What if Lando was in Ep. 7?

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OK so its been a month now since Star Wars: The Force Awakens was in theaters here in the US. Everyone by now has given their two-cents about what they thought of the film and some rumors for the next films.

One thing that really bothered me though was how the film had characters that served no purpose. Captain Phasma is one of the biggest ones, but her character can grow as the films go on. Max Von Sydow’s character Lor San Tekka however was a huge wast of a actor and actor. SPOILER: He dies about 5 minutes into film. With the lines given to him it make it sound like he had some important backstory to the Leia and the Rebellion. Also Kylo addresses him as like him and Tekka had a past. They may bring this up in the comics, but if you never read them, his character served no purpose!

This is why I think they should have replaced his character with, Lando Calrissian.

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Go with me…

You can take some of the same dialogue, and it would make sense.

“This will begin to make things right”, this could mean that Lando is still trying to make up for the events during Cloud City.

Lando would also know about the Jedi and the Dark Side so the dialogue about that would work as well.

“General? To me she’s Royalty.” That line is MADE for Lando’s silk Colt 45 voice!

The most important lines are when Kylo looks at Tekka and says, “Look how old you’ve become.” That would make sense with Lando, since Kylo is Han’s son and he would know Lando from childhood. Also the line, “I know where you come from. Before you called yourself “Kylo Ren”, is more relevant with Lando. That and the line about his family.

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Now we get to the part where the film could have given us our first gut-punch!

When Kylo strikes down Tekka killing him really does nothing to the story, and since we’ve never seen this character before gives us no emotional connection.

Now think if that character was replaced with Lando. BOOM!

Killing Lando in the beginning would show us the audience and fans that this film is not playing around. Also, when else can you put Billy Dee in the series really? Kylo would have not only killed his dad, but his “uncle” as well.

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Unfortunately we will never see this happen, but a fanboy can dream!

 

 

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Star Wars Ep.7 SPOILER REVIEW

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Last night I saw The Force Awakens at a private screening. I was on the edge of my seat when the craw began. Luke as vanished!

Now I really liked the film, I thought that this film was a huge improvement to the prequels. I thought the old and new cast did great. Adam Driver was terrifying as Kylo Ren, who spoiler is Ben Solo. He was the best of both the dark side of Vader, and the childish personality of Anakin. He was hands-down the best person in the film.

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The story is almost a shot by shot remake of a New Hope in some ways. Where a droid is carrying important information to the resistance, that was left by a hero who was captured, by a dark force warrior, only to be rescued by a person dressed as a stormtrooper. Then The robot meets a person on a dessert planet that’s a good fixer-uper. Then they meet up with Han Solo and Chewe. Also the bad guys have created a giant death machine to blow up planets, only to have its shields lowered and have a small area exposed to attack, then the character who is the mentor to the fixer-uper dies at the hands of the dark warrior. The fixer then uses the power of the force to stop the bad guy.

Sounds pretty similar, but it works for this story.

Much how the first films had their own style, because of the different directors, The Force Awakens is very much a JJ Abrams film. Except no lens flairs everywhere, thank the maker. Oh and 3PO says that in the movie…like in Ep 4.

As we learn pretty early on into the film, Kylo Ren is Han and Leia’s son Ben. Ben was Luke’s padawan in the new Jedi Order. However Ben, being much like Vader, was easily manipulated by the dark side of the force. So he killed all the Jedi’s, and Luke being ashamed of what his nephew and padawan had done goes into  hiding. After all that Han and Leia go their separate ways.

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Then years later the new rebellion is fighting the new empire called “The First Order”. They dropped the whole clone army thing and now they steal babies from families. Thus giving them a serial name and a job as ether a soldier or as a worker.

The main character in this film is Rey, who is most likely Luke’s daughter. As we see in a force flash that after Kylo Rne killed all the Jedi’s Rey was left on Jakku to live with Max Von Sydow, who we say in the beginning of the film get killed by Kylo Ren. By theory is that Ren killed Luke’s wife, and to hide Rey from the darkside, much how Obi-Wan did for him, he left her in the hands of an old friend to raise her and keep her safe.

The reason I believe this is because Rey as a natural talent for piloting and fixing stuff, much like a young Luke. I think Han can tell that there is something familiar about Rey when she’s on the Falcon fixing stuff. Also the way Leia looks at her, its if she knows the truth (because of the force).

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Now lets get to the part I know everyone is talking about. The over use of Fan Service obviously!

