Movie Music

Have you ever watched a movie and then as soon as it was over, listened to the soundtrack of it?

I love listening to soundtracks. They make schoolwork, long car rides, and chores way more fun. You can imagine you’re helping Frodo take the Ring to Mordor, or are battling the Empire, instead of just doing algebra. After I watch a great movie, I love closing my eyes while listening to the music and trying to picture the scene in my head. It brings back all the feelings and memories I had while watching it. The soundtrack of a movie can have a lot more to do with how you experience it than you may think. Some people say they get too into the movie to notice the music, but I believe if it wasn’t there, we would notice right away that something important was missing. The music in a movie plays a huge part in helping us feel empathy for characters, giving scenes certain moods, and helping people understand what’s going on. Each part of a score affects certain things that the music communicates.

Tempo: The speed at which a passage of music is played.                                    

This has a significant part in determining the intensity of a scene. Fast tempo melodies convey frantic energy, or rapid movement. Action scenes or battles are usually accompanied by it. Slow tempo conveys a relaxed pace, or lack of energy. Sad scenes, or serious moments normally have a slower tempo. And while slow tempo songs can be beautiful, I personally prefer fast-paced ones.

Volume: Quantity or power of sound. Degree of loudness. 

Volume affects the feeling of a scene by creating a sort of space surrounding it. Think about it like this: If during the Revenge of the Sith battle between Vader and Obi-Wan on Mustafar, soft, quiet music had been playing, would it have felt less exciting? When everyone is saying goodbye to Frodo in The Return of the King, would it have been distracting to have a lot of noise in the music? Loud music seems to shallow characters, making the action more exciting, while soft music creates a more meaningful moment. If the volume starts out quiet, and then gradually grows, it can mirror the growing action, excitement, or conclusion of a scene.    

Key: A group of notes based on a particular note and comprising scale.

There are two basic classifications of musical keys: Major and Minor. Major keys sound bright and cheerful, while Minor keys sound darker and sad. It’s easy to see how this would affect what a piece of music makes you picture. Generally, you wouldn’t write the theme for the bad guys in a major key, and you wouldn’t put minor key music in a lighthearted scene.

Instrumentation: 

Different instruments can create the mood of the environment in a scene. They also help establish the setting, which is the place and time the movie is happening in. For instance, you won’t hear many drums or electric guitar riffs in the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack, since it takes place in 18th-century England. Those really don’t fit in with that movie setting. At all.

One more thing I want to talk about is called a motif, which is a repeating theme in a score. A leit motif is like a kind of musical label assigned to a character, place, idea, or emotion. Once it what it represents has been established, it can be repeated. Examples of this are the Imperial March, Rey’s theme, the Fellowship theme, and so on. As soon as you hear a few notes of it, you know what’s going on in the scene. One of my favorite times this is used is during the Rey and Kylo mind probe scene in The Force Awakens, and later on in the same movie during their lightsaber battle. You can tell who has the upper hand by listening to whose theme is playing.

Music is an un-removable part of a movie, because it’s the emotional and communication connection from the screen to the audience. While words and pictures deal with specific, concrete things, music deals with responses, values, emotions, and attitudes.

Now, I’m going to talk about some of my favorite pieces of music! By favorite I either mean the ones that bring back the most feelings and make me stare off into space whenever I hear them, or ones I like listening to because they sound exciting.

image1.jpeg
“Samwise the Brave”, from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

“Samwise the Brave” (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)

This is one of my very favorite parts of The Lord of the Rings. It proves that Frodo really did appreciate everything Sam did for him, and that they’re both heroes in this story. If loyalty, humility, and courage were music, this is what they would sound like. Even though this is a pretty bleak part in their journey, this song isn’t sad because they still carry hope that good will win. Or at least Sam does, and he passes that on to Frodo.


“Hera Soars” (Star Wars Rebels season 2 soundtrack)

I always end up smiling when I listen to this one. It makes me picture Hera’s exhilaration at getting to do what she loves best. She’s also getting to test a new fighter for the Rebellion, another thing she cares deeply about. Doing your favorite thing in the world is fun, but watching someone else do what they’re passionate about is almost as exciting. The music in this one is perfect for flying!

image3.jpeg

“Your Father Would be Proud” (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)

This is one of the ones I always end up stopping whatever I’m doing to listen to. I will confess to tearing up the first few times I listened to it after Rogue One. It’s so sad sounding, yet there’s still a lightness to it. Whenever I hear it, I don’t just see Cassian and Jyn’s sacrifice, I see the whole team’s. Their bravery, teamwork, dedication, and hope are all remembered through it.

“The Battle of Endor II” (Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)

At ten minutes, this is a pretty long track. While I do like the music for the battle at the shield generator, my favorite parts of this take place in the Emperor’s throne room. Vader and Luke fighting, Luke’s choice, and finally, Vader’s redemption. Before I saw Star Wars, I knew many things. I mean, are there really any people over the age of six who don’t know Darth Vader is Luke’s father? I even knew that Vader died, but this I did not expect. I remember being so proud of both Luke and Vader after watching this scene, and the music brings all those memories back.

image4.jpeg

“The Ways of the Force” (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

I love this battle, and the music that goes with it is terrific. Switching between Kylo’s, Rey’s and the Force’s themes, the music itself seems in conflict. Rey’s theme is more powerful than what was played earlier in the movie, symbolizing her taking the next steps in her journey. This is one of my favorite parts to picture in my head, and I might have pretended to swing a lightsaber around while listening to it more than once.

