Posted by The Lam | Aug 11, 2016
The League of Denial (2013)

The topic of concussions in sports is a dialogue that’s been growing the past number of years.  Do a search on ‘concussions’ and ‘football’ and you’ll get several thousand hits on the controversy that’s surrounded the sport.  It’s a challenging topic as the research is all relatively new, and the topic itself challenges the mentality and philosophy adopted by football loving Americans.  Now, I’m not a fan of football or NFL but when I saw this book lying at the local bookstore, my interest was piqued.  Although I’m not a fan of football, those that know me know that I’m an unabashed fan of prowrestling.  Talks about concussions are also quite a hot topic even within the prowrestling sub-culture.  Earlier this year, one of the hottest wrestlers of the current era, Daniel Bryan, retired early at the age of 34 due to a history of concussion related issues.  Interestingly, he was not permitted to return to the ring due to the disapproval by WWE’s medical director – a doctor by the name of Joseph Maroon.  It is interesting as Maroon himself plays an antagonistic character of sorts in this book.  While I’m not sure how long he’s been involved with the WWE, he has been a neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers and involved with concussion related forums with the NFL for a number of years.  Hence, his involvement in this book.

Written by Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada in 2013, League of Denial recounts the discovery of brain injuries (or chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) as it’s commonly referred) to professional football players as a result of years of head trauma.  The stories are tragic, with relatively young players (in their 40s and 50s) exhibiting behaviors that are more akin to 70 year olds with dementia.  The disease is so degenerative and so unbearable, that a number of times, these former players end their own lives.  But even the way in which these players take their lives is interesting.  There are a number of cases where the players would take a bullet to their own chest, instead of the head, to preserve their brains as best as possible, with the intention of having their heads studied.  They were not well, they knew it, but they couldn’t bear it.

The book follows a number of key neurologists that were involved with the discovery and exploration of CTEs.  One such scientist is a Nigerian doctor by the name of Bennet Omalu, who in many ways is akin to Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings.  Here we have two characters, faced with a monumental challenges and whom are seen as underdogs.  Both are small in stature, both unaware of the larger world.  For Omalu, it was the world of the NFL.   He had not even seen a game when the body of a former and Hall of Fame player ended up on the slab at his office.  Upon discovery of the CTE disease, the NFL machine went quickly into denial mode.  Who was Omalu, but an uninformed and un-American man, to tell what the NFL was doing wrong?  However, Omalu was not alone.  It would not be long before a team of neurologists would support his discoveries.

The book not only sheds light on the doctor’s discoveries, but their contentions with the NFL of getting the results publicized and recognized.  It’s the classic battle with the billion dollar industry.  The book (and several people within the book) compare the present concussion situation in the NFL with that of the health issues and “Big Tobacco’s” refusal of acknowledgment years ago in America.

At times, the stories within are frustrating to read, in particular when in-fighting arises amongst the scientists themselves.  On the verge of fighting back the NFL and instigating changes, the scientists disband and form separate groups, allegedly because of egos and attitudes of certain individuals.

As noted above, it’s a challenging issue because the NFL has operated for decades under the growing pattern of providing harder hits and takedowns.  If you were knocked out, you shook it off and got back on the field.  However, medical research says that you shouldn’t get back on the field.  In fact, you should take an extended time off the field to recover from any potential brain related injuries.  However, this contravenes the mentality that’s been adopted and accepted by the NFL.  Pressure from the football subculture would demand that you keep on going.  Football is a sport that’s seeped so deep into the arteries of the country.  How do you go against a mentality that exists through the threads of America? 

The book is a fascinating read and provides insight on an increasingly intensifying topic.  Later geeks!

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Posted by The Lam | Jan 25, 2016
Star Wars Battlefront!!!!!! (PS4)

Perhaps timed with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and to ride on its publicity train, Star Wars Battlefront was released in November of last year.

