Haiku Me Friday! Wicket’s Musings & Rehashing the Ewok Hate

What’s this strange being?
Not one of us. Friend or foe?
Should I approach it?

Ewoks.  Love them or hate them.  I wrote a post about this three years ago and got some interesting comments that helped demystify it for me, but I still like them.

The hardest part for me to understand on this argument is that I think one reason a lot of people hate them is because they’re cute.  Does being cute really make a difference?  Shouldn’t we focus more on the fact that the smallest beings helped defeat the largest governmental organization out there?

Look at Yoda.  He is small, but would not fall under the definition of “cute”.  And because he’s a Jedi who says wise statements, no one seems to hate him.  But he talks backwards, for Pete’s sake!  Yet, no one seems to mind.

The Ewoks are small and play a large role in defeating the Empire.  If they were not cute and fuzzy and look like teddy bears – would people hate them as much?  What if they were Gollum-looking creatures?

Do you see my point?  I feel like people would root more for Ewoks if they were not cute because they would be the underdog, like the Rebellion.  Scruffy-looking underdogs.  Instead, they get a lot of backlash because of how they look which I believe is undeserved.

 

Okay, I really didn’t even want to get into it that much but that’s kind of why I like my Haiku Me Fridays. 🙂  They are blank slates where I start off with a haiku and let my mind wander wherever it will.

Do You Wish Me a Good Morning or Mean That it is a Good Morning…

…whether I want it or not; that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?  So glad they put this line in the movie because it’s my favorite quote from the Hobbit!

Ok, I’m deviating a little bit from Star Wars here, but I figured I would put in my little review on here of one of my loves: Middle Earth.  If you haven’t read the book or watched the movie yet, you may want to stop reading.

I vacillated back and forth with this movie.  At times, I loved it and was so happy to see Middle Earth again, along with the great sweeping views of the company marching to their destination.  New Zealand was just as stunning as it was in the first trilogy and it made me want to go visit there so badly.  I really liked Martin Freeman as Bilbo and if you’ve read the book – I thought he did a great job of portraying this Hobbit who, you know, just wanted to be at home in his Hobbit hole with a cup of tea but instead gets thrown haphazardly into an adventure.

Jackson did a great job distinguishing between the Dwarves because in the book, I feel like they all blended together and the only thing I remembered was that Kili and Fili were related and that a lot of them had funny sounding names.  Bifur…Bombur… Bofur…What?  Their personalities didn’t stick out to me when I read it, even Thorin didn’t have a personality to me other then wanting to get back his place in the mountain.  However, you still can’t keep track of them in the movieand my husband even said, “He’s gotta start killing off some of them dwarves so I can figure out who they are,” which definitely made me laugh.  Tough luck, Mate, on that one…they all stick around.  At least Jackson made sure they all had different personalities in the movie and it was harder to have them all blend together.

The best scene, easily, was Riddles in the Dark.  I am SO happy PJ did that scene justice.  I’m sure Jackson knew the pressure for that scene, considering how much everyone loves it and Tolkien fans would want nothing but the best Freeman and Serkis.

Riddles in the Dark

Riddles in the Dark

I definitely didn’t mind the added scene of the White Council and I thought I was going to hate it.  It wasn’t in the book, but it is part of the history of Middle Earth.  I can’t speak too much of it since my knowledge of the materials extends only to the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit, but I thought the White Council scene definitely added a bit of substance that the movie had been lacking.  Oh!  And!  The Necromancer is apparently Sauron?  I never knew that, but researched it after watching the movie because I wanted to know if the addition of him was legit or just PJ trying to up the drama.  He was briefly mentioned in The Hobbit, but it seemed like it was more in passing and not that important.

But speaking of additions, I did not like the White Orc who apparently is Azog.  He was in the books (appendices maybe?  It’s been a while), but definitely not to the extent he was in this movie.  Don’t get me wrong – I understand why they needed him.  If they are not going to have Smaug factor into this movie, then they need a villain for us to hate.  So I understand why he was there, but I guess I didn’t like the addition.  Perhaps it’s the purist coming out in me.

The movie was also long – and I found that it was too long.  I understand Lord of the Rings was also very long, but it really is the differences between the novels.  Lord of the Rings is a weighty story with the doom of their world always upon them and evil lurking in every corner.  It is chock-full of information and descriptions, so much so that at times I get incredibly bored.  The Hobbit, in contrast, was written to be a children’s novel and is quite funny.  Bilbo is an interesting and relatable hero who makes you laugh at times by, yes, forgetting his handkerchief and catching head colds.  At times I felt like the movie dragged in places it shouldn’t (the stone giants) and at other times the dramatic looks between characters were over the top.  There are a lot of flashbacks, to the point that I felt like I was watching that awful TV show The Revolution (yes, I actually watched the first few episodes of that) and it caused the movie to drag even more.  Even the battle scenes are long…and I loved the battle scenes in Lord of the Rings.  I just wanted to shout to PJ, “Stop making this longer than it needs to be!”

Radagast is also portrayed very differently from the book, making him out to be a kooky, hippy, shroom-loving wizard.  Why?  Not needed.

radagast the brown

This movie was so full of fluff and filler material, that I don’t think it needs to be made into three movies.  Even with all the history he is adding into it, maybe two or two and a half movies?  At most.  I just felt like I often had thoughts of: “We’re only here in the book?  Shouldn’t we be further along?”  To me, that means the movie is too long.

