SWCA Recap

I think this is the happiest I’ve ever seen you.  I think you’re even happier than on our wedding day.

Yes, that was my husband’s statement to me on the second day of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim.  Oh guys, it was amazing.  Amazing.  It was so much fun.  There were high, high points throughout the whole thing, and only a couple of points that brought me down.  Overall, I wish I was back there and already miss it.

The best:

  • Standing in line for 4 hours to get onto the main stage to see JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy. We saw the
    Line at 6:00am was already so long. We barely made it for seeing the main stage

    Line at 6:00am was already so long. We barely made it for seeing the main stage

    new trailer first (twice!) and saw John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, and a real BB-8!  We were exhausted but the thrill of the crowd, seeing the trailer, and being surrounded by Star Wars was the best feeling.

  • The funny inside joke we formed as a collective group. Whenever someone knocked down a barrier while standing in line, everyone would cheer and clap.  It started on Thursday morning before JJ and KK and continued with each long queue where there were metal barriers on the concrete floor.
  • All the cosplay! There were the standard stormtroopers, Jedi, Sith, but some of it was super funny or really well done.
  • The deeper panels they had for fans like me who wanted to know where the costumes came from, how myth plays into the OT and PT, and learning about the music that was taken out of the Empire Strikes Back.
  • The panels with Ian McDiarmid (such a nice gentleman AND he read from The Jedi Doth Return in the Emperor’s voice), Carrie Fisher (complete wack job and I don’t think I learned much about the experience of working on Star Wars from her other than sometimes she was really hungover. But she brought her dog on stage which had its tongue hanging out the whole time and that was funny), and Mark Hamill (so gracious, funny, and told great stories about working on set) were really fun to sit in on and watch, even if we had to sit through mega long lines.
  • Talking with other fans in lines about Star Wars. Unfortunately, some fans were not as talkative as what I remember in Celebration II and I wonder if some of that has to do with everyone being on their phones.  People were on their phones all. The. Time.  However, we did talk to some great people and I loved talking to kids.  There was one 5 year old kid that knew so much about Star Wars that I was completely shocked.
  • The Star Wars Rebels panel was great! I didn’t go see the premiere, but I loved seeing all the voice actors on stage (along with Filoni and Kimberg) and finding out that Hondo AND Captain Rex are back in Rebels!
  • Meeting Darth Amethystos. Yes, I got to meet a fellow WordPress blogger!  I was so happy because I always want to meet people that I chat with on comments but I know some people just want to stay behind their computer screens.  But we spent a bit of time together, we were both not weird or psychopaths (well, she wasn’t, I don’t know what she’d say about me), and got along just fine.  I thought that was one of the best parts of the trip though I think my husband was totally baffled on who she was (and still is) since he never reads this blog.

The worst:

  • The lines. Especially on Saturday.  I didn’t stay for Sunday, but I’m sure it was just as much of a shitshow.  Everyone locally decided to turn up at Celebration and it made the place a mess.  Carrie Fisher’s line on Friday was 1.5 hours and we got an okay seat, Mark Hamill’s line was ridiculous on Saturday and we were in line 2.5 hours early.  And there were still so many people behind us.
  • Someone crashed into me and my pizza was spilled all over my costume. This was, again, on Saturday
    And this is only half of my stain :(

    And this is only half of my stain 😦

    because everything was so cramped and congested that I turned around with a plate of pizza and BAM a young girl crashed into me and the pizza just slid down my tunic, onto my tabard, down my pant leg.  The entire left hand side of the costume that took me 2.5 years and a lot of money to make is now ruined.  I was able to get the grease out with a stain remover but my next step is the dry cleaners.  By the way, I got back in line with my husband and totally cried a little bit.  We had been standing in line for The Force Awakens exhibit (an exhibit featuring many of the costumes from TFA which was a complete surprise at the convention) for three and a half hours, plus I was hungry, so I think the crying is justifiable.  Oh, and the worst of this is that we didn’t even get to see the TFA exhibit!  We found out that the Mark Hamill line was already really long so I gave up and headed to that instead.  Soooooo 3.5 hours of my life wasted.

