MENTAL NOTE

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Rogue One: Prequeling the Fun

I wanted to say, "Hell yeah!" but I'm going for a well-meant and modest "Oh darn" instead. Yes, friends and fiends, it's that time of year again when turkeys are followed by rebooted sequels and sequeled prequels in a galaxy far away.

But it doesn't feel like it's far away. Disney wants you to buy their stuff on a regular basis. It seems like only yesterday that I showed you this drool-inducing yummy piece of work (the girl looks OK too):



.... followed by this unintentionally awe-inspiring teaser thingy:

...because I was so excited ─ nay, enthusiastically hysterical in an oxygen-depraved way ─ about the prospect of once again being immersed in all things Star Wars. A couple of months down the line, though, I couldn't help but not be so impressed by the sequel that was really a reboot. Others have called my state of mind back then the Temporary Avatar Syndrome. Two images still spring to mind: Rey sleighing down a dune and Princess Leia reminding me of an actress wondering why the hell she was there looking at an old man who reminded her of a character in a movie she used to play in.

And now it's time for yet another dip in the dark. Here comes Rogue One boasting yet another chick in a flick about, yes, another Death Star ─ which really is the same one as the one in Star Wars IV (AKA Death Star 1) but different from the one in Star Wars VI (AKA Death Star 2) and completely different yet similar to the one in Star Wars VII (AKA Starkiller Base pretending not to be another Death Star). Lo and behold:



Which is when a modest "Oh darn" seems to be in order. Another Death Star. You'd better believe it, baby. Peace is a lie.

And so is the end of this franchise.

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70 comments:

  1. As the director, I'd like to recast some of the characters...
    At least it's the original Death Star.
    Heck, I'll admit it - I'm really stoked for it. I like the idea for the story and really dig the director.

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    1. In that case it had better be good. I take it you're not a Jar Jar fan?

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    2. Not a fan, but I didn't hate him.
      And I think the odds are in my favor. Rogue One has a 99% chance of being better than Episodes I-III.

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    3. You know I'm not a fan of reboots, but those episodes need to be rebooted asap. What say you, Ninja?

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  2. Haha I watched some old Star War movies over Thanksgiving weekend. It really is amazing their staying power. I enjoyed a recap of your posts. My ever talented Blue man, yup I said mine.. hey in another realm anything is possible. "Peace is a Lie" Ain't that the truth Blue, but somewhere a peaceful revolution is about to explode.

    Welcome back you have been missed!

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    1. Anything is possible in a galaxy um realm far... far away.

      I'm back!

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    2. How much do you need Blue? I'll be sure to send you the right frequency as well.

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    3. A truck load of love headed your way

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    4. Now you're talking! Eat your heart out, Cat! :)

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    5. Hey, I like the snowy banner, it will snow here tomorrow. I'll be walking in a winter wonderland. Sing it with me Blue...

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrVfJBdOX5E

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    6. "Gone away, is the blue bird
      Here to stay, is the new bird
      He sings a love song,
      As we go along
      Walking in a winter wonderland"

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  3. I couldn't be more not excited :) I've noticed they always cast such bleh actors in these Star Wars flicks almost as if they choose them by being exquisitely boring or bland. The same is again with Rogue One... I'll be avoiding the borefest big time. I wish superheroes and Star Wars would just disappear

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    1. I thought I was your superhero. Do you wish me gone, oh Dezzmeister von Dezzzmeisterland? Say it ain't so!

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    2. You're a Grumpy Bluero, not superhero, 'tis not the same, you may stay, if you promise to behave... unless we ask you not to....

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    3. In other news, Blue, whatcha cooking for Christmas? Are we having a tofurkey?

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    4. I was thinking a stuffed Mongo with blueberry sauce.

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    5. does that mean we're having guests from China for dindins?

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    6. Everyone loves a slice of Mongo.

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  4. Well, I wish I could say I was excited about the movie but I'm not. My hubby and my boys are but me and my daughter couldn't care less. Now your version of the movie may turn out to be much, much better! Is there going to be a secret screening somewhere?

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    1. Boys will be boys. Wait... does that make me a girl? Never! My version of the movie has been banned by Disney. We need a secret screening

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  5. Nothing can be as bad as those horrid prequels though, at least I hope at my show. How can that even be considered acting one bit? Those were complete and utter shit. We'll see what this one does though as some from those horrid things will show. Repeat syndrome is all Star Wars has it seems, but don't break the fanboy dreams. I won't be bothering with the prequel crap. As prequels are always very pointless across the map. Some may still be good though, but you know how and how they can't go. Oh look, he may die. Whoops, he's alive 8 movies later so it is a lie.

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    1. No one acted in the prequels. Everyone was a frigging robot.

