These days there is a lot of Star Wars out in the wild. New movies, television shows, full-length novels and numerous other kinds of books, comics, and video games. As fans, we are constantly bombarded with new media and content on almost a daily basis. It can feel overwhelming to try and keep up at times. There are a lot of remedies that can be taken to check out this issue and there isn’t one single answer that applies to everyone.
Throughout the forty-year history of Star Wars, there have been countless ways that fans have chosen to show their appreciation for the saga. Since the advent of the internet, it has made many of these ways much easier. Whether it be through podcasts or websites just like this one, fans have come out en mass to show their support for the Galaxy Far, Far Away. While podcasts and websites certainly have their own merits and outreach to them, it would be wrong to omit one of the other sides of the Star Wars fandom, those that create their own Star Wars fan-works.
Earlier this month the Star Wars fandom descended upon Orlando, Florida for the latest Star Wars Celebration. Besides new film releases, Celebration’s have quickly become the next biggest event in the Star Wars calendar. This year’s convention certainly lived up to the hype (even with some hiccups along the way). While there were plenty of announcements, reveals, trailers, and events, the most important thing, to me at least, were the people.
A few weeks ago I put out a question on Twitter not really expecting an answer, to be honest. It was asking what piece of Star Wars music do you most relate to as a person. There are plenty of things about the Star Wars saga that people resonate with. Everything from the characters on both sides to the life lessons of love, pain, and redemption. One thing that seems to not get brought up as often, if ever at all, is how the music can be just as important in that conversation.
Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy came to a thrilling conclusion this past week (February 21st) with Empire’s End. The novel completes the story of a group of all new characters following the Battle of Endor, and the destruction of the second Death Star. One of those characters in particular had the largest, and most important arcs of note: Sinjir Rath Velus. From where we meet Sinjir in Aftermath to where we leave him in Empire’s End, his growth and subversion of several tropes is extremely satisfying.
**SPOILERS** for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The release of Rogue One has the world buzzing. The first ever live-action standalone Star Wars film has proved to be a hit. While the film doesn’t tie directly to the Skywalker Story that permeates the main saga films, it isn’t without some connections to those films. Most notably being Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin. With the film’s obvious lead up to A New Hope it makes logical sense for these two baddies to have appeared. What Rogue One is able to accomplish, beyond giving us an impactful story about hope, is it fundamentally changes the way we now look at Darth Vader and Tarkin in A New Hope. Spoiler alert: I like it.
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.
October 6th to the 9th was New York Comic Con. I was able to represent Coffee With Kenobi as press. There was not as much of an official Star Wars presence as there was at last years NYCC but it wasn’t completely barren this time around. The Hasbro panel had plenty of news for new Rogue One toys and the Star Wars Authors Roundtable was a fun and engrossing conversation about all things writing and Star Wars. Let’s dig in shall we?
The one thing that seems to be on the minds of everyone this summer is Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things. I won’t spoil the show here (CWK is anti-spoiler on all entertainment matters!), but I will highly recommend sitting down and watching it. It has plenty of Star Wars references throughout and blends a lot of different storytelling genres together. It got me thinking of what kind of stories could be told in the Star Wars universe. We’re all use to the Saga films and different kind of novels in Legends and the new continuity. Even individual episodes of The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels have utilized different genres. Below are some great ideas for things that would be interesting to see explored.
This past week, Anthony Breznican shared a group of stories on Entertainment Weekly with all new information regarding Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is coming out this December. We learned more about the characters, including their names and what sort of purposes they serve, as well as a character from the small screen coming to the big screen. With all this intrigue and new information, what is there to glean about how this will impact the greater mythos while being a standalone film?