The stories we want more of before Episode IX.
Divisive as it may be, The Last Jedi carried the tradition of the other Star Wars films by introducing new characters and making surprising adjustments to the story and lore of the universe. And, like any other Star Wars film, we are now left with many questions answered, and even more remaining.
Since Disney’s revival of the Star Wars franchise, we’ve seen several books, comics, and television shows that have explored different characters and tangents seen within the core films themselves. Now, in the wake of The Last Jedi, we have several stories we want to see fleshed out within the expanded universe to help bridge the gap between Episodes VIII and IX.
***WARNING: Spoilers for The Last Jedi ahead!***
Rey’s Continuing Education
One of the final shots of the film showed the Jedi texts from Ahch-To stowed within a storage compartment on the Millennium Falcon, meaning that, while the symbolic tree of the ancient Jedi was destroyed, she still has all the knowledge and theory of the Jedi in her possession.
In many ways, Rey’s journey mirrors that of Luke’s. He was the only living Jedi after the events of Return of the Jedi, so he had to essentially start from scratch to start his new Jedi academy. Likewise, if Rey wants to keep the Jedi going in one form or another, then she’s going to be turning to those ancient Jedi texts for guidance.
A comic or novel that explores how Rey interprets and educates herself using these texts would shed light on how she is going to develop her own ideology and pick up where Luke Skywalker left off. After all, Yoda mentions she “has all she needs” when speaking with Luke on Ach-To, suggesting Rey’s responsibility at this point is to figure out what she believes in and how (or if) she’s going to re-establish the Jedi Order and train up a new generation of Force users.
The Story of Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo
We first meet Amilyn Holdo in Claudia Grey’s Leia: Princess of Alderaan novel, but it’s clear during the events of The Last Jedi that the Vice Admiral has gained a reputation during her service within the Resistance. Poe recalls her involvement in previous conflicts when she’s first introduced in the film, and many of the other Resistance members seem to be in awe of her when she arrives to take up command in Leia’s absence.
Having a full-length novel that explores Holdo’s career and her journey to becoming Vice Admiral would be a neat way to build out the backstory of one of The Last Jedi’s most notable characters. What was her involvement politically prior to the rise of the First Order? What happened during the “Battle of the Chyron Belt” Poe references within the film? Based on her actions in The Last Jedi, we can surmise she’s had combat training and could have possibly served in the field as a soldier or commanding officer. What happened then? The elegant and graceful admiral definitely has a story to tell, and considering her sacrifice that led to one of the most memorable scenes within the film, it’d be nice to see how she developed into the hero she died as.
Luke’s Jedi Academy
There’s still so much we don’t know about Luke’s academy and his attempt to restore the Jedi Order. Who did he train? How did he go about finding them? What happened to the survivors who went with Kylo?
Some theories credit the Knights of Ren as being Luke’s old students, although we have yet to see that confirmed. But a comic, novel, or short story collection detailing who Luke trained and how he found them would be a great way to meet other Force sensitives across the galaxy. Certainly there were happy times prior to Kylo’s defection and destruction of Luke’s academy, and it could show how Luke’s ideology aligned with and differed from the Jedi of the Old Republic. And who knows, perhaps it could set up for reveals to take place within Episode IX.
Lovey’s Scheme on Canto Bight
The Master Codebreaker–a character we met for all of five seconds during on Canto Bight–wasn’t given a whole lot to do in The Last Jedi. Even less time was given to “Lovey,” the square-coiffed woman seen with him during that same sequence. However, her appearance on screen is credited with deeper lore in The Visual Dictionary that would make for a brilliant comic or novella taking place in the aftermath of The Last Jedi.
In the Visual Dictionary, it’s said that Lovey (as she’s called by the Master Codebreaker himself) is with him not because of romantic interest, but because she plans to usurp him and take up his mantle as the Master Codebreaker. Seeing her machinations and manipulation would be a fun story to watch unfold, with all the potential of a good double-crossing thriller. It’s extra fitting considering Canto Bight is a Nar Shadaa-like location filled with greedy and rich profiteers in place of hardened smugglers and criminals, making way for the introduction of more unscrupulous patrons within the casino city.
Supreme Leader Snoke
In the wake of The Last Jedi, we still don’t know who Snoke is or how he got to be in command of the First Order. Even though director Rian Johnson didn’t deem it necessary to explain Snoke’s backstory in the movie, we still want to know because Snoke’s identity was one of the most intriguing mysteries set up in The Force Awakens.
It would be fascinating to better understand his ascension to the position of Supreme Leader within the First Order. Who is he? How did he get into power? Who were the Knights of Ren, and what was their purpose? What is the extent of his Force abilities? In the Visual Dictionary, it’s said he didn’t obtain his deep scarring from combat, leaving us with the obvious question of what happened to him and how/if that event affected his intentions to rule at the head of the First Order. A novel exploring his rise in-depth would be a great way to give us more context of how the First Order operates and what he did to cement himself at the head of the First Order.
The Journey of Luke’s Lightsaber
We still have yet to see how Maz Kanata came into possession of Luke Skywalker’s blue lightsaber, which she herself said was a story for another time. What better time than now, especially considering the lightsaber’s journey seems to have ended in The Last Jedi when it broke in two during Rey and Kylo’s Force tug-of-war?
A short story collection from multiple perspectives illustrating how Luke’s lightsaber was discovered on Cloud City and the various hands it changed between before winding up in a small box on Takodana could introduce us to new characters, objects, and places the galaxy, while also maintaining one of Star Wars’ long-running themes of destiny and the tradition of things lining up in the right place, at the right time.
What stories do you want to see coming out of The Last Jedi? Tell us in the comments, and make sure to read Director Rian Johnson’s take on the film’s ending and the lingering questions we have after seeing it.
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