Star Wars Battlefront is a predominantly multiplayer shooter.  It features a wide variety of modes focusing on player versus player content.  It includes a “Fighter Squadron” mode where Tie Fighters pit against X-Wings, “Heroes VS Villains” where some of Star Wars’ iconic characters do battle, and “Walker Assault”, probably my favourite mode where the Imperial soldiers protect the AT-ATs from being taken down by the Rebel scum.  It also includes the standard modes that one would expect from a multiplayer shooter like a team deathmatch (which they call Blast), capture the flag (which they call Cargo) or capture the point (either Droid Run or Drop Zone).  There are also offline “Mission” modes where you and one friend can do more simple missions, like ward off a squadron of Stormtroopers or… ward off a squadron of Stormtroopers (i.e. there’s not too much to do in Missions).  It’s clear that the focus is on multiplayer.

In this game, since you’re firing off lasers instead of bullets, you’re given unlimited ammo.  The only kickback is that your gun overheats if you fire too often requiring a momentary and defenseless lapse before it cools down.  So timing between shots is key, or else you’re left with a firearm that’s too hot to handle.  You’re also given a “Hand”, with three cards that you’re allowed to equip.  Two of the cards you can pick are item related, for example, a homing missle, or a sniper rifle or Chewie’s bowcaster (!), to name a few.  These items can be used unlimited times in battle, with each having its own cool down.  The third card you get is a special item that has a finite number of uses.  When activated, they can do a number of things, like takeaway overheating on your weapon or fire charged shots with your gun.  Each time you use this item, it eats up a charge.  You can gain more charges by finding a thunderbolt like item on the battlefield (not too hard to find) or by purchasing them with your in-game credits.

After each battle, you’re rewarded with experience points of which 10% of it is awarded in in-game credits, which you can use to buy a number of different upgrades.

Sometimes you run across Vader... who will slash your face with his Lightsabre.

The game has been criticized for the lack of depth.    Although there is a leveling and progression system in the game, there’s not much to be done with it.  The higher level you get, the more opportunity you have to unlock items, appearances/skins and emotes.  You can get all the weapons once you hit level 25, and all the useable items once you hit level 32.  Everything after 32 are only cosmetic upgrades making the leveling system a bit superfluous.  And on top of that, even with the weapon unlocks, with a dozen or so guns in total, very few of them feel different from one another. 

In some modes, you’re also allowed to play as heroes (Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo) and villains (Darth Vader, the Emperor, Boba Fett) from the game.  Unlike your normal Rebel or Imperial footsoldiers, these characters have a life bar that doesn’t regenerate, so although they are quite powerful, they are also disposable. 

Technically and artistically, the game captures the sights and sounds from the original movies very well.  When you’re running through snow with 19 other Stormtroopers on the ice planet Hoth, you can’t but feel like you’re back in Empire Strikes Back.  It’s made all the more exhilarating when you run across Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader, fighting by your side.

 ...Sometimes you ARE Vader, and deal the face slashing.

Despite the criticisms, I’ve really enjoyed the game.  I’ve sunk about 45 hours so far into it and I’m still enjoying it.  It’s true, the depth isn’t there.  However, it feels to me that they traded in depth for a lower barrier of entry which is more welcoming to players who aren’t as great at shooters.  And the team at DICE who developed it, pointed that out too.  They wanted to make sure it was an experience that could be had amongst a broader range of gamers.  I just feel better hopping into these battles than in Call of Duty where you could be decimated as soon as you step in the field.

I think my biggest complaint though is the matchmaking process and the team balancing or lack thereof.  I suppose because the game wants to give you a chance at playing each side, between rounds, you’re whole team is switched between Rebels and Imperials.  There is no auto-team balance or any shakeups between rounds.  This can be frustrating as if you land on a bad team, you’ll likely lose and lose and lose and lose.  Conversely, if you find a great team, you’ll roll over the competition round after round.  I would prefer them to have an auto-team balance instead of just switching your whole team en masse to the other side.  I don’t mind playing as a Rebel or Imperial multiple times in a row, I’d prefer a fair game.

Aside from that, I’d still recommend the game.  It’s not a hard recommend as the multiplayer only focus stifles the experience and there’s the depth issue.  However, if you want to feel like you’re part of a Star Wars battle, then this is an easy one.  Until next time, later geeks!

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Posted by The Lam | Jan 20, 2016
Ash vs Evil Dead!!!!!!!! (Season One)

Like many of you out there, I’ve started watching more hours of TV series/seasons than I have movies over the past few years.  As some say, it’s the golden era of television, with strong and impactful stories told across the long form medium that is television.  I’ve watched and caught up (and am still catching up in the case of Sopranos) on a number of great series the past few months, so I’m hoping to write a short little write up for each of those.  The good thing is because I’ve had so many shows on the backlog, it becomes easier to filter out the shit, as I can see others reviews and public reaction to these shows.

