20th Anniversary of AOTC – A Reflection

Today, May 16, 2022, marks the 20th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones. This movie has a special place in my heart and, if I’m being honest, was extremely formative to my development into a life-long Star Wars fan. I was first introduced to the Star Wars films through VHS tapesContinue reading “20th Anniversary of AOTC – A Reflection”

On The Ukraine Conflict

Like many around the world, I am watching the events related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine with trepidation, fear, despair and outrage. I am hoping for a quick resolution and for justice to prevail. I do not have the words to salve anyone’s fears over this, or provide reasons for hope. What I canContinue reading “On The Ukraine Conflict”

Real Allyship or Cynical Ploy: On Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm’s Modern Politics

During the recent Black Lives Matter protests in the spring and summer of 2020, actor John Boyega made headlines by bluntly stating that Lucasfilm and Disney mismanaged the Star Wars sequel trilogy, especially in its portrayal of actors of colour like Boyega himself and his co-star Kelly Marie Tran. More recently, the news broke thatContinue reading “Real Allyship or Cynical Ploy: On Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm’s Modern Politics”

Quotes on Love For Valentine’s Day 2021

From the Dragonriders of Pern series “There are many ways of loving”–F’lar rider of bronze Mnementh in Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey. From NCIS: “Love is never going to come easy. Yes, it is scary and it’s messy as hell but it cannot be an option. So when true love does come along you need toContinue reading “Quotes on Love For Valentine’s Day 2021”

On Jar Jar Binks, Neurodivergence, and The Value of A Nuisance

I recently read The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy: You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned, and was struck by near-universal hatred of the character of Jar Jar Binks. This is far from a new phenomenon in Star Wars fandom–the character was despised from his initial debut in Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace.Continue reading “On Jar Jar Binks, Neurodivergence, and The Value of A Nuisance”

Tangled: An Author, Her Work, and Her Opinions

The Internet is ablaze at the moment with polarized views of author J. K. Rowling, who, over the course of the past few months has gone from nearly universally beloved to an icon of evil in the minds of many. The issue that has caused this reversal: her comments on gender transitioning, specifically of youngContinue reading “Tangled: An Author, Her Work, and Her Opinions”

On Good & Bad Apples

There’s a growing cry going around on social media, in response to the litany of deaths to abolish police forces altogether, and for individual police officers to resign in protest. Personally, I’d rather not encourage police officers to resign: it seems likely that the better ones would resign and I’d rather not abandon the lawContinue reading “On Good & Bad Apples”

Read, Watch & Listen: Recommended Media For Narratives of Blackness

Hi all! I’ve been asking myself, as many of you no doubt have, what I can do in these times of increased vehement discourse about racism and police brutality. A lot of organizations and individuals are doing really great work, sharing links and resources to excellent analyses and causes to donate money towards. My meansContinue reading “Read, Watch & Listen: Recommended Media For Narratives of Blackness”

On Justice: May 2020

Hi all! I come to you today, weary and broken-hearted. Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand (and honestly, I wouldn’t blame you if you did), you’re aware of the discussion being had and the battles being fought around issues of race and law enforcement and justice as a whole. I’ll be blunt:Continue reading “On Justice: May 2020”

A Tale of Two Kisses: Star Wars, Feminism, Desire, and Representing Responsibly

Note: This post contains major spoilers for Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. Avoid reading if you haven’t seen the movie yet. I have done a post on the things I liked about The Rise of Skywalker–and having seen it a second time, I largely stand by that. The sequel trilogy as a wholeContinue reading “A Tale of Two Kisses: Star Wars, Feminism, Desire, and Representing Responsibly”