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Full TFA Review… Part 2 – CCC Ep. 031



We’re back scoundrels! Finishing up our in depth review of Star Wars The Force Awakens with part 2 of our two part review! This film as just too packed to get into one episode, so if you haven’t already, go back and download episode 30 before diving into this one.


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The Epiphany of The Force Awakens- TWL

WampasLair_SquareIf you are a regular listener of The Wampa’s Lair, you know that I often like to attach my love of Star Wars with my own understanding of spirituality and my own faith life. The Force Awakens is full of amazing new themes, scenes, and images which can speak directly to someone’s spiritual journey.

For Christians, today is known as the Epiphany which recounts when the Magi from the east followed a star to find the Christ child in Bethlehem. They are guided by the light of a star to find the True Light which enlightens the whole world. The Christmas season comes to a close with the celebration of this feast, a season which is full of images of light.

zIn our spiritual journeys, we often encounter “stars” or rays of light which help lead us more to the fullness of what we seek. For the Magi of old, it was a star that led them to the God-made-human in the town of Bethlehem. Today, we might find stars in those we meet, or in works of art, anything that leads us closer to what we seek in life.

zIn The Force Awakens, we meet the sage-like character, Maz Kanata. While Maz admits she is not a Jedi, she clearly has a relationship with the Force in some capacity. She recognizes the light which resides in Rey and invites that light to guide her. As Maz so beautifully puts it to Rey, “Close your eyes, feel it. The Light; it’s always been there. It will guide you.”

Rey is clearly our new hero who is embarking on a hero’s journey. She has the Light within her, she always has, but it took a “star” like Maz to recognize that light and invite it to shine. Maz knows that the light in Rey is something to be trusted, to be fostered, to be drawn out.

We all contain a ray of Light within each of us, just as Rey does. Who is the Maz Kanata of your life? Who is someone that recognizes that Light and invites it out?

zLike Rey, we have a choice of whether or not we wish to allow that Light to guide us. But it is always there, a soft whisper in the core of our being that tries to guide us towards that which we truly are called to be.

When Rey finally chooses to let the Light guide her, it leads her to the one who can ultimately shape that inherent Light within her into what we can expect to be a light that will shine in a galaxy that has become so dark again. Rey follows the Light and it brings her to Luke Skywalker, who’s own Light has been dormant for so long. But with Rey entering the picture now, their Light can shine. The Force knows what it’s doing by calling Rey to seek out Luke. It will change her journey from a nobody, scavenger into a potential Jedi. And it will change Luke from an exiled Jedi Master to a Light to shine in the darkness of what he has left behind.

zLike Rey, we all have the ability to feel and know the Light which resides in each of us. As this Christmas season full of light comes to a close, find a way to tap into that Light within yourself. It’s the start of a new year, where is the Light guiding you?


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Stuart Tullis

January 2, 2016

Star Wars: Before and After The Force Awakens
The Ever-Changing Han Solo

For over two weeks, The Force Awakens has been rewriting history at the box office as ticket sales have catapulted Star Wars back to the front of the pack as it shatters records on its way to reclaiming the title of “Highest Grossing Movie” in our modern age.  But the bigger story is how J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan have rewritten history through Han Solo: the Rebel Alliance General, smuggler, and war hero.

After the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm (for the explicit purpose of obtaining all rights to Star Wars), they clearly stated and widely publicized that the Expanded Universe was officially considered non-canon.  This announcement was met with mixed responses from fans of the saga as many who had invested time, money, and quite a bit of emotion in the books expressed disappointment, frustration, and even resentment at the news.  Other fans of the EU understood the need for this clarification, since the storytellers of Episodes 7, 8, & 9 would need the freedom to conclude the Skywalker saga without being restricted by hundreds of stories about Han, Luke, and Leia and their adventures after Return of the Jedi.  In effect, Disney would be rewriting the history many of us had accepted and appreciated for decades.  But that isn’t the biggest rewrite, either.

Star Wars artist Spencer Brinkerhoff III displays his opinion of the cantina showdown.  There's no smoking gun on Greedo's side.

Star Wars artist Spencer Brinkerhoff III displays his opinion of the cantina showdown. There’s no smoking gun on Greedo’s side.

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Full TFA review… Part 1 – CCC Ep. 030

Bruce and Michael are spending another episode talking over this years greatest film Star Wars The Force Awakens! Actually due to the length of the discussion they will be talking in depth about the film both this episode and next!




The Spoils of Star Wars TFA – CCC Ep. 029

Bruce and Michael are back in the Casino and ready to talk about everyone’s new favorite Movie The Force Awakens. Joining them this week is Kevin “The Raider Nerd” Reitzel.



If you haven’t seen the film you might want to save this one in your pod catcher until after you get a chance to see the movie. As our friend Mark likes to say, “Consider that your spoiler warning.”