaning, what do you think he is supposed to bridge¬†?
Death…I suspect he’ll link in some way¬† – I suspect the meaning also ties with the biblical implications of the name Ezra in some way. It’ll be fun to find out!

The Jedi Lounge: Interview With Leonie Witte

After our interview last week with L√©o Cote, this week on The Jedi Lounge, we’re interviewing Leonie Witte from the Clone Corridor team. I had met the whole team during Star Wars Celebration Europe last year in London, a great site and amazing people!

1. Question : Which Star Wars movie did you see first?
Answer¬†: Revenge Of The Sith was the first one I got to see in the cinema. We started watching Star Wars at such a young age that I can’t remember which one I saw first on DVD but they were all watched continously throughout the years.

2. What Star Wars means to you?
A: it began as being something I was a big fan of and just had for entertainment. However the older I got the more I started thinking about all the story lines, the politics in starwars and the other theories surrounding characters. It’s become part of my daily routine. It also means family to me. Not just the Star Wars community (which I do see as extended family) but watching starwars brings back memories of being together with my dad and sister and watching it as a kid. So it means a lot.

3. What’s your favorite part of the Star Wars saga and why? (it can be one of the eight movies or even one of the tv shows)
A: I would have to choose between revenge of the sith and the animated clone wars series. Revenge Of The Sith I think partially because it was the first one I saw in the cinema but I think it also has one of my favourite story lines. So much happens in such a short amount of time and of course the fight between Obi and Anakin is absolutely amazing! I loved The Clone Wars series I loved the arcs and it helped me to  start fill in the gaps in my knowledge. It linked the 2nd and 3rd film much more for me and introduced me to a range of new female characters to look up to like Ahsoka and Asajj Ventress.

4. What do you think of having anthology movies that don’t focus on the Skywalker saga and tell other stories ? And which anthology movies would you like to see in the upcoming years ?
A: I think they are great! I absolutely love the idea of exploring new characters in the same universe but also seeing different film styles (action, horror etc) within the time frames.¬† I’d love to see an Obi-Wan Kenobi film and also to learn more about Asajj Ventress.

5. What did you think of Rogue One ? And how many times you saw it ?
A: I saw it twice in the cinema but hope to see it again! I really enjoyed it! I loved the different genre of film that it was more action packed and thought it created a great set up to Episode 4.

6.Rogue One showed a different side of the Alliance, a side that is more questionable, what did you think of that ?
A: I think it was good to show that every group whether it’s rebels or imperials isn’t perfect. They all have to do things that might be viewed as morally wrong in times of need. I think it made the Alliance a lot more ‘real’ and gave us more insight into what really goes on.

7. Were you satisfied with how Rogue One ended and with the fact that all the main heroes died ?
A: Yes absolutely. It was heartbreaking but realistic.

8. Rogue One brought back Tarkin to life with CGI and a young Leia at the end, what were your thoughts of this use of CGI ?
A: I at first didn’t even notice it at all. I thought it was a great way to bring those two characters back. I personally had no issues with it at all.

9. About The Force Awakens, how do you think it connects with the two other trilogies ? Were you satisfied about this opening to the Sequel trilogy ?
A: I didn’t enjoy TFA as much as I thought I would. I think it’s a great addition to the Star Wars films and it follows the pattern the other two trilogies are in. It was a good opener for the new trilogy but I didn’t enjoy the storyline that much.

10. Do you have any theories about Rey’s parents ?
A: I have a feeling her father is Luke but I’m not sure.

11. Do you think it is a good idea to have three different directors for the Sequel trilogy ? Or would you have preferred just one director for the three movies ?
A: I think it’ll be interesting to see their different takes on the storyline however it could cause some distortion and unevenness when watching all three films one after another. But it worked for the Harry Potter series!

12. What did you think of the portrayal of classic characters Han and Leia in The Force Awakens ? Did you think it was a good continuation of how the characters were in the Original Trilogy ?
A: I wish we had seen more of Leia and what her role is. We didn’t dive into what she is doing at all. For Han I do think it was quite realistic and seemed to fit well.

13. George Lucas said about the first six movies “It’s ONE movie and it’s meant to be seen I through VI.” Do you agree with this statement and why?
A: I personally always watch 1 to 6. I wouldn’t say they are one movie but they are one pong story following the path of a jedi turned dark and his personal struggles.

