“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – 1×02, “Rising Malevolence”

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It’s a golden age for Star Wars fans. While the prequel films were generally mediocre, Star Wars: The Clone Wars filled in the gaps and told new stories with the same beloved characters. Since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up through the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re watching “Rising Malevolence,” the first of a three-part story all about the droid army’s massive doomsday weapon that is in no way like the Death Star.

Spoilers after the jump.

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“Which Superpower Would You Want?” What Your Answer Says About You

Flight – You have always loved the idea of being able to fly ever since you saw Peter Pan as a kid. You’re the kind of person who always request a window seat on airplanes – you’re usually content to just look out the window and watch the world float by below you.

Stop Time – You thought being an adult would be more fun – school is finally over and you can just do whatever you want – but now it seems to just be nonstop work. You just want the option to pause the world and curl up with a good book from time to time.

Teleportation – You have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, and a tendency not to leave for somewhere until the last possible moment. You’re late to a lot of stuff.

Super-Strength – You spent a lot of time being picked last for team sports growing up, and even though on some level you know none of that stuff matters now, you’ve never been able to shake the idea that life might be awesome if you could just throw footballs into orbit without breaking a sweat.

Super-Speed – You really like the Fast and the Furious movies, but you’re not wild about cars. You’ve got a long and storied history of attempted gym memberships, but you can never seem to commit to a workout regimen. You really love the training montages in movies, but wish you could just have the athleticism without any of the hard work.

Mind-Reading – You hate being left out of things, like other people’s conversations. People call you nosey, but mostly you just like to feel like you’re a part of something. You hate going to bed early when other people are still awake, because you always feel like you’re going to miss out on the best part of the night.

Predict the Future – You hate surprises. You never leave the house without double-checking that you have everything you think you might need throughout the day. There’s a decent chance you keep a change of clothes in your car, or at least an extra pair of socks.

Invulnerability – You love action movies, but you wish you could be more like the heroes, who can take astounding amounts of damage all throughout the movie without blacking out or bleeding out. You’re a bit paranoid about large cities, and are always a bit worried that somebody might jump out and attack you at any moment.

Telekinesis – You love Star Wars, and always thought having the Force would be the coolest thing in the world. You hate getting up to reach for things, and tend to arrange your workspace so anything you might need is within arm’s reach. You love your rolling chair at work, because it lets you pick something up from across the room without actually standing up.

X-Ray Vision – You should be ashamed of yourself, you pervert.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – 1×01, “Ambush”

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Earlier this month, the entire series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars hit Netflix, and since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up through the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re diving right into the first episode, “Ambush!” It’s basically 22 minutes of Yoda vs. battle droids.

Spoilers after the jump.

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Retro Reviews: When Harry Met Sally

While every other site offers you reviews of the most current movies in theaters, someone needs to step in to review the movies that came out 10+ years ago. So hop on into the Wayback Machine with me, and let’s see what cinema has already offered…

Today marks the release of Part One of Lars Von Trier’s controversial film Nymphomaniac – the tagline for which is “Forget about love” (y’know, because of all the sex). With that film undoubtedly garnering some attention and criticism for what could be called a “bold” take on relationships, I thought this might be a good time to offer you an alternate option to watch people struggle with the balance of love and sex – and in this case, also laugh your butt off – with When Harry Met Sally.

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Some people dismiss When Harry Met Sally right away, because they think it’s a “chick flick”. They’re not entirely wrong – it was, in fact, written by a woman, Nora Ephron, who went on to write several other “chick flicks” (Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, Julie and Julia). It also co-stars a woman. So, if those are what constitute a chick flick, then yes, that’s what this is. But it’s also a very well-crafted comedy that speaks to the differences between men and women – both perceived and real – and to the challenges of building relationships in the modern day.

There’s an interesting theme throughout the film where the characters talk about how culture and society – and especially romance – has changed over the years. This is made especially pronounced by the fact that we watch a relationship between two friends mature and develop over the course of more than a decade.

This also, to my mind, makes it one of the truest relationships in film. As I’ve evidenced previously, I’ve given some thought to ideas of a friendship that harbors true affection. We aren’t seeing two strangers meet and immediately fall in love like in most romantic comedies; Harry and Sally spend years transitioning from acquaintances to friends before they begin to become anything more serious. And while several of the scenes play out very similarly to what you’d see in a traditional romantic comedy, it feels more genuine because we’ve spent a lot more time earning those moments.

This film also presents theories like people being “high-maintenance” or the “transitional person” between relationships, but they were being presented for the first time. This film broke ground in a lot of ways, chiefly by raising a discussion question that plagues the characters throughout the film: “Can men and women ever just be friends?”

The series finale for How I Met Your Mother airs this Monday, bringing to a close a nine-season run, and that was a show filled with theories about relationships – the “hot / crazy scale,” the “three-day rule,” “crazy eyes” and more – but we would have none of that without the original, When Harry Met Sally.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – The Movie, Part 2

Earlier this month, the entire series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars hit Netflix, and since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up through the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re starting off with the film that premiered theatrically and kicked off this whole series.

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When we left off yesterday, Anakin and his new padawan Ahsoka were trying to rescue Jabba’s kidnapped son, but it turns out they’ve been played by the Separatists. But can they make it out if the abandoned monastery alive?

Spoilers after the jump.

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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Recap – The Movie, Part 1

Earlier this month, the entire series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars hit Netflix, and since it’s not a show I’m terribly familiar with, I’m going to watch and review every episode, all the way up through the brand new sixth season, which aired exclusively on Netflix. This week, we’re starting off with the film that premiered theatrically and kicked off this whole series.

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Last week, I covered the original Genndy Tartakovsky-helmed Star Wars: Clone Wars miniseries, which ran from 2003-2005 and bridged the gap from Attack of the Clones to Revenge of the Sith. After it concluded, George Lucas announced they were going to develop a 3-D continuation of the project. The series eventually premiered in 2008, set during the same time period but this time with full 30-minute episodes, and produced with CGI animation.

This movie was originally developed as the first few episodes of the series, but retooled to premiere in theaters as a feature film. That was actually pretty impressive once I learned that, since I didn’t notice the seams between where the episodes would have broken up – for the most part, it feels like one continuous story. That said, it still has that television-movie feel, and mostly comes across as a long episode of TV rather than fitting into the three-act structure of a feature film. Also, the animated faces look super weird, and take a while to get used to.

Spoilers after the jump.

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Welcome!

Welcome to the new home for the Supergeek Chronicles! Over the next few days, I’ll be re-blogging a few of my favorite posts from the tumblr page I’ve been using previously – I’ll still be using the tumblr, of course, but this is the new home for most original content.

Stay tuned!

UPDATE: So, it turns out there’s a way to transfer over every post from my Tumblr to the blog. So that’s pretty great – over a year and a half of built-in content right off the bat!

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