May The Fourth – An Ode to Star Wars

Today is Star Wars Day, or in other words, May The 4th, and in honor of that I thought I would do a quick post explaining my love for Star Wars and why it is an important part of my life. Star Wars has for a long time been one of my favourite worlds to visit and throughout the years I have been lucky to be able to have a lot of Star Wars Memoribilia including a Star Wars encyclopaedia which is really awesome (although useless now that most of it is not canon).

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Star Wars has always been very special to me. Ever since I discovered it as a kid, when my father introduced me to this wonderful world, I have been amazed and in awe of the movies, of the universe, it has always been an inspiration and a source of dreams for me. As a kid I loved the original trilogy and whilst the prequels are not as good, I still think they are entertaining and fun. Star Wars opened my eyes to science fiction, even though it is more of a fantasy and space opera, and I will always be thankful for that.

As a kid I dreamed about becoming a Jedi, about exploring planets like Hoth, Tatooine or Yavin IV, about having a mentor like Obi-Wan Kenobi or Yoda or about having a best friend like Chewbacca. Star Wars showed me a galaxy, a time, where I could lose myself. I remember being in awe of Darth Vader, fearing him and yet loving him (I mean everytime he appears he has his own theme song, how could I not love him) and most importantly having a great time everytime I saw the movies.

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I loved so much that galaxy far far away that I would devour all information I could about Star Wars, I would read the comics, the books, spend hours upon hours on websites dedicated to Star Wars and think about the universe, about the force and play the videogames obsessively. Star Wars was a second home to me, a place where I could live vicariously through other characters and enjoy their adventures.

I was giddy with excitement when the new films were announced and even though it rendered pointless a lot of the knowledge of Star Wars I had gained for years, I did not begrudge them. How could I? They were taking me back to a galaxy I had loved for almost all my life, giving me new characters and bringing back old characters. Star Wars is back with new, exciting and fresh films that are expanding the mythos and allowing me to experience new movies at the theatres.

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This May The Fourth, this Star Wars Day, I will think about how many good times George Lucas and LucasFilms have given me throughout the years and how great it is to go back to that galaxy far far away that has always felt like home to me.

May the Force Be With You

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Trailer Review – Star Wars The Last Jedi

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So the most anticipated trailer, at least for me, has finally dropped. We finally have our first teaser trailer of The Last Jedi that has come out during Star Wars Celebration. Before we delve into talking about it let me point out that this review will more than probably have no objectivity whatsoever. Star Wars brings out the fanboy inside of me and it has remained one of my greatest loves since I was a kid. Watching Star Wars Celebration on my computer I was very excited and sensing the trailer arriving I was jumping around my apartment so as you can imagine it was going to be very difficult for me not to enjoy the trailer.

Without a doubt I absolutely LOVED the new trailer. It had everything I wanted and more as it made me excited about the film without revealing too much information as I do not want to know a lot about the movie before I actually see it. The trailer with the use of music immediately took us to that world we all love, to that galaxy far far away that has become a second home for many of us. When I see a trailer or a movie the most important thing for me is that it delivers emotionally and this trailer definitely did that.

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If we go into details the trailer seems to be building towards a movie in which the central figure will be Luke Skywalker and his personal struggle, all of this while Rey is trained by him and Finn, Poe and Leia continue the struggle against the powerful First Order. The Last Jedi will show us, as seen in the trailer, Rey training in the planet where the first Jedi Temple was created Ahch-To. We have seen in a quick scene what appears to be some of the first books written by the Jedi and in my favourite scene from the trailer we see Luke over watching Rey training with her lightsabre. The trailer is action packed as we also see several scenes of the Resistance fighting against The Last Order in different planets and a classic and must happen in any Star Wars movie, spaceship battles.

 In this movie we are finally going to see Luke Skywalker interact with the new generation of characters and from the trailer we can clearly see we are going to have a jaded Luke. The destruction of the temple where he was training the new generation of Jedi, seen in a flashback in the trailer, has clearly changed him and he seems to have come to the conclusion that the way of the Jedi is wrong (maybe reading those books he realized that the original Jedi teachings have changed and they must return to those) and seems in the path to becoming a Gray Jedi. As seen in the dialogue during the trailer the balance in the force in this movie is going to be found somewhere between the light side and the dark side and this is highlighted in that scene in which Luke seems to be guiding Rey through meditation and she sees images of Leia, Kylo etc…all accompanied by whispers of other characters like Yoda, Obi-Wan and what seems to be Padme.

