Silflay hraka, u embleer rah

I don’t talk about it all that often around here, but Watership Down is one of my very favorite books of all time.  I mean, anyone who has been reading me for a while can probably list some things I’m a fan of, right?  Star Wars, various comic books, etcetera.

I have a Watership Down tattoo.  I don’t have any superhero or Star Wars tattoos, although the inscription on the One Ring from Lord of the Rings is wrapped around my left calf.   I’m enough of a fan of this book that I have a tattoo of El-Ahrairah from the 1978 movie on my left shoulder blade.  So I’m gonna be paying very close attention to this BBC miniseries.  I am … cautiously optimistic about the first trailer?  The animation’s not great.  It may not even be good, if I’m being honest.  Okay.  It’s hraka.  But maybe it’s not done yet.  

But a shiver went down my spine at the line all the world will be your enemy.  And right now that’s all I need.  I’m in, guys.  But I hope y’all did this right.

(If you’re wondering if I have anything to say about the other trailer that came out yesterday, yes, yes in fact I do, but I’m hoping to combine that with the Avengers 4 trailer that supposedly is coming out later this week.  We’ll see.

I had two different people look at me today and say “Is it always like this?” in reference to my job.  One was my boss.  The other was a student.  The answer was yes.  Yes, it is always like this.  Every day.  And y’all are lucky that I am the greatest gatdamb multitasker on the planet, or shit would never, ever get done.  And that’s all I have to say about that.  It was a very, very, very long day, but it ended with Chipotle and I have something to look forward to soon, so hell with it.  Tomorrow’s new comic book day.  Let yesterday burn and throw it in a fire.  

No YOU’RE not blogging

I have nothing tonight, guys.  Nothing.  Nothing.

Watch this Thor: Ragnarok trailer:

On things I’ve watched lately

Let’s start with this bit of awesome:

You may recall that I wasn’t as enamored as I wanted to be with the first couple of FORCE AWAKENS trailers, worrying that it was going to hit the wrong tone and be too scary for my son– who, incidentally, I’m trying to watch FORCE AWAKENS with as I’m typing this.

This, on the other hand?  This movie, which I would have told you yesterday was entirely unnecessary?

Super fucking psyched.  I mean, there’s not a lot here– it’s a teaser, after all– but what’s in there is awesome.  Maybe Forrest Whitaker is a little distracting, but he vanishes into roles so I’m sure it won’t be an issue in the movie.  The two things I like the most?  The music– we finally have a hint of what a post-John Williams STAR WARS might look like– and the fact that they apparently reached into the past to grab whoever is playing the younger Mon Mothma.  But… yeah.  Right now, I like everything about this.

Mild DAREDEVIL and WALKING DEAD spoilers in the next two parts.  Nothing too huge.


I was not the world’s biggest fan of the first season of DAREDEVIL– roundly despising the portrayal of the season’s big villain will do that– but I was much, much happier with the second season.  Jon Bernthal as the Punisher and Elodie Yung as Elektra were fantastic, the relationships between the three main characters (Matt, Foggy and Karen) made a lot more sense in Season 2 than in Season 1, and the show was just overall better than in the first season.  I was hoping to get an entire season free of the Kingpin and didn’t, and he was no better in his brief appearance in Season 2 than in Season 1, but I have few if any other complaints other than occasional bouts of silliness here and there and there being way too many ninjas in New York.  If you didn’t watch the first season, you’ll be fine without it (Kingpin was the bad guy.  They got him.  Done.)  and if you liked the first season you really should have seen this already.


I think my feelings about the Season Six finale of THE WALKING DEAD can best be expressed with a panel from the comic:


Honestly, here’s the funny thing: I was really pissed about this when it happened, and now, a few days later, I just don’t care any longer.  They can kill whoever the hell they want; it doesn’t really matter to me.

I suspect that’s not the emotional reaction the show was going for, honestly.


A couple of observations on that #EpisodeVII trailer

  • I still think this is going to be too scary for my son, which is very disappointing.  We haven’t even managed to get him through the OT  yet, which is my current greatest failure as a parent.  We have not tried the prequels.
  • I think my favorite thing about this is what they’ve done with the music.  The Force Awakens trailers have had a very different tone and feel than the previous six films, and this one is the most sonically different.  I really like it.
  • In the very last shot, Finn takes one look at Kylo Ren’s lightsaber and does a little hop backwards like he wasn’t expecting to see it.  You’re in trouble, bwah.
  • Speaking of John Boyega, make sure to check this out.
  • …and I haven’t mentioned Daisy Ridley’s Rey yet, but check this out too.
  • The amount of stuff I still know nothing about going into this movie is astounding.  Did you know Max von fucking Sydow is in this movie?  And NO ONE knows who the hell he’s playing?  That that’s Lupita Nyong’o’s Maz Kanata character doing the voiceover along with Rey and we don’t know what the hell she looks like?
  • My wife and I thought it was Leia; I don’t actually know Nyong’o’s voice, and am going by what everybody else is saying on that.
  • The shot of Rey descending into the bowels of the Star Destroyer is outstanding.
  • There’s been a lot of talk about the complete absence of Luke from these trailers, other than (presumably) the shadowy, robot-handed figure reaching for Artoo in that one shot.  Fewer people appear to be noticing the absence of C-3PO, who hasn’t appeared in a single shot in any of them.  I can come up with plenty of reasons to hide Luke.  Fewer for Threepio.
  • It’s looking more and more like the movies are going the opposite direction from where the original Expanded Universe went: Luke does not appear to have re-founded the Jedi order, and damn near no one has seen a Jedi in several generations (since the purge) by this point.  I wasn’t super happy with losing the EU but at least they’re not bothering to retread any of the same stories.

What did you think?

New movie/comics post up at Sourcerer!

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