Rogue One: Quiet, Calm, Powerful

No one thinks of “quiet” and “calm” when they think of Star Wars. No one. From the very first blast of the iconic John Williams’ score at the beginning of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, to the fantastic ships, weapons, thundering confrontations and larger than life characters, it’s a loud saga. Big. Booming. Atlas holding the sphere of the world and tossing it around like a ping-pong ball. But it has occurred to me recently, after my most recent viewing of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, that it is in simple, quiet moments and the characters who define them that I find the most power, more than any other Star Wars film.

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Melinda’s Brew: What Are Those Dreams Made Of?

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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!

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Star Wars Valentine’s Day Quotes

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching I wanted to provide some useful Star Wars quotes that can be used on that special day of love. These lines are helpful in a variety of situations, including when you are given the wrong gift, give the wrong gift, need to redeem yourself after giving the wrong gift, forget a gift altogether, or just want to express that you know your significant other loves you. Good luck. You’re gonna need it.

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NEW REVEALS: Hasbro Star Wars 40th Anniversy Black Series and Monopoly!

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars and Hasbro has revealed all-new items to mark the occasion! New Black Series figures, a new Star Wars Monopoly 40th Anniversary Edition, and a Black Series Obi-Wan Force FX Lightsaber will help get fans off to a celebratory start.

Check out the images in the slideshow below:

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STAR WARS: THE SCREAMING CITADEL – A New Five-Part Crossover Beginning This May

STAR WARS: THE SCREAMING CITADEL – A New Five-Part
Crossover Beginning This May!
Star Wars” & “Doctor Aphra” Collide For All-New Story

New York, NY—February 9th, 2017 — Two of the biggest comics in the industry collide as Star Wars and Star Wars: Doctor Aphra cross over for the first time! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce STAR WARS: THE SCREAMING CITADEL – a blockbuster five-part story beginning this May! Superstar writers Jason Aaron (Star Wars, The Mighty Thor) and Kieron Gillen (Star Wars: Darth Vader, Star Wars: Doctor Aphra) join forces once again to combine their two hit series for an epic crossover in the mighty Marvel manner!

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Rogue One and Return of the Jedi

During my first viewing of Rogue One I noticed that there some obvious connections and tie-ins with Return of the Jedi. For example, in both movies there are Mons (Mothma and Calamari), shield generators that need to be destroyed, Death Stars that become operational, and stolen Imperial ships and codes that the rebels use to infiltrate an Imperial stronghold. But after multiple viewings it is clear that there are even more similarities, connections, and juxtapositions between Rogue One and Return of the Jedi.

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The Lies

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Recently I’ve become something of a big Wonder Woman fan. Earlier this year DC Comics went through a universe reset and all the comic series started new stories. The first arc of the Wonder Woman series, written by Greg Rucka who should be familiar to Star Wars fans, is called “The Lies.” It takes Diana on a journey to uncover the truth of her past that has become nothing but a shroud of mystery. Naturally, this got me thinking about “The Lies” that permeate the Star Wars saga. Truth and lies are common elements that follow through all the films, shows, books, and comics.

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Force and Faith: Forgiving is the Way of the Light Side

Force and Faith Sabers SquareSome might say that it has been a rough couple of weeks for us here in the United States.  Others will be happy because a contentious season has passed.  Still others may be indifferent to the imposed emotional frenzy.  No matter where we find ourselves on this spectrum, it is necessary for each of us to live with each with grace and forgiveness.

Some think the Galactic Empire is being channeled, and some think the Rebel Alliance has emerged victorious.  Honestly, I think the rich are still getting rich, and I’ll still be in relatively the same place in 4 or 8 years regardless of the larger political world.  And that is as it should be.  My life should not be dictated, controlled or overly influenced by politicians.  I still have neighbors and family members by and through whom I hope to become a better man. Read more

Classic Trilogy Perspective, Part 3: Return of the Jedi – Beware the Power of the Dark Side

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Classic Trilogy Perspective, Part 3:
Return of the Jedi – Beware the Power of the Dark Side

Beware the Power of the Dark Side

Continuing our look at this unique trilogy of retellings of the classic trilogy, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi — Beware the Power of the Dark Side by Tom Angleberger, is perhaps one of the more interesting takes of the three. As in Part 1 and Part 2, I will be asking the following questions:

(1) What scenes or elements have been added to the narrative we know from the film?
(2) What knowledge from other canon narratives are part of this tale?
(3) How has this book influenced or altered our understanding of the film?

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Melinda’s Brew: Finn – A Stormtrooper With Heart

Melinda's Brew

I am well aware that each of us has our individual list of favorite characters from the Star Wars Galaxy. We might like the same character for the same reasons – or even for vastly different reasons. Some of the reasons might revolve around major themes a character embodies, maybe traits we see in ourselves [or wish we’d see].

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