The trailer has worked perfectly for me and has delivered in every way that matters. I am incredibly excited to see this movie and happy about the way it seems to be going. The wait for the movie is going to be very long and I can’t wait for December to finally come. As I wait all I can do in the words for Luke Skywalker is “Breathe, just breathe” and rejoice in the fact that in 8 months my favourite movie saga, Star Wars, will be back with its new instalment, Star Wars The Last Jedi.

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Review – Star Wars Rebels Twin Suns

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Twin Suns has been an episode that all Star Wars fans have been awaiting for a long time. This episode gave us the long awaited final confrontation between Maul and Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi that has been building up since Maul was revealed to be alive. Maul has been ever since that moment searching for Ben Kenobi in his desire to achieve to revenge against the man that defeated him in Phantom Menace. They had fought before during the Clone Wars series but now it was different as many years had passed and both were very different characters. Before you read further, please be aware that there is going to be spoilers ahead.

In the episode we finally got the payoff to a story that has been slowly developing over the years and in my opinion it was beautiful. The duel was a very short duel, barely lasting seconds and with a total of only 3 moves. This has led to a much divided opinion among Star Wars fans as some fans hate the short ending but I think it is a perfect ending to the story. This duel was never meant to be a long duel such as the ones we saw in the prequels but it was more of a duel of emotions such as the duels in the Original Trilogy.

The characters were different this time around and this was shown in the episode. Maul was consumed by hatred completely whilst the Obi Wan we see in the episode is an older, wiser and in peace person. He has come to terms with his role and is now a calm Jedi. It is also worth noticing that Obi-Wan is stronger than Maul, who never fully finished his training as a Sith. For me the battle was less of a physical battle and more of a mental battle, a battle in which Obi-Wan Kenobi is clearly much ahead of him.

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The episode in my opinion was great, whilst it is true the beginning does drag a little at some points as soon as we Ezra meets Kenobi the episode reaches a new level. In their interaction we see a great teacher that commands respect and is able to show Ezra, calmly, the error of his ways. The fact that Ezra is so quick to obey him was great and showed us the respect Obi Wan exudes to others. The way Maul died was worthy of his character and at the end Maul was able to find peace. The last scene with the theme was in my opinion the perfect way to end this episode and end this story as it reminds us why Obi-Wan is not part of the rebellion, his role is to be the unknown protector of Luke Skywalker until the time comes to teach him, a role he is at peace with.

Star Wars Rebels in my opinion is a hit and miss show. Many episodes are somewhat boring but this episode knocked it out of the park. It is very dangerous for the series whenever they deal with the main characters from the movies but this time they did a great episode that paid homage to the Ben Kenobi we see in the Original Trilogy and was the perfect ending to the Maul story, a character tormented by rage and hate that was at the end defeated by his nemesis, a person that is completely at peace with himself, and is thus at last able to find peace.

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This episode reminded me of why I have always considered Ben Kenobi my favourite character in Star Wars. I for one can’t wait to see the ending of the season next week and the Last Jedi film. All I can do whilst I wait for that day is relax in my couch and listen to the great Binary Sunset theme, in my opinion the best theme in the Star Wars saga.

P.S Obi-Wan thinking that Luke is the chosen one is not a mistake by the writers. Obi-Wan at this point has given up on Anakin and truly believes Luke is the chosen one.

Rey – A Mary Sue?

So I have decided to address one of the most controversial issues on Star Wars today and that is the character of Rey played by Daisy Ridley and the idea that she is what people call a “Mary Sue”. First impression of the movie were mostly favourable and I remember talking to a lot of people who loved the Rey character. Yet as time passed I started listening and reading a lot of complaints about how Rey was overpowered, how she was too good at everything she did basically becoming a Mary Sue character. I am and will ever will be baffled by this argument, at least in regard to the Star Wars Universe since this is something that can be stated about other characters in the Star Wars mythos but no one has ever brought it up.

