Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau Continue To Show How Disconnected The Folks Behind the Sequel Trilogy Are To Fans

Star Wars is a tricky thing to pull off, as there is so much nostalgia and personal wishes and all that behind it, especially the original trilogy. It’s impossible to please everyone, especially around this massive media franchise.

When George Lucas sold his massive media franchise, we were all uncertain what would become of Star Wars. The sequel trilogy was nothing more than an obvious cash grab. They put Han, Luke, and Leia in it only for the purpose of selling tickets. And then they threw tons of nostalgic bits and easter eggs to hopefully distract us from the fact that the actual story was kind of tossed together and made up as they went along. While the world was set in the Star Wars universe, it didn’t really feel like a true continuation of episode 6, and certainly does not feel worthy to be included in the “Skywalker Saga.”

In short, the films, while more or less good in some ways, seem to go out of their way to make sure they don’t please anyone.

But Dave Filoni, who is basically George Lucas 2.0 and has worked very closely with GL over the run of the incredible Clone Wars series, has made sure Star Wars fans still have something to look forward to.

And now Jon Favreau has joined in with his successful series The Mandalorian. In addition to that, Rebels and Season 7 of Clone Wars by Dave Filoni have been nothing short of a dream come true.

These shows create their own stories, but dig deeply into the lore of Star Wars, using characters and items to enhance the stories, and give some truly awesome moments to these beloved characters that we never got to see in the movies.

The only film since Disney took over to do something successfully similar to this was Solo. That movie is by far the best Star Wars film Disney produced, mainly for the same reasons that make the aforementioned television series’ so good. Rogue One did this pretty well also, but there was tons more lore in Solo.

Sure, these backstories and series’ have an easier time in a way, for they are all told within existing timelines, with existing characters, so it’s easier to pull ideas from them and include them into their own stories, but even so, Dave and Jon manage to create unique stories within a far greater story/universe, and take the best parts to bulk up their story-telling and actually give the fans what they want to see.

This is because the gentleman are clearly fans. They know what we want, because they grew up wanting the same things. Again, everyone wants different things, but there are just some things pretty much everyone wants to see, and these guys are nailing it time and time again.

After watching all these successes, it’s painfully obvious how disconnected the film makers behind the sequel trilogy are to fans and how they obviously aren’t fans of the franchise themselves…or at least not HUGE fans like most people are when it comes to Star Wars.

It is basically to the point where the tv series’ are the actual Star Wars to see, with the movies kind of just filler set in the background. 

But aside from Mando, it sounds like many people have not watched Clone Wars or Rebels, which is crazy, because most of Mando’s biggest moments pull from those shows, so viewers will have no sense of how important those moments are, and they miss out on those awesome “Oh my God!” moments.

Anyway, I am glad these two have plenty more shows lined up in the coming years. I was nervous when George gave it up, but at least there are some fans with knowledge of the universe working to give us something memorable and thrilling, utilizing the lore of one of the most iconic…things of all time, instead of dangling it in front of us and pulling it away, just to make a butt-ton of money like the movies did.

My Top 10 Favorite Star Wars Characters

I must be in a Star Wars mood, since I just wrote about it last week. But hey, I just watched season 7 of Clone Wars and with the weekly Mandalorian episodes, how could you blame me?

Today I will attempt to pick 10 out of the countless Star Wars characters who I believe to be my favorite. This is going to be really tough, but here goes.

 

#10

Han Solo

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He’s easily one of the funniest characters in the Star Wars universe thanks to his reckless courage, crude/sarcastic personality, and tendency to tick off the wrong people. Yet he always pulls through, and while he’s a jerk to most people, he will sacrifice everything to help the ones he cares about. Whether portrayed by Harrison Ford, or the guy from Solo, he is a whole lot of fun to watch.

#9

Darth Maul

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The first time I saw this guy I was blown away. Seriously, how much cooler could someone look? Plus a double-sided lightsaber? Awesome acrobats? This guy is nuts. I was devastated when he died, but thrilled when he came back. It wasn’t until Clone Wars/ Rebels that we got to really see his personality. His is a cunning, manipulative, and hugely angry son-of-a-gun who constantly gets shat on to the point where you feel bad for him.

