Episode 17 – The Force Awakens Review

 

WARNING – This episode contains spoilers. We are also encouraging discussion on our website, there are five warnings in the actual episode, and there are warnings before the actual discussion on this post.

This week Brian and Liam discuss Star Wars The Force Awakens, there is a full review, their favourite parts, and plenty of idle speculation about the future of the franchise.

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Brian and Liam talked about the only good part of the Star Wars Holiday Special, the original 1979 animation from Toronto’s Nelvana Studios which would go on to do both the Droids and Ewoks Saturday morning cartoons. It is surprisingly good.

First up: Brian and Liam’s Comic Picks of the Week:

Liam chose Unfollow from Vertigo Comics

A dying social media mogul leaves his billions to be split evenly between 140 random people-or however many of them are still alive at the moment of his death. Rob Williams (MARTIAN MANHUNTER, THE ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR) and Michael Dowling (Death Sentence) assemble a cast that includes a young black man trying to get by in St. Louis, an Iranian reporter in need of hope, a retired special forces soldier with a strange sense of purpose, and a thrill-seeking heiress in this thriller that shows we’re all still part of the food chain.

Brian’s choice was Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir

Getting cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi and being rejected by his former Sith Master Darth Sidious isn’t going to defeat Darth Maul. In fact, it only makes him mad enough to take on the galaxy, with an army of Mandalorians!

Feature Story: Star Wars The Force Awakens in Review

WARNING – THIS IS SPOILER COUNTRY!!!

Brian and Liam discussed The Force Awakens, and we want you to be part of a conversation. Have something you loved? Have something you hated? Talk about it in the comments below. They will not show up in the main story, and you won’t be spoiling for people.

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4 replies on “Episode 17 – The Force Awakens Review”

I’ll get it started, Star Wars The Force Awakens was not a perfect movie by any stretch of the imagination, HOWEVER, it was a fun movie, and I really enjoyed it.

Star Wars is officially a cultural phenomenon. My former work filled an entire theatre with employees who wanted to see the movie on opening night together.

It was a very fun movie, but I sensed there were lots of problems. Don’t know if they’ll become more glaring as time passes and the thrill of seeing a movie in the original universe fades.

For instance: the old characters are simply that: old. Really, Han Solo at 73 is out smuggling? That felt very jarring for me. Him dying was tragic but I think manysaw that coming from a mile away (only a year before he signed onto TFA he talked about how much he hated Han Solo because he should’ve died in ROTJ, which meant to me, he was dying in this movie). Scenes with the old characters really slowed down the movie. I don’t think Luke will have that problem as they’ll make him be more of an Obi Wan character now.

What is the relationship of the First Order, the Republic, and the Resistance? Is the Republic the very weak government, and the First Order is a heavily militarized version of the Republican Party, and now they’re taking over?

Who the hell is Snoke? My guess is he’s very tiny. Maybe an old Darth kicking around?

The second movie better not be a rehash of Empire and ROTJ. I’ll accept it for this film (I actually groaned when they showed the Starkiller base). Ugh.

Finn is spectactular. Rey kicks ass. Loved her so much. BB-8? Sorry R2, you’re now number 2 as little BB8 is spectacular. Poe? Fantastic.

Kylo Ren: wow, what a bad ass (when he had his mask on). Ben Solo. Meh. Looks like a dweeb.

Who was Max Van Sydow? He was obviously an old ass kicker.

Please, please, please, don’t have Rey being related to Ren. Please, please, please, don’t show Ren being saved ala Anakin. Just have him…bad.

io9 has 33 Questions we want answered.

http://io9.gizmodo.com/33-questions-we-desperately-want-answered-after-star-wa-1748953034, which includes some cool stuff like:

For more Snoke, we turn to his Star Wars Database entry that says “The Supreme Leader of the First Order, the mysterious Snoke has no permanent base of operations, preferring to contact his underlings from a mobile command post. Snoke is powerful with the dark side of the Force, and seduced Kylo Ren into abandoning the Jedi path to become his apprentice. But Snoke also commands General Hux and the technological war machine the First Order has engineered to destroy the New Republic and Leia Organa’s Resistance.”

And who is Lor San Tekka (played by Max Von Sydow)

“A legendary traveler and explorer, Lor San Tekka is a longtime ally of the New Republic and the Resistance. After the Battle of Endor, San Tekka helped Luke Skywalker recover secret Jedi lore that the Empire had tried to erase, and Leia Organa hopes the old scout can now help find her brother. Following decades of adventure, San Tekka retired to live simply on Jakku, where he follows the dictates of the once-forbidden Church of the Force.” Can you say, Rogue One?

Ha, Rogue One, that’s probably 100% accurate. I don’t know much about Rogue One, not overly excited to see it or anything (though I most certainly will).

I bought the book TFA but it doesn’t add even the smallest details to the movie. So no real idea about Snoke, First Order, or any of the other questions.

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