I just purchased my midnight premiere tickets for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and watched the new trailer. The Force is strong with me tonight! Based on the trailer, it looks like patricide was not enough for Kylo Ren because it looks like he will commit matricide as well. Also, I saw Luke Skywalker (the mightiest Jedi who ever lived) exhibit true fear and the possibility of Rey turning to the dark side. It looks like it is going to be a much darker film than The Force Awakens and I am looking forward to it. Lightspeed to December!
I wish to do a review on a dystopian scifi film called Equilibrium, starring Christian Bale. I liked the overall concept of this dystopian world because it provided us with an idea of what society would be like if their was no human emotion. It was a fascist regime where being able to feel human emotion was punishable by death. Christian Bale’s character demonstrated how efficient and deadly someone would be if they had no emotions to cloud their judgment. However, we eventually see what happens when an emotionless person experiences emotions for the first time in their lives. I liked that from a psychological perspective. The film had a anime-like feel to it, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Overall, I would recommend this film to anyone who likes dystopias and hardcore actions sequences.
For my new superhero series, I am envisioning it taking place in a dystopian world. I have been monitoring the news very frequently lately and I see the makings of a real-life dystopia. Global warming, terrorism, the slow death of democracy, failing healthcare, the rise of fascist factions, hatred and racism aplenty, the threat of a third World War. Due to all of these factors, I will be creating this dystopia based on the possibility of all these calamities reaching their zenith. Like what if superhumans are the result of radiation from nuclear war or human experimentation in a failed attempt to make living weapons. Now imagine fascism being the only form of government this world knows where cyborg super soldiers maintain absolute order. With global warming, I can imagine the ice caps gone and sea levels rising to the point in which only one continent-sized piece of land remains. Due to nuclear war, the environment would be putrid and toxic beyond measure. Overall, I am thinking of creating a hellish world where these new superheroes would fight to survive and overthrow the corrupt regime that rules what’s left of their world.
As a science fiction fan, I often wondered what kind of technologies would be required to make the ideal cyborg. In my opinion, their arms and legs would be replaced with cybernetic ones in order to enhance their upper body strength and running capabilities. Their internal organs would be replaced by synthetic ones that provide more stamina than organic organs. Their living eyes and eardrums would be replaced by lifelike replicas to enhance their senses. Finally, I envision them having nanobots in their blood to make their muscles stronger and reinforce their bones. I do not agree with the idea of cyborgs having weapons built into their limbs because there would not be enough room for the moving parts of the limbs. However, this can be an exception for more specialized cyborgs.
In one of my future superhero I am thinking of including a cyborg of this kind. I am thinking of them being a type of police force, but nothing like Robocop. Instead, I am envisioning them to be more like the military police for fascist regimes. What do you think of this incarnation of cyborgs?
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?
Here is a video giving us a behind the scenes look at The Last Jedi. It is exciting and I look forward to seeing the film in its entirety. May the Force be with us all!
I had an interesting thought about Darth Vader. We all know how he sounds when he breathes, but how does he sound when he sneezes in that helmet? What do you think?