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Study on The Last Jedi's Twitter Haters Finds That Yup, Many Were Bots or Bad-Faith Political Trolls Study on The Last Jedi's Twitter Haters Finds That Yup, Many Were Bots or Bad-Faith Political Trolls

For months before and after the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi—a widely critically acclaimed movie and box office titan—what appeared to have been a small number of fans made it known they were rabid haters of the movie’s twist on the franchise’s formula. They were mad about everything, from plot holes and…

Facebook Got Mad at Us, Samsung Note 9, and Ajit Pai: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Facebook Got Mad at Us, Samsung Note 9, and Ajit Pai: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

First, the bad news: Sunday is the anniversary of the disastrous white supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that culminated in a neo-Nazi car attack that killed local woman Heather Heyer and wounded scores of others, as well as resulted in the deaths of two police officers. The organizer of…

These The Last Jedi Fans Put on a Mock Court Martial for Poe Dameron These The Last Jedi Fans Put on a Mock Court Martial for Poe Dameron

One of the hottest debates about the plot of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the question of hotshot, insubordinate pilot Poe Dameron. Did Poe do anything wrong? Is the beautiful hotshot pilot guilty of doing material harm to the cause of the Resistance, or did he do what any reasonable hero would have done in his…

How The Last Jedi Made Star Wars Space Combat Legible How The Last Jedi Made Star Wars Space Combat Legible

If any one thing about The Last Jedi has been contentious—actually, no, strike that, everything about The Last Jedi has been contentious, including its approach to space combat (the Holdo Maneuver, anyone?). But according to one fan and critic, Rian Johnson’s epic actually makes space combat in the Star Wars universe…

The Last Jedi's VFX Supervisors Shed Light On The Complex Process of Bringing Snoke to Life The Last Jedi's VFX Supervisors Shed Light On The Complex Process of Bringing Snoke to Life

Taking Supreme Leader Snoke from a vague hologram to a physical presence was one of the biggest challenges for the visual effects team on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and the process was a complex push and pull between the director, the effects artists, and Andy Serkis, who portrayed Snoke in motion capture and voice.

A Toy Design Actually Forced a Change to Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars and toys have gone hand in hand ever since the franchise kicked off four decades ago. But usually, it’s the movies dictating what we see on store shelves—not the other way around. But in one particularly odd case, it ended up being that way for The Last Jedi.

Love Conquers All, at Least When It Uses Our Special Valentine's Day Cards Love Conquers All, at Least When It Uses Our Special Valentine's Day Cards

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and—what?! You haven’t bought your loved one a valentine yet? Or, rather, you bought one and it sucked because it wasn’t from io9? Lucky for you, we’re here to help with our annual batch of super-special Valentine’s Day cards for all the nerds and geeks in your life. Because we just love…

Rian Johnson Gives His Interpretation of Rey's Enigmatic Mirror Vision Rian Johnson Gives His Interpretation of Rey's Enigmatic Mirror Vision

The Last Jedi continues down its path to be the most explained Star Wars movie ever made, as director and writer Rian Johnson offers some interesting insight into one of the film’s most intriguing moments.

With The Last Jedi Comic, Gary Whitta Just Hit the Grand Slam of Writing Star Wars With The Last Jedi Comic, Gary Whitta Just Hit the Grand Slam of Writing Star Wars

Writer Gary Whitta worked on the screenplay for Rogue One. He’s written episodes of Star Wars Rebels and contributed to a Star Wars book. Now, with the news he’s writing a new comic, he’ll have written official Star Wars stories in four different mediums.

Rian Johnson Explains #35: Here's Why Han's Funeral Never Made It Into The Last Jedi Rian Johnson Explains #35: Here's Why Han's Funeral Never Made It Into The Last Jedi

When The Last Jedi’s official novelization comes out next month, it’ll include a few extra moments that weren’t just cut from the movie, but added specifically for the book. That list includes a glimpse at how Leia and the resistance marked the fall of a Star Wars hero—a moment that, the director says, he just…

Everything Rian Johnson Has Been Forced to Explain About The Last Jedi (So Far) Everything Rian Johnson Has Been Forced to Explain About The Last Jedi (So Far)

It’s been just under a month and a half since Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit theaters, and whether they loved or hated the movie, many, many people have had questions about the things that happen in in it. In age where a director like Rian Johnson is both widely available on social media and willing to talk to an eager…

The Fascinating Ways Star Wars and Star Trek Are Challenging Their Own Franchises The Fascinating Ways Star Wars and Star Trek Are Challenging Their Own Franchises

It’s very rare to see contemporary versions of Star Wars and Star Trek make similar creative choices. After all, part of what’s fueled the age-old Wars v. Trek debate are the series’ wildly different approaches to scifi. But with The Last Jedi in theaters and Discovery airing online, both franchises seem to be…

Here's the First Footage From The Last Jedi Deleted Scene of Luke's Third Lesson Here's the First Footage From The Last Jedi Deleted Scene of Luke's Third Lesson

Star Wars: The Last Jedi doesn’t have a Blu-ray release date yet, but here’s your first look at one of its deleted scenes.

Of Course Rian Johnson And Mark Hamill Have Thoughts About What Happened to Luke's Hand Of Course Rian Johnson And Mark Hamill Have Thoughts About What Happened to Luke's Hand

More than most people in 2018, Rian Johnson seems like he’s authentically enjoying Twitter. Debating Star Wars with angry fans, posting silly clapbacks and answering questions about supposed plot holes, it really feels like the superstar director is in his element.

The Last Thing I Want Right Now Is Another Nostalgic Star Wars Movie The Last Thing I Want Right Now Is Another Nostalgic Star Wars Movie

It’s hard to comprehend given how we just went through the release of The Last Jedi, but in just over four short months, a new Star Wars movie will be out. While Last Jedi honored Star Wars’ legacy by passing the torch to a new generation, with new possibilities, Solo will rosily indulge in Star Wars’ past. And I…

Rian Johnson Perfectly Explains Luke's Appearance at the End of The Last Jedi Rian Johnson Perfectly Explains Luke's Appearance at the End of The Last Jedi

Almost a month after its release, fans are still vigorously debating many aspects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Much of that centers around the treatment of Luke Skywalker, including his moments near the end of the film.

The True Story Behind Han's Dice, and More Last Jedi Secrets From the Lucasfilm Story Group The True Story Behind Han's Dice, and More Last Jedi Secrets From the Lucasfilm Story Group

Want to watch the Lucasfilm Story Group dish on Star Wars: The Last Jedi for 30 minutes? Of course you do.

The Painstaking Work The Last Jedi Put in Resurrecting a Classic Star Wars Character The Painstaking Work The Last Jedi Put in Resurrecting a Classic Star Wars Character

For all that was rumored about The Last Jedi before its release, one of its greatest surprises was a brief, but special appearance by a very familiar Star Wars face. But bringing back such a beloved character was a daunting prospect for the team behind the film—not just for story reasons, but from a physical design…

The Last Jedi's Finale Is Absolutely Perfect In 16 Bits The Last Jedi's Finale Is Absolutely Perfect In 16 Bits

This might be the coolest thing you’ve seen ALL YEAR. So far, at least.

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