  • The exhibit hall. I mean, it was good, but it wasn’t organized very well.  It also didn’t have enough of those Star Wars household items I love so much (beach towels, hand towels, plates, etc.).  There were replicas you could take photos at but the lines were SO long that it wasn’t worth it.  I feel like there could have been a much better system for those so you didn’t waste your time in line for a stupid photo…like a scheduled time slot or something?  The spaces between booths were also really cramped, to the point that it was stifling.  The reason why I’m complaining about this is that I’ve gone to NYCC which has MORE attendees than Celebration and I thought the exhibit hall was so better organized and had a better variety of vendors, personally.  Maybe that’s because it’s a comic con, but still, I was a little disappointed.

Okay, so those are my high level feelings on SWCA, but honestly, it was SO much fun and I’d go back in a heartbeat despite standing in lines for hours, and my costume being ruined.

Now what did we learn at Celebration, because isn’t that the most important thing about conferences?  You sit in panels and learn things you’ve never learned before.  You get the latest news on new seasons of TV shows, new movies, etc.

What I learned about TFA:

  • Rey (Daisy Ridley) is a scavenger in a ship graveyard, a loner until she meets a character and begins an adventure. My guess is the character is Finn since the new trailer definitely seemed to point that way.  Therefore, my conclusion is that Rey is not a descendent of any of the Skywalkers even though she looks so much like she could have come from the maternal side!
  • Finn is in a lot of danger and “the way he reacts changes his life”. We always see him looking like he’s nervous/in a hurry in both trailers, plus we’ve only seen him in a stormtroopers outfit except once in this new one, so not that much new information here.
  • Poe Dameron is sent on a mission by a “certain princess” where he meets up with Finn and they continue together. Okay, he didn’t say that, he said “their fates are forever intertwined”, which is a super interesting comment.  Forever intertwined.  And who’s this princess?  Leia?
  • The desert planet from the trailers is NOT Tatooine.   I didn’t think it was, because I thought it was too orange, but then all my Star Wars friends convinced me it was.  Sad to say, I got caught up in that and eventually agreed.  So when JJ Abrams revealed it’s actually the planet Jakku, damn, I was thrilled.  It also reveals a little more about planets and what I had discussed a few weeks ago.  So you CAN have more than one planet with the same ecosystem, which just makes sense.  But then again, perhaps only one section of Jakku is a desert.

Here are the behind the scenes photos they revealed to us (plus some better quality photos of them on stage since i was so far away):

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What I learned about Star Wars:

  • Anakin and Luke really have the same mythical storyline. They both are taken from those they love and their home (Shmi; Beru/Lars), become a hero by the end of the first movie, and train to become a Jedi.  The only difference is that Anakin falls to the dark side when confronted by the Emperor, and Luke chose to remain on the light side.  And that made all the difference (…or did it?  Guess we’ll find out in TFA).
  • Jar Jar was an important piece of the saga. Jar Jar was largely ignored and cast aside as annoying and beneath people’s notice.  In turn, Palpatine noticed that and preyed upon his insecurity by making Jar Jar feel like he was doing something important when Jar Jar gave emergency powers to Palpatine.
  • If we look at both the OT and PT, we should be able to predict some situations in the upcoming trilogy…namely, a character will undergo an arc of leaving home, having an adventure, and trying to decide right from wrong. What the panel expert believed is that someone should die in TFA, and his prediction was Han Solo.  The only reason I might agree is that I don’t think Harrison Ford is interested in doing any more Star Wars after TFA.
  • ESB had about 20 more minutes of music that was cut out by George Lucas. Examples that I’m glad were cut: Luke’s training on Dagobah and his fight with Darth Vader.  The training on Dagobah sounded like a silly, light hearted mixture that gave the impression the training was not serious.  By taking it out, we get the more realistic impression of hard work and intense learning.  The music while Luke was fighting Vader was very heroic and pro-Luke.  It didn’t make sense with the end of the fight, where Luke is defeated.
  • Both Captain Rex and Hondo are back for Season Two of Rebels, along with Ahsoka. Also, Dave Filoni has such a soft spot for when a child < 8 years asks a question that he almost always answers, even if it’s just to whisper it into the child’s ear and tell her not to tell anyone.

