I saw “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” on Tuesday, and it took me two days to figure out how to write about it. Short version: I liked it, and I imagine when I see it again, I’ll love it. The first half of this post is a spoiler-free review in case there’s anybody else like me who had to keep pushing this back week after week, but the second half, which will have a big giant warning label before you get to it, goes into spoilers and behind the scenes stuff I’m dying to talk about but would have hated knowing going into the theater. I don’t get a lot of comments, but should this generate any, read them at your own risk.
A few years ago, I started the Long Haul project. The goal was to watch a complete series and post about it on an episode-by-episode basis. I started with Journeyman, the short-lived 2007 NBC series about a reporter being thrown through time to fix people’s lives without screwing up his present. I love that show (sadly now unavailable everywhere but a UK DVD release) and wanted to share it with people. It was a rough start, because the line between summary and review can be a hard one to walk sometimes, but I got the hang of it.
I planned to follow it up with Eureka, the quirky USA series about a town of geniuses and weirdness. But I just couldn’t get into it. Not the show — the show seemed like it had a lot of potential — but I struggled mightily to write about it, and never watched past the pilot or published so much as a post about it. And then some of you might have briefly seen the announcement last year that I was going to revive Long Hauls with a rewatch/watch of Once Upon A Time. That came down almost as quickly as it went up, when I realized I just didn’t want to.
I think what it boils down to for me is that, in general, that’s not how I like to consume TV. I’m a fan of the binge watch, and stopping to write in between episodes when I know the next is just a click away kills my momentum and enthusiasm.
But last year I was reminded of something else that I love: Star Wars.
It’s time to take a look at all the movies I watched in 2015, and for the first time since I started tracking, the numbers were so low I couldn’t justify not combining movies at the theater and movies streamed/on dvd. With that in mind, I’ve decided to do things a little differently this year, and make the bulk of this post Top 10 things I’m Glad I Watched in 2015.
You must wait to see The Force Awakens. This is the post you’re looking for.
Or: The one with a bunch of awesome stuff related to the original and prequel trilogies.
Screen Junkies did their Movie Fights show from Comic-Con last week, and the format was different, with each fighter given a specific side to argue. That’s not as interesting to me (as a fight-from-home player, at least), so I wasn’t going to do my own post. But one moment stood out to me, so I thought I’d mention it.
In Round 2, the question was “Which is better: Star Trek or Star Wars?” Jeremy Jahns, fighting on the side of Star Wars said:
“The good thing about the prequels…they’re so separated, You don’t have to look at the prequels if you look at Star Wars. Star Trek, every other movie is not good. So it’s interwoven into it … you have to count them..You have to count the shit with the good. Star Wars, you don’t have count the shit. you can just count the good.”
Shortly after making that argument, the logic of it was called out, and sadly, Jahns didn’t really have an answer, and it kind of looked like he was admitting pulling that answer out of the air. But I get it!
I read a few hours ago about Disney buying Lucasfilm and planning for a “Star Wars 7” in 2015. I was going to post immediately about it, but all I could manage was a series of shocked, monosyllabic questions. Then came a sense of overwhelming dread and some bigger questions that led to cautious optimism and finally, a new, small feeling of hope.