Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has been billed as the conclusion of the “Skywalker Saga” that began back in 1977. But those are just words. Do you you know what is more than just words? A surprisingly lovely featurette filled with behind-the-scenes footage from the entire Star Wars series from 1977 through 2019 that feels specially built to make those eyes of yours water.
However, this video also seems to indicate that a previously unannounced character from the original trilogy will return in The Rise of Skywalker. And honestly, I’m not sure any of us saw this coming.The Rise of Skywalker Featurette
The video opens with priceless footage of Harrison Ford awkwardly rehearsing a famous scene from the original Star Wars, shooting the camera annoyed glances as he stumbles over dialogue that seems so alien to him but so familiar to us.
If the featurette was just wonderful footage from the sets of the various Star Wars films from over the decades, that would be enough. And while there is a lot of that – including a few touching reminders of those who have left us – the video also drops this pleasant surprise:
Yes, that is franchise actor and good luck charm Warwick Davis once again suited up as Wicket the Ewok, last seen in 1983’s Return of the Jedi. Davis was 13 years old when he originally played the part of the adorable/ferocious creature, who assisted the Rebel Alliance in their final battle against the Empire on the forest moon of Endor.
But with The Rise of Skywalker taking us full circle, and even returning to the remains of the second Death Star, it makes sense that he’d show up one more time. Does the Resistance return to Endor to find the Death Star wreckage and end up reconnecting with an old ally and possibly recruiting him to their cause? After all, it seems like Star Wars fans have turned around on the Ewoks – after decades of hating on them, everyone seems to have decided that that these little guys were always pretty cool. We’ll know for sure in just a few weeks.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hammll, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher. It hits theaters on December 20, 2019. Surely you’ve bought your tickets by now, right?
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...