Welcome to our weekly Star Wars roundup! With Disney ramping up the franchise on all cylinders, there’s tons of exciting stuff in the way of news, rumors, and clips. We’ve picked out the best Star Wars stories the internet has to offer, bringing you everything you need to know about the world’s favorite sci-fi series.
1. How Finn recovered from his injuries in The Force Awakens
When we last left Finn at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he was unconscious and recovering from some pretty brutal injuries, suffered at the hands of Kylo Ren. Where that leaves him at the beginning of the yet-to-be-released Episode VIII is unknown, but given that it picks up right where The Force Awakens finished, odds are that Finn will be far from fully recovered the next time we see him. According to MakingStarWars.net, we may know just how he accomplishes a speedy recovery.
Medical staff have now placed Finn in a bubble suit (to elaborate, we have it on good authority it is called a bacta suit), to heal his injuries. There is apparently a sequence where Finn is cut or removed from the suit and is revealed to be in better condition than ever before.
Canonically, bacta is used in the Star Wars universe as a healing gel, capable of regrowing damaged tissue and nerves at a rapid rate. We first saw it utilized in The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke was placed in a bacta tank to nurse him back to health after getting trapped in the freezing cold of Hoth.
2. Felicity Jones explains why Rogue One needed reshoots
While reshoots are a part of many big-budget Hollywood blockbusters, they’ve often led to relative unease concerning the stability of a project. We saw that firsthand with the scattered mess that was Suicide Squad this last summer, and look what happened there. In the case of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story though, there at least seems to be a general air of “business as usual” among the cast and crew, even after recent reshoots of their own. Felicity Jones spoke to as much in a recent interview, providing us with a reassuring explanation.
Obviously when you come to the edit, you see the film come together and you think, ‘Actually, we could do this better, and this would make more sense if we did this.’ I’ve done it so many times. I mean, you wouldn’t just give your first draft on this story, would you?
She makes a valid point here, and given just how careful Disney has been with their various Star Wars properties, you can bet they’ll be pouring every resource they have into making Rogue One a success.
3. New Star Wars novel tells us about Ahsoka Tano post-Clone Wars
After jettisoning the old Expanded Universe novels from the Star Wars canon, Disney/Lucasfilm has slowly but surely been adding new books to the mix. Each one has afforded us an intriguing look at a separate corner of the greater saga, from Princess Leia right before The Force Awakens to Darth Vader years after Revenge of the Sith.
The latest, picks up the story of Anakin’s Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, filling in the years between her Clone Wars departure and Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels. The novel gives us an intriguing look at a handful of pressing questions, while diving deep into a fan-favorite character with an already rich backstory. Next up is a standalone Rogue One novel later next month, but suffice it to say, Star Wars Ahsoka will be plenty to tide us over in the meantime.
4. Wedge Antilles joins the Rebellion on Star Wars Rebels
Last week’s episode of Star Wars Rebels may have failed to give us more Grand Admiral Thrawn, but what it did do was introduce a popular mainstay’s origin story. Wedge Antilles holds the distinct honor of being the only character in the original trilogy to fly in both Death Star raids, eventually going on to become the Rebellion’s most decorated pilot this side of Luke Skywalker.
Rebels takes us all the way back to his days in the Imperial Academy, eventually defecting with the aid of Sabine Wren, and helping form the beginning stages of their fledgling fighter pilot fleet.
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