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Rey

April 17, 2016

Bothans

April 8, 2016

No Bothans were harmed in the making of this trailer*

April 7, 2016

Actual goosebumps. This looks awesome.

* But if they ever make a movie in between eps V and VI those guys be fucked.

Tusken Raider

March 8, 2016

tusken

Love Mike Mignola.

Return of the Jedi

December 13, 2015

Something I haven’t really thought about before: the opening of Return of the Jedi gives away very little to the inexperienced viewer.

If you’ve seen Empire (and ANH) you get exciting glimpses of our heroes, if you haven’t it’s bewildering:

We cut to night: the bomb-wielding alien sneaks through the throne room and brings the statue to life. Then it turns out the alien is a human woman. The statue asks who she is. “Someone who loves you,” she says, instead of actually answering the question. She kisses the statue.

As alien as Jabba and his retinue appear, our heroes appear very much to be villains, none moreso then black-clad, force-choking Luke. Even knowing he was the good guy (he *is* the good guy, right?) I always felt really sorry for the Rancor’s caretaker :(

I’ve never forgotten the neat little narrative trick that the opening of Return of the Jedi plays, by dressing its heroes as the villains in narrative as well as costume.

Carrie Fisher

December 6, 2015

She’s great. Just great.

‘Controversy’ over Slave Leia figures?

There’s been some debate recently about whether there should be no more merchandise with you in the “Return of the Jedi” bikini.

I think that’s stupid.

To stop making the merchandise?

The father who flipped out about it, “What am I going to tell my kid about why she’s in that outfit?” Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn’t like it. And then I took it off. Backstage.

Awesome.

She’s also great in Catastrophe (which you should be watching).