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The Force Awakens Questions


December 18, 2015 saw the offical release of Star Wars The Force Awakens. I, like many fans, had questions going into the film based on what had been revealed through the trailers, posters, commercials and other promotional materials. Below are some of these questions and my thoughts on what was revealed when I watched this film

Warning: May contain light spoilers, but trust me, nothing major, yet….

Who are all these new characters and what is their role in the Star Wars saga?

This has been a big question since the names were revealed through the trading cards, especially Rey and Finn, who did not have last names. The Force Awakens reveals a bit about who each of these characters are, but does this, for me, in an unexpected, but satisfying way. This film also leaves room to reveal more about their pasts and of course their role in the entire Star Wars saga. I will need to watch the movie again, a few more times, before I dive deep into each of these characters.

Where is Luke?

Ever since the release of the official posters, there were many, like me, that asked this question. I thought that this was a marketing decision on Lucasfilm’s or Disney’s part to increase the hype. However, this is actually a plot point in the movie that carries all the characters in the story forward.

What is a Snoke?

This is the question asked by my friends at Fangirls Going Rogue.  Supreme Commander Snoke, Leader of The First Order, can be seen and heard during the film, but I really do not believe we get enough about who or what this character really is. Hopefully, Star Wars Episode VIII will reveal more.

What happened to Han and Leia after Return of The Jedi?

When I heard confirmation that these characters were to appear in the film, this is one of the biggest questions I had. I like many others believe they lived ‘happily ever after’ after the Battle of Endor. The Force Awakens not only shows us what happened to them, but it is for me, one of the most emotional arcs of the entire film.

What were your questions going into the film?

Game Review: Doctor Who Legacy for iOS

I decided to share the review I posted today at the Apple App Store for my favorite game Doctor Who: Legacy for iOS devices.

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I have been playing this free game for over a year and it is the only game that lets me play without requiring me to pay anything unless I really want to! However, I like many others support this great game by paying a small amount to unlock the Fan Area. This purchase was well worth it because it give you access to levels that help level up characters so you can get to the next level. Also, you can se where your money is going because these guys are always adding new levels, characters and freebies. If you are a Doctor Who fan this game is a must! Cannot wait to see what comes next!

You can find out more by visiting the developers website or by visiting the Apple App Store.

And for those who may be wondering below is a screenshot of one of my favorite teams:

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Had to “Do The Time Warp Again”

I posted about this parody video created by The Hillywoods Show when it was first released over two months ago. Even though it has been that long, it just keeps getting better and better with each time I view it. I cannot be the only one that thinks so because this video now has over 1.5 MILLION views! That’s Amazing! Therefore, I just had to post about it again with some new comments.

Basically, the creators Hilly and Hanna Hindi along with the rest of their team did a fantastic job! The props, costumes, actors, script and sets were amazing and captured the look and feel of Doctor Who brilliantly. For instance, I recently re-watched that scene from ‘Partners In Crime’, which is one of the funniest scenes in Doctor Who that I have watched so far and this video captures that moment brilliantly!

These two ladies are the ultimate Fangirls and I congratulate them on their fine display of talent and effort! You Ladies Rock!

For more on the whole process check out the following behind the scenes video, like I did!

After viewing the behind the scenes video, I am encouraging you to join me in doing the “Time Warp, Again!”…

“Let’s Do The Time Warp Again”

This parody video created by The Hillywoods Show gives a whole new spin on “Let’s Do The Time Warp Again!”

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It not only has a great premise, #DoctorWho with #RockyHorror, but the everything in the video is spot on. Especially…

The characters

That really did sound and look like David Tennant’s Doctor!

The scenes chosen

I loved that scene from Doomsday mixed with this!

The effects and scenery used

That really felt like the TARDIS to me!

Basically, the creators Hilly and Hanna Hindi along with the rest of their team did a fantastic job!

However, do not just take my word for it. There are several publications that support my opinion!

The Liberty Voice indicates…

Some of the highlights of the hard work include the portrayal of the various characters, particular The Doctor and his assistant Donna Nobel, originally played by British comedian Catherine Tate. Hilly and Hannah Hindy get the perfect facial expressions that will leave fans smiling as they remember the exact scenes from the original show.
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Anthony Domeico from cnet.com states that this is an…

awesome song and dance parody of the Tenth Doctor doing the Time Warp.

Chris Hayner over at Zap2it.com states:

That Season 8 fan trailer was pretty fantastic, but this new video blows it out of the water in terms of fun. What happens when you cross “Doctor Who” and “The Rocky Horror Show”? David Tennant’s Doctor doing the “Time Warp,” of course.

The best one is by Sahba Rahbar from socialitelife.com, which states:

And of course it all looks awesome, from the costumes to the sets. Also, whoever does the voice of the 10th Doctor needs to be my boyfriend. Like, stat. Check out the video above and prepare to be amazed, amused and astounded.

