A House Divided

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No, I’m not talking about the current state of American politics. I’m talking about Star Wars.

I am an…avid lover of Star Wars, this you know. So is my cousin. But when it comes to The Force Awakens we have vastly differing opinions. Mine is one of love and effervescence, his of skepticism and tentative acceptance. My love of the Star Wars Universe is not more fervent or deep or borderline obsessive than his and yet, get us talking about The Force Awakens and Disney canon novels and we seem to be at odds.

He is not alone in his opinion and neither am I. And yet, he and I sat in the same living room when word came down the pipes that there were going to be more Star Wars in our near and extended future. The excitement, the childlike joy in both our eyes was the same. That nerdy, little twinkle lives in both of us. So what gives?

I recently came across a new Twitter friend who was as equally dismayed about The Force Awakens as my cousin, but unlike my cousin, who is very excited about the upcoming Rogue One, this friend was not at all excited about it.

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His Star Wars lives in a glass box. It’s incased in carbonite, in perfect hibernation, not to be touched or tainted by the outside world. Many fan people experience this when their favorite things get rebooted (i.e., Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, JEM, and most recently Ghostbusters.) Just like the mint condition toys that remain in their boxes with no scratches or scruff, so too should the movies remain. In some instances I agree and yet when it comes to Star Wars, I absolutely do not.

Star Wars is not the pristine tale of a perfect world. It doesn’t live high up on a shelf never to be touched by human hands. The Force is messy. The Jedi are flawed. The Dark Side is tempting. The stories of Star Wars are as scratched up as the humans who enjoy them.

Some poor sad soul out there might tell you that even the original trilogy is imperfect. Most fans will openly admit that the prequels are far from perfect. And there are some that call the new age of Star Wars an abomination, nothing more than a ploy by the House of Mouse to sell toys and keep us all tethered to consumerism.

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One could argue that all art, once it becomes popular, wrestles with that very dilemma. Make money and “sell out” or retain “freedom” by appealing only to the cult collective. Star Wars manages to walk the line between mainstream and absolutely nerdvana. No small feat.

Perhaps some of the fanboys and fangirls who aren’t excited about new stories from the Star Wars Universe are afraid. They’re afraid that what they love will be tainted by Muggles who don’t have the deep abiding love of that galaxy far, far away and are only in it for the pop culture references.

To be honest, I do have to bite my tongue when some poor little Muggle girl, who knows nothing, starts misquoting my beloved Star Wars.

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But it also opens the door for me to maybe make a new friend and to be a part of her story, even if it’s just to say “So, you like Star Wars, huh?”

Star Wars is and has always been about bringing people together. It’s a story of family and heroes and darkness and light. It’s all the best things put on a screen. And I count all Star Wars as my top favorite movies because they’re all connected for me. Sure, I have favorites. But the connecting story and the greater world of the Star Wars Universe is what I love. And if I get to see any part of that world, I find myself to be incandescently happy!!

After all, I am, at times, as poorly written as the love scenes in Episode II. I am, at times, as annoying as Jar-Jar Binks in Episode I. I, at times, obtain moments of triumph and victory like in the Throne Room in Episode IV. And I even, at times, experience heart break like with Han’s death in Episode VII.

We are human. And it’s easy for us to pick things apart. It’s easy to read into everything and see the bad and miss the good. I’m saying…be messy with me. You don’t have to love all Star Wars equally. But keep an open mind for what the future of the Star Wars Universe might hold for us. Allow it to play in the mud.

Don’t you think there were fans out there who were not eager for a sequel to Star Wars? People who thought it would suck? People who thought George was just out to capitalize on his success and make more money? Who cares if he was, we got The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi out of the deal. What would have happened if Star Wars had stayed in it’s glass box, high up on a shelf? Perish that thought!

Nerd in the City Book Club is on Goodreads

Before Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out in theaters, I attempted to make my way through the old canon of Expanded Universe materials. But since I only started in January of last year, I didn’t get very far. There is just so much to get through and I am a slow reader. I like to take my time with books and really live in them for a little while.

