Are Jedi Loyal to the Force, or to the Republic?

“Do not defy the Council, Master – not again.”

“I shall do what I must, Obi-Wan.”

– Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn

 

The Jedi serve the Force, yet the Jedi also serve the Republic. Often, these two masters cannot be served simultaneously. This undoubtedly contributed – if not directly caused – the fall of the Republic, and the rise of the Empire.

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Keeping Up with Star Wars is a Fulltime Job!

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Movies. Books. TV shows. Web shows. Comics. Podcasts. Blogs. There has never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan. However, watching, reading, and listening to all the content is quite difficult to do, especially if one has other interests (like work, family, school, other hobbies – crazy, I know!). I admittedly cannot keep up with it all. Here’s a quick look at some of the amazing offerings that we fans have available to us. Hopefully you don’t pop your top like poor R5-D4!

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E.K. Johnston’s “Ahsoka” Novel Review – Spoilers!

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E.K. Johnston’s Star Wars: Ahsoka, on sale today, begins following the adventures of the Togrutan Force user exactly one year after the establishment of the Galactic Empire. This Young Adult novel is intended for ages 12-18 and grades 7-12. However, this 40-year-old reviewer loved the book, mainly due to my unashamed love of Ahsoka Tano and The Clone Wars. Here are some of the highlights. Beware – spoilers follow!

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My First Jedi Cosplay – San Diego Comic-Con 2016

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In my November post, I mentioned that I had put together a Jedi costume suitable for cosplay. While I had since worn it while trick-or-treating with my family, it had otherwise stayed in my closet. When San Diego Comic Con 2016 came along, though, I knew it would be a great opportunity for my true costumed Jedi debut. Here are a few things I learned during the process.

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Why Don’t Yoda and Obi-Wan Keep Luke on Dagobah?

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BENThat boy is our last hope.

YODANo. There is another.

Many fans, writers, and podcasts have debated the ethics of Obi-Wan and Yoda’s choice not to tell Luke the complete truth about his family history. Luke certainly is not happy about Obi-Wan’s “certain point of view.” In one of the iconic training scenes on Dagobah in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, Luke has a vision of Han and Leia in danger. When he asks Yoda about it, the diminutive Jedi Master tells him that he has seen the future. This, of course, leads to Luke ultimately making the decision to rush to his friends’ aid on Bespin and postpone his Jedi training indefinitely.

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Home is Where You Hang Your Armor – The Concept of Home for Those Who Have Served in the Armed Forces

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Somewhere in Iraq during the 2003 invasion

Lattes with Leia Show #4: Going Home discussed the concept of “home” in Star Wars. One of Andrea and Amy’s topics was how characters viewed different locations or ships as home. They also talked about the millions of Imperials stationed aboard the two Death Stars at the times of their destruction. The two hosts asked if people who are currently serving, or veterans of, the (real world) military thought of their bases or places of duty as home. As a veteran of active duty and a currently-serving Reservist myself, I’m eager to share my thoughts on the matter. I am limiting the scope of my post to “home” while deployed to a combat zone.

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Spoiler-free Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Finale Premiere – Really, NO SPOILERS!

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I don’t always read my email in a timely fashion, so I consider it the will of the Force that I did so last week. The costumers of the Rebel Legion were lucky enough to be invited to the cast and crew premiere screening of the season finale of Star Wars Rebels at Walt Disney Theater in Burbank, California, and I responded quickly enough to the club email to get a seat. Ordinarily I wouldn’t have considered going to Los Angeles on a weeknight, but I amazingly had business scheduled THAT DAY less than five miles away from the event venue, for the first time in several YEARS… so, yes, will of the Force! As Master Qui-Gon said, “nothing happens by accident.”

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Trust in the Force, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Thermal Detonator

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“Feel, don’t think. Trust your instincts.”– Qui-Gon Jinn, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Throughout Star Wars, there are many instances of Jedi instructing their apprentices in how to perceive the Force. We are introduced to this aboard the Millennium Falcon, when Obi-Wan first trains Luke in lightsaber defense. “Stretch out with your feelings,” he says, and “your eyes can deceive you – don’t trust them.” How about us? Can we find a way to trust in the Force?

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My Son’s First Star Wars Theatrical Experience

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“Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.” – Jedi Master Yoda

When I found out that our local military base would be screening Star Wars Episodes IV-VI (for free!) one day last month before playing The Force Awakens that same evening, I immediately thought about taking my son.

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Get By With a Little Help From My Friends, I Do

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Friendship and mentorship are recurring themes in the Star Wars saga. Many of the challenges faced by the heroes require them to rely on the support or wisdom of others. As is obvious by the word “wars” in the title, many of those challenges are high-stakes indeed – light vs. dark, life-or-death, fate-of-the-galaxy situations. Over time, continued stress of this level can wear upon a person, putting them at risk of psychological injury. Not even the most powerful Jedi are immune to such dangers. How did Yoda approach the issue, and what can it teach us?

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