Dear Fans,

Please, enjoy your X-wings, your Enterprises, and your TARDIS. Feel free to dress up and whip out your wands, Pokéballs, and batarangs. Feel free to explore Azeroth, or Middle Earth, or Paradise Island. Feel free to fly! . . . But don’t forget to keep a foot rooted in reality. Enjoy what you love. And no, you don’t have to like nor support every decision that a corporation makes. It’s okay to express your opinions; but please, keep your emotions in check. It’s okay to be angry; it’s okay to be passionate; but it’s not okay to be hateful. Don’t forget, behind every character, every project, every show, there are real people with feelings. Please, don’t let your passion for amazing, fictional work, stomp upon the feelings of people:

STAR WARS: Vader

One of the most tragic stories . . . is the fall of a hero.

There are few stories, that can compete with a good man, who becomes a monster. . . . Yet, monsters are not born, they are made.

There are many variables which mold us . . . but perhaps one of the greatest, are our choices.

We choose, how we react to each circumstance. We choose, how we see this world. We choose, what actions we take. We choose . . .

. . . Any good man, can become something else. One choice at a time.

. . . A hero who turns into monster, is one of the most tragic stories that can ever be told. . . .

But a man, who dies for another, is perhaps the most beautiful.

To be a Christian Jedi

10703819_10204851238539940_9119766261710331167_n (1)If you know me, you know that I love Star Wars! But why? I mean, the movies are pretty cheesy, with plenty of plot-holes and clunky dialogues, “I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere” (Anakin Skywalker, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones). Though these statements of why not to watch Star Wars are true, there are also the action scenes, the books, the video games, and most definitely– the lightsabers–these are what sell it for me. All of that, and because of one other reason that flows much deeper.

The top reason why I love Star Wars, is because how much I can apply being a Jedi, to being a Christian. Now true, it is no secret that the philosophy of the Force has been heavily shaped by Taoism, Zoroastrianism, as well as influenced by other eastern religions, such as Buddhism and Stoicism; however, there are still many aspects of Star Wars that can be loosely related to Christianity. Now, know that I do not uphold it as Scripture, nor am I trying to add to the Bible (for the Bible only is the Word of God); however, I do believe that perspective and knowledge can still be gained from looking at other religions, such as the ones that have shaped the ideas of the Jedi and the Force.

“For my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is.” –Yoda, Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back Continue reading

Disney’s Frankenstein

A CHESSY!!! intro, a droid balancing on a soccer ball! and an inefficient lightsaber! Let’s just say, I am furtherly more disappointed with the upcoming Star Wars film. I mean even the title, “The Force Awakens,” screams “sequel,” not an original idea. (Additionally, how can the Force “awaken” when it’s omniconscious? constantly shifting events, keeping itself in balance. For it was the Force that impregnated Shmi Skywalker with Anakin/Darth Vader to create balance, by defeating Darth Sidious on the second Death Star, and sadly, by nearly wiping out the Jedi, to counteract Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious tipping the balance of the Force in favor of the Darkside through a Sith ritual (Star Wars: Darth Plagueis), and by dethroning the Jedi Order, which had enjoyed a thousand year reign of light.)  “But J. J. Abrams is directing it, no worries.” Did you watch Star Trek: Into Darkness? It was terrible! Also take note that nowhere in the logo does is says “Episode VII.” And why does the trailer focus on the younger stars? Showing a clip of the Millennium Falcon instead of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, or Harrison Ford.

(For those who are unaware, yes, a black Stormtrooper is possible. Though some of the Stormtroopers were clones, many more of them were human males who were drafted into the Empire throughout the galaxy. And, it is sad that this particular issue is one of the biggest disputes of the trailer.)

Disney is renowned for using creative license; Elsa being a family-friendly princess in Frozen, instead of being the child kidnapper–the Snow Queen in Hans Christen Anderson’s novel–which inspired the White Witch of Narnia–is a prime example of this. There is a reason that Disney’s “family friendly” fairy tales are more well-known than their darker originals. Disney knows how to manage a business, and how to use creative license to mark their identity, which can be seen from the extent that they went to utilize their license for the upcoming Star Wars film. Continue reading