When I think of iconic villains the first character that comes to mind is Darth Vader. His bravado, his baritone voice, the black cape, and the iconic “I am your father” line makes this antagonist memorable for all of the right reasons. Ever since then there have been Star Wars villains that have tried to dethrone Darth Vader from his top spot and it took forty years but that finally was achieved with Kylo Ren. Kylo Ren has been such a joy to watch in this current trilogy as his story has grown more complex and made the movies so much more enjoyable. Now with Solo a new villain has arrived and it’s time to find out where he ranks among all of the antagonists that have come before him.
1. Kylo Ren
There aren’t a lot of characters that I can’t imagine being played by anyone else because the actors have taken a certain role and made it their own but I honestly can’t imagine anyone but Adam Driver playing this emotional character. He brings such an intimacy to the role that I feel like I can understand the guy even though he’s just a fictional character. He’s also hilarious too. I can’t wait until Episode IX.
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Star Wars is heavily wrapped around the basis of family and it’s Father’s Day! Last month I wrote a post celebrating the mothers of Star Wars and on this weekly series of Who’s Your Favorite I’m asking you, my fellow Star Wars fans, who’s your favorite Star Wars father? Here is my list of the galactic dads of the franchise.
Galen Erso is one of the secret heroes in the Star Wars universe as he purposely sabotaged the Death Star to eventually get blown up. He risked his life creating the diabolical plan and had to sacrifice so much to get it done. While he isn’t on the poster of Rogue One he was easily one of the film’s biggest contributors.
Darth Vader just might be one of the most iconic movie fathers of all time. He may have played the part of the villain for the majority of the original trilogy but through all of those wires and that cold exterior was a heart of gold that couldn’t be denied. He helped end the reign of the Empire as he killed Palpatine and even though he died he perished doing what was right and that is why he’s such a great character.
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Another week has passed and that means a new poll has arrived. Last week explored who your favorite Marvel heroine would be and today my question is who is your favorite classic Star Wars character? Here’s the list of characters to choose from.
Luke Skywalker is one of the coolest characters that have ever been brought to cinema and he helped spur forward generations of Star Wars fans with his innocent heroism and his immense potential for goodness. He was the modern age Arthur (The Sword in the Stone) in a film created in the mold of a fairy tale and his evolution throughout the original trilogy was just a blast to watch. He had his ups and downs but at the end of the day he was truly the Jedi that he was destined to be and helped save the galaxy not once, but twice. Awesome!
Han Solo was a rogue, a scoundrel, a criminal, but at the heart of the character he was a hero and I think that’s why he appealed to so many people. He wasn’t innocent like Luke or brave like Leia but he was just as much a hero as both of them and that’s why he always there at so many pivotal moments in the story. Without him the first, and second, Death Star might not have been destroyed and the eventual demise of the Empire realized and that’s pretty incredible indeed.
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First of all, I would like to congratulate Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan for their beautiful wedding and celebration. It was absolutely stunning and the parade, the Royal Cavalry, all of it was utterly magical to witness. I’m so happy for them and I hope they have an absolutely beautiful time together for the rest of their days. Okay, now to the post at hand. 🙂
Throughout my time having this blog I have written my opinions on movies, the characters within those films, and just random awesome stuff in general but now the conversation comes to you, my dear readers. You have been such wonderful supporters of my blog and fellow movie fans that I can’t help but bring all of you into the fold and ask your opinions of what you think of these films as well. So today I’m asking you who is your favorite Star Wars villain? Here is the list.
The Classic Darth Vader
Darth Vader is undoubtedly one of the most iconic villains of all time for his simple awesomeness. He’s frightening, menacing, the perfect main antagonist for the original trilogy, and incredibly memorable. You don’t even have to know what Star Wars is to know Darth Vader. He’s the bar that has been set for all future and current villains and there still hasn’t been a Star Wars villain as impeccably crafted and unique as this character.
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When Disney bought Star Wars and announced they would be making new movies I could’ve never imagined the concept of Star Wars stories. With the addition of these new standalone films in LucasFilm’s repertoire they can tell stories in even greater detail by focusing on certain characters and events and bringing those personal tales that normally wouldn’t have been told to life. Rogue One was the first of these Star Wars stories and it showed me how versatile the Star Wars franchise has truly become as it conveyed a story that had been hinted to us but never fully realized until now. Now Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming out in little over a month and that movie is going to provide us an in-depth look into how Han became the charming rogue that he was by the events of A New Hope. Yay? And it seems that Obi-Wan Kenobi will be getting his own standalone film in the coming years.
