Star Wars: The Last Jedi title thoughts

Star Wars: The Last Jedi title thoughts
     Let the speculation begin as Lucasfilm unveils the title Star Wars: The Last Jedi for the eighth installment in the Skywalker saga!
     It’s a Star Wars title at its best: concise, powerful, and foreboding. However, many are already complaining that the title is too spoilery (it means Luke is going to die!) and or that it’s too repetitive of the original trilogy (Luke will die before he finishes training Rey, making Rey the last Jedi . . . so basically the same thing that happened with Luke and Yoda in the original trilogy). However, I don’t believe the title means either of those things.
     I believe the title is a reference to Luke Skywalker deciding to truly be the last Jedi. I believe Luke will train Rey, but he will not train her to become a Jedi.
     Hear me out: In Return of the Jedi, Yoda tells Luke “When gone am I, the last of the Jedi will you be.” The post-Return of the Jedi movies are going to uphold the power and gravity of Yoda’s statement.
     Luke will train Rey to use the Force and use it for good. But he will not train her to become a Jedi and he will not use Jedi philosophy.
     One of the most important realizations Luke has likely learned and that most Star Wars fans have  learned at this point is that the Jedi philosophy is highly flawed, particularly the “no emotional attachments” part. The impossibility of this idea played a major role in Anakin Skywalker turning to the Dark Side and becoming Darth Vader, as did his many frustrations with the Jedi Order. Another issue is that the Jedi are supposed to be peacekeepers, yet it often seems like their role as warriors becomes more prevalent. This largely influenced growing unpopular opinion of the Jedi during the Clone Wars, thereby creating more plausibility for Palpatine’s public version of events explaining Order 66.
The Jedi were supposed to be wise, compassionate peacekeepers that valued all life yet they often had a cold outlook on matters (Yoda and Obi-Wan trying to convince Luke to continue training rather than help save Han and Leia in The Empire Strikes Back is one of the first examples that come to mind, as is how the Jedi Council so easily condemned Ahsoka for the bombing of the Jedi Temple in The Clone Wars). The first example is due to Yoda and Obi-Wan thinking about the greater good of the galaxy while the second is a product of pure blindness. Both demonstrate hypocrisy within the Jedi Order.
     Wise individuals like Qui-Gon Jinn recognized the Jedi’s many flaws without letting it consume them as it did Anakin. And yet, the Clone Wars, Order 66 and the rise of the Galactic Empire destroyed the Jedi, manipulating their flaws. Even after Luke’s triumphs in Return of the Jedi, his attempts to rebuild the Jedi Order once again collapsed, this time thanks to Snoke and Kylo Ren/Ben Solo.
     At this point in the Skywalker saga, Luke must realize that the Jedi philosophy is impractical and cannot be sustained in the modern galaxy. He will agree to teach Rey because of her strong connection to the Force and for the good of the galaxy. But he will not teach her to be a Jedi. Snoke and Kylo Ren aren’t Sith, but they wield the Dark Side of the Force. That there are still powerful Force-users that don’t prescribe to the philosophies of Jedi and Sith is a crucial way in which I see these movies differentiating themselves from the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy. It would also explain why newer canon like Star Wars Rebels is focusing on characters like Ahsoka, Maul and the Bendu, all characters that at this point wield the Force but don’t follow the ways of the Jedi or Sith. Therefore, this movie will largely focus on Luke reconciling with being the last classically trained Jedi in the galaxy, how to train Rey without the Jedi philosophy, and what the future of the Force and the galaxy looks like without Jedi and Sith.
     True to Yoda’s word, Luke Skywalker is and always will be the last true Jedi Knight.
     What other theories do you have? Is my friend Brandon correct that the title is actually referring to multiple individuals, using Jedi in the plural sense? Comment directly on the blog or on Facebook to share your ideas.

Long-Term Substitute Position Opens at Scarif Academy

Long-Term Substitute Position Opens at Scarif Academy

SCARIF–With the maternity leave of ELA teacher Cynthia Garo fast approaching, Scarif Academy is looking for a long-term substitute replacement.

“You won’t find a better school than Scarif Academy,” says Mrs. Garo. “All the students are children of the Imperial employees stationed on Scarif, so these children already have discipline and obedience drilled into them at home.”

Scarif Academy’s Principal Snoke praised Mrs. Garo’s work. “She sets a high standard for these kids, challenging each of them to one day become the next Grand Moff Tarkin. We need a teacher like her who will consistently infuse rigor into their instruction and give these kids a fighting chance in the Imperial ranks.”

Despite these appealing promises, prospective applicants have expressed concerns about the safety of working on an Imperial base, particularly with growing rumors of a unified Rebel Alliance.

“Scarif has a state-of-the-art security system,” says Orson Krennic, a Director of a top-secret Imperial project. Director Krennic’s project has connections to the facilities on Scarif. “The security system begins with an impenetrable shield gate and an armada of ships surrounding the planet. On the surface you have elite troops and brilliant officers. These aren’t the kind of guys who let anyone infiltrate the base. If someone managed such a feat, these guys wouldn’t stand around gaping. They’d immediately raise a garrison to respond. I dare say no more. Please don’t contact me again as my work is of vital importance to the Empire and the entire galaxy.”

Mrs. Garo agrees with Director Krennic’s assessment of security. “I’m heading to Jedha for maternity leave because I have family there and I feel it’s safe under Imperial occupation. But part of me wishes I was staying on Scarif. You can’t beat the climate and the beautiful water here. It’s like a little oasis in our turbulent galaxy.”

Applications are still open and can be transmitted to Principal Snoke. In the meantime, check out Principal Snoke’s blog to learn how he foresees adapting his administrative skills into the visionary First Order.