The Gibborim are an advanced race, who are ‘beings of light’ capable of creating powerful, and beautiful, emissions of energy. They travelled across the stars in organic spacecraft that contained their essence. One ship was stranded on Earth. One of the Gibborim escaped and survived by inhabiting human bodies. The bodies decayed and needed sacrifices to transfer energy to keep the host alive. While in a host body they appeared to be capable of creating hybrid offspringwho were human and retained the abilities of the Gibborim.
I really enjoyed Runaways season 2 and finally getting to uncover some of the mystery around Jonah and his species. Expect a Sluggish Reaction soon
So today is #MakeSolo2Happen day and I’m excited to be a part of it. In case you’re wondering this is a movement of fans who want to see the adventures that started two years ago in SOLO: A Star Wars Story continue.
I joined this movement thinking ‘yeah why not?’ but it’s become something I believe in. Here are some of the reasons why.
Two years old? You look great!!
Like a certain Wookiee, SOLO has aged remarkably well. It didn’t get the audience it deserved at the box office (thanks to lackluster marketing and an awful release date) but it has a strong fanbase which is growing daily
Since home release, and perhaps more since it finding a home on Disney+, there have been a stream of people who have come out in praise of SOLO and wishing they had seen it in cinemas. The audience, and the desire, is there for a sequel. Now is the time – we just need to let Lucasfilm know
Until we reach the last movie, the last Disney+ series, the last spinoffand can go no higher
One of the most common responses to the hashtag is ‘don’t know about a movie, maybe a series on Disney+’ to which the response is always ‘yeah, definitely!’ We know with the slate bring what it is a series is more realistic and we’re all onboard with it. We just want more Han and Chewie, however we can get it
Another comment is ‘what about an Enfys Nest series, or Maul and Q’ira? And again ‘yeah definitely!’ to that too! Solo left the doors open to a lot of cool stories and we’re open to seeing them all!!
Very few people have seen the StarCaveNebula referenced in a movie (or Carida, or Teräs Käsi or…)
Something I love about SOLO is it went out of it’s way to make reference to EU (now Legends) material.
It made me smile every time an adventure, planet (or martial arts technique) from one of my favourite books, comics or games was said out loud on screen. It had the balance just right and I applaud the approach and want to see more of it!
I know who you are, you’re the good guys
One of the main reasons I believe in the movement is the positivity behind it all. It’s not a petition or demand, just expressing how much we love the movie and making sure Lucasfilm hear about our passion
If you want an example of the positivity check out this tweet from The Resistance Broadcast podcast, creators of the movement
A tweet acknowledging people who might be against them and giving advice on how not to get bombarded with tweets. In a world based on who shouts the loudest this is a refreshing approach. Please check out The Resistance Broadcast
I haven’t played Destiny (or blogged about it) in ages so I’ve started replaying missions to remind myself of the story. I’ve really enjoyed immersing myself in that world again.
The campaign against the Fallen continues. They continue to scavenge over Old Russia but this time they’re looking for something specific.
Along the Forgotten Shore the Fallen have set up signal amplifiers. After driving back the Devils guarding them my Ghost scans them. I hear Russian dialogue as the signal is decoded.
The signal leads to the Skywatch where the Fallen have set up a data tap. Waves of Fallen come to defend it but I drive them back and destroy it.
After analysing the data the Fallen’s true goal is revealed. Rasputin, a Warmind AI, has somehow survived the Collapse and us protecting something in Old Russia. I pass the news back to the Tower.
This was a fun mission. I liked seeing Fallen tech in use. It’s a bit strange playing as I know that the Warmind stuff only really pays off in Destiny 2
I’ve already talked about the Fallen tech like the signal amplifiers and data tap but this mission also introduced a few new Fallen elements.
The House of Kings
The House of Kings are rarely seen but are believed to be one of the strongest houses, acting with brutality towards humans and other Fallen houses alike.
