The Death Star Attack Briefing Room

Death Star Briefing Room - Feature Image

Recently, I was home from work without anything planned. I decided to watch Return of the Jedi because it had been a while since I just sat down and watched it. One of the thing that always impressed me about Star Wars films was how much detail and story inhabits each scene. One example of this is the briefing room scene for the attack on the second Death Star. This well-designed scene includes character development, exposition, world building, and consequences in three carefully crafted minutes of the film. Read more

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Force and Faith: To Rebel is to be Truly Human

“I rebel.”

Very simply put, this is the most important thing you can come to grips with, and become part of.  And yeah, me, of the first estate by vocation, I will teach this to the bitter end.  There are evil and nefarious forces in the world masquerading as goodness, trying to steal the inherent beauty in each of us.  There are greedy people trying to gain unlimited power through the theft of the beauty each of us possesses.

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The Star Wars Canon Dispatch: June 2017

The Star Wars Canon Dispatch
June 2017

Welcome to The Star Wars Canon Dispatch, an unofficial monthly contextual look at the monthly releases in Star Wars storytelling.  It was a comic heavy month, but some great additions to the narrative universe.

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Coffee With Kenobi’s Dan Z Examines Darth Vader #1 for Comic Book Galaxy

In this all-new installment of Comic Book Galaxy, Coffee With Kenobi host Dan Z takes a closer look at Marvel’s Darth Vader #1. How does it increase our knowledge of the Dark Lord and of the Sith in general? Dan also catches up with previous releases Poe Dameron #14, Screaming Citadel #1, and Star Wars #13.

You can read the opening paragraph of this entry below:

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Melinda’s Brew: The Race Is On!

Melinda's Brew

Dodging laser fire … Eluding capture – and becoming the main course of an almost 10-foot tall behemoth … Oh my gosh! Is that Darth Vader off to the side ready to use his Force powers on you? … There’s BB-8 up ahead, beckoning you to join him for a photo op. What’s going on here? If you didn’t know better, Read more

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Sith vs. Jedi Wall Clock with Light-Up Lightsabers: Product Review

This post is sponsored by the Bradford Exchange. I have been compensated for my time. All opinions are 100% my own.

The Bradford Exchange has long been known for high-end, unique collectibles of some of the most popular and beloved franchises in popular culture. Naturally, many Star Wars items are well-represented in the impressive Bradford Exchange catalog, because they know what collectors like.

For example, let’s look at the Sith vs. Jedi Wall Clock with Light-Up Lightsabers. The wall clock instantly enhances your Star Wars room, office, family den, etc., with the quality and detail the Bradford Exchange is known for. It includes one of the most iconic and pivotal scenes in the Star Wars mythology, the climactic duel in Return of the Jedi between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, with the fate of the Rebellion and the galaxy hanging in the balance.

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Darth Vader: Bad Guy, but Good Dad?

With Father’s Day coming up next week I was thinking about what makes that day special. If any dads are like me, on Father’s Day they prefer to have alone time. A lot of alone time. That’s the difference between dads and moms: on Mother’s Day moms seem to want to spend a lot of quality time with their kids. On Father’s Day I want a nap. But a weird thing happens when I’m not around my kids: I start to miss them. How many times has someone said to enjoy your kids while they are young because they won’t stay young forever? And is there anything a father wouldn’t do to protect his children? Now imagine how Darth Vader felt when he found out his child (and later children) was alive and he had missed out on his son’s childhood and the most evil person in the galaxy may want his son dead. I would imagine he was filled with some desire to spend time with his son, make up for lost time, and do anything to protect him. Is Darth Vader really so different than other fathers?

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“Star Wars and the Power of Costume” Comes to the Buckeye State

Cincinnati, Ohio celebrated forty years of The Force in spectacular fashion, as the Cincinnati Museum Center unveiled its latest traveling exhibit, Star Wars and the Power of Costume on May 25.  The showcase is made possible through a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

Upon entering, visitors are magically transported to the galaxy far, far away as they come up close to over sixty of real, screen-used costumes of iconic characters from A New Hope to The Force Awakens. Read more

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Attack of the Clones: Arrogance and Saber Darts

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One of the odder subplots in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones is the bounty hunter, Zam Wessel, being killed by Jango Fett with a toxic dart.  I call the subplot odd because in a story as grand as Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s quest to discover the meaning behind the dart feels more like a 1940’s detective film plot than something normally explored in the Star Wars story.  Read more

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Comics With Kenobi #31

Sit down, pour a cup of joe and relax. Be at one with the Force as we discuss all the comics from May — and we mean all of them.

Apologies for the length of this show — it’s more than two-and-a-half hours — but there was a great deal to discuss about the events of (The) Screaming Citadel crossover that’s gone through three of its five chapters in its namesake one-shot, Star Wars No. 31 and issue seven of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra.

(At this rate, our show discussing August’s comics will last three days!)

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