For light there is dark. For hope there is pain. For enemy there is ally. Simple concepts to consider, muddied by the reality that the line that divides is much thinner than general conception. But turn off a light and see how quickly the dark arrives. For the clones of Force 99, that line revolved […]Read more "Becoming The Bad Batch: Rescue on Ryloth"
By thinking about the world in binaries such as good and evil, light and dark, up and down, it is easy to loose sight of how fluid these dualities really are. In ancient myths, particularly fairy tales, this is seen through the transition from the city, which is “civilized,” to the wilderness that lay beyond […]Read more "Becoming The Bad Batch: Devil’s Deal"
It was a dark and stormy night. A basic introduction to a ghost story, and in the instance of “Reunion” a quite effective one. The storms of Kamino, the rain, waves, and lightning striking terror into the hearts of fans who know what awaits the intrepid heroes of Clone Force 99. For the new fans, […]Read more "Becoming The Bad Batch: Reunion"
Through the first five episodes of The Bad Batch, very traditional and clear Star Wars themes are shining through. Family, hope, rogues, underdogs. All present and accounted for. Where the series is dressed in such traditional Star Wars garb, the connection and contrast between identity and belonging has put the spotlight clearly on itself after […]Read more "Belonging and The Bad Batch: Rampage"
The rise of the Empire came quietly sneaking up on the galaxy through the machinations of Palpatine, but once its flag flew there was no denying it. The new regime challenged the identity of all citizens. In this restructuring, rogues such as Clone Force 99, The Bad Batch, would have to figure out who they […]Read more "Belonging and The Bad Batch: Cornered"
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 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"
Prior to the release of the first season, The Mandalorian was expected to be the edgy, gritty show that a faction of Star Wars fans have been calling for since the vanishing act that was the video game 1313, which would explore the underbelly of the capital ecumenopolis Coruscant. Instead, they got a story about […]Read more "Meaning in Mando Chapter 14: The Tragedy"
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"
SPOILER ALERT FOR CHAPTER 11: THE HEIRESS. SERIOUSLY TURN BACK NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED. No matter how we dreamed up, fantasized, or theorized Din Djarin meeting other Mandalorians, especially the Mandalorian Bo Katan, “Chapter 11: The Heiress” exceeded those expectations. This episode truly redefine’s the standards that shall be set for the remainder of […]Read more "Meaning in Mando Chapter 11: The Heiress"