Star Wars Moves Forward by Looking Back-A Guest Blog

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Star Wars Moves Forward by Looking Back

–by Dan Roth

As you’ve no doubt noticed by now, the trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story debuted during an Olympics broadcast, and naturally it set the Internet buzzing. It’s a decent first look, showing us a chunk of Felicity Jones’s work as Jyn Erso without revealing too much about plot specifics or character relations. But while it ultimately amounted to a fairly generic spattering of Star Wars imagery and dramatic one-liners, the trailer hit one heck of a crescendo at the end. Darth Vader reappeared, getting in half a breath (all ho-, no -bur) before the scene cut out.

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Rebel or Fail? My Star Wars Fandom

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So what do you do when your Star Wars fandom is in a lull?

Let me start by saying I will always, always be a huge Star Wars fan. Always. Nothing will ever change that. Embracing my love for this saga changed my life. Literally. No need to rehash how, but I’m talking EPIC change. That’s not an exaggeration. But I’m feeling kind of – blah – right now about the GFFA, and I keep thinking that, with the current Star Wars media bombardment, I can’t possibly be alone…

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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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Leia | “You’ve Always Been Strong”

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“Luke, run away, far away. If he can feel your presence, then leave this place. I wish I could go with you.” – Princess Leia

“No, you don’t.” Luke said, “You’ve always been strong.”

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“The Bridge” Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

This conversation, between the newly united (in a manner of speaking) brother and sister duo, speaks volumes to me, so much more now since the recent events of Claudia Gray’s newest novel Star Wars: Bloodline. As I wrote in my ‘Book Review’ for The Cantina Cast: Luke was definitely right about that! When have we ever known Leia to run away from danger? On the contrary, it seems as though she has always ran toward it.

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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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Star Wars, Deadpool, and More!

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There is much on my mind as the burgeoning spoils of spring emerge. I’m restless, antsy, ready for change. Full of new hope. Here in Western Pennsylvania, USA, the change of seasons can be dramatic, but even years like this one in which the winter is barely existent, the coming of spring has this effect. (WARNING! Major Deadpool SPOILERS!!)

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The Question of Rey — A Guest Blog by Eric Onkenhout

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**This blog contains speculation concerning characters in The Force Awakens**

So I’m assuming that everyone reading this has seen Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. If you haven’t, then you need to quietly turn around and pretend this never happened.

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It’s A Great Time To Be Alive

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We live in an interesting era.

In exactly one week a new Star Wars movie will be unleashed upon the world.  And this isn’t any ordinary Star Wars movie, this is a Star Wars movie with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca!  We haven’t seen these guys in action for over three decades (Okay we’ve seen Chewie, but I digress) so this is going to feel like the greatest class reunion of all time, complete with answers to all the annoying questions that get asked at such events: What have you been up to, Han old buddy?  How are the kids, Leia?  You do have kids, don’t you; I seem to remember a time when you did but now my memory seems a bit fuzzy on the matter, as if an entire timeline was just erased from existence.  Yo Chewie, how come Itchy never comes around anymore?  Hey Luke, you are in this picture, aren’t you?

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Luminous Beings

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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.

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