Journals of the Whilling – Random Ramblings



Hey everyone!

It’s just me this week, flying solo for the second time on Journals of the Whilling! It’s a quick episode this week, where I talk about:

Inferno Squad and moral ambiguity in the Star Wars books and comics,

Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca taking over from Jason Aaron on the main Star Wars title,

and book news from SDCC.

Like I said, it’s a quick episode this week. I throw a few thoughts out and would love to hear what you think before you shove off for the weekend!

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Journals of the Whilling – Star Wars Complete Locations



TGIF! You made it!

Now make your Friday that much better by checking out our latest podcast about Star Wars literature. This week we take a look at Star Wars Complete Locations, illustrated by Hans Jenssen, Richard Chasemore and Kemp Remillard. What a staggeringly beautiful book with more detail than you could possibly imagine! It’s easy to be cynical about a book like this.

“Hey, we’ve designed this Star Destroyer for the movies. Pretty cool, right?”

“Yeah, now let’s flesh out the insides of it. Even the stuff that nobody sees. They’ll still buy it!”

It’s true. Most of the info in the book doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. But you’ll still find it endlessly fascinating and the illustrations are utterly gorgeous (have I said that already?).

So don’t wait. Hit play above and get a quick overview on a really neat book that should be in your collection!

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Journals of the Whilling – Empire’s End



Journals of the Whilling - Empire's End

 

It’s time for us to get all spoilery on Empire’s End, the climax of Chuck Wendig’s mammoth trilogy of Star Wars novels! Listen in as Steven and Kyle talk about what went on after the Battle of Endor and what’s up with that spaceship graveyard on Jakku!

So strap yourselves in and enjoy the show!

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Journals of the Whilling – Tarkin



Hi again Star Wars fans! Steve and Kyle are glad to be able to share this week’s Journals of the Whilling with you all!

With such a heavy focus on the inner workings of the Empire in Catalyst and Rogue One, we thought we’d help fill in another piece of the puzzle by talking about “Tarkin”, by James Luceno. Considering he’s the guy that wrote Catalyst, there’s no other writer with such insight in to the early days of the Empire, its leaders, and it’s top-secret battle station.

We also tackle the Aphra / Star Wars crossover in this episode, as well as discuss some poll results about which era you’d like Star Wars to focus on.

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And now on to our usual begging…

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Journals of the Whilling – Thrawn, Empire’s End, Atlas and Propaganda



Get your game faces on, kids! It’s time to get up to date with the latest in Star Wars novel news! Join Steve and I as we dissect the synopsis for the Thrawn novel, as well as Empire’s End, the conclusion to Chuck Wendig’s huge trilogy. As well, we provide you all with a brief overview of the Star Wars Galactic Maps: An Illustrated Atlas of the Star Wars Universe and Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy by the wonderful Pablo Hidalgo. We also kick things off with a few moments on the title drop for Episode 8, “The Last Jedi”.

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Journals of the Whilling – The Art of Rogue One



Heyo friends! This week on Journals of the Whilling, we crack in to the Art of Rogue One, by Josh Kushins. It goes without saying, but this is a gorgeous book with many insights in to Rogue One. Before we get in to that, we answer a voicemail from a very special listener. What did he want? Our recommendations on the best books of the new Star Wars canon. Steve and I had a lot of fun with that, and if you’ve listened to JotW before, you probably have a good idea of where this is headed!

If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our show in iTunes and be sure to leave us a review. It’s shocking how much they help! As always, send your questions and feedback to at kyle@tumbingsaber.com, or on your social media network of choice! Be sure to visit the Star Wars Commonwealth, and follow our friends Talk Star Wars, Generation X-WingRogue SquadronSkyhoppers podcast and the Nerd Room Podcast!

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Rogue One & Catalyst

*Rogue One and Catalyst Spoilers*

As I sit down to write this post I have had a good 24 hours to process Rogue One. In the month leading to the film’s release, the prequel novel, Catalyst, was released. As TumblingSaber fans know, Kyle and I have since started the 3rd TumblingSaber podcast, Journals of the Whilling, with Catalyst being our first piece of Star Wars literature to dissect for the show.

Without recapping too much, we discussed our thoughts going into the novel and then our expectations going into Rogue One having finished the story. One of my main concerns going into the novel at first was the idea that Catalyst would prove to be insignificant in scope. I thought; Was Catalyst actually going to be essential reading or would it brush over some facts that would inevitably be recapped in the film?

