Month: June 2017

The Last Jedi fan trailers

The Last Jedi 16-Bit Trailer earns director’s approval

Source: ScreenRant.Com

In the past month, the video recreating the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi in a 16-bit video game format has caught the attention of Episode VIII filmmaker Rian Johnson. Watch it below:

Taking a much different and far more unique approach, JoBlo has posted a 16-bit trailer (even though they technically refer to it as 8-bit) for The Last Jedi. Of course, The Last Jedi trailer mostly featured Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) – who did more in the preview than he did in his entire role in The Force Awakens – but in JoBlo’s version, they ingeniously broadened the perspective to some of the events in the trailer without changing the context of the footage.

The 16-bit trailer for The Last Jedi hearkens the classic NES video game format all around, from the retro video game music (set to John Williams’ ominous new variation on the Star Wars theme) to an avatar of Luke and scripts of his dialogue. The 16-bit trailer was so pleasing to Johnson, in fact, that he tweeted a nostalgic response:

There’s no question that the 16-bit trailer for The Last Jedi will instantly send gamers on a trip down memory lane, especially those who were fans of Super Star Wars on SNES. The trailer homage clearly struck a nerve with Johnson, who proved that he is just as much a fan of Star Wars as he is a creative force behind The Last Jedi.

The Last Jedi trailer reimagined as a 1980s computer game

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Showing true dedication to the Star Wars universe, an designer painstakingly recreated the trailer for The Last Jedi using nothing but an old Apple computer. The Indonesian designer Wahyu Ichwandardi usernamed Pinot recently posted his trailer remake for The Last Jedi on Twitter, and rather than imitate the computerized style of the ’80s, he went back to the original hardware and software. Using an Apple IIc and the program Dazzle Draw, Pinot redrew nearly every frame from the trailer. It was likely a challenging process, but the results are a lot of fun.

Though some of the action is cut short due to the rendering of the graphics, it’s still quite a feat to see all of the characters, ships, and explosions rendered in the green lines that will be familiar to fans of a certain age. And while the 8-bit trailer remake has become pretty rote at this point, we don’t imagine this style of tribute will be replicated too often. As such, it’s fitting piece of fan art that will likely stand on its own for some time.

Ichwandardi, who is based in New York, painstakingly drew his tribute on a KoalaPad from the ’80s, using a 1984 bitmap paint program, Dazzle Draw. In the ’80s, the setup was deemed the “most complete computer graphics system,” but it’s clear from his process how far we’ve come.

For instance, in order to draw in layers for the animation, the illustrator had to draw each layer by hand, using plastic sheets held over the monitor, to trace each frame from the trailer, for reference.

Click here and just take a look at how he does it:

Over the course of three weeks, he used 48 floppy disks (remember those?), each with 140KB of memory, and produced 288 image files which totalled a whopping 6MB in size. Its pretty darn close to the original:

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny new animated series and action figures revealed

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Rey, Ahsoka Tano, Jyn Erso, Princess Leia, Sabine Wren, and other icons of a galaxy far, far away will take center stage in Star Wars Forces of Destiny — a new animated micro-series and initiative celebrating some of Star Wars‘ most beloved and inspirational characters. According to Disney and Lucasfilm, Star Wars Forces of Destiny launches in July with a series of animated shorts (2-3 minutes each) on Disney YouTube, exploring all-new adventures of the fan-favorites.

A two-part TV special featuring eight additional shorts will follow on Disney Channel in fall 2017. Significantly, Daisy Ridley (Rey), Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), and Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata, narrating the series) will all reprise their roles for the show. Developed by Lucasfilm Animation, Star Wars Forces of Destiny will remain true to the Star Wars canon, showing how choices both big and small ultimately shape the destinies of beloved characters.

“Star Wars Forces of Destiny is for anyone who has been inspired by Leia’s heroism, Rey’s courage, or Ahsoka’s tenacity,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “We’re thrilled that so many of the original actors are reprising their roles in these shorts which capture the small moments and everyday decisions that shape who these characters are. It is a fun new way for people to experience Star Wars.”