“It’s Over Now” (Star Wars Rebels season 2 soundtrack)

Another name for this one could be “Attack of Feels”. Kanan’s blind, Maul’s back, Ahsoka’s gone, and Ezra has a Sith holocron in his possession. Because this ending whole montage has no words, the music plays a vital part in driving the emotion of the scene. The vocals and the drums make it feel foreboding and like there’s no going back to how things were.

image5.jpeg

“Sabine’s Catharsis” (Star Wars Rebels season 3 soundtrack*)

The word catharsis means “The process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.” You can feel that in the music as Sabine confronts her past. It builds and builds until the whole story comes out, then gets quiet at the end, as a spent and broken Sabine questions whether she can go through with this. At the very end, her friends show their confidence in her, and because of that, she finds the confidence to keep going. Sabine’s theme encompasses both the tough Mandalorian side of her, as well as the artist side that knows that the Mandalorian way is not always the best way.

“Concerning Hobbits” (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

This is the happiest piece of music there is. It’s so beautiful, sometimes I find myself randomly humming it. It represents everything about Hobbits: Their love of everything good, like plants, food, and friends. Their ability to see the bright side of situations. And their courage to do incredible things. It also makes me picture the peaceful Shire, with its green grass, trees to read in, and cute little houses.

image6.jpeg

“Ahsoka Leaves” (Star Wars: The Clone Wars soundtrack)

I haven’t even seen all of The Clone Wars, but the first time I heard this, it made me stop completely and imagine what Anakin and Ahsoka are feeling in this scene. I’ve never heard the Force Theme sound so sad. Even though Ahsoka believes she made the right choice, that doesn’t make what she has to do any easier. I don’t think anyone who cares about her story can listen to this and not feel a little of her pain.

“Jyn Erso and Hope Suite” (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)

This song has a lot of Jyn’s theme in it, as well as a some parts of “Your Father Would be Proud”. It starts off pretty and sad sounding, which is the part that has been Jyn’s theme throughout the movie. Then it has part of the track “Rebellions are Built on Hope”. At the end, it switches back to Jyn’s theme very quietly, sounding almost like it’s fading away. Basically, it will make you melt into a pool of Rogue One feels. The entire Rogue One soundtrack is amazing, so if you haven’t heard it, I highly recommend it.

 

“Rey’s Theme” (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

It amazes me how composers are able to create themes for people that suit them so well. Maybe they seem to fit them because our brain has associated them with the particular character ever since they first appeared. There have been so many characters to have their own themes in Star Wars: Luke, Leia, Vader, Yoda, Jyn, the Emperor, Maul, Ezra, Sabine, Ahsoka, Anakin… but I think Rey’s is my favorite because it’s pretty, but not super slow. I love how it progressively changes a little as the movie goes on, just like the character.

“Ahsoka Duels the Inquisitors” (Star Wars Rebels season 2 soundtrack)

This is one of the ones I like because it’s fun to listen to, with lots of drums and vocals. It’s the first time we get to see Ahsoka with her lightsabers in Rebels, and it’s a very dramatic fight. It also makes doing math problems feel way more urgent and exciting.

 

One other thing I like about soundtracks is how you can sometimes find little bits of themes for things in a scene. Like how they put a few notes of “The Imperial March” into the very end of the credits for Revenge of the Sith, or how Han and Leia’s theme plays for just a moment in “Farewell and The Trip”.


*The Star Wars Rebels season 3 soundtrack has still not be released in its entirety in digital or CD form, however this track, and many others from all four seasons of the show, are available for listening on StarWars.com


What is your favorite movie soundtrack? Do you have a favorite song from it?

How to Survive Rebels Hiatus

*This article contains spoiler-ish things for Star Wars Rebels season four: proceed at your own risk.*

“Noooooooo!” I wanted to yell at the TV, as the end credits rolled for the Star Wars Rebels mid-season finale, “Rebel Assault”. That episode had me on the edge of my seat the entire time, and then ended with several huge cliffhangers. What’s going to happen to Hera? What has Kanan come to realize? Are the Rebels ever going to be able to launch a successful strike on Lothal? And most importantly: How am I going to survive mid-season break?! If you’re asking similar questions, here are some things I came up with that will (hopefully) help the time go by faster.

image1.jpeg

1. Fangirl/Fanboy with others

I do this nearly everyday, and it’s one of my favorite things to do! I could do it forever, but unfortunately there are very few people who enjoy carrying on a conversation about Rebels for more than two minutes. If you can find a group to talk with, whether it’s on social media, the comments section on here, or in real life, I guarantee that you will learn so much and find details you’ve never thought of. You’ll also have a place to share your ideas and thoughts. Another great thing is then you can all suffer together. 😄

image2

2. Use your Interests 

Get out your pencils, markers, paint, and make some fan art! Maybe art isn’t your thing. Write some fan fiction, or a poem. Make up a song that reminds you of one of the characters. Create a cosplay. Make some Rebels themed crafts. Act out an episode with your friends or siblings. Be creative!