#8

Yoda

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I think a big part of Yoda that intrigues me is the mystery around him. We know so little about him, other than he is likely the most powerful Jedi to exist in the timelines exposed to viewers. Sadly the only time we really see just how grand he is in episodes 2 & 3, and they are two of the best scenes in the films. He proves he can easily match and overpower even the mightiest of Sith Lords, both with his saber and force abilities.

But he’s a strange guy. I’m pretty sure he knew everything that was going on with Palpatine’s grand scheme and just let it happen. I suspect he wanted to retire when he was on top…

#7

Darth Tyrannus

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This Sith Lord is interesting for he is a well-respected retired Jedi. But what the movies don’t show is just how powerful he truly is. Sort of. He easily defeats Anakin and Obi-Wan in Attack of the Clones, and even stands his ground for a bit against Yoda, but it isn’t until Clone Wars that we see just what a power house he is. His feats in that show are more or less astounding, proving he is one of the most powerful Jedi/Sith ever.

Plus Christoper Lee has one of the coolest voices ever, so that makes him even more awesome.

#6

R2-D2

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He started out as this adorable, charismatic, loveable droid, and remained a big part of the series until he’s replaced by BB-8. But why I like him so much is because he’s a frickin’ bad-ass. This droid does not give a f$&k. He will fight anything that stands in his way. He’s defeated numerous battle droids, dodged hundreds of lasers, and even led a mission of his own during the Clone Wars. I don’t know what’s stored inside his trash can of a body, but you can bet he’s got a tool or weapon to help you out in any situation.

#5

Rex

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Wielding 2 pistols rather than the more standard rifles, this guy is the most bad-ass Clone out there. Serving under Anakin during the Clone Wars, this guy has been a key part of many highly dangerous and equally important missions. He is as loyal as can be, bred and trained to be the perfect soldier. He even sticks around to do his part in the civil war, for there is nothing this guy does better than war.

#4

Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader

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I really like the whole story behind Anakin. The chosen one, born of the midichlorians, a ridiculously powerful Jedi turned Sith turned proud father. As a Padawan, he’s a cocky immature prick, but once he is promoted and mature, he’s a very powerful warrior and incredible tactician. He is a key player in the success of the Clone Wars, both in the fact that he is an unstoppable powerhouse and helps the republic beat the separatists, and also taking down the republic and starting an empire which was why the Clone Wars was started in the first place. So like I said…key player for both sides.

The Clone Wars shows how truly powerful he is as a Jedi. As a Sith Lord, we don’t get to see too much of him, other than he is angry and ruthless. Knowing the events that led up to him becoming Vader in his scary suit and all, you can’t really blame him for being angry. I actually feel bad for the guy. His life pretty much completely sucks. He lost everything he loved simply because he feared to lose them, and is forced to live for several decades with this knowledge eating away at him. Not to mention he has to live in that miserable suit as practically a machine because he had to pick a fight with his best friend/ father-figure.

#3

Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Obi-Wan is one of the most powerful Jedi ever. He slays a Sith Lord when he’s just a Padawan, proves throughout the Clone Wars, both in the show and movies, that he’s a beast, and his “duel” with Darth Maul in Rebels shows he doesn’t stop growing in power after his isolation post-Order 66.

Ewan McGregor gives him a strong and hilarious personality that carries perfectly into The Clone Wars series, making him one of the most entertaining characters in the franchise.

#2

Sabine Wren

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Sabine is a master at like everything. She is incredibly acrobatic, to near Jedi levels, a master at hand-to-hand combat and all sorts of weaponry. But she’s also a tech genius, and explosives extraordinaire. Not to mention she’s a crazy good artist.

She even received training from Jedi to use the Dark Saber, which belonged to her, which is kind of a big deal. She’s got a deep backstory, and a wonderful, loving, not to mention loveable personality, and I hope very much to see more of her one day.

#1

Ahsoka Tano

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We essentially watch Ahsoka, the Padawan of Anakin Skywalker, grow up. Unfortunately her whole life is nothing but war, and because of this (and being apprenticed to an extremely reckless and powerful Jedi), she quickly becomes the ultimate warrior. Her acrobatic skills are unlike any other Jedi, making her a hard target to hit on the battlefield. Her lightsaber skills become very hard to rival as well, especially after she adds a second lightsaber, thus changing up her whole style to match her swift movements.

