Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican breaks down the Resistance ski speeders from The Last Jedi in today’s “Secrets of” video segment. The ski speeders are seen in the Episode VIII footage screaming across the salt plains of the planet Crait as they are about to engage in a heated battle with the First Order’s AT-M6 walkers. Check out the intro to Breznican’s latest piece below and then take the supplied source link for the rest of his report and video.
While most new vehicles in the Star Wars universe are designed to be impressive or cool, the ski speeders from The Last Jedi were built to underwhelm.
These janky, rattletrap surface skimmers are meant to evoke dread as the Resistance uses the old machines to face down a phalanx of gargantuan AT-M6 “gorilla walkers” on the mineral-rich world of Crait.
Writer-director Rian Johnson wanted to up the stakes by increasing the peril for the good guys. The ski speeers show just how outmatched the Resistance fighters are in this battle.
“One of Rian’s overriding principals on them is … they are basically heaps of crap,” says Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm story group. “They are old and not meant to instill confidence. They are like a lot of things in the Resistance — weapons of last resort. Use what you have on hand, even old, outdated stuff falling apart for years. If you believe in it, hopefully it will fly.”