Believers in the force rejoice— Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now available for purchase on all digital platforms. "Digital release day" may only rank fifth on the list of important Star Wars holidays (being topped by Blu-ray release day, May the 4th, new film release day, and Life Day), but it still exciting. If you don't want to wait a couple more weeks to have every single alien from the Canto Bight casino in your very own home, you don't have to!
Author Chuck Wendig, who notably added a great deal to Star Wars canon with his Aftermath trilogy of books, decided to celebrate the day doing what every Star Wars fan does best— he performed a graceful deep dive into the depths of Star Wars lore. The dive he takes doesn't even involve The Last Jedi— it's all about Return of the Jedi. Just when a film thinks that it's safe!
Writing on his own blog, Wendig begins by mentioning that another fan recently dared any fan to explain the sequence from Return of the Jedi which involves Luke Skywalker's plan to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt. Wendig writes that the fan "threw down the nerd gauntlet. The Star Wars nerd gauntlet." Needless to say, Wendig picks that gauntlet up. As he writes, "who would I be if I did not defend this (erm, admittedly absurd) plan?"
Referring to the scene as "The Skywalker Six," he lovingly goes through every aspect of the rescue, which he claims is more of a heist. As he writes, "think of it as an Ocean's Eleven slash Leverage style caper."
This approach is likely why the sequence is so much fun to watch. As Wendig writes, Luke's plan contains many contingencies and back-up plans. The most important aspect is getting all of his players into position (Lando, Artoo, Threepio, Chewie, Leia, and Luke himself) at the proper moments. Lando is up first, then the droids, then Leia and Chewie, and finally Luke, who is "the big gun."
No part of Luke's multi-layered plans would work without all of his team members— Wendig notes that Lando is the first in, and pivotal for intelligence gathering. The droids both have their roles to play (Threepio as translator and Artoo as lightsaber-keeper, as well as the one to cut Leia's chain), Chewie gets Leia in the door, and Leia becomes the Huttslayer. If any one of these sabacc cards fall, then it's an idiot's array for the house.
Everything may not go smoothly, but it does work in the end. As Wendig writes, the plan is "a kind of a clumsy, 'get everyone in and then work to get everyone out' heist, a heist that would work poorly with only one of them in there, but that works much better with several assets in play to support redundancies and failsafes."
Is all of this just ever-so-slightly overthinking a scene from a film that came out in 1983? Of course it is, but celebrating the little details of sequences like this is part of what makes being a Star Wars fan so much fun. Wendig is quick to write that none of the intricacies of the sequence mattered to him as a child, that "It looked cool, and it ended with Luke Skywalker flipping off a desert diving board and then lightsabering some dudes into a giant tentacled butthole. It was great."
It still is, logic aside, which Wendig also admits has never been where the power of Star Wars lies. "The point of Star Wars isn't exactly to turn your brain off," he writes, "but it is to turn your heart on, and let that organ be the shepherd that guides you through all the stars and all the wars."
It may be because of the holiday, and the emotions that we're feeling...but that, right there, is the essence of Star Wars.
Be sure to check out Wendig's entire post right here, because it's a hilarious and celebratory romp of a piece. He refers to Dengar as "diaper-wearing scum," ponders whether midichlorians were involved in Han's rescue, and promotes a new book called Artoo and the Falcon, which may or may not be coming out in May of 2042.
Though he does ask at the end if someone would be interested in explaining Attack of the Clones to him, we'd love to see Wendig himself attempt it. If anyone could do it, it's him. Consider that particular Star Wars nerd gauntlet thrown, sir...strike us down with it.
(Via: Terrible Minds)