Casey and Scotty join me this week, and we are discussing everything in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. There are spoilers galore, starting at the 9:00 mark. So, if you want to know some overall thoughts and where we think it stands with other Star Wars movies, you are safe for the first 9 minutes. Past that, we are discussing everything in the movie. You’ve been warned.
I did not want to write a review for Star Wars: The Last Jedi until after I had a chance to see it for a second time. After my first viewing, I left the theater wondering what I had just seen. I left the theater generally liking what I had just seen. Really, I was in a state of shock and surprise. Nothing I had seen had really been what I was expecting to see. Like most other fans, I went in with an expectation of how things would go. What I hoped would happen. Likewise, what I hoped would not happen. In the end, I did not really get what I expected, but it’s nice to be surprised. Had I not personally known people that hated the movie, I would not have believed that those people were real. But, I wanted to give the movie a second watch, to see how it held up to a repeat viewing. Did the big moments give me the same emotional reaction? Would I find a deeper meaning, able to analyze more than just experiencing it? I found that, everything I experienced the first time around, I experienced the second time as well. I will try to keep this fairly spoiler free. (more…)
This week, with the mid-season finales, we’re discussing the state of the CW DC shows (Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow) and The Walking Dead. Then, since The Last Jedi comes out this week, we figured that we should discuss something related to Star Wars, so we’re discussing video games related to Star Wars.
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.
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.
As 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…)
We figure that with a new Star Wars movie coming out each year, we’ll likely have a Star Wars related discussion around that time. So, in our first annual Star Wars episode, we have general discussion about our history with Star Wars and thoughts on the previous 7 movies.