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It’s Monday Fun Day!

Let’s kick this week off with a bit of fun! Internet superstar The Unusual Suspect has rejiggered Star Wars: The Force Awakens into the style of the latest Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer. It’s great!

This guy is an awesome genius. I wish I had skills to edit videos like this. Then I’d be a popular Internet personality!

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Speaking of The Force Awakens…

The Honest Trailers people have finally tackled Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Good for them.

They’ve also got a new show coming out called ‘After Credits’, which they’re making with the How It Should Have Ended people. The parody groups are coming together! They’re uniting, hopefully for the betterment of us all.

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This Video Contains a Ton of My Favorite Things

Internet parodies, LEGOs and Star Wars come together in How The Force Awakens Should Have Ended!

It’s funny, it’s awesome and it’s an all-around good time. The How It Should Have Ended folks did an earlier Force Awakens bit, but I prefer when things are done in LEGO. Oh and hey, the DVD comes out today too! Neat.

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6 Things I Want From Star Wars Episode VIII

Hey, did you hear they’re making a new Star Wars movie? Fancy that. Production is already underway, so consider the hype train for Episode VIII in full locomotion. I’m as excited as the next fan. Heck, I’m even excited for Rogue One! I still have no idea how that movie’s going to work.

What would I like to see in Star Wars: Episode VIII?

We’re gonna need a good name for this one

When The Force Awakens was first announced way back in 2013, I wrote a similar list…and got maybe two of the things I asked for. But back then, we had no idea what to expect. Now we know the story, the characters, the concepts, and I have some new ideas in mind. New hopes and dreams that will, in all likelihood, still be dashed upon the snow like an overworked tauntaun.

But hope springs eternal! so join me after the jump for six things I want to see in Star Wars: Episode VIII! And be warned, there will be SPOILERS for The Force Awakens, just in case you haven’t seen it yet.

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The Star Wars Expanded Universe is Alive and Well

Don’t worry, everybody, geekery is alive and well in Star Wars. Our nerdy ability to create backstory for every single insignificant character in the Star Wars Universe has not diminished in the slightest with the death of the Expanded Universe and the arrival of The Force Awakens. I couldn’t be giddier.

I speak, of course, about Internet sensation ‘TR-8R’, the fan-name given to the First Order Stormtrooper who whips out that amazing stun baton and gets into a melee battle with Finn halfway through the film. He’s so named because he shouts, “Traitor!” at Finn before he attacks.

The new ‘Boba Fett’

It’s a cool battle, it’s the first lightsaber fight in the film, and that stun baton is just badass. The scene goes a long way to making Stormtroopers dangerous again. The Internet fell in love with the Trooper immediately, and he’s kind of become a meme sensation. It’s hilarious, in that special Internet way.

Now, if you were like me, you thought that scene would have been a great place to use Captain Phasma. She doesn’t get much screentime, and a fight against Finn would have been pretty stellar for her character. And even though TR-8R gets blasted in the end, there’s no reason Phasma couldn’t survive and come back later. It would have been a fantastic use of the character.

Her IMAX poster was a good use too

But now I know how wrong I was, because Star Wars knew exactly what it was doing. For you see, TR-8R isn’t just some random Riot Control Stormtrooper who is mad at Finn. He’s actually a fully-fleshed out character who has a lot of backstory in the new, Disney version of the Expanded Universe. It all takes place in Greg Rucka’s novel, Before the Awakening, which now I really want to track down and read. Fortunately, Awesome Internet Person babieseverywhere went and summarized the book for us — SPOILERS for Before the Awakening in that link, of course.

The official Star Wars website has also jumped in to explain the truth behind TR-8R after they noticed his sudden spike in popularity.

Not only does TR-8R have a backstory now, but we also know who that Stormtrooper was in the beginning who died, and whose blood then marked Finn’s helmet.

Granted, all of this was pre-planned to take place in a tie-in book, so it’s not the same as most of the Expanded Universe explanations. But it’s good enough for me. It’s been a long while since I read the EU books and was really a part of that universe, but I’m excited to see the practice continue with the new canon.

Plus, I don’t know about you henchies, but I’m finding all these TR-8R memes to be hilarious!

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