The biggest news of the week was the Writer’s Strike, which despite our goal for this post series, isn’t exactly old news. In fact, it’s still ongoing and there are a lot of complicated pieces. Aside from that, we have a story from Damon Lindelof about getting dropped from his Star Wars project, Phil Spencer reflecting on his console’s place in the market, and Kathleen Kennedy admitting what everyone has known for awhile: Star Wars needs to be spread out more.
What a weekend, am I right? Here’s some interesting news to come from the past few days. First up we’ve got news that more Star Wars movies ARE DEFINITELY HAPPENING. How exciting that news is largely up to how you feel after Rise of Skywalker. Next up, we’ve got Apple testing their noninvasive blood glucose technology, which I think is pretty neat. Wrapping things up we delve into the impressive box office numbers of everyone’s favorite video game plumber. It’s Mario. Mario wins the box office. That’s the tweet, or whatever.
A teased, possible Luigi’s Mansion movie? The entire Venture Bros on an inferior format? Mark Hamill lending his voice to an air raid app for Ukrainians? Sounds like yesterday was quite the strange news day.
Trying a new thing here at the ATH Network. We’re going to give you old news. That’s right, it’s the news you may have already encountered out in the wild, packaged into a bite-sized link collection post with the catchy title “Yesterday’s News Today.” Now, you might be asking, “Why this? Why now?” It’s a good question.
Now without further ado, let’s see what happened yesterday.
That wasn’t the f**kin plan! This month is all about the screw ups, the garbage fires, the things that didn’t turn out the way they were initially intended. We’re kicking off this month with the garbage film Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker and diving into all the things that went wrong with it. Turns out there’s a lot. Now, before you – a Rise of Skywalker fan – get all huffy, we had one or two things that we liked about the film and we made sure to give those points their due. On the whole, however, we found the film to be bantha poo-doo. Enjoy our rant and may the force be with you!
It is a time of great rejoicing as we’ve made it to the last and best episode of the prequel trilogy, and as such have ended our journey through all the Star Wars films. How does this one hold up compared to the others? Well, it looks great, and has one of the best lightsaber fights of the saga. Does it break our heart in other areas? Absolutely.
It’s a very confusing time for Padme, coming into her own and embracing the Autassassinophiliac within her. And Anakin is dealing with…stuff. But hey, Kamino is pretty cool, and that third act is quite riveting, and we get to see Yoda do lightsaber fighting. I mean, at the end of the day it’s not a TOTAL loss, right? Right?
It’s a time of great hope, for a new Star Wars approaches after years of nothing but the original trilogy. Fans flock to the theaters in droves to see the origins of Darth Vader…and they get a Trade Federation? Gungans? Committees? Senators? Chancellors? Cool pod race, though. And Ewan Mcgregor really knocks it out of the park as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
It’s 1983, and fans eagerly line up to see the conclusion to the trilogy, with expectations soaring high. What they get causes some distress. Swashbuckling? Ewoks? Silly humor? Well, yeah. It’s the perfect distillation of everything we liked from the first two movies, and quite possibly the best way to end the trilogy. Of course, some additions have been made over the years that have made this chapter difficult to enjoy. Join us as we discuss Return of the Jedi!
It is a dark time for the rebellion…but a pretty friggin’ sweet time for us because we get to talk about The Empire Strikes Back, easily the best Star Wars film ever made. If the last movie captured our imaginations, this one captured our hearts. It cemented our fandom and gave us the best ship in the galaxy: Han and Leia. It also gave us Yoda, Lando Calrissian, Lobot, and perhaps the biggest surprise this side of the galaxy. There’s a reason why this one sits at the top of many SW fan lists. So join us, won’t you?