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I remember reading about travelers using "space whales" in a sci-fi story ( maybe the 3 Body Problem ) but I did not know until tonight, while searching for the title of that book, how pervasive they are in sci-fi interstellar travel.
 

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I'm beginning to think that the writers for Respawn, who did the two video games _Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order_ and _Star Wars Jedi Survivor_, were thinking very much along the same lines as Rian Johnson in _Last Jedi_. The two video games take for granted the destruction of the Jedi Order and the corrosive effects of despair and the desire for revenge amongst the few Jedi survivors of Order 66.

The Luke Skywalker of _Last Jedi_ is very much of a piece with the tone of_Survivor_, which takes seriously the notion of abandoning the quest to re-establish the Order as an institution. To be sure, in the Star Wars timeline, the two video games occur after _Revenge of the Sith_ and before _A New Hope_, but prefigure very much the tone of _Last Jedi_--sans Rey of course.
I never played either of those, but SW video games weren't my bag.
 

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I never played either of those, but SW video games weren't my bag.
They’re new: _Fallen Order_ was released in 2019 and _Survivor_ this past April. _Survivor_ is particularly interesting because of the romance that develops between the central character, a young Jedi, and an NPC—although of course it’s limited to the cut scenes. Nevertheless, it’s pretty nicely written.

Edited to add: I described their tone as “prefiguring” _Last Jedi_, which gives the misleading impression that they were released earlier than the film. They came afterwards, although _Fallen Order_ was undoubtedly in development already. But _Survivor_ is the more interesting one. (If you watch the walkthroughs on Youtube, as I did, be prepared: they’re pretty long and in some places annoyingly repetitive. They are both “open world” and some players effectively walk around every corner, picking up cigarette butts and bottle caps.)
 
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Ahsoka Ep. 5. Space whales? Really? More seriously, Yoda’s comment in The Empire Strikes Back that “Wars do not make one great” is, um, clearly honored far more in the breach than in the observance.

Of course, we shouldn’t forget that non-violence doesn’t sell toys.
 

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I think I should have watched Rebels to have a better feeling for the events in this episode. They seem important, but without the backstory, they fall a little flat.
 

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Ahsoka Ep. 6. I’ve got a bad feeling about this. The plot has lots of intricately moving parts but please, could we have a character? Baylan Skoll is the best we’ve got and he’s not even the supposed main character.
 
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It was interesting, nothing spectacular but good enough for what it was. I’d give the show a B
"[F]or what it was...." is a good qualifier. The space wizard realm struggles to escape the Peter Pan syndrome: they don't want anyone to grow up. Rian Johnson got absolutely crucified for daring to make Luke old and miserable in his failure--not permissible in Peter Pan's world. Ahsoka's final choice re: Sabine is far more interesting than yet another magic sword. Baylan Skoll has potential, too, although I don't know if we'll see it come to any kind of fruition.

Edit: should be Sabine's final choice re: Ahsoka.
 
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"[F]or what it was...." is a good qualifier. The space wizard realm struggles to escape the Peter Pan syndrome: they don't want anyone to grow up. Rian Johnson got absolutely crucified for daring to make Luke old and miserable in his failure--not permissible in Peter Pan's world. Ahsoka's final choice re: Sabine is far more interesting than yet another magic sword. Baylan Skoll has potential, too, although I don't know if we'll see it come to any kind of fruition.

Edit: should be Sabine's final choice re: Ahsoka.
I liked the Last Jedi. It had its flaws, but Luke wasn’t one of them. Also they had something going, that went off the rails with Rise of Skywalker
 
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