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The Star Wars Menu Awakens: “Yoda Pods”

“Yoda Pods” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar As promised, here are three recipes I’ve dreamt up to honor the Galaxy which is Far, Far Away. All three together would make a nice meal for three or four people, with some dessert leftover. I recently viewed the six Star Wars films for some food ideas. However, the Star Wars world (and its ...

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Retrospective Review: The Phantom Menace

Retrospective Review: The Phantom Menace by Dom Nardi In preparation for The Force Awakens, I’m rewatching all six Star Wars films and sharing my thoughts here. This week, I look at The Phantom Menace, the first film in the saga… I know this might shock Star Wars fans of my generation, but I’ve always had a soft spot for The ...

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Putting a Ring on Star Wars

Putting a Ring on Star Wars by Dom Nardi In the DVD documentary “The Beginning: Making Episode I,” George Lucas famously described the relationship between the Original Trilogy and the Prequel Trilogy as “like poetry. Every stanza kind of rhymes with the last one.” In the audio commentary to The Phantom Menace, he adds, “You just take a concept and ...

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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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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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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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A Fashionable Shoe for a More Civilized Age – Lightsaber Heels!

Forget droids. These are the shoes I’m looking for! I feel in love with this pair from Irregular Choice at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim earlier this year and haven’t been able to stop thinking about them. Now I have proof that I’ve not been lying about them being a real thing!   What do you think? Anyone else just feel ...

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NYCC 2015: Marvel Announces “Obi-Wan and Anakin” Comic Book

Prior to the establishment of the Lucasfilm Story Group, the only way to find out more about the adventures (and headaches) of Obi-Wan Kenobi and his new apprentice Anakin Skywalker was to go to novels like Rogue Planet and the Jedi Quest young reader series. Now Marvel is revisiting those ten years between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the ...

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Gets Villainous in Star Wars Rebels!

Contrary to popular rumor, the Buffy alum will not be voicing a young Princess Leia in the upcoming season of Star Wars Rebels. Instead, Gellar will provide the voice of Seventh Sister, one of two new Inquisitors hunting down any remaining Jedi and Force-sensitive. Check out the video below to get a few more details about this mysterious Imperial enforcer. ...

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