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Articles by Eric Onkenhout

I'm 40 years old now, and I've been a Star Wars fan since I was 7, before I saw any of the movies. I remember playing with my action figures before I knew any of their stories, so I would make up my own battles. I used to think the Stormtroopers were robots. Then I finally saw Return of the Jedi in 1983; reluctantly I might add because I knew Vader took his mask off. Of course things died down in the late 1980s, but thankfully I kept most of my toys and now my collection has grown substantially enough where I need a shed to house it all. Climate controlled of course. Unhappy with my job, I made a fateful decision of going back to school for a B. A. in Creative Writing at SNHU while still working full-time. I’ve been doing that since 2013 and I graduate in 2017. Right now I’m just trying to get my name out there and it would be a dream to one day work for Lucasfilm as a writer, where it’s Star Wars all day, every day.


Is Love Blind in Star Wars Fandom?

  Okay this is something I personally struggle with on an everyday basis. I’m surprised I haven’t written this already; because it’s something I think about 24/7. Am I a “love is blind” Star Wars fan? In other words will I always love everything that has a Star Wars logo on it? Will I ever…


Disney’s Firm Grip on Star Wars

Not so long ago in this very same galaxy, fellow Cantina Cast blogger Tom, a.k.a. FedEx Tom to the faithful Cantina Cast listeners, posted a blog about the upcoming Star Wars standalone films and his “not too keen” perspective on them, especially the Hanthology film and its creators. I mean Lawrence Kasdan is writing the…


Dictators in History and Star Wars

George Lucas once said, “All democracies turn into dictatorships–but not by coup.” The people give their democracy to a dictator, whether it’s Julius Caesar or Napoleon or Adolf Hitler. Ultimately, the general population goes along with the idea. What kinds of things push people and institutions in this direction? That’s the issue I’ve been exploring:…


Canon Novels Trump Legends!

Let’s take a trip down Eric’s memory lane. The year was 1992; I was not quite 17 years young. It was a nice spring day, much like today as a matter of fact. My brother Rob and I were on our way to a local department store called ‘The Fair’ which was in Milford, MA;…


Rogue One: The Dark Times Are Upon Us

How awesome has the past two weeks of Star Wars fandom been? Wednesday, March 30th we had the controversially amazing Season Two finale of Star Wars Rebels (Ahsoka Lives!), two days later, on April 1st, we had the digital release of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, followed by the Tuesday, April 5th release…


Rebels to Rogue One: A Galaxy Awakens

  It’s now mid-March. The Force Awakens is on its last breath at local theaters, and the Blu-ray (and its multiple iterations) is due to release in a few weeks. I think it’s time we turn our attention towards the next big thing. I remember back in the days leading up to Star Wars: Episode…


Star Wars: Literary Influences

Guest Blog by: Eric Onkenhout What is more interesting than finding out whom or what influenced your favorite band, author, or even film maker? To me? Nothing. It opens up a whole new world of music, films and literature. It’s how I discovered musicians like Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter and Big Bill Broonzy.  Films like Hidden Fortress…

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