The Force Awakens

Luke's Father

As we approach the debut of The Last Jedi, and may get an answer to Rey’s parentage, I thought I’d look back on the great reveal about Luke’s father, and how we reacted to that news. Back to 1980. We were more critical, more cynical (already!) and harder on things like the effects errors that we saw on screen than we had been three years earlier. But what engaged us most in post-viewing discussion was the burning question: Was Darth Vader really Luke’s father? READ ON

The Force Awakens: Star Wars’ Greatest Hits with A Few New Numbers

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (aka Episode VII) was a good film, but not a great one, and I’m far from the only person to say so. It felt like watching an 80s rock band perform their greatest hits, with a few new numbers thrown in for good measure. Some of my friends were quite happy with that. I wasn't. (My Star Wars geek credentials are here and here.)

Yes, this has spoilers for the newest Star Wars film, The Force Awakens -- a lot of them. If you’re so inclined, see it first or forever hold your peace. UPDATED! READ ON FOR SPOILERS