Link Round-Up: December 18

Last night, after work, I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens with my coworkers thanks for an end-of-year work function. Here are my non-spoilery thoughts, posted on social media last night and this morning.

First, Facebook:

My non-spoilery reaction to the new Star Wars movie — I was entertained, but it’s best to have tempered expectations. The Force Awakens feels like more of a pastiche of a Star Wars movie (albeit a very well-made one) than something new. I guess that makes it the perfect Star Wars movie for these nostalgia-drenched times, but I want something that feels more original than a Kevin J. Anderson-esque story.

Next up, Twitter:

Let me say that it’s an enjoyable popcorn film, and Harrison Ford is delightful at reprising Han Solo. There are even some unexpected Easter Eggs, like a sequence that reminded me of a similar sequence in an early episode of Star Wars Rebels.

It’s also very much a J.J. Abrams film in that it doesn’t pause for breath and the science, such as it is, is stupid.

Now, onto today’s links.

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A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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