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40 Things I Love About Star Wars: Part 3

Your likes about something can say a lot about you as a person. To some people, of course, me liking the Star Wars prequels means that I’m young and I’m not bothered by campy dialogue. Go figure. But I also like the Original Trilogy, which means I still have good taste, and I get a kick out of Han and Leia bickering just like everybody else does. More importantly, liking Star Wars means that I like stories that make me think and learn. And I love redemption stories, a lot. I like the costumes and the different planets and the spaceships and the music score. I think that’s because I value everything human that went into making these films and creating this world: the gifts and talents of the actors, the hard work of designers and animators, Trisha Biggar’s absolutely exquisite costume work on the prequels, John Williams’ touch with the music, and of course George Lucas’ vision. I think of Star Wars, and I think of someplace beautiful I can go to in my mind. There is so much about it that resonates with me.

Here are 10 more things that I think make Star Wars amazing.

21. The John WIlliams score

I don’t think I would love Star Wars half as much as I do if not for the incredible work of John Williams. His scores for Star Wars are my favorite movie soundatracks. The opening theme just gets me so PUMPED! I really love the Force theme and the Imperial March. From the original trilogy I like Princess Leia’s theme, “Luke and Leia” from Return of the Jedi, and “The Asteroid Field”. But ask me about the Prequels, darling: “Duel of the Fates,” “Across the Stars,” “Anakin vs. Obi-wan,” “General Grievous,” Anakin’s Dream”, “Qui-Gon’s Funeral”. And one of the first things I liked about The Force Awakens was the score: it definitely made me feel like I was back in that galaxy far far away. While the rest of the film invoked the original trilogy, it was the music score that tied TFA back to the prequels the most. And Rey’s Theme is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard, period.

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There are a lot of composers, but John Williams is a true Maestro! Atlanta Black Star

22. The Millennium Falcon

Is it a piece of junk, or is it a work of art? Whatever your opinion, the Millennium Falcon is definitely one of the spaceships that made Star Wars what it is. The Falcon, she’s a temperamental ship, she’s outdated and falling apart, but with some in-the-nick-of-time repairs and a master pilot at the helm, she comes together to get our heroes to safety and across the galaxy on their next adventure. And she’s more than handy in a space battle. Han Solo’s attachment to her is a touch humorous, born of the hours of work he’s put into her (and probably the guzzloads of credits) and the fun he’s had flying her. It is as true in Star Wars as it is in real life, you love most the things you put the most time into. The Falcon was a fun touch in The Force Awakens and I definitely look forward to seeing her fly in episodes 8 and 9. But it would be a real scandal, however, if she didn’t make any appearances in the upcoming Han Solo movie.

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“Don’t worry, she’ll hold together…hear me baby? hold together”

23. Chewbacca

And of course, where would Han Solo or the Millennium Falcon be without Han’s loyal sidekick Chewbacca? Chewie is a dang good pilot and a great fighter. Like all good friends, he is loyal to Han but also a critic who speaks up when Han needs to hear it. And he is a great friend to everyone else he meets. What’s not to love?

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24. Queen Amidala’s Royal Starship

The Millennium Falcon may be a dream ride for some. But for me, if I want to cruise across the galaxy and look good doing it, I want something a little more shiny. Make it Queen Amidala’s royal starship from The Phantom Menace. This vessel blends state-of-the-art space travel technology with an elegant, sleek design and dazzling chrome plating. The interior quarters are stately but not overly decorated. Padmé gets other, cooler-looking ships in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, but the original Royal Starship is a classic, simple and refined. While the Falcon lent itself to the rustic air of the original trilogy,  the Queen’s starship helped set the sleeker design tone of the Prequels. I swear, I’m not paid to advertise Nubian yachts! But this one’s a real beauty.

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25. Finn

Finn is new guy in the galaxy. But he’s not just any new guy. He’s an ex-First Order stormtrooper.