And of course…much, much more!  I have come back refreshed with new ideas on what to go into on my blog and topics to write about that I had never thought about before.  I think I’m still on the whole post-Celebration cloud 9 and it’s been a little over a week.

Rumor has it they will start doing them every other year and go between Orlando and Anaheim.  I hope so!  I can’t wait for the next one and do hope I’ll get to go again.

Enjoy my slideshow 🙂

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Star Wars Rebels – Season One Review

I was really hoping to have a report on how the virgin Star Wars viewing went last week…but turns out my friend’s husband decided to get appendicitis that day so they were in the hospital and had to reschedule.  Really?  Lame excuse.

So instead I’m here to talk about the first season of Star Wars Rebels, my thoughts, what I liked and disliked.

*Thar be spoilers ahead!*

You can read my initial reactions on the first episode here.

Overall, I really liked Rebels, and I definitely liked it a lot more than I liked The Clone Wars when I first started watching it.  You guys have heard me mention many times that I actually was furious at TCW when they began the show (Anakin has a padawan?  What??  What are all these random storylines thrown in??).  I didn’t want there to be the recurring, older characters.  I wanted a fresh start.  Though I grew to love and enjoy TCW, we definitely had a rocky start to our relationship.

This was not the case with Rebels.  I loved these characters that were not in the movies and I loved the settings.  It was Hera and chopperdifferent from TCW in that the animation was softer, not as angular or harsh.  For the most part, I liked the animation style.  I thought the ships were done excellently, though I believe the people didn’t flow as well as I would have liked.  Most of the time they were good, but sometimes they seemed a little jerky.

The throwbacks in Rebels were also fun to watch.  I loved that they pulled from Ralph McQuarrie, especially for Lothal, and his touch was a constant, even with Zeb and Chopper.  The lightsaber fight in the last episode screamed of TPM (it was nice to see a Prequel nod) and characters like Lando were thrown in to remind us of the OT.

The storyline was also pretty good.  Out of the entire season, there was only one episode I really disliked and that was “Droids in Distress”.  Clearly it was an episode just to throw a bone to the fans who wanted to see characters they knew (Artoo and Threepio).  I didn’t like “Path of the Jedi” (I’m not a fan of Yoda speaking to people when he’s off on some far off swampy planet) or “Idiot’s Array” that much either, but I thought they had nuggets of character development that I appreciated.

My favorite episodes were:

  • “Breaking Ranks” – Ezra joins the Empire temporarily and befriends Zare Leonis, who later becomes a spy for thestar wars rebels zare leonis band of Rebels. I still think Zare is also Finn, but maybe I should drop that point for now.
  • “Empire Day” – I loved the political undercurrents in this, as well as finding out a lot about Ezra’s family. It gave us some insight into who he is and why he is so against the Empire.  It kind of put a purpose to his mischief, as opposed to someone who just caused trouble for the hell of it.
  • “Call to Action” through “Fire Across the Galaxy” – I understand why they can’t do episode arcs that much in the beginning of the season. First, they need to find out if they are going to get renewed.  No point in investing in characters and storylines if it gets canceled.  Second, you need to pull the viewer in and the easiest way to do that is with one-and-done episodes.  Everything is somewhat resolved by the end of the episode, but there are hints to a larger storyline.  But this episode arc was really great.  The Empire (including a steady appearance of Grand Moff Tarkin – whom I actually didn’t mind showing up at all) is getting uneasy with all the Rebels and Tarkin is upset that Agent Kallus and the Inquisitor have not been able to capture them yet.  By the end of the first episode, Kanan is captured, and the next two episodes show how the crew of Ghost come together to rescue him.  What I liked is not that it was a simple, “Yes, let’s go get him!” but there were doubts, especially from Hera.  She had to decide between the mission and Kanan.  It took some convincing from the rest of the crew (and disobeying her orders), including Chopper, to finally make her see that Kanan was worth going after.  At the end of the final episode in Season One, we get to find out who “Fulcrum” is … and it’s Ahoska!  I did a little squeal, I admit it.  AHSOKA HAS RETURNED!
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Ashley Eckstein’s voice too!


So now that Ahsoka is back in the storyline and canon, I guess it brings up a lot of interesting questions.  Does she know Vader is Anakin, her former Jedi Master?  Does she know Yoda and Obi-Wan are alive?  Or is she acting on her own in this rebellion?  She has connections to Bail Organa, and Organa knows that Yoda and Obi-Wan are alive.  Do you think Ahsoka just assumes Anakin died in the Jedi Purge?

inquisitorMy favorite character was the Inquisitor and I loved him so much.  I thought he was actually kind of brilliant, though he actually created more questions for me than anything else.  Maybe I just liked Jason Isaacs voice (ahhh so hot).  But I understood why he had to die.  Grand Moff Tarkin made it quite clear that he would not suffer failure…so if Kanan got away (which he did), the Inquisitor would not have been a welcome guest at Vader and the Emperor’s dinner party.  But now they bring in Vader…this could be interesting.  If they keep Vader in Season 2 as a steady character, I hope they stay true to his character.  Don’t take away from his scariness, add to it.  Don’t be afraid of making him as ruthless as he seems to be in ANH.  Don’t show any sympathetic gestures from him.

I think Rebels has potential.  I’m interested to see if there are any tie-ins to The Force Awakens and to see how they link this back to ANH.  Already they have Tarkin playing a somewhat major role and Vader seems to be stepping into the picture as well.  I want to see more interesting episode arcs and less silly standalone episodes.  Perhaps I’m asking for too much, too soon, but I think they’ve been doing a good job, but I want to see it become great, like TCW did.

What were your thoughts on Season One of Rebels?  Did you like it?  Dislike it?  Will you watch Season two?

For some great reading on what Dave Filoni says about Season One, check out this article.

Geek Out! Star Wars Rebels Edition

I haven’t given a Geek Out! in a while, so I thought I’d devote this one entirely to Star Wars Rebels, since more details have been coming out here and there in the past few months.

I’m excited for Star Wars Rebels, the new TV show coming out this fall.  After being so hesitant and angry with The Clone Wars when it was released, and then enjoying it once I actually started watching it, I won’t be making the same mistake with Star Wars Rebels.  I mean, this is a time period in the Star Wars that I’ve always wanted to know about.  Clone Wars, not so much, but the formation of the Rebellion?  Totally!  I have an Alliance Starbird tattoo for a reason…

Before the Prequels were even released, I wanted to know how the Empire had begun, when the Jedi disappeared, and about Luke and Leia’s childhood.  Will we know all of that?  Probably not.  Luke and Leia’s childhood would be pushing it, and I’m not sure if I even want to know about that. I would like there to be still SOME mystery about Star Wars, even with all these new movies and new TV show.

But what do we actually know about this show?  Since Disney has acquired Lucasfilm, things have been very hush hush around Star Wars.  I’m perfectly okay with that, as I love being spoiler-free and having surprises, but they have been a little more willing to let details leak regarding Rebels.

So what do we know?


  • The series begins about 4-5 BBY, fourteen years into the reign of the Galactic Empire.  So that means Luke and Leia are around 14 years old.


  1. There is a ship called Ghost.  Ghost is actually shaped a little like the Millenium Falcon with that circular-ish shape.  Lego sets to be revealed this year say “Pilot The Ghost with 2 cockpits, 360-degree rotating gun turret, spring-loaded shooters, detachable escape pods, Holocron and more.”
  2. There is a ship named Phantom.  According to Lego sets, Phantom is known as an attack shuttle with an “opening cockpit, 2-way spring-loaded shooter, rear cargo compartment and more.” They actually say “detachable cockpit” later in the description so that’s interesting.  A cockpit that is like an escape pod almost?  But how do you get the cockpit back to the ship?



