Star Wars is a franchise that has lived and transcended generations. The cultural phenomenon began way back in 1977 and now, after 40 years, the excitement for this seemingly unending franchise is even stronger. The question is, what was it that made this science-fiction space opera resonate with so many people? Was it the lore of the story, was it the music, was it the characters? I believe there was a collaboration of all of these different aspects but the characters were a huge part of why A New Hope 40 years ago became such a global hit.
You had Luke, the simple farm boy who wanted to explore the stars and follow in the footsteps of his “dead” father. Then there was Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi, the wise mentor. You had the rascally Han Solo, a scoundrel at first meeting but a hero at heart.
And finally you have Princess Leia, which this post is dedicated to.
At the time of A New Hope princesses were usually thought of as damsels in distress that needed rescuing . Princess Leia rewrote that narrative. Princess Leia didn’t run screaming from the stormtroopers, she shot at them. Princess Leia didn’t whimper in the face of Darth Vader, she patronized him. She did the exact opposite of nearly everything that was expected, except fall for the “prince” which in this case would be Luke Skywalker.
She was one of the pioneers of all the strong women you have in film today. Throughout A New Hope she never played the role of damsel in distress. And yes, she was rescued, but she didn’t treat her rescuers like they were “her heroes.” She instead told them off for not coming up with a better escape plan. Ha! I love it. 🙂
Continue reading Princess Leia: How One Woman Created A Generation of Heroines in ‘Star Wars’
Episode IX begins filming on August 1 *squeal* and the official cast for the film has been announced. So, let me share with you the returning and new cast members set to star in this final installment in the Skywalker saga. Enjoy!
J.J Abrams is set to reprise his role as director of a Star Wars film. He and Chris Terrio (Batman vs. Superman) co-wrote the movie.
Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), and Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix.)
There are also some returning veterans as well. Mark Hamill will reprise his role as Luke Skywalker. (Yay!) Anthony Daniels will once again play the role of C-3PO. And Billy Dee Williams is indeed returning to play Lando Calrissian.
Continue reading The Official Cast Announcement for ‘Episode IX’ Holds Some Nice Surprises
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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Throughout my years as a Star Wars fan I had only watched the movies and had never delved into the fictional book realm of the franchise…until recently. In the past year I have read several incredible Star Wars novels, all of which belong to the new canon created after Disney bought the franchise, and while some were slightly boring others were downright fantastic and helped expand my mind to the overall story of these films. So, I’m here to tell you which books I thought were just okay and which novels excelled my wildest expectations. Enjoy!
The Force Awakens
While I absolutely love The Force Awakens the novel is surprisingly disappointing. The story is kind of boring and there isn’t anything exactly different from the novel that wasn’t in the movie. Of course it’s Star Wars and it’s always fun to read anything that’s involved with Star Wars but this definitely isn’t a book to own.
The Aftermath Trilogy is a compelling series of books that tell the story of, well, the aftermath following the Battle of Endor. We get new characters to follow, some original faces here and there (one of them being Wedge which was really awesome) and some fantastic storylines. But as cool as the story sounds the trilogy’s first installment is a bit of a bore compared to its next two installments and that’s why I have it ranked next to last on this list. It is, however, a good book to read.
A New Dawn
This book follows the story of two Star Wars: Rebels characters, Kanan Jarrus, a rascally type who was once a padawan before Order 66, and Hera Syndulla, a secret rebellion operative trying to stop the Empire’s reign. They cross paths on a planet overrun by the Empire and together they try to free the planet from the tyrannical organization’s reign. This is a fantastic novel full of enticing action, great character interplay, and a perfect introduction to these prominent characters in the Star Wars universe. If you’re a fan of Star Wars: Rebels this book is a must-have.
