All Technology in the Star Wars Universe Is Designed for Death


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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Death Star II

It’s called Star Wars. Not Star Trek, not Star Peace, not Star Friends, not even Star Tales. This gargantuan fictional universe is labeled with a title that guarantees the ability to travel space… and near-constant warfare.

We can debate the relative okay-ness of this focus from a moral standpoint, sure. But in reality, I think that Star Wars is accidentally teaching us the greatest lesson of all: It’s depicting what a universe looks like when you dedicate all of your research and technological advancements to war and destruction, and unwittingly showing us what an incredibly dark place that universe is. Because the Star Wars universe is a fun fictional playground for sure, a great place to build weird and wonderful stories… but it’s not a good place. Not by a longshot.

If there’s one thing that the Star Wars universe is super into, it’s creating bigger, louder, faster ways to ...

Star Wars Force Awakens, Hosnian System
Star Wars Rebels, Sabine Mandalorian armor
Star Wars Resistance, 4D-M1N
Star Wars: A New Hope, trash compactor

Mara Jade, Thrawn, and More Could Possibly Appear in The Mandalorian, Says Showrunner


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Star Wars, Mara Jade

Disney’s upcoming live-action Star Wars TV series could potentially have some elements that we’ve seen before. Entertainment Weekly asked showrunner Jon Favreau if the series could reintroduce characters like Grand Admiral Thrawn or Mara Jade, and his response was an…unexpected! “We do have conversations.”

Shortly after Disney purchased Lucasfilm, it did away with the long-running Expanded Universe canon that encompassed novels, games, and comics — much to the disappointment of some fans, who had (myself included) invested years in the long running stories and characters it generated.

At the end of the day, it was probably the best decision: the SWEU had a lot of high points, but with the good comes the very, very bad. Like Han Solo drugging and kidnapping Leia to prevent her from getting married to someone else. Or Luke falling in love with a long-dead Jedi Knight whose soul was trapped in a Clone ...

Star Wars Timeline Explained: The Mandalorian Will Reveal How The First Order Begins


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The Mandalorian, television preview, Star Wars Celebration

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted in 2015, it introduced a new enemy: The First Order, a not-quite-sorta-kinda-angrier successor to the Galactic Empire. Since then, fans of the franchise have only picked up slight tidbits on where the First Order came from, and according to Entertainment Weekly, Disney’s upcoming live-action series The Mandalorian, which takes place 5 years after Return of the Jedi, will help set it up more fully.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, director Dave Filoni notes that the galaxy “doesn’t turn into a good guy universe because you blew up two Death Stars.”

You get that the Rebels won and they’re trying to establish a Republic, but there’s no way that could have set in for everybody all at once. You have in a Western where you’re out on the frontier and there might be Washington and they might have some marshals, ...

Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ Series Will Be Set 8 Years After Revenge of the Sith


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Revenge of the Sith Obi-Wan Kenobi and baby Luke

Looks like the new live-action Kenobi show will take place 8 years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith!

(SPOILERS AHEAD for Solo: A Star Wars Story.)

The Star Wars Show video series let the number slip in a recent news update (see below, starting at 1:11). There are 19 mostly unchronicled years between Star Wars Episode III (Revenge of the Sith) and Star Wars Episode IV (A New Hope), so when Disney announced a live-action Obi-Wan Kenobi series at this year’s D23, there were a lot of potential starting points.

Now that we know when Obi-Wan’s story picks up, we also know who else may show up.

In the current in-universe timeline, Kenobi will start in the year 11 BBY, and while that is a pretty uneventful year overall, it does place the series just before the notable events of ...

Has Star Wars Abandoned Boba Fett? Or Is His Comeback Written on the Wall?


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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Boba Fett

Aside from the grand finale of the Skywalker Saga with Episode IX, there is another Star Wars story that has everyone buzzing: The Mandalorian, premiering in November on Disney’s new streaming service. Starring Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian is set post-Return of the Jedi, as the galaxy struggles to restructure itself after the death of Emperor Palpatine and the fall of the Empire. The titular character is a mercenary with a cowboy sort of swagger, adhering to a personal sense of justice, with a reputation for doing things his own way.

But… but isn’t that just Boba Fett?

The character of Boba Fett had a rich and complex life that played out in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, or Legends, as we now call the stories written before the canon reintegration that occurred when George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney. He escaped the Pit of Carkoon and the ...

Falling in Love at the Ends of the Universe: Five Shippable YA SFF Books


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“I love you.”

“I know.”