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    2. And the effects took you right out
      Rather watch a land flopping trout

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    3. I like the ending of number 3. I mean, I liked it when it ended ;)

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    4. Yep, when it was over and done
      Then heave them into the sun

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  6. I never was into Star Wars myself. Never even saw any of the original six in its entirety!

    Nice to see you posting again.

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    1. The original... six? ;)

      Thanks, Mr. Silver Fox.

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  7. I am a fan failure of the Star Wars franchise. I saw the original movies because I was mother to a little boy that was super excited to have me buy every available... toys, clothing, bedding and let's not forget even tooth brushes. There might of been families in that time frame that mortgaged their homes to keep ahead of the Star Wars craze. I am not entirely sure.

    I do think you look awesome as Darth Vader. Better than the original. Do you have a tiny figure toy I can buy and a $100 case to put it in?

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    1. I only care about the first three. Should I call that tiny figure toy Blue Vader or Darth Blue? I mean.... from a marketing perspective.... :)

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  8. The Empire fell because whoever was in charge of military contracts was getting paid by the corporate manufacturers of Death Stars. It's that old "doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results" thing.

    I'll still see the movie, of course.

    As for Episode VIII, I'm really hoping that Snoke turns out to be Jar Jar Binks.

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    1. Great comment. I'd be impressed if Snoke turns out to be Jar Jar Binks. It would be gutsy, all right.

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  9. I only ever watched the original Star Wars and enjoyed it immensely. Never could get into the rest of them. I too am amazed by their staying power. You still see several storm troopers and Princess Leia's at Halloween!

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    1. The only ones worth watching in my book are the original three. Not because of the FX but because of the chemistry of the entire cast.

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  10. You make such a cute Darth Vader. Can you do the voice?

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Of course. Especially when my lungs are wreaking havoc once again. ;)

      Hi Janie.

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    2. But was it as good for you as it was for me? ;)

      Have a great weekend, Janie.

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  11. That picture gets me every time

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  12. You know the song that never ends? "This is the song that never ends. It goes on and on my friend".... I feel that way about Star Wars. Funny enough, I have never seen a single one.

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    1. Thanks for the brainworm, Theresa. "This is the song that never ends. It goes on and on my friend..."

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    2. My pleasure! Always here to help ;)

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    3. Your um... help is much appreciated.

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  13. I’m extremely happy to be director of photography when there’s a blue helmet knocking around! That should fetch some interesting art.
    Forget all that and go and see Cyborg City instead.

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  14. You know you don't have to watch it, right? People are going to like what they like. Just because it's not your thing, doesn't necessarily mean that you need to take a giant blue dump on the thing they enjoy. If you look critically at the first three, they aren't that great. Yeah, I said it, and I love those films. But how much time do we have to waste in that b.s. trash compactor scene? It's brutally boring. Compared to that, Episode 7 us a masterpiece. Also, maybe instead of being a fatalist, wait until the movie comes out, read a review or two, then maybe say, "eh, it's not for me," or watch it and form an informed opinion. Or just practice not caring. Here's an example: I love Spider-Man, so much so that I know it's hyphenated. I loved the second Spider-Man movie and hated the rest, but I am optimistic about the upcoming Tom Holland Spider-Man despite having my emotions toyed with. I learned how to be cautiously optimistic. It's okay to give a movie a chance.

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    1. Morning, Pickster. I guess closing my eyes and pretending it's not there is not my strong suit. I tried that with the presidential elections, but I'm clearly flawed that way. Let's call these movies Death Star Wars.

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  15. I returned just in time to do space gardening. Yippee! As I end this in Dr Strangelove Fashion. It DOES seem like yesterday.....perhaps it was. I took the summer off and on our daily walk, puppy zoomed up behind me faster a speeding rocket and sent me flying.

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    1. How about that... I bet you're a space gardening expert, too.

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  16. I don't mind because it's the original death star. Let's just hope they have STORY and actual CHARACTER development. Rare things these days.

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    1. Story and character... Keeping my fingers crossed, Lynda.

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    2. have we ever seen those in Star Trek movies? And acting talent too?

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    3. Yes, in the following old ones: 2, 3, 4, 6.

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  17. Darth Vader -That'll be fun
    And set through all the sun
    Just a line up
    For a build-up
    See through when all done!

    Hank

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  18. I have never seen star wars and I do not get what all the fuss is about regarding Xmas every year in US/Europe. I hope your festivities are as simple as ours here :-)

    Merry Xmas in advance, Blue!

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    1. Keeping things simple is what I do best :) No stress come X-mas.

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  19. I haven't been following about this new one at all and now I'm utterly and completely confused

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  20. I would watch the hell out of your movie.

    "OMG I totally love Star Trek I can't believe I get to dress up as Luke Vader this photoshoot is gunna be awsummmm" - the girl in that picture, probably

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  21. I've never been a big Star Wars fan but I did watch the last one that came out.

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    1. You're back! Did you give it a B+ or an F?

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