The Last Jedi and Living to See the Dawn – Finding Myself in Fiction: The Divine

About the series: Finding Myself in Fiction

This movie connected with me on innumerable levels, and it’s safe to say that The Last Jedi is my favorite film in the Star Wars franchise. We can, of course, talk about the ladies of the movie, but that’s not where I want to go right now. Instead, let’s talk about hope.

Modern parables do exist. And here is why Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is one of mine:

The Last Jedi spoilers, of course, below the cut.

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A Close Read of Star Wars Rebels: “Twin Suns” – Part 4 – Tatooine

JUST… BREATHE

In our last installment, we left off with an in-depth discussion about The Hero’s Journey and a touch of Force theory, and a lot of the past three installments have been analyzing parallels to other pieces of Star Wars media. So, before we dive back into literary theory, parallels, and symbolism, I want to take a step back and just acknowledge “Twin Suns” as a story that stands on its own.

Granted, Rebels is a highly serialized show, but even with Maul and Obi-Wan being “legacy” characters, you don’t need to know the movies or The Clone Wars to understand what’s going on. On the most basic level, you just need to know Rebels in order for the “Twin Suns” story to work. And I think that is significant, especially with all the callbacks and parallels and symbolism.

If you’ll allow me this small librarian metaphor:

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A Story is Like a Database

Transcript below the break.

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If Jane Austen Wrote The Empire Strikes Back

He dueled him for many a long minute, and then trapping him at the end of a gantry, removed his hand from his wrist. Luke was surprised, but said not a word beyond his cry of pain. After a silence of several minutes, Vader came towards him in an agitated manner, and thus began,

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to offer you a place at my side to throw down the Emperor and reign over this galaxy.”

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“Boring” Jameson Locke – Finding Myself in Fiction: The Good

About the series: Finding Myself in Fiction

There were two characters that inspired me to start this series, one of whom I’ve already written about on Eleven-ThirtyEight, about a minor Star Wars character. Around the same time I was writing that piece, I was asked to respond to the critique of Halo’s Jameson Locke as a “boring” character.

“What do you say to the arguments that Locke is boring because he’s extremely ‘by-the-books’ with no distinguishable opinion of his own, and because he’s so good natured – there’s no weakness of his to develop from and therefore no ground for the audience to attach to him?”

My usual response would be to start quoting canon, pointing out the places that Halo’s storytelling gives him depth. But in the end, my response turned wholly personal, an exploration of what Jameson Locke meant to me.

As such, it only seemed fitting that my first true post in the series Finding Myself in Fiction: The Good, the Ugly, and the Divine would fall to Jameson Locke.

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War for the Planet of the Apes Rewatch

Hot damn but what a film.

It combines a western-style revenge tale with a POW-escape film, couched in the weight of a biblical epic, all wrapped up in the trappings of science fiction. It looks like Lord of the Rings and breathes like a Miyazaki film.

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#SWRepMatters: Mental Health

Content warning for discussion of suicide

This was originally going to be a part of “Twin Suns” series, but with #SWRepMatters trending, I felt it was appropriate as its own piece: a conversation-starter regarding the representation of mental disabilities/mental illness in Star Wars.

 

The Issue

As I have been working on my close read of the Star Wars Rebels episode “Twin Suns,” I have been skirting around using certain language. In part one, I talked about the mask Maul slips over his “obsession.” In all parts, I have mentioned a regression of his “state.” However, as I near a particular scene, which will prompt me to talk in-depth about The Clone Wars episode “Brothers,” there is something that I cannot avoid.

Ableism.

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