3. Have a Rebels Marathon 

The journey of Rebels has been amazing! We’ve come so far since the beginning; the characters, the plot, the galaxy. Sometimes I can hardly believe it’s the same show when I look back on how much has changed. It’s fun to go back and watch all 68 episodes that have been released so far. (That’s approximately 23 hours!) Since many things this season have mirrored season one, you’ll see the parallels and all the pieces that are now falling into place. It also gives you a chance to look for hints of things that may happen, such as why the Empire is on Lothal. So far, I have only made it to the episode “Out of Darkness”, but there’s still weeks of break left. I’ve been noticing details I’ve never seen, and I’m enjoying revisiting old times before the crew had this much responsibility and weight on them.

image3.jpeg

4. Theorize       

I don’t know about you, but it is going to take me all of this break to really process everything that has happened so far, particularly with the Loth-Wolves. I have no idea what is going on, but maybe if I think about it enough, I’ll have a somewhat reasonable theory by the time Rebels starts up again. We should also get a mid-season trailer in a few weeks that will provide us with some new information to make predictions around. It never hurts to watch the trailer several times, pausing it to find any small details.

5. Convince Someone Else to Watch It 

There are some people who have never heard of Star Wars Rebels, some who decided that they didn’t like it too early and should give it another try, and some who just don’t think it’s worth watching. They’re missing out, so to help convince them, I have made a list of ten reasons they should watch Rebels:

1. It’s the formation of the Rebel Alliance. It begins with six individuals, and as it continues you see different Rebel cells join together to form the group we see in A New Hope.

2.  Space Family! Kanan, Hera, Chopper, Zeb, Sabine, and Ezra are each extremely different from each other, but work together just like actual families do. They’re always there for each other. Hera and Kanan are the authorities; Zeb, Sabine, and Ezra are the kids; and Chopper is like a mom’s favorite cat. It’s something we haven’t seen anywhere else in Star Wars and I love it!

3. It has strong lessons. Characters struggle with responsibility, trusting others, holding onto hope, choosing the right way to fight, overcoming their past, and many other things. As they learn, the stories stick with you, and you learn right along with them.

4. Amazing Character Development. Take Sabine, for example. She started off as a young teenager who was hurt by her family and didn’t always think through her actions. Now, she’s grown up, freed her family, and has led several successful missions. Agent Kallus’ journey from an Imperial Agent to Rebel Officer was not one I expected, nor thought I’d care about, but he is now one of my favorite characters. They push these characters to their limits and places you never thought they’d go.

image4.jpeg

5. Thrawn. This does not need any further explanation.

6. Returning Characters. We’ve had Lando, Leia, Obi-Wan, Bail Organa, Mon Mothma, Wedge Antilles, Hobbie, Maul, R2-D2, C-3PO, and Darth Vader all make appearances. If you’re a fan of Star Wars: The Clone Wars series, we’ve also had Hondo Ohnaka, Saw Gerrara, Clone Commander Wolffe, Gregor, Captain Rex, Bo-Katan Kryze, and of course Ahsoka Tano. If you’re one of those people who think Clone Wars is waaay better than Rebels, you should still watch it, because it finishes many plot lines Clone Wars was unable to.

7. There’s so Much at Stake. What if Sabine had never gotten Wedge and Hobbie out of Skystrike Academy? What if Hera hadn’t helped Mon Mothma escape to the meeting at Dantooine? Or if those two huge kyber crystals had reached their destinations? The decisions characters make in this show do affect the galaxy and how later things play out, and them making different choices would drastically change many things later.

8. It’s not just a “Kids Show”. Yes, Rebels doesn’t have many things shows for older people contain. You know why? Because those are things like language, over-done violence, and other not-so-great content. Those are not what make a story good. Rebels does have some intense moments. People do die, or take other hard losses. But beyond that, Rebels has the good-against-evil theme, adventure, and imperfect heroes that make it a great show.

9. It’s Funny. There’s some great humor in Rebels. Even when they’re in life threatening situations, they’re still able to keep their cool. Whether it’s Ezra doing one of his impersonations, Chopper causing trouble, or Kanan making a joke right after nearly dying, there’s always something that makes me laugh.

10. Everything is Important. There are no filler episodes in Rebels; each one has at least one thing important to the story. Take “The Wynkahthu Job” for example: It may seem like just a silly Hondo episode, but they stole proton bombs, which were more than likely used by Y-Wings in “Zero Hour”. Or the episode “Fighter Flight” from season one. This is a really goofy episode where Zeb and Ezra steal a TIE fighter while on a supply run. It seemed like a filler episode at the time, but the TIE fighter was a very important part of the season finale.

Even if you decide in the end you don’t enjoy the adventures of the Ghost crew as much as I do, at least you gave them a chance, and became knowledgeable in another part of the Star Wars galaxy.

image5.jpeg

6. Read “A New Dawn”

A New Dawn is the story of how Kanan ended up joining Hera as the first member of her crew. It has lots of action, and made me realize just how long and hard Hera has worked to help build the Rebellion.  It also shows that Kanan has come a long way from when he had given up any connection to his Jedi past. If you haven’t read it, and want some Rebels back story, then this would be a good thing to do over break.

