The ‘Star Wars: The High Republic’ Series Has One Major Problem

So, following Disney’s failed attempt at making an epic conclusion to the Skywalker Saga, they decided to create a new era that they themselves could create and control called The High Republic. These stories are set 400 years before The Phantom Menace. 400 years before the return of the Sith…

This era is a time when the Jedi are at their most powerful and are seen as benevolent guardians of the galaxy.


It is during this time that their greatest foe are called the Nihil, a group of deadly mercenaries that are becoming a real threat to the galaxy. I haven’t personally read the stories or comics yet but just from what I’ve read it sounds like these Nihil fellas are quite ruthless and relentless.

The era and stories sound intriguing but there’s one major problem that has bugged me ever for months now and that is the name of the characters. Listen to these names; Orla Jareni, Lily Tora-Asi, Ram Jamoram, Leox Gyasi, Marchion Ro, Reath Silas, Bell Zettifar, Lula Talisola, Vernestra Rwoh, and Loden Greatstorm. These names, while decent, don’t sound like authentic Star Wars names to me.

Star Wars names roll off the tongue in distinct ways; Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Din Djarin, Ahsoka Tano, Hera Syndulla, Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Luke Skywalker, Poe Dameron, Cara Dune, Leia Organa, Padme Amidala, etc.

These High Republic names just feel strange in my mouth. There are only a few High Republic names that have felt like authentic Star Wars names to me; Avar Kriss, Stellan Gios, Keeve Trennis, Sskeer, Burryaga, and Ty Yorrick. And heck, maybe it’s just me who thinks these names for these Jedi and characters are kind of lame but I’m willing to bet I’m not, that’s why I’m sharing my opinion with the rest of you.

What do you think? Do you like the names of these High Republic characters? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day. May the Force be with you.

‘Bumblebee’ Is SOOOO Cute!

Four years ago Transformers: The Last Knight came out and despite making $600 million it was very clear, the franchise felt dead. Transformers: Age of Extinction had its narrative problems but it was still quite fun to watch wit its various action scenes that were AWESOME (specifically in IMAX.) The Last Knight had some decent action scenes but even that alone couldn’t save this movie, a film that I have barely managed to see twice all the way through.

The very next year, Bumblebee entered theaters during Christmas and the film ultimately saved the franchise.

Bumblebee, starring Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena, could’ve been a disaster! A prequel Transformers movie set in the 80s’? Uh-oh. And yet, screenwriter Christina Hodson delivered a heartfelt origin story of the yellow bug-named Transformer that has warmed my heart all three times that I have seen it.

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