Ahsoka displays enormous power throughout the Clone Wars, which only grows along with her body. In season 7, we really see just how incredible she is. But even though she leaves the order, she is willing to help those in need, thus she gets dragged into the civil war, continuing the only life she knows, like some orange skinned Rambo, but with laser swords.

And there you have it! That’s 10 of my favorite Star Wars characters! Though I wouldn’t exactly say I’m certain on this, as there are so many. Definitely, without a doubt, Sabine and Ahsoka belong where they are. They hint that those two might go an adventure to find Ezra, and I wish they make a show or something about that. Seeing my two favorite characters in their own series would be a dream come true.

Ranking All Of The Star Wars Series/Media (Current Disney Canon)

Ever since Disney took over Lucasfilm, all the countless forms of Star Wars media, especially the endless number of books, were eliminated from any official canon, leaving the six movies and the Clone Wars series the only canon material. They also said any Star Wars venture to come out after the Disney acquisition will indeed be canon from now on.

So today, I will be ranking all the series or clumps of media in which I find to be worst to best. For clarification, I will not be ranking individual movies or novels, but instead trilogies or books as a whole. Since there is so much Star Wars content, I know for a fact there will be some missed items on this list.

#11 Video Games

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Honestly, as far as I know, there aren’t many of these since Disney’s takeover. Pretty much just Fallen Order, a couple Battlefronts, a VR game or two, and some Rogue Squadron game that may or may not even be released yet.

I am placing this at the bottom of the list simply because I haven’t played any yet, with the exception of Battlefront, and I wasn’t too fond of it.

#10 Novels/ Short Stories

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Again, this is so low for I have only read like a short story or two, and they were just okay. I very much want to read more when I have a moment, and was hoping to eventually collect them all, but they are being released so rapidly that that is surely nothing but a hopeless dream at this point.

#9 Comics

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I do own a handful of comics, but these too are growing insanely fast. Of the five or six I have read, they are slightly interesting, but ultimately range from somewhat boring to okay.

#8 The Resistance Series

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This series is pretty awful, save for the last handful of episodes. It is clearly geared more towards small children, and hardly anything interesting happens. It also mostly takes place in a single area, which is highly unusual for Star Wars. In fact, this show does not feel like Star Wars at all. But like I said, at the end, when it takes place concurrently with Force Awakens,  it gets pretty good.

I have only watched the first season, so I can’t say anything for the second one.

#7 The Sequel Trilogy

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I enjoyed Episode 7 and 9 right away, and 8 took me three views to accept it. They are good movies, and I like most of the new characters. But good lord is this trilogy a mess. They start out by banking solely on nothing but nostalgia, then go off in a completely different direction, and then yank it back to the first path while using fan service as possible band-aid/blinder to how much they messed.

This whole trilogy was handled very poorly, especially when it comes to the story, and shows that without George Lucas behind the helm, things don’t go so smoothly.

In fact, George Lucas just revealed his plans for his sequel trilogy, and it sounds immensely better than what we got.

#6 Star Wars Story Movies

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This includes Rogue One and Solo.

These two movies were hard to place. They are both fantastic. Rogue One is probably my least favorite movie next to Last Jedi, (though it grows on me every time I watch it), but Solo is probably in my top 3. They are great supplemental films and I hope Disney stops being cheap idiots and start making more, for they clearly handle these better than the sequels.

#5 The Mandalorian Series

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This is a great show. I love the whole tone and feel of it. It has great action, and an intriguing storyline that gets even more so each episode. There is so much lore surrounding the Mandalorians, and this show will most likely pull from all of it to make a very solid and worthy series.

#4 Rebels Series

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This show is really good. All of the characters are very likeable, and it does a nice job advancing the story of some established characters as well, while also creating unique storylines that cross over and run adjacent to already established storylines.

This series can be ranked very closely with my next selection. It was hard to say either way, so consider them on even footing.

#3 The Original Trilogy

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For the time, these movies were completely minding-blowing, and still are today. Last time I watched them though, they were starting to feel aged however. But to say that it takes over 40 years to show some age, that’s pretty impressive. Regardless, these movies and their characters and story are fantastic, and always will be.

