Okay so this is a bit more serious than my usual posts which are literally about memes and procrastination, but I thought it would be sorta nice to give each type a reason why they should stay alive. These sorts of things are important :)
INFP: there are so many books left for you to read
INFJ: you see things differently and the world needs people like that
INTP: live for that discovery you’ll make a decade from now
INTJ: you haven’t truly left your mark yet
ENFP: there are animals who need you
ENFJ: who will campaign for change without you?
ENTP: you’re gonna do something big, just wait
ENTJ: you are the one thing holding some groups/organisations together
ISTP: you haven’t visited every continent yet
ISTJ: the world needs your innovation
ISFP: there’s so many beautiful things you haven’t seen
ISFJ: trust me, your friends need you
ESFP: you brighten up the lives of everyone you meet
ESFJ: one day, you’ll be so in love that you’ll be glad you’re alive
ESTP: there are so many experiences left for you to feel
ESTJ: you may not know it, but people are relying on you
Things We Learnt From the First Wave of EW Coverage
1. Luke believed Ben Solo was the chosen one
“[Luke] made a huge mistake in thinking that his nephew was the chosen one, so he invested everything he had in Kylo, much like Obi-Wan did with my character,” Hamill says. “And he is betrayed, with tragic consequences. Luke feels responsible for that. That’s the primary obstacle he has to rejoining the world and his place in the Jedi hierarchy, you know? It’s that guilt, that feeling that it’s his fault, that he didn’t detect the darkness in him until it was too late.”
LOL, what a mess.
2. Luke gives Rey a chilly reception - and forces her to confront her sense of abandonment afresh
Luke definitely does not give Rey the warm welcome he received when he went in search of Alec Guinness’ Ben Kenobi in 1977’s original Star Wars. She is warned. She is given an explanation. Nevertheless …“She’s so hopeful to everything,” Ridley says. “And obviously there’s a hint of, ‘What the hell?’”
This rejection hits Rey’s abandonment issues. Hard.
Luke’s brush-off makes Rey miss the gruff warmth of Han Solo, Ridley says, giving us a peek inside the head of her character: “’Oh my God, this other man that I lost within a couple days was somewhat of a father figure. Now he’s gone, and instead I’m with this grumpy guy on an island who doesn’t want me here.’”
But Ridley says Rey is also placing huge expectations on Luke. She arrives on the island of Ahch-To, site of a primitive Jedi temple, not to become a hero herself, but to shove Skywalker back into the fight. “I don’t think one girl, who he doesn’t know, turning up with a lightsaber is gonna make him go, ‘Oh, s—, yeah, of course I’ll get back into the action,’” Ridley says.
Poor bb Rey.
3. Kylo is fascinated by Rey
As we know, the young scavenger was ditched as a child on the hardscrabble junkyard world of Jakku by unknown parents and left for years to survive on her own. But lately, she has gotten accustomed to making fast friends, like BB-8, Finn, Chewbacca, and General Leia Organa. Even the murderous Kylo Ren became fascinated by her strength and resilience after kidnapping her.
Ahch-To is home to a quasi-nunnery populated by vaguely amphibious caretakers - and they merely tolerate Luke Skywalker’s presence
“They’re kind of these sort of fish-bird type aliens who live on the island,” Johnson says. “They’ve been there for thousands of years, and they essentially keep up the structures on the island. They’re all female, and I wanted them to feel like a remote sort of little nunnery,” Johnson says. “Neal Scanlan’s crew designed them, and costume designer Michael Kaplan made these working clothes that also reflected sort of a nun-like, spartan sort of existence.”They can communicate with Luke through what Johnson describes as “a blubbery sort of Scottish fish talk” but they’re not thrilled to have him hanging around. Johnson says they “tolerate” his presence.
Please let this be Black Narcissus with extra aliens.
5. We’ll learn more about Snoke’s nature and goals - but don’t expect his lifestory
Johnson says The Last Jedi will reveal more about Snoke and his goals, but his history will remain somewhat murky. “Similar to Rey’s parentage, Snoke is here to serve a function in the story. And a story is not a Wikipedia page,” the filmmaker says. “For example, in the original trilogy, we didn’t know anything about the Emperor except what Luke knew about him, that he’s the evil guy behind Vader. Then in the prequels, you knew everything about Palpatine because his rise to power was the story.” In The Last Jedi, Johnson says, “we’ll learn exactly as much about Snoke as we need to.”
