Star Wars 2021 Themed Hotel at Disneyworld May Be A Force To Reckon With

No matter what you thought about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, this Disneyworld Star Wars themed hotel called the looks like a ton of fun.

Fans will begin their assent into space by entering the terminal, before being sent into space via a launch pod.

Disney’s new ‘Star Wars’ hotel will begin taking reservations later this year | CNN Travel

Bet our grandchildren would dig hanging out in this galaxy. I mentioned it to my wife and she was like, “um, no” but hey, I think it looks cool. Probably it is cost prohibitive for families, I didn’t dig too deep into it to know for sure. Anybody seen projected pricing on this?

More research needed.

Meanwhile, I’m having The Mandalorian withdrawals. Got to wait for another season, but haven’t really been back to Disney+ since the first season concluded.

No, George Lucas is not coming back to Star Wars

Hearing a few rumors that George Lucas might be back in some capacity? I’m not buying it. He’s been pretty consistently retired from Star Wars since the sale to Disney. Sure, he’ll drop by the set or offer some creative office time to espouse some of his creator wisdom, they’ll bow to him and/or pat him on the head, and then do whatever the heck they want. I’m not even sure George Lucas back doing anything except if he is behind the director’s chair, is newsworthy. That isn’t meant as disrespectful, he’ll always be credited for his genius creation, but it’s in different creative hands now. Star Wars fans need to accept that and move on from Lucas.

Unless he says he’s written a new script and is directing a new Star Wars movie. Then somebody can pinch me and we’ll talk about it.

There is a reason I try not to give too much bandwidth to rumors, because they are worth clicks and quick eyeball traffic, but it’s generally wiser to just focus on what we know, not what we don’t.

15+ more Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker Reviews – Disney Placates George Lucas + Boyega Under Fire

Why are we still talking about Star Wars?

Because The Mandalorian just closed out on a high note the first season, and Episode IX is still turning and burning in the theaters, ringing cash registers for the gigantic D.

As much as I’d like to move onto many other films, the movie blogs I’m following are still posting reviews and talking Star Wars. They are drawing me back in.

So, who buys this rumor from an inside source that says Disney’s Lucasfilm wants George Lucas back?

the studio want him back, but want him to work in a more official capacity and more “on the record” this time around. It’s likely this new role will give Lucas significant creative control over the direction of the newer Star Wars films that he oversees, unlike his work on Rise of Skywalker, which Lucas allegedly did as a favor to director J. J. Abrams.

Lucasfilm Reportedly Wants George Lucas To Return And Oversee Star Wars

The headline is a bit misleading — imagine the clickbait. It actually is believable that they would give George Lucas some sort of pat on the head consultant role, but it’s obvious by their actions they have no interest in paying attention to any of his creative ideas unless he steps back up and gets in the director chair.

Which, if you watch this video with Mark Hamill’s award ceremony, he’s blatantly dismissive about ever coming back: “No, I’m out of the game.”

At the end of this speech you can fast forward to 2:50 and see Lucas reaction to making more movies

Our favorite stormtrooper renegade, John Boyega, is in a wee bit of a dustup over joking around on social media. Come on, Finn, you know you can’t make any sexual jokes about co-stars characters. This is DISNEY Star Wars, man, the house that Mickey built. Keep those pipe laying comments in the trench for Wedge to navigate and shoot down the Death Star target.

Sorry, I laughed. I’m not really much of a Star Wars fan any more. Haven’t been for years. I did enjoy The Mandalorian and am eager for season two, but theater-wise it’s just been a run of too many so-so to bad movies for me to get all that excited about the feature films any more.

People, we had George Lucas make three more Star Wars films not that long ago. Two of the three were awful. I don’t think Lucas, as great as he was when all cylinders were firing and he wanted to make great movies, has any heart left for it any more. I mean that with all due respect. He’s rich and retired, and wants to stay that way.

If I were him, I’d have no interest in any sort of complimentary consulting role at Lucasfilms. That’s sounds like a good excuse to use his name for promotional purposes. He’s much smarter than that.

Now, we just have to hope younger people will take the torch and make more stories like The Mandalorian.

More Reviews by Others

Just putting the newest reviews I’ve read here, rather than separating by recommended and not recommended.

