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Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope, created by George Lucas: a Film Review

Synopsis:

The galactic civil war has raged for many years with losses on both sides.  The Rebel Alliance has stolen plans for the Galactic Empire’s Death Star, a moon sized space station with capabilities to destroy entire worlds.  Imperial Senator Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan is secretly one of the Rebel Spies and has the schematics in her possession when she passes them onto a droid amidst an attack on her vessel.  She sends the droid to the nearest planet as the ruthless Darth Vader makes way onto her ship.

The small droid, R2-D2, accompanied by a protocol droid, C-3PO, are captured on the planet by Jawa traders and eventually make their way into the hands of Owen Lars, a moisture farmer.  Lars sends his rebellious teenaged nephew, Luke, to clean the droids and while doing so he stumbles across the message that Princess Leia has left behind.  Luke connects the “Obi-wan Kenobi” in the message to Old Ben Kenobi, the elderly hermit that lives in the hills.

When Luke takes the droids to Ben, he uncovers the truth behind Ben’s past.  That he was a Jedi Knight, a galactic peacekeeper, studied in the ways of the Force…a metaphysical energy that runs through all things.  They had been nearly hunted to extinction during the course of the civil war by the Imperial Army and the notorious Darth Vader.

As R2-D2 plays the Princesses full message a course of action becomes clear.  They must go and help her no matter the danger.  For they are her “only hope”.

General Information:

-Genre: Space Opera

-Creator: George Lucas

-Length: 121 minutes

-Rating: PG (moderate violence without blood and gore, mild use of alcohol, moderate intense science fiction scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse

-Page of Reference in RP1: 22

Review (contains spoilers):

I do really love this film.  The original film is wonderful.  It’s a beautiful world that Lucas built with a perfect balance between action and exposition. This film has what is truly lacking in the prequel films.

The story is told at times that make sense from Obi-wan Kenobi explaining the Force to Luke when they are dealing with R2-D2, to the bits and pieces that you get from Han Solo and from the council sessions of the Imperial Army.  Nothing feels forced like in Episode 1 yet we get enough information to feel included in the world and its goings on unlike Episode 3.

The characters are real and fleshed out with all their faults and strengths and weaknesses. The practical effects still hold up today.  Extraordinarily little looks bad to a modern audience (a little in the sabers and the laser blasts…a bit in the space scenes) and I credit this to the fact that more modern CGI techniques were not really a thing.

It’s a great film and quite family friendly.  There is violence but it is mostly gore free with the exception of one minor dispute on Tatooine. Great story and great film.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, based on the universe created by George Lucas: a Film Review

Synopsis:

The Empire is nearly in full control of the Republic. 

They are trying to develop a new weapon that will bring uncooperative planets to their knees but in order to do so Imperial weapons developer Orson Krennic needs the help of Galen Erso, a research scientist who has defected from the Empire in hopes to protect his family.  When their location is discovered, Galen is captured, his wife is killed and their daughter, Jyn, manages to escape with the help of Saw Gerrera, a rebel extremist.

Fifteen years later, the Rebel Alliance gets word that the weapon the Empire has been developing is nearly operational.  They track down Jyn Erso, hoping her connection to her father and his work as well as her knowledge of Saw Gerrera will aid them in their mission to steal the plans for the weapon in order to destroy it before the Empire has the chance to use it on a single world.

General Information:

-Genre: Science-Fantasy Spy and Espionage

-Creator: based on the universe created by George Lucas

-Length: 133 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (moderate violence and gore, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed

-Page of Reference in RP1: 62

Review (contains spoilers):

 So, watching this a second time I had a different reaction than seeing it in theatres.  I know that you shouldn’t get attached to characters in situations like this, and that we knew it was a suicide mission to begin with due to where it takes place in the storyline of the Skywalker Saga.  This is war and not everyone survives war…but still.

When I came out of the theatre I was really upset.  I didn’t like that they created such a diverse and varied cast of incredibly well-written characters to just kill all of them.  It seems a waste to me.

That being said this is an incredible Espionage and Spy film set in the universe of Star Wars.  Jyn is one of my favorite strong female characters.  She is bold and willing to risk her life for the chance to defeat the enemy that took her family from her.

This story added so much depth to what happens right before we meet Princess Leia the first time in A New Hope. Its so nice to see that we are able to fill in gaps in this series that weren’t able to be filled or didn’t necessarily need to be filled when dealing with the main Saga storyline.  These films give glimpses into the universe that we otherwise don’t see.  We get to discover things like religions associated with the Force that aren’t the Jedi/Sith.  We get more worlds and the abilities of droids, smugglers, other species.  Even smaller glances into these help to flesh out the world of the Skywalker Saga.

Honestly, save for the end this is one of favorite films in the Star Wars universe.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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SOLO: a Star Wars Story, based on characters from George Lucas: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Set a decade before Star Wars: A New Hope we discover the beginnings of Han Solo’s story.

Han and his love, Qi’ra, are orphans on the planet of Corellia trying to escape from the local gang…a place that is run by them and often the only way to stay alive is to be part of the mob.  Having stolen a vial of pure hyperdrive fuel, called coaxium, the pair attempt to flee by bribing an Imperial Officer.

Han manages to escape but Qi’ra was recaptured by the gang.  He vows to come back for her and as he continues to flee, Han is nearly caught.  So he joins the Imperial Navy and is given the last name “Solo” since he had no last name.

Three years later, Han is determined to get back to save his girl when he encounters a group of criminals posing as Imperial soldiers.  Having been discharged from the Imperial Academy for insubordination, he attempts to blackmail the head of the crew and when that doesn’t fly he ends up arrested and tossed into jail to be fed to another prisoner, a Wookie named Chewbacca.  Han is able to persuade him to join forces and escape to, thankfully, be picked up by the criminals who had him arrested in the first place.

