Everyone has seen fantasies pass by about what "actually" would be going on in the Star Wars films. Secret identities of Sith lords to "secret" origins of locations from the films; Phantoms are available in all shapes and sizes.
Sometimes I can sincerely amaze myself how creative fans are with their theories and how they can draw all kinds of lines that are (seemingly) quite logical.
In other cases, imagine a person with an aluminum foil hat (perhaps in the form of a Stormtrooper helmet) in front of a notice board that draws lines between pictures of Snoke and Jar-Jar Binks. In any case: something for everyone.
The nice thing about films (and certainly also Star Wars) is that certain events or characters leave a space for their own interpretation of the viewer. Everyone can have their own ideas about what can be seen in films,
Here are a few theories that stand out for me!
Each antagonist in the prequels reflects the development of Anakin
This theory is still fairly fresh, it was posted to Reddit by username at the end of June Tracer bullet. Tracerbullet explained that he was thinking about the overarching antagonists in Star Wars and how General Grievous would reflect on how Anakin would become Skywalker. George Lucas made an artistic choice to enter Grievous Revenge of the Sith to stop, as a sort of 'rhyme'.
Tracer Bullet drew the conclusion that each central antagonist in the prequels is a reflection of Anakin:
- Episode I: Darth Maul. Darth Maul is completely submissive to his master Darth Sidious. Anakin is in The Phantom Menace freed from slavery, but in reality transfers itself to the Jedi Order.
- Episode IICount Dooku. Dooku is a fallen Jedi who defected to the Sith. In Attack of the Clones Anakin begins to surrender to passion and power, above honor and order. He begins to turn the Jedi Code off.
- Episode III: General Grievous. Grievous is a ruthless cyborg. In Revenge of the Sith Anakin loses his humanity and slaughters hundreds of people. He also becomes more human than machine.
This is still somewhat obvious. It is an interpretation of the films and of the artistic choices of Lucas. In addition, you also have theories that fans use to give more depth to the story and to the characters. They analyze the behavior and convictions of characters and draw conclusions based on this:
The armor of storm troopers is not very protective
This theory was raised by Reddit user Solipschism. He noticed that the armor of the Empire's troops did not stop much. A pendulum with a stone by an Ewok can already switch off the soldiers of Palpatine. But what if Emperor Palpatine did that on purpose?
Soldiers who can survive for a long time despite the bad armor, could still be 'force-sensitive' and thus get some attention from Palpatine. Perhaps to recruit these troops as Inquisitors or the like. You also separate the chaff from the corn among the men.
Not only Galen Erso has sabotaged the Death Star
Reddit user Omny87 plays with the idea that several engineers in the team of Erso also committed sabotage when making the Death Star.
Out in the scene Rogue One in which director Orson questions Krennic Galen and his engineers, we see how scared the engineers are. Now that is pretty logical in itself when an angry high officer of the Empire is standing in front of you with a firing squad, but Omny87 thinks there is more to it.
He thinks that Erso is not the only one who is forced to serve the Empire and that the other scientists have put their own design flaws into the Death Star as revenge. What could those errors be?
Omny87 points to the lack of fences, seemingly bottomless depths and the fact that the crew that stands next to the planet-destroying radius of the Death Star has no protection and can only dive away. I quote: "The whole Death Star could be just one big cornucopia or deliberately shitty architecture."
The latter two theories not only give depth to characters, but they also fill plotters. The following is also meant for this:
The Force distorts the course of time
This theorie arises from Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. In particular, it is based on Luke's training on Dagobah. Here and there there has been criticism of the fact that Luke has had quite extensive training in a relatively short period of time. Where we see in the prequelles how Jedi is being trained from an early age, Luke seems to get the same results in a few weeks.
The theory means that this 'few weeks' might still be a very long time. Yoda may have manipulated the course of time through the Force.
Finally, an article about fantasies around Star Wars can not exist without at least a reference to Bigger Luke.
Bigger Luke is, ehm, special. The bottom line is that the authors of this theory assume that there are two different Luke Skywalkers. One is slightly shorter than the other.
One of the 'evidences' is the fact that A New Hope, the length of Luke compared to Han differs slightly in two scenes. This leads to two hypotheses:
- The 'Canon Luke' hypothesis: This assumes that there are two Luke Skywalkers, Luke Prime and Bigger Luke. One of the two is a clone or a Force projection from Luke, the other is the real one.
- The 'Hamill' hypothesis: This assumes that Mark Hamill has an unnamed doppelganger who has been used in some scenes of the Original Trilogy for unknown reasons. An identity is unknown.
This is just a piece of the many thoughts behind Bigger Luke. click here to view the website of the theory.
'Five ways to save Star Wars'
'Five ways to save Star Wars'. That was the headline of an article on rogerebert.com. I could not resist clicking and seeing what these film critics had to say about the films. Then I could not resist letting off steam. (Lake…)
The Future of the Star Wars
One of our most involved forummembers and regular visitors to the site, Marko, wanted to share his opinion in the form of a short column about the future of Star Wars with our followers. Do you also want to share something? Let us know!
In the coming years, a lot will happen in the Star Wars universe. Partially confirmed. The closing, third (IX) part of the sequel trilogy, and according to JJ Abrams of the entire saga. A series of films by Benioff and Weis, which made the much praised Game of Thrones. A trilogy by Rian Johnson. A television series by Jon Favreau for the future Disney streaming service, which will play a few years after Return of The Jedi. A new animation series, which even has a name, Resistance. Unofficially the strongest rumors are about an Obi Wan Kenobi film that would be directed by Stephen Daldry and a Boba Fett movie by James Mangold.
But before that happens, there must first be bitten by the sour apple that is the present. Solo makes a financial stumbling. Anyway, that is a fact. Is that going to affect the aforementioned future?
Yes. All possible other causes have been set aside, ostensibly the world is not very much waiting for origin stories from well-known Star Wars characters. Of course, the divided opinion about The Last Jedi has not escaped the people at Lucasfilm. If you assume how 'easy' Kathleen Kennedy puts active directors on non-active, it seems no problem to cancel scheduled films. All this adds up to wonder if we will ever see the Rian Johnsons trilogy and whether the rumors about a Boba Fett and an Obi Wan movie will always remain rumors.
During all this, Lucasfilm remains silent, outward. It seems as if the walls are being raised higher and higher. There is a feeling of tension. If you do not say anything, you can not say anything wrong, or anything like that. Would they really wait for the next Star Wars Celebration, 2019 in Chicago, to give the longing fans something of certainty. Lucasfilm should quickly open the gates. Provide information about the upcoming projects, perhaps even engage in dialogue with fans. To date, however, it remains silent, dead silent and that whole glorious future of Star Wars is just as uncertain as who the parents of Rey are.
Is risk taking good for Star Wars?
Has Star Wars become more interesting because it dares to take risks? Has Star Wars become better or worse, now that it is taking new direction and making choices based on what is good for the story and not what the fans want?