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Dork Side of the Force

Some of you may have come across the short novel Before the Awakening, which details some of the adventures of Finn, Rey, and Poe prior to the beginning of The Force Awakens. Finn’s chapter made it evident that before the raid on the Jakku village Finn had been harboring doubts about wanting to spend his life serving the First Order. It hadn’t been his decision to make in the first place, considering how the First Order abducts infants to be brainwashed and programmed. Finn was one of the best up-and-coming troopers in the ranks. And yet he knew that he wasn’t fighting for a good cause. When he got his chance, he rescued Poe Dameron and got the ball rolling (sorry, BB-8) to getting a coveted piece of a star chart to the Resistance. He was a loyal and protective friend to Rey and he risked everything to rescue her. Considering how much courage it took to desert the First Order in the first place, Finn’s strength of character is amazing. But he’s a fun character because life after being a stormtrooper takes some adjusting.

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26. Space Travel

I’m really comfortable with how they do space travel in the Star Wars universe. Even if your trip across the galaxy is uneventful, it’s still fun. No fancy spacesuits unless you’re on a high-risk mission. Artificial gravity works pretty consistently. Smooth take-off and landing. You’ve got a wide variety of planets that you can visit. And the ships are amazing. All shapes and sizes.

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And I LOVE jumping to hyperspace!

27. Poe Dameron

Oscar Isaac was literally the only person in the cast of The Force Awakens besides the returning OT stars that I had heard about. I wish Poe had gotten more screen time, but what we got was phenomenal. His ease and charm and sarcasm won me over instantly.

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I loved how he instantly bonded with Finn. And there’s something to be said for his courage, too. Of course, I love how Poe looks after that little cutie BB-8.

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And he’s a great pilot. Pilots deserve more screen time in Star Wars.

28. The Cast

I could do a whole post about these beautyful people—heck, I may just do that for my personal blog. But let me hit the highlights. Carrie Fisher, of course, I had the honor of meeting in person. Mark Hamill came to Salt Lake Comic Con last fall and he hit it out of the park. The cast of The Force Awakens are a bunch of adorable people.

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Gwendoline Christie is known for playing tough female characters, but offscreen she’s a total cinnamon roll.

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And then there’s Ewan McGregor:



A few Photoshop edits and he’d be in character.

For the record, he’s the celebrity crush I’ve had the longest. And the man who convinced me that there are reasonable exceptions for men to have facial hair.


A kilted Ewan McGregor holds his OBE for services to Drama and Charity after a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London on June 28, 2013.:


29. The Jedi Knights

For over a thousand years, the Jedi were the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy. The Jedi Order itself was corrupt in the end. But the ideals it stood for have stood the test of time in that galaxy and our own. Their unique connection with the Force enabled the Jedi to be peacekeepers and negotiators without equal, and they were powerful warriors. Plus, their fashion sense: dang. A Jedi, even when not officially being a Jedi, can fit in just about anywhere.  Is it any wonder that I want to be one?

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30. Darth Maul

To be honest, I have kind of mixed feelings about Maul coming back for Clone Wars and Rebels. I usually prefer villains to stay dead (Sam Witwer’s performance as Crazy Maul, though. There are few performances in this world more astounding). But Darth Maul is one of the best villains in Star Wars period, even if he didn’t last long in the movies. He is silent and deadly. He wears ALL BLACK. He has a double-bladed red lightsaber. He just drips awesome.

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Also I’ve met the actor Ray Park and he’s actually a sweetheart.



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40 Things I Love About Star Wars: Part 1

As promised last week, now through April I will be doing a monthly post listing 40 things I like about Star Wars. Bear in mind, these are in no particular order of importance, and I may be going back and writing individual posts about these as the year passes. What do you like about the things/characters I have listed? Feel free to share your thoughts!

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Maz Kanata: For All Your Awkward Space Mom Needs

Han Solo leads Rey, Finn, and BB-8 through the front doors of the castle and into the main hall. Weird music plays in the background as they wander through a maze of bizarre alien patrons eating and drinking and talking. Off to one side, a very short, female creature wearing large goggles is lifting a tray when she stops suddenly. She turns around and shouts,


Silence falls. All of the cantina patrons turn in the direction that the hostess is facing.

