The Many Sides of Kylo Ren

Since Star Wars: The Force Awakened opened, I’ve been keeping a close eye on the criticism from the fan base. And I found it odd that Kylo Ren was actually the character that the most criticism surrounded. Not to say everyone hated him, but in every scene that he played a part, there was something that irked them about the character. While I agreed with some fans in feeling a bit conflicted about him on my first viewing after, four viewings, I’m actually finding myself appreciating this character more and more. While Rey is still my favorite character of the … Read more…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

Many have tried to explain the legacy behind Star Wars. Many have tried to understand how this has become such a multi-decade phenomenon despite it’s creator’s seeming ambivalence towards the series for nearly two decades. No matter your feeling about the prequels, it’s impossible to deny that the prequels failed to fan the same flames that the first trilogy ignited. Yet despite all of those set backs, the fandom continues and has re-emerged in a way that has so far been impossible to replicate in the dozens of Hollywood rebates that have emerged over the last 15 years. Only Disney, … Read more…

Force Awakens Toys Leak Dialogue

Yesterday was Force Friday, the launch of the new The Force Awakens toy line. This continues a long history of Midnight Madness events preceding new Star Wars films. We can only imagine that with Disney’s plans to launch a new film every year, we’ll be getting Force Fridays every year from now until the end of time. But until then, we still have a new movie to look forward to. And if you’re like me, your gobbling up all the toys and all info about the toys trying to find out as much as you can about the movies to … Read more…

Star Wars: The Names Awakened

Remember all those new characters from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer whose identities we could only speculate on? Well now we at least have their names, curtesy of J.J. Abrams delivering some awesome retro-looking Topps cards to Entertainment Weekly over the weekend. First of all, that’s one of the coolest ways to leak out some new Star Wars details. Second of all, well now we have names. So now what? These names don’t really tell us much on the surface, really. Letting these names slip isn’t some disastrous spoiler or anything. But I’m a Star Wars fan, as … Read more…