#2 The Prequel Trilogy

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As much as I love the original trilogy, as a child it had always left me wanting. I craved to see Darth Vader’s past, and a time when the Jedi reigned free. Surely Star Wars was more than this dark, depressing rebellion struggle?

In short, the prequels fulfilled my every desire, right down to my wish that they actually did something cool with Boba Fett (obviously I am talking about Jango).

I love the worlds, the characters, and especially the storyline, particularly when it comes to episode 3. That movie blows me away time and time again. But what really sets it apart is all the awesome action. This is everything I always wanted in settings I always hoped for.

#1 The Clones Wars Series

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To me, Star Wars is this series. Everything else just supplements it. You get to learn about so many characters that may have only been glimpsed in movies and even see them in action. You get to see into the lives of the Clones. There are so many excellent storylines, and it’s fun to see all the characters go through each one, learning and growing from their experience. 

And where the show really shines is the intense action. This is easily the most violent Star Wars related media ever made, and it’s worth it. It’s so amazing and fun to watch. The Jedi in real life have so much human restriction, but in a CGI show, you can really see what you always knew they were capable of!

The show does a great job bridging episode 2 and 3, and now we know what Obi-Wan, Anakin and the others really went through in the time between those movies.

Season one is good, but it’s not until season 2 that this show really starts to shine, and it does nothing but get better and better. The recently released season 7 is the most amazing thing Star Wars has ever achieved and then some. The last few episodes nearly brought me to tears from the awesomeness.

So there you have it. These are all the Star Wars medias I have been involved with that I can think of at the moment.

Star Wars has been an important part of my life since as long as I can remember, and I am so thankful the franchise is continuing to go strong, despite a few hiccups here and there.

My Top 10 Movies Series

I was recently challenged to make a list of my Top 10 movies of all time. That wouldn’t be very exciting, as most of them would all likely belong to one series or two. So instead, I will do my Top 10 movie series.

So without further ado, here they are!

 

#10 Austin Powers

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These movies get better the older I get, probably because I was too young to get half the jokes when they first came out. They do an amazing job spoofing the old James Bond films, and the goofy jokes, and wackiness of everything gets me every time.

#9 Toy Story

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The first three movies are incredible. The fourth is good, but also kind of ruined my childhood. But as a series, it’s truly wonderful story of personal growth, friendship, loyalty and bravery, until the fourth… So many diverse characters and personalities make it fun and exciting to watch.

#8 Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy

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I can watch this trilogy all the time. The third one took a while to grow on me, but the first two are still two of my favorite super-hero films of all time, and considering they are 20 years old now, and made in a time before technology for such films really got going, that’s a pretty amazing thing to say.

I love the stories, and most importantly, the character relationships. I find them very gripping, and the emotion behind each character is amazing.

#7 American Pie

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I already did a series ranked on these movies. I am only referring to the four main movies. I haven’t seen any of the spin-offs. What I like about these movies so much, besides the incredible humor, is that everyone probably knows someone similar to all the characters in the movies, and can relate to each and every one of them. Not to mention, despite it’s crude, adult humor, there are very emotional issues the characters go through, which are all things people in real life have to deal with, thus allowing us to relate even more.

They are very powerful movies, propelled forward by outrageous humor.

#6 Jason Bourne

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These are probably my favorite action movies of all time. I am excluding Legacy in this. I didn’t really like that one.

I really enjoy the story and characters. This, amplified by the non-stop gun fights, car chases, and assassins fighting each other in hand-to-hand combat, makes for a really thrilling experience.

#5 Rambo

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Speaking of amazing action films, these are five of the best. What makes these better than the Bourne movies is Rambo. I really like his character. He’s this traumatized victim, struggling to find his way in life. Naturally, he is a quiet, innocent man that doesn’t want any trouble. But when trouble knocks on his door, all hell breaks loose, and he turns into a relentless, unstoppable killing machine. I think 1-3 and 5 are some of the greatest films ever made. And 4 is really good too.

I also like that each one brings awareness to real world problems, and they don’t hold back, showing some rather graphic things from time to time.

