Nice changes

It’s nice to see that Luke Skywalker isn’t such a whiny bitch in these later stories. One thing that really put me off of him initially was that. He wasn’t really what I would consider a strong character. He had detail and all that, was built up well, but he wasn’t strong as a character. He was weak. And complained too much.

I like that he’s grown out of it.

I still don’t like him though.

Hm.

It’s already too obvious that Mara Jade has some issues with herself.

Things she wants to do versus the things that she follows through with. I wonder if this comes because of the downfall of everything she’d worked for.

I think I need to see if she’s in any other series that comes before this one, so I can gauge the differences if there are any.

The Emperor’s Hand

I’m in the middle of reading the first book in the Heir to the Empire trilogy and I’ve just come upon the first interaction between Mara Jade and Luke Skywalker. Where Luke discovers that she hates him quite a bit, but has no idea why.

This is a little odd for me, because I have previous knowledge of Mara Jade from discussions and my own information seeking. There was also a story about her in Tales From Jabba’s Palace, which gave me a little bit of information on why she should have certain feelings about Luke.

It’s also a little odd because I find myself wanting to scream at Luke something along the lines of ‘You ruined her life, you ignorant ass’. Which is odd for two reasons. 1:It’s a little bit day time soap opera for my liking 2: I’m not the “screaming at” sort. I don’t yell at movies, or television, or anything else, so why should I want to yell at a book?

I don’t know, but I do.

What makes it worse is that (and oh yes, do I ever know what level of geek I have entered now) Mara Jade had everything she could have wanted, possibly she aspired to something a little more, but before she could even get that ball in motion, Luke destroyed everything that she cared about. Took away everything that she thought made her special. AND HE DOESN’T EVEN KNOW.

I’m anxious to see if he finds out in this book, or if I have to wait until the next one. It is a trilogy, after all, so it could go either way. But oh, I can’t wait until he finds out. I hope she rips him a new one.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

I’ve been looking forward to this movie for… I don’t know how long. I’m not quite sure how long it’s been since I heard that they were putting it out. It feels like forever, but it might not be as long as I think.

I have got to say that I’m quite satisfied with the outcome. Quite. It was typical Indy. Everything, from beginning to end. I was not in any way disappointed with this movie.

Of course, if you don’t like the other Indy movies, you’re not going to like this one any more than them. If you’re not a fan of pulp, you’re not going to like this movie. But if you’re neither of these things, I don’t know why you’d be going to see this movie in the first place.

Honestly, I was a little worried. I can say that. I mean, we saw how the last three Star Wars movies came out. How could I not be a little concerned with what might happen to Indy and his adventures?

Luckily, the bad didn’t happen. And there was no Jar Jar.

Adventure, badassery, the whip. It’s all there. All in the traditional Indy style with the traditional Indy wit.

I fully recommend seeing this movie.

Definitions

Websters definition of “zombie”

Main Entry:
zom·bie Listen to the pronunciation of zombie
Variant(s):
also zom·bi Listen to the pronunciation of zombi \ˈzäm-bē\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Louisiana Creole or Haitian Creole zonbi, of Bantu origin; akin to Kimbundu nzúmbe ghost
Date:
circa 1871

1usually zombi a: the supernatural power that according to voodoo belief may enter into and reanimate a dead body b: a will-less and speechless human in the West Indies capable only of automatic movement who is held to have died and been supernaturally reanimated2 a: a person held to resemble the so-called walking dead; especially : automaton b: a person markedly strange in appearance or behavior3: a mixed drink made of several kinds of rum, liqueur, and fruit juice
— zom·bie·like Listen to the pronunciation of zombielike \-bē-ˌlīk\ adjective

I Am Legend

The concept and story of this movie were pretty well done. I think the reason this movie came off badly was because of bad editing. Nothing more than that. Bad editing.

I’m a pretty big fan of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic stories, so it wasn’t really a stretch for me to seek this movie out to watch it. While I’m glad that I didn’t actually pay money to see it, I am glad that I saw it.

I feel like there was a lot that could have been explored more, but for the most part, everything that I was hoping for was delved into the way I wanted it to be. From the interactions between man and dog, and man and mannequin for that matter, to the way that he lived his life on a day to day basis.

The failings really began with the exploration of the creatures. I think more information could have been given about them, maybe not them as creatures because we had just as much information as the main character and I feel that is often sufficient enough for a story, but them as them. What they did in the darkness, the way that they interact with each other when there isn’t an outside influence there. These things could have given depth and dimension to the creatures as characters. I feel like the dog was more deeply explored.

It could have also made them all the more scarier to get into the fact that they were coming back around to awareness and knowledge of things outside of themselves, building a society. It’s not something that they explain, but you can see it. And if you know the clues to look for, then you can piece it together from what is said in the movie and what’s shown to us through the film.

If this area were expounded upon, and the editing completely redone, I really think this movie could stand up and be what it should have been in the first place. And who knows, maybe it was the editing that took away the greater story of the creatures. Us lowly movie-watchers will never probably know the truth of it.

All this said, I really did enjoy parts of this movie. I enjoyed Will Smith’s acting, and the way that he portrayed his character. I really believed that he was a slightly insane survivor of a man-made treatment turned virus. He did the things that I would have done in his situation, and built up his life in almost the same way that I would have.

I think it’s worth seeing. If only because you can then use your imagination to fill in the blanks and make the movie better.

Steampunk Star Wars

Seriously, how do you make Star Wars any better than it already is? It’s really difficult. The Star Wars genre has pretty much everything that one could possibly desire.

So how?

Steampunk, that’s how.

Take a look at this guy’s website: http://www.sillof.com/C-Steampunk-SW.htm

And after you’re done drooling over what he’s done to your favorite Star Wars characters, roam around the rest of the website and bask in the glory of his awesome.