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So…my mission failed.

But I will not be discouraged by my lack of accomplishment. Instead I will embark on a new endeavor and I want you to come along for the ride. Over on Goodreads, I’ve started a Nerd in the City book club. 1 book a month…totally doable. And we are starting with The Phantom Menace novelization, which is the first canon book according to the Disney Reading Group.

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I know…it’s not original canon. And I know that some of you are still stinging from the pain of the disbanding of it. My very own cousin, Wesley, refuses to read any of the new stuff in solidarity with George Lucas’ vision for the Star Wars Universe.

But, reader…the past is the past. It’s time to move forward. The old canon isn’t going anywhere and if you happen to have about 15 years on your hands in the future, then you should definitely dive right in. I intend to finish that mission one day, when I’m old and gray and have nothing but time.

As for right now, I want to prepare myself for Star Wars: Episode VIII which will be released in December of 2017. If my calculations are correct and barring any unforeseen book releases, if we start reading The Phantom Menace in February, we should be reading The Force Awakens novelization by November 2017 which is complete perfection. What a great way to immerse in the SWU while we suffer the pain of waiting for the next movie. (Pain may be a bit strong.)

Anyways…the invitation is open. The virtual cookies have been baked and my virtual living room is very comfortable. So I hope you bring a friend!

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Star Wars Re-watch (Episode II)

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I have to admit that I thought this movie would remain more favorable in my opinion than it has. I found myself rolling my eyes far more often than ever before. Needless to say, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones doesn’t exactly stand the test of time.

Regardless of that, it’s still a Star Wars movie. And that’s all I ever need to know. If you missed my notes from re-watching Episode I you can CLICK HERE.

If you are doing a big re-watch before Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens comes out (in just 10 days, by the way) make sure to comment below. I’d love to know!

-Naboo starships! So sleek. Very different from the trusty ole Millennium Falcon.

-Poor Corde. One of the Natalie Portman look a likes who didn’t go on to have great careers.

-Luminara Unduly and Barriss Offee! Love them. Wish we could have had a lot more of them. Let’s give those lady Jedi some real parts!

-Enter CGI Yoda. He’s way cuter than Ep. I’s puppet Yoda. I think it’s in the nose. But still. Why not be consistent?

-Natalie is an excellent actress, so it’s a bit disappointing to see the rigid way she handles some of the scenes.

-Anyone sort of ship Padme with Obi-Wan?

-I don’t care what anyone says… Hayden Christensen=Hubba Hubba!

-Enter the mullet. Sexiest mullet in the galaxy!

-Here’s where George appeases rabid fans and relegates Jar-Jar to the sidelines!

-“You’ll always be that little boy I knew on Tatooine.” BURN!!
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-“And you will learn your place, young one.” Burn again. Ani is getting burned left and right. No wonder he turns to the Dark Side.

-Hey it’s Zam! I always like her.

-Corsuscant is a crazy planet. And visually stunning.

-Forced celibacy on 19 year olds? Bad idea, Jedi.

-This is definitely my least favorite of the franchise, but back in ’02…I loved this movie.

-Easter Egg – the Millennium Falcon just flew by in the air traffic.

-Obi-Wan gets the dumbest one liners in this movie. Making the best character in the prequels harder to take in.

-Unrequited shipper: Zam Wessel and Jango Fett. She coulda raised Boba with him and they could have been a happy little bounty hunting family.

-Anakin losing his lightsaber over and over again either makes him really stupid or is just a whole mess of foreshadowing to him losing his arm. Either way…it’s dumb.

-Jedi  can’t have sex, but they can drink?

-The Jedi Temple is hella cool looking!

-Mace Windu is the most disappointing one. Did George jam a stick up Sam Jackson’s ass? I imagine Mace being so much cooler when i read him in the expanded universe. And with Sam Jackson is so cool. So it should have worked. Not sure what happened there!

