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Ray's the Standard! Ray's the Standard!

As I mentioned a few days ago when writing about Delta and the Bannermen, variations of the name “Ray” are pretty common in Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Is it an ode to the ubiquitous Death Rays, Shrink Rays, and Freeze Rays that once populated the genres? Who knows. Anyway, I put together a list of who I consider to be the top…

Comic Con Report, volume 2: Exhibit
Hall Edition Comic Con Report, volume 2: Exhibit Hall Edition

Here’s a genuine Golden Ticket from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This was at a booth at Comic Con auctioning off authentic Hollywood props.

Fewer Parsecs than Desired Fewer Parsecs than Desired

There’s a lot of speculating going on about Solo’s disappointing performance, falling about two hundred million below the 300 million expectation for Memorial Day weekend and flopping in China. I don’t blame Ron Howard. Rogue One had reshoots with a different director and that didn’t hurt its performance. I do think…

He's Going Solo and Chewbacca is Going
with Him He's Going Solo and Chewbacca is Going with Him

I went to the first showing to-day of the nice new Star Wars movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story. To-day was opening day but there were only five or six other people in the theatre with me. I guess people are getting used to Star Wars movies coming out all the time, though I suppose there were probably a lot more people at…

Intergalactic Women's Day Intergalactic Women's Day

After pointing out the scarcity of female writers on Star Wars: Rebels a couple days ago—the series had only one, Nicole Duboc, who wrote two and a half episodes (the series finale also had Lucasfilm producer Kiri Hart credited alongside five male writers)—I thought to-day, being International Women’s Day, would be a…

Baby's First Star Wars? Baby's First Star Wars?

Another chapter of the Star Wars saga drew to a close last night with the series finale of Star Wars Rebels. Coming from much of the same creative team, notably showrunner Dave Filoni, as the beloved Clone Wars, Rebels had its good points but suffered from greater restrictions with regards to depictions of violence…

A Rebel's Journey Through Time A Rebel's Journey Through Time

One thing was made clear by last night’s two new Star Wars Rebels episodes—the show is a lot better looking than it was in season 1. It looks about as good now as Clone Wars looked in its last couple seasons so I guess Dave Filoni finally convinced Disney it was worth spending money on a show like this. If only Rebels…

A One Sided Space Affair A One Sided Space Affair

Star Wars: Rebels finally returned last night with two new episodes. Excited? Well, although the writing quality hasn’t much improved, even surprisingly indulging in several unpopular gender related plot devices, it did at least deliver one plot point I’d been fervently hoping for since the series began.

He Will Start . . . What He Finished He Will Start . . . What He Finished

Let us turn again to the story of Kylo, the troubled young man of royal blood who adopted a new name and evil persona after he was betrayed, choosing also to wear a sinister metal mask. His telekinetic powers aid him in the ongoing intergalactic war. Yes, it’s the 2012 Doctor Who audio play The Acheron Pulse. I’m…

The Self-Begotten Rey The Self-Begotten Rey

I didn’t plan on seeing The Last Jedi again yesterday but I did. I was at the mall with my friend Tim and he wanted to see it. I didn’t have a flu this time, though I was still a little congested—in any case I enjoyed it more this time though most of my opinions from my first review remain the same.

First, Last, and Always a Jedi First, Last, and Always a Jedi

I might’ve enjoyed Star Wars: The Last Jedi more if I hadn’t been sick. I’ve had this flu for about a week and it feels like everything’s sort of at a distance. Maybe that’s the reason at the end of the movie I didn’t get that elation I associate with the end of a Star Wars film. I just thought, “That was fine.” There…

Paper Thin Rebels Paper Thin Rebels

I finally got caught up on the new season of Star Wars Rebels, which as of Monday is eight episodes in. Unfortunately I’d been rewatching Clone Wars so the problems with Rebels were even more painful. It’s not as bad as those excruciating Forces of Destiny shorts, there are one or two things about Rebels that’ll keep…

Conflicts in Space Conflicts in Space

With all the rejoicing across the internet to-day over the news that Corey Trevorrow is out as director of Star Wars: Episode IX there’s naturally been a lot of speculation as to who’ll take over the reins. I say; get Gordon Cole! That is, David Lynch. He was, after all, George Lucas’ first choice to direct Return of…

Comic Con Report, volume 4: Battle
Hardened Pigeon Edition Comic Con Report, volume 4: Battle Hardened Pigeon Edition

I think this is the angriest pigeon in San Diego. I saw him during Comic Con at a trolley station.

Empowering Star Wars Women with Babies
and Clothes Empowering Star Wars Women with Babies and Clothes

When it was announced that George Lucas was selling Star Wars to Disney, I was optimistic. I liked the idea that Disney wanted to put out a lot more Star Wars film and television than Lucas tended to—I figured, sure, Disney would make mistakes but more material means more chances to learn from mistakes. But it’s hard…

Star Wars Tangles Star Wars Tangles

There were some really lovely visuals in last night’s two part season finale of Star Wars: Rebels, “Zero Hour”, and I appreciated references to The Empire Strikes Back, Jedi Knight, and Lord of the Rings. Lars Mikkelsen continues to impress as Grand Admiral Thrawn, Vanessa Marshall is solid as always as Hera, and Tom…

Ezra Bridger Photobombs the Star Wars Universe Ezra Bridger Photobombs the Star Wars Universe

When last night’s new Star Wars Rebels, “Twin Suns”, began with a shot of Darth Maul wandering alone and worse for wear through the deserts of Tatooine, trying desperately to find Obi-Wan Kenobi, I was excited. I thought, maybe they won’t shoehorn Ezra into this episode and we’ll simply get the promised showdown…

The Hera Chronicles The Hera Chronicles

Hera (Vanessa Marshall) unquestionably owned last night’s new episode of Star Wars Rebels, “Double Agent Droid”. It also featured some nice focus on the droid characters and a starring role for Wedge, who’s more prominent in the episode than Ezra, which is how it fucking should be.

Oh, and the Leader of the Rebel
Alliance was There Oh, and the Leader of the Rebel Alliance was There

Mon Mothma finally showed up in yesterday’s very good new episode of Star Wars Rebels, “Secret Cargo”, written by Matt Michnovetz. Featuring some nice dog fights and some great visuals thanks largely to the proximity of a star forming in a nebula, the episode really felt like a piece of Star Wars history. In fact, the…

This Chiss is No Chump This Chiss is No Chump

“Through Imperial Eyes”, last night’s new episode of Star Wars Rebels, was a massive improvement over the previous week’s episode and one of the best written episodes of the series. Although I was able to predict some of the things that happened in the episode, writers Nicole Duboc and Henry Gilroy have put together a…

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