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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Star Wars Rebels gets a mid-season premiere date
  • John Williams confirms he’ll be scoring Episode IX
  • Snoke’s throne room design has an unlikely influence
  • Matt the Radar Technician makes a grand return
  • And much more!

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • An analysis of the soundtrack from Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • An old cast photo from The Phantom Menace
  • John Mayer sparks the #KyloRenChallenge
  • Shocking update: Star Wars is making lots of money
  • And much more!

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Mark Hamill The Last Jedi

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi reveals some tantalizing behind-the-scenes tidbits
  • Mark Hamill hides behind CGI in a second, secretive Last Jedi role
  • One fan has a change of heart when it comes to The Last Jedi
  • Daisy Ridley dislikes your “Mary Sue” theory
  • And much more!

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Since my first viewing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I have been Searching My Feelings to determine my definitive stance on the film, but like Kylo Ren, I’m still impossibly conflicted. I gasped during some scenes. I laughed during many scenes. I furrowed my brow during most scenes, including the scenes mentioned above. And throughout the entire movie I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. It didn’t, and after a draining two hours and 33 minutes, John Williams’s triumphant, end credits fanfare lit up the screen. My primary thought walking out of the Star Wars movie I have been aching for incessantly for two whole years was: What just happened?

By contrast, my immediate reaction to Star Wars: The Force Awakens was unbridled joy and inexpressible love and an unquenchable desire to head back to the theater as soon as possible, as often as possible, to watch the movie again.

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In this (spoiler-fillededition of Star Wars bits:

  • Carrie Fisher‘s dog reacts to Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Critics and audiences are divided over The Last Jedi
  • Mark Hamill takes on your fan theories
  • Rian Johnson addresses the truth about Rey’s parents
  • Is Darth Revan part of the new canon?
  • And much more!

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Rian johnson Star Wars

In this edition of Star Wars bits:

  • The cast of The Last Jedi answers the Internet’s burning questions
  • Rian Johnson talks (a lot) about The Last Jedi
  • Kelly Marie Tran loses her cool, wins our hearts
  • A new TV spot for The Last Jedi
  • Mads Mikkelsen wants more Galen Erso
  • And much more!

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Star Wars Cosplay

In certain circles, I’m sure – among those who don’t know an elf from an Ewok – cosplay is considered weird.

Even for me, a self-identified geek, the world of cosplay always seemed to be the ultimate boss level reserved for uber-nerds only. After all, I don’t possess the crafting skills necessary to construct a convincing and functional costume, and I certainly don’t have the confidence required to strut about in public in a leotard or green body paint or fake armor or alien headpieces.

But thanks to cheerful internet message boards with step-by-step instructionals and my budding patronage of Jo-Ann’s Fabric and Craft store, I realized that I’m craftier than I originally thought. As for the confidence? It turns out I had that backwards all along.

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Mark Hamill gets schooled by a 10-year-old on Ellen
  • Pre-Star Wars: The Last Jedi cast interviews reveal a shocking antipathy towards Porgs
  • New intel on the Resistance’s “ski speeders”
  • Laura Dern meets Chewbacca and BB-8, revels in preciousness
  • And much more!

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi gets an MPAA rating
  • Another theory about Rey’s parents is (sort of) debunked
  • A 29-foot Millennium Falcon parks on a family’s roof
  • Mark Hamill makes a plea for secrecy
  • And much more!

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I’m sure you can picture the scene: Our two heroes, one male and one female, suddenly realize they are under attack. What happens next? Male hero grabs female hero’s hand and shouts something blatantly obvious like “Run!” This is a movie trope that has irked me for quite a while; I can’t imagine that holding someone’s hand while running for my life would be at all conducive to the task. And though it may seem like an insignificant quibble, I see it as indicative of the larger Hollywood trend of prioritizing the male storyline while, well, dragging the woman’s along behind.

And this is why a scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in which Rey repeatedly tells off Finn for grabbing her hand as they run away from the invading First Order, is so refreshing and vindicating.

Just as this trope reflects the problematic portrayal of women in blockbusters, Rey’s character reflects the changing nature of these portrayals – she’s fierce but vulnerable, physically capable but at times emotionally naive. In sum, she’s a real human, not just some sexy lamp. In many ways, Rey represents a break from traditionally portrayed female characters, even in – or especially in – an action-adventure movie like Star Wars. And I hope her character will make another, very specific crack in the glass ceiling and triumphantly complete her journey without any semblance of a romance plot – and without any man deigning to “take her hand.”

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