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Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo Adventure – Good Clean ..err Scruffy ..FUN September 28, 2015

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NO THIS is not an epic piece of fiction but it’s brilliant fun.
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo Adventure (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: the Force Awakens) is a really great slice/incident/story in the post Episode IV era where we see a Solo in his prime.

Not quite done being the smuggler and not quite the hero – yet – but on his way.

The way the story is told as a flashback in a bar – is a wonderful narrative tool too.

YES we know this is a middle-school book / but make no mistake about it this is a book that any Star Wars fan will enjoy (at any age).

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#MinorityReport Precogs Playing Chess ? S1E2 September 28, 2015

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Minority ReportOk so we liked the first episode of Minority Report enough to watch the second episode. Another beautiful looking show, with lots of high-tech wizardry…this time out we noticed a touch screen projection player on a baby stroller (neat!) and a few other small things…including the bracelet from the singles club that does the saliva test to match potential mates.

The plot thickens a bit here ..and we see at the end that Amanda sees Vega putting the precogs back in the milk bath…

So long story short, a good outing and we’ll be back to watch episode three next week!

#MinorityReport is the BEST New SciFi Show – and Toronto LOOKS Fantastic (and Futuristic!) September 21, 2015

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Minority ReportWOW! We really enjoyed watching the new Fox Minority Report show.

Set ten years after the end of the event in the movie (based on a Philip K Dick story), the precogs ..the individuals that could see crime in the future are .. individuals.

They have been set free, and are living among us. It’s an interesting sequel and continuation of the original story where the precogs aren’t seen as individuals.

Now in addition to the ‘minority report’ that is the dissension of one of the precogs about if a crime will actually occur / we have personality differences and conflicts across the three pre-cogs.

Then there is the tech…futuristic in the Tom Cruise movie and still futuristic in this show.

And of course there is Toronto.

Toronto City Hall makes an appearance as does the Royal Conservatory of Music, Brookfield Place and even Roy Thompson Hall. To Toronto fans, it’s a joy and delight to see the futuristic city.

Let’s hope that FOX doesn’t pull the plug pre-maturely on the pre-cogs. But then again this is the Netflix era. If FOX does bail (as it has in the past with Firefly and even the Sarah Connor Chronicles), we don’t doubt it could find a home elsewhere. This is great story telling and we’re looking forward to the future of this show. (thought he precogs already know what that future is!)

Star Wars Aftermath – journey to the force awakens : Short Review: This Isn’t the Book You’ve Been Waiting For September 14, 2015

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FINALLY the first novel of the new Star Wars Canon in the ‘Journey to The Force Awakens’ era… YES!! we were really excited to get our hands on Aftermath: Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakensand had pre-ordered as soon as it showed up on Amazon.

While this is an interesting read, it’s far from the calibre of Star Wars books that we’re used to ..

This took a meandering path, with more disconnected plotlines than we could track.

Sure the Empire is on the run after Endor and this book summarizes that and give multiple view into that ‘aftermath’

This book does not however have any measure of well conceived, properly constructed plot for the primary story, that of a backwater planet episode overcoming the final shackles of Empire. It’s the pulpiest type of fan fiction quality and to be frank we wanted more. More color, more depth more of the goodness we have come to expect from the expanded Star Wars Universe.

The predictable oh he’s dead, nope he’s not, he escaped (or she – as is the case with the pilot Nora) was annoying to say the least.

Not to say this is a *bad* book and it’s certainly not the worst Star Wars book we’ve even read in recent years, it’s just that with the new movie, we want MORE.