  1. And in this Corner: “The movie is not as bad as critics have made it out to be. It is certainly not good, but it is also not the worst “Star Wars” movie”
  2. Anthony Herring / Byte: “…when the film works, it truly excels, but when it doesn’t work, it really, really does not.”
  3. Cinema Perspective: “…a rescue mission gone terribly wrong.”
  4. Cole Mushel / The C Word: “I’m going to say that I like this movie, I don’t love it, I don’t even think it’s that great, but I like it. I think I mostly like it because at the end of the day it’s a Star Wars.”
  5. Emerald / My Turn To Talk: “I found the ending neither hopeful nor satisfying, but the stuff that came before it was enjoyable enough.”
  6. Ginger Movie Reviews: “To be the final movie in the Star Wars story, it was held to a very high standard. It did not disappoint me.”
  7. Maria Copeland: “…wasn’t a brilliant film, but it succeeded where it most mattered..”
  8. mrushing02: “To my utter surprise, I liked it, from start to finish. It did something I never expected it to be able to, it not only made me like The Force Awakens more, it actually utilized plot elements from The Last Jedi in a way that almost redeemed them in my eyes. It also found a way to bring the Skywalker Saga to a satisfactory close for me.”
  9. Patrick Why / The Ebert Test: “…does leave a bit of a bad taste due to its almost algorithmic hitting of beats, tying up of loose ends and resolving of call-backs.”
  10. Plenty of Popcorn: “…is definitely worth watching with a friend or two who can interject with outlandish, inappropriately-timed fan theories.”
  11. Riley’s Ramblings: “Actually most things, it wasn’t a bad movie, except for the issues with Kylo Ren and Rey”
  12. Son of Freedom: “While JJ Abrams did pull off a miraculous feat, everything about this trilogy was so haphazard and random that it’s hard to care. The film is too rushed. The characters spend too much time yelling at each other. The jokes rarely land. The retcons and MacGuffins are dumb.” (ed. this is one funny well-written review. Nicely done!)
  13. Stroke of Genius: “I can say I was happy with the way they landed the plane.  As for suspicions and reports about various forms of clunkiness in the process well, that’s kinda how these things go.  Life and art imitate each other, you know.”
  14. The Bad Movie Marathon: “This film is a mess, and I could probably roll with that more if it wasn’t for the fact that a lot of the reason for that is that it backpedalled on TLJ, for better or – more often – for worse.”
  15. The Genre Freak: “In his desperation to please the wide berth of Star Wars fans, JJ Abrams has made a movie that’s both narratively flawed and just honestly soulless.”
  16. The Movie Vampire (3.5/5): “…as easy as it is to pick holes in certain elements of the movie, but pros outweigh the cons in a pretty big way for me.  This is the first time we’ve really seen the cast of the new trilogy working together on a mission and the adventure elements here really delivered for me.”
  17. The Nerdy Critique: “I did enjoy it. But if you start to think about it even the slightest, it crumbles to the ground in a heap”

Want to read 65+ more reviews by others? Check out this post and this one.

TV SERIES Review: The Mandalorian S1E8 Chapter 8 – Redemption ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

A stormtrooper being a jerk? Imagine that….!

Season 1

“Chapter 8 – “Redemption”

Two stormtroopers kicking it on a break waiting on their evil leader, Moff Gideon, and instructions. With The Child in tow, one of them punches Baby Yoda when he moves around in a sack. They decide to finally take him out when “he’s not moving” (something the internet is probably gasping at the concept) only to realize he’s very much alive.

Baby Yoda is hungry, wouldn’t dangle your meaty stromtrooper finger near his mouth …

The IG droid that was once sent to kill him, but reprogrammed by Nick Nolte’s character to be a robot nanny to Baby Yoda, shows up and takes out the troopers, rescues The Child and heads out on the speeder.

With Mando, Cara Dune and Carl Apollo Creed Weathers pinned down by a large group of stormtroopers in the city, the IG droid comes to the rescue, creating a diversion and battle.

You’ll have to watch the rest of the episode to see what happens from here.

