Some of Luke Skywalker’s Most Memorable Moments in ‘Star Wars’

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.

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Porg Psychology 101

Jay’s Galactic Espressions

Whether you love them or hate them, porgs have become a very popular – albeit peculiar – new character in the Star Wars saga. We were introduced to these little penguin-puffin-birdlike creatures in the behind-the-scenes footage reel for The Last Jedi, revealed at the D23 Expo in July of 2017. Avid fans of the saga have had porgs on the brain since this initial introduction, but the debut of the official trailer for The Last Jedi, which aired during halftime of Monday Night Football on October 9, caused the general public to catch porg fever in a big way! Instantly, the Internet was packed with porgs, including this Photoshop challenge, posted by gizmodo.com.

But, why are these little feather bags such a draw for fans, myself included? I’m not usually one to fall prey to overwhelming feelings of “gotta have that,” but these porgs have certainly won me over! So, I decided to take a look at the psychology of porgs – what underlying reasons could there be for this fanatic attraction? What is the possible connection between avian mythology, bird/human personality traits, and the design choices of the porg character itself?

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Leia and Good Intentions

As I was reading Claudia Gray’s Leia, Princess of Alderaan I was struck by the following exchange between Leia and her friend Amilyn Holdo:
Amilyn: “The Force gains strength from our intentions as well as our actions.”
Leia: “Good intentions aren’t enough. They’re not meaningless, but – that’s where we have to start. Not where we end.”

The Star Wars galaxy would be a much different place if not for a lot of good people acting on their good intentions. Most of us have probably heard that the pathway to Hell is paved with good intentions, but good intentions aren’t the problem and they aren’t themselves bad things. The problem comes when we are satisfied with our good intentions and don’t act on them. What would have happened if our favorite Star Wars characters would have been content with simply having good ideas?

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Melinda’s Brew: The Force of Female Fandom [3]

Melinda's Brew

While I am a bit surprised that today, in late 2017, gender biases still exist in some circles, as I pointed out in the middle post of this series: the more things change, the more they stay the same. Still, it is heartening to learn female fans of Star Wars care not one whit about what anyone thinks. We like what we like, and we make no excuses for it. While the majority of friends I contacted to help me examine what it has been like to be a Star Wars fan and a female mentioned their favorite characters happen to be female, their choices are not based on gender but rather on the tenets of what makes a character one to which an individual will gravitate – self-confidence and strength. Strength of heart. Strength of mind. Strength of spirit.

Star Wars if rife with characters – especially female characters – that fit that bill.

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The Rescue Plan from Jabba’s Palace (Part I)

The Rescue Plan - Freeing Han from Carbonite

The first act of Return of the Jedi featured Han Solo’s rescue by his friends from the clutches of the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. Luke, Leia, Lando, Chewbacca, and the droids each arrived at Jabba’s palace either individually or in pairs. Not that Star Wars fans need a reminder, but eventually Leia freed Han from the carbonite. However, Jabba then threw Han in a dungeon and kept Leia by his side in her iconic outfit. Luke showed up and the rescue moved into its final stages. A question arises: was Han’s rescue a well executed plan or the result of improvisation by Luke, Leia, and the others? Although there isn’t a definitive answer, an analysis of the scene suggests Han’s rescue was the result of a well-executed plan with some improvisation thrown in. This two part blog post will analyze the steps of the rescue plan and evaluate how much went according to a plan, and what they left to improvisation.

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How Deep Did George Lucas Go with the Hero’s Journey in Star Wars? — A Guest Blog by Tomas Pueyo

How Deep Did George Lucas Go with the Hero’s Journey in Star Wars? — A Guest Blog by Tomas Pueyo

Much has been said about George Lucas and the Hero’s Journey. He discovered Joseph Campbell’s idea while the script for A New Hope and became instantly fascinated: so many elements of his movie fit in the Hero’s Journey framework! He decided to go all in and rewrite his script to turn it into a fundamental myth.

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Mark Hamill on playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi | British GQ [VIDEO]

Last week, Mark Hamill was named Icon of the Year by British GQ. Now they’re released a companion video wherein he talks about his role as Luke Skywalker, his Emmy nomination for The Clone Wars, The Beatles, and more.

Check it out below.

(BTW, the man can really rock a cape. Krennic, be warned!)

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Director Rian Johnson Talks to The New York Times

The New York Times is featuring an interview with Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. You can read the entire interview here, but we’ll share a few highlights below that give you a general overview of what Star Wars means to him, and his feelings about working in the galaxy far, far away. We are avoiding anything potentially spoilery here, but be aware of the possibility of spoilers if you read the entire interview.

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Empire Magazine Reveals ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Newsstand Cover, Poe Dameron’s X-wing (Possible Spoilers)

Last week, Empire Magazine showed off its exclusive subscriber cover for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It featured the hand of Rey passing a lightsaber to Luke Skywalker’s robotic hand. To start off this week, Empire is revealing the cover for the newsstand edition of its October issue.

Check it out below:

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Melinda’s Brew: The Force of Female Fandom [1]

Melinda's Brew

Years ago, when I was substitute teaching [a writer I always have been but there have been times in my life when I have pursued other interests in conjunction with my main passion], one of my favorite assignments was filling in for the primary grade [K-3] teachers. [My posts ran the gamut from kindergarten to senior year of high school. 🙂 ] Those little tykes were so much fun to be around!

Before I’d head off to school, I’d fix my lunch, and tuck it into my trusty Star Wars lunch box. At school, that lunch box – featuring R2D2 and C3PO – sat prominently on the teacher’s desk. [Have I told you this story before? If I have, please stop me. 😉 ] After going over the day’s lesson plans, I’d wait for the bell to chime. Before long, it would, and within moments the relative silence would be broken by the clamor of rushing feet and loud voices filling the hallways. Read more

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