Gather ‘Round, Padawans (Part Thirteen) — Kanan: The Last Padawan Redux Boogaloo

All I need to know in life I learned from Star Wars

Okay, not strictly speaking true, although the various Star Wars properties are serving to remind me of many important lessons I’ve picked up along the way many of which, to my mind, are those most important to pass along to my children.

I’ve tried to delve into different parts of the universe, the illustrative characters ranging from Ezra Bridger to Vader, the books from Obi-Wan & Anakin to those featuring the original trinity.

I find myself returning for the third time (and no walking carpets have torn my arms from my sockets to make it happen), however, to Kanan Jarrus (featured, for those following or catching up, in both part two and part six).

I guess Kanan has a lot to say, as do the writers responsible for bringing him to both screen and comic.

Property of Marvel Comics
Property of Marvel Comics

As a reader, I’m bummed that there’s only one issue left in Kanan: The Last Padawan (though I’m grateful it was extended to twelve from the originally intended five). Good news: Rebels has already been renewed for a third season, and I don’t see the journey ending anytime soon, so there are many more journeys on which we’ll be accompanying the Ghost and her crew.

I think anyone who’s been following Kanan in print will agree, however, there’s something very special about this glimpse into the past of one of the few Jedi to survive the execution of Order 66 and about the character himself who, by all rights, should have ended up a depressed hermit on some crappy border world or in thrall to the Sith.

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Podcast Spotlight: Lattes with Leia

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Are you a female Star Wars fan, a Jedi Mom? Do you love to delve deep into the magic and the mythos of that time ago in a galaxy far, far away?  Are you ready to talk about Force Awakens feels? Sit down and hang on like BB-8 because I have a podcast for you.

Last month saw the pod launch of Lattes with Leia. Brought to you by the amazing Star Wars fan collective over at Coffee with Kenobi. My fan discussion need not be gender specific. However something just feels so right about the timing of this podcast and the awakening of a new female hero in the Star Wars world.

This welcomed all geek girl talk is hosted by Amy Ratcliffe and Dr. Andrea Letamendi. Amy is a writer for, Nerdist and Comicbookresources. Dr. Letamendi is a clinical psychologist and a self proclaimed Sith . She has shared her professional heroes and villains analysis through TED Talks and on Both hosts come with a rich passion for Star Wars and for intelligent, insightful discussion.

This first episode, “A Rey of Hope” features a segment about where Rey fits in the The Force Awakens and what we know of her so far . Since seeing the movie in December, I have been trying to untangle my own feelings towards Rey and the movie. It has been an emotional, almost reverent pause that has left me in a state of ponder. It was amazing to hear Amy and Andrea sharing how they too, were affected by the introduction of a female hero’s journey.

My daughter Ella as Leia, Hera and Captain Phasma Photo: Melody Mooney

I have loved Star Wars my whole life and now have a daughter who loves it just as much. As J.J. Abrams predicted, she is the next generation of Star Wars fan.

This Geekmom is thrilled to shine a spotlight on Lattes with Leia. There is a lot to love. Now go listen and become part of the Coffee with Kenobi family so we can share the feels and the new Star Wars journey together.

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Between the Bookends Feb 2016: Smugglers, Spaceflight, and Schooling

In this most romantic of months, the GeekMoms have been reading about smugglers, spaceflight, and schools, elder gods, forensic anthropology, and grumpy cats.

Oh, and there might be a romance novel buried in there somewhere too! Read on to check out our February book choices.

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Will ‘The Freemaker Adventures’ Finally Put a Mom in the ‘Star Wars’ Universe?

This week, Disney XD announced a new animated LEGO Star Wars series coming this summer. While I’m always excited that a new entry in the Star Wars universe is coming, complete with classic character cameos and the humor we’ve come to expect from LEGO, this is the part that really caught my eye:

When their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact – the Kyber Saber – his world is turned upside down, and he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy.

Does this mean that LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures will introduce the first MOTHER with an active part in the Star Wars universe?

Wait a minute, you’re probably saying, there have been plenty of moms in the Star Wars universe. Let’s take a quick tally. Continue reading Will ‘The Freemaker Adventures’ Finally Put a Mom in the ‘Star Wars’ Universe?