At a run time approaching 48 minutes this is one of the longest episodes of series one (the longest, perhaps?). We learn more about Mando’s backstory and there is a shocking reveal in the present. I won’t spoil, but will tease by saying it’s something fans have been clamoring for throughout the first season.

This episode does an excellent job of wrapping up a lot of the plot points throughout the season, fleshing out more of Mando’s past and establishing the seeds of Mando’s arch nemesis in Moff Gideon that could become integral to the second season which will be released …who knows when.

Moff Gideon isn’t Darth Vader, but he’s definitely unfriendly

It’s not announced yet, as far as I’ve read anyway, but we can only hope that it will be at some point in 2020. Maybe they put it off until 2021 (UPDATE after posting: Jon Favreau announced on 12/27/19 that the second season is coming in “Fall 2020”)… but think by then subscribers too much time passed and subscribers will start to bale. Maybe some bale after this month, realizing that they don’t need to pay $7/month to keep rewatching this and the other Star Wars movies, only three of which are fantastic, a few so-so movies and a few terrible ones.

This episode is directed by Taika Waititi (Thor: Raganok, Jojo Rabbit ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ ) and is one of the season’s very best. It closes the first season on a positive note, doesn’t leave some lame major cliffhanger, and provides some idea of where the series could be headed next.

Loved it!

S1:E8 Chapter 8 “Redemption” rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ – my only knock on this episode is the run time. I wish it would have been at least a half hour longer. They seem to blaze through these episodes, and there were missed opportunities to let some scenes breath. I’m sure it’s all meant for frenetic pacing, but they could have extended some scenes and made them more dramatic without feeling padded. At least the season finale should/could have been longer. 60+ minutes. I guess if you put 7 & 8 together and call that the finale, it is.

Season 1 Summary

Overall, I think this was an excellent, mostly exciting first season. It started out awesome, was weaker in the middle when it seemed to employ filler episodes to get to the last two episode finale, which were both fantastic. My favorite episode of the first season was Chapter 7, because that is when the series started pulling it all together.

When can we watch season two?

This is the closest we’ve gotten to the original trilogy of Star Wars since Disney bought the franchise. I know others might cite Rogue One, The Force Awakens and some perhaps even The Last Jedi — because, I acknowledge, at least that was trying to be creatively different — but for me The Mandalorian season one is the type of Star Wars I’d like to see Disney continue producing.

Please, Disney, create feature films in this style and quality!

Can’t say I’m that interested in Obi Wan Kenobi’s story (sounds prequelish like too much of Solo), although I understand that’s in development. I think the better characters are the more mysterious ones like The Mandalorian. Make movies out of some/more/all the weird characters in the cantina. Don’t give us more Skywalker main character saga spinoffs. I think, at least for awhile, we need to be finished with Skywalker and the main supporting cast. Give voice to the lesser-knowns. This will make for more creative movies and TV shows.

In the future, I may post a full season one summary after rewatching all episodes from beginning to end, including season one reviews from others, but in the meantime this post will serve as my season one review.

I realize they were trying to keep the individual episode pacing very tight and fast, and viewers can feel it, but maybe next season we’ll get a 90 minute season 2 opener and a 90+ minute closing episode (again, guess we did in season 1 if you count Chapter 7 & 8 together).

Overall Season 1 rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – middle episodes do not stand up to the opening and closing episodes. This is a great show and the only thing that keeps it from being an amazing (4.5+ stars) is needing a longer average show length: 45+ minutes like a traditional hour long TV show. Some of the episodes were almost 30 minutes of actual content, which is too short for a series like this, and more sitcom territory. Doesn’t feel meaty enough for over $10 million spent per episode.

The 8 episodes cost $100 million and if this had been a feature film, there would have been some filler cut out of the middle. An edited version containing Chapter 1, 2, small parts of 3-6, 7 and 8 would have made an incredible movie. Some enterprising soul on the internet will soon mash this up, get it a ton of attention and clicks, then have it taken down for copyright infringement. Disney could do it, too, but then they’d have to admit that the series needed some unnecessary filler.

In other words: not going to happen.

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Start your binge rewatching … now!

