The Bad Batch came out of nowhere when it was announced last year, taking the team of enhanced clones introduced in the final Clone Wars season and giving them the spotlight. That being said the true highlight of the series to me at least is the setting: immediately after Episode III so we see just how quick and frankly short-sighted the formation of the Empire was in the wake of Order 66. Throw in some classic Dave Filoni call-backs and great character moments and you have a hit! Let’s take a look…Continue reading
The High Republic era continues (or continued at this point given how late this review is, but whatever…) as the next major novel arrives in “The Rising Storm”. It shifts focus away from the Beacon and some of the characters featured in “Light of the Jedi” and instead shows us a whole new crisis and focuses on some of the side characters from the previous novel alongside entirely new ones, overall expanding and fleshing out the cast as the story moves forward. Plus plenty more Nihil, which is always fun! So let’s take a closer look…Continue reading
While I plan on looking at Star Wars comics old and new in the future, when I’m not doing Doctor Who and Street Fighters ones is the plan, I couldn’t resist reading this latest (complete) story in the second Darth Vader comic line. Set in between Empire and Return of the Jedi it shows Vader coming to terms with his son’s existence and searching for those responsible for keeping this information away from him. Let’s take a look!Continue reading
I’ve been looking forward to this book for a long time now, the idea of the “High Republic Era” was fascinating to me. No Sith or Empire thanks to this being set 200 years before Phantom Menace, and therefore 800 years into the “it’s been 1,000 years since a Jedi has seen a Sith” line in the aforementioned film. Due to the complete lack of the Dark Side of the Force clouding any judgment the Jedi here are on a whole other level, but the villains of the piece shine as well, being quite unlike anything seen the long-running series before. Want to know more? Read on!Continue reading
The Mandalorian’s second season had a LOT to live up to, thanks to its top class first season, and somehow it managed to meet it. The stakes were raised, characters from all over Star Wars appeared and most of all our lead duo both got some character development, never getting lost in the flood of new content. So let’s spend several paragraphs gushing over it, shall we?Continue reading
In another one of those “late because it didn’t come to the UK until later” reviews (though thankfully the last in terms of Disney +) it’s time to look at the first season of The Mandalorian. A live action Star Wars show where the lead character wears cool Mandalorian armour? I was sold immediately! Did the show live up to or even surpass the rather vein promise? Let’s find out!
The original run of Clone Wars cartoons ended long before this blog started, and while I hope one day to go back and look at them, I am happy to review the “Final Season” that just finished airing on Disney+. Comprised of three four-part stories that were planned but never created, it’s safe to say that this season is the final four episode arc, “The Siege of Mandalore”, and the rest are sort of there. Still, let’s take a closer look anyway!
So I’m a little late with this review, it’s been really hard to find the time, but with copious amounts of notes from the night I watched it combined with a couple of weeks to let everything settle means this will probably be a bit more calm and gathered than my immediately post-cinema review of Episode VIII from two years ago. Episode IX was, well, exactly what I feared: more JJ Abrams sticking far too rigidly to the original trilogy. It wasn’t without good moments, but it wasn’t a great follow up to the interesting ground work done beforehand… let’s take a closer look!
Hey, hey: listen to this, right – “Jedi: Fallen Order is the Dark Souls of Star Wars games”. Real original, right? Well, the thing is, it really is the Dark Souls of Star Wars games. Many of the mechanics of the Souls games are present here, and while it’s not as hard as Souls (which given it’s a Star Wars game, is probably for the best) it really did have to be said. Still, I really liked the game and loved the story it told, so let’s get to it!
After several failed attempts to go see it at the cinema, I was resigned to the fact I’d have to watch Solo for the first time on blu-ray in September, but as luck would have it my local theatre did a special screening of the film! My streak of watching all the Star Wars films (made after I was born…) on the big screen continues! ANYWAY, so how was Solo? It was fun and exciting, and had a really good cast. I didn’t need to see so many boxes ticked off, but I’m not unhappy the film exists. So let’s take a deeper look…