On Friday, November 17, 1978, at 8 o’clock p.m., The Star Wars Holiday Special was broadcast for the first and only time on CBS. In the forty years since, it has become something of a contemporary myth; a bizarre, misguided, mistake that many knew about but few outside of its initial 13 million viewers had … Continue reading THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL At 40
Star Trek is part of the quintessential makeup of our collective pop culture. Its imagery is iconic and its (sometimes misquoted) terminology has been a part of the popular vernacular for decades. Despite this, unlike some of our other pop culture institutions – Star Wars, Marvel and DC comic book characters, or the canon of … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to STAR TREK
Just this morning we reported the news that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be moving to a new time at 10pm on Tuesday nights for its upcoming fourth season. This is an interesting development on a number of levels, but before we get into reading the metaphorical tea leaves, let’s hear what ABC themselves has to … Continue reading What is the Future of Marvel TV on ABC?
These Star Wars Rebels Primers are designed to dig through the vast history of Star Wars stories – both good and bad – to pick out the pertinent pieces of information for the new TV series. Here there be spoilers. Previous entries: Ahsoka Tano ~ Captain Rex ~ Hondo Ohnaka ~ Malachor I have been … Continue reading STAR WARS REBELS Primer: Darth Maul
These Star Wars Rebels Primers are designed to dig through the vast history of Star Wars stories – both good and bad – to pick out the pertinent pieces of information for the new TV series. Here there be spoilers. Previous entries: Ahsoka Tano ~ Captain Rex ~ Hondo Ohnaka The Star Wars: Knights of the … Continue reading STAR WARS REBELS Primer – Malachor
The great irony of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is that as the show has progressed and improved, the in-universe justification for a show about S.H.I.E.L.D. has grown more and more tenuous. On the film side of things, Marvel has completely eradicated and discredited S.H.I.E.L.D. – the whole purpose of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, after all, was to show … Continue reading AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – Who Are the Secret Warriors?
Hondo Ohnaka is a space pirate featured in multiple story arcs of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He is a terrible character. Continue reading STAR WARS REBELS Primer – Hondo Ohnaka
Superman is a joke. He’s an overpowered boy scout – an antique from a simpler time, irrelevant in our modern world of corruption, paranoia, and economic turbulence. That is the common wisdom regarding this character, a character that once defined the very idea of what a superhero is. Yet even now when these stories have never been more popular, … Continue reading Why the World Needs SUPERGIRL
RECOMMENDED VIEWING: Like last time, I’m going to start off by recommending one story arc from The Clone Wars to serve as an introduction to these characters before we meet them in Rebels. The episodes I’m recommending (episodes 1-4 of Season Six) may seem counter-intuitive because Captain Rex is barely featured in them, but I … Continue reading STAR WARS REBELS Primer – Captain Rex and the Clone Troopers
RECOMMENDED VIEWING: Before we begin, I would like to recommend watching the final four episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Five. I’ve made no secret of my distaste for this show and the fact that I think almost all of it bad, but this four episode arc is not only the best the … Continue reading STAR WARS REBELS Primer – Ahsoka Tano