What’s Your Favorite Version of Gamora?

Gamora, like Thor, has had one of the most tragic stories in the MCU. As a little girl, her homeworld was raided by Thanos and she was forced to watch her people, including her family, perish before her very eyes. Then she had to endure Thanos’ cruel upbringing as he turned her, through terrible training, into the “most dangerous woman in the galaxy.” But eventually, when she found it opportune, she managed to escape Thanos’ clutches, hence running into Peter Quill, Rocket, and Groot; three individuals that would essentially become her adopted family a.k.a the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Gamora’s story has been very intriguing and thankfully, due to the events of Avengers: Endgame, she has returned to the MCU in a strange but effective way that should be fun to flesh out in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Until then, however, let’s look back at her role so far in the MCU. Continue reading What’s Your Favorite Version of Gamora?

Let’s Talk: ‘The Mandalorian: Chapter Four’

(This post contains spoilers.)

The Mandalorian: Chapter Four has arrived and yes, it was fantastic yet again. Like I said in my spoiler-free review, the storytelling was allowed a lot more time to grow, dialing down the intensity to put the series on pause. Gone is the nail-biting suspense and peril replaced with character growth for The Mandalorian as he finds himself faced with a life he could have. One that sees him shedding his armor to settle down with a beautiful woman named Omera on a farm in the middle of nowhere.

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(The Mandalorian’s got a girlfriend. Ha-ha!) This was the best element of the episode as we got to have a lot of questions answered, mainly the helmet-removal conundrum that permeated our thoughts with each passing episode.

However, learning that he doesn’t take his helmet off in front of others (“This is the way” he says to Omera) did have me scratching my head a bit. In The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels we are introduced to many Mandalorians, Mandalorians who actually walk around with their helmets off, even in front of others who aren’t a part of their people. So when did this idea that The Mandalorians have to stay covered up in presence of others originate? During the “Purge” that was spoken about in the last episode of The Mandalorian? Is this a defense mechanism for these people because of what the Empire did to them in the time since Star Wars: Rebels? Or is this a rule designated by a certain clan that our title hero, The Mandalorian, is a part of? I hope this question is answered in the coming episodes.

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Cara Dune’s introduction could’ve been better but I’m not complaining. She was brought into the series in a fascinating way as we were immediately given a crash course on her toughness. Watching her knock The Mandalorian flat to the ground with one punch was definitely jaw-dropping!

This is a bit of spoiler but I know she will be in the final two episodes of the series, meaning we’ll get to see her being awesome again in a few more weeks. I mainly appreciated that the relationship between The Mandalorian and Cara Dune wasn’t sexual but rather featured mutual respect between two powerful characters who can take care of themselves very well. What a duo!

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But one of the aspects to the episode that was very entertaining was the fascinating action sequence where the villagers had to take on the raiders and the AT-ST walker. It was thrilling, action-packed, and we were once again allowed to see how awesome newcomer ex-rebel shock trooper Cara Dune is.

While this isn’t my favorite episode–that honor still rests with the second episode which feels me with immense joy every time I watch it due to the directing, cinematography, music, and the several situations presented throughout the episode, the fourth episode manages to tell a great story and help move the series forward.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day. May the Force be with you.

‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Is Starting to Lose Me Quickly

Disney hasn’t dropped a lot of balls on their Star Wars projects but with Star Wars: Resistance it seems very clear Disney has not put a lot of love into this story. And yes, I get it, Star Wars: Resistance was designed to cater to a younger audience but that doesn’t mean LucasFilm should just completely disregard the quality of their storytelling for the benefit of little children.

This story feels insignificant, unimaginative, and with each episode ending in an expected fashion, I’ve practically lost all investment in this series.

I was really enjoying the first five or so episodes but the last few have completely drained me. And this latest one, The Voxx Vortex 5000 was annoying from the get-go. I get it, the writers are trying to navigate the characters through the First-Order infested galaxy aboard the Colossus which needs repairs, food, etc. but with each passing episode, the series is becoming more and more lackluster.

This week’s episode introduced us to a new Hutt which I found to be a very unappealing choice for the episode. Jabba the Hutt is the only version of the clan that I have enjoyed seeing in the franchise. I wasn’t a fan of the Hutt characters in The Clone Wars and I’m definitely not a fan of this new Hutt.

Once again, a space casino was introduced and let me tell you something, the Star Wars space casinos are not cool. I have spoken.

I wish I could say I’m loving the second season of Star Wars: Resistance but honestly, it’s starting to annoy me more than the first season.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day. May the Force be with you.

Episode X: The Reckoning: Chapter Seven

The Blinding Light

It happened in a brilliant flash of light. One second, Rey was in the grips of a copper-skinned warrior who was strong with the Force. Her husband, Ben Solo, was on the ground, still unconscious from the jolt in hyperspace as were the children warriors. And then there was a flash of brightness.

Rey cried out, falling to the ground, and suddenly, as quickly as the brightness had come it was gone, replaced with darkness. Her eyes opened and the ship was gone.

She was lying on a field of grass, the starry night sky looking down upon her. She looked around and didn’t see Ben Solo anywhere nor did he see the children.

“Ben?” she cried out. “Ben?!”

There was no response. Nothing. Just the whistle of the wind in this strange world.

Rey stood, gazing around her. The Force was the strongest she had ever felt. Its power permeated her very being, filling with strength. And yet, there was something very wrong about this place. The Force roiled around her as if there was an imbalance, thrashing at her senses from all sides.

“Where am I?” she asked herself.

But of course, there was no answer.