Let’s face it, you are not going to see Rogue One NAKED! Well… Probably not…
That’s why I have composed a fantastic guide to pick out some cool gear to add to your total dorkiness!
First, let’s watch a trailer…. again…. maybe a few times… just in case you haven’t yet. 😉
Great! Now let’s take a look at those cool thingadoos I mentioned earlier.
Star Wars Episode 4 Opening Scroll Necklace
Whip out your magnifying glass, and show off a unique new accessory to nerd out with! Inspired by the opening crawl of the story line that precedes Star War IV, this pendant is made from laser cut Black Acrylic, engravings accentuated with Gold Wax and completed with antique brass colored Nickle-Free hardware on an 18″ chain necklace with lobster clasp. Pendant measures 1.75″ width and 1.25″ height.
With a Rebel Yell….
Get ready to rebel with your own style wearing a Star Wars inspired Rebel Alliance Star Bird pendant necklace! Great for the newest movie, unless you are tempted by the darkside. :/
Ancient Futuristic Rebel Bird is made from laser cut orange and black Acrylic and completed with Nickle-Free hardware and an 18″ adjustable clasp cord necklace. Measures 1.35″ diameter.
First Order Symbol Necklace
The New First Order arose as a result of the failures of the Galactic Republic. It promised to trade frailty for strength, chaos for order, and uncertainty for decisiveness.
Surely nothing devious will follow…
This awesome First Order Pendant is made of laser cut semi-translucent red acrylic and matte textured black acrylic. The semi-translucent nature of the red catches light in a unique and subtle way. This pendant measures about 1.35″ diameter and is strung upon an 18″ adjustable black cord necklace.
Droids are THE Fashion
BB8 is a droid with a mission! So coy, so manipulative, so cute!
Made of laser cut white, orange and black acrylic, these fantastic pendants are sure to spark your inner Star Wars nerd! These adorable and surprisingly lightweight BB-8 pendants each measure 1.25″ tall and 1″ wide and hung upon nickel-free hooks.
All Terrain, All the Time!
The All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT walker) is a four-legged combat vehicle used by the Imperial ground forces. Get yourself a bit of rope however, and bring it to its knees! Deadly and stunning, these are not something you should hope to have to battle!
Fashioned after the Star Wars Battle Walker, these lightweight pendants are made of laser cut and engraved Gray Acrylic and hung upon nickle-free hooks. These surprisingly detailed pendants measure 1.15″ from top to bottom.
This may be a mix of OLD and NEW (in this LONG AGO sci-fi galaxy) so you can check out even MORE new Old things and new New things in my eBay shop!
We all have that one friend (or many). You know the one.
The second something from their mysterious world (the one of unfathomable understanding to the average man) happens, they get freaking excited. In their flurry of enthusiasm, you feel overwhelmed and wonder what it is they are going on about. This can be applied to: Computer Science, Physics, Star Wars, Walking Dead, etc.
In this day and age, there are more types of nerds, and the word has even evolved from a noun into an adjective as well. New-age nerds are now more than a punching bag for teasing, personal and portable instant search engine, trivia masters, or inventors of our future society. They are our friends! Each of us has a little “nerd” within. Personally, my nerd specialty is Doctor Who, time travel paradox and anachronisms. Other nerds may be more like Neil deGrasse Tyson and use their intellectual powers to change the world. Either way, we all know one (or are one) and here are a few ways you should appreciate the nerds in your life.
Nerds have a passion and passion equals results. Would Bill Nye cared more about anything else in his life, would we have as many science enthusiasts and free thinkers as we do now? Without Bill’s never ending determination to educate, the world would be one step closer to doom, I assume. Also, science rules.
Nerds never give up. If George R. R. Martin gave up on reading and writing (a notorious nerd attribute) and focused on being “popular” would we have anything as epic as Game of Thrones at our disposal? Storytelling and the ability to spark imagination is a beautiful art form and without it streaming video would be pretty boring.
