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2609, 2021

All 12 Star Wars Movies Ranked: the Worst to the Best

September 26, 2021|

Star Wars has been around for over forty years and has produced no less than a dozen feature films. Let's take a look at every Star Wars film, ranked from worst to best. All images per imdb.com 12) Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) Let's get the [...]

2209, 2021

A Review of the Star Wars Prequels – So Much Potential and So Little to Show

September 22, 2021|

When Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox announced that a new trilogy of Star Wars movies was going to be made, the fans basically lost their minds. A whole generation (of which I was an enthusiastic part) had grown up with the Star Wars trilogy (now to become known as the [...]

1909, 2021

The Star Wars Sequel Trilogy: What Went Wrong and What’s Next?

September 19, 2021|

When Lucasfilm announced that it was being purchased by Disney and that George Lucas was retiring, there were mixed emotions. Some fans felt that Star Wars could never be the same without Lucas at the helm, but others were excited at the prospect of a new trilogy being produced by [...]

1509, 2021

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – the Saga’s First, Best Ending

September 15, 2021|

Considering how popular it was when it first released in 1983, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi is remarkably controversial among Star Wars fans today. Why is that? And how does the finale of the Original Star Wars Trilogy compare to the rest of the franchise, nearly forty [...]

1209, 2021

A Review of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

September 12, 2021|

Making a sequel might seem like a no-brainer. If the first movie was a hit, just make another like it. But many sequels fail because they can't measure up to the original, or they really are "just like it" and become a boring re-hash. But sometimes a sequel surpasses the [...]

809, 2021

A Review of Star Wars: A New Hope – the Movie that Inspired a Saga (and a Generation)

September 8, 2021|

When I was four years old, my family went to the drive-in theater in my home town of Ottawa. Just saying that I went to a drive-in dates me, I realize, but wait 'til you hear what movie we were going to see. It was some science fiction movie that [...]

509, 2021

The Question of Sabine: Star Wars Has a Chance to Wow Us

September 5, 2021|

With all the new Star Wars content being created by Disney, the fandom is awash with rumors about which beloved character is going to appear in the next video streaming series. The sky's the limit, as modern technology can digitally de-age our favorite actors (like Mark Hamill reprising his iconic [...]

109, 2021

74 (Hopefully) Funny Star Wars Jokes to Delight and Dismay

September 1, 2021|

If you're looking for Star Wars jokes, you've come to the right place! If you're looking for funny Star Wars jokes... I offer no guarantees. I think this collection is pretty funny, but I realize we all have different tastes. If nothing else, I hope I can give you a [...]

2908, 2021

Rian Johnson, Star Wars and the Future of the Franchise

August 29, 2021|

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the most controversial film in the entire Star Wars saga. It certainly isn't the worst film in the saga (that charge used to land squarely on Attack of the Clones, but The Rise of Skywalker is working hard to unseat it) nor is it [...]

2708, 2021

Deep Inside Star Wars Concept Art: Evolving Ideas and What Might Have Been

August 27, 2021|

When George Lucas first decided to pitch his bizarre "space fantasy" movie to studio executives, he knew that his own words wouldn't be enough to convince a skeptical audience. Lucas himself recalls one meeting where he struggled to explain "what a Wookie looks like" to a bunch of suits. He [...]

2508, 2021

The Star Wars Blaster: Why be Civilized?

August 25, 2021|

Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi once famously tossed aside a blaster with the disdainful comment, "So uncivilized." Now, I'm never one to disagree with a Jedi Master (unless it's Ki Adi Mundi - that guy sucks) but I sometimes feel that perhaps Obi-Wan didn't fully appreciate the usefulness of these weapons. [...]

2208, 2021

Into the Dark Heart of a Star Wars Inquisitor

August 22, 2021|

In the past fifteen years, a lot of Star Wars history has emerged between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. One of the most interesting aspects of that history is the rise of an elite, Force-wielding group sworn to serve the Emperor: the inquisitors. First [...]