TV SERIES Review: The Mandalorian S1E7 Chapter 7 – The Reckoning⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1

“Chapter 7 – The Reckoning”

Carl Apollo Creed Weathers offers Mando an opportunity to clear his name with the guild by returning with The Child for a mission with the client who originally wanted The Child. Mando stops by and recruits Cara Dune to join – she accepts. From there the Razor Crest is en route to the fun!

Yes, this is the story I wish we got about three filler episodes ago! A continuation of the Baby Yoda story. Mando knows he has to go back and face the music or the hunters will never stop coming after him and The Child. Nick Nolte is back in action with that weird looking character that somehow strangely looks like him.

Fans of Baby Yoda in action will love this episode. We get multiple doses of his three finger powers and he’s the main draw to this attention, not some setpiece that sits in the Razor Crest while the action is elsewhere.. Cara Dune also gets some good screen time. This episode gets back to the business of telling the story we wanted to follow three or four episodes ago.

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My favorite episode in the series so far. After watching this, we’re now revved up and ready for the season one closing episode next Friday. If they do end that one on a cliffhanger, I hope it’s only a minor one. O

What did you think of this episode of The Mandalorian? How do you like the series so far?

TV SERIES Review: The Mandalorian S1E6 Chapter 6 – The Prisoner ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Even alien mercenaries like Mando!

Season 1

“Chapter 6 – The Prisoner”

Mando stops at a port to accept a new mission along with several mercenaries: to enter the heavily fortified new republic prison ship protected by droids. We’ve seen Mando show off his battling skills several times and this episode is no exception. He gets to team up with some aliens and one human merc, which is kind of cool, but this episode doesn’t offer any more details on what’s going on with Baby Yoda. When are we going to see the guild fight back against Mando taking the child? Apparently (?) the last two episodes. Something tells me the first season is going to end on a cliffhanger.

I had about the same feelings of this one as Chapter 5. It isn’t revealing anything that new, just a prison escape mission, albeit an interesting one and a type of mission Mando hasn’t done yet. We do get to see Mando in some great fight scenes, this seems to be the high point of every episode, plus a little bit of the “take off your helmet” drama. Also a joke about if mandalorians are so tough why aren’t there more around in the galaxy? (suggesting that mandalorians are rare?)

Check off the boxes episode. Giving this the same rating as the last week. Yes, I liked it, but didn’t blow me away like a couple other episodes, notably the debut. This is still very much old school Star Wars and for that, I look forward to watching, but it’s definitely setting into a pattern that will eventually wear out its welcome. For the most impatient, this might already be happening.

If we want this serious to continue, there needs to be some filler, I suppose. I’m more invested in what is going to happen with the guild backlash, however, for Mando’s actions. Maybe, hopefully, we’ll get that in the final two episodes of the season. Please, no lame cliffhanger making us wait for season two!

(I’d enjoy a good cliffhanger)

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Chapter 6 “The Prisoner” Reviews By Others

Warning: the links that follow may contain significant SPOILERS. They are here to see what others think of the episode after you’ve watched once, twice or more. Enjoy in the discussion.

  • Comics Venture: “…the latest installment is undoubtedly the most original and entertaining so far. Entitled, “The Prisoner” it certainly plays on the ‘jail break’ Western trope – even down to the classic “betrayal,” but it also borrows a little from Die Hard and the idea of one man nothing but using wit, cunning and a modified heavy blaster to outfox an overwhelming number of adversaries.”
  • Indiewire: “…is a $100 million show about nothing. There’s no overarching plot, no character development, and, six episodes in, still no emotional stakes or any indication that these issues will get resolved. It’s about a walking action figure and his merchandising-friendly pet, doomed to endlessly receive jobs that pay well enough to fly to the next episode’s location.”
  • Jason Gaston: “It was mostly filler that didn’t go anywhere and, yes, most of it was ordinary and formulaic, but the ending was a lot of fun and that’s got to count for something.”‘
  • Sean Gallagher: “…while The Prisoner didn’t move the overall plot forward either, the episode is the best of the season thus far.”
  • Nick / AIPT: “…It’s a good thing the scenes with the Mandalorian hunting the heist crew were so good. Otherwise, this could have easily been an even weaker episode than last week’s.”
  • Ryan Campbell: “We also got maybe the most Mando fighting we have in the whole series with him taking out droids, his team and Quinn in some really cool fight scenes the likes of which we usually don’t see in Star Wars.”
  • wrayperkin: “I don’t think Favreau is done surprising us with plot twists and unpredictable character reveals. “

Like last week’s episode, this doesn’t move the Baby Yoda and Mando crossing the guild story forward in any way. Those looking for that are going to be disappointed, those who just want another cool Mando mission to explore, will be excited. And then there’s people like me who would like a little bit of both.

