Will Porgs Ruin Star Wars VIII?

So by now everyone and their grandma has seen the new Star Wars trailer. And if you don’t know by now, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will introduce a cute new species of mini-penguin like characters called Porgs.

Cuteness overload

The Porgs live on Ahch-To, the water/island planet Luke Skywalker has taken refuge on. And somehow at least one of these Porgs ends up on the Falcon riding shot gun next to Chewie. Cute, fluffy, not-doubt-aimed-at-kids insert characters? In a Star Wars movie you say? Ruh roh, could we be headed into danger? Are these little guys going to ruin The Last Jedi, Jar Jar Binks style?

Roast gungan, anyone?

 

The Star Wars fan base does have a bit of a shaky history with “for kids” characters. The backlash against Jar Jar Binks was intense. Ewoks are still disliked by some for turning the end of Return of hte Jedi into a so-called teddy bear war.

But BB-8’s cute little “BB-8-isms” worked great in The Force Awakens and there’s always been R2-D2 and C-3PO. Our advice … breathe … just breathe. The Porgs will probably be just fine in The Last Jedi. The film looks quite dark, and the Pokemon-esque Porgs might just provide some much needed levity. So long as the Porgs don’t take out Snoke, what’s the worst that could happen? They can’t possibly be as loud as Jar-Jar. And yes, they’re going to sell a bazillion of those Porg toys this holiday.

Will Porgs Ruin Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

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