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Let’s Talk: ‘The Mandalorian: Chapter 12’

This week’s episode of The Mandalorian is joy wrapped in an epic 40-minute long gift wrap filled with humor, some thrilling moments, and some serious story building elements that happen to make this series suddenly a lot more serious.

So, let’s just get to the nitty-gritty of this week’s episode.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

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My Second Viewing of ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

For the first time since December 20 of 2019, I have seen The Rise of Skywalker and it reminded me in a very painful way why I’m not a fan of this movie.

Upon this second viewing, the likable elements of this film (the dynamic between Rey, Finn, and Poe, the humor, the sequence on Kijimi) are even more fun but the elements that bring the film down (Palpatine, the final battle sequence on Exegol, Poe’s horrible-want-to-be-Captain-America-speech) suck the joy right out of the viewing experience.

There are fans who enjoy this film, who like the choices Abram made and who cherished the simplicity of the story. I’m one who likes simplicity too (that’s why The Force Awakens is my third favorite Star Wars movie) but, and that’s a huge BUT, I like a story that makes sense, that pushes the boundaries of what you expect and delivers a finale worth cheering about.

After recently watching the extended edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King the “dire” scope of the situation of the Resistance feels petty in comparison. Everything in this movie came too easily. Palpatine broadcast his return to the whole galaxy. Luke was apparently looking for Exegol (why I’m not sure) and all of the clues needed to find the Sith world lied in the books Rey took from Ahch-To. An abandoned ship from decades before containing a dagger needed to find Exegol was conveniently placed on Pasaana for Rey to find. Oh, and the ship was the same one that Rey saw in her vision in The Force Awakens. Go figure. Poe knows a black market droidsmith on Kijimi that can hack C-3PO and reveal a Sith translating protocol inside of the golden droid. They go to Kef Bir where the Sith Wayfinder has been kept hidden on the crashed remains of the Death Star. Rey eventually goes to Exegol, the Resistance follows because conveniently they can track her, and a showdown transpires that doesn’t feel dire in the slightest.

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Here you have what appears to be hundreds of Star Destroyers, enough to take out the Resistance in minutes. The ships never do any real damage and apparently, they’re really easy to destroy when it’s convenient to end all of the drama. One fighter can take out a single Star Destroyer as if they don’t have any deflector shields? That’s never happened in Star Wars because it doesn’t make sense.

My sister said this movie should’ve been renamed Star Wars: The Convenience Store and I wholeheartedly agree with her. As I said before, I just finished watching The Return of the King, a movie that beats down its heroes throughout its entirety until, by their will and a whole lot of luck, they defeat Sauron at the end. It’s a beautiful conclusion that induces worthy tears. The Rise of Skywalker does not produce that same emotion from me.

I wish I could say this second viewing was better than my first. In ways, it is but in a lot of ways it also confirmed why I despise this movie so much. A fact I will elaborate upon in greater detail in my next post.

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

The Stormtroopers: Part 30

FN-3043 stood straight and proud but his expression, hidden beneath his black and red stormtrooper helmet, was stricken with anxiety. He was standing atop a massive level overlooking rows and rows of stormtroopers sprawled before him.

It resembled the gathering of the troopers on Starkiller Base, an event that he remembered with great fondness. The temperature that day had been frigid and now, on another planet consisting of only mountains and ice named Narthor, it seemed even colder. Continue reading The Stormtroopers: Part 30

The Stormtroopers: Chapter Twenty-One

FN-3043’s eyes opened slowly. He didn’t hear anything. Just the slow beating of his heart and the whistle of the wind.

He slowly sat up and saw that the sky was no longer black and full of stars. It was blue like that of a morning sky. He looked to his right.

Giant chunks of stone littered the overlook amidst piles of rubble, reminding FN-3043 of what had transpired the night before. He tried to locate Supreme Leader Kylo Ren and his Knights of Ren and noticed they nowhere to be seen. He shakily stood, walking to the edge of the overlook.

The sky was stunning as the sun slowly crept over the mountains of Naboo in the distance. He could see TIE fighters approaching in the light of the sun, their screeching motors getting louder in the serenity of the early morning.

Smoke rose in billowing black clouds from the burned forest. He spied several stormtroopers making their way through the ravaged battlefield.

FN-3043 looked back toward the sun and sighed.

His fellow troopers, his best friends, FN-2358 and FN-1217 were gone.

If only he could tell them what he did. Of how he defeated that formidable giant with nothing but his will and a spear. But alas, they had fallen victim to the battle like so many other troopers and now they would never know of his achievement.

He suddenly felt very weak in the knees and with a final gaze at the sun he collapsed to the overlook, falling unconscious once more.

Prepare for The Stormtroopers

Stormtroopers are some of the coolest characters in Star Wars. They’re funny but they can also be heroic. Just look at Finn. For my newest fan fiction adventure, I’m excited to share with you a story focusing on three First Order stormtroopers and the dramatic unfolding of a single mission.

There will be action, there will be some surprises, but most of all, it is another Star Wars story which highlights the perseverance of humanity.

I can’t wait for you to read it starting tomorrow.

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

‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Delivers a Surprising Beautiful Finale

It took me two years to finally understand Star Wars: Resistance. Literally, I didn’t get what the series was fully about until Sunday evening when I watched the finale. And finally, it clicked.

This wasn’t a show designed to have a tragic ending or a bittersweet conclusion like Star Wars: Rebels. This was a story about a family of rebels who came together and survived a small but important conflict with the First Order in a small section of the galaxy. There were adventures, some perilous and some humorous. There were some interesting character developments, new allies, frenemies, and villains that were met along the way, and by the series’ conclusion, we get a sense of joy very reminiscent of the joyous ending delivered in A New Hope.

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The fight, of course, isn’t over but we understand that these characters, this family brought together on the Colossus will always be there for one another. And that is a beautiful story that I’m actually delighted was told.

No, both seasons weren’t perfect, but that finale was. I’m giving it 100 out 100 and 5 out 5 stars. It was a great ending to a fun story.

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