Intro / Preface / Extra Words
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A long time ago in a newsletter far far away... well at least several weeks (months?) ago when we started building this issue, a Star Wars movie was a freshly minted thing and you probably had just seen The Last Jedi or were at least consciously abstaining from seeing it as beneath you. But in the way of these things (i.e. people motivated by the purity of passion and not for crass monetary remuneration) we find ourselves in February and you've probably moved onto newer and shinier things. But that doesn't mean there isn't a special place in your heart for wars in the stars and hopefully this themed issue will help you survive until the upcoming launch of Calvin and I's new skin care line Force+Sith...
"Mos Eisley Cantina Theme" played with a pencil
What's the sequence of events that leads to someone coming up with something this awesome? -Brian
The 25 Best Star Wars Games of All Time | Den of Geek
Aside from Tie Fighter not being #1 as it should be this is a pretty good list. -Brian
Let's Talk About The Weirdest (And Best) Scene In The Last Jedi
I think I'm 100% on board with this take on The Last Jedi. Some of you may have seen the original first movie – it is hard to figure out how people are referring to that one these days, by the way – in theaters and I am jealous. I think everyone has forgotten how strange and goofy and awkward that movie would have been to the adults who wandered into it the first time around. Keep Star Wars Weird. – Calvin
The most downvoted Reddit comment of all time
Apparently nobody believes that requiring 1,000's of hours to unlock Darth Vader in a Star Wars shooter is about instilling a sense of "pride and accomplishment" and not about trying to get as many people as possible to pony up real cash (after they've already bought the full priced game). -Brian
The Last Jedi's Porgs Are Just Puffins
Not a lot extra to say here. A very clear title, but worth a skim. – Calvin
The Empire Did Nothing Wrong
This is what the internet is best at, finding a tiny little edge in a sheer walled cliff of a concept and ending up like a mountain goat inexplicably yet comfortable perched in mid-air. -Brian
If Jane Austen Wrote The Empire Strikes Back
Another very clear title. I am an absolute sucker for things like this. Including rap songs sung by folk artists. I know that's dumb but I don't care.
He paused, and saw with no slight indignation that Vader was listening with an air which proved him wholly unmoved by any feeling of remorse.
Oh man, it's gold. Thanks to Philip H. for the link! – Calvin
First Thoughts on The Last Jedi
A pretty balanced breakdown of the movie overall. I think that my biggest issue with the movie (I didn't have many) was the entirety of the Finn/Rose plot – although the guy who wrote this article enjoyed it. To me, nix that whole subplot and the movie becomes reasonable in length and I would re-watch it more often. Also I wanted a more detailed explanation of the Knights of Ren. Maybe next time. – Calvin
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Carrie Fisher Wrote Leia’s Most Touching Final Moments
OK, Leia's superhero flight in space was a little goofy but overall, I thought Fisher was wonderful and I'm sad she won't be in the next one to wrap up this trilogy. RIP. – Calvin
A New Old Skywalker
Gonna end on a real serious and nerdy note.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of my favorite humans. I hadn't thought of Luke's character in this movie this deeply, but I love this take on it. The basic premise:
The way I see it, The Last Jedi takes two big risks in its depiction of Luke. 1) He’s different than he used to be. 2) Not only is he different, he’s changed for the worse.
Risks, indeed. Shoutout to Gerry for the link. – Calvin