But there are so many more fascinating stories that can be told, stories that transcend just the timelines that we know and move beyond our recollection of Star Wars knowledge to tell brand new tales waiting to be seen. Of course, those stories probably won’t be portrayed anytime soon but there are a bunch of characters in this stretch of the Star Wars timeline that need their own movies to tell their stories. So, here are ten characters who I think LucasFilm should definitely consider taking a crack at in the near future. Enjoy!
10. General Hux
Okay, I know it sounds a little odd imagining a Star Wars story involving General Hux, a character that I’m pretty sure isn’t an ultimate fan favorite, but just hear me out. Hux isn’t a major character by any means in this current trilogy but he does have a rather interesting back story that conveys how he became the ruthless General that he is in the first place.
His father, Brendol Hux, had an illegitimate son (baby Hux) with a mistress and as a result he treated his son poorly. Younger Hux grew up with immense disdain for his father as he slowly grew higher in the ranks of the First Order. By the time he was a young man he ended up having Captain Phasma, his newfound ally, assassinate his father, Brendol Hux, and in the process obtained the rank of general. Hux looks like someone who can be manipulated and easily run over but there is a lot more calculation and ruthlessness to the young officer than meets the eye. (I learned all of that interesting stuff about the First Order general through the book, Phasma.)
I think it would be fascinating to see his story in greater detail because of a couple of reasons. One, it’ll be an excuse to bring Phasma back into another Star Wars movie. 🙂 And two, there’s never been a Star Wars movie that has focused on the political inner workings of an organization. That could provide a refreshing change of tone in what we’ve come to expect from a Star Wars movie. There probably will never be a Hux Star Wars story but it’s still an interesting idea.
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When Disney announced that, along with a new trilogy, there would be Star Wars stand-alone films I was undoubtedly skeptical. I love Star Wars and I know there are tons of stories in the universe that hadn’t been told but I wasn’t exactly sure if these Star Wars stories would be enjoyable or not. And then when I found out the first Star Wars story was going to be about the rebels who stole the Death Star plans I was even more unenthusiastic. That was a story I didn’t think needed to be told, a story that I wasn’t very interested in, but I held out hope that LucasFilm knew what they were doing and this was going to be an amazing film. Well, Rogue One ended up becoming an incredible, no, extraordinary movie that took what I thought of Star Wars to a whole other level. Now Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming out in a matter of months and if it’s anything like I think it could be it’s going to blow a lot of minds.
So, today, I’m going to share with you the five scenes from Rogue One that have made this film my second favorite Star Wars movie ever made. Enjoy!
1. The Death Star Test
The moment when Rogue One hits another gear in the already good movie status is when the Death Star obliterates Jedha. It’s such a horrifically riveting scene as the rebel heroes try to escape the planet before being crushed by mountain sized boulders and buried in the roiling sand and it’s the first time the Death Star was ever tested, making this scene all the more important. I mean, the glee on the Imperials’ faces as they watch the poor city of Jedha eradicated within minutes is slightly terrifying to witness.
The other day I watched Rogue One and something dawned on me. Jyn Erso saved a little girl during the skirmish between Saw’s rebels and the Imperial stormtroopers on Jedha but that girl still ended up dying thanks to the Death Star. That’s a sad realization I discovered and it makes the rebels’ goal to rid the galaxy of the genocidal weapon that much more understandable.
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Return of the Jedi has a special place in my heart because for so many years I watched this movie wishing the story could continue onward after that Ewok party but until Disney bought Star Wars that was only a dream. Now when I watch this film I get so happy because I know the story that transpired after that, I know the story of these characters thirty years in the future, and that is so amazing! So today I’m going to share with you the five scenes from Return of the Jedi that have blown my mind and made me like the movie as much as I have. Enjoy!
1. Enters Emperor Palpatine
This was the first time Emperor Palpatine ever appeared in Star Wars (besides the hologram message in The Empire Strikes Back) and between the Imperial Royal Guards and the incredibly creepy dark side music this is a perfect scene.
2. Yoda’s Death
This scene is one of my favorites in Return of the Jedi because it has so many riveting elements. Luke confronting Yoda about Darth Vader being his father, Yoda telling him about Palpatine, and of course, Yoda hinting the fact that he wasn’t the only Skywalker left in the galaxy. This scene has a lot of fascinating moments and it’s undoubtedly one of Yoda’s greatest scenes.
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