14. How important do you think it was to have the Prequels telling this story of the rise and fall of Anakin, the fall of the Republic and the rise to power of a tyrant … and why do you think it was important to tell this story? For you, how does it connect to the First trilogy?
A: I think it was very important to make darth vader a more rounded character and explain how something like that happens. A lot in the Prequels relates to modern day politics so I think it was very important to show those dynamics. I think it’s a good set up for the original trilogy.

15. What’s your favorite aspect of the story in the Prequels and why ?
A: I couldn’t choose a favourite aspect but I enjoyed being able to follow the tension that rises throughout the systems and to see how even the jedi order starts to get things wrong and make mistakes leading to the eventual rise of the empire.

16. What did you think of the performances of the main cast in the Prequels ?
A: I love Ewan Mcgregor I think he does brilliantly alongside many others. Hayden Christensen isn’t perfect however I think he does the character justice especially in ROTS.

17. What impact has The Clone Wars left on the movies for you? How did it change your way of watching the movies?
A: It gave me more insight into what happened between Episodes 2 and 3 and helped me understand the beginning of Episode 3 more and how come Anakin is quite different and has changed so much between the episodes.

18. What’s your favorite aspect of the story in Star Wars Rebels ?
A: I love that they were at first just a small group trying to make a difference and slowly through hard work become more and more involved in the larger scale rebellion.

19. About the Ghost crew, who is your favorite and who is the one you like the least ?
A: I honestly could not choose. I think all of them have such interesting aspects to them I couldn’t decide.

20. Where do you think Ezra’s story is headed in the future seasons ? Considering his name is Bridger and in Star Wars names have a meaning, what do you think he is supposed to bridge ?
A: I have a feeling it could go many ways. It seems like they’re setting him up to possibly join the dark side thereby bridging the path to darkness but I also feel like he could somehow create a bridge between the two and stay neutral. I’m excited to see what happens next!

The Jedi Lounge: Interview With Léo Cote

After our successful edition of The Jedi Lounge in 2015 before the release of The Force Awakens, we decide to do a new edition this year! We added new questions about TFA, Rogue One and Star Wars Rebels! Every Wednesday, a fan will answer the questions, we’re starting this edition with L√©o Cote! You can follow him on Twitter¬†(@Lordvoldemort98).

This is a translation in English of L√©o’s answer, you can also read his answers in French in the previous post.

1. Question : Which Star Wars movie did you see first?
Answer : The Phantom Menace

2. What Star Wars means to you?
A: Star Wars means a lot to me, I love the saga and I’ve been fan since I was very young. It’s a saga that has always interested me a lot and I intend to follow it until the end of my life¬†!

3. What’s your favorite part of the Star Wars saga and why? (it can be one of the eight movies or even one of the tv shows)
A: Hard to choose ‚Ķ but I would say the scene when Anakin becomes Darth Vader and when at the same time Padm√© dies, we feel both the excitment to see the birth of Vader and a deep sorrow for Padm√©’s death ‚Ķ and witnessing their children being born at the same time is a beautiful moment, while also being sad because we know that they won’t know their mother ‚Ķ a lot of different strong feels for one single scene.

4. If you had to choose a subtitle that sums up the Star Wars saga what would it be for you?
A: Hope is the most powerful weapon for all living beings.

5. What do you think of having anthology movies that don’t focus on the Skywalker saga and tell other stories¬†? And which anthology movies would you like to see in the upcoming years¬†?
A: I think that it’s not necessary that all movies follow a Skywalker but I think it’s important that it stays connected to their story in the Galaxy, one way or another.

6. What did you think of Rogue One ? And how many times you saw it ?
A: I loved the movie¬†! One of the best Star Wars¬†! It did what we thought was lacking in Episode VII ‚Äď it innovated. A Darth Vader at the best of his power and a third act so impressive and filled with emotions¬†!

7.Rogue One showed a different side of the Alliance, a side that is more questionable, what did you think of that ?
A: I think it’s a very good idea to show that the rebels are not perfect and that they were not the good guys in all the circumstances, it’s a very interesting approach, both original and realistic because we can’t believe that a group of individuals would take only the good decisions in all the circumstances.

8. Rogue One brought back Tarkin to life with CGI and a young Leia at the end, what were your thoughts of this use of CGI ?
A: I am totally in favor of CGI, I hate movies that cast new actors or actresses when it wasn’t planned for lack of having the original ones. The effect of CGI is so realistic and impressive that I don’t see why one would be against this film method.

