Star Wars: Reactions to this Week in Star Wars

Ok, since we haven’t done this one in awhile, it might go further back than a week.

Welcome Back, JJ: JJ Abrams is back to direct Episode IX.  I had no feeling either way on the previously attached director, Colin Trevorrow. I did hope they would get Patty Jenkins mainly because I would love the see a certain selection of Star Wars fandom lose their collective minds over a woman directing.  Still, I love The Force Awakens and I have no doubt he will do a great job again. Of course, there are petitions to fire him already.

The Last Jedi is Wrapped: According to Rian Johnson’s Instagram, the work on The Last Jedi is done. Hopefully, a trailer will be coming soon to whet our appetites.

Rebels Will Take a Long Break: Rebels will start October 16, but Disney XD will be showing two episodes. In fact, every weekend until November 13 will be back to back episodes leading to a long midseason break.  Don’t know how I feel about this.

 

 

Star Wars-ing: Find the Force this Weekend

Even though The Last Jedi doesn’t come out until December, that doesn’t mean we all can’t experience the force this weekend. On September 1, Force Friday II will take place. This is when the first merchandise for the movies will be released, providing clues to the movie.

LucasFilm will also be releasing Find the Force, an augmented reality app, to be used while shopping for new merchandise. This app will be a treasure hunt that will allow you activate old and new characters from The Last Jedi.

Star Wars-ing: The EW Article We Didn’t Read

We have a subscription to EW. We read it often.  Except for this week.

It’s hard doing a Star Wars weekly feature when we don’t want to know anything about The Last Jedi.  There is some great stuff out there that do give spoilers.  I love the Making Star Wars site, but only go back and read it after the movie is out.

For us, we like to know nothing but what the trailers and toys tell us going into a movie. It’s kind of hard to escape the toys.

At first, I was going to read the EW article, but then I noticed that quite a few podcasts decided to talk about the feature. This makes me wonder if there is more than what I want to know.,

We want to go the movie with as little knowledge as possible so we can be wowed or disappointed. I truly believe that if you know too much about a movie, particularly a Star Wars movie, you can become a little cynical. It can make you wish things were different.

I know this makes us weird for a Star Wars/nerd site that writes news features, but hey, we are fans first. And we want to do fandom our way.

Star Wars-ing: A New Obi-Wan Kenobi Film….Maybe…Hopefully

Last weekend, the Star Wars Twitterverse was all abuzz with the possibility that there might be a new Kenobi film. The key word in the sentence is “possibility.”  There is no script, and no one is attached. I think the news leaked to gauge interest from fans.

How could we not want an Obi-Wan Kenobi film, especially if Ewan McGregor signs on.

However, Star Wars Rebels has given us the Obi-Wan story we truly wanted to see if you have been watching The Clone Wars.  But what if you are that person who’s canon of Star Wars is only movies.  There is still plenty of stories about Obi-Wan to tell.

First of all, he is on a planet controlled by a Hutt.  This means unsavory characters will be there and maybe a few from his past.  To protect Luke, he must protect his identity. Second of all, as someone said on Twitter, a stand-alone movie could be just one adventure taking place over a day or a week.  Also, we don’t know all that much about the galaxy in the years that Luke is growing up so this is an era ripe for telling stories.  However, to be convincing, Luke’s protection has to always be kept in the forefront of the plot.

We also don’t know if Kenobi has a connection to the new trilogy.  We do know that Mr. Mcgregor has a line in The Force Awakens, but does the character have a deeper connection to events playing out.  Could the stand alone movie, which would be expected after Episode IX explain that connection?  If he does have an impact on the new trilogy, this is where I expect them to go.

They could do a Kenobi before Qui-Gon movie, but that just seems like a bad move to me.  Replacing the actor once was risky, and it did pay off, but a second time might be pushing it.

 

Star Wars-ing: Star Wars at Comicpalooza

Every con we go to, we like to make Star Wars connections.  I usually am meticulous with my research for this kind of blog, but this week my real job is taking most of my time, so I’m kind of doing this one on the fly.

