Star Wars-May the Force continue

1280px-star_wars_logo-svg

Princess Leia is one of the most iconic cinema characters that has ever been. Be it in a gold bikini or with donuts in her hair, everyone knows who she is. Everyone aged 1 to 100. Alas the Princess passed away on 27 December 2016.

Carrie_Fisher_memorial_star

 

it was Billy Dee Williams Jr aka Lando who said it better then anyone else “The Force has gone dark” However since it is Carrie Fischer’s(Princess Leia) Birthday today another change to look at the Star Wars Saga

 

lando-calrissian

I have always been a massive Star Wars fan it triggered my long lasting love affair with movies and especially Science Fiction movies.Many people don’t realize how many Star Wars movies there actually are.

Just a quick recap on the force.

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

Star Wars Holiday Special

starwarshs

The Star Wars Holiday Special is a 1978 American musical science fiction television film set in the Star Wars Galaxy It stars the series’ first film’s main cast while introducing the character Boba Fett, who would appear in later films. It is one of the first official Star Wars spin-offs and was directed by Steve Binder.

In the storyline that ties the special together, Chewbacca and Han Solo visit Kashyyyk, Chewbacca’s home world, to celebrate Life Day. They are pursued by agents of the Galactic Empire, who are searching for members of the Rebel Alliance on the planet. The special introduces three members of Chewbacca’s family: his father Itchy, his wife Malla, and his son Lumpy, though these names were later explained to have been nicknames, their full names being Attichitcuk, Mallatobuck, and Lumpawarrump, respectively.

Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure

caravan_bg

The film is set in a timeframe approximate to the Ewoks animated series occurring sometime after the events of Episode IV: A New Hope but before the events of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.As the film opens, the Towani family’s starcruiser has crashed on the forest moon of Endor, and the Towani parents, Jeremitt and Catarine cannot locate their children, Mace and Cindel.

Ewoks: The Battle for Endor

ilm-ewok2

Nearly six months have passed since the events of the first film; the Towani family’s star cruiser is almost completely fixed and Jeremitt is putting the final touches on the craft.

Then George Lucas decided to embark on another trilogy,one including the most hated Star Wars character,maybe even most hated cinematic character, Jar Jar Binks.

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

maxresdefault

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

attack-of-the-clones

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

The one where we see Anakin Skywalker transform into Darth Vader.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

The animated movie that takes place between Episode II and Episode II

star_wars_the_clone_wars

In 2015 the impossible happened JJ Abrams who previously directed the rebooted version of the new Star Trek franchise,also took charge of the first movie of the last trilogy of the Star Wars Saga

Star Wars:Episode VII- The Force Awakens

With a return of some of the original cast of the 1st trilogy and new characters. After a disappointing 2nd trilogy(mainly because the woeful “Phantom Menace”) this one re-ignited the spark for Star Wars fans across the globe.

tfa_poster_wide_header-1536x864-959818851016

The remaining 2 are set to be released in 2017 and 2019.The death of Carrie Fisher will surely mean that especially the story line for the last one needs to be altered. Most of the 2nd one ,Episode VIII, has already been shot.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

MV5BMjQ1MzcxNjg4N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzgwMjY4MzI@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,675,1000_AL_

Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens , Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.

Aside from the ‘original’ Star Wars saga there also will be 3 stand alone movies.The first one released earlier this month and is probably one of the best Star Wars movies.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The story follows Jyn Erso, the daughter of the unwilling designer of the Galactic Empire’s superweapon, the Death Star, and her quest to retrieve his plans for destroying it.

And is set just before the first of the Star Wars movies “A New Hope”

rogue_one_wallpaper__theatrical_poster__by_spirit__of_adventure-dam3ha4

Donation

I am passionate about my site and I know you all like reading my blogs. I have been doing this at no cost and will continue to do so. All I ask is for a voluntary donation of $2 ,however if you are not in a position to do so I can fully understand, maybe next time then. Thanks To donate click on the credit/debit card icon of the card you will use. If you want to donate more then $2 just add a higher number in the box left from the paypal link. Many thanks

$2.00

The War of the Worlds

 

Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.

— H. G. Wells (1898), The War of the Worlds

I don’t know what it is about this Sci-Fi classic by H.G. Wells first serialised in 1897 in the UK by Pearson’s Magazine and in the US by Cosmopolitan magazine. The novel’s first appearance in hardcover was in 1898 from publisher William Heinemann of London.

But ever since I came across the story I fell in love with it. But it was via Jeff Wayne’s musical version I  encountered the tale of the Martians that invaded our planet, Even though the chances of this happening were a Million to one.

I forget how often I have listened to that album but at least hundreds of times if not thousands(maybe I should get out more). In 2008 I got the chance to see the live show. 30 years I had waited for it and it did not disappoint. Although I was a bit surprised by the cast who joined for the most recent shows,in my opinion some just had no talent at all(An ex member of Westlife), leave alone to be a part of such an amazing phenomena.

wotw_01

But of course it was Orson Welles’s radio broadcast of the World of the Wars which had probably the biggest impact. The panic that ensued because people believed it was a genuine news broadcast. Ingenious really when you think of it, you just can’t buy that kind of publicity. It was on the 30th of October 1938, the world was in grip of events happening in Germany.

 

Someone asked me once “what is your favourite War of the Worlds movie?”And I honestly couldn’t say. I like the 1953 and Spielberg’s 2005 adaptation equally.

 

The story is really the most basic form of Science Fiction. The earth being invaded by aliens. But it works, it is compelling. It basically is a war story but rather then human enemies we are fighting extra terrestrial foes.

The story clearly inspired other TV show and movie makers. Series like “V” and “Falling Skies” are clearly based on the War of the Worlds as is “Independence Day”

 

What is the most fascinating is that it was written between 1895 and 1897 and it didn’t date. It is still as fresh as it was when it was first released. Ironically I only read the book after I listened to the musical version and watched the movies.

correa-martians_vs-_thunder_child

I think I might just retreat now and listen to the album again, or read the book. I may even watch one of the movies.Either way one thing I know for sure the story will never bore me regardless in which configuration or adaption. Leaving you with some art work of Jeff Wayne’s musical version of TWOTW and my favorite track.

 

Donation

I am passionate about my site and I know you all like reading my blogs. I have been doing this at no cost and will continue to do so. All I ask is for a voluntary donation of $2 ,however if you are not in a position to do so I can fully understand, maybe next time then. Thanks To donate click on the credit/debit card icon of the card you will use. If you want to donate more then $2 just add a higher number in the box left from the paypal link. Many thanks

$2.00