Star Wars-ing: Star Wars News Roundup

Variety reported on Tuesday that Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, Norcos) is in the running for a role (maybe the lead) in The Mandalorian. Variety didn’t really say more than that and this could just be gossip.  In the same article they state that Dave Filoni will direct the first episode, which we think is a great choice. 

Disney announced a new series based on Diego Luna’s character, Cassian Andor, that will be featured on the new Disney streaming service which is being called Disney+. The press release uses the phrase “rousing spy thriller.”  Does this mean Disney will make this episode a little darker? The first time we see Andor in Rogue One, he drops a body (sorry, just saw a meme from The Wire before writing this). I am hoping for smaller arcs that don’t necessarily follow time order. Small movies, if you will.

On StarWars.com, you can take a quiz so you can make a Star Wars themed dish for Thanksgiving.  It’s weird doing it in quiz form instead of putting all the recipes on one page. Even though I’ve done it twice, and both time, I have said I prefer savory, it has suggested I make pumpkin spice Ewok cookies. If I do make them, I’ll blog about it. 

The Star Wars podcast I’ve been listening to a lot lately is Skytalkers: A Star Wars Podcast. The hosts, Charlotte Errity and Caitlin Plesher, bring a literate, thematic approach to the saga. The episode Monsters in Star Wars was one of the best single podcasts I’ve ever listened to and did a good job of comparing the monsters in the galaxy to other works.  It’s also just a fun podcast. I highly recommend this one!

Fandom-ing: Goodbye Stan Lee

Both my wife and I got into comic books late. Local comic shops didn’t exist where I grew up. However, for as long as I can remember I knew who Stan Lee was. His creations, well co-creations, are part of the consciousnesses of our country.  Spider-man, the Fantastic Four, and a large number of Marvel characters came from him and his cohorts at Marvel.

If you notice, I keep using the term co-creators. Lee’s myth has grown over the years and people (and sometimes Mr. Lee himself) forget that he created a lot of these characters with other people. By doing so we are not taking away from his legacy.  He was at the epicenter of the Marvel universe.

He was the Creator Supreme.

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Sorry for the poor picture quality, we were far away and this was with my phone. 

We were fortunate to meet him quite a few times. He was always joyful to be around, even if you could see the decline from year to year. He was at the comic con we attended in London in 2014 and he had to be housed in his own building just to accommodate all the people. The best interaction we had with him was at Comicpalooza in Houston.  We didn’t plan on meeting him but it was the end of the day and the line was short. We were elated that he was still taking people. Even though it was the end of the day he was energetic and made small talk with us. We also got a picture with him and the Nola Nerd Baby…sorta. He attended last year’s Wizard World New Orleans, and a very pregnant Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple and I took a picture with him.

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A picture of our picture with Mr. Lee

I really can’t wait to do bedtime reading of comics with our little one. There are so many comics stories I haven’t read and so it will be great to share them with her. And we will have Mr. Lee and his co-creators to thank for a large number of them.

 

The Nola Nerd Couple Podcast Episode 46: Mr. Nola Nerd Couple and the Nola Nerd Baby Discuss the Music She Likes

In this mini-episode, Mr. Nola Nerd Couple and the Nola Nerd Baby (well she just makes baby sounds) discuss the music the Nola Nerd Couple plays for the baby and which ones she seems to enjoy the most!

Source: The Nola Nerd Couple Podcast Episode 46: Mr. Nola Nerd Couple and the Nola Nerd Baby Discuss the Music She Likes

The Nola Nerd Couple Podcast Episode 46: Mr. Nola Nerd Couple and the Nola Nerd Baby Discuss the Music She Likes

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-qsbau-9ec6e8

In this mini-episode, Mr. Nola Nerd Couple and the Nola Nerd Baby (well she just makes baby sounds) discuss the music the Nola Nerd Couple plays for the baby and which ones she seems to enjoy the most!

Star Wars-ing: Star Wars Links for November 7, 2018

Our reactions to Star Wars links from around the web in the last week. 

