Merry Christmas from SWNN!

SW ChristmasFirst off, we at SWNN would like to wish Star Wars fans everywhere, regardless of your convictions, a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Joyous Holiday Season!

With the latest installment of our beloved Star Wars saga newly released, the filming of Episode VIII to begin next month, and the Anthology film Rogue One LESS than a year away, this author would like to post his “Star Wars Wish List” for this year.



My wish list could involve props, autographs, artwork, toys, etc…but honestly, as a fan, the following are what I hope for during the filming of the new movies:


Rogue One:

  1. Ahsoka Tano makes an appearance…c’mon, you know you want it!
  2. The Jedi Order is at least mentioned.
  3. Darth Vader’s name makes the screen dialog!
  4. Just give me some Rebels crew!!!!
  5. General Kenobi reference.
  6. Princess Leia receiving the plans at the end.

Episode VIII:

  1. Rey’s training with Luke.
  2. Kylo’s training with Snoke, or his surrogate.
  3. “The” conversation with Luke and Rey about her history…provided that Luke is Rey’s father…yes THAT conversation.
  4. More Captain Phasma, and perhaps some of her backstory.
  5. Some serious attention to personal, and family discussion scenes….make it real and personal….let’s get a few meaningful, and deeply personal scenes that give me a personal involvement in “family”.
  6. More of Kylo Ren’s personal struggle…behind closed closed doors…let us understand it.

Well folks, there you have it. I figure that if even some of these items come to fruition my hopes will be fulfilled, even if we don’t see the results until next year at this time or a bit later.


Please have a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and an all around wonderful holiday season filled with love, laughter, and joyous memories. Be safe, and May the Force be with you!


Be sure to tell us in the comments what you wish for!


P.S.  Oh yeah, I’d love to have one of those cool Sphero BB-8’s!  🙂



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56 thoughts on “Merry Christmas from SWNN!

  • December 25, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Now, who would you cast as the live-action Ahsoka?

    • December 25, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      That’s a tough question…one I’d have to think about. And you?

      • December 25, 2015 at 4:32 pm

        Maybe that chick from avatar and Star Trek. I forget her name.

        • December 25, 2015 at 4:58 pm

          Zoe Saldana? She’ll be busy filming – wait for it – Avatar 2, 3, 4. Apparently they too are starting at the beginning of 2016. 🙂

          • December 25, 2015 at 5:21 pm

            True…though I think it’s an excellent choice!

      • December 25, 2015 at 5:36 pm

        Tough indeed. I’m not sure myself.

      • December 25, 2015 at 6:21 pm

        This may be unpopular but what about Maggie Q? For some reason, the adult Ahsoka reminds me of her.

    • December 25, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      Depends which film you are talking about. Ashley is youthful looking enough to play her up to a certain point but would have to get on the Mark Hamill training regiment first.

  • December 25, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Merry christmas from hoth! I wouldn’t mind that millenium falcon drone. 🙂

    • December 25, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      Same! I really want that drone 🙂

  • December 25, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    No cartoon characters need to be shoved into Rogue One for no other reason than fan service. Keep the cartoon characters on the Disney Channel.

    • December 25, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      But it makes since for Rebels characters to show up. Only cause they serve the overall plot with the rise of the rebels and they might be very involved with Death Star plans and how they were stolen.
      If it makes since I’m all for it.

      • December 25, 2015 at 5:03 pm

        I agree, I believe the Rebels might have had some role in stealing the Death Star plans. It would be cool to see them in Rogue One IMO.

      • December 25, 2015 at 5:54 pm

        Rebels is fine for a kids’ cartoon show, but Jedi don’t belong in this story. The Jedi should all be dead except for Yoda and Obi Wan. Rebels completely ruins the idea of Luke and Leia being the last hope for the Jedi.

        The design of those characters is cheesy and cartoonish (blaster lightsaber? Gimme a break.)

        They can think of better ideas for the movies instead of aping goofy cartoon concepts.

        • December 25, 2015 at 6:48 pm

          They are all dead in Rebels, actually. Kanan and Ashoka are oft to remind people that they are NOT Jedi.

          Besides, I think it’s safe to assume that we know their ultimate fates by the time Ep IV happens.

          Sure, some aspects might be cheesy, but it IS a kids show, on a kids network. That said, the basic storylines are pretty cool.

      • December 25, 2015 at 5:55 pm

        At least not a pink Boba Fett. That character is ridiculous.

  • December 25, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Marry Christmas, Happy New Year and all the holidays!

    I only want more good SW movies after a very promising start. And BB-8 of course!

  • December 25, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    It would be AWESOME if Rex had some role in this movie since he’s involved with the Rebel Alliance 🙂

  • December 25, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    A director’s cut of 7. So that maybe it’ll have that moment of pause that was much needed. Or at least the option on the Blu-ray. I get that JJ said those scenes would be included under deleted but are they canon? I’d like an option to watch them still in place in the movie. Provided they were finished of course.

  • December 25, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I want Vader in Rogue One, and not just in passing – actual screen time.

    No lightsabers in Rogue one!

    I want the film to be low down and dirty.

    • December 31, 2015 at 2:50 am

      What if Vader wipes out the mission team of rebels in Rogue One just after they send ‘the transmission’ to the Tantive IV with his lightsaber? That’d be cool with me.

      • December 31, 2015 at 7:14 am

        Only then… 🙂

  • December 25, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Merry Christmas fellow SW fans.

    I’m still buzzing from TFA, would rather see Episode VIII next year than Rogue One. However.

    What I’d like to see in Episode VIII:

    1. For it to be at least as good as TFA.
    2. The Knights of Ren.
    3. Benicio del Toro to be some kind of Sith.
    4. Chewie to return.
    5. Luke to get similar screen time as what Han received, but not to die. He should meet a fitting end in Episode IX (with corresponding force ghost).
    6. More about Finn’s and Rey’s back story.
    7. An epic space battle.
    8. More new characters, unrelated to any we already know.

  • December 25, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    I wish the whole team from starwarsnewsnet great holidays. You guys run an awesome site and i keep coming back every days. Thank you for the hard work you put into this site.

    BTW I am in for Ashoka to make an appearance in a futute feature film 😉

  • December 25, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Merry Christmas ya bunch of scruffy looking Nerf Herders!

  • December 25, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Merry Xmas and no thanks to Ashoka! I hope Rogue One delivers, and believe it will. For Episode VIII I want a much wider palette: More variety in locations, more different vehicles, and a fresh story.

  • December 25, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Here I had hoped to be salivating at the prospect of Episode 8, but TFA left too bad a taste for me. Ironically, the new characters proved to be wonderful while the original crew was left with horrible lines and questionable fates. As to all the “questions” the movie left behind, I’m not falling for that one again.
    Merry Christmas to everyone anyway. It was fun.

    • December 25, 2015 at 11:00 pm

      You aren’t the only one but the spinoffs still have more potential, Especially since Abrams isn’t involved in any of them.

  • December 25, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Mere Christmas to everyone on SWNN. My wish list for Rogue One and Episode VIII:

    Rogue One
    1. Darth Vader and Tarkin ( via Hologram) make an appearance
    2.Humor in the film to juxtapose the grim battle sequences.
    3. Characters to fall in love with
    4. One Rebel or Clone war character cameo
    5. Great story

    Episode VIII
    1. More Luke Skywalker and his power and skills. Make him like Gandalf in LOTR. Great supporting character but doesn’t take away the story from the main protagonists.
    2.Answer to who Rey is related to? Skywalker, Kenobi, or nobody we have met in the saga.
    3. More screen time with Poe and Finn together. I love the bromance. But I have a feeling a love triangle will happen with those two and another new female character. I hope Finn will get the girl.
    4. Make Phasma more menacing.
    5. Kyle Ren. I want to see his development. I want a Leia and Kylo scene togther. Will she have the same fate as Han with him?
    6. Lightsaber battle with Kylo and Rey , Kylo has the upper hand and Luke may need to step in. (Rey wins battle in Episode 9).
    7. More droids: BB8, R2D2, and C3PO.
    8. Slow the pace of the film a little bit. Let some of the emotional beats resonate with the audience.
    9.Raise the stakes for all characters.
    10. Keep the humor, but reduce it a little to emphasize the dire situation In the GFFA.

