Review: The Shannara Chronicles S01E01 through S01E04

What do you get when you cross epic-fantasy heavily inspired by Tolkien with a post apocalyptic future and MTV? Apparently the answer is The Shannara Chronicles a series that is, based on the first four episodes, resolutely... okay. I mean it's just exactly what you would expect... I guess? It's not like it's bad... you know? By this point my ambivalence should be shining through and there are a few reasons for that. One is of course the fact that someone in their forties isn't in the prime demographic for MTV dramas. Another is that while I acknowledge their flaws I do have a soft spot for the first three Shannara books …Read more  »

Movie Review — Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This is Star Wars. Forget the prequels, hell forget the Ewoks. This is what got you excited to visit a "Galaxy far, far away" in the first place. The Force Awakens had a lot of goals to accomplish and I think it managed to do all of them (some better than others perhaps). It's not a literary movie, nor a particularly deep one but it is Star Wars. The Force Awakens is not a reboot in the traditional sense, but it does wipe about 80% of the slate clean leaving future movies somewhere interesting to go. The prequels exist but they don't matter and the neat resolution that we were presented with …Read more  »

TV Review: The Expanse S01E01 — Dulcinea

Those of you lamenting the lack of space based science fiction on tv should be very pleased about SyFy's latest series The Expanse which is adapted from a series of books by James S. A. Corey (actually a pen name for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) because we're firmly in Space Opera territory here. While the story is set within our solar system we're looking at a (partially) terraformed Mars and assorted space stations. The reason you don't see shows like this on TV very much is that even with modern CGI, doing them convincingly is expensive. People have become so used to movie style special effects that they are not at …Read more  »

Book Review — Star Wars: Aftermath

Chuck Wendig's entry into the Star Wars mythos has garnered a lot of attention and a lot of criticism. The first is not surprising given the he is essentially launching the "Journey to The Force Awakens", the second seems disproportionate to any literary or fan crimes committed. Fast Paced Present Tense One of the biggest criticisms comes from the writing style. Wendig has chosen to imitate the feeling of the Star Wars movies by using the present tense and a lot of very short or broken sentences. I think this does in fact capture the pacing of the movies very well. It may however come across as rather jarring to …Read more  »

Comic Book Review: Star Wars #1 by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday

Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm comic book fans have been waiting for Star Wars to return to home.  The very first licensed Star Wars comics were produced by Marvel so there is a nice symmetry to this, though we shouldn't dismiss the fine work done by Dark Horse with the franchise over the years. So how does the new Star Wars #1 stack up against previous comics? Is this a must buy, or just another cheap cash in? A-List Creators Say This Book Matters Just based on the talent that Marvel is throwing at the book, I'd say they aren't just cashing in. Jason Aaron may not be a household …Read more  »

Boba Fett vs. Predator Artwork

So here's some really cool artwork by artist JP Valderrama which he calls Locked In. On the surface it looks as though Boba Fett has this Predator in his sights. But then you remember that Boba Fett can't shoot much better than a StormTrooper and is in fact the worst bounty hunter in the entire galaxy. So then you realize that this Predator is going to rip Fett to shreds. I love the style of the art work though. The background with its muted greys and blues really contrasts with the splashes of color on Fett and the laser sight. And the way the color has been allowed to streak gives …Read more  »

Star Wars / Disney Mashup Cosplay — Meet Snowbafett

Now I'm on record (repeatedly) on the subject of just how lame a  character Boba Fett actually is. Third worst in the entire Star Wars universe isn't hyperbole. That's actually where I think he ranks. Fett has one thing and one thing only going for him. He looks pretty cool (in a 70s sort of way). So Amber Arden's costume (as photographed here by Estrada Photography) takes the one good thing about Fett and makes it massively cooler by combining it with a Disney Princess. Snow White to be specific. Not only does she give the Mandalorean armor the correct color scheme, she's even put a bow on the helmet! …Read more  »

Star Wars Fan Art — Darth Talon Will Make You Tremble

Darth Talon for those who don't track all the details of the assorted books and comics is a Lethan Twi'lek who became a Sith Lady as part of Darth Krayt's One Sith (so says Wookiepedia). This all happens 100 or so years after the fall of the Emperor so you can safely assume it's not canon any more and ignore it. As shown here in this image by daRoz though she is pretty awe inspiring don't you think? Not someone to mess with unless you have a death wish judging by the look she's giving. Really moody bit of artwork and the skin looks like skin not a costume. Source: Deviantart - …Read more  »

LEGO Star Wars Cosplay — LEGO Boba Fett

How about that for a geek triumvirate headline? Yes this is a cosplay of the LEGO Star Wars minifigure of the galaxy's least competent bounty hunter Boba Fett as lovingly created by CGS1 for his son. Even I think it's really cool and I think Boba Fett is the third lamest character in Star Wars. It's probably the most convincing LEGO minifigure cosplay I've seen to date Source: TheDentedHelmet - LEGO Boba Fett Costume

Death Star + Balloons = Pixar / Star Wars Mashup Tattoo

Okay that's pretty cool. I only share tattoos occasionally because I'm not really into them as a general rule. But sometimes the design just looks so good or the idea is so clever they need sharing. And this is one of those. What do you get if you combine Star Wars and Pixar's UP? Well obviously you get a partially built Death Star being floated by a bunch of balloons. Source: Reddit - Death Star: pics