The week of December 13, 2015

Star Wars

The world before ‘Star Wars’

By Noel Murray

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

Features

The best and worst lightsabers money can buy

By Mike Wehner

How much are you really willing to spend?

Opinion

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.

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

By Charles Bramesco

In memory, everything is fine.

Why ‘Star Wars’ needs Captain Phasma

By Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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