-Warning Anakin! Stop listening to Palpatine right now! Listen to Obi!

-Why is Yoda in that floating chair? Why don’t they all get floating chairs?

-I like Padme’s Minnie Mouse looking buns when she’s packing for Naboo.

-Unrequited shipper: Dorme and Captain Panaka.

-Padme flirts with him right after asking him not to look at her that way. Sending some mixed signals there, Padme!

-Anakin gets the pauper poncho and Padme is dressed in regal refugee robes. This doesn’t look suspicious at all!

-I really like Dex. Plumber’s crack and all.

-“I should think you Jedi have more respect for the difference between knowledge and wisdom.”

-Does lace make her seem less conspicuous?

-Younglings!!! I love younglings.

-“Lost a plane, Master Obi-Wan has.”

-Must go to Spain and stand on Naboo!

-Queen Jamilla’s costumes are far less impressive than Amidala’s were. What gives?

-“The day we stop believing democracy can work is the day we lose it.”       Well….

-Kamino is a planet I would never want to live on.

-Kaminoans look like giant walking Q-tips. They feel way too sleek for the Star Wars Universe.

-I love Padme’s Naboo sunset dress. This scene is stupid, but the dress is pretty. And her seashell hair is cool.

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-Oh yeah…she really seems to be fighting Anakin off!

-The Clone Wars series really does such an amazing job at giving the clones their individuality. Adds another layer to the whole thing.

-I also like her yellow field dress with the croquet Leia buns. Another stupid love scene. But gorgeous costuming.

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-I lived for these costumes! Somewhere is a notebook full of my own ideas for Padme’s wardrobe.

-“How would you have it work?” -Padme                                                        “Evil dictatorship…that’s what I’m into!” -Anakin

-As stupid as this field scene is, Portman actually has personality in it, which is saying something.

-Coulda done without the large tick cows. (as my dad calls them.)

-Padme’s all… hey let’s roll around in the grass together. All sexy like. Cause that will definitely discourage your crush on me.

-Padme’s S+M dress on Naboo was designed by none other than George Lucas himself. Another example of Padme really trying to discourage Anakin!

-How long were they awkwardly staring at each other on that couch before the scene began?

-THIS SCENE IS THE WORST!!!! THE ABSOLUTE WORST THING EVER!

 

-You think they’d have covered ship docks on Kamino. Given that it’s a planet of oceans and it probably rains constantly. Think it through people.

-No on uses contractions in the prequels. Is that supposed to make them seem more serious? It’s dumb.

-Yep. Naboo is gorgeous!!

-Padme is sending some seriously mixed signals. First she’s dressing like a dominatrix, now she’s in her silky nightgown and robe. Come on now!

-Natalie Portman looks like she was slapped in the face before even scene in this movie.

-Back to Tatooine. For a planet that is furthest from the center of the universe, a whole lot goes on there!

-I love Padme’s blue Tatooine outfit.

-Seizmic charges make the dumbest noise.

-“Fiyah!” – Boba Fett

-John Williams’ score to the rescue.

-Owen and Beru!

-Ah, the old homestead where all the blue milk is served.

-Welcome back to my ears, Duel of the Fates.

-Don’t do it, Anakin. Don’t lose your patience. Don’t give in to your hate!!

-Stupid Nute Gunray. Someone kill him already.

-Techno Union Army is lame and glitchy.

-Fiercest Sith Lord of all time’s nickname is Ani. Still can’t get over that one.

-Shmi lasted all that time only to give up once she’s been saved by her son.

-You could’ve prevented this, Shmi. You could have lived.

-Geonosians are creepy, oversized termites. Add Geonosis to the “never gonna live there” list.

-I like Padme’s white battle outfit. But she didn’t really know she was gonna be going to battle.

-I like when Padme gets sassy with Anakin and is all “If you plan to protect me, you’ll just have to come along.”

