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Star Wars as a Globalized Myth

Star Wars as a Globalized Myth by Dom Nardi The overwhelming reaction to the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, which was released on October 19, has prompted me to think more carefully about the role of Star Wars in pop culture. People clearly responded to the trailer on a deeper emotional level than simply excitement for the latest ...

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Legendarium Recap: Supernatural, Arrow, and The Originals

Legendarium Media Recap: Supernatural, Arrow, and The Originals by Diane Riggins ***SPOILERS*** Supernatural Three episodes in and Amara is now a young girl. She is still with Crowley who is trying to use her for his own gain but she seems to be the one running the show. You have to wonder how long Crowley will let her continue controlling ...

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Revisiting the Star Wars Radio Drama

Revisiting the Star Wars Radio Drama by Dom Nardi After I saw Star Wars: A New Hope for the first time, I asked my grandfather if he had seen the movie yet. He told me he had not and generally avoided movies with lots of special effects and unrealistic action scenes. Unfortunately, my grandfather passed away before I could convince ...

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Legendarium Reviews: Supernatural, Arrow, The Originals

Legendarium Reviews by Diane Riggins Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 2 Sam races to find a cure. Dean drops Jenna and the baby off at her grandmothers. Sam meets the new reaper in town Billie and she has a message for them. The next time they die they won’t be coming back. Cas is held and tortured for information about Metatron. ...

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Star Wars: “Hokey Religions” and Midi-Chlorians

Midi-chlorians are possibly the least popular bacteria in all pop culture. When The Phantom Menace introduced the concept of microbial Force organisms, many Star Wars fans complained that it robbed the Force of its mystery and wonder. Even Star Wars officialdom seems to have distanced itself from the concept. In a recent interview with MTV, J.J. Abrams stated that midi-chlorians ...

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The Star Wars Prequels as a Journey from Religious Dogma to Mysticism

The Star Wars Prequels as a Journey from Religious Dogma to Mysticism by Dom Nardi The Jedi in the Star Wars Prequels do not behave much like the Jedi in the Original Trilogy. The only two Jedi in the OT, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, resemble wandering Shaolin monks. They come across as humble wizards with a deep connection the spiritual. ...

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Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig – Is it Worth Reading?

Book Review: Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig Amidst all the new toys, clothes, posters, and BB-8 droids released on Force Friday, fans got their first glimpse of the Star Wars sequel era in the novel Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig. Aftermath takes place mere months after Return of the Jedi. With Darth Vader and the Emperor dead, the ...

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The Expanded Universe as “Low Pulp” Star Wars

The Expanded Universe as “Low Pulp” Star Wars by Dom Nardi When Return of the Jedi hit theaters in May 1983, it supposedly brought the Star Wars saga to a conclusion. The Rebels blew up the second Death Star, Darth Vader redeemed himself by throwing the Emperor down a bottomless pit, and the Ewoks held a luau over the bodies ...

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The Highwayman Comes Riding in “Beyond the Mask”

The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees. The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas. The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor, And the highwayman came riding— Riding—riding— The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door. He’d a French cocked-hat on his forehead, a bunch of lace at his ...

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