My Entertainment Weekend Update

Hello friends, and happy weekend!

So I finished the book Brotherhood this past week, and I really enjoyed it. It’s a great Obi-Wan and Anakin Clone Wars adventure (and would make a great arc in the Clone Wars animated show). The timing of its release (May 10) to almost coincide with the release of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ (May 28th) is meant to make us cry a little harder about the ruin their relationship ultimately came to. Because they were brothers, the greatest Jedi team of the Clone Wars era, and quite simply, good friends. So yeah, my heart’s twisting even more now at how sad and terrible events turned out, if that’s even possible. Anyway, if you’re an Obi-Wan and Anakin fan, a Clone Wars fan, or a Star Wars canon fan, this book is for you.

I’ve also been making my way through Skywalker: A Family at War, by Kristen Baver, on my Kindle. I thought this book was just going to be a rehash of what we already know about the Skywalker saga, and it is that in a very basic sense. But it’s also surprisingly insightful about the characters and their relationships, and has the added bonus of telling us the story in chronological order. The author also includes events that occurred in some of the comics, which was helpful to me since I don’t normally read the comics. I feel that the book will constantly need to be updated, though, as the canon is continually being added to with all the new shows and books.

Now that I’m done with Brotherhood, I was casting around for the next Star Wars book, and actually had some trouble picking one out. There’s plenty in the canon I haven’t read yet, including the Thrawn books, as well as the books that concentrate on Alphabet Squadron (Shadowfall, etc.) and Inferno Squad. I’m just not interested in reading those books. I’m not into the pilot stories, and I tried reading the first new Thrawn book, but couldn’t get into it. I love the character, but I like him as the villain rather than the protagonist. I find I don’t like reading books with villains as the protagonist (Tarkin, Vader, Thrawn, etc). That’s just me.

Anyway, I finally decided on Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire, by Delilah S. Dawson. At first I stayed away from the Galaxy’s Edge books because they just seemed gimmicky. But after reading the synopsis for the hundredth time, and considering I liked Dawson’s book Phasma, I decided to give it a go. We’ll see how it goes, and I’ll let you know what I think.

I also ordered along with it a copy of Queen’s Peril, by E.K. Johnston, to add to my Padme collection. I read the book on my Kindle because it had been on sale at the time, but I want all three physical copies on my shelf. That’s just me, too, lol.

Now, onto Obi-Wan Kenobi Part 4. Like many, I was disappointed it was so short (37 minutes as opposed to the usual 55 or so), but it was still enjoyable. It was your typical Star Wars rescue story, something we’ve seen so many times before (Jedi: Fallen Order in particular here), but you can’t argue that it wasn’t Star Warsy. Fairly easy rescues from Imperial facilities is just what Star Wars does best, I guess, lol.

I liked the beginning, when both Obi-Wan and Vader were in their respective bacta tanks and they were both haunted by their last meeting on Mapuza. They’ve both been through the fire now, literally and metaphorically, and while Vader became something unrecognizable, Obi-Wan is becoming more like his old self, more resolved than ever to find Leia. I loved seeing him becoming a little more confident in himself and his Force abilities, especially the hallway scene with the water (hallway scenes are apparently another thing Star Wars does well, lol).

Besides the big bulge under the coat, Obi-Wan’s bearded face should be a red flag amid the clean-shaven Imperials.

I at first thought the scene where Leia was hiding in plain sight under Obi-Wan’s cloak was beyond silly, and it kind of is; but then I thought about how they walked right past Fifth Brother and company, and how he was so absorbed in complaining about Reva that he didn’t even notice it (there were plenty of others around that could have and should have noticed it, but whatever). I think the point was to show how the Sith are so wrapped up in themselves, while people like Roken and his group selflessly help others. It was a little too convenient that the Path people showed up at just the right moment, but again, I’m not going to complain too much. This is Star Wars, what do you want? I still thought this episode was fun, and can’t wait for the final two parts. Oh, and that Jedi tomb in the bowels of the Fortress Inquisitorious was gruesome and macabre. Seeing Tera Sinube there (a gentle old Jedi who helped Ahsoka in an episode of the Clone Wars) broke my heart. But then we see a youngling, and then it was just horrific.

A gentle soul who deserved better.

Not much to report in Marvel, except that I think Ms. Marvel has dropped and maybe She-Hulk will drop soon? I don’t know, and honestly, I don’t care. I’m just not interested in these shows at all. Right now I’m all about Marvel movies, and can’t wait for Thor: Love and Thunder next month!

That’s it this week. What’s been entertaining you? Let me know in the comments and we’ll talk about it!

My Entertainment Weekend Update

Hello friends, and happy weekend!

A few things to talk about with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Star Wars Celebration, but first: books.

