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ANOTHER CHANCE FOR STAR WARS?

ANOTHER CHANCE FOR STAR WARS?4th always

A DOZEN IDEAS TO REVATILISE THE FRANCHISE, GET IT BACK ON TRACK AND MAKE IT FUN AGAIN!

Lucasfilm has been wrecking Star wars, or rather Kathleen Kennedy’s Political/Feminist agenda has. But all is not quite lost; there is a spark of hope out there.

The whole concept behind it was good versus evil and overcoming that evil. That arises out of despair and anguish like a Phoenix rising from the ashes.

That simple premise has been forgotten by KK and her cronies. THAT is why there has been a fan rebellion and both Last Jedi and Solo were complete failures.

With the ‘Original Trilogy’ there were several factors crucial to its success- strong characters male and female- though they were few/ the Hero’s Journey, although I wasn’t aware of the story structure at the time/allusions to the Second World War, the Roman Empire, the seven Samurai, even Laurel and Hardy with the droids. We even get a David vs Goliath with Luke taking on the Death Star in his X-Wing.

These latest ones lack consistency- like runny porridge, you know it’s been rushed and not cooked properly. Force Awakens/Lost Jedi/Solo have been flawed by bad writing, inconsistent direction, bureaucratic interference and micro management.

Paradoxically, Rebels and Rogue One have been flawless, well-written and well made. “Rebellions are made on Hope” Jyn said, quoting Cassian. So here we go- A dozen ideas-

  1. Sabine’s quest to find Ezra after Endor. There you go, a simple premise and taking a well-rounded Female Lead character off to rescue her male friend- the White (and purple/blue) Knight-ess off to rescue her Prince- there’s a subversion of the traditional fairy tale for Kathy.
  2. Bounty Hunters. One of the mooted Live-action series ideas that got shelved when Disney took over. Grim, gritty and maybe gruesome- not sugar-coated sweetness that Disney execs are used to- let’s see some Underworld action!
  3. Darth Vader/the 501st Legion. Having Vader as the Lead/focus is a great opportunity for Drama- he’s an iconic villain, his appearance in Rogue One and fight at the end really elevated the ending, so let’s see the CONFLICT- the shades of grey between darkness and light Luke saw in ROTJ, let’s see him waver, make him go to Naboo, visit Amidala’s grave and do some silent grieving.
  4. Smugglers. Here’s your Sitcom – Friends/Big Bang Theory in space! There’s a story in one of the Tales graphic novels of an Imperial Captain on a Star Destroyer who intercepts a Corellian Corvette, piloted by Han and Chewie. They inspect the ship, find no evidence of contraband, so let them go. A week later, the Corvette with Han and Chewie again, so inspect, find nothing, let it go, but he suspects there’s something not quite right. A week later, same ship and crew- so the Captain searches thoroughly- nothing. He has no choice but to let them go. Then he realises, it’s not the same ship, they’ve been smuggling Corvettes! A great tale and possibly something worth considering.
  5. Rebels Series 5. They’re still going, so why not continue the adventures of The Ghost or crew- Scariff/Yavin/Hoth/Endor. Or have a different ship or crew? No one cares about Resistance, so why not go back and carry on this? Doesn’t make sense Disney/Lucasfilm.
  6. Explorers. Something Star Trekky, out in the Unknown Regions.
  7. 80’s Comic Adaptations. There were some strange crazy adventures Luke and co had in between the movies. Let’s have the Hoojibs and Jaxx for a change!
  8. A Time Travel series? Okay, there’s thousands of years in the old EU Timeline, but Luke does ask threepio if he can “alter time, speed up the harvest or teleport me off this rock”, so at least there are a few SF stories in the galaxy!
  9. The Thrawn Trilogy. I didn’t read it when it first came out, but this is an awesome continuation of the Saga.
  10. Infinities. The Darkhorse comics did something very brave, different and risky- something execs at Disney and Lucasfilm should sit up and take notice of- a Reinterpretation of the Original trilogy. I even had my own idea- The Tatooine Rebellion. Inspired by Tales from Mos Eisley Cantina and using Steve Sansweets Encyclopaedia, I charted how each of the background characters would react and which side they would fight for if the start of ANH took a slightly different turn, with the Tantive 4 crashing into the Dune Sea and Leia and the droids hiding while Vader led a legion of Stormtroopers down. Interestingly, the first Battlefront game on PS2 had a Dune Sea and Mos Eisley level- great fun!
  11. Storming the Dead. One of those happy accidents that sometimes happen when I went to Hamfest-Oldham Comic con last year. Spectre Squad, a cosplay/costuming group were there, along with some painted props/sets, including a door saying ‘don’t open, dead inside’ so I had the idea of Stormtroopers going in, so set up a mini-photoshoot with several of the guys posing in front. When I got home, I saw the footage and was inspired to make a Walking Dead/Star Wars crossover, so had to have Tiglet narrate it- great fun!          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI0hQg8BE6w
  12. ANOTHER CHANCE. When you think about it, the destruction of Alderaan in ANH is the most heinous crime you could think of- the murder of millions of people echoes real life crimes like The Holocaust/911/Darfur/Pearl Harbour. As leia said, it is the most desperate hour, echoed by Obi Wans line- “millions of voices crying out in terror and were suddenly silenced, I fear something terrible has happened” The saga’s most chilling moment, more chilling than Order 66. I get goosebumps and shivers. Battlestar Galactica has done it, but in Star Wars, the survivors are spread out across the galaxy. Like Games of Thrones, it is an epic tale of betrayal/survival from several viewpoints in different places. There have been hints of a persecution of Alderaani survivors in Inferno Squad and a graphic novel about Leia, but a series like this would be awesome.         So, there you go Lucasfilm/Disney- less Mary Poppins in space and more Drama! Make Star Wars great again!   IW- bad feeling
 

