Characters, Disney, Entertainment, Movies, Star Wars

Who’s Your Favorite Diverse ‘Star Wars’ Character?

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.

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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?”

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A Cool Concept: Rey and Finn as Jedi Knights

Rey and Finn are undoubtedly some of my favorite characters in the Star Wars franchise. Their stories would end up being yo-yo’d all over the place as different creative minds came together to create a trilogy that sometimes doesn’t feel that cohesive. Such as Finn’s Force-sensitivity.

It seems pretty blunt in The Force Awakens that Rey and Finn both had the Force, only Rey was more powerful than he was, but that doesn’t mean he’s supposedly weaker. He was just where Luke was at the beginning of his journey in A New Hope.

The Last Jedi completely eliminated Finn’s potential chance to grow in the Force-sensitive realm which Abrams had to pick up in The Rise of Skywalker, leading to what felt like a wasted opportunity for Finn’s chance to be a Jedi alongside Rey. Continue reading “A Cool Concept: Rey and Finn as Jedi Knights”

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Could Jannah and Her Fellow Stormtroopers Have the Force?

A few years ago we were introduced to a character unlike any other in the Star Wars movies, a stormtrooper who became a rebel. Not only was he different than most characters in the franchise but he would wield a lightsaber into battle and have some serious Force-sensitive tendencies.

Since 2016 after having watched The Force Awakens quite a few times I began to wonder, is Finn Force-sensitive? Sure enough, it was confirmed to be the case in The Rise of Skywalker. Now I’m beginning to ask another question; are Jannah and her fellow rebellious stormtroopers also one with the Force? Continue reading “Could Jannah and Her Fellow Stormtroopers Have the Force?”

Movie Reviews, Movies, Star Wars

Movie Review Flashback: ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Is the First Disney ‘Star Wars’ Movie

With The Rise of Skywalker close to being available to buy on Digital and Blu-Ray, I thought it prudent to revisit this spoiler-free review of The Rise of Skywalker. So, with no further delay, enjoy!

You probably saw the title of this post and was confused. “The Rise of Skywalker isn’t the first Star Wars movie under Disney,” you may have said. No, it isn’t. It’s actually the fifth. But it’s the first “Disney” Star Wars movie. Let me explain.

When Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 Star Wars fans’ worries were heard. Would the House of Mouse turn a franchise we loved so much into a joke? And then The Force Awakens came out.

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Suddenly, we began to believe that Disney had this beloved franchise in their safe and loving hands.

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The very next year, Rogue One only increased our excitement by delivering a standalone film that was unlike anything we’d ever seen before. There was drama, there were stakes, and every character was lovable, making their individual demises that much more painful.

Star Wars fans were riding high with joy. The next two years wouldn’t be so kind to Disney. Continue reading “Movie Review Flashback: ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Is the First Disney ‘Star Wars’ Movie”

Characters, Fiction, Star Wars

Episode X: The Reckoning: Chapter Fifty

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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”

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Episode X: The Reckoning: Chapter Forty-Nine

Poe Dameron had been waiting for this day but didn’t believe it would ever come. Now, behind the controls of the foreign craft, he felt invincible.

He gazed at the world that had once been home to New Alderaan. Here, his first love, Admiral Sterk, had perished, now forever buried in the rocks that made up the capital. The thought was both angering and reaffirming for his determination to see young Ora’s plan realized.

He felt a hand on his shoulder and looked to find Trish gazing at him. Continue reading “Episode X: The Reckoning: Chapter Forty-Nine”

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The Story Threads Moving Forward After ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

How can one tell The Rise of Skywalker was co-written by Chris Terrio, the co-writer of one of the most despised superhero movies ever made, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice? Easy. Both films have the chance of being something epic but devolve into horribly-paced, hugely incomprehensible, hodgepodges of interesting action sequences and cool characters bogged down by ridiculous storytelling. And sprinkled throughout both of these films are plot threads acting as insurance policies just in case if the movie bombs it will still entice moviemakers to make spinoffs presented in the film.

The Rise of Skywalker had plenty of this in abundance, leaving one dissatisfied by the actual product but intrigued about what could come next. Today, to detract from the rant rampage I’ve produced about The Rise of Skywalker for the last couple of weeks, I’m looking to the future of what we could see produced on Disney+, in future novels and comics, and potential movies.

Poe Dameron and Zorii Bliss Have a Disney+ Series

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It’s been made very clear by Oscar Isaac that he is in no way eager to return to the role of Poe Dameron in a Disney+ series. Good thing, he may not have to.

In The Rise of Skywalker, Poe Dameron has to return to a world he thought he’d never have to revisit called Kijimi where he runs into an old acquaintance, a smuggler named Zorii Bliss. Apparently, he and Zorii were once very close in a romantic sort of way but he gave up the life of a spice runner to join the New Republic, leaving Bliss behind in a way that left her very sore.

I found Zorii to be immediately rather interesting, mainly because she has such a nice outfit, and her dynamic with Poe was instantly infectious. I, for one, would love to know more about them and their escapades as spice runners before the days of the New Republic.

Oscar Isaac and Keri Russel may not return to reprise their roles but find younger actors to portray a young Poe and Zorii and we could get a riveting Disney+ series that would surely please the masses and provide even more insight into our knowledge of Poe Dameron. Continue reading “The Story Threads Moving Forward After ‘The Rise of Skywalker’”