The Whole Chuck Wendig Issue

Join The Silver Claw Inn Newsletter and get mini-progress updates and previews to upcoming works. I may even throw a mini-story or two featuring my characters above. Who knows? Don’t forget, the inn is always open. Despite dropping the typical Tuesday blog post, I’ll still do reactionary posts like this. I do have a few media reviews coming up, including one for FLCL: Alternative this … Continue reading The Whole Chuck Wendig Issue

Beyond The Stars: What Star Wars Needs To Do To Get Back On Track

My Japanese Mythology-inspired short story, Do Not Stare Into The Eyes Of A Kitsune, is finally available. You can buy it on Amazon or wherever ebooks are sold. Help a debut author make his debut worth it.

I announced other works, including a kaiju-themed “mini-novel” (which you can learn about here) and a short story anthology in the near future. This is only the beginning for me and I have more to share.


Beyond the Stars is a series of Science Fiction related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and the many tropes and plot lines associated with it. Today, I talk about what Star Wars has to do to survive the backlash of previous films.

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Beyond The Stars: What Star Wars Needs To Do To Get Back On Track

I’m what you could consider a super casual Star Wars fan. I’m very familiar with the series, all the pop culture nods and all that, but I haven’t paid that much attention to the franchise as a whole. The only film I saw in its entirety when I was a kid prior to the Sequel Movies was Phantom Menace, and I think I saw it in theaters, but I remember seeing it on DVD. And I’ve seen a handful of films since then. It never pulled me in as much as other franchises have, but part of that has been due to the fanbase itself.

They’ve always been a loud bunch to the point where its hard for me to associate with them. I’m sure plenty of Star Wars fans are well behaved, but there seems to be a highbrow attitude when mentioning anything other than the original trilogy, the Holy Grail of Pop Culture. Since Force Awakens, I’ve seen a surge of renewed interest in Star Wars that hasn’t been seen in a long time. I figured this was a renaissance for the series. That this franchise had a bright future. Now, I’m getting a little worried.

The Last Jedi, while flawed, had its moments. Rey’s character development was well executed and seeing Kylo ascend as leader was a smart move. Everything else was not great. And don’t get me started on Solo. To be clear, I did like what those movies tried to do, but none of them stood as close as Episode VII.

So today, I’d like to have a chat of what Star Wars needs to do to get back to what made Episode VII so memorable.

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Cinemagic: Solo: A Star Wars Movie Review

Cinemagic is a series where I talk about live action or animated Movies and TV Shows. Many of them are Science Fiction and Fantasy films that are anticipated enough to give them a watch. Today, I review Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Cinemagic: Solo: A Star Wars Movie Review

This time, I’m reviewing the side story of the Star Wars universe: Solo: A Star Wars Story. I have a lot to say about this film, and it mostly revolves around the plot. This had a troubled development cycle and while it’s leaps and bounds better than The Last Jedi, it has its issues as well. So let’s start the Kessel Run and get into it.

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Beyond The Stars: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review

Beyond the Stars is a series of Science Fiction related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and the many tropes and plot lines associated with it. Today, I talk about Star Wars: The Last Jedi from Lucasfilm.

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Beyond The Stars: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review

 

I sense a disturbance in the force. As if a bunch of nerds kept crying out in agony and refuse to be silenced.

Or something like that.

Yep, time to dip our toes in shark infested waters and talk about lightsabers. Having narrowly dodged spoilers somehow, I managed to see the film last weekend and I’m prepared to give my honest thoughts on it. To start, I’m going to get this out of the way and say that while I had some issues with it, I enjoyed it overall.

So I know I usually avoid spoilers out of respect, but I feel this is a rare occasion where I cannot discuss this movie without discussing the climax, because a lot of big things happened in such an, admittedly long, timespan. As a result THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE FILM. SERIOUSLY, IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED UNTIL THE BLU-RAY COMES OUT, THEN LEAVE NOW. DON’T YELL AT ME BECAUSE I SPOILED IT. =)

Now then, let’s begin.

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Fiction Friday: Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View Review

This time, I’m doing something a little different. Instead of doing a novel, I’ll talk about an anthology. Today’s book is Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View. You can find it here. This is a massive collection of short stories based on the Star Wars universe and many of you will find some familiar faces. Wil Wheaton, Chuck Wendig, Nnedi Okorafor, Gary Whitta and Christie Golden to name a few. And that’s not even getting started because there are about forty stories from all different personalities and authors. Continue reading Fiction Friday: Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View Review