Resistance Wrap-Up and Review

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Written by robotical712

The Star Wars Resistance season 1 finale aired two weeks ago and setup several plotlines for the second season. Here I do a quick review of the show and muse on its place in the larger mythos. Spoilers Follow

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Ben Solo || Medicine

– written and video edit by HanSpinel

Below is a video character study on Kylo Ren, and what redemptive narrative, if any, remains for his arc within the Sequel Trilogy. Full article essay here.

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Saving Ben Solo: No One’s Ever Really Gone

written by HanSpinel, and speaking for myself only 

From the first statement of The Force Awakens’ opening crawl, the Sequel Trilogy introduces us to a Skywalker family in peril:

“Luke Skywalker has vanished.”

We quickly learn also that Han and Leia have been split apart for some time. The catalyst to it all? The Fall of Ben Solo, and his rise in darkness as the Master of the Knights of Ren.

Many fans are quite literally “Torn Apart” regarding Ben Solo’s ultimate fate in the Sequel Trilogy, this very council included. Can Ben Solo be redeemed? I argue in this article that this is the wrong question to ask because it places emphasis on audience perception and opinion to define Kylo Ren’s evil deeds vs. any redeeming qualities – this discussion often goes in circles. Here, arguments about Kylo/Ben’s visual portrayal (e.g., puppy dog eyes) will be few and far between (though I’ve included an accompanying video character study here). Indeed, if we are to save Ben Solo or find any hope in the Sequel Trilogy for the light left in Ben (and yes “there is still light in him, I know it”), focus must instead be placed entirely on the intentional direction and writing for the sacrifices of, undying love from, and perceptions of the most trusted characters in the galaxy: Han, Luke, Leia, and also, the continuing theme of healing that Rey brings to the shattered Skywalker Legacy….

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Episode IX: Tying Together Leaks and the Saga

Here I ponder how recent Episode IX leaks will tie into the rest of the Skywalker Saga.

WARNING! BASED OFF LEAKED INFORMATION! POSSIBLE MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Queen’s Shadow Observations and Notes

Queen’s Shadow came out March 5th and covered Padmé’s transition from Queen to Senator with an additional emphasis on the handmaidens. The book does a fantastic amount of badly needed world building for the pre-Clone Wars era. It lays the groundwork for quite a few potential storylines and fills in several gaps. In this article, I’ve compiled a number of my observations and significant lore additions.

WARNING: Spoilers

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Kylo Ren’s Fate in Episode IX

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Written by robotical712, speaking for myself only.

Kylo Ren is perhaps the franchise’s most divisive character. Some see him as a victim of his identity and the circumstances of his childhood. For those who see him that way, he’s a misguided and a lonely individual who is only missing love and understanding. To others he’s megalomaniacal monster who has refused every chance at redemption and must be put down. Unsurprisingly, speculation and opinions over what his fate will be in IX also vary the most of all of the characters. From an unrepentant death to atonement and forgiveness, little can stoke emotions like the debate over where his character is headed.

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March to Star Wars Celebration: Episode IX Character Posters

Episode IX Character Posters by HanSpinel

Happy March, friends and followers of the Star Wars Shadow Council! As many of you know, and/or are attending, next month is Star Wars Celebration Chicago! We’re sure to get a ton of great news and content regarding all things Star Wars, including more info about Episode IX.

So, to help hype up your “March” to Star Wars Celebration Chicago, we’ve designed some Star Wars Episode IX Character Posters! Fourteen total, one for each announced returning character of the Sequel Trilogy. We’ll be releasing them one by one throughout the month, and compiling each poster in the gallery below as they get released. Enjoy, and may the Force be with you…. always.

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