Star Wars

A Review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or The Best Star Wars Film Yet

As readers of this blog are aware, I’m a bit of a Star Wars fan. I was crushed when the Expanded Universe was remade into Legends, and was generally disappointed by The Force Awakens last year. I follow the Star Wars Report (an excellent site with quality podcasts), and have dived headfirst into the new(ish) Star Wars miniatures fleet battle game Star Wars: Armada (the best tabletop game I’ve ever played, period). I had the distinct pleasure of viewing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on Sunday, December 18th, and I have to say, without reservation, this is now my favorite Star Wars film by a county mile. A more detailed review follows this, but for now, this is your OFFICIAL SPOILER WARNING. I repeat, this is a SPOILER WARNING (for both Rogue One and The Force Awakens, though the latter has been out for a year). Continue with this piece

A Review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or I Understand the Star Trek Purists Now

Recently I saw the movie on track (or already through) to shatter every box office record it is in line for, including total worldwide and domestic box office ticket gross: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (TFA). I saw it a few days ago now, and I think I have had the necessary time to mull over the film properly and form my conclusions about it. And I’ve come up with my short answer and my long answer when people ask me what I thought of it. Short Answer: A- as a stand-alone film, B next to the rest of the series, and C+ when compared to the Expanded Universe (EU). Long Answer: well, you’re going to have to bear with me here. It’s not going to be short. Oh, and before you read any farther, THIS IS YOUR OFFICIAL SPOILER WARNING, both for the film and a huge chunk of the Expanded Universe, now called Legends. I repeat, THIS IS YOUR OFFICIAL SPOILER WARNING. Continue with this piece

Poetic Licence, and April 25, 2014 – A Day Which Shall Forever Live On In Infamy

Ok, so perhaps quoting FDR about the Pearl Harbor attack is a bit much, but it got your attention, so… can you guess that date? No? You can? Did you Google it? (I would have. I don’t care.) That date is the date that Lucasfilm declared the Expanded Universe of Star Wars fiction defunct and dead. It is the day almost forty (1976-2014) years of story-telling, adventures, and wonderful memories of the Star Wars universe were rendered obsolete and thrown by the wayside the way one throws out a plastic/paper drink cup from a fast food restaurant. (What are those cups anyway? Moving on) To those of you that know me personally, you are quite well aware of my near-obsessive fandom of the Star Wars universe. And I’ve gotten many a question to the effect of, Why Should I Care? What Of It? It’s Lucas’ Decision, Isn’t It? It’s His Story You (series of insulting adjectives and nouns.) Get Off His Case. And I’ll be honest, it was a move quite divisive within the fan base. The level of debate among Wookieepedia’s admins was quite impressive. That online encyclopedia by the way is respected as the effective Bible of Star Wars lore, referenced by even official Lucasfilm employees and works. Perhaps I am hanging on to a dream. Perhaps I underestimate the tenacity of the new Legends label.  Or perhaps I’m just plain wrong. But for the next few minutes indulge me, and allow me to guide you in the ways of the Force, as it used to be. Continue with this piece