The crew reveals that they have been hired to do a train heist, and the payout would be enormous.  The pair can assist but are told to follow orders and their payout would be enough to buy their own ship…

General Information:

-Genre: Space Western. Science-fantasy Heist

-Creator: based on characters from George Lucas

-Length: 135 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (mild science fiction violence, mild profanity, some use of alcohol and drug innuendos, some intense scenes, moderate amounts of crime)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany

-Page of Reference in RP1: 62 (see the article about why we chose to include this here )

Review (contains spoilers):

I LOVED THIS MOVIE.  I don’t know why I had waited so long to watch this one!  I’ve found lately that I tend to enjoy the stories set in the universe more than the Skywalker Saga films.

They are some of the greatest things that Disney has done with the franchise in my opinion.  Because they are (insert film genre) first and “Star Wars” second.

I don’t feel like I have to know every single last thing about the Star Wars universe to love the films.  I don’t have to understand and watch all of the Clone Wars to understand why General Grievous coughs (I looked it up because it was just weird for a droid to do that…) or feel like a fool for missing some small nuance in the background of some scene.

Just like the Marvel films, for the most part are another genre then a superhero film, the stories set in the Star Wars world are just wonderful films.  This was a GREAT heist film, it was an incredible space WESTERN.  And it was also a Star Wars movie.

It had MAJOR Firefly vibes.  It had action and daring and crime and romance. And deceit.  And everything a good heist/crime film should have in it.  THAT is what I love.  I love being able to change out the characters for fully original characters and the movie still makes sense.  I love even more that they’ve created something new with characters that we all know and love in the first place.

It gives a level of dimension that we are lacking…or fleshes out the characters in a way that we never thought of before.

Truly a great film.  But if you want a “Star Wars” film…you’ll probably be disappointed.  But I wasn’t.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Star Wars, Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith, created by George Lucas: a Film Review

Synopsis:

The Clone Wars have been going on for the last three years.  The Jedi Order is scattered far across the galaxy, fighting against the Separatists.  Master Obi-wan Kenobi and Padawan Anakin Skywalker have been sent on a mission to destroy General Grievous and rescue Senator Palpatine from capture.

While their attempt at a rescue mission could be called a narrow success, the General escapes.  Upon their return Padme and Anakin are reunited and she tells him she is pregnant.  Anakin once again begins to have his premonition dreams, this time pointing to the death of his beloved wife.

As the war continues to rage about the Galaxy pulling both Master Kenobi and Master Yoda into parts unknown to search for Grievous and hopefully end the war.  Anakin continues to get closer to Senator Palpatine and begins his final descent into the Dark Side fueled by his inability to have a logical head when it comes to his attachments….

General Information:

-Genre: Space Opera

-Creator: George Lucas

-Length: 140 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (moderate science fiction violence and epic battle scenes, moderate intense and frightening scenes including someone catching on fire)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz

-Page of Reference in RP1: 22

Review (contains spoilers):

Oof…this one is really tough for me to review because there is just so much that is bad in the film and so much that I love (mainly the romance that continues between Anakin and Padme…and the fact that the are so blatantly obvious about the whole thing…).

This is probably the one film that I wish there was more exposition in…more explanation (could we not have taken some of the tedious and horribly forced moments in Episode 1 and just…nudged them carefully into here?)  I know from my research there is a lot of what I always had questions about available online and through other television shows but come on. We couldn’t have gotten a little bit in the movie for those of us who didn’t have access to the shows or who didn’t want to watch more than the films.

Anakin is still insufferable in these movies. And while I love the romance between Anakin and Padme it is hard to get through because Padme was the mature one…but in this film she seems more childish.  I can understand that love can make us do stupid things, yet this is a bit much.  The giddy schoolgirl routine is kind of worn out at this point.

Obi-wan continues to be a wonderful character.  He has only grown well into his role.  The moments he as within the story line showing all of the dangerous of war and the deceit of fighting it are beautifully done.  There is so much going on behind the scenes of war that they do go into in little bits and pieces.  It probably one of the better things that they do in this movie.

But I do think it a bit unbelievable that Anakin is constantly able to sneak off to be with Padme.  Does no one ask where he is staying at night?  It’s just fascinating.  And it leaves him so open to Palpatine’s influence in many other ways as well.

Overall, the push and pull in this film are ok.  And the acting and writing feel better than the previous two as if the writers have finally settled in.  but the issue with that is that you don’t have time to settle in doing a film franchise like this.  You have to be good right off the start.  And these films just seem to fall a little flat in that regards.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (animated), based on characters created by George Lucas: a Film Review

Synopsis:

The Clone War is in full swing.  General Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and General Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker are leading a small battalion of Republican Clone Army against the Separatist Droid Army on Christophsis.  As they await reinforcements, a single shuttle lands on the planet carrying Jedi Apprentice Ahsoka Tano with a message from Jedi Grandmaster Yoda.  She has been assigned to General Skywalker as his apprentice, and not to Master Kenobi as was thought.

Meanwhile, Grandmaster Yoda has been told that Jabba the Hutt’s son has been taken hostage.  Skywalker and Ahsoka have been assigned to get him back as Master Kenobi visits the Hutts to reassure them that they will get his son back.

Of course, they are walking into a trap…

General Information:

-Genre: Computer-Animated Space Opera

-Creator: based on characters created by George Lucas

-Length: 98 minutes

-Rating: PG (Mild violence and gore, mild profanity, mild use of hooka and drinks that could be alcohol, mild intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Matt Lanter, Ashley Eckstein, James Arnold Taylor, Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Ian Abercrombie, Catherine Taber, Christopher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Daniels

-Page of Reference in RP1: 62

Review (contains spoilers):

I’m not sure about this animation style but I am absolutely loving Ahsoka.  She will probably end up as one of my favorite characters in all of the Star Wars Universe.

The story is really interesting.  And I do think it falls quite in line with the parts of the world that I love.  I can tell we are going to get a lot of the larger world that we get with the “side” stories.  The characters seem more compelling and complex than what we get from the Skywalker Saga.

