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Star Wars Master and Apprentice Review

Star Wars Master and Apprentice Review

Slowly the Star Wars community is gearing up for the release of Star Wars Episode 9 The Rise of Skywalker. And you know what that means – books. Novels, young adult stories, conceptual design books and visual dictionaries. The first in such a series of books is Star Wars Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray. I have not read anything before by the author, but the premise was good enough for me to pick it up. And I have not regretted it. One of those ‘let the Jedi solve it’ stories Master and Apprentice ostensibly is about a mission Jedi...

My thoughts on Disney doing more Star Wars, Avatar and the MCU

Yesterday Disney showed a multi-year line-up of movies as part of its ongoing merger with 21st Century Fox. There is plenty to see on the list as the studio owns Star Wars, the Marcel Cinematic universe, its own well-stocked lineup and Avatar. For the latter it has been announced that the first of FOUR sequels will be released in 2021 – with a 2 year release cadence. All this news gives me mixed feelings – which I intend to discuss below. Star Wars + Disney Star Wars is with me on an almost daily basis. That has been the case...

Avengers Endgame Review - Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow

Avengers Endgame Review – the MCU snaps out gloriously

Avengers Endgame is a sad movie. The creative staff behind it have not shied away from showing and letting the viewer feel the full repercussion from Infinity War. Set 5 years after the events if the previous movie the remaining Avengers live on a significantly depressed earth. This stands in contrast with my own feeling on who would be brought back from oblivion and who die ‘permanently’ in this movie. Instead, the creative staff focus heavily on establishing what the fallout was, on a personal level, for each Avenger. The Avengers cut in half Clint (Jeremy Renner) is probably the...

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Avengers Endgame review roundup + premiere pictures

Finally Avengers Endgame upon us. After last year’s Infinity War in which Thanos destroyed half the universe everybody wants to know how the story ends. Everybody wants Thanos’s deed undone, even if everybody kind of knows that is impossible. I won’t be reviewing Avengers Endgame until Saturday. Until then there are reviews I want you to have a look at if you are still on the fence. Review Roundup Avengers Endgame stars a very large ensemble cast: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man / Tony Stark, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff...

Game of Thrones S08E02 A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms Review - Dany and Jon discuss Lyanna and Rhaegar

Game of Thrones S08E02 A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms Review

The second episode of Game of Thrones season 8 starts off immediately were the previous ended. Ser Jaime is being confronted by Dany and Sansa in the great hall of Winterfell. Dany recalls what she wanted to do to the man who killed her father. It is an odd scene as the Stark’s have had beef with the Targaryen’s. Jaime’s reprieve Jaime does little do defend himself against accusations of both Dany and Sansa. Tyrion ends up in hot water with Dany when Jaime states that Cersei never had any intention to send her army north to help in the...

Game of Thrones S08E01 Winterfell Review - Jaime spots Bran

Game of Thrones S08E01 Winterfell Review

And so the final season Game of Thrones is finally upon is. It has been quite a wait. Especially if you have been with the show since 2011 as I have been. And yet, I feel like I have a good idea what this season is going to be about. I am mostly interested to see what arguments are made by the producers to underpin their choices. But first – a review “Winterfell”, the season premiere. I am not going to mention every plot detail that happened. For that you can either watch the show or read the summary on...

Star Trek Available Light review by Dayton Ward

It has been a while since I have read a Star Trek book, let alone review one for SciFiEmpire.net. And so earlier in the year I decided to make a list of what 2019 might have to offer. Instead of reading every novel in the Trek-verse I wanted only those that really mattered. That way I would get an idea of what my favorite characters have been doing since I last read about them. Or when I last saw them on the screen. Yet, books set in the TNG, DS9 or Voyager universe are bound by constraints placed upon them...

Star Wars Master and Apprentice Review

Upcoming Star Wars books in 2019

Star Wars Celebration 2019 is just around corner – it start this week. In the lead up to the convention, this time taking place in Chicago, a number of announcements have bene made regarding Star Wars books. If you are an avid reader like me you will undoubtedly pick up one or two this year. So below I made a small list. That way you won’t miss any. Master and Apprentice (release April 16th) The first book on this list is a rather unusual one. Master and Apprentice is set 7 years before the events of The Phantom Menace and...

