Tag: Star Wars

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Save or Kill – Ricochet Edition

 

save or killThis past weekend, I did a pop-culture post based on a game Collider uses on its website called “Save or Kill.” The premise is that you are presented with two icons, both threatened with being wiped from existence forever, and must choose which of the two to save; you cannot save both. The game works best when you really love both icons, so it becomes a real Sophie’s Choice.

That first post didn’t get as many responses as I’d hoped — though my thanks to those who did participate, and there’s still time to jump in! — so I’m tailoring the game in this post with options better-suited to the interests of the Ricochetti.

So, read the list of the choices below and — in the comments — post which of the two icons you’d save for each of the ten choices. There’s no obligation to explain your reasoning, but I think it’ll be more fun with it. The criteria you use for judging is entirely up to you: you can do this based exclusively on personal preference, or on which option you feel is more important to society. Also, if you’re not familiar with both options in a scenario, feel free to abstain from that particular scenario.

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Sixteen years ago, George Lucas commenced his ruination of the Star Wars universe with the release of Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Truly, it would have been difficult for Lucasfilm to create a more odious product. While The Phantom Menace set the bar so abysmally low that the latter two films seem palatable in comparison, the […]

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I’m not foaming at the mouth to see the last three movies in the trilogy—call it Jar Jar Binks hate syndrome, after the first three prequels. However, this picture of Ford, Hamill, and Fisher has made me rethink even giving the latest trilogy a try: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-11/disney-courts-star-wars-die-hards-with-live-concert-old-stars Preview Open

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BBC World Service listeners got punked by Godfrey Elfwick, a student from Sheffield, whose Twitter account regularly parodies SJWs. Elfwick was invited to participate in a segment on the new Star Wars movie, where his analysis of the Star Wars franchise included these gems. Preview Open

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Star Wars Superfan’s Review of the New Trailer

 

Anyone who knows me will say that I am the world’s biggest Star Wars fan. Guilty as charged! I saw the first movie in the theater as a kid and made it to all the sequels and prequels on opening weekend. (Missed that last one, come to think of it.) As you know, director J.J. Abrams is relaunching the franchise with an all-new blockbuster, The Force Awakens. Today the studio dropped the new trailer:

This is happening! Even if you’re not a Star Wars “superfan” like myself, you have to be excited about the reboot of this iconic five- or six-film franchise. I could review the trailer in detail, but you can watch it for yourself. However, we superfans are most interested in what the trailer didn’t show:

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As a child, I was an insatiable Star Wars fan. Family and friends knew all I wanted for my birthdays were the Star Wars toys (the best gift ever was that Millennium Falcon!). I wore out my record of The Empire Strikes Back soundtrack. My childhood fandom survived the Ewoks, a second Death Star, and […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The Death of the Space Opera?

 

640px-USS_Enterprise_(NCC-1701),_ENTHas anyone else out there noticed that one of the staples of science fiction in the serial visual entertainment medium until recently known as television and the dying form of the motion picture, the Space Opera, is — how to put this delicately — older than grandpa’s snuff? To be less delicate, if the Scripted Visual Media Space Opera were a humanoid (let’s not be speciesist), it would be looking for its second duranium hip replacement and popping kidney regeneration pills like they were candy. Bendii syndrome could not more than 20 years off, at the outside.

If we just look at the some of the genre’s best-known representatives for a minute, we find that there are at present, a “new” iteration of the Star Wars (date of birth, 1976) films and a “new” Star Trek (date of birth, 1964/66, depending on when you start counting) film in the works. The franchises are, in movie/TV terms, antiquated, and both of these original franchises are themselves derivative from even earlier models of visual-medium SF, the Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon serials of the 1940’s.

This summer movie houses were dominated by Guardians of the Galaxy, which is a film version of a 1970’s comic book written to cash in on the success of the original Star Wars, which means that its source material is not exactly Young Republicans material, either. Battlestar Galactica? Again, its origins are in the attempts of television writers and executives to cash in the success of Star Wars and the 1970’s pop-culture obsessions with “ancient astronauts” (don’t suppose the name “von Däniken” rings a bell?). Japan’s successful 2010 revival of Space Battleship Yamato was also a revival of a property nearly 40 years old.