The Star Wars Prequels and 21st Century Political Disillusionment

By Sophie Boulter, US & World News Editor Autocrats promise stability and order, gaining power by exploiting the fear and anger endemic within a deeply flawed political and economic system. Corporations are represented in the Senate in a system rife with economic inequality. Faced with a rapidly deteriorating world order, some choose to secede from large organizations rather than continue to pledge loyalty to a decaying, unstable and precarious status quo. You might think I’m describing contemporary geopolitical challenges, and you’d be right. But I’m also describing the political backdrop of the Star Wars prequels — films which, though often criticized, present … Continue reading The Star Wars Prequels and 21st Century Political Disillusionment

‘Star Wars’ announces latest installment

By: Sam Martini ~Staff Writer~ Ever since Disney bought the rights to Star Wars for $4 billion back in 2012, its popularity has grown with the new installments planned every year for the next five years. This Monday, Disney announced the title of its newest Star Wars film: Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This is the eighth episode but the 10th movie in the saga. The announcement of the new film has caused a surge in the “Star Wars-mania” that has grown prevalent over the past few days. This surge contrasts with the disappointing response following the release of Rogue … Continue reading ‘Star Wars’ announces latest installment

The force awakens theaters

By: Grant Vance ~Managing Editor~ After ten years without a new entry into the “Star Wars” franchise, fans waited with much anticipation for the release of the first film in a brand new trilogy, “The Force Awakens.” The stakes were high for director J.J. Abrams, as this was not only the first “Star Wars” film in ten years, but the first “Star Wars” film continuing the original story established by “A New Hope” since “Return of the Jedi” in 1983. Abrams delivered against all odds, reminding audiences of old and introducing audiences of new to the magic that is the … Continue reading The force awakens theaters