2019 marks the 20th anniversary for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace! To commemorate and celebrate, I’ve made a personal pledge to do something The Phantom Menace-y each month and then share my adventure/journey with you all! ICYMI: for the month of January, I featured TPM concept art by Doug Chiang: Darth Maul and his Scimitar on Tatooine as my header image on twitter.
For February, I’ve created a fan-adaptation and trailer re-cut of The Phantom Menace by compiling a near-shot-for-shot visual parallel with the Official Trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. More (and the video) below!
Continue reading The Phantom Menace Awakens
– written by HanSpinel
I thought this was old news, but spent some time reading around the interwebs and it looks like this key commentary fell through the cracks, or is, for some reason, being ignored because reasons?
Anyhow, here’s Pablo Hidalgo BEGGING the fandom to speculate regarding the “reveal” between Kylo Ren and Rey in The Last Jedi:
Continue reading The Truth Behind Rey’s Parents || “I figured [Kylo] pulled the biggest fear out of [Rey] like she did to him in the previous movie.” – Pablo Hidalgo
– written by HanSpinel
Star Wars has always focused on family, and though the Skywalker Saga is unsurprisingly led by the Skywalkers, it is chock full of “found family” stories. In this article, I will highlight how unique the Skywalker bloodline story actually is to the saga, and how the concept of “bloodline” for the Skywalkers – in contrast to “family” – is presented as a burden each generation must overcome through choice, and not destiny. In other words, the Skywalkers themselves promote empowerment regardless of origin.
I will also argue that each trilogy has pitted Skywalker vs. Skywalker, and that the Sequel Trilogy is no different. Following, I revisit themes and narratives associated with Arthurian Legend as it pertains to the battle between Kylo Ren and Rey over the saber that belonged to Luke Skywalker, and his father before him – the Skywalker Legacy Saber. I conclude that several lines of reasoning all support the Star Wars Shadow Council’s Case of a delayed familial reveal for Rey Skywalker, Daughter of Light, and Heiress Apparent to Anakin Skywalker.
Continue reading Star Wars: Found Families, Bloodline, and Arthurian Legend
Much has been made about the validity (or lack thereof) regarding Rey’s familial “reveal” in The Last Jedi. Recently, we discussed the transcription of The Last Jedi script, made available at the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library, which indicates Rey is speaking her greatest fear, not necessarily the truth:
Continue reading Rey’s Parents: The Director’s Cut
Episode IX is being billed as the end of the Skywalker Saga. Just what is the Skywalker Saga about and how will Episode IX tie it all together?
Continue reading The Skywalker Saga and Episode IX: Who are the Skywalkers?
I’ve had a bit of a paradigm shift in my thinking in the last few days and now think the Sequel Trilogy’s real story and conclusion is quite a bit different than almost everyone has supposed. I’m working on a more extensive explanation, but the above diagram gives an overview of my thinking.
Speaking for myself only,