I’ve been reading Brotherhood by Mike Chen, and it’s really quite good. I love seeing how Obi-Wan and Anakin have to re-evaluate their relationship after the start of the Clone Wars and when Anakin gets promoted to Jedi Knight. They’re on fairly equal footing now, and both of them have to learn how to deal with that. We also get to see the Neimoidians in a new light here. Instead of seeing just the Trade Federation and their shady dealings with Darth Sidious, we see regular Neimoidian citizens on their home planet of Cato Neimoidia (a planet that has remained neutral in the war so far), and learn a bit more about their culture. Not only do we see them differently, but both Obi-Wan and Anakin are forced to re-examine their prejudices and expectations.

I love the writing style of Chen and how the chapters are fairly short and alternate between several different characters. I wouldn’t say anything truly spectacular happens in the book, and so it’s not an urgent page-turner (I’m about 2/3 of the way through after having it for a few weeks), but it’s a pleasant and interesting read about beloved characters, and I recommend it to canon fans.

I’m pretty hyped to see some release dates and a few covers for the next phase of The High Republic:

I believe Convergence is the adult novel, Path of Deceit is the YA novel, and Quest for the Hidden City is the middle grade book. I’m looking forward to all of them!

So Star Wars Celebration was this past weekend, and I’ve been watching a few of the events on Youtube as well as the trailers for new projects that were released. I loved watching Ewan and Hayden talking to the crowd about the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, as well as Diego Luna and Genevieve O’Reilly talk about Andor.

I LOVED seeing the Andor trailer, as we haven’t seen nor heard much about it since learning of its existence, and it looks fantastic! Cassian Andor was a great character in Rogue One and I wanted to know more, and I’m so happy we’ll get his story here; but there seems to be so much more, too. Seeing Mon Mothma in Coruscant dealing with the political climate in the Imperial Senate is going to be so cool, and there just seems to be many other things going on too that look exciting. We’re going to get 12 episodes in Season 1, so there’s plenty of room for storytelling in this series. It comes out in August and I can’t wait!

Just smile and pretend everything is fine…Mon Mothma must tread a dangerous line in Imperial Coruscant.

We also saw the Bad Batch Season 2 trailer, and as someone who really liked this animated series, I’m pumped. I think it takes place a year or two later, as Omega looks older and she’s quite adept at her fancy weapon; I think the Batch are going to move toward a new goal beyond just surviving and possibly join the fight against the Empire. Or at least help people in need. And I heard Commander Cody will be in it, and that’s awesome. We’ve all been wondering about what happened to Cody, and now we’ll find out.

Okay, now: Obi-Wan Kenobi Part 3. Um, wow! I won’t go into an entire episode review here, there’s just too much, but there’s a few things I want to talk about. When Leia and Ben were on the transport and there was that moment when Leia says, “You knew my real mother, didn’t you?” I’m loving these little nods to Padme–in the same vein as it’s not just about Luke, but Leia too, it’s not just about Anakin but Padme, too. And when she asks him if he’s her real father, he says, “I wish I could say that I am. But I’m not.” Hmmm, that’s an interesting answer. I’m not saying he actually wishes he was Leia’s father, or that he had a thing for Padme or anything; it’s just an interesting thing to say instead of just, “No, I’m not.” I think maybe he just meant that, for her sake, it would have been better if he was the father rather than Anakin, a man who had turned to the dark side. Maybe I’m just reading too much into it, lol. And then to hear him talk about his vague memories of his birth family–we’ve never heard that before, and it was really neat.

I loved the safe room that Tala brings them to–you can see Ben’s eyes light up a bit when he sees Quinlan Vos’s name. He’s delighted that he’s still alive, but also that he’s helping others in the best way he can. The Jedi Order has been decimated, but they’re not completely dead. The spark is still there. I think that heartens him a bit.

And then, of course, there was Vader. You thought the Rogue One hallway scene was badass? Yes, it is, but in that scene he’s simply being efficient, doing what needs to be done to get the Death Star plans. Here, he’s trying to draw Obi-Wan out, so he’s being deliberately cruel and ruthless. Choking that man and snapping his son’s neck, dragging that person through the street–daaamn! And the whole encounter with Obi-Wan was riveting. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi Master and Clone Wars general, is running away. Yes, he’s drawing Vader away from the town, but you can also tell he’s scared shitless. And in the ensuing lightsaber battle, he’s a pale shadow of what he once was.

“I am what you made me.”

But Vader doesn’t want to kill him–yet, anyway. He wants him to suffer as he had, so he nearly roasts him alive. I think Obi-Wan should have been injured and burned far worse than he was, but okay. He got a little taste of Vader’s pain. I’m not sure why Vader let him get away, and there have been theories, but maybe we’ll find out in the next episode. Which I cannot wait for! Wednesdays cannot come soon enough, lol.

