‘Star Wars’ Signals: No, There Won’t Be a Finn/Rey Romance Story
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. Leaked visual guide gives us our first look at Rogue One characters
Most of the information we have on December’s release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes from the brief trailer released last month. Everything else is simply conjecture based on unofficial rumors, leaving us with little in the way of concrete details on the characters, story, and more. That is, until a visual guide to Rogue One leaked out onto the internet this week. Ten pages of info regarding everything from new starfighters to character names and bios are now available to us, affording us our first real look at the pre-New Hope story we’re about to get later this year. You can also head over here for a full breakdown.
2. Quashing rumors of a Finn/Rey romance in Episode VIII
The tradition in big-budget Hollywood franchises usually has two leads of the opposite sex pairing off as a couple when it’s all said and done. That trope has thankfully evolved in recent years, making it so that a romantic subplot is no longer a requirement. Star Wars may be following in line with that evolution, if comments from John Boyega concerning a Finn/Rey pairing are to be believed.
I mean, we didn’t establish a romance in seven; we never played it that way. Daisy and I, we’re friends. Finn and Rey – they’re just friends. Finn is a storm trooper, so he doesn’t really know what’s going on. So the romance thing is something that’s going to be interesting in the next installment. It’s not going to go the way you think it’s going to go.
Boyega doesn’t just quash the obvious pairing with those statements; he also adds fuel to the flames surrounding a possible Finn/Poe romance. It’s an idea that’s been tossed around half-jokingly by some in recent months, but at the same time, it would also make for an intriguing (and groundbreaking) twist to a classic action/adventure trope. If things truly aren’t “going to be the way (we) think,” that would certainly qualify.
3. The House of Cards-esque plan for Star Wars: Bloodline
Spoilers ahead for all of the Star Wars: Bloodline novel by Claudia Grey
Of all the various new canon novels released in the last year, Star Wars: Bloodline affords us the most in terms of details about the various mysteries in The Force Awakens. In it, we get a clearly established timeline of where our main characters were before the events of Episode VII, what they were doing, and what it was that got them into place by the start of the film. Lucasfilm Creative Executive Pablo Hidalgo gives us even more context concerning the novel, outlined in a series of Tweets.
The scandalous revelation in the book was actually a pitch for a pre-TFA animated short proposed back in 2012 called 'Scandal of Blood'
— Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) May 8, 2016
The 'Scandal of Blood' idea is what Rayne & I called 'Star Wars House of Cards' & said, this should be a book someday. 4 years later, it is!
— Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) May 8, 2016
Much of Bloodlines’s story digs into the political climate of the galaxy in the years following Return of the Jedi, and after our own cursory reading, House of Cards really does feel like an apt pop culture equivalent. Suffice it to say, it’s a stellar read for anyone looking to scratch their Star Wars itch.
4. An in-depth explanation on all the Rebel starfighters
The Star Wars expanded universe is nothing if not vast. What we see in the trilogies is really just the tip of the iceberg in terms of characters, ships, and more, making it difficult for a casual fan to understand the entirety of the world we’re working with. Thankfully, “Star Wars Minute” exists on YouTube to fill in the gaps. For one of their latest videos, they break down all the starfighters utilized by the Rebel Alliance, both in canon and out. The 6-minute long walkthrough takes us through X-Wings, Y-Wings, and beyond, and comes paired with a similarly detailed explanation on Imperial vehicles.
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