Friday, January 25, 2013

Previously on Star Wars...

So, the latest mega rumor is that JJ Abrams is to direct Star Wars Episode VII.  And while I still may seem skeptical about this yet to be confirmed rumor, I'm neither bummed or super excited.

I like JJ Abram's films.  Super 8 was really good, I loved Star Trek, Mission Impossible 3 is my favorite of the series, and I didn't see Cloverfield so no comment on that one.  He's the lovechild of our favorite directors from the 80's.  Although he tends to skew more toward Steven Spielberg than George Lucas, he has both their DNA in his moviemaking soul.  Super 8 is a love letter to Spielberg's ET and Close Encounters, and frankly Star Trek is a Star Wars movie with a Trekkie overlay and lens flares.  

By the way, as a public service announcement, ENOUGH WITH THE LENS FLARE JOKES, it's already played out and no longer funny.

Watch this scene in its entirety.


It's Star Wars through and through, the technobabble is different, but Capt. Pike is clearly a Han Solo styled Captain.  Right at the end there we also get to see the POV shot as the stars stretch when they go into hypersp-- I mean warp speed.

The bottom line, is that for those that really wished Steven Spielberg had been named director, Abrams is about as close as you could get to that ever being a reality.

Some people have washed their hands of the Saga already, and that's their choice, but I'm here to the end with an optimistic outlook.  I love Disney, I love Star Wars, they don't always make the right or best calls, but I still come back.  That either makes me like a battered wife that keeps making excuses, or perhaps it's more akin to unconditional love.  

I suffered through Yuuzhan Vong, everyone else can make it through this.

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Return of the Return of Darth Maul



So, after a few less than stellar 4 episode story arcs we finally get back to the return of Maul storyline.    This season has been "meh" I'll admit.  They really need to stop being slaves to the 4 episode arc format.  Both the Onderon and Droid stories could have benefited from a more streamlined pace.  I did however enjoy the young Jedi and their quest to find their saber crystals on Ilum.  

However, all the teasers left us last summer all lead to this arc, which I believe is an 8 episode one if my count is correct, and will take us all over the underworld of star wars.  I know they go into the depths of Coruscant, if not to level 1313 itself.  We'll see Falleen and Black Sun, but no Prince Xizor, and we'll see some stuff that I KNOW will downright infuriate some hardcore fans.  I can't wait and it all starts this Saturday morning,

Thursday, January 17, 2013

STAR WARS™: The Old Republic™ - 'Return' Cinematic Trailer



These are the kinds of videos that make me optimistic about the future of Star Wars.  If Disney, with their endless supply of talent and money, can make something anywhere near as awesome as this short, non Disney cinematic, we should be OK.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Yet Another Post Yavin story



So, I did something I haven't done in ages, I went to a brick and mortar comic shop.  I had decided to go digital only when it comes to comics a while back, unless it was a collection of multiple issues.  However when I saw the image above, of the new Brian Wood penned series simply titled "Star Wars", that would include a digital copy.  So I decided I had to get it.

Now, I'm exceedingly wary of this new series. As a whole, even though dated, I really enjoyed both the art and the stories from the old newspaper strips by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson collected were known as "Classic Star Wars".  The story told through those strips seemed to dovetail nicely from the exodus from Yavin to the settling of Hoth as the new rebel base.  It also threw in the bounty hunter they ran into on Ord Mantell, even if he is lame.
Skorr, the bounty hunter on Ord Mantell
As far as the actual content, well, it isn't horrible.  The art is decent, and the story revolves around the rebels (Leia, Luke, and Wedge in particular) scouting systems for a new base for the rebels.   Most of the major characters from A New Hope are present, although I have some issues with how Vader and Palpatine were handled.

I normally love Alex Ross as a painter and cover artist, but the covers I've seen of this series so far, look like a nod to the Hildebrandt brothers who did the Shadows of the Empire card set, and everything those painters did looked plastic-y and just not at all appealing.

I'll probably stick around and check out where the series goes, but it's starting off a little shaky.

Monday, January 7, 2013

SWTOR: See the future of The Old Republic!



I've already said this numerous times elsewhere, but I really like this game.  I stepped away from it for a while, but since it went free to play I've been getting back into it.  It's a well made game, it just had a lot of flaws that kept it from being a "Great" game.  The story lines are quite good, and the deeper you go, and the instanced dungeons, or "flashpoints" as they call them, the better the stories get.

The down side, is you can totally get sucked into the game, it can become an addiction, which sadly, I have succumbed.  

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Peer Pressure Strikes Back!



So, lookie what I picked up today.  I was on the fence at first on whether to even buy this book or not, and then once a certain review was posted.  Then it became whether or not to buy it digitally or a physical copy, and while I would have probably went with a pure digital copy, it would prevent others from being able to easily read it as well, so I went with the nice, paper and ink kind.  So far I've only skimmed through it, but i can already tell it's gonna be an interesting (and bumpy) ride, as my feeling for EU material runs hot and cold.