It’s Two Weeks Until ‘The Rise of Skywalker’!

Earlier I shared a post looking back at the two-week milestone for The Last Jedi. Well, the two-week mark for The Rise of Skywalker has arrived and I am ecstatic. Absolutely, utterly ECSTATIC! How will this story conclude? What surprises are in store? How will J.J Abrams and fellow co-writer Chris Terrio resolve a story 42 years in the making? I have so many questions, questions that will be answered in two freaking weeks. I’m just…the excitement coursing through my veins is electric.

But for now, I will simply state what I’m most excited to see in this final film and try to deliver a cohesive post that doesn’t sound like I’m rambling in excitement because my brain is moving a million miles an hour right now. Lol, enjoy.

Rey’s Story

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As with The Last Jedi, Rey’s story and involvement in this chapter of the Skywalker Saga are still very murky. We know she’s powerful, we know she holds importance to the outcome of whatever is about to happen, but the question is why? Rey was deemed a “nobody” in The Last Jedi but being a “nobody” doesn’t mean you’re not important.

Look at characters like Ezra Bridger, an orphaned kid whose power with the Force and determination to free his planet, Lothal, from the clutches of the Empire, led him to deliver one of the first major losses to the tyrannical regime. Or Han Solo, another orphan who went through life smuggling and getting ahead but would eventually be a thorn in the Empire’s sides as one of the Rebellions’ top leaders.

Rey may not have a powerful lineage to rest back on like Kylo Ren (or at least that’s what we think) but that doesn’t make her any less special.

Beyond simply the “Who is She?” question, however, lies a speck of worry that is continuing to grow inside of me. I’ve said it many times. Rey is VERY dark-side prone, meaning she could be very susceptible to Palpatine’s influence. And I, like many others, would be delighted to see the story take a darker turn and evolve Rey into someone corrupted by the darkness, at least for a short while. Not only would that be kind of scary but it would be the plot twist the trilogy needs to end the Skywalker Saga off with a bang. Continue reading It’s Two Weeks Until ‘The Rise of Skywalker’!

‘The Mandalorian’!

You see that post title. That’s the only title I could possibly think of to express my feelings for the fifth episode of The Mandalorian. I watched the episode a few hours ago and I decided to take a bit of time to digest what I had just seen because honestly, this series is starting to get to my emotions.

Rarely do I get to see something that is absolutely perfect from a franchise that I LOVE so much. Avengers: Infinity War was spectacular, comic-book movie perfection, but Endgame was…okay. It was good, really, really good, but it wasn’t Infinity War-level good.

Months after its release I find myself wishing that maybe the writers and directors had waited until 2020 to release the final Avengers movie because I feel it probably would’ve been better. The plot is so boring and predictable, the only thing the movie has going for it is that the story and characters were so interesting leading up to it that you can have a giant time-travel film and make it fun and entertaining. And with that stellar ending, it’s no surprise the movie would turn out to be the highest-grossing film of all time.

But still…it was disappointing. I’m not going to lie. Yes, it makes me cry my eyes out whenever I see it and yes, it is fundamentally a sound movie from beginning to end, but it wasn’t able to reach the standard I was hoping for.

The Mandalorian, week after week, has delivered phenomenal episodes with twists, turns, characters, and surprises that I don’t expect, and these days that is NEAR-IMPOSSIBLE! Continue reading ‘The Mandalorian’!

Throwback Friday: It’s Only Two Weeks Until ‘The Last Jedi’!

For this week’s Throwback Friday I wanted to look back at the two-week milestone in anticipation for The Last Jedi ahead of my post later on today which will illustrate my excitement for The Rise of Skywalker, set to drop in two weeks. Enjoy!

Before 2015, the year The Force Awakens came out, December 1 wasn’t that special of a day. Yes, it marked the beginning of the last month of the year but, besides that, December 1 has usually been a regular day. This year December 1 has a much larger meaning because it marks the two-week countdown until The Last Jedi. This is a huge moment for Star Wars fans and I’m utterly ecstatic. It feels like it was yesterday when I wrote a post celebrating the one month mark. Now it’s literally only a couple of weeks until the movie comes out! Wow. So, I’m going to write about all of the things I’m excited to see in this highly anticipated film. Enjoy!

