On Friday, the very first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was finally released. And it ruled.
It was great to see those characters from The Force Awakens that we've grown to love over the past year and half back in action. The new movies, including the spin off Rogue One, have all been the work of Disney with no creative input from series creator George Lucas.
These new movies have been such a vast departure from the prequel films that they sometimes feel like they take place in completely different universes altogether.
But they do not. Everything that happened in the prequels is still official Star Wars canon. So when you are watching Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren's new adventure, it's important to remember some of these weird-ass things from the prequels that still definitely happened within the same universe.
1. Dexter Jettster.
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If you forgot about this guy, nobody can blame you. Dexter Jettster (yes that is his real name) was a character in Episode II. He is a fat, mustachioed diner cook who was actually a huge cog in the movie's plot by pointing Obi-wan in the direction of the clone manufacturing plant. He is, for all we know, still alive during The Last Jedi.
2. This Jabba the Hutt relative.
During the podrace scene in Episode I, Jabba the Hutt is introduced to kick off the ceremonies. But wait a minute, who the hell is that to Jabba's left? It's Gardulla, a female Hutt who owned the Skywalkers as slaves and shows up again during the Clone Wars cartoons. And yes, they're still canon too.
3. Jar Jar Binks and the Gungans.
When you are watching Luke Skywalker train Rey to be a Jedi, and are waiting on bated breath for her inevitable confrontation with Kylo Ren, it's important to remember that, somewhere within the universe in which The Last Jedi takes place, Gungans like Jar Jar are still alive. Everything Jar Jar did or said is still completely canon.
4. This weird football-ass sport.
In Episode II, just after Anakin's stilted and wooden line about how Obi-wan is the closest thing he has to a father, we get a brief glimpse of some of the sports in the Star Wars universe. This one appears to be a game of football played by a bunch of sentient buoys. So far as we know, this sport is still being played on a wide-scale during the events of The Last Jedi.
5. Midichlorians are real.
This one still hurts. In Episode I, Liam Neeson explains to baby Darth Vader that The Force has a biological component that is based on how many "midichlorians" you have. So when you see Rey move a thing with her mind in The Last Jedi, according to Star Wars canon, it's because she has a high quantity of bugs in her blood.
6. Every Clone Trooper was based on Boba Fett's dad.
If you ever wish to rewatch the prequels, it's important to remember that all those clone troopers are genetic replicas of Boba Fett's dad, but made to age fast; most had died by the time stormtroopers came along. Oh, and Boba Fett is also a clone of his dad, but a different kind of clone that ages normally. Seriously.
7. Baby Darth Vader built C-3PO to help his mom around the house.
The bumbling, accident-prone stooge we all know and love as C-3PO was originally built by baby Darth Vader to "help his mom around the house." Why he thought a droid whose self-stated primary function is being "fluent in over seven million forms of communication" would be a good housekeeper, though, is beyond me. This is official canon. Do not forget it.
8. Chewbacca is a war veteran and knows who Yoda is.
If you thought Han Solo's grungy buddy Chewbacca was just some random furball he befriended in his rogue smuggler days, you couldn't be more wrong. It turns out that he is a decorated war veteran. Oh and also, he actually knows Yoda, who addresses him by name. Remember this when you're watching The Last Jedi.
9. Do you even remember this guy?
This Jedi is named Yarael Poof. Seriously.