Monthly Archives: December 2016

Forceful Females: The Women of Star Wars

NOV / DEC 2016: BY RACHEL SEXTON

The science-fiction genre has long been a source for the Strong Female Character on movie screens. Ripley in the Alien franchise, Sarah Connor from The Terminator, and the Tomb Raider herself are just a few examples. Other types of film could take a cue from sci-fi about how to elevate women’s roles, particularly with regard to the amount of screen time in which they get to do some action. Even when details that aren’t true to our reality make up part of the story, these characters can feel very authentic to viewers and act as inspirations for girls in the audience. There is one film series that has excelled at presenting its leading female characters: Star Wars. Whether they are endowed with the abilities of the Force or not, the women in the Star Wars saga exhibit moral strength and physical courage. Continue reading

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The Scoundrel and the Bounty Hunter

NOV / DEC 2016: BY CAITLIN HORTON

Once upon a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there was a five year old little girl planted in front of a television set watching Star Wars. She was in awe of it all, from the storyline about a farmboy from a sandy, hot planet (she lived on a rainy, cold coast) to the droids (some small just like her!) to a fascinating energy called The Force. Now, a five year olds brain works in mysterious ways, because while the Star Wars marathon was airing, she became absolutely fixed on two specific characters as her favorites: Lando Calrissian and Boba Fett. Fast forward twenty-two years and nothing has changed. Oh, well, certainly the franchise has changed. There were those other three movies that generally are never named amongst her friends and family, they are the Star Wars outcasts because it seems no-one really likes them. Then there was the newest, where the Force is awakening in someone new, but in a likable, organic way. But what has never changed is that love for two secondary characters from a franchise that began thirty-nine years ago. Continue reading

Following Luke Skywalker

NOV / DEC 2016: BY CARISSA HORTON

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A long time ago in a state far, far away a little 8-year-old girl named Carissa watched Star Wars for the first time. In a fit of 8-year-old wisdom she decided that Luke Skywalker was the best, most heroic, most amazing man who ever lived and that she wanted to marry him someday. But only if Macgyver was unavailable. This little girl went to school and then on to college where she learned the art of analysis and criticism and decided that although Luke Skywalker was still fab, perhaps he wasn’t quite the hero she’d always dreamed him to be. Continue reading

Fear Leading: Anakin’s Turn to the Dark Side

NOV / DEC 2016: BY MARISSA BAKER

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For most of us who started watching Star Wars before the prequels came out, Darth Vader loomed as a compelling, mysterious figure. His reveal as Luke’s father, former Jedi Anakin Skywalker, only made him more intriguing. How did a “guardian of peace and justice” become a Sith Lord who makes our heroes tremble in fear? Continue reading

I can’t stand you. I love you

NOV / DEC 2016: BY  MARIANNA KAPLUN

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“You think a princess and a guy like me…?” –Han Solo

What do we know about them? Han Solo was a human male smuggler who became a leader in the Alliance to Restore the Republic and an instrumental figure in the defeat of the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War. Leia Organa Solo (born Leia Amidala Skywalker) was, at various stages of her life, a politician, revolutionary, and Jedi Knight of the New Jedi Order. Continue reading