The Force Awakens is here and we’ve all seen it. For most of us, our fears about what could’ve been have been assuaged and the movie is a hit with both critics and fans. For me, I wasn’t worried about the quality of the film itself. The filmmakers behind it are among the best and anything they put together would be extremely watchable. My biggest concern was what would Star Wars without George Lucas feel like?
In being a huge Star Wars fan, I find myself also being a huge fan of George Lucas. I’ve seen nearly every movie he’s been attached to. In his interviews, he comes across as extremely intelligent and very often, prescient about the state of Hollywood and entertainment. Could a Star Wars movie without him have the same magic? Would it just be another Hollywood blockbuster?
The more I thought about the galaxy far, far away without Lucas involved, I found myself thinking not of Star Wars, but of Star Trek. Like a lot of Star Wars fans, I’m also a fan of the Trek. Star Trek, of course, was created by Gene Roddenberry in 1966 and the original show ran for 3 seasons before being canceled. Years later the franchise would be resurrected through movies and new TV shows. At first, Gene Roddenberry was involved in these productions very heavily, writing and rewriting scripts and guiding the production.
Gene Roddenberry passed away in 1991, but Star Trek continued on without him. Some would say that it even improved after he was no longer involved on a regular basis. Star Wars fans now find themselves in a similar situation. The creator and figurehead is no longer there, a “soulless” corporation has taken over. Will they treat the franchise we love with the proper amount of respect?
Based on what we have seen come out of Disney and Star Wars so far I think we can all see that our beloved stories are being appreciated and treated appropriately. Much like Star Trek which succeeded after Roddenberry stepped away, Star Wars will do the same. Will it be the same franchise had George Lucas never sold to Disney? No, but I think with a fresh perspective and a proper respect to what came before, the Wars can rise to heights never imagined in the past as the new creators push the franchise into exciting new directions. We’ve only gotten the first taste of what is to come.
This week Michael returns to his conversation with one of the local X-wing players and fellow ATL HWK Adam Davis.
the second part of a two part episode discussing The newest ship in the X-Wing table top game by Fantasy Flight, JJ Abrams and The Force Awakens, Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars Armada table top game, as well as a few other random shenanigans.
This week Michael and Bruce are joined by Writer James Swallow to talk about his work on Disney Infinity 3.0 James Wrote the story for the Twilight of The Republic campaign which also means he got to write for Fan Favorite Ahsoka Tano! Don’t miss out scoundrels download this awesome episode now!
More than 65,000 people are expected to pack downtown Atlanta over the Labor Day weekend as Dragon Con, the internationally known pop culture, sci fi, fantasy and gaming convention, returns for its 29th consecutive year.
Dragon Con fans will travel from every state in the nation and a few foreign countries to participate in the four-day convention, where they can meet their favorite actors, artists, authors and creators, and talk about the stuff they love.
The last time I attended a comic book convention was 1993. It was in the large conference room of a Marriott on the outskirts of town, and there were roughly 20 vendors from all over New England selling hard-to-find action figures, bootleg concert cassettes, VHS tapes of first generation Star Trek episodes, and long-boxes of comics as far as the eye could see. This monthly slice of heaven was free to all who could find it and pretty much the greatest thing my 13 year-old eyes ever gazed upon. My Dad would drive my friend and me to the “comic con” and set me loose among the stacks and tables to burn through the $20 I earned washing refrigerated trucks from his friend’s Italian sausage business.