Goodbye Princess Leia Organa

Wow, what can be said, Carrie Fisher has passed away. Like so many my age I can honestly say that the original Star Wars trilogy changed my life. There are not many movies that I would say that about. Seeing Star Wars in 1977 as a seven year old boy was quite an eye opening and mind expanding experience. A big part of that experience was of course due to Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. I did not have a crush on her as many fans did. I was to busy wanting to be like Luke Skywalker. But there is no doubt that she was an attractive and vibrant woman.

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A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi are films that I have viewed numerous times since their first release. I count myself fortunate that I was old enough to see the films in the theater on their initial release. I would rate them, especially The Empire Strikes Back, among my favorite movies. Princess Leia’s part is so pivotal to the films. Whether she was in the role of a member of the Imperial Senate, a leader of the Rebel Alliance, Han Solo’s love interest or Luke Skywalker’s twin sister, her part was so important to the success of the trilogy.

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The prequels and the two most recent Star Wars films have built on Leia’s legacy. They have offered portrayals of strong, confident women. Padme Amidala, Rey and most recently Jyn Erso have followed in Leia’s footsteps. However, I would say that none of them will have the same impact as Princess Leia.

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Goodbye Leia Organa.  Goodbye Carrie Fisher.  Many of us may have first met you in a galaxy far, far away…… but you have left us far too soon.

Harrison Ford’s 21st Century Trifecta

The teaser trailer for Blade Runner 2049 was just released. The trailer offers the first glimpses of  an older Rick Deckard and the movie’s release date, 10/06/2017. Upon it’s release Blade Runner 2049 will complete Harrison Ford’s 21st century trifecta. The trifecta being Ford revisiting his three most iconic movie characters: Indiana Jones in 2008, Han Solo in 2015 and now Rick Deckard in 2017.

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I welcomed his return as Indiana Jones with open arms. The original Indiana Jones trilogy was all that one could ask for in action and adventure moviemaking. Yet there was still a desire in me for more from this great character. It felt like there was some unfinished business. The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull was a fun and satisfying way to see the character off. For me his adventures, as portrayed by Harrison Ford, now felt complete. But I am open to the role being recast, with the right young actor.

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Ford’s return as Han Solo in The Force Awakens is a different story. The original Star Wars trilogy felt complete to me. There was a window of time in the late 1980’s where another trilogy, post Return Of The Jedi, felt right. But as time moved on and the actors grew older I felt that the limited window had closed. As a fan I was not clamoring to see an aging Han Solo. I understand the force of nostalgia, but I was good with the memories of a young Han Solo. The Force Awakens obviously proved that  I was in the minority. I must admit that it was good to see Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker on the big screen again. However, the only character that really made sense being involved in a new Star Wars movie was Luke Skywalker. But, that’s just one fan’s opinion.

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The world of Blade Runner is wide open with possibilities. Rick Deckard is just one of a group of Blade Runners, so the story possibilities are vast. After viewing the teaser trailer I am now a bit excited and intrigued. Seeing Ford as Deckard, at least one more time, should be a thrill. I am still keeping my expectations low, but I do look forward to this long awaited sequel. Whether he is involved in further Blade Runner movies remains to be seen.

Troy T.

 

Illustrator Extraordinaire: Star Wars And Beyond

Last month I published a blog  post entitled “Fan Art Featuring The Empire Strikes Back”.  The post included an absolutely striking illustration depicting a scene from Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber duel with Darth Vader.

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At the time of the original post I was unaware of the name of the artist. Thankful this morning I discovered his name and I wanted to give credit where credit is  due.  His name is Marko Manev and he is an extremely talented freelance designer and illustrator.  I have included some more of his wonderful Star Wars influenced illustrations. Check out his website at http://markomanev.com to see more of his artwork, much of it inspired  by movies and television.  

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Troy T.