There was a time, long ago, when Star Wars and diversity weren’t exactly the talk of the town. The Rebellion was led and chock-full of white guys, Leia was the only woman in sight until Return of the Jedi introduced Mon Mothma to the world. Lando seemed to be the only black guy in the universe. And then the prequels arrived and we had diverse characters like Mace Windu and Bail Organa but they still were not the main event of the story. They were only pieces of the puzzle that made up a trilogy about three white heroes, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Padme Amidala.
Then Disney bought Star Wars and suddenly diversity was thrust into our faces in a blunt way. Remember the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens and how it literally began; Finn, a black stormtrooper, pops onto the screen breathing heavily on a planet that, at the time, looked like Tatooine. Suddenly, it was very clear this was a new era of Star Wars. An era where its major black hero in the story wielded Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber on the official poster.
And since then, the diversity has not come to a close.
One of the few great things about the Sequel Trilogy has been the diversity. I mean, when have you ever seen three major characters of color in one scene together in Star Wars like this particular scene in The Last Jedi? Heh, never! It’s been a fantastic change for the franchise and now that the floodgates are open it’s pretty much never going to end.
So, for this week’s Who’s Your Favorite? I’m asking you which is your favorite diverse character in the franchise? (This list will not include the cartoon characters.) Continue reading Who’s Your Favorite Diverse ‘Star Wars’ Character?
In the past decade, there has been a steady positive increase in the way women are portrayed through movies and television. In 2017, the three highest-grossing films were all led by women; Emma Watson’s Beauty and the Beast, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and Daisy Ridley’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. That’s a powerful realization when just a few years ago men still highly dominated the blockbuster realm. Today Hollywood is showing more women than ever, not as damsels in distress but instead as complicated, strong women who don’t need men to dictate their every action or sway their minds. That’s pretty great. And the trend is only continuing.
With critically-acclaimed shows like Big Little Lies, Orange is the New Black, and The Handmaiden’s Tale or movies like the upcoming reboot of Charlie’s Angels, Terminator: Dark Fate which highlights the first female Terminator, or the recent news that we’ll see Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel) take the baton as the new 007, Hollywood is finally comprehending the power of women of all races in entertainment. Love it!
So today, in honor of all of the powerful ladies of cinema, I’m going to compare ten magnificent female Marvel women against Star Wars’ ten greatest heroines. Enjoy!
(This is a long read.) Continue reading Marvel Women vs. ‘Star Wars’ Women: Who Is Greater?
The Last Jedi. I hadn’t watched it since a couple of weeks before The Rise of Skywalker entered theaters. And how could I? The Rise of Skywalker ruined the Sequel Trilogy for me. Since 2015, I have been so invested in these characters, in this mysterious story filled with blank spaces that I was hoping would be fulfilled in a lovable and truly epic manner, and The Rise of Skywalker turned out to be more than just safe. It ruined the franchise as a whole, annihilating storylines built in the previous eight films, dampening characters’ awesomeness, and creating new threads that felt lackluster and unwarranted.
After a couple of months of recovery, I began to appreciate The Last Jedi even more for its bold choices, its surprising character developments, and its new characters who Rian Johnson put some real thought behind. Particularly, Rose Tico. Continue reading Revisiting ‘The Last Jedi’ for the First Time Since Watching ‘The Rise of Skywalker’
The Rise of Skywalker has been out for nearly eight weeks and I still feel hollow. Yes, absolutely hollow. I thought I would get over it. I thought after several weeks I would forgive and forget.
I haven’t forgiven or forgotten…yet.
The Rise of Skywalker, with every week, that passes, reminds me just how badly Abrams brought this story to an end. And what hurts the most is Rose’s minuscule role in the film.
She was one of my favorite things about The Last Jedi. Her relationship with Finn was beautiful. Her sweetness was infectious. Her story was unique. And she was the first major Asian female character to appear in a Star Wars movie.
The Rise of Skywalker made her not exist. Continue reading I’m Still Sad about ‘The Rise of Skywalker’
Ten warless years have passed. In the wake of The Whisper’s defeat, peace has begun to be found. A new capital titled Gloryland was established where New Alderaan once stood. With grand new structures outfitted with gold and glass, Gloryland stood true to its name, for it was a legitimately glorious place.
Keeli Calrissian would end up becoming Grand Queen of the New Democracy and would strive to make the galaxy a better place.
A year after the war ended, a ceremony took place that saw Grand Queen Keeli Calrissian awarding the individuals responsible for helping bring The Whisper to an end. The teenagers, 15-year-old Dusaachae, 16-year-old Gwent, 13-year-old Limor, and 12-twelve-year-old Mimi would gain Golden Stars for Outstanding Bravery. C-3PO and R2-D2 would gain their very own medals for Unparalleled Heroes. Poe Dameron, Trish, the Knights, Maz Kanata, and Chewbacca received Silver Medals for Unwavering Allegiance and Spirit. And Ora would garner a Purple Medal for Tremendous Heroism.
The ceremony was a beautiful occasion that would be talked about for decades to come. Continue reading Episode X: The Reckoning: Chapter Fifty
The mood in the Tolgan craft was grim. Yes, friends were reunited and a sense of comradery restored but a valuable member of the crew was gone. Really, really gone and he wasn’t coming back.
Keeli Calrissian strived to contain her composure. She knew what it felt like to lose someone she loved. She had lost both of her parents on the Day of Darkness when SHE had arrived and changed so many lives in an instant. For the next few years, she continued to fight but not without feeling the terrible strain of sorrow on her heart of their loss. John had been there to help her through her darkest times. He had promised to never leave her side and he had kept his promise.
And now, he was gone. Continue reading Episode X: The Reckoning: Chapter Forty-Six