I need to start somewhere, so I’m going to start with the best.  Ash vs Evil Dead.  This is the best show ever.  But I am biased.  Evil Dead 2 is my favourite movie and has been since 2001 (at the time, I was a late bloomer).  It is the perfect mix of horror and slapstick comedy.  The franchise solidified Bruce Campbell as a cult hero of sorts.  Ash vs Evil Dead continues in the spirit of the Evil Dead series, and expands on the lore and universe we already knew.

Thirty years later and a few pounds heavier, we follow Ash as he lives a mundane life of working at a department store, getting wasted at local watering hole and shacking up with the local broads.  He now lives in a trailer park, amongst other knuckle dragging life forms.  On one particular drunken binge, Ash, in an effort to impress one of the aforementioned local broads, brings her back to his trailer where they both recite some incantations out of the Necronomicon – the book of the dead.  STUPID!  They unknowingly summon the evil spirits who once again take possession of everyone around him, in attempt to finally kill off Ash Williams, our hero and saviour. 

As the season continues we journey with Ash and some of his new friends.  There is Pablo, a young latino who worked with Ash at the department store, and Kelly, a young female that Pablo’s got the hots for.  Together the band are on a journey to put to rest the evil that Ash accidentally brought back to life!  Expect zaniness and blood and guts along the way!

One thing to note is because of some rights issue regarding the Army of Darkness (the third Evil Dead movie in the franchise), they don’t really reference that movie, save for the fact that Ash currently works at a local store.  We’re shown clips throughout the season, but they all reference the first two movies.

The new band.

Going in, I had some trepidation as I was afraid they’d ruin such an iconic character.  However, everything about the series works!  It’s still the smart mouth, chainsaw wielding, evil fighting Ash that we know and love.  But aside from Ash, what makes the season work is the chemistry he has between his new friends Pablo and Kelly.  It’s risky changing a dynamic that was tried, tested and true, however, in this case, I think it paid off.  The new characters play off of Ash so well and none are annoying (and you just know in another movie, they could be).  Each brings some sensibility to balance Ash, while adding their own sort of comedic wits, but never to such a degree that it overshadows him.  They are a cohesive unit to the point where the few times they teased breaking up, it made me feel sad for the characters.

I’m grateful that they stuck with practical effects and not just CG!  There are some CG, but it is predominantly practical and man, some of the effects are gross!!!  And it’s great!  Probably the funnest scene was in the first episode as Ash battles a possessed toy doll at the retail store.  This fight will be a future classic!

I also loved the licensed music they chose for the season.  It really emphasizes the FEEL of the 80s even though the show takes place in present times.

One problem I did have with the show is that I felt at least with the earlier episodes in the season, they didn’t give Ash as much dialogue as they did one-liners.  It felt like they were trying to get over new lines instead of having him talk normally.  Maybe I got used to it as the season progressed, but it felt like that problem largely went away in later episodes.

Apart from the season opener and finale, each episode runs less than 30 minutes, so you get quick hits!  And actually, it works really well with its runtime!  So much, to the point that I wished the Walking Dead were shorter sub-30 minute episodes.  It made binging the season really fast.

Friends, if you love horror and if you love the Evil Dead, please do watch Ash vs Evil Dead!  It is a good time for all!  Until next time, later evil deadite geeks!

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Posted by The Lam | Jan 15, 2016
The Fade OUT!!!

Ed Brubaker is my favourite comic book author, and perhaps in contention for my favourite author across all mediums.  Whenever I see his titles on the store shelf, I purchase them sight unseen.  The last series he did, Fatale, with frequent collaborator, Sean Phillips, was a favourite.  Blending in noir with mystery and horror was a joy to read.