Iconic words for an iconic couple who fell in love in a galaxy far, far away. Han Solo and Princess Leia are, as they say, goals. No matter what their ending, in that moment there are several things happening: They’ve been betrayed, the bad guys are surrounding them, he’s about to get frozen in carbonite, but they take this moment to say these words. Star Wars is about light and darkness, rebellion and revenge, but for me Star Wars has always been about hope and love. It isn’t just the romantic parts—the scenes where Anakin and Padmé sneak off time to be together or agonizing moments between star-crossed lovers Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree. It’s also the love of found family and friendship and charming droids. These are the things that make these narratives so relatable and universal.

A Crash of Fate is ...

Mark Hamill Has a Story About His Star Wars Screen Test With Harrison Ford


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Just when we thought we knew all there is to know about the original Star Wars trilogy, Mark Hamill has gifted the internet with a fun anecdote about the first time he met Harrison Ford. Over the weekend, footage of the pair’s screen test for Star Wars: A New Hope resurfaced on Twitter, and boy, does Hamill have a story.

“My screen-test for @starwars w/ Harrison on the 1st day I ever met him,” Hamill wrote in response to CNBC journalist Carl Quintanilla’s tweet of the video. “Neither 1 of us had read the script at this point, only this 1 scene. I asked George what kind of movie it was—’Let’s just do it, we’ll talk about that later’ We never did talk about it later—we just did it.”

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They Named a Prosthetic Arm After Luke Skywalker. And Now It Can Actually Transmit a Sense of Touch.


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Empire Strikes Back Luke Skywalker prosthetic hand

A prosthetic arm named after Luke Skywalker’s robotic hand in The Empire Strikes Back is better than ever, thanks to a team of researchers, NPR reported earlier this week.

According to NPR, the University of Utah-based team (with collaborators from the University of Chicago and the Cleveland Clinic) adapted the commercially available “LUKE arm” so that it can now mimic human touch and “feel,” instead of just performing movements.

Here’s how they did it: They implanted electrodes into the nerves in the forearm of their 14-month-study’s volunteer, a real estate agent named Keven Walgamott who’d lost his left hand along with part of his arm. When Walgamott thought about touching something with his hand, the new-and-improved LUKE arm would obey his brain signals, NPR reported. The researchers would send stimuli through the electrodes in his arm, and then his brain would interpret them as coming from the hand. ...

D23 Expo 2019 to Preview Upcoming Disney Films, Offer Sneak Peak of The Mandalorian


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The Mandalorian

After SDCC, all eyes are on D23 for more news on Marvel, Star Wars and other Disney properties. Although the full schedule isn’t out yet, some programming has been announced.

Star Wars fans, for example, will get a look at all the Stormtrooper designs past and present, including actual costumes used in the movie. And while there’s no word about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (other than a Stormtrooper design), guests will get a sneak peak of The Mandalorian in D23’s Hall H.

The Mandalorian (played by Pedro Pascal) is a bounty hunter who travels the outer reaches of the lawless galaxy, surviving as a mercenary-for-hire. Dave Filoni (supervising director on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and writer/director on The Mandalorian), along with special guests, will join Favreau for the on-stage presentation.

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The Rise of Kylo Ren and More Star Wars Books Announced at SDCC!


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The Rise of Kylo Ren, Marvel comics

The Lucasfilm Publishing Panel went down at San Diego Comic-Con to let us know what new Star Wars books and comics are coming up, leading all the way into The Rise of Skywalker! Get ready to stack your TBR list…

Here are the titles that were announced:

  • For the kids there will be Star Wars Creatures Big & Small by Katie Cook
  • Delilah S. Dawson will be penning The Skywalker Saga, presumably Episodes I-IX, told in a fairy tale style
  • Star Wars Myths & Fables by George Mann will feature lovely illustrations

  • In September, Marvel will be releasing Star Wars: Age of Resistance comics centering on Rey, Rose Tico, Supreme Leader Snoke, and Kylo Ren
  • There will be a “Journey to The Rise of Skywalker” publishing program starting ...

io9 Reveals the First Look at the New Star Wars Book Thrawn: Treason


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Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn

Publishing this month, Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn: Treason is the third installment in the Star Wars: Thrawn series, and takes place before the battle for Lothal’s liberation, as depicted in the series finale of Star Wars: Rebels. And io9 has a first look at the book. Some initial details ahead!

Not only does General Admiral Thrawn find his TIE Defender project on hold in favor of Director Krennic’s future Death Star plans (as depicted in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), but an unexpected run-in with his former protégé Commander Eli Vanto redirects Thrawn’s attentions back towards his people, the Chiss. Essentially, Thrawn finds his loyalties being tested and split once more.

So, what exactly has Thrawn been up to in the events leading up to Thrawn: Treason?

  • After rescuing Force-sensitive Chiss from the Grysk, Thrawn continues to check up on his TIE Defender prototype with a visit to ...

