Those cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

-George Santayana

  • Plugging away with the comics.  I feel I’ve made a lot of progress and I can really do some stuff with it now.  Looking into some Print on Demand/Self-publishing options for when I’ve gotten to that point.  Doing a lot of sketch cards and tiles for later use.
  • Hear very good things about the Wonder Woman movie.  Planning to go see it on Thursday or Friday.  If I really cared much for the DC vs. Marvel debate, I would say that DC has taken a bit of a lead if only because I feel they’ve done more with their female characters over four movies than Marvel has over twelve.
  • So I never really thought Kathy Griffin was all that funny or relevant to much of anything.  The picture of her the other day with the bloody Trump head was kind of weird.  I mean, I get that it bothered Barron Trump to see that type of thing.  However, did anyone think about Obama’s two daughters the myriad of times that he was lynched in effigy?  It was kind of glorified by various individuals and dismissed.  Now that its Trump, we’re supposed to be outraged?  No.  If Griffin is going to go through all this, drag Ted Nugent and all those tea party jackasses into it too.  They got a free pass and Trump signed up for this.
  • Shockingly enough, Bill Maher said something outrageous.  That’s never happened before.  Although this time he did go to an extreme with the “N” word.  A lot of people calling for HBO to fire him.  I’ve liked his show and thought he made a variety of good points.  The thing is, I feel that a lot of what he does is done by the Daily Show and the various off-shoots of that.  And they tend to do it better if only because they keep their egos more under control.
  • So apparently Jeff Sessions has offered to resign recently.  Or at least that’s what an article I saw indicated.  I don’t know how true that is.  It does raise I have pondered lately.  How stable are Trump’s appointees?  Especially if he continues to display his lack of stability?  People are all worried about Mike Pence becoming President, but we won’t know how many dominos will fall until the first one does or how many will.
  • It is important to remember that experiences can still teach long after they have occurred.  I feel I can say with certainty I won’t fuck up the same way twice.  The next job, the next relationship, the adventure… will all be better than ever.

Star Wars Theories

June 23, 2016

I’ve been watching all kinds of Star Wars theories on Youtube.  Rey’s parents… What happens to the cast of Rebels… Rogue One… Darth Maul… Ahsoka Tano…  Darth Jar Jar… Snoke… Going to break down a few of them, going in chronological order from earliest to latest.

The Darth Jar Jar theory was an interesting one.  Basically it was that Jar Jar was the secret Sith mastermind behind everything.  Or at least intended to be until Episode I came out.  George Lucas fed this theory a bit when he talked about introducing Yoda, where if he had gone a whole movie without any indication of Yoda’s true nature, the character would never have been taken seriously.  And so Jar Jar became an annoying joke.  An interesting idea anyway.  If that had been the original plan, I do think his early antics would have negated the effectiveness of that plot.

At the end of season two of Star Wars: Rebels, Ahsoka is battling Vader when the Sith temple on Malachor collapses around them and Vader is seen walking away, while the ghostly silhouette of Ahsoka is seen fading in the doorway.  My gut response was to assume she was a force ghost, either killed in the collapse of the temple or by Vader himself.  Whether or not she continues to guide Kanaan and Ezra remains to be seen, but my inclination is to think she will not be seen living.

As for the rest of the Rebels, I have heard their primary antagonist for the third–final?–season will be Darth Maul.  Given that Maul has been a prominent part of both the Clone Wars and the Rebels television series, I suspect he will be a driving force as the series builds up to the events of Rogue One, though there is no indication whether he will appear in Rogue One.  He has not appeared in the new Star Wars comics being printed by Marvel as of yet–beyond a force vision Leia has on Naboo–so I suspect his story will come to a close soon.

The Rebels… it is very telling that Kanaan and/or Ezra have not been indicated to have had contact with Luke Skywalker after he joins the Rebellion–I’m thinking of the comics, where Luke has spent a considerable amount of time looking for information about Jedi teachings.  There are any number of possible explanations for that, but I do think if there was someone within the Alliance that could have trained Luke, they would have connected before Obi-Wan guided him to Yoda.  So what happens?  I would say Maul or Vader, but I read the recent issue of the Star Wars comic and the last page featured a lightsaber wielding Stormtrooper.  I suspect that could be Ezra–or Snoke, more on that later–but there isn’t necessarily enough to go on there.  See where Rebels and Rogue One goes.  Maybe that’s the next story for the comics, tying into the new season of Rebels?