  1. The Inquisitor.  Ladies and Gentleman, we have a villain!  Sounds like this guy was hired by Darth Vader to finish the dirty work he started: hunt down the remaining Jedi that survived the Great Jedi Purge.  He is a Pau’an, the species that lived on Utapau and let Obi-Wan know where General Grievous was hiding in ROTS.  According to the EU*, Pau’ans were not friendly with the Empire, so it’s interesting to see that the Inquisitor could be the black sheep.
  2. Ezra Bridger.  We don’t know much of this character as he was only introduced by Lego as a character paired with the ship The Phantom, and is a “young Rebel hero” who has a cadet helmet and blaster.  Cadet helmet?  Cadet usually means someone in training for the military, so perhaps they mean training for the Rebellion?  It would be interesting if it meant something else though as we know the main military at the time is obviously the Empire.
  3. Zeb.  No last name for this guy.  Again, this comes from Lego as he is paired with Ghost.  It says to “Join the Rebel heroes…” when referring to this set, so we can take a safe guess at knowing that Zeb is also part of the fledgling Alliance.
  4. Chopper aka C1-10P.  Oh, it’s so cute.  Chopper was just introduced a few days ago as the new droid who helps out on Ghost and described as a “cranky” astromech droid.  The design for this droid was inspired by an early concept drawing of R2-D2 taken from Ralph McQuarrie.


Miscellaneous Plot Points

  • According to Dave Filoni, Rebels is going to stick to “one story and one main group of characters”.  Hmmmm…a little reminiscent of the OT, huh?
  • There are two primary female leads.  Ezra is not a female, as the Lego synopsis says “his” in it.  There is no reference to sex with Zeb, so perhaps Zeb could be a female?  I’m interested to know the role these two female leads will play, as Ahsoka was such a hit in TCW.  I’d love to see the main villain also be a female, but I guess I can wait on that one.  Either way, girls kicking butt is awesome, so I’ll take it.  Disney XD is primarily geared towards young boys; it’ll be good to see some females taking part of the action.
  • According to Athena Portillo (Line Producer), we will see some familiar faces.  Does that mean the obvious, like Darth Vader?  Or could it mean glimpses of our original heroes?  Or even Boba Fett?  Characters from TCW (Cad Bane anyone?!)?  Or even throw in some EU stuff?
  • Greg Weisman points out that we won’t see what we know as the Rebel Alliance yet, because right now, it’s just a group of rebels (notice no capital R).  He says this show really is about the origin of the Rebellion.
  • Ghost hosts a “clever and motley crew” where “this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, have thrilling adventures, and become heroes”, according to action figure packages revealed at NYCC this year.  Could this be the group that forms the Rebellion?  I’m guessing it might be, based on how we have seen more of the ship Ghost than anything else from Star Wars Rebels.
  • The Inquisitor is hunting down the remaining Jedi, so that means we could see some of those Jedi he finds.  How the Inquistor ties into Ghost and the forming Rebellion could be interesting.

So that’s the latest edition of Geek Out! Rebels edition.  What seems like only a little bit of information that has been leaked out in the past few months, is actually a lot more informative than you’d think.

Based on what we know now, do you think you will watch the show?




*The EU is apparently going through some reworking.  A Lucasfilm Story Group has been created to keep track of “all facets of Star Wars storytelling, including movies, TV, games, and publishing.”  In a nutshell, they are trying to move forward and have everything be part of one canon.  I’m sure it will become more clear over time, but it may mean that the Pau’ans history with the Empire means nothing.

Star Wars Rebels Teaser Trailer Released

The Rebels are back!  Dave Filoni and team gave us our first glimpse last night of the new animated TV show to be released next year: Star Wars Rebels.

There’s not much to take from this narrative that we don’t already know, except for one key line, “The Jedi will rise, and you will know the power of the Force.”

The Jedi will rise?  You mean to tell me that not all are wiped out after Order 66?  This could mean that we see hints of Yoda and Obi-Wan again, plus others.  But could it mean that by the end of the series, all the Jedi will be completely wiped out other than Obi-Wan and Yoda?  This show could deal with a lot of heavy subjects if they go that route, which gives me hope.

The forming of the Alliance will also be interesting to watch.  I’m also curious as to the timeline of where this series will line up with the movies.  Will it end right before ANH?  If that’s the case, maybe we’ll see Biggs Darklighter.

