Thanksgiving for Star Wars

Star Wars ThanksgivingThanksgiving helps us realize all we have in life, but it can also be a trying time. No one is more aware of this fact than our friends in the Star Wars galaxy. Think about everything you do during Thanksgiving: gather at one place, get the turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and yams, weird onion-green bean dish that you eat but don’t really like, and pumpkin pie ready, sit down and eat it all while dealing with family members you may or may not like to be around. Afterward (or . . . before?), it’s time for naps, touch football in the yard, and real football on TV.

Now take all of that and plop it into the Star Wars galaxy. For one, you think your family doesn’t get along well, gathered around the Thanksgiving dinner table? Luke and Leia’s dad has tried to kill all of them, encased Han Solo in Carbonite, used thousands of Wookie slaves to build his world-obliterating superweapon, and had C-3PO torn apart. There’s an awkward dinner table for you, and it isn’t even bringing up when Luke and Leia kissed.

Secondly, are there turkeys in Star Wars (not counting Episode I)? Are there potatoes? Are there tasteful Thanksgiving centerpieces, even? They’re probably going to end up eating those big bug-cows from Episode II, Eopie stew, goatgrass salad, meatelo, and rainbow berry pie. It all just sounds so delicious.

On to the games! It is wildly unfair to use force powers for a friendly game of touch football . . . and, for the record, so is being a gigantic bear-person. So maybe the crew forgoes playing their own game, and just settles in to watch on the television. It’s the Nal Hutta Hutts against the Hoth Wampas, the Malastare Dugs against the Yavin Rebels, and the Dathomir Rancors against the Dagobah Yodas: plenty of fun for everyone, except Han, who’s a Wampas fan. They’re not doing so well this year.

So, maybe it won’t be that bad. Not any worse than an Earth-based Thanksgiving. Thanks for reading, we hope you have a great beginning to the holiday season!

News for Star Wars Films

Star Wars film newsFour billion dollars might seem like a lot of money, but when it’s four billion dollars for Star Wars, perhaps the most successful anything, anywhere, it’s nothing. Disney looks to make back that money as fast as it can, and sees no end to their hilarious Uncle Scrooge money vault plans. Some recent news has made this abundantly clear.

Case in point: After Episode VII comes out on what time-scientists have dubbed “the eighteenth of Star Wars-ember,” movies will continue to be released at the rate of about once a year. Next year, Rogue One will come out on the sixteenth of December in 2016, Episode VIII in May of 2017, and more through 2020 (the sequel trilogy and three anthology films).

Lawrence Kasdan, a legacy writer for Star Wars books and co-writer of Episode VII, says: “Star Wars is its own genre. Like all genre, it can hold a million different kinds of artists and stories. They say ‘Buddha is what you do to it.’ And that’s Star Wars. It can be anything you want it to be.” Here he’s talking about the endless possibilities the Star Wars universe has to offer – it’s easy for anyone to see, even without the expanded universe to pick from, all the available fun someone could have using information from the canon. For instance, the Clone Wars and Rebels.

Star Wars’ huge presence in media – all medias – almost guarantees a good return, but there’s always the possibility Star Wars Episode VII doesn’t garner the critical response Disney wants. It will still certainly earn them buckets of cash, but in that case, would their plans change? This news makes it more clear it will not.

In a small bit of Star Wars-unrelated news, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy is also considering revitalizing the Indiana Jones franchise, but there isn’t even so much as a timetable in place. Clearly, all of their resources are being dumped into Star Wars.

Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed this run down of recent Star Wars news. Come back next week for more fan information!

Costume for each Star Wars Character

Star Wars characters in costume
Warwick dresses as the King of Pop

It’s time to put your costume away — Halloween’s come and gone, and by now our body chemistry has re-asserted itself to something approaching human physiology, instead of just masquerading as a garbage bin full of sugar and peanuts. Even in the Star Wars galaxy, Halloween is an important event, or at least we’re going to pretend it is for the duration of this blog post. We got to thinking: What would characters from the Star Wars movies dress up as during their spooky fun?