#4 Star Wars

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With 9 movies and 2 spin-off movies, there is a lot to talk about with Star Wars. I like every single film made, and only one did I ever dislike until I saw it three times. I can go on for days talking about what I like, but the whole connecting themes through three trilogies, the characters and how they grow and change, and everything about the force are probably my favorite things about it.

I really enjoy Lucas’ world building, and the technology he’s come up with as well.

#3 Avengers

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Some of the best coordinated action can be found in these movies. The first two are two of my favorite movies of all time, the third isn’t quite there, but is still incredible, and the fourth…meh…I didn’t really like it all that much.

But thanks to the first three, I can always go back and watch some truly jaw-dropping action.

#2 Captain America

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The first one is wonderful, the second is mind-blowing and intense, the third is easily the greatest action film ever made and will likely always hold that title in my heart. Steve Rogers is annoyingly likeable and it’s fun to watch how everyone he works with grows to like him, despite his often narrow-minded, tunnel-visiony sense of justice.

#1 Rocky

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I absolutely love everything about these movies. The emotion in each character can not be found anywhere else. It’s incredible to watch all these down-and-out characters grow personally, as well their relationships with others. The music is just as emotional and does an amazing job enhancing everything that happens.

Not to mention the training montages and fights are always exciting.

I will keep it short, cuz I could probably rant about these movies for a good long while. so let’s just say, it’s like seeing these movies for the first time every time I watch them, which is often.

One of my first posts ranks this series.

 

So ranking these was really hard. Rocky is absolutely my favorite series, and Halloween definitely belongs in the 10 spot, but the others are kind of up in the air as to what rank they place. Truthfully Jason Bourne and Rambo should probably be higher, but I don’t know. All I know is that these series’ have brought mucho goodness in my life.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Reaction (No Spoilers)

It’s pretty good.

The only Star Wars movie I never really liked was Last Jedi, but I even grew to like that one, as described here. I say this to let people know I’m a huge fan, and don’t get bothered at all by some of the things pretty much everyone else in the world does, mind you.

The Rise of Skywalker is by far the best film in the sequel trilogy, but I wouldn’t go as far to say it’s better than the other six movies of the same saga. Given the circumstances (Carrie Fischer dying and Last Jedi derailing everything in a way), the movie does a nice job, and completes the nine-movie saga in a mostly satisfying way.

There is just the right amount of nostalgia mixed in with new and exciting ideas, where as Episode 7 slammed nostalgia down your throat until you vomited, and Episode 8 gave the other 7 films the finger.

The first 5-10 minutes are possibly the best moments in Star Wars history. The last 20-30 minutes are pretty incredible, and the middle is a bit on the boring side, but still easily watchable.

I can’t honestly say there’s really anything bad about the movie at all. For the first time, the sequel trilogy has a film that feels like it fits within the Star Wars legacy.

Star Wars-Practical Effects Vs. CGI

I know I talked about Star Wars last week, but I’ve just got to say something about the war that seems to be going on with the effect preferences for the films. When the original trilogy came out, CGI didn’t really exist, so naturally, everything was made by the extremely talented crew, and it looked astonishing, every costume, creature, set piece, etc. This is one of the reasons the films became so popular. The special effects for the time were practically unheard of.

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The prequels were made sometime later and used basically all CGI. This caused a great outcry by many people, no doubt because it insulted the awe the fans experienced the first time they saw the originals, thus irritating their nostalgia. Never mind the fact that 99% of the movie looked far better, it wasn’t the same as the beloved originals.

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The difference in effects I happen to like very much however. Each trilogy has a unique feel to it, largely in part by their special effects. The original trilogy had a much darker feel, and all the man made things fit that theme perfectly. You got the vibe that the world was a lousy place to live in due to the emperor’s rule and the dark magic around Darth Vader, who himself was completely black. Everything meshed together and made the movies very enjoyable.

The prequels were the opposite. Here we had the Republic in control, everyone seemed happy and less danger was scattered throughout the worlds. The galaxy seemed to be thriving and all the beautiful CGI effects added to this just as the physical effects played to the originals. The colors are all so vibrant, the world’s gorgeous, the lightsabers looked a whole lot better. Again, the effects worked so well for the theme of the movie that it came as a shock to me that so many people were complaining. CGI made everything look so much more alive as well.