Gather ‘Round Padawans (Part 10): OBI-WAN & ANAKIN

All I need to know in life I learned from Star Wars.

Well, okay. Not all. If you’re still following the Gather ‘Round Padawans series (and if you have, or are, thank you), I’m hoping I’ve convinced you to, at the very least, consider the idea of comics as medium rather than as superhero sub-genre and that comics across age and subject spectrums have a lot to teach us about life, parenting, and everything.

If you’re new to the series, welcome. Warm up your brain salmons because this time, I’m taking a look at the Marvel’s new Obi-Wan & Anakin title and one honking, important parenting lesson to be found therein.

Property of Marvel Comics
Property of Marvel Comics

Take a close look at the text in the panels above. Then take a look at what Obi-Wan is doing. Whose lightsaber he has.

Do you see what I see? Continue reading Gather ‘Round Padawans (Part 10): OBI-WAN & ANAKIN

Awaken Romance this Valentines Day with Star Wars Cards on Etsy

At this time of year, I can generally be found scrambling to locate a Valentines Day card for my husband that fulfils my near-impossible desires of being not-too-smutty, not-too-smushy, and not costing approximately half my next mortgage payment.

As much as I love him, my husband and I are more likely to quote lines from Galavant‘s “Maybe You’re Not the Worst Thing Ever” to one another than Hallmark’s sickeningly sweet endearments.

Nor do I wish to have “hilarious” cards describing how much we’d like to “bonk” one another on display where our six-year-old, or my mother-in-law, can easily read them. As a result, I’ve taken to Etsy for my Valentines Day card shopping over recent years where I’m spoilt for choice when it comes to nerdy, adorable cards that really speak to us and our relationship. This year I have, unsurprisingly, noticed a vast array of Star Wars cards in my searches and I wanted to share some of my favourites with you, many of which are perfect for handing out at school.

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BB-8 Symmetry Painting for Kids (or Grownups)

This Star Wars: The Force Awakens painting is so quick and easy, you might end up with a BB-8 art gallery in mere minutes! Plus, it’s so fun that you don’t have to leave the painting just to the kids: Grab a paintbrush and make one yourself.

What You Need

  • Paper
  • Black paint
  • Orange paint
  • Gray or silver paint
  • Paintbrushes

Get Started!

Fold the paper in half lengthwise. Continue reading BB-8 Symmetry Painting for Kids (or Grownups)

Disney, You Lost Money On My-Four-Year Old Daughter

Disney has decided to withhold Rey toys, because, you know, no boy would want to play with a girl doll, and girls don’t want to play Star Wars. The magic marketers know it all.

Left unchecked, you will crush my daughter, who plays house with boys and superheroes with girls, loves her ballet, and has a huge stack of unused princess toys because many of her relatives and friends won’t shop for her outside of the girl section.

Don’t worry, I will not let you pull the joy from my four-year-old’s play, no matter how she doesn’t fit the segmentation you believe she is in. I will help her find the toys she likes best.

You will, however, lose any revenue you might get by properly conducting your market research and your segmentation, and actually create toys my daughter would like, then market them to her. That choice and loss is yours.

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Geeky Valentine’s Day DIY Gifts

Want to give your sweetheart something totally awesome, unique, and affordable? Check out these do-it-yourself geeky valentine’s gifts! From cards to decor, there’s a project for everyone!

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Trying Not to Raise Kylo Ren

I can’t stop thinking about Kylo Ren.

There’s no way to explain this without the nitty-gritty details, so if you’re still avoiding The Force Awakens spoilers (I know, you’re a parent, getting out of the house is hard!), you might want to stop here. But even if you never intend to see it and you hate Star Wars and you just wish the hype would die already—you, on the other hand, can keep reading. You should keep reading. Because this post (like my last Star Wars post) isn’t actually about Star Wars. Not really. It’s about what it means to be bad, and what it’s like to wonder if your child could ever fall to the Dark Side. Star Wars, like all good stories, is a metaphor for real life.

