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”

Poem: We Take What Is Given

There is it again.A pang in my heart;A well of despair.“We take what is given”,I think.Took me a whileTo understand that phrase.A call to resiliencyA declaration of hopeFor better days to come.Not a statement of greed and arrogance.Yet oh!How hard it isTo take what is givenwhen what is givenIs constant loneliness.Always to refrain from embracingToContinue reading “Poem: We Take What Is Given”

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”

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”

Recommended Reading: Books To Read During The Pandemic

Hi all! With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping us all cooped up for much longer than we’d like, I thought I’d share some recommended reading in case you’re looking for some books to pass your time. Literature and FictionThe Muskoka Trilogy by Gabriele Wills (Including Summer Before The Storm, Elusive Dawn, and Under The Moon This seriesContinue reading “Recommended Reading: Books To Read During The Pandemic”

Comfortable In The Nude: A Case Study of Body Confidence, Star Wars, and The Dragonriders of Pern

When I was around the age of 10, I started to become increasingly frustrated with my body. It did not perform as well as I would have liked, it was not developing the way I would have liked, and it was becoming more and more a source of ostracization and shame from my peers. YetContinue reading “Comfortable In The Nude: A Case Study of Body Confidence, Star Wars, and The Dragonriders of Pern”

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”