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Star Wars Books, Issue #2 – Thrawn (2017): Averting The Translator Archetype

Language is an important tool in storytelling. The words the characters speak and read add depth to the tale and help build the world they are living in. The characters in Lucas's Star Wars, speak a wide-range of languages adding to the narrative and even give the reader a better understanding of who the character is, where they come from, and how they will act in future events. Throughout Star Wars’ multi-media history, the archetype of the translator has been modeled and led by the golden protocol droid C-3PO. C-3PO has had a role in every Trilogy film, as well as the Clone Wars series, and it has always been the same: his knowledge of language is integral to the heroes and their adventure, he is generally overlooked by the group, and is accepting of what small control he holds over his own life. The same cannot be said about the imperial cadet Eli Vanto in Thrawn by Timothy Zhan.

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Disney+ MCU Reflections, Issue #2: WandaVision – Episode 2

This weekend the first TWO episodes of WandaVision dropped on Disney+, and the general consensus seems to be... confusion? How does this half-hour sitcom sprinkled with brief hints that the world is not as it seems fit in with the action-packed, universe-saving Marvel Universe we know and love? Let's break it down.

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Disney+ MCU Reflections, Issue #1: WandaVision – Episode 1

Today the first episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's "WandaVision" dropped. Having conquered movies, the MCU is now moving to television, particularly Disney+. WandaVision is just the first MCU show of several that are already in the works, including "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" and "What If?". These moves represent Disney's consolidation of the Marvel television properties, grabbing them out of the hands of other platforms such as Netflix. So let's take a closer look at the first episode: