I paid no attention to last July’s announcement about the “porgs” in The Last Jedi, or to a brief appearance by one in that recent Last Jedi trailer. But the Edvard Munch approach caught my eye. Porgs seem to be the new Ewoks (“a sea bird native to the planet Ahch-To, where Luke Skywalker made his exile in the years following the victory over the Galactic Empire”), and are obviously not a good sign about the tone and temperament of Rian Johnson‘s film.

Invites to the first Last Jedi screenings arrived today — four, to be exact, on Monday, 12.11 on the Disney lot.