Luke Skywalker:

Luke Skywalker’s a hero. He’s always wanted to be a hero. He takes on the mantle of the defender, working hard to keep everyone around him safe. If he wore a Captain America costume, he’d even be able to simulate the Marvel character’s signature shield throw by utilizing the Force.

Princess Leia:

Princess Leia has never been one to sit back and let others do the work for her, even when the action takes place in space. She leads, and she works hard to succeed. Following in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth (a name which means nothing to her), who was a truck driver and mechanic as an eighteen-year-old princess in World War II, Leia is a hard-working head of state, ready to do her part. Rosie the Riveter is the obvious choice.

Darth Vader:

It may not be common knowledge, but Vader’s iconic mask and armor was inspired by samurai armors, mostly from Akira Kurosawa’s epic Japanese films. Since he can’t exactly exit his armor (thought his burnt flesh would make a sterling zombie look), the Big V modifies his suit slightly, starts carrying around a katana, and refers to the emperor as “Shogun.”

Chewbacca:

Unless he was willing to shave off all his fur and become the galaxy’s largest naked mole rat, Chewbacca has fewer options than most when it comes to picking a costume. He could try to stay blurry in any photographs taken during Halloween and say he was going as Bigfoot, but that’s the easy way out. He could be Cousin Itt, the Beast from Beauty and the Beast, or he might try getting Han Solo to dress up as Wilson so he can be Tom Hanks from Castaway.

Darth Maul:

Darth Maul probably wouldn’t wear a costume, since he wants people to think he’s the scariest thing in the galaxy.

C-3PO:

Threepio is a fan of the classics. He likes the times when men were men, women were women, and droids were droids. He would dress as B-9, from Lost in Space (the original series, of course).

Lando Calrissian:

Han Solo.

Lando wearing Han Solo's clothes

Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed a look into some of our favorite Star Wars characters, and what costume they might have been rocking this year. Be sure to come back next week for more fun fan information!

Jawas: The Scavengers of the Sands

Jawas
Jawas

Jawas, the ubiquitous robed characters of Tatooine, are a group many know of but few know about. Here, today, we look to lift the veil of secrecy and give you an unprecedented look under the hood.

We never get anything approaching a real look at a Jawa during any of the movies, the few physical aspects they possess can be listed quickly: Brown robes, glowing yellow eyes, about a meter tall, travel in packs and scavenge the desert for scraps. Study of corpses and skeletal remains told biologists Jawas appear to be gaunt, rodent-like creatures with shrunken faces. Some think that Jawas and Tusken Raiders, another Tatooine species, are related, but the evidence is conflicting; some speculate Jawas descend from humans.

While the traditional robe is brown, numerous colors have been seen. They keep their faces covered at all times to maintain as much moisture as possible; the only part of their body that is open to the air is their hands, which have tufts of fur on the palms. One special point of interest for Jawas is their potent personal odor, which contains information about their identity, health, clam, last meal, maturity, arousal, and even mood. They have exceptional night vision, a strong immune system, and a high metabolism stemming from a 116 degree body temperature (Farenheit).

As the dry climate of Tatooine made debris long-lasting, the Jawas became a compulsive scavenging community, gathering everything and anything they could with the hopes of selling or finding a use for it. They became good mechanics and builders, but became notorious for fixing something just well enough to sell it. Jawas lived in separate clan families, each with distinct territories for living and scavenging. Adults would travel with the Sandcrawlers to trade and sell while the children were raised in the Jawa’s walled cities with their collected scrap, safe from storms, tusken raiders, and other dangers of the desert.

Jawa engineers
Jawa engineers

No canonical source shows what the Jawas look like under their hoods, but multiple sources show conflicting data about their origin. Some say that they, and the Tusken Raiders, are differing evolutions of the Kumumgah, some say the Jawas are devolved or evolved from humans, and some combine the theories. The Jawas were the subject of a strange copyright case. In 1978, Neil Young had small hooded creatures with glowing eyes on stage during a concert tour, in a film, and on the cover of the album Rust Never Sleeps. The case was settled out of court.

Thanks for reading this breakdown of the Jawa culture, and be sure to come back next week for more fun fan information!