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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Yoda and the March of Time

Yoda with Light Saber, The March of Time

Yoda with Light Saber, The March of Time

“When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not.” Yoda admonished Luke with that line in a moment of defiance to his age in Return of the Jedi. The venerable Jedi Master was nearing the end of his life, and he still had a little advice to impart on his young apprentice. What else must Yoda have been thinking as he neared the end of his very long life? Even more interesting, what was the passage of time like for Yoda over 900 years? How did it impact his relationships with those closest to him.

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Force and Faith: Can Jedi Be A Religion?

Force and Faith Sabers SquareHow do you identify yourself?  When you meet someone new, what facets of your life do you mention first as an introduction?  For some, it is relationships, children, employment, favorite Star Wars movie, hat size.  Whatever.  One thing we are always shy to ask about is someone’s religious background and preference.  I think this is a newer phenomenon, actually.  Nevertheless, in the new millennium, crazy answers to all of these questions are offered.  Quite often, we get stories about people listing Jedi as the religion of choice on some form or another.

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My First Jedi Cosplay – San Diego Comic-Con 2016


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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Legends Library: I, Jedi (199)


This month, Coffee With Kenobi co-hosts Dan Z and Cory Clubb join Luke and Randy on this month’s show. Listen in as they discuss the book, I, Jedi by Michael Stackpole. This book is written in a very rare format for Star Wars novels as Mr. Stackpole writes a Corran Horn base tale from the first person point of view.

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The Growth of Kanan Jarrus — A Guest Blog by Mike DeRose


The Growth of Kanan Jarrus
By Mike DeRose

Quietly growing in the background of Rebels, behind Ezra, behind Ahsoka and Vader, behind the Rebellion, is Kanan Jarrus. The season two finale not only solidified how far this once in-hiding “nobody” has come, but also how losing his sight will only lead to him becoming a stronger Jedi and teacher.

For those unfamiliar with Kanan’s back story (which is fleshed out in the Kanan comics as well as in the novel A New Dawn) his true name is Caleb Dume and he was the apprentice of Depa Billaba. After surviving Order 66, Caleb took the name of Kanan Jarrus, making his way around the galaxy doing small jobs but never staying in one place too long (and avoiding attachments). It was not until he met Hera Syndulla that he found a small bit of purpose.

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Star Wars Rebels – One-Hour Season Two Finale – TONIGHT!


Special One-Hour Season Two Finale of Star Wars Rebels TONIGHT at 9pm ET/PT on Disney XD!

In the shocking season 2 finale of Star Wars Rebels, destinies will be forever changed and iconic characters will re-emerge in what will surely be the most talked about episode of the season. In the one-hour finale, Kanan, Ezra and Ahsoka seek out an Inquisitor to gain information about Vader, but soon encounter an unexpected ally in their fight against the Sith. When their search leads them to a confrontation with Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones), the three Jedi and their new ally must marshal all their strengths to survive.

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Why Rey Deserves Your Respect

Even though we never heard it in the movie, I wonder if some Star Wars fans never forgot a certain line from the last trailer for The Force Awakens – “I’m no one.”  We heard Rey say that right after Maz Kanata asked her, “Who are you?”  Despite those lines never being said in the movie, we’re still trying to figure out more details about her.  I think that’s what we’re supposed to be doing after seeing the film.

What baffles me are the fans who seem to be running with the idea that Rey is “no one.”

*Spoilers* from this point on.

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Melinda’s Brew: The ABCs of Star Wars (8)

Melinda's Brew

Quite the journey this has been. When I posted my first “The ABCs of Star Wars” blog back in January, I felt like Luke must have felt when he took his first steps into the larger, unknown world of the Force. Ben gave our favorite farm boy a slight introduction in A New Hope — “The Force is what gives the Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” — so, strange as this new world was to Luke, Obi-Wan’s explanation gave him a hint of what he was going to experience. As a Star Wars fan for more than 30 years — totally immersing myself into the wondrous galaxy George Lucas created — I have been more than a little aware of the rich, multi-layered environment The Maker created for all six films. Thus, I had an inkling of what I was getting myself into when I decided to tackle this series.

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My Own Journey into the Star Wars Fan Community


“Star Wars! Nothin’ but Staaaaaar Wars!”

In case you haven’t heard, there is a new Star Wars movie coming out next month. There are five other movies coming in years to follow, we have another season of Star Wars Rebels to watch right now, Battlefront being released soon, and a plethora of novels, Marvel comic books, and reference materials to read. In short, it is a wonderful time to be a Star Wars fan. The fact that you’re reading this blog means that you’ve already gotten involved with the online fan community. You’re also probably aware that this blog is here because the nice owners of Coffee With Kenobi allow an awesome group of fans, including me, to share our thoughts with you monthly, and that Coffee With Kenobi has a fantastic podcast. Really. They don’t pay me to say this, but a boy can dream, right?

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