What did you think of this episode of The Mandalorian? How do you like the series so far?

TV SERIES Review: The Mandalorian S1E5 Chapter 5 -The Gunslinger⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Speedo-bikes – Mando on a mission in Mos Eisley with a new guild recruit

Season 1

“Chapter 5 – The Gunslinger”

Mando encounters a brief spaceship firefight only to emergency land on Mos Eisley. His ship needing repair, a female dock mechanic at port offers to fix, but Mando needs more coin. He heads into a cantina and meets a new guild recruit who has a difficult mission and needs help, but offers Mando all the cash so he can get into the guild.

Wonder if this will be a recurring plot device? Mando’s ship and/or his beskar steel armor being damaged? Nice to see a return to a familiar place (Mos Eisley). Also, nice to see speedo-bikes in action. It’s clear that Mando pretty much can trust nobody while he’s on the run with The Child aka Baby Yoda.

This episode, although a familiar shorter run time, has the same elements from previous elements. Mando takes on a mission, mission has obstacles and conflict, wrap-up and onto the next one, with a brief teaser to the future at the end. I’m going with the same rating as the last episode: 3.5 stars, but ratings will go down if the next episode doesn’t break some new ground.

As far as the Star Wars universe goes, I’ll keep following Mando’s adventures every week, unless/until this becomes too repetitive. There are elements in this episode that suggest a pattern is developing. Every TV series has some familiar recurring elements. Star Wars is a huge universe, repetition isn’t really desirable or necessary this soon into the series.

I do wish there was more cross-over in the stories other than Mando and The Child on the run from his treachery from the guild, but maybe we’ll get that in future episodes(?). They better hurry up, as there are only three episodes left in the first season … or maybe they’ll leave us on a cliffhanger heading into The Rise of Skywalker [PREVIEW] coming into theaters?

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Chapter 5 “The Gunslinger” Reviews and/or Related Discussion By Others

Warning: the links that follow may contain significant SPOILERS. They are here to see what others think of the episode after you’ve watched once, twice or more. Enjoy in the discussion.

  • Bro Bible / Eric: “Dropping narrative-bombs seemingly a mile-a-minute in its early goings, The Mandalorian has since settled into a more manageable, episodic, “mission of the week” type pace in the last two episodes.”
  • Cinemaholic: “….the story is meaty, but the turns are very predictable by now. While the previous episode showed a similar adventure, it made the wise decision to set it in an unknown planet, taking the chance to educate us about its people and culture. Setting Episode 5 in a highly familiar place does little more than fan service.”
  • filmschoolwtf: “There’s a limit to pandering to fans (fandering), and in an episode with multiple aliens, animals, and droids from the original trilogy and prequels and Mondo literally saying someone has the “high ground,” hearing “Mad About Me” would have been too much.”
  • Future of the Force: Ludwig GÖRANSSON shares the entire film score to Chapter 5.
  • Making Star Wars: “…was a bit better than last week’s episode. It was actually a pretty daring episode in a lot of ways”
  • Michael / Nerds on Earth: “I feel comfortable calling it the weakest episode yet. We don’t really learn anything that we didn’t already deduce from previous episodes. I mean, the fact that the Guild is after Mando and Baby Yoda is hardly a revelation”
  • Monsters & Critics profiles Amy Sedaris who plays Peli Motto, the mechanic at the Mos Eisley dock.

What did you think of this episode of The Mandalorian? How do you like the series so far? I’m really digging it, as you can see from the review, but becoming a bit concerned that the stakes need to be a little higher. Can only do the same basic storylines so many times.