Continue reading Ranking the ‘Star Wars’ Books That I’ve Read; from Worst to Best
I’ve watched The Last Jedi over twenty times now and during my latest viewing of the film one of the scenes that surprisingly struck me was in fact one of the quietest moments in the movie and that was when Leia was sitting by herself in the cruiser, Ninka. Throughout Leia’s involvement in Star Wars we haven’t seen her grieve a lot even though she has experienced so much loss. She lost nearly her entire crew aboard the ship, Tantative IV, to Darth Vader and his stormtroopers. Then she had to watch her home planet of Alderaan get obliterated before her very eyes (and her mother and father along with it.) She had to endure seeing Han Solo getting frozen in carbonite, nearly dying in the process. And then even after the Rebellion defeated the Empire the hardships she would face were far from over.
When we see Leia again thirty years after the end of the Imperial war the struggles that she has faced can be plainly seen on her face. From the political obstacles she had to face during the creation and rise of the New Republic to the new war that was on the brink of the horizon with the meager Resistance against the mighty First Order. There’s also the more personal losses she has had to deal with as well along the way with the sudden and total absence of her beloved brother, Luke Skywalker, the agony of knowing that her very son, Ben Solo, was a First Order leader and dark side fanatic, and the depressing separation between her and the man she loves in Han Solo.
Leia has not had an easy life, in fact she’s had if not the hardest, one of the toughest journeys in Star Wars and this is really apparent in The Last Jedi.
Continue reading This Segment of ‘The Last Jedi’ Perfectly Sums Up Leia’s Entire Journey and Her Constant Triumphs
When Disney announced that they were making new animated shorts featuring some of Star Wars‘ most prominent characters I was totally on board. Since then there have been over two dozen of these fascinating shorts and now, with a Season 2, Forces of Destiny is bringing new incredible characters and providing them tantalizing backstory that is undoubtedly a blast to watch. So, here are the latest batch of new episodes that happen to be my favorite. Enjoy!
Porgs are really cute and so it’s no surprise to see that this was one of my favorite episodes so far in Forces of Destiny. We get to see Rey learning how to use the Force, which is always awesome, and then her interaction with the Porgs is downright one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen from the delightful little furballs. I love Porgs! 🙂
I liked this episode because not only do we get an exciting interaction between Princess Leia and Maz Kanata but we also get to see how Leia obtained the bounty hunter disguise that she used to save Han from the vile clutches of Jabba the Hutt. Leia is in full awesome mode in this animated short and I loved it.
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While Star Wars has a lot of fantastic, memorable and enjoyable moments the films have also provided some of the most surprising and saddest experiences I’ve ever had as a movie viewer. From the tears I shed when Padme died back in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith to the waterfall that poured from my eyes after the heartbreaking development of Rogue One there have definitely been some sad moments throughout the Star Wars franchise and I am here to share them with you. Enjoy!
Ahsoka Tano Leaves the Jedi Order
I’ve just recently watched the entire series of The Clone Wars on Netflix and I was utterly blown away. I missed it when it was on Cartoon Network but in a way I’m glad because I was able to binge watch all six seasons which was a ridiculously fun experience for me. The most heartbreaking episode was definitely when Ahsoka Tano left the Jedi Order…for good. Ahsoka was an amazing character and after six seasons watching her growth from a young padawan to a talented Jedi knight she had really begun to grow on me. When she got framed for bombing the Jedi temple she went on a self-inspired investigation to prove her innocence. She was still captured by the Jedi and nearly sentenced to exile from the Jedi Order but the true culprit was caught and she was freed of all charges. But by the time her name was cleared her faith in the Jedi had been shattered and she decided to willingly walk away from the Order. It’s actually one of the saddest moments I’ve seen in Star Wars and it made me cry.
Ahsoka was one of my favorite characters in the cartoon and the end to her five season story was tragic. I know she returns in Star Wars: Rebels and even though I haven’t watched that cartoon yet either (it seems there will be more binge-watching in the future :)) I’m sure her continued story will be just as awesome.
Continue reading The Five Saddest Moments in ‘Star Wars’