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Star Wars Weekly: News from Batuu and Darth Vader's big daddy issues

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Dec 28, 2018, 12:00 PM EST

Time again for STAR WARS WEEKLY, the SYFY WIRE series that rounds up the most important news of the week from a galaxy far, far away. Think of us as your own personal Star Wars Holocron.


Star Wars fans got their first real look at Galaxy's Edge on Christmas when ABC released a bit of behind the scenes footage during the Disney Parks' Christmas broadcast. This video gave us looks at the park, the rides, and the feel of the entire land.

There's no doubt this is going to feel like walking into the Star Wars universe of the sequel era. There are quite a few things in video that should have fans doubly excited, including a glance at Hondo Ohnaka of Clone Wars fame and the vehicles for the two main attractions in the park. The most thrilling part, though, is that the creative minds behind the park promise that this is just the beginning.

Galaxy's Edge opens this summer at Disneyland and this fall at Disney World.


Jon Favreau posted a holiday message to everyone from the set of The Mandalorian.

If you look carefully you can see these robots share a general basic shape, but the one Favreau posted is much less worn. IG-88 is more weathered, whereas this one looks new. Their torso and head shapes are similar, but not identical, leading one to believe this is a newer (or maybe older) model of the same sort of droid.

Don't let anyone tell you with certainty that it's IG-88 unless they happen to work directly for Lucasfilm and are working on The Mandalorian.


Last week saw the end of Charles Soule's landmark run on Darth Vader, wrapping up the last issue in the "Fortress Vader" storyline. The last issue offered a twisted vision of Anakin Skywalker's past, present, and future. One series of panels in particular seemed to catch everyone's eye.

Some, like Josh here, are taking this to mean confirmation that Darth Sidious is the inspiration that the midichlorians took in creating Anakin Skywalker in Shmi's womb. But I'm not sure the vision we're being presented in the comic is meant to be taken literally; everything we're shown is a twisted dark side version of events we've already seen or heard about.

Is Palpatine Vader's father? From a certain point of view, sure. He certainly nurtured Anakin in a paternalistic way, but so did Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Like all great mysteries of the Force, I don't think we'll ever get a solid answer on this, and that's okay.


Empire Magazine dropped a bit of information in an upcoming movie spread about the time placement of Episode IX.

Though there's no direct quote from John Boyega, sites across the internet are saying this is confirmation that Episode IX will be set a year after the end of The Last Jedi. That may well be true, but Boyega isn't so sure.

We're just going to have to wait until the movie comes out to find out how much time has passed. Or until Lucasfilm decides it's information we need to know. In any case, we can safely say it happens after the Battle of Crait.

And, if nothing else, John Boyega is having a good time despite all this potential misinformation. Here's his latest missive from Disneyland Paris.


Yesterday was the two year anniversary of the death of Carrie Fisher. Her daughter, Billie Lourd, sat down at a piano and sang a song to honor her.

Bring tissues.

We'll leave you with that until next week. As always, may the Force be with you!