A Quart of Oil With Joe2-D2: My Thoughts on The Force Awakens

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I’ve seen Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens about one dozen times in the theater, and a couple more times at home. As I’ve viewed the film, there have been little things that stood out to me.

Spoilers ahead!

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A Quart of Oil With Joe2-D2; Star Wars Fans Stick Together

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If you’ve been on social media any time during the first couple weeks of November, you’ve probably have seen the name Daniel Fleetwood, a die-hard Star Wars fan who was diagnosed with terminal cancer whose dying wish was to see The Force Awakens before he died. You probably also saw the fan campaign #forcefordaniel which was started by his wife Ashley to try to get Disney and Lucasfilm to allow Daniel to see the film early. As you may know, Disney and J.J. Abrams stepped up and gave Daniel a private showing of The Force Awakens. Daniel passed away just five days after seeing TFA.

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A Quart of Oil with Joe2-D2: Why are Star Wars and Star Trek So Popular After So Many Years?

R2DECAF by Tom Carlton
R2DECAF by Tom Carlton

Important dates referenced in blog entry

• Star Trek the original TV series debuted 1966
• Star Wars debuted 1977, The Empire Strikes Back debuted 1980, Return of the Jedi debuted 1983
• Battlestar Galactica debuted 1978
• Buck Rogers debuted 1979
• Star Trek: The Motion Picture release date 12-7-79, 13 years after the original series came out
• The Phantom Menace released 1999, 16 years after what we thought would be the last Star Wars movie we would ever see.
• Disney purchases Lucasfilm 2012.
• Star Wars release calendar (http://www.denofgeek.us/movies/star-wars/241723/full-star-wars-movie-release-calendar)
• The Force Awakens released 2015, 10 years after last Star Wars movie and three years after Disney purchased Star Wars.

This month’s blog entry topic is something that’s been floating around in my noggin for quite some time and something that I’ve wondered about for a long time — Why have the Star Wars (SW) and Star Trek (ST) franchises both survived after periods of long hiatus, without the advent of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, while other movie franchises like Harry Potter, Twilight, The Matrix trilogies, and Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies have dwindled in popularity when they were taking over movie houses in the early 2000s?

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A Quart of Oil with Joe2-D2: A Still Moment in a Galaxy Far, Far Away Redux

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Hey Coffee With Kenobi readers, Joe2-D2 here. Sorry for such a long time between blogs. I’ve spent the last seven months recovering from a stroke that I suffered in February.

So for my first blog back, I decided to pull something from the archives.

A few years ago, a group of bloggers, including a few of our very own here at CWK, had decided to write a series of blogs on the original Star Wars blogs describing a still image taken from the Original Trilogy films. We called the series “A Still Moment in the Galaxy Far, Far Away.” We were each given two images and had to decide which one we wanted to write about. This is the photo that I decided to write about. So enjoy.

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Review for Star Wars Rebels: Droids in Distress by Michael Kogge

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*This review contains mild spoilers*

The latest chapter book in Disney’s Star Wars Rebels series is Droids in Distress by Michael Kogge. The book follows some of the events of “Spark of Rebellion,” “Droids in Distress” and “Rise of the Old Masters” in the Star Wars Rebels cartoon series on DisneyXD. Ezra is the primary focus of the book, although there are a couple of instances where other characters are used. This book is 128 pages and would be an easy but fun book for a child in grade level 1-3. The book gives a good overview of those episodes without getting bogged down in describing every detail.

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A Quart of Oil with Joe2-D2: My Thoughts on Reno Comic-Con

IMG_1017This year I got to experience a Comic Con for the first time.  Now while it wasn’t San Diego Comic-Con, which is still on my geek bucket list, being able to attend Reno Comic Con was a treat.  This year marked the first year that Wizard World was going to have a Comic Con in my home town of Reno, so the fact that I didn’t have to travel anywhere was a real bonus, considering that I had other stuff going on during the weekend that was going to take away from the amount of time that I could attend, but I still wasn’t going to let that stop me.  I’ve decided to talk about my experiences during the weekend at the Con.

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A Quart of Oil With Joe2-D2: A Fan’s Own “Rebels” Reaction

R2DECAF by Tom Carlton
R2DECAF by Tom Carlton

 

Unless you’ve been living on the moon or under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the newSWRebels_Heroes copy cartoon series, Star Wars Rebels.  At the time that this is being written, there have been 4 regular episodes along with the 1-hour premier episode.  With the absence of concrete plot details for Episode VII, Rebels is fulfilling the average Star Wars fan’s appetite for new Star Wars content.  In the past year, Lucasfilm has made a big push to get the fans prepped for Rebels.  Rebels was the primary focus of the Star Wars Weekends at Disney World over the summer.  But is Rebels worth all the hype?  Is it really THAT good?  Does this particular fan enjoy the show.  Let’s find out.

WARNING:  There are possible spoilers ahead, so read on at your own risk.

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A Quart of Oil with Joe2-D2: Alas, No More Fanfare (Probably) Part 2

R2DECAF by Tom Carlton
R2DECAF by Tom Carlton

In my last blog, I wrote about some of the more popular themes and songs from the Original Trilogy soundtracks. However, maligned as the Prequel Trilogy is, there are some pieces that stand apart from the crowd, some may even stand alongside the Original Trilogy. These are the pieces that I enjoy the most. I’ve included my thoughts on the individual pieces as well as the pieces themselves. So, once again, turn up the volume and get your headphones ready, it’s time for a musical journey.

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A Quart of Oil with Joe2-D2: Alas, No More Fanfare (Probably)

R2DECAF by Tom Carlton
R2DECAF by Tom Carlton

EDIT:  I fixed the embed code for the videos.  They should be working correctly now.  Sorry for the confusion.  Joe2

Contrary to what the title says, this blog is not going to be about the potential lack of the 20th Century Fox Fanfare that opened every Star Wars movie from the original in 1977 to the Clone Wars Movie in 2008. Nor will this be a discourse on my views of the Disney acquisition. Instead, this is going to be a discussion of some of the music from the movies. I’ll discuss some of the popular ones, and some of my favorites. And to remind everyone what the songs sound like, I’m going to include some videos. So pull up a chair, turn on your speakers, and prepare for some musical enjoyment!

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A Quart of Oil with Joe2-D2: Change Happens

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“You can’t stop change any more than you can stop the suns from setting.”

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Oh if Shmi only knew!  Shmi is talking to her son, just after Anakin comes running back to her arms before he leaves with Qui-Gon to become a Jedi, a big change.  Like Anakin, change happens to all of us, whether we like it or not.  Sometimes it happens in subtle ways, sometimes in ways that rock our worlds.  And now it’s my turn, again. Read more

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