ATTACK OF THE CLONES and the Tragedy of Good Intentions

The fundamental problem with the Star Wars prequels is that they’re a good story poorly told. When you lay out the narrative of the prequels on paper, beat for beat, it’s actually pretty compelling. At a time when galactic civilization had stagnated after a millennia of peace, evil quietly emerges, taking advantage of complacency and … Continue reading ATTACK OF THE CLONES and the Tragedy of Good Intentions

STAR WARS: CLONE WARS and the Failure of the Expanded Universe

The Walt Disney company acquired Lucasfilm in December of 2012, but the most controversial move didn’t come until more than a year later. On April 25, 2014, every piece of Star Wars media – books, movies, video games, TV shows, comics, you name it – that was not directly overseen by George Lucas was deemed … Continue reading STAR WARS: CLONE WARS and the Failure of the Expanded Universe

THE LAST JEDI and the Existential Horror of an Endless Star War

This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Through nine films over the course of 40 years, every Star Wars movie has been introduced the same way. Blue letters over a black backdrop reading, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….” Its twist on the 600-year-old fairy tale opener, “once … Continue reading THE LAST JEDI and the Existential Horror of an Endless Star War

STAR WARS REBELS Recap – “The Antilles Extraction” and “Hera’s Heroes”

This review contains spoilers. One of the most exciting things about Star Wars Rebels has been its setting. Not only is the period of time directly preceding the original film rife with storytelling potential, but the way Rebels has gone about exploring this period has been fascinating. Each season of the show has covered roughly … Continue reading STAR WARS REBELS Recap – “The Antilles Extraction” and “Hera’s Heroes”

STAR WARS REBELS Recap – “Steps Into Shadow” and “The Holocrons of Fate”

Editorial Note: Starting next week, these Star Wars Rebels recaps will be released to coincide with the latest episode. In the mean time, as we catch up with this season, we’re combining a couple episodes into each recap. This recap covers the first two episodes of Season Three while tomorrow’s recap will cover episodes three … Continue reading STAR WARS REBELS Recap – “Steps Into Shadow” and “The Holocrons of Fate”