Becoming a role model, like master and Padawan

Despite the forbiddance of attachment in the Jedi Order, it’s inevitable that masters will develop some affection for their Padawans. For apprentices, often plucked from their parents at tender ages, their masters become parental figures by proxy. More than that, they are role models, imparting life lessons, the […]

A love letter to The Phantom Menace

I love The Phantom Menace. This I say without shame or irony in spite of the continued hate and ridicule it attracts some twenty years after its release. I’ll admit that this appreciation, in part, comes down to timing. I was seven years old when TPM was released […]

The language of touch and hands in Star Wars

Holding hands carries with it a significance in storytelling and real life. Science shows that joining hands can synchronise breathing and heart-rate while, in fiction, an outstretched hand is an offer, a plea or an invitation. In The Last Jedi, Rey and Kylo Ren get better acquainted through […]

Being a parent is storytelling

People naturally ascribe human traits to the inanimate and animals, so it stands to reason that babies would be no different. Previously, I’d have called a twitch of a baby’s mouth exactly that – a twitch. Now, though, every little tick and curl of the lips is a […]