Hahahaha at all the emptiness of the inane Snoke speculation.
6. Snoke is no puppet on a string
Will we see Snoke performed as a real-life puppet? “No, it’s entirely a mo-cap performance,” Johnson says. “[Creature designer] Neal Scanlan built a maquette that we had on set for lighting reference and to give the actors a sense of what it was going to feel like. And then we scanned that and [Industrial Light & Magic] used that in their renderings, but Snoke will be an entirely CG creation.”
Don’t take anything for granted - least of all spoiler reports!
7. Finn starts out desperate to leave the fight and find Rey
“It got really real for him,” Boyega tells EW. “And he just wants to get away and not be involved. His intention in the first place was to go to the Outer Rim. He was always brought back [in The Force Awakens,], but this is his chance to get away and perhaps find Rey and go off together. He’s trying to do that at first.”
“Poe Dameron is super cool. Finn’s super cool. Even though [Rose] is good at what she does, she’s not known,” Tran says. “She’s not cool. She’s this nobody, this background player, which is what makes her interesting. She’s not the best. She’s not royalty. She’s someone who is just like everyone else.”
Rose is a gearhead, a grease monkey, a behind-the-scenes jack-of-all-trades, while her sister Paige (played by Veronica Ngo) is the dynamic one — a Resistance gunner who fights on the front lines alongside Resistance luminaries like Poe Dameron, Oscar Isaac’s X-wing ace.
Rose - nobody or not - sounds pretty awesome, imho.
9. Rose and Finn drive each other forward - but people can struggle to live up to others’ expectations
Rose is starstruck by Finn: “He appreciates the adoration for a second, but when he meets her, Finn is trying to escape the whole war. He’s trying to leave,” Boyega says. “And she comes in and basically gives him a depiction of himself that wasn’t necessarily true.” But he likes the impression Rose has, the vision she has of him. A good guy. A brave guy. Seeing himself through her eyes gives the ex-Stormtrooper something to live up to. “It’s now an opportunity for him to be the best he can be. He has to make a decision, and Rose is there to help him make that choice.”
It shouldn’t be a spoiler to reveal that, yes, she helps Finn stay in the fight, although the urge to get out is still burning inside him.
Also… living up to Rose’s high expectations is not a task anyone can truly fulfill.
In this month of pride, let me give a shoutout to all my LGBTQIA+ people who have changed how they identify over the years. To the people still trying to figure out their identity, even if they thought they found one that fit.
You’re no less part of the community if you first identified as a lesbian, but now ID as a straight trans man. You’re not any less if you first identified as bi, but now consider yourself gay. You’re not any less if you identified as a binary trans person but now have a nonbinary identity.
Don’t let anyone convince you that you had to have known you were a certain way since you were a child to be valid. Don’t let anyone convince you that because your label could change in the future, you aren’t welcome. Don’t let anyone convince you that you must identify a certain way.
We’re all growing and learning about ourselves and maybe what fits today won’t fit a decade from now, but that’s okay. You’re not a bad person for not immediately having perfect knowledge of yourself. You’re not a fake because your identity has changed.
Person in ignorant bliss: Star Trek is such a non-toxic fandom
Me, a person who pays attentions to the way my lgbt, jewish, muslim, female, poc friends, myself, Star Trek Discovery cast, women from ANY Star Trek are treated: Sorry not relatable.
It does have good areas like of course it does. But holy shit, do not come to any of us and be like “It is so inclusive!” when the Star Trek Discovery trailer alone was attacked by horrible, bigoted people in such a way. I follow the actors on twitter and they get bullshit everyday. Even MARINA AND BRENT SPINER DO STILL. BY FANS.
And you can go, oh well they aren’t real Star Trek fans but my God is that brushing the bigots under the rug and IGNORING the hate anyone who isn’t a white straight male. And these people, I’m sorry. They ARE fans. They watch the show, buy the merch, go to cons, dress up, play the games, read the books etc. They are fans. And they will not give a shit if you say “Well they aren’t”.
And if you are able to just push it under the rug like that then you are ignoring the clear struggles for a blissful bubble of selfishness which you now impose on others.
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.