Star Wars – Death Stars and Planet Killers: Enough Already

Star Wars is stuck in a Death Star rut. Why is Lucasfilm so attached to Planet Killers? A New Hope opened with a super-weapon. They probably felt they had to up the stakes forever after. How many Star Wars movies feature a Death Star — or something like one? It’s been on my mind since …

Star Wars – Top Seven Reasons to Watch The Mandalorian Now (No spoilers)

If you’re a Star Wars fan burned by uneven movies in the franchise, you should  enjoy The Mandalorian. Available only on the Disney+ premium channel, these short but extremely competent episodes in the Star Wars lexicon need to be seen and savored. It’s giving the concurrent Rise of Skywalker a serious run for the money. …

Star Wars Analysis – What does balance in the Force mean?

Since we first saw The Phantom Menace in 1999, audiences wondered what precisely it meant to bring balance to the Force. Anakin Skywalker was prophesied to “bring it” and at the time, we all assumed it meant to bring more Light Side and less Darkness. Which made no sense, since we all knew who Anakin …

The 6 Most Epic Lightsaber Fights in Star Wars (plus 3 that didn’t make the cut)

So many Star Wars movies. So many lightsaber and “lightsaber-adjacent” fight scenes over 42 years. Which saber duels are the best, the most visually stunning, or emotionally moving? I don’t know much about sword technique (<—- we wrote about that here) beyond endlessly watching Lord of the Rings or Xena: Warrior Princess, but I know …

Movie Review – Star Wars – Rise of Skywalker (spoiler free)

So. It’s done. After 42 years of buildup, the Star Wars Skywalker saga is over.  I liked it! But I didn’t LOVE it. Which is okay, as all I wanted for Christmas was for Rise of Skywalker to not suck. So I can happily say that Director JJ Abrams did his best to undo the …

Movie Review – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Cards on the table. I went into this film pretty sure I was going to enjoy it. I remember going to see “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (or just “Star Wars” as it was back then!) as a student back in 1977. Here I am, retired, going to see the final episode …