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Working Blue

By Pranks Paul

—This article will analyze the usage of Grand Admiral Thrawn in the TV show Rebels, and will feature heavy spoilers from Rebels’ third season.  Continue at your own risk. —

Last July, hundreds of Star Wars Celebration attendees around me erupted in cheers when they heard fan-favorite Grand Admiral Thrawn would be returning to new canon.  I was happy for them, but I had a bad feeling about this.  I had grown tired of Thrawn by the end of the Expanded Universe, and I wasn’t sure new canon would be able to rehabilitate the character for me.  This past season of Rebels has led me to think more deeply about the character, but I am still disappointed by his usage in new canon so far.  I’ll first explain who Thrawn is, then move on to how he has been utilized in Rebels.

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Force Persuasion

By Rhi

The Star Wars Propaganda book is one of my favorite types of canon texts: a work that’s written in-universe, with all the biases and uncertainties that come along with it. These kind of works can be a fantastic world-building tool, showing not only new facets of the world’s history and culture, but also how people perceive those things. So, naturally, I bought the book, and as soon as it was delivered I plopped down on my couch and devoured it in an afternoon.

When I’d finished my first pass, though, I found myself surprisingly underwhelmed. I’d expected something that really expanded on the new canon of Star Wars, and while there were a handful of places where there was new information and world building, it still fell short of my expectations. My problem, one that I keep encountering in Star Wars in general, is a lack of imagination from the creators.

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I Like Your Egg, or, You Know Too Much About Star Wars

By Olivia

—Warning: the following contains mild plot spoilers for Poe Dameron #1-5—

Too much in Star Wars is explained.

There, I’ve said it. My dark and dirty Star Wars secret, the thing that keeps me up at night when I consider my place on the Pods team. The crack in my being that proves I am not a True Star Wars Fan.

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Corran Horn Is A Sleemo

by Abby Gavit

I have distinct memories of sitting in a book-cramped study and spectating over the shoulders of my male cousins while they traded the joystick back and forth in an attempt to beat the trench run level of X-Wing Alliance. It was summer in Texas, meaning that second story room was swampy and too warm with three of us clustered around the computer screen as my cousins flew and got shot down in rotation. Anyone familiar with that sequence in A New Hope knows it’s mesmerizing – that it has an evocative simplicity which still managed to capture my imagination even after being rendered down into clunky late-90’s era graphics. I remember being riveted. I also remember not being allowed to play.

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