In last month’s blog, I began my examination of whether Luke, Leia, and friends actually had a plan to rescue Han from Jabba’s palace in Return of the Jedi or whether they made things up as they went along. That post ended after most of the major players arrived at the palace, Leia unfroze Han, and Leia became Jabba’s prisoner. This blog begins with the arrival of Luke Skywalker. Before continuing the discussion of the plan, let’s first review the events at Jabba’s palace occurring after his arrival.
Throughout the generations, Star Wars has captured the imaginations of fans and creators alike. Forty years have passed, and yet, Star Wars’ themes still ring true today. Hope, family, love, heroism, and redemption are as relatable now as they were in 1977 and one of the many reasons why Star Wars has remained timeless, becoming a cultural phenomenon.
A recurring theme is the Hero’s Journey and Luke Skywalker is one of the most iconic examples of this monomyth. Even if you have never watched a Star Wars film, most likely, you know the name Luke Skywalker. Luke Skywalker, the farm boy who became a Jedi like his father before him.
So, in honor of the fortieth year of Star Wars and to gear-up for the upcoming film ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ I thought it would be fitting to go back and recap some of Luke’s most memorable moments from Star Wars.
“Wesa goen home!” Jar Jar Binks exclaims jubilantly moments before Queen Amidala and her entourage board her sleek starship for their return journey to Naboo. Can you blame Jar Jar for his unrestrained enthusiasm? He is akin to a fish out of water [almost literally] while on the daunting, intimidating city planet Coruscant. He is thrilled to be venturing home to Naboo. The same cannot be said for the Queen. Oh, Amidala Naberrie most likely is happy to be returning to her beautiful, lush home world, but since her trip to the capital had been less than auspicious, her hoped-for elation is tempered with both disappointment and determination. [She is one shrewd cookie. The Senate may not have jumped to Naboo’s and her aid, but she is a woman and leader of action. Plan A didn’t work. As any great strategist knows – have a Plan B. 🙂 ]
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.
A couple of days ago, I stopped into our local financial institution to do a bit of banking, and since there were no other customers waiting in line, I took a little extra time to chat with the friendly teller. The course of our discussion took us down the path of musing about change and how open to it people are. About 35 years my junior, I was surprised when Sam told me she did not like change at all. “I like to know what I’m doing when, where I’ll be tomorrow,” she remarked. I remember being her age, and being very open to change. Don’t get me wrong. There is something comforting about the steadfast day-to-day goings-on, but change can open whole new worlds to a person, give one the chance to explore the previously unknown frontier. Different strokes for different folks, of course, but that didn’t stop me from smiling to myself as I left the bank, shaking my head pondering what Sam could be missing by wanting to keep her feet firmly planted in her own yard.
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!
“I call everyone ‘Darling’, because I can’t remember their names.”
-Zsa Zsa Gabor
What’s in a name?
They’re just a bunch of letters that form words, right? Actually, names are so incredibly powerful, that the concept of “naming” has been an integral part of every culture, religion and belief system around the world. Among everything: from objects to people…pets to phenomena, names are as influential as they are immortal.
If you’ve been a faithful reader of my blogs (and I hope you have been), you may be thinking that this subject sounds familiar to you. You’re correct: I spoke about this topic in one of my very first blog entries for Coffee With Kenobi. However, because I’m so enamored with the psyche, power, and philosophy of names in general, I wanted to revisit some new ideas and personal revelations I’ve had since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as some other personal a-ha moments, as represented at various points in the Star Wars saga.
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
Jay’s Galactic Espressions
Once upon a time, the Expanded Universe (EU) of Star Wars opened up an outlet for me that helped sate my unyielding desire for all things in a Galaxy Far, Far Away. I consider myself a relative newbie to the now-titled Legends category of knowledge and stories, having only come into it about 10 years ago, but I have nonetheless become an intense follower. I have read – and own – countless novels, and have invested myself emotionally and mentally in its lore. When the announcement came in April of 2014, rendering the EU as basically a defunct sector of the Star Wars timeline, I was absolutely heartbroken. First, the cancellation of the Clone Wars series and now, this?! I didn’t know how much more my fangirl heart and soul could take!
January is a month of Obi-Wan and Anakin stories, with views of both men in widely different parts of their lives.
Marvel starts the month with the first issue of its Obi-Wan & Anakin five-issue mini-series, the first one dedicated to events between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. In the Charles Soule-written and Marco Checchetto story, Obi-Wan and a 13-year-old Anakin find themselves pushed to the limit of their abilities, and their relationship, as they answer a call for help on a remote world. The 32-page issue goes on sale Jan. 6 for $3.99. Read more