Seth Green takes on Star Wars (again)

I stumbled across this video late (laaaate) last night…

As a die-hard Star Wars fan I’m happy and worried at the same time, but I’m willing to give it a shot since I’m not a total ass. Let’s just take a look at the details for now.

THE FACTS

  • Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich have been tasked with making an animated short comedy series. CGI, not their usual “claymation on bath salts” style.
  • The characters are a mix of some of the newer (and in my opinion most annoying) characters from the prequel trilogy, such as Jar Jar Binks and Dexter “Dex” Jettster… the names alone make me cringe… mixed with a healthy amount of the lovable older characters, from Greedo to Lando to old man Obi Wan.
  • It’s set at a point in time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope (explaining the character mashup) and is showing the lives of the character in an everyday capacity.
  • The show has not yet been picked up by a network or given a release date.

SOME OTHER OPINIONS

I’ve read a few different opinions on this, from some real seething hateful ones, to more mild and even hopeful takes on it. So most people are ranging from skeptical optimism to berserker rage. I’m seeing little to no real excitement for it, which is kinda normal when it comes to new Star Wars anything. It seems that this show will probably get decent reception despite the warcries from fanboys that want to kill Lucas in his sleep.

MY OPINION

While I often feel like I’m being stabbed in the throat by George Lucas myself, I can’t say that I hate all new Star Wars everything. I’m intrigued by the expansion of the universe and can take everything with a grain of salt. I want to break my face against a wall when I see things like Jar Jar Binks, but you have to admit having deeper insight into things like the Mandelorians is pretty cool. I just try to ignore the things I don’t like.

As for this latest piece of Star Wars news I’m having a hard time getting on board. When I saw the trailer originally I laughed a little, the second time not so much… and then I watched the clips. Not one of them were really that funny. My lack of excitement for this show might be based on a few different things. First of all I’m not the biggest fan of Robot Chicken. I find it gets old REALLY fast. The second point being that I’m not sure if I’ll be able to handle the way the characters are represented. It just seems like they go completely against my ideals of them and while I know it’s supposed to be satire it sometimes feels a little insulting. My third point of contention with this show is that I just think the jokes are bad. Not all of them, mind you, but really watch the clips they have on YouTube… they just aren’t so good. A little vanilla and obvious, Mr. Green, I expected more from someone who often works closely with Seth Macfarlane. Oddly the kiddy way it’s animated doesn’t bother me at all.

THE OFFICIAL VERDICT?

Ummmmmm……… I’m just not sure what to think. I guess we’ll all have to wait and see what happens when the actual show comes out… all I can say is that I’m a little scared.

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There is just something about TV

I know it’s not the most engaging of medium, I mean, it requires little to no activity or participation on your end. Just sit back, relax, and zone out for a little while. It’s been credited with turning kids brains to mush and causing bad behaviour. People think it’s going to kill them, blind them, make them crazy, make them do things they didn’t want to do, and that it makes them overweight and stupid. While I agree there is some merit to these arguments I find it’s like everything else I do that’s bad for me: just fine. Sometimes you need to indulge yourself, just don’t let it destroy your life. The thing about TV is that if you appreciate it for what it’s made for it can really be a great thing to have in your life.

THESE DAYS…

I’ve been living in a new place and am still a little broke from the move. Pursuing a life goal can be a draining experience and I had spent some time trying to get things off the ground. I was just starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and BAM!….. I get hit with some bad news. It sucked, I cried, I sought comfort from friends and family. But when that was all over and I was just done existing I had an escape. I turned on my favourite shows and drifted off into someone else’s life. It’s one of the things that make TV an essential vice to me. So it doesn’t help you exercise your body or mind, but what if that’s just the last thing you want to do? And what if you just need something mindless to focus on? It provides you with exactly that. It provided that for me when I really needed it I’m not saying that it should be your only source of comfort in bad times, I’m just saying that at the end of they day when you’re just done it can be a really good way to just wind down and fade away for a little while.

Shut up, Leonard!

I MET YOUR SON ON FAMILY DAY. I KNOW ABOUT YOUR GAMBLING PROBLEM.

I know I talk about Community a lot, but there is just so much about it that gets me every time. One of my favourite things are all the different classmates around campus. I feel like the show really does a good job using these characters to fill out the different stories and add hilarity at every turn. Star-burns, Garett, Vicki, Magnitude and most of all Leonard. He’s just so random, like a turtle with no shell who walks around with complete disregard his old age. He also pops into the show at the oddest times with the most rediculous lines.

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LET’S KICK SOME TAINT! And other Leonard-related quotes.

First of all, this recurring character has one recurring joke. It all starts during Britta’s “trial” next to the swimming pool…

Jeff: … everyone on this campus is nuts.

Leonard: Not me!

Jeff: Oh come on, Leonard. If you’re going to argue with me put on a bathing suit.

Leonard: Busted!

And then there is one of my favourite lines of his during the paintball episodes in season 2…

Leonard: Britta, I’ve been in a few real wars, this one is actually the most terrifying.

Or there are the classic “shut up Leonard” lines…

Shut up Leonard…

  • I know about your prescription socks.
  • We know about your adult diapers.
  • Those teenage girls you play ping pong with are doing it ironically.

And there are so many more. He seems to just get on everyone’s nerves and behave like a poorly controlled teenager, which makes him adorable and annoying all at the same time. Just another thing that keeps me coming back to Community.

Geekin’ out on Level Up

I was having a craving for something new and nerdy. I hit up my usual methods of internet scouring and came across a show called Level Up. The title screamed gamer and nerd, so I gave it a look. It’s still in it’s first season, but quite a ways in. 20 episodes to be exact. I’m on episode 7 and I just can’t stop watching! I’m actually watching as I write…Level Up promo shot

A QUICK WALKTHROUGH

Level Up is about a group of high school gamers that inadvertently unleash a horde of online enemies on their quiet little hometown of Daventry Hills. After figuring out that their online personas, who are all part of the same clan in the game, all go to the same high school IRL (that’s ‘in real life’ for all non-gamers out there). They don’t run in the same circles (as TV writing law dictates) with one being a typical nerd, one a slacker and one a jock. As you would expect they don’t get along at first, but eventually band together and figure out how to get these otherworldly animated baddies back to their circuit boards.

SO WHAT DO I THINK?

The show is cute, quick-witted, and cheesy as hell. The weapons they use from the game to dispatch the video game “leaks”, as they call them, seem like they come from some sort of WOW/Ratchet and Clank/Team Fortress 2 hybrid, which is pretty cool. It’s well written, geeky, rediculous, and reminds me of some of my favourite shows. There’s just one thing… I figured there would be more monsters, fighting, and butt kicking. The pilot/movie had a bit more of it than a lot of the episodes, but it’s still holds up.

As I said, I can’t stop watching. It’s like a live-action kids cartoon for online gamers. Almost all the main characters seem familiar although I’ve never seen them before… and it kinda makes me crazy that I can’t put my finger on who they remind me of. I am really enjoying it though, and give it an overall solid.