  • Jessica Henwick: The star of Iron Fist was also Jess Testor in The Force Awakens
  • James Robinson and Tony Harris:  This comic team brought us the one off for C3PO.  But don’t be fooled by the one-off. This is one of the best single issue comics in the new Marvel line of Star Wars comics.  It brings up serious issues about artificial intelligence in a moving and thought-provoking way.  It is simply fantastic.
  • Ben Templesmith did work in the previous Marvel Star Wars runs.
  • On Friday at 10 am, there will be a panel on the Storytelling of Story Wars in 370D.
  • Later at 4 that same day, there will be a Star Wars improv show in room 362A.  On Saturday, at 2:30 this will be repeated.
  • At 4:30 on Friday in room 361C, a local theater troop will put on a reading of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars.  At 4:30 on Saturday, the reading will do the second half of it.
  • On Saturday at 1, there will be a Star Wars Enthusiasts of Huston Mega Cosplay Photo Shoot in Hall B3 if you want to see some great Star Wars costumes.
  • Saturday evening at 9 pm, there will be a discussion as to what is better Star Wars or Star Trek.  Personally, that’s comparing apples and oranges to me, but I love both equally!

May the force be with you!

Star Wars-ing: May the Fourth Activities in NOLA

If you want a hot dog in New Orleans, you have two choices.  First, is Lucky Dog.  This is a sidewalk vendor that makes perfect dogs for those needed nourishment after making the most of the day and/or night in the Quarter.  The other is Dat Dog which makes gourmet dogs of all different varieties.

This year for May the Fourth, Dat Dog is teaming up with Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus (IKOC) for Shoeboxus. Shoeboxux is “the ultimate satirical ‘May the Fourth Be With You’ mini parade.” This parade will begin and end at Dat Dog’s Marigny location at 601 Frenchman Street.

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There will be Food & Drink Specials from 6 pm to midnight including:

  • $1 off certain special IKOCtails including Jedi and Sith-themed cocktails
  • $1 from every Wookie Wiener (made up of andouille sausage, andouille sauce, sauerkraut, grilled onions, and chipotle mayo) will go to the STOMP Troopers.  The STOMP Troopers is a program that aims to find ways for children with autism to take part in the Chewbacchus parade and other cultural events in New Orleans.

The parade will line up at 6 pm and roll at 7 pm.  Everyone is invited.

The Audobon Aquarium of the Americas will also be celebrating May the Fourth Be With You.  A list of events include:

  • Star Wars Divers in the Great Maya Reef Tunnel from May 2-7.
  • The 501st will be greeting customer from May4-7
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be shown at the Entergy Giant Screen Theater from May 4-7 at 5 pm.  It is $6.95 for adults and $5.95 for children and senior over 65. If you are an Audubon Member, the price is 4.95.

May the Fourth Be With You.

Running: The WDW Second Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon

IMG_2071eAs soon as I crossed the finish line of my first half-marathon, I knew that I wanted to do another.

Life got pretty crazy after my first half-marathon. I flew back to Virginia and started a new full-time job. I took a few months off from running, but I still signed up for the second The Dark Half-Marathon when registration opened in August. I started my training back at square one doing Couch to 10K to get me eased into the walk/run intervals. I did pretty well in Fall but definitely didn’t train as much as I wanted in the Winter. I thought it was hard to run with a baby in a jogger stroller, but it is even more difficult running with an active toddler who does not want to stay in the stroller.

My main running time would be on the weekends when my husband Darin and I would take turns watching Layla while the other ran. I would try to do lunch time or after work walks, but it didn’t always happen. I underestimated how hard it can be to make time for myself while working a full-time job and having a toddler.

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I was pretty nervous on race day. We hadn’t done any races since the first The Dark Side Half-Marathon, and we were in the last corral. We were actually in the second to last corral during the first Half-Marathon, so the pressure was definitely on this time to stay ahead of the balloon ladies. I had only seen them from a far distance last time, but this time we started in a mini-wave only minutes in front of them. I looked at Darin and said, “I am one with the force, and the force is with me.”