Nerds change the world. Every time I get a vaccine for an otherwise deadly disease, I make sure to be thankful for whomever decided to stay in and study instead of doing beer stands. Every time I do my job and get paid so I can have a happy life, I take a moment to reflect on how everything would be different if computers didn’t exist. We have to appreciate that these inventors, artists, composers, people and such are what makes the world the one we get to live in everyday.
Nerds are true to themselves. While everyone else was snickering in the back of class during the teachers lecture of being yourself and achieving your dreams, the nerds were planning their future (world domination, mechanical engineering, etc.) If George Lucas didn’t take a leap with his dream of Star Wars, would the art of filmography be as it is today? He’s no faker.
Also, nerds are easy to buy presents for. Whether it’d be beakers, a magnification apparatus, a coding related t-shirt, a star you named after them, an R2D2 mug, or anything to do with their passion, you are set! 😉
Friends that are nerds are the best kind of friends. They are real people and appreciate you for accepting that. They aren’t fake, they won’t use you and they have most likely calculated the best way to bring happiness to your world. Fact: Nerds are cool.
Supergirl is a new, yet way overdue, TV series on CBS.
Why overdue? I suppose it has something to do with ignoring the character since my favorite incarnation of Supergirl in the 1984 movie Supergirl. Sure it was campy, ridiculous and with that magical 80’s female mentality, but she was flipping awesome. She could even super power her hair brown! Way to at least try to disguise yourself…
Sure we saw her here and there in Young Justice and supporting in other animated films…. But she was always a character long forgotten and ignored. There has been a tough struggle with female superheroes, and that stigma alone is tough to deal with. Wonder Woman has seen some troubles getting the spotlight, as well. Perhaps DC is confident that the Batman VS Superman will introduce her with enough force and mystery that her movie will actually get funded and written properly? Only time will tell.
So why do I think that Supergirl’s episodes are lacking something? Well, it took me some time to put my finger on it as well. I had been able to watch as many episodes as CBS allows me (I’m a stream machine), so I have a good grasp of the show. Let’s talk about a few awesome things they did.
See what they did there? Do you recognize these people? They are played by Helen Slater (from the Supergirl movie) and Dean Cain (from Lois and Clark). A little shout out for the fans, worked on me! Good start there in episode 1. Apparently, these scientist friends of Clark Kent raised up Kara. Fine, but we pretty much never see these people again. Fine.
I also like the addition of some neato characters such as the Red Tornado, didn’t see that one coming. Martian Manhunter, good play! Will we see more of Martian Manhunter’s green form? I suppose if the budget allows it….
But, something just makes me fizzle out of excitement by the end of the episodes. Here’s why:
Not enough characters you can relate to.
And dammit, why is love always what girls “want”?!!??!?!?!
Now I don’t expect then to follow any sort of comic book timeline, and CBS should be able to successfully execute their own story with this leniency, but they are stereotypically puking all over the place.
No Mystery: Sure Alex Danvers (Kara’s sister) had a little mystery plot with what had happened with her dad, but that is beyond my point. Supergirl comes to this planet, knows she can do superhero things, knows about her parents and their intentions, has a great job and a questionably nice apartment and seems confident in her personal identity… There was, and still is, a bit of mystery with her Evil Aunt, but how much do you know about your own aunt? Is it enough to drive us to the next episode?
Maxwell Lord is the main story arc drive. Is he B.A. enough? Let’s check out his background via the New Earth DC Comics:
Initially, Lord worked behind the scenes to establish the (Justice) League, while under the control of a villainous computer created by Metron. The computer wanted Max to set up a worldwide peacekeeping organization, as part of its plan to dominate the world. – DC Wikia
This may or may not be his secret drive in this series specifically, but I am really just not interested enough in this guy to care whether or not Supergirl stops him. She will when it’s time, and the time will be at the end of the season. Ooo lala…
Not enough characters you can relate to: As far as I am concerned, there is hardly anyone in the show you can really relate to. What I mean to relate to a person is that you could easily put your self in their shoes, and would have an emotional tie to when something bad may happen. Most of that characters come off way to perfect. Kara has a bit of doofy spunk, but all in all, she comes off a bit bland and either showy or meek. Her sister, Alex, is boring (there I said it). Just because she can shoot a gun and work for a government faction doesn’t make her interesting or relatable.
