“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope,”

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These iconic words of our beloved Princess Leia are forty years old today. On this day in 1977, George Lucas gave the world Star Wars, now dubbed A New Hope. I know, I’m only 24, I haven’t been enjoying Star Wars for 40 years..but I have enjoyed it pretty much my whole life. Being introduced to this beautiful space fantasy is actually one of my earliest memories; I remember being on the phone with my aunt Adelaida, and she was describing the cover of the VHS tape she had just bought me. “It has Darth Vader’s face, which is all black and shiny,”. I was so excited. And this was 1995…I was just 3 years old and had no idea who or what Darth Vader was, but I believe the excitement in my aunt’s voice is what made me so excited. I don’t think I necessarily made this conclusion back then, but I think it must have been meant a lot to her to share this with me. A movie that she saw at least 17 times in theaters (she would often say 100 but who knows), a series that she’s adored so much…I think it was important for her to share it with me. Looking back on it now, she must have been so elated when I first watched the movie and loved it.  And I’m forever grateful for her introducing me to this world that I so adore, that I’ve loved all of my life, that inspires me and soothes me daily. And of course I still have the VHS with Vader’s “all black and shiny” face:

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And I’m pretty sure she bought me the other two, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, either at the same time or shortly after, and I loved those two dearly as well…actually, it was Return of the Jedi that was constantly in my VHS player; it’s always been my favorite.

Alas, today is about 40 years of A New Hope! Again, I can’t really attest to those 40 years, but during my personal lifetime, Star Wars has always been there. From crushing on the beautiful Luke Skywalker played by Mark Hamill, to also crushing on his father, Anakin, played by Hayden Christiansen…to Diego Luna and Oscar Isaac, the first Latino men to lead in Star Wars. To the women I idolize, starting with the late Carrie Fisher, to her mother played by Natalie Portman, and to my current baes, Rey and Jyn Erso played by Daisy Ridley and Felicity Jones, respectively. I adore so many of the characters and relationships this saga has given us, and I’ve always loved them above everything else. I appreciate lightsaber battles and spaceships more now, but as a kid, the battles didn’t really excite me (because obviously I was a stupid child). But really, it was always Luke and Leia that cemented my attachment to these stories.

The only thing that’s really changed about my love of Star Wars is how I’ve been able to express it. When I was a kid, there weren’t many other kids I got to talk about it with. As the years went on,  I was ridiculed by my peers for loving it and letting it show. First, I believe, it was for wearing the beautiful watches that Burger King sold at the time of the theatrical release of Revenge of the Sith, the final prequel/what we all thought at the time would be the last Star Wars film we would ever receive. They were all double-sided and just the greatest watches ever. My favorite was the Darth Maul side of the Phantom Menace watch.

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I mean, it probably didn’t help that some days, I would wear all six watches at once on my tiny 13-year old arms, but still…no regrets.

The other item was a black t-shirt from Hot Topic with the beautiful Hayden Christiansen as Anakin Skywalker on it…I miss that shirt. Sadly, it is long gone…it didn’t fit me anymore anyway.

And yet, with my massive love for Star Wars, that was all I really ever had, aside from a t-shirt or two from the little boys section when I was little. It’s been amazing to see Star Wars fashion grow over the years, particularly for women, and while some people (like my parents) might think I have gone overboard with all of my t-shirts, sweaters, dresses, skirts, jewelry, etc….I don’t care, I’m just happy that all of these fabulous apparel has been available to me and I can’t help but buy so much even when I’ve probably already made up for lost time (when no such amazing things were available)  And I don’t care if you don’t like that I love Star Wars so much…I’m not that shy and vulnerable child anymore. I wear my love and express every way I can and want to. But back to the fabulous galactic wardrobe I have now…this is from under a year ago but it doesn’t reflect even my current collection, but just to give you an idea about how much Star Wars fashion I’ve acquired over the last few years or so:

If I had to guess without actually going through my closets right now, I’d say my collection has AT LEAST definitely doubled.

Guys, it’s not my fault…I just love this series and the characters so much and I love to express it!

Also I love dressing up as the characters, naturally…here is me as the ultimate rebel princess a few Halloweens ago:

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I think that’s just a testimony to how meaningful this franchise is; I’m dressing up as a character that I was introduced to when I was 3 years old in my adulthood, and I definitely plan on continuing to do so (whether it be at comic conventions, Halloween parties, or even just random days where I want to feel regal yet super badass and fabulous).

Happy 40th Anniversary, Star Wars!! May you continue to inspire all generations to come!

