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Star Wars Weekly: Was a prequel's Rotten Tomatoes score hacked by Sith trolls?

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Jan 4, 2019

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.

ROTTEN TOMATOES SCORES BROKEN?

It's been long debated whether or not users and bots have influenced the Rotten Tomatoes audience score for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but writers at ScreenRant noticed there was something fishy with the numbers for another Star Wars movie, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

The audience score for Revenge of the Sith dropped 20 percent after an influx of 30 million mysterious votes in the past few years.

The math and the proof in the article are definitely worth a look. It proves there's something wrong with Rotten Tomatoes, though we're not exactly sure what.

The most interesting takeaway, though, is that only .3 percent of the movie-going public rated The Last Jedi on Rotten Tomatoes. So, when you think about the "widespread dissatisfaction of the movie," half of .3 percent doesn't add up to all that much.

BOOK RELEASE DATES

Entertainment Weekly offered a new preview of 2019 Star Wars releases and gave us release dates for the four books I'm looking most forward to in 2019.

First, E.K. Johnston's Queen's Shadow arrives on March 5. This book takes a look at Padme's transition from Queen to Senator. Then we have Claudia Gray's Master and Apprentice, coming out April 16. This book features Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn in a tale set before Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. That very same day, Rob Bredow of ILM is releasing a Making of Solo book that I am dying to get my hands on. The last big one we have information for is the third book in Timothy Zahn's new Thrawn trilogy, Thrawn Treason, and it hits bookshelves on July 23.

Surely, there will be more novels, especially as we get into the run-up to Star Wars: Episode IX.

FUEL YOUR FORCE

Lucasfilm launched a new initiative this week that aims to make Star Wars fans healthier and happier.

According to the official Star Wars website, Fuel Your Force aims to "engage fitness and wellness enthusiasts through new and exciting product collaborations in gear, healthy living accessories, and more."

Through the year, Lucasfilm promises to offer healthy recipes, articles, and other health-oriented content at the Star Wars website.

TODD FISHER SPEAKS

Carrie Fisher's brother, Todd, appeared on Good Morning America this week and he had some things to say about his sister's performance in Episode IX that should be encouraging to Star Wars fans wary of her inclusion in the final installment of the Skywalker saga.

"There's a lot of minutes of footage," he said to GMA. "I don't mean just outtakes. This is unused, new content that could be woven into the storyline. That's what's going to give everybody such a great kick. It's going to look like it was meant to be. Like it was shot yesterday. We're not allowed to talk about the details of anything, but we're thrilled at what's been done."

It seems as though what's going on is that the family might have some say in how her image is used and might be more privy to what's going on in the editing room than they otherwise might be.

It makes sense and if they're excited then I'm excited.

LAURA DERN THOUGHT RIAN JOHNSON WAS BEING METAPHORICAL

In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Admiral Amilyn Holdo herself, Laura Dern, explained her confusion at Rian Johnson's request to cast her.

He began to speak with her about the loneliness of being a starship captain and she assumed he was speaking in some metaphorical sense. She told him, "My God, yes, that's it. So where does it take place?"

When he told her Star Wars, she let out quite an expletive. It's a well-known fact that she was a bit of a fan on the set of the film and that didn't stop. I mean, who could forget this?

A NEW VIEW OF EMPIRE

Phil Szostak, the writer of the Art of books that have been released for the past two Star Wars films, is one of the best follows on Twitter for Star Wars content. Here, he brought attention to a piece of video that should be fascinating to any Star Wars fan. This is Luke's duel with Vader in the Dagobah cave without the dreamy quality to it. This was made in an effort to see what it would have looked like as it was shot.

It's not often you can see something new in old Star Wars footage, but this is really fascinating stuff.

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

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