This special discussion is led by two of our more pop-culture oriented NYC Dads Group members. Chad D. MacDonald, who recently penned his own epic on the subject of dads and Star Wars for our NYC blog, and Lorne Jaffe analyze the fathers of Star Wars through eight movies, including the new Rogue One film. They dig deep into the decisions various fathers and father figures make and the evolution of dads through the decades, and look at different characters and scenarios in which abandonment by the father comes up again and again.
MacDonald, who says he once stopped a crime in a superhero suit, has stories appear on Spoiled NYC, Quiet Mike, Bleeding Yankee Blue and many other sites. Jaffe is an at-home dad who resides in Queens, N.Y., and aspiring to be a professional writer. His blog is Raising Sienna.
The Parents’ Phrase Book author, L.A Dads Group member and City Dads Group columnist Whit Honea joins at the end of the show to talk about how Star Wars informs his own parenting.
The Star Wars franchise, created by George Lucas, began in 1977 with the film of that name, which later had the subtitle Episode IV: A New Hope added after the original trilogy was followed with more movies. The first film became a surprise hit, spawning a massive global phenomenon and its own empire of toys and related media over the years. Fans now even annually celebrate May 4 (May the Fourth as in “May the fourth be with you”) as a quasi-holiday to honor the franchise’s enduring legacy across the world and throughout galaxies far, far away.