Solo a Star War Story

I saw Solo A Star Wars Story last night.  Now I went knowing that I do not like Han Solo.  I just don’t.  I prefer the complexity of the Darkside, but that’s just me.

However, immediately I was impressed with the Solo film.  No so much the actor, I mean its a hard thing to do to fill Harrison Fords shoes 40 years later.  I didn’t dislike him, but for me it was more about the story.  I love backstories.

It was interesting to find out how he actually got his last name.   Where the Solo of his name came from, yet they didn’t exactly say what his actual name was previously.  I could read books and scour the internet, but I’d rather it just be told in the film.  I think that is a big deal.

How he met Chewie.  That was not how I expected it, but it makes me feel better about their friendship.  They’ve been through a lot.  Woody Harrelson did a great job, it was a small role for him in my eyes, but it gave Han that push he needed to continue smuggling, the courage and confidence to do what has to be done.  In this film, Han did actually shoot first.

I was surprised about Qi’ra.  As I said Im all about the Dark Side.  What happened to her in those 3 years.  Is it just a survival thing?  I read the she was just made for this film so to look her up in books or other places, we just won’t find her history.   Part of me felt that she is the mother of Rey.  I’m fairly confident that Han is her father, but this would make her older than Kylo.  I’m not sure that would check out.   I would be on board with it his that was the case.  I don’t see much true Darkside for Kylo, I really don’t.  Just like in this movie, Qi’ra says to Han “your the good guy”.  Which combine that with Leia and I think we can see that Kylo is trying way to hard to be bad.

I do wish they would give us a comic, a book, something that explains what happens to Qi’ra.  Yes, Darth Maul was in it, but at the time of the prequels, she didn’t exist.  Maybe it’s Qi’ra and Paul Bettney’s character that could be Reys parents.

I must say the Solo film was way more than I expected, and I really liked it.  It gave us just enough taste of Hans past.  And lets not forget Lando.  Donald Glover did a wonderful job playing him.   Another set of shoes hard to fill, but he did a great job.  Even the star of the show, the Millennium Falcon was great.   I’m hoping the next Star Wars films continue on with the story give answers instead of creating more.

What are your thoughts on the Solo film?

Wondercon 2018 Day 2

Today was the second day of Wondercon at the Anaheim convention center.  This was my first day going as I was at the Roseanne premiere yesterday (I mean how could I miss that).  It was a con as usual, and being Saturday, it was busy.  Many a cosplayer lined the front of the building as well as the show floor.

I found this year to be a bit confusing even though I had a “map” in the guide book.  Many of the vendors were the same, some were new.  It seemed however as if they had moved vendors around a bit, and that’s okay.  Just try to remember where you saw that awesome item you wanted because you just might spend an hour trying to find it again.

I always like to spend time in the small press area.  It’s where I discover new comics, new stories and new characters to love. Or hate.   I do read some main stream comics, but I have always been a big supporter of small press.

Besides there being a lot of people there today, traffic and especially parking was a disaster.  Honestly the extra money I paid for a hotel for one night was totally worth getting around the parking debacle.  This happens every year.  This year though it seemed they had more roads closed off, routes re-routed.  The pedestrians weren’t being funneled by the police, so if you were driving and needed to turn, you had to wait for all 50+ people to walk across.  Remember we are also dealing with the Disney Crowd.

If you are coming tomorrow, remember, it closes earlier than it has been.  It closes at 5.  Come early.  If you see something, buy it.  Don’t pass it by if you an afford it.  Check out every booth.  I’ve found countless things I never would have found if I didn’t stop, have a chat and pick up a book, comic or toy.

Most importantly, have fun!

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D23 Is Approaching Fast

 

The Disney Expo, known as the D23 Expo is fast approaching with dates of July 14-16 2017.  With all the conventions that come through southern California, D23 has to be one of the most exciting cons.   It comes to Anaheim, right near Disneyland and brings with it the most amazing unseen items, displays and interactions that any Disney fan will love.

I went to D23 in 2015, and I have to say, it was one of the best con experiences I have ever had.  I enjoyed everything I saw.  Normally a person who doesn’t like the crowds, at this particular con, I was so filled with awe to even notice how many people were around me.  It’s just an overall great experience.

I look forward to attending this years D23 expo.