Ahsoka is so wonderful. Just as snarky as Anakin was with Kenobi but seems to have a better head on her shoulders.  She is more levelheaded, but can be just as reckless as her master. 

Ventress is new and different.  Its interesting to me that she is an “apprentice” to Dooku.  Especially since we have been led to believe there are only two Sith at any given time.  Perhaps it is just another matter of the Sith employing another force sensitive beings as their lackies.

The animation style kind of grew on me as the movie went on.

Ooh…. The play of both sides.  The Hutts are a powerful family in the Outer Rim.  It makes sense that whoever wins their favor will win the war.

I do appreciate that the director and the animators treated the film as an action film and not just as an “animated movie”.  There are dynamic angles, epic battles and great music.  They seem to have mastered the use of cinematic techniques and applied them to the world of animation.  It is impressive and greatly appreciated.

Padme being in things is always a plus.  She is a great character that really seemed underutilized in the films… going from a strong confident Queen and Senator to a lovesick girl over the course of the films.  I hope she remains strong during the course of the show…

And apparently, I have watched this a tad out of order…now to go back to the correct order according to the official Star Wars website for the show.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Series, created by George Lucas: a Television Review

Note: I am currently watching this series. Story Arc updates will be forthcoming.

Synopsis:

The Clone Wars have officially begun.  As the Jedi Order lead scores of troopers against the Droid armies of the Separatists, the Galactic Republic is falling apart at the seams.

Anakin Skywalker has moved from Padawan to Jedi Knight and General, even being granted his own Padawan, the snarky Ahsoka Tano.  General Obi-Wan Kenobi is on missions of his own.  And General Yoda is fighting right alongside the troops.  As the Jedi are spread across the galaxy

Yet not everything is as it seems.

General Information:

-Genre: Computer-Animated Military Action/Adventure

-Creator: George Lucas

-Length: 7 Seasons, 133 Total Episodes (19-26 minutes per episode)

-Rating: TV-PG (mild sexual innuendos, kissing, and risqué clothing choices, mild to moderate cartoon violence and gore depending on the season, use of the word “hell” throughout the first 6 seasons, mild use of alcohol, smoking and mentions of a drug called “spice” though it is never used on screen, moderate frightening and intense scenes with many later episodes being very dark)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano, Yoda, General Grievous, Chancellor Palpatine, Padme Amidala, C-3P0, R2-D2

-Page of Reference in RP1: 62

Review (contains spoilers):

Ok so I am going to try and do this review in the most comprehensive way for my brain.  First things first is a general review.  I love the narration of the film.  It feels like old 1940s News Reels that would play before movies in the theatre.  The whole “see the front lines as they advance against the enemy!” and “buy bonds! Help our troops” stuff.  The paint on their uniforms reminds me of how WW2 pilots used to paint their planes before going on a mission.  The pinups and the souvenirs that some of the troops have taken from the battlefield all scream this as well. It’s a really nice little nod to the fact that this is all about a war.

The animation style is a little odd, but it should be ok after a while.  And I do love the fact that they are treating the animation as an action movie with dynamic animation, film angles and action.

I am going to try to review this in “story arcs” since the officially released (and highly suggested) viewing order is not in the order they aired.

S2:E16 “Cat and Mouse”, S1:E16 “The Hidden Enemy”, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (animated film)

This is a really a great start to the series.  Everything is being explained in a way that is important and essential to the story.  There are internal conflicts that will come up.  And so many little things that I think will become subtle nuances and nods to World War II and The Cold War.

There was some use of obviously derogatory words in the series which don’t exist in our world, but you can tell were based off the inherent bias that comes when you are fighting an enemy.  It isn’t ok but I defiantly got the feeling from some of the terms that they are meant to be acceptable. 

Ventress is an interesting new character.  I’m digging the little flirty thing that she and Kenobi have going on. It s really funny and obviously ties back to unseen moments between them before we start watching what is going on during the war.

I’m really interested to see where all of this goes, and I hope that we get a lot of the other characters that I’ve heard so much about.

S3:E1 “Clone Cadets”

So, we get to see the behind the scenes of the Clone Soldiers training.  Its something that is really important to see.  Obviously, we know that the soldiers need training as any other military outfit will need to do.  Yet in the main films all we see is them working and fighting.  I like seeing these little details.

Its also kind of fascinating that they Jedi aren’t training them…though that does make sense because there aren’t enough of them to go around.  But I find it intriguing that bounty hunters are being used to train the troops.  It is a group of people that can train others and have the fighting abilities.

The show also brings up the question of morality of clones.  Are the clones their own persons? Or do you treat them the same as a non-sentient droid?  Is numbering them a way to dehumanize them?  What do you do when they malfunction due to the issues with the cloned DNA?  We also get to see the attitudes that different characters and even races have towards the clones from irritated to compassionate to indifferent.

S3:E3 “Supply Lines”, S1:E1 “Ambush”

At first, I thought “Supply Lines” was a continuation of “Clone Cadets” but that isn’t the case.

We got to see some of Senator Organa’s negotiation tactics.  We are getting the stories of how the Republic is getting around recruiting…or even is recruiting…the assistance of neutral planets.

Ventress is back.  We get to see how she is going to act and negotiate in the war.  And of course, seeing Yoda work in awesome because he’s so very small compared to the droid army, the clones…basically everyone around them.

The are doing a great job showing how fluid war is between the current fights on the ground, trying to protect the people of the planets they are on… the war and the battles are constantly in flux and you have to think on your feet.

The Separatists don’t mind being evil and sneaky when it comes to any of their missions.  Which I’m not surprised about.

S1:E2 “Rising Malevolence”, S1:E3 “Shadow of Malevolence”, S1:E4 “Destroy Malevolence”

Yay! Anakin and Ahsoka are back.  I can’t wait to see more of them in action. 

