The Force Awakened….

The-Force-Awakens-PosterWell friends, I finally watched The Force Awakens (TFA) January 3rd.  In a nutshell it was good.  It wasn’t anything like I expected and none of my theories were correct but alas, I expected that.

Unfortunately, much like The Phantom Menace, I left the theatre with more questions than answers, as did many fans. There were a lot of gaps and there were a lot of things that just didn’t really seem to fit.

Was it better the The Empire Strikes Back? In my opinion, no, although it came close.  It certainly was entertaining enough to help me forget about the prequels! I did like JJ Abrams style and thank god he backed off on all the “lens flare” effects…in the Star Trek movies that he helmed, that effect drove me nuts!

To add to my thoughts on TFA, I was disappointed with a few things. (Spoliers) I didn’t like the fact that Luke shows up at the very end of the movie.  I didn’t like the fact that we didn’t get to see much of R2 and 3PO.  The villain was a whiny baby IMHO.  Captain Phasma seemed to be more of an extra than anything else.  Who the fuck is Snoke?  Han gets wasted in a very shitty way and the response from his lifelong friend Chewbacca is laughable and poorly handled by writers JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.

And finally, I totally agree with George Lucas.  This was a retro film. Although it pays homage to Star Wars of old, it seemed a bit recycled: Another desert planet, another ice planet, another rebellion, another Death Star type weapon. another scenario where everyone is looking for a small droid, another young person dreaming of a different life then being thrust into a whole new world, another villain robed all in black wearing a mask and sporting a red lightsaber, another cantina scene full of assorted aliens, another large “projected” version of the “leader” of the bad dudes, the list goes on.

Don’t get me wrong.  I thoroughly enjoyed this film because I am old school Original Trilogy so it brought back a lot of fond memories. Having said this I hope, like The Empire Strikes Back, the second installment is much better…Goodbye, General Solo…you will be missed.

 

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Expanded Universe may yet be of some use to us….

Rumours have it that Adam Driver will play the role of Jacen Solo (or whatever name they give him), Han and Leia’s son.  Daisy Ridley is supposedly playing the role of their daughter Jaina (again whatever name they choose with Solo tacked on at the end).

Jaina_vs_CaedusApparently they are going to take some of the plot lines from the Expanded Universe novels in where Driver’s character plays a Jedi who is turned to the darkside and it’s Ridley’s character that tries to bring him back to the “good” side. The storyline makes a lot of sense and definitely would bring back some of the old conflicts that were present in previous films…Good versus evil…Dark versus light…Sith Versus Jedi. The intriguing part is that it happens to the offspring of Han & Leia and makes it that much more interesting.  It’s also a good way to ensure that, at the very least, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are potentially written off in Episode VII…in the novels, Jacen Solo becomes Darth Caedus and tries to snuff out his parents, deeming them New Republic terrorists.

I would venture to guess that Max von Sydow’s character will play the villain that tempts Driver’s character into becoming a Sith.

On the surface, Adam Driver does look a little bit like a cross between Harrison ford and Carrie Fisher. If this is the plot line that they are taking, which, based on the casting looks to fit, then it should be an interesting story.

Another plot line is that because this Jacen Solo becomes powerful, he pits his power of the Force against what will most assuredly be MASTER Jedi Luke Skywalker.  The master being that after 30 years, Luke has become the same or more powerful than Yoda was. This could also be the way the write Mark Hamill out of Episode VII. Luke would potentially fail to beat Darth Caedus….

I speak to the fact that having Harrison ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill be cast for episodes VIII and IX doesn’t make a lot of sense considering Disney has already stated the new films will focus on the children (of the main characters). So, this plot line seems the most feasible

A Long, Long, Long, Long time ago……

Star-Wars-VIII still can’t get over it.  Although Episode VII is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, I still can’t get over the fact that we will see Luke, Han and Leia return to the Star Wars Universe. Or should I say, Mark, Harrison & Carrie?   I have to cringe at what the possible outcomes will be having these three re-unite to play characters that they left behind literally 30 years ago.

Let’s face it, Harrison Ford might still be able to pull off Han Solo, but Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamil have done very little acting in the last 30 years.  Personally I am not convinced they can pull it off.

Most of the “treatments” of episodes VII thru IX are not anywhere close to what Lucas had envisioned (today anyway), but for readers interest I’ll post them here.  I still can’t see beyond the aged characters….

