Avoiding Spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Avoiding Spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Avoiding Rogue One Spoilers this Week

On 12/10, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had its Hollywood premiere. Exciting times for Star Wars fans indeed.

Star Wars Musings

For the past two weeks, the primary alert on my phone has been continuously reminding me that tickets for my initial viewing of Rogue One have been purchased. And that I will be at an IMAX theater in Franklin, Tennessee on 12/18 for the experience. I can not wait.

Star Wars

As the week progresses, not only will I continue to eagerly anticipate arriving at that IMAX theater, I will also be facing the dilemma of how much information about Rogue One is too much to be exposed to. Last year at this time I faced a similar plight with The Force Awakens premiere.

Star Wars Storm Trooper

Storm Trooper from The Force Awakens

Darth Vader

Darth Vader

Star Wars Social Media Timeout

I will most likely attempt to replicate last year’s strategy by voluntarily placing myself on some sort of a social media timeout. This will minimize the potential damaging exposure to dreaded spoilers. It worked for me last year. We’ll see if I’m strong enough to resist the temptations once again. If I hear or see a spoiler, please send help.

The Force of the Merchandise

The stimuli that I will be unable to avoid this week will be the voluminous amount of Star Wars branded merchandise present wherever I go. I have a distinct weakness to those temptations and find myself quickly moving towards any merchandise display branded with that amazing Star Wars logo.


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My family has determined that I need professional help for this. As a Behavior Analyst, I argue that the Star Wars logo and Star Wars merchandise operate as discriminative stimuli that signal the availability of reinforcement. Technical words to describe my behavior; I will be further exploring and describing what this means in more simple terms within future posts.

Coming up next week: the Rogue One review with no spoilers! I promise.

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The Kyber Crystal Corner: One Week Until Rogue One

The Kyber Crystal Corner: One Week Until Rogue One

One Week Until Rogue One

The anticipation for the release of the very first standalone Star Wars film, Rogue One, is something I am enjoying. Much like last year at this time, where the anticipation for Episode VII, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was ongoing, it is a time to look forward to a new chapter in the Star Wars films.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Fan Chatter

Although there has been a significant amount of both positive and negative chatter within and among the fan base, I am trying not to prejudge the film in any way. The re-shoots, the Gareth Edwards issues, the alleged changes in the tone of the film, the change in score composer from Alexandre Desplat to Michael Giacchino, and any other various ”controversies” are only adding to my anticipation. I can’t wait to watch Rogue One in IMAX 3-D at my favorite cinema location this month.

Dark Side vs Light Side Icons

As has become an integral aspect to my history (and yours too!!) with Star Wars, there will surely be a fair share of iconic images, sounds, characters, and scenes in Rogue One. Based on my observations of the trailers, photos, and other media representations, it is the Death Troopers that seem to be intriguing me the most at this point.

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For the vast majority of my fandom for Star Wars, I have always tended towards the “good” or the light side. Some of the important references to the Light Side are the Jedi, the Rebellion, Han Solo, R2-D2, and X-wing Starfighters.

R2-D2

R2-D2 and Princess Leia

Beginning with Episode III and its relentless portrayal of Anakin’s transformation to the Dark Side, the icons related to the Dark side became more appealing to me. (I am not sure what that is saying about me as I am getting older. Perhaps a consult with a therapist is in order!)


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Within Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith are images that are epochal for the entire Star Wars saga. These include: the appearance of  General Grievous, the scene where Anakin takes out Mace Windu’s lightsaber (and his arm!), Anakin’s eyes turning red, the not-so-subtle imagery associated with the light saber battle between Obi-Wan and Anakin along with the film score in the scene, and Anakin physically transforming into Darth Vader with the placement of the mask and the breathing. In The Force Awakens, it’s Kylo Ren and all that he represents and what he does. Of course, it’s also the voice in the mask that is really cool!

Kylo Ren

Right now the images of the Death Troopers in Rogue One are having an impact on me. We will see if that holds true and if any additional ones appear while viewing the film.

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In your opinion, what are the two most iconic aspects (images, scenes, sounds, characters, etc.) of the Star Wars films and why?

Join Our Exploration and Ask “Why Disney”?

Join Our Exploration and Ask “Why Disney”?

Are You Wondering “Why Disney”?

The question of Why Disney might seem superfluous given that this post is being written in concert with a website dedicated in part to exploring and discussing Disney related topics.

Disney Parade

There will be no new ground broken in any discussion related to a person’s interest, love, and passion for Disney. This, however, does not deter me from posting an explanation in my own words. There will, of course, be inclusion of several clichéd adjectives and other descriptors that I will state here shortly, so please accept my heartfelt apology for their use.

Disney is a person that starts and ends with Walt

The truth, the myths, the misperceptions, the idolatry, the history, his legend, his critics, his family, his genius, his creativity, his faults, his creations, and all the interpretations of such related to this one man is truly the reason for everything else that follows.

Walt Disney won 22 Academy Awards!

Walt Disney won 22 Academy Awards!

Regardless of how anyone or anything else interprets the importance of Walt, it is his legacy, well over a century old at this time, that is the foundation by which my passion for Disney exists.

Disney is a destination and physical place

My family and I have experienced all that encompasses Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and the Disney Cruise Line. Relative to each and every one of these destinations, the following clichéd words and phrases are all accurate and true for me: family, memories, fantasy, wonder, familiar, peace, magic, escape, stress break, home, music, multi-sensory, food, exhausting, visually aesthetic and pleasing, overwhelming, awe-inspiring, inspirational, fun, crowded, expensive, addictive, and a variety of others that millions more like me are able to list and describe.

Stop and look at the turn-of-the-century details

Stop and look at the turn-of-the-century details

Disney is art

And all that is related to human creativity and imagination. Animation, architecture, storytelling, sound and music, technology, landscaping, transportation, education, entertainment, dance, filmmaking, and finally the creation of characters (both drawn and living), whose personalities have transcended place and time in history.

Seven Dwarfs at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Seven Dwarfs at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

For all that I’ve listed above, and much more, lies the motivation to share in this medium. That is why.

Why is Disney important to you? What aspects of Disney do you love most? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!