Of course, they go off course and seek out a rescue mission. And of course, it ends up being for the greater good.  They have saved a great Jedi General (and learned some more about Ahsoka’s past).

We get to figure out the weapon and hopefully they can get back to report on it.

This is the first time that we get to see General Grievous.  He’s an interesting specimen.

Now that we know who the enemy is, we are good to go to follow the rest of the story line with an attack on the ship and the new ion cannon.  Attempt number one to take out General Grievous.  We know how this will work if you’ve seen Episode 3.  This is all super interesting to see in the long run.

Anakin is off on another dangerous mission as per usual.  And he pulls it off.  We get to finally get a little bit of Padme.  She is one of my favorite characters in the universe but her storyline in the movies is quite unsatisfying.  I hope we get more of who she really is and what she is capable of.

The relationship between Anakin and Padme is going to be fun to see as it unfolds. 

S1:E5 “Rookies”

I don’t know if I can say it enough but the theming for this whole show is incredibly well done.  Between the old war reel feel of the intros to the war radio to how they get their armor painted.  It just has such a satisfying feel to it.

Ooh…I guess I’ve not really paid attention to the armor that Obi-wan and Anakin are wearing.  It’s a really nice combination of their Jedi robes and the armor the clones wear.  It’s a nice touch of solidarity with their armies.

And there is a Hoth-style situation with the droids infiltrating the quiet base in the midst of an asteroid shower.  I guess Domino team is getting the action they were hoping for.  The fact that the show gives us stories from all different levels of the military.  It isn’t just focused on Kenobi, Anakin and Ahsoka…  obviously Grievous and Dooku play major rolls but the fact that we see all the levels from training to the Generals makes for a very dynamic show.

S1:E6 “Downfall of a Droid”, S1:E7 “Duel of the Droids”

Yay a storyline where we will hopefully get more about Grievous and Anakin and Ahsoka.  I love seeing the two of them work together even though Ahsoka is so tiny.  She’s so young.

The way Grievous moves is so cool.  The animators have done and incredible job of giving him that balance between his old human self and the movements that humans would kind of stick to (things like a limp, his cough, the slouch) but then he does things that are so distinctively droid from his flips and the way he handles his weapons.  Its really an interesting feat of animation.

Poor R2-D2.  Though it is interesting to find out bits and bobs about droids as well.  I don’t know much about the extended Star Wars universe so its really interesting to me to get to find out things like the types of droids, what they look like, and their series numbers.  I like the little details that are super subtle.

Ahsoka verses Grievous.  That is a great battle.  The fights in this are so much fun to watch.  They really treat it like an action movie not a traditional animated show. 

S1:E8 “Bombad Jedi”, S1:E9 “Cloak of Darkness”

Padme Going to do this diplomatic mission alone will henceforth be known as mistake number one.

Cool we get to see Greedo’s people.  Grodians.  They haven’t’ really been in anything to date.  This was defiantly a trap.

I have no idea how no one figured out that Anakin and Padme were together.  Like there is a Jedi robe literally hanging in her private ship.  There are so many moments like this in the films that its insane to think that nobody figured out their more intimate and personal connection.

Its always great to get to see Padme working to get herself out of bad situations.  This is the Padme I love.  Not the lovesick girl that is in Episode 3.  The headstrong and courageous person she shows off in Episode 2.  I’m sol glad they decided to keep that in this show.

Seeing other Jedi is always a treat.  Since the focus of the main movies is the Skywalker story we just get to see so many of them in passing.  Shows like this are giving a chance to actually see not only the greater universe but to experience so many of the different worlds and the people on them.

More Ventress.  I’m all for that.  She’s an incredibly interesting character.  I still can’t figure out exactly what she wants out of everything.

Ahsoka is very brash.  She needs to get under control.  I understand that her Master isn’t always the most levelheaded…particularly when it comes to his attachments but still.  Though I guess being able to read the Viceroy well enough that she knew he would only respond to fear is a big deal.

Ooh.  Are we getting Ventress and Ahsoka?  The last fight se was in was great.  I love the way she holds her lightsaber. Its so different than many of the other force sensitive fighters.  Man.  Ventress is a beast.  And Ahsoka has so much raw and untapped power.  Geeze.  Where did she come from?

S1:E10 “Lair of Grievous”, S1:E11 “Dooku Captured”, S1:E12 “The Gungan General”

The lair of Grievous is fascinating.  We finally get an answer to how he has so many lightsabers.  This is the first time we see Grievous kill a Jedi and take the saber.  Its kind of horrible that these are his spoils from war.

Seeing more Jedi, how they fight, their personalities is going to make Order 66 even worse when it finally happens in Episode 3.  I’m glad to get more stories and more of the backgrounds of the world but it will make their deaths even worse in the long run.  It was bad enough that you know the majority of them die before or during this order.

Hmmm.  A set of bounty hunters actually captured Dooku and took his lightsabers.  That’s fascinating.  And the payment that they want to return him is a LOT of money.  This is one of the episodes that mentions “spice” which is implied to be a drug of sorts worth quite a bit of money.  It is mentioned at other times throughout the universe, but this is the first real mention of it in this series.

I’m sure Padme does not feel great about sending Anakin and Obi-wan into the fray without weapons.  It would be quite unsettling to send your partner into that situation in order to get ahold of a war criminal.

Anakin and Obi-wan always getting in trouble.  Let’s see how they get out of all of this.  That name sounds familiar.  Hando.  Where do I know that from?

Honestly, this is one of the less riveting storylines, but it is essential to the overall plot of the Clone Wars.

S1:E13 “Jedi Crash”, S1:E14 “Defenders of Peace”

Getting to see all of the different Jedi in this series is just a treat.  In my mind I knew that there were many of them from different races across the galaxy but since the main films focus on the Skywalker line this is the first time, we get to see other Jedi in more than just passing…or that one big battle scene in Episode 2 where a bunch of them come to the aid of Padme, Anakin, and Obi-wan.