Rey’s Story

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Rey’s incredible journey in The Force Awakens was an absolute blast to observe. At the beginning of Episode VII, she was just a simple scavenger and now she is the galaxy’s next hope. Her path in this movie will undoubtedly get much tougher and I’m excited to see which direction of the Force she chooses. Thanks to interviews and magazines it’s kind of destined for her to join Kylo Ren at some point in the film but what does that exactly mean? Will she turn to the dark side or will she truly embrace the concept of a grey Jedi? And will we finally find out her who her parents are? Thankfully I have only two weeks to find out.

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Episode X: The Reckoning: Chapter Eleven

Ora was still screaming when she found herself in a circular room made of stark white stone. Golden engravings adorned the walls, adding a bit of grandeur to the otherwise bland room. As she realized she was safe she stopped screaming and surveyed her surroundings, searching for her savior, but found no one.

“Where am I?” she asked, rising to her feet.

There was no response. Her hands clenched into fists as she felt the anger within her begin to rise.

“I don’t have time for this! Answer me!”

“You must temper that anger inside of you or you will never discover your power.”

She whirled to find a man gazing at her. He was brown-skinned and adorned in a white hooded robe. His locked dark brown hair, bejeweled with golden rings, peeked from the hood and flowed down the front of his chest. His hands were lost in the sleeves of his robes as he stood, gazing at her with a blank expression.

“Are you the one who saved me?”

He nodded. “I am.”

She stepped toward him. “Who are you?”

“I am what you would call the embodiment of the Light. My name is Kar-Aan. You must excuse my sister, Nivera. She can be…difficult at times.”

Ora’s jaw dropped. “What?”

He chuckled. “I know this must be confusing for you. Let me explain.”

Ora sat down, listening attentively.

Suddenly the room turned completely dark and the walls began to depict images in a hieroglyphical form with streams of golden light as he began to tell the story.

“Long ago, when the galaxy was conceived piece by piece there was a Force that was created to bind everything together.”

The ceiling formed a map of stars and nebulae that created a vast depiction of the galaxy.

“This Force was embodied in two individuals, myself and my sister, Nivera.”

The walls on either side of her showed a man and a woman, or more precisely, Kar-Aan and Nivera, one wreathed in light and one bordered in darkness.

“We are the agents of Light and Dark, for without the dark there can be no light and without the light, there can be no dark. It is an eternal dance, one that has been twisted, bent, strained, convoluted, and expanded into something that has caused the sorrow of billions throughout the eons.”

“To restore balance we entrusted three individuals to harbor the secrets and the will of the Force. You may know them as the Mortis Gods. There was the Father who embodied Balance, the Brother who was the agent of the Dark Side, and the Sister who was the epitome of the Light.”

Ora gazed in gaped-mouthed awe as they formed into existence on the walls, the power they held seeming to emanate from even their hieroglyphic forms.

“And for a time, there was a balance. Peace reigned, goodness prevailed, and the sorrow that had plagued the galaxy was gone. But the Brother was cunning, for the darkness had consumed him, and together, he and my sister, Nivera concocted a plan.

“My sister knew her power was legendary and could easily consume lesser beings to do her will. She broke the law of balance and attacked the galaxy but there were those who believed in the Light who fought back. They would become the first Jedi.”

The walls suddenly began to depict hundreds of individuals from all manner of species around the galaxy raising their lightsabers skyward as Nivera, shown on the ceiling, descended down upon them.

“Nivera was blinded by her greed and thus, she was defeated, but not before she corrupted those who, like her, sought power. They would become the Sith and the war between the forces of Light and Dark would come into fruition.”

Ora nodded. “Okay, I know this part of the story. Fast forward to the information that could be useful.”

The room brightened and she found Kar-Aan gazing at her with an extremely serious face.

“You think this is a joke?” he asked.

She stood. “Look, I’ve had enough of history lessons. My family, my friends, they could die unless I defeat Nivera and guess what? I don’t have my freaking lightsaber…and the weapon I obtained at Ptdne didn’t work…and I-I…”

“You lost,” he said.

She made a noise of frustration. “Yes. I lost!” She fell to her knees, feeling deflated. “I let everyone down.”

“The ones you care about are okay.”

She looked at him, her eyes wide with hope. “Are you sure?”

“They are facing their own journies, their own destinies. How their journies will conclude, I don’t know. But you must let them go if you are to discover your own power.”

Ora shook her head. “No, no. I’m not going to let anything happen to my family, to my mother.”

The man’s lips set in a grim line. “You have much to learn young one. But first,” he sighed, “you need a lightsaber.”