May 122018
 
Book Review: Dark Disciple

Dark Disciple by Christie Golden My rating: (Read this review on Goodreads) I am a big fan of Christie Golden‘s work; in the past it’s mostly been her Warcraft novels. I kept hearing a lot of good things about this book so I was excited to finally read it. Suffice it to say, I was not disappointed. If you are not familiar with the nefarious Sith-gone-bounty-hunter Asajj Ventress, then you’re not reading enough canon. You also, clearly, haven’t watched enough of the animated series Clone Wars. Ventress is one bad ass bounty hunter, Force sensitive chick. The Jedi Council has devised a plan to take [… Click to Continue …]

May 092018
 
Star Wars Profits from Avengers Box Office Success

It surprises me that someone hasn’t gloated to me about the insane box office numbers Avengers: Infinity War is generating. I’m not going to lie, there is a small bit of jealousy but, to be honest, I’m happy for Avengers. Disney is doing some amazing work with the MCU! I’ve always been a Marvel fan, probably my second favorite franchise (albeit a very distant second). I have just as much enthusiasm for its success as I do for any Star Wars film (which can be rare for some “fans”). As fans of nerd culture, there is no remorse for the dethroning of The Force Awakens [… Click to Continue …]

May 022018
 
May Should Be Star Wars Appreciation Month

I really do think May should be Star Wars Appreciation Month. I recently posted this tweet: Considering all of the Star Wars themed days in May, I decree that May should be deemed “Star Wars Appreciation Month” @starwars @HamillHimself @rianjohnson @Disney — Matt V. (@mvbiggs) May 1, 2018 Of course I’m sure most people are not quite as in tune with the nerd culture to understand just how many days in May are (or can be) linked to Star Wars. I’m sure everyone knows the two more popular days but there are more than you think. So I’m here to enlighten everyone on the days [… Click to Continue …]

Mar 092018
 
Amazing. Everything They Say Is Wrong

The Last Jedi seems to be the most polarizing movie among fans in the history of the franchise. This is the impression one will get while reading social media and blogs. Granted it is difficult to believe everything you read because there are numerous trolls intentionally trashing the movie and driving down audience scores. I think the percentage of haters is far lower than we are all lead to believe. However, to that end I thought I would select a few particular themes these obtuse and belligerent fans allege are “wrong” with The Last Jedi. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD – If you haven’t seen the movie [… Click to Continue …]

Jan 172018
 
The Forlorn Fair Weather Fans

I have been a Chicago Cubs fan my whole life. It’s a family legacy that has been instilled in me from my father, passed down from his father. In 2016, when the unbelievable happened, while all the life long fans were euphoric, suddenly there were all these new fans. I was literally on my knees, rejoicing while also lamenting that my grandfather didn’t live to see it happen. Devout fans know the glory whereas fair weather fans are merely impostors. Perhaps their first World Series championship in 108 years spawned new fans, to which I say welcome to the party. However, those that gave up [… Click to Continue …]

Dec 312017
 
Book Review: Shatterpoint

Shatterpoint by Matthew Woodring Stover My rating: (Click here to check out this review on Goodreads) Even the strongest of gems have that one spot where they are weakest. The one spot that creates a cascading effect which causes it to shatter. Everything has a shatterpoint, including Jedi. This is Jedi Master Mace Windu’s talent, he can find a person’s shatterpoint. The one thing where they are weakest and thus use it to claim an advantage. He will need this ability when he has to return to his home world of Haruun Kal to find out what has become of his former padawan, Depa Billaba. [… Click to Continue …]