Forces of Destiny writer on the ‘Everyday Heroism’ of Star Wars women

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Star Wars: Forces of Destiny writer Jennifer Muro has shared some details about her vision for the series and the powerful female characters in the Star Wars universe. The animated canon miniseries, which will air on YouTube and Disney Channel starting on July 10, 2017, will feature sixteen three-minute episodes taking place around all eras of the Star Wars universe, and focusing on the “everyday heroism” of female characters like Leia, Jyn, Rey, Sabine and Ahsoka.

While the late Carrie Fisher broke ground in her role as Princess Leia in the original trilogy, the Star Wars franchise has only grown stronger in its portrayal of female characters with Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Force AwakensFelicity Jones as Jyn Erso in the first anthology film Rogue One and Ahsoka Tano in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels.

Now, in a new interview with Den of Geek, Jennifer Muro, the writer behind Star Wars: Forces of Destiny and other animated series like Justice League Action, Lego DC Super Hero Girls, and the upcoming Spider-Man animated series, talks about her vision for the female-focused series. Here is what Muro said about what she wants the core of the show to represent:   

“Going into it, I want to represent everyday heroism and the heroic moments that shape these characters in different ways, Leia would handle a situation one way, Ahsoka another way, Jyn another way. That was the goal all along.”

Muro also went into detail about each character the animated series will be focusing on starting with writing for Leia, who she said was “hard to beat” considering the impact the character has made on society. She also discussed how she wanted to keep true to Leia and Fisher’s voice praising newcomer Shelby Young for her work. “We’ve lived with [Leia] longer than any other character,” said Muro. “It’s about keeping true to her voice and to Carrie’s voice. [Young] really brought life to the character.”

It isn’t all just newcomers that will be featured in the series though – Ridley, Jones, Ashley Eckstein (who voices Ahsoka) and Lupita Nyong’o, who will be returning as Maz Kanata to narrate the series, will all be featured. “Felicity [Jones] is going to do an amazing job,” said Muro. “It’s so great to have her. They may not be epic moments for Jyn, but it’s nice to see a peek into the smaller moments.”

Fan-favorite animated characters Ahsoka and Sabine from The Clone Wars and Rebels will also be featured in the series. Muro worked closely with Lucasfilm to determine the stories she wanted to tell about Ahsoka and took inspiration from Dave Filoni, executive producer and supervising director on The Clone Wars and Rebels. As for Sabine, Muro talked about how the new series will shed some light on her character:

“We have a nice amount of Sabine in there, which is fantastic. It’s about her growing into who she is. We get to see some early moments here when she’s not as mature as where we are now in season three and, coming up, on season four. She’s more impulsive.”

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny action figures revealed

Source: MakingStarWars.Net

Hasbro is set to launch a line of Star Wars Forces of Destiny toys, including new “Adventure Figures” — a fusion of traditional dolls and action figures. The toys are 11-inch in scale, and feature multiple points of articulation, as well as dynamic action, including Rey swinging her lightsaber. Villains such as Kylo Ren are also on the way. Get a sneak peek at Jyn Erso, R2-D2 Leia, Rey, BB-8, Sabine Wren, and Chewbacca below.

“From Princess Leia to Sabine Wren, Star Wars heroines are unique, and we wanted to represent that in the product line for Star Wars Forces of Destiny,” said Jimmy Pitaro, chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “The result is the creation of our new ‘Adventure Figures’ that celebrate the power and stories of these incredible characters and allow kids to recreate their most heroic moments at home.”

This line continues to look amazing with each figure that is released. Other figures coming out soon include Ahsoka Tano (The Clone Wars S3 outfit), Jyn Erso, Rey (Resistance outfit) with BB-8, Luke Skywalker with Yoda, and Hoth Leia. The whole line will be hitting shelves August 1st and each figure ranges from $20-50.

See in the gallery below more images of the upcoming Star Wars: Forces of Destiny toy line including Rey, Sabine, and Leia with Wicket the Ewok. Click to enlarge.

Mark Hamill receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Source: StarWarsNews.Net

The Hollywood Walk of Fame has grown pretty large by now, with several names being added each year since the 1950s – they’re at over 2,600 stars by now, and with so many famous people out there, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is still adding names that surprisingly weren’t there before. And this year (or next year, technically, in 2018), veteran Star Wars actor Mark Hamill is one of the couple dozen celebrities who’ll be getting their own star on the Walk of Fame.