I remember quite well the day I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It was the first showing of the movie on the theatre in New York I used to go. It was a rainy day and I was incredibly lucky to be the first person to get to the theatre and enter the cinema. I clearly remember the anticipation of all of us waiting, the expectation, and the nervousness we all had at finally seeing a new Star Wars movie after so long. I remember the joy we all felt when it finished, unknown people cheering and celebrating. During the movie the greatest cheer I heard was when Rey finally defeated Kylo Ren, it was deafening. The fact that now this has become a controversial, frowned upon moment by many fans still to this date surprises me.

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The whole theatre rejoiced so much at this exact moment


Let’s first state something, Rey was able to defeat Kylo for one simple reason and that was the fact that Kylo was heavily injured from the bowshot he received from Chewbacca. Kylo was weak and very hurt, which resulted in Rey, a very skilled warrior on her own right, getting the drop on him thanks in part to her discovering the Force.

But this is beyond the fact, people complain about the fact that Rey should not be such a skilled pilot (even though in the novelization we learned she had been practicing for a long time), she should not have been able to sneak away, she should not be able to fight like that…every time I hear those complaints I can’t help but think about the stupidity of them. Star Wars has always had characters like that, characters that without any formal training are able to do incredible things.

If we review we see that in the Phantom Menace a 9 year old Anakin was able to somehow destroy the confederation ships where many other more experienced pilots couldn’t. Padme Admidala, a politician, was somehow an incredible shot and a skilled figher. If we jump to A New Hope, Luke Skywalker was able to sneak around a highly manned battle station, shoot down several TIE Fighters and somehow become the ACE pilot in the Rebel Fleet whilst using a type of space ship he had never used before, was able to survive a fierce space battle and somehow do a “one in a million” shot and destroy the Death Star. Luke did all of that within the first days of becoming a rebel…yet no one has ever complained about how ridiculous it is.

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Why has no one complained? Because this films are for fun, they are not meant to be taken too seriously and most of all because Luke is a man. Let’s not allow ourselves to be distracted Rey might be a “Mary Sue” but so was Luke. The only reason that we get complaints about Rey is due to the fact that she is a woman and people are not used to seeing a woman in such a position. Rey is a great role model for girls around the world and it is incredibly refreshing to see such a strong female character in this types of movies, a woman who is a warrior and a good one at that.

It is time we stop complaining about this issue and just rejoice in how wonderful Rey was. Heroes in Star Wars tend to be overpowered and very skilled but the importance of the story and the characters are what matter. In Rey we are given a vulnerable yet powerful warrior, a role that is rarely seen in women in film and I really think we should appreciate that. We don’t need to call her a Mary Sue because within the rules of Star Wars she fits perfectly the role of a hero, just like Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker.

Let’s all stop hating on this character and enjoy this rebirth we are having of the Star Wars saga. Right now this are great times to be Star Wars fans since we get to enjoy great fun movies at a pace we have never had before. I propose we all sit back and enjoy this wonderful amazing ride we are currently on.

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On Aayla Secura and Quintan Vos

The other day I wrote about how I wished Mara Jade would somehow make her way back into canon and the fact that I miss her character. Over the past few days I have not been able to write as much as I was at the Mobile World Congress but a thought has been popping into my head lately about two of my favourite Star Wars characters who are technically still in Canon but have lost some of their story, of what made them special, due to the change from Dark Horse to Marvel Comics when Disney bought the franchise. I am, of course, talking about two of the greatest comic book characters in the Star Wars EU…Quinlan Vos and Aayla Secura.

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In my opinion those two were the best Master/Padawan combo!


Now, I am well aware that both of this characters are still canon. In Revenge of the Sith, Quinlan gets mentioned and we do get that heart breaking scene with Aayla where she becomes a victim of Order 66, however I do wish that we could get some of their backstory back into canon. Dark Horse gave us great stories with this two characters and they became my favourite, especially Aayla. I loved the story arc they went through, losing their memory and struggling with the dark side, rejoining the order and their struggles in the Clone Wars with Quinlan flirting with the dark side before being saved and brought back to the light by Aayla.

Quinlan was a jedi whose memories was stolen and would go to struggle for years with his identity and with the Dark Side, infiltrating the inner circle of the Count Dooku, falling to the Dark Side before he was brought back to the light. Quinlan was a rich character with tons of development and an awesome background and story.

