It’s been almost two years since Rey and Luke Skywalker met at the conclusion of “The Force Awakens” and since that time, fans have been clamoring for a small taste of what is to come in the ever expanding Star Wars Saga. Last Saturday, the Geek Gods smiled upon us and delivered the much anticipated trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”. Of course, what followed across the interwebs, was the painstaking dissection of every frame of said trailer by fans hungry for clues about what this next installment has in store.
One of the more tantalizing aspects of the trailer has been the inclusion of a simple item heretofore never seen in the Star Wars universe. It’s so simple, that it might be overlooked by the casual viewer, but not by the rabid fans (yours truly included). What is this thing, you ask? It’s a book. Yes. A book.
Actually, as seen above, it’s several books, sitting on a shelf, presumably in the modest island dwelling of Luke Skywalker. Following the image of these books, we are treated to a close up image of another book, this one opened up to what appears to be a map, on a page that also depicts the symbol of the Jedi.
Why would the presence a book cause such a stir? First, books have never been a part of the Star Wars galaxy. Indeed, all information has appeared to have been stored and accessed digitally throughout the eight previous films. Beyond that, however, is the prospect of these books being connected to something called The Journal of The Whills. Simply put, when Lucas first began crafting the Star Wars Universe, he envisioned the stories being retold from information collected and recorded by an immortal race called the Whills, (Perhaps this is the origin of the story-like opening at the beginning of the films, “A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away”). Lucas ultimately scrapped this idea and the Whills became the stuff of lost lore. This changed however, when Rogue One was released late last year and one of the principal characters was said to be a “Guardian of the Whills”. Is it possible that the books shown in the trailer are the fabled, Journals that Lucas mentioned? If so, do they contain information that will explain the fate of the Jedi Order? Fans have certainly been obsessed with that idea.￼
While this theory definitely has some merit, as Master Yoda said, “there is another…”. Anyone who has been reading the Marvel Star Wars Comic Book series will recall an arc entitled “The Journal of Obi Wan Kenobi”. In it, Luke Skywalker locates the journal kept by his former mentor while he watched over the soon to be Jedi as he grew up on Tatooine.
What if the books shown in the trailer are the records of wise old Ben? To go even further, what if Rey is connected to these books by the will of the Force because she herself, is a Kenobi? Fans have been speculating incessantly about Rey’s lineage…is this perhaps a clue to how she is connected to the Star Wars mythology? I know it’s a long shot…but never tell me the odds.
One thing is for certain, over the next eight months, speculation and theories will be coming at us faster than a squadron of X-Wings looking for a thermal exhaust port. There’s no telling which ones will pan out and which will be as accurate as a stormtrooper at a firing range…but as a fan, the anticipation is half the fun. Buckle up my young padawans…and may the Force be with us.