7. Watch Rebels Recon and Check out the Episode Guides

After each episode, at StarWars.com you can find a behind-the-scenes video called Rebels Recon. Each one has interviews with the cast and crew, answers to questions people have asked, Chopper antics, and a clip for the next episode at the end. (Unless it’s the one right before break. No, of course I’m not still bitter about that.) They also release an episode guide, which has a breakdown of the episode, concept art, behind-the-scenes facts, and my favorite, a piece of music from the episode.

8. Go See Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Ok, so this one is kind of obvious, but thinking about a different part of the Star Wars fandom will help get your mind off the Rebels‘ cliffhangers. Also, it will more than likely leave off with another cliffhanger that we have to wait two years to resolve, so the ending to “Rebel Assault” won’t seem as bad in comparison. I know some people may not get to see The Last Jedi for a little while, so I hope changing some of these examples will help that time go faster too. (Like having a Star Wars movie marathon or convincing someone they should watch Star Wars. Yes, some people have actually never seen Star Wars.)

image6.png

9. Enjoy the Time Before the End

We only have seven episodes of Rebels left, ever, guys.  It’s going to be over so fast and who knows what is going to go down in these last episodes? At least we have some time to reflect on the journey and prepare for what ever they’ve got planned. If what we’ve seen from Rebels in the past is anything to go by, the final chapter isn’t going to be without losses of some kind, but it’s also going to be exciting and finish the story for these heroes in an amazing way.


How are you planning on surviving Rebels Hiatus? What are you looking forward to the most in the second half? Let us know in the comments!

Geeky Crafts!

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for more ways to work things related to your fandom(s) into everyday life.

One of the ways to do this is by making crafts! You can make something fandom related by doing pretty much anything, whether it’s painting on something, sewing, or rainbow looming. The possibilities are endless! While I’m not great at crocheting or making origami X-Wings, (which I did not find out by failing four times earlier today) there are several crafts I have done that turned out how they were supposed to, and allowed me to express my love for these stories and characters. Here are the supplies and directions you’ll need to make some too!

Continue reading “Geeky Crafts!”

It’s HERE! New trailer for the last season of Star Wars Rebels!!

A brand-new trailer for the final few episodes of the very last season of Star Wars Rebels has just dropped, and it sure packs a punch!!

Continue reading “It’s HERE! New trailer for the last season of Star Wars Rebels!!”

New Star Wars Rebels episode titles, descriptions, and air dates!!

More information concerning the last run of episodes of Star Wars Rebels season 4 has been revealed!!

*On 1/16/2018, Lucasfilm publicist, Tracy Cannobbio, let everyone know via Twitter that the U.S. airdates for the second half of Star Wars Rebels would be officially announced soon, as much of what has been going around is false info. Therefore, the details in this article may or may not be true.

According to information discovered and reported on by Star Wars Universe and Florian of Jedi-Bibliothek, we now have the air dates, episode titles, and synopses of the first two episode of the second half of the fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels.

The first episode is titled “Jedi Night” and will air on February 24th.  The episode description says,
“The Ghost Crew infiltrates the Imperial headquarters on Lothal to save one of their own.” (Source)

The second episode is titled “DUME” and will air on March 3rd. …

The episode description says,

“Reeling from a devastating loss, the Ghost crew rallies together to find a new purpose and resolve.” (Source)

I’m not making any calls yet on exactly what these hints are supposed to mean for our favorite Rebel team, but it’s easy to understand why many fans have already decided that they allude to the final fate of team leader and Jedi Knight, Kanan Jarrus, who many have suspected for a very long time will meet his end at the hands of the Empire before the show is over. I do have to admit to a certain feeling of apprehension for Kanan, as he has become one of my favorite Jedi due to this show, and I have engaged in many conversations (ahem, arguments) with fellow fans taking the side that it is not an absolute necessity for him to die in order to keep the story from conflicting with previously established canon, as many seem to think. But it should be remembered that these episode descriptions are very short and often misleading, and it seems as though taking the story and character in that direction that quickly wouldn’t work out so well. Especially since we can see by these air dates that they seem to be switching back to their original plan of airing one episode every week, as opposed to the convention they followed at the beginning of this season, with two episodes every week.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go set up my iPod’s countdown for time until my favorite show resumes. 😉


What do you think of this news? Are you willing to make any guesses about what the episodes will be about? Let us know in the comments below, we always love chatting with our readers and getting their perspectives!!

Updates from around Twitter! Hints at Star Wars Rebels season 4 second half air date (& the return of The Star Wars Show)| good news for Star Wars Rebels comic?| Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer

Several new updates concerning Star Wars have hit the internet lately!

First off, Star Wars Rebels voice actor Steven Stanton hinted on Twitter about when we’ll be getting that last run of episodes from the animated series:

So it seems that the rumors of a much longer than expected wait for the last few episodes of Rebels are untrue!

Another recent tease concerning the show, this time from Dave Filoni himself, revealed that the final bits of music have been recorded for the last episode.

