#211: Clyde Barker Reviews "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
In line with yesterday's guest strip that strongly discouraged spoilers, we've got a spoiler-free review of the latest installment in the Star Wars movie franchise.
My own thoughts about Episode VII are similar to Clyde's.
See you tomorrow!
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Harry Beansworth: This is Harry Beansworth for SNN 2. I have the pleasure to announce movie critic Clyde Barker...
Harry: ...with his spoiler-free review of the latest installment of Star Wars, "The Force Awakens." Clyde?
Clyde Barker: Thank you, Harry. Well, to wrap it up before we go into details: "The Force Awakens" brings tears of joy to a fan's eyes! It's a masterpiece!
Clyde: J.J. Abrams treated the franchise with the respect it deserves as an almost 40-year-old classic, and yet he spiced it up with some interesting turns and plot twists. The cast, both the beloved actors from Episodes IV-VI and the newcomers, do their best to fill the characters with life. Let's have a look at a brief scene to see what I mean.
[Scene showing Rey in restraints on Kylo Ren's battleship]
Clyde: English actress Daisy Ridley plays Rey, a young scavenger on a desert planet. She was as unknown as Ford, Hamill, and Fisher were in 1977, and just as talented.
Clyde: In this scene, Rey only has a very vague idea about the Force and how it works, and yet she decides to full Obi-Wan. The way Ridley plays it is intense.
Rey [in the scene]: You will remove these restraints and leave this cell with the door open! -- You will remove these restraints and leave this cell with the door open! -- You will...
[Scene showing Han Solo and Chewbacca]
Clyde: We also meet the heroes of our youth. They are 30 years older, but still as cool as they used to be.
Han Solo [in the scene]: Chewie, we're home!
Chewbacca [in the scene]: Roooooar!
[Scene showing Kylo Ren with his red lightsaber]
Clyde: The main villain, Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver, is stunning, but not in the way you'd expect.
[Scene showing Finn on the desert planet]
Clyde: John Boyega plays Finn, a deserted stormtrooper, and he does it in a brilliant way.
[Scene showing BB-8]
Clyde: You may have heard that R2 and 3PO are back. But the droid that really steals the show is BB-8, the one that Rey finds in the desert.
[Scene showing Maz Kanata]
Clyde: My favorite character, however, is Maz Kanata, a mysterious and very wise alien played by the great Lupita Nyong'o. And you will probably like her, too. I'm quite sure about that.
Clyde: There are quite a few more great characters I didn't have time to mention, like Poe Dameron. Some have argued that this movie is too similar to Episode IV, but I think that Rey's journey merely mirrors Luke's in "A New Hope." To wrap it up: you should absolutely go watch this movie. Good night.
Harry: Thank you, Clyde. Next up on SNN 2 is the weather forecast.
Blog and social media pages
Friday, February 5, 2016
Since our return in November 2015, we've massively expanded our presence in social media. Even though all of them have their links on every page, here's the complete list:
Our own blog
If you like our little comic, feel free to like or follow us in the social media networks you're members of, and use their sharing mechanisms to spread the word. Our eternal gratitude will be yours if you do.
Using these channels, you can also communicate with us, ask questions, or even try and make suggestions. We won't promise to listen to the latter, but are always glad to hear your opinions about our work. Even the critical ones, as long as they're more constructive and more eloquently worded than "you suck."
We deliberately left out Instagram since they're too hipster to allow access from a computer and require a mobile device. We create and publish this comic using a MacBook Pro, and I'm not too fond of switching devices just for one social network (I know there are unofficial workarounds, but never mind these).