TV SERIES Review: The Mandalorian Season 1 Episode 4 – Sanctuary⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Baby Yoda riding on the ship with The Mandalorian — awwww

What follows is my mostly non-spoiler review of the episode, but these episodes are so short that you probably just want to watch it yourself and then come back and read. At the end I’m including reviews by others. I cannot guarantee of course that those reviews won’t spoil more than you want, so proceed at your own caution…

Season 1

“Chapter 4 – Sanctuary”

A village is under siege from raiders. A mother and her child out. The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda find a planet to “lay low” as they hide out and, what do you know, it’s the same village under attack in the opening sequence. The Mandalorian tells Baby Yoda not to touch anything and to stay, but Baby Yoda has a mind of his own and follows. They stop in a bar and The Mandalorian spots a rebel soldier, Cara Dune (played by Gina Carano, for those who want to see more women in this series) that interests him and that’s when the the next job begins.

The rest of the story you’ll need to watch to see how it plays out, but here are my overall thoughts. Baby Yoda is there in all his cuteness, which will make the internet happy (he’s the biggest star in this series, so far). I wonder if eventually he will become a Chewbacca to Han Solo-type partner or he’ll remain more of an R2-D2 with Yoda-like powers? Future episodes will hopefully provide clarity and understanding.

Cara Dune is a solid fighter with battle history. She is strong and has the Mandalorian’s respect and plays an important part of this episode, but we’re unsure if she’ll continue to be a recurring character or this is her Nick Nolte type one and done role.

Cara Dune played by Gina Carano with Mandalorian and Baby Yoda sharing a peaceful moment

The episode basic formula so far through four episodes is Mandalorian takes on a job, he executes the job and then moves on. The run time for this episode is 40 minutes, so we’re sort of hovering around the 40 minute mark. It doesn’t seem like 40 minutes though when you’re watching it. Goes by too fast.

In prior episode reviews, I mentioned there were 10 episodes, but I’m reading in some publications, including sketched out at Wikipedia, that there will be only 8. I don’t which will be accurate, but I’m guessing they decided to slice up the original order of 10 episodes into 8, to make them run a little longer. Here is the release schedule again, that shows 8 episodes:

If it is only 8 episodes, then we’re at the halfway mark at the conclusion at the conclusion of this episode.

I’m giving this episode 3.5 stars .It’s very good, but nothing too shocking or revealing happens here. We do learn a little more backstory on the Mandalorian’s past, but it’s more of just another mission. We’re teased to a potential new character in Cara Dune, a shock trooper (something new to Star Wars we haven’t seen), but we don’t know what her ongoing disposition will be in the series and the ending of the episode, which I won’t spoil, doesn’t really answer the question one way or another.

I guess at the 50% mark, we don’t really need to know a lot, but the first season is presumably now half over.

The Mandalorian seems to want to find Baby Yoda somewhere he can hide him out so he can live in peace, but it seems that might not be an option. Will this be the ongoing struggle in each episode? Sort of like The Incredible Hulk where Bill Bixby was looking for a cure he could never find, so he just keeps wandering from town to town? Only it’s The Mandalorian, going from planet to planet searching for a home for Baby Yoda? Who knows, pure speculation here.

As mentioned, these episodes still seem to go by so (too?) fast. Maybe I’m just getting greedy. They are keeping my interest and am looking forward to seeing how this plays out. I like how Disney is rolling them out old school, an episode a week, just like a traditional TV series versus the Netflix model of dumping an entire series for binging. We can still binge watch this when we get to the end.

Something tells me there is going to be a cliffhanger for the end of the first season. A second season has already been greenlit.

This episode was directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, the eighth episode will be directed by Taika Waititi of Jojo Rabbit ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

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Chapter 4 “The Sanctuary” Reviews By Others

Warning: the links that follow may contain significant SPOILERS. They are here to see what others think of the episode after you’ve watched once, twice or more. Enjoy in the discussion.

  • Ricardo (9/10): “Gina Carano was badass in this episode, and I hope we get more of her soon. Just 4 more episodes left of The Mandalorian, and I’m not ready to see it go.”
  • filmschoolwtf breaks down the ongoing suspense/curiosity over what happens when a Mandalorian takes off his helmet.
  • Kerry Moore / Nerds on Earth (10/10): “There’s no dramatic swell of music to emphasize the Mandalorian’s growth, no on-the-nose directing from Bryce Dallas Howard for sentimental effect. The quiet conversation between Dune and the bounty hunter, shot mostly from stationary angles with interposed cuts of baby Yoda playing with the village children, conveys the emotions under the Mandalorian’s helmet perfectly.”
  • The Sandcrawler Blog: “…another great episode. This one didn’t stray from the Western feel and told a great story.”

