On Friday, the very first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was finally released. And it ruled.
It was so great to see those characters from The Force Awakens that we’ve grown to love over the past year and half back in action. The new movies, including the lone spin off Rogue One, have all been the work of Disney with almost no creative input from series creator George Lucas.
These new movies have been such a vast departure from the horrendously bad prequel films, that they almost feel like they take place in completely different universes altogether.
But, alas, they do not. Everything that happened in the prequels is still official Star Wars canon. So when you are at the theater watching Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren’s new adventure, it’s important to remember some of these weird-ass things from the prequels that still definitely happened and, apparently, exist within the same universe.
1. Dexter Jettster.
If you forgot about this guy, nobody blames you. Dexter Jettster (yes that is his real name) was a character in Episode II. He is a fat, mustachioed diner cook who, unbelievably, was actually a huge cog in the movie’s plot by pointing Obi-wan in the direction of the clone manufacturing plant, or something. He is, for all we know, still alive during The Last Jedi.
2. This other Jabba the Hutt looking thing.
During the podrace scene in Episode I, Jabba the Hutt is introduced to kick off the ceremonies. But wait a minute, who the hell is that? Is that his brother? It’s anybody’s guess because the character never shows up again in the entire series. So don’t worry about it. But, nonetheless, it is probably still alive and going to work every day or whatever during the events of The Last Jedi.
3. Jar-Jar Binks and the Gungans.
When you are watching Luke Skywalker train Rey to be a Jedi, and are waiting on bated breath for her inevitable confrontation with Kylo Ren, it’s important to remember that, somewhere within the universe in which The Last Jedi takes place, the character of Jar-Jar Binks and the Gungans are, as far as we or anyone else knows, still alive. Everything Jar-Jar did or said is still completely canon.
4. This weird football-ass sport.
In Episode II, just after Anakin’s stilted and wooden line about how Obi-wan is the closest thing he has to a father, we get a brief glimpse of some of the sports in the Star Wars universe. This one appears to be a game of football played by a bunch of sentient buoys. It goes without saying that this sport is, for all intents and purposes, still being played on a wide-scale during the events of The Last Jedi.
5. Midichlorians are real.
This one hurts. In Episode I, Liam Neeson explains to baby Darth Vader that “The Force” is completely biological and that how much “Force” you have is dependent on how many “midichlorians” you have. This, of course, completely contradicts everything Yoda said about the force in Empire Strikes Back. So when you see Rey move a thing with her mind in The Last Jedi, according to Star Wars canon, it’s because she has like bugs in her blood or something. I don’t know.
6. Every stormtrooper at one point in time was Boba Fett’s dad.
If you ever wish to rewatch the original Star Wars trilogy, it’s important to remember that all those stormtroopers, for all we know, might very well be clones of Boba Fett’s dad. Who knows? They don’t say. Oh, and Boba Fett is also a clone of his dad, too, but like a different kind of clone that ages normally or something. Whatever.
7. Baby Darth Vader built C-3PO to help his mom around the house.
The bumbling, accident-prone stooge we all know and love as C-3PO was originally built by baby Darth Vader to “help his mom around the house.” Why he thought a droid whose self-stated primary function is being “fluent in over seven million forms of communication” would be a good housekeeper, though, is beyond me. This is official canon. Do not forget it.
8. Chewbacca is a war veteran and knows who Yoda is.
If you thought Han Solo’s grungy buddy Chewbacca was just some random furball he befriended in his rogue smuggler days, you couldn’t be more wrong. It turns out that he is a decorated war veteran. Oh and also, he actually knows Yoda, who addresses him by name. Remember this when you’re watching The Last Jedi.
9. Do you even remember this guy?
Who is this?
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