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD AND POTTER NO MORE???

WARNING- SPOILERS AHEAD!

(If you haven’t read it or seen the play!)

 

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I thought that this would be disappointing. I was wrong. When I heard it would be presented in Play format, rather than as a proper novel like the other HP books, I thought it would be a bit of a let-down. Thankfully, I was rather pleasantly surprised by how quickly I read through it.

It’s still a chunky hardback, one of those brick-like books that could come in handy for self-defence maybe, but it launches straight away with a slight re-tweeking of the final chapter from Deathly Hallows.

 

It is 19 years after the Battle for Hogwarts and the Fall of Voldemort. Hermione is Minister for Magic, Harry the Head of Magical Law Enforcement and Ron has just passed a Driving Test. They’ve all got children of their own now and the focus character is young Albus Severus Potter. He is nothing like his famous Father, resenting that fact, leading to estrangement between Father and Son- AHOY SPOILER ALERT!! (I did warn you!)

Albus befriends loner Scorpius Malfoy and then joins Slytherin House, something Harry has trouble understanding. At the start of their Fourth year (tying-in to Goblet of Fire) Al overhears Harry arguing with Amos Diggory, Cedric’s Father, he decides to steal a Time Turner and save Cedric.

Accompanied by Scorpius and Amos niece Delphi, they go back to the Triwizard Tournament (from HP and the GoF) to save Cedric, but then everything goes horribly wrong.

 

MAJOR SPOILER ALERT BABY!!!

Both are affected when Reality changes to an Alternate nightmare world where Voldemort and his Augurey reign supreme. Putting everything right again is a harrowing ordeal and all the characters grow as a result.

 

ALSO- JKR has said she has no plans to continue the story after this, so there won’t be tales of Albus and Scorpius and their adventures, nor of Harry’s Grandchildren- but now she’s said that, I wonder how many people, like me, now have Hogwarts the Next Generation in their heads? The New Adventures of Albus and Scorpius maybe? There is still their fifth/sixth and seventh years at Hogwarts, that’s OWLS and NEWTS. Then there is still the matter of the Elder Wand- Harry has to die undefeated for its power to be truly broken- if he gets Disarmed even once, then the Wand’s allegiance will change, Even though it’s broken in two, it could always get mended.