And Winn… As a show appealing to an age group of 20 somethings, how many real comic collecting fan boys wear cardigans, button ups and khaki pants? Show of hands? Does his mom dress him everyday? I don’t mind that he’s the impossible tech guy – every superhero needs a tech person. But who can relate to this guy? I know there would be zero chance I would buddy up with this dude in the office. This may sound crazy, but I think they should have made him gay. They still could have had an emotional “coming out” episode and everything if they didn’t portray him from the start as a “Ducky” (male character in love with the female who has no chance – i.e. Pretty in Pink…). It would make him stand out, and be a real person. This character advancement probably could have even won awards for the message, but I’m not sure if CBS is ready for such a bold move unfortunately. :/
Don’t even get me started on Ally McBeal Cat Grant. Are we supposed to care for an egomaniac CEO, with her constant put downs and self entitlement? In real life I would have quit the **** out of that job and probably tried to start her car on fire for spite!! It’s hard to believe that she can be a Grade A ‘B-word’ for the good of Kara? Tough love? That’s how most sociopaths think, too. Bleh. Can I relate to that? Do I have affection and a connection for someone in my life like that? Nope. Pass.
Boring Drama: What a coincidence that all those evil dudes in the Phantom Zone, who crashed along with Kara 12 years ago are just now mostly surfacing and causing a ruckus. I know that every superhero show on air presently has their extremely predictable moments, but I am still waiting to go “Oh snap!”, “What the!?” and “I’m not crying… allergies…” moment. How can we break their drama cyclone of doom?
The best moment, at least my favorite so far, was when we discovered Hank is Martain Manhunter. However, we just let that happen without enough gusto, yet they focused on Cat and her mothers relationship problems for an entire episode. It was very clever of them to make Cat think Kara is Supergirl (as she goes to point out her disguise sucks) and bringing in Hank to imitate Supergirl to keep up the ruse. But these events are just little entertaining snippets while we are lacking true-to-real-people emotional battles and hardships.
I want Supergirl to battle with herself. Not like a split personality thing, but if a real person was capable of the powers of Supergirl, could you resist going overboard based on your personal judgement? Are some people allowed to just be arrested? Would you accidentaly kill someone? Being a superhero, you have to deal with crimes and crimes get ugly. It’s not all just saving the kitten out of the tree, there is darkness in crime that Supergirl has barely even touched upon yet. She does have to “battle” the media spinning her in the light of fear, but perhaps one of these times she will give the a good reason to.
Love, lovey, girls, puke, love, bleh: I’m a girl and you know what I’m 100% over? The seemingly necessary love story in any show that has a female present. It’s wildly uncalled for in this first season, not to mention somewhat degrading. As a “woman” of power, why does Kara even need this? Romantic interests and the hardships and tension that follows can drive ratings, but they are playing this game like a soap opera. Yuck.
So Kara is into dreamy James Olson, who by the way, is a taken man!!! He has a woman! I cannot stress this enough, I want to throw something across the room about it! Normal people cut their losses and move on. Do you want to be the rebound Kara? Is this what writers think girls are like?? Be real. Please, please, please, let her just punch holes through walls and people (maybe even James for leading her on a bit), and don’t worry about going on dates until you start acting like a grown up. You want to be called Superwoman, then act like one.
Phew, got a little emotional, my apologies. I just recommend to the writers, if you want encourage full mind and body strength in the ladies who are watching, you are going to see Kara be brave and solid in knowing what she wants in life, always. Maybe Cat’s “training” is going to help her… dang.
I expect good things out of this show, and I am going to continue to watch it. It is interesting enough, but I am hopeful for more spunk, pizzazz and genuine action-drama as the season progresses. What do you think about it? Any predictions?
Why Should I care so much about Supergirl? Because I am Supergirl. 😀
There was an enchanted forest filled with all the classic fairy tale characters we know and love… until a curse trapped them in a place called Storybrooke. After the curse was broken, new dangers, magical forces, and exciting worlds have continued to emerge. – abc.com
*So let's say to start this scenario you are just some peasant living in some small unimportant village. You have heard of Snow White, the Evil Queen and all those other heroes and villains, but your life is essentially untouched by their dramas.
