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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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A Second Review of ‘Resistance Reborn’

When last I read this novel it was roughly three weeks before The Rise of Skywalker would enter theaters. At the time, Resistance Reborn, the prequel novelization to the final installment in the Skywalker Saga, was not what I expected or wanted. Despite having a story featuring all three major characters in the Sequel Trilogy–Rey, Finn, and Poe–the novel only truly focused on Dameron, a fact that I wasn’t very happy about at the time. It also told a story that was a bit slow and less epic than I expected, leading me to not liking the novel very much.

Now, after having seen The Rise of Skywalker a total of eight times I revisited the novel with a new lens on the story and surprisingly it was actually kind of really good.

Rebecca Roanhorse, the author of this touching prequel, tells a story highlighting the resilience of the Resistance and the shocking cruelty of the First Order in a telling fashion that perfectly sets up the events of The Rise of Skywalker.

No, there are epic lightsaber duels and whispers of a phantom menace returning from the depths of the dead (Palpatine.) Yeah, Poe’s handsome looks and good hair are frequently pointed out in this story to a slightly annoying level. I mean, I get it, he’s a good looking guy, but I don’t think it needed to be broadcast so grandly in this novel. And maybe I’m still a bit peeved that Finn and Rose’s romance was “just a moment” and was thus eradicated, which was even more apparent in the actual movie, but beyond these gripes that I have about the story I did appreciate the tale Roanhorse tried to elaborate.

The Resistance is in shambles but a small group of people willing to risk it all are slowly able to build the rebellious faction back to prominence simply through sheer will. It makes the victory the Resistance finally receive at the end of The Rise of Skywalker all the more heartfelt and Leia’s death seems to have more impact when you realize just how important she was to the Resistance’s own moral support.

If you like a calmer Star Wars novel that focuses more on characters’ and self-exploration rather than action and mystical works of the Force, Resistance Reborn is a book worth reading.

I’ll give this novel a solid 4 out of 5 stars. It’s not as good as the novelization of The Last Jedi or the riveting prequel novel to Rogue OneCatalyst, but it is somewhat enjoyable, particularly the novel’s last 100 pages.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a remarkable 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.

Peril FINALLY Graces ‘Star Wars: Resistance’

The main gripe I continue to have about Star Wars: Resistance is that there is no real peril. Every episode ends predictably because every episode refuses to put the main characters in legitimate danger, a danger that leaves consequences. Well, this week’s episode, Rebuilding the Resistance, was the first episode in the entire season that had a sense of direness and concluded with actual consequence.

Highlighting both the Resistance and the First Order a.k.a Tam and Rucklin, former individuals once living on the Colossus like everyone else, this episode was actually pretty good. Continue reading Peril FINALLY Graces ‘Star Wars: Resistance’

‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Delivers Two Episodes This Week

I forgot to write a review for last week’s episode of Star Wars: Resistance because, well, it was boring. Goofy and easily predictable, The Mutiny was somewhat intriguing but overall, I was bored. And then, this week’s two episodes (yes, two) arrived and of course, I decided to watch them.

The first episode, Episode 14: The New World, was actually really, really cool. The Colossus ended up finding a planet they could finally settle down in named Aeos Prime and it was home to a very interesting alien race that was native to the primordial ocean planet.

This was the first episode in a long while that actually made me very happy. The humor was actually funny, the scenarios were riveting, and by the end, I felt like I had seen something worth watching.

Then the second episode of this week’s two-episode header (No Place Safe) devolved right back into the same, tiring formula. The Colossus was in trouble, the First Order was on the brink of apprehending the heroes, and everyone got away just in time. Honestly, how many more times can the same thing happen over and over again before one’s brain feels like mush because it’s just that boring to watch.

Star Wars: Resistance had every chance to be a really fun and creative show but it’s become something that I can’t wait to end. The Clone Wars is arriving next month which will be a breath of fresh air compared to this cartoon. Gosh, it’s tiring.

I’ll give The New World a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars because it was surprisingly really, really good. And I’ll give No Place Safe 3 out of 5 stars simply because it wasn’t exactly a bad episode. It was just repetitive.

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

Catching Up on ‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Has Been a Bit of Fun

If you haven’t noticed by now, I came away from The Rise of Skywalker disappointed. Because of this, I skipped last week’s episode of Star Wars: Resistance. For the last year, I have followed the story in the hopes that it would contain a secret clue to something that might happen in The Rise of Skywalker. Or, maybe a character from Resistance would make a cameo appearance in the Skywalker Saga finale, which would’ve been exciting. When that didn’t happen my obligation to continue watching Star Wars: Resistance faded away but, after my week-long hiatus, I’ve decided to return to the series to see what happened next and for the most part, the past two episodes have been pretty enjoyable.

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Featuring a brand new ally of the Resistance named Norath, a pretty cool-looking bounty hunter named Ax Tagrin, and more action with the First Order, both episodes The Missing Agent and Breakout were somewhat enjoyable and a bit direr than what we’ve seen previously, which was a relief.

Star Wars: Resistance is the most childish of the series, meaning there is no real peril. However, the suspense was there and the implications that maybe the series is starting to get a little more series were very apparent.

Where will this story head next? I’m not quite sure but I’m hoping that the series retains this quality over the next few weeks.

I’ll give these two episodes combined a total of 4 out of 5 stars and 89 out of 100. Not perfect but not an atrocious score either.

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