My Entertainment Weekend Update

Happy weekend my friends!

So I finally finished the High Republic middle-grade novel Race to Crashpoint Tower, by Daniel Jose Older. I generally enjoy the middle-grade novels, especially the High Republic ones, and this one was no exception (although I think I liked A Test of Courage from Wave One a bit more). This one naturally was a story concerning a few Padawans, namely Ram Jamoram and Lula Talisola, doing their part to help during the Nihil attack on the Republic Fair on Valo.

Star Wars: High Republic - Race to Crashpoint Tower: read the first excerpt - Polygon
Lula and Ram on Ram’s modified flying droid, V-18.

Ram prefers tinkering with machines and droids and engines, rather than dealing with people; and Lula, though she’s tangled with the Nihil a few times (mostly in the comics), must deal with some jealousy over Vernestra Rwoh (about her own age, but has already made Jedi Knight), and her own courage during the conflict. The story centers on the two Padawans, and Lula’s Force-sensitive friend Zeen, getting to the communications tower on Valo, which has been compromised by the Nihil, to send a message for help. They have to confront the Nihil, as well as the Drengir, to accomplish their goal, and they all do a splendid job. The story takes place concurrently with the events of the adult novel The Rising Storm. I don’t think I’ll do a separate review on it, so just consider this my little mini-review.

So now I’m just waiting for the YA novel Midnight Horizon, also by Daniel Jose Older, which takes place concurrently with The Fallen Star. The book was released February 1st, and it should be coming in any day now. I’ve heard very good reviews about it, and I can’t wait, especially since it concerns my favorite Jedi and Padawan pair, Cohmac Vitus and Reath Silas.

I love this SO much.

The Book of Boba Fett Episode 6, “From the Desert Comes a Stranger,” was fantastic and made this Star Wars fan very happy. If you missed my review of the episode, you can read it here.

In Marvel, I don’t have much news except it seems that Loki Season Two will begin filming this summer, for a release date sometime in 2023. I don’t think I have to tell you how much I’m looking forward to this! (Check out my Marvel Rankings for proof). Luckily there’s enough Star Wars and Marvel stuff going on this year to keep me busy until then, because it seems so far away, lol.

I need more TVA Loki in my life.

And that’s really about it this week. I’ve been trying to get back into journalling (inluding my awesome Inner Jedi notebook), get back into my fanfic idea I keep going on about, and maybe some freelancing ideas. Busy, busy.

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

My Entertainment Weekend Update

Hello and happy weekend, my friends!

I’ve finished reading The Fallen Star, by Claudia Gray, and I was not disappointed in this third adult novel in the High Republic series, and the last in Phase One. I’ve enjoyed all of Claudia Gray’s Star Wars novels, and she does a great job telling this story of Starlight Beacon, symbol of the Jedi and the Republic, being destroyed by the Nihil, or more specifically, orchestrated by Marchion Ro, their mysterious leader. The Jedi, led by Stellan Gios and Elzar Mann, don’t even know what they’re up against, as something mysterious is affecting the Jedi’s connection to the Force as the incapacitated station plummets toward destruction. I’m going to post a review of the book on Wednesday (my High Republic post day), so stay tuned for that.

Since finishing that book, I’d like to get back to Race to Crashpoint Tower, the middle grade book from Wave 2 of the High Republic, before Midnight Horizon comes out on February 1st. I shouldn’t have a problem finishing the relatively small book in a week or so, and I’ll write up a review of it.

The wonderfully-named Padawans Lula Talisola and Ram Jamoram

I enjoyed the latest episode of The Book of Boba Fett (Episode 4) called “The Gathering Storm.” Again, some good things, some wince-inducing things, but the most exciting thing about it came at the end when we hear Mando’s theme, suggesting Din Djarin will be making an appearance, hopefully next week! For my full review of the episode, you can go here.

In Marvel, I caught the Moon Knight trailer, and man, does that look trippy and weird, and I’m so ready for it! I haven’t seen Dune yet, and so missed Isaac Oscar’s performance in that film, so I can’t wait to see him in this new Marvel series that premieres March 30th. I’m new to Marvel, having caught up with the Avengers and company in the past 6 or so months, and I have no idea who any of these new superheroes and villains are, but I’m just going along for the ride and I’m loving it!

Oscar Isaac looks to be having a spot of trouble in Moon Knight.

Case in point, I’m on my third viewing of Eternals (and have another post on them coming soon, probably Monday; if you want to read my review of the movie you can do so here); and I’ve also watched Shang Chi about three times so far. Just fabulous movie-making. Marvel is really hitting the mark for me right now!

But I’ve also been thinking about another franchise I haven’t visited for awhile: Star Trek. When I heard about the new series Picard, I knew I wanted to watch it, but I wasn’t keen on paying for another streaming service to do so. But now I can watch it on Youtube for about $2 an episode. I can swing that. I loved The Next Generation back in the day, much more than the original Star Trek (although it’s still cool in a campy way), and Picard, Riker, Worf, and Data are a part of my beloved sci-fi memories. So I’ll probably be watching that show during the Disney vacuum once The Book of Boba Fett ends, and I’ll be talking about it here. Can’t wait to see what Jean-Luc has been up to!

I will boldly go wherever this man goes next.

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