-Why does Anthony Daniels do a higher pitched voice for C3PO in this

-And now George makes more reparations to the fans by having Jar-Jar be responsible for giving Palpatine the emergency power.

-Christopher Lee is amazing, but he really gets underused in this.

-I could never imagine Qui-Gonn on the Jedi Counsel. He’s way too rogue for that.

-Hey! George Lucas is on the Senate. That sounds about right.

-Too much politics.

-The assembly line scene – after seeing behind the scene into the green room, it takes the magic out of this scene. Scratch that. This scene itself takes the magic out.

-This is a gross misuse of C3Po!!

-And R2 can fly? Why? Seems a little convenient. Seeing as after Ep III he never does it again.

-The 3PO battle droid gag is unforgivable!

-There goes Anakin, losing another lightsaber and further foreshadowing the loss of his arm later.

-“Pst…boyfriend…I love you!” -Padme                                                             “You love me?” -Anakin (I know! It is a shock after all her belly aching about not going through with feelings and junk!)

-Here comes another love scene. And guess what it’s stupid too!

-Now we get to a good part. Battle. I like Battle. Someone start the Battle already!

-Oh yep…this is a stupid battle. With stupid mashed up creatures.      Rhinoceratops vs Anakin                                                                                   Praying Mantis Crabraptor vs Obi-Wan                                                        Ratcatupine vs Padme

-I love how Padme is all “Forget this, boy. I’m gonna climb this poll and handle this on my own!” Get it girl!!

-“Hey boyfriend! Wanna give me a ride on your Rhinoceratops!!”

-Roll out the Droidekas!

-The battle droid head on 3PO’s body is funnier than 3Po’s head on a battle droid’s body!

-George allowed NSYNC to film a scene for this movie for his daughter. So…there’s that!

-Aayala Secura and Kit Fisto are two of my favorite B-roll Jedi.

-Kit just looks so happy to be alive after he force pushes that droid.

-Enter the Clones.

-Here starts Boba’s track down a dark path. I guess watching your father beheaded by a Jedi will do it.

-Geonosis is like Tatooine if Tatooine was infested with giant termite things.

-“Around the Jedi, a perimeter create.” Wow! They are really trying to push Yoda’s backwards speech in this thing.

-Yoda,  you big faker with that cane!

-Hey…that looks like the Death Star! Hey…does anyone see that Count Dooku has a Death Star? Where’s a Bothan when you need one?

-I do have to admit. The music is really the only thing that grounds this movie into the Star Wars Universe and makes it feel like part of the galaxy we know and love. Otherwise…not much else does.

-I think the older I get, the less I can blindly accept the glaringly obvious faults of Attack of the Clones. I remember loving it so much. But again, it just does’t stand the test of time.

-Dooku’s lightsaber is cool.

-Padme has an A-game Baywatch run!

-Force lightning is so cool and is a big draw that the Dark Side has over the light.

-I remember every single person in the theater completely losing their shit when Yoda starts to fight Dooku like a crazy, spinning top.

-Yoda’s battle with Dooku is arguably the best part of this movie. Though Christopher Lee’s stunt double is way too spry to be believable!

-Yoda is a BEAST!!

-“Try not. Do or do not.” Indeed!

-Are the sails really necessary in space? All that space wind.

-Yoda just picks up his cane like a BAMF!

-“Where is your apprentice?” -Mace                                                                              “On his way to Naboo with Senator Amidala….to like…get married!” -Obi       “What? And no invitation? Rude!” -Mace                                                             (or at least I’m sure that’s what he was thinking!)

-“Begun the Clone War has.”

-Imperial Star Destroyers make it real!!

-I really love the decision to cast Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa.

-Across the Universe is a beautiful suite, but flanked by Duel of the Fates and Battle of Heroes, it really isn’t as good. Just like this movie itself.

-All in all. This is my least favorite movie in the entire franchise. And time just makes it worse.

-But it’s Star Wars and I love Star Wars. So there!