Recent adventures: Once Upon A Time Season 1

Recent adventures: Once Upon A Time Season 1

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I just started watching the ABC fantasy drama Once Upon A Time. As a fan of both Disney and fantasy, you would think I would have started watching this when it first aired, but I did not. I finally decided to give this show a chance because many of my friends and my family rave about the show. Therefore, thanks to Netflix I recently started watching season one.

Here are my thoughts on the first season of this show without giving any spoilers:

Story

This is Fairy Tale Land. It’s filled with magic, monsters and all of the characters we all know from stories growing up. It’s real, and so are the people in it. But unlike the “happily ever after” you may have heard about, their stories continued, and The Evil Queen cast a Dark Curse over the land….

This is Storybrooke. It’s a quiet, little, New England town filled with people who go about their everyday lives with no idea who they really are. The Queen’s Curse has trapped them here and placed her in near-complete control. They have no real memories and no real hope.

Once Upon A Time is, at its core, a story about hope.

At first, I was not too happy with how the story switched from the “fantasy world” to “our world”. This switching made it harder to keep track of all the different characters and how they related to each other. However, as the series progressed, I became invested in the characters and how they relate to each other and the switches became less of a nuisance.

Characters

I have to say that based on the shows that I have seen so far, I love the characters and how they are portrayed. Almost all of the women in the show are strong, complex, great role models and from time-to-time even those that are ‘evil’ show a ‘good’ side, which adds another level of complexity. I think the writers have done a good job with the banter and interaction between the characters, especially between Emma Swan and Regina Mills (aka Evil Queen) pictured below:

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Settings and Costumes

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I love the fantasy settings and the costumes used throughout the series. The visuals are just amazing and are reminiscent of the settings use in The Lord of The Rings and Hobbit movies. The costumes for the characters, when they are portrayed in the fantasy world, appear to be extremely detailed and fit the imagery already established in the Disney animated features and other sources. I am slightly disappointed every time the setting switches back to the town of Storybrooke in “our world” and the characters are back into their “normal” everyday attire.

I will probably do a more through review once I finish watching more of this series. In the meantime, if you have not seen this series yet and want to find out more, then you should check out the official ABC Once Upon A Time website which features some really good 101 videos. You can also watch the first season on Netflix, like I am doing, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

#SFRBAntho links

As I mentioned in a post at the end of June, I am proud that I was able to help with the publication of the Tales From The SFR Brigade Anthology.

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I promised my fellow members of the SFR Brigade a list of links from other blogs that talk about or review the anthology. Below are just some of those that I have found so far:

Post that previews the Anthology from Contributing Author, Amy Laurens

Background on what lead to the development of Anthology from JC Cassels

Goodreads page for the Anthology.

Announcement on the early publication of Anthology by Contributing Author Pippa Jay.

Post about Anthology by Editorial Director Diane Dooley on her Contact Infinite Futures blog

Review of the Anthology by Jo@Mixed Book Bag

The Galaxy Express Interview with Anthology Developmental Editor, Paula Dooley

Post about the Anthology by SFR Brigade Member and Author Kylie Griffin

Announcement on publication of Anthology by SmartGirlsSciFi

Promotion of Anthology on DearAuthor.com

Review by author KS “Kaz” Augustin

Review of the Anthology from CE Kilgore posted on the Tracing The Stars blog.

Making the Anthology by SFR Brigade Founder and Editor-At-Large, Lauren A Green.

Link to Anthology on SFSignal under the “More Fun Stuff” banner headline.

Additional links my readers have found

Zhurrat Review repost of Corrine Kilgore’s review.

A ping back on Todd Robert Dean’s site

Post about the Anthology from Chief Copy-Editor Laurel C Kriegler

If there are any others that are not listed above, please share these with me in the comments.

ScraperWiki lets anyone scrape Twitter data without coding

As a data guru this looks interesting to me. I may add this to my growing list of data analysis tools!

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The Obama administration’s open data mandate announced on Thursday was made all the better by the unveiling of the new ScraperWiki service on Friday. If you’re not familiar with ScraperWiki, it’s a web-scraping service that has been around for a while but has primarily focused on users with some coding chops or data journalists willing to pay to have someone scrape data sets for them. Its new service, though, currently in beta, also makes it possible for anyone to scrape Twitter to create a custom data set without having to write a single line of code.

Taken alone, ScraperWiki isn’t that big of a deal, but it’s part of a huge revolution that has been called the democratization of data. More data is becoming available all the time — whether from the government, corportations or even our own lives — only it’s not of much use unless you’re…

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#AtoZChallenge Zillo Beast

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A to Z Blog Challenge Topic: Zillo Beast

What is the Zillo Beast?

The Zillo Beast is a very large lizard like creature from the Star Wars Universe. This creature was featured in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 2 episodes, “The Zillo Beast” & “The Zillo Beast Strikes Back“. Below is the entry from the Article on the Zillo Beast on starwars.com:


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  • Concept Art of Zillo Beast from Starwars.com


  • DESCRIPTION: An ancient creature accidentally unearthed on Malastare during an intense battle of the Clone Wars, the Zillo Beast was a monster of legend. The enormous animal proved to be nearly invulnerable to Republic weaponry, prompting intense interest from Chancellor Palpatine. At his order, the creature was incapacitated and transported to a supposedly secure research facility on Coruscant. The Zillo Beast would not be caged, however, and it broke free from its restraints, running wild through the crowded thoroughfares of the capital, leaving swaths of destruction in the wake of its titanic rampage.