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Here’s to the Old School: A Thank You

I’m pretty sure she didn’t consider herself a geek.

In fact, if I had used the term to describe her in her presence, I probably would have gotten The Glare. Maybe not. Maybe I would just have earned a smile.

Because it was true. My mother-in-law was a geek, in the best sense of the word, and I offer that up as a compliment. I just wish she could here me say it. We lost her recently, a loss we’re all still coming to grips with.

I called her a force of nature more than once, and it was true. Continue reading Here’s to the Old School: A Thank You

The Force Awakens: Intertextual =/= Winkingly Referential

WARNING: This post was written keeping in mind that not everyone has seen the movie. However, the discussion does include references to information that is contained in the IMDB synopsis. It also includes comparisons between generalized character descriptions for the main characters in both A New Hope and The Force Awakens. Nothing specific to the plot is discussed in this post itself. 

Since the release of The Force Awakens, haters have been hating. A generalized series of different posts include more or less the same arguments. These arguments state, in varying ways, that The Force Awakens is nothing more than another remake taking everything from A New Hope and just tweaking it a little bit. There’s nothing original. In fact, the reliance on the source material is so huge as to be distracting. In addition, this is just another cop out in a long series of Hollywood cop outs running from originality and therefore leading to meaningless, derivative movies.**

If you subscribe to this approach to TFA, I give you warning. The following will be the Festivus of Posts, in which I air my grievances regarding the Derivative Argument. There is a difference between being derivative and being intertextual. I argue that TFA is a study in intertextuality.

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Holiday Peace, Thanks to the Lego Advent Calendar

Today I give thanks for one of the few things that kept me sane over the last month and the never-ending sense of impending holiday madness.

Thank you, Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar, for giving my child a reason to get up on the cold December mornings, where it was still dark outside and all he wanted to do was stay in bed. The struggle was real, but you gave him motivation, the motivation I happily exploited to get him to school.

Thank you, Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar, for giving my son and my spouse something to bond over when both were stressed and cranky. The discussions about which planet each little figure was from put smiles on both their faces.

Santa C3PO
photo courtesy of Jena Burne

Thank you, Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar, for giving me five minutes of peace and quiet every day while my son was busy building and playing with each new guy, ship, or weapon. A chance to drink coffee and just be was quite possibly the greatest holiday gift given to me.

Today, we say goodbye to the Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar for another year. The box will disappear, but the characters will live on, particularly because my son is creating a giant Star Wars display with everything he received over the last twenty-four days. I only hope that I will remember the joy you gave me over the month of December when in February I step on one of your adorable figures in the middle of the night.

The Force Awakens the Feminist Hero We’ve Always Wanted

As I’ve said before, my daughter loves Star Wars. I’m sure it comes as no surprise to anyone that there is a small number of female characters in the Star Wars galaxy. And at her young age, even my fledgling padawan has noticed the lack of women in the galaxy. She would rather pretend to be Luke or Anakin because they get more involved in the action of the story. (“Leia needs to be rescued and Padme dies, Mom.”) Yes, Princess, now General, Leia and Padme do get in on the action, but if we are all honest with ourselves, the boys are the ones who get to play the role of hero and save the day.

And then came Rey. Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, I am here to tell you that Rey is the feminist hero we have been waiting for all this time.

And friends, she’s not even trying.

Now, on the off chance that you have not seen The Force Awakens yet, what the heck are you waiting for?? GO. Now! Then come back and read the spoilers below!

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GeekMom Holiday Gift Guide #8: Movies, TV, and Music

Holiday break is a popular time to binge watch movies and television shows, and to play music while people are off school or work. What are some of the GeekMoms’ favorite media?

Image: Arista Records
Image: Arista Records

Free to Be… You and Me
Prices vary
If you were a kid in the ’70s, you may have watched or listened to Free to Be… You and Me. It was a fantastic movie, and also a record album. My mom even has the piano music book with original illustrations. The message of the project, spearheaded by Marlo Thomas, is that every child is fine, just the way they are. It’s fine to be different, it’s fine to cry, it’s fine to be a boy who likes dolls. It’s good to be nice to other people, and to be a responsible friend. These are messages that are just as important today as they were in the 1970s. Plenty of other famous people participated in the project. Kris Kristofferson, Michael Jackson, Mel Brooks, Harry Belafonte, Alan Alda, Roberta Flack, Carol Channing, Shel Silverstein, Tom Smothers, Dionne Warwick, Rosie Grier, and others all lent their skills and/or notoriety to it. Share this movie, CD, or book with your favorite children today, showing them that you love them, just as they are.

