What I Learned From Spiderman: Homecoming

Jay’s Galactic Expressions

Warning: Major Spoilers ahead for Spiderman: Homecoming!

Everywhere I look in our society today, I am bombarded by messages of “girl power.” Some are very positive, encouraging and empowering. Others leave me – a grown woman – with the proverbial “very bad feeling” about what my younger female counterparts may eventually be molded into.

With the release of the cartoon shorts Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, there has been a noticeable spike in the conversations regarding female-centered role-models, and how those role-models are being utilized to market not only merchandise but the message of “what it means to be a girl.” I love the series, and I believe it sends positive messages that transcend all human-imposed boundaries. However universally acceptable I feel the series to be, there exist those who oppose and/or challenge that notion, for whatever personal motives or agendas they may have. As Palpatine said: “so be it.” I’m not here to change anyone’s beliefs or opinions, but I do have some things to get off my chest.

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Hasbro’s The Black Series 6-Inch Tarkin Figure Due in 2018

The Black Series 6-inch Grand Moff Tarkin figure revealed by Hasbro at Star Wars Celebration last weekend is due to hit stores Spring of 2018, not 2017 as previously announced. You can see images of all the figure reveals here, and check out Tarkin below.

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The Star Wars Show | Re-creating Tarkin and Leia, Celebration Updates, and More

This week on The Star Wars Show, co-hosts Andi and Anthony bring exciting Celebration updates, Star Wars trivia, gaming news, and more. In addition, Academy Awards winners Paige Warner and Brian Cantwell from ILM discuss the technology behind bringing Grand Moff Tarkin and young Princess Leia to the big screen for Rogue One.

Check it all out in the video below:

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Rogue One: Bail Organa – A Moment of Reflection

By now, there has been so much coverage in ways of analysis on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Honestly, what’s left to talk about? The media, from news-sites to fan-sites, and every corner of the internet has turned this first Star Wars standalone film inside-out, and dissected it from every angle possible. But here, at Coffee with Kenobi, we do our best (by tradition) to take a closer look at even the tiniest of details, through what’s been noted as a critical lens. We do this in hopes to shine some light on possible new perspectives and ideas. Hopefully, I’ll be somewhat successful with what I’m bringing to the table today.

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The Gruesome Twosome

**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.

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The Outer Rim of Dixie — A Guest Blog by Stephen Kent

This past week I spent two days in Baton Rouge, Louisiana helping with flood relief in thetheouterrim Livingston Parish. My time there was memorable, not only because of the wonderful people I met and impactful work I participated in, but also because I have never been into the “Deep South” before. The people in the parish I was working in had lost everything. Their lives laid in heaps on front lawns surrounded by insulation and molding drywall. So I in no way want to disparage this community and those surrounding it, but I left Louisiana with the distinct impression that this was a region of the country frozen in time decades ago. The airport of New Orleans, a city of 380,000 people, felt more like a small town train station. The bayou was littered with shrimping boats covered in moss and vines, rust caked the railing of the vessels and in my entire time there I didn’t see a human on board any of them. Rebel flags could be found flying in any neighborhood, Make America Great Again stickers were everywhere and as far as the stickers go…I couldn’t really blame them. This place has been left behind.

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Stranger Star Wars Things

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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.

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Star Wars Fandom: Stepping Into A Larger World

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In 2012 I decided to start a Star Wars blog. My main motivation was to simply have a place I could send people if they wanted to see photos of my Star Wars room. I wasn’t really interested in interacting with the Star Wars online community, which is strange since I was creating content – why create if you don’t have a desire to share it? In fact, I was barely on Facebook and hadn’t joined Twitter yet. 

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Titles and Synopses for ‘Star Wars: Rise of the Empire’ Paperback Revealed

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This October will see the publication of Star Wars: Rise of the Empire, an anthology that collects the previously released novels Tarkin (by James Luceno) and A New Dawn (by John Jackson Miller). In addition to those titles, the trade paperback will include three new short stories written specifically for this volume.

Today Del Rey revealed the titles, authors, and synopses of those three stories, and you’ll find those below:

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Go Behind-the-Scenes with Star Wars Rebels: Rebels Recon #14

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*Spoilers for the season finale of Star Wars Rebels: Fire Across the Galaxy*

The thrilling first season finale of Star Wars Rebels just aired — and no doubt all of us are still trying to catch our collective breath!

In orbit over the planet Mustafar, The Inquisitor tortures a captive Kanan – physically and emotionally. Meanwhile, the crew of the Ghost executes their rescue plan, which involves infiltrating Tarkin’s Star Destroyer by making good use of a not-so-subtle TIE Fighter — and fighting their way through throngs of stormtroopers.

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