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ANOTHER CHANCE FOR STAR WARS?

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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
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500TH VIDEO!

So, I’ve finally made 500 videos, well, I’ve got the footage for a few more, so it’s mainly been catching up on editing the last couple of weeks, it’s a bit later than expected.

 So, I ended up realising one of the best things I have filmed was the Sunset from West Kirby Marine Lake the day after the Longest day in June. Shows how much I fell behind in editing that it’s taken me this long to sort it out, but I did it!

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751st Post- 8th Bloggerversary

8th Bloggerversary

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It’s on time this year! A day early even!

Another summer has nearly passed and things have not been done and it seems to take FOREVER to get stuff updated. I am finally catching up on pictures for Tigletverse Facebook page, videos updated- no chance! Short stories have been blahhh! But I have made progress in the war against the back garden!

In amidst the entire editing/tidying/sorting/recycling/cleaning etc I have started Infinite Whoniverses series five, nearly halfway through and I’m already planning ahead for the 55th Anniversary, great stuff, but I can’t be the only one thinking of the 55th Anniversary surely?

I’ve been wanting to do something different for a while- I’m always doing hiking/nature photos and videos, so I did the Scarecrow trail for school and been to several Art places and doing Architecture pictures as well as a Horror festival that was literally comatose and an Anime/comics day at Manchester Library, which was good. It made me start the Bee Trail, only 14 out of 100, so might have another go at that sometime.

Looking at the weather forecast, today would have been the best day for a walk, warmer than the rest of the week, with plenty of rain to not look forward too. Guess the garden’s gonna grow back with a stuffing vengeance then- great-not!

Another thing I have tried to do is more pitching/submitting CV’s/ideas and projects to TV broadcasters and producers. I’d have better luck removing my teeth with pliers, just as much fun. I guess I have to admit that maybe, just maybe I am stuck in a bit of a rut, creatively/life and work. But instead of feeling sorry for myself, am still looking for that ever-elusive silver lining, a way forward, some endeavour that might shine a little light on ahead. Oh yay, It’s another Philosophical ramble boys and girls. Might just have to go for a walk, even if it rains, or do the garden, or finish a story or pitch a script. Slay some internal or metaphysical Dragons!

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Hi ho, let’s get to it then- Happy 8th Bloggerversary, whatever I end up doing!!

 

 

A Summer full of shorts (stories that is!)

imagesCA8CH531It’s that time again when I get the usual bunch of short stories sent off to be rejected. Most were submitted in May, but a few done today takes the tally to nine, the most out at one time, I think. Okay, there’s four already ‘out there’, both A Riot in the Library and Inquisition were relegated to being online by the University of Liverpool while Incineration Day was included in Epic Anthology and the Case of the Missing Mince Pies in the Chester Writers Anthology last year. None of them I was paid for, by the way, so I’m still fishing for that elusive, slippery First Commission, wriggling like a fish, if you get the imagery.

 

So what’s out? Well, The Last Christmas of Planet Earth is with Analog, Time of the Centuroids with Galaxy’s Edge, The Bestiarium, revised three times and probably-most-rejected-story-ever is with 3LBE, Terror of the Centuroids, eight years old this August, is with The Masters Review New Voices, Making the First Move and By the Lights of the Silvery Moons are both with Hearts Kiss. Today I have sent The Band of Firebrothers to Third Flatiron, The Beckoning Call to Apex and SID The RoboDetective to Asimov’s.

 

Writing is like slogging through treacle, a tough hike that makes you wonder why you bother, although with my hikes I always manage to find something unexpected and occasionally even spectacular. Red Rocks up at Hoylake was awesome last weekend, and I’m looking at going back to film an episode of Infinite Whoniverses at some point. Another example would be the spot I found on the Sandstone Trail last year and the silence was incredible. It’s these little gems that make it worthwhile. With story writing, the thrill is the same, when you find that moment that just gives you a cosmological whammy and it’s something you’ve written. Amazeballs!

