The Solo Han Solo Film is Called Solo

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The Han Solo anthology film finally has a title, folks… And it is precisely as inspired as the idea of a Harrison Ford-less Han Solo origin story.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is brought to us by director Ron Howard and the father/son writing team of Lawrence and Jon Kasdan (although after the senior Kasdan’s involvement in The Force Awakens this isn’t exactly a positive). It’s scheduled for release on 25th May 2018, AKA the original Star Wars day.

After reading the announcement last night even my wife, who isn’t a Star Wars fan, enjoyed TFA, and has no idea why I’m so frustrated with Disney, turned around and commented on how uninspired the name is.

Of course despite the fired directors, the dodgy writers, the unnecessary concept and the bland name, there are still reasons to be optimistic for Solo… right?

Of course there are. Here are a few choice factors showing why Solo: A Star Wars Story might not be a complete disaster…

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The Last Jedi: The Poster & Final Trailer Have Arrived!

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Now that the Blade Runner 2049 hype circus has left town (and note to Lucasfilm – that is how you follow up a classic film after 30+ years), it’s time for desperate YouTubers across the land to start laying on the overwrought excitement for December’s Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.

That’s right: the final trailer is here.

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C-3PO (POTF2) Review

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Power of the Force, 1995

Accessories: N/A

Appears in: A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi

Card Back: Designed as a protocol droid, C-3PO’s main programming function is to interact with human society. He is an interpreter fluent in over six million galactic languages, specializing in the areas of etiquette and translation – especially important during diplomatic missions. To aid in these tasks, he is equipped with microwave and olfactory sensors, photoreceptors, vocabulator speech units, energy transducers and broad-band antenna receivers. He was programmed with an elegant, human sounding voice, but more often than not C-3PO is heard whining and bickering with his companion, the astromech droid R2-D2.

C-3PO was once a simple interpreter aboard the transport ship Tantine IV, but a twist of fate made him one of the most wanted droids in the galaxy and a reluctant but loyal hero in the Rebel Alliance’s struggle against the Empire. When her transport was attacked by Darth Vader, Princess Leia Organa hid secret technical readouts for the Empire’s new Death Star in the memory banks of C-3PO’s companion R2-D2. The two droids then jettisoned from the ship in an escape pod, setting about the chain of events that brought Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Obi-Wan Kenobi into the Rebel Alliance and ultimately led to the destruction of the Empire’s ultimate Battle Station.

I thoroughly enjoy the Prequels, but also firmly believe that the execution of the rather brilliant story could have been better. And so, if I could change three things about The Phantom Menace, they would be thus:

My first priority would be making Anakin Skywalker older. Imagine Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi encountering Anakin at 15, a veteran pod racer and Mos Espa slave on the verge of being sold off – how much more believable would his anger be, or his relationship with Padme? Secondly, I would make his accidental destruction of the Trade Federation control ship a deliberate action, the culmination of the Queen’s plan that only he had the skills to pull off. Show him as truly the greatest starfighter pilot in the galaxy.

My final change would be simple: the ‘Darth Vader built C-3PO’ connection would have to go.

Even though the concept gave us a rather excellent comic tale, that’s not enough to make up for the unnecessary and somewhat belittling connection between two characters that should never have had that level of relationship.

Such an idea was so out of the left-field that it would have been laughed out of town in 1995 – which is exactly when we’re going back to for the POTF2 C-3PO review…

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JJ Abrams to Direct ROTJ2

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OK, this blog title somewhat jests – Starkiller Base aside, the common criticism that The Force Awakens was a rehash isn’t as entirely fair as the popular narrative suggests, or indeed relevant to the actual flaws with the film. Still, there’s no question that the experience of watching Episode VII felt remarkably familiar…

I’ve been guardedly optimistic about how The Last Jedi is shaping up. It looks like it will address some of the issues raised by TFA (if not all) and Rian Johnson’s pedigree would indicate that the film is in safer hands than Abram’s initial entry ever was. So the news that Abrams is returning to the vacated director’s spot for Episode IX is disappointing to say the least.

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Stormtrooper (POTF2) Review

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Power of the Force, 1995

Accessories: Blaster Rifle, Heavy Infantry Cannon
Appears in: A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi

Card Back: Feared throughout the galaxy, Stormtroopers are elite shock troops deployed in support of both ground forces and the Imperial fleet. Stormtroopers are unquestionably loyal to the Empire, and their unshakable military discipline has led to speculation that they may be the result of accelerated Imperial cloning experiments, although this has never been confirmed.

The armored spacesuits worn by standard Stormtroopers give them the ability to operate in almost any environment and offer limited protection from blaster fire. The white outer shell consists of 18 snap together pieces which form an anti-blaster cocoon, and includes a self-contained power source. Underneath this armor is a black, two piece temperature controlled body-glove. The protective helmets feature polarized lenses and communication units that allow troopers to maintain communication with each other and with their commanders. Also outfitted to the armor is a compartmentalized utility belt, which houses a spare comlink, rations and batteries, plus specialized survival equipment. Standard issue weapons include hand blasters and blaster cannons, grenades, mini proton torpedoes and laser cutting devices – easily the most fearsome personal arsenal in all the Empire.

The Imperial shock troops are unfalteringly loyal to Emperor Palpatine and his wishes. These elite corps are deployed to neutralize resistance to the Empire and placed aboard Imperial vessels to ensure lower officers stay true to the Emperor’s wishes.

Whether you’re a casual Star Wars collector or a two-of-everything mega hoarder, no collection can be complete without the ever-present armoured soldiers of the Empire: Imperial Stormtroopers.

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