Star Wars: The Last Jedi just released a little over a week ago and just like almost everything in pop culture, it is causing quite the stir. Some fans loved it, some fans hated it. Some fans had expectations on where the story was going, and the movie did not live up to those expectations. A lot of these fans have become very vocal on social media, some even going so far as to start a petition for TLJ to not be Star Wars canon.
Every one of the characters on this list so far have been heroes. This is probably not an accident. I have never been one to love the villains in a show or movie or book. I almost alway s pull for the hero. That’s what I like, a really great good guy. That being said, I have to recognize that every good story I like has a good villain or two. So, it’s not that I don’t like the villains, or appreciate the villains. It’s more that I identify more with the good guys. Most of the time.
Not really on purpose, but I have a few Star Wars characters featured this week. I know I emphasized that I wanted a diversity of characters from a wide selection of films on this list this week, and now I am doing my second Star Wars character. I’`ll be honest, with the Last Jedi coming out in about a month, I kind of have Star Wars on the brain. Plus, there are a lot of really great characters in the Star Wars Universe. I probably could have done a list of 30 characters all from Star Wars, so two or three isn’t that bad, really.
This is the beginning of a mother week in our 30 day series. Last week my theme was comics characters. This week I am looking at seven of my favorite movie characters and why I love them. Obviously, movies is a pretty broad category. Most of my characters in this category will be from nerdy fandoms, but some won’t To me, films are a nerdy fandom all their own. I love a good film. I also love a corny film done well. Mostly, I just love movies.
If you haven’t heard by now, Jake has decided that The Geeky Mormon needs to go in a new direction, and as me contributing articles does not fit with his vision for the site, I will no longer be writing. For the time being, plan on me still writing, but exclusively for my personal blog, The Jedi in Jeans. It was a pleasure writing for The Geeky Mormon and sharing all of my geeky thoughts with you. Before I go, here are a few things I want to share with you that I have learned from both my interests in sci-fi and fantasy, and from my faith as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in other words, from being a Geeky Mormon. I won’t elaborate on some of the themes too much. A picture’s worth a thousand words, so I will include pictures/quotes from our favorite stories as well as appropriate scripture references. I may very well have addressed some of these themes in my other posts. Other than that, I will leave the interpretation to you.
Let me explain something to you about my feelings for Star Wars: Yes, I do like the Prequels. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the Original Trilogy. Oh no, far from it. And that doesn’t mean I don’t get a kick out of the eloquent Han Solo, skipper of the Millennium Falcon.
I heard it said recently that Rogue One: A Star Wars story didn’t have an opening crawl because it was, in effect, the story behind the opening crawl of Episode IV: A New Hope. The “first victory” of the Rebellion over the Empire was the battle fought at Scarif. Scarif was the first in a series of events including Princess Leia’s capture, the destruction of Alderaan, and the battle of Yavin that marked the start of the Galactic Civil War. After Yavin, the Rebel Alliance was a primarily military group fighting an open war against the Empire. If you paid attention to Rogue One, HOWEVER, you may have noticed that this was not the case beforehand.
In one of my Spanish classes at BYU, there was a page in my textbook devoted to Latino actors that American students may have heard of. My professor pointed out that one of them, Jimmy Smits, had been in Star Wars. My classmates had no idea what he was talking about.
And I was like, “¿Por que no saben el padre adoptivo de princesa Leia?” *smh*
On this day forty years ago, Star Wars: A New Hope came to cinemas.
Forty years ago. Think of it. That was before a lot of us were born. Some of us have parents who weren’t even born then. Some of us have parents who were there in the summer of 1977 who went and saw it and then saw it again and again and again, and who were there for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
This week I am going to round out my list of 40 things I love about Star Wars. But I have decided that this is only the beginning of celebrating the 40th anniversary of this franchise. This year, I want to write a total of 40 posts about Star Wars, both for TGM and my personal blog, The Jedi in Jeans. We’ve got a long ways to go, so stay tuned! Enjoy May the 4th this week, if you have a minute with all the other fandom shenanigans going on.