 

Anyway, after writing that I think I’ll head off to the Coast again, because it’s gonna be another glorious day and because life’s a Beach!

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Ian’s Travelblogs no more- Beyond 6th anniversary

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I’ve been reading a bunch of old blogposts from 2011/2012. I did a lot of hiking back then, also writing up where I went to as well. That was before the video blogging, or Vlogging on Youtube.

I’ve never got the time these days, nor an organising principle to get myself, err, organised!

So, I merged both Tiglet’s Travels and ITA in 2016, creating Tigletverse Travel and Photography, with one Facebook page (please Like!) and not much up on Pinterest. BUT NOW ON FLICKR! With Wild Walks on the Welshside kicking off 2018- so far I have been to Wepre Park (twice), Flint Castle, Loggerheads, Llwyni ponds, Bailey Hill in Mold, Caergwrle Castle, Southport and a walk to Another Place for an Awesome sunset, Chester in the Snow and round St. George’s Hall for my Birthday and finally going round Spike Island in the fog one Monday morning, and that was all before Easter!

I have also been along the Bridgewater Canal- Preston Brook section, Etna Park with a bit of the Buckley Heritage Trail, Pex Hill and Blundell’s Hill after a job interview (which I didn’t get!) Liverpool Lightnight, including the performance by Bring the Fire Project. I also saw the Museum of the Moon, which is an artwork based on NASA photographs and seems to be on tour in several places at the same time. I have also taken a few pics of the real thing, along with Sun pictures, including New Brighton and West Kirby Marine Lake.

Event-wise, Wales Comic con was awesome, been to Liverpool museum and an amble round Chester on the Upton Scarecrow Trail.

I have been attempting to catch up on a mass of editing, of both photos but mainly videos, so hopefully will have caught up with those by the end of June, which will bring me to 500 videos, though the next episode of Dr. RRR’s Guide to the Whoniverses is going to be more complex than the Morbius one, so WHO knows when that’ll be completed!

So that’s it, that’s the big update for Spring and the Summer-so-far on the Hiking/Event front.

STAY GROOVY AND SMOOTHIE!

 

 

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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NEXT TIME- TIMEQUAKE!

A TIGLETVERSE PRESENTATION 2018

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

 

INFINITE WHONIVERSES – series 5 prelude 4

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THE TIMEDALEK INVASION OF LIVERPOOL PART TWO- AFTERMATH!

15th Neo doctor – THE TIMEDALEK INVASION OF LIVERPOOL PART 2- AFTERMATH

 

Over the last year or so, I’ve been working on ideas for IW and ending the series. August 2016 I wrapped up series4 killing off the 14th NeoDoctor and him regenerating into a Female Incarnation. I had a few ideas for a successor, primarily a shoot on Geek Girls featuring Moira Lafae as the Fourth Doctor. It should have been easy, but I had to get the follow-up written, which has taken a little bit longer than planned, (yeah, a year in fact!) I had planned last March, then the summer, then winter 2017, but adding and changing things meant it kept getting pushed back. Then I had to get permission off the photographers, which took a bit longer, as there were three credited, but one I couldn’t figure out. In the end it just made sense for me to find someone I had photographed and get them on board the STARDIS!

Enter Annie, who I met at MCM Liverpool a year ago

The Burning Skies Cosplay group is a bunch of Doctor Who cosplayers on Facebook, from all over the world, but based mainly in the UK. I’ve been to a couple of their shoots, which have been such fun. So, once Annie had agreed, I had to crop the photos and then sort out the covers- and voila!  The 15th Neodoctor is here at last!

Now I’ve got to figure out what to do for the multiple/multiversal Doctor mashup for the finale of Series 5, oh what joy!

In the meantime- here it is at last- THE TIMEDALEK INVASION OF LIVERPOOL PART TWO- AFTERMATH!

Happy reading!

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