2008, 2021

The Porg, Star Wars and the Delicate Art of Merch

August 20, 2021|

When a movie company finds itself with a hugely popular film series, the temptation to profit from that through merchandising can be irresistible - and understandable. But it's a fine line between taking the best elements of the movie and turning them into toys or collectibles, and building your movie [...]

1808, 2021

The Tragedy of Yaddle: Star Wars Has Its Secrets

August 18, 2021|

Yoda is an iconic character in Star Wars. Baby Yoda (okay, Grogu... whatever) is the biggest Trojan Horse to draw in non-fans to experience Star Wars. Much has been made in recent years about them being the only members of their species. But has everyone forgotten that Phantom Menace introduced [...]

1508, 2021

Visualizing the Galaxy: The Best of Star Wars Art

August 15, 2021|

Star Wars is memorable for many reasons, but the visual spectacle of that galaxy far, far away is perhaps the greatest. From that opening shot of the massive star destroyer in A New Hope, Star Wars has always been a feast for our eyes. But all those film-based visual effects [...]

1308, 2021

How to Decipher the Star Wars Family Tree

August 13, 2021|

Star Wars is one of the biggest franchises in entertainment and one of the strongest links throughout the entire saga has been the Skywalker family tree. The seeds of that tree were planted way back in 1977 and they've since grown, sprouted and gone in some very unexpected directions, culminating [...]

808, 2021

The Problem of Snoke, Star Wars and Too Many Cooks

August 8, 2021|

To say that Disney's Star Wars trilogy has caused debate within fandom would be an understatement. But one topic remains a swirling vortex of frustration, and this topic encapsulates what went wrong with the Sequel Trilogy: Supreme Leader Snoke. Who is Supreme Leader Snoke? Snoke is the supreme leader of [...]

608, 2021

The Fascist Origins of the Iconic Star Wars Logo

August 6, 2021|

All logos via Lucasfilm Star Wars is one of the most recognizable brands in pop culture and it's hard to imagine it without the famous logo STAR WARS, with its yellow-on-black, blocky letters and side tails filling the screen. But it didn't start out that way, and has evolved over [...]

308, 2021

112 Awesome Star Wars Trivia Questions and Answers

August 3, 2021|

You think you know Star Wars? You certainly think you know Star Wars better than that geek down the hallway. But can you prove it? And can you have fun with all your friends (some of whom only know Star Wars through Baby Yoda) while doing it? Here's a collection [...]

3007, 2021

The TIE Striker: Laying a Beating in Surface Warfare

July 30, 2021|

When your Empire extends across most of the galaxy, you have a lot of planets to control. And while most of the official video footage beamed out to all those adoring Imperial citizens features the Imperial Navy, let's not forget those hard-working Imperial Army types who keep the surfaces of [...]

2807, 2021

25 of the Coolest, Cutest and Creepiest of Star Wars Creatures

July 28, 2021|

The Star Wars universe is filled with weird and wonderful creatures and ever since the Cantina scene in A New Hope, audiences have been treated to a dizzying array of species in that galaxy far, far away. Some are huge, and some are tiny. Some are smart, and some just [...]

2507, 2021

The Question of Qi’ra: Star Wars Shades of Grey

July 25, 2021|

Once upon a time, Star Wars was a fairy tale, with a clear distinction between Good and Evil. Luke Skywalker wore white. Darth Vader wore black. And Han Solo wore both because he was a bit of a scoundrel. But over the years, as audiences have evolved and the galaxy [...]

2307, 2021

Top 10 Best Star Wars Books (In This Author’s Opinion)

July 23, 2021|

I love movies, especially Star Wars movies, for the sheer spectacle, but it's in books that the Star Wars universe really comes to life. Authors can dive deep into characterization, or into themes the movies can't properly unpack, or just head out into the galaxy and show us something new. [...]

2107, 2021

The Return of Ezra: Star Wars Has a Great Opportunity

July 21, 2021|

With a lot of new Star Wars content on the way via Disney in the coming years, fans are excited to see many beloved characters returning to the screen. One such favorite is Ezra Bridger, the main character of the acclaimed Star Wars: Rebels animated series. But how would this [...]

