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Star Wars Year-End Review: These are a Few of my Favorite Things

Ahsoka Tano
Ahsoka Tano from starwars.com

Star Wars fans, unite!

As we orbit around another year of fantastic storytelling and profound character analysis, it’s time to meditate on the past year’s highlights. I revisited a few of my favorite pieces written for GNN over the last year. From the depths of Sith lore to the heights of Jedi philosophy, our journey through the Star Wars universe was nothing short of amazing.

The Rise of Ahsoka Tano: A New Hope

Ahsoka Tano in “Clone Wars” from: https://lumiere-a.akamaihd.net/

Ahsoka Tano’s journey from Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan to a vital figure in the Rebellion has been a beacon of progress in the Star Wars universe. Her standalone show, “Ahsoka,” not only deepened our understanding of her character but also marked a significant step in celebrating diversity and female empowerment in the Star Wars narrative. This year, we explored how Ahsoka’s resilience and wisdom make her a role model for fans across the galaxy.

Darth Vader: The Embodiment of Fear

Darth Vader

Vader is Terror, from movieweb.com

Our deep dive into the psyche of Darth Vader revealed why he remains the most terrifying character in Star Wars lore. We dissected his actions, from the merciless execution of his duties to his psychological warfare tactics, showcasing how his presence extends beyond physical intimidation to profound spiritual terror. Gregor Peterson commented on why Darth Vader was terrifying, “Notoriety! Everyone has heard stories of the galactic bogeyman, true and exaggerated, and terrifying to behold in person.” This analysis brought to light the complex layers of fear and manipulation that make Vader a genuinely formidable villain.

The Acolyte: Shaping the Future of Star Wars

The Acolyte

“The Acolyte” from IMDB

Sparking excitement as a potential franchise game-changer, “The Acolyte” promises to explore into the High Republic’s dark side. The same Dark Side that hangs over the greatest Star Wars villain, Darth Vader. The show’s female Sith lead marks a narrative shift, offering fresh perspectives and deeper Force exploration. (Think of Reva or The Second Sister getting their own show). This series is set to reshape our understanding of the Star Wars universe and its diverse potential.

Kylo Ren: A Complex Star Wars Character

Kylo Ren

Kylo Ren and Ben Solo from https://screenrant.com

Examining Kylo Ren’s turn to the dark side exposed his profound inner turmoil underlying extreme misdeeds. Kylo Ren’s killing of Han Solo aimed to escape family legacies, mirroring conflicts between destiny and self-choice. Examples from history such as Nero and King David align with the journey of Ben Solo. Examining his actions reveals the deep psychology behind his villainy, illustrating how desperation can drive one to darkness yet still yearn for redemption.

Unleashing the Force: Top 5 Overpowered Abilities

Palpatine and Force Lightning

Unleashing Unlimited Power. From https://starwars.fandom.com/

Our exploration of the top five overpowered Force abilities was a ride into the extraordinary aspects of the Force. From the destructive potential of Force Storm to the life-altering Force Healing. A reader by the name of Darth Zane commented, “I was always of the mind that the force heal in the sequel trilogy was deadlier than it seemed.”  This article showcased the unlimited and awe-inspiring power of the Force, offering a glimpse into the vast possibilities and the moral dilemmas they present.

The Saga Continues…

As this year’s galactic journey ends, the Star Wars universe vibrates with life and excitement. Our articles have explored beloved characters, hidden lore, and the saga’s growing diversity. On the brink of another year, we eagerly anticipate new adventures in the distant Star Wars galaxy. May the Force be with us on this continuous journey of discovery!

Share your thoughts, engage in discussions, and be a part of this ever-expanding universe. You can catch Dr. Dana on The Sith Dominion Podcast on Tuesdays at 8 PM CT on YouTube and wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

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