Star Wars Character Profile: Mara Jade

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By Jake M.

My favorite series of all-time is Star Wars. Beyond the orginal movies and the prequels more than 30 books and comics were written to expand the Star Wars universe. Many of those stories and characters have been forgotten due to the new movies released. Disney, who owns the rights to Lucas Films, decided to write their own storyline, which caused the orginal follow up books to Return of the Jedi to be cast away. Personally I like reading the older books. My favorite character is Mara Jade Skywalker.

Mara is my favorite because of the depth her character offers. She served as an assistant to Emperor Palpatine, a smuggler, and a Master Jedi.During her time as a servant in the galactic Empire she was sent on missions to purge rebels and any jedi who survived Order 66. Prior to the death of Palpatine, his parting words to her were kill Luke Skywalker. As soon as the Empire fell she no longer had the will to carry out her mission and ironically became Luke’s wife. After her marriage to Luke, Mara Jade Skywalker was trained in the ways of the Jedi, working her way to the rank of Jedi Master and was tasked with training other force sensitive people the ways of the Jedi. Her intriguing story came to an end after she was assassinated by her nephew Jacen Solo. She is a supporting character in the Book Survivor’s Quest which is about her marriage with Luke and their struggle to save the Jedi order.

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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi(Preview)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview Star Wars episode VIII: The Last Jedi. This movie continues right off where episode VII left off with Rey meeting Luke Skywalker face to face for the 1st time. This movie features a cast of returning characters consisting of Daisy Ridley as Rey(a Force sensitive scavenger from Jakku), John Boyega as Finn(a Defective First-Order Stormtrooper), Andy Serkis(Gollum) as Snoke(the Supreme Leader of the First-Order), Adam Driver as Kylo Ren(Snoke’s Apprentice and leader of the Knights of Ren), Jimmy Vee as R2D2(AstroMech), Anthony Daniels as C3PO(Protocol Droid), Peter Mayhew and Joonas Suotamo both as Chewbacca(Wookie and Co-Pilot of the Millennium Falcon), Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker(The Last Jedi and Kylo Ren’s uncle) and Carrie Fisher in her final movie appearance as Leia Organa(Resistance General and Kylo Ren’s mother). On a minor note, Carrie Fisher finished her character recordings for this movie prior to her death. In conclusion, this movie will surely qualify and count as Carrie Fisher’s 5th Anniversary as Princess Leia in Star Wars episodes IV, V, VI VII and VIII and is scheduled to be released in theatres on Friday, December 15, 2017.

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Movie Review – Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens

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The new movie Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens debuted in theaters on Dec.18, 2015. Directed by J.J. Abrams, it starred newcomers Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver. Thirty-two years after the Battle of Endor, the galactic conflicts continues as The Resistance fights to overthrow The First Order. The conflict draws a young scavenger from the planet Jakku, a rogue stormtrooper, and a veteran starfighter pilot together.

Nostalgia abounds as the story unfolds on the desert planet of Jakku, where agent Po Dameron seeks information on the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker, while a young woman named Rey makes a living salvaging scrap metal from the desert sands. After getting the information needed from an old man at a small desert hamlet, Po finds the First Order forces following him. The leader of the Order, a mysterious Sith warrior named Kylo Ren, orders the slaughter of the village inhabitants. One particular soldier in the unit refuses his command. Po fights back but is captured and interrogated aboard the Order command ship. entrusting the data to his astromech Droid BB-8, the droid escapes into the desert and meets Rey. Po is freed and escapes the enemy ship with the help of the rogue trooper FN-1187, whom Po decides to call Finn. BB-8 convinces Rey to find passage off planet and return to the resistance. Finn and Po crash land back on Jakku and Po seemingly perishes. Finn meets Rey and BB-8 at the primary Jakku spaceport and escape pursuing TIE fighters aboard an old familiar starfreighter. From there, the adventure continues as new worlds are explored, characters both familiar and new are met, shocking revelations and discoveries occur, and the galactic war escalates.

I was amazed and enthralled by every second of the film, full of exotic locales, fascinating characters and incredible technology. The film felt like a faithful re imagining of the original classic, familiar and surprising at the same time; full of funny moments, personal triumphs, surprising revelations, and shocking tragedies. I found myself quoting dialogue from the original film to underscore the similarities while watching the movie. I am eager for the next installment of the saga to continue this epic tale.

-Erik