1807, 2021

Star Wars Symbols: The Many Links Between Famous Galactic Images

July 18, 2021|

Imagery sends a powerful message and in a galaxy as chaotic as the one in Star Wars, symbols can act as sources of pride, hope and fear. More than 40 years of Star Wars storytelling has given us centuries of galactic lore and many a sign, crest, logo or even [...]

1407, 2021

A Triumph 12 Years in the Making – Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7

July 14, 2021|

I confess I didn't watch Star Wars: The Clone Wars when it first aired on TV. I'd seen the movie and thought it was decent enough, but in those days my kids were toddlers so any "kids shows" I watched were decidedly less complex. (Although Jar Jar might have made [...]

1107, 2021

66 Star Wars Quotes (and What Makes Them So Great)

July 11, 2021|

When a movie's lines start showing up in everyday speech, you know it's made an impact. Star Wars is a cultural colossus and part of its longevity has been the huge number of memorable quotes coming out of it. Let's take a look at some of the best. Iconic Quotes [...]

907, 2021

Who’s Who in the Galaxy: A Guide to the Star Wars Cast

July 9, 2021|

In a galaxy as big as the Star Wars franchise, it can be hard to keep track of who's who. It's been nearly 45 years since the original Star Wars movie hit theatres, and it can be hard to remember even the main cast, let alone the supporting one. Today, [...]

407, 2021

Hello, What Have We Here…? Top Star Wars Pick Up Lines

July 4, 2021|

So you love Star Wars. And after touring a few sci-fi conventions you've realized that a lot of other people out there love Star Wars too. But can you capitalize on this? Can you transform this mutual love for Star Wars into an actual love between you and that totally [...]

3006, 2021

The Nebulon-B Frigate: the Underappreciated Backbone of the Rebel Fleet

June 30, 2021|

In Star Wars, iconic fighters like the X-Wing, Y-Wing and A-Wing often steal most of the on-screen glory, but it's important to remember that no fighter can operate independently. Fighter squadrons need support bases where they can refuel, rearm and get repaired. And sometimes, those fighters just need a safe [...]

2706, 2021

The TIE Bomber: The Most Awesome And Unappreciated TIE

June 27, 2021|

Any good navy needs a diverse set of vehicles to perform all the necessary roles and the Imperial Navy spared no expense building specialized, capable craft. A great example of this is the TIE bomber. Why do they call them TIE Fighters, Bombers, Interceptors...? No military organization can survive without [...]

2506, 2021

The B2 Super Battle Droid: The Heavy Hitter and Clone Nemesis

June 25, 2021|

When the first trailers for Phantom Menace appeared in theatres, awed fans saw the legions of battle droids as a cool successor to stormtroopers. Then we actually saw the movie, and discovered that these droids were stupid, annoying and pretty easy to beat. Officially dubbed the B1 battle droid, these [...]

2306, 2021

The Ion Cannon: The Star Wars Great Equalizer

June 23, 2021|

Everyone loves an underdog. Especially when that underdog is packing a secret trick to give them an advantage without stooping to the enemy's level. In Star Wars, this is the ion cannon. A stun gun for vehicles Ion cannons might look like laser cannons, but ion devices are quite different, [...]

2006, 2021

The U-Wing: Starfighter, Troop Transport or Gunship?

June 20, 2021|

As Star Wars has matured over the years, its military technology has become more diverse. The galaxy is a big place and a successful military must field a variety of un-sexy but essential support ships. A perfect example of this is the U-Wing of the Rebel Alliance. The U-Wing Starfighter [...]

1806, 2021

An Entire Galaxy at War: The Six Most Epic Star Wars Battles

June 18, 2021|

Star Wars is all about battles. Oh, a fan can explore the hero's journey of Luke Skywalker, the redemption of Darth Vader, the tortured path of Kylo Ren - that's all good. But what does a fan really want in a Star Wars movie? What does the media go crazy [...]

