Category Archives: Musings

Star Wars Rogue One Review And Fanedit Ideas

I’m a tough nut to crack regarding movies with the myth of hype behind them, but this is a cracking good movie.

Is it perfect? No…there’s a really mediocre middle act where you have to wonder “why did they go there?”, but they pick up speed swiftly after and there’s at least a pivotal plot point in it that the protagonists learn of. Everything after that is pure gold. Every action means something, and there is so many boss scenes with Vader that it finally, FINALLY, rinses out the bitter taste of “Nooooooooooo”. James Earl Jones redeemed. Vader redeemed. Make no mistake about it, it puts a whole new spin on A New Hope, that movie really ought to be re titled to “A Stroke of Luck”

That entire third act IS Star Wars. Go see it, just try to make it through the second act and you will be pleasantly rewarded.

 

Now, onto the fanedit ideas

I’d see about possibly removing that entire middle act, you could have Felicity Jones learn about “stardust” another way than from her dad’s dying mouth, I’d actually end her dad’s role when she finds his hologram from Forest Whitaker (and yeah, I’m lapsing on the actual character names, sorry), also I’d minimise the number of times the design flaw in the Death Star is constantly brought up.

-The right transistional effects
-Crawl
-Maybe call it “Episode IV.1”
-More of the classic score
-You really don’t need all the Tarkin scenes.

Amazing Spider-Man-Renew Your Vows#2

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Another issue, and another triumph for Gerry Conway and Ryan Stegman, as they put together their take on Mary Jane, a take so refreshing, mature, and a bit of a protest song against the psiren that is her Mephistoverse counterpart. I hear this has been selling out in stores, so if you can, make sure you track down a copy today, don’t wait for your pocket money over the weekend. Comics like this need the support immediately. Read and enjoy Spider-Man and Wife as they were meant to be.

Simpsons Renewed For Two More Seasons

Renewed for two more seasons, and it’s episode count will soon eclipse Gunsmoke

<i>The Simpsons</i> Renewed at Fox Through Record-Setting Season 30

Personally, I’ve come to the conclusion that “Homer’s Enemy” is the finale of the classic era, since it deconstructs the whole premise of Springfield’s tolerance of Homer and uses it as a meta-commentary on why we all put up with him, and it ends with Homer telling Marge to change the channel

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows#1-Second Lettered Preview

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Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1

Five days to go until the return of the real Peter and MJ folks…make your way to your LCS on November 9th and support this release so they can come home to 616 where they belong.

Also, take note of the poster on Annie’s wall…Carol Danvers as she presently looks, meaning this is an alternative present and not the late 80s/early 90s retro world the Battleworld version of RYV was set in last year

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows Thoughts

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Like with a lot of things, Marvel have the monkey’s paw attached to whatever it is the fans want…you wanted a happily married Peter? Well you’re getting an MJ who’s going to fight crime alongside him with his daughter. You’re getting The InWebbables (ok, bad pun)

It makes total sense to distinguish MJ from the MJ of the newspaper strip (who remains a normal girl caught up in a mad world and loves every bit of it)  and MC2 (where MJ was a concerned, but relatively stable parent who could be a rock and mentor to her husband and daughter), and the fact this MJ is willing to gut it out and be there for her family shows how tiresome and stale the Mephistoverse version has become, and why it’s time to put her and the Amazingly stupid devil dealing Spider-Man Child out to pasture.

Peter being a father works, Peter being an active superhero and a father has only been tried in a few short stories published way back in 2008 during the infancy of Brand New Day, and it was buried in a mere few pages of a large anthology magazine that didn’t last too long. Now the premise has larger legs and is poised to take bolder footsteps. It’s not afraid to be different or take a risk, and it should be commended for that, all manners of risk should be rewarded, succeed or fail, especially if it lines up with something the fans want to see.

Parker Industries with a family man Peter would also have been a must-buy for me, same with Superior. Things like this can be enhanced with a married Spider-Man, different kinds of stories can be told, stakes can be higher. That’s what I want out of RYV, for there to be not just a great family dynamic, but the tensions and perils that can come attached to a seemingly never-ending devotion to power and responsibility. The Spider-Man myth has always been about more than just one man in the world, he owes everything to the likes of characters like MJ forging him into the best he can possibly be, and with her at his side more frequently, he can only get better.

 

Only Connect

ONLY CONNECT

Eight long years separate
Why did we wait?
Loved ones dismiss us with a piercing glance
Why must they hate?
Daily comments of her lives online
Well wishes for a birthday
It sparks a notion all day long
Let’s go out for coffe
She was shy, small, and keeps no eye trained long
We talk her whole life over
A most familiar song.
When the talk ends, she turns
She thanks me for the meal
I ask if we can stay in touch
If time was ours to steal
She says it depends on he day
In a tone so tellingly flirty
She snuck past her parents to make this day count
The girl is well past thirty!
As she strolls along the high street
Her world knows no doubt.
I sat there nursing a hot mug
What was that all about?