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“I get by with a little help from my friends,”

I consider myself to be a good friend to those I admire and respect. So, I’m going to just up my status with a few friends even further by giving them what they’re asking me for: my list of Star Wars Clone Wars episodes that they MUST. WATCH. I own the entire series, so I consider myself pretty well qualified for this job. Also, look how cool my set is:

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So, here are my recommendations/essentials:

Season One:

  • Cloak of Darkness
  • Jedi Crash
  • Blue Shadow Virus
  • Mystery of A Thousand Moons
  • Storm Over Ryloth (and the other episodes about Ryloth that immediately follow this one)
  • Hostage Crisis

Season Two:

  • Holocron Heist
  • Cargo of Doom
  • Children of the Force
  • Senate Spy (I found myself liking the Padme-heavy episodes a lot more than I expected to)
  • Brain Invaders
  • The Deserter (there is a hot magenta Twi’lek lady in this episode 😉 )
  • Lightsaber Lost
  • The Mandalore Plot (also watch the 2 episodes that follow, set on Mandalore as well) (also SAD ROMANCE THAT WAS TO NEVER BE)
  • The Zillo Beast (and the one that follows)
  • Death Trap
  • R2 Come Home (Mace Windu learns a very valuable lesson)
  • Lethal Trackdown (actually these last three all connect, I just like the titles)

Season Three:

  • Clone Cadets (warning: I watched this after a tragic loss in my life, and this episode had me sobbing)
  • Arc Troopers (if you like Kamino, where the Clone Troopers are…made? Bred?)
  • Sphere of Influence (my girl Ahsoka takes control and is awesome)
  • Corruption
  • The Academy (another Ahsoka gem)
  • Assassin (yet ANOTHER one where Ahsoka kicks some ass)
  • Hunt for Ziro (Ziro is a hutt. He’s pretty..interesting)
  • Heroes on Both Sides (for the Ahsoka AND Padme lover in me)
  • Pursuit of Peace
  • Nightsisters (some weird, scary witch shit)
  • Monster (more of that scary shit)
  • Witches of the Mist (yaaaaassss)
  • Overlords (oddly trippy)
  • Altar of Mortis (this episode traumatizes me because of what happens to Ahsoka)
  • Ghosts of Mortis (suuuuuuper cool, somebody gets a glimpse of their tragic fate)
  • The Citadel (and the one after it completes the story…hey, remember that Tarkin dude? 😉 )
  • Padawan Lost (Ahsoka giving hope and kicking ass)
  • Wookie Hunt (CHEWBACCA AND AHSOKA ARE FRIENDS OMG)

Season 4:

  • Water War (for the Admiral Ackbar fans, watch this and the next few that follow)
  • Shadow Warrior (this series proves that Jar Jar Binks was actually meant to be a cartoon. He’s actually endearing.)
  • Slaves of the Republic (and the one after this; it continues that story-line)
  • A Friend in Need (FEATURES WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN AHSOKA’S BOYFRIEND IF THE JEDI ORDER WASN’T SO STRICT AND WEIRD)
  • Deception (actually, parts of this episode bother me, but everyone watch it, I want your thoughts! This one and the next two episodes. Again, Ahsoka has badass and endearing moments)
  • Massacre
  • Bounty (stupid Boba Fett…AGAIN. I have left the other episodes he’s in a surprise)
  • Brothers (DARTH MAULLLLLL)
  • Revenge (MORE DARTH MAAAAULLLL)
  • A War on Two Fronts (GUYS, YOU MEET SAW GERRERA HERE. OH, NO BIG DEAL, JUST THE GUY FOREST WHITAKER IS PLAYING IN ROGUE ONE) (BUT HIS SISTER IS A B TO AHSOKA BECAUSE THEY HARBOR FEELINGS FOR THE SAME YOUNG MAN)
  • Front Runners (continuation of this story)
  • The Soft War
  • Tipping Points
  • The Gathering (little itty bitty Padawans get their crystals to construct their very own LIGHTSABERS and Ahsoka is their teacher!)
  • Bound for Rescue (if you like these learning younglings, watch this one and the one after it)
  • Revival (more DARTH MAAAUULLL)
  •  Eminence (MAAAULLLLL GOES AFTER KENOBI)
  • Shades of Reason (Mandalore!)
  • The Lawless (GRAB YOUR TISSUES)
  • Sabotage
  • The Jedi Who Knew Too Much (I have trouble handling the treatment of Ahsoka but I love that Anakin sticks by her in these episodes)
  • To Catch a Jedi (such good stuff)
  • The Wrong Jedi (TISSUES. LOTS OF TISSUES. IT’S ALL NECESSARY BUT IT BREAKS ME)

The Lost Missions (aka, the incomplete Season Six):

  • The Unknown
  • Conspiracy (these next few episodes are super interesting and imperative to a deeper understanding of how Order 66 was planned and the downfalls of choosing Jango Fett as the one to clone)
  • Fugitive
  • Orders
  • An Old Friend (ANAKIN IS NOT COOL WITH OLD BOYFRIENDS)
  • The Rise of Clovis (HAVING A SECRET MARRIAGE KINDA SUCKS)
  • Crisis at the Heart (Guys, I swear…Luke and Leia were definitely conceived directly after the events of this episode. You’ll see the last shot of Anakin and Padme and IMMEDIATELY AGREE….BOW CHICKA WOW WOW)
  • The Disappeared, Parts I and II (even if you absolutely hate Jar Jar…I swear, try these episodes, it might heal those wounds. He’s better as a cartoon and there’s this lady ruler that wants that Gungan D like you wouldn’t believe but it’s hilarious)
  • The Lost One (more clone troopers background things….just remember a name they say in Attack of the Clones)
  • Voices (these next ones are intense focuses on Yoda)
  • Destiny
  • Sacrifice (you might be slightly traumatized by the images you’ll see)

 

Notice a pattern, by the way? The series just got better as time went by!!