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A movie by movie review of the Skywalker saga by a group of Nerdy (Jedi) Knights

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Anders Drew

Just a simple man, trying to make his way in the universe. Like so many of us I’ve grown up with Star Wars being a mainstay in my life. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve begun to explore more of the franchise’s expanded content, from television shows to web series and the many novels. In addition to Star Wars, I'm also a big fan of Star Trek, Doctor Who, Harry Potter the CW's Arrowverse and several other properties.

Just like my favorite space pirate, Hondo Onaka, I am involved in many projects. In addition to YASWP I contribute on the Bohemian Geek Studies Podcast, work as a Software Business Analyst and, depending on the season, can be found playing soccer and/or kickball. Most often though, if the sun’s out you will find me on a beach or wishing I was on a beach with a Star Wars book.
While it gets a bad rep, I’ve always thought Star Wars fandom has a place for everyone and I’m so excited to explore this galaxy with my cohosts and anyone willing to listen to us nerd out.

I am one with the Force, and the Force is with me. But it wasn’t always that way. Star Wars has been a part of my life for around 30 years, but I didn’t connect deeply with it until 2019. My little brother was a huge fan, so I watched every movie with him, and while I enjoyed the stories, I wasn’t as invested. That all changed when my favorite podcast announced they were covering the entire Star Wars universe. Not wanting to miss out on anything, I started binging the movies and TV shows. Then along came a little show called Star Wars Rebels. The instant I met Ezra Bridger and the Ghost crew, I was all in. During the dark times of 2020, I read over 50 Star Wars books, both Disney canon and Legends, and consumed the TV shows and movies repeatedly. Rebels climbed my favorite content list and is now only behind Harry Potter...although that could change. Along with Star Wars and the Boy Who Lived, I also enjoy the Marvel Cinematic Universe and various anime shows. Currently, I’m obsessed with Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia, which also feature young protagonists on hero’s journeys. I definitely have a type.

 

By day, I work as a Practice Coordinator for a financial advisor, which has absolutely nothing to do with my university degrees. I’m also a fiction author with one published work under my belt and a second novel on the way. Along with my YASWP co-host Anders, I work on the Bohemian Geek Studies podcast, which dives into pop culture topics like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Outlander. I’m a long distance runner living in Minnesota, so that can be fun depending on the weather. During the weekends you’re likely to find me bellied up to the bar for a beer and book session, mostly Star Wars-related at this point! I’m looking forward to digging into the Star Wars films with my co-hosts and can’t wait to hear their thoughts on one of my favorite characters: the Danger Snack himself, Maul.

Colleen McMillan

Daniel is a nerd who early on became hooked on Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and of course Star Wars. His fandoms grew into the MCU, video games (Halo, Mass Effect) and TV (Avatar the Last Airbender, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad). 

In addition to pop culture, he is an avid Arsenal F.C. and international soccer fan. He can be found @danobuspr to talk anything nerd or soccer. 

Daniel O'Brien