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Look at Yoda in the original version of Episode 1. He was a horrendous looking puppet that had to go around in a flying chair. But when it was redone, he was CGI and looks amazing. Thanks to CGI, one can now believe Yoda to be a powerful Jedi warrior.

But not every can come to terms with change and technological advancements.. Though personally, I feel if you are going to judge a movie by it’s effects, then I feel you aren’t really enjoying the movies at all, good effects or bad, it means if so much of your attention is focused on such things, the story itself, the chunk of the movie to say, has failed to grip you.

But anyway. Disney buys Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise and then answers the cries of the fans and the solution we get is a horrible mish mash of CGI and practical effects. And it is just awful. The CGI looks great. I would say 90% of the movie is CGI, because sorry practical lovers, the world has moved beyond slow, costly practical effects and film makers are restricted badly due to the limits of human construction and all that. With CGI, literally anything is possible. So obviously, in the evermore competitive world we live in, movies have, particularly in the genre that is Star Wars, filled with intense battles, diverse worlds and creatures, and all sorts of flashy things going on, have advanced to a stage not possible with practical effects. It is not hard to see that CGI is a must to make these movies the most they can be. That is why George Lucas made 4-6 first afterall. The lack of CGI made his visions for 1-3 impossible.

So as I said, we have a mish mash in 7 and 8. For the most part, it is fine, but there are so many puppets I noticed when I just watched episode 8 for the second time that just look so terrible and out of place. You can’t place puppets in a CGI world with more than half the surrounding creatures CGI as well. They stand out like a very, very sore thumb. Plus, they don’t even look good. At least in the original trilogy, mostly everything looked believable and amazing. In the casino scene in episode 8, there’s just puppets sitting at tables that look like they were just pulled from a ventriloquist’s arm and plopped at a table. They look SO BAD and it pulls you out of the fantasy that is Star Wars.

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Another horrid example that comes to the front of my mind is some stupid bird on Jakku in episode 7. It looks good when standing still but when it moves, dear God does it look bad.  It moves like a stupid puppet and not a bird, leaving you with a disgusted feeling because you are pulled out of the world thanks to such horrid “effects.” If you want to makes practical effects, great, but they have to act, move and feel real. They failed here and several other places.

This brings me to my next point. CGI really does make everything look more alive. Animators can make things move more realistically, this doesn’t go just for creatures but for the X-Wings and other ships. A model of a ship is limited vastly on how it can move, but with CGI you can do whatever you want, and the ships look better too.

Sure older CGI doesn’t age well usually, but it still looks better than the crap practical ones they are making now. And that’s not to say practical effects don’t age well either, because many don’t as well.

So I ask what is the point of holding on to nostalgic feelings and all that if it means hindering the potential that a film could truly be? These companies are going out of their way to please fans like this, but these fans are never going to be happy anyway because obviously they are so absorbed by the originals that nothing anyone can ever do will ever please them! This all wraps around back to my nostalgia prevents progression post.

But don’t get me wrong, some stuff still looks great, but it still for the most part seems so out of place in today’s world.

Is Star Wars: The Last Jedi Better the Second Time Watching?

The more one watches the same film, the more their opinion changes, or so I’ve noticed. You may like a movie better each time, or like it less, noticing things that you may have missed the first few times viewing it. Also, once you know what to expect, you can go into the movie with a suitable mind set and severely lowered expectations.

amazing spider man 2I recently discovered just how much an opinion can change when I watched The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for the third time. The first time I watched it…in theaters…I thought it was awful garbage, save for the 3 scenes Spider-Man was in it. It doesn’t help that I saw two movies in the theater that day, Captain America: Winter Soldier was the first I saw, about a half hour before ASM2. That, being one of the best super hero movies of all time, might have really crushed Spider-Man’s movie looking any good at all.

The second time I watched it, I was prepared for it’s disappointment and I actually found it good, though nothing great. This might be because I watched the other 4 Spider-Man films before it, and I find Sam Raimi’s trilogy to be far superior to the two newer ones, which may have shown me how lacking ASM2 was, much in the same way Winter Soldier did.

But the third time I watched it, I only watched Amazing Spider-Man before it, and this time around, I found the movie to be quite excellent, like an 8 out of 10 excellent.

