This week’s highlight: Pablo Hidalgo’s On the Internet, Everything is a Big Deal. You’re on the internet, right? Read it.
Abel G. Peña looks back at “The Emperor’s Pawns,” a piece he did several years ago that defined and (in some cases) retconned the position of the Emperor’s Hands as we know it today.
Matril on why she loves Star Wars.
Anakinside1 looks inside the belly of the beast.
Oboe-Wan finds a telling moment in Empire Strikes Back.
Mike Beidler continues his NJO retrospective with a look at Mike Stackpole’s Dark Tide dulogy, Onslaught and Ruin.
The Infinite Force explores the idea of being a Jedi or a Sith in real life. Just stay away from the census polls, okay?
Pablo talks about the origin of the Rookies webstrips.
Ravenclaw Devi considers Mary Sues and related issues.
Jedimaster13109 provides us with a nice overview of the Force.
In EU corner, Mike Beidler has some thoughts on Vector Prime. Meanwhile, Padawan Katis is reading The Phantom Menace novelization and Sunnyskywalker continues her spot-on Courtship of Princess Leia analysis with Chapter 5.
Stuff’s gonna blow up! Okay, we now know that book 6 will be Inferno, Karen Traviss’ Leia is quite snarky, and you crazy Jaina/Jag kids shouldn’t give up hope.
Also… two more Republic Commando novels are on the way.
In An American Mythology: Why Star Wars Still Matters Steven D. Greydanus looks at the mythic roots of the saga – and a few common criticisms.
Pablo finds an amusing letter in one of the old Marvel Comics…
Darth Morbus ponders religion and the force. Should we tell him about the folks who think they’re actual Jedi?
The Wookiee has no pants explores the use of religious metaphors in fandom.
Taxy’s adorable Pirates review doodle bring up Star Wars similarities. Beware spoilers!
Discussion: Beej wonders why people still make zines. I’ve been wondering that myself for years. Yeah, having fanfic in tangible form is nice, but that’s why Adobe gave us PDF format.
T’bone has heard a rumor that ILM may be outsourced to India. Grain of salt. Big heaping grains of salt.
ETA: Check the comments for some more looking into the issue.
ETA2: From the inside: Pablo calls bullshit.
Jedi Wampa’s treatise on the die hard fan. His State of the Fandom speech is a must-read for all Starwars.com blog regulars.
Sunnyskywalker is rereading Courtship of Princess Leia and taking notes. We salute your bravery, ma’am! Meanwhile, Gabri Jade analyzes Bantam whipping-book Children of the Jedi.
Snarky taglines for popular movies from The Jay.
Kenobi-fan rises to the challenge with entries on moonlighting mercenaries and dust cavities.
In the land of VIPs, Don Bies addresses the sale of ILM’s model unit and other fun and games, Aaron Allston is inducted into a gaming Hall of Fame, Pablo Hidalgo reviews Dead Man’s Chest, and Ryan Kaufman wonders if Luke would listen to Nirvana.
Dan Wallace looks at how other universes maintain continuity, prompting Master Ki-Aaron-Mundi to consider personal continuity. Continuity continuity continuity. Is your head spinning yet?
Point/Counterpoint: Jedi Learner on why he won’t be buying the unaltered editions; Rive Caedo on why he will buy the unaltered editions. Good points from both sides of the fence.
Padmeskywalker77 channels Carrie Bradshaw to explore Padme, Anakin, and the blinding nature of love.
Diviner525 reimagines some tunes.
Pablo Hidalgo is tired of the quip. Possible mild spoilers for X-Men: The Last Stand.
Dan Wallace considers species sterotyping in the GFFA with Gamorreans Drive Like This, but Gotals Drive Like This.
Pablo Hidalgo on the many faces behind Vader’s mask.
Rynne has some thoughts on alternate universe stories paralleling canon.
Lazypadawan on evil Star Wars characters and where Vader fits in.
Since it’s a slow week for the usual meta, let’s check out some of the various Livejournal communities:
This is actually from last year, but interesting nonetheless: At Popculture_sw, Kireina_michiru compiles a list of Star Wars references from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
And ot100, a fic community for original trilogy drabbles, has been relaunched.
Dan Wallace asks how spacey should Star Wars get? Or, hot chocolate: exotic?
Padawanroo discusses the percieved inconsistency of costuming in the prequels verses the original trilogy.
Pabawan gets us in the holiday mood with a three–part (so far) series on bringing a gaint bunny into Star Wars continuty.
Sunnyskywalker finds unexpected parallels in Anakin and Han.
Imadra_blue has a very length series on Obi-Wan and Anakin. First, the plausibility of Anakin/Obi-Wan, then her perception of Anakin and Obi-Wan in canon and wrapping up with a lengthy look at Anakin’s many issues.
And this may be a especially ironic read for some CJers, but I wrote up a bit defining bashing and why it’s bad. Yes, even when KJA is involved. I guess everyone has to grow up sometime.
Imadra_blue ponders fan fiction and fandom thinking and the two great loves of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s life. She also considers Anakin/Obi-Wan, canon, and believability, an issue Shoiryu has some thoughts on as well.
Pablo mocks the masses with 1977 Blog Titles. If you actually read blogs.starwars.com, this is hilarious. On a more serious note, annotations to week 3 of the Rookies webstrip. Paul joins in on the webstrip action with a update on Evasive Action #3.
Another interesting VIP blog: Dan Wallace on the never-published Clone Wars Sourcebook.
Rabidfangurl rants on fanfic and fandom. To which I say, hell yeah. Fangirl beatdown posse meets on Tuesday.
The Dark Moose considers Star Wars… with lawyers. Been there, done that.
Rive Caedo on returning to the roots of Star Wars. On a similar note, 101 Reasons Firefly is better than Star Wars! Funny because it’s true. Or not. Your choice.
Lazypadawan has a ‘fair and balanced’ review of Outbound Flight. It looks like she subscribes to the theory that every second Zahn character is a Mary Sue, but I found most of her points pretty on target. (I myself have harbored Suerific thoughts re: Thrawn and VOTF Mara, so to each their own.) EU fans may also be interested in Suzanne’s overview of the Dark Nest trilogy.