705, 2024

Huzzah! “Light in the Abyss” is officially released

May 7, 2024|

Promontory Press is pleased to announce the launch of the third book in the swashbuckling space pirate adventures of the "Blackwood & Virtue" series. Light in the Abyss sees our heroes take on a new foe - an infamous thief who has finally reached too far and who has earned [...]

405, 2024

Star Wars: Tales of the Empire – a Review

May 4, 2024|

May the 4th is always a great day, especially now that it's a day of guaranteed new content for starving Star Wars fans. This year, we were treated to Star Wars Tales of the Empire, a series of six episodes featuring two Ahsoka-adjacent fan favorites, Nightsister Morgan Elsbeth and former [...]

1803, 2024

Turning Toward the Light Side of the Force: Countering Toxicity in the Star Wars Fandom

March 18, 2024|

There's no question that there's divisiveness among the Star Wars fandom these days. It may just be a reflection of the divisiveness rampant across most of North American society these days, and it's no doubt fueled in part by internet trolls that make extreme statements just to get reactions, but [...]

112, 2023

A Review of Star Wars: Ahsoka

December 1, 2023|

Ahsoka Tano is one of the best-developed characters in Star Wars, and fans have had the pleasure of journeying with her through nine seasons of television (to date) in both animation and live-action. Her growth as a character from a snippy, hot-headed padawan to a smoldering, mysterious space-ronin has been [...]

1408, 2022

Who Was the Most Powerful Force User Among the Jedi in the Clone Wars Era?

August 14, 2022|

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is one of the best things in the Star Wars franchise. It brings to life the final days of the Galactic Republic with a depth not seen in Prequels and gives us a much better understanding of Anakin Skywalker's fall to Darth Vader. But along [...]

508, 2022

What Went Wrong with the Star Wars Sequels: 7 Big Things to do Better

August 5, 2022|

As a lifelong fan of Star Wars, it pains me to publicly criticize major elements of the franchise. I also never want to descend into being one of those fans - the toxic ones who make it their mission in life to vilify and destroy anything they disagree with. But [...]

2607, 2022

A Star Wars Mystery: Was Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas a Powerful Force User?

July 26, 2022|

Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas remains one of the most enigmatic characters in the Star Wars universe. He played perhaps the central role in pushing the galaxy into war, with the fate of the Jedi Order and millions of lives decided by his rogue actions. But even twenty years after his name [...]

1707, 2022

11 Star Wars Animals That Deserve More Screen Time

July 17, 2022|

Star Wars creatures have always been a huge part of the story, filling out that galaxy far, far away with a fantastic menagerie of beasts, allies and threats. Movies by their nature are fast and there isn't always time to get to know some of our favorite creatures. But as [...]

3006, 2022

How Has Our Opinion of Obi Wan Kenobi Evolved?

June 30, 2022|

Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi is one of the best-known characters in Star Wars. We first knew him as a wise mentor to Luke Skywalker from an ancient time who became a powerful Force being - an almost legendary figure beyond the scrappy troubles faced by Luke, Han and friends. [...]

106, 2022

Star Wars: 8 Reasons Why the Jedi Order Failed

June 1, 2022|

The Jedi Order was for many years a mystical idea in the minds of fans, a once-great force of heroic knights who defended the galaxy with honor before they were maliciously betrayed from within. But once the Prequel Trilogy was released we got a somewhat different view of the Jedi [...]

2505, 2022

Star Wars: What Did the Other Jedi Think of Anakin Skywalker?

May 25, 2022|

Although the past decade has seen a huge growth in Star Wars, the saga is still very much centered on the character of Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader. Much of the drama spanning five decades (in both the real world and in that galaxy far, far away) stems from the [...]

2505, 2022

3 Star Wars Characters Who Best Lived Up to the Jedi Code

May 25, 2022|

Obi-Wan Kenobi described in A New Hope how the Jedi had, for a thousand generations, brought peace and justice to the galaxy. But as Star Wars has expanded, the image of the Jedi has become decidedly more complex. How did the Jedi Order go wrong? I appreciate the recent arrival [...]

1805, 2022

Who is the Most Powerful Force User in Star Wars Canon?

May 18, 2022|

There are many reasons to love Star Wars - the exciting space battles, the lovable characters, the epic storylines - but one of the most uniquely awesome things about Star Wars is the Force. Right from the outset, the existence of the Force made Star Wars special, and different from [...]