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The race started, and even though I had used the bathroom three times before going to the corrals, I drank a lot of water (later I would realize I actually drank too much water) and knew that I wouldn’t be able to comfortably run until I used the bathroom again. Thank goodness we at least had a mini-wave in front of us because that allowed me to take a much-needed bathroom break at mile 2. The balloon ladies caught up thanks to the long bathroom line, and I took off running as soon as I jumped out of that porter potty. I accidentally left my husband behind because he was being sweet and waiting for me. Oops. The balloon ladies passed him, and a couple people around him were already quitting. I called him to let him know I had started running right away out of fear of that Death Star balloon getting too close, and he easily got back to me.

The race went really well the next few miles. My muscles were warmed up, and I was fully completing my runs and walks at an excellent pace. Every mile, the pace keepers would announce how far ahead of the balloon ladies we were running. We were getting farther and farther ahead. Running through Animal Kingdom was an amazing experience, and Darin and I high-fived as we reached the half-way point several minutes ahead of the balloon ladies.

And then things quickly started going downhill for me. My hands were throbbing and becoming very swollen. My legs and body felt great, so I pushed through. Once the sun was fully out, the heat and humidity took its toll on me. At the water stations, I would pour water on myself. I started occasionally feeling dizzy and nauseous. Thankfully, Darin and I bought running pouches so I had a granola bar and energy chews to snack on. Those helped, but not enough. Eventually, I could no longer run and just maintained a power walk. Darin was fantastic and kept track of our pace and the looming balloon ladies.

Finally, we reached Hollywood Studios. I knew that if I could make it to Hollywood Studios, then the excitement and cheering should push me to the finish line. Seeing the 10-mile marker made me smile even though I was in pain and feeling incredibly ill. Our time in Hollywood Studios was brief, but the cast members on Hollywood Blvd were in costume and cheering us on. Running through The Boardwalk is kind of a blur, but I loved all the people out with signs and encouragement. I high-fived many costumed 501st Legion members. I wanted to cry when we reached Epcot because I was so close but yet so far away. I actually started doubting my ability to finish the race. Darin tried to make jokes and keep me motivated, but I couldn’t even talk. I did enjoy seeing all the cast members in front of the countries, waving flags, and cheering. When I finally reached Spaceship Earth, I breathed the slightest sigh of relief, and it wasn’t long before I had the finish line in my sights.

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Darin and I held hands as we crossed the finish line. And after getting my medal, I went straight to the medical tent. I had heat exhaustion and salt depletion. My hands were so swollen that it hurt to move them at all. They gave me cool rags, ice packs, Gatorade, and chips. They had me lay down and told me to try not to drink water for a while because I needed to retain salt. Everyone was amazing, and now I know what to do and not do to prevent salt depletion in the future.

Overall, the race was harder for me than my first Half-Marathon because of the heat exhaustion and salt depletion that I endured. But, at least I didn’t fall down and hurt myself like last year. I am incredibly thankful that I completed the race. I don’t think I would have been able to finish without the love and support of my husband who practically dragged me through Epcot.

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I still have two bruised purple toenails and some tightness in my shins, but I am eager to get back into running again once I am all healed up. Eventually, I will be able to complete a Half-Marathon without collapsing at the finish line. We plan on signing up for The Light Side Half-Marathon (January 2018) as soon as registration opens, as well as doing The Dark Side (April 2018) again so we can receive The Kessel Run medals. Darin even wants to do the challenge (where you complete the 10k on Saturday and the Half-Marathon on Sunday), but I will just stick to conquering the Half-Marathon for now. He wants to be able to actually RUN during his 10ks and then be the supportive husband doing slow walk/run intervals with me during the Half-Marathons.

Thank you, Nola Nerd Couple for letting me tell my story about this year’s The Dark Side Half-Marathon. Hopefully, I can report again from California and give my take on The Light Side. And maybe one of these days I will be able to complete a race without complications or Death Star balloons haunting looming behind me…