Episode I

The Phantom Menace
  The Virtual Edition
Episode II
Attack of the Clones
  The Virtual Edition
Episode III
Revenge of the Sith
  The Fans' Virtual Edition
  The Spies' Virtual Edition
  The Virtual Edition
Episode VII
Plague of Doom
  The Virtual Edition
Episode VIII
The Darkness Within
  The Virtual Edition
Episode IX
Duel of the Fates
  The Virtual Edition

Map of the Star Wars
  The Virtual Map
by Nathaniel Reed,  9/2005 | 12/2016

The Prophecy
And in time of greatest despair, there shall come a savior, and he shall be known as : THE SON OF THE SUN.
And he shall bring Balance to the Force.
"Journal of the Whills, 3:12"
Welcome to
Nathaniel Reed's
:: A trilogy of fan-fic set after Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and inspired by George Lucas' historical draft concepts ::
January 2018
The Last Jedi follow-up interviews....
31st January 2018
Following the release of The Last Jedi, oddly - and interestingly - a series of interviews have been released which appear to be possible 'damage control' on the backlash to Episode VIII. I enjoyed the film, more so after the very first viewing and the grudging acceptance of Rey's nondescript origins, but I still had my criticisms. Some appear to have been addressed by Rian Johnson and others :

Mark Hamill on Luke's direction

Rian Johnson on Luke's "exhausted" fate

Rian Johnson on the blocking out of the Rey - Kylo private dialogue

Editor Bob Ducsay acknowledges that Admiral Ackbar's fate could have been presented more clearly

Rian Johnson explains why Luke had a blue sword on Crait

Rian Johnson explains the absence of the Knights of Ren

Rian Johnson on 'new' Force powers like Leia's Force-flight and Luke's astral projection

I found all of these comments intriguing, illuminating, and justifying, but their very presence does make me wonder if they are indeed a clear retort to the virulent criticisms. As for my concerns, the 'product' is now 'out there', so I can only criticise in vain. But I've noticed it's causing me to re-evaluate my love and dedication to the direction of the Official Star Wars canon. Having spent over ten years formulating a Sequel Trilogy all be it in an 'immediate' timeframe, I cannot but help feel that my virtual edition Sequel Trilogy not only honours what went before but also moves it forward originally and within contextual expectations.

I think my primary criticism of The Last Jedi is that, by elevating a new character with intrigue and mystery, and within a franchised 'lore' of certain narrative structures, certain expectations were built and predicted. To have those then not follow-through has been difficult for me.

Second to that, as I've pondered it since the film's release, I believe that the 'macguffin' for TLJ is vacuous and hollow : the "new and unprecedented" hyperspace tracking might well have been foreshadowed by Vader's pursuit of Leia from Scarif to Tatooine in Episode IV......
A recent 'Star Wars Show' edition revealed a glimpse of a deleted scene - Rey running towards a camp on Ahch-To - and details about extra scenes to be found in the TLJ novelisation.
In January there were some flurries of news pertaining to Solo. The young Lando Calrissian, Donald Glover, revealed a shot never seen before in a Star Wars film, that apparently Ron Howard was keen to introduce : a travelling shot moving from the outside of the Millennium Falcon up the boarding ramp and into the interior ! I'm hoping that this will be retained !

Although composer John Powell is crafting the score, it has been revealed that John Williams himself has produced a theme dedicated to Han Solo !

And at the end of January, a US cinema chain appears to have confirmed three locales for SOLO : Corellia, Mimban (from the first spin-off novel SPLINTER OF THE MIND'S EYE), and Kessel. We will have to wait to see if there are any more new worlds to visit !
In January, I was able to find time to finish a review of the full draft of the VE Episode IX Duel of the Fates, and to begin to re-insert the early scenes for Darth Monstross and his Sith cohorts. I know I'm biased, but this story - and this final chapter - has turned out to be a real cracker !! :o))

In addition, I included the new planets Crait and Cantonica from The Last Jedi in to my virtual edition Galaxy Map. Once again, I based their locations on my own judgement inspired by the tone and dialogue of the film : we get the impression that it's a fairly short jump from D'Qar to Crait, that Cantonica attracts the wealthy, and it is said that the stolen ship used by DJ, Finn, and Rose to return to the Resistance fleet is fast.... so that could allow us to place the casino world further away ?
Nathaniel Reed, 31st January 2018
The Discussion Forum
spoilers within some threads
About the WebMasters
All original content since © 2002, Roderick Vonhögen, Nathaniel Reed
All Official Star Wars content © LucasFilm Ltd / Disney