Star Wars

Baby Yoda Plush

by Alan Rapp on January 13, 2020

in Toys & Collectibles

Baby Yoda 11in. Plush

Fans of The Mandalorian can pre-order this 11in. plush of The Child for the low, low price of $25.

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The Mandalorian – Sanctuary

by Alan Rapp on January 8, 2020

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Mandalorian – Sanctuary (Chapter 4)
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The Mandalorian - Sanctuary television review

In one of the weaker episodes of The Mandalorian‘s First Season, and oddly enough the only one that got its own LEGO set, the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child attempt to hide out on Sorgan from those hunting them after breaking his contract with the Imperials and rescuing the 50 year-old infant from their secret laboratory. “Sanctuary” features a truncated Seven Samurai plot of the Mandalorian and his new pal former Rebel Alliance Shock trooper Cara Dune (Gina Carano) take too little money to protect an isolated village from bandits with an AT-ST. The army the pair put together is laughable, but the fight sequence at the end still works well enough.

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Star Wars #1

by Alan Rapp on January 8, 2020

in Comics

Star Wars #1 comic reviewMarvel Comics launches a new Star Wars title with Star Wars #1 set immediately after the events of The Empire Strikes Back and the Millennium Falcon‘s escape from Cloud City on Bespin. Much of the issue focuses on the internal struggle with Luke Skywalker following his defeat at the hands of Darth Vader and the realization that the Vader is his father. The comic breaks with tradition a bit here by hinting at Luke embracing some darker aspects at the Force (perhaps unintentionally… or at least not fully aware of what he was doing).

Star Wars #1 does delivering some back-and-forth between Leia and Lando, offering us a look at the process of Lando earning back some trust from those he betrayed in Cloud City. We also see the Empire doing quite a bit of damage to the rag-tag Rebel fleet which survives thanks to a little help by one who is not yet a Jedi.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

by Alan Rapp on December 23, 2019

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker movie reviewWith The Rise of Skywalker J.J. Abrams returns to close-out the sequel trilogy which began with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Not content to end just this series, Abrams intends the film to work as the climax to all nine of the Star Wars films featuring mentions, Easter Eggs, and callbacks from every film (and even some of the various animated TV series). The shift also forces a change in the tone of the arc of the series as Rian Johnson‘s look to the future is replaced with a story tied very much to the past.

One of the complaints some had to The Last Jedi was the film wasn’t fan friendly enough. The Rise of Skywalker goes a bit overboard in attempting fix a problem which in my opinion didn’t exist in the first place. The result is a final entry to the franchise that feels like an attempt to placate more vocal fans by asking less of them the final time around and offering up a heaping of nostalgia and fan service instead. It’s more Return of the Jedi than Star Wars. On an emotional level, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker works. It’s a cathartic farewell to these characters. Story wise, however, it’s the weakest of the three sequel films.

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The Mandalorian – Chapter 1

by Alan Rapp on December 22, 2019

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Mandalorian – Chapter 1
  • wiki: link

The Mandalorian - Chapter 1 TV review

The first episode of the Disney+ series introduces us to a nameless Mandalorian bounty hunter (Pedro Pascal) first through a rather routine bounty and second through a new job off-the-books that raises several red flags for our protagonist but whose payout cannot be ignored. Series creator Jon Favreau, who also wrote the first episode aims for a tone reminiscent of the Mos Eisley Cantina found in the original Star Wars. The early bar fight to open the episode and the later attack on a heavily-armed compound both show off the character’s skill-set, while the final scene of the episode offers a glimpse into the character’s emotional state.

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