  • Episode VII would begin roughly 20 (or perhaps 30-40) years after the end of Return of the Jedi (according to Lucas in 1980 and 1982).
  • R2-D2 and C-3PO would be the only characters who might continue through all nine films (Lucas in 1980, 1981 and 1983).
  • The trilogy would deal with the rebuilding of the Republic (Lucas in 1980).
  • “It’s like a saga, the story of a group of people, a family” (Lucas in 1980).
  • The focus would be on Luke Skywalker’s journey to becoming the premier Jedi knight, with Luke’s sister (who was not Leia) appearing in Episode VIII, and the first appearance of the Emperor, and Luke’s ultimate confrontation with him, in Episode IX (a storyline as planned pre-1980, according to A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back producer Gary Kurtz).
  • Luke would have a romantic relationship with a female love interest (Lucas in 1988).
  • The main theme of the trilogy would be moral and philosophical problems, such as the necessity for moral choices and the wisdom needed to distinguish right from wrong, justice, confrontation, and passing on what you have learned (Lucas in 1983 and 1989).
  • The key actors, Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Ford as Han Solo, and Fisher as Princess Leia, would appear, in their 60s or 70s (Lucas in 1983).
  • In Episode IX, Hamill would cameo, “like Obi-Wan handing the lightsaber down to the next new hope” (according to Hamill, in 2004).
  • “The other one — what happens to Luke afterward — is much more ethereal. I have a tiny notebook full of notes on that. If I’m really ambitious, I could proceed to figure out what would have happened to Luke” (Lucas in 1980).

This ain’t the blaster that killed Greedo

It’s up fosolo-blaster-480wr sale if you want it….but you’ll have to shell out at least $200,000 USD in order to make it a part of your collection. Just remember that because of it’s selling price doesn’t mean it actually shoots lasers, although that would be kinda cool!!!

Han Solo’s DL-44 Blaster is up for auction on Dec.21, 2013.  Apparently it’s the one used in Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI Return of the Jedi.  They are saying it’s not the same prop gun that blasted poor Greedo in the Cantina in Episode IV A New Hope. Clearly this is a weapon that can aim itself! Rumour has it that it may also be the same prop gun that Luke Skywalker uses in Episode V The Empire Strikes Back.

Regardless, it’s a piece of movie history that will most likely go for a lot more than the starting price… I wonder if Harrison Ford might bid on it or maybe that’s why it’s not the original DL-44 from A New Hope…maybe he kept that one…hmmm maybe someone should ask him!

Han Solo was a Lizard

theStarWarsMany diehard fans will agree that the original draft of Star Wars was a bit “off-the wall”, to say the least.  It is good to see that George Lucas has decided to release the original first draft to Dark Horse Comics.  Dark Horse has made the original draft into an 8 part comic book series due out in September 2013.

Reading about the adventures of Annikin Starkiller and General Luke Skywalker will definitely be interesting, considering in this draft, Han Solo is a 7 foot lizard and Darth Vader only has one scar on his head/face!

Hopefully I’ll get a chance to buy these before they sellout, which is most likely going to happen within a matter of hours.  I think I’ll mark my place in line now and avoid the rush!

Rumour has it…

Other than the recent news that Star Trek reboot  director JJ Abrams is signed to direct Episode VII, there hasn’t been too many rumours flying around about the next installment of the Film Franchise.

Chewy-and-HanSo far there hasn’t been much more than speculation on what it will be about and who will star in it.  Harrison Ford has apparently signed on but there is still no word about Mark Hamill or Carrie Fisher.  Ironic really because way back when Han Solo didn’t have any grey hair or age spots, Harrison Ford had actually wanted George Lucas to kill off the beloved smuggler scoundrel. Now it seems he’s the only one interested in continuing his character.

I wonder if anyone else has been approached? I’m certain Dave (Darth Vader) Prowse has asked to be a part of it since they passed him over in Revenge of the Sith.  Maybe he could play a Wookie instead since Peter (Chewbacca) Mayhew hasn’t been approached yet either. Makes you wonder how Disney can consider reviving the Han Solo character but not Chewbacca.

This leads me , as a super fan, to believe that they may be taking something out of the Expanded Universe after all.  For those of you who don’t know, Chewbacca dies a heroic death in the Expanded Universe novels.

Now I am more curious than ever and really don’t know if I can wait until the premiere of Episode VII!  The speculation and rumour is killing me!

Star Wars breaks the gender barrier

“It may not look like much, but she’s got it where it count’s, kid”…was Han Solo referring to the newest ‘rage’ about Femtroopers?

Femtroopers are starting to become a lot more popular these days. I’ll admit I’d never seen these Female Stormtroopers before but it begs the question of how far is far, far away?

I’ll be the first to admit they are definitely sexy, but I think it’s overkill, ladies. I think it’s just a 3 dressed up as a 9…your only wasting my time. Fandom aside I think these ladies just want more attention… a true fan would never add “sexy” to Star Wars unless they were Princess Leia.

Maybe the Empire’s new idea is “You wouldn’t shoot a female Stormtrooper, would you”?

Perhaps these ladies will be added to the documentary footage when Star Wars 3D is released on Blu-Ray Disc? You never know….