I just want to mention one Marvel thing, and that’s the show Assembled: Moon Knight. I really enjoy these making-of docs for the Marvel shows (as well as the Galleries for Star Wars). I thought Moon Knight was fantastic, and I loved getting some behind-the-scenes information on it. So bravo Oscar Isaac, Ethan Hawke, and the entire cast and crew for making one of my favorite Marvel series. I’m hoping for an announcement for a Season Two!

That’s everything for this week. What’s been entertaining you? Let me know in the comments and we’ll talk about it!

My Entertainment (Post)Weekend Update

Hello friends, and hope you had a happy weekend!

I think this was the first time I totally forgot to write an update post for the weekend, lol. Which is okay, since it gave me time to finally go see Dr. Strange, which I’ll get to momentarily.

First, books. I’ve been reading Brotherhood by Mike Chen, about Obi-Wan and Anakin just after the start of the Clone Wars. It’s really quite good, with alternating chapters from Obi-Wan’s and Anakin’s points of view, as well as a couple of other characters. Obi-Wan is investigating a bombing on Cato Neimoidia, while Anakin is on a supply mission with some younglings. Obi-Wan meets Asajj Ventress for the first time, as she is sent to investigate the bombing on the Separatist’s behalf, and I have a feeling things aren’t going to go well. Anakin must help a youngling (called Initiates in this book, a term I’ve never heard before) deal with her reluctance to connect with the Force, as it brings up feelings of dread and pain caused by the war. And we’ll finally find out what that “business” on Cato Neimoidia actually was!

Name this band.

It’s hard to believe, but the Obi-Wan Kenobi series will be airing in a few short (or maybe long?) days! I feel like I’ve been waiting for this show forever, lol.

In the hype leading up to it, I’ve been enjoying the photos and the article in the latest Vanity Fair magazine (online, I haven’t bought it yet, but I hope to soon). The article was full of juicy tidbits about the various projects in the works. I’m hoping for some more Andor hype in the coming months, since it’s supposedly coming out in August, I believe, and we haven’t seen much at all. Mando S3 is slated for late 2022/early 2023, while Ahsoka will drop sometime in 2023. Good things coming in the Star Wars world!

And in Marvel, I’ve finally seen Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, and it was as wild and crazy as I thought it would be. But also super fun. I love how it brings together some other Marvel franchises, like X-Men and The Fantastic Four, and probably some other ones I’m unaware of. That’s the beauty of the Multiverse–you can do anything, lol. SPOILER ALERT, but Wanda turns out to be the villain here as the Scarlet Witch (not sure why I was surprised at this), and while she went WAY overboard, I did still feel kind of sorry for her. As a mom, I understand the desperation and the lengths you’d go to in order to be with your kids, but damn. Also, the Dark Hold had, well, a dark hold over her. America Chavez seems to be an important addition to the Multiverse going forward, and it will be interesting to see what role she’ll play. Dr. Strange himself remains my favorite character in Marvel (besides Loki), and he didn’t disappoint here. Strengths were tested, lessons were learned. And eyeballs were added to, lol. Anyway, I still prefer the origin story over this one, but a solid enjoyable movie.

I think that’s it. What’s been entertaining you? Let me know in the comments and we’ll talk about it!

My Entertainment Weekend Update

Hello friends, and happy weekend!

You probably didn’t notice, but I did not publish a post last week. I’ve been sick all this week with a nasty cold virus (I did a Covid test a couple of times, and they were both negative, thank goodness). Needless to say, I didn’t get much done besides sleeping, lol.

So there are several things I’d like to mention this weekend. On the reading front, I’ve taken a break from Dark Force Rising, as it just wasn’t capturing my attention. I don’t want to say I’ve give up on it or the trilogy, but a little break seemed warranted. I’ve been waiting for Mike Chen’s Brotherhood; it was released yesterday and I’m waiting for it to be delivered. I’m looking forward to this Obi-Wan and Anakin adventure.

In the meantime, I downloaded Skywalker: A Family at War, by Kristen Baver, onto my Kindle since it was only $1.99. There’s really no new ground broken here, just a retelling of the entire Skywalker story, including some events from books and comics. I don’t think I’d buy this one at full price, but for two bucks it’s worth dipping into now and then, until Brotherhood comes in.

I loved the second trailer of Obi-Wan Kenobi that was released last week; it teases just enough, and I honestly don’t want to see much more of it until the show comes out. Definitely getting some Obi-Wan fever!

I was happy to see that one of my favorite artists, Uzuri Art, recently did this great Obi-Wan piece:

Obi-Wan by Uzuri Art.

She also did this great Moon Knight piece:

Moon Knight by Uzuri Art.

