The week of December 13, 2015

Star Wars
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The world before ‘Star Wars’

By Noel Murray

What science-fiction films were like in the year before the Force first awakened.

Features

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The best and worst lightsabers money can buy

By Mike Wehner

How much are you really willing to spend?

Opinion

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What the forgotten hope of ‘Fanboys’ says about ‘Star Wars’ fandom

By Nathan Rabin

It’s insular, inaccessible, and takes itself way more seriously than it deserves.

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To truly love the ‘Star Wars’ prequels, stop watching them

By Charles Bramesco

In memory, everything is fine.

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Why ‘Star Wars’ needs Captain Phasma

By Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Finally, a female character who isn’t living up to a lofty moral code.