Making My Peace With The Force Awakens

There was no way to control my excitement and anticipation as the release date for The Force Awakens drew near at the end of 2015.  I tried but this was the first time in thirty years Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, Artoo, and Threepio would be together again in a new adventure on the BIG SCREEN.  As the credits rolled and the lights in the theatre came up…I wasn’t feeling what I wanted to feel.  David, Kalie, Jeff, Hannah, and I all stood around in the parking lot after our initial screening staring at each other until Hannah finally said what I was feeling too, “I kind of hated it.”  It didn’t feel like Star Wars to me.  The absence of Lucas’ vision was painfully evident.  BUT I’ve carried this resentment long enough.  It’s time for me to let go and celebrate what’s right with The Force AwakensContinue reading

My Life in Costumes and Cosplay

When David and I saw Logan last weekend I did something I’ve never done – I dressed up for the premiere.  For years David has asked me to embrace mutton chops for the opening night of an X-Men movie but I never did either because I wasn’t feeling it or I didn’t remember soon enough to grow them in all their glory.  However, to honor Hugh Jackman’s final performance, as well as the seventeen years he spent playing Wolverine, I did it.  I went full on Wolverine!  There were no claws of course; I didn’t need to make things awkward for the theatre staff as they understandably ask for no toy weapons at these things.  But I did my best to capture the rest of his look.  And it was a lot of fun! Continue reading

Really, Your Snoke Theory Doesn’t Suck

Last week Jeff wrote a post titled “Your Snoke Theory Doesn’t Suck.”  I read it.  I appreciated it.  I felt it was something that needed to be said.  I thought nothing else of it…then the internet exploded.  Well, exploded is a strong word but it certainly elicited some surprisingly strong reactions.  As I’ve followed some of the Twitter firestorm, it started to bother me.  So here we are.  I could be grading but my conscience was urging me to write instead.  I guess I’ll just be up late finishing those papers!  Let me say clearly, whoever you are, wherever you are out there in Star Wars land, I’m reaffirming what Jeff’s already said – really, your Snoke Theory doesn’t suck.   Continue reading

Star Wars ComLINKS: Rogue One Favorite Scene

By now the dust of the holiday madness has settled and we’ve all had the chance to see (and geek out over!) Rogue One at least once (or, you know, four times).  In honor of alllllll the time Star Wars fans have spent thinking about the new film, this month Jenmarie – from Anakin and His Angel – has dedicate the Star Wars ComLINKS post to a discussion of our favorite scene in the film.  Coolio!  It seems obvious, but this piece will have some spoilers in it.  They aren’t major ones but a scene will be described.  Hey, I just want to make sure we all go into this with our eyes open okay? Continue reading

Rogue One: A Restoration Of Faith

I left my second screening of Rogue One yesterday.  I’m still overwhelmed by feelings today.  Of course I’ve no clear thoughts or insightful analysis to offer yet.  But I wanted to write about why the film impressed me so much (obviously without spoilers).  Like many, Star Wars is something very near and dear to my heart.  But I went in with my expectations as reasonably low as I could manage.  The Disney Canon has disappointed me before.  However, I can feel the Force freely flowing around me now as a result of seeing Rogue One!  THIS is exactly what I’d been hoping the Disney Canon could give me. Continue reading

Oh, The Horror (Light) of the Clone Wars

It’s been too long since I’ve written something about Star Wars!  However, while I was enjoying an excessive or amazing (you be the judge) day-long binge-watching marathon of Star Wars: The Clone Wars the other day, a new idea for a post came to mind.  I decided to write about how the show was cleverly paying homage to classic horror films!  So if hearing me talk about some great episodes of The Clone Wars AND how they are full of brilliant allusions to the horror genre sounds like fun to you (and I so hope it does!) then feel free to click here and check it out for yourself.

Star Wars ComLINKS – Go Rogue!

This is not the post I was planning to write.  October’s ComLINKS was to be a reflection on our experiences of Rogue Friday and the frenetic quest to gather new Rogue One merchandise on the day it dropped.  Hannah (my dear friend, fellow Star Wars fanatic, co-worker and co-conspirator for many work shenanigans) and I headed out after school, excited at the prospects of what the sequel to our Force Friday adventure would yield.  We were completely unprepared for what we would find… Continue reading