With Fade Out, he returns to the noir genre with a murder mystery.  Gone are the fantastical and horror elements of Fatale.  Instead, it’s a story about 1940s Hollywood centered around a murder of a hot leading actress.  The story mostly follows a young script writer, named Charlie Parish, who wakes up one morning and discovers the body of the actress his hotel room after a night of partying.  His memory is hazy and fragmented and he doesn’t remember how he got there.  He covers up his tracks and it’s soon revealed that a bigger cover up may be going on; this one murder may be tied to the larger Hollywood murder.  But… we don’t yet know.  Along the way, we meet a number of other dubious characters including a hotheaded German director, a blacklisted film writer, a brute that serves as the head of security/muscles of the movie studio and an assortment of other colourful characters.

Admittedly, when the first volume of Fade Out was released earlier last year, maybe because of the hype I had in Brubaker, but I felt a bit let down.  Not that the story wasn’t captivating, but it just didn’t grab me the way that Fatale did.  It felt like just a straight up murder mystery.  However, having read the second volume (that was originally released in October of last year), the story and the intrigue has improved.  The first volume was more focused on setting the stage, however, it lacked a real hook.  The second volume expands that world by introducing interesting peripheral key players and exploring more of what appears to be the seedy side of Hollywood.  This is the hook that it was missing in the first volume.

As smoky as Hollywood could be.

Story aside, together with the art of Sean Phillips, they’ve successfully crafted the smoky and dark atmosphere of the 1940s.  At least, it’s the 1940s that one would expect depicted in a current day movie of that era.

Despite it not being my favourite Brubaker story (at least so far) it’s hard to not recommend his work.  He is still a great writer and this is still an interesting story.  So if you’re down for a good murder mystery, the Fade Out has you covered.  Until next time, later geeks!

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Posted by The Lam | Jan 9, 2016
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3!!!!!!!!!!!! (PS4)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is Activision’s latest entry into the bestselling Call of Duty franchise.  Developed by Treyarch Studios, the Black Ops subseries of Call of Duty games has been considered by many as the best of the COD games.  Whereas Black Ops 1 and 2 were direct sequels, BO3 seems only to be a spiritual sequel to its predecessors.  There is no direct or clear continuation of story from the previous entries.  Rather it takes the ideas of mind control and manipulation, and spins off its own story.

It’s a futuristic world, where humans are infused with technology (much like Robocop!) and fight alongside and against robots.  This time around, you assume the role of an unnamed soldier, who together with your partner Hendricks and a CIA agent named Rachel Kane, track down a former Black Ops commander named John Taylor as he and his former squad appears to have gone rogue destroying CIA sites around the world.  The story will take you to Singapore, Egypt and even wackier, you’ll have battles inside someone’s head, taking you to World War I and even in a cabin fending off zombies.  Of the Call of Duty games so far, and strictly from a campaign standpoint, this one was probably most wackiest (yes, even considering the space and underwater fights in Ghost)!

The game allows you the option to play the campaign offline by yourself, or online with three other human players in your squad.  The game balances this out by increasing the bullet sponging of the bad guys.  As I recall, they don’t do this with the human bad guys, but since half the game you’re fighting robots, I guess they justify it by giving them stronger armor.

The campaign structure received an overhaul this time around.  Between each mission, you can completely customize your loadout, similar to what you would expect in previous COD multiplayer modes.  However, not everything is given to you from the outset.  Your mission performance awards you points, where the more you points you get, the more you level and the more unlocks are given to you.  From there, you can pick what weapons, perks and add-ons you want at your disposal.

Furthermore, you’re given the option to pick between different cybercore abilities which are additional skill sets you can use during the game.  The three are Control, Martial and Chaos.  Control, probably my favourite of the three, allows you to hack into the different robots or tech that you’ll encounter in game.  For example, you can disable a bad guy’s armor, or shut down the flight system of drones, or even hack robots such that they turn on each other.  Martial, which I used the least, relates more to maneuverability related abilities.  Finally, Chaos as one would guess, is related to more offensive type abilities such as shooting out a wave of fireflies to eat at enemies or exploding robot soldiers.

Of the modern COD games, this campaign felt the longest to me.  On average, I’d spend an hour per mission, including all the cut scenes.  And with 11 missions in total, it took around at least 10 hours to beat the first time around.  That’s double than what I’m used to for a COD game.  I can’t say that this is exactly a good thing.  Part of the reason why I enjoyed previous entries was that the story gave you a quick hit but never overstayed it’s welcome.  Perhaps it’s because of the shittier story, but the game just felt like it dragged on!