    STATS
    Appearances: The Clone Wars
    Homeworld: Malastare
    Gender: Male
    Height: 97 meters long

    I thought that the Zillo Beast was a great addition to the Star Wars Universe. The Star Wars: The Clone Wars team did a fantastic job of creating and characterizing this creature during the two episodes it appeared on-screen.

    No words can express just how awesome The Zillo Beast looked on screen, even in animated form. Eric Goldman from IGN says it best in his review of The Zillo Beast Strikes Back:

    “The way the animators showed the Zillo’s shear mass, and how every move it made was destroying property and vehicles — and yes, sending some to their doom — was incredibly impressive to behold”

    The sheer size and scale of this creature, as seen in the images from starwars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode guide below, is just simply amazing and to me felt very realistic.

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    The Zillo Beast is also portrayed as something more than just a dumb creature, despite it’s size and scale. The following from Stooge’s review of The Zillo Beast Strikes Back from clubjade.com says it better than I can:

    “In fact, Zillo may be the smartest dude on Coruscant, since it’s the only one who can see Palpatine for who he is.”

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  • Teaser Poster advertising the Zillo Beast episodes
  • Update: per a Tweet from Star Wars guru Pablo Hidalgo, “Dave Filoni did the original sketches (for the Zillo Beast) and Randy Bantog did the final design”.

    Thanks for answering my question Pablo!

    "A Servant And A Master" – Emma: A Victorian Romance (manga) – 9/10 Sugar Cubes

    A to Z Blog Challenge: Emma A Victorian Romance
    As promised, here is one of the reviews that I found on the manga that I based my Cosplay on: Emma A Victorian Romance

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    Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that. ~Michael Leunig

    Genre: Romance/ Historical/ Drama

    Review Status: Full (7 Volumes/ 7 Volumes)

    Licensed: Licensed in the US

    Art: Very good. The details on the hair and clothing are wonderful. The characters all look very good. It looks very clean.

    Summary: Emma has spent most of her life as house maid to an old lady. Now her employer receives a visit from a young man, William Jones, to whom she was once governess. The meeting between William and Emma is the beginning of a romance that crosses all social boundaries. (ANN.com)

    Review: Yes, this is the manga version of the anime Emma: A Victorian Romance. There’s not a whole lot I can say aboutit that hasn’t been said about the anime- it’s sweet and to the point, dealing…

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    Upcoming Adventure: The Force Within Us

    Today, I received my collector’s edition of the Star Wars documentary: The Force Within Us. This documentary was created by film maker, Chris Macht, with the help of his crew and supporters through various fundraising campaigns. I missed on in participating in either the fundraising campaigns and meeting the crew at Star Wars Celebration VI. However, the description from the film’s website convinced me to give it a try:

    The Force Within Us, the sequel to the highly acclaimed and sold out documentary “The Force Among Us”, takes us deeper into the Star Wars experience than just the obsession of collectibles and costuming. Exploring how and why this epic saga has the ability to possess and alter lives, “The Force Within Us” centers on Star Wars as a catalyst for spiritual rebirth… finding personal meaning in life… and inspiring positive change.

    Filmmaker Cris Macht takes you on a journey revealing that Star Wars is more than just another sci-fi film to watch or convention to attend. It exposes personal connections that are developed through the sagas good versus evil storyline, and the hope that good ultimately triumphs in our world as well as in a galaxy far, far away. Also featured are thought provoking stories from Star Wars celebrities and how being a part of the phenomenon has changed their lives. Familiar Star Wars locations, like the Death Valley (Tatooine) and the Redwood Forest (Endor), add to the deep, emotional journey that is “The Force Within Us.”

    The part of the description that convinced me to purchase it was the quote in Italics above. I really wanted to see how Star Wars and it’s fans find personal meaning in life AND inspire positive change. It also helped that the price of the documentary was well within my budget and came with a few bonus items as well! Below is the picture of the DVD and the bonus items that came with the low price of $19.80 plus shipping & handling:

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    Pictured are:
    – The Force Within Us DVD with artwork by Paul Bateman
    – A small vial of “Tatooine” sand from Death Valley National Park
    – 4 TFWU trading cards done in The Empire Strikes back colors also created by Paul Bateman.

    As mentioned above, this film is actually part two of a documentary series. I did not see or purchase the first part. However, I understand that this film stand on it’s own, even if some of the stuff is a little dated due to recent events like George Lucas retiring, Disney buying LucasFilm, end of The Clone Wars as a weekly TV series, etc.

    My plan is to view this documentary film over the weekend soon. Afterwards, I plan will post a complete review and what I will learned from it. Therefore, stay tuned and find out if it does or does not stand on it’s own!

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