Overall, I found the movie was enjoyable and lighter hearted than Lord of the Rings.  I heard complaints about that, but honestly – the book is more fun too.  I hope people kept that in mind when watching the movie and didn’t go in expecting a Lord of the RingsThe Hobbit is not Lord of the Rings; it’s a book written for children, not adults.  Perhaps I should keep that in mind too?

Hobbit and dwarves

Clone Wars Season 5 Premiere

I was so against the Clone Wars (TCW)at first.  You have no idea.  For me, it was like trying to pair peanut butter with mint jelly instead of grape jelly.  Star Wars?  As an animated series?  Wait…Anakin has an apprentice?!  AGH.  My perfect universe was falling apart.  When I saw the movie in theaters that was supposed to precede the TV show, I left the theater hanging my head in shame.  I wrote a scathing review on my previous Star Wars blog and swore never to watch it.  EVER.

Well, obviously that changed.  Fellow Star Wars fans had been urging me to watch the Clone Wars, like a persistent bass line in the background of a song, and I finally gave in to the beat.  They kept telling me that the movie was not a good indication of the TV show and really, I should give the show a chance.

It took a while, but after feeling like my life was lacking some fresh Star Wars material (I’m not saying there is a lack of fresh Star Wars material in general, only in my life because I don’t read the EU), I decided to tune into Clone Wars one day when I was sick.  It helped that I was sick, because I had watched too much of my go-to shows like Keeping up with the Kardashians and the Rachel Zoe Project (my embarrassing guilty pleasures).  When I stumbled upon some reruns of TCW on Cartoon Network, I decided to stick around.  I enjoyed it; I was surprised.  Since then, I have watched two full seasons and am now working on my 3rd season of watching the Clone Wars.  Believe it or not, Ahsoka is now one of my favorite characters, though I had sworn to hate her forever when I saw the movie.

My biggest frustration with the Clone Wars is that I think, at times, they go too far off the map of believability.  I mentioned in one of my earlier posts that I love when they focus on the minor characters and delve into the smugglers, pirates, assassins, etc of the Star Wars Universe.  I have hesitations when they fiddle around too much with the main characters.

[Spoilers Ahead]

Darth Maul was brought back to life during the 2-episode arc finale of Season 4.  I was very skeptical, and I still am.  At the end of The Phantom Menace (TPM), he was as dead as the spider I smothered with a tissue this morning.  Last season, they had him come back as this twisted version of himself – slightly insane, and intent on getting revenge on Obi-Wan.  [If you would like to read up on how he stayed alive, what happened to his lower half, and more, please go to wookiepedia.] He hunts him down but, of course, Obi-Wan gets away.  Voila, ending of Season 4.  So of course, fans are waiting to see what will happen to Maul and eager for Season 5 start.

Enter Season 5 (cue dramatic music).  Darth Maul is back to start the season off and is actually reminding me a bit of Gollum.  As Gollum is obsessed with the One Ring, Maul is still only obsessed with getting revenge on Obi-Wan.  He basically forces Savage Opress to acknowledge himself as a Master, with Savage as the Apprentice for their new Sith Lord duo.

Maul claims to have the best plans.  I say “claims” because the first episode involved his plan of rounding up an army of pirates to serve his cause…and it failed.  Not only does his plan fail, both end up not faring too well, with Savage losing an arm from Obi-Wan’s awesome lightsaber dueling skills.  Yes, Obi-Wan was there and brought another Jedi into the battle (Adi Gallia) who ends up dying to Savage Opress.

At the end of the episode, Obi-Wan returns to the Jedi Council, reporting on Darth Maul’s antics.  What happens then?  Chancellor Palpatine tells the Jedi to ignore Maul because it is a personal thing for Obi-Wan and Maul’s return is much less important than the situation with the Separatists.  End of episode.

This just bothers me, for numerous reasons.  The main reason is that good ol’ George Lucas really wanted to bring back Darth Maul, but now has decided to put him in his pocket to use at another time.  I can’t stand that.  I am not a fan of bringing back Maul at all, so I am really hoping Dave Filoni and crew redeem themselves and make his storyline relevant.  But I have a feeling it may just be episodes with Maul chasing Obi-Wan around the galaxy with the eventual confrontation of Obi-Wan defeating Darth Maul.  Again.  Because we have all seen Revenge of the Sith and we all know who is alive during that time and who is not mentioned at all.

Secondly, I have a hard time believing that the Jedi Council would just say, “Yeah, you know what?  Let’s forget about Darth Maul coming back from the dead and focus on the Separatists.”  I know the Jedi Council gets more and more political as Episodes I-III continued, but I still don’t think they would just ignore the fact that a Sith Lord has come back from the dead.  A glaring point that I think the writers of TCW are missing is that Darth Maul could be very useful to them alive.  If they can get Darth Maul to talk, they can find out who his Master was in TPM, and help find out who the real Sith Lord is out there, aka Palpatine.  Thus, they would solve numerous problems.  And then we would not have Episodes IV-VI…ok, so maybe that’s beside the point, but realistically, tracking Maul and seeing if he gets in contact with his former Master would make a lot of sense.

But instead, we have this whole episode devoted to Darth Maul and his return, to only have it tucked away again for a short or long period of time.

My rating: 5/10.  I only talked about the cons of the episode and my frustrations with Darth Maul, but there were some fun parts with the pirates Maul tried to recruit.  They really were a bunch of good, old-fashioned scallywags and their interactions were my favorite part of the episode.

Alas, overall, I am disappointed.  However – I am still excited for the rest of the season because I heard that Cad Bane returns and Filoni mentioned Season 5 will be big for Ahsoka.