Yeah, I like it. Not too much else to be said at this point (Lucasfilm’s approach to hyping these things seems to be minimizing the potential for speculation so that the fanboys don’t cook up too many theories that the film can’t “live up to”) but it’s a good title that carries with it a certain amount of mystery i.e. who/what “The Last Jedi” actually refers to.
My off-the-cuff guess? They want you think “Oh, it’s Rey,” but it’ll be Luke. Rey will learn to use The Force and do “Jedi stuff,” but given that the previous Jedi Order utterly failed to see Sidious, Anakin or their own betrayal/demise coming and that Luke’s attempt to build a new one failed to prevent (and maybe helped create) Kylo Ren; she pointedly won’t become a Jedi (her own idea? Luke insistence? Both?) and part of the story going forward will become the mandate for this new generation of characters to create a new paradigm for using/following The Force to do good in the same way that Snoke and the Knights of Ren are Dark Side Force-users but not Sith and The First Order isn’t precisely The Empire.
Not sure what it’d look like (or if Disney/Lucasfilm would be willing to put even a “soft limit” of future use of a marketable trademark as good as “Jedi”) but that’d be interesting, wouldn’t it? A Lutheran Reformation (or Vatican II) but for Jedi-ism? Or maybe Rey’s angle would be more about making Force-use a more inclusive, less elitist/monklike/cult-y thing… maybe even a backdoor way toward retconning/disavowing Midichlorians i.e. is it really only a special few who can use The Force?
Dunno. Something to think about. We’ll all find out in a few months, if not sooner.
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“Lucasfilm’s approach to hyping these things seems to be minimizing the potential for speculation so that the fanboys don’t cook up too many theories that the film can’t “live up to””
It hadn’t occurred to me before that this is what they were doing, but I think you’re probably right.
I can see the logic, but I hate the idea. To me, the new series has a real problem with false respect for the originals. It makes a lot of references to the originals, but it doesn’t build on them in a logical or satisfying way. It just re-presents them 30 years later as if nothing has changed; Han is still an overly cocky rouge biting off more than he can chew; Leia is still a princess without a kingdom leading a scrappy coalition of rebels against a corrupt central authority (though it’s more a case of complacency than oppression); And Luke is still the sole survivor of an ancient order of mystics dedicated to goodness and light. To me, basically saying that none of the hard work and growth the characters had in the originals had any lasting impact on the galaxy, that’s more insulting than Jar Jar, Midichlorians, and Emo Anakin put together. And now, the idea that this theme of pissing all over the memory of the originals while pretending to bring them back is going to continue moving forward, is just very upsetting. I hope I’m wrong. I hope Rian Johnson manages to course correct everything for me. But I’m not holding my breath.
Jedi is both singular and plural, so The Last Jedi could always refer to a group (Luke and Rey) rather than a single individual.
Just a thought, if/when the Jedi Order is changed/abandoned what do you want to bet the new name for a force user is…A Skywalker.
I feel like every time the title of a thing is “The Last _____” the story ends up being about how they’re going to bring it all back. Last Starfighter ends with a promise of new recruitment, the Last Unicorn finds and frees all the other unicorns. The Last Airbender eventually has Airbender children.
Basically, I’m not sure I take this title at its word.
I don’t think they are going to “disavow” the midichlorian, the Yoda story arc in the last Clone Wars season had some strange force entities define them as “what you refer as midichlorian”, the episode was made partially under Lucas’ input so it’s possible that the midichlorian were never intended really as the source of the force but that was something the Jedi erroneously believed.