In The Game of Nerds’ recent interview with the composer, Kiner said that he had so far not been allowed to see the last two minutes of the series finale episode, but it seems that has finally changed, and now the music for the entire series is finished.

While we still don’t know when that much-anticipated trailer for the last run of episodes will drop (if there even turns out to be one at all), we’ve been told we don’t have much longer to wait for more info. My personal guess is that we’ll get the airdates and possibly a look at the trailer in the next installment of StarWars.com‘s “The Star Wars Show”, which co-host of the show Anthony Carboni says will be returning in a couple more weeks.


More Star Wars Rebels-related hints include some promising news for fans who have been trying for quite a while now to get their hands on the ongoing German Rebels comic series. This series has been confirmed as beginning fully canon, and fits into the timeline of Rebels, but only a few issues of it were ever produced in English before the company that published it shut down.

Fans have been working to get this comic published in the U.S., but with no results so far.

However, a Twitter conversation revealed that work is being done in order to get another German Star Wars comic based on the Han Solo-centric book, Smuggler’s Run, published in English.

Although this might still be a bit of a stretch to some, it definitely seems like good news concerning the Rebels comic to me! As such a huge fan of the show, I desperately want to get my hands on the comics, and like any good Star Wars fan should, I’m willing to grab at any spark of hope I can find.


One very big topic of discussion in the Star Wars fandom is when the trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story will finally be unveiled. So far, official information regarding the film has been very sketchy, and mostly limited to pictures taken on set and released via social media by the film’s director, Ron Howard. But fans are beginning to get antsy for more, especially considering the film’s intended release is set for May 2018, currently only 4 months away.

However, Howard dropped a hint that our wait might not be much longer. When asked by a fan when we’d get the trailer for Solo, he responded with this:

There also seems to be a rumor circulating that the trailer would, in fact, drop this very week, but this has since been disputed by others, so I’m not making any calls on it myself.

I do think a good trailer at this point could do wonders for this movie, as it has suffered multiple setbacks during production (not the least of which being the change of directors from duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to Ron Howard when shooting was already almost done). Possibly the wait could be due to this very fact: Lucasfilm isn’t dumb when it comes to these things, especially not after their current tally of nine full-length movies and two animated TV series, all of which have been met with various reactions. Perhaps they are taking their time in order to build anticipation for the film, and to polish up the trailer to its very best possible shine before releasing it to the often harsh judgement of fans. Whichever case this is, I’m willing to at least give it a chance, and see what this new story has to offer, though I do have to admit that my own excitement levels are currently being dominated by the return of Rebels and the aftermath of The Last Jedi.


What Star Wars thing are you most excited for in the coming months? Would you read the Star Wars Rebels comic if it was published in English? Why do you think we haven’t heard much from Solo yet? Let us know in the comments!!

The Elven Padawan – #11- Super Special “The Last Jedi” Community Episode!!

In celebration of the premier of Star Wars VIII: THE LAST JEDI, there’s something really special going on with The Elven Padawan: a whole episode of your pre-TLJ thoughts!
Shay asked for your thoughts on a few key things concerning THE LAST JEDI, including porgs, R2-D2 vs. BB-8, lightsaber colors, and more, and now she’s back with all your answers, compiled into a “questions-on-the-street” news channel style. But don’t worry, there are no spoilers here; all questions are speculations and personal opinions only, and all answers were sent back and compiled before TLJ premiered, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, there’s nothing to worry about.

Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElvenPadawan. Please subscribe to the show on iTunes, GooglePlay, or SoundCloud and leave me a review! You can also follow this site, and get updates on every new post. If you have a question or comment to be read and answered on the show, send them to me at shay@elvenpadawan.com (if you’d like to record you asking the question yourself, feel free to send that as well, and I’d love to include the clip in the next podcast!)

Shownotes:

Melissa Villy- The Ramblings of a Jedi Librarian (personal blog) & Future of the Force

Audrey – writer for The Elven Padawan blog

Johnamarie Macias – creator of The Wookiee Gunner 

Caitlin – co-host of Skytalkers Podcast

Em Mallem – co-host of TumblingSaber’s Bridger Transmissions

Ryan Bullock – on Twitter

Aaron Harris – host of Coffee with Kenobi’s Rebels Reactions

 

Music/Sound effects:

Sound effects were from the Free Sound Project. 

Complete list of effects used for this episode:

How Lanais Make Music and Other Facts from Star Wars: The Last Jedi

*This post contains information that would be considered spoilers for The Last Jedi to some people. 

Crait! Rose and Paige! Elite Praetorian Guards! And of course, Porgs! Star Wars: The Last Jedi introduced many new people, places, ships, and creatures, while continuing the exciting story that began in The Force Awakens. I decided it would be interesting to dig a little deeper and see what I could find about all these new components, and ended up finding some more information about previous characters and places as well. Whether you’re wondering what the name DJ stands for, or just how many explosives those Resistance Bombers can carry, I guarantee you will learn something new. (Unless you’re Pablo Hidalgo, in which case you wrote the book much of this information came from.)

Resistance 

d6e25b7adc78904a55146feabd5ef157.jpg

First off, I’m starting with some of the many dedicated pilots, Admirals, Lieutenants, and soldiers who either lost their lives in this movie, or were part of the lucky few to make it out on the Falcon.  Then I’ll write a little about the starfighters used in this galactic conflict.

