Very soon, Star Wars fans will be able to get their hands on the next chapter following the story of Jedi Knight Cal Kestis in a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is the sequel to Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, taking place within the Star Wars canon following the events of Order 66 and the fall of the Jedi Order. It’s a highly anticipated game that is going to make waves upon its release for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC. But are you up to date with everything Star Wars that is relevant to the story of Jedi Survivor, or have you missed out on some big Star Wars details that will become important to this new story? Fret not padawans, we have your back with all the Star Wars things you should check out before the release of the game.
While it’s easy to say you should play Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order beforehand, honestly you really should if you haven’t already, that’s not the only thing to check out prior to the new game’s release. Even if you’re not a big fan of Star Wars or have seen all of the movies and shows, you’re not going to need to in order to go into Jedi Survivor with a base knowledge of Star Wars knowledge.
Now that you have a little extra time before the release of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, here are five pieces of Star Wars media you can look into. Each one of them will give you the key backstory, lore, and details that you’ll want to know of going into the story of Jedi Survivor. Do or do not, there is no try here… So you may as well learn what you may have not already learned!
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
This might be an easy thing to bring up, but you’ll definitely want to watch the third prequel movie in the Star Wars saga. Besides the fact is a good Star Wars movie that is beloved by many, it has the plot details about the giant event within the Star Wars galaxy known as Order 66. The fall of the Galactic Republic and the fall of the Jedi are tied to this major event, which changed the status of the galaxy in a very significant way and influenced many other events within Star Wars stories. It’s quite simply one of the biggest things to know for the time that Jedi Fallen Order and Jedi Survivor take place.
While Cal Kestis was a young boy when Order 66 took place, his story in Jedi Fallen Order starts about five years after Order 66 and the ending of Revenge of the Sith. During the first game, we see a young Cal Kestis experience the shock and horror of Order 66 first-hand and how the Jedi were caught by surprise.
When Jedi Survivor begins, it will have been 10 years after Order 66, given that the sequel takes place another five years after the events of Jedi Fallen Order. So if you watch Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, you’ll see everything about the cataclysmic event that everyone refers to in nearly every Star Wars media since then.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Season 2 – Season 7)
Now with this, you have a lot of room to watch a lot or as little as you like. Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an animated series that tells many stories set during the era before Luke Skywalker, following his father Anakin Skywalker before his fall to the dark side of the force. All of the time between prequel movies, specifically between Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, is where this series takes place. And while you don’t need to watch either one of those films to enjoy the series, it does help if you do. But if you only want to get a sample of the series, you don’t need to watch the whole thing.
The main reason you’ll want to see a few episodes of The Clone Wars is to see what the Jedi were near the height of their power in the galaxy. Much of this won’t relate to anything about Cal Kestis, other than the fact that the Jedi Order was a very influential thing in the galaxy. Before things went bad for everyone and the dreaded Sith rose to power, the Jedi were the guardians of peace and justice in the Republic. They fought against the Separatist armies alongside the Clone Army of the Republic in many battles that we don’t see in the movies.
There are seven seasons of the show, but you can honestly pick any episode within seasons 2 through 7 and enjoy a great story. However, if you want the full effect and want to follow the many big arcs that unfold, you’ll definitely want to stick around for the whole series.
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi
Let’s talk about some more Jedi business. If you want a good look at some of the interesting stories related to the Jedi just before the events of Revenge of the Sith, then Tales of the Jedi is a quick and fun watch. This is an anthology series that tells related stories that jump back and forth between timeframes but is set mostly during the era of The Clone Wars. You not only get to see events that are relevant to the prequel films but also get to see a lot of other details that led up to the events of Order 66.
The series is very short in comparison to everything else. The episodes are around 10 – 15 minutes in length, and you can probably watch all of the shorts in one session which is shorter than a theatrical movie. But you get a lot of stories and great moments that loosely connect to the events of Jedi Fallen Order and Jedi Survivor, with enough relevance to make you see why things are so dire in the galaxy.
Star Wars: Rebels
Now if you want to see something that is a little closer to the events of Jedi Fallen Order and Jedi Survivor, but still has some of that classic Star Wars flair, then you’ll want to watch Star Wars: Rebels. Set around fourteen years after the events of Order 66, the show follows a cast of characters that are on the run from the newly risen Galactic Empire. While the heroes and villains you meet have some very strong connections to The Clone Wars, their adventures, and major events do have a rippling effect on other parts of the galaxy, including what happens to Cal Kestis.
The beauty of Star Wars: Rebels is that it fills in gaps that are in between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and the original Star Wars movie, Episode IV: A New Hope. The final season of the show almost leads directly into what happens in that original movie, with a few twists and turns that fit nicely into the canon of the franchise. You not only get to see more of the remaining Jedi after what happened with Order 66 but also get a very good idea of the state of the galaxy during the rise of the Galactic Empire at the height of its power.
You also get a lot of insight into the dreaded Inquisitors that we see in Jedi Fallen Order, with characters that are referenced but never seen in the game as well. Out of all the Star Wars media that are readily available, this is the show that has the strongest connections to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Jedi Survivor that you’ll want to look into. And with some of the teases about Jedi Survivor’s story, there may be even more interesting connections that will set Star Wars fans into a frenzy with excitement.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
One of the more unique and interesting pieces of Star Wars media is the film Rogue One. This story is set just before the events of the very first Star Wars film, Episode IV: A New Hope, and gives some very big setup for the iconic story that unfolds. What makes this relevant to Jedi Fallen Order and Jedi Survivor is how this story takes place after the story of Cal Kestis. And while we don’t know what Cal’s fate is in the game just yet, we do know that he isn’t around during the events of the original trilogy or this movie. Whatever happens to Cal has already taken place in another part of the galaxy, and this is what happens right afterward.
If you’ve played Jedi Fallen Order then you’ll remember the appearance of a character named Saw Gerrera, a rebel fighter who is also an extremist. The first time Star Wars fans met this character was in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story when the young Jin Erso comes across him on the planet Jedha. A lot of what we know about Saw Gerrera comes from this film, which is also explored in series like The Clone Wars and briefly in Jedi Fallen Order. There’s a strong possibility that Saw Gerrera will appear again for some reason in Jedi Survivor, as he’s still fighting against the Empire with his band of rebels during the time the game takes place.
If there is one big reason why you’ll want to see Rogue One before playing Jedi Survivor, then it would be because whatever happens in the game will line up with this film. While Cal Kestis will be coming across Inquisitors and possible dark side users, his story still runs parallel to the ongoing Galactic Civil War that is taking place, leading up to the events of Episode IV: A New Hope. So watching this film, along with everything else we’ve mentioned up to now, will help fill in gaps of information about the Star Wars galaxy and allow you to see the significance of everything that happens.
If you’re able to check out all of the media we’ve mentioned, you’ll be more than ready for the release of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. We can’t wait to see what happens next with Cal Kestis and return to a galaxy far, far away with our friend BD-1. Who knows what crazy things will happen next, but we’ll be ready for it. Look for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor when it releases for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC on April 28, 2023.
Are you going to be picking up the game on release? What do you want to see happen to Cal Kestis during the game? Post a comment down below and let us know your thoughts!
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