The old smuggler shrugs and gives an awkward smile. He had been hoping to get in and out without attracting attention. Well, Maz is that “one friend” of his.

“Hello, Maz.”

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Who is the Girl from Jakku?

Hello. Once again, I’m running behind. Life happens. But, better late than never, here are a few thoughts on Rey:

Rey claims to be a nobody. But when The Force Awakens came out, her innocence, wit, and charm stole the show, and then she came out swinging against Kylo Ren. Nearly all of the marketing attention was on Finn—let’s face it, trailers have to be misleading—and even though I had high expectations for Rey she proved to be more amazing than I could have thought.

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11 Unknowns We Have About Star Wars Episode VIII

(sorry I didn’t get around to writing last week. I have a new job and life is kind of crazy right now)

As of next Friday, we are seventeen months out from Star Wars Episode VIII. We got a set visit by Prince William and a few bizarre pictures of on-location shooting in Europe. Beyond that, we have no plot details and no title. Considering the publicity timeline for The Force Awakens, the lack of info is not surprising. But at this point in the wait, everything is fair game for speculation, including the unrealistic expectations we’ve been nursing since last December. Here are eleven in-universe questions I have about what may or may not be happening in the next installment of the saga. Some questions will be answered as time goes on, but some will have to wait until December 15, 2017 (which, oddly enough, is the day after my 2_th birthday)

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13 Fandom Deaths That Will Always Be Too Soon

Here’s a short tribute to the saddest deaths in some of our fandoms, to the ones who die without being likely to come back.  None of these are necessarily in order, and I don’t have time to discuss the hows and whys of all their deaths today. But see if you can make it through this post without crying. Also, spoilers for just about everything.

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Lizy’s 10 Favorite Star Wars Videos

In the immortal words of Obi-wan Kenobi in Revenge of the Sith,

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I’m posting a bit early this week, but today is Star Wars day and, as some of us are painfully aware, this particular May the 4th marks the calm before a Marvel storm. To liven up your Star Wars Day and to keep the celebration going afterward, here are some of my favorite Star Wars fan videos.

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Of Villains and Victims

“It is our choices, Harry, that make us who we truly are, far more than our abilities.”  Over the last few years, I have come to realize that there is a lot of truth to this statement. Choices are what decide whether we’re good or bad, not what we’re capable of doing.  Choices also determine our character more than the bad things we put up with in life. There was a banner on the wall of my high school gym: attitude is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react. That is the difference between a villain and a victim.

WARNING: Skip the next two paragraphs if you don’t want spoilers for Supergirl

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The Perfect Star Wars Party

(All the photos in this post are mine)

One more Star Wars post wouldn’t hurt before the hype dies down too much.  To celebrate the premiere of The Force Awakens back in December (and also to celebrate my birthday, which was the same week) I threw a little Star Wars party.  I didn’t have more than five people show up, but all who came had a good time. To get in the Star Wars spirit I prepared themed snacks and games.  I thought you might like to read about them, in case you want some Star Wars party ideas of your own and also to review my experience making these treats and games.

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10 Reasons the Prequels are still Relevant in ‘The Force Awakens’

I know what you were thinking when you read the title: “Liz, you have got to be kidding.”  Why would I joke about something this important?

I get that The Force Awakens was written to appeal to fans of the original trilogy.  You don’t have to have seen the prequels to understand or enjoy this film.  But what really bugs me is the mentality that some people have that “the prequels sucked and The Force Awakens is Star Wars being awesome again.” To me, Star Wars has always been awesome. 

I’m not buying into Lucasfilm trying to appease the haters. But I am going along with The Force Awakens being the first installment of a new story for a new generation.  True, they had to throwback to the original trilogy in terms of plot and visual style because for some reason otherwise people wouldn’t get on board with it. But the prequels are the foundation for the story that’s being told: there’s more to it that just the gimmicks. I’m just here to share my perspective and hope maybe you’ll gain something from reading this.

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