Happy Corporate Commodification of Love Valentine’s Day everyone!!! Hopefully, through all the cultural ridiculousness today, you find some time to think about those you love and reflect on what a wonderful gift sharing love is. In that spirit, Jenmarie, of Anakin and His Angel, has dedicated this month’s ComLINKS to, “This year I thought writing about who we love to share Star Wars with would be a very uplifting topic. So, who do you love to watch the films/cartoons with or talk about the latest books/comics with? Is it your parents? Maybe they introduced you to the franchise? Your loved one or friends you met at Star Wars Celebration? How do you share Star Wars with this person/people? Do you have any fun traditions?” Aww, I love it (no pun intended). Without further ado, let’s tell some stories! Continue reading
So this isn’t another essay or reflection on The Last Jedi. I’m not looking deeper at the themes in the film nor am I furthering my analysis on Star Wars’ future as folklore in this post. Rather, this piece is about an unexpected lesson I learned from The Last Jedi, care of everyone’s favorite chrome-plated stormtrooper Captain Phasma, regarding the growing Disney Canon of works in their Star Wars Universe. What lesson, you may ask, did you glean from Phasma’s fifteen seconds of screen time?!? While it’s probably quite the opposite of what Disney would want, I think it will make my Star Wars time far more enjoyable. Continue reading
I watch Doctor Who now. If I’m being honest, I watch Doctor Who a lot. If I’m being really honest, I am absolutely in love with this show (and I may have developed a bit of a binge-watching problem). I began watching it at the start of the school year and fell in love immediately. Soon words like “TARDIS,” “Time Lord,” “sonic screwdriver,” “psychic paper,” “Daleks,” and “Cybermen” had become a regular part of my vocabulary. However, this isn’t a piece about Doctor Who so much as it’s a reflection on falling in love with a show in isolation, completely removed from whatever fandom exists for the brilliant, beautiful world of the Doctor. 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
No spoilers here my friends, don’t worry – not yet. This isn’t even about The Last Jedi‘s plot. Rather, this is all about our hopes and dreams going into the film. Hyperspace PodBlast’s Bryan and Shelby spent opening day talking to people in line at Maya Cinemas in Bakersfield, CA while Hannah and I interviewed people at Tinseltown in Erie, PA. You heard that right folks – I’m a STAR WARS REPORTER now!!! Yay for team work!! It was incredible and we had sooooo much fun doing these interviews. So we owe a big THANK YOU to Hyperspace PodBlast for having us be your Senior East Coast Correspondents and a big THANK YOU to everyone who chatted with us all day too. Continue reading
Okay folks, the time has ALMOST ARRIVED. The Last Jedi will be hitting theatres next week! Let’s all pause for a moment to squeal while basking in excitement and anticipation.
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Alright, now that we have all that out of the way, let’s look at how I’m getting ready for The Last Jedi shall we? Who knows?!? Maybe we’ll have the same process!! Wouldn’t that be a fun coincidence?? Aww, it would be. 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
A little over a month ago, Disney officially kicked off their 2017 “Star Wars Season” with Force Friday. The first of September saw many new Star Wars t-shirts, toys, Black Series figures, LEGOs, stuffed animals porgs, etc. hit the shelves. Like good little consumers, eager Star Wars fans (myself included) swarmed stores in an effort to a) get new Star Wars stuff and b) see what manner of clues about The Last Jedi could be found amidst all the new merch. I wanted to wait to write this post as there was A LOT of Force Friday stuff on the interwebs that weekend. But, with the new trailer dropping tomorrow, the time has come! So, who wants to hear about the Star Wars stuff?? Continue reading
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