Melinda’s Brew: Coming Home

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“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. 🙂 ]

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Kylo Ren’s Journey in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and Other Character Updates [Possible Spoilers]

When we last saw Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens he had just killed his father, Han Solo, wounded Finn, and battled nearly to the death with The Scavenger, Rey. What can we expect from his path in The Last Jedi? Director Rian Johnson shared his thoughts in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.

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Star Wars Forces of Destiny Review: “Beasts of Echo Base”

***This is a review of the Star Wars Forces of Destiny episode, “Beasts of Echo Base.” There will be spoilers.***

The latest episode of Star Wars Forces of Destiny, “Beasts of Echo Base,” shifts focus back to Princess Leia during the time the Rebellion spent on the ice planet of Hoth during the events of The Empire Strikes Back. (Click here to watch this episode on Disney’s YouTube channel now.)

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Melinda’s Brew: Princess. Senator. Freedom Fighter. A Rose By Any Other Name…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi — New City, Characters, and Images Revealed by Vanity Fair

Yesterday we saw the four new limited-edition Vanity Fair covers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. They promised us even more images today and have delivered in a massive way! Not just the new images, though, but new character and city reveals as well.

With the new images released today, all captured by the great Annie Leibovitz, we get a closer look at the characters we already love — Luke, Rey, Leia, Kylo Ren, Poe, Finn, and more — but we also get our first look at new characters such as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, played by Laura Dern, and a shady grifter-type character called “DJ,” played by Benicio Del Toro.

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Melinda’s Brew: Rey of Sunshine

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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.

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Enter to Win a Peter Mayhew Autographed “The Empire Strikes Back” Poster

There’s a new giveaway from our friends at Steiner Sports. You could win an authentic Peter Mayhew autographed The Empire Strikes Back poster! How do you do that? Well, all you need to do is click here and fill in the required fields to enter for your chance to win. It’s easy!

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Chewbacca and the Life Debt

Chewbacca and the Life Debt

The untimely passing of Carrie Fisher causes contemplation of many things Star Wars. Recently, I was taken back by General Organa’s first scene in The Force Awakens. After her arrival on Takodana after the battle between the First Order and the Resistance, Chewbacca interrupts her reunion with Han Solo for a hug. The affectionate smirk on Leia’s face when the “walking carpet” embraces her is quite touching. This got me to thinking about Chewbacca. For decades now, Star Wars fans have known that Chewbacca has a life debt to Han Solo. To my knowledge, the story of the life debt originally comes from Legends material. The “life debt” was a Wookiee custom of pledging service typically in response to rescuing that Wookiee or saving its life. Over the past couple of years, new material established the life debt in the current canon. However, the exact nature of Chewbacca’s life debt to Han Solo is vague. For many reasons, I find this more satisfying.

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Win a Peter Mayhew Autographed “The Empire Strikes Back” Poster from Steiner Sports!

Would you like to win a poster signed by Peter Mayhew? The legend behind Chewbacca has signed a poster for The Empire Strikes Back, and it could be yours when you enter to win from Steiner Sports!

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Classic Trilogy Perspective, Part 1: A New Hope – The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy

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Classic Trilogy Perspective, Part 1:
A New Hope – The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy

The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm BoyOn September 22, 2015, three original adaptations of the classic trilogy were released: Star Wars: A New Hope — The Princess, The Scoundrel, and The Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back — So You Want to Be a Jedi by Adam Gidwitz, and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi — Beware the Power of the Dark Side! by Tom Angleberger.  Now that these books have been in circulation for almost a year, I felt it was time to take an exploration through each one from a Star Wars canon perspective, asking the following questions:

(1) What scenes or elements have been added to the narrative we know from the film?
(2) What knowledge from other canon narratives are part of this tale?
(3) How has this book influenced or altered our understanding of the film?

This month, I will focus on Star Wars: A New Hope — The Princess, The Scoundrel, and The Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken.

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