Almost as long as Star Wars has existed, there have been spin-off stories to “fill the gaps” and expand the universe. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (or, as it was known then, Star Wars!) was released on May 25th 1977. Marvel’s Star Wars comic began on April 12th 1977, the first six issues adapting the film followed by original stories. The first Star Wars novel, Alan Dean Foster’s Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, was released in March 1978. Both continued the story George Lucas began and served to sate people’s desire for new Star Wars stories until the eventual sequel arrived. Almost as long as Star Wars has existed then, fans have navigated their relationships with such stories. Which, if any, do you read/watch? Which, if any, become a part of your experience of Star Wars? Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the most ambitious of such spin-offs, with Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan), Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader), Jimmy Smits (Bail Organa), Bonnie Piesse (Beru Lars), and Joel Edgerton (Owen Lars) reprising their roles from the Prequel Trilogy. As with all Star Wars stories outside Lucas’ six films, Obi-Wan Kenobi forces (ha! no pun intended) fans to consider how, if at all, it fits in their experience of Star Wars. For me, the show brought many welcome, if at times conflicting, emotions.
THIS PIECE WILL HAVE SPOILERS FOR OBI-WAN KENOBI (E1-6).
A little while ago I read a piece Kiri wrote on Star Wars Anonymous entitled, “The Mandalorian: Chapter One.” As the name implies (and as those of you who are big on inferring from context clues may’ve guessed), it was a reflection on the first episode of the new Disney+ show The Mandalorian. While I’ve yet to watch the show for myself (or get Disney+), I found her piece interesting. I appreciated her take on the first episode and I was also struck by something Kiri wrote in the beginning of her piece. She outlined what she, as a Star Wars fan, looks for in any Star Wars story she watches/reads. And that left me puzzling over exactly what I look for in the Star Wars stories I watch/read. I finally figured it out! Now you can know my criteria too and, I’m sure, sleep easier at night because if it. Continue reading
I haven’t written about Star Wars in a looong time. When I began blogging, Star Wars was a regular topic for me, whether writing about it here or for Jeff’s site The Imperial Talker. But it’s been almost an entire year since I’ve written anything about Star Wars. It’s not like I’ve stopped thinking about Star Wars or talking about Star Wars (as the countless hours I’ve spent in conversation with Jeff discussing the galaxy far, far away can attest). But I haven’t been inspired to write anything (save a few discarded drafts) about Star Wars since last July. Well, lately I’ve been thinking about how Disney’s use of “canon” in regard to Star Wars has neutered the term of any shred meaning. The final nail in canon’s coffin comes care of Disney’s new Star Wars theme park, Galaxy’s Edge. With this evolving revelation, I’ve found something Star Wars-related worth writing about again! Continue reading
When I came out of my first showing of The Last Jedi, I was ready to say I liked it. By the time I exited my third showing of The Last Jedi, I was ready to say I really liked it. I was still struggling to figure out where to place this film in my larger emotional and intellectual experience of the Star Wars Saga but I was able to say, as a film, The Last Jedi was well done. I was not ready for the heatedly divisive storm that followed. As someone who needed a year and a half to be able to like The Force Awakens, I certainly appreciate the pain many feel over this film. I’m just a bit surprised, given reactions to The Force Awakens, this film caused such an uproar. Anyway, I’m finally ready to delve into my thoughts and feelings on The Last Jedi. Be warned MASSIVE SPOILERS WILL FOLLOW. So if you haven’t seen it, I suggest you come back and read this once you have. Continue reading
Remember a month ago when Hyperspace PodBlast had Hannah and I on to discuss our Star Wars class? I know! It was so fun! Well Charlotte and Caitlin of Skytalkers: A Star Wars Podcast heard the episode and they invited Hannah and I on their show to talk about our class too! Yay! We had so much fun chatting with them and, if you’re in the mood for some great Star Wars banter, you should totally click this link and head on over to Skytalkers to give it a listen. BONUS – you’ll also learn which five people associated with Star Wars (fictional or real, alive or dead) Hannah and I would invite to a dinner party!! Um, what are you still doing here? It’s time to click the link and enjoy the show! Continue reading
There…I said it. All that matters is head canon. The Last Jedi is on its way right? (Yay!) With it will come countless analyses, deconstructions, and evaluations (myself included). No matter where you’re at in the world of Star Wars, you’re going to have opinions (myself included!). And that’s exciting! However, the Star Wars community can be volatile at times (especially online). Instead of sharing our love, we seem to enjoy chastising those who love something else or love what we love in a different way. Yet we can (and should) happily love what we love and respect what someone else loves too! At the end of the day, no one can tell you what Star Wars stories move you. So in the seemingly endless debate over what is or isn’t “canon” or what stories are “best,” the only important question is what do you like? If the story moves you, it’s part of your Star Wars experience and those are the only stories that really matter. Continue reading
I’ll keep this short so you’ll actually click the link. On Monday, Hannah and I were guests on Hyperspace PodBlast (A Star Wars Podcast) to talk about our Star Wars & Contemporary Myth class! For real. How amazing is that?!? We had so much fun with Bryan and Shelby and it was a nerd dream come true. So please (pretty please), click on this link and bounce over to their site so you can hear us all geek out about Star Wars and talk about the nature of our course! Best. Day. Ever :). Continue reading
I’m participating in a new series on the blog today! For nearly a year, Jenmarie – who runs the wonderfully eclectic Star Wars blog Anakin and his Angel – has done a monthly feature she opens to all bloggers in love with the galaxy far, far away. It’s called “Star Wars ComLINKS” and the goal is to inspire those of us who love Star Wars to get together and talk about it. I’ve come to love participating in the Top Five Wednesdays and I also enjoy the sense of community that comes with the awards and tags circling the blogging world. So I was excited to join Jenmarie’s ComLINKS and combine that feeling of community with STAR WARS. What’s not to love?? Anyway, this month’s topic was to discuss a favorite Star Wars memory. Continue reading