Study suggests Russian trolls helped amplify the Last Jedi "backlash"

Nearly a year after its release, it’s accepted wisdom that Rian Johnson’s Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, was a controversial entry in the franchise’s canon. But where does that “controversial” reputation come from? Mostly the online discourse—always an unruly hive of scum and villainy—which has seen the movie’s stars…

This Star Wars fan theory argues that The Last Jedi is lying about Rey's parents

What’s that? You thought the reveal in Star Wars: The Last Jedi that Rey’s parents were nobodies who died in penniless in the deserts of Jakku was the end of all the fan theories about which famous Star Wars characters were secretly her mother and father? Well you must be new here, because nothing is ever over in the…

On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Mark Hamill tries to get in on some of that sweet memorabilia cash

It’s hard to imagine anyone not being happy for Mark Hamill’s perhaps unlikely return to big-screen stardom. After all, being the central figure in the biggest movie trilogy of all time and then watching your movie career peter out has to be a real kick in the pants. And yet, Hamill—who became a legendarily lauded…

Here’s a good take in the ongoing war over Luke Skywalker’s soul

The depiction of Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi became a lightning rod a lot for both the film’s champions and critics. Maybe it was the fact that the aging Jedi—along with his Rebellion-leading sister—represented the last bridge between the original trilogy and the Disney era, the old fans and the new, what Star Wars…

This close read of The Last Jedi's lightsaber battles draws some surprising conclusions 

In the months leading up to the release of The Last Jedi, some fans began to speculate that the film would center round Rey and Kylo Ren choosing to join forces—either for good or for evil. Those theories were kind of right considering the connection between the two formed the emotional core of the film, even if they…

A small group of Star Wars fans has declared rebellion against Disney

While still reeling from the mere $350 million raked in by Solo: A Star Wars Story, as well as rumors that some of the three planned Star Wars trilogies will be reconfigured in this disaster’s wake, Disney must now face a new rebellion from within their own ranks. Yes, that nattering horde still upset that Luke was a…

Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill are back to shut down whiny "manbabies"

Yesterday, we reported that some motherfuckers hiding behind the banner of “Star Wars fans” had driven The Last Jedi’s Kelly Marie Tran off of Instagram with a months-long harassment campaign built on the traditional internet values of sexism and racism. (New Star Wars star Daisy Ridley was also driven off of…

Star Wars "fans" have apparently driven Kelly Marie Tran off of Instagram 

Certain Star Wars fans (if that’s the word we’re going to use) were already on edge after The Force Awakens dared to introduce a female hero with Jedi abilities, but Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi seems to have unlocked a particularly disgusting and pathetic vein of hatred in the minds of some people who really hate to…

The ghost of a certain puppet might be popping up again in Star Wars: Episode IX

According to The New York Daily News’ unnamed sources, Yoda might be appearing in the next Star Wars movie as a new mentor for Rey. Supposedly, he will show up “as a ghost” in a scene where he “acknowledges Rey’s success and growth as a Jedi.” That’s not a particularly shocking rumor, since Yoda materialized on Porg…

The Last Jedi answered a bunch of extremely nerdy questions about Star Wars' space combat

Just as The Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy inquired as to Itchy and Scratchy’s “magic xylophone,” so too have Star Wars fans sought to investigate the inconsistencies in the series’ space combat. Why must the Capital ships come so close to each other during combat? Why can TIE fighters fly through shields? How can a…

Laura Dern apparently couldn't stop saying "pew" when she fired her laser gun in The Last Jedi

By all accounts, actress Laura Dern is a goddamn professional, weathering questions and franchise-powered obsession from such diverse fandoms as Jurassic Park, Star Wars, and Twin Peaks with unwavering grace and charm. But even legendary resolve can only go so far, which is why we’re delighted, but not surprised, to…