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May the Fashion Be With You: My Star Wars Journey Through Clothes

Fashion and I have a tortured relationship. In fact, the closest analogy I can make is that fashion is the Kilgrave to my Jessica Jones. Fashion makes suggestions, compels me to act in ways generally against my nature, and I feel pretty miserable during and after. Whether it be Spanx or that strapless dress I was forced to wear in a wedding (look, size 32J tatas just don’t “do” strapless), I am the exact opposite of a fashionista. Thus, dressing fashionable is often my own personal nemesis.

Sometimes, choosing clothing is about more than how it looks. Clothing choices are often about feelings, how we feel about ourselves and how we feel about the way we portray ourselves. Sometimes, clothing is sentimental. I am one of the people who has memories and emotions attached to objects. My Star Wars clothes tell the journey of my introduction and adoption of the fandom. Unlike many Star Wars fans, I came to the fandom in the last few years. I also openly admit that my love of Star Wars really has more to do with the community and the ideology of Star Wars instead of the actual media.


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‘The Force Awakens’: Star Wars Nail Art Tutorial

Manicures and Star Wars. Nope, this isn’t a “which one of these is not like the others” puzzle. When I randomly ran across the the Cover Girl Star Wars makeup collection of nail polish, I bought them all. OK, well, FIRST I bought the lipsticks because I also really love lipstick. Then I went back and bought all the matching polishes. Because LIMITED EDITION. I mean, that’s the nerd equivalent of a dog whistle.

The problem was that I had sort of become tangentially addicted to nail wraps because they were so much prettier! And there were designs! And it was EXCITING. However, my cheap self decided that if I had just dropped a ridiculously obscene amount of money on nail polish, I couldn’t just let it sit in a drawer. They needed to be used in a way that incorporated as many polishes as was humanly possible at one time.

This led me to my mortal crafting enemy, Pinterest.

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Is ‘The Force Awakens’ Okay for Younglings?

As the first of my Facebook friends to have seen The Force Awakens, I have gotten a lot of questions about whether it is little kid appropriate. My own L is 6-years-old, precocious cognitively, but very 6 emotionally. So, my answer is:

It is kid dependent. Multiple factors have to be considered before taking your youngling to go see this movie.

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‘Twas the Night Before Star Wars

‘Twas the night before Star Wars
And all through the ‘Net
All the rumors were stirring
Making me fret


Luke as a Sith?
BB-8 is no Binks!
Han says “no myth!’
What are Rey’s links?

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Gather ‘Round, Padawans (Part Six): The Kid, The Cowboy, The Devil, and Foggy Nelson

The crew of the Ghost has been through a lot in their two seasons of existence. There has been discovery and triumph, victories and the forging of a family. There has also been tragedy and loss, frustration and shattered hope.

This week’s episode, Legacy, was well and truly heartbreaking.

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Coding at the Apple Store: Our Hour of Code Experience

When Ariane pointed out that Apple was sponsoring in-store Hour of Code events this week, I hopped on the free stuff in a store bandwagon. First, let me be totally honest: $Free. is my favorite price. I will do almost anything if you tell me I’m getting a free service. When I heard that the Apple store ten minutes from my house would be providing an in-store class for kids, I couldn’t get my kid signed up fast enough.

When I heard that the Apple store ten minutes from my house would be providing an in-store class for kids, I couldn’t get my kid signed up fast enough.

Up to this point, the nearest I’d come to an in-store training at the Apple store was asking questions about my own Mac because I am committed to my fully integrated Mac environment at this point. Not knowing what to expect, I went in with low expectations because that’s pretty much how I roll. However just like with my first iPod, Apple blew me away.

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Is Donald Trump Leading the U.S. Down the Path to the Dark Side?

