Rogue One vs. The Force Awakens – Point/Counterpoint

In which two fans — or possibly two sides of my own brain — debate which of the new crop of movies is better: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens

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Make Jocasta Nu Proud – Support a Little Free Library!

Do you like to read? Do you like the idea of your neighbors reading? Does the thought of supporting child literacy make you happy? DO YOU LIKE STAR WARS? If so, you should consider supporting the Little Free Library project. Even better, make one of your own – and make Jocasta Nu proud! Read more

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Star Wars Preview: San Diego Comic Con 2017, Part 1

San Diego Comic Con 2017 starts the night of Wednesday, July 19th and runs through Sunday, July 23rd. At the time of this writing, the schedule is only complete through Saturday, July 22nd. Here’s the Star Wars content I’m most looking forward to over those first few days.

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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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Keeping Up with Star Wars is a Fulltime Job!

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Movies. Books. TV shows. Web shows. Comics. Podcasts. Blogs. There has never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan. However, watching, reading, and listening to all the content is quite difficult to do, especially if one has other interests (like work, family, school, other hobbies – crazy, I know!). I admittedly cannot keep up with it all. Here’s a quick look at some of the amazing offerings that we fans have available to us. Hopefully you don’t pop your top like poor R5-D4!

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E.K. Johnston’s “Ahsoka” Novel Review – Spoilers!

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E.K. Johnston’s Star Wars: Ahsoka, on sale today, begins following the adventures of the Togrutan Force user exactly one year after the establishment of the Galactic Empire. This Young Adult novel is intended for ages 12-18 and grades 7-12. However, this 40-year-old reviewer loved the book, mainly due to my unashamed love of Ahsoka Tano and The Clone Wars. Here are some of the highlights. Beware – spoilers follow!

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My First Jedi Cosplay – San Diego Comic-Con 2016

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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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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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Home is Where You Hang Your Armor – The Concept of Home for Those Who Have Served in the Armed Forces

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Somewhere in Iraq during the 2003 invasion

Lattes with Leia Show #4: Going Home discussed the concept of “home” in Star Wars. One of Andrea and Amy’s topics was how characters viewed different locations or ships as home. They also talked about the millions of Imperials stationed aboard the two Death Stars at the times of their destruction. The two hosts asked if people who are currently serving, or veterans of, the (real world) military thought of their bases or places of duty as home. As a veteran of active duty and a currently-serving Reservist myself, I’m eager to share my thoughts on the matter. I am limiting the scope of my post to “home” while deployed to a combat zone.

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Spoiler-free Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Finale Premiere – Really, NO SPOILERS!

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I don’t always read my email in a timely fashion, so I consider it the will of the Force that I did so last week. The costumers of the Rebel Legion were lucky enough to be invited to the cast and crew premiere screening of the season finale of Star Wars Rebels at Walt Disney Theater in Burbank, California, and I responded quickly enough to the club email to get a seat. Ordinarily I wouldn’t have considered going to Los Angeles on a weeknight, but I amazingly had business scheduled THAT DAY less than five miles away from the event venue, for the first time in several YEARS… so, yes, will of the Force! As Master Qui-Gon said, “nothing happens by accident.”

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