Category Archives: Star Wars

Rebel Cause Lancaster

I have recently become involved in a charity organization in Lancaster, PA. It is known as Rebel Cause Lancaster.

What is great about me joining Rebel Cause is the validation that it gave. Prior to learning about the group I was close to a point where I did not know what to do with Star Wars. I still loved the franchise, but I had no one to share this love with. I am not even sure how I came across Rebel Cause, but I wrote an article about them for my school newspaper, The Snapper. You can find the article here.

I never imagined what would become of my interaction with Kaden Patrick, the illustrious leader of Rebel Cause, at the American Bar and Grill in Lancaster. Long story short, I joined up with Rebel Cause as a social media/ writer guy.

We recently had an event at a bar in Lancaster called Rumplebrewskins. The event was a great success and I am amazed at how the Star Wars community came together to raise money for Water Street Rescue Mission. It made me proud to be a Star Wars fan once again.

I had lost that pride prior to meeting Kaden and getting it back was one of the greatest feelings I have ever had. Star Wars means many things to me, but the main thing is it was, and continues to be, my rock. It has always been there for me and I will always appreciate what it has done for me.

Knowing that Rebel Cause has my back now is great. Like I said earlier, I feel valid in my love for Star Wars.

Thank you Rebel Cause. You turned out to be my New Hope.

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Thrawn

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2017/03/02/star-wars-thrawn-book-exclusive-excerpt/98518860/

In this excerpt, my mind was completely blown away. Thrawn is the character I remember him as from the Heir to Empire Trilogy. Except this time, he is a Disney canon character. This makes me practically jump for joy, to use horribly cliche lines, but I do not even mind using cliche lines for this.

The original Thrawn was cunning, tactical, and just all around military genius. Just from this excerpt, I would say the same thing can be applied. From this point on, I am going to assume that you have read the excerpt, so I will be spoiling it.

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Thrawn knows who Darth Vader is. Not just as Vader, but as Anakin Skywalker. This is the only conclusion that I can come to after reading. I think that even though this is an origin book, Thrawn has already done his research on the Empire before deciding to join it. Knowing Thrawn from the older books and the fact that Timothy Zahn is the author further fuels this theory. I think that Zahn wants Thrawn to be as close to the original as possible. I am not upset by this at all.

What they have done with Thrawn in the Rebels TV show is amazing, but while watching, I always want to know specifically why Thrawn is there. I am looking forward to this book almost as much as Episode VIII. Which is quite a feat for me. I own all the other Star Wars books, both old and new canon, but I can honestly say I have never been this excited for a book. I am very interested to see what direction Zahn takes the book in. This is only a small except from chapter two.

I look forward to providing you guys with a review when the book comes out in April.

Star Wars Rogue One Review, Finally

OK everyone. It has been a couple weeks since Rogue One was released and I have had a chance to view it and contemplate it and semi-memorize it. So I will now give you my thoughts on the movie.

 

Spoiler alert!

 

 

 

 

First off, it was a great movie. It had its minor problems, but I think those were few and far in between to be of any real consequence. One glaring problem was character development for a few of the characters. I am sure this will all be supplemented in books and comics, but for a casual fan, character development was a problem.Primarily was the archetype fill-ins I thought were used. The spiritual fighter, the generic fighter, and the basic villain.These roles were well done and are Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe, Wen Jiang as Baze Malbus and Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic. I really wanted more development for all three of the characters. With the exception o Director Krennic I feel that Imwe and Malbus were just convenient plot points within the movie. I am not saying they did a bad job, don’t get me wrong, but I want to know more about those two. Director Krennic was a lot better in those regards, but I feel that the usage of Grand Moff Tarkin in the movie overshadowed him as the main villain.

Even Krennic’s death felt wrong to me. It was sudden as was the end of the movie. I knew going in that their would be a lot of dead people by the end, but Krennic’s death was just shallow and could have been more climatic. I am not upset that the entire rogue one squad was killed, but I think knowing it was going to happen made it easier to get through. It wasn’t the case for when Han is killed by Kylo Ren in Episode VII. The prequel trilogy had the same problem I think and it hinder Rogue One.

Alright, now that the two things I thought needed to be changed are out the way, we can talk about Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin. The two powerhouse villains, and really the true main villains, were absolutely amazing! Darth Vader’s representation was spot on throughout the movie and the end scene. I felt like I was there as Darth Vader was cutting down rebel scum. I was so pumped for that. I cannot say how exciting that was! I am really excited right now. GO SEE THIS MOVIE FOR JUST THE VERY END! It was perfect. I implore you to see this movie for the ending.

Which, by the way, the fact that it ended maybe 20 minutes before the original Star Wars was really cool. It felt right.

Now, I know I could write a book about this movie, but I think that you should just go see the movie. Now, go see it now.

Seriously, if you have not seen this movie go see it now. I will even link fandango for you to find tickets:

http://www.fandango.com/

Now my rating: 9.75/10