Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (Star Wars) Review

Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (Star Wars) is a 2005 science fiction space opera novel written by James Luceno, published by Del Rey Books.   The story is set in the immediate aftermath of Revenge of the Sith and focuses on Darth Vader and his rise to prominence in the newly formed Galactic Empire. Positives: Vader is badass Great characters Intense action Strong developing arcs Complex story Compelling writing Negatives: Story can be slow here and there Plot:  When a contingent of clone troopers on the planet Murkhana refuses to open fire on Jedi Masters Roan…

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The Approaching Storm (Star Wars) Review

The Approaching Storm (Star Wars) is a 2002 science fiction space opera novel written by Alan Dean Foster, published by Del Rey Books.  The story follows Obi-Wan Kenobi and padawan Anakin Skywalker are sent to the planet Ansion to join Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and her padawan Barriss Offee to settle a dispute as growing unrest threatens the Republic’s stability prior to Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. Positives: Great writing Awesome, well-written characters Great world-building Compelling story Negatives: Slow paced read Forgettable antagonists Plot: The plot is set on the world Anison, where…

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Outlaw Star Review

Outlaw Star is a 1998 science fantasy western space opera Japanese animated series directed by Mitsuru Hongo, based on the manga by Takehiko Ito, the  plot follows protagonist Gene Starwind and his motley crew of an inherited ship dubbed the Outlaw Star, as they search for a legendary, outer space treasure trove called the “Galactic Leyline”. Positives: Great characters Great music Good voice performances Great action Decent animation style The writing is good The story is awesome Great humor Touching moments Great setup Negatives: Lackluster antagonist Episodics can distractive Plot:  The premise follows a young man,…

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Review

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a 2016 epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards, starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker.  It is a stand-alone film in the Star Wars film series and the story follows Jyn Erso, the daughter of the unwilling designer of the Galactic Empire’s superweapon, the Death Star, and her quest to retrieve his plans for destroying it. Positives: Great cast Great performances Great visuals Great soundtrack Great story Great…

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Review

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 epic space opera directed by George Lucas, starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, and Ian McDiarmid.  In the Star Wars series it serves as the fourth installment but chronologically the first, the film follows Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Neeson) and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi  (McGregor)who are assigned to protect Queen Amidala (Portman), in hopes of securing a peaceful end to a large-scale interplanetary trade dispute while contending with the mysterious return of the Sith. Positives: Great performances…

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Review

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is a 2015 space opera directed by J. J. Abrams starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher. Serving as the seventh major installment in the Star Wars film series Episode VII takes place thirty years after the Return of the Jedi where two unlikely heroes must help the Resistance find Luke Skywalker to restore the Jedi and stop a new threat known as the First Order.

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