Needless to say Catalyst was everything I had hoped it would be. We were treated to a deep and complex character study of moral dilemma. Galen Erso was painted as a man, who while caring deeply for his family, was an individual also married to his life’s work. As Kyle noted on the show, the book explains that the study of Kyber Crystals called to him, it was to be his purpose. On the other hand, there was his wife Lyra, a firm believer in the force and fully reverent of its wonders, mysteries, and sanctity. She revered the Jedi and their ways. Lyra was Galen’s conscience. So, when Lyra began to suspect that the project that Orson Krennic had enlisted Galen in was nothing more than to advance the Empire’s merciless rule, she implored Galen to reconsider.

Additionally, Orson Krennic’s climb to power through manipulation and string pulling served as a perfect juxtaposition to Galen’s riotous duty to provide renewable energy for the galaxy. Even within the empire we saw a very different tug-of-war. Krennic and Tarkin, a man clawing for power vs. a man bred for military and order. (The culmination of this relationship in Rogue One ended perfectly).

Catalyst served as an integral prologue to Rogue One. But did it come at a cost? I felt fortunate enough going into the Rogue One knowing some these characters already, I knew their relationships, their hopes, dreams, and desires. It is safe to say, however, that the casual Star Wars fan did not go into Rogue One having read Catalyst and I believe this may have hurt the story.

Rogue One, picking up were Catalyst ends, brushes passed Lyra and Galen’s relationship and Lyra’s reverence for the Force. Yes, Lyra passed on her wisdom and reverence to Jyn but the film barely scratches the surface of what made Catalyst great. The mining of Kyber Crystals and destruction of Jedha played well for an action packed and visually stunning Star Wars film but failed to address the nuance of the ethical dilemma.

While at the time of writing this post I have only viewed the film once and perhaps after repeat viewings I may pick up on more subtext and explicit text I may have missed the first time around. With the film already clocking in at 2hrs and 13 mins; would it have been too much to have included some flashbacks of Galen, Lyra, and Krennic? (I would have also said Saw but the more I think about it, they did a pretty good job of catching the viewer up on his relationship to Jyn and the Ersos).

Now, I LOVED this film but it left me wondering… Did they put too much in Catalyst that would have also better served character development in Rogue One?

-Steve

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Journals of the Whilling – Catalyst



Prime the pump for Rogue One with your crash course in Catalyst by James Luceno!

It’s our first installment of Jounals of the Whilling, where we get your caught up with all of the important bits you need to take with you in to the theater for Rogue One. Join me, and Steve, the newest member of the TumblingSaber team as we discuss:

  • Our expectations going in
  • Galen, Lyra, and Jyn Erso
  • Orson Krennic
  • Death Star construction
  • Kyber crystals
  • What we learned about the Empire?
  • What should take forward with you in to your viewing of Rogue One?

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Will Ahsoka meet Obi-Wan again?

The hamster wheel keeps turning at the TumblingSaber! This week I’m wondering:

  1. When did Obi-Wan Kenobi learn about Anakin becoming Darth Vader? and,
  2. How and when Ahsoka Tano can be re-inserted in to canon, in an impactful way?
  3. Can the above two points be combined in to one spine-tingling, hair-raising moment?

One of canon’s great unexplored gaps is of Obi-Wan learning of Anakin survival, and life as Darth Vader. I’m sure Lucasfilm knows how Obi-Wan will discover the truth about his former apprentice. In fact, I’m sure that we’re already seeing the first steps down that story line in the Ahsoka novel. Merely including Obi-Wan in an unrelated plot point hints at that…why else include him if not to lay groundwork of his future story?

Dave Filoni has hinted that Ahsoka will be back following the Rebels season two finale, ‘Twilight of the Apprentice’. But in his typically cryptic style, Filoni was non-committal about when, where, how, or in what form Ahsoka would return. It wasn’t very long before we got more Ahsoka in the form of a young adult novel. Except that it pre-‘Twilight of the Apprentice’ Ahsoka where she becomes Fulcrum, a role she would keep for the next 15 or so years.

Set roughly one year after Order 66, the Ahsoka novel picks up when the Rebellion is in it’s early building stage. Ahsoka has no idea who Vader is, let alone who’s beneath the mask. In the novel, E.K. Johnston reminds usthat Bail Organa knows Obi-Wan is alive on Tatooine. But he preserves Obi-Wan and Luke’s safety by choosing not to tell Ahsoka, a curious choice. I don’t know if Johnston would have revealed that tidbit if there wasn’t more to come…in a sequel novel (of course there will be a sequel novel!).