There are so many interesting directions this show could take, maybe more so than TCW, since they are not constrained as much by events and characters in the movies.

I’m still cautiously optimistic and I will definitely give this a try right away, as opposed to TCW where I refused to watch it for about two years, and then regretted it.

Geek Out!

Since Celebration Europe is over, I thought now would be a good time to recap some of the announcements released there, random Star Wars news, and also go into a few life updates of mine.

In regards to casting rumors…

  • Last week, the internet was swirling with rumors that Ryan Gosling or Zac Efron could be in Episode VII.  It’s funny how things swell and then die on the internet.  It was tweeted and written about wherever I efron gosling starwarslooked last week.  Now, it’s faded into obscurity once again.  People were claiming that because both of them were linked to Disney at a younger age, they would be top choices for the new Star Wars movie.  Honestly – these casting rumors started to bore me.  When it comes down to it, what if they did pick Gosling or Efron?  Would our lives fall apart?  What is so wrong with them?  Oh yessss…I see, you are trying to bring girls into a predominantly male genre by giving them a delectable dish on a silver serving platter.  Eye candy.  Girls who would never otherwise see Star Wars, will be lining out the door.  Well, if that scares you, you are looking at it the wrong way.  It could be a way to introduce Star Wars to whole new group of people who would never have considered it otherwise.  Trust me, it’s the true fans that will stick around long after the pretty boys are gone because we are there for the meat, the good stuff, STAR WARS.  And, who knows, I’ve never been super disappointed with Efron or Gosling’s movies yet, so any kind of eye candy may surprise us.  In regards to any casting made, pretty face or not, in the words of wise Old Ben, “Your eyes can deceive you.  Don’t trust them.”

Celebration Europe II brought about a few announcements regarding Episode VII.  I think fans were hoping for more, but I’m pleasantly surprised.  Honestly – I just thought they’d tell us the three main actors were returning and that would be that.  But here are the main points taken away from the convention:

  • John Williams is returning for Episode VII!  Woo!/Phew!  Thank goodness.  What a great way to start off.  John Williams is the man and we could all benefit from him kickstarting this new series.  At this point, he said he feels like he’s never left the galaxy far, far away.  “The story is still unknown to me, the new story, but I can’t imagine that there will not be some references to the existing stories that we know that would necessitate, and make appropriate, the use of some of the earlier themes.”
  • Kathleen Kennedy announced that the new film (I’m hoping the new trilogy as well) will try to find a good balance between CGI effects and real props and locations.  The way I read what she’s saying – it sounds like they are taking a hard look at the Original Trilogy and trying to take what worked well with that and bringing it to Episode VII; namely that the OT had real character development and less CGI/more actual props and locations.  I’m also reading this as her saying, “The Prequels were a failure.  Sorry.  We’re going to try to start anew and give you what you love.”  I think this is great news.  Of course, cynical Mr. Reticent said that they could just be saying what they know we want to hear, but I believe some of what she says.  She has a tough job of making these movies as good as possible.  There’s going to be a bit of a recovery here since I think that some fans and average movie goers were jaded by the Prequels.  Quotes from her talk:

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  1. “It’s a conversation we’re having all the time in the development of Episode VII. Looking at all the Star Wars movies and getting a feel for what even some of the early films did, combining real locations and special effects – that’s something we’re looking very seriously at.”
  2. “The story and characters are all we’re talking about right now.  We have an amazing team at ILM, who can create fantastic effects, but if we don’t have a great story and characters, the effects mean nothing.”
  3. “I do think making huge popular culture – and I’ve had the good fortune to be a part of a lot it – is really hard to do and get right. And if you don’t spend the time you need on developing characters, and finding stories, complicated stories, the audience gets tired because they think they’re seeing the same thing again and again.”
  • Dave Filoni and team debuted some concept art on the Star Wars Rebels TV show.  The show now has an official logo, along with some drawings of ships that are getting closer to what we resemble from the OT.  However, the Stormtrooper looks like a Stormtrooper to me with only the addition of a few blue lines on the helmet.  Show is still scheduled to be released in 2014 on Disney XD (actually, first episode will be on Disney Channel, with the rest of the series being on XD).  Doesn’t this concept art remind you of McQuarrie?  http://bit.ly/13pVb6b
  • Finally, at the closing ceremonies they announced the next Celebration in the US!  Get ready…drumroll…April 16-18th, 2015 in Anaheim, CA.  Oh.  Well, that sucks.  I’m on the East Coast and was really hoping it would be in Orlando again, just because that still seemed to make sense with the Disney thing.  Sigh.  However – it is on a long weekend AND right before VII comes out in theaters in May, so I’m sure that there was some strategic thinking behind all this.  They want to get as many fans out there as possible and hype up VII as much as they can.