Rogue One sets up so much.  This could be a lot more than just setting up Episode IV.  I’ve heard speculation that the team in this movie could be the Knights of Ren, although I’m a bit skeptical because I don’t think there’s any indication that they are force sensitive yet–I think the Inquisitors from Rebels would have dealt with them anyway.  Also, given the theory I saw about Rey’s heritage, wouldn’t it be possible that Jyn Erso is a descendent of Palpatine?  Given hints about his powers and capabilities–specifically the Darth Plagueis story–it is possible there is a whole family of his we don’t know about.  I remember seeing the trailer with her in the Imperial Uniform and I have to wonder if that is a hint at her heritage, where she was drawn to the Imperials first based on her family.

Snoke is one of the mysteries from The Force Awakens.  Never actually seen beyond a projection and all we know is that he’s a force user who has control of the First Order.  I have suspected that Snoke will turn out to be Ezra, aged and scarred after the events of Rebels.  Or the lightsaber wielding stormtrooper?  Or Vader’s agent on the Smuggler’s moon?

Rey’s parents… Skywalker, Kenobi, Palpatine, Doctor Aphra, Jyn Erso… Those are the big ones.  The Skywalker connection was given a lot of time to set up, is too obvious–though I have noted a number of similarities in the theme music between “Rey’s Theme” and “Binary Sunset” on the respective soundtracks, so I might still buy it.  “Binary Sunset” was Luke’s theme in a way.  I suspect she might be a combination.  Like Palpatine’s daughter married a relative of Obi-Wan’s or something like that.  Remember we still have decades where characters were in hiding or their activities were not accounted for, so there are numerous events that could have unfolded.  Also, one of the key components of the Prequels was the Prophesy where Anakin was supposed to be the chosen one and bring balance to the force.  What if that meant a descendent of light and dark families?  The granddaughter of Palpatine and Kenobi?  Or a Skywalker and a Palpatine?  There’s a lot of time for things to happen that hasn’t been accounted for yet.

Of course this is all guess work.  For all we know, Rey could be Yoda’s great, great, great, great, granddaughter.  Her ears did look a bit pointy.

Just a couple of odd updates that have occurred to me over the last few days, since I posted my usual Wednesday post.

  • Read Jim Starlin’s latest Thanos book.  As usual, not really sure how I feel about it.  I love the guy’s work, Adam Warlock is one of my favorite characters, but he goes to some dark places.  Reaffirms my desire to write and/or draw an Adam Warlock story someday.
  • Had briefly entertained the idea of going to see Captain America: Civil War this weekend, but given that I go back to work tonight, that’s going to get pushed back.  I got my first weekend next week, so that should be good.  I’m actually not really that excited for this movie.  Personally, I think this would have been a better option for the second Avengers movie instead of Age of Ultron.  That’s just me though.
  • Think I’ll also pick up a new grill next weekend.  My old one has been beat up pretty good from all the moving around of the last year, so it might just be time to retire it.  Plus, something new to spam people on FB with.  I’m thinking of a few grilling experiments I would like to try.  Turkey meat is on the list, as well as venison.  The venison might be a bit trickier, as I don’t hunt and don’t have the connections I once had for such things.  Might make inquiries when I start looking into purchasing bulk meats.
  • Been thinking about dating again.  It’s more of a conscious choice at this point that I’m not.  I mean, one of the biggest things I’ve been trying to do lately is just get myself back on track mentally and physically.  I feel I am right there.  Working out, eating better, refocusing on art… all of that is helping.  But it will be an exercise in futility if only because I set myself back on a nightly basis with this utility job.  Anyway, I would like to be dating and I think there are a couple of options I’d like to pursue.  There are a lot of awesome people out there.
  • Looks like a Trump Versus Clinton match-up this fall, unless Bernie pulls off something miraculous in the next few primaries.  Not really impressed with those two options.  Two ego-driven narcissists that should’ve retired years ago.  This election is going to be all about ego and legacy, not any real issues or the American People.  I really hope the next election has more than two serious options.  This country has evolved beyond two parties.
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