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Everything that has transpired has done so according to my Design” – Palpatine- Return of the Jedi


Star Wars Celebration in Chicago proved memorable for a few significant reasons- The best being the Premiere of the new trailer, title reveal and appearance of Ian MacDiarmid, doing Palpatine’s voice to play the trailer a second time.

It was quite action packed, and the revelation that Palpatine may not be quite as dead as the end of Return of the Jedi is intriguing.

I only hope it lives up to the hype it’s been given. That laugh though, a short insane cackle that sends shivering sensations up your spine like a seismic earthquake off the Rickter scale shows that there is going to be an epic final confrontation in some form or other.


As for what may come next, for myself, I’m hoping it’s the Tiglet Wars, but for now, let’s watch the trailer again, for the dozenth time maybe.


May the 14th of the 4th be you!


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Not quite at the live-action stage I thought I would be, but making progress, slow and inexorable like The Tortoise versus the Hare- I’m getting there!

Here’s something I’ve been thinking of for a while- the twist in the tale, the Gamechanger, the ‘Twins’ even though one’s blue and the other is green, representing other Races in the Greater Dominion.


From over a Billion light years it came.

In the blink of an eye it flew through voids, passing galaxies and clusters, into the Local Group, then past Andromeda, into the Milky Way, the Orion Arm and into the Solar System.

It passed Pluto, Jupiter, Mars and into the Earth’s atmosphere.

A squadron of Elite Grey Battlesaucers rose to engage the strange Triangular vessel, which decimated them, itself undamaged. Dissidents and GreyTroopers watched as it landed out by the hills.

As Lucius and his friends arrived, the back of the Triship lowered. Two tall figures, framed by a white light strode forth. They were like Greys, but coloured blue and green. Kairus and Gairus, Emissaries of The Greater Dominion.

The lies of the Grey Lord exposed at last.

Here comes the Gamechanger!



WOW! There’s a twist I never saw coming! Well, kind of, since I’ve been thinking of ways to expand the mythology, especially as watching Westworld and other series, reading Series Bibles and thinking ahead. Yes, I know I need to crack on and get the Short version done, but planning ahead, giving it a larger Metanarrative (my buzzword at the moment!) and seeing the story possibilities that a Series could do is way too tempting, so that’s what I’ve been doing. I will try and get a move on, but Easter Breaks over now, so I’m guessing the Summer would be the time to get it finished, but what do I know? Still trying to get a T-Bag revolution going and it’s still not happening! (See April4- Birthday blog to understand that bizarre reference!)

Anyway- Here comes The Gamechanger!


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I Can’t Break Away ~Big Pig


Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure- 1989







galaxy2I’ve seen a fair few films.

One of the best of all time is Star Wars Episode 5- The Empire Strikes Back. I’m not going to number them or make bullet points, but there are a number of reasons why I think it is one of the best movies ever.

First of all, Hoth. Yes the entire planet, it’s a big snowball, Han even says so. The fact that the Rebel Cell led by Leia/Riekan and co make a base there shows how desperate they are to avoid the Empire, even though it looks like they’ve only just moved in. I mean, I like a bit of snow, but an entire planet where it’s Frozen but never Christmas, brrr, shiver me timbers Captain Jack!

Next is a little green guy, playing Luke like a Grand Piano, Why not just introduce himself properly? Yoda’s first appearance was a creative risk, a gamble that paid off. It’s not easy being green and muppety, just ask Kermit the Frog, but the characterisation, the inverted speech pattern and downright cheekiness made him flawless. Stand out moment- lifting the X-Wing out of the swamp. “I don’t believe it” Luke says, doing a poor impression of Victor Meldrew. “That is why you failed” Yoda tells him gravely. And then there is The Cave. Yes, remember the failure at the Cave. Luke V Vader, who loses his head and revealed to be Luke! A Dark Side entity or Force-Projection? One of the mysteries of the Force never answered.

Then there is The Executor, known for years as Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer. Dwarfing normal Star Destroyers, its appearance to the brilliant theme of The Imperial March by John Williams was awe-inspiring, as was the Playset, until it crashed in the back garden!

Finally- Han and Leia. Ahhhh, a little bit of romance out amongst the stars. There’s friction there at the start, as well as a bit of flirtation. You get the impression it’s been going on for a while. While the tension ramps up in the Asteroid field, it’s Bespin where they finally acknowledge their feelings. The added complication of smooth-talking Lando, then the betrayal and Luke’s attempt at a rescue. The ending is bittersweet, Luke and Leia, still unaware of being related, look out on a neighbouring galaxy as Lando and Chewbacca fly off to search for Han. Then, to the awesome end theme the camera pulls back on the Rebel Fleet, heading away from the neighbouring galaxy and into the unknown. What an Epic Finale.

So there are a few reasons why I rate ESB so highly, even more so than all the other films. Return of the Jedi was the Second part of ESB and concluded the trilogy. It will be interesting to see what JJ Abrams has done to finish off the saga and what might be coming next from A Galaxy far, far away. Or one of its neighbours in the Whills Cluster of Galaxies, as I’ve called them.



