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The Big Clean-Up Project – Part I

I’ve wanted to make an official post about this project of mine for some time. Still, I’ve either been too busy with other life stuff OR too lazy 😅 The thing is, though, I’ve been putting this off for a long time, and I know that my site is not going to get any better if I don’t start cleaning up the content. I know it has a crapload of content to sift through, and I won’t have to update all of it. I am just looking to move content I don’t want on this blog to my other blogs if the content is a fit (like movie reviews I don’t want on this blog) and general upkeep such as linking back to all of my images, edits etc. on Pinterest for maximum exposure (at least that is my goal!) As well as this, I will be updating the permalinks and URLs, so they are short and simple. A lot of my links are really long and don’t work well with SEO.

I wanted to start with an update of a poetry edit I made a while ago as I came up with a different graphic and look for the image which I originally blogged about on the 14th of October, 2019. I wrote a poem from Leia to Ben called “The Light”, which then turned into a graphic and has now been updated to a GIF and a better graphic lol because I kept changing my mind about what I wanted it to look like.

Here’s the graphic I made in October with the poem added:

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And here’s the updated graphic I made on Tuesday:

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And the GIF I made:

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So that’s one thing I wanted to update for ages, and now I’ve finally done it. 😁 I am interested to see how well it does on Pinterest because these types of graphics are huge there!

I’ll be continuing the clean-up and blogging as I go. Thanks for reading; stay safe out there, and I’ll catch you in my next post, Star Wars friends!

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Inside Star Wars: The Trauma of Luke Skywalker

I have had discussions about this with my partner and decided it was time to talk about this with my readers and anyone else who wants to join. The thing is, Star Wars is a lot deeper than many realise (or maybe most people DO realise this, and some fans don’t like the “deeper” analysis). I wanted to dissect some of these theories or discuss them with my readers to see if we agree or if anyone can expand upon these topics. Some of these topics will be controversial, which is why I think it’s exciting to talk about them in an open forum where everyone’s opinion has value (even if we disagree).

Today, I’d like to talk about links between the movies regarding Luke Skywalker, particularly his trauma in The Empire Strikes Back, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. I’d like to begin by saying I was very much an advocate against what happened to Luke in the sequel trilogy, and I have blogged about this many times. But I’ve decided to embrace other possibilities and that perhaps what happened to Luke was always going to happen if you look at things from a certain point of view (pun intended).

Jedi Master Luke Skywalker

After all, that is all we have, right? Our own opinions and validations for what happens in our lives definitely spill over to fictional characters we love. Luke is MY hero – the one character I love above all others, so for me, this was a challenging post to write. I didn’t want him to die, and I definitely didn’t want to see my hero degraded to a hermit running away from his life and its challenges and living on some random planet nobody cared about.

But what if the events that occurred when he was rebuilding the New Jedi Order with Ben Solo as his student are emotionally linked to an earlier trauma? I am speaking, of course, about the betrayal of his father, Anakin Skywalker, when he revealed to Luke who he really was. There are definite parallels between these two events.

Here is what I think: when Luke saw what was happening to Ben Solo, he reacted in a way not befitting a Jedi of his standing and in some ways, he did push Ben even closer to Snoke/Palpatine. So when Rey is saying, “did you try to murder Ben?” I guess that is one way to look at it. And perhaps that event connects directly to his father’s betrayal of him and of the Jedi.

Luke was the son of a fallen Jedi, so the father and son relationship is almost completely destroyed in the process. Jedi Master Luke Skywalker was a “father figure” to Ben as he never really knew his real father. And Luke sees what is happening to Ben, and it’s just the past repeating itself again when Ben chooses to turn to the dark side of the force. Another “father” losing a surrogate son.

When I thought about this, it really hit me in the face that Luke was probably even more traumatised because of his experience in The Empire Strikes Back. So it would make complete sense that he would try and run and hide from that trauma. And the fact that he was cut off from the force only emphasises how much Luke was suffering. He chose to turn his back on the one part of him that had guided him and protected him. Luke turned away from the force because it didn’t protect him from the pain when he needed it most. It also stopped people from being able to locate him using the force. So there were a few reasons why Luke chose to make this decision. Why do you think Luke closed himself off to the force? Let me know in the comments!

So thinking about this idea of Luke becoming a grumpy, old hermit on Achtoo has some validity that I was choosing to ignore until now. So Rian’s choices in terms of Luke’s development really make sense when you look at things from a different perspective. Does that mean I am okay with Luke dying? Nope. Never going to be okay with that. But that’s just part and parcel of being a dedicated Star Wars fan. Sometimes the heroes must sacrifice themselves for the greater good, and that’s exactly what Luke did. So in that sense, Luke was every bit the hero, and in many ways, he was still the “hope” that shone in the galaxy right until the very end.

What do you think about these theories, friends? Please let me know in the comments so we can talk about it. ☺️😊

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Star Wars Collector’s Corner – the Problem With Ben Solo’s Funko Pop!

There has been an awakening… the Ben Solo pop vinyl will arrive, and many fans will spend money to buy it! But seriously, there is a new funko releasing soon for Ben Solo which I know will be VERY popular (due to so many fans being devoted to Ben Solo after he died in TRoS).

