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January 23, 2017

‘The Last Jedi’ is 2017 in a Nutshell

After a long weekend of rambling political stances from both Republican and Democratic crazy people, meaningful marches around the world, and coping with the fact that we now live in a world where a man that shaved the head of Vince McMahon at Wrestlemania 23, is now our Commander in Chief, it’s time to start talking about things that actually matter; like the reveal of the title for “Star Wars: Episode VIII.”

There it is folks. THE LAST JEDI
A few thoughts. I think the timing of the reveal is funny and of course “not at all planned…” After all the dissension this past week, any type of “Star Wars” news is a welcome sight for most, but just seeing the marquee, the coloring, and of course the name, you know things are going to get dark.
As most people see 2017 as the End of Days, it only makes sense that we are going to get a dark sequel to 2015’s “The Force Awakens.” But it also looks like we are going to get a modeled middle sequel that is going to be just as dark as 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back.”
The political climate in 1980 was pretty tense. Jimmy Carter was just leaving office after a pretty tumultuous four-years including the Iranian Hostage Crisis, and we had a former Hollywood actor and at the time oldest president to ever be inaugurated into office with Ronald Reagan.
Fast forward to 2017 and we have an outgoing president where opinions were vastly divided on his eight-year presidency in Barack Obama, but there’s no doubt he re-added a touch of class to the office and while his politics might be polarizing, there is no doubt that he was a likable and affable POTUS. Now, we have a combative, instigating, Twitter-trolling, obnoxious, reality show-starring, no political experience man, Donald Trump, as our POTUS. The comparison to Obama and Trump is night and day, personally and politically. Again, for an uncertain time, we are likely going to have another dark chapter in the “Star Wars” mythos.
Of course this is speculation. This might be the cheeriest entry in the mythic sci-fi space opera. But if history tells us anything, we are heading in the direction of “The Last Jedi” being one dark motherfu*ker.
But hey! Even with my doom and gloom, “The Last Jedi” looks like it’s going to explain a lot. Who are The Knights of Ren? Why did Luke leave everything behind? Who is Supreme Leader Snoak? What is Rey’s family lineage? So many questions to answer, and we’ll have to wait another 11 months to see.
December 17, 2015

Countdown to the Force Awakens (Episode V) – Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

APEX

Why do we love The Empire Strikes Back?  A film that is universally considered the best Star Wars film ever.  A film considered one of the best sci-fi/fantasy films ever.  Is it because we’re nerds?  No.  Well…yeah…but it’s much more than that.

Maybe it’s because the great John Williams, from the Imperial March to the Han and Leia Love Theme, created a score that is not only the oxygen of this universe but a constant manipulator of our heartstrings even today.

Maybe it’s because of the Millennium Falcon encapsulates cool, freedom, adventure, and hope with every bank turn and asteroid avoiding barrel roll.

Maybe it’s because Jim Henson and Frank Oz, two men responsible for bringing to life a majority of our imaginary friends for decades, brought to life yet another creature with more pathos and iconography than many seasoned actors…all while speaking in some strange form of pig Latin.

Maybe it’s because Darth Vader, one of the top 3 best cinematic villains of all time, is more villainous and oddly clever in Empire than he is in any other film in the series…but still manages to make us feel for him at the end?

Maybe it’s because the romance between Han and Leia was unconventional, confrontational, mean spirited…and still one of the best, most heartfelt and tragic couplings in cinema history…especially since it was originally supposed to end with Han dying.

Maybe it’s because it really took the time it did on the self-actualization and development of Luke Skywalker from a meek farm-boy to a confident and capable Jedi upstart…something that would almost never happen today.

Maybe it’s because it had one of the most jaw dropping, franchise-altering, twists of all time during a time where twists weren’t a cliched Hollywood trope.

Maybe it’s because the camaraderie and love felt between Han and Luke and Leia and Chewie and the Droids didn’t seem like some manufactured thing for a movie.  It felt obviously genuine.  So genuine, you didn’t need to hear Han and Luke say it when they spoke to each other for the last time in that icy Hoth hangar bay

You didn’t need to understand the yelping of Chewie when he took those wookiee arms of his, primarily used for tearing off droid arms, and snatched Luke up in a hug.

You didn’t need to hear Han tell Leia “I love you too” before he was frozen in carbonite. We knew just like he did.

Maybe it’s because George Lucas had the foresight and humility to relinquish the reigns of his creation to another director who had a better understanding of how to bring the heart out of the film.

To be honest, it’s all those things and more.  The Empire Strikes Back is the bar.  It is the very APEX of the Star Wars universe and countless childhoods.  It is what every sci-fi adventure film has aspired to be as good as…but not presume to ever be better than.  Because there is nothing that will eclipse The Godfather…nothing that will eclipse Psycho…nothing that will eclipse The Shawshank Redemption…and NOTHING that will eclipse The Empire Strikes Back.  It will forever hold a place in our heart.  AND I DIDN’T EVEN MENTION HOW AWESOME LANDO IS!!!!

Accept Captain Needa’s apology…watch out for mynocks…never tell me the odds…watch it…then tell me I’m wrong.

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