Is Everyone Wrong About Luke Skywalker's Role In The Force Awakens?

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Peggy Carter gets a new neighbor in Agent Carter. Get your first look at another classic Bat-character on Gotham. We know at least one character that Constantine will introduce if it gets more episodes. Plus, sneak peeks at Agents of SHIELD, The Originals, and Once Upon a Time. Spoilers now!


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Star Wars

Insert the standard "this isn't official, this is speculation, take it with a grain of salt" Star Wars rumor warning here. But Making Star Wars thinks they may have figured out Luke Skywalker's deal in the newly-titled The Force Awakens. And it's not the "Luke has become an evil cyborg" thing that was being widely rumored a while back:

I'm told that in the back story for the film, Luke Skywalker does something amazing with the Force. He's really powerful, more of "wizard than lightsaber wielding warrior." Basically, Luke Skywalker has a "Force Unleashed" moment and realizes he might be bad for the universe.The aftermath of that event is difficult for Luke.

Luke Skywalker has become the most powerful Jedi ever, but he doesn't believe he's the wisest. He doesn't want to make the mistake his father made by thinking he knows what's right for the universe. Skywalker becomes somewhat deranged in his seclusion. He is consumed by his fear that if he should return to "society" his power could be misused, he could be manipulated, and he may accidentally hurt the ones he loves.

For these reasons, to protect the galaxy and himself, Luke retreats into self-imposed exile for many years. I'm told he can't always control the power. While he sits in a meditative state, he levitates things unconsciously and he's not always in complete control and he's never sure if he's doing the will of the Force or acting on his own passions. Luke is seeing the past, the present, the future, "old friends long gone" and other things that prey upon his sanity.

Luke Skywalker is described as "creepy and frightening in appearance" because you supposedly can see "the fire in his eyes" behind his grizzled appearance during some scenes.

For most of Luke's appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII, it is questionable if his madness will result in evil. Not even those that have known him for most of his life know if he's sane or not. However, the villain and the new hero both draw Skywalker out and he's forced to intervene in the galactic conflict. The imbalance he feared bringing back to the galaxy is set into motion by the new evil. But it is not only evil that brings Luke Skywalker out of exile. The good in the universe does as well when one of the heroes convinces him the place he is in is not where he belongs.

By the last act of the film, it is clear where Luke falls on spectrum of good and evil

[Making Star Wars]

Extraordinary Tales

Guillermo del Toro is joining the voice cast of the film which features many vignettes inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe novel. Del Toro's voice will appear in "The Pit and the Pendulum," which is made to look like mid-19th century photography. The segment follows a man who is being tortured during the Spanish Inquisition. [Variety]

Day Men

Will Simmons (Black List) has been chosen adapt Day Men for Universal. It's adapting the vampire comic book from Boom! Studios, which focuses on the humans who take care of vampires while they sleep during the day. [The Hollywood Reporter]


Man Down

Here's the first still from Man Down, a post-apocalyptic thriller about a U.S. Marine (Shia LaBeouf) searching for his estranged son and his wife. He does so with his best friend, played by Jai Courtney. [Coming Soon]

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Here are images from the Adrian Brody and Sam Neill-starring film, which follows a psychologist who discovers that all his patients are ghosts. [Shock Till You Drop]

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Pay the Ghost

Here's the first poster for the Nicholas Cage film, Pay the Ghost, which tells the story about a couple who begin to see the presence of their missing son in frightening ways. [Shock Till You Drop]

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Agent Carter

Bridget Regan (White Collar) has joined the cast as Peggy Carter's neighbor, Dottie. Dottie is decribed as "a small-town girl from Iowa who'll have a huge impact on the life of Agent Carter." [Marvel via SpoilerTV]



Here's another video interview with Jensen Ackles, where he talks about the 200th episode and how much he'd like to see John Winchester return. [K Site TV]

Here's the official description of episode 10.07, "Girls, Girls, Girls":…

ROWENA REAPPEARS — Sam (Jared Padaleck) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) stumble upon a demon who is running from Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard). Before they have a chance to shut him down, Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) steps in and takes things into her own hands. Realizing Rowena is trying to recruit and train followers in the art of witchcraft, Sam and Dean come up with a plan to catch her before she can do much damage. Meanwhile, Hannah (guest star Erica Carroll) runs into a blast from her vessel's past, which complicates things for her and Castiel (Misha Collins). Robert Singer directed this episode written by Robert Berens (1007). Original airdate 11/25/2014.


[K Site TV]


Star Matt Ryan revealed which comic book characters they're planning to include if the show gets more episodes:

But we're introducing Papa Midnite, Jim Corrigan, Annmarie, Gary Lester. I think if we go to the back nine we might be introducing Judas and kind of there are all of these great characters which have different relationships with John and then in effect bring out the different sides of John. And that's really interesting then to study these relationships rather than having just something that's completely separate from John and that relationship with the characters built within the structure of the episodes, so you always have something to root the episode in, which is always great.


He also talked about the way Constantine and Zed's relationship will evolve as the season goes on:

She's great because she's someone who gets in John's face, doesn't take any of his shit. She's not afraid to smack someone in the face when it comes down to it. And she also has this unique ability, which is very useful for John. So they need each other, but at the same time, there's a chemistry between them which could develop into something more. She has a mysterious background, and what's interesting about these two characters is they work together on some level but then they're both reluctant to reveal each other's past to each other. So there's a constant looking out of the corner of each eye with each other, which is really interesting. And then there's the kind of sexual chemistry between them as well, which leads to a really kind of fun play in between the two of them. And that relationship, throughout the series, will kind of develop in a very interesting way, I must say.