My favorite line in the entire Star Wars prequel trilogy comes from Padmé toward the end of Revenge of The Sith. She stands in the Galactic Senate and watches Supreme Chancellor Palpatine proclaim himself Emperor of a newly founded Empire.

“This is how liberty dies,” she comments to her companions, “with thunderous applause.”

It’s a chilling line simply because we know from our own history how true it can be. Even the briefest look at the story of Hitler’s rise to power mirrors Palpatine’s own journey in many ways. Rising to power on a tidal wave of support, first elected as Chancellor before using fear to manipulate other politicians and transform the country/Republic into a dictatorship under his control alone.

The Star Wars prequels reflect our own history back at us through the lens of a galaxy far, far away and remind us of things we ought not to forget. In our post 9/11 era where we as “good citizens” are expected to throw away more and more of our personal liberties in the never-ending pursuit of the spectre of terrorism, and where increasingly oppressive politicians are growing in popularity with an increasingly scared population – perhaps the story we see across the three prequels has never been more important.

This is what I love about the Star Wars prequel trilogy. While the Original Trilogy throws us straight into the heart of an ongoing war where heroes and villains are already established, the prequels show us both how those things came to be, and how easily the road to war can be walked. In fact, if we take a look at recent news, it’s a path we can see being trodden once again – only this time it’s happening in the United States with the rise of Donald Trump. Continue reading Is Donald Trump Leading the U.S. Down the Path to the Dark Side?

Help Me, Obi-Wan Kenobi: Death, Survivor’s Guilt, and the Power of a Well-Timed Story

A long time ago in a neighborhood two counties away, I found two small action figures in our new house, left behind by the kids who’d lived there before.

I was five and a half—I’d been to preschool, I had older cousins, I’d seen enough to recognize the military type and the hairy brown creature as Star Wars characters. But ugh, that wasn’t my thing. I didn’t like robots and blasters, and I was frankly terrified of outer space. I much preferred my stories set in magical kingdoms with knights and princesses (nobody’d told me Star Wars actually was about knights and princesses).

I kept the two figures anyway, and incorporated them into my own playtime, and you’ll have to forgive me if I may have thought the brown hairy one was an evil monster. (The military one, it turned out, was an Imperial Officer, but I thought he was dumb-looking, and tended to make him the butt of jokes).

We’d moved here just before I had to start kindergarten, the best possible time to move since I wouldn’t have to switch schools. Ostensibly, though, we moved because my dad had gotten transferred to a new office. It just so happened to be right before I started school. It just so happened to be nearer my grandmother, who babysat more and more frequently. It just so happened to be nearer the world-renowned Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where my toddler sister, Annie, was spending more and more time. Continue reading Help Me, Obi-Wan Kenobi: Death, Survivor’s Guilt, and the Power of a Well-Timed Story

GeekMom Fail: My Kids Don’t Like the ‘Star Wars’ Movies

Today, just like most every geek on the planet, I am counting down the days until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters. We have tickets for the whole family and, here it comes: my kids couldn’t care less.

They’re not looking forward to it and they’d rather hang out at home. They don’t like the Star Wars movies.

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I’m Doing it Wrong?: Star Wars & the Next Generation

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was introduced to the Star Wars Universe. My introduction was at the movie theater, during the original theatrical release of Empire Strikes Back.

The year was 1980 and, in retrospect, I was probably too young. As it was, my poor father had to watch the majority of the movie through a hole in the door. I was so terrified by the removal of Darth Vader’s helmet, I made him leave the theater and refused to go back inside.

That makes me feel somewhat less guilty about the odd way I’ve introduced my daughter to Star Wars.

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‘Star Wars’ Saga Gold Box Unboxing with

Just in time for The Force Awakens, has debuted the latest in their HeroBox line, the Star Wars Saga Gold/Silver boxes. The Gold box promises $100 worth of force-filled joy for $79 and the Silver box has at least $70 worth of goodies for $49.

I jumped into my box with graby hands and the hopes of a few new Star Wars items I could take with my on my upcoming Disney Cruise.

