We get together this week to talk about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. How does it stack up to our expectations? How does it do with world building? Is there too much reliance on nostalgia? What are the galactic politics in this universe? And yes, we know — we didn’t catch our error of mixing up Alderaan and Coruscant until late in the show. We’re sorry.
Per that Dalrymple Report: graphing how much the TFA talent got paid. Sickening.
Fans of the franchise have noticed that the character, played by Daisy Ridley, apparently isn’t included in several Star Wars toy sets being sold in stores like Target and Toys “R” Us. Twitter users have started the hashag #WheresRey, demanding to know why one of the film’s main female characters is missing.
A SCIENCE-FICTION GAME SET IN AN INFINITE PROCEDURALLY GENERATED GALAXY
Quantum entanglement is a physical phenomenon that occurs when pairs or groups of particles are generated or interact in ways such that the quantum state of each particle cannot be described independently — instead, a quantum state may be given for the system as a whole.
Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.
This expectations game poses a particular challenge for people, like me, who write movie reviews. On the one hand, you need to be as clear as you can about how your expectations may have influenced your response to a film. On the other, you need to recognize that the review itself will, at least at the margins, help set viewers’ expectations, for good or for ill. Over-praise and you court backlash; under-praise and you may seem like a wet blanket. Never have I seen this dynamic more evident than in the response to Star Wars: The Force Awakens—which isn’t surprising, given that it’s the most-anticipated film in recent memory.
What Rey is, however, is Star Wars’s first feminist protagonist. No distressing damsel, she’s instead a fighter and a survivor and a nurturer and an all-around badass. She may fit the trope-happy cliches of Hollywood lady-ry—the “empowered woman,” the Strong Female Lead—but she’s also something both simpler and more meaningful: a fully realized character. Rey is a woman who refuses to be defined as one.
The Star Wars expanded universe (SWEU) encompasses all of the officially licensed, fictional material of the Star Wars saga, outside of the seven feature films, The Clone Wars film and series, and Rebels series produced by Lucasfilm. The expanded universe includes books, comic books, video games, toys and other assorted media.
Games designed to engineer social change are blossoming. In one game, players mediate disputes between colonists whose few remaining flocks of sheep are being eaten by a local predator. Do you listen to the farmers who want to poison the animal, the hunter who doesn’t want to upset the ecosystem, or the construction chief who is too busy to build traps and fences? Another has gamers empathize with Native Alaskans over the difficulty of survival in a relentlessly cold, frequently dark world, while trudging through a starkly beautiful landscape. And after a European Commission study found that digital games could help integrate migrants, the elderly, and others on society’s fringes, the EU began funding the development of gaming technology for this purpose.
There was never an Empire; there was never a rebellion; there was only the Force, and it’s evil.
Welcome to the first book devoted to analyzing the actual historical events that influenced the creation of George Lucas’s epic adventure: STAR WARS. Here you will find a treasure trove of essays, observations, facts, and photos that helped inspire the Star Wars universe.
Throughout the Star Wars series one can find countless historical and social science references to our world. Whether it’s Anakin battling with his inner demons or Emperor Palpatine’s “Hitler-esque” rise to power, you are certain to find new and exciting ways to make learning Social Studies more exciting!
Chip Walter tells the intriguing tale of how against all odds and despite nature’s capricious ways we stand here today, the planet’s most dominant species. Drawing on a wide variety of scientific disciplines, he reveals how a rare evolutionary phenomenon led to the uniquely long childhoods that make us so resourceful and emotionally complex. Walter explains how the evolution of our highly social nature has shaped our moral (and immoral) behavior. He also plumbs the roots of our creativity and investigates why we became self-aware in ways that no other animal is. Along the way, Last Ape Standing profiles the mysterious “others” who evolved with us―the Neanderthals of Europe, the “hobbits” of Indonesia, the Denisovans of Siberia, and the recently discovered Red Deer Cave people of China, who died off just as we stood on the brink of civilization eleven thousand years ago.
At this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival, we asked a group of futurists, technology experts, and artists to predict the future of robotics. So, will machines revolt against humans? Maybe not, but as Duke University professor Missy Cummings explains, they may have already won. “We don’t even realize where robots are in our world,” she says.
The Iran–Contra affair, also referred to as Irangate, Contragate or the Iran–Contra scandal, was a political scandal in the United States that occurred during the second term of the Reagan Administration. Senior administration officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran, which was the subject of an arms embargo. They hoped thereby to secure the release of several US hostages, and to fund the Contras in Nicaragua. Under the Boland Amendment, further funding of the Contras by the government had been prohibited by Congress.