Now let’s go over 5 reasons why living in Storybrooke is both totally awesome AND horrifically terrible.
Let’s start with the good!
Health – Besides the initial enchantment of time standing still, your natural lifespan just doubled. There is a hospital down the street chock full of immunizations and sweet, sweet healthcare. Tired of dirty water? Try bottled! Tired of dysentery? Stop by Granny’s and enjoy some e.coli-free chicken wings! Thank you!
Plumbing – Remember how much fun it was to dig a hole to do your business in? Nothing was better than bathing in 40 degree water running down in a peaceful stream on a crisp autumn morn, right! Wrong!! As the Author made clear at the end of season 4, it is preferable to live among porcelain treasures such as a toilet. Would you give up the chance for a hot shower?
Job Security – When you were poof’d into Storybrooke, you were given a job. Maybe you work at Ganny’s as a server, or at the Pharmacy with Sneezy, or some other little place on the edge of town. No matter, it was one that was given to you without the need for a resume or awkward interview. Of course there is a chance you hate it, but once your memory is returned, at least now you have some job experience and are well on your way to moving on up.
Technology – Remember when you wanted to ask someone what they were up to this weekend and you had to set up your horse and travel into town and hunt down that person? Try throwing them a text on your mobile device. Instead of asking the local wizard what weather to expect, google it. Bored? Watch that magic tv box, it is awesome! Running low on sugar? Drive your car on over to the grocery store and pick me up some ice cream while you are at it. 😉
Location, Location, Location – You live in a small seaside town now! Did you know hanging out on a beach is a really great idea, always? Instead of having to grind wheat into flour just to have some bread, pick up a burger to go, and pick a bench overlooking your favorite spot of the ocean. Tired of the water? Take a hike in the lush forest that also borders this visually stunning town. It sure beats watching the fires of burning villages from recent pillaging in the distance.
All the perks seem really great, but it’s when the heroes and villains start mucking things up and adding magic into a world that has none, that it really starts to turn your life upside down.
Now, here are the 5 reasons I would not want to live in Storybrooke.
Constant Memory Loss – So at first, your memories are wiped and replaced with your new identity as a United States, Maine citizen. Not too shabby, you had no prior run-ins with the Evil Queen, so your life is not so bad. Then you get your memories back, no problem, we can adjust. And then again you get transported, out of no where, back to the enchanted forest for a year, then back to StoryBrooke with more memory loss of the past year. This tends to happen, and/or is threatened more times than any innocent bystander would appreciate. It just might wear on you after a while.
Monarchy – Madam Mayor has been mayor for over 30 years, and this is a kind of town no other government is taken into account. Federal and State laws have no effect. People have literally committed murder and were set free because they were sorry, or because there were other things going on. No harm, no foul? These people are constantly in and out of this universe, the remaining population is pretty much screwed.
Villains – They are freaking all over this place. So far, in the 4+ years living your own life and minding your own business, you have had to deal with the Dark One, the Evil Queen, Pan, Cora, the Ice Queen, the Wicked Witch, Maleficent, Ursula, Cruella DeVil, another couple Dark Ones… to name a few. Not to mention demons and monkeys and minions… Even some of the good guys turn to the dark side. You can’t hardly travel down the street without running into some sort of evil, and you better hope not to become an innocent bystander.
Anxiety – Imagine you are enjoying a nice night off, watching this mystical box of entertainment and your peace is interrupted by a shake and burst of light booming out of some barn somewhere. Is it the end? Or perhaps a cloud of glass shards engulfs you with rage and you find yourself hitting your neighbor upside the head with a toaster. What was that all about!? If one more cloud of transportation or earthquake or tornado rolls down the street… My sensibility will fly out the window, maybe even by a freaking flying monkey. Doctor Hopper must be one busy man.
