Star Wars

Trump is Voldemort: Pop Culture Iconography in Social Movements

March 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

“Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.” ~ Albus Dumbledore It’s no secret that fandom has always been a site of political resistance. Fan activism is a natural byproduct of fandom, whether it is writing “genderfuck” fanfiction, organizing letter-writing campaigns to save a show from cancellation, or creating fan activist organizations. However, at a point in history when fan communities are moving from more //

‘Rogue One’ Has a Women Problem

December 29, 2016 // 4 Comments

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. If you haven’t seen it yet, encase yourself in frozen carbonite and come back when you’ve recovered from hibernation sickness. In a 1978 interview on The Tonight Show, Johnny Carson asked astronomer Carl Sagan about the scientific accuracy of the Star Wars films. Sagan responded with disappointment about the one-dimensionality of the series’ creatures: “They’re all white. The skin of all the humans in Star //

REVIEW: Rogue One is a Fun, Nostalgic, and Unnecessary Addition to the Star Wars Canon

December 16, 2016 // 2 Comments

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. If you haven’t seen it yet, encase yourself in frozen carbonite and come back when you’ve recovered from hibernation sickness. A Star Wars film used to be a rare occurrence. George Lucas’ original and prequel trilogies, separated by 16 years of fan theorizing and expanded universe literature, only released their individual episodes at intervals of three years, stretching out the anticipation factor for as //

StormPilot and the Race to the Future of Slash

February 4, 2016 // 2 Comments

“StormPilot” – the wildly popular new slash ship from the new Star Wars: Force Awakens film – has taken both fandom and the mainstream media by storm. Articles abound in mainstream press outlets about the pairing, discussing with all seriousness its genuine popularity and the possibility of its canonization. While pieces like this historically were often a not so subtle dig at the strange, exotic customs of those subcultural oddities – the fangirls and boys and people of the world – //

The Science of Starkiller Base

January 16, 2016 // 2 Comments

Science in Popular Culture is a column by contributor Jae Bailey. In this column, Jae explores the science and technology of bionic limbs, arc reactors, and Death Stars in popular culture. WARNING: This article may contain spoilers for The Force Awakens. In the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, the original trilogy’s evil Empire has been replaced by the more sinister First Order. While the Empire couldn’t get enough of building planet destroying death stars, the First //