The House of Kings were running the data tap but interestingly it was the House of Devils guarding the signal amplifiers, suggesting a temporary alliance between the houses as they tried to access the Warmind
Complex balls of machinery, Servitors process matter and energy in to the Ether that the Fallen need to survive. They are reminders of how great Fallen civilization once was but now they depend on them to survive and regard them with a revert which resembles worship
Servitors maintain Fallen communication networks, likely through their neural interfaces. They are formidable in combat, emitting powerful blasts from their centre ‘eye’. Servitors are linked to a larger Prime Servitor who is key to the leadership of their House
That’s it for the Warmind. I’m getting into Destiny again so expect more posts soon
Terrantians are a powerful race of beings with a reputation as loyal enforcers. They are dangerous even as infants, though they have an innocent, creature-like appearance, and grow into towering humanoids.
I enjoyed MiB: International, though it seemed to have lost the magic of the trilogy a little. Molly’s journey felt a little rushed, though it was nice to see her first contact with an alien as a child pay off as she became Agent M. Still a fun watch overall.
Flora Colossi are massive tree-like beings from the planet X. Their society is ruled by Arbor Master, who transfer knowledge to the young by photosynthesis. Their bodies are covered in hard bark and they are able to regenerate and grow roots at a rapid rate which can be used as weapons against enemies. Despite their great intelligence their vocal abilities are restricted, meaning they can only say the phrase “I am Groot.” One member of their species joined the Guardians of the Galaxy.
I watched Infinity War/ Endgame recently and it put me in a Marvel mood. Plus we have the dancing baby groot toy in our house so I felt like researching his species!
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back, The Mandalorian
The Ugnaughts are a diminutive species hailing from the Anoat sector world of Gentes but are a fairly common sight around the galaxy, due to them being enslaved during various periods of their history. They are a common sight on Bespin as it’s original owner bought the freedom of three whole clans of Ugnaughts in exchange for their help building and maintaining the station. Ugnaughts such as Kuill were known as skilled workers and technicians and their services were desirable in those fields.
Well I’ve finally caught up on the Mandalorian. No more new species (well none with names or decent images anyway) but I couldn’t move on without acknowledging Kuill and the shock of his death. He has gone down as one of the most memorable characters in Star Wars and is “I have spoken” is right up there with the best Star Wars lines
So…I’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed III for a while now off and on. Obviously this is such an old game that I’m not going to bore you with my progress but I have ended the lives of two Templars and recruited three new Assassins and so I’m going to write about that for a bit if you’ll indulge me.
Stephane Chapeau was a French Cook from Canada. After settling in Boston he was harassed by tax collectors until aided by Connor. He initially offered to buy Connor a drink but after hearing him, swore his allegiance and became the first recruit of the reforged Colonial Brotherhood. He was influential in aiding Connor at the Boston Tea Party and aided him in many other missions.
Ok, I’ll be honest I have zero recollection of recruiting Clipper so I’m just going off what I found on the web here! Clipper fell out with his family, who supported the Royalists and, when he saw young men being conscripted into the Army he fell in with the Patriots. After seeing Connor show up the British in Boston he sought his aid in removing conscription agents in Boston; eventually eliminating the lead officer with his excellent marksmanship. After learning of the larger Templar threat he pledged his skills to the cause of the Assassins.
Duncan Little was the nephew of the British Assassin ‘Miko’ and witnessed his death at the hands of Haytham Kenway at the opera house in London. After spending years as a priest and missionary he traveled to America where he settled in Boston and became a local peacemaker, helping to settle people’s disputes. After tackling a gang of mercenaries with Connor’s help he decided to join the Colonial brotherhood. He would later save Connor’s life when he was falsely put on trial for attempting to assassinate George Washington.
aaand, now on to the Templars. (Spoiler alert – they dead!!)
Born in Ireland Johnson was quick to profit from the colonies in America, setting himself up as a wealthy and influential landowner. He soon fell in with the Templars and used his influence to aid their cause. When it was discovered that the First Civilization temple was in Mohawk land he attempted to purchase the land to enable the Templars to search unhindered. His first efforts to raise funds were quashed by the Boston Tea Party, instigated by the Assassins and their allies. His later attempts were a failure and ended in his assassination by Connor. Despite his greedy and selfish nature he truly believed that his purchase of the land would ultimately protect the native people from the Colonists.