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Quinlan Vos during the Clone Wars


Taught by Master Tholme, as well as Yoda and Windu, in order to control his inner darkness Vos would show us the underworld of the Star Wars universe in a way that had not been shown before to us. His look added to his appeal and his survival of Order 66 was an excellent gift to all of us fans who had loved many of the Jedi that were killed in the comics.

Aayla Secura, let me start by saying this; she was my favourite character in the Expanded Universe, at least in the comics based around the time of the prequels. Aayla was the padawan of Quinlan and just like him she also lost her memories after being drugged. However unlike Quinlan she never struggled much with the dark side once she was able to first overcome it and became the backbone of her master always helping him come back to the light side of the force. She was a strong leader during the Clone Wars and one of the most interesting characters in the Star Wars universe.

She was such a beloved character and so intriguing that George Lucas himself decided to include her in the films. She was one of the few completely original characters from the comics that made into the films. I always loved all the stories she was involved in and thought she was a great fun addition to the universe.

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Aayla Secura being an awesome Jedi


I hope that Marvel and Disney find a way to include this characters who between 2000 and 2005 were the protagonist of more than 60 individual comic books and became the heart and soul of Dark Horse’s line of comics. We all fell in love with them and their stories and whilst I realize the difficulty of it, it would be awesome to have them drop a mention or something that at least gives us a hint that their old storylines are officially canon, especially since their actions don’t really impact the story being told by the movies.

While waiting for that day to happen I shall be rereading all the comics and think to myself that this is still canon. After all the beauty of this is that those stories were still told, I will still be able to recall the feelings they gave, the fun I had with them and that means that they will never leave me.

Mara Jade Skywalker

There has been a lot of speculation since the Force Awakens premiered over the idea that Luke Skywalker was married and that in the last shot of the movie he is actually standing next to the grave of his dead wife. Fact is, we do not know yet and so far all we can base theories is on pure speculation and a single shot with slightly raised stones. However with the recent announcement that the term Emperor’s Hand is once again official in the world of Star Wars, I think it is a good time as any to talk about the wife of Luke Skywalker in the old EU stories, my favourite legend character Mara Jade Skywalker.

Mara Jade was raised to become the most trusted servant of the Emperor, killing all those her master wished her to do so for many years. Just before the Emperor faced his death at the Second Death Star he gave her what turned out to be his last order as he was dying, kill Luke Skywalker. Haunted by the death of her master she would turn all of her focus on achieving this goal becoming an outlaw, a smuggler and attempting several times unsuccessfully to kill Luke. In trying to achieve her goal she would ultimately fall in love with the Skywalker Jedi marrying him and becoming one of the most powerful Jedi Masters in the new Jedi Order and a key figure in the New Republic who would ultimately die at the hands of her nephew Darth Caedus attempting to protect her son.

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The wedding and one of my favourite comics!


I remember fondly reading the comics she was on, loving her character and being captivated by the growth and development of her character both in the books and comics. She was a strong willed woman, capable of standing by herself and giving us not just a good companion for the greatest Jedi Master but also providing a capable independent warrior. Her chapters on the Yuuzhan Vong series were always a personal favourite and among many of my preferred chapters

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Mara Jade: Wise Jedi Master, deadly warrior


I honestly hope we somehow get Mara Jade in the official canon again. If there ever is to be a wife for Luke it would be a great nod to us fans, who have been reading and devouring everything Star Wars, to have Mara back again. I realize this is highly improbable and even if they do so a lot of changes to the character would have to be implemented to make it fit with the new official story, yet I for one would be jubilant to see this amazing red-haired Jedi back into cannon (even if when Star Wars the Last Jedi begins she is already dead). The thought of seeing new comics with Mara, I will admit is a thought that makes me extremely happy.

Whilst I wait for that day to come, knowing full well that it is extremely unlike this day will ever come, I will be chilling in my room reading everything I own with Mara and hoping for her return.

Star Wars Theories and Fandom

I have always enjoyed thinking about Star Wars theories. All of the many books, encyclopaedias and comics I have collected in Star Wars (most of them now considered part of the EU) have been bought in a quest for me to know more about that galaxy far far away that has enthralled me so. Having read so much and seen the movies so many times one of the aspects I enjoy about Star Wars is coming up with theories about what will happen in the future. That I said I believe that lately the whole theorizing with Star Wars has gotten out of control!

