It’s going to be very weird not seeing this preceding Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens:
I guess we’ll see Cinderella’s castle instead.
It’s a long 7+ months to go until Episode VII debuts. So far, we’ve got very little knowledge based on the teaser:
and the teaser trailer:
I’m excited, but trying to temper my optimism. The good news is Disney usually does this kind of thing right, the Marvel universe is well-respected. On the other hand, J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek is mixed. Sure, he NAILED the casting of Spock, but otherwise he:
destroyed the planet of the most interesting culture
turned Capt. Kirk into Zack Morris in space
So, I’m a bit concerned. The return to practical effects is a hopeful sign.
Of course, there is some fan-service I’d like to see. For me. Because I am a fan.
Don’t turn Luke to the Dark Side. Just don’t do it. No evil Leia either. That’s storyline can only conclude one way, with redemption, so why not avoid something obvious along the way.
I want to see Luke talk to other previous Jedi — like Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, Mace Windu, Yoda, etc. Hi, Ewan, Liam and Sam! Once a movie is fine.
Lando deserves some screen time
I fully expect a return of the emperor at some point during the series. I’d have him show up in the last reel of Episode VIII with little more than a laugh as the great cliffhanger.
Ed Sabol, founder of NFL Films, dies at age of 98 – NFL.com
Ed Sabol built NFL Films from the ground up in the 1960s and turned pro football into a myth. He and his son Steve, were brilliant propagandists (I say mostly with affection) who helped turn the NFL into the biggest sports enterprise in America.
During yesterday’s Washington Nationals broadcast, Dave Jageler was lamenting that the strike zone was going back and forth like an accordion. A discussion about accordions with Charlie Slowes ensued. I don’t think they know that in the 1960s, the Senators hired Merv Conn to play the accordion during games (I mentioned it a couple of years ago). A brief demonstration and explanation from Conn himself:
That was from local filmmaker Jeff Krulik‘s The Legend of Merv Conn which is available here:
Conn was more than just a musician at RFK Stadium, he was a beloved music instructor and performer, even though “The Beatles killed the accordion.” Here’s a 2007 profile from John Kelly before the documentary came out – A Legend With Oomph — and Oompah