So with this knowledge, I hesitantly bought The Last Jedi, a film that completely ruined a series I adored my whole life. What made me even more hesitant is that each time I watch The Force Awakens, I like it less.

So did I like this film more or less?

I would have to say more. And I didn’t watch it with any other Star Wars movies, where as the first time, I watched all 7 leading up to it. I didn’t hate the parts with Luke in it as much, and the casino scene didn’t seem as long as I remembered.

Do I like the movie now? No, not really. By itself, I have to say it is a solid movie, but when you remember it’s connected to 7 other movies, I can only just shake my head. When I remember Luke is acting so un-Lukeish, then those scenes become worse to me. But I tried to forget the other movies and I almost liked it. Sort of…

The plot is still boring, the lack of anything interesting going on is still annoying, but the movie is easy enough to sit through and that is all that counts.

Though there are 3 points in the movie that I swear the characters are talking to the audience.

star-wars-the-last-jedi_0The first is when Luke tells Rey “What? Did you expect me to walk out with a laser sword and face down the entire First Order?” Not an exact quote but something like that.

This feels like the writers calling out the fans who wanted to see Luke kick some serious tail with unbelievable Jedi power. It’s basically telling us to shut up, that’s not going to happen, and just for thinking that, we aren’t going to make him do anything and then kill him for no reason at all. So hah! Dumb fans.

The second instance of the characters talking to the fans is when Kylo is yelling at Rey to forget the past. He is really telling us to forget about the other movies and all the lore and characters and everything that the main plot of Force Awakens was built around and focus on Rey and Kylo and their relationship and growth of power. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!!

I sadly don’t remember the third instance, but it’s in there!

It is painfully obvious that the original characters were only put into the movies to sell tickets, and now they are killing them off as fast as possible. Carrie Fisher saved them the trouble of having to kill off Leia, but you can bet Chewie is probably going to blow up in the Millennium Falcon with R2 and C-3PO in the next movie.

But anyway, yes, it is better the second time around, so now I am wondering if third time’s the charm…

Ironically, though I liked it more the second time, I have even less interest in seeing Episode 9 now for some reason.

I Never Thought It Was Possible For Me To Dislike a Star Wars Movie (No Spoilers)

I have been proven wrong. What I watched did not feel like a Star Wars movie. Everything felt off and some of the scenes were so far displaced that had it not been for the fact that I spent money to see it, I would have walked out.

It’s like the whole plot just did whatever it wanted, making sure it did the most contradicting and pointless maneuvers it possibly could, making it barely connected with Episode 7, not to mention the other 6.

I have never felt so dissatisfied with something and this is the only movie I can recall actually getting angry watching.

The whole movie isn’t a sham though. It’s got some pretty awesome parts in it, and they are scattered throughout the movie enough to make it tolerable.

But dear God, there was so much pointless garbage going on, and none of it too interesting.

And suddenly Star Wars has become full of humor. Like that humor you’ve been seeing in Marvel movies. It’s funny…sometimes, but it just doesn’t fit.

I actually regret seeing it. I love the Star Wars franchise so very, very much, but this just puts a huge empty hole in my soul.

I knew Star Wars would be terrible without George Lucas, and they are certainly proving so.

I don’t really want to see Episode 9 anymore, but I am going to force myself to just because hopefully it will give all 3 movies a sense of completion, much like the other final movies did in their own trilogies.

 

Series Ranked: Star Wars Lightsaber Duels

I would love to do a series ranked on the actual Star Wars movies, but my opinion of which I like better than others always changes each time I watch them all, so it is kind of impossible to do. So instead, I will rank all the lightsabers duels from worst to best, as that is more clear cut.

#13

Luke Skywalker Vs Darth Vader

The Empire Strikes Back

Dagobah

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This isn’t a real fight, but a quick test of Yoda’s that I still don’t understand 25 years later. But I just put it in to be thorough. Their sabers clash twice and it’s over.

#12

Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs Darth Vader

A New Hope

Death Star

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The first duel to ever take place on film between two Jedi. An amazing feat for the 70’s, but it really is rather dull. But given that it is the first, it is excusable. These two have clearly gotten rusty in the past 20 years.

