Thursday, December 29, 2016

They Want a Call Sign...

Got to watch the latest film in the Star Wars universe last week. I was very pleased! An entertaining and satisfying movie, wedged into the bit of open space just prior to A New Hope.

Lots of action. Some really nice characters. A couple of pieces of cool new tech. A different environment to fight AT-ATs in (tropical jungle beaches instead of cold snow wasteland). A daring way to end, in terms of the fates of the heroes.

A few nods to the original movie. A few of what must have been excellent CGI work to match faces of long dead actors. A poignant last scene, now tinged with extra sadness at the passing of the great Carrie Fisher.

All in all, a very good movie and an excellent Star Wars entry. Definitely added to my personal preferred canon, alongside its prequel book, Catalyst. I will be going to see the movie again, perhaps multiple times more, and will likely look into picking up the "Visual Guide" et al.

Perhaps a more spoiler-heavy review will be in the future.

The RPG and the Star Wars Universe

It's been a bit slow for me lately due to holidays and travel; I must admit that I still haven't seen Rogue One, but I hope to remedy that situation today.

In the interim, here's a link to an interesting article about how the Star Wars RPG from West End Games revitalized life in the Galaxy Far, Far Away.

How a Pen and Paper RPG Brought Star Wars Back from the Dead

In particular, I find it interesting to consider how much freedom West End had back in the day, compared to how carefully controlled things are now during an era in which there'll be a new movie every year for the foreseeable future.