When Darth Vader appeared in the hallway of the Tantive IV in A New Hope, silently surveying the carnage his Imperial stormtroopers wrought against the rebels, he instantly became the standard against which all movie villains would be compared. Thanks to the brilliant design of Ralph McQuarrie, Vader didn’t have to say anything to be […]Read more "It’s Hard Out There For A Bad Guy – How Do The New Villains Measure Up To Vader?"
Star Wars hit 1977 like a pop culture atom bomb. Audiences couldn’t get enough of the strange worlds and the stirring blend of science fiction and fantasy that sprang from the imagination of George Lucas. He took the template of a damsel in distress and turned her into an independent, self-assured rebel. He made a […]Read more "Cinematic Catalysts: Star Wars Would Not Have Been Possible Without These Films"
The following article contains mild spoilers for The Clone Wars TV series, Darth Vader Comic #1 (2017), and canon novel Lords of the Sith. "Governor Tarkin, I should've expected to find you holding Vader's leash." Leia Organa was defiant in the face of evil. Her quip was addressed to Grand Moff Tarkin but it was […]Read more "CHAIN OF SUFFERING – HOW THE EMPEROR CONTROLLED VADER AND THE MOMENT THAT CHANGED IT ALL"
The monsters of Star Wars have fascinated us for so long, but their importance is far greater than we have ever imagined.Read more "Monsters and Monomyth in a Galaxy Far Far Away"
“I like visual imagery, but I started out in pure film which is really a kinetic experience. So that’s where my focus is. That’s why I intend more of a kinship with silent films than more modern film.” –George Lucas, Empire Magazine, 1999 The prequel trilogy elicits strong feelings from admirers and detractors alike, but […]Read more "Worth a Thousand Words: How George Lucas Used Visual Composition to Tell the Story of Revenge of the Sith"
Are droids just simple tools, loyal pets, or something greater?Read more "Droids of Star Wars: Blenders or Besties"
Yoda had to learn a lesson the hard way… but it may have saved Luke.Read more "The Jedi Way (and Way Back)"