[Comic Book Resources]

The Magicians

Syfy has cast a number of roles for its adaptation of Lev Grossman's The Magicians, which follows students at a college for magicians. While they're still looking for their protagonist, Quentin, they have cast Hale Appleman as Eliot, "Quentin's older, wine-loving friend"; and Arjun Gupta as Penny, "a prickly, punk student"; and Stella Maeve as Julia, Quentin's former high school crush, who becomes plagued by the knowledge that magic exists but that she does not have access to it. [Entertainment Weekly]



Here's one of the first photos of Nicholas D'Agosto as Harvey Dent. See another at the link. [Entertainment Weekly]

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Agents of SHIELD

See a sneak peek at the link, showing that Triplett, at least, has caught up to Ward and has him in his crosshairs. [TV Line]


Here's another sneak peek at "The Writing on the Wall." [SpoilerTV]

Once Upon a Time

Lana Parilla talked about Regina and Robin Hood's relationship, saying:

There's a part of her that's really hopeful that he's going to choose her. Even though we saw that true love's kiss didn't work because he loves Regina, that's great, but that really complicates things even more for her. On some level, I bet she wishes that he didn't say that. But she has to put him first and that's true love. She has to find a way to save Marian. It's tricky because I personally think she's pretty much dead, 'Let her die!' but I'm impressed with Regina. This is a side of her that we've never seen, where she's chosen to put someone first. That's a bit growth spurt for her.


And head to the link to see a sneak peek scene between the two. [Entertainment Weekly]

The Originals

Here's the synopsis for episode 2.08, "The Brothers That Care Forgot":

GUEST STAR CLAIRE HOLT RETURNS AS REBEKAH MIKAELSON — Rebekah (guest star Claire Holt), who has spent months away living a normal life with baby Hope, finds herself on the run when she realizes Esther (guest star Sonja Sohn) has uncovered her whereabouts. Convinced that Vincent (guest star Yusuf Gatewood) and Kaleb (guest star Daniel Sharman) would be powerful allies in his fight to take down Esther, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) sets a plan in motion to turn his brothers against their mother. Meanwhile, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is conflicted when she and Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) stumble upon an ancient ritual that would get their werewolf packs out from under Esther's control, but would require her to make a tremendous sacrifice. Elsewhere, Rebekah is concerned when she notices something is off with Elijah (Daniel Gillies). Finally, Davina (Danielle Campbell) takes matters into her own hands by turning to dark magic, and Cami (Leah Pipes) finds herself at the center of Esther's dangerous plan. Charles Michael Davis also stars. Michael Allowitz directed the episode written by Charlie Charbonneau & Michelle Paradise (#208). Original airdate 11/24/2014.


[K Site TV]

And here are two clips from "Wheel Inside the Wheel":

Sleepy Hollow

Here's a long description for episode 2.10, "Magnum Opus":

Ichabod and Abbie get a dire message from Katrina, warning them that the earthy version of Moloch which has – despite their best efforts – been born into this world is growing stronger, and she fears his reign on Earth could begin in as little as two days time. The Two Witnesses work to decode the journal of Abbie's ancestor, Grace Dixon, (which they retrieved during their recent travails at Tarrytown Psych) in order to find a weapon believed to be capable of defeating the demon lord, and discover the existence of the "Sword of Methuselah," a weapon referenced by both the spirit of Abbie's mother, as well as in the Bible, which, if legend holds, has the power to defeat Moloch. After figuring out clues from one of Ben Franklin's notebooks, the pair thinks they may know the sword's location, but a dire warning in the text leads them to believe their quest could be fraught with immense peril... not the least of which is the Horseman of Death, who has been sent to retrieve the weapon first.

Meanwhile, Jenny attempts to transport suspected cop-killer Frank Irving over the Canadian border while local police set up a dragnet to prevent his escape, Henry and Katrina have an overdue mother-and-son chat, and Crane reflects on his former friendship with Abraham (now the Headless Horseman) and how their shared past shaped each other's present.



Here's a season 2 trailer set to "Ghost" by Ella Henderson. [vis SpoilerTV]


Head here for promo photos from episode 5.11, "Reflections." [SpoilerTV]

American Horror Story

Here's a featurette on this season's musical numbers. [via SpoilerTV]

Here are photos from episode 4.06, "Bullseye." [SpoilerTV]

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Go here for photos from episode 9, "6 A.M." [SpoilerTV]

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Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller




For these reasons, to protect the galaxy and himself, Luke retreats into self-imposed exile for many years. I'm told he can't always control the power.

This actually sounds really interesting to me. If the rumors of Luke having gone into seclusion are true this is a great avenue to pursue, and it would explain why Luke isn't able to just kick everyones ass and save the day. I also like that it's acknowledging the fact that he's super powerful but doesn't have any Jedi Masters around to teach him how to really deal with that power.

On the other hand, I'm not a fan of the idea that he's become "a bit deranged" by the seclusion. To me Luke is the earnest, humble hero. I don't want to see him become something like Jeff Bridges in Tron : Legacy.