Here’s the pop in question:

Now all of this looks great apart from one minor detail… do you know what that is dear readers? Are your powers of observation up to this straightforward task?

If you think about the story, there’s no way this can be the correct funko for Ben Solo. And I am amazed that this is the final version releasing to the public when it doesn’t make sense.

I’m talking about the huge scar over Ben’s eye of course! If you recall, Ben had already denounced the dark side after throwing his lightsaber into the ocean. And Rey had already healed his wounds which included healing the scar he had over his eye.

So this cannot be Ben Solo! Think people won’t care? Oh, they will, but they’ll probably just buy it anyway because of Ben.

I swore to myself that if they released one, I would buy it… but now I am not so sure I want to. I want it to be correct to the story and the film. Is that too much to ask? 😅

There’s always this person selling custom funko’s for 193 bucks! At least it’s the fully redeemed Ben and correct to the film and story!

Anyway, thanks for tuning in people. Stay safe out there, and I’ll catch you in tomorrow’s post!

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The Star Wars Book – Ben Solo

So I received my copy of The Star Wars Book today by Pablo Hildalgo and others and as I was quickly skimming through it, I noticed at the bottom of each character page there is a section that says “Status Report” as you can see below:

“Converted to the light side and deceased” is what it says for Ben Solo. For other characters that also died such as Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, it simply says “One with the Force”. So this means and confirms that Ben Solo did not become one with the force as many fans thought. If he did, it would have stated that there.

Now I think this is because Ben was never taught how to do that and when he faded at the end of The Rise of Skywalker, that was just the light shining on him once more because he had converted back to the light side of the force and was redeemed. It is a “bluish” light or light that has a blue tint to it so that’s most likely why so many fans thought he had become one with the force:

So that is it, he never became one with the force which means there is absolutely no way that he can come back as a force ghost. And that is going to make a lot of fans very unhappy. As for me, I am okay with this as much as I love Ben’s story, I am kinda over that whole thing now. I’ve given myself enough time to grieve the loss of the characters I adored and I am happy to say that I am okay with this.

Although it does irk me that after going back to the light and even his mother becoming one with the force, they didn’t or couldn’t do that for Ben. If anything, that is the only part that makes me feel a little annoyed at the writers. But on the flip side of that, my understanding is that Ben was never supposed to be redeemed, at least not in Colin Trevorrow’s version. And to be honest, I would have much preferred that ending than the one we got but I am okay with it, really.

So, what do you think about any of this my Star Wars friends? Do you think it was right the way Ben’s end was written? Do you think it could have been better?

Let me know in the comments and stay safe out there and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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Kylo Ren/Ben Solo in the Battle of the Force’s Will

That’s an odd title for a post, I know but I’ll explain what is meant by “battle of the force’s will”. The Force as most understand it is exactly as Obi-Wan described it to Luke in A New Hope:

The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us, it binds the galaxy together.

It’s what gives any practitioner of the ways of the Force their power. The same is true for dark side users as well. In this scene in The Last Jedi, it was described to me once on Tumblr that this scene is where you can see the dark side of the force trying to bend Kylo Ren’s will to kill Leia. I did mention this in an earlier post but I can’t for the life of me find that post. It seems I have written way too many articles about Kylo Ren 😅

But seriously, take a look at this GIF and in particular pay attention to the lighting on Kylo Ren’s face:

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Sure it could just be the way the lighting for this scene has been filmed and means nothing at all. Or it could be the representation of the dark and light sides of the force wrestling inside him at this very intense moment in the film. Can you even have shadows in space? Also, notice how his face looks like he’s struggling with something. We can’t see it, but I believe it’s the internal conflict within him – the light and dark sides of the force trying to gain control over Kylo Ren/Ben Solo’s will to act.

And then you see Kylo Ren remove his finger from the trigger because he couldn’t kill his mother after all. At this moment in the scene, Ben Solo has scratched his way to the surface, leaving his “soul” in complete turmoil. Look at his mouth quivering in this scene as he watches the First Order TIE fighter pilots do what he could not and fire upon Leia and her crew:

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And this is why Adam Driver is one of my favourite actors. The changes in his facial expressions are so subtle yet speak volumes about the feelings he is trying to portray.

And just before you begin to question the validity of “lighting” in a scene to convey or control the atmosphere of that scene, check out this one from The Force Awakens and pay particular attention to when Rey and Finn (representing the “heroes” in this film) enter the area – you can see quite clearly there is a ray of light shining down upon Ben Solo and Han:

And then the light disappears and the only light left surrounding Ben and Han is tainted red (and red has always been considered the colour of the dark side of the force). This is where I believe Kylo Ren takes over and Ben is lost forever (well, we know it’s not forever but during that scene he was totally diminished).

So therein lies my theory on how the light and dark sides of the force were always present in almost every important decision Kylo Ren/Ben Solo made. This is something that I think JJ Abrams did exceptionally well in The Force Awakens and it still remains in my top five Star Wars films to date. One day I’ll rank them, I promise!

Let me know your thoughts friends – do you think this was a powerful scene? Do you think the death of Han Solo was handled well? Do you think that Han Solo should have lived? Let me know in the comments as always and may the force be with you!

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