1606, 2021

Two Reasons Why the Jedi Order Failed the Galaxy: Anakin and Ahsoka

June 16, 2021|

With launch of the new High Republic series, we get our first look at what the Jedi Order was like when it actually functioned the way it's supposed to. Compare this to the Prequel trilogy, and the decadent organization lost in its own traditions, too blind to see the rise [...]

1306, 2021

I Have a Bad Feeling About This: A Phrase to Capture the Mood of the Galaxy

June 13, 2021|

The most famous phrase in Star Wars is definitely, "I am your father," but to serious Star Wars fans there's another phrase to watch for: "I have a bad feeling about this." It's a little thing said in a campy movie that grew into a cultural phenomenon, and now no [...]

1106, 2021

Scum and Villainy: a Rogues Gallery of 11 Star Wars Villains

June 11, 2021|

We cheer for the good guys in any story, but it's often the bad guys who are more interesting. Star Wars has given us some truly epic baddies, as well as some truly laughable twits. Let's take a look at some of the dark highlights of the Star Wars saga. [...]

906, 2021

Never Tell Me the Odds: The Phrase that Captures the Essence of Star Wars

June 9, 2021|

The Empire Strikes Back is often proclaimed the best of all the Star Wars movies, and one of the best moments in that film is when Han Solo steers the Millennium Falcon into the asteroid field. A panicked C-3PO tries to dissuade him with a mathematical assessment of his stupidity, [...]

206, 2021

The Great (and Tragic) Idealist: Duchess Satine Kryze

June 2, 2021|

Star Wars paints on a vast canvas, with many characters having their moment to shine. But one of the most unique is in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore. Duchess Satine is unusual for being a pacifist - the series is called Star Wars, after all [...]

2805, 2021

A Stylish, Old-Fashioned Kind of Villain: Dryden Vos

May 28, 2021|

Star Wars has plenty of villains, and in the old days they were all pretty obviously evil. Jabba has few redeeming qualities. The Emperor was a monster. Grand Moff Tarkin was cold as ice. But as art and culture change, more Star Wars villains are drawn in shades of grey. [...]

2605, 2021

A Wolffe in Sheep’s Clothing: Clone Commander Wolffe

May 26, 2021|

Thanks to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, many of the soldiers who fought bravely in the galactic war that raged between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith have rich and sympathetic backstories. But one clone who may not deserve the admiration he generally receives is Commander Wolffe. [...]

2305, 2021

A Little Thing That Causes Big Trouble: The Holocron

May 23, 2021|

Given the Star Wars galactic civilization, you might wonder how any community keeps track of all that knowledge and information. Force-wielders developed a nifty little device to help them: the holocron. Never seen in the original movies, the holocron was first introduced in the first episode of the second season [...]

2205, 2021

The TIE Interceptor: Top Starfighter in the Empire

May 22, 2021|

One of the greatest things about Star Wars is its space battles and throughout its history we've been treated to a huge variety of starfighters. The Imperial Navy is of course home to the iconic TIE fighter, but as the Rebellion dragged on the Empire saw the need to create [...]

2105, 2021

Space Pirate Hondo Ohnaka is One of the Best Characters in Star Wars

May 21, 2021|

I'm not going to mince words. Of all the supporting characters to come out of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Hondo Ohnaka is the greatest. He can't quite unseat Ahsoka Tano as the best thing from Clone Wars but  only because he didn't get as much screen time. Hello, my [...]

1905, 2021

Bounty Hunter Aurra Sing: One Nasty Piece of Work

May 19, 2021|

The Star Wars universe has its share of scum and villainy. These scoundrels are fun and sometimes throwaway details from the feature films explode in the TV shows into fan-favorites. Take bounty hunter Aurra Sing. We Meet Aurra in a Podrace? If you've only seen the movies, you've actually seen [...]

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, [...]

405, 2021

Luminara Unduli: Jedi Master and Tragic Hero

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

Kit Fisto: The Hottest Jedi You Never Noticed

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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