Darksaber

Without spoiling where it appears, there’s been a recent resurgence of interest in the black lightsaber known as the Darksaber in the Star Wars lore. So we’re here to break down the Darksaber’s significance and give you some a deep dive into everything you need to understand about why this weapon is important, why its recent appearance was nothing short of jaw-dropping, and how it could factor in to future Star Wars projects. Read More »

The Mandalorian Redemption Review

Naturally, there are spoilers here.

Thinks looked grim for The Mandalorian, his crew, and the asset at the end of last week’s episode. They were lured into a trap and threatened by Moff Gideon, who turns out to be a former ISB officer who oversaw the purge of Mandalore that has been so often talked around during the course of the show.

There’s no way out except through the underground tunnels where the Mandalorian covert had been situated, but they can’t get through with the tools they have at hand.

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Rise of Skywalker Storytelling

Naturally, this piece contains spoilers.

There’s no doubt that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has its flaws. Every Star Wars movie, no matter how revered or perfect, has at least one or two. If you think too hard about any of these mistakes, they risk diminishing your experience of the film. 

I mean, who holds it against The Empire Strikes Back that it should have taken decades for the Millennium Falcon to make it to Cloud City with sublight engines? Or that Luke seems to be trained for all of a few days before being able to hold his own against Darth Vader?

It’s the same way with any movie, right? The Dark Knight, held up as one of the best Batman movies ever made, skips over the fact that Batman jumps out of a window to save Rachel, leaving a murderous Joker in a room full of people to do whatever he wants with. The Matrix is hailed as a movie people seem to like, but why would the robots decide to get energy from human brains? Literally any other fuel source available would be more effective, whether it was running deer on treadmills or just burning human corpses. No one bats an eye that the exit visas the Nazis have to honor in Casablanca are signed by the French general Charles de Gaulle, despite the fact that it makes no sense. When you surrender to the emotion and storytelling of a film, these sorts of nitpicking issues just don’t matter that much. 

Films aren’t meant to be watched this combatively. We can spackle over these problems and enjoy the intention of the filmmakers. Pablo Hidalgo from Lucasfilm often quotes the maxim that lightspeed moves as fast as the story needs it to and I think that’s the right spirit with which to approach Star Wars, especially the Rise of Skywalker.

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The Skywalker Saga Review

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is fashioned to be the final punctuation mark on the nine films of the Skywalker Saga. It takes moments and ideas from every single one of the eight films and does its measured best to pay them off in some way or another. For added measure, it even throws in ideas and characters from the animated installments of the saga.

Naturally, spoilers follow.

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The Mandalorian The Reckoning Review

Naturally, there are spoilers here.

This episode opens with a message from Greef Carga. If the Mandalorian wants to make things right by the Imperial client (Werner Herzog’s character) and the Bounty Hunting Guild, he needs to return back to Nevarro with the child (referred to by many as “Baby Yoda.”) But Greef offers a chance at a double-cross. If the Mando can kill the client,  then everyone will get what they want and he’ll be straight with the guild.

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The Mandalorian The Prisoner Review

Naturally, there are spoilers here.

With nowhere left to turn, the Mandalorian looks up an old ally from his days working on a crew. This character, played by Mark Boone Junior, has a job for him: breaking onto a New Republic prison ship, breaking out a prisoner, and escaping. The Mando is sent with a crew that consists of an ex-Imperial sharp-shooter (Bill Burr), the Devaronian muscle (Clancy Brown), a droid (Richard Ayoade), and his old flame, a purple Twi’lek played by Natalia Tena. The Mandalorian is suspicious when his ship is what’s needed for the job and the droid, who he already doesn’t trust, is the one who needs to pilot it.

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The Mandalorian The Gunslinger Review

Naturally, there are spoilers ahead.

On the run from every bounty hunter in the Guild and forced to leave Sorgan in a hurry, the Mando and his young charge (dubbed Baby Yoda by the internet) find themselves damaged on the fringes of the Outer Rim—damage taken from a cocky bounty hunter with a mouth on him in a Top Gun-like dogfight. The closest safe harbor appears to be a world you may have heard of called Tatooine, where he finds a safe docking bay in Mos Eisley.

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Naturally, there are spoilers here.

With every bounty hunter in the Guild gunning for both The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the asset, this week’s episode, “Sanctuary,” sees the title character hitting the proverbial mattresses. The Mandalorian seeks out a small farming planet called Sorgan in order to lay low. It’s so small it doesn’t even have a spaceport. There, he meets a fellow fugitive and former rebel operative, Cara Dune (Gina Carano). After a misunderstanding and a glorious fistfight, the two decide to go their separate ways, but fate has something else in store for them.

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The Mandalorian The Sin Review

Deborah Chow directed this third installment of The Mandalorian entitled “The Sin” and it’s yet another terrific episode of the Disney+ series.

Naturally, there are spoilers ahead.

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The Mandalorian The Child Review

Naturally, there are spoilers here.

Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, “The Child” is the second episode of The Mandalorian, the exclusive Disney+ Star Wars television show. It picks up shortly after the first episode left off and sees the title character (played by Pedro Pascal) on the run with a mysterious baby. It very quickly becomes apparent to the Mandalorian that something isn’t right with the job he’s taken, as he’s quickly attacked by a group of Trandoshan bounty hunters looking to take the child from him.

And it also quickly becomes apparent that this is the episode that will win over everyone who liked but didn’t love the first episode.

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