#11

Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs General Grievous

Revenge of the Sith

Utapau

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This is a different type of fight due to Greivous being more droid than man. This actually benefits him as he is able to do nifty things real people can’t. But this proves no match for actual training it seems, as the whole scene is very short and really shows off Obi-Wan’s skills.

#10

Qui-Gon Jinn Vs Darth Maul

The Phantom Menace

Tatooine

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This is the first fight made after the original trilogy and it does not disappoint. It is an intense fight that showcases both duelers superb abilities. The only reason it is this low on the list is because it is sadly, very short.

#9

Luke Skywalker Vs Darth Vader

The Empire Strikes Back

Bespin

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The second saber duel in the original trilogy is a vast improvement over the first. They show off force aided combat for the first time, even if it looks a little silly at times, but it is cool to watch nonetheless. I very much like how Vader is toying with Luke at first, but Luke seems to improve the more he fights, thus Vader had to put some effort in to beat him.

#8

Mace Windu and co. Vs Darth Sidious

Revenge of the Sith

Coruscant

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At long last we get to see what Palpatine and Mace can do. It’s pretty awesome, but probably could have been better. Sidious kills 3 people who don’t even fight back…this could have been choreographed much better. Windu then shows off why he is called the most powerful Jedi with a saber, beating Palpatine almost easily. Some nice use of the dark side makes this a very important scene as well.

#7

Luke Skywalker Vs Darth Vader

Return of the Jedi

Death Star

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This is an intense duel between father and son, aided with great music accompaniment. While not that thrilling of a fight, the emotion behind it makes it very good, as well as Luke calling upon the dark side to win, but not giving into it.

#6

Fin/Rey Vs Kylo Ren

The Force Awakens

Starkiller Base

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This is a good fight. It gives us some nice action, though it is not nearly as exciting as the prequel fights. Though since none of the combatants are trained nearly as well as the Jedis of the past, and really, not at all for two of them, it makes sense. Kylo demonstrates his training by easily defeating Fin. Rey demonstrates how ungodly powerful she is by using both light and dark force. A cool use of scenery and lighting really add to the scene too.

#5

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker Followed By Yoda Vs Darth Tyranus

Attack of the Clones

Geonosis

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This is technically two fights, but since they are back to back and against the same Sith Lord, I’m throwing them in as one. When Obi-Wan and Anakin fight him, they get completely destroyed. There’s a cool light trick in the dark that is fun to watch, but otherwise is nothing that spectacular. And then Yoda comes along and fulfills everything I ever dreamed of. He easily overpowers Tyranus’ force powers and then proceeds to do some of the most amazing stunts in history, forcing Tyranus to retreat. Just awesome.

#4

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker

Vs Darth Tyranus

Revenge of the Sith

Invisible Hand

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This rematch is much more thrilling and shows Anakin favor the dark side considerably.

#3

Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs Darth Maul

The Phantom Menace

Naboo

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This is an amazing fight. Darth Maul, with his double-sided lightsaber, pulls off some crazy stunts. The two Jedi do all they can to defend against him and it makes some amazing entertainment. Things really kick up a notch when Obi-Wan takes him alone, showing off what a great Jedi he will eventually become.

#2

Yoda Vs Darth Sidious

Revenge of the Sith

Coruscant

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The most powerful Jedi faces off with the most powerful Sith, another thing I wanted to see my whole life, and it did not disappoint. A great saber battle gives way to a match in force powers with fun use of scenery. Yoda seems to be the stronger of the two, but due to some bad luck the Republic falls and all the Jedi die.

#1

Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs Darth Vader

Revenge of the Sith

Mustafar

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Damn…just damn. This is by far and away the most amazing duel ever. Great setting, great choreography, great mood, high stakes. It’s all there. The fact that they use the exact same fighting style showing off how much Vader learned from Obi-Wan is so cool. They are essentially equally matched, but Obi-Wan keeps a “cooler” head and comes out victorious.

 

And there you have it! I hope there will be plenty of more saber battles in the future, which is why I desperately wish they move away from the spin offs taking place between 3 and 4 and do something more with Jedi.

Either way, I absolutely love every Star Wars movie and can’t wait for The Last Jedi!

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