1105, 2022

Who is the Worst Jedi? It’s All in How We Define “Worst”

May 11, 2022|

For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the keepers of peace in the galaxy - but that doesn't mean they represent a thousand generations of perfection. I mean, somebody had to graduate at the bottom of their youngling class. In modern canon, most Jedi we're familiar with come from [...]

405, 2022

Count Dooku: A Movie Villain Who Dominated the Small Screen

May 4, 2022|

I've come to accept the Prequel Trilogy as a valid part of the Star Wars universe, but mainly because of the amazing story-telling that grew out of it in Star Wars TV shows like Clone Wars, Rebels and The Mandalorian. Take, for example, Jedi Master Count Dooku, also known as [...]

105, 2022

The Trandoshan: A Less Savory Part of Star Wars

May 1, 2022|

One of the best parts of Star Wars for me, when I was a kid and watching the Original Trilogy, was the menagerie of weird and wonderful creatures that Lucasfilm paraded across the screen. Most of the aliens got nothing more than non-speaking cameos and were just there as part [...]

2404, 2022

Saw Gerrera: The Anti-Hero Star Wars Needs More Of

April 24, 2022|

Star Wars is a vast canvas upon which are painted many locales, storylines and characters. More and more, as Disney masters the art of crossover and tie-in, some characters are growing far beyond their original role. Take, for example, Saw Gerrera of Onderon. Where can I find Saw Gerrera in [...]

1704, 2022

The Talented Chameleon: Who is Giancarlo Esposito?

April 17, 2022|

As The Mandalorian cruises toward its third season, we have a lot of questions. Sure, some of them have been answered by the surprise Mando Season 2.5 stuffed into the latter part of The Book of Boba Fett (yay, Baby Yoda!), but there's still a lot we're waiting for closure [...]

1004, 2022

Did Star Wars do Hayden Christensen Any Favors? Will Disney+ help?

April 10, 2022|

Okay, let's talk about Hayden Christensen, the actor who portrayed Anakin Skywalker, the central figure of the entire Star Wars franchise. With the Prequel Trilogy films very much in the past (and, frankly, superseded - some might say rescued - by the television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars), you [...]

304, 2022

Babu Frik: The (Perhaps) Only Good Thing in Rise of Skywalker

April 3, 2022|

If you read my blog, you may have noticed a trend in my commentary on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Let me sum it up politely here: the movie isn't very good. There, done. Okay, not done. It destroys what still, even after the inconsistencies between Force Awakens and [...]

2703, 2022

Captain Phasma: One of the Coolest Villains We Know Nothing About

March 27, 2022|

When Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was first announced by Lucasfilm Ltd, the fan base lost its collective mind, and from first looks, there was a lot to be excited about. One of the most interesting new characters was Captain Phasma, her towering figure and distinctive armor immediately [...]

2003, 2022

How the Tusken Raider was Reinvented, Thanks to Boba Fett

March 20, 2022|

The Star Wars franchise has no shortage of aliens, but many fans have a special place in their hearts for the alien species we met way back in the original movie. Wookies, jawas and the dianoga bring many a smile. But one alien species from Star Wars: A New Hope [...]

1303, 2022

29 of the Biggest, Baddest and Coolest Star Wars Ships

March 13, 2022|

Star Wars is famous for many things, but one of the best things about it is the spaceships. Who can forget the opening shot of the first Star Wars movie, with the star destroyer rumbling overhead for, like, forever? And the X-Wing versus TIE fighter matchup is a recipe for [...]

603, 2022

Asajj Ventress and the Canon Challenges of Multimedia Star Wars

March 6, 2022|

Star Wars is a huge franchise these days, which is good news for dedicated fans - provided they're willing to keep up not only with film and TV, but also with novels, comics and even video games. In a sense, Star Wars is a victim of its own success in [...]

2702, 2022

Poe Dameron and the Challenges of Disney-era Star Wars

February 27, 2022|

When Disney bought Star Wars there was a great disturbance in the fan base. Some thought it was a good move, bringing the power and creativity of the Mouse House to a beloved franchise that had been struggling. Others worried that Disney would run roughshod over everything George Lucas had [...]