Kaydel Ko ConnixPromoted to Lieutenant for the D’Qar evacuation, Connix decided which supplies were priorities and made sure the escape ran in an orderly manner. Once aboard the Raddus, she resumed her role as operations controller, helping the pilots communicate with their commanders. She is from the planet Dulathia.

Caluan EmattIn its earliest days, General Ematt served the Rebel Alliance. He accompanied Leia on her recruitment of Poe Dameron, and has been watching the pilot’s career with great admiration. The defense of Crait was organized and led by him.

Larma D’acyCommander D’acy comes from a military family charged with the protection of the Warlentta system. Warlentta declined to join the New Republic, and its independent culture made an impact on Leia. When forming the Resistance, Leia visited to personally recruit D’acy.

Amilyn HoldoAs a teen, Holdo met Leia while they served in the Coruscant Apprentice Legislator. During one of their path finding expeditions they often went on, Holdo discovered Leia’s involvement with the Rebellion, and later helped her find a way to warn them of an Imperial attack. Gatalenta, which is known for its poetry and compassionate, tranquil inhabitants, is her home world. Her uncommon clothes and hair color reflect her independent spirit, and her arm brackets depict star constellation patterns. As a Vice Admiral in the Resistance, Holdo was originally in command of the Ninka during the evacuation, but was moved to command of the Raddus after General Organa became unconscious. Her sacrifice of jumping to hyperspace through Snoke’s  ship bought the Resistance valuable time to escape.

Tallissan LintraPart of the Blue Squadron, 22 year old Tallissan Lintra, or Tallie, was one of the most capable pilots in the Resistance. She learned the basics of flying in an old RZ-1 A-Wing her father used on their farm. While she initially survived the evacuation of D’Qar, she was killed by Kylo Ren’s shots to the hanger bay.

C’ai ThrenalliAn Abednedo pilot like the late Ello Asty, Threnalli doesn’t speak Basic. He’s skilled at both star fighter and air speeder piloting. In addition to being Poe’s wingman, he is also one of the Resistance members Poe convinced to be part of his mutiny.

Paige TicoCobalt Hammer’s ventral gunner, Paige is five years older than her sister Rose. Their parents, Hue and Thanya, gave them a strong sense of right and wrong. The First Order mined their homeworld of Hays Minor, as well as stole children for the Stormtrooper program, and tested weapons on its cities. After witnessing the horror of the First Order, the sisters left their home in the Otomak system to fight for the Resistance. Paige loved animals, especially Fathiers. She was the only one able to drop her pay load of bombs, allowing the rest of the fleet to escape.

Rose Tico: As a mechanic, Rose’s innovations include a system that makes Resistance Bombers and escape craft harder for enemy sensors to detect. Her ring with the Rebel crest is an antique once used to show support for the Rebellion in the halls of the Imperial Senate. The matching medallions that her and her sister Paige wear show a map of the Otomak system, and are made of Haysian smelt.

Idrosen GawatCaptain Gawat joined the Resistance after retiring from his job as leader of the planetary defense forces that patrolled the space in the Mykapo system. He was another leader lost in the command bridge explosion.

fb9144b9f70740c4bbb2e787fab306c6

MG-100 StarFortressAlso known as a Resistance Bomber, this ship began being produced towards the very end of the Galactic Civil War. Because it was no longer needed for combat for many years, people then used its huge bomb magazine as a repurposed cargo drop for wildfire prevention and for dropping mining explosives. When used for proton bombs, the clip, as it’s called by the crew, can hold 1048 explosives. Since there’s no gravity in space, the pay load is magnetically drawn to its target once released. Helping with the retreat were the Cobalt and Crimson squadrons; they were previously unavailable for the attack on Starkiller because they were delivering supplies to others opposing the First Order. Each ship has a crew of five: a pilot and flight engineer in the cockpit, two gunners operating the rear and ventral cannons, and a bombardier controlling the targeting pedestal.

V-4X-D Ski SpeedersThese ultra light, low-altitude speeders were manufactured before even the time of the Rebellion. Also known as skim speeders, these ships deploy a halifoil for stabilization and maneuverability.

The RaddusOne of the last ships designed before the end of the Galactic Civil War, Leia’s flagship served in the New Republic fleet under the name Dawn of Tranquillity. When it entered the service of the Resistance, Admiral Ackbar suggested they rename it in honor of Admiral Raddus, who served in the Battle of Scarif. It has heavy deflector shields, and so is placed in the back of the retreat to shield other ships from fire.

The Resistance In GeneralBeing so under-staffed, people in the Resistance don’t have a set role. Soldiers are technicians, pilots are medics, and gunners become mechanics as needed. Members are a mix of Alliance veterans, ex-leaders of independent defense forces, and New Republic converts. While the Raddus had enough room for all members to escape on it, three other ships, the Ninka, the Vigil, and the Anodyne, also held fighters so that all of the Resistance was not reduced to one target.

The First Order

2d6654ecea9e9f8bdce9d33f8387fd73.jpg

Now I’ll move on to the First Order command that get ignored because of others like Hux and Phasma, as well as Snoke and his guards, and the Supremacy.