9. About The Force Awakens, how do you think it connects with the two other trilogies ? Were you satisfied about this opening to the Sequel trilogy ?
A: The movie itself fits well in the saga in terms of aesthetics, costumes, etc ‚Ķ But in my opinion, the story is totally copied from Episode IV and it disappoints me as I can’t believe all of that hapens logically in the story.

10. Do you have any theories about Rey’s parents¬†?
A: I’m afraid to be disappointed¬†! Though I hope we know at least one of her parents, so I would say Luke, but I love the theory too of Rey being sent by the Force and thus she would be born without a father like Anakin. Now that the Chosen One is dead, someone else would be needed to bring back balance to the Force¬†!

11. Do you think it is a good idea to have three different directors for the Sequel trilogy ? Or would you have preferred just one director for the three movies ?
A: Since JJ Abrams has copied the script of A New Hope, I prefer that another director takes over even if in terms of directing the movie was excellent. Further more, I find it interesting and rewarding for the new directors to have the opportunity to direct a Star Wars mvie. Changing the director each time is a risk but to direct such a movie, they don’t choose any director and each one can bring its own thing and vision by adapting their own filming methods.

12. What did you think of the portrayal of classic characters Han and Leia in The Force Awakens ? Did you think it was a good continuation of how the characters were in the Original Trilogy ?
A: I loved seeing the characters again but I would have appreciated to see them change, feel an evolution after 30 ears which wasn’t necessary the case since the movie was exempt of taking risks.

13. George Lucas said about the first six movies “It’s ONE movie and it’s meant to be seen I through VI.” Do you agree with this statement and why?
A: I don’t see it as one movie. First off because the main characters that the story follows change and also because to me, the story is divided by trilogies, thus having two big stories ‚Äď the clone wars and the fall of the Republic and the Jedi Order, and then the Rebellion against the imperial regime and its fight against terror imposed by the dictatorship of the Emperor.

14. How important do you think it was to have the Prequels telling this story of the rise and fall of Anakin, the fall of the Republic and the rise to power of a tyrant … and why do you think it was important to tell this story? For you, how does it connect to the First trilogy?
A: It’s the whole of all these questions that one could ask themselves watching the Original trilogy, who wouldn’t dram to see the past of Darth Vador¬†? To see how a democracy turned into a dictatorship¬†? In my opinion, the Prequels are as important as the Original trilogy¬†!

15. What’s your favorite aspect of the story in the Prequels and why¬†?
A: At the risk of irritating some, I would say the political aspect, I love the politics in the Prequels and to see how Palpatine rises to power, starting from senator and ending as Emperor, is without any doubt what interests me the most in these three movies. But I got to say that seeing the Jedi Order at its height is also very pleasant !

16. What did you think of the performances of the main cast in the Prequels ?
A: I love Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor. I find them in tune in their performances but I had a little bit of trouble with Natalie Portman’s performance that I find sometimes monotonous ‚Ķ

17. What impact has The Clone Wars left on the movies for you? How did it change your way of watching the movies?
A: I always found that it was a pity not to have seen the clone wars in cinema, Episode II ends with the beginning of the war and Episode III shows us how it ends. Seeing the battles, the opinions and actions of each side, discoverin Ahsoka and having real characters among the clones give so much more depth to the saga and to me, all Star Wars fans should watch this series !

18. What’s your favorite aspect of the story in Star Wars Rebels¬†?
A: I would say everything that connects to the Force, with the last Jedi the Sith, seeing Ahsoka vs Vader duel is what was missing to the movies, and the Kenobi vs Maul duel that is coming is as much appealing to me ! Although, I find it interesting to see how the rebel cells gather to form the Alliance too, after all united we stand !

19. About the Ghost crew, who is your favorite and who is the one you like the least ?
A: I love Kanan, he is not a perfect Jedi, not very powerful but he is still able to give answers to Ezra’s questions. I also love Sabine’s personality and everything that connects her to her Mandalorian origins. However, I find it more difficult with Zeb whom I like a lot less, I find him not much interesting and except to tell us he is that his people were slaughtered, we don’t know much about him.

20. Where do you think Ezra’s story is headed in the future seasons¬†? Considering his name is Bridger and in Star Wars names have a meaning, what do you think he is supposed to bridge¬†?
A: I think he is building hope as a new and young Jedi but I doubt we will see him die ‚Ķ I am curious to see what they want to do with him next but I am convinced he won’t turn to the dark side¬†!