As soon as Force Awakens finished I was already thinking about who Rey really was, who Snoke might be, why Luke was alone in that planet or what might happen in the next Star Wars movie. If you are a Star Wars fan that is unavoidable, our love for the story, for the world its set on makes us want to know more and more and more and that is of course a very good thing (especially for Disney since they know we are going to devour anything Star Wars related.) However I have the feeling that lately that this tendency is slowly becoming harmful, and it is not just exclusive to Star Wars.

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Snoke is clearly an ewok


Theories on who Snoke is, the parents of Rey etc…are found everywhere. People use the tiniest of possibilities to present us theories that become too far-fetched but also very interesting. The problems lies with the fact that when some of this awesome theories (not the ridiculous ones like Snoke=Mace Windu) do not become true fans are disappointed even though they were never a possibility. I have seen this happening with Game of Thrones, the theories some fans came up with are incredible and sound really interesting, however when they don’t come to fruition, since they were really far-fetched, fans become angry about it and disappointed in the show/film. I feel like there is a danger of this happening with Star Wars and the current amount of theories floating around. There is also the danger of spoiling yourself too much, some of the theories might actually be correct and fans who read them when they go to see the movie might find themselves disappointed since they had predicted that would happen.

The internet is a wonderful thing that has allow us to communicate with people all around the world but it has also made us really impatient and overeager to have an immediate response and knowledge. We need to find a balance with coming up with theories and also waiting to see how the movies surprises us. I personally can’t wait to see the movie and be surprised by all of it.

Meanwhile I will be kicking back confident in that Rey is a Skywalker, Mara Jade will feature in canon and Snoke is secretly an ewok wanting revenge for the Rebels bringing death to their home.

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Star Wars EU or Legends

During the Christmas holiday I went to my family home. Whilst staying there I had the chance to look back at a lot the Star Wars material that I have around the house (basically comics, books and the old Star Wars encyclopedia I have). Besides realizing how much money I have spent on Star Wars stuff (literally if I stop and think about it, I realize why I don’t have all the other nice things I want…) I have realized that it is sad how many good stories have been lost now that Disney owns Star Wars.

Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the way Disney is treating the story and the new and exciting stories we are being told. However it is a bit sad realizing that some of this great stories are being considered non canon. I specifically wish they could somehow bring back everything they did with the Old Republic (thousand of years before Phantom Menace) since those comics and stories were some of my favorite Star Wars stories.

See, I realize the importance of them treating almost everything that happened from Phantom Menace to beyond Return of the Jedi as non canon, since if they did not do this they would be very limited in creating new stories, however some of the stories from the Expanded Universe (now known as Legends) were incredibly good and gave an amazing backstory to the Star Wars world.

I always enjoyed the Old Republic stories, the ones provided by the comics, books and video games, as for me (a history buff) it was awesome to see this characters that were legendary for the character we loved from the main saga. I especially loved the early Jedi stories with their struggles against the Sith Empire and Sith warriors like Exar Kun (a personal favorite)

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The other comics I really enjoyed were those they did during the Clone Wars, especially those regarding my favorite character Aayla Secura as it showed basically the development of a war, which lets be honest, is awesome! Star Wars Clone Wars provided us with some great stories (others not so good) but it made us love those characters and in my opinion made Revenge of the Sith a better movie as seeing those Jedi die was even more heartbreaking.

Aayla Secura was my favorite Jedi and a kickass character!


I hope that Disney and Marvel find a way to bring those stories that provided a backstory to the Star Wars mythos but do not take away from any of the stories they are currently telling. I loved those characters (and spent waaaaaay too much money on them) and was really invested in them so I do hope to once again see them and their awesome stories once again told. Although I will admit that I will love Star Wars no matter what and this might be more wishful thinking and nostalgia talking since bringing the Dark Horse comics into the canon now that Marvel is involved is almost impossible. Reuniting with their stories again has been awesome and hopefully some of them are brought back into the fold.

Until then. May the Force be with You!

See ya!

(P.S. I know my blog does not look great so far, I am still working on improving it so any help will be more than welcome!)