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Are you fed up of all those blogs with 'news' and 'exclusives'. You are, aren't you? I mean everyone's doing that, so unoriginal! No, what you want are the ramblings of a nerd posting about a nice looking spaceship he saw on TV a couple of months ago. Well, you're in exactly the right place my friend, read and enjoy...

Sluggish Reaction: The Man in the High Castle season 3

I caught up on season 3 of The Man in the High Castle a few months ago but just realised I hadn’t done a review. So…here are some thoughts on the series. I know season 4 has long since come and gone so this will be a FULL SPOILER review

Travellers

We finally started to get some answers about the different universes and those who can travel between them. The truth was paid off really well as the pieces that have been laid out in previous seasons started to come together

The Nazi machine, and Julianna’s visions of it,was the most compelling plotline for me as I’m always drawn to the SF angle, much as I find the ‘what if’ history fascinating

Effing Irishmen

I won’t apologise for the fact that I do not like the bad language, sexual content and violence in this series. I get that when dealing with mature themes comes mature content but this series definitely doubled down on this, especially when they introduced Wyatt, who was a good character but could barely string a sentence together without swearing.

On the Frink

Frank’s return was a welcome one and his journey of a return to faith, coupled with his mission of insurrection through art was handled really well. I was shocked at his death but his story came to a fitting end with others carrying on his legacy. His plotline was much better than Joseph’s who was kind of just there until he got killed off.

Jahr Null

As a Brit I often roll my eyes at the weight attached to American iconography but I found this series handled these iconic landmarks being destroyed without being cheesy. I think seeing it through John’s eyes gave it weight as he was clearly conflicted while complying with the Nazis.

John’s story continues to be the most engaging as you are continually drawn in to root for this bad guy and, as he uncovers his alternate history you keep hoping he’ll one day do the right thing.

There’s probably a lot more I could say but I’ll leave it there. Now that we’ve dug into the sci-fi a bit more I’m keen to read the book, though if other Philip K Dick adaptations are anything to go by, it’ll be nothing like the screen version!!

Species of the week: Fyrnock

Fyrnock

Designation: Non-sentient

Homeworld: Anaxes

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: Rebels

 

Fyrnocks are silicon-based creatures capable of living in the vacuum of space. They are fierce predators about the height of a human but with a larger mass and equipped with sharp claws and teeth. Female ‘mother’ fyrnocks are larger and significantly more dangerous. Ezra Bridger used the force to influence a group of fyrnocks into attacking Imperial forces.

I’m reading an advance copy of Poe Dameron: Free Fall (spoiler-free review incoming) and fyrnocks were briefly mentioned. I hadn’t heard of them before so I looked it up and they seem like a pretty cool creature.

Species of the week: Gibborim

Designation: Sentient

Notable members: ‘Jonah’

Fandom: Marvel [MCU]

Appearances: Runaways

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 offspring who 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

Why #MakeSolo2Happen matters

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 spinoff  and 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 StarCave Nebula 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

Take a look at The Resistance Broadcast | Star Wars News Net (@RBatSWNN): https://twitter.com/RBatSWNN?s=09

So that’s it from me. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the fun of #MakeSolo2Happen day

So… I’ve been playing Destiny (The Warmind)

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 Story

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.

Opinion

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

Cool Stuff

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

Servitors

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

Species of the week: Terrantian

Designation: Sentient

Notable members: Luca Brasi

Fandom: Men in Black

Appearances: Men in Black International

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.

Species of the week: Flora Colossus

baby-groot

Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: X

Notable members: Groot

Fandom: Marvel

Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers

 

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!

 

Species of the week: Ugnaught

Ugnaught

Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Gentes

Notable members: Kuill

Fandom: Star Wars

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

3 Assassins, 3 Templars (I’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed III)

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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 Chapheau

Assassin's Creed® III (3)

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.

Clipper Wilkinson

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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

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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!!)

William Johnson

Assassin's Creed® III (5)

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

Assassin's Creed® III (4)

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

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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!!

 

 

 

Species of the week: Shaaridan

Shaaridan

Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Shaarida

Notable members: Gekko

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: The Mandalorian

 

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!!