Trapped – Thanks to the internet you discover the great world you have been bestowed upon, but crap, you can’t leave. Just by trying to leave the border you either loose your true memories, get in a car crash, get impaled by ice, are unable to ever return, turn into a tree…etc. So much for your savings account to Disney World, you are totally screwed my friend.
Stability is what most people look for, whether or not you originally come from the Enchanted Forest some good ol’ small town, USA. It pretty much boils down to consistent impending doom in Storybrooke, and you couldn’t even relocate if you tried. Although, living in the now would be a step up from living in medieval conditions.
Have you seen The Flash? If not, do it and be quick. If so, then you may have thought these thoughts. I do love the show, have not been without an episode so far! But, it’s not the CW if it doesn’t totally bug me from time to time.
The CW is known for its pretty people and drama, which is not always a bad thing, but can sometimes be misplaced. The Flash show has it’s share of these traits, though they are balanced enough to successfully entertain me. However, some parts of the plot can encourage generous hair pulling. Let’s start with the stuff that makes me growl at my TV.
No one can lock the front door at STAR Labs apparently. I swear… We’ve got our buddy the Arrow and he operates underneath a freaking club, and we don’t see drunk couples trying to make out down in his lair. If I had a dollar every time someone popped up in STAR Labs who shouldn’t have been there…
Lost Consistency. For example, if you are a strong motivational role model, you have to be strong in every episode and have to hold yourself to it, too. Barry has a tendency to be a little “I don’t know if I can do it (despite the times I have done it before)” so everyone has to be all pity party and “We believe in you!”. Have you ever had that one friend who always needed to be reassured? Get’s a bit old. We can’t hold your hand Barry, you’re too fast. I do understand characters have personal obstacles to overcome and grow from, but once you jump that hurdle, keep jumping. If your bad ass, then stay bad ass.
Misplaced talking scenes. Has anyone else noticed that they really take advantage of their sets? Even this last episode, Joe and Barry had a conversation about Joe finding out about Wally in the doorway to the metahuman prison. Beautiful yes, but it’s like if you wanted to talk to someone and then walked down the longest hallway you could find into a basement techno room, and then started your conversation.
Barry needs to be the Flash way more often than he is. So let’s say you (yes you reading) just got the same super powers. Congrats and welcome to the speed force! Now you’ve discovered that you can catch a bullet, move a victim 5 blocks away, come back and give a wedgie to every evil doer while disarming and cuffing them. That’s neat. Now you’re in another battle and you start talking about your feelings… and the evil dude is talking about all the bad stuff he’s going to do… and you finally try to stop him and it’s too late. What happened!? I need the Flash to be fast from the start, don’t doddle, and maybe start with your end move. 🙂
Everyone has secrets, and that’s getting old. First Joe finds out about Barry. Then they keep it a secret from Iris. Then Eddie finds out and keeps it from Iris. Then Iris dumps him, pretty much, for having secrets. Finally at the end of the season, now everyone knows about Barry. Now, Cisco is a metahuman and doesn’t tell anyone…. for some reason. Then Iris’s mom comes to town, she has a secret about Wally. Then Iris doesn’t tell Joe about Wally (hypocritical much?). Then she finally does. Now we’ve got a bunch of come-and-go characters that know about Barry, but leaves his girlfriend Patty in the dark. You see what I mean!? Secrets! Bah, just let it all out people!
Well enough complaining. I wouldn’t watch the show if it bugged me too much, and my current dedication to watching it is a statement of how much I actually enjoy it. Here are my top 5 reasons why I love this show:
They tie in characters from the 1990’s Flash. Did you know Barry’s dad was the Flash of his own show? Mark Hamill, the Trickster, and Amanda Pays, Dr. Tina McGee, also play their same roles from the earlier show. I love tie ins!
There aren’t very many uncomfortable, talky, huggy, kissy, fluffy scenes. What I mean by this is the gratuitous “You’re my everything” scenes with tears, cupids and violins don’t take over. Sure some people kiss and are cute, but not too many (Typical CW) scenes that make glitter and kittens want to bleed from your eyes. They are well placed and typically awkward or funny.
Speaking of funny, the comic relief is balanced. Each character has a wonderful personality, