New Details on Fathiers, the Caretakers, and Porgs from Star Wars: The Last Jedi!
Two weeks ago a new book by DK titled Star Wars Made Easy, part of the “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi” series, was released offering some interesting new details on The Last Jedi. The book is aimed at the younger audience and new Star Wars fans who want to get some simple and brief explanations about everything in the galaxy far, far away. The portion dedicated to Episode VIII shares some new bits of info about the fathiers (aka space horses), the Caretakers and the Porgs…
POTENTIAL MILD SPOILERS!!!
You surely remember that during the Episode VIII filming in Dubrovnik, we encountered a curious photo of a horse-like creature, which was part of an action sequence from the movie. We’ve seen Finn and Rose riding the creature on the streets of Dubrovnik, transformed to look like the city of Canto Bight in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (see photo below).
Also we’ve seen several videos with explosions and speeders at high speed on the set, so we can safely conclude that we will witness another exciting Star Wars chase sequence on the streets of the casino city of Canto Bight. And it seems that Finn and Rose’s pursuers will be put to the test, because according to this new book, these magnificent creatures are extremely fast:
The impressive puppet they built on the set will most likely be used only for the close-up shots, and the actual running sequence will be CG. They also used another head prop during one of the days of filming when they were on one of the city walls, where obviously there will be an interaction between the heroes and the fathier they use to escape from whatever they are running from.
And of course we’ve got the best look at the fathiers from The Last Jedi behind-the-scenes reel, where we are shown a creature in what appears to be stables in one of the casinos (see title image).
Also the Star Wars Made Easy book has a new image of the casino interior, where you can see fathiers with jockeys on some of the windows. Obviously, these races are very popular there. I wonder if we will witness an actual race in the movie. It would be really cool.
Next we visit the book’s description on Porgs and the Caretakers:
Shocking, right? The cute porgs are edible!
Many of us were making funny posts on Twitter about porgs ending up in Chewie’s stomach (which Han tells us in ROTJ that the Wookiee is always thinking with), especially after this shot from The Last Jedi behind the scenes reel with the porg feather on Chewie’s mouth:
But now yet another book makes a different revelation, hinting that it was not Chewie who is after the porgs after all. Special thanks to reddit member u/greatjorb88 for taking the picture and u/AlbertChessa for reposting it!
We can only speculate, but from this image it seems that the Caretakers are using musical instruments (looks like a fish bagpipe) to lure the porgs and catch them with nets. Hunting birds using music was a common technique in the past in some parts of the world.
Also as Albert Chessa pointed out that:
“We don’t see evidence of porg pelts being used as Caretaker clothing, though in a separate image the Caretakers seem to have ‘fishing gear’ that resembles Japanese fishing hats and Seaweed Nets, which leaves only one other, kinda sinister purpose to their beautiful melodies…”
You probably remember that a few months ago EW interviewed Rian Johnson, who described the Caretakers as:
“They’re kind of these sort of fish-bird type aliens who live on the island. They’re all female, and I wanted them to feel like a remote sort of little nunnery”.
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.
It’s funny that Johnson compared their speech to Scottish, and now we see them using bagpipes (traditional Scottish instruments) to lure porgs!
Some of you might think that it will be too much if we see the cute porgs end up as a dinner for the natives, but remember those cute teddy bear-like Ewoks from Return of the Jedi, who almost ate our heroes alive?
Also, I really doubt that they will show us how they eat the poor things. It will be most likely a funny situation when Rey or even Chewie learn that the Caretakers eat porg stew or something. Let’s not forget that when you live on a rocky island, the options for food are not that great, there are a gazillion porgs there, so it makes perfect sense.
There are even more interesting tidbits in DK’s “Star Wars Made Easy” book. We bought it ourselves, and we think it’s a great way to introduce Star Wars to your friends and kids. If you want, you can already get the book online or buy it from the nearest book store.