And it’s not just the main characters; the Wizarding World beyond Hogwarts is such a rich tapestry- Look how she has expanded Fantastic Beasts from a small guide to five films. The Tales of Beadle the Bard was just five stories- that’s a TV spinoff right there. Then there’s A History of Magic- possibly an Anthology series- the Goblin Rebellions/Giant Wars and so on. The Founders of Hogwarts- what did Slytherin do after he made the Chamber of Secrets?

What fascinates me from HP and Order of the Phoenix is the history of the Department of Mysteries and the Unspeakables. That’s the early career of Broderick Bode- killed off in OOP, but mentioned very briefly in GOF- ‘Bagman and Crouch’ page 79-

ARTHUR WEASLEY-‘and that’s Bode and Croaker. They’re Unspeakables, from the Department of Mysteries, top secret, no idea what they get up to.’

Then the Department itself is in OOP- Harry’s Trial and the Final battle and is such a great place- The Veil, brains in jars, Hall of Prophecies, all intriguing and worth exploring.

So there you go JK, so many more stories worth exploring and expanding upon. Not just a thousand years of Hogwarts, but Beyond, Before and Bezoar!

Okay, I added that last one to make three B’s, but there is such a diverse world in the Potterverse, you know it’s not over. I would like, one day, to see a HP Series that keeps in all the stuff the movies missed out- like Dobby in Goblet of Fire- such a travesty leaving him out. For now though, my head is spinning faster than a Portkey, whizzing my imagination off in multiple tangents- I might even be tempted to do a HP/Who crossover for Infinite Whoniverses series 6 next year- better get my Thinking Hat on then hadn’t I?

 

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD- In hardback (and paperback now!)

9/10

SORTED!

(note- a Spoiler-free version originally appeared in Bookylicious last year- here’s the link-

https://www.bookylicious.com/autumn-2017/

Thanks to Gwyneth and Paul for including it!

 

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FUN FACTOID NO.1- NOODLES!

pexels-photo-1028734.jpegFUN FACTOID NO.1- NOODLES!

Think I might need to spice the blog up a bit. So one thing I think I might do each week is try to find something to rave or rant about. This Week-

NOODLES BABY!

Maybe I listen too much to Steve Wrights Radio 2 show, or watch Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, but I think one thing I would find difficult to give up if there’s ever an Alien Invasion or Zombie Apocalypse, or I somehow find myself stranded on a Desert Island- is noodles. Why- I don’t know, I had some for tea the other day, the Chicken variety, and it’s something I thought of. The Spicy stir-fry is awesome, but you need plenty of water/juice to wash it down with.

 

Anyway, just something I thought I’d share!

 

Events- FOR THE LOVE OF SCI-FI- Liverpool Comic Con Edition

033It was yet another manic Sunday as I headed off on an epic journey to the Echo Exhibition centre in Liverpool for a Regeneration of Liverpool comic con nearly three weeks ago.

When I heard that MCM had dropped Liverpool from its roster, I had hoped someone else might take over. Phil from Mersey Comic Con, the first CC event I went to at Liverpool Uni in 2015, OR Paul who put on the excellent Southport CC, or Dave from MSE, or Loz from Hamfest or Alistair from Chester or Jaime from Wales.

Stepping into the breach at the Exhibition centre was Andy who runs FOR THE LOVE OF SCI-FI weekend at Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Trafford Park, Manchester. FTLOSF was the best CC of 2016. A perfect way to end the year. I got so many pictures and enough clips that ended up in about half a dozen videos, including two episodes of Dr. RRR and the cosplay group shoot. Funtimes.