We have Fin telling Poe, “This is a rescue mission!”

While on the Falcon we see the training ball Luke used to guide the force, and the video game Chewe and 3PO were playing.

Now Han does say, “I have a bad feeling about this.” But thats OK, its said in every star wars film.

When Han and Fin capture Cap. Phasma Han asks if there’s a trash compactor they can throw her in…you know like in the first film.

Ok, Ok…to the real thing everyone is talking about. The death of Han Solo. Now when Kylo aka Ben kills his father I said, “You Son Of A Bitch!” I knew it was going to happen the way the scene was set up. But when it happened….YOU SON OF A BITCH! That was a moment that both the screenwriter and Ford have been waiting to do since Jedi, and it was done well…and by well I mean heartbreaking.

This film in my opinion is not for young children, there is a lot of death and violence in this film, and even I a 27 year-old man child got nightmares from the film.

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So if your a fan of the saga you’re really going to enjoy this film, and if your now a fan you will also enjoy the film because its an epic film!

Star Trek Beyond trailer review

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Well, crap.

Star Trek Into Darkness was my favorite film of 2013. I saw it twice in theaters and even being a fan of the old Trek I walked out liking every bit of the film. I even liked the first film and thought they handled time travel quite well.

What made those films great were three things, JJ Abrams directing, the perfect cast, and the writing team of Kurtzman and Orci (because they were Trek fans). Sadly the new films is missing two of its key elements, and its so painfully obvious.

JJ went off to direct STAR WARS, which comes out Friday, Kurtzman just didn’t come back at all and Robert Orci back out of everything except for a producer role. He was the original director but later “exited” the film. So that’s when they got Justin Lin of the Fast and Furious franchise to come direct the 3rd film.

Lin does great if the Fast and Furious franchise, but Trek is a whole other ballpark. And from what I saw from this trailer, it doesn’t look good.

First off Simon Pegg was signed on as one of the writers on the film after the studio felt the first few scripts were too Star Trek. In Pegg’s own words, “had a script for Star Trek that wasn’t really working for them. I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little bit too Star Trek-y.”

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“I want you to make a Star Trek movie, but don’t make it anything like Star Trek at all and more like Guardians of the Galaxy.” That’s how I imagine the pitch went.

We start off by hearing music that does not even mesh with the Star Trek tone, the Beastie Boy. Once that song came on I was already out. It just does not work! Might as well thrown in ether Vin Diesel or The Rock in Star Trek. This looks like a hot mess.

The story looks stupid from the little we got, Idris Elba looks like the bad guy from Galaxy Quest. This is not a film for the fans and non fans like the others. This film is for the people who liked the Fast and Furious, and don’t get me wrong I like those movies but not in Trek.

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If the hardcore fans weren’t pissed off already by the last two films, they sure as hell will be now. So next summer I guess we’ll see how Star Trek 3: Boldly Drifting turns out.

STAR WARS 7 title reviled!!!

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

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It’s official, STAR WARS 7 has a title! What I take from this title is that for several years the empire has been quite and Luke and the force have also not been doing much. Then something happens that brings the Jedi’s back in full force! Also this is sort of a metaphor for the whole STAR WARS franchise, this is a new Awakening and hopefully means that we’ll get back to the classic films but with some new edge.

I really like this title and I don’t want to get over excited, but I will be there for the midnight release when this comes out next year!

“STAR WARS EP. 7” Will it be good?

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Principle photography for STAR WARS Ep. 7 has rapped up and now its all in the hands of the editors and visual effect artists and JJ Abrams to bring this film together.

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This has a lot riding on it, lets be honest the prequels really didn’t feel like STAR WARS movies, the animated CLONE WARS in my mind redeemed the films. Also JJ did a fantastic job bringing back STAR TREK, the sequel INTO DARKNESS was one of my favorite films of last year.

However the big question is, will the force be strong with this movie?

I think that this film has a chance to bring back this movie franchise and here are my reasons:

JJ Abrams directing.

George Lucas not involved with the production or preproduction.

Lawrence Kasdan, the original writer of Empire, Jedi, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The band id back together, Luke. Leia and Han. With Chewbacca, 3-CPO, R2-D2 and Warwick Davis.

New cast members who have a very talented filmography, and we don’t know who they all will play.

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I’m excited to see what they are going to show us in the first trailer, with the Age of Ultron trailer STAR WARS has to step up their game. They did “I’ve got no strings” in the trailer, STAR WARS…”When you wish upon a star…WAAAARSSSS!”