QI’RA: A Rebel Rises: Chapter Six

The “first three places to strike” would be planets that Qi’ra heard of but never visited; Jedha, Naboo, and Zanbar. Apparently, radical rebel cells had accumulated on the planets and were causing disturbances to the Imperial presences there. General Hallin wanted these rebels annihilated.

“I can do it,” Qi’ra obliged.

Hallin looked at her, her nose curling slightly. “Really? And what can you do that the Empire can’t?”

There was a pause as Qi’ra realized she was seconds from potentially hurting her partnership with the Empire forever. She could see Captain Peer out of the corner shaking his head as he tried to urge her to not say anything. But Qi’ra would never be someone to back down from a fight. It wasn’t in her nature and it never would be. Continue reading QI’RA: A Rebel Rises: Chapter Six

Will ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Make a Billion Dollars?

The Rise of Skywalker has opened to a $374 million opening weekend at the box-office globally, which is by no means a failure, but it is the lowest-grossing opening weekend of the sequel trilogy. And with the mixed reviews and poor Rotten Tomatoes score, it’s very clear that The Rise of Skywalker may be the first Star Wars film under Disney, besides Solo: A Star Wars Story, that’ll have a hard time reaching a billion dollars.

There are several diehard Star Wars fans who are going to see the film multiple times but there are others who have no desire to see the hodgepodge of a disaster again on the big screen. Leastwise, the global audience who will never be as kind as US audiences.

The percentage of people going to see the film will drop substantially over the next week and then what? How many more people will continue to support this film that let them down so much?

The Last Jedi oozed its way to making $1.33 billion even despite the outrage poured on by fans. But opposed to The Rise of SkywalkerThe Last Jedi was actually pretty good. It was cinematographically enticing and it was creatively imaginative. The Rise of Skywalker barely has any appeal other than its characters who we Star Wars fans have grown to love so much. But are they enough?

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! Continue reading Will ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ Make a Billion Dollars?

Reflection: Hera Syndulla

Star Wars: Rebels has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and that makes all of the sense in the world. It’s amazing! I learned this last month when I binge-watched the series and fell in love with this story and characters that felt like the greatest thing that had come to the Star Wars universe since The Empire Strikes Back.

Three of these characters–Hera Syndulla, Kanan Jarrus, and Ezra Bridger, felt like the ultimate combination of the franchise’s greatest characters in an impactful and non-derivative way. And so, for the last few weeks, I have been retaining this idea to highlight these three characters and how their storylines echo the plot threads created for other important characters in the franchise. Well, in this eternal wait before I can talk about The Rise of Skywalker spoilers, the time has come to share this mini-series with you that I like to call Reflection. And, of course, the first character highlighted is Hera Syndulla. Enjoy! Continue reading Reflection: Hera Syndulla

Episode X: The Reckoning: Chapter Twenty-Six

Poe Dameron didn’t know what to think. Just moments ago, he and his friends were mere seconds away from finding themselves swimming with the innards of a terrifying beast. Then they were saved by these kind masked individuals wielding spears and daggers. And now he was on the back of one of their lizard-like mounts, his thoughts processing what was happening and what it’d be like to steer one of these things.

It took nearly thirty minutes, riding through the acrid world and veering between the towering hills that loomed like dens of doom before they eventually reached a clearing. The clearing was dotted with pockmarks that looked like giant versions of the entrances the Gorben Badgers on Yavin IV used to look like when he was a child. It’s why it came as no surprise as the riders sent the mounts toward the holes and they entered them, one by one, riding through lightless tunnels that were so tight and claustrophobic they had to ride single-file. And then, after what seemed like an eternity in the dark, they appeared at an opening, revealing a sight that literally took Poe’s breath away. Continue reading Episode X: The Reckoning: Chapter Twenty-Six