 

 

 

Sci-Fi Debate Club

If you’ve seen this week’s episode of my web series, then you know about my Sci-Fi Debate Club. If you missed it, take a look…

We didn’t plan it. We didn’t mean for it to happen. But when two of more nerds are gathered together, nerdy…geeky…dorky debates are bound to ensue! And yes… they can get rather heated at times. We nerds are passionate about our fandoms (to say the least.) But I think we can all agree that we are united in the way we love. We love with intensity. We love with all we have.

Here are some of the hottest debates (not all are science fiction related) in the nerd community…

#1 -Star Wars vs. Star Trek

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Do you prefer a galaxy far, far away full of rebels and stormtroopers, blasters and lightsabers, the Dark side and the Light side. Or do you tend to lean towards the order of Starfleet. The uniforms, the space exploration, the strange new worlds and civilizations? Personally, I don’t like to choose. I grew up with both of them in my life from a very young age and have never known a time when there wasn’t something to look forward to in the world of one or both of them. That being said, Star Wars does hold an extra special place in my heart. I cried when I saw the newest trailer for The Force Awakens and none of the Star Trek’s have elicited quite that response. But I do love both world greatly.

#2 – Would sex with Superman kill Lois Lane?

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Gotta admit that I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about this one. But I sorta think they’d find a way to make it work. Love will conquer all… even super powered nether regions.

#3 – Who’s the best Doctor?

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This is a case of…why choose? Although, if I really did have to pick between all of Doctors that have ever been, I’d definitely choose the tenth Doctor, played by the incomparable David Tennant. (I guess I chose after all!)

#4 – Mac vs. PC or Android

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This is more of a geeky tech debate. But it’s one that is had often and can get heated. Mac people are loyal and unswayed in their devotion to the apple. I used to be unflinchingly Mac oriented. And when it comes to computers, my loyalty stands. Now when it comes to phones…different story. 4 years ago when I finally upgraded to a smart phone, I was ready to take my place in the iPhone community, but alas, T-mobile did not carry iPhones at the time and that is the service my family uses. So I was forced to join the world of Samsung instead… and I’ve never looked back.

#5 – Bale vs. Keaton

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What this boils down to is more of a best-Batman-ever-debate. Contenders: Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Kevin Conroy, Christian Bale & Ben Affleck (I guess we still have to wait and see about that last one.) I’m firmly in the Kevin Conroy camp. For those of you not in the know, Conroy voiced Batman on the beloved Batman: The Animated Series from the 90’s. The same series that hosted Mark Hamill’s icon voicing of the Joker (another popular debate among nerds: Best Joker ever.) Keaton comes in as a solid second for me (Batman Returns is one of my faves…I love Pfeiffer’s Catwoman!)

#6 – Marvel vs. DC

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This is an issue where I really don’t want to take a stand. I could argue passionately for both. Though Marvel’s immersive world is just so unique and impressive right now. I grew up on the Batman and Superman animated series. And Superman has long been my favorite superhero of all time. Now as for favorite superhero team, I love The Avengers and I also really love X-Men. But my favorite villain is Harley Quinn. My imaginary superhero boyfriend is Captain America. But my imaginary best friend is Catwoman. See… I’m all over the place. I dip my toe in both pools and I just don’t wanna choose…so I won’t!

#7 – Game of Thrones vs. Lord of the Rings

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This is a no brainer for me. One is a pop culture phenomenon. The show that brought dragons to the mainstream audience. That’s an amazing feat, to be sure. But the other is a piece of classic literature. A set of beloved stories that a parent can pass down to their children. An epic tale of hope and fellowship. An author who inspired the other so much that he went and added R’s in his name for that very reason. Any other argument is made invalid by that fact alone. (mic dropped…Liz out!)

#8 – Pirates vs. Ninjas

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Ok… we have to talk first about where and why and in what time period are these pirates fighting the ninjas. Are they allowed to bring their pistols to the sword fight?  Cause pirates fight dirty, while ninjas are all about tradition. Though my coworker just brought up a good point…the pirates would probably be inebriated for the fight. So there’s that.