Hamill’s new star will be going alongside other newcomers Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeff Goldblum, Zoe Saldana, Jack Black, Lynda Carter, Taraji P. Henson, Snoop Dog, Weird Al Yankovic, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, among many others.

That’s an impressive crowd, and to promote the big news, Hamill quoted a line from his scene in The Force Awakens:

Hamill first appeared in Star Wars 40 years ago, in one of his first film roles, and Luke Skywalker alone is an iconic enough character to earn him the star. He’s had an extremely prolific voice acting career since then, including being the iconic voice of the Joker in several Batman shows, but it’s probably Luke Skywalker that got him his own little chunk of Hollywood sidewalk.


His upcoming return in The Last Jedi at the end of the year may also be why he’s getting it now, but like many of the names on that list above, it’s been overdue anyways. He also won’t be the first Jedi to enter the Hollywood Walk of Fame: other Star Wars actors who already had their own stars include Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams, Alec Guinness, Samuel L. Jackson, and Forest Whitaker (although he got his long before Rogue One, of course).

Before you visit Hamill’s shiny new star the next time you’re a tourist in Los Angeles, you can catch him in Star Wars: The Last Jedi when it comes out December 15, 2017.

Updated: Untitled Han Solo Film loses directors; Ron Howard will finish the movie

Source: MakingStarWars.Net.

The untitled Han Solo film will move forward with a directorial change after its co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller both decided to leave the project. “Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm.

Lord and Miller commented “Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew.”

Christopher Miller (left) and Phil Lord. Photo: THR.

However, Variety is exclusively reporting that the directing duo known for hits like 21 Jump Street and the Lego Movie were fired after months of conflict on the set. A person with knowledge of the production said that the chemistry between the directors and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was never right. “It was a culture clash from day one,” the source said. “She didn’t even like the way they folded their socks.”

The directing pair also apparently clashed with the film’s writer, Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan. Like Kennedy, he questioned many of the pair’s directing choices. “Kathy, her team and Larry Kasdan have been doing it their way for a very long time. They know how the cheese is made and that’s how they want it made,” said the source. “It became a very polarizing set.”

Variety is reporting that Lord and Miller did not exit voluntarily but were fired. The article also goes on to say some Hollywood insiders believe Kennedy is looking to hire “indie” directors but ultimately not give them creative control. The film’s release date has not been changed and several weeks of reshoots are still scheduled for later this summer. That’s quite a big task for a new director to take on.

The Han Solo film will focus on the Millennium Falcon pilot’s early days as a smuggler. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich in the role Harrison Ford made famous. The cast includes Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Michael K. Williams, and Emilia Clarke. The untitled Han Solo film remains scheduled for a May 2018 release.

Updated: Ron Howard to finish Han Solo movie

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Academy Award winning director Ron Howard has officially stepped in to complete the young Han Solo spinoff movie for Lucasfilm. In a surprising turn of events, original helmsmen Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired earlier this week after clashing with producer Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. Since the film remains on track for a May 2018 release, the studio was under pressure to find a replacement soon in order to maintain the schedule. They wasted no time finding a new captain for the Millennium Falcon, and now the creative team will get to work on getting the project across the finish line.

Howard was one of the first names to pop up as a possible candidate in the wake of Lord and Miller’s departure, with Joe Johnston and Kasdan also being considered. The veteran Star Wars writer was ineligible to step in due to Directors Guild regulations, so Lucasfilm had no choice but to look to the outside for help. Howard is now on board to make the second Star Wars anthology film.

Lucasfilm made the announcement today on StarWars.com. Per THR, Howard will now travel to the set to meet with the principal cast – including Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, and Woody Harrelson – to calm things down and review a first cut to determine what needs to be done to finish Han Solo. According to Kennedy, filming will resume on July 10. Prior to Lord and Miller’s dismissal, there were three-and-a-half weeks left of principal photography and five weeks of standard reshoots. You can read Kennedy’s statement below:

“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago. With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

It will be interesting to see how fans react to this news. Howard is obviously a distinct change in style from the irreverent nature of Lord and Miller and could be perceived as a “safe” choice for viewers who were hoping Han Solo could be something more out-of-the-box. There’s also the matter that some of Howard’s most recent directorial efforts, like Inferno and In the Heart of the Sea, disappointed critically and commercially. On the other hand, he has demonstrated much talent throughout his career, calling the shots on acclaimed dramas such as Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind (among others). Howard certainly possesses the ability to make a quality film, and his history as an actors’ director should ensure the rest of production goes smoothly.

