Lattes with Leia Show #23: The Middle of the Force

What does it mean to be a Force-wielder that isn’t a Jedi or a Sith? In the 23rd episode of Lattes with Leia, we talk about the middle path and why it can be good to draw upon both the light and dark sides of the Force. We dig into what being on that path means for someone’s identity and why “Gray Jedi” isn’t a thing.

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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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Coffee With Kenobi Show #67: “As long as I get to be Face”, with Jeff McGee & Mike Rodio (163)

Dan Z is joined by Comics With Kenobi co-host & Marvin Dog Media CEO, Jeff McGee, and the Senior Digital Editor of Men’s Fitness, Mike Rodio. The hosts start the show with talk on the upcoming Darth Vader comic and the pros and cons of a new Darth Vader story. Then they discuss the Star Wars 1/2 marathon and what kind of prep is involved. 

Tom Gross gives the news, and during the Coffee Chat, the hosts discuss a unique angle featured in Luke’s training on Dagobah, and they close out the show with email. This is the podcast you’re looking for!

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Melinda’s Brew: The Force Springs Forth

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Can you feel it? There’s an energy pulsing through the air. It’s palpable. It’s electrifying. It’s so strong I can feel it coursing through every pore of my being.

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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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Melinda’s Brew: It’s A Tie!

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Poor Obi-Wan. [Come to think of it, that’s not a very good adjective to affix to one of the Greatest Jedi who ever lived.] He gets such a bum rap from certain segments of the “Star Wars” fan base. He lied to Luke. He failed Anakin. How much guff can a Jedi take?

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Star Wars, Camping & the Month of May – “Do It Because of the Trees”

The month of May is a big deal in our house. It starts (obviously) with the best pun-turned-holiday of the year:  May the 4th and moves through to Mother’s Day on the 8th, my wife’s birthday on the 13th and my son’s birthday on the 14th; which, for those who don’t know, is George Lucas’ birthday as well.  Go figure, right?

Pinery 2015 Mike and Shelby

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CWK’s Dan Z and Amy Ratcliffe Ask Who’s Stronger with the Force – Rey or Kylo Ren?

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Coffee With Kenobi co-host Dan Z and Lattes With Leia co-host Amy Ratcliffe have teamed up for an entry on StarWars.com in order to examine who is stronger with the Force – Rey or Kylo Ren? Amy takes on Kylo Ren, while Dan takes a look at Rey’s abilities.

You can read the intro below:

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Rebels Reconnaissance: “Shroud of Darkness” Review

*Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for the Star Wars Rebels episode “Shroud of Darkness.”

Despite what some detractors of The Phantom Menace might tell you, the Force remains mysterious. We may now have some vague understanding of how one connects to the mystical energy field that surrounds, penetrates, and binds the galaxy together. But the inner workings of the Force–the actual mechanics and logistics, if you will–continue to defy explanation. And the more we seem to learn about it, the more questions arise from the revelations. Such is the case with this week’s episode of Star Wars Rebels, “Shroud of Darkness.”

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Missing the Point: An Analysis of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Part II — A Guest Blog by Daniel Noa

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Missing the Point:
An Analysis of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Part II – A Star Wars Story
By Daniel Noa

In Part I, I discussed some structural filmmaking issues in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, much of which has to do with filmmaking intent, and while I believe they keep the film from measuring up to previous Star Wars installments, they may still be legitimate filmmaking choices. But I was more troubled that The Force Awakens does not adhere to the rules and mythology of the Star Wars universe as we saw depicted in the original trilogy in some very essential ways.

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