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Podicus Wrecks #63 – Upcoming movies

This week, Anthony and J. R. are talking about upcoming movies they are interested in, premiering between Nov. 2017 and April 2018. They start with their thoughts on Thor: Ragnarok, and continue with their thoughts heading into Justice League, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Black Panther, and others. Jacob then pops in to offer his take on the trailer for The New Mutants. Casey then has his minute recaps of the “The Damned” and “Monsters” episodes of The Walking Dead. Finally being wrapped up with some thoughts on Super Mario Odyssey and news from Blizzcon.



Star Wars Battlefront 2 trailer

Even though I really suck at multiplayer shooters, I bought Star Wars Battlefront because it was Star Wars.  I had a little bit of fun with it for a couple months after release, but I haven’t played it at all since then.  Hoping to finish somewhere in the middle of your team is only fun for so long.  Also, I didn’t want to spend the extra money on all of the DLC maps, and quickly lost a desire to continue.  I told myself that there was no way that I would entertain the notion of buying the inevitable sequel.  And then this trailer was released.

The thought of a single player campaign that focuses on an Imperial special forces group after the Battle of Endor really intrigues me.  I love side stories like that.  I love opportunities to play as the villain.  But again, I still have the knowledge that I still suck at multiplayer shooters.  The big question for me is how big is the campaign?  If it’s 5-6 hours, then for myself, it is not worth the $60 at launch, but we’ll see.  Only time will tell if I have the strength and will power to resist getting this game come November, and am able to wait for a price drop so I can play the single player campaign.  Or if I see it in a store and impulse buy it.

Rogue One Review

rogue-one-posterAs the release of this movie grew closer, my level of skepticism kept rising.  I liked the premise of the movie.  The thought of following a group of spies around the Star Wars universe interested me.  It is something that had not really been shown before.  Yes, I am certain there is probably some expanded universe stuff with this view point, but nothing that the wider audience had been shown.

With the last trailer shown, my skepticism grew more. This was the trailer that revealed that Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) was the daughter of Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), the man that designed the Death Star.  Instantly, this plot point worried me.  I wanted to see a movie about spies being spies, and trying to steal secret information.  Not a movie about a daughter trying to find and/or redeem her father.  I was worried that Disney, presented with an opportunity to give us a different type of Star Wars movie, would play it safe in the end.

In the end, we did end up with some type of spy/war movie set in the Star Wars universe that I’m fairly certain I liked, but not entirely sure it did as much as it could have.  Spoilers follow.  (more…)

Star Wars Rebels season 3 trailer

At Star Wars Celebration this past weekend, Disney released the trailer for season 3 of Star Wars Rebels.  If you haven’t watched the show, I encourage you to watch it.  Actually, I encourage you to watch the Clone Wars series, and then watch Rebels.  Season 2 had a phenomenal finale, and it really is doing a good job of connecting the Clone Wars and the Republic trilogy (Ep 1-3) with the Rebellion trilogy (Ep 4-6). I will say that if you haven’t watched the show, this will spoil some things in the previous 2 seasons.

Thoughts on Han Solo #1

Han Solo 1 coverMarvel’s relaunch of Star Wars comics have all been pretty good, with maybe the exception of that C-3PO book.  Having done individual titles for Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Kanan (Rebels cartoon), Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, C-3PO, Obi-Wan and Anakin, and Poe Dameron, Marvel finally published a title about everyone’s favorite scruffy smuggler.  No, no, no.  Marvel hasn’t released a Malcom Reynolds comic.  Besides, he was usually pretty clean shaven.  I am of course talking about Han Solo.

Like most of the comics starring characters from the original trilogy, this story is set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes back.  Han has taken a break from rebelling, and decided to go back to smuggling for a while.  Go back to his roots, so to speak.  There’s only one problem with this idea.  Since he’s been gone, he hasn’t actually taken any smuggling jobs.  He’s being cautious, maybe overly so, about the jobs he’ll take, because he knows what the Empire is doing out there.  (more…)

Star Wars gets a rebooted future

One of the most fun parts of any sort of fantasy/sci-fi establishment is that usually there’s a whole lot of content for those willing to look for it.  Take Star Wars for example.  Sure, six movies in 37 years may seem like not a whole lot to base an insane fanbase on, but in the time that George Lucas hadn’t been making Star Wars, other people and groups expanded the franchise through books, games, comics, and pretty much anything else you could use to tell a story.

So even though the main story stopped with a group shot in a tree village, tons more went down beyond.  Did you know Han and Leia had twins, only for one of them to go all Dark Side and kill Luke’s wife who just happened to be a former assassin that tried to kill him?  How about the Emperor being cloned?  Chewbacca being crushed to death by a planet?

All of this happened, and all of it was considered canon.  It was one of those things that Star Wars fans held over the Trekkies.  OUR expanded universe actually MEANS something, nerds.

Oh, wait.  Hold on there.

You recall that Disney acquired the rights to Star Wars and immediately announced a new trilogy of movies, right?  It was sort of a big deal.  One of the big questions was how was the new material going to fit into all the material that has been put out before?  After all, the Expanded Universe has had decades of material and a whole crap ton of material put out.  Would we be seeing movie versions of established content?

Not so much.  Instead, those makers of Star Wars put out an OFFICIAL notice saying that the only things in the Star Wars Universe that are CANON are the six movies and the Clone Wars TV series.  All books, comics, video games, etc. are right out.  Sorry, Dash Rendar fans.  Going forward, any NEW Star Wars content will be considered canon, as the new owners begin to tell a whole new tale moving forward.

Sorry, EU enthusiasts.  Your asses just got rebooted.

But that’s not a bad thing.  No matter how many books or video games get knocked from the official continuity, the main message still remains that we are getting NEW STAR WARS MOVIES.  If that doesn’t excite you, then you really should re-think your fandom of the product.  Of course, Star Wars is that odd little thing in which so many of the fans absolutely hate everything about it and think they could do it better, but that’s beyond the point.  Star Wars was and remains a movie franchise, so nipping the “how does this play with the secondary stuff” questions officially in the bud is great.  It’s a definitive move that any franchise looking to reboot should establish.

That would include you, DC.

So while for now Boba Fett is once again dead in a Sarlacc belly yet midiclorians are definite, it really is a good thing for a franchise that is finally growing about a decade later than it should have.