Interestingly enough, this is not Howard’s first rodeo with Lucasfilm. Nearly two decades ago, he was approached by George Lucas to direct The Phantom Menace, but passed on the opportunity. Now, the galaxy far, far away comes calling to the former Richie Cunningham again, and he’ll be under intense scrutiny to make Han Solo as strong as it can be. Moviegoers were already skeptical of a Solo-centric prequel, and are now even more dubious. This’ll be a change-of-pace for Howard, but hopefully he’s up for the challenge.

Rogue One Pixel Art by Mikołaj Birek

According to Wikipedia, Pixel Art is a form of digital art, created through the use of software, where images are edited on the pixel level. The majority of graphics for 8-bit and 16-bit computers and video game consoles, as well as other limited systems like graphing calculators, is pixel art.

But if Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was designed to be a video game? How would the characters look like? To answer this question, Poland Illustrator and Digital Artist Mikołaj Birek has created this amazing series called Rogue One Pixel Art. Visit Mikołaj Birek Page for more details. Source: Tumblr.

And how the duel between Obi-Wan and Darth Maul in Star Wars Rebels would be in a 16-bit video game?

Darth Vader Comic #1

Can Darth Vader Comic save his infamous ‘Noooo’?

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Star Wars is either a masterpiece, a chipped modern classic, or a sad devotion to an ancient religion, depending on who you ask. No matter what your opinion, the cultural impact of the original trilogy is undeniable. So when creator George Lucas announced his intention to flesh out the rise of Darth Vader and the Empire in The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith, fans were ecstatic… at least at first.

The prequel trilogy succeeded in both clarifying and muddying the classic mythology. Defenders and detractors alike can agree on one thing: Lucas’ second trilogy had a few flaws. One of the most common critiques leveled at the films (we’re not going near Jar Jar) is its mishandling of Darth Vader, where Lucas turned the cinema’s archetypal villain into the byproduct of a tepid soap opera. In particular, many take issue with Anakin’s final transformation sequence into Vader, where the very Frankensteinian moment is (some would say) ruined by the villain’s baleful howl.

Marvel’s Star Wars comic, Darth Vader #1, revisits the villain’s origins. Can it reclaim the oft-derided sequence, though, and give Vader a truly meaningful “birth”?

Episodes I-III attempted to present a viable reason for Darth Vader’s fall – his rebelliousness against Jedi doctrines, his impetuous and emotional nature, and his authoritarian desire for order by way of imposing his own will. Lucas succeeded to some degree, but, nevertheless, many fans of the original trilogy were dissatisfied with the quintessential foe’s rise to power. In particular, his turn from an upstanding if rebellious Jedi Knight (aside from a few dozen dead Tusken raiders, anyway) into a padawan-slaughtering, wife-killing psychopath.

One of the most contentious moments in the film arrives after Emperor Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious) has scooped up his apprentice’s remains from Mustafar and deposited them in a new, mechanized body. Palpatine informs Vader that his young bride Padme, as well as his unborn children, are dead by his own hands. The up-and-coming Sith’s reaction is certainly understandable, as he just accidentally killed his entire family, but for many fans, the agonized wail came across as too theatrical. Clearly, Lucas meant Anakin’s scream to echo that of his son, Luke Skywalker, who dealt with his own pain upon learning the galaxy’s worst menace was his father. But the impactful moment falls flat in Revenge, largely thanks to its imperfect execution, as well as Hayden Christensen’s wishy-washy portrayal (not entirely his fault) of the elder Skywalker up until his reconstruction.

Marvel has decided to revisit this oft-derided moment in their latest Darth Vader comic #1, which threatens to give Vader back some of his dignity. Written by Charles Soule with art from Giuseppe Camuncoli, the series will replay Vader’s transition and (hopefully) reclaim it from the Star Wars reel of shame. Marvel’s Star Wars editor Jordan D. White explores the reach of their latest Vader book, explaining (via Newsarama) that the galaxy’s biggest baddie will continue to tell his side of the story:

“With the all-new Darth Vader series, we will finally get the chance to witness iconic moments in the Star Wars galaxy through the lens of one of its most famous characters. With Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli  at the helm, we are going to spotlight the construction of Vader’s red lightsaber, the fallout of Order 66, the beginnings of the Inquisitor program, the rise of an Empire, and many more sinister moments never seen before!”