During the time between being hired as Fulcrum, and learning of Anakin’s fate, could Senator Organa eventually reveal to Ahsoka that Obi-Wan is alive? What would Ahsoka do with this information? Might Bail ask Ahsoka to recruit Kenobi to the rebellion?

Depending on when (and if) Ahsoka returns, she would have to be the bearer of bad news that Anakin is now encased in the Vader armour, no? How powerful a moment would that be when Obi-Wan learns of his galaxy-altering mistake by not finishing Anakin off? At some point Obi-Wan has to learn this news. It’s a must-see moment! It could be the trigger that leads to us meeting the truth-altering, cynical Obi-Wan from A New Hope. And let’s face it: nobody in canon is a more appropriate choice to deliver that news to Obi-Wan than Ahsoka. Except maybe for Qui-Gon Jinn, who could be the one to tell him once Obi-Wan masters connecting with him through the Force.

“But Kyle, both of those things are needless. Obi-Wan could have just felt Vader in the Force and figured it out himself!” In my opinion it’s doubtful that Kenobi could “feel” Anakin’s presence behind that dark suit of armour if Ahsoka couldn’t. Ahsoka would continually reached out to Anakin’s presence after Order 66, but he just wasn’t there. He was gone; consumed by Darth Vader, as Yoda would say.

There are hurdles to jump in order to make this theory work, as is the case with nearly all fan theories. They would have to shoehorn this storyline in to a relatively short window between ‘Twilight’ and ‘A New Hope’. And if Ahsoka returns, why would she run back to the Rebellion?

The Obi-Wan we know in the prequels is much different than who we meet in A New Hope, and it would be a missed opportunity not to hit on this key moment in Obi-Wan’s journey. Sure, years of isolation on a desolate planet following the collapse of freedom that you were partially responsible for would be enough to sour anyone. But seeing Obi-Wan’s reaction to the news that his former apprentice is alive is a must-see.

What do you think? Is Ahsoka the right person to break the news to Obi-Wan that Anakin is alive?

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From Movies to Books – Putting the Star Wars Puzzle Together

Rey on Ahch-To

Speculation makes the world go ’round for Star Wars fans suffering through interminably long waits between films. We fill in story gaps and give characters a past, present and future, only to usually have it scuttled by the real thing. As long as we don’t fall in love with our own head-canon, we’ll be fine.

In this new era of Star Wars, everything is linked and everything counts as part of the larger whole. As one mystery is solved, countless more will replace them.

This post attempts to connect unresolved plot points, as well as raise new questions. If you’ve listened to the podcast before, you’ve certainly heard us touch on some of the points highlighted in this post. Fair warning: I discuss things from both Bloodline and Aftermath: Life Debt, so if you haven’t read those books yet, you may be better served by bookmarking this page for later. I also reference rumoured reports from the set episode eight set, because they don’t sound outlandish. Am I going to make assumptions in this post? Yup! Will I make some leaps that may or may not have merit? Absolutely! Am I playing right in to rumour mongers hands? Maybe. Anyway, my hope is that this post is taken as a lighthearted attempt at finding some clarity. Hell, The Freemaker Adventures make an appearance, so let’s not try to take this too seriously, ok?

My theory starts with the mysterious “Operator” a.k.a. “the Fleet Admiral” / in Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath, later revealed to be Gallius Rax in Wendig’s follow-up, Aftermath: Life Debt. Although it is never spelled out, this character’s description throughout the book leads us to believe that he is Supreme Leader Snoke. But it has to be said that Rax has some weird traits that could ultimately be a red herring. Nevertheless, Rax’ actions and motivations in Wendig’s two books indicate that he could be the scarred mastermind pulling the strings for the First Order.

Rax’ story kicks off 30 years before Aftermath: Life Debt begins, as a kid during the prequel era (think a few years after The Phantom Menace). Also of note, this Gallius Rax fellow hails from Jakku. Interested yet? I thought so! In the opening chapter of Life Debt, he sneaks aboard the shuttle of Palpatine’s aide, Adviser Yupe Tashu, who’s on Jakku, and seemingly up to some sneaky, Sithly activity on behalf of Palpatine. What in the world could they be up to on a backwater planet like Jakku? We’ll get to that. Over the ensuing years, Rax and Palpatine become close, with Rax even becoming one of Palpatine’s advisors. Very little of Rax’ activities are part of the Empire’s records, so anyone looking to dig up his record of service is going to come up frustratingly empty (hi, Rae Sloane!) Eventually, Rax is entrusted with a huge task by the Emperor himself: guarding something of interest to Palpatine on Jakku.