    • December 25, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      Someone on here mentioned Poe originally being gay, So maybe a love triangle of a different sort? lol.

    • December 26, 2015 at 4:11 am

      I bet for the Leia an Kylo scene in Ep IX.

  • December 25, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    And another thing:

    In the original trilogy, there was only one space/dog fight per movie. It was something to lead up to or build up to. Here? They have two of them. They basically cancel each other out then. The space finale is no big deal since you already saw the fight on Maz’s castle.

    Finn should’ve never fought with the light saber. Scene would’ve been more powerful if it ignites for the first time when it lands in Rey’s hands to fight Kylo.

    Maz’s castle/lake looked too similar to the water planet Luke was on. At least put some CGI in the background, make it look other-freaking-worldly instead of off the coast of Ireland.

    Chewie needed to UNLEASH on the stormtroopers. Should’ve been like Neo as he shoots and pummels through them. At least show the emotion felt/seen in Empire. Neither proper rage nor mourn was shown. Criminal.

    So Finn lied about the “reactor thing” (always a reactor thing) to save Rey? And risk the fleet?

    The super weapon using the sun was straight out of Thor or something. Not for the SW universe.

    There is an awakening. Abrams and Kasdan really blew this movie. Have you felt it? You will. Let it in…

    • December 25, 2015 at 10:57 pm

      Over 30 years later and we still haven’t gotten a dogfight anywhere near as good as The Battle Of Endor.

      I don’t think Takodana looked too much like Luke’s planet but it did seem too similar to the Resistance headquarters.

      I still have no idea why Finn picked up the lightsaber either other than for marketing purposes. Makes as much sense as Han dueling Vader in the OT.

      I’m hoping Leia/Chewie die on the Falcon since I’d hate to see them reduced to comedic relief or token roles in the next.

      The whole plan of attacking Starkiller seemed like just blowing shit up, No real strategy to speak of.

      Starkiller was straight out of the EU and the very worst books in the series at that.

      They did but I think Johnson will be the Kershner of this new trilogy.

    • December 26, 2015 at 12:34 am

      Vocal minority. Never will they please everyone. No matter who writes or directs, even if you got everything made the way you wanted someone would post somewhere as you just did how other things were done wrong with your version. Old age, “Can’t please everyone.” applies.

    • December 26, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      In ANH there’s two: TIEs vs Falcon and then the Battle of Yavin. In ESB there’s two: Asteroid chase and Bespin chase. Only in ROTJ is there only one space fight…

      I do agree that the new fights didn’t quite have the wait of the fights in the original trilogy, especially ANH. But we will undoubtedly get more in Ep VIII and IX. Personally, I wasn’t disappointed with what we got in TFA. (And those T-70s are some sweet looking X-wings!)

      • December 27, 2015 at 12:26 pm

        Yeah, I guess. I never saw the TIEs vs. Falcon in A New Hope as a space battle. They were escaping the Death Star and were followed, which we soon after learn was a set-up: they were being tracked back to Yavin.
        The Asteroid chase in Empire is just that. A chase scene.

  • December 25, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    My big fear of Rogue One is do you think they will replace stop/go motion with CG far as the walkers are concerned? I don’t care if they have to hire the Robot Chicken crew, It really won’t look the same without that method. So much of the charm of the AT-AT/AT-ST is that technique.

    • December 26, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Of course they will be CGI (if there are AT-ATs). It’s a technique, just like stop motion, to create an illusion. Whichever is used has has zero impact on the story. There’s a difference between CGI overkill like the prequels, using it at places were it is definitely not needed, and using it for creating things that can’t be done on set. Stop motion and GCI are different techniques to create the same effect, and the latter is absolutely the superior of the two.

