Another attempt to defend the ‘Star Wars’ prequels: Midi-chlorians as an explanation of religious faith (Movie commentary)

“Star Wars” fans didn’t like midi-chlorians — microscopic cells within one’s body that heighten Force sensitivity — when they were introduced in “The Phantom Menace.” But I’d argue that George Lucas was making a subtle commentary on religion, especially when I think about how prequel-era stories have portrayed the Jedi as a religious sect fallen on hard times.

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Do I like country music now, or does country music finally like me? (Commentary)

 

I used to think country music was something old people liked (just as rap music was something black people — and the white kids of Fargo, N.D. — liked). I feared maybe I would end up liking country music more and more as the years went by. I had seen my dad, who liked the Beatles when he was younger, listening to Dwight Yoakam. And my sister, who liked Green Day as a kid, suddenly had Deanna Carter in her CD collection.

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Spike should be on the 20 greatest vampires list (TV and movie commentary)

As a “Buffy/Angel” fan, I eagerly opened my Entertainment Weekly today to find out where Angel and Spike ranked among their 20 greatest vampires — and to see if Drusilla, Darla or the Master made the cut. And I learned I have to consume more vampire stories, because Angel was the only Buffyverse representative on the list.

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‘Star Wars’ meets ‘Jurassic Park’ in Christie Golden’s ‘Fate of the Jedi: Omen’ (Book review)

“Fate of the Jedi” is the third multi-author “Star Wars” series from Del Rey, following the Yuuzhan Vong series and the Jacen-turns-evil series. The first two can be labeled interesting experiments, but the format is really clicking this time around.

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Is it just me, or is Comic-Con one giant commercial? (Commentary)

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Entertainment Weekly, Zap2It, G4 and all the major entertainment news sources have jumped on the Comic-Con bandwagon in recent years — even the gossip-themed “Chelsea Lately” mentioned Comic-Con in a recent episode. Because there are a lot of producers, writers and actors at the annual San Diego convention, the theory goes that it’s a great source for new information on what’s cool in TV, movies, games and, of course, comic books.

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