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TO DEFEND THE FRONTIER- THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAST STARFIGHTER

THE LAST STARFIGHTER

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“Greetings Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to Defend the Frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan Armada”

 

Star Wars spawned many Space films and series in its conquest of the 70’s and 80’s. I missed the 40th Anniversaries of The Original Battlestar Galactica and Blake’s 7 last year, but it is the 35th Anniversary since the Frontier fell, so I thought I’d watch it again.

It is a pretty entertaining slice of the 80’s. Not quite as cheesy as you would think. There are a few things that they couldn’t get away with doing nowadays- like Louis swearing, looking at playboys and, well, generally being Louis.

The plot revolves around Alex Rogan, a Teenage handyman who fixes everything electrical in the Trailer Park where he lives. He desperately wants to get out of there, and he does, just not in a way he expected.

Beating the in-built high score, known as ‘The Record’ on the Video game Starfighter, Alex meets Centauri, who claims to have made the game and whisks Alex away in his car, which then flies off into Space and across the galaxy to Rylos and the orbiting moon which houses Starfighter Command.

Far from being overjoyed, Alex’s culture shock turns to horror when he realises what he has been conscripted into, especially when a hologram of Xur, the traitor who defected to the Ko-Dan appears and executes a spy in front of them.

Forced to return Alex home, Centauri is wounded by an assassin and leaves a cloned copy called Beta behind. Alex realises he has to fight, and he does, in the last Gunstar left, trained by Navigator Grig who helps him turn the tide against the Armada.

 

It is quite good, a fun rollercoaster with pretty good special effects and a great story. Now it’s being remade, hip-hip hoorah for nostalgia, as Hollywood, specifically Disney has been doing remakes of everything. Where’s the Original/New movies these days? I won’t go on about it here, but I think a Starfighter TV series would be better.

Anyway, it is a fun ride, just remember to hold tight and get ready for blast-off

 

9/10

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Starfighter

 

https://movieweb.com/last-starfighter-remake-concept-art/

 

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087597/

 

 

 

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44 DAYS TIL THE 9TH BLOGGERVERSARY- EEK!

001That’s right Earthlings/Marslings and any other lifeform picking up this transmission! I’ve been whittering/rambling on for nearly nine years on this blogsite! Some of it makes sense, but sometimes it hasn’t..

ANYWAY, From Saturday, I’ll officially begin the countdown, trying to write something everyday, even if it’s just reblogging other’s posts- It’s the Summer Blogathon where Anything can happen, Tuesday til Monday and then it starts all over again!

I’ll probably hit 900 posts by September. This one is 842-ish, so miles and miles to go before I sleeeeeep!

Better get cracking then hadn’t I?

 

 

MERCER’S MUSICAL MUSINGS- SHATTER ME!

“Somebody make me feel alive and shatter me.”

 

SHATTER ME, performed by Lindsay Stirling and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm is an awesome duet. It’s the song that makes you fall in love with dubstep violins.

 

At times it feels like such a melancholic track. When you feel like you’re just going through the motions and desperately need an epic change of direction or 180’ turnaround or paradigm shift.

 

It would also make an awesome theme tune. If I ever get round to making my Star Wars fan fiction film ‘Another Chance’ about the Survivors of Alderaan and Officers aboard the Death Star, then this’ll be it.

I actually found it when I was looking for the Attack on Titan spin off No Regrets about Levi. Someone had made a music video

Levi/Attack on Titan AMV-

 

Then I used it for the theme of the first Cosplay get together in 2017. While roaming round the Museum and Library, saw a video with Tim Peake aboard the Space Station, so had to include a shot of him- Awesome!

My post on LS Facebook page-

https://www.facebook.com/lindseystirlingmusic/posts/used-shatter-me-as-the-theme-for-my-cosplay-vid-hope-you-like-ithttpswwwyoutubec/1302452973149457/

 

 

 

UPDATES

 

I’ve been working on editing videos and photos recently. Trying to catch up on the backlog of the never-ending to do list. I’ve still got a number of events and comic cons, but nearly caught up on hikes. Trying to find a sunset at Albert dock and a stroll round Chester are the latest ones.

