A few weeks ago I decided to go for a walk in the woods near my house. It was late afternoon, and the sun had already started to set giving the sky a purplish golden palette. There was a light dusting of snow on the ground, just enough to cover the leaves that had fallen last November. I stopped walking and stood still for a moment to listen. It was dead silent. Not a sound–not even a bird chirping. The coolness of the winter air chilled my already red cheeks. The only living being besides myself were the towering oak trees that ruled these woods.
Can you feel it? There’s an energy pulsing through the air. It’s palpable. It’s electrifying. It’s so strong I can feel it coursing through every pore of my being.
Have you ever found yourself in a particular place or situation, going about your business, and suddenly pulled yourself up short, coming to the conclusion that you have experienced that exact place or situation before – knowing as sure as you’re standing there that you never have been in that place or situation? I have found myself in such situations – more often than I care to admit – and, at the very least, I find them unsettling. An eerie feeling comes over me, and while I do my best to shake off such unwelcome sensations, I can’t help but consider George Lucas was on to something when he worked Force dreams into the Jedi’s abilities. Dreams – they’re pretty powerful stuff!
For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship. – Yoda to Luke in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
As Star Wars evolves and takes on new directions, I’m forced (pun intended) to revisit the known and to look at it anew – you must unlearn what you have learned. That’s the genius in what makes Star Wars so great and what gives it that ability to live on beyond or despite some other’s expectations; an ambiguity like no other. That said, Star Wars has roots and they were planted deep – a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Each new addition or key element just adds another extension to the saga as a whole, branching out and laying seedlings, growing, connecting the puzzle, one parsec at a time. Read more
BEN: That boy is our last hope.
YODA: No. 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.
As part of their five questions for new guests to Coffee with Kenobi, Dan and Cory ask their guests “what themes or messages from Star Wars resonate with you?” I’ve always been intrigued by the answers that guests have given. Of all the questions they ask, that is probably the one I have considered the most. Well, it comes after favorite Star Wars film and favorite character, but third place isn’t bad. Right? I digress. A recent episode of Coffee with Kenobi had me pondering the themes and messages from Star Wars again. I realized that perhaps one of the more underrated themes from the movies is “loyalty.”
While watching the horror unfold following the terror attacks in Paris last month, I was also trying to write the following blog post. I struggled with what I wanted to say about the topic below but as reports came in from France I kept thinking to myself, “Why does this continue to happen and can’t people just forget differences and realize we’re all on this planet together for a reason?”
I was reminded of two quotes from two big sources of influences in my life: George Lucas and U2’s singer, Bono.
Whenever the world seems to shrouded in hatred and darkness, like how it felt during that awful weekend in November, I recall something Bono said back in 2005 when he was asked what the then current U2 album title meant. Bono said, “How do you dismantle an atomic bomb? With love.” As fate would have it, George Lucas feels the same way.
Hey Star Wars fans! Do you live in the UK, or are you planning a trip to London this year? Well, you might want to add an item to your itinerary. The worlds and characters of Star Wars are coming to the famed Madame Tussauds, starting in May!
Coffee With Kenobi co-host Dan Z has a new installment of his ongoing series “Studying Skywalkers” posted on the official Star Wars blog. This entry takes a look at the iconic – and haunting – scene that takes place in the cave on Dagobah as Luke “confronts” Vader for the first time.