John Pitcairn was a pain in the neck to kill (pun intended), though when I eventually air-assassinated him it was quite satisfying!! Pitcairn was raised in Scotland but left to join the Royal Marines then eventually settled in the Colonies. He gained rank and influence in the British Army but needed to be rescued from General Braddock by Haytham when he infiltrated the General’s camp. While retaining his service with the military he helped the Templars gain influence with the native people by freeing captives. He led the Patriot forces at Lexington and Concord and was but was slain soon after when Connor infiltrated his camp to halt the Royalists progress.
Thomas Hickey can, perhaps, not truly be called a Templar. He was a member of their ranks and knew plenty of their secrets but ideology and world domination meant nothing to him. He knew that the Templars would bring him wealth and comfort in exchange for his loyalty and service so he became a willing lapdog for Haytham Kenway. Hickey was to carry out the plot to murder George Washington and even succeeded in framing Connor for attempted murder but after he escaped Connor pursued hickey end ended his life
Thank you for indulging me – I’ll update the next time I kill a Templar or recruit another Assassin!!
Shaaridans are a hardy race, known for their ruthless warriors. They are distinguished by their horns and black and white skin patterning. They are otherwise humanoid but require breath masks in standard atmosphere. Gekko, a key member of the Bounty Hunters Guild was a Shaaridan.
I loved seeing Gekko on screen, mainly from seeing the enthusiasm of actor Dominic Pace for his character on Twitter and his generally being a beacon of positivity. The names Gekko and Shaaridan aren’t official as of yet but Dominic has stated that’s how he wants the character to be known and if that’s good enough for him it’s good enough for me!!
Melbu are a sentient humanoid species distinguished by their large eyes and respirator horns which form an essential part of their breathing, though they also possess mouths and offworld Melbu will wear custom breath-masks which connect to their horns and their faces. Their horns are such a distinctive feature that individuals such a Cloud Rider Auromae Iselo must mask them to hide their identity.
I loved the design of the Melbu, and seeing the same character pop up as a bounty hunter in The Mandalorian was awesome. I also adore the story of it’s design which is based on a sketch that Jake Lunt Davies’ daughter drew and asked him to put into the film (below). He turned it into a concept sketch and it made it into the final cut as a fully realised alien – awww!!
I liked it!! I’ve seen a lot of headlines saying the finale was disappointing or divisive or whatever but I chose to ignore them and I found the finale a thrilling conclusion.
I wanna say…flowers?
The whole orchid sequence was so bizzare but in a good way, which is what Trek is. I live the notion of these Synthetic beings developing an organic defense mechanism. It really helped show that these aren’t just robots, they are people.
My one disappointment is that they took down the Borg cube and crashed it. Seeing it appear only to be immediately taken down was a bit deflating. The setting was cool, especially fir Seven’s fight with Narizza but I wish the cube had had some impact, perhaps holding off a Romulan scouting party before the main fleet arrived.
That’s not Data…it’s Brent Spiner!!
While I briefly hoped that Data had found a way to become an organic being it was really cool that they brought Spiner on screen as Altan Soong. I thought Spiner played the character and established him as separate from Data early on. His turning on Picard was understandable given the threat his people faced so it made sense also when they reconciled.
I’m number one baby!!!
The action was non-stop. Narek teaming up with the La Sirena crew to try and destroy the transmitter and Picard using decoys to delay the Romulan fleet. It was great and kept you guessing the whole way through as to how it would end. Seeing a massive Federation fleet show up was epic and having Riker lead it was a great touch.
There’s always another Patrick
I’m starting to think Patrick Stewart has a revival clause in his contract!! His coming back from death into a new body felt very reminiscent of Xavier’s return in X-Men 3. That said it was well set up and fit with the plot which centered on life in different forms. And I definitely won’t complain at getting more Picard!!!
Those are my thoughts. One criticism would be that it left a lot of loose ends, such as what will happen to the xBs, especially given that Seven has joined the crew. But a finale should deliver on emotional impact which it certainly did and hopefully they’ll pick up on some of these threads in season 2
Overall it was a very enjoyable series. I still think they went too far in making it ‘mature’. But the blend of classic Trek feels with modern sci-fi action really worked for me and I can’t wait to see more!!