The following is a spoiler-free review of the new Star Wars novel, Ronin. On the “About the Author” page at the end of Ronin, the novel is described as, “…a Japanese reimagining of the Star Wars mythos…” That is exactly what Ronin delivers. Never before has the Star Wars universe been tipped on its side, […]
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The following article contains discussions of faith and Christianity as a framework for understanding Chapter 15 of The Mandalorian: “The Believer.” It does not, however, expect all readers to have or believe the same faith. If discussions of faith are triggering or uncomfortable for the reader, said reader should check out other articles available at […]
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Five long years. Not since Disney bought Lucasfilm; rather, it has been five years since the new canon started in an official capacity. For whatever reason, Star Wars nerds have had a wild preoccupation with what constitutes canonicity, as if each and every one of us were our own personal version of Athanasius. The old […]
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The way in which we, as a community, judge and analyze Star Wars films seems to be stuck at a certain level of maturation that has dissuaded new voices entering the conversation and has actively shut out entire efforts of interpretation, application, and critical analysis. For too long now, Star Wars has been synonymous with […]
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Luke is not perfect. Shocking, though it may be, he is also human. And, on the heels of barely surviving his adventures in Return of the Jedi, he struggled to even maintain that humanity. Yet part of the essence of humanity is how we share that humanity with others, both in personal and broader relationships. […]
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Luke Skywalker has had a rough few years lately. Star Wars audiences first learned about Luke’s exile via The Force Awakens, driving the main characters’ actions in that film. We come to learn that one of his students turned to the Dark Side and destroyed the newly-formed Jedi Academy, slaughtering Luke’s students and burning the […]
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Rebels has been long gone on the calendar, but not in our hearts. We still have questions, but do we really need all of the answers?
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As we continue our quest of revisiting and reevaluating the feature films of the Star Wars universe in anticipation of Rise of Skywalker‘s release this December, here are my notes from re-watching A New Hope (“ANH”). For context, this view is from the blu-ray release and I was accompanied by my two boys who are, 7 and […]
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DJ is, well, complicated. But understanding his story can help in understanding Finn, Rose, and the entire sequel trilogy.
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What follows are Drew’s notes on Attack of the Clones….
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