The “Skywalker Saga” for Star Wars may be over but the universe is not.
2019 was an exciting year for Disney and Lucasfilms. Star Wars Episode 9 capped the “Skywalker Saga”. The Mandalorian has “Baby Yoda” and enough “Space Cowboy/Space Opera” to entertain folks at large. We touched on what the name “Skywalker” could mean before.
Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker was not perfect. In fact, after Johnson and Kennedy wrote the story into a corner. J.J. Abrams did as well as he could with what he had. Without spoiling more than you’ve probably already heard we can safely say “Thank goodness it’s over”.
The Last Jedi was entertaining if you turned your brain off. Because of the forced humor and propagandist character “Center Staging” was tacky at best and abominable at it’s worst. Rose, who could have had a more complex character development was shoehorned as a love interest in that one but they pulled her into being a “side” or “background” character in ROTS while still giving her some respect.
The characters of Finn and Poe got further fleshing out and to be perfectly honest made the movie better for it. Their interaction with Leia was not as ideal as we’d hope but she’d been put as the episodes “Jedi Master” and included in this film was an explanation behind her force ability.
The writing wasn’t horrible, it was a series of retconns, which had to be cobbled together by almost a dozen plot-lines all converging into a single point. Because of this regular film-goers were entertained but fans weren’t.
Much of the film was carried by “Flashbacks”, “Memories”, and “Ghosts that have enough power to actually be combatants and have an effect on the mortal realm but exist purely to provide exposition and direction” which act as a driving force behind the characters rather than their own agency.
When ghosts, the phantom emperor, and sad memories are all that drive the plot there is little more to it than simple “Space Opera”. The fact that they cut George Lucas out of the process and didn’t invite him to the Premier speaks volumes. J.J. “Star Trek’ed” Episode 9 and saved it for general audiences.
However, fans of the extended universe while given nods were not too happy. The long-story-short if you were to Summarize it was “The Old Guard is gone and a new generation is here to stay” oh and “All the Sith Worshipping Cultists are killed with rocks”.
-Written by R.A.G. Rankin, Author of Eon Legacy
Veteran MMORPGer weighs in on what’s best in (WoW) life…
My son, a 16 year old, walked behind me and peered at my screen for a good 10 minutes. Being around a gamer-dad since his first breath he was awestruck at “how old and clunky WoW looks”. He’s seen me play Eve, City of Heroes and Villains, a dozen other MMOs and Then, I told him the horrible truth:
It’s World of Warcraft Classic on the official Blizzard server!-Me, to my son on how ancient the game looks.
He was disgusted but I knew why. We built his Ryzen gaming rig a year ago. Because he runs around with a 5th gen i5 when he plays games at his friends house on a laptop I gifted him and the Ryzen at home he gets in plenty of Overwatch and more current games but the rustic and “clunk” of Classic WoW was a shock to his system (puny human) but can play on 8 year old hardware.
Due to this shock between the spit-shine and polish of Shadowlands my son was vehemently against “Classic”. However, I am not. I was playing FF XI before he could speak. Therefor, I was ready and the grind-crawl to 60 was well on it’s way!
However, before my astute clone headed off I showed him my latest “Shadowlands” alt after using my /played of 6 days and 9 hours on my level 42 Mage. A Vulpera Rogue over on “Retail” with only 1 day at level 89. Sputtering followed, a shake of his head and then an embarrassing dab. With that he ran to the kitchen for a slice of pizza.
However, the pizza was inconsequential to the bigger picture. 62+ hours or more won’t get you to level 60 in Classic. An insane time-sink and grind worthy of angst for years to come back in the day have returned. With it, nostalgia, and the community.
So which is better?
Over on the Retail servers they running BfA and Pre-installing Shadowlands we have an “Item Grind” existing as an all-time-consuming event to be decked out for the next expansion and upcoming Level Crunch.
A question asked by children, the unleveled, and the casual player. Truth be told you can run through Retail in a few weeks of casual and light play but Classic requires a whole other class of gamer. So we’ll make it easy for you:
If you like-
Slow Burns on Content
1 Mount you grind hours to get
1 Main Toon/Character and 1 alt
Raids with Class Priority
Thirst for that Mage Water
Scarce Auction House Market
If you like-
Running through Content
Tons of Mounts with fast gold
1 Main Toon/Character and many alts
Fast Secondary Energy Regen
Plentiful Auction House
Let it be said that Blizzard has done right by players offering both a nostalgic blast from the past and a modern gear grind. Due to the overall statistical yoyo-ing of subscriber count many “Quality of life” improvements have put into play.
Even PVP combat in Southshore and the instances feel genuine. So, if you don’t feel like buying the “Newest Expansion” you can always take a trip to the past with a current subscription! Here, have a free pet on us for the first 4 people who use this official Battlenet Link!
We will see you there! We’re on Proudmoore for the Alliance, Antonidas for the Horde and Classic you’ll find us everywhere!
-Loremaster Robert R.
After the release we’ve got a few things to revisit now that folks have got a chance to see: Joker.
Many media outlets, mainstream, had prepared the world for a “Social uprising fallout”. Which, never happened. Joker, the movie, never struck anyone in our theater as a psycho-social narrative that inspires hate. It was a character study of the Pop Icon Super-Villain everyone has consumed as the “Greatest of Batman’s enemies” for decades now.
What people thought they were getting was some sort of edgy “turn up the hate” film. What they got was a roller-coaster of emotion, the breaking of a man, the fallout that follows how mental disorders can effect one’s view of the world and subsequent origin of two characters in the end.
In stark contrast to the “scenes of riots” in the film the folks watching it and leaving the theaters were rather somber. The movie made you feel something. That’s worth the price of the ticket.
The film made $90 Million on Thursday night in the USA and Canada where the film only cost $55 million to produce which means they’ve already pulled $40 Million earned on the first night. Yikes!
See this movie and get ready to feel this movie.
A true drama, with a coat of DC paint, on the human condition with the “Joker” as the audience stand-in. Ask yourself, who killed Captain Clown?
People have been swarming over the chance “The Joker” could be some kind of social-activism trigger from the get-go. However, after we’ve taken a look at the script, and spoken to folks with the pre-screeners we’ve been able to ferret out exactly what’s going on. We’ve had a few of our writers check it out on their end and we’re pleasantly surprised at the overall outcome.
Joaquin Pheonix walked out of an interview when he was questioned about the “social impact” of said film. It’s not some insane romp pushing for “a revolt” but a story to be told about how people are effected by a cumulative series of events under the Human Condition. This film, as per director:
“(I) look at this as a way to sneak a real movie (about the nature of humanity) in the studio system under the guise of a comic book film.” -Tod Philips circa 2019 interview about “The Joker.” -Tod Philips. While we won’t be spoiling the film we will be saying it’s a treat for people who’ve been through a lot and not let it change their good nature while the movie itself depicts someone finding their own way to cope (if you’ve watched the trainer you already know what’s in store) or in the case of the Joker, break.
While we would love to see an action packed Night of the Red Hood Caper where the Joker takes an acid bath and blames Batman for his “One Bad Day” we’re getting a much more human look at the Clown Prince of Crime. As far as we can tell, Joker is shoehorned in with a great nod to an actual character narrative where we are made to feel something rather than stare at a video-game cutscene for 3 hours straight. Will we see Batman? Harleen Quinzel? Larry, Curly, and Moe? All these questions will be answered when you watch the movie.