The Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer left me cold. It’s pretty. It’s well-made. It’s nice to see Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. It’s nice to see Rey swinging a lightsaber. But there’s no emotion to it. Nothing hooked me. No image made me go, “I have to see that!” If you loved it, go … Continue reading The Last Jedi Teaser
Over the past twenty-four hours, I’ve seen a number of people, some friends, some not, outraged by Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens Monopoly set because it doesn’t include a player token for Rey. For background on the story, see this article in The Guardian. For an example of the outrage, see this Gizmodo article. … Continue reading Star Wars Monopoly and the Merchandising of Rey
Who is Supreme Leader Snoke? Radio Times delves into the soundtracks for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Revenge of the Sith, and they notice something interesting. The Force Awakens‘ shadowy villain, Supreme Leader Snoke, has a familiar motif, one that first appeared in Revenge of the Sith. It’s the motif that plays when Senator … Continue reading Who Is Supreme Leader Snoke?
A trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens dropped today: It’s nice. I smiled while watching it, and seeing Harrison Ford at the end certainly filled me with some excitement. Enough excitement to go see it? Perhaps not. Here’s the thing. The Star Wars series has always been something I’ve liked, but not … Continue reading Feelings on the Star Wars Trailer
Yesterday, writer Peter David blogged that he took his daughter to see Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3-D and… she liked it. She really liked it. His reaction to his daughter’s reaction? “Holy crap. Holy freaking crap.” I know it’s fashionable for people to pile on The Phantom Menace, but I won’t. I … Continue reading On Defending The Phantom Menace
I drive a Volkswagen Beetle. It makes me very happy, though I’d be happier if the CD player didn’t skip. Volkswagen has always made fabulous commercials. I remember vividly the Cabrio commercial that introduced millions to “Pink Moon” and the work of Nick Drake. And, of course, there’s this one. Many people have seen this … Continue reading On Volkswagen’s Star Wars Commercial and the Girl Vader
On TrekBBS, there’s a discussion asking Star Trek authors if they would like to write Star Wars novels. Said I in reply: I would absolutely write a Star Wars comic or novel. In fact, I know the approach I’d take, and the setting I’d use. It would be mental. Abso-fucking-lutely mental. And hilarious. Did I … Continue reading On LEGO Star Wars: The Novel
When I first read about Star Wars Transformers, I thought they would be the coolest toys ever. Imagine Rebel Alliance ships turning in Autobots! Imagine Imperial ships turning into Decepticons! In some weird, alternate reality, Rodimus Prime is a B-Wing fighter, and Galvatron is a TIE-Interceptor. And that would be awesome. Naturally, Star Wars Transformers … Continue reading On Fandom Fights
WordPress provides, on the back-end, a stats-tracking package. I’ve been using it for a little more than six months now, and it’s pretty nice. I doesn’t give me all the information I want, but it does give me a lot, like what people are looking for. Beats pulling a server log to get that. Yesterday … Continue reading On Search Madness
Chewbacca has a blog. That is all.
LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy came out today. You pick your system, it’s available for it. Xbox. 360. PlayStation 2. GameCube. GameBoy Advance. Nintendo DS. Sony PSP. You want it, you can play it. True, multi-platform goodness. Star Wars and LEGOs, the two universals. I picked one up today for the XBox. It’s … Continue reading On LEGO Star Wars II
Prompted by my friend Todd‘s exhortation to download a Star Wars fan film, last night I downloaded “Beagle,” a two-minute long animated short following Snoopy and Woodstock in the Rebel attack on the original Death Star over Yavin IV. I’ve watched it five times now, and each time I’ve been disappointed. First, “Beagle” doesn’t recreate … Continue reading On Snoopy and the Death Star Run