2002, 2022

Will Alec Guinness Return to Star Wars? Precedent Exists…

February 20, 2022|

When you're a young film-maker and you're planning to produce a movie that nobody believes in, it's always a smart choice to secure some famous talent. In the mid-1970's George Lucas found himself in exactly this situation and he managed to secure not one famous English actor but two: Peter [...]

1302, 2022

Peter Cushing: Grand Moff Tarkin and… Doctor Who?

February 13, 2022|

When Star Wars first released, it was considered by most studio execs to be a silly, summer flick of no consequence. One of the only reasons it was taken seriously at all was the fact that George Lucas had secured not one but two famous British actors in major supporting [...]

902, 2022

Does Captain Rex Need to be Live-Action to be a “Real” Character?

February 9, 2022|

It's a great time to be a Star Wars fan, as shows like The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett explore the saga's past even as they blaze new trails into the future. There was much rejoicing when Bo-Katan Kryze and Ahsoka Tano made the leap from animation to [...]

202, 2022

What Happened to the Jedi and the Clones After Order 66?

February 2, 2022|

Betrayal sucks. Involuntary betrayal sucks even more. Order 66 is one of the darkest moments in Star Wars and over the years it's been shown in canon from several different perspectives. George Lucas and his team of creative geniuses have done a good job at giving Order 66 the gravity [...]

2601, 2022

Why the Future of Star Wars Lies in Grand Admiral Thrawn

January 26, 2022|

Star Wars has given us plenty of awesome villains over the years, but one weakness they all have is their one-dimensional nature. The Emperor was evil incarnate. Darth Maul was rage incarnate. Grand Moff Tarkin was the ultimate bureaucrat. Jabba was the ultimate gangster. Fabulous villains, all - but they [...]

1901, 2022

Will Bounty Hunter Cad Bane Appear in Live-Action Star Wars?

January 19, 2022|

Star Wars is often about heroes, but it's also famous for its villains. Darth Vader is one of the most recognizable figures in pop culture and antagonists such as Boba Fett, Darth Maul and General Hux have fan clubs all their own. But one of the best villains is the [...]

1601, 2022

Excitement Reigns as Word Leaks that Bo-Katan is Getting Her Own Show on Disney+

January 16, 2022|

It's a great time to be a Star Wars fan. Finally freed from the shackles of the Skywalker Saga, writers have a chance to explore wider into that galaxy far, far away, and all with the Disney approval of New Canon. It's enough fresh content to fill a space cruiser, [...]

1201, 2022

Bail Organa Gives New Meaning to “No-one’s Ever Really Gone”

January 12, 2022|

Star Wars isn't always subtle, but every now and then it brings forth a deep concept. And that's when hard-core Star Wars fans get started. Let's take a look at a crucial supporting character, Bail Organa, and an enigmatic statement made by Luke Skywalker: "No-one's ever really gone." Senator Bail [...]

801, 2022

 Is Kamino Actually the Homeworld of the Kaminoans?

January 8, 2022|

Star Wars is usually content to keep things simple. Tatooine is a desert planet, Hoth is an ice planet, etc. It seems that in that galaxy far, far away, planets only have one kind of landscape. Because I love Star Wars I can accept this, especially since the local life [...]

501, 2022

General Hux Serves His Purpose Brilliantly

January 5, 2022|

Perhaps the best thing to come out of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy was its cast of colorful characters, and one character not always given his due is General Armitage Hux, played ably by Domhnall Gleeson. Blustery, cruel, simpering and genuinely funny, General Hux is the perfect movie villain. And [...]

2912, 2021

Jyn Erso is the Kind of Flawed Hero We Need in Star Wars

December 29, 2021|

Once upon a time, Star Wars was a simple morality tale of good versus evil. And that was fine. But as the franchise grew, the audience matured and social trends evolved, Star Wars has sometimes struggled to adapt. The Prequel Trilogy often mixed its metaphors (Amidala was a queen, but [...]

2212, 2021

Kanan Jarrus Lived up to the Jedi Ideal Better than Anyone

December 22, 2021|

Star Wars: Rebels is one of the most under-appreciated aspects of the Star Wars saga. Not all fans have even watched the show (maybe because it's a cartoon) and that's a shame. Some of the best storytelling in the entire franchise comes from Rebels, in large part because of the [...]

