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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

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

Species of the week: Melbu

Melbu

Designation: Sentient

Notable members: Auromae Iselo

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: Solo, The Mandalorian

 

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!!

melbu early sketch

Species of the week: Mythrol

Mythrol

Designation: Sentient

Notable members: Junn Gobint

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: The Mandalorian, The Rise of Skywalker

 

Mythrol are a blue-skinned humanoid species with amphibian and insectoid traits. They go through developmenatal stages with fledgling Mythrol sporting facial fins, which thye would later molt and form barbs on their faces. Indecent beings from other races would sometimes prey on Mythrol and harvest their musk.

I’m really enjoying getting into The Mandalorian so you’re pretty much just gonna get species from that for the nest few weeks! I liked the nice bit of connectivity with this race between the series and The Rise of Skywalker

Rhywogaeth yr wythnos: Vulptex

vulptex

Dynodiad: Diymdeiladol

Byd Cartrefol: Crait

Trwydded: Star Wars

Ymddangosiadau: The Last Jedi

 

Mae’r Vulptex yn greaduriaid sydd wedi addasu i amgylchedd unigryw. Mae’u croen ai’i ffwr wedi datblygu i fod yn grisialaidd i helpu nhw i guddio ym maesi halen ac ogofau eu planed. Mae nhw’n byw mewn carfanau o’r enw ‘skulk’. 

Dw yng nghanol gwneud fideo am fy’m hoff bethau or ffilmiau newydd ac roedd hi’n agos iawn rhwng y’r rhein a rhywogaeth aral felly dw’i wedi swgenu am rhain fel gysur iddyn nhw!!

 

Species of the week: The Trench

The-Trench-Aquaman

Designation: Sentient (diminished intellect)

Homeworld: Earth

Fandom: DC

Appearances: Aquaman

 

The Trench are one of the Kingdoms of Atlantis but they are by far the most changed by the cataclysm that sunk the great kingdom. Mutated by their descent into the deepest depths into feral creatures with sharp teeth and spiny fins. The other kingdoms of Atlantis would send prisoners to the Trench as a form of capital punishment. Despite their feral nature they recognised the Sceptre of Atlan and followed Aquaman when he wielded it. 

I really enjoyed Aquaman and loved how it embraced the completely bonkers underwater setting and just went for it without trying to ‘modernise’ it or make it more realistic. The Trench sequence was great fun!