What do YOU think of The Mandalorian overall so far? I’m really enjoying it. Honestly, it’s my favorite currently active TV series at the moment, but I’m only following this one regularly, so that should be considered.

Perhaps I’m missing some other great TV series? Tell me about what you think of The Mandalorian and feel free to recommend other TV series you might recommend.

PREVIEW – Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker

The end of an era, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is opening wide very soon. Here is what we do and don’t know about this film as of this writing:

  • There is a new kind of Stormtrooper, the red Sith Trooper. Edward Lauder has more details and commentary.
  • Coffee with Kenobi: United Airlines bought a commercial spot that runs starting on Thanksgiving.
  • Chris Smith on a fan who noticed a link between The Mandalorian and Rise of Skywalker.
  • The script almost leaked out thanks to an unnamed actor leaving it under their bed and it being sold on eBay. Glad to hear Disney got it back so it wasn’t spoiled. Thanks David Gonzales:
  • Speaking of the script, before ever putting pen to paper, J.J Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and Chris Terrio had a “long meeting” with George Lucas to get his thoughts on what Rise of Skywalker should/could be.
  • Mike Fleming / Deadline reports Colin Trevorrow is donating his residuals from his work on the film to the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice, a British center in Berkshire.
  • Eric Ital covers the Twitterverse universally negative reaction to Stormtroopers with jetpacks.
  • Carrie Fisher passed away before this film started shooting, however there was some unused footage in Episode VII that JJ Abrams intends to use in this one:

“We realised we could not possibly tell the end of these nine films without Leia. We realised that we had footage from Episode VII, and we could use it in a new way.”

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker – Leia’s original plan revealed

Here are The Rise of Skywalker official trailers starting with the teaser:

Star Wars; The Rise of Skywalker teaser
Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker final trailer OFFICIAL

My Anticipation for this Film

I’ve held off on talking much about Star Wars to date, but now is as good a place as any to share my take on the franchise up to this point in time. The Mandalorian is the most excitement I’ve had for Star Wars in a long time. I feel like Jon Favreau has at least a pulse on what old school Star Wars is about. Disney Star Wars with some very small exceptions (like The Mandalorian) has not excited me.

A special look at Star Wars through the years

When growing up, Star Wars was my favorite science fiction fantasy adventure. I had the figures, followed the comic book (yes, there was one of them) and was all-in for the original trilogy. I was also excited when George Lucas announced he was making more, but a bit disappointed in them being prequels instead of a continuing adventure.

Apparently, when Lucas sold Star Wars to Disney he had scripts or at least treatments for a new trilogy beyond Return of the Jedi and Disney shelved his ideas in favor of their own. Maybe we’ll never know if Lucas’ films would have been better than Disney’s, but I can always dream that we’ll get another George Lucas Star Wars. Doubtful, yes, but nothing wrong with dreaming.

Interestingly, I’ve not rewatched any of George Lucas’ prequels and hope to do that before seeing The Rise of Skywalker next month. I’ve seen the original trilogy several times, including recently. Those three movies are the best of the best again and only brief flashes of what those were I’ve seen in the Disney Star Wars movies. Moreso with The Mandalorian, which has some real good momentum going so far. I’ve always thought a movie on bounty hunters would be an exciting idea.

I was less excited about the adventures of Han Solo and, while I’ve seen that movie it wasn’t as interesting to me as The Mandalorian.

So, with that understood, I’m currently a lukewarm Star Wars fan. Not for many years, really, have I been a diehard fan of the franchise. I’m a fan of The Mandalorian and the original trilogy and some of what was done in the prequels. I really need to revisit the Disney Star Wars movie (one is on Disney+, the other on Netflix) prior to seeing The Rise of Skywalker, to be able to process my feelings on those and to rate and write a proper review.

As of this writing, I have fairly low expectations for The Rise of Skywalker wrapping up the series in any super satisfying manner. In my mind it was already wrapped up good with Return of the Jedi ad everything since has pretty much felt like a money grab more than necessary extension of the original trilogy.