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gd2With Easter Holidays here, I’m doing a bit of work on updating GD and moving things forward- so get ready for a Gamechanger!

In the meantime, here’s the trailers so far.

I had originally planned to get it all done by Christmas 2018, but realised in September I didn’t have the time. Now I think it will be the summer- just don’t hold your breath!


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And yes, I am still looking for characters, it’s about time I got a move on with the Live Action stuff!!






Birthday Blog- Couldn’t organise a riot in a Tea bag? Really?!

45Made an innocuous comment in the Nanowrimo Writing group last night on Facebook, a bit facetiously, but it’s got me thinking- how organised am I?

It was to do with Camp Nano, a monthly challenge I’ve never actually had the time to do. So I said I couldn’t do it because I couldn’t organise a riot in a T-Bag.

I am a bit more organised than that, but my problem is I’m easily distracted, I lose focus, don’t prioritise and then give up. I’m a juggling Octopus, but end up dropping several balls at once. Good job I can’t juggle firesticks then, ‘cos the whole tent would be up in flames!

Disturbing Circus imagery aside, I do get stuck in a creative rut quite a lot. That happened with Grey Dominion last weekend. I gave up and watched Bill and Ted and Westworld, which inspired a new trailer for GD, so am slowly putting that together. It’s taken me nearly a week to move forward with it, but that’s the way I work, slowly and methodically- don’t rush me, like the Tortoise said to the Hare.

Anyway, made myself a Birthday cup of Tea, gonna stir it round, squeeze it a bit, see if I can get a riot started.

Anything can happen- it’s Anything can happen Thursday!


PS- The T-bag got wet, squished and lumpy. Guess that went well then! What a way to start Year 45 of life!



What about ANOTHER Galaxy of Adventures?


The Galaxy of Adventure shorts are fun, cheeky little short Anime-style retellings of scenes from The Original Trilogy, each concentrating on a character like Luke, Chewbacca, Leia, Darth Vader and more recently Stormtroopers and the Force itself

My favourite part is where Palpatine’s machinations and manipulations are shown- “Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design”. The Master puppeteer says, although it is Luke and gang who mess that all up for him.


The universe is filled with galaxies, although Dark Matter and voids separate them, like islands. Unlike many other SF stories, the SW galaxy is far, far away, not like the Andromeda galaxy and forty-odd satellite galaxies of the Local Group.

In Empire Strikes Back, the fleet gather, with a large spiral galaxy in the backdrop. This has been interpreted as The main Star Wars galaxy, but that is a false assumption. The surrounding starfield wouldn’t be there if the fleet was outside, plus the Falcon flies ‘over’ the galaxy, not down into the gravity well.

So, that means it is a neighbouring galaxy, perhaps a twin to the SW one. And that means there is another galaxy of possible stories out there, including the possible Origins of the Skywalkers. What if Shmi was a refugee, or part of a Mengele-like experiment? Wouldn’t that explain Anakin’s abilities? Did Shmi have another child with Lars who then had Rey? That would make Luke her Uncle and Ben her cousin.

Another galaxy opens up even more possibilities for stories. An alternate take on the Yuuzhan Vong or the Nagai, two Intergalactic invaders, and if, as Obi Wan says the Force ‘binds the galaxy together’, what would bind another galaxy? An anti-Force maybe?

But that begs the question- how long is the Saga to go on for? Lucas original outline was the Journal of the Whills; alternate versions were the Adventures of Starkiller/Adventures of Luke Skywalker. It was supposed to be nine chapters, based on the 1930’s versions of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, which usually ran for 12 chapters, or episodes. Lucas finished at Return of the Jedi as it was about Anakin and Luke- the Fall and Redemption of Darth Vader- but The Journal can continue with other stories, other heroes and villains, other families, alien creatures and mystical Beings.

As well as the 40th Anniversary of Empire in 2020, 2022 will be 45th Anniversary of Star Wars Episode 4- A New Hope, with the 50th Anniversary in 2027. It’s an exciting time to watch further adventures from a long time ago, in a galaxy (or Galaxies) far, far away!



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Bill and Ted’s Excellent 30TH ANNIVERSARY


There was a thing on Facebook on Saturday how it is thirty years since Bill S Preston and Ted Theodore Logan embarked on their First most Excellent Adventure. 1989 was an awesome year, when the film was released (though it took two years to film>) It’s a hefty slice of 80’s Nostalgia and a roller coaster ride of fun, topped of by an awesome soundtrack.

While Doctor Who had a British Police Telephone box, B+T had an American Phone Booth, with which they kidnapped several Historical figures for their History report. Hapless shenanigans ensue, hilariously and most bodaciously, I might add.

So I’ve watched it twice, also with Bogus Journey, but this is my favourite of the two. A great slice of the 1980’s, with an Awesome soundtrack as a yummy topping.

And with ‘Bill and Ted Face the music’ coming soon, you know it will be a most bodacious ending to the Saga

Be Excellent to each other and Party on Dudes!



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