Assumption #1: Being as close as he was to Palpatine, and perhaps being Force-sensitive (this is never confirmed nor denied in Life Debt), it wouldn’t be a massive leap to think Palpatine told Rax everything he knew, just as Palpatine’s former master, Darth Plagueis showed him everything he knew. A massive blunder by Palpatine given his own history, but the Sith often can’t see their own failings.

Through the prequels, we learned that Palpatine was as calculating and methodical as they come. Here’s another major assumption (number two if you’re keeping track at home): Sidious preyed on the Jedi’s beliefs, and on their precious prophecy of the chosen one. Upon Qui-Gon’s discovery of Anakin, the Jedi believed that the prophecy had come true; that this boy was “the one” who would bring balance to the Force. But what if Plagueis was the one who influenced the midichlorians to create life? Sidious/Palpatine would know about it, right? After having Palpatine’s ear for so long, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that Snoke would know of that grand deception as well, and he’d keep it in his back pocket for future use.

Fast forward a few decades to Bloodline, and the dramatic turning point of the book – the reveal of Princess Leia’s (and Luke Skywalker’s) biological Father: Darth Vader (spoilers!). Never having told her son Ben of this massive piece of family history, Leia has to scramble to explain everything to him before he learns the news elsewhere. We can only imagine how Ben would have taken this news having been told so suddenly and abruptly. We’ve learned that Snoke had an eye on Ben for some time. Maybe he even had Ben’s ear to some degree. Assuming he did (assumption #3!) What if part of Snoke’s message to Ben was that his grandfather was a creation of the Sith? Yes – born of the Force, but manipulated by the Sith. How would that taste? Ben, already shaken by the news of his family’s true past, is reeling and wondering what else he hasn’t been told by his parents, or by his uncle Luke. Snoke shatters Ben’s trust in his family, and in the Jedi. With the hook firmly set, Snoke offers Ben a different path, one with the promise of more power, truth, and, fulfilling his grandfather’s agenda.

With the promise of power, and the chance to finish the job that his grandfather started, Ben is all ears. Eventually, Ben buckles under the combined weight of these new revelations and Snoke’s promise of power. Now believing the Jedi to be frauds, as his grandfather came to believe, he destroys Luke’s nascent Academy, and takes on the mantle of Kylo Ren. For his part in this mess, Luke disappears. Sure he’s devastated over the loss of his academy, but he also needs more knowledge (and power) if he’s to prevail over Snoke and the rise of evil. After all, if Snoke told Ben that Anakin was created by Plagueis, how would that affect Luke – not only as a person, but as the last Jedi?

Assumption #4: Early concepts of The Force Awakens posited that Luke was on Ahch-To guarding something – a tomb? A vault? What if he’s been on Ahch-To all this time, never finding what he was looking for once he got there? Or finding it locked inside an ancient Jedi temple that he cannot access? That’s certainly possible, since in chapter 30 of Life Debt, Leia has what can only be described as a Force vision/dream:

“…Then comes a vision of Luke, lost among the stars, searching for something and failing, never returning.”

That certainly sounds familiar, and makes us wonder if Leia can see that far in to the future accurately? The answer seems to be yes.

In keeping with the ‘everything is connected’ line of thought, we’ve seen in the Rebels episode entitled “Path of the Jedi” where only a master and apprentice can open ancient Jedi temples. These temples from Rebels look suspiciously like the conical beehive-looking structures that we see on Ahch-To. We know that it took both Kanan and Ezra to access ancient Jedi Temples, not because they’re individually too weak to open it, but because the Temples simply don’t open without a master and apprentice. Could we interpret the “searching for something and failing” portion of Leia’s vision to mean that Luke is in need of an apprentice in order to access whatever it is that he did find? Maybe the beehive structures aren’t temples at all. In that case, there’s the more elaborate structure that we’ve seen set photos of. Maybe that’s the temple that Luke cannot access? Either way, there could be some connectivity here.

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Obviously made from different materials – but both are ancient temples. Could the method of accessing some of these temples be the same from Rebels through to Episode 8?

Let’s go a little deeper with assumption #5: Recent unsubstantiated reports have claimed that Rey is the reincarnation of the first-ever Jedi, and that a Force-sensitive tree plays a vital role in the emergence of this first Jedi. We’ve seen what appears to be a unique tree in images from the set of Ahch-To. If this report comes to pass, could this be the Force-fueled tree that gave rise to the first Jedi thousands of years ago?