Now, they are just wrapping up the last two movies in the franchise. Am I looking forward to it? A little bit, yes. but not going to wait in any long lines for it and am not even sure if I’ll preorder tickets, so that might mean I won’t be one of the very, very first moviegoers to see it.

Am OK with that.

Between now and next month when it’s released my excitement could increase. It probably will naturally as more is learned, but for now I’m going to see it as soon as I can when it opens like any other movie.. Honestly, I was more excited to see another Rambo and Terminator movie this year then am looking forward to seeing this film. Doctor Sleep ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ has been the highlight sequel for me in 2019 so far. Can this be better?

Will soon find out.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters wide on December 20, 2019.

TV SERIES Review: The Mandalorian Season 1 Episode 1 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

The Mandalorian was made with love for true Star Wars fans!

Now available on Disney+ as of today 11/12/2019, you can see some old school Star Wars in the new TV series: The Mandalorian.

TV SERIES REVIEW: The Mandalorian Episode 1

I can take you in warm …. or I can take you in cold

– The Mandalorian

Here is what the bounty hunter’s mark looks like:

He’s on the Bounty Hunter’s radar — uh oh!

Episode 1

“Chapter 1” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

The Mandalorian receives a mission to track down a mark in a lawless area of a planet. This is seriously old school Star Wars on a TV series and it’s awesome. We get to see the bounty hunter take on enemy forces in a city, work with a droid, weird aliens that look like they came straight out of Star Wars IV and more. I’ve already watched this twice. Great start to a new series.

Like The Mandalorian’s dry dialogue. He’s totally Boba Fett-like. I’ve always felt Boba Fett would make a great movie or TV series, as it appears like the path of this new Disney+ series. Wish it would have launched with more than one episode, which I took a half star away because it is left (intentionally?) incomplete. I get that every episode should leave us wanting more, but this one is leaving us with too many questions.

Fortunately, Wikipedia is providing a few more answers:

Within the first 10 days of launch, subscribers will receive the first three episodes

Via Twitter #TheMandalorian filled in even more details on the release schedule:

Wonder if this will be an every episode The Mandalorian gets a new mark to track down and either capture or kill? That just leaves all kinds of cool possibilities to explore the expansive Star Wars universe.

Jon Favreau wrote the first three episode and is the creator of the series. Favreau is the guy behind Elf, Iron Man and Iron Man 2, to name a few.

I won’t spoil, just get signed up for Disney+ and watch it yourself. Great stuff.

Disney+ Is LIVE on Roku (SCREENSHOTS) – Star Wars Extras and Deleted Scenes Included!

As of 11/12/2019 5:30am PST (GMT-8) Disney+ is now live on Roku. Yes, of course, there are errors, and the service is responding slow at times due to overwhelming traffic.

Disney+ is now available on ROKU, just search for it — as of 11/12/2019 5:30am PST (GMT-8)

To find it, just conduct a search for “Disney” and it’s there on ROKU.

Just search on ROKU and you’ll see the new Disney Plus streaming channel

If you haven’t signed up for a Disney+ streaming account, you’ll need to get that handled.

It’s a seamless process and it seems to use the account information associated with your ROKU account.

The main splash screen divides up the content by home company: Disney, PIXAR, Marvel, Star Wars (!!!) and National Geographic. There isn’t a FOX category.

The main home welcome screen for the Disney+ streaming service at launch

The Star Wars Mandalorian from the outside screen would only result in “Error. Sorry something went wrong. Please try again later” message.

I was successful playing the first episode once I got on the welcome screen.

There is an opening Cantina scene where the bounter hunter enters, somebody spilled his drink, and he goes off. Love it!!

Don’t ever mess with a bounter hunter’s drink in the Cantina!

Play something else. Star Wars IV: A New Hope.

There are extras included!

Including deleted scenes like the Cantina Rough Cut. Pretty trippy watching this in black and white.

I’ll keep updating this post throughout the day with more pictures and information. Just getting this out there now to alert others. Go check it out.

Others talking about Disney+

Am a strong believer in reading before writing. so thus am spreading the link love around below: