Re-watching The Clone Wars as a father has provided new context for character relationships and the omnipresent threat to the galactic status quo. As well as presenting the infamous Clone Wars on screen, the animated series also served as prelude to Anakin’s fall to the dark side. […]
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Star Wars is often thought of as the story of fathers and their sons. Despite the addition of the sequel trilogy and its complicated relationship between Han Solo and his troubled son Ben, the saga weaves the tragedy of Darth Vader, a tale told in two parts. First […]
For the first few days of a child’s life, it all feels very much like a collaborative affair. Raising a kid by committee, with the 24-hour midwife assistance, medical staff on hand and regular meals brought to your room. But after both baby Lorelei and mother had been […]
There’s a helplessness that comes with being a father or birth partner to a woman in labour. Just like the cliché, my duties were relegated to holding her hand, mopping the sweat from her brow and offering encouragement. This before the tears upon first seeing my baby daughter […]
After purchasing two weather-beaten droids to automate his family’s moisture farm, Owen Lars tasks his nephew Luke with cleaning them. After learning that C-3PO and R2-D2 fought in the rebellion, an excited Luke begs the protocol droid for more details. Alas, Threepio comes up blank. “I’m not much […]
Since the release of The Force Awakens in 2015, the argument over whether protagonist Rey is a Mary Sue has waged on. The addition of The Last Jedi to the ongoing saga has only thrown fuel on the fire. But to dismiss Rey’s character in this way is […]
“Our meeting was not a coincidence; nothing happens by accident,” says Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn to the slave child whom he has just freed. His actions, he later explains, are guided through the Force, an enigmatic energy that flows through and guides all living things. The boy, we […]