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The Mandalorian's Political Allegory: Diversity Is the Way

When the president of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy announced there will be more than 10 Star Wars shows and films coming out, she declared that popular culture is a space of diversity. All stories can and should be told simultaneously and adjacently.

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Books

We Are All Part of the Patriarchy: 'Space Sirens, Scientists and Princesses'

In Conrad's significant project of tracking the representations of women in sci-fi cinema, he's mindful of his subjectivity.

Film

Can 'Star Wars' Be Saved?

After the vitriolic fan backlash to Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the financial failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars needs saving. Here are some ideas on how to do that without invoking the help of The Force.

Film

'Star Wars': The Forgetful Menace

In the Star Wars universe, those who do not remember history are doomed to sequel it; those who do, apparently, make prequels.

Film

Han Solo? More like Han Zero!

Solo: A Star Wars Story inexplicably ruins an icon.

Books

When the Movie Gods Aren't Enough: The Bottom Line and 'The Big Picture'

Ben Fritz explores how a great American pastime has been subsumed by Moneyball tactics.

Film

The Working Class Awakens: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' and the Birth of the Multitude

In Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi, politics becomes class politics. More explicitly, The Last Jedi is about working-class resistance.

Film

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Pulls a New Twist on the Old Force

It's ironic that by injecting a shot of cynicism into this glorified soap opera, Johnson provides the most satisfying explanation yet for the significance of The Force.

J.R. Kinnard
Film

Princess Leia May Be Tough, but She Wasn’t Always the Feminist She Is Today

The girls in the movie theaters of 1977—who saw Princess Leia as a role model from the first moment she appeared on screen in Star Wars —grew up. So too did Princess Leia.

Comics

Marvel's 'Star Wars #38' Is Rarely Short of Drama, Dread, and Droids

While there are many real-world parallels of evil empires that plunder, going back to the days of the pyramids, not even the most blood-thirsty ruler could do so on the scale of the Empire.

Comics

'Star Wars #33' Has Luke and Leia Stranded on a Watery Planet

This comic is basically the sci-fi equivalent of Cast Away, but with more sea monsters and fewer volleyballs.

Books

There's Splendid Concept Art to Be Found in 'The Art of Star Wars'

This is a visually stunning display of concepts, characters and starships from a galaxy far, far away that, more often than not, didn’t even end up on screen.

Games

'Star Wars: Battlefront' Dares to Simplify the Shooter

Sometimes "shallow" and "uncomplicated" is exactly what I'm looking for in a game.

Film

I Was So Bored Watching 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens'

Star Wars is the latest exemplar of a genre that's accelerating toward its own creative exhaustion. That genre, of course, is the Hollywood tent-pole.

Books

Back to the Drawing Board With 'Flash Gordon Volume 4: The Storm Queen of Valkir'

At first, Austin Briggs’ work feels like a simplified version of Alex Raymond’s, the boldness of the characters’ figures and poses replaced by understated charm.

Reviews

Dark Side Die Hard: 'Star Wars Vader Down #1'

A classic theme is turned inside out in all the right ways.

Reviews

Covert Subversion in 'Darth Vader #11'

The Force is strong in this intricate, and refined narrative.

Games

Insignificance in 'Star Wars: Battlefront'

Make no mistake: you’re not the chosen one, and you’re not meant to bring balance to the Force.

Comics

'Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1' Is a Worthy Supplement to 'Return of the Jedi'

The start of a new era is build on and within the foundation of the old one.

Music

Wilco: Star Wars

Saying "What's more fun than a surprise?" Wilco drops their shortest, barest album in their career, and it feels fresh and new.

Film

Abandoned 'Star Wars' Plot Points, Episode III: Evolution of Light and Dark

"Minch Yoda"? "Darth Wilson"? "Kane Starkiller"? "Cos Dashit"? "Jaster Mereel"? "Gary Vader"? Who are these guys that brought the Star Wars saga we know to life?

Film

The World Is Ready for 'Star Wars Episode VII'

All signs point to the upcoming seventh installment of Star Wars remediating the follies of the prequel trilogy and returning the series to its original glory.

Paul Gibbins
Comics

Royalty and Rebels in 'Princess Leia #1'

Princess Leia begins an important part of her journey towards becoming a true rebel.

Comics

The Dark Side of Empires: "Darth Vader #1"

Forget the prequels. Even when he's on the Emperor's bad side, this is the Darth Vader that everyone wants to see.

Reviews

A Bolder, New Hope: "Star Wars #1"

Marvel Comics takes its first step into a galaxy far, far away and offers plenty of reasons for more hope.

Games

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and Shared Spectacle in Games

From fan fiction to theorycrafting, sharing in the spectacle of a film or game’s release is a great opportunity to engage with art, even before release.

Film

May the Force (of Narrativity) Be With You

The Star Wars universe is a microcosmical example of the long-standing battle over the necessity of narrativity in shaping our lives.

Steve Neumann
Film

'The Stream' Is a Deluge of References

Aching for the past dam(n)s The Stream.

Film

A General, a Princess and Two Greedy, Dim-Witted Peasants

The Hidden Fortress is more "accessible" and "entertaining" than Rashômon, but Kurosawa's artistry is ever present.

Politics

A User's Guide to Parody Religions: Dudeism, Invisible Pink Unicorns, and Americhrist Ltd.

Plotting exposure, parody seeks to unveil rather than to mask, to offer truths where it finds lies, deceit, or hypocrisy. So why has religion proven particularly prone to this means of comedic put-down?

Film

Celluloid Androids: The Big Screen's Fascination with Robots

Robots and Replicants... Between utilitarian tools and far too human replacements lies the Uncanny Valley. The Next Reel explores Cinema's love/ hate relationship with the automaton.

Books

The Force Is Weak in Ian Doescher's 'Star Wars by William Shakespeare'

Ian Doescher's adaptation of Star Wars in the style of Shakespeare is fun, but the author needs additional training in the Dagobah System before he can really emulate the Jedi Master of Literature.

Film

Go Ahead, Disney... Rough Up 'Star Wars'

Whatever Disney does to Star Wars, let's at least hope they keep its rough aesthetic.

Kathryn Donohue
Film

Abandoned 'Star Wars' Plot Points Episode II: The Force Behind the Scenes

With Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm already changing Star Wars, let's look at the prior behind the scene changes in the saga.

Comics

No Reason to End: "Star Wars" and Perpetual Fiction

What's the value of Brian Wood writing an interstitial Star Wars tale (between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back), nearly 40 years on? Perhaps more than we can realize…

Film

Building the Perfect Star Beast: The Antecedents of 'Alien'

The impact of Alien is undeniable, and with Prometheus breathing new, terrifying and artistic life into the saga, Alien's legacy could go anywhere. However, Alien didn't spring, fully-formed onto movie screens as the near-perfect Star Beast that it is.

Film

Abandoned 'Star Wars' Plot Points, Episode I: The Ties That Surround Us, Bind Us and Penetrate Us

To celebrate the added "layers" of unnecessary 3D onto both the Prequel and Original Trilogies, here are some actual plot layers straight out of George Lucas' old plans that just might have made Star Wars a more engrossing saga (in somebody's mind, anyway).


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