#9 – Captain Kirk vs. Captain Picard

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There is a greater debate along these lines, who’s the best Starfleet Captain of all? Are you a Kirk fan? A Picard follower? Is it Captain Sisko that really gets you? Perhaps Janeway is the lady captain for you? Or maybe….nope that’s it! (Sorry Scott Bakula… I love you, but Enterprise doesn’t count.) Personally I’m a Captain Picard girl. I was a child of the 80’s and a preteen of the 90’s. And my parents l-l-loved Star Trek: The Next Generation. We used to watch it together all the time. So there’s a great deal of nostalgia and warm fuzzies attached to Jean-Luc. And while I really enjoy all the other Star Trek series as well and think they have stellar captains at the helm, it’s Picard for me!

#10 – Did Han shoot first?

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This one is less a debate and more of a sore spot for hardcore fans of Star Wars. See… here’s the story. Star Wars was released in 1977. Beautiful, iconic, practically perfect in every way! 20 years later, George Lucas remastered his masterpiece to include some new things. Including, but not limited to, the scene between Greedo and Han Solo in the Mos Eisley cantina. In the original, untainted version of Star Wars, Han shoots Greedo, killing him and thus ending their conversation. This gave Han a cold-blooded killer persona. One that the Maker did not intend for Han. So when the remastered editions came out, George took the chance to set the record straight and added CGI footage of Greedo shooting first, missing and then Han shooting and killing him afterwards. Fans were unhappy, to say the least (the very least.) In actuality, fans were pissed!! 20 years of believing something about their beloved hero only to have it changed? This isn’t the only thing about the remastered versions that would upset the fans. But George Lucas maintains that Greedo shot first, while fans insist the opposite. Han Solo himself (Harrison Ford) was asked about this nerd debate in a 2014 Reddit conversation. His response…”I don’t know and I don’t care.”

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At the end of the day, we all love and love hard. So what are your thoughts on these very important and pressing issues in the world of nerdy things? Let me know in the comments below!! Even if we disagree, I still love to hear about it!

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Star Wars Episode VII: 1 Year To Go

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Today marks one year until Star Wars Episode VII hits the theaters. And if you’re a Star Wars nerd like me, then you have been waiting with baited breath for each and every scrap of news that’s come out. But we have to beware, everyone. There’s a lot of false prophecy out there that you must ignore. So to clear things up, here’s what we know to be true.

THE DIRECTOR

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A little over 2 years ago when the news first broke that Disney had purchased the Star Wars Empire and that three new movies were slated to join the epic saga, the first thing on everyone’s mind was who’s going to direct it? With George Lucas stepping away, we knew that The Maker wasn’t going to be in charge. And to all of us who lovingly endured the more painful moments of the prequels (there are plenty of redeeming qualities) we all knew this could be a really good thing.

Once that was established, the hunt was officially on. And the amazing thing to think about is how most of today’s directors have been directly influenced by Star Wars. For a while, everyone from Joss Whedon (Avengers) to Jon Favreau (Iron Man) to JJ Abrams (Star Trek) was being considered to take the helm. As we all now know, in the end it would be JJ, who got hired to direct. JJ’s a big fan of the Star Wars movies.  So we know that the Universe we know and love is in the hands of someone who knows and loves it as well.

THE CAST

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After the director was hired, the next thought on people’s minds was “Who’s gonna be in it?” We all hoped and dreamed that the original trio would jump back into costume, but the years had passed and who knows if that was where the “powers that be” saw the story going. There’s was so much expanded universe (before the de-canonization) to work with. What direction would they go? But then came the news that they were back in the cockpit along with other classic favorites. And a list of new players that were seemingly perfect for this movie!! The cast list stands as follows according to IMDB:

-Mark Hamill

-Carrie Fisher

-Harrison Ford

-Domhnall Gleeson

-Andy Serkis

-Gwendoline Christie

-Adam Driver

-Oscar Isaac

-Lupita Nyong’o

-Warwick Davis

-Peter Mayhew

-Max von Sidow

-Kenny Baker

-Anthony Daniels

-John Boyega

-Maisie Richardson-Sellers

-Daisy Ridley

-Pip Andersen

-Dixie Arnold

-Crystal Clarke

This list looks especially good with so many female names upon it. There are officially 6 women cast in Episode VII which is a vast improvement on the 3 that were cast in the entire original trilogy!! And that’s including useless Aunt Beru… come on!! When the casting announcement first came out there were less women on the list and this sparked a national conversation about women in film as well as the online community known as the Legion of Leia helmed by Jenna Busch. Perhaps they were always going to cast more women, or perhaps they sensed that their offering just wouldn’t appease the countless female fans of the Star Wars universe. As it stands, there could always be more women in the Star Wars Universe, but this isn’t a discouraging list by any means. And who knows who may join in future additions to the saga. Methinks Disney knows the power of the female. And if they don’t they need only to head over to Legion of Leia to see how much we ladies truly love anything and everything SW!!!

THE TITLE

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Next up.. what will it be called? There were mixed reactions to the names when it was released. But personally I think it’s a great title and can’t wait for The Force Awakens. And when you see it lined up with the existing film titles then it makes it sound even better!!! Take a look:

The Phantom Menace

Attack of the Clones

Revenge of the Sith

A New Hope

The Empire Strikes Back

Return of the Jedi

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I think it sounds pretty cool when mixed in with the other titles. What do you think?

THE PLOT

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We actually don’t have much information beyond what we’ve seen in the trailer and mere speculation about what the plot of the film is. Right now the description on IMDB reads:

“A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi(1983).”

But false spoilers have been released almost weekly at this point with tid-bits of potential plot information. And while any hard core Star Wars fan knows the stories of Jaina, Jacen, Anakin and Ben, descendants of Han and Leia and Luke and Mara Jade, the council of Star Wars big wigs at Lucasfilm and Disney decided that the best course of action regarding the expanded universe would be to start fresh, thus giving themselves complete control over the stories released. And so everything that already existed in the EU would be relegated to Star Wars Legends and Disney would be able to keep the reins tight.

This was obviously disappointing news to avid Star Wars EU readers who greatly enjoyed the tales told by authors like Alan Dean Forester (who wrote the very first EU novel, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye), Timothy Zahn (Thrawn trilogy), L. Neil Smith (The Lando Calrissian Adventures), Michael A. Stackpole (X-Wing series) and many more. But at the end of the day, Disney has shown that it knows it’s properties well and if their handling of Marvel is any indication, they know exactly what to do with them. So this reader remains hopeful that whatever comes out of the Disney juggernaut will not only be faithful to the Star Wars we know and love, but it will also be exciting and action packed.

THE MUSIC

John Williams is doing the music!! And this isn’t so much news as it is confirmation of awesomeness. When a Star Wars movie gets made, it better have Williams on board or else it just wouldn’t be right. So when it was announced that he would be returning to create the score for the new film, Star Wars fans, the world over, drew a sign of anticipated relief.

THE TRAILER

If you still haven’t seen the trailer for the new movie then I can only assume that you have just crawled out from an underground bomb shelter built in the 50’s and have emerged into our culture with no knowledge of what’s going on in our world. That’s simply the only explanation I can think of that makes any sense. But if it’s true and you haven’t make sure to catch it now…

With an entire year to go until this movie comes out, it’s going to be a long, hard wait. But Nerd in the City will continue to bring you monthly updates with only confirmed news until we get a little closer to the big day.

If I had to choose one thing to be nerdy for in the entire world, it’d be Star Wars. It was the first thing I ever geeked out about. So you can rest assured, gentle reader, that if you love Star Wars as much as I do that you are in exactly the right place!!!

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