How BB-8 Actually Works

I just came across this picture showing how BB-8 (the droid in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, for the few who don’t recognize it immediately) actually works on the inside: [Read more…]

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Star Wars: Talmud or Gnostic Gospels?

The title of the post refers to two recent articles. One is Tom Smietana’s article in the Washington Post, offering a religious case for ignoring Episodes I, II, and III of Star Wars. He likens the prequels to the Gnostic Gospels – although he also has complaints about every episode except “A New Hope.” The [Read More…]

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Spoiler-Free Review of The Force Awakens

Stephen Matheson shared his experience of seeing the new Star Wars movie on Facebook, and considerately redacted out anything that might give away plot details. It was so good, I had to share it: Thoughts about The Force Awakens. Spoilers have been fully redacted, so you may read without fear of having your first viewing [Read More…]

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The Force Be With You (Extended Liturgy Edition)

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The Force Won’t Fix This

Someone should create a Republican Obi-Wan Twitter account, if they haven’t already… HT Hemant Mehta [Read more…]

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The Music of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I’m not sure whether it has always been true that the music in Star Wars is something that I notice only on a second viewing, or after hearing the soundtrack separately, or whether J. J. Abrams has the music feature less prominently than George Lucas did at key moments. But there is some truly wonderful [Read More…]

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I Saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

I’ve seen Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. For the most part, I love what J. J. Abrams has accomplished. Have you seen it yet? If not, you won’t want to read further. There are some major spoilers. It is only a minor spoiler to mention the fact that, when the introductory text rolls at [Read More…]

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Is This The Biggest Star Wars Spoiler Ever?

This is a photo of the most massive Star Wars spoiler I have ever come across. Seriously, have you ever come across a bigger Star Wars spoiler than this one?   [Read more…]

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Star Wars Weather Report

Enjoy this weather report from the UK for the day that The Force Awakens premiers. It is impressive that weather reporter Sian Welby manages to incorporate so many Star Wars puns, and to do so while keeping a straight face. Well done! My hope is that the day of the premier won’t lack a Rey [Read More…]

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The Holy Trilogy

This made me laugh: Of related interest, those who believe in getting back to the original form of the faith will want to look into the despecialized edition of the original trilogy. [Read more…]

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Spirituality of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Lancaster Online published an article about “The Spirituality of Star Wars,” and also put together a collection of other interesting materials related to Star Wars. Jeremy Smith put together a list to help people prepare for watching The Force Awakens. But while there is plenty of room to talk in serious ways about spirituality and [Read More…]

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