How the Father-Son Dynamic Between Kanan and Ezra Speaks to the Complexities of Parenting

Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs in the galaxy. It’s physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing; there’s no training in the world that can prepare you for it, and your duties change by the day. You spend so much time looking at this little human, who in so many ways is a mirror reflection of you, and because of that, you understand what they’re going through. And yet — you can somehow never convey your experiences and knowledge to them in a way that enables them to learn what you already know. It’s a maddening position to be in.

It’s also why I love the dynamic between Kanan and Ezra in Star Wars Rebels so very much.

Kanan’s relationship to Ezra is identical to any parent and their child: The fundamental job is to protect your children and teach them what you know. Which seems easy enough, only it’s not. It never is. On paper, Kanan seems like the ideal person to take Ezra under his wing. He’s a Jedi; Ezra has the potential to be a Jedi as well. All Kanan needs to do is teach Ezra what he knows — but he can’t. Not at first, at least. Kanan struggles time and time again to reach Ezra, he struggles to get him to learn — and master — what he needs to know. He struggles to get Ezra to become him. And that’s where he — and many parents, myself included — fail. And it’s in this failure where real parenting begins.

Kanan and Ezra in Star Wars Rebels.

Our children are us, but they’re not us. The easiest way to get them to learn is by getting them to do what we do, exactly the way we do it. There would be nothing easier than to mold them to be copies of ourselves. Our children, though, are their own people, thoroughly, and it’s hard to meet them on their terms. But, it’s essential, and I’ve learned this from both my experience as a parent and through Star Wars. Kanan is only able to reach Ezra we he finally learns to surrender to what Ezra needs. Even though Ezra and Kanan share a deep bond through their connection to the Force, the path that led Kanan doesn’t work for Ezra; Ezra needs guidance that’s specific to who he is as a person. When Kanan recognizes this, Ezra’s able to learn and grow — and a funny thing happens along the way: Kanan learns and grows, too.

My kids have changed me in more ways than I can ever imagine. I’ve learned patience and selflessness, humility, and flexibility. Like so many parents, I want to pass along everything I know to my two sons, and I want them to have all that knowledge but not the mistakes and hardships that led to its acquisition. But, like Yoda himself said, “the greatest teacher, failure is.” Kanan had to fail Ezra in order to learn how to become the mentor — and father figure — that Ezra needed. I’ve failed my own children, and I’m certain I’ll fail them again. But, like Kanan, there’s lessons to be learned in every failure — lessons and opportunities to grow and to change. And we do so right alongside our children; they touch as us much as we teach them until, one day, “we are what they grow beyond.”

And I’m perfectly okay with that.

Michael Moreci is a comics writer and novelist best known for his sci-fi trilogy Roche Limit. His debut novel, Black Star Renegades, was released in January 2018. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelMoreci.

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How the Father-Son Dynamic Between Kanan and Ezra Speaks to the Complexities of Parenting

Have a Most Impressive Father’s Day with These Darth Vader Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

If you’re looking to make something special the dads in your life on Father’s Day, why not some cookies in the image of the most famous Star Wars Dad in the galaxy?

These classic “blossom” cookies have been given an update with a flavorful touch of cocoa and adding an homage to an iconic Sith Lord, and father of Luke and Leia.

Darth Vader Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Peanut Butter Vader Blossom Cookies

You’ll need:


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Chocolate in a Darth Vader mold.

Step 1: Place the chocolate chips in a heat-safe bowl and microwave at 15-20 second intervals until melted. Spoon evenly into the silicone mold, tapping to release excess air bubbles. Place in the freezer to set.

Step 2: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prep baking sheets with parchment or silpats.

Step 3: In a bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Step 4: In the bowl of an electric mixer cream the butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar.

Step 5: Add the egg, and vanilla.

Step 6: Add the dry ingredients until the dough just comes together.

Balls of dough for Darth Vader Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Step 7: Shape the dough into 2-inch balls, then roll in sugar and place on the prepped baking sheets.

Step 8: Bake for 10 minutes.

Step 9: Remove the chocolate from the molds and press into the center of each cookie.

Step 10: Transfer to a wire rack to let cool completely.

Darth Vader Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Now you’re ready to celebrate Dad and the power of the dark side.

Jenn Fujikawa is a lifestyle and food writer. Follow her on Twitter at @justjenn and check her Instagram @justjennrecipes and blog for even more Star Wars food photos.

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Have a Most Impressive Father’s Day with These Darth Vader Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Star Wars Father’s Day Gift Guide 2019

Father’s Day is in range, arriving in our galaxy on Sunday, June 16! If you’re still looking for gifts and the dads in your life happen to be Star Wars fans, have no fear: is here to rescue you.

Check out our guide below to some of the coolest Star Wars toys, gadgets, gear, and clothes this side of the Black Spire Outpost marketplace. There’s something here for every kind of Star Wars dad. And remember — if you’re a dad, it’s totally fine to treat yourself. Happy “I Am Your Father’s Day” 2019!

BioWorld Star Wars storyboards shirts

BioWorld Star Wars Endor line

Heroes and Villains Endor Collection and Star Wars Storyboard Tee Collection

BioWorld’s designs are always smart, and these two lines exemplify that quality. The Endor Collection blends rebel fatigues (inspired by the forest moon of the same name) with Star Wars iconography, while the Storyboard Tee Collection takes behind-the-scenes art and turns it into a super-cool look. Whether the dad you’re shopping for is the outdoorsy type or just enjoys graphic tees, you’ll find something for him here.

