Star Wars Valentines

As Valentine’s Day Approaches, Star Wars fans will be looking for those expressions of love that are strong in the Force. There are lots of free Star Wars valentines available online, including some that are posted because their awfulness makes them somehow wonderful. There’s even a category dedicated to Star Wars Valentines on the site [Read More...]

Nerds Reconsidering Star Wars Religion

A recent article in Tablet Magazine challenges the religious message of Star Wars in interesting ways (HT The Lead and Religion Nerd). On the one hand, the article makes some good points about the superficiality of some Star Wars spirituality, or the attempt to let “following one’s bliss” be a guide to life. Yet on [Read More...]

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Super Bowl Commercials

It is really striking just how many of the Super Bowl commercials this year have had a sci-fi focus – and one fits the category of fantasy, featuring vampires. Which was your favorite? The Star Wars one has a pretty good twist, I thought, but the Chevy post-2012-apocalypse is my favorite of the ones I [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet (and the First Regeneration)

The episode “The Tenth Planet” marks an important turning point in the history of Doctor Who – and not only because it introduced the Cybermen who would feature perennially throughout the show’s history. This was the last episode with William Hartnell. Doctor Who seems to be rather unique in having discovered a way to change [Read More...]

Darth Vader Tebowing

Someone snapped this photo of Darth Vader, tebowing in celebratory thanksgiving to his lord, after cutting the opposing team into 316 pieces in the Jedi vs. Sith football championship. Fans of the team may wish to purchase this commemorative statue, “Vader Tebowing,” for the low price of only 499.95 Imperial Credits. [Read more...]

Droids with Feelings (or is it Existential Angst?)

I’ve actually written some serious treatments of whether machines can ever be people, including in my chapter in Religion and Science Fiction. The series of posters that IO9 highlighted today about droids suffering from what they described as “low self esteem” actually seem to me to depict them doing more than that, reflecting on very [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Terminus

The second episode in the Black Guardian trilogy, “Terminus,” is another episode I actually remember watching in my younger years, although some of the details had become sketchy. This is an episode which features an element that is common in Doctor Who and illustrates a major contrast with Star Wars. In the latter, it is [Read More...]

Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Exclusivism, Inclusivism and Pluralism

Bob Cargill pointed out to me an article in CNN about the latest volleys in the Star Trek vs. Star Wars wars, with not only fans but actors getting involved in the controversy (and George Takei’s entertaining attempt to argue for the need for peace so as to face a common foe). To me, the [Read More...]

The Black Knight of the Sith

How could I not have seen this before? Hilarious! [Read more...]

Nobody Liked Caroling With Yoda

Jim West shared this “just for me,” and even though a year ago this I shared, presumably repeating things once a year bother anyone going to is not. [Read more...]

Envisaging A Better Star Wars Christmas Special

By Lar DeSouza. HT Steampunk Boba Fett on Facebook. [Read more...]


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