The Star Wars Novel Tracy Townsend Wants to Write, Plus More from Her AMA


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Earlier this week, author Tracy Townsend dropped by r/Fantasy to celebrate her book The Fall, book two in the Thieves of Time trilogy. The resulting AMA is stuffed with excellent writing advice, great book recs, Thieves of Time lore, some gentle Tolkien shade (don’t worry, you’ll get it later), and one very interesting-sounding unwritten Star Wars novel. Here are some highlights!

On the Star Wars novel she would write if she could, given no canon restrictions:

I think I’d want to write a buddy adventure story featuring Poe and Finn for the fun of it, but the “honestly, Tracy, do whatever you want” project I’d dive into with the mix of fear and eagerness that always tells me this is what I SHOULD be writing is story of Padme Amidala and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s super-forbidden, super-almost-happened-but-never quite romance. (See this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQypAxAYv3Y)

On The Fall’s first title, ...

First Trailer for Rian Johnson’s Knives Out Gives Us Serious Clue Vibes


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Rian Johnson seems to be having a lot of fun, post-The Last Jedi.

A trailer has just dropped for Johnson’s new whodunnit movie Knives Out, and it’s going to be a doozy. 

A darkly affectionate send-up of Agatha Christie-style locked-room murder mysteries, Knives Out takes place at a sprawling-but-claustrophobic gothic estate, where its fabulously wealthy patriarch Harlem Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) has just been found dead at his own birthday party. The trailer begins with the arrival of the detectives at the scene of the crime. After attempting to question Thrombey’s obnoxious family (Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, and Michael Shannon, all competing to massacre the scenery), the detectives decide to lock everyone in the house until a Southern-accented, Poirot-parodying Daniel Craig can figure things out.

If you’re starting to have serious Clue flashbacks, you’re not alone.

Naturally, it all goes to hell from there. People turning on ...

Was 1999 the Year Nerd Culture Began to Take Over the World?


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In the transcendental year of 1999, it became clear to me that I was extremely cool.

No, that’s a lie, please don’t take that declaration even remotely seriously. I was twelve and thirteen years old in 1999, and no new teenager understands coolness on a base level, much less feels that coolness in their still-growing bones. The effortlessness of cool is not something that any tween can hope to emulate, the style inherent in the word “cool” has not yet developed by that age. So I was not cool. But there are now two solid decades between me and that year, and on reflection, I’ve realized something momentous:

1999 was the year when I got a glimpse of my future. And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.

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The Mummy, 1999
Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace
Mystery Men, 1999
Sleepy Hollow, 1999
GalaxyQuest, 1999

Was 1999 the Year Nerd Culture Began to Take Over the World?


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In the transcendental year of 1999, it became clear to me that I was extremely cool.

No, that’s a lie, please don’t take that declaration even remotely seriously. I was twelve and thirteen years old in 1999, and no new teenager understands coolness on a base level, much less feels that coolness in their still-growing bones. The effortlessness of cool is not something that any tween can hope to emulate, the style inherent in the word “cool” has not yet developed by that age. So I was not cool. But there are now two solid decades between me and that year, and on reflection, I’ve realized something momentous:

1999 was the year when I got a glimpse of my future. And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.

If you asked me point blank, I’m not sure I could pinpoint a time in life when the words “nerd” or ...

Screencap of TheForce.net from April 1999
The Mummy, 1999
Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace
Mystery Men, 1999
Sleepy Hollow, 1999
GalaxyQuest, 1999

The Star Wars Universe Is Somehow Big Enough for Eight Kloo Horn Players


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I’m sure when you were a kid watching Star Wars, you just assumed that the instruments being played by Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes (note: if you just called them “the cantina band” I’m really not sure what to do with you) were variants on instruments that you have already seen or played upon. Look, it’s an oboe! That one’s a space saxophone! How wrong you were, my young friend. How misguided. That instrument that Figrin D’an is playing is called a kloo horn. It’s totally different from our lousy Earth instruments. (It’s not.) And the Star Wars universe is full of musicians who loved that instrument, at least according to the Legends canon.

Here are eight of their stories. Eight. There are eight whole stories here, somehow. Eight’s gotta be a magic number somewhere, right?

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The Star Wars Universe Is Somehow Big Enough for Eight Kloo Horn Players


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I’m sure when you were a kid watching Star Wars, you just assumed that the instruments being played by Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes (note: if you just called them “the cantina band” I’m really not sure what to do with you) were variants on instruments that you have already seen or played upon. Look, it’s an oboe! That one’s a space saxophone! How wrong you were, my young friend. How misguided. That instrument that Figrin D’an is playing is called a kloo horn. It’s totally different from our lousy Earth instruments. (It’s not.) And the Star Wars universe is full of musicians who loved that instrument, at least according to the Legends canon.

Here are eight of their stories. Eight. There are eight whole stories here, somehow. Eight’s gotta be a magic number somewhere, right?

Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes features two notable kloo