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Chewie timeline revised, death cancelled

April 7, 2014

The Verge writes:

Even though the rumor mill surrounding Star Wars: Episode VII has been swirling with casting rumors in recent weeks, at least one actor has reportedly been confirmed to be returning to the classic series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Peter Mayhew is set to reprise his role as Chewbacca in the new film…

…Even though the plot is still a secret, Disney and LucasFilm did confirm that Episode VII’s narrative will take place 30 years after the end of 1983’s Return of the Jedi. When the movie hits theaters in 2015, fans can at least look forward to seeing what Chewie has been up to in all that time. And hopefully some amazing behind-the-scenes photos.

However, the current Star Wars timeline, based on the many books (all approved by Lucas Films) as well as the movies, lists Chewbacca dying 25 years after the events of the first (to be made) film, “A New Hope”.

So Chewie seems to have been given at least an extra 5-10 years of life.


There’s this flaw in “Into Darkness”

May 28, 2013


I’ve seen “Star Trek Into Darkness” twice now. I don’t think it’s as good as the first reboot film, but it’s better than I feared. And there’s a massive logical flaw towards the end that probably no one besides me cares about. But I hate it.

The thing I disliked about the first film was its whole premise, the altered timeline. I don’t want an alternative future developing without Vulcan. So even if the film was very good, I worried where its sequels would take us.

On that score there’s no problem in this film. Sort of a reworked homage to “The Wrath of Khan” (also the second film in its series), it works. I especially like the revamp of the climactic scene from the end with the roles of Kirk and Spock reversed.

There are flaws…there’s no explanation for the weird landscape on Qo’noS (a supposedly deserted province is covered with buildings, albeit in ruins), the scene with actress Alice Eve in her underwear was totally unnecessary, and while Benedict Cumberbatch was great in his role, the role of Khan required either someone who looks like Ricardo Montalan or who looks like a Sikh.

It’s as if Brad Pitt was supposed to be playing Jackie Robinson.

But it’s the logical flaw at the end that really bothers me.

(Spoiler alert)

The shoot out in space supposedly happens close to the Earth, only 280,000 kilometers away. That’s closer than the Moon, so the part about being pulled towards the Earth after the battle works.

But there’s no way that shoot out can take place so close to such a huge audience, to make any sense at all it has to be secret. At that distance, not only would the whole planet be watching, the surrounding space would be filled with ships. No way comms would be out, no way the admiral would be allowed to destroy another federation ship, no way there wouldn’t be ships and space stations helping the crashing Enterprise.

So why do it that way? Does JJ Abrams think we’re too dumb to care? (It’s a bit like there being absolutely no ships left close by when Alderaan gets destroyed. Where’d they all go?)

Is the “Phantom Menace” Worth Seeing in 3-D?

February 10, 2012

The Jedi burger?
Under the headline “Watch Anything – Seriously, Anything – Other Than ‘Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace’ 3D” Reuters comments:

Let’s face it: “Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3D” is the broccoli that Lucasfilm wants us to eat before we get the delicious cake of “Star Wars” (I’m firmly against calling it “A New Hope”) and “The Empire Strikes Back” in 3D. But it’s not like you have to prove that you paid to see “Phantom Menace” to be allowed to buy a ticket to the good ones coming out later.

The entire article is here.

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