Anakin and Ahsoka always getting into trouble.

Ooh that was a rough landing.  Such a crazy situation to be in with Anakin possibly dying, almost ending up in a star…. That was a lot.  I’m sure this will not be the first nor the last time these two will be in this kind of situation.

Sometimes I forget that this was meant to be for older kid and teens.  There are so many deep lessons in it.  This one makes an excellent point. 

While liberty is worth fighting for, is it worth killing for?

What is courage?  Is it fighting for a cause or sticking to your beliefs?

Are your beliefs worth dying for?  Does mounting a defense the same as fighting in a war?

When you don’t agree with the Creed you were raised under do you still defend it?

So many important questions that people often don’t think about.

S1:E15 “Trespass”

A new frozen planet that we haven’t seen before.  Just like we know that there are more desert planets like Tatooine its nice to see that there are other snowy and frozen planets, swamp planets…etc.  It shows so much diversity in the people that evolved from these kinds of worlds.

This episode is interesting because it’s the first time we are dealing with something that isn’t the Separatists.  There is obviously an internal conflict between the elected Senator and her people.  Everything points to something besides the Droid Army doing the damage here.  Maybe the planet/moon isn’t as uninhabited as everyone believed.

Oh, I don’t like the Chairman.  He’s really horrible.  He has the mentality of the Imperial Army and later the First Order.  This idea that there are people who are less than…who are not worthy or advanced enough to be protected.  That there are savages in the world.  It’s a horrible viewpoint.  All races and species are worth protecting.  He’s a hideous leader.

Diplomacy should always be tried first.  Finding peaceful resolutions and negotiations should be the first choice.

S1:E19 “Storm Over Ryloth”, S1:E20 “Innocents of Ryloth”, S1:E21 “Liberty on Ryloth”

So Ahsoka gets her first squad.  Let’s see how she handles losing men for the first time.  Such a teachable moment for Anakin.  This side is one that we don’t get to see from him in the Saga films.

There are so many heavy things that they deal with in this show.  Not just the morality of decisions that need to be made in war but how to deal with grief, survivor’s guilt, PTSD…the fear and pain that comes with it.  

Its time to come up with a better plan.  The reactions they have created are so incredible.  They not only fit the characters but also align with typical reactions seen in different situations of war and trauma.

Another of Anakin’s crazy plans.  Ahsoka gets the chance to be in charge.

For once we get to see them use a ship in a different kind of situation. I know that we often turn ships in space in a way that makes the most sense to our brains, but the fact is they don’t have to come from the same “up” direction.  Ahsoka using the bottom of the ship to protect the most important parts of the ship like there it is a blockade on the ground is absolutely genius.  There is no reason that these kinds of maneuvers shouldn’t be used more often.

Seeing so much diversity in the different species that are presented in the show is wonderful.  We don’t get much of the stories and interactions like this in the Saga films because it isn’t totally relevant to the story.  But in the extended universe like this we actually get to see what is happening on many of these planets.

Those are fun little mini AT-ST walkers.  It’s a great way to get around some of the battle fields.

Always more to the story than what is seen on the surface.  The Separatists are absolutely horrible.  You can see where the ideals of the later Empire come from.  We are seeing it through both the Separatists army as well as in some of the different worlds we have come across.  This idea that some people are meant to be possessed. That they are lesser.  Its only an ideology that leads to what happens later.

S2:E1 “Holocron Heist”, S2:E2 “Cargo of Doom”, S2:E3 “Children of the Force”

Ahsoka is grounded.  Its nice to see that even Jedi Padawan get grounded.

Cad Bane, a changling, and a droid walk into a bar…. Ok sorry but seriously.  It’s a good thing that Ahsoka had to answer for her indiscretion and that means that Anakin and Obi-wan were at the temple temporarily.

Interesting.  Kyber crystals with all of the information about every force sensitive child in the galaxy.  That is fascinating but makes sense that you would have to have some sort of list.

I like that we are getting to see what happens when Jedi work in tandem.  They can see greater futures, manipulate the Force in greater ways, and even break into strong minds if they work together to a particular goal.

Cad Bane is going to be another one of those fascinating characters.  I’m sure that we will see more of him in the long run.

Rating:

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Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones, created by George Lucas: a Film Review

Synopsis:

A decade after the invasion and battle of Naboo, the Galactic Republic is being threatened by a Separatist movement led by the notorious Count Dooku.  Now Senator Padme Amidala is on Coruscant to vote on a motion that would create an army meant to assist the Jedi Order in their peace keeping mission and to eliminate this threat.

After an assassination attempt that went wrong, Master Kenobi and his Padawan Anakin Skywalker are assigned to protect the Senator.  When a second assassination attempt nearly kills her (narrowly avoided by her Jedi protectors) Padme is told to retire back to Naboo as a safety precaution.  Anakin is assigned as her safety detail while Master Kenobi tries to find the source of the assassin and why the Senator is being attacked.

When the information presented leads Obi-wan to a seemingly missing planet and a full scale army that seems to be waiting for his arrival (a great shock to him when told), it seems that some of the Jedi themselves might be behind the Republic’s new army.

So who is pulling the strings in the shadows?  And what will happen as the arrogant and emotional Anakin Skywalker as he works his assignment to protect Senator Amidala? And what will the Republic make of the Separatist threat?

General Information:

-Genre: Space Opera

-Creator: George Lucas

-Length: 142 minutes

-Rating: PG (mild violence, mild intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz

-Page of Reference in RP1: 22

Review (contains spoilers):

I do enjoy this film quite a bit more than the first film.  Between the better performances and the better writing, the characters seem truer to who they were trying to be set up as.  Everything feels less forced overall and the world building and expansion see more natural.

Padme and Obi-wan are by far still my favorite characters.  Anakin steps up his sass game in this film which adds a level to his character that his much younger self didn’t have.  There is more action in this film and the world building is extensively done through the background and the plot points vs the exposition.  For me personally that type of world building is much more satisfying that simply being told (and often in a condescending way) what the world is like.

