Rogue One: Then Versus Now

As with any Star Wars subject, one of the most important things I had to do while watching Rogue One was to separate what I know from what is now true; separate the Legends continuity from that of the Reboot. While The Force Awakens stripped away a lot of content that always would have been at risk were George Lucas to produce an Episode VII – everything from Mara Jade to Vestara Khai – Rogue One is set in an era that is even more entrenched in our collective memories. Lando Calrissian and Han Solo’s backstories were well set into place before the first stories of the Solo twins as preteens were written, and with them was a host of information about the galaxy at the time, most notably the Death Star.

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Pokémon Sun and Moon: Top 10 Wishes (Part 2)

If you’ve missed the introduction to this series of posts, click here to bring yourself up to date.

#9: Mega Flygon

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This one is almost a foregone conclusion. Word circulating the internet is that the only reason Mega Flygon did not make it into Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is that the design team could not agree on something in time, and the past year has been spent with the internet clamoring for this Mega. However, I do have some disagreement with the internet on how to go about this.

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Pokémon Sun and Moon: Top 10 Wishes (Part 1)

While my computer and I deal with what seems like a neverending barrage of technical barriers and the world is abuzz with Con season news, I am trying to get back into blogging on a regular basis. I know there are people waiting for content from me, so I’d like to sincerely thank you all as I do my best to get what I’ve already written somewhere you can read it.

I won’t say the hype has died down, but Pokémon Sun and Moon news has reached enough of an equilibrium with weekly news that I can talk about my own desires for the franchise created without me in mind.

For the record, “me” means an American who dedicates a few hours a week to the game, is still struggling to complete my first National Pokédex, and know enough about breeding to be very happy with the single 4 IV Masuda Method shiny that I’ve got without any expectation of ever having a perfect IV or full shiny tam. New generations and people who use the word “metagame” are the ones who have a serious impact.

While I talk about Pokémon Sun and Moon here on Insomniatic, I’ll be making posts about Pokémon Go over at Fantasy & SciFi Lovin’. I’m sure there are plenty of fans of this game as well, so please check my articles over there out and comment!

Still, I have the right to my opinion, and some of the things I’d like to see may even resonate with other fans. Some of them may even be possible.

For those who aren’t complete nerds, Pokémon Sun and Moon are the first two games to be released in the twenty year old franchise’s seventh generation. They are set in a fictional version of Hawaii (the Alola Region), feature an as-yet unknown mechanic that is probably an expansion of Generation VI’s Mega Evolution, and will feature, among other things, a free-for-all mode named “Battle Royals”. The games were announced this Spring and will see release in November.

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2015’s Star Wars The Force Awakens–A Presence I’ve Not Felt Since…

Since this is a movie that is bound to get a lot of thoughts already, I want to make this one a bit more of a personal journey. The first page of this post will be the setup for that; the second page will be my spoiler free thoughts and the third page will be the full review.

Like many people, I worked today. Like less people than I thought but still more people than a lot think, I worked until a very late time tonight. I don’t consider it a very late time – it’s not one that I would ever consider sleeping at – but most businesses do. In fact, I have never seen my theatre (before today) offer a showing of a movie I was interested in after I get out of work.

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Slave Leia is the Sexiest Costume I’ve Seen

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In this article’s sister on Fantasy & SciFi Lovin Reviews, I talked a lot about the effects of a widespread national acceptance of a costume that consists largely of scraps of metal and cloth nonchalantly deflecting public decency laws and the emotional benefits for the wearer of the costume. This is an “after” view, of course; it is an analysis that could not be made before the costume became a convention staple. It has nothing to do with what came before, or what the costume meant in its original context.

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