In Darth vader #1, Soule and Camuncoli spin the not-so-classic scene from Revenge of the Sith in a different light. Their version actually comes across as visually stronger than the original to a degree, in particular by providing more insight into the dark Jedi’s agony. The comic book deemphasizes Skywalker’s reconstruction into Vader, instead focusing on his rapidly dawning realization of the pain he’s caused and his own betrayal. As emblematic as Lucas’ Frankenstein parallel is, the homage actually undercuts its own emotional depth, accenting Vader’s “rise” with Palpatine’s reveal seeming more like a footnote (“by the way, you killed your wife”), rather than the emotional crux of the entire franchise thus far. Even though moviegoers are well-aware of the Emperor’s twisted machinations, even his smug, baked-bean smirk seems too sedate under the circumstances, not that the scene requires hammy hand-wringing.

At the same time, Revenge has the disadvantage of being viewed from a third-person perspective, whereas Soule, alongside Camuncoli can rework the somewhat cheesy sequence in Darth Vader #1 through Vader’s eyes and heart. Like Lucas, they keep the dialogue to a minimum, at first, transposing images of mechanization with flesh and blood moments, which creates a moving picture of Vader’s emotional state. The Emperor’s positively gleeful expression also highlights the true depths of his malevolence: every step his apprentice takes towards misery is another string for the puppet master to tug at.

Viewing the “iconic” moment directly through Vader’s perspective also allows Soule to add an explosive twist to the sequence, as a wave of Vader’s rage and anguish actually flings Sidious against the wall. Not present in the original scene, it’s unclear whether this is a retcon or simply the way Vader views things. Palpatine seems genuinely overwhelmed by the raw power of his apprentice, and Soule uses this to construct the first power struggle in the newly minted master-apprentice relationship.

Instead of begrudgingly accepting Palpatine’s explanation – and then cutting to him puppy-dogging behind the Emperor on the bridge of a star destroyer – Vader explodes at the Emperor, questioning his promise to save Padme, which is arguably what sealed his deal for joining Team Dark Side. Ever the manipulator, Sidious sidesteps his supposedly “miraculous” powers, urging his apprentice to use his wife’s death, channeling her “gift of pain” to complete his transition into an agent of evil.

Also it appears that Soule ups the ante for the dastardly duo. The conversation between them suggests that Vader really didn’t have as much say in his final conversion as audiences presumed. Everyone assumed that Vader, although clearly under Palpatine’s influence, made a final conscious decision to embrace the dark side. Soule’s revision of his Sith origin adds a new, coercive wrinkle the dark lord’s rebirth – something already explored to a degree in the recent, post-A New Hope series from Kieron Gillen. From how it looks, Marvel’s version establishes Palpatine’s dire threat to his apprentice much earlier on, which, so long as it doesn’t override Vader’s own complicity in his fall from grace, gives their relationship and eventual falling-out an extra layer.

In addition to tweaking (hopefully for the better) his transformation, the comic also promises to peel back the layers of Vader’s role in the “Great Jedi Purge” – something once explored by a number of non-canon Star Wars Legends’ comics Dark Horse, as well as several novels and video games. Star Wars: Rebels and other more recent comics have dealt with Vader’s genocidal quest, but much of the disturbing but fascinating story remains untold.

Soule and company will also delve into the legacy of the Inquisitors – a group which dominated the first few seasons of Rebels and were a welcome addition to the galaxy’s rich lore. While Vader’s rebirth and evolution should be the true highlight of his latest ongoing journey, giving readers more insight into the exemplary evildoer and further details into the fledgling Empire as it tightens its grip on the galaxy. Most importantly, it appears to give Emperor’s right-hand cybernetic man a chance redeem his somewhat cringe-worthy “origin” story.

“WHERE IS YOUR LIGHTSABER, LORD VADER?”