      • December 27, 2015 at 4:49 pm

        It’s never been tried before far as I know. Usually that results in bad CG which is why the water effects from II look especially cheesy now since it had only really been tried in The Perfect Storm before that.

        • December 28, 2015 at 11:47 am

          Nowadays, it all depends on the amount of time and money the studio is willing to put into it, I guess. The limitations do not come from the technical aspects. If you look at the trailer for The Jungle Book, you see CG that looks absolutely photo realistic.

          • December 28, 2015 at 5:38 pm

            They had CG walkers in III but for a few seconds and it was mainly at night. No idea how it would look in broad daylight for minutes at a time.

  • December 25, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Merry X-Mas you godly fuckers. Hope this site lives forever.

    • December 25, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      Merry Christmas, Erikk XO! And God bless you!
      And may the Force be with you, always…

  • December 26, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Merry Christmas all!

  • December 26, 2015 at 8:55 am

    rogue one:
    1)i think she’ll be dead by then(unfortunately).
    3.)i’m thinking both vader and tarkin will be on screen. who else could be the main the villains in that era?
    4.)a very distinct possibility.
    5.)very interesting question, what event finally causes the rebels to see out obi-wan after all this time? the deaths of ahsoka and kanan? or just the discovery of the deathstar in general? i also wonder if this means we’ll get the return of jimmy smits as bail organa in this movie since it was his idea in ANH.
    6.)probably, but will we see her(cgi or maybe carrie’s daughter) at all?

    so amazing that we’re getting two new movies in a year and a half. what great time to be a fan. 🙂

    • December 26, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa makes sense in this movie–I hope it happens. He is the only one other than Yoda who knows what Obi-Wan has been up to for the past 20 years.

      I would like a quick view of Leia, maybe from a distance boarding Captain Antilles’ ship. And she should be referenced by characters.

      • December 27, 2015 at 4:50 pm

        Plus he’s aged too.

        I’d like to see if they can recreate a young Fisher in the way that they did with Douglass in Antman.

  • December 26, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    My wish list for the immediate future involves Rebels.

    I hope that we don’t have to wait too long to see Ahsoka and Vader cross lightsabers. I’d like to hear some backstory on what Ahsoka was up to befote her return. Where did she go to get the training that she clearly seems to have gotten? Also, I’m eager to learn more about the Inqusitorius. Finally, the “real” reason Sidious has an Imperial precence on Lothal. PS … give us some Ackbar! Based on Filoni’s statements, I think that Santa won’t be letting me down 🙂

  • December 26, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Happy Solstice!

    Off-Topic: Re-watching Clone Wars: Holocron Heist. A changling bounty hunter hired by Cad Bane actually picks up a lightsaber and fights Ahsoka almost to a draw – she pulls a chair into his/her way to trip the bounty hunter.
    So there’s another precedent, outside of General Lizard Cyborg, for a non-Jedi utilizing a lightsaber and having some success.

  • December 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Health and happiness.,.. not just for myself, but for all my friends I have missed so much

  • December 26, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    890 million so close to 1 billion wonder if it can take over avatar hope so 🙂

  • December 26, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Your list for both rogue one and 8 is basically mine this has been a great end to the long 3 year wait.

    • December 28, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      I agree perfect list

  • December 27, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Merry Christmas to all at SWNN, both the crew who put the website and articles together, and the Star Wars fans who shared their enthusiasm with us all. Thank you everyone for a wonderful year of entertainment, and making the wait to TFA more bearable, and even more fun!

  • December 28, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Merry Christmas happy new year to SWNN and everyone in the Star Wars community. saw the movie 3 times now and love it! I agree with evrything on the list. We need Luke Rey training and more family backstory

  • December 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I wold like Poe to pilot the Falcon with Chewie – we can’t have Rey doing everything.

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