I really enjoyed last year’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, but Black Ops 3 really felt like a step down from that.  I think part of the problem is that in AW they really changed the dynamic by giving you dashes and speed boosts as well as the aerial thrusts.  This time around, they’ve brought back the aerial thrusts, but the speed boosts are gone, so the dynamic of multiplayer matches really took a hit.

That said, I haven’t spent too much time on the multiplayer side, but from what I’ve played so far, it seems to be the Call of Duty as we knew it.  If you liked it before, you’ll like it this time, but if didn’t like it before, don’t look for anything to change your mind.

There’s more fun and interesting games out there, so unless you’re a diehard COD fan, I think you can pass on this one.  Until next time, later geeks!

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Posted by The Lam | Jan 4, 2016
The Hateful Eight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Hateful Eight is Quentin Tarantino’s latest masterpiece and is somewhat more akin to chamber theater. 

The movie opens off following a stagecoach that’s rushing through the harsh winter terrain avoiding a torrential blizzard that’s on its tail.  Within the coach is a rugged bearded outlaw named John Ruth, also known as the Hangman, and his captive, a feisty woman named Daisy.  An route to collect his bounty, they come across Major Marquis Warren, another bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix, who are stranded in the cold and request a ride from John Ruth.  Not knowing if they can be trusted, Ruth grudgingly gives them a ride, keeping his fingers hovering closely over the triggers of his firearms.  As the blizzard becomes more perilous, the band arrives at a lodge, where they meet the remaining eight.  However, everyone looks a little too greasy, and smells a little bit too much like gunpowder.  Who can be trusted?  It’s not too long after their arrival that the Hangman realizes this and that there may be a ploy to free the captive Ms. Daisy.  Everyone is on the edge.  But who will make it out alive?

Clocking at over 3 hours (including an intermission), the Hateful Eight is quite a long journey.  And as it is similar to a chamber piece, the majority of the time is spent in dialogue.  It’s not until the last 40 minutes or so that moves are made and the action happens.  But it’s not a movie about action anyways.  It’s a methodical piece that slowly unravels the layers to its mystery.  This is a type of movie where the terms ‘good guy’ and ‘bad guy’ are all relative.  No one is truly good, everyone is just looking out for themselves.  It’s just a matter of who is least bad amongst these outlaws.  One minute you’re pulling for one character, and the next minute, another.  Your emotions move along with the story.

I was listening to Tarantino’s interview on Howard Stern just before Christmas.  He described enjoying old western shows, notably the Virginian, and especially episodes where an unknown figure shows up in town.   Up until the end, you never know if they stranger is a good or bad person.  This inspired his Hateful 8.  He wanted to make a movie that only starred these unknown and foreboding strangers.  What a fucking genius!

Tarantino as always crafts intriguing dialogue between his players.  And fortunately, he chose strong players to fill out his script.  Notably for me, Walton Goggins was the standout as the Chris Mannix.  More so than Kurt Russell (who seems to be an extension of his character in Bone Tomahawk) and Samuel L. Jackson who both always shine in their roles, he fully portrayed the untrusting mysterious stranger up until the end.

It’s an engaging story and worth to see, as all Tarantino movies are.  However, I don’t feel like it’s his best movie if only for the reason of its long runtime which I feel could have been tightened up and condensed. 

Tarantino has been imploring the public to see the film in 70 mm if possible and I find that interesting as the movie really only has two settings (a carriage and the lodge) and doesn’t really take advantage of vast landscapes which would look beautiful in 70 mm.  To that, I’d say the 70 mm is not necessary, just so long as you get to see the movie at all!

It’s an easy recommend!  Until next time, later geeks!

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Posted by The Lam | Dec 24, 2015
Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!!!!!!!!!

(Warning: Spoilers Ahead)

Star Wars!!!!  After a 10 year gap we finally receive a new entry into the now Disney owned Star Wars franchise!  So it is apt that the new entry is called the Force Awakens.

The movie starts off 30 years from where the Return of the Jedi last left us.  The Empire has fallen and the Rebels have seemingly disbanded.  But from the ashes of the past, a new threat has risen.  Out of the fallen Empire, a new army called the First Order has spawned, threatening to finish off what the Empire set out to do –  eliminate the force by terminating the last known Jedi, Luke Skywalker.  But as the Empire has evolved so have the Rebels.  Led by General Leia Organa, the Resistance (or the new Rebels) aims to find Luke first, to stop the First Order.

