Throughout each trilogy, we see the same family undergo the inevitable cost of changes and choice. In each trilogy, it is someone new, but yet the name remains the same. Skywalker.
Change, choice, and cost seem to follow them throughout the generations. So much so, that the "cost" is theirs to bear. It's like the shadow that sticks to the soles of your shoe. It's an extension of who they are. After all, Luke once told Leia, "We all have that. The brightest light casts the darkest shadow."
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words:
In Star Wars, characters come and go. But some, some leave a lasting impression on us. And those few are the ones that not only enhance the characters around them but the story as well. Characters like Ahsoka Tano, the padawan that lived.
Who she is and what she believes and then add that with her unorthodox training by her former master, Anakin Skywalker, makes her into one powerful Force user. And though she is no Jedi, the Force flows through her. Powerful. Spiritually pure, matching the white beams of light that illuminate her lightsabers. Brave and compassionate and a Force to be reckoned with, Ahsoka Tano has inspired us all.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words:
Vanity Fair covered a lot of photo shoots and stories regarding the upcoming Star Wars film, The Last Jedi. One, in particular, really caught our attention. General Leia, the former Huttslayer is going to give Poe, the pilot, a royal smackdown.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words:
From action packed scenes to fantastic imagery, Becca and Devon discuss it all. They even take the time to go over the new Teaser Poster Reveals too! It's Star Wars, Star Wars, and yes, even more, Star Wars.
We know that both, the Jedi and the Sith have shared the same weapon for years. The lightsaber. It is an elegant weapon, powered by a living crystal. The Kyber. Like the Jedi and the Sith, the lightsaber has a mythology all its own.
"The Chosen One" is the one chosen by a higher power to save us all. A Hero: the one that must undergo a series of risks, forced into unfavourable choices, and faced with enormous stakes.
As a child, he made a choice to leave the only family and life he had ever known because he was simply too afraid to stay a slave in the only life he ever knew. Every choice has its price, a cost. Loss. Perhaps the Force understood this. After all, the Force chose him to choose. Well, from a certain point of view, of course.
In "The Empire Strikes Back," Yoda says to Kenobi, “No. There is another.” This brief moment has always resonated because it shows that all along, Yoda has always had a "B Plan" in place in case Luke followed in Daddy's footsteps. There is another Skywalker. Leia.
Remember, according to Yoda, Luke was reckless. Always daydreaming; looking away to the future and never had his mind on what he was doing or where he was. So, I wonder, was Yoda watching Leia all this time too? Watching her become a strong leader. Smart with the ability to strategize and make tough choices during a crisis.
Thinking of the tie-in with "Rogue One" to "A New Hope," Leia succeeded in bringing Hope (the Death Star plans to the Alliance). Perhaps Yoda was thinking: Leia should've been Plan A? Or, was he saving the best for last?
What has Star Wars taught me? That's a loaded question. Perhaps, the better question is: what hasn't Star Wars taught me?
Teacher's Appreciation Month is an invitation for everyone to tell a story about a teacher or mentor in their lives who helped the Force awaken within them. We encourage everyone to participate in whatever way you wish. Have you learned something from someone that has impacted your life? Take some time this week to share your gratitude and show your appreciation for their inspiration. #TeachMeYouDid
As the sun sets, there is something so captivating it's almost theatrical. Symbolically, this splashy array of vibrant coloration displays a state of vulnerability. It’s a moment of significant contrast between light and darkness, between consciousness and unconsciousness; the hour of Twilight…
Whether it be a sunset or a sunrise, it is a moment of transition. A personal reflection...
Kanata's Castle #7: Star Wars Sunsets: Transition and Reflection
A long time ago in a swampy land not so far, far away …
Fans came from far and near to enjoy a little something called:
Star Wars Celebration Orlando!
And yes, Red5Mom and Becca Benjamin were among those 70,000 diehard fans that braved those massive lines. Yes, lines. Endless and endless lines, but they survived! So, gather around your device of choice and tune in to hear their thoughts on everything Star Wars!
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
A lonely scavenger, “She calls herself, Rey”
A lost little droid, and an adventure of a lifetime…
A desolate world of sand and ruin, Jakku is the perfect place to hide. The sandy dunes are home to a starship graveyard and to many scavengers, who make a meager living by salvaging the craft burial grounds, but one particular scavenger has a story to tell -- a story that has yet to begin…
So you see, the podcast you seek is not behind you -- it is ahead!
Kanata's Castle is pleased to present, Episode V: Rey Strikes Back!
Since the beginning, Star Wars has always been about family. We've watched a young Luke grow from the guidance of his Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen, and face the trials, and tribulations from his biological father's troubled past. We've followed his Hero's Journey. And we were with him when he accepted his father's path towards the dark side as his own and did the unexpected by bringing his father, Anakin Skywalker, back to the light side of the Force.
Luke, Anakin, and many other Star Wars characters have had a family influence during their life's journey. It is those relationships and influences that will be our main topic for today. After all, a mother's love is a powerful gift, from a certain point of view.
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They say, “third time’s a charm,” right? Well, let’s hope that’s true because Becca and Devon are back for their third episode, and this time, it’s all about those meddling Skywalkers and that “Hokey Religion.” The Force.
The Force, per Obi-Wan, is “an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together."
According to Star Wars lore and history, the Force was a mystical energy field that connected all living things in the galaxy. The power of the Force or the belief in it i.e. “Church of the Force” could be practiced by anyone who was sensitive to it or at the very least, open to it. It's a power that was tapped through the midi-chlorians, which according to Qui-Gon resided in all living things. The Force had many aliases or factions. For example, the Lasats, called it the Ashla, and described it as "the spirit of the galaxy.” The Force is said to be a concept that existed for well over 25,000 years via Wikipedia.
Now, all that said, how does this apply to the Skywalker family?
In light of Valentine's Day, Becca & Devon (Red5Mom) have decided to have a heart-to-heart chat on the romantic aspects of Star Wars. Starting with the bantering romance between the smug scoundrel and the prim princess of the original trilogy, to the doomed-from-the-start love affair between the bad boy Jedi and the “absolute-angel” from the prequels. And, well, everything in between…
After all, “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” Alfred Lord Tennyson
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Welcome to Kanata's Castle! The podcast that's rated “E” for everyone. Becca Benjamin and Devon Meyers a.k.a. Red5Mom, make their debut on the Retrozap.com Podcast Network with a fun, and entertainingly engaging atmosphere. After all, it's a cantina. So grab an ice cold glass of blue milk and enjoy the show! It's all about Luke Skywalker: I thought he was a myth?
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