Armitage HuxAlthough he has the title of General, his ability to communicate directly with Snoke suggests the higher rank of Grand Marshall, which Snoke will not grant him. Before he was eliminated by Hux himself, his father, Brendol Hux, was highly ranked in the First Order, credited with being the one to propose the idea of taking conquered world’s citizens for Stormtrooper training.

Tritt OpanCaptain Opan has worked with both Brendol and Armitage Hux as an assassin and saboteur.

Moden CanadyDuring the time of the Empire, Captain Canady served aboard the Star Destroyer Solicitude. Now that he’s in his 50s, most of the people in his command on the Fulminatrix are many years younger than him. He is greatly displeased with their failure to work together effectively, though he can appreciate their zeal. When Paige drops her payload on his ship, he accepts his defeat rather than trying to flee.

Supreme Leader Snoke: Though he is not a Sith, Snoke is extremely strong in the Dark Side of the Force. He decided to take Ben Solo as his apprentice because he believed only someone from the Skywalker bloodline could destroy the last Jedi. He has a ring with writing from the Four Sages of Dwartii on it. The Four Sages were philosophers and lawgivers of the early Republic. On top of this ring is rumored to be obsidian from underneath Vader’s castle on Mustafar. He was also the leader of a mysterious group known as the Attendants.

Elite Praetorian GuardsNamed for the real-life guards of Roman Emperors, this group of eight deadly fighters served as Snoke’s bodyguards. The eight were actually four sets of pairs with the same electro weapons, an Electro Bisento, a Vibro Voulge, Twin Vibro Arbir Blades, or a Bilari Electro Chain Whip. These weapons are high tech versions of ones found in primitive societies across the galaxy. Their armor is deliberately symbolic of the Emperor’s Royal Guards, and contains conductive wirepaths that create a local magnetic field that can deflect blaster fire, and even a lightsaber will glance off if it is not a direct hit. This comes at a great cost, as the magnetic field is very painful to the user. While their origins remain a mystery, their name dates back to the 14th Atrisian Emperor of Kitel Phard.

Stormtrooper ExecutionerAny Stormtrooper could be found having to preform this role depending on that day’s assignment; they weren’t taken from a special group. Preforming this task was even considered a test as to whether you would make it in the Stormtrooper corps or not.

Captain PhasmaPhasma grew up on the harsh and primitive world of Parnassos as part of a tribe. When she met Brendol Hux after he crashed his Star Destroyer near her home, he was looking for warriors to recruit for the First Order. Immediately, she jumped at the chance to get off world. Her skill with melee weapons is a part of that past. While Finn and Han tried to get rid of her by putting her into a trash compactor, she used anti-armor acid to melt the door and escape. Then she went to work removing anyone who knew about her treason of lowering the shields. Even though she appears loyal to the First Order, she would betray them in an instant if it suited her needs.

Ansiv GarmuthTipped off by BB-9E, this Colonel of the First Order Security Bureau informed Phasma of the intruders.

The AttendantsMute alien navigators from the Unknown Regions, they created the hyperspace paths used by the remainder of the Empire. They also designed and operated the viewing oculus in Snoke’s throne room.

d679baf2fc725910e3e4ffbd57da3c45.jpg

The SupremacyThe only Mega-Class Star Destroyer in existence, Snoke masked its sensor by hiding it close to highly energetic stars in the Unknown Regions. The crew numbered in the millions, and was made up mostly of those too young to serve in combat positions.

Creatures and Caretakers 

57849999445c0b5ad947d56d2b440094.jpg

Yes, it is time for Porgs! And crystal foxes! And Fathiers, which I think are really cute, but don’t get as much attention. 😦 And if some of you have been wondering what Lanais even are, wonder no longer.

LanaisDistant relatives of Porgs, females are called Caretakers and carefully keep the ancient island of Ahch-To in order. The males return only once a month with fish, and are called Visitors. Their culture is very musical; they sing through whistles and throat sounds while using their tools as impromptu instruments. Although they have no connection to the Force, they can tell what a newcomer’s intent is. Their non-Basic language consists of spoken words and hand signals.

Porgs: With great swimming skills and vision, Porgs are good at catching fish. A baby Porg is called a Porglet, and a group is supposedly called a “murder”. Their noise was made by mixing the sound of doves, turkeys, and chickens. They are based off of the Puffins that live on the real-life Skellig Michael Island.

Vulptex: Plural being Vulptices, these creatures get their name from the Latin word for fox, Vulpes, and the word for the corners of a polyhedron (a shape associated with crystals), vertex/vertices.  A group is called a skulk. They have great eyesight, and have coats made of crystals due to eating things on the crystal salt planet.

Fathiers: Also know as “space horses”, these creatures are found across the galaxy, and their homeworld is unknown. They are bred for their speed and endurance in races, often being mistreated. Standing over nine feet, people are surprised at their height. During the Galactic Civil War, the Rebels used them occasionally for hit-and-run missions.

Planets and Places

4686ac72afcd26f0802582d0ffa1ee57.jpg

From Ahch-To to Crait, there’s more to these new locations than meets the eye.