We are told this story through two new main characters.  Rey, who is a scavenger on the planet Jakku, who harvests scrap metals to earn a meal.  Finn, a turncoat stormtrooper who realizes his purpose could be something more than just plight and destruction.  Along their side is a new droid, BB-8, who holds a clue to Luke Skywalker’s location.  Together, the three must deliver this clue to the Resistance base such that they can find Luke and stop the First Order.  However, Kylo Ren, one of the leaders of the First Order, along with a stormtrooper army are hot on their trail and keeping their mission from becoming all too easy.

The new trio.

The Force Awakens is a very exciting and entertaining entry to the Star Wars franchise.  It is by no means perfect, but it is perfectly enjoyable.

I’ve been trying to watch all the old Star Wars movies to prepare for this gander.  I watched the original trilogy and the Phantom Menace (I’m still meaning to watch Attack of the Clones and the Revenge of the Sith).  I’ve watched AotC and RotS a number of times, but the Phantom Menace only once, in its original theatrical run.  Admittedly, at least at the time, I didn’t hold as much disdain as the general populace did for the prequel trilogy.  However, having watched Phantom Menace again, I think I see more of why people felt the way they did, especially in light of the original trilogy.  However, as I recall AotC and RotS were much more entertaining than the Phantom Menace.  Now, this all being said, one of the reasons why I enjoyed the original trilogy overall compared to the prequels was that the story was easier to understand.  When it’s boiled down, the stories were very simple.  In the prequels, the stories were a bit muddy and difficult to understand, especially with all the politics and Republic shit.  I didn’t understand what everyone’s angles were.

And this is a reason why I enjoyed the Force Awakens.  The story harkens back to the story structures of the original trilogy; it’s a very simple story.  It really boils down to a search mission.  There are twists and turns and surprises along the way, but the main mission is always in focus.

The Force Awakens also introduces us to new characters that are likeable and that we can get behind.  While they’re not carbon copies of old characters, the new characters are filled with traits from the pool of past characters.

One of the biggest themes of the movie deals with lineage.  The galaxy and their stories have evolved into a new age.  The Empire and the First Order.  The Rebels and the Resistance.  The Deathstar and the Starkiller.  Leia and Solo’s child.  The droids, R2-D2 and BB-8.

Which brings us to Rey.  There is mystery and intrigue into who she is.  She’s one who we can see is strong with the Force, or at least will be, with more training.  She was left by her parents on the planet Jakku and we are told not much more of her origin.  Of the discussions I’ve read so far, the prevalent theories seem to be that she is spawn of Luke Skywalker or Obi-Wan Kenobi.  While we won’t know until at least the next movie, my guess would be that she is Leia and Solo’s child.  Keep in mind, I know nothing about the expanded universe, just the clues from this movie.  The way Han Solo looks at her, how he simply offers her a job on the ship (to keep her close), how Chewie likes her!  It would all make sense.  Thematically, if we’re talking about lineage and homage, whereas the original trilogy brought us a story about brother/sister allies, the potential evolution of that could be brother/sister adversaries.  If this would indeed be the case, looking back, the fight between Rey and Kylo Ren would be even more significant.

The new face of evil.

Without over-nerding here, the mystery and the intrigue are delicious!

However, as I said before, the movie isn’t perfect.  There are some things that I wish they didn’t do.  I feel like there was a lot of winking and fanservice when paying homage to the old movies.  The ambiguity of Finn’s death wasn’t needed.  This one seems like a lose-lose situation.  If he lives, then the tease of his death was pointless (as I guess a tease is in essence), and if he dies, then the last moment we shared with him seemed anticlimactic.  There was no need for us to see Kylo Ren’s face.  It takes the bloom off that rose.  The threat that Darth Vader originally exuded was in part because we never saw his face, until the last movie.  With Kylo, they could have held it off until at least the next movie.  We just met the guy!  Give him some fucking space!  These are all however, minor gripes.

There is much to enjoy, and Star Wars is back!  This is really timed well for a Christmas release, as its viewing and its success are celebratory.  If you can find a ticket, go watch it!  It’s worth it!  Until next time, may the Force with you geeks.

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