1605, 2021

A Conflicted Hero: Jedi Padawan Barriss Offee

May 16, 2021|

They say that youngsters raised in very controlling environments rebel the hardest when they grow up. Star Wars gives us one of the best examples of this in Jedi padawan Barriss Offee. A character of little depth initially, she grows into one of the most controversial figures in the entire [...]

1405, 2021

This is the Way: Why Mandalore is one of the Coolest Societies in Star Wars

May 14, 2021|

Star Wars certainly has some memorable catch-phrases. How many times have you heard "May the Force be with you" over the years? But with The Mandalorian Star Wars has another catchy jingle, "This is the way", that gives fans a deeper look into an iconic civilization in that galaxy far, [...]

1205, 2021

The Handsome Rogue of a Hero: Jedi Master Quinlan Vos

May 12, 2021|

A good-looking bad boy who plays fast and loose with the rules. A scoundrel who cuts his own path across the galaxy. A smuggler or bounty hunter? Nope. Of all the Jedi we meet in Star Wars, Quinlan Vos is perhaps the most curious - and definitely one of the [...]

405, 2021

The Tragic Hero: Jedi Master Luminara Unduli

May 4, 2021|

The Star Wars movies introduce a lot of characters, but it would take TV shows like Star Wars: The Clone Wars to bring most of those characters to life. Take Jedi Master Luminara Unduli, an easily underestimated Mirialan. Luminara at the Movies Jedi Luminara Unduli made appearances in both Attack [...]

2904, 2021

The Sith Trooper and the Failure of Rise of Skywalker

April 29, 2021|

Having an army of faceless, anonymous soldiers is an essential part of any Star Wars evil organization. It's the image of villainy, and after 12 movies (yes, Clone Wars counts) fans have come to expect it. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker does not disappoint, introducing us to the sith [...]

2504, 2021

The Swashbuckling Hero: Jedi Master Kit Fisto

April 25, 2021|

It's a triumph of creativity to see just how much better our image of the final days of the Galactic Republic are because of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Originally, all the fan community had was, frankly, a trio of mediocre movies that brought vast potential but fell short everywhere [...]

909, 2020

“The Taming of the Shrew” reinvented as a feminist triumph

September 9, 2020|

This weekend I had the pleasure of taking in Vancouver’s annual Shakespeare Festival, ‘Bard on the Beach’. We were only in town long enough to see one play, so my wife and I decided to try The Taming of the Shrew, because it was being done in a Wild West [...]

2007, 2019

Remembering Neil Armstrong – an Old-fashioned Kind of Hero

July 20, 2019|

(Originally published at Life as a Human in 2012. Republished here in honour of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.) When I heard that Neil Armstrong had died, I was struck with a small sadness. Not because of any dependency my life (or quality of life) might have [...]

406, 2019

Science Fiction and Why It’s Great – Part 3

June 4, 2019|

The ever-quickening pace of our society has resulted in many things, but one of the most lamentable is the superficial nature of what we mostly read. Supermarket tabloids have always been lambasted for their absurd headlines designed to catch the curious shopper’s eye, but now we can all surf dozens [...]

1305, 2019

Science Fiction and Why It’s Great – Part 2

May 13, 2019|

Sometimes writing is dangerous. Throughout history writers have sometimes had to hide their meaning behind symbolism and metaphor, for to say openly what they really meant could easily mean persecution or death. Thankfully this isn’t the case too often in modern Western culture, but even in our relatively open and [...]

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