Ok, whoo, that’s a lot to take in from one convention…which leads to the next speculation revolving around the D23 Expo.  Lucasfilm/KK/Star Wars/Disney decided not to have a presence at San Diego Comic Con and instead opted to be present at Disney’s “ultimate fan event”/convention.  ThisD23 was a surprise to many people (though we really should have seen it coming) and now everyone is wondering: what will they announce regarding Episode VII?  I’m thinking it will be an announcement that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford are returning, though that’s already obvious and Lucas basically spilled the beans on it by mistake already.  Perhaps they will have one other casting announcement from the casting call that was released earlier, but I don’t think they will announce a bunch of new characters.  That seems too fast.  However – my money is on some kind of casting announcement, with the three original characters definitely being announced.

Thoughts anyone?

And now, you are free to stop reading, but I figured I would give a little personal update at the end of this post.

  1. I reached my one year anniversary of blogging on WordPress last week.  The good thing is that I still love WordPress and it’s exactly what I was looking for when we were kicked out of starwars.com Hyperspace.  Wordy blogs (no pun intended) are common enough here that I don’t feel like at times I am writing too much.  The cons are that it’s been a lot harder for me to find followers or find blogs that I’m interested in following.  I had it easy on starwars.com when everyone was there for Star Wars.  But at the same time – I like a challenge and though I naively thought I could gain as many followers as fast as I did before, I like the idea of slowly but steadily gaining followers.  It almost feels more satisfying because I know that people are choosing to read about my point of view on Star Wars out of millions of other blogs about parenting, art, photography, sports, etc.
  2. My mother dropped off tons of Star Wars stuff a few months ago that I had from when I was a child up to when I moved out of the house.  I put it in my basement with plans on creating a small Star Wars devoted section down there this winter.  Wellllllllll…my basement flooded last week.    So much of my Star Wars stuff was ruined that my heart broke.  Some of it was cheap stuff that I didn’t care as much about anymore, but then some things (like my 3D Millennium Falcon puzzle that took me SO long to put together when I was younger) were completely ruined.  My cardboard standup of Luke Skywalker has a 6″ watermark on his feet, but I’m hoping that he’ll recover and I will be able to keep him standing tall (pun intended).  I still have a lot of stuff to sift through and see what was ruined and what wasn’t.  I’m worried by the time I get to it, a lot of it will have mold and can’t be saved anyway.  THE TRIALS OF HOMEOWNERSHIP CONTINUES.
  3. I am finally going to get my tattoo.  I came to the decision a few months ago and realized, “Well, damn, I’m not getting any younger and there are not many years left that I can wear bikini’s and have people see it.”  I’m getting the tattoo I always wanted, the most standard one of Star Wars fans: the Rebel Insignia.  I was holding back because I kept wondering if I would still love Star Wars enough when I got it.  And then it hit me that I had been saying that for 15 years!  If I’ve liked Star Wars for 15 years and my obsession hasn’t gone away, then I’m quite fine with getting a tattoo declaring my love.  It’s going to be on my ribs on the right hand size and probably just the size of a quarter (my husband strongly disagreed with this and said it should be a lot bigger, but whatever, it’s my tattoo not his) and in black (yes, I do know that the Rebel Insignia is red) so that it MIGHT be seen when I wear a bikini.  I’m excited!  I’m 99% sure I won’t regret it, but if I do regret it, then at least it’s in a place no one sees.  Woohoo!

rebel insignia black

And that’s it…