Who is Ahsoka Tano? – Spoilers for The Mandalorian Seasons 1 and 2

the-mandalorian-ahsoka-tano-posterOne of the most talked about characters before the launch of the Second Series of The Mandalorian was Ahsoka Tano.

Originally portrayed in The Clone Wars {2008) feature film by Ashley Eckstein. She went on to be a major player in the cartoon series Clone Wars and a major support character in Rebels.

Casting rumours suggested Rosario Dawson was cast to bring Ahsoka to Live Action.

This happened in the 5th Episode of Season 2, officially numbered as Chapter 12.

Spoilers are hard to miss these days and I have to assume readers know at least these basics. From here on I discuss Ahsoka’s past and this has Spoliers for Episode 12 and potential plot Spoilers for later in the season – I’m not speculating what will happen, just breakdown some details from her past that tie in to what we know from The Mandalorian.

Here you can find links to all my other Star Wars articles.

Spoilers follow. Continue reading

The77 Issue 3 – Spoiler Free Review

The77 is an anthology comic in the British tradition. Styled on the kind of comics available in the 1970s. 2000AD launched in 1977, might be a link there (there’s a link there).

This title draws in Creators from Small Press and further.

Comics used to be vdery accesible in the UK now they are mostly in Comic Shops not in Newsagents. And to be found in a Supermarket they more or less are only Licensed material with plastic connected to the cover.

The77 is aiming to be found in these more traditional spaces. Continue reading

Fox by Adam Hardy – a 14 Book series (and my journey completing it)

20201108_173546.jpgOne Summer while I was living on an RAF base in Norfolk, fairly sure it was 1980, my father handed me a second hand book. Fox: The Press Gang.

He had picked up a few of these books recently and thought I’d enjoy them. We had similar tastes in fiction. He’d previously encouraged me to read broadly.

I was 12 in 1980, so I can’t imagine it was earlier than that year and we moved in July 1981 to Leeds, Yorkshire.

The first paragraph read:

Fox, second lieutenant of his Britannic Majesty’s twelve-pounder thirty two gun frigate Duchess, sprang up on the quarterdeck to deal with the emergency there in time to see a nine pounder shot take off Mr Midshipman’s head. The body still gripping the quarterdeck rail withwhitened fists as blood spurted upwards ten feet into the air.Fox saw four distinct dininishing pulses as the heart continued to beat. The wind caught the plume of blood and swepot it splatteringly across Fox’s uniform coat and white breeches.

Vivid description of visceral indiscriminate death. My attention was seized. For me this was also the day I realised my Father was saying ‘you are growing up’. He deemed this book suitable for me.

I read on and met George Abercrombie Fox. A man named for his Uncle, executed for being a Highwayman, who joined the Navy aged 10 in 1775. Promoted to Lieutenant at the age of 18 in 1793 at the beginning of war with France. The book was set in 1800 and the back of the book made it plain that despite 7 years of war Fox had not been promoted.

Well I had 8 books, Books 1 to 4 and 6 to 9, when my Father gave me all the books he had. I read them all more than once.

I knew there were more, not just Book 5, because at least one of the books was a repring and mentioned another book I didn’t have. My original copies are stored away so I can’t double check those details.

So sometime around 1986 I started searching for the missing books. Continue reading

Who is Boba Fett – Spoilers for The Mandalorian Seasons 1 and 2

bobaAs a run down to the release of The Mandalorian Season 2 I wrote a few articles about some of the main characters from Season 1.

There are Spoilers in those articles for Season 1 and this article has Spoilers for Season 1 and the first Chapter of Season 2.

You can find links to all my Star Wars Articles in an earlier post.

Boba Fett was introduced originally in Empire Strikes Back and apparently died in Return of the Jedi. He was added in to extra scenes of A New Hope when it was digitally remastered and extended.

Several Comics and Novels dealt with his origin and what happened after he fell in to the Sarlac Pit. Those all became ‘Legends’ when Disney bought Star Wars.

When The Mandalorian was first announced fans hoped that finally Boba Fett would return to the screen. Will he? Has he? Continue reading

Non English Language Film & TV Recommendations 2 – Netflix

This is the second article highlighting Non English Films or TV shows I have enjoyed.

I don’t watch much live TV anymore. Countryfile on a Sunday is the program I try to alwaysa see live. Not that I don’t see other programs live but I tend to use catchup services.

I watch plenty of British shows obviously. And a fair amount of US shows.

But I also enjoy exploring non-English TV and Film. Some show quite a different angle at storytelling. Others are largely similar to British or US shows, and of course there are differences between those as well.

Here is a selection of three. All in a different Language to each other. There are minor Spoilersbelow. Continue reading

Who is Moff Gideon – The Mandalorian (spoilers for Season One)

Moff GideonThis is the penultimate of my articles looking aty major characters from Season 1 of The Mandalorian.

There are some major spoilers in this article. You can however read some Spoiler Light reviews of each chapter.

Links to all my Star wars articles can be found in this earlier article. Continue reading

Who is Cara Dune – The Mandalorian (spoilers for Season One)

mando 4Continuing my brief write-ups of the major Characters from The Mandalorian. This is my way of counting down to Season 2 – which starts on 30th October 2020 in Disney+.

These articles carry Spoilers for Season 1, so avoid them if you haven’t seen Season 1.

You can see links to all my Spoiler Light Reviews of Season 1 and all my articles abouy Star Wars in an earlier article here. Spoilers start below. Continue reading

Who is Greef Karga – The Mandalorian (spoilers for Season One)

greef kargaContinuing my ‘countdown’ to Season 2 of The Mandalorian – premiering on Disney+ on Friday 30th October 2020.

You can find links to all my Star Wars reviews and Character Profiles such as this one in a previous article.

Greef Karga is portrayed in the Mandalorian by Carl Weathers.

Originally he was not going to last the full Season. But, it’s Carl Weathers – you need to watch the companion series of ‘Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian’ to hear more about that.

I did some articles similar to this a while ago for characters from the Judge Dredd comic world as published in 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine and they went down fairly well.

There are Spoilers for Season 1 below. The Reviews I write are Spoiler Light. Continue reading

The Mandalorian – Chapter 5: The Gunslinger – Spoiler Light review

mando 5Season 2 is getting close, under two weeks away as of publishing this review. I’ve been reviewing Season 1 in the run down to this.

These reviews are Spolier Light for the Chapter in question but due to the nature of a series they may contain Spoilers for the earlier episodes.

Before the Season launched Jon Favreau promised that the series would draw on lore from throughout all the films, cartoons, etc. There are a few things to spot in this Chapter. Continue reading