The romance in the film was a nice touch for people like me who don’t often watch films like this due to the fact that we don’t follow the other cannon pieces of the world.  There just seems to be so much media to consume that it can be overwhelming… the little tidbits in this film that make that less so are quite welcome.

Of the three prequals this is probably my favorite.  Though still not the part of this series I genuinely love.  Those didn’t come till much later.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, created by George Lucas: a Film Review

Synopsis:

32 years before Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope there was a trade dispute on the planet Naboo, an outlier planet in the Galactic Republic.  The Jedi send two of their own, a Jedi Knight by the name of Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi, to serve as ambassadors to smooth over the situation.  When they are attacked by the Federation, the pair escape to the planet’s surface in order to get to the bottom of the situation.

Meanwhile, the Trade Federation invades the planet and captures the Queen in order to solidify their forced treaty with Naboo.  The Federation is assured that the Galactic Senate will back their invasion so long as the treaty is signed by the Queen.

While the council of Naboo and their Queen are being taken away they are saved by Master Jinn and his apprentice who then help them to escape Naboo in order to plead their case in front of the Senate.  As they attempt to get through the blockade their ship is damaged forcing the small group to land on Tattoine, a planet even further on the outskirts of the Galactic Republic, where they hope to find assistance and get their ship fixed.

Here they meet a young boy strong in the force and encounter the cause behind all their problems… how will the story end?  Will Naboo fall to the power of the Trade Federation?  Who is behind the whole debacle? And is the young slave boy they have found The Chosen One that the Jedi have been searching for…the One who will bring Balance to the Force?

General Information:

-Genre: Space Opera

-Creator: George Lucas

-Length: 133 minutes

-Rating: PG (mild violence, mild intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Liam Neeson, Ewan McGreggor, Natalie Portman, Jake Loyd, Ian McDiarmid, Ahmend Best, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Pernilla August, Frank Oz, Samuel L Jackson, Ray Park, Keira Knightley

-Page of Reference in RP1: 22

Review (contains spoilers):

So….as I’ve talked about several times, I am not a huge Star Wars fan (Star Trek is more my jam)…but that being said the first three prequels are the Star Wars films I really grew up with.  The Original Trilogy was shown to me as a child and I really liked them but as I got older I didn’t really connect with them in the same way.

When these films released, I was between the ages that Anakin and Padme are in the movies.  Padme resonated more with me than a lot of the other characters but she was still older and had different responsibilities I didn’t really connect with.  I do attribute this to the reason why I didn’t really connect to this world in the same way (that did change with the new trilogy though and I will talk about this in those reviews and another article in more detail).

However, from an objective standpoint and re-watching these films I really struggle with them.  They are fine overall but knowing how the Original trilogy was set up is a big deal.  This movie is so full of exposition and world building…but not in the way the Original Trilogy is full of that same concept.  Everything that explains the world and the story of the Jedi (such as the midi-clorions and the whole Chosen One prophecy, the way the order trains its warriors, etc) it is all so… drawn out.

The explanations feel forced and often wordy.  Come at times that make little to no sense and it all just is…heavy.  In a way that the other films aren’t.  that’s not to say there aren’t moments in the other movies that are not like this. But this is the whole film.  Its like the movie was written just to give all this backstory and they kind of forced it to “make sense” within the world of Star Wars and its greater universe.

Overall, necessary to watch because it’s part of the universe. But not the best of the films.  However, it does truly introduce one of my favorite characters in all of his sassy glory (anyone else really excited for the show Obi-Wan to come out on Disney+???? Just me? ok.) so it gets an extra half point for that.

Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Big Trouble in Little China, created by John Carpenter: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Jack Burton is the all-American truck driver.  Big, burly, and rough around the edges.  When he arrives in Chinatown, San Francisco it seems like a normal trip.  He plays cards with his friend Wang Chi winning a huge bet against him.  In order to make sure he pays up; Jack decides to accompany him to the airport to pick up Wang’s childhood sweetheart turned fiancée who is on her way from China for their wedding.

As Miao Yin steps off the plane a Chinese street gang and sex traffickers called the Lords of Death attempt to kidnap a different girl but are thwarted by Jack Burton and her friend Gracie Law.  When this happens the gang instead grabs Miao Yin making off with her.  Jack and Wang follow in pursuit hoping to simply grab her back from the gang.

But when the duo stumbles into a gang fight and ends up facing down “The Three Storms”-a trio of ancient warriors with magical powers to control thunder, rain, and lightening- rescuing Miao Yin may not be as easy as the thought.  Especially not when the mysterious underground societies of magic that rumble beneath the Chinatown Jack knows and loves rear their ugly heads.

General Information:

-Genre: Fantasy Martial Arts Action Comedy

-Creator: John Carpenter

-Length: 99 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (mild sexual innuendos and jokes, moderate fantasy and martial arts violence and gore, moderate profanity, mild use of alcohol and smoking, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Kurt Russell, Kin Cattrall, Dennis Dun

-Page of Reference in RP1: 292

Review (contains spoilers):

This movie has no business being as good as it is.  It’s a martial arts fantasy action movie…about an ancient guy who needs a special green-eyed woman to marry in order to break the curse he is under.

It is ridiculous, over the top and atrociously cheesy but absolutely fantastic.

And I don’t know why!

There is nothing particularly great about any one part of this movie.  The effects are exactly what you would expect from a 1980s film.  Its kind of a traditional old school kung fu kind of movie.  Kurt Russel is…well….Kurt Russel.  The storyline is absurd.

But it all works.  I’m so glad that I finally sat down and watched this one.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Mindhunter, created by Joe Penhall: a Television Review

Synopsis:

Based off of the true-crime novel Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, this series follows FBI Special Agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench, as well as Psychologist Wendy Carr, who eventually come to build and run the Behavioral Science Unit in the Training Division of the FBI Academy. 

