The Asteroid Field

One of the biggest successes of John Williams’ Star Wars scores has been how certain tunes, be they leitmotifs or something more atmospheric, seem to transcend the description of being “merely” a soundtrack. From Princess Leia’s Theme to Duel of the Fates to Rey’s Theme, these are pure pop songs in a classical style.

One of the most surprising, yet joyous, additions to this oeuvre is Williams’ tune from the middle act of The Empire Strikes Back: The Asteroid Field.

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Galaxy of Adventures: Star Wars Reboot in Waiting?

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So, have you been watching Galaxy of Adventures?

The latest animated Star Wars micro-series is a collection of YouTube exclusive 3-4-minute shorts detailing key moments from the Star Wars saga. While the scenes, sound FX and even some of the dialogue is taken from the films in their entirety, the videos themselves are stylised, hyper-kinetic traditional animation with anime flair.

Check it out for yourself right here:

Galaxy of Adventures has been generally well-received by the fandom. But while the viewing figures have not been stratospheric, what’s more interesting than outright performance is that the series even exists at all.

As well as returning to the source material of Lucas’ films, Galaxy of Adventures has a wider target audience than the young girl demographic of Forces of Destiny. Regardless of the pros and cons of either approach, there’s no denying that this feels like a safer approach to the franchise for Disney. But since the Mouse can’t live off Lucas’ six films forever, what could the long-term strategy be?

Obviously, I don’t know what they have planned for sure; but this is how I could see Disney’s approach play out. And if it does go this way… I won’t mind that much at all.

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Star Wars IRL #2: May the Toys Be With You!

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Palitoy is a name familiar to vintage Star Wars toy collectors the world over. However, it wasn’t until I attended Leicester New Walk Museum’s May the Toys Be With You exhibition that I realised quite how close to home the toy company actually was…

Running to the end of October, May the Toys Be With You is home to a breathtaking retrospective on vintage Star Wars action figures and posters. We had a great time soaking up the nostalgia these old items evoked – and given you’re here, I imagine you’d enjoy it too.

Click through to see some of that glorious vintage plastic crack!

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Positive Fandom #1: The Story

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The Art of Storytelling

As a lifelong Star Wars fan (born in ’83 and raised on the Original Trilogy while still young enough to enjoy the Prequels), the Disney era has been pretty tough to take so far. That’s been reflected by a rising cynicism in my posts here, which, while understandable given the current state of Star Wars, isn’t exactly how I want to celebrate my fandom of the greatest film saga in Western culture.

With Solo only weeks away it’s time to heed the call of the light and bring balance to the blog. Welcome to the first part of a series about why Star Wars is so special – and where else to start but with the story itself?

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