Soapbox: 15 Weakest Force Users In The Star Wars Universe

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Full disclosure: Ezra is easily the most recognisable character on this list…

Within the Star Wars universe, the Jedi and Sith are renowned for the fantastic abilities granted to them by mystical energies of the Force. This level of reverence is so great, that virtually anyone with Force powers is treated with outrageous amounts of awe by those without, as if all Force sensitive beings were capable of the same legendary feats. The actual reality is that, while many Jedi Knights and Sith Lords are indeed breathtakingly powerful, as with any profession, there are also plenty who are actually pretty mediocre – in some cases, almost embarrassingly so.

Yes, you get heavy hitters like Master Yoda who can lift entire X-Wings off the ground with only their mind, but there are also quite a few also-rans who are barely able to levitate a pebble, so weak is their connection to the Force. As these less capable guys and gals rarely take centre stage in your typical adventure set in a galaxy far, far away (and rightly so), many of them tend to go unnoticed by your casual fan – but no more!

Read on as we comb through the entire Star Wars canon – as well as the non-canon pre-Disney era expanded universe (the stories from which are now labelled “Legends”) – in order to shine a spotlight on the 15 Weakest Force Users In The Star Wars Universe.

This post was written exclusively for Screen Rant – click here to read the full article

Soapbox: 15 Weakest Force Users In The Star Wars Universe

Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

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This flick has roughly 989 million more colours than the average modern blockbuster movie…

A lot has been written about what a surprise hit Guardians of the Galaxy was when it landed back in 2014, but it bears repeating: Marvel Studios really did accomplish the unthinkable in making a big budget film about an obscure superhero team – which including talking raccoons and trees, no less! – into one of the most critically and commercially successful blockbusters of that year.

Fast forward three years and the inevitable follow-up, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, has finally arrived to considerable anticipation. In promoting the film, returning director James Gunn promised fans something different, but in reality, this second go-round doesn’t really diverge too much from the formula laid down by its predecessor.

But then, when that formula produces such fun end results, does anyone really care if Vol.2 simply offers more of the same?

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Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Soapbox: An Adventure In Space And Time…In Heels! Why The Next Doctor MUST Be A Woman

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The Doctor thought long and hard about what life as a woman might be like…

Doctor Who Series 10 is now well under way, and yet rather than focussing on the mystery at the heart of this newest story arc – and seriously, what is the Doctor guarding in that vault? – many fans seem more fixated on who will take over from current series lead Peter Capaldi when he departs the show in December.

As even the most casual Doctor Who fan will already know, one of the key conceits of the show is that our hero is a Time Lord, an alien capable of “regenerating” after sustaining a mortal injury – a convenient plot device that allows a new actor to take on the role of the Doctor when the current star decides they want to call it quits.

With Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat set exit when the credits roll on the 2017 Christmas Special, there has been a huge amount of speculation – and, inevitably, equal amounts of excitement and outrage – at the prospect that incoming series mastermind Chris Chibnall will make history by casting the first ever female Doctor.

Whilst a recent statement by the BBC seems to have dashed these hopes, plans for Series 11 of Doctor Who are far from set in stone, and there is still a slim chance that a woman may yet be given the keys to the Doctor’s time travelling TARDIS.

Read on to learn why a female Doctor MUST happen – for the good of the Doctor Who franchise and its fans – and for a few thoughts on which actress should fill the role!

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Soapbox: An Adventure In Space And Time…In Heels! Why The Next Doctor MUST Be A Woman

Crystal Ball: Visions Of The Force – The Five Biggest Things We Learned From The Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser

So the plan this month really wasn’t to feature TWO Star Wars posts (let alone two virtually back to back).

But, as I lack Jedi clairvoyance, I wasn’t able to foresee the arrival of the Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi teaser trailer earlier this week, and thus realise that my intended next post would soon be headed the way of the Death Star.

Still, what you lose in variety, we all gain in excitement – because The Last Jedi teaser is exciting. VERY exciting.

This first sneak peek at director Rian Johnson’s new adventure offers fleeting, tantalising glimpses of Leia, Finn, the Millennium Falcon and at least one breathtakingly epic space battle, all of which are enough to give fans genuine goosebumps of anticipation.

Even so, these brief moments – whilst undeniably cool – are virtually nothing compared to what else is on show, which is why I’ve pulled together this rundown of the biggest talking points across the galaxy (or at least, the internet) surrounding the teaser, and what they might mean when The Last Jedi hits cinemas this December!

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Crystal Ball: Visions Of The Force – The Five Biggest Things We Learned From The Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser

Live From The Pop Culture Studio: Star Wars Isn’t Sci-Fi – It’s Fantasy

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One thing we can agree on: it definitely isn’t a musical

As regular readers already know, throughout 2017, The Pop Culture Studio is featuring a series of articles counting down to the release of Star Wars – Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.

In this latest post – a Live From The Pop Culture Studio video – discover how the Star Wars saga has more in common with myths and fairytales than with sci-fi!

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Soapbox: Yes, Arrival Is Good (But That Doesn’t Mean It Isn’t Overrated)

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Calling a movie that features alien squids who talk via ink blots “overrated” goes against everything I believe in…

The Oscars have been and gone, and – despite the ardent support of a vocal group of critics and fans – Arrival failed to snag the Best Picture gong (that went to La La Land…I mean, Moonlight).

Whilst this will no doubt disappoint the many fans of Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi thriller (it has a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, suggesting near-universal acclaim), there’s also a less vocal group of naysayers – myself included – who question whether Arrival really deserves the heaped praise it has received.

Indeed, if you do a quick google search, you’ll find more than a few cinephiles asking whether Arrival is just a little overrated – a good film over-hyped into a great one.

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Soapbox: Yes, Arrival Is Good (But That Doesn’t Mean It Isn’t Overrated)

Soapbox: Action Words, Plot Hints And Cheese – Ranking The Star Wars Episode Titles From Best To Worst

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Have three little words ever caused such Internet frenzy?

It’s no secret that I spend a lot of time thinking about movie titles. It’s also no secret that I spend a lot of time thinking about Star Wars.

So it’s not going to come as much of a shock when I say that after the recent announcement that Star Wars – Episode VIII is called The Last Jedi, I found myself spending a frankly embarrassing amount of time considering what makes a good Star Wars title, and that before too long, I had ranked all eight episode titles from best to worst.

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Soapbox: Action Words, Plot Hints And Cheese – Ranking The Star Wars Episode Titles From Best To Worst