As the beginnings of criminal psychology begin to become known in the world of the FBI and other detectives we are drawn into a world before Criminal Minds and other shows like Disappeared or Who the Bleep did I Marry? when crime was often committed by a loved one and more often a romantic partner.  Before Charles Manson and Dennis Rader…Ted Bundy and Ed Gein… the world was simpler when it came to crime.

As the changes in the world become apparent and more prevalent (and as the agents who are deep in the thick of things) are presented with a case that has all the earmarks of a psychotic killer Ford and Tench are off to teach more and more police how to better handle their cases…while Ford attempts to delve into the minds of devious minds like Edmund Kemper, Dennis Rader, Montie Rissel, Jerry Brundos and Richard Speck… all while trying to change the teaching methods and bring up an entirely new division of the FBI.

General Information:

-Genre: Crime Drama, Psychological Thriller

-Creator: Joe Penhall

-Length: 2 seasons, 19 episodes, averaging around 55 minutes each (with some as short as 35 and some as long as 73 minutes) …. A potential third season is on the books…

-Rating: TV-MA (psychological drama, true crime stories, crime drama, discussions and views of murder, severe sex and nudity, discussions of sexual deviance, murder, discussions of rape and abuse, moderate to severe profanity and use of racial slurs and racial language from the 1970s and 1980s, interviews with serial killers)

-Where to Watch: Netflix (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Johnathan Groff, Hold McCallany, Hannah Gross, Cotter Smith, Anna Torv, Stacey Roca, Cameron Britton, Michael Cerveris, Joe Tuttle, Lauren Glazier, Albert Jones, Sierra McClain, June Carryl

-Page of Reference in RP1: 63

Review (contains spoilers):

General Overall Review:

This was a good series overall.  Everything seems to pull from what actually happened with the building of the BAU/BSU.  The characters are compelling and I will say the most interesting are those who play the killers they are interviewing.  Their performance and the lives they are portraying are absolutely beautifully done.  They were able to capture the essence of each of these distinct people.  It was really incredible and often what kept me watching the show.

Overall, it’s a fine show.  But I prefer others like Criminal Minds (fictional) or Disappeared (true crime).  There are so many other books and shows out there that are more compelling and more comprehensive if you are interested in this sort of case work and the building of the BSU/BAU.

The following review is going to be more of a stream of consciousness as I watch each season.  I’ll try to keep it in order of events as they happen but there maybe something that I didn’t think was important at the time but then became relevant later.

Season 1:

It’s a fascinating show.  Defiantly one that I know needs to be watched.  Its not like Criminal Minds in the way that I know I can walk away or do something else while watching it and catch the majority (and all the important things) that are going on during the course of an episode.

Only two episodes in I’m actually interested in the specific serial killers that they worked in.  I’ve never read the book that this is based on, but I am intrigued and will probably add it to the list of things that I will read since I love true crime.  Its kind of a big part of my life and I’m honestly surprised that I hadn’t made it more than 6 episodes into this show when it came out…and that I’ve never read the novel it pulled the inspiration from.

Ok…Edmund Kemper is extremely fascinating.  The actor is great.  He captured all of the mannerisms of the real Kemper.  He’s only been in the show for one episode so far but its absolutely wonderfully done.  And Ford’s obsession with him after one meeting is incredible.  And not something that is unrelatable. 

The set up is really interesting.  Telling the stories of killers who haven’t yet been caught interspersed with the trying to set up the Behavioral Science Unit.  After two episodes I’m waiting for everything to drop be it that Kemper isn’t telling the whole truth (I’m not as familiar with his story so I’m not sure this is true) or for Dennis Radar’s kills to finally be shown as we had a bit of him in the second and now at the beginning of the third episode.

I like how they made the whole show not only set in the 1970s (when the BSU was being developed) but also filmed everything like it would have been a film during the time.  From the way the show the locations to the slight yellowing of the recording it’s a really interesting to see how everything was directed and built to seem like we are actually following the pair of agents around.

The response Ford has when one of the investigations turns up a new murder with the same MO is actually funny…but totally understandable when you think about the fact that they are finally vindicated in the fact that their idea of who and what happened to the first victim is incredible.  I love it.  Its really interesting how well they have created the whole idea and how they are beginning to build up all of the ways that the FBI currently profiles serial (or sequence) killers.

I’ve said this before but the further we get into seeing what Kemper is like the more I love the actor who played him.  He had to have studied the actual Kemper.  His mannerisms and cadence is perfect.  Its just a little scary but just wonderfully done.

Its really interesting the other cases that they get into to help expand the work they are doing.  Single cases, the beginnings of serial murders… all of it is important to how the BSU was built up.  The majority of killers have a series of commonalities.  And this is what they are trying to show through the resources and research that they are doing in the show.

The costuming and set building is really well done from the on-site locations to the build outs that they have done.  Everything truly fits into he 1970s aesthetic and period they are building things off of.

The situations that the writers put everyone in are fascinating.  They do a really excellent job they do in creating and building the language that has become commonplace in today’s world of criminal behavior and analysis.  It doesn’t feel forced or coerced.  It happens naturally in the course of their work which is something I really enjoy when it comes to complicated subjects.

Hmmm…I’m not sure how I am feeling about the fact that they worked so much of the characters personal lives into the show.  Unlike shows like Criminal Minds where the stories about personal lives are really interlaced in the nuances of the overarching stories and the character relationships themselves.  I wish more of the personal lives were interlinked with what was going on in the greater scheme of the storyline.

Well now Ford is in trouble. Its never good to lie. However, I do understand where he is coming from in regard to talking to the killers.  I understand that there is a need of having a series of questions that are consistent but honestly you have to stray from those guidelines.  These creatures don’t understand the concept of morality and consistency in many cases.  They have their own language and morals.