Here is a listing of the items shown in the video with their respective prices:

Socks: $8.99
Han Solo in Carbonite Ice Cube Tray: $12.99
Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Puzzle Tower: $4.99
Star Wars Cups: $5.99 (this item is only available through the HeroBox program)
Metal Earth Millenium Falcon Kit: $14.99
Poe and Ren Tote Bag: $6.99
Vader Pom Beanie: $19.99
Star Wars Badges Decals: $5.99
Star Wars R2-D2 Fuweet Women’s T-Shirt: $23.99
Grand Total: $104.91 before tax. 

I have to say that out of the other HeroBoxes I’ve reviewed, this one has the most promising amount of value for the money and I’m happy with what I was sent.

The Star Wars Saga Gold and Silver boxes are available for a limited time, so grab one while you can. If Star Wars isn’t your thing, check out the 13 other choices that they have on a monthly basis! Boxes start at $49 for a small box of goodies to $69 to a larger box.

Disclaimer: GeekMom was given a review sample. 

I was a Teenage Girl Star Wars Fan

The year was 1977. I was so close to my thirteenth birthday I could taste it.

I remember reading a preview for an upcoming movie in a teen magazine. The movie was called Star Wars. The preview breathlessly promised there was a Princess who was as much a hero as the (cute) guys.

Sign me up! My parents didn’t want to go. Since it was rated PG they forced my brother, who is five years older than me, to go along. He had just turned eighteen and was not amused. For some odd reason, he didn’t want to deal with a bunch of newly minted and *days away* teenagers. He brought along some of his friends. They sat as far away from us as was humanly possible. I can’t imagine why.

It’s easy to forget now, but the movie was not targeted at little kids. It had the aforementioned PG rating. Nor was it targeted to boys alone. No matter what JJ Abrams believes. It was positioned for broad mass appeal.

Marketing was very different back then. This was the mid 1970s after all. Smack dab in the middle of the Womens Liberation movement. Well before the 1980s FCC deregulation. Continue reading I was a Teenage Girl Star Wars Fan

Geeky Coffee Cozies to Knit and Crochet

Even though paper coffee cup sleeves are biodegradable, they still create unnecessary waste and use needed resources. Most of the time these sleeves end up in the trash instead of recycled. Why use a boring paper sleeve when you can rock a piece of geeky art work instead?

These projects are very quick to finish and require only a small amount of yarn. They make good stocking stuffers or birthday gifts. They are practical, unique, and sure to please. I use mine on both disposable and reusable cups. Here are six free patterns for coffee cozy sleeves you can knit and crochet:

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Go Navy! Beat Army! Star Wars Style

As an Air Force officer, it’s really tough to take sides in the Army/Navy football battle our country participates in at this time each year. Being that I’m a huge Star Wars geek, though, I’m afraid I’ll have to root for Navy as gratitude for coming up with such a brilliant “spirit video” as the one that was uploaded this week in advance of the Army/Navy football game on December 12.

Spirit videos are a tradition at America’s service academies. Cadets and midshipmen let their creative juices flow on YouTube, showing off what’s great about their own service academies while (respectfully) ribbing their competition.

Midshipman First Class Rylan Tuohy is the creative force behind the Star Wars parody video, as well as numerous other professional-quality videos issued on behalf of the U.S. Naval Academy over the past several years

including this recent parody of the Air Force Academy, but I’ll forgive him.

Titled “STAR WARS at Navy”, this latest video takes the cake, bringing in the 3-star admiral superintendent of the Naval Academy as “Supe Solo” and the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, as “CNO Kenobi”. The midshipmen who took on the rules of Luke, Leia, and especially R2D2 and C3PO did a great job taking on their respective roles. The middie portraying C3PO did the walk perfectly!

Viewers will see and hear references to “the 14” in this video, which is referring to Navy trying to beat Army in football for the 14th year in a row. Viewers may also recognize a few other inside jokes, such as a reference to Army West Point’s pillow fight scandal.

May the 14 be with you!

P.S.: In the interest of full disclosure, I just discovered the Army response to the video, in which you will hear a sound byte from the above Navy video (pretty sneaky, sis!). Check it out here.