Week in Geek, season 2 episode 3, recorded 3/26/18. News since last episode, including: streaming shows; Kristen Wigg as Cheetah in Wonder Woman 2; James Gunn and the death of Groot; Infinity War release date change; Star Wars and John Williams and Jon Favreau; Black Panther passes $1 billion worldwide and The Avengers in North America; Smash Brothers coming to the Switch; Marvel theme areas at Disney; Constantine coming to Legends of Tomorrow; and other coming movies news.
The other day, How It Should Have Ended dropped their newest video, for The Last Jedi. And… I laughed, but I was never surprised.
Maybe it’s just because this movie ended up with so much chatter about it, about all of the different little parts people wished were different. All the perceived plot holes or plot complaints.
Maybe it was because I watched the HISHE review of The Last Jedi.
But basically, this HISHE felt like fanservice. Sure, they frequently have elements that play into fan complaints or fan observations about the film or plot. They have some fun surprises or shortcuts usually though. I love the Lord of the Rings resolved with the eagles, that’s just classic. And Harry Potter resolved with time travel? Perfect.
But this one just served up all of the fan service. And the comments? “It’s the canon Last Jedi!” and “Better than the original!” and such. Because the number one unifying complaint about this movie is that it wasn’t what fans expected, and by extension, not what fans wanted. So now they’ve been fed what they wanted, but for me… it’s falling flat.
Hopefully this is just an oddity of this episode, of this HISHE. That they have some fun, unique surprises ahead to hit us with. The Mary Sue, at least, seems to think that some of the scenes were jabs at the an complaints: maybe so, and that is certainly a reading which allows for them to keep doing their thing moving forward. What do you think?
Week in Geek, season 2 episode 1, recorded 1/28/18. News since last season, including: Tarantino R-rated Star Trek; DC and Justice League and the uncertain future of their films; Star Wars and the absence of news about Solo; and a lot on Marvel, Disney, and the Fox purchase.
Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! Hosts Holly and David return for season 2 of the podcast! Time to start with a nice, non-controversial topic: Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Oh, wait. They open with a spoiler-light discussion, with particular emphasis on the critics versus the fans, and then move into the deeper spoiler territory. Feel free to leave your opinions on this polarizing film!
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Week in Geek, episode 4, recorded 9/14/17. News since last recording, including: a Die Hard children’s Christmas book; Last Week Tonight with John Oliver being renewed for 3 seasons; Patty Jenkins signs on for Wonder Woman 2; JJ Abrams returns for Star Wars Episode IX; Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3; and the writing credits situation with Thor Ragnarok.
Here’s a link to the Die Hard book: https://www.amazon.com/Die-Hard-Christmas-Illustrated-Holiday/dp/1608879763/