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WARNING: The following contains potential SPOILERS for 'Star Wars Episode VIII.' If you don't wish to know any details, however theoretical, about the eagerly anticipated sequel, then proceed with caution and all that.)

"Do, or do not. There is no try."

Those eight words have, over the past few decades, proved inspirational to Star Wars fans the world over — prompting focus, action and a whole lot less dithering than would otherwise have been the case. For Frank Oz, however — the man behind both the Yoda puppet and that iconic voice — it's likely become something of an albatross, clinging to his neck in all its unconventionally ordered glory. After all, with your most archetypal character's wisdom infusing the entire meta-cultural realm of geekdom, it must be tough to, y'know, just try things.

A perfect example of that?

It Seems Frank Oz Might Be Heading To The 'Star Wars Episode VIII' Set

Indeed, as MakingStarWars reports:

Recently we have been receiving reports that Frank Oz is in or will be in the U.K., headed for Pinewood Studios for 'Star Wars: Episode VIII.' Through various channels we have been able to verify he is in the country to work, so it isn’t a leisure or social visit.

Which, though it's not exactly confirmation that we'll definitely be seeing Yoda in Episode VIII, sure does seem to suggest that the production is trying to incorporate Frank Oz into the magic of the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

And therein lies the problem.

Y'see, as Star Wars fans, we've long since been indoctrinated with the belief that there is, in fact, no point in just trying. Do, or do not, Yoda taught us as younglings, and it's difficult not to expect the same sort of absolutism from the folks making the next installment in the Star Wars saga.

Oz, after all, could well simply be on the Star Wars set as a consultant — or perhaps he could even be playing an entirely different role. Indeed, director Rian Johnson and the rest of the creative team could well be trying to involve the legendary puppeteer and voice actor as much as is humanly possible. And yet — do, or do not. There is not try.

In other words? Just get Frank Oz back behind a Yoda puppet already. It's not as though Rey isn't going to be in need of a little additional guidance (not to mention some proper answers) — and who better than the Jedi Master who trained Luke himself, in Force-ghost form.

There is no try. Do, or do not. Or, in fact, just do.

What do you think, though?


Do you want to see Frank Oz return as Yoda in 'Episode VIII'?



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