Last week was Force Friday and Disney began getting people hyped for The Last Jedi by dropping all sorts of new Star Wars merchandise. There was excitement for Black Series figures and LEGOs and (of course) porgs in any possible variety. But my Force Friday list only had one MUST HAVE item on it – Delilah S. Dawson’s new Star Wars novel Phasma. I’ve been waiting since April for this book! Hannah and I enjoyed our traditional mid-work Force Friday run and both excitedly bought the new novel. I couldn’t wait to read it! And once I started I couldn’t put it down! Continue reading
As we inch ever closer to The Last Jedi, my excitement continues to mount. No matter how much I tell myself not to get my expectations too high, I can’t help but speculate! As I’ve said before, this random and excited speculating is part of the fun of Star Wars. I remember the months leading up to The Force Awakens were filled with hours and hours of pondering and hypothesizing. What will happen?? Who are these new characters?? How will the fit into the world of Star Wars?!? Geeking out with other Star Wars fans is one of life’s great joys :). And like many fans of the Saga, I’ve been spending a lot of time puzzling over who Rey really is and how she fits into the Force. Somewhat unexpectedly, the answer I keep coming back to that makes the most sense comes care of Hinduism. Continue reading
I’ve written a piece for the Star Wars fansite Future Of The Force! It’s about Marvel’s Lando miniseries and how it adds depth and beauty to the character of Lobot and his relationship with Lando. I also talk about how I love all these additional Star Wars stories – be they from the Expanded Universe or the new Disney Canon – because they continue to expand the universe George Lucas created in so many ways. I’m excited to be contributing to Future of the Force and I’d appreciate your clicking this handy little link and bouncing over there to give the piece a read. Please and thank you!
Much like Woody Allen Wednesdays took a hit when teaching slowed my participation in joint blogging adventures (papers don’t grade themselves…phooey), I’ve been sadly absent from Anakin and His Angel‘s Star Wars ComLINKS for a few months. But I’m back baby! This month, in honor of the Forces Of Destiny cartoon shorts on the Disney YouTube channel, Jenmarie has focused our ComLINKS posts on favorite female characters. There are so many strong women I love in Star Wars. Where would we be without Princess Leia?? And we have Padmé Amidala, Mara Jade, Jaina Solo, Admiral Natasi Daala, Shmi Skywalker, and Ahsoka Tano too! But for me, this post belongs to Mallatobuck. Malla is Chewie’s wife and their relationship serves as a moving meditation on the strength of love. Continue reading
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 Awakens. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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.