Cantonica and Canto Bight: Away from the conflict that is now sweeping the galaxy, this world has given corporate enterprises the freedom to govern their own territory. It is mostly a desolate, desert world, but a huge sum of money has been spent to create a fake ocean, and city: Canto Bight. Property crime is not tolerated here, and things like littering, parking in the wrong place, or vandalism, are punished more severely than on other worlds. In the casino, games such as Sabacc, Binspo, and Dejarik are frowned upon in favor of more upclass games such as Savareen, Zinbiddle, and Hazard Toss.

Crait: Scouted by Bail Organa as a possible base location for the Rebellion, Crait had to be abandoned after someone blew their cover. The mineral world is covered in a permanent layer of salt, with red amirite underneath, and an underground ocean that creates cave systems. It may resemble an ice world, but Crait is actually temperate. The Mining Guild once had operations here, but it has since been abandoned. Though old, the base does have shields, which prevented an orbital bombardment. Days last 27 hours, and it takes 525 days for it to orbit its star, also named Crait.

Ahch-To: From the time of the Republic, there had been many debates about what planet the Jedi Order had begun on. Some said Jedha, or Coruscant, while others argued Tython or Ossus. Luke was finally able to uncover its location in the Unknown Regions. Key in locating it was studying Uneti saplings, a rare type of tree that resonates with the Force.

Other Characters

e429f7a1fb27106c81c309a0fa63f4b3.jpg

DJA thief who steals whatever he needs to survive, DJ purposely gets arrested, claiming the jail is the only place he can get any sleep without the police bothering him. He is also a slicer, creating his own computer spikes and bypass keys. His motto is “Don’t Join”, because he believes all causes just use you for their own purposes.

Temiri Blagg, Arashell Sar, and Oniho ZayaAll three children work for Bargwill Tomdar by taking care of Fathiers. They were abandoned by people who lost gambles and are inspired by tales told by travelers.

Master CodebreakerThe Codebreaker Finn and Rose were supposed to find, he keeps his identity a secret. But he has put his personal data in the public system for anyone who can crack the code and become the new Master Codebreaker. No one has ever come close. In the casino, he is banned from any electronic form of entertainment.

Other Fun Facts

Other interesting things that didn’t fit anywhere:

  • Poe wears the wedding ring of his late mother, Shara Bey, on a chain around his neck.
  • AT-M6 stands for All Terrain MegaCaliber 6, which are those huge walkers used on Crait.
  • The Resistance treats their droids like sentient beings, not property. The First Order treats them like droids, which results in cold personalities.
  • The Resistance has found that pairing old R series units with newer BB units causes them to learn from each other.
  • A standard squad of Stormtroopers is ten troopers. They train in groups called batches. Finn was in batch eight, which had graduates on the Supremacy.

ffbdee176bf85654e1adcd66bed2da52.jpg

And lastly, I found out this little guy’s name is Thamm. He emits a pleasing aroma.


What is your favorite new character or creature from The Last Jedi? 


Sources:

John Williams back on board for Solo: A Star Wars Story

Just announced: Star Wars score creator, John Williams, will be returning to compose a theme for the upcoming anthology film, Solo: A Star Wars Story!!

John Williams, composer for all Star Wars saga films so far and creator of such famous other scores as Jurrasic Park, Superman, Schindler’s List, and many other, has just been confirmed to be returning for a special spot in Solo: A Star Wars Story, according to a recent interview by Variety.

Williams revealed his involvement in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” during in an interview with Variety about his current “Star Wars” opus, “The Last Jedi.” “The present plan is that I’m writing a theme for Han Solo, and John Powell is going to write the score, which he’ll do brilliantly,” Williams says.

Powell was announced as the primary composer for “Solo” back in July. “His assignment is something I’m very happy about,” Williams adds. “What I will do is offer this to John, and to [director] Ron Howard, and if all parties are happy with it, then I will be happy. … John [Powell] will complete the score. He will write all the rest of the themes and all of the other material, which I’m going to be very anxious to hear.” (Source)

I, for one, am very excited to hear this news! John Williams is one of my all-times favorite composers, and it was his world-famous scores for Star Wars that first started me in my obsession with the filmscore and “epic” music genres, but form a whole special corner of my fandom now. Although I was interested for Solo, and to see what John Powell would do with the score for it, especially since I do love the sound of his scores from the How to Train Your Dragon series (though I’ve never even seen the movies themselves), I must admit that I’ve been rather uninterested in it so far, and this announcement has majorly impacted my excitement for the upcoming anthology film. For some reason, Solo has not struck me as a necessary installment to the Star Wars film series so far (which I think is largely due to all the excitement over The Last Jedi and the final season of Star Wars Rebels) but I do sincerely hope to be proven totally wrong, and I think this announcement is the first step to making me really excited for this film.

SoloA Star Wars Story will star Alden Ehrenreich as smuggler Han Solo, Donald Glover as fellow-scoundrel Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, as well as Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones fame in an as-of-yet unknown role. This cast will also be joined by Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Woody Harrelson (well-known by his role as Haymitch Abernathy from the Hunger Games series), and Paul Bettany (who I and many other fans know as android Vision from the Avengers franchise). Solo is written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, and directed by Ron Howard.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is set for release in May of 2018.