Box Office: ‘Solo’ Failure And ‘Last Jedi’ Backlash Won’t Hurt ‘Star Wars IX’: Seriously why would it? Especially in Solo’s case.  It’s box office “failure” is more of a planning failure.  The film is a good film; they just took a chance on new vision and they didn’t like it.  Once they made the mistake, they did the right thing and gave the new guy space and money to make the film he envisioned.  I think this is this is Disney’s boldest decision yet and will payoff greatly in the future.  As far as the backlash, those people won’t go, but most people don’t really know about the backlash.  The backlash is only really from people who obsess over Star Wars. People like my mom, who wasn’t a huge fan of The Last Jedi, will see Episode XI, and there are a lot more people like her.  This is hard for people who are both anti and pro The Last Jedi in the Star Wars fan community to understand. We are the minority of people who watch Star Wars films.

Adam Driver Was Somehow Incredibly Surprised That ‘Star Wars’ Made Him Much More Famous:  The subtitle of this article states “Who’d have thought being the chief bad guy in a globe-swallowing franchise would raise your profile.”  That’s snarky for no reason. Actually, its refreshing to read that he  didn’t think he would be recognized that much. The article in which this comes from is much more in depth.

We don’t post spoiler articles, so that’s it for this week!

Star Wars: Learning to Listen

I never gave two cents about diversity in much anything when I was a kid and teenager.  “If it doesn’t affect me, why should I care” was my attitude.  Let’s face, why would it affect me.  I’m a straight, white, cis male of European descent.  Furthermore, I was a skinny kid.

I also grew up in a town that had few minorities.  There was not a large black population where I grew up and the Hispanic and Asian communities were non-existent. There were no discussions of diversity until I became an adult.

When I taught in public school in New Orleans, it home to me how diversity mattered.  I remember bringing up Star Wars to describe something, and the kids didn’t understand the reference.  It wasn’t because of their age either.  It was because the movie didn’t speak to them about their lives. But since it was school, I didn’t really delve further into it.

The more I’ve embraced my nerdom, the more I ran into all kinds of fans.  The more I became interested in their stories. Reading blogs by people of color and discussing diversity at cons, the more I understood how difficult it is for some people to feel part of something. It wasn’t just that characters didn’t look or talk like them that made them feel excluded. It was also the fandoms itself that did this. I’ve seen on more than one occasion a male Star Wars fan trying to explain something to my wife about the saga. I always feel sorry for them, because my wife is strongwilled and doesn’t hold back. She definitely doesn’t need me to be her white night. However, for introverts, this might not come as naturally.

Particularly useful was the hashtag #swrepmatters.  Stories from people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, and people from different body types opened my eyes to how the Star Wars fandom is approached from different people. It taught me how people felt when they saw a person that looked like them on screen and actually had something to do.

I seriously could write a dissertation about how much I learned from reading the posts with that hashtag.  I wrote one that was similar to this blog.  However, as much as I want to speak about diversity, in the end, I better serve the movement by listening. The “white savior” trope is all too familiar to people who don’t look like me.

I could say I’m interested in this topic because I have a daughter and I want her to be able to enjoy any fandom she wants without feeling excluded. More importantly, I want to enjoy the fandom without the creepiness that a lot of women have to go through.  But, I’m going to be selfish.  I want to learn more because it is better for me. It makes me a better person.

The more I listen the more I learn. The more I learn the more I can become an ally.

 

 

Fandom-ing: Yes, We Still Play PokeMon Go

Remember 2016 when Pokemon Go was all the craze?  Remember going to parks and people were actually there (in south Louisiana during the summer this borders on an insane idea).  Well, it seemed like a fad that quickly went away.

Well, not for us.  We might not have played all the time in the last two years, but we never gave it up.

Note: These are not my best Pokemon, just the ones I hadn’t deleted the screen shots from!

This is has been especially true the last couple of weeks. Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple has had a rough time lately.  She has had her gallbladder removed and still felt bad for a couple a weeks after.  She is now on the upswing. Surprisingly, Pokemon Go has helped.  Getting out of the house and going to gyms or walking at parks has helped heal her.  It has reduced my anxiety that comes with being a caretaker (remember my wife really hasn’t felt well since conception).  The Nola Nerd Baby loves that we play because she loves being in her stroller in 60 and 70 degree weather.  The breezier the day, the happier she is.

We aren’t fanatical about the game, but we do obsess over it a little bit.  We enter in our Pokemon in Poke Genie and enjoy doing the research tasks.

But, again, the most important thing it does is that it gives us active family time.  We have been to most of the parks in the area enjoying the outdoors and each other.  Now, if a game can do that, it’s not bad.