May is the month of Star Wars birthdays, of course, and Wednesday was the 35th anniversary of the release of The Empire Strikes Back. Entertainment Weekly’s Darren Franich took the opportunity to write the lesson nobody learned from Empire Strikes Back – that the small and personal is what makes the film succeed, not the dark and twisty.
I’ve never been much of a Padme fan. But there’s no denying that she’s an important part of the prequel trilogy, and Anika (aka @magnetgirl) makes some convincing points as to why — including her death — in The Queen’s Sacrifice.
Our pal the Stooge gets his parenting meta hat on to explore the Good and Bad Fathers and Good and Bad Mothers of Star Wars… with a bookend surprise! (It’s also his birthday!)
Head on over to Livejournal for a great three-part analysis of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull from screenwriter Todd Alcott. (via)
“The Complex and Terrifying Reality of Star Wars Fandom” author Andrey Summers responds.
His hate mail is hilarious. Oh, fandom. I have a faint hope that one day many of you will remove that pole from your collective asses. Please don’t prove me wrong.
The Infinite Force on how to write a ‘popular’ blog on starwars.com. I don’t think there’s really a set formula, but you might as well give it a try. Early morning rambles and very snarky things about Courtship of Princess Leia or the YJK series (inexplicably beloved by the young’ens) have also been known to work. Or just hope everyone else sucks that day.
For all your high-minded analysis needs – Lord Noctifer on Apollonian Jedi and Dionysian Sith. Meanwhile, Master Ki-Aaron-Mundi considers the Force.
Nardasarmy introduces the fandom buddy system.
Dan Wallace lists the top eight B-List Marvel characters. Aren’t all Marvel characters B-list until proven otherwise?
Big Dumb Object continues tracking the big Star Wars debate I’m sure everyone but me is throughly sick of by now.