“Star Wars” has remained a lifelong obsession, informing my career path as a novelist, and writer-producer for television and film, in a capacity greater than any other pop-culture inspiration.
And so I write about it.
The Medium platform in which these pieces have been published has enabled me to freely indulge my thoughts on this 40+-year franchise.
The thoughts are mine and mine alone.
I’ve posted these articles online over a period of three years. During that time, the feedback has ranged from excellent to teeth-gnashing.
Among my general thoughts considered most controversial based on feedback have been the following:
- “The Last Jedi” is a masterpiece, and “Rogue One” lags not too far behind;
- The Disney films are not the disasters many proclaim;
- The “Star Wars” prequels are flawed but necessary viewing, and “Revenge of the Sith” is near-Shakespearean in scope and tragedy;
- The franchise as a whole deserves an honorary Oscar for revolutionizing mass media;
- The rise of “Star Wars” (no pun, there) did not ruin the serious movie business;
- J.J. Abrams performed a damn miracle with “The Force Awakens”;
- George Lucas did not rape my childhood.
Get the picture?
Some of you may read no further based on the above.
But I think you should.
As would be expected, certain sectors of fandom are not fond of either me or my honest opinions. Others, however, see things my way.
I believe in being true to myself.
“Star Wars” is a (real-time) decades-spanning franchise that has gifted us or cursed us — depending on your point of view — with its share of winners and losers. To me, the feature version of “The Clone Wars” is the most unbearable “Star Wars” product of them all, followed very closely behind by “Attack of the Clones” and “The Phantom Menace” in that order.
My favorites in the saga are the original trilogy, “The Last Jedi,” “Revenge of the Sith” and “Rogue One.”
Regardless, the throughline inherent in the entirety of these films is extensive and carries over into other media such as novels, comic books, games, and television.
Canon is not just about the films anymore. Retconning is common practice with this franchise that many disdain and some tolerate as a necessary evil since the Disney purchase.
We need to accept it. It’s not going away.
Of course, Lucas himself frayed those edges first with his “Special Editions,” but I digress.
As to “Legends” not in the canon, let’s count those too, for this purpose, as a larger aspect of grand mythology.
In the real world, we have our legends and myths as well.
So take a read, PLEASE argue with me as to your thoughts, or agree with me.
It’s all good.
We may not see the likes of “Star Wars” again in our lifetime, so let’s have some spirited fun.
Most of all, enjoy it…
To the collection …
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It finally happened.
How To Incorporate the Entire “Star Wars” Expanded Universe Into Canon
Disney, this can be done, storyline contradictions and all.
A Final Word: “Star Wars” ‘Toxicity’ Is Not About Content
My two-part article detailing the brand’s controversial fandom received more reads and comments, pro and con, than any…
A History of “Star Wars” and Toxic Fandom: Part One of Two
How a once-beloved brand forever polarized a loyal fanbase
A History of “Star Wars” and Toxic Fandom: Part Two of Two
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Star Wars: Underworld
Revisiting George Lucas’ lost “Star Wars” television series ... with test footage included.
“Why Are You Here, Rey From Nowhere?”
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“I Don’t Like Sand”
Why the flawed “Star Wars” prequels are not only necessary, but well worth viewing.
Sheev Shot First and Other Ephemera: A “Star Wars” Obsessive’s Review of “The Rise of Skywalker”
If I hated “Skywalker,” the remainder of my 50s would have seriously sucked. So how did it compare to the polarizing…
Is This the Most Important Moment in Mainstream Movie History?
Read on. I just may be serious.
Does the “Star Wars” Saga Deserve an Honorary Oscar for Revolutionizing Mass Media?
On the eve of “The Rise of Skywalker,” following years of an increasingly polarized fanbase, we’re reminded what a…
John Williams, My Hero in Turtleneck
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Is Disney’s “Star Wars” Really Worth Your Hate?
On the eve of “The Rise of Skywalker,” prognosticators are predicting the release could be the end of a whole other era.
Due Appreciations: “Mary Poppins Returns” and “The Force Awakens”
It is immensely difficult to meet expectations when continuing beloved film properties. In the case of Mary Poppins…
George Lucas Did Not Rape My Childhood, but His Sith Informed My Politics
An Affectionate Appreciation, as Inspired by Oprah and the President of the United States
An Old Myth Exposed: “Star Wars” Nearly Destroyed the Movie Industry.
It’s an old accusation with new relevance as the first gen of “Star Wars” kids now have children and grandchildren of…
The “Lost” 2009 David Prowse Interview
The man behind Darth Vader’s helmet, in a never-before-published interview.
‘The Last Jedi’ Is Your Father’s Masterpiece. And Yours, Too
For the moment, let’s just pretend I’m Darth Vader.
The 10 Greatest Movies Ever Made
Okay, the list that follows is of my “favorite” films ever, not necessarily of the “greatest” ever made. But, you know…
THE “MYSTERY” OF ANAKIN SKYWALKER’S FATHER HAS BEEN SOLVED IN CANON (SPOILER ALERT)
And though fan support for the reveal is split, to this writer it makes perfect sense …
The Final Word, Maybe. How ‘Star Wars: Episode 9’ Can Work and Tie Together the Entire Saga
So you detested The Last Jedi, and you signed the petition to have that ill-fated episode stricken from canon. The…
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