Families, Generations, and the Shifting Narrative Focus of STAR WARS

This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens What is the Star Wars story about? That’s a simple question that lacks a simple answer. If you ask George Lucas – the creator of the series and the man who guided it over four decades, six films, and more than 100 episodes of television – he would … Continue reading Families, Generations, and the Shifting Narrative Focus of STAR WARS

STAR WARS REBELS Review – “Always Two There Are”

This review contains spoilers During the last season of Star Wars Rebels, I wrote a particularly nasty review of the episode “Idiot’s Array” in which I called out the episode’s writer, Kevin Hopps, describing his work as (among other things) “a major stain on an otherwise spotless show.” It was mean – more mean than … Continue reading STAR WARS REBELS Review – “Always Two There Are”

D23: Excitement, Confusion, and Disappointment from Disney Live Action (With Thoughts on STAR WARS Land)

The Walt Disney Studios live action panel at the 2015 D23 Expo was something of a mess. For months Disney has been positioning this panel as a big deal, announcing that Marvel Studios would be abandoning their long-held position of supremacy in Comic-Con’s Hall H and that the Star Wars panel at SDCC would be … Continue reading D23: Excitement, Confusion, and Disappointment from Disney Live Action (With Thoughts on STAR WARS Land)

TERMINATOR SALVATION is Better Than You Remember (But Also Just as Bad)

Memory can be a funny thing. Memories can be changed and distorted by time, an acknowledgment of your own biases, and even the testimony of others. For example, when I saw Terminator Salvation back in 2009, I enjoyed it, but as they years have gone on I’ve grown to mistrust that memory. My taste in … Continue reading TERMINATOR SALVATION is Better Than You Remember (But Also Just as Bad)