All the Star Wars

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I was all set to let a blog post slide for the evening. There’s a lot going on today, so it just seemed like a lost cause. And then this happened.

What’s that? Here, let me quote it for you:

Disney has closed a deal with director Rian Johnson to develop a new “Star Wars” trilogy, and it is planning a live-action “Star Wars” TV series to air on its entertainment streaming service that is expected to launch by the end of 2019.

NEW STAR WARS STUFF! ALL THE STAR WARS! What is to follow is a temporary state. Bear with me because I am so much this:

And this: 

And just a little bit of this:

Yeah. This blog is feeling a bit like a Tumblr thing. And you know what I think about that?

Seriously. How is this not the sexiest gif on the Internet?

OK. Calm down, Shaun. Calm down. Breathe a bit. There you go. Heeee hooo heee hooo.

OK. I’m better now.

Look, I think at this point you know that on the Star Wars fan scale, I’m three steps down from the guy who owns every single piece of Star Wars memorabilia solely because I don’t have the money. Like a lot of people, I grew up on Star Wars and I kept watching it over and over and over and over again because I couldn’t get enough. I’m the guy who has three sets of the *VHS* tapes (one for watching, one as a backup, and one to preserve for eternity).

So the news that we’re not just getting a TV show but a whole new trilogy of completely new, completely not-in-the-main-narrative movies has to be the most exciting thing I’ve felt about Star Wars since the prequel movies were announced (yeah, I know). And if I’m reading things right, we may get something truly new here. No more rehashes. Rian Johnson may get to make his mark on the universe in a way that nobody ever has. That’s got to be the most exciting thing to happen in that man’s life. OK, maybe not, but it would be for me. To hell with surviving cancer. I’d probably fall over dead if I were in his shoes. And when death came at me, I’d turn all Luke Skywalker on his ass:

This is going to be something else, and I cannot wait.

Now if only I can convince Jen to let me start up the Thrawn and On and On Podcast again

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

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