1512, 2021

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was Full of Celebrity Cameos

December 15, 2021|

When Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker brought the saga to a close, it did so with a bang. One of the best parts of watching the home video version is looking for all those cameos. Let's take a look at who made a (sometimes very) brief appearance in Rise [...]

812, 2021

Rey’s Parents Sum Up the Problem with The Rise of Skywalker

December 8, 2021|

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker isn't quite the worst Star Wars movie (Attack of the Clones is) but it's close. There are many reasons for this, but the most epic (spoilers ahead) is the reveal that Rey is descended from Emperor Palpatine. The Force Awakens sets up Rey's parentage [...]

512, 2021

Gwendoline Christie Shows How Star Wars Went Wrong

December 5, 2021|

Every movie wants to cast the finest actors, but sometimes the movie itself doesn't measure up to the talent brought in. The Star Wars Sequel Trilogy did a lot of things wrong, and perhaps the biggest mistake was utterly wasting Gwendoline Christie in the role of Captain Phasma. Although not [...]

112, 2021

Since When Is Darth Revan the Gateway to Star Wars Fandom?

December 1, 2021|

When you gather together a group of super-fans, weird things can happen. And sometimes, when the subject of the fandom is something as vast as Star Wars, you get things happening that even confuse the fans. Take the recent debate over Darth Revan, and the arguments over whether you can [...]

2811, 2021

How Does Carl Weathers Bring Such Gravitas to The Mandalorian?

November 28, 2021|

The Mandalorian is the most exciting thing in Star Wars these days, especially as beloved animated characters like Ahsoka make their live-action debut and old favorites like Boba Fett finally get center stage. But one of the strengths of the show is its original characters, and there's no better example [...]

2411, 2021

Hera Syndulla has Several Excellent Openings to Appear in Live Action Star Wars

November 24, 2021|

Hera Syndulla is one of the best characters in Star Wars, hands down. But for fans who steer clear of animated TV, she's a complete unknown. And despite the excellent storytelling in the animated Star Wars shows, it sometimes seems like a character hasn't really made it to the "big [...]

2111, 2021

The Knights of Ren are Exactly What Went Wrong with the Sequel Trilogy

November 21, 2021|

As a lifelong Star Wars fan, I tried really hard to like The Rise of Skywalker. My initial response was to say, "I'm still processing" because I actually had no idea what I'd just watched. Rise of Skywalker was a confused, pointless mess - it was so all over the [...]

1711, 2021

Pong Krell: The Jedi Master Who Failed Everyone

November 17, 2021|

Some leaders use their power to improve the lives of others. Others use it to create opportunities for their followers. Jedi General Pong Krell did neither. He was an odious character not just for his unpleasant demeanor - he was placed in a position of trust by people who deserved [...]

1411, 2021

Sifo-Dyas: The Man Who Destroyed the Republic Without Being Blamed

November 14, 2021|

Attack of the Clones is still the worst Star Wars movie (yes it is - I will fight you) and one of the biggest weaknesses in it is the random introduction of a mysterious name when Obi-Wan Kenobi first discovers the clone army on Kamino. Who commissioned this army, a [...]

1011, 2021

Agent Kallus: One of the Best Characters in Star Wars

November 10, 2021|

In its early days, Star Wars was a simple affair: good was good, bad was bad, and the most complex character was that lovable rogue, Han Solo. But over the decades, and especially with the arrival of two outstanding animated TV series, Star Wars has moved further and further into [...]

711, 2021

Mon Mothma: The often-overlooked hero of Star Wars

November 7, 2021|

Star Wars is full of heroes, but not all of them wield a light saber or fire a blaster. Take the Rebel Alliance, which is primarily a political organization - its goal is to overthrow the tyranny of the Empire and restore democracy to the galaxy. There's no question that [...]

311, 2021

Star Wars: Are “Grey Jedi” Something that Really Exist?

November 3, 2021|

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there were two kinds of people that used the Force: Jedi (who were good) and Sith (who were bad). And for the first three movies this concept was pretty simple. But then people started writing novels and comics about Star [...]

3110, 2021

Star Wars: How the Jedi Code Destroyed Everything

October 31, 2021|

Star Wars has many famous elements to it, but one of the most famous is those lightsaber-wielding, hooded cloak-wearing mystery figures, the Jedi. In the early movies we only ever saw one or two Jedi together, but the Prequel Trilogy showed us the Jedi Order in its final days before [...]