Oof…that could almost be the end of the unit.  I hope the new guy doesn’t screw up everything.

I love how much they are showing that Ford is developing a lot of the tactics that police and FBI use to get a suspect to talk now.  Psychologically getting into their head.  Learning their language, cadence, and rhythm.  Creating “evidence” boxes and files that don’t really exist to make them squirm and reveal more than they intended to.

I am not sure I like Wendy now any more than I did when she entered the scene.  I get where she is coming from.  The idea that a death penalty case reflecting badly on the BSU rings pretty true.  However, the whole point of the research and guidelines they are creating is to use it in law enforcement to better catch and convict (and also prevent) these crimes from occurring.

And now they’ve been pulled out….oops.  That tape didn’t do well.  New guy is in trouble.

Oh man….I wouldn’t have made it that far down the hallway if Ed Kemper had cornered me, threatened me and then hugged me…oh god.  I’d have lost it.  Looks like Holden is going to be having a minor breakdown. Or at least an anxiety attack. 

I’m loving the little snippets they have worked in of BTK.  Just such a nice little touch as things are really getting going. 

And that was some ending for the season.

Season 2:

Bring on season 2.  I’m pretty sure that they jumped a few years.  This is more into the 1980’s but I’ll have to check. Ok so the first season took place over the course of 3 years… didn’t feel like it but that makes sense in the long run.  This season should cover the next year… so around 1980 to 1981.

I’m interested in everything that we will get to see in this season because this is when a lot of serial killers really came into their own.  The late 1970’s and early 1980’s was kind of the big era for serial killers. 

We’ve already gotten to see Kemper and heard about Manson.  Richard Speck.  We’ve seen little tidbits of BTK.

Poor Holden.  Doesn’t know what has happened.  Panic Attacks are the literal worst.  And when people didn’t know what they were things were even harder.  Holden doesn’t know what they are, so he’s had to be strapped down for his own safety.  I wonder if Bill even knows where Holden is at the moment.

And there is BTK. 

I’m super not sure about all of the characters at this point in the show.  Bill is seeming like a jerk…but I can’t decide if it is due to the fact that there is a new director or if he’s just tired of Holden’s antics.  Wendy is kind of a bitch honestly.  And again, I can’t tell if it is just her actual personality coming out or if she is just stuck in her ways of academia or if she’s just over the work.  The new guy is timid and kind of a tool.  And Holden is just losing it (nothing wrong with panic attacks…I get them…) but like…man.

This new director is an interesting guy. Not sure that I like him yet.

And the expansion of the BSU.  While it is good it just seems really sudden…though that is kind of how it happened in real life from what I know about the development of the BSU.

Yeah.  Saw that coming.  Holden is going to learn a lot about the fact that what he is doing isn’t always going to go over well and is going to have casualties if he isn’t careful. 

So that came out of left field.  Incredibly disturbing that their son, Brian, had anything to do with the local murder of that child.  I wasn’t really sure what was going on with the local murder.  It came out of no where as most murders do.  But this is going to add a whole other level to everything going on with Bill.

Atlanta is also being short sighted.  I hate that politics are often the reason that so many different cases don’t actually get solved or solved properly.  It’s terrible.

I’m warming up to the characters again.  I still don’t like Wendy.  She’s just not my cup of tea but her having to go into the interview herself I think helped the entire

Oh yay.  Charles Manson.  The guy who is playing him is actually really good.  Just like the actor for BTK, and Ed Kemper…. Son of Sam.  They have done an excellent job with the casting of all of the serial killers.  Yep.  He did a stunningly great job as the crazy Manson.  Between the mannerisms and the language…its so good. Ooh. So good.  I hope they talk to Tex.  He was also a fascinating subject.

So many excellent moments with Manson.  From the posing and cinematography of him being a “Jesus” figure.  From how he is sitting at the table.  To standing up and throwing his arms out like he is on a cross.  Just a fantastic moment.  And the glasses…. that last moment with him and the glasses was just like it was drawn out of photos of Manson himself.   Just classic.

Yes, we do get Tex Watson.  So good.  Honestly, Tex was the one from my research that I really felt knew about and was honest about what was happening inside the Charles Manson Family.  Now Tex does something that I really can’t stand.  He lapses into his religion.  That is one of my personal struggles with killers. That they can do terrible things and simply ask for forgiveness from G-d and they are absolved.

I wonder how into the Atlanta Child Murders we are going to get into.  And honestly how much of BTK we will really get in the end.  I am enjoying all of these little moments where we see how close he came to getting caught.  But this is going to be interesting.  They have finally been able to get into the Atlanta case…

There is a lot going on all at once.  Between Wendy interviewing more killers, the stuff going on with Brian, Bill going to the retreat, and getting called into Atlanta.  Its just bouncing around a lot and I’m not sure how it will all pan out.

We only have a few episodes left in this season with no season 3…are they going to catch the Atlanta Child Killer?  And seriously Bill needs to make a decision on what he needs to do…either stay in DC or work the case in Atlanta. This back and forth is super exhausting to watch.

Cool so Bill finally told Holden what was up.  And we are finally at the point where they ended up catching the Atlanta Child Killer.  Honestly that’s cutting it really close to the end of the show.  Which means we aren’t going to get to see BTK caught (which makes sense since that didn’t happen until 2005), we aren’t going to see Bundy in this series (at least for now) and we aren’t going to deal with Zodiac, or the Night Stalker, or even  …all of which are big names that

Hmmmm…. That was an interesting tie up.  I can clearly see how they need another season… but who knows if or when we will get it.  The Atlanta Child Killer is in custody (and once again the casting was PERFECT).  BTK is still at large.

There are more serial killers that would come out over the next few seasons.

I guess in the end I probably will keep watching if the next season comes out.  More just to see if they follow through with all the little ends they left like the trial.  Bill’s family leaving him.  Holden’s PTSD stuff.  Wendy’s life…kind of… maybe not that so much.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.