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I Miss Loving the Sequel Trilogy

Yeah, this is a totally random post but honestly, I’m just feeling a bit of Sequel Trilogy nostalgia. I miss the days when I used to cling to roughly every word and every scene from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. I miss the days when my favorite Star Wars character was Kylo Ren and Rey was my personal embodiment of girl-power goals. I miss the days when I used to break down every juicy scene to determine how the trilogy would end. And I miss imagining The Rise of Skywalker to be this grand finale with a totally riveting and fantastic story.

So…because I miss the Sequel Trilogy, here’s a look back to my favorite scenes in the Sequel Trilogy.

Let’s start with the opening sequence of The Force Awakens and the ultra-rad introduction to Kylo Ren. This scene was perfection; a powerful opening featuring the bad guys with a charming hero being captured n the same vein as A New Hope. It was while watching this scene for the first time in theaters nearly six years ago that I knew I was about to have one of the best movie theater experiences in my life.

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Ah, this scene. The moment that spurred Rey onto an adventure of a lifetime. This shot, the music, the whole nature of this scene provides me pure joy.

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The Reason Why Finn’s Story Lost Steam in ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

I just finished watching The Last Jedi a couple of hours ago after having dragged myself through The Rise of Skywalker yesterday and the contrast between the two films is drastic! I’m talking absolute night and day. The Rise of Skywalker feels like an absolute abomination to the franchise as it tears the characters and saga limb from limb while The Last Jedi manages to feel fresh, new, and ultimately, quite satisfying. No, The Last Jedi isn’t perfect but it does have its moments.

As I watched The Last Jedi I noticed the main reason why Finn feels so starkly different in The Rise of Skywalker. In fact, it’s very clear.

Why was Finn such a compelling character in The Force Awakens? Because he was a stormtrooper. It was that simple fact that made him one of the most enduring and unique characters in the franchise. I loved Finn’s story and I was excited to see his arc in the Sequel trilogy.

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A ‘Star Wars’ Double-Header and Why ‘The Last Jedi’ Is a Must-Watch

I did something the other night I didn’t think I’d ever do again. I watched The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker in one night. And get this. I watched them back to back.

After being inspired to watch the Sequel Trilogy again after personally boycotting it for roughly half a year (that’s a long time for a diehard Star Wars fan like myself) I decided to bust out and watch The Force Awakens suddenly. As I watched the movie that used to be my daily get-away flick I found myself overcome by a sense of joy. Yes, at times I got a little bored (because I’ve seen the movie over a hundred times and that’s not an exaggeration) but overall, I just had fun watching these characters that I loved so much.

When the movie I was so overwhelmed with Sequel Trilogy magic that I decided to do something even more random; go straight to The Rise of Skywalker. Considering that the “final” film in the Skywalker Saga felt like it rescinded so many interesting threads left behind by The Last Jedi I figured it may be interesting to watch the two Abrams movies back to back to see what would happen.

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The Movies of 2019: Ranked from Worst to Best

It’s almost the end of the year which means it’s time to look back at my ranking for the films I watched in 2019 ahead of my 2020 ranking. Enjoy! 14. Triple Frontier

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Netflix never fails to deliver original films and I’ve seen a few this year. One such movie was Triple Frontier, starring Oscar Isaac and Ben Affleck. It’s a film whose facade makes it seem like this is Sicario 2.0 but in reality, it’s a military take on Ocean’s Eleven which was an unexpected twist, I’m not going to lie.

My family and I ended up watching the whole movie actually, which was a bit surprising. So yeah, it may not have been as good as I had hoped but decent enough for a matinee film.

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My Thoughts on the Return of *That* Character

When Ahsoka told Mando that a Jedi would come for Grogu if he called out it was very clear that we would be seeing another Jedi by the end of the season.

The theories ran rampant. People started speculating that Mace Windu might make his long-awaited return, I started freaking out when I began to spectate Cal Kestis’ live-action debut, and so on and so forth. But no, they didn’t do that. They did what made the most sense but we thought was impossible.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Will The Attractions at ‘Star Wars’ Galaxy’s Edge Get Boring Over Time?

(This is a repost.)

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the newest obsession at Disneyland and Disney World, a literal Star Wars land that gives guests a chance to journey to a galaxy far, far away. You can savor otherworldly delights that transport you to different planets in the Star Wars universe or create your dream lightsaber. You can even garner your own customized droid and buy plenty of other Star Wars-related goodness.

But more importantly, you get a chance to board the Millennium Falcon and embark on one of the land’s attractions, Smuggler’s Run, where you can literally pilot the iconic craft. Or, you can walk a little down the way and find the Galaxy’s Edge second highly-anticipated attraction, Rise of the Resistance.

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Both are exciting attractions that one day I am utterly thrilled to partake in myself but…in the case of these highly immersive attractions, could they ever get boring? Specifically, Rise of the Resistance.

Star Wars is an ever-changing franchise that expands and gets greater with every new imaginative person who wants to bring something new to the table. Star Tours is great because it can change over time, allowing hundreds of different variations of the iconic Disneyland and Disney World ride. Smuggler’s Run could change but Rise of the Resistance can not.

Ten years from now when The Rise of Skywalker becomes nothing more than an old memory we may want to forget (considering that many people’s reaction to the film was less than joyous) and the characters seem less exciting to see will this attraction still be enjoyable to ride or will it become a glorified monument of the past?

Let me share my own experience with this sort of situation.

Nearly a decade ago I visited Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and boy did my family and I have a great time. There were some attractions and areas I will never forget, namely the Harry Potter land and the Marvel-themed section of the park but there was an attraction we went on that felt less than thrilling.

E.T. Adventure at Universal Studios Florida.

It was the E.T Adventure attraction, a ride inspired by the iconic Steven Spielberg film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. My family and I got on it in 2011 (it’s since been refurbished in 2017) and were utterly underwhelmed. In the 80s’ I’m sure it was great. In the early 2010s’, eh, not so much. I have never been so bored or uninterested in a ride in my life.

I’m simply hoping the rides for Galaxy’s Edge do not suffer this same horrible fate.

Have you been to Galaxy’s Edge and been on the rides? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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