Ten Ways Star Wars is a Western

The wild success of The Mandalorian took nearly everyone by surprise, including Star Wars fans. In late 2019, the fanbase was drained by years of social media battles about the meaning and reaction to the sequel trilogy, and “a project about Boba Fett” had languished in development hell for years. Expectations were somewhat low, especially


Ten times the Star Wars universe was a master of ‘show don’t tell’

This article contains spoilers for various Star Wars shows, including Star Wars: The Bad Batch.  Anyone who’s ever written (or, in my case, tried to write) has probably heard the advice to “show, don’t tell.” Like most good guidance, it sounds simple, but it’s incredibly difficult.  “Show, don’t tell” invites the reader to draw his or her own conclusions.


Ten things we now know about Bad Batch’s Omega

This article contains spoilers about the first season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch and The Mandalorian. We’re just past the halfway point in The Bad Batch, and it’s a good time to check in on what’s been revealed about the newest main character in the Star Wars galaxy, Omega (no last name please; she’s


10 ways World War II influenced the original Star Wars

Like much of the rest of Western culture, the Star Wars community has been locked in an argument not only about the political messages in various forms of media but rather whether political messaging is present at all. Part of the fight stems from the fact that we don’t even agree on precisely how “political”


Star Wars: What’s the birth order and age of the Bad Batch?

We know they’re new to being on their own, but how old are the members of the Bad Batch? And were they all born at the same time? They seem like late teenagers in their behavior and decision-making, although physically, they are full-grown men. But The Bad Batch is far from Saved By the Bell:


Star Wars: 10 Reasons to have hope for Crosshair

This article contains spoilers for Season 1 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch. Let’s check in on Crosshair, kids. Little has been seen of the least loquacious member of the Bad Batch since his inhibitor chip was enhanced by the Kaminoans for the benefit of the Empire. In last week’s drop of Episode 8, Crosshair


10 ways the Star Wars universe prepared us for Baby Yoda

Some of the most fascinating new Star Wars properties invite us to subtly deepen our knowledge of longtime fixtures in the franchise. Whether the new media exists in blockbuster new films or long-term streaming releases, the acquisition of Star Wars by Disney+ means many changes and additions to the existing canon. Sometimes this means revisiting


Could Star Wars fans see a live action return of Wedge Antilles?

This article contains spoilers for Season 2 of The Mandalorian. As Monsters & Critics recently reported, Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor let slip some details about his upcoming series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, during an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live. McGregor plays the title role, which was first made famous by Alec Guinness in the first Star


10 Ways the Bad Batch is “Cornered”

Episode 4 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch was full of action and atmospheric nods, if not a great deal of forward motion on the series’ main plot. Little was said of Crosshair, Tarkin, Rex, or the fretting of the Kamino cloners. Besides dropping in further evidence of the Empire’s bureaucratic spread (Palpatine has moved