The title of the second movie in the new Star Wars trilogy was released earlier today. Say hello to Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.
Speculating about what’s to come in the Skywalker saga has been one of my favorite hobbies ever since they made the sequel trilogy announcement. So I’m gonna break down my initial thoughts on the new title, and the implications for Episode VIII.
“The Last Jedi” sounds really, really cheesy. I felt the same way about “The Force Awakens”, though that eventually grew on me (but, as my brother points out, that might be because it’s Star Wars and I’m going to learn to live with it because I love it). Compared to TFA and TLJ, “A New Hope”, “Empire Strikes Back”, and “Return of the Jedi” just sound so much cooler.
Apart from sounding lame, it also sounds too final. The LAST Jedi? Um, excuse me, but didn’t one just return two episodes ago?? We go from Jedi being mostly gone (IV) to them kicking butt (V, VI), to them being mostly gone again (VII), and now they’re definitely gone (VIII)? It’s emotional whiplash and I don’t care much for it.
But…what if “last” doesn’t mean “final” or “the end”, but rather “the ones remaining”? In that sense the title could be calling attention to the group of students Luke was training before whatever happened between him and Kylo Ren, er, happened. So then, one can infer that all is not lost, there’s a group of Jedi out there that can still fight against the Empire.
Taking that theory one step further, Episode VIII could be about Rey and Luke teaming up to go find the rest of his students.
Remember, you heard that theory here first, folks! And s/o to my brother for discussing geeky things with me!
What do you guys think about the new title?