Of course I watched the finale of Moon Knight last week, and it was…fine. I guess I was so blown away by the fifth episode (“Asylum”) that I expected more of the same. But the fifth episode was one that dived deep into the character and background of Marc and Steven. The finale naturally had to be about the showdown between Ammet and Konshu, as well as their avatars Moon Knight and Arthur Harrow. It was an action spectacle, and that’s fine and fun. I was glad to see Jake in the mid-credit scene, and now I’m hoping for a Season Two. It seems Marc/Steven/Jake’s story is far from over. And I want to see it, lol. Oh, and seeing Layla as Scarlet Scarab was pretty awesome.

One more book announcement–we have a cover for The Princess and the Scoundrel:

It’s quite pretty, and I like it. I’m hoping the story can add something we don’t already know about Han and Leia’s relationship. Beth Revis gave us the wonderful Rebel Rising, so I have hope. This one comes out in August.

I watched The Book of Boba Fett Gallery on Disney Plus; these making-of specials are always fun and interesting to watch. It may not have been my favorite Star Wars show, but I still appreciate it and all that went into the making of it. I especially enjoyed the behind-the-scenes concerning bringing Luke to life, and seeing Mark Hamill involved. And really, Temuera Morrison is just a great, sweet guy, isn’t he?

The one thing I haven’t done yet is go see Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. I was planning on seeing it a few days after it released, but illness ruined that plan. It will be out for awhile, and I’m planning on getting my popcorn very soon to see it. Can’t wait!

I think that’s it. What’s been entertaining you? Let me know in the comments and we’ll talk about it!

My Entertainment Weekend Update

Hello friends, and happy weekend!

This past week I finished my reread of Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray, a novel about Qui Gon Jinn and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi. It’s a great read, and I love the exploration of Qui Gon and Obi-Wan’s relationship at this time. Qui Gon continues to be a fascinating character, a Jedi more akin to the Jedi of the High Republic, I think. A little bit more mystical, more attuned to the Living Force. He’s a great foil to young Obi-Wan, who is much more straight-laced and logical. It’s interesting to see how Obi-Wan changes over the course of the saga, and especially his relationship to the Force. I just love these two Jedi!

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to reread The Rising Storm before the next High Republic book comes out in January, The Fallen Star, by Claudia Gray yet again (I can’t wait for this one, it’s the first adult novel in the High Republic series Gray has authored); or, if I wanted to reread Kenobi by John Jackson Miller, as I’m getting excited for the Obi-Wan series (when D+, when???).

There’s also been a cover reveal for one of the new canon books coming out next year. It’s called Brotherhood, and it’s an Obi-Wan and Anakin story during the Clone Wars, and it comes out May 10th, 2022. Here’s the cover:

Star Wars: Brotherhood cover featuring Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Taking place between AOTC and ROTS, Brotherhood deals with “that business on Cato Neimoidia.”

I meant to do a separate post on all the new canon books coming out next year, but alas, never got to it. I’m planning on reading all of them, and I’ll probably do a blurb about each one here as I read them. Three new High Republic novels, four new canon novels, and a Padme Amidala novel are all coming out next year. Needless to say, I’ll be doing a lot of Star Wars reading, and I couldn’t be happier about it!

I’ve also been reading our book club novel Abigale Hall, a gothic tale of two orphan girls sent to a creepy Welsh manor just after World War II. I’m about halfway done, and it’s a strange ride, I’ll say that. I’m eager to see how it all comes together at the end, and will report on it in the next post.

In movies and Marvel, I watched Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on D+, and I adored it! I previously haven’t been too excited about any new Marvel heroes, as I’ve just discovered the Avengers recently (even though they’ve been around for years, lol) and I don’t feel like I’m ready to move away from them. But since it was on D+, I figured I’d give it a whirl–and absolutely loved it. I was enthralled by Shang Chi’s family drama, the amazing martial arts, the incredible visuals, and pretty much just everything about it. And oh, that dragon! Katy was a hoot, too. This was another example of Marvel at its best.

I love her.

Speaking of Marvel, Hawkeye is out next week, and I can’t wait! You can bet I’ll be posting my thoughts on the first two episodes that will drop next week.

On the SW fan fiction front, I’ve finished a tentative outline, wrote the prologue, and the first two sections of the first chapter. There’s still a lot of plot issues to iron out, but I’ll deal with those as I go along. As long as I know where I’m headed, I’ll be fine. I find that if I try to figure every little detail out at the beginning, I’ll a) never get started, and b) miss out on the amazing insights that come to me while I’m writing. It never fails–when I’m in the writing “zone” the Muse will send me exactly what I need. Anyway, I’m pretty excited about it, and will plod on spinning my tale.

That’s it this week. What’s been entertaining you? Let me know in the comments and we’ll talk about it!