A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Not So Far Away – A Guest Blog by Ted Davey

It’s hard to believe, but Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope turns forty this year. It seems like only yesterday that I was tromping around my backyard pretending to be Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. Actually, I was doing that yesterday, but I mean as an 8-year old kid back in 1977.

A New Hope is a period piece and other than Luke and Han’s hairstyles it’s easy to forget that this film was released in the late 1970’s. While it’s never a bad time to be a Star Wars fan nothing compares to how good it is today. Every time I hear someone complain about Legends versus canon, or points out some imperfection from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, I want to turn to that person and say you have no idea just how amazing the Star Wars landscape is right now.

Whether it’s the films, novels, television, costumes, or toys all of it is so much more incredible that what we had back in my day.

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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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Thoughts on Preparing for ‘The Force Awakens’

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Just a very quick entry on this Sunday Before Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens,T-minus four days until our first glimpse into a larger world…

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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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