The eighth episode of the Star Wars saga, “The Last Jedi,” opens on Dec. 14. For those who’d like a quick primer without all the hype, behold some key, little-known facts:
A Déjà Vu Preview
The previous entry in the series, “The Force Awakens,” contained so many familiar story elements, some critics said it played like a cover version of the original “Star Wars.”
It featured secret information hidden in a droid, which gets separated from its master. On a desert planet, the droid is discovered by an orphan who may have the power of the Force and joins the underdog heroes in a galactic battle. There’s a brand new wisecracking pilot. Another father and son have it out. Someone quips “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” And the good guys must thread the needle to find the one weakness of a giant, deadly space station.
The details of ‘The Last Jedi” have been under wraps, but here’s a short preview of what we expect to be all-too-familiar: