Star Wars Monopoly and the Merchandising of Rey

Over the past twenty-four hours, I’ve seen a number of people, some friends, some not, outraged by Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens Monopoly set because it doesn’t include a player token for Rey. For background on the story, see this article in The Guardian. For an example of the outrage, see this Gizmodo article. … Continue reading Star Wars Monopoly and the Merchandising of Rey

Who Is Supreme Leader Snoke?

Who is Supreme Leader Snoke? Radio Times delves into the soundtracks for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Revenge of the Sith, and they notice something interesting. The Force Awakens‘ shadowy villain, Supreme Leader Snoke, has a familiar motif, one that first appeared in Revenge of the Sith. It’s the motif that plays when Senator … Continue reading Who Is Supreme Leader Snoke?

Feelings on the Star Wars Trailer

A trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens dropped today: It’s nice. I smiled while watching it, and seeing Harrison Ford at the end certainly filled me with some excitement. Enough excitement to go see it? Perhaps not. Here’s the thing. The Star Wars series has always been something I’ve liked, but not … Continue reading Feelings on the Star Wars Trailer

On Volkswagen’s Star Wars Commercial and the Girl Vader

I drive a Volkswagen Beetle. It makes me very happy, though I’d be happier if the CD player didn’t skip. Volkswagen has always made fabulous commercials. I remember vividly the Cabrio commercial that introduced millions to “Pink Moon” and the work of Nick Drake. And, of course, there’s this one. Many people have seen this … Continue reading On Volkswagen’s Star Wars Commercial and the Girl Vader

On Snoopy and the Death Star Run

Prompted by my friend Todd‘s exhortation to download a Star Wars fan film, last night I downloaded “Beagle,” a two-minute long animated short following Snoopy and Woodstock in the Rebel attack on the original Death Star over Yavin IV. I’ve watched it five times now, and each time I’ve been disappointed. First, “Beagle” doesn’t recreate … Continue reading On Snoopy and the Death Star Run