Did Topps’ “The Last Jedi” trading cards just spoil the plot of the movie?




Happy Force Friday, dear readers! First of all, be safe out there as you navigate the hordes of collectors, scalpers, and desperate parents as they try to grab every last bit of Star Wars merchandise available. Yes, these same items will restock in a few weeks, and you can buy them at your leisure, but for those that need new Star Wars stuff ASAP, happy hunting. 

While you’re out there scouring the shelves at your local stores, be sure to keep an eye out for packs of Topps trading cards. If you’re able to get all of them, you’re probably going to be able to put together the entire plotline of The Last Jedi.

According to Star Wars News Net, the full listing of Topps trading cards for the upcoming Episode highlight the major events of the movie and mostly spoil the essential framework of the storyline, if not the actual details (thankfully). Below is the full listing of trading cards from The Last Jedi series:

91 Rey’s Solitude
92 General Leia Organa
93 Rey and her Lightsaber
94 On Crait
95 Rushing to Attack
96 Finn’s Recovery
97 Poe Responds
98 The Fury of Kylo Ren
99 Shards of the Past
100 Luke’s Grim Perspective
101 Ski Speeder Assault
102 Walkers Incoming
103 The Resistance
104 The Resistance X-wing
105 The Resistance A-wing
106 The Battle Commences
107 Frigates Under Fire
108 The Resistance Vs. The First Order
109 The Millennium Falcon Flees
110 Heroes United

One thing that becomes immediately apparent is that assuming these are in chronological order, the first half or so of the movie does appear to have a lot in common with The Empire Strikes Back. This alignment isn’t great news for those who thought The Force Awakens cribbed a bit too much from the original Star Wars (and despite enjoying the movie, I count myself among those who feel that way). But there are some surprises here, particularly in the second half. 

Mainly, the AT-AT Walker assault that appeared briefly in the teaser doesn’t look like it occurs until at least halfway through the movie, even though many assumed from the imagery that this would be the new series’ version of the Hoth invasion that opened Episode V

Additionally, cards 99 and 100 shed more light on what exactly Luke Skywalker’s frame of mind is. In the more than 30 years since we’ve last seen the character, he’s undergone some radical changes, and the marketing thus far has been pointing to the possibility that Luke may have gone over to the Dark Side. 

While this would undermine the character and destroy this Sequel Trilogy, it looks like the filmmakers aren’t that stupid. Instead, Luke seems to be simply more anti-Jedi than pro-Sith, and that’s a stance I can get behind. It also jibes with images from the teaser, which show an old Jedi text that Luke has been keeping, and to which Rey seems drawn.

It also looks like we’ll be getting a space battle at the climax of the movie, which is decidedly bigger and less intimate than the finale we got in The Empire Strikes Back. Now, this doesn’t necessarily negate the possibility of a more personal struggle happening elsewhere. We have seen toy sets that show Snoke’s throne room infiltrated by at least Rey and Finn, and possibly BB-8. It looks like The Last Jedi will feature more of the aerial combat that we saw in the finales of both The Force Awakens and Rogue One, both of which went quite well. 

“The Fury of Kylo Ren” points to the character going deeper into the Dark Side of the Force, which is something The Force Awakens hinted at with Snoke’s line that he wanted to “complete [Kylo’s] training” at the end of The Force Awakens. Whether or not this will lead to Kylo Ren’s redemption in Episode IX is anyone’s guess, but I assume he won’t remain a villain. 

Unfortunately, we still don’t get any information on new characters, such as those played by Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran, or even Supreme Leader Snoke, who is arguably the most interesting character of the entire trilogy thus far (if only because we know so little about him). But hey, I’m not complaining. The marketing for this movie is still warming up, and once we get a few more trailers along with the usual deluge of TV spots, posters, and promotional images, we’ll all be wishing we knew less rather than more. 

The Last Jedi hits theaters worldwide on December 15. Be sure to keep checking in with Nerd It Here First as we bring you the latest on trailers, rumors, and merchandise in the lead-up to the year’s most hotly anticipated film. Additionally, stay tuned for retrospective reviews of Episode I-VII, as well as Rogue One and Star Wars: The Clone Wars as we get closer to release date. 

May the Force be with you!