Let the speculation begin!
Okay, well, maybe the speculation never really ended. JJ Abrams’ impact on the Star Wars universe is such that the entire new saga is riddled with pointless mysteries that do nothing to enhance the plot, but give eager fans a reason to constantly debate the minutiae of every single element of the story.
Who are Rey’s parents? Where did Maz Katana get the Skywalker family lightsaber? Is Finn Force sensitive? Where did Starkiller Base come from? Why hasn’t Luke upgraded the technology in his metal hand? How many Jedi can screw in a lightbulb? Why did the bantha cross the road? What happened to Jar Jar Binks?
These are all crucial questions that fans are desperate to see answered, even though most of them never will be.
Except, of course, for the question of Jar Jar Binks. Lucasfilm loves to troll its fans.
One new question that we’ve all been forced to debate, whether we like it or not, is what the term “The Last Jedi” means. The title of the upcoming Episode VIII, The Last Jedi is just vague enough to kick off a massive online argument, even though it makes absolutely no difference to the plot.
Remember The Force Awakens, A New Hope, and The Phantom Menace? All vague movie titles, which in no way impact the actual story.
But, Lucasfilm has instructed us to overanalyze this movie title, and that’s what we’re going to do. So here’s the exciting new tidbit of information that foreign language titles for The Last Jedi has revealed: Jedi is plural.
In French, the movie is titled Les Derniers Jedi (which you’ll invariably pronounce wrong when discussing this with your friends) refers to more than one Jedi. This is new information, as, the word Jedi being both singular and plural in English, The Last Jedi is almost deliberately ambiguous as a movie title.
So, there are at least two Jedi in this movie. So what?
All that we’ve really learned is that Luke and possibly Rey are both in the movie. We already knew that.
Speculation is the logical next step, though, and as such, the internet has already begun feverishly debating whether there’ll be yet more, as yet unidentified Jedi in this movie.
Kylo Ren and his Darth Vader cosplay group can’t possibly have killed all of Luke’s Jedi, right? There must be a few survivors knocking about here and there, ready to be rallied at a convenient moment.
Or perhaps, if nothing else, we’ll get a flashback that’ll show off the titular Last Jedi in their final confrontation with Ren and the Boyz, when Han Solo’s emo son rocks up to kill all his friends, emulating that one scene in Revenge of the Sith that attempted to justify all the worldbuilding in the previous two movies.
Now in fairness, it does build on the Western origins of Star Wars to limit the number of superhuman intergalactic wizard police are in this movie. The heroes of the story can feel isolated and cut off from rescue on a wild frontier that doesn't feature a bunch of Jedi on every street corner.
We all know how inexplicably boring it was to watch a bunch of colorful Jedi fight a war in Attack of the Clones. But maybe just once, it'd be nice to see a similar scene in the hands of a director who hasn't become cut off from reality as a result of being surrounded by sycophants for two decades.
Perhaps that's the real mystery we should all be trying to solve: the question of when Star Wars will revisit the prequel era with a director who actually remembers how to craft an engaging story.