The Name of the Rose - the abbey grounds with the library

The Name of the Rose series episode 1 and 2 review

One of my all time favorite movies is the 1986 adaptation of Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose. Starring Sean Connery at a time when he was making a comeback. The story takes place in a Benedictine abbey in northern Italy in the year 1327. That on its own is already unusual, not many period movies from that time in history. The story is at its core a murder mystery. The protagonist William of Baskerville (a literary reference by the author) receives the urgent task by the abbot to solve several murders. Time is of the essence as the...

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Anthem Review – EA and BioWare fail to wow

Ooh boy how has Electronic Arts manage to stir the pot with Anthem. What was supposed to be THE game of 2018 first got delayed to this year. That happens, often I agree a game should be delayed if it needs polishing. But EA has delivered a game ripe with bugs, long loading times and a grind system that fails its players. It there anything that can be salvaged from Anthem? Pedigree On paper Anthem should be able to succeed thanks to the pedigree of its developer – BioWare. The studio behind games such as Knight of the old Republic...

Metro Exodus - stuck in the snow just outside Moscow

Metro Exodus Review

For the first time since 2014 develop 4A Games is a releasing a game in the Metro series. Metro Exodus is based on the Science Fiction novels by author Dmitry Glukhovsky. The game is referred to as a first-person shooter survival horror game. That long description fits with elements similar to Resident Evil, PUBG and The Division just to name a few. Effectively it is a PvE Battle Royale action RPG. If that makes any sense. In Metro Exodus you play as Artyom. Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland around Moscow you the player must attempt to guide your group to...

Christpoh Waltz as Dr. Dyson Ido talking to Alita in Alita Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel Review

Alita: Battle Angel is an adaptation of Yukito Kishiro original manga series Battle Angel Alita. Directed by Robert Rodriguez this movie has been in development for ages. I think I heard first mention of it back in 2001. Originally the movie was supposed to be directed by James Cameron as a prelude project to Avatar. Well, we all know how long that project has taken. Nonetheless Alita: Battle Angel has been completed and I think it is damn worthwhile. The movie succeeds on many fronts: fantastic characters and cast, strong visuals and a good story. If I failed to convince...

Sara Serraiocco as Baldwin Counterpart S02E08 In From The Cold Review

Counterpart S02E08 In From The Cold Review

Counterpart is an odd series to watch. In a world of alternate realities that revolve around a crossing the show is actually more focused on drama than Sci-Fi. Counterpart can be gut-wrenching to watch with a significant amount of gore, violence and nudity. Yet with a stellar cast that includes J.K. Simmons, Harry Lloyd and Sara Serraiocco it is also a delight to watch. Now we are nearing the end of season 2 and so it is time to determine where the show stands. Episode 8 revolves around two major plots. The Quayle’s In our world – Alpha dimension –...

2019 Most anticipated Sci-Fi Series

If you are curious which Sci-Fi series will be the best in 2019 and you don’t want to miss any of them. Well, read my little list below… Another Life I make little effort to disguise that one of my favorite actresses is Katee Sackhoff. From playing Starbuck on the Battlestar Galactica reboot to Vic Moretti on Longmire I have probably watched most of her work. This year she will star in Another Life – a Sci-Fi drama created for Netflix. In the series Katee will play Niko Breckinridge, an astronaut tasked with exploring the origins of an alien artifact....

Airiam (Sarah Mitich) - Star Trek Discovery S02E02 New Eden Review

Star Trek Discovery S02E02 New Eden Review

In the aftermath of last week’s episode it is clear Discovery wants to focus on a mystery. What is the asteroid that damaged the USS Hiawatha made off? What or who is the angelic figure Michael Burnham saw on the asteroid and why did her foster brother Spock take leave from the Enterprise and check himself into mental health facility. That is just for starters. The season premiere did plenty of other things correct as well. To a degree – the season’s second episode falters. Now don’t get me wrong. The episode is ounces of fun. It’s just that is...