5 Things That Obi-Wan Kenobi Should Have Told Luke Skywalker (Instead of LIES)

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Calling yourself “Old Ben” is fine. Saying mean things about someone’s uncle is rude yet necessary. Pretending that you don’t remember your BBF’s old copilot droid is crappy, but saves time. Does that excuse all the outright lies that Obi-Wan Kenobi tells to Luke Skywalker? Maybe if those lies were truly essential to getting the kid to bring down the Empire. But they’re not, so most of those lies (and omissions) are pretty egregious.

Here are a few things that Obi-Wan could have said to avoid the most ridiculous ones. Because let’s face it, most of Ben’s lies are just kind of… ill-conceived.


1. Darth Vader and Your Dad Are the Same Guy, Sorry That Your Dad is Evil

Luke, Anakin, Return of the King

When I’m trying to explain to people how I screwed something up, I always come up with a story—for framing purposes! Let’s say I kind of missed out on preventing ...

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Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View is the Mashup You’ve Been Looking For

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View book review

The new trailer for The Last Jedi was not the only exciting Star Wars news this past week. In celebration of A New Hope’s 40th anniversary, Del Rey has published an anthology of 40 stories that weave in and out of the original film. Whether it’s Greedo, Antilles or the red droid (you know the one), A New Hope is bursting at the seams with weird and fantastic side characters. Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View hands those characters over to 43 weird and fantastic authors. The set-list alone is amazing: scifi heavyweights (Nnedi Okorafor, Ken Liu), seasoned SW veterans (Jason Fry, Jeffrey Brown), comic book writers (Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kieron Gillen), and media luminaries (Griffin McElroy, Mallory Ortberg) offer up a diverse range of tone, form, and lore.

There’s nothing new under two suns in a sprawling franchise that’s celebrating its 40th year. What ...

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View book review

Six Epic Narrative Lessons from The Empire Strikes Back

When I was four years old, my dad piled my brother and me into the back of our 1978 Buick station wagon and took us to the drive-in to watch The Empire Strikes Back. I trembled with excitement for the whole ride, and when we got there, I bounced around like a bumblebee on crank waiting for the sky to grow dark and the opening credits to roll. When John Williams’ brassy fanfare finally belted out from the speakers, I squealed and clapped my hands and climbed into my dad’s lap.

I promptly fell asleep and didn’t wake up until it was over.

I’d missed the whole thing, but it didn’t matter: my older brother had seen it, and my cousins and my friends, and they all talked about it—incessantly. When it finally came out on VHS, I felt like I’d already seen it, not once, but repeatedly. The ...

Actual 1978 Buick station wagon. Not pictured: Bumblebee on crank.

Our Final 4 Theories On Who Rey’s Parents Are

We all have a theory about who Rey’s parents are. But will any of them end up being correct?

Following the reveal of the latest trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, we decided to see where our geek-laden office stood on the question of Rey’s mysterious parentage. The answers are informed by a wide range of perspectives: Some of us looked at it as a marketing question, some of us saw it as a mythology question, and some of us…well, take a look. Nothing goes where you think it’s gonna go!

Rey’s parents grandparents are: QUI-GON JINN

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Rey is Qui-Gon’s grandchild. Look, I’d prefer she weren’t related to anyone at all, but if she must be (which seems probable, given Star Wars’s M.O.), Qui-Gon is easily the smartest and most interesting choice. Qui-Gon wasn’t big on the Jedi Order’s rules and regulations; he’s totally the ...

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The Final Trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi Has Landed

The Last Jedi trailer, Star Wars

Here it is, everyone. All that we’ll see until December 14th. Prepare yourselves. As Luke Skywalker would say, “…Breathe.”

The trailer is here:

Okay wow. WOW.

Speculate below, if you’re into that sort of thing. The big question is obviously: holy crap, is Rey going to go over to the Dark Side? (Even briefly?) Because that would be an arc we haven’t drilled down into in a central Star Wars story. That would be pretty darn cool.

Also: Porg!

Also: Finn-Phasma fight!

Also: Poe continues to be very lovely.

That is all.

Sequel to Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars: Thrawn Coming Next Summer

Announced at New York Comic Con, there will be a sequel to Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars: Thrawn novel, which has the working title of Alliances. The book is due out next summer, and will prominently feature none other… than Darth Vader (presumably the guy who Thrawn is developing an alliance with?)

No cover or more information, but that’s something to look out for next year!

Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View — “The Luckless Rodian”

In honor of the fortieth anniversary of A New Hope, more than forty contributors lend their vision to this retelling of Star Wars. Each of the forty short stories reimagines a moment from the original film, but through the eyes of a supporting character—including Captain Antilles, Aunt Beru, Biggs Darklighter, and more! From a Certain Point of View features contributions by bestselling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from the literary history of Star Wars. Available now from Del Rey.

Below, we’re pleased to share a preview of “The Luckless Rodian” by Renee Ahdieh, about a mercenary’s last bounty…



“The Luckless Rodian”


Today would be the day. Greedo had known it last night as he’d watched the binary sunset sink along the hazy horizon of Tatooine.

After many long years, justice would finally be served upon Han Solo.

The Rodian bounty hunter sensed something ignite deep within ...