Light and dark. Good and evil. Jedi and Sith. Duality and Dyads. The binary nature of life, and the spectrum of that binary, is about as Star Wars as one can get. The Bad Batch, which has become a story about belonging and identity, set up ideas in the first two episodes that fully birthed […]Read more "Belonging and The Bad Batch: Replacements."
When Maul, formerly Darth, and Lady Tano finally met on Mandalore, it felt like the moment had been building for years. But Maul didn’t know Ahsoka, and she knew him by reputation and connections alone. Why did it feel like this meeting, this moment, was inevitable? The answer lies in their paths. Maul and Ahsoka […]Read more "Maul and Ahsoka: Light and Dark Manifest"
The darkness rises. The pain pours from his eyes as he looks into those of his father, both knowing what he should do and what he will do. The father knows it too, although he is trying to change the course of destiny. But he can’t. The red blade ignites. “Thank you,” the son tells […]Read more "Killing the Father: Destiny or Choice?"
There are moments that define a fandom and define a fan’s life. Luke Skywalker’s entrance into the story of The Mandalorian scores on both accounts, leaving Star Wars different forevermore. Yet, there is something familiar. There is something that makes it, beyond the Skywalker name, beyond the green lightsaber, beyond the epicness of the action, […]Read more "Shmi and Anakin May Predict the Future of The Mandalorian"
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 […]Read more "Faithlessness In the Age of Beskar"
The Mandalorian is the perfect Star Wars for the holiday season. Around this time of year, people reach back into their nostalgia bags, pulling out traditions they love. Now, however, those traditions have evolved. They are the same, and yet they are new. Such is The Mandalorian. It feels old, like classic Star Wars, regardless […]Read more "Meaning in Mando Chapter 15: The Believer"
Just when the Star Wars fandom caught its breath after the reveal of Clone Wars favorite Bo-Katan, The Mandalorian once again delivered on bringing an animated character to live action. But this time it was not just a Clone Wars character. It was not just an animated character. It was the Clone Wars character. It […]Read more "Meaning in Mando Chapter 13: The Jedi"
This season of The Mandalorian has been full of great moments, fantastic storytelling, and layer upon layer of meaning that has been absolute Star Wars gold. The success the show has had, including the retention of viewers from season one to season two (a critical marker of streaming show success) is reminiscent of the fanfare […]Read more "Institutional Failures: The Uncovered Connection Between the Jedi & The Mandalorian"
It’s like taking the legends they told of Luke Skywalker and giving it emotional steroids. Herein we see yet another connection between the martyr Bens. It is not their story that it’s about, but rather those for whom they give their lives.Read more "Ben, Ben, You’re a Martyr When…."
Family is more than blood. It is belonging, belief, and bond. Ahsoka learns that the hard way, but provides hope to us all.Read more "Family Lost & Found: Ahsoka’s Journey and My Own"