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Star Wars Weekly: Rogue One gets its own prequel and Luke the Last Jedi was legit

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Nov 9, 2018

Time again for the 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.

THE CASSIAN ANDOR SHOW

Bob Iger let slip another major piece of news on a Disney shareholder call yesterday. Cassian Andor will be getting his own television series on the newly named Disney+ streaming service, with Diego Luna reprising the role of the morally questionable rebel.

By the way it's described, it seems like it could be very much like Mission: Impossible but set during the time of the Rebellion. There's a chance for a number of characters to cameo as well. Any of the crew from Star Wars Rebels could make an appearance, K-2SO could be back, and it wouldn't surprise me if Mon Mothma and Bail Organa turned into series regulars.

This show goes into production next year, and no release date has been specified.

LUKE’S CONSISTENCY

Rian Johnson took time to weigh in on a fan debate about the consistency of Luke Skywalker’s portrayal in The Last Jedi.

And I have to say I agree with him, except that take isn't so hot. Maybe it's lukewarm at best. (Sorry.)

One of my first pieces for SYFY was about this very topic, so naturally, I’m going to side with him. Luke Skywalker was a nuanced, matured, older version of the Luke we saw in Return of the Jedi, and I hope more people can come out of their trenches and take in that truth.

FINN AND HIS LIGHTSABER

Taking to Twitter to talk to fans this week has not been limited to Rian Johnson. John Boyega, who is currently shooting Episode IX, responded to a fan question on Twitter that raised a lot of interesting questions.

Is Boyega confirming that Finn will be picking up a lightsaber once more in Episode IX? What might that mean for the film? If Finn is wielding a lightsaber, does that mean Rey is incapacitated and he’s defending her again? Might he really be learning the ways of the Force? Anything is possible.

We won’t know for sure until next year, though.

COURSE CORRECTIONS?

There have been a number of articles exclaiming that Star Wars: Episode IX will be a “course correction” from backlash received over the performance of Solo and fan reaction to The Last Jedi. The spin is that The Last Jedi somehow betrayed the franchise and now Episode IX will “fix it.”

Is this really the case?

I’m not so sure.

It’s nothing I’ve heard firsthand, and as far as I can tell, everyone at Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy especially, is happy with The Last Jedi. Rian Johnson is still slated to be directing a trilogy for Lucasfilm sometime in the future, and he probably wouldn't be if they were actually unhappy.

So where did this report come from, and who said it?

Well, if we follow the breadcrumbs of the story, the phrase “course correction” in reference to Episode IX comes from this story:

It’s an editorial documenting the power of J.J. Abrams and the deal he might be getting in the near future. There’s no source attributed to the quote about course correction, and it seems like it’s a conclusion (that I think, based on my knowledge and reading of the events, to be false) by the authors. It’s an editorial assertion, not a quote.

But that didn’t stop a number of writers from jumping in and billing Episode IX as a course correction.

Remember that Lucasfilm is willing to do whatever it takes to make its movies the way it wants them in the first place. If it thought Episode IX needed a correction of course for The Last Jedi, it would have corrected that course before Episode VIII came out.

When you see this course correction news come around, you can safely assume it’s probably a lot of hot air.

HELLO, THERE!

Ben Walke from EA offered a sneak peek at the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi addition to Battlefront II.

It’s going to be a beautiful thing to see him in the game. And it’ll be nice to see other characters added as well. Rumors have been swirling that Ahsoka Tano and Padme Amidala might be coming to the game sooner than later, too.

STAR WARS: ALL STARS

More episodes of LEGO: Star Wars - All Stars have come out. This wonderful episode, The Droid Rescue Gamble, puts Roger, BB-8, and Chopper all in one short together and it’s delightful.

Until next week, May the Force Be With You!

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