Watch “Star Trek: Discovery | Teaser [HD] | Netflix” on YouTube

When I first heard about this series I was doubtful buy the story and production value look good.

Interesting to have a lead character not be the captain, I’m not sure where they’re going with the whole reverse-Spock thing but it looks interesting.

If it comes to Netflix I’ll definitely be giving it a watch, I wonder if it will succeed in appealing to new fans and Trekkies alike

Watch “Destiny 2 – Official Gameplay Reveal Trailer” on YouTube

This is starting to look really epic!!

I just watched the live stream and one of the things that really impressed me was the introduction of adventures adding more content and side missions to the open world. 

The chance to interact with the civilians you were supposed to guard is a welcome addition too.

Gall looks like a powerful adversary,the content shows him forcibly draining the Traveller’s Light for himself. 

New worlds…well moons… to explore and they all look good. I like that the Vanguard are more involved than just people you chat too after a mission. 

Whenever I eventually get round to finishing Destiny I’m glad there’s a cool story-driven sequel to go to next!!!

Star Wars: What’s Canon? (2)

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Continuing with Uprising I’m going to try and cover the vehicles and droids introduced or re-introduced in this game. There won’t be space to cover the Legends version of all these entries so I’m going to denote a returning droid or vehicle with a (R) to identify that it first appeared in Legends sources.

Vehicles and Vessels

XP-38 Landspeeder (R)

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This model of landspeeder was common in the Anoat sector. On Tatooine Luke Skywalker struggled to sell his older X-34 landspeeder due to the popularity of this newer model.

Dynamic-class Freighter (R)

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A model of freighter in common use across the Anoat sector during the time of the Empire.

Allanar-N3 Light Freighter

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Originally an Imperial design these ship were used extensively by the Trade Spine League

Throneship

Large ornate vessels of the outcast Anoat nobility these ships were secretly outfitted with powerful armaments to combat the Star Destroyers of the Iron Blockade.

  • In Legends

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One item that has to be mentioned is the Dynamic freighter. Like the Hammerhead-cruiser seen in Rogue One this ship first appeared in Knights of the Old Republic which is set about 3000 years before the films. The Ebon Hawk was the personal vessel of the reformed Darth Revan and later his apprentice Meetra Surik who ended the Sith Wars.

Weapons

Stardrop

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A powerful ship-based torpedo. One of these was left undetonated on Hoth and used to arm the Uprising.

Droids

3NX-series Protection Droid

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A sturdy droid designed to take damage, they weren’t good sellers as they tended to complain when shot.

5M-Sec droid

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A large and well-armed droid use by the Empire to guard key sites.

Hutt Guard Droid (R)

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An old model of droid, based on their long-tailed masters these droids still guarded some Hutt holdings.

Also featured were MRK-3 assassin droids, re-programmed 3PO units named Larceny droids and UPR-17 slicing droids

 

That’ll do for this post I think. There are an absolute ton of planets in this game so I’ll cover them in another post

 

Halo 5: Characters (2)

In this post I’ll be covering the other key characters who appear in the first mission. None of these are new characters to the franchise, but I haven’t blogged about them before so I’ll give a brief overview here as well as cover their involvement in the game.

Catherine Halsey

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Homeworld: Endymion

Occupation: Founder, SPARTAN-II programme

A scientist of incredible brilliance Halsey was brought into the UNSC to combat the growing insurgency threatening stability. Her solution was to create new soldiers by abducting children with key genetic markers and augmenting them to become the Spartans. When the Covenant arrived her Spartans became the key defence against their onslaught. Despite this in the years after the war she was looked upon with distaste for her actions in creating the soldiers. After years of internment and interrogation by the UNSC she was brought to Requiem, where she was captured by Covenant forces. After Spartan-IVs were sent to assassinate her for her knowledge she briefly turned on them, though always following her own agenda. After leading the Covenant to the Absolute Record, which contained the location of all Forerunner technology, she tried and failed to gain control of it for herself. When Guardians began activating across the galaxy she betrayed her location and became a key ally in the attempt to stop their activation. She is currently on Sanghelios, finally reunited with her most powerful creation – the Master Chief.

You can read about Halsey’s encounter with the absolute record in Halo: Escalation

Thomas Lasky

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Homeworld: Mars

Occupation: Captain, UNSC Navy

Thomas Lasky first encountered the Chief as a cadet at the very beginning of the war. He rose through the ranks in the war, serving on the Infinity after the conflict had ended. He was reunited with the Chief and aided him during the battle of Requiem. After his superiors refused to fight the Didact he was given command of the ship and it’s battlegroup. He led a second campaign on Requiem to investigate the planet and root out the Covenant occupation there. When the Guardians activated Lasky co-ordinated the investigation from the Infinity then led a tactical retreat when they reached Earth.

You can see Lasky’s early life in Halo: Forward Unto Dawn

Sarah Palmer

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Homeworld: Luna

Occupation: Commander, SPARTAN-IV programme

After a decorate career as a marine Palmer became one of the first candidates for the SPARTAN-IV programme, quickly rising to become the commander of all forces. She co-ordinated deployment during the Requiem campaign and personally led the mission to assassinate Halsey. She continued to co-ordinate Spartan forces, aiding Fireteam Osiris during the battle of Sunaion.

You can read about Palmer’s rise through the ranks in Halo: Initiation

Jul ‘Mdama

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Homeworld: Sanghelios

Occupation: Didact’s Hand

A fierce shipmaster who struggled to find his place after the war. He believed the the Sangheli should finish off humanity while they were in a weakened state, but was met with opposition by the Arbiter. He was briefly imprisoned by the UNSC and learned of Requiem and the Didact. He led a group of his people there, reforming the Covenant to give them strength. Upon encountering the Didact he took the title Didact’s Hand, pledging his people to his service. He continued to occupy the planet Requiem after Didact’s defeat, striving to take the planet’s secrets for his own ends. He worked with Halsey to gain more power until she betrayed his location and he was assassinated by Fireteam Osiris.

 

Achievement Hunting (7)

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Back to Destiny for this post as I picked up a few achievements relatively recently while making progress through this game – nothing too challenging or revalatory but I’ll note them nonetheless

Change of Heart

Reverse a decision you made in an upgrade grid

I assume this is supposed to be based on character progression and choice but I got this one for recycling a piece of Titan armour I got in the Sterling Treasure boxes back when they were free.

Rising Vanguard

Complete a Strike

This is a standard one you have to unlock as you progress through the game. I recently completed the Strike  on Earth and took out the enormous Sepiks-Prime, Prime Servitor of the House of Devils. It was a fun experience doing a 3-player mission as I mostly tend to solo.

Next achievements post will be Halo: Master Chief Collection

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.