Of Carrie, Leia, CGI, and Abrupt Endings

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   Not everybody’s story get’s a clean wrap up ending. John Lennon didn’t. JFK didn’t. MLK didn’t. Some people light is extinguished before they have a chance to burn out. We go on and deal with their all to obvious absence. I am OK with seeing a CGI General Leia fall during a surprise attack on the Resistance base.

   What I am NOT OK with is trying to recast the role, just so we can have story integrity. The lived in universe of Star Wars isn’t about neat and clean solutions. Sure there are some oversimplified concepts in the films, but we saw what neat and clean got us in the Prequels. I am not bashing them, they just didn’t have the feel of the originals. Leia needs an ending. It should be while she is serving, in battle. With chaos all around her, the CGI will be much easier to watch because there will be no time to focus on what’s not quite right about the construct.

   Carrie would have loved to have a powerful ending for Leia. CGI is the only answer, unless her ending is detailed in the opening crawl. The crawl would be a huge disservice. She deserves an ending that suits her character.

   We all love Carrie. We all love Leia. They are inseparable [discounting a young Han Solo treatment of her character]. I hope episode 9 sends her off with the respect that any great General deserves.

Geeky Decoupage Project for the Day.

   My wife and I had some old comics that were more fit for recycling than collecting. We recently discovered @JenniferLanda’s video on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yqe2-hndN8I, and it inspired us. I found some old comic book advertisements in some 1978 comics, placed them on a an 8×10 mini mounted canvas and came up with a fun Decoupage. My wife took an over-sized issue of Star Wars #1 (NOT my near mint copy!) and came up with a 20¼x16¼ collage, soon to be decoupaged, piece of awesomeness. For a while we’ve really wanted to get into crafting more stuff for our Etsy shop ,https://www.etsy.com/shop/DarranAndMistysShop, and this just seemed like the perfect addition. It allows us to rescue/re-use/re-purpose old comics, plus gives us another outlet to exercise our creativity.

   Here are a few that we have done so far:

Once Upon a Time Gathers the A-Team of Fairytales

   When the show first began I wasn’t all that into it. My wife, on the other hand, loved the whole thing from start to finish. So as the old saying goes “Happy wife, happy life.” Now the damn show has pulled me in. Well it had been ever since the end of the first season. As far as last night’s premiere I wasn’t too impressed with Pan, the actual flesh and blood Pan not the shady specter that rips peoples shadows from them. Other than that and the glowing mermaids, who are apparently related to the vampires from “Twilight”, I enjoyed the show. I am really excited to see more of Mulan and Robin Hood in the mix and hope that they have larger parts to play in the unfolding story. Also the dynamic of heroes working hand in hand with villains is pretty interesting. I am not sure how it will all play out but it should be a fun ride.

   ABC is really producing some great stuff and I hope they continue the trend 🙂