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Star Wars Celebration: The Last Jedi trailer

I wanted to wait until I watched the panel before sharing my delayed reactions to what we see in this and of course weigh in with my opinion on Luke’s words!!

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We open with what looks like stars and transition to Rey. We see a lot of images of her training on Ach-To. It seems that she is maybe not following Luke’s rushed path and will actually take the time to complete her training properly.

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When Rey mentions the light we see Leia, it seems she and the Resistance have assumed or been given control of the remaining Republic military. Does this also mean she is sensing the light side of the force in Leia and that she is also one of the Last Jedi? We’ll see…

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Next she mentions the dark and we see Kylo’s smashed helmet – I kinda preferred him with it but I guess it shows him stepping out of Vader’s shadow.

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Next we see a Jedi library, rumours are the Journals of the Whills are here. I found the background reminiscent of Bendu from Rebels, wich given the reference the the Balance could be significant.

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Next we jump to these cool craft. At first I thought they were pirate-y type ships but they’ve been confirmed as Resistance craft and you can also see they’re headed towards some AT-style walkers. This planet has been confirmed as Crait, the site of a Rebel base and will be significant in the film.

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Next we see Poe and BB-8 in an emergency on a Resistance base/ship. I was worried that BB-8 didn’t feature much in this trailer, but in the panel Rian Johnson stated that his biggest advice from JJ Abrams was you can’t get enough BB-8 so I’m relieved about that!! We also see A-Wings here and later in the trailer.

It looks like we’re going to get more information on the destruction of Luke’s Jedi, which has fueled his decision to end the Order.

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I just love seeing big space battles so this was probably the highlight for me. Again I assume this is a Republic fleet now commanded by the Resistance. Rian said the that First Order are hitting the galaxy hard so my guess is this takes place near the beginning of the film, with maybe Rey sensing the turmoil in the galaxy but Luke urging her to complete her training. I like the ships, I think they evoke the style of the Nebulon-B and Hammerhead ships of the Rebellion while still looking  original. I am mentally pre-ordering the visual dictionary already!!

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We finish with Luke’s words – “it is time for the Jedi to end.”

The prevailing opinion is that Luke is dismissive of the Jedi way and will create a new balanced “Grey” order. I disagree.

My basis for this is Luke’s quest to find the origins of the Jedi and also his response to Rey – “there’s so much more.” I believe that Luke has discovered the original purpose of the Jedi Order, which has now been fulfilled and it is time to transcend and create something new. Something in those books has given Luke a new understanding of the Force which will change the way they interact with it.

I have no idea if I’m right, but either way I can’t wait to find out!!!

 

Star Wars Celebration: Rebels Season 4 trailer!!

 

You’re only posting about his now – have you been living under a rock or something?!!

No, sarcastic reader, I was in South Africa, on a game reserve with Warthogs and Hornbills wandering around as I eat breakfast…still feeling smug huh?

Anyway I’m catching up on the panels but in the meantime here’s the trailer for Rebels which was been confirmed as the final season – wonder where they’re going to go next.

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Cayde-6 just keeps bringing it, hoping we get a proper dose of his wisecracking in the game proper.

A good look at the Red Guard Cabal and their leader Gall…like I said I’m pretty ignorant of that rave at present so can’t comment much.

A chance to interact with civilians more seems to be hinted at, giving the fight more context. Also we see a Guardian ship go into combat which would be great to do. 

All looks good so far…

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Looking good Spidey!!

Spider-Man was easily the best part of Civil War, bringing a good dose of Marvel humour to what would otherwise have been an overly depressing film so it’s good to see him getting his own flick…if you’re ok ignoring the previous five movies!!

The trailer seems to be hinting at an Iron Man 3 style plot with Tony taking away Peter’s suit and then Peter proving himself without it. The Vulture looks cool as a villain too.

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And after their poster they drop a teaser. I loved this little trailer, great to hear Nathan Fillion back as Cayde-6 – almost makes me wish I’d picked Hunter as my class…no offence Gina Torres!!!

As we already saw in the poster it looks like the action has moved into the city itself. It will be great to finally get into the city we’ve overlooked for three years, even if it’s all on fire!

Lastly we got a look at the rumoured Red Guard Cabal enemies. If you follow this blog you know I haven’t encountered the Cabal yet or have any idea why they are mounting this attack.

Apparently there’s another teaser out later this week so it looks like we’ll find our more soon 

Destiny 2

 

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It’s absolutely no surprise that this game has been announced – from before the release of the first game it was a near-certainty that a sequel would follow but it’s still exciting to see an image from the sequel.

We get a sense that humanity is going to be in a very dire situation, with the last City in flames despite still resting in the Traveller’s shadow. I’m barely half way through the main game, never mind the four DLC sequels, so I can’t guess what would do this but it promises a more dramatic and hopefully tighter story than we’ve got from the first game.

Hopefully we’ll get a trailer at E3!

Doctor Who: New series, new species part 58

Managing to squeeze this one in before the new series starts in a few weeks!

Shoal of the Winter Harmony 

Brains with eyes… just goes to show how good Who is at taking something completely stupid and just making it work. It seems the more ridiculous the concept the better it pays off. These brains in jars were suitably menacing and provided much clearer concept and entertainment value than done of the more realistic species encountered.

The Shoal of the Winter Harmony were a race of fully intelligent central nervous systems. Able to exist independently with their own eyes and mouths the species were able to inhabit a body as their ‘brain’. They invaded planets by capturing the bodies of global leaders.

Symbols (1)

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I wanted to do something a bit different so I’m going to look at symbols used in different SF media. I don’t profess any knowledge or anything, but I think there is something about having a recognisable symbol that appeals to us nerds so I’m looking at anything I’d want to slap on a t-shirt…or already have!!

The Assassin Symbol

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The Assassin’s Creed symbol (here the Levantine variant from the first game) seems to have become one of the most recognised symbols in the world – it seems you can hardly walk down the street without bumping into someone sporting the logo on a t-shirt, hat or tattoo. I’ve tried to look into the origins of the symbol – it’s clearly an A for our benefit, but that doesn’t bear any historicity as the original Order were called Hashshashin and their symbol looked something more like this.

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It does bear a close resemblance to the symbol of the Freemasons, and I believe the second game claims that the Masons stole their symbol from the Assassins. There’s also a theory around that it’s based off an eagle skull, which looks pretty cool! Regardless it’s an amazingly powerful symbol..and yes I do own clothing with it on!!

The Templars

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Assassin’s Creed is a good starting place as it does show that symbols have had a huge place in history. While they have been the enemies of the Assassins since pre-history the Templars rose to prominence in the Crusades when they adopted the corrupted Cross as their public symbol and many wore the symbol on rings or other more subtle markers during the modern era.

Abstergo Industries Symbol

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Another great symbol so recognisable that I had to snap up the first line of Abstergo hoodies when UbiWorkshop started their production of merchandise. The public face of the Templar order this symbol recognised an international conglomerate with businesses in almost every sector and a secret agenda of world domination.

Next time I’ll look at some of the other Knightly Orders and their symbols from the Crusades