Seeing a Smooth-Hound Shark at New Brighton while at the River Festival a few weeks ago made me realise I need to go on more coastal walks thid summer.

Anyway, that’s 530 videos up on my Youtube channel. With a bunch more to edit and post.

 

new vids!

 

busy busy busy at Mercer Central as catching up on three dozen videos for Tigletverse Photography.

Mostly it’s been hiking and events over the last year- Red rocks/Wirral festival of firsts/Liverpool Makefest/Upton Scarecrow trail from last year, while hikes from 18 and Jan 19, so far, plus Halton Comic Con and Chavassic Park, which has led me te rewatch Jurassic Park!

So, still lots to go, including a New Scarecrow Trail, in the meantime, here’s last years!

 

STILL LOOKING FOR A SILVER LINING

59417548_2408654962487097_8479767392367411200_nI have been trying to get a job/Commission in the Media Entertainment industry since I was 15. I am now 45. I live in a small semi-detached Council house, in what’s been called a deprived, poor town in the North West of England, believe me, the Media Elites don’t come knocking on my door!.

Most people in my situation would have given up by now, I’m a persistent bugger. I decided to do what I could by myself and have made over 520 videos over the last six years and four published short stories, none of which I’ve been paid for. I have applied for a number of jobs at Disney, mainly with Lucasfilm and gotten nowhere. I’m still looking for a Silver Lining though.

My Hiking videos are my main passion, recording my experiences as I go along. I am having an epic catch up editing and posting, though I’ve started a new project that might take a while to finish.

The other main show is The Tiglet Show, which developed a few years after I started using my Tiger puppet as a hiking mascot back in 2012. This was mainly taking pictures of Tiglet to add to my hiking blogs, then ‘he’ began presenting hikes and it grew from there. I made other videos as ‘spoof’ trailers- A Game of Paws/TigTrek/Tigwars and even puppet Les Miserables!

So, putting a lot of ideas into the pot, I cooked up The Tiglet show, which was zany and had a few notable characters- Professor Von Ool, Ruby the Woozibot, Ewan the Supersheep and The GrumpyCats, my version of Waldorf and Statler, criticizing everything.

Other things I have tried are Tigcraft- craft making, which I’m not very good at and Mrs. Tiglets Cookery Blog, which again wasn’t that great.

Another thing I have been doing for nearly five years is Dr. Rrr, a puppet version of Doctor Who, so Tiglet is The Masterrr, Roary is Dr. RRR! And so on. I’m also doing stop-motion with Dalek toys and working on a couple of Short Film ideas. The first of these should be ready in the Summer.

Here is the link to my Youtube channel, most of the things I have mentioned are on my Creativity and Imagination playlist- The Tiglet show/Tiglet reads the Woozies at Chester Writers and other ideas- https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0XgFU2LKnsjtNT2TXlmlRaiC3q78WTb1

On Linked In I have listed all my experience, skills, courses, certificates, publications and projects, of which there are 30.

Although that only lets you list fifty skills on the skills section and won’t let you change them, or at least it doesn’t for me! Other skills I would include are- that I am a Big Thinker and strategist, attuned to details and analytical/conscientious. My goals at the moment are looking at ways of turning Narratives into Metanarratives, thinking about the Bigger Picture. Marvel has done it with the Avengers storyline. Star Wars desperately needs a new direction.

All my projects are also listed on my Linked In profile, which I have used as a template for my new CV/Resume-

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/ian-cai-mercer-3a273233

 

All of the above I wrote as an Essay for DISNEY/ABC 2020 WRITING PROGRAM over a week ago. I had to include two Scripts and a resume. Semi-finalists will be notified in November, with the Program starting in February2020. Do I stand a chance? Hell no!

I might actually make a new category/videoblog page. Call it something like- Frustrations of a Middle-aged Writer from the Backstreets of Nowhere. ‘Cos that’s what it is. The place down the back of the sofa where nothing really changes or improves. Stuck in the same old rut and going round in circles, chasing my own tail like Ouroborous. It’s my own Innovative Dilemma, but I’m still searching for a solution.

On a dark, cloudy, overcast and rainy day. I’m still looking for a silver lining.