Whew! Last week was a pretty wild ride for three straight days. Not only did we get to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars but we got to freak out a lot over the latest in The Last Jedi news and speculation and there was a lot of both.
In keeping with the finest of Star Wars traditions, Vanity Fair debuted four new covers celebrating The Last Jedi; one with Luke and Rey, one with Kylo, Hux, and Phasma, one with Poe, Finn, and Rose, and one with Leia. They then proceeded to follow it up the next day with a full, in-depth article (and more gorgeous pictures by Annie Leibovitz!) about the film that is well worth your time along with several other shorter pieces. Clearly the most important thing we learned from that article is that Kelly Marie Tran’s character Rose now has a last name (she’s Rose Tico!) and she has a sister who’s also a part of the Resistance named Paige. Other Tosche Station staffers may try to tell you that the most important thing has to do with Luke Skywalker but nope. They are wrong. Everything’s coming up Rose.
Joining in on the 40th Anniversary fun, Del Rey announced more authors for their forthcoming anthology. Expect to see stories from the DeFractions, Greg Rucka, Pierce Brown, Charles Soule, Pablo Hidalgo, Beth Revis, and Ian Doescher in the ever expanding and ever more awesome sounding book this October.
Oh! And finally Finn has a shiny new blaster that, like basically everything else he has, looks like he got it from Poe. It lights up!
“I know only one truth: It’s time for the Jedi to end.”
The first trailer for The Last Jedi ends with Luke’s shocking declaration about the future of the Jedi Order – that there is no future. After all his explorations of the galaxy, all the knowledge he’s gained about the Force, he’s concluded that the Jedi must die out. This is a result of Kylo Ren’s fall to the dark side and Luke’s subsequent hermitage/depression. He blames himself for what happened, and believes the Jedi Order will keep on destroying itself if it continues. He has become jaded, cynical, and fatalistic.
Or so some people believe. I, on the other hand, have much different thoughts. Luke isn’t calling for an end to the Order because he’s given up. On the contrary, he knows exactly what he needs to do now, and Rey is the only person who can help him.
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Kicking off the show, the hosts highlight what’s New on the Blog. Bria started her new blog project, the Hondo Caravan. She also reviewed 2013 in the Expanded Universe…which we’ll get back to shortly. Brian and Nanci did a Go/No-go for Ender’s Game. Brian reviewed the The Haynes Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual by Ryder Windham, Chris Reif, and Chris Trevas. Bria reviewed The Star Wars #3.
In Fixer’s Flash, Nanci’s been busy reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. She’s knee-deep in NaNo, but still found time to watch Ender’s Game. Both Brian and Nanci watched Thor in preparation for The Dark World. Bria. Bria’s kept herself busy with duolingo. She also attended a Pretty Deadly signing and met awesome person Kelly Sue DeConnick
There’s not a whole lot in Deak’s Dirt this time. UK Casting Call for Episode VII? Also a US call? Dennis Barbie tweets that Episode VII will be coming “end 2015,” but he backtracked later in the day. In comics news, the new Ms. Marvel is a Muslim shapeshifting teenager! Awesome!
On Camie’s Concerns, staff writer Bria joins the hosts to take a look back at the year that was in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. What books stood out? What books fell flat? Which book got everyone angry ranting and which book had everyone gushing? Wrapping things up, everyone discusses the trends noticed in 2013 and what we hope to see in 2014.
Finally, the hosts field questions in Ask Us Anything.
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It’s the vogue thing to do right now so I couldn’t help but sit down and take a retrospective look at this year’s Expanded Universe books and then rank them in my order of preference. (Because hey! All the cool kids are doing it!)
Overall, 2013 was a solidly enjoyable year for Expanded Universe releases. After all, what else could it be when we literally started 2013 with Scoundrels? I can promise you that I paid no attention to the ball dropping in Time’s Square and was instead impatiently waiting for Scoundrels to finish downloading to my Nook instead. As those who followed the Waru Express are probably well aware, I’ve had my fair share of problems with a number of the Expanded Universe releases in the past five years or so. 2013 has, for the most part, been a giant breath of fresh air.
We’ll start with my basic rankings and then I’ll go a bit more into detail because this list is going to look deceptive. My reviews for each of these books are linked.
- Razor’s Edge
- Into the Void
- The Last Jedi
That’s the simplified version of the rankings. If you really want a better sense of how I felt about these books, it’ll look something more like this.
- Razor’s Edge OR Scoundrels
- Into the Void.
9. The Last Jedi
Let’s start with the good. (And a few spoilers that will be said in passing.)
The adventures of Jax Pavan, Jedi Purge survivor, continue in The Last Jedi by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff. Jax, Den Dhur, I-Five, and Laranth Tarak are on a top priority mission for the Whiplash underground resistance. They must safely smuggle one of Whiplash’s top leaders off of Coruscant before the Empire can successfully assassinate him. In route, however, something goes terribly wrong and it’s up to Jax and his crew to set things right while simultaneously staying very far away from Darth Vader.
For the rest of the review, to the jump!