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Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber has been a central fixture of the Star Wars galaxy ever since Obi-Wan first presented it to his son, Luke, in A New Hope. It always held the weight of legacy in its hilt due to the legendary status of the former Jedi, only for it to be revealed that it was also the same weapon used to hunt down and destroy many Jedi Knights, including the younglings at the Jedi Temple, after Anakin turned to the dark side and became Darth Vader.

That same lightsaber was eventually lost when Vader himself severed it from Luke’s arm, along with his hand, with the saber falling into the depths of Cloud City, only to resurface decades later when it calls to Rey from the basement of Maz Kanata’s palace. Now the saber isn’t even considered Anakin’s or Luke’s, with Lucasfilm marketing, explicitly referring to it as “Rey’s” saber. But it’s not the only weapon to be wielded by the fallen Jedi, as Vader is probably most well known for the crimson blade he wielded in each movie from the original trilogy.

Now, thanks to Marvel Comics’ Darth Vader #1, from writer Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli, the story behind the more sinister of Anakin’s weapons is finally being told.

Picking up during the ending of Revenge of the Sith, right after Anakin gets his fancy new black armor, the comic reveals that the infamous “NO!” yelled by the new Sith not only damaged the droids and medical equipment, but also knocked back Sidious himself. The Dark Lord of the Sith attacks Vader, taunting his new apprentice, saying “where is your lightsaber, Lord Vader? Use its power! Defend Yourself!” When Vader tells him it had been lost during the duel with Obi-Wan on Mustafar, Palpatine corrects him: “That blade belonged to another. A Jedi. You are a Sith.”

It was already revealed in the Ahsoka novel that Sith lightsabers are red due to a the kyber crystal inside being made to “bleed” when a Sith exerts his control over it. The comic goes into more detail, with Palpatine saying that Sith lightsaber blades are indeed colored by their crystals, just as Jedi blades are. But since the Sith don’t manufacture these kyber crystals, nor do they excavate them from natural sources. Sith steal their kyber crystals from the lightsabers of Jedi. After a crystal is extracted, the Sith who stole it pours all of his or her pain and rage into the crystal, effectively torturing the living force within the kyber crystal, causing it to “bleed,” turning it red. A process that is actually reversed by Anakin’s former Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, when she steals her kyber crystals from an Inquisitor, turning the blades white.

This continues a trend in modern Star Wars canon’s depiction of the Force that shows the Sith as usurpers, not simply tapping into a “dark side” of the mystical energy field, but actually corrupting its natural flow, perverting its original intent to serve their will, as opposed to surrendering to its will as some of the more wise Jedi, like Qui-Gon Jinn, Yoda, and Obi-Wan Kenobi urge in their teaching.

“THE SABER OF A SITH IS NOT GIVEN. IT IS TAKEN.”

With Order 66, and contributions from Vader himself, having just killed thousands of Jedi, Grand Vizier Mas Amedda is hosting a public destruction of the Jedi weapons, declaring the Empire safe from their “Separatist plots” after their “attempt to assassinate” Emperor Sheev Palpatine. Vader notes that Palpatine is not giving him one of these lightsabers, deducing that it must be because “the saber of a Sith is not given. It is taken.”

In what appears to serve as a sort of right of passage for the new Sith apprentice, Darth Sidious takes him to an unnamed planet on the Mid-Rim, where he leaves him unarmed to track down his Jedi victim, claim his weapon, and bend its kyber crystal to his will in the black hilt of his new lightsaber. The obvious question is who will Vader’s victim be? Jedi bear a much more intimate connection with their Kyber crystal, and Ahsoka even recognized the presence in the crystals she claimed from the Inquisitor for her own. Will the Jedi that supplies Vader’s new kyber be one familiar to fans, and will this in any way reflect on his continued legacy?

Regardless, the lightsaber inherited by Luke – and later by Rey – was only the property of Anakin for a few years during the Clone Wars, whereas this new blade, presuming he doesn’t need to regularly replace it as well, has several decades of legacy behind it, so its only fitting for the very first story in Vader’s post-Mustafar career to revolve around its theft and construction, including a depiction of the former Jedi bleeding one of the crystals with which he used to share a much more intimate bond.

Whatever happens, with hundreds – if not thousands – of Jedi possibly still on the loose, the new Sith Apprentice has his work cut out for him once he claims his new crimson blade and continues to finish what Palpatine started with Order 66.

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