2710, 2021

Darth Krayt: A Jedi/ Sith/ Tusken Raider Who Belongs in Canon

October 27, 2021|

When Disney bought Lucasfilm, the Mouse House purged the existing franchise and declared everything non-canon except the movies and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In a stroke this eliminated twenty-five years of lore that had been developed in novels and comics, and what had been known as the Expanded Universe [...]

2410, 2021

Star Wars: Why Ryloth is Only Going to Get More Important

October 24, 2021|

Star Wars takes place in a big galaxy, but some of its worlds are more developed than others. I'm not suggesting that Tatooine will ever be replaced as the center of the drama (no matter what young Luke whined) it's clear that Ryloth, the home of the Twi'leks, is growing [...]

2010, 2021

Mara Jade: Can She Ever Make the Leap Back Into Star Wars Canon?

October 20, 2021|

Mara Jade is one of the most popular Star Wars characters who isn't canon. Rarely a month goes by without some new article describing how she'll appear in one of the new Star Wars shows, or what famous actress is rumored to be portraying her. But if you're one of [...]

1710, 2021

Nightsister Merrin: Ready to Make the Leap to TV?

October 17, 2021|

It's a sign that a franchise has reached maturity when an awesome new character emerges from a video game based on a story built on lore from a TV show that grew out of a movie. That's what Star Wars has now reached in Nightsister Merrin. Merrin is a character [...]

1310, 2021

Ian Mcdiarmid: The Man Behind Emperor Palpatine

October 13, 2021|

Star Wars has had some excellent actors fill its ranks over the years, and sometimes those actors come with a pedigree far greater than expected. Much was made of the original film when George Lucas secured Alec Guinness and Peter Cushing - two veterans of British theater - but in [...]

1010, 2021

Darth Bane: The Mightiest Sith in Star Wars History?

October 10, 2021|

If there's one thing Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith did well, it was proving that Darth Sidious (aka Emperor Palpatine) is seriously evil and seriously badass. But for all his badassery, is Sidious the greatest Dark Lord of the Sith ever? Allow me to offer a counterpoint [...]

610, 2021

Abeloth: Some Things in Star Wars Legends Should Stay There

October 6, 2021|

Star Wars has more than forty years of lore, both in the canon movies, TV shows and new books as well as the (now) non-canon books formerly known as the Expanded Universe and now called Star Wars Legends. There was some consternation when Disney acquired Lucasfilm and declared all the [...]

310, 2021

Rey’s Lightsaber is Just One More Thing Not Explained in Rise of Skywalker

October 3, 2021|

In the closing moments of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the newest member of that famous family, Rey, activated her new lightsaber. It was a golden yellow that glowed in the dry Tatooine air, her hilt brooding black with extra switches and slides. It looked cool, and was no [...]

2909, 2021

Lars Mikkelsen as the Live-Action Grand Admiral Thrawn

September 29, 2021|

Several iconic Star Wars characters have recently made the leap from animation to live action - most notably Ahsoka Tano and Bo Katan Kryze in the second season of The Mandalorian - and now whispers are flying about another animated face appearing in the flesh: Grand Admiral Thrawn. Rumor is [...]

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 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, [...]

406, 2021

Lady Ahsoka Tano: Togruta Icon

June 4, 2021|

Of all the characters seen in Star Wars, there's perhaps no greater fan favorite than Ahsoka Tano. This is remarkable since Ahsoka, when first introduced in the movie Star Wars: The Clone Wars, was anything but well-liked. How did this annoying teenager grow into one of the most iconic characters [...]

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 [...]

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

Jedi Master Quinlan Vos: The Rogue We Need More Of

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. Is this 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 [...]

605, 2021

Savage Opress: The Awesome, Tragic Figure of Star Wars

May 6, 2021|

Star Wars has a bazillion characters. Most of these characters are pretty one-dimensional, but every now and then we see a character who is truly complex. And if we're lucky that character even gets an awesome storyline. When Clone Wars goes dark Star Wars: The Clone Wars was good at [...]

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 [...]

2304, 2021

Plo Koon is the Reason Ahsoka is so Awesome

April 23, 2021|

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the best thing to come out of the Prequel era. It rescues this part of Star Wars from the dustbin of history and makes cool what was initially, shall we say, rather lacking. And there's perhaps no better personification of this that Jedi Master [...]

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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