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).
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.
I wasn’t planning to write this post. I’m normally not one for single issue reviews or reflections. But when I read Darth Vader #24 on Wednesday I did something I’ve never done with a comic…I immediately flipped to the front to read it again. And since then, the story’s been bouncing around in my head. I can’t stop thinking about it. So I figured I’d write about it. Don’t worry, if you haven’t read it, there’s spoiler protection. And if you have (or are wild enough not to care about spoilers), I’ll reflect with detail on why the specifics of the issue are so important to me too. Continue reading →