Riffing on Star Wars: #30 – Yesterday’s Yoda

Since The Empire Strikes Back, Jedi Master Yoda has been one of the most identified characters of Star Wars.  From his playful introduction as a classical fool to Luke Skywalker to Skywalker’s sage mentor in the ways of the Force, Yoda’s instructions have permeated the very fabric of what the franchise means to many fans. …

Riffing on Star Wars: #9 – Humanizing the Enemy

Our first introduction to the evil Galactic Empire began in the stars over Tatooine, as a monumental starship, a star destroyer we would later learn, paralyzed and then figuratively devoured a rebel corvette.  Our second introduction was a door blasting to smithereens and white armored stormtroopers pouring through an opening concealed in smoke and blaster…

Jar-Jar is Wicket, Wicket is Jar-Jar.

Few names in the Star Wars Universe elicit as much ire as Jar-Jar Binks. A hapless Gungan who literally runs into our heroes in The Phantom Menace and then slowly disappears across the length of the Prequel Trilogy, Jar-Jar is often loathed just as much as he’s loved.  However, Jar-Jar is not without precedent in…