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If so, could this also mean that Ahch-To is Rey’s home, in a spiritual, if not literal sense? Think of the contrast: We meet her on the most arid, dead planet imaginable. Having her be the native of a veritable water world would be a pretty neat storytelling tool.

In the same report of Rey being the reincarnation of the first Jedi, there was also mention of her brother – the manifestation of evil – the dark side. The report says that he kills his sister out of anger and then flees the planet. I’m going out on a limb and will say that he flees to Jakku – the future home of Gallius Rax. Remember him? Rax? The guy who may be Snoke? If this story arc sounds familiar, you’re not crazy. A light side sister and dark side brother sounds suspiciously like the Mortis arc from The Clone Wars. So is this report a lazy rehash of the animated series? Or is it another case of Star Wars rhyming with itself? You get to decide that for yourself.

Interestingly Life Debt describes Jakku as once being a “verdant planet, full of life”. Re-read that last line if you have to.

Jakku was once a green, thriving planet.

So what happened? Why is Jakku now the sandiest place this side of Tatooine? As a part of my crazy theory, this evil brother exiles himself to Jakku after killing his sister on Ahch-To. Being at the far end of the galaxy, he’d sit there and marinate in his dark side feels. Except, he has little-to-no control over his powers, and his bad mojo razes life on the planet. Sound crazy? Why would I think that his mere presence kills off life? For that, I look to the Star Wars Lego: The Freemaker Adventures. Yes, I know, they aren’t canon, but just bear with me before you sprain your eyeballs. The Freemaker Adventures may not be canon, but they do operate within the rules of the Star Wars galaxy and mythos. I believe that there may be subtle clues embedded in these episodes to what we may eventually see in canon.

In the episode entitled “Crossing Paths“, we see Luke’s usage of the Force cause flowers to bloom on Felucia. We’ve never seen anything like that before, and as such it would be easy to dismiss it as something unique to a kid-friendly Lego show. Conversely, those same flowers wither and die in Naare’s presence, who is skilled in the dark side, but clearly has anger control issues. It would seem that something about the dark side, couple with a lack of control of it has the potential to kill off life. The inverse of Luke’s effect. Again, this is something we haven’t seen before. Is this a stretch? Am I stretching? FEEL THE BURN!

Now back to the evil brother: whatever became of him? Are his secrets buried with him on Jakku? Could these buried secrets be what Sidious is after in Life Debt? Just as Luke left in search of the first Jedi temple, had Palpatine discovered the first Sith temple, or ancient source of pure Sith power, decades earlier? In the pages of Life Debt it’s revealed that Palpatine had established a secret research facility on Jakku, and as I mentioned earlier, he places Rax in charge of this facility’s secrecy. Something dark and sinister is buried in the sands of Jakku, and whatever it is, it will have galactic importance.

There appears to be a race between the forces of good and evil to resurrect the power of their respective orders. This is sure to please fellow teammate @choprulz, who has long suggested that future Star Wars movies need to explore the history of the Jedi and Sith. Why not go right back to the beginning?

Where am I going with all of this? I don’t know, probably insane, or at least in dire need of sleep. But maybe we’re starting to see people and places click in to some form of order. This crazy far-reaching, wide-ranging, open-ended theory of mine strings together things from the prequels, right through to episode eight in a probably nonsensical way, and it leaves so many questions still unanswered. I’m still left scratching my head as to why and how Rey turns up on Jakku in the first place. Is her innate Force ability there to suppress whatever is buried on Jakku? The same questions can be asked of Lor San Tekka, and the Church of the Force followers who reside on Jakku. Clearly there’s more to Jakku than meets the eye. Yes, it was the site of the Empire’s last stand, which was touched on in Lost Stars, but will be the central focus of Wendig’s finale, Empire’s End. So it has that going for it. But San Tekka? Church of the Force? The Falcon? Rey? It cannot be a coincidence that all of these things ended up on such a discarded junkyard of a planet at the edge of the known galaxy.

I get it. A lot of this rests on rumours, conjecture, extrapolation, and potentially scrapped plot points. Most, if not all of this is bunk but I think there’s a bit here to gnaw on until we get more solid data.

What do you think of all this? I already know that I’m nuts, so spare me those critiques. Is this speculation gone too far? Or could some sliver of this line up with anything that we’ve learned so far? Hit me up in the comments section below, or tweet me at @tumblingsaber!