Lightsaber tie clip

Star Wars hyperspace tie clip

Cufflinks’ Lightsaber Tie Clip and Lightspeed Tie Bar
For the stylish Star Wars dad, Cufflinks’ Darth Vader lightsaber tie clip and lightspeed tie bar (which glows in the dark and is pretty amazing) will deliver a sharp Star Wars accent to his wardrobe.
Hypnotic's Darth Vader socks
Hypnotic’s Star Wars Socks
It is useless to resist the clever irony of Hypnotic’s “World’s Greatest Dad” socks featuring Darth Vader. For something less Father’s Day specific, Hypnotic also offers many Star Wars socks devoted solely to the saga’s classic characters, including Boba Fett.
Razer's stormtrooper keyboard and computer gear
Razer’s Stormtrooper Keyboard and Mouse
If you know a dad who leans a little more Empire and is a gamer, he’ll enjoy this stormtrooper-themed computer gear. Razer’s stormtrooper keyboard is designed for gaming, but silent and tactile for discreet work, and features o-rings and true white individually backlit keys; the wireless mouse features signal stability, dual-connectivity; and the mouse mat is engineered for gaming sessions. Most impressive.
Hasbro Retro Darth Vader

Hasbro Retro Star Wars Game

Hasbro’s Star Wars Retro Collection

If you know a dad who grew up with Star Wars, chances are he played with and loved Kenner’s Star Wars toys. Here’s a chance to gift him that magic once again: Hasbro has released these classic figures in the Retro Collection, complete with accessories and vintage cardbacks. They’re exclusive to Target, including the “Escape from the Death Star” board game, which comes packaged with Tarkin — a new figure designed in the retro style. We love this line, and we think most dads will, too.

Star Wars BlenderBottles

Star Wars BlenderBottles

Star Wars BlenderBottle

Perfect for the dad who’s always Jedi (or Sith) training at the gym, the new Star Wars BlenderBottle features a detachable carry loop that lets you clip the bottle to your gym bag, and a secure twist cap to prevent leaks. The patented mixing system uses the BlenderBall wire whisk to mix protein and nutrition shakes with ease — no Force trickery required.

Darth Vader apron

W&P’s Darth Vader Apron

With a subtle incorporation of Star Wars design — lightsaber-red stitching, vertical Imperial lights, and pockets modeled after Darth Vader’s armor — this apron is ideal for dark side dads.

Star Wars Geeki Tikis

Beeline’s Star Wars Geeki Tikis

For the dad strong with the tiki side of the Force, these well-designed, fun Star Wars tiki mugs are essential. The latest series features Jedi Luke, Boushh Leia, a Gamorrean Guard, and Han Solo in carbonite.

Fifth Sun Darth Vader "Father of the Year" shirt

Fifth Sun’s Star Wars Shirts

Fifth Sun, longtime purveyor of excellent Star Wars tees, continues to deliver with these clever Father’s Day offerings: Darth Vader “Father of the Year,” “Best Father in the Galaxy,” and “Yoda Best Dad Ever.”

Love Pop Darth Vader pop-up Father's Day card

LovePop’s Darth Vader Father’s Day Card

LovePop’s cards are always creative, and this Darth Vader Father’s Day card is no different. Featuring a cute, stylized take on the iconic Sith Lord — sporting a “Best Dad in the Galaxy” “foam” hand — it’s the card you’re definitely looking for this year.

LEGO Death Star Escape playset

LEGO Death Star Escape

LEGO Star Wars is for all ages, and this easy-to-build set will be great to assemble with Dad. Based on one of Star Wars: A New Hope‘s most iconic scenes, it’ll make for a unique gift that you can enjoy together.

Star Wars Pinball on Nintendo Switch screenshot.

Star Wars Pinball

Zen Studios’ excellent Star Wars Pinball will be great for dads strong with the Force — and flippers. Featuring well-designed and incredibly fun tables based on everything from the original trilogy to Star Wars Rebels to Solo: A Star Wars Story, there’s a lot to choose from and enjoy. Best of all, Star Wars Pinball is available on most platforms, including mobile, Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and is coming soon to Nintendo Switch.

New Zealand Mint's Darth Vader coin and Star Wars comic

New Zealand Mint’s Darth Vader in Pure Silver

New Zealand Mint’s Star Wars keepsakes — including the Darth Vader Silver Coin Note, Star Wars #21 Premium Silver Foil, and the Darth Vader Ultra High Relief 2 oz. Silver Coin — are all limited edition and handsome display pieces. Any would make for an elegant, understated gift that will appeal to any Star Wars dad.

Chewbacca with a porg on his head art print called "Odd Couple"

Acme Archives’ “Odd Couple” Chewbacca and Porg Print

This print by Craig Skaggs, appropriately named “Odd Couple,” features our favorite walking carpet and Ahch-To critter in a beautiful, funny portrait.

Cover of Dooku: Jedi Lost.

Dooku: Jedi Lost Audio Drama

Read by a full cast, this new audio drama from acclaimed writer Cavan Scott delves into Count Dooku’s past, and explores his early days training Asajj Ventress. It’s a fresh way to experience a galaxy far, far away, and can be someone’s first steps into a larger world of Star Wars storytelling.

Star Wars All Star Wars, all the time.

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