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Todd Wahlstrom

Todd Wahlstrom is a creative and analytical freelance writer and life-long Star Wars fan. He has covered such topics as Darth Vader, the Jedi, Boba Fett, and AT-AT Walkers. Todd has published a non-fiction book, holds a Ph.D. in history, and enjoys hiking, running, and reading about science.

The new Star Wars television show Andor follows on the heels of The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, but is much different from these series.  It is slower-paced and does not have standout characters like Din Djarin, Boba Fett, or Kenobi. It may appear to be a downturn in the success …

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Since 1977, the Empire has been a definitive aspect of Star Wars. Thanks to the Andor television show, the Empire continues to captivate audiences in 2022. The First Order sprang from the Empire and starred in the three Star Wars sequel movies. This new and improved Empire 2.0 sought to reclaim the galaxy with a …

Read More about The Galactic Empire vs. The First Order: Is the First Order Just a Copycat of the Empire?

The Star Wars universe is filled with technological wonders. From light-speed spaceships to armor-piercing lightsabers, this is a world apart from our own.  Or is it? While Star Wars is synonymous with technology, it appears that technology has not advanced much across the films. There is certainly not a lack of technology in Star Wars, …

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The Empire’s strength came from its Imperial Navy. Yes, Darth Vader and the Emperor were impressive, but a commanding navy was central to the power of the Empire.  The massive presence of Star Destroyers and the menacing sound of TIE fighters announced and spread this power. Without these ships, the Empire would have crumbled earlier …

Read More about How Many Ships Did the Empire Have in Star Wars?

When we think of the sounds of Star Wars, John Williams’s Main Theme or the Imperial March may come to mind. We might even recall the Creature Cantina Band’s song.  Then again, we may just as quickly think of Chewbacca and his distinctive voice. The Wookiee audiences have adored since 1977, Chewie is large in …

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The iconic Boba Fett got his own show. After appearing in The Mandalorian, Boba took on the starring role and filled out his character and story arc beyond the two original Star Wars movies that he was in.  Boba grabbed attention back in 1980 with Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and captured audiences again …

Read More about Can I Watch Boba Fett Without Watching Star Wars?

The famous bounty hunter Boba Fett has many distinguishing characteristics. His jetpack, T-shaped visor, and menacing presence are just some of the things that make him stand out. So too does the distinctive dent in his helmet. Ever since The Empire Strikes Back, that dent has helped define Boba as a hardened bounty hunter. How …

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The Millennium Falcon is the ship that Han Solo and Chewbacca made famous. Or, perhaps, the Falcon made them famous.  The Falcon is known for its speed and for eluding Imperial Star Destroyers. With such capabilities, the Falcon must have cost quite a bit.  How much did the Millennium Falcon cost? We can arrive at …

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If we asked Darth Vader about his suit, he would probably say it was “most impressive.” Indeed, Vader’s suit is highly protective and intimidating. In A New Hope, Vader’s entrance is enhanced by his thick armor. Vader’s suit is strong, but we may wonder just how protective his suit is. Is Darth Vader’s suit fireproof? …

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The relationship between Han Solo and Princess Leia spans the Star Wars saga. At times turbulent, other times loving, they are the central couple of the franchise.  We remember them racing through the Death Star to make their escape, exchanging insults along the way. And, we remember them coming together as a couple after the …

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The Emperor, or Sheev Palpatine, was known for using Force lightning. In Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, the Emperor mercilessly inflicts Luke Skywalker with these blasts of lightning.  Other Sith were known for using Force lightning too. It is a power that coincides with the Dark Side, but can only the Sith …

Read More about If Yoda Can Use Force Lightning, Why Don’t Other Jedi Use It? The Reason Revealed

Emperor Palpatine is a mysterious figure in the Star Wars galaxy. As possibly the most powerful Sith Lord, Palpatine sprang to power from the Senate, and his Force abilities were not known until it was too late. The Jedi were not aware that Palpatine was Force-sensitive or a Sith until he turned on them. That …

Read More about What if Palpatine Was A Jedi? & Even Trained By Yoda

All Terrain Armored Transports, or AT-AT Walkers, are massive combat vehicles used by the Empire. They first captured our attention in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Audiences remember how these four-legged armored mammoths took center stage at the Battle of Hoth. Seemingly invincible, AT-AT Walkers were difficult to stop. Snowspeeders struggled to …

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Chewbacca is one of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars franchise. He is the enormous, strong, yet very caring Wookiee that we first encounter in Episode IV: A New Hope. Chewbacca is the best friend and travel-fighting companion of Han Solo. They face adversity and the Empire together. As we know from the …

Read More about Why Chewbacca Should Have Died in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”