Why did Leia Organa need to start the Resistance anyway?

Why did Leia Organa need to start the Resistance anyway?

The Force Awakens was intended to thrust the audience right into the sequel trilogy, attempting to explain just enough backstory to inform audiences about what had transpired over the past three decades since the Battle of Endor but not delving deep into the political structure of the New Republic. I assume this was intentional, since [...]

Do we have an idea as to what happened to Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber?

Do we have an idea as to what happened to Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber?

The only time in The Last Jedi that Luke Skywalker uses his green lightsaber is in a flashback. When at the end of the movie he appears on Crait as a Force projection, Luke is using the iconic blue Skywalker lightsaber - which, of course, had previously been destroyed in the film, another indication that [...]

Explaining the map to Luke Skywalker: Why its absence in The Last Jedi isn’t a plot hole

Explaining the map to Luke Skywalker: Why its absence in The Last Jedi isn’t a plot hole

Though Luke Skywalker appeared in The Force Awakens for just a brief, non-speaking cameo appearance at the end, it would not be incorrect to assert that he is one of the most prominent figures throughout the film. The opening crawl makes this very clear, with the very first words we read to start the sequel [...]

Why Luke Skywalker is a truly heroic Jedi in The Last Jedi

Why Luke Skywalker is a truly heroic Jedi in The Last Jedi

Ever since The Last Jedi was released, there has been a vocal (albeit relatively small) percentage of fans who are furious about it. Some of these complaints can easily be dismissed because they are rooted in sexism, while others have taken to harassing the actors and people involved with the film and should be largely [...]

Explaining why that really interesting cameo in Solo: A Star Wars Story makes a lot of sense

Explaining why that really interesting cameo in Solo: A Star Wars Story makes a lot of sense

The latest film in the Star Wars universe, Solo: A Star Wars Story, focuses on the early days of Han Solo and his meetings and adventures with Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, and others. It's a really fun movie that explores a lot of the events fans have always wanted to see, but it's likely none of [...]

Star Wars Rebels played the long game with Ahsoka’s fate and the world between worlds

Star Wars Rebels played the long game with Ahsoka’s fate and the world between worlds

Ever since Ahsoka Tano's battle against Darth Vader on Malachor ended in ambiguity, Star Wars fans have been asking the question: did she live?  Dave Filoni promised that we'd get some clarity on that before Star Wars Rebels ended, and we certainly did, as last week's episode "A World Between Worlds" revealed what happened. And [...]

Answering some frequently asked questions about The Last Jedi

Answering some frequently asked questions about The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi has been out for a while now, and people have had a chance to digest the film.  Many loved it, some hated it, and some are in-between.  That's what you'd expect with any movie, really, especially one as highly-anticipated as this one. Some criticisms of the film can just be dismissed out [...]

What’s the big deal about Grand Admiral Thrawn?

What’s the big deal about Grand Admiral Thrawn?

Grand Admiral Thrawn. Die-hard fans love him and many fans know of him, but there are others who wonder, "what's the big deal about Thrawn?"  In 2008, IGN ranked Thrawn as the second-best Star Wars villain, behind only Darth Vader.  In a separate ranking, IGN listed Thrawn as the tenth-best Star Wars character period.  Most [...]

In defense of Canto Bight: The importance of character development

In defense of Canto Bight: The importance of character development

After nine viewings of The Last Jedi, I can certainly say in agreement with many viewers that the Canto Bight sequence is probably the least interesting in the film.  But I'll never call it meaningless. Saying something is a boring scene or the least exciting in the movie is a far cry from saying that [...]

Luke Skywalker’s arc in The Last Jedi is a beautiful story of restored hope

Luke Skywalker’s arc in The Last Jedi is a beautiful story of restored hope

(*** major spoilers for The Last Jedi are ahead ***) In August, Daisy Ridley told Entertainment Weekly about Rey's relationship with Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi: “She’s so hopeful to everything.  And obviously there’s a hint of, ‘What the hell?’” Following the release of The Last Jedi, some have had the same reaction to seeing [...]