Solo: A Star Wars Story

Where do I begin?

Overall comment: It is a decent movie; watchable and enjoyable if you’re not thinking too hard (or if you don’t have prior attachments to the stories in the old books). But it’s not great. Probably the one I like the least out of the 10 Star Wars movies at the moment. Or maybe it ties with The Force Awakens at the bottom.

Overall rating: ★★½

Objective overall rating: ★★★

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Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi apparently picks up almost immediately after the end of The Force Awakens. We find the First Order chasing down the Resistance, Rey begging Luke Skywalker to return and help, and Kylo Ren not quite recovered from his duel with Rey.

My objective overall rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My emotional overall rating: ★★★

From this point on, there will be spoilers. Lots of ’em.

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Rogue One (First + Second Impressions)

The Rebel Alliance sends criminal Jyn Erso with an intelligence officer, Cassian Andor, to retrieve an Imperial defector who’s being held by an extremist named Saw Gerrera. Not coincidentally, Saw raise Jyn after her father, Galen Erso, was forced to return to Imperial service as a weapons designer and her mother was killed. The Alliance also wants to find Galen, who turns out to be one of the prominent figures behind the design of the Death Star.

Brief opinion: Far better than The Force Awakens, and that is entirely due to the last third of the film.

Spoilers ahead!

(Update, 18 Dec 2016: I watched the movie a second time, so am adding any extra impressions to this post. Text will be in blue.)

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Fanfiction Plot

I am rather enjoying all the random Star Wars-related discussion I have with various people. I may not adore the movie, but it sure is good for conversation!

Putting this snippet from a chat with Day here so I don’t forget it. I was so amused…

Day: Maybe Kylo underperformed [in the final fight with Rey] because he gets nervous around women

Y (me): But initially he dealt with her just fine? He could literally freeze her in place and make her pass out

D: That’s before he realized his physical attraction to her – or at least that’s what might be said in a psychosexual analysis of the movie haha
After all, his nerves begin to show after he “reveals” himself to her. And fight scenes can be read as a sort of stand-in for intimacy

Y: I feel like there will probably be (if there isn’t already) a fanfic that does exactly what you say
In this fanfic, Kylo would find himself terribly attracted to her latent force powers as well as her looks and fighting prowess
And he will find himself more drawn to the light side as a result
Snoke will promptly say he now has to kill Rey
Kylo Ren will then suffer agonies of conscience and heart
Before ultimately meeting Rey in a fight and discovering that he cannot bring himself to do it
Falls to his knees and begs Rey to kill him
But of course she doesn’t and they run off together – he reforms, and repents of course
The end

D: Sounds like it writes itself! Probably already has been written haha

Y: This would become very disturbing if in later movies we discover that they are siblings

My Star Wars Books

I’m trying to be a bit more orderly in sorting out my books this time round. That is, I’m creating a proper Excel file where I can list them all down. And I’m packing all the Star Wars books (that I don’t plan to take with me) in one box.

the books

So far I’ve counted approximately 32 Star Wars novels. (There are about 180 books on the two shelves.) I’m sure I have at least 4 more somewhere around – in another box, presumably – so the final count might be 36 or so. And why do I have so many? Because my friends don’t read them so I have no choice but to buy the books myself if I want to read them. :( (This habit may cease, depending on how future Star Wars movies affect the Expanded Universe… Or if they kill off my favourite characters…)

 Edit, 11.37PM: Make that 49 in all. I was missing more books that I thought. Found them all though. hahah


I’m sitting in one of the computer labs right now. Not doing work. Because a circuit tripped – or they turned it off for some reason – this morning and there has been no air-con in my office since around 10-something this morning. The computers don’t work either. The lights and fans work but since the computers are dead, that means… I can’t do any work.



Sat around for a while then it got too hot and I escaped into this computer lab. I normally have a class in this lab at this hour (2pm) on Tuesdays, but it’s almost the end of term and I finished teaching the syllabus a couple of weeks ago. So now I’m in the lab, where the computers work and there is air-con. Still can’t do any work because all my files are on my office computer.

(I’m not the only one not doing anything – my two colleagues with whom I share the room have also vanished somewhere; presumably for a long lunch or to someone else’s room.)

So I’m just reflecting on stuff. Like Disney. And Disney buying Star Wars. And how that means that Disney now owns nearly everything that I like. I’ve always liked Disney so on its own Disney is already a big thing to me.

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The Impossible Star Wars Family Tree

A conversation on Whatsapp between my youngest sister and me…

Yan: At least I know that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s dad?

Me: But you don’t know who Luke Skywalker is

Yan: He is Hayden Christensen.
Very good-looking chap.

Me: Huh? Luke Skywalker is Hayden Christensen??

Yan: Technically Hayden Christensen is Luke Skywalker.
He’s the actor.

Me: He’s Anakin Skywalker.
Mark Hamill was Luke Skywalker.

Yan: Oh.

Me: This goes on my blog

Yan: I sense this conversation going into your blog.
Omg I knew it

Talk about the impossible connection. Anakin = Vader = Luke’s father, Hayden = Luke, but Hayden = Vader… therefore Hayden is his own father and son? o_O


Amusing Conversation Snippet of the Weekend

Was talking to a couple, Jin and May Ling, at Joanne’s wedding dinner. I’d met them once years ago when I went to visit the Gamebrains studio in the Petronas Twin Towers with Jia Wern. They didn’t remember me, but Jin did recall Jia Wern’s visit to Gamebrains so that got the conversation going. Jin was also classmates with my FA tutors so that was a good starting point too.

Jin, after learning I’m now teaching design: So do you prefer design or film?

Me: I think I do better at design, but I really like film. I finished my Master’s in film studies last year.

Jin: Oh, really? Wow… What’s your favourite film?

Me: Uhm, well, in terms of a film that I really enjoy and that has had an impact on me… I’d say Star Wars.

Jin: Really?? I like you!


Yeah, as he put it, most film people would give answers like Citizen Kane or some “obscure, avant-garde French film.”

(May Ling’s also from Penang and also likes Star Wars, which made Jin conclude that there must be something about Penang girls and Star Wars. haha)


I will get around to posting a few photos from the busy, busy weekend sometime. Don’t have many pics though, because I was too busy to be snapping pictures. (Sad…)



This is How Star Wars Fans Talk…

… about the rather annoying stuff going on in KL tomorrow that is depriving me of a perfectly good wedding dinner. :(

Edge: u need an r2 unit.
cos with an r2, it will fix the hyperdrive so even trade federation blockades can be broken through

Yuin: sigh, as i am not in possession of an r2 unit, I shall not go tomorrow
E: be sure to visit the galactic senate
while they discuss this invasion in a committee

Y: “if this council is incapable of action… i move for a vote of no-confidence – in chancellor valorum.”
E: vote now vote now
Y: *waves hand along with ET*

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