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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If Episode VII sucks…it’s not my fault.

glIn a recent interview Star Wars creator George Lucas was quoted as saying that if the new Star Wars movie sucks that he won’t be responsible.  Apparently none of the writing credits will go to Lucas this time.  Even though he had written a draft for Episode VII a few years earlier (and subsequently sold it along with his company to Disney), it was not used for Episode VII.

So I guess it’s really official…other than acting as a creative consultant, Lucas has absolutely no input in what happens to his epic space saga.  Sadly this is what happens when you sell everything! Mind you, he got married a few years ago so it’s probably no coincidence that he’s living the good life with his younger wife, Melody Hobson and his newly born daughter (2013).

In a way it’s probably a good thing for Mr. Lucas.  Just think, he has either written and/or directed every Star Wars film (and rightly so) until now so it may be a nice treat for him.  Why?  Because when he sees Episode VII in the theatre (likely his own) he will, for the first time, be seeing a Star Wars film that he did not create or have any input in.  He finally gets to “watch” !

I can’t wait until “The Force Awakens”…

It’s official…Star Wars Episode VII has a title: “The Force Awakens“.  It sounds cool.  Certainly better than “Attack of the Clones” and ultimately a better film, or so we hope.  A lot of it has been surprisingly kept secret with of course the odd picture surfacing here and there. One of my favorites is what I like to call the “SpaceHog”.spacehogApparently it’s a full sized creature that takes several men to operate it, much like Jabba the Hut was in Return of the Jedi.  Apparently JJ Abrams wanted to use a great deal of physical effects like in days of old rather than relying too heavily on blue/green screen computer animation. I for one hope that a return to old school visual effects will make the film one of the best in the series.  After all the fan favorite, The Empire Strikes Back was directed by someone (Irvin Kershner) other than George  Lucas so there is still hope that this film will be like Star Wars of old.  I can’t wait until The Force Awakens!

Set 30 years after Return of the Jedi?

HeirtotheempireWell, it’s been confirmed.  Star Wars Episode VII has been set 30 years after the events of the destruction of the second Death Star.  The casting rumours are floating around still, but lets face it, at least one of the main characters from Episodes IV, V & VI will make an appearance.  Why? Well, think Luke Skywalker in a tank of Bacta Fluid (Episode V).  This stuff heals almost anything and since it will have been only 30 years, at least one of them must have survived!

Sadly, this likely means that those of us who have followed the character development of the main (and some sub) characters through the novels (since Heir to the Empire was released in 1991) will not see this timeline cemented in celluloid, or hard disk, whichever format they use these days!

Personally, after reading 65 of the novels I have grown with these characters and am not quite sure how I am going to accept a totally different interpretation of their lives on the silver screen.  Alternate realities will have to do.

Please don’t screw this up Mr. Abrams…i’m still really to young to be hurt like this 😉

Christmas with Chewy

Wow, even I have to admit when I saw this Christmas special a long time ago in a household far, far away even I wasn’t impressed.  I was only a kid when it aired and I can honestly say, “WOW” has my taste in entertainment ever changed! Princess Leia is singing!

This has got to be the corniest shows I think I have seen in decades and realize that the only reason I watched it was because it was Star Wars. There are a few cameos from the Droids, Han and Luke and even the Cantina band but it’s really poorly done.  If there was ever any doubt, people should really not watch this video if they haven’t already seen Star Wars and if they have, have an open mind. Even George Lucas admits its one of those things he wish he could forget and prays that every last copied gets destroyed.

All I can say is WOW…. now that’s worse than Episode 1 the Phantom Menace!

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!

JJ Abrams is going to make a really good Star Wars film

Quoting JJ Abrams:

Opening_crawl“When I was a kid and saw Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) for the first time it blew my mind and around the same time I had friends who were huge fans of Star Trek and I don’t know if I was smart enough to get it, or patient enough. What I loved about Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) was the visceral energy of it, the clarity of it, the kind of innocence and big heart of it. Star Trek always felt a little bit more sophisticated and philosophical, debating moral dilemmas and things that were theoretically interesting, but for some reason I couldn’t get on board. It really took working with all these guys and actually working on Star Trek for me to fall in love with that.”

“Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) is probably the most influential film of my generation. It’s the personification of good and evil and the way it opened up the world to space adventure, the way westerns had to our parents’ generations, left an indelible imprint. So, in a way, everything that any of us does is somehow directly or indirectly affected by the experience of seeing those first three films.”

“Looking back on my childhood, I have a list of things that are massively important to me. Without question, ‘Star Wars’ was on the list, and ‘Star Trek’ was not.”

This sounds like very good news for Star Wars fans.  Mr. Abrams was influenced by Star Wars as a kid and I can imagine that this endeavor into directing Episode VII is going to be his crowning achievement.  I realize he doesn’t have a lot of experience as a director (mostly producing and writing) but then neither did George Lucas before he directed Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope. Let’s face it, George Lucas is a fantastic writer and producer but when you look at Star Wars Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, true fans realize the greatest of all the films wasn’t  directed by George Lucas.