December 2017 was less fun. I had wanted to go Saturday and then Wales CC Sunday, but Saturday had sold out because William Shatner was there, so went Sunday. It was a bit cramped and overcrowded, it didn’t help there was queues all over, so I took what photos I could and went back for Movie Wonderland at the end of Christmas, which was like a ghost town, but much better for shooting videos!

Anyway, the week before the event I had strained a muscle in my leg and had been limping to work, so Saturday rested it.

I thought it was much better Sunday, but as I walked up the steps there was a massive spasm and it was painful hobbling round. Think I might have overdone it a bit! Even sitting down for lunch (at £10 for fries, 5 pieces of chicken and a 7up) it still ached, so got a few interviews, although the background chatter was still noisy, but then, the upstairs lounge area wasn’t available this time. I hope that changes for next year. The Arena Stage wasn’t used either, might have been because there was a Gymnastics event on, but I hope the stage area might be moved back in there next time.

So, for a first attempt it was really good, shame I couldn’t enjoy it more as my leg was being such a pain, both figuratively and literally!

I think though there should be a Thunderbirds exhibit next time, as Andy and his team did jump in just like International Rescue

Thanks to Christian W, Andy T and Thomas H for the interviews.

Thanks to Delroy, Mark, and all the Cosplayers!

Thanks Paul, Nic, Sheikh and other stallholders/exhibitors

Thanks to the Andy and the Organisers for rescuing it. And Exhibition Centre staff for hosting.

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Also- my favourite moment was being on a Colonial Turbine- the flying bike from Galactica 1980- Thanks Mark, Kev and Phil!

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A TIGLETVERSE PRESENTATION 2018

“THE FORCE IS A BIT ACHEY IN THIS ONE!”

 

WARNING- SERIES 6 SPOILERS AND 7 THEORIES AHEAD!!

 5 things to look forward to in game-of-thrones 7

GoTh is back- but I’ve been way behind in blogposts and videos lately, so there won’t be a dvd review of series 6, or a ’12 jaw-dropping moments’-style write up, though a few might make it into this ramble.

Anyway, Tiglet joined the Night Watch and came up with Five Reasons he’s excited about it as well-

 

5)-

Will The Hound meet Arya Stark again?

He came back in style last season and looks like he’s joining with Thoros and Dondarrion. Now Arya’s avenged the Red Wedding (another jaw-dropper!) So will they meet up again, now she’s working on her To-Kill-list?

 

4)-

Queen Cersei cracking down?

She wiped out The High Sparrow and probably most of his Religious order, but there’s probably a few more scattered about. She’s made so many enemies though, will House Lannister stand alone?

 

3)-

Jon Snow’s true parentage.

Oh my Geeky Goddess- what a twist. Bran knows, but he’s got to get past the Wall and back to Winterfell pronto- will he make it? Probably not something to send by Raven!

 

2)-

Dragons back in Westeros!

It’s become something of a thing for the series to end with a Dragon-shot, but series 6 outdid them all. Daenerys also had so many moments- Walking out of the flames of the Dosh Kaleen, riding Drogon, setting slave fleet on fire and the final scene, leading the Allied Targaryen fleet, Dragon Banners leading the Khalasar to Westeros, her allies alongside. But where will they land? In Dance of Dragons, the Golden Company got scattered all over the Stormlands, but there’s a rumour she’s heading North, but wherever she ends up, get ready for War!

 

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Will the Night King and the Whitewalkers reach the Wall?

There was something in the novels about a Horn that might have the power to break the Wall. Benjen Stark (Coldhands in the books) mentioned there’s spells protecting the Wall, but what if they fail? It’s clear that it’s all crashing together- will Daenerys vision of a Throne room in ruins and covered in snow come true???

So there are a few questions that could get answered in the seventh series, plus a few of my own theories about how it may go.p14160794_b_v8_aa

We’ll just have to watch with baited breath-

Winter has come and The Long Night is falling-

GAME OF THRONES SERIES 7!

 

 

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Darci Farmer on America’s got talent

And that IS the way it’s done!

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Just saw this on FB, had to share- That’s the way puppeteering is done!

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