Earth’s Wars Inspired Star Wars
There’s a lot to love about Star Wars beyond exploding spaceships. There are spunky characters, magic space religions, fuzzy aliens, perverse love triangles and planets bristling with toothy fauna. But “wars” makes up half the title, and in many ways Star Wars has been modeled on the military and... Read more
War Is a Racket in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’
This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Audiences don’t normally see daily life in the Star Wars galaxy. True, the prequels show the bustling life on various planets but those movies are all about the build-up to conflict. They never really show the way that conflict... Read more
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and the Value of Military Failure
This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi Poe Dameron is a terrible commander. The opening moments of Star Wars: The Last Jedi depict the foolhardy Resistance commander leading a bombing run on a First Order dreadnought. His team destroys the target, but it’s a pyrrhic victory.... Read more
Star Wars Mega Weapons Make Awful Bureaucratic Sense
Warning! Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoilers below. If you’ve seen the posters for the new Star Wars movie — and frankly, how could you not have? — you may have noticed the large, Death Star-ish object lurking in the background. It’s called (spoiler alert!) Starkiller Base and if... Read more
From ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Mad Max’ and ‘Jurassic World,’ 2015 Was a Great Year for Action Films
So many good films flickered across the silver screen this year it’s hard to pick my favorite. So I won’t, I’ll just share an informal list of the movies that stuck with me through the year. Kylo Ren and the menacing forces of the First Order showed the galaxy... Read more
The First Order Is Far More Frightening Than the Empire
I don’t like Star Wars but I loved The Force Awakens. J.J. Abrams’ new film completely turned me around and made me unabashedly love Luke, the Force and galactic space battles. It’s not that I hated Star Wars, I just didn’t grow up with it. I saw the original... Read more
The Marine Who Photographs ‘Star Wars’
The droid seems to struggle against his restraints. The machine looks up at his captors — clone troopers hidden behind white armor dinged and scuffed by constant battle. It’s a black and white photograph and so seems menacing and real. Another droid stands waiting, arms bound and held by the sturdy arms of a trooper.... Read more
According to ‘Star Wars,’ Targeted Killings Don’t Work
The end of Return of the Jedi is one big party. Fireworks explode over the capital cities of the galaxy’s major planets, ewoks dance with wookies, Han and Leia kiss and Luke sets fire to his father’s corpse while the ghosts of his mentors watch. And why shouldn’t they... Read more

Matthew Gault

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