It’s finally here! The trailer for the latest adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune! I must say that I like the darker feel it has compared to the 1984 film and 2000 miniseries. After seeing this trailer, I spent five whole minutes reciting my favorite quotes from the book such as “He who controls the spice controls the universe” or “Muad’Dib”. I look forward to seeing this film assuming the theaters will be open by then.
One of my favorite science fantasy films would be Krull. Even though the film lacked a cohesive plot in some areas, it was still enjoyable and engaging. In some ways, this film reminded me of King Arthur. The main character, Prince Colwyn, is obviously based on King Arthur and gains a magical weapon called the Glaive, which may represent Excalibur. The Old One, the Emerald Seer, and Ergo the Magnificent are either magicians or wise men who could represent Merlin. The robbers were apparent references to the Knights of the Round Table. Overall, Krull depicts a classical mixture between the damsel in distress and fantasy quest story. A princess gets kidnapped by a Dark Lord known as the Beast and his Slayer minions then her betrothed and his band go on a quest to rescue her. I would recommend this film to anyone who is a fan of the fantasy and science fiction genres. It makes a great cult film!
Now that Disney has scrapped the Original Expanded Universe of Star Wars, the possibilities of new stories are limitless. Even though I can’t legally write and publish a Star Wars story, there is one scenario I hope Disney would explore in the future. Even though we have only seen glimpses and hints to the era of the Old Republic, I hope we get to see more of this age as time progresses. It may take a long time before we see it because Disney is focusing on the sequel trilogy, but I believe once they are done with it they can direct their attention elsewhere in the Star Wars Universe.
When Disney eventually gets to the Old Republic era, I hope one of their stories would be something like this. Imagine a backwater planet where no one has ever seen or heard of a Jedi or Sith. This would be before the rise of Darth Bane when the Sith were legion. On this planet a Jedi and Sith crash land on this planet after drifting away from a war. Then they slay one another in a lightsaber duel. However, their duel was seen by two childhood friends, who scavenge their lightsabers and the Sith’s mask. The more they expose themselves to these artifacts the more they realize they are Force sensitive.
Unfortunately, one of the friends starts turning to the dark side after frequently wearing the Sith mask and using the red lightsaber. Eventually, this individual becomes a crazed dark side wielding serial killer. The other friend who possesses the Jedi lightsaber decides to hunt down his former companion and end the killing spree. Throughout the story, the two friends utilize various light and dark side powers, but unlike fully trained Jedi and Sith their usage of the Force is basic, unstable, and unpredictable. This would be due to a lack of training and it shows with how they fight each other. Their lightsaber duels would be more like brawls than sword fights. Even their clothing would look more disorganized and haggard compared to traditional Jedi and Sith garb.
What do you think? Should Disney and Lucasfilm explore this story when the time comes? Do you think they will ever consider this scenario?
I found an interesting picture that I believe will show Rey’s new look at the end of The Last Jedi. In this picture, Rey has a significant scar above her left eye, a cybernetic left arm, and a hardened look on her face. This could mean that when she faces Kylo Ren again, he will severely hurt her both physically and psychologically at the end of their rematch. This is kind of reminiscent of when Luke Skywalker was physically and spiritually wounded by Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. If this is what happens to Rey at the end of the film, it could be an interestingly dark development in her character as well as a faithful homage to The Empire Strikes Back.
After experiencing countless science fiction stories and films, I came to realize that nanotechnology is one of my favorite concept regarding robotics. Originally designed to cure cancer cells and strengthen organic material, I noticed that nanites could be used for other applications such as combat or manipulating matter on a molecular level. By itself, a single nanite is insignificant, but in sheer numbers, nanites are very malleable, versatile and could reform their collective shape with ease. Nanotechnology will play a significant role in my fourth volume as well as some of my planned prequels.
Last week, I attended a Comikaze Afterparty in Hollywood that was hosted by my good friends the Winner Twins, authors of The Strand Prophecy. I was glad that I was invited by the Twins and once I entered the event, I felt an overwhelming sense of kinship that I had not experienced since Wondercon. There were dozens of people who were into the same things I was: science fiction, fantasy, superheroes, anime/manga, etc. Also, there were at least three other people who had autism, so it felt great to interact with others who share my condition, which made me feel less alone. While at the party, I talked with the other guests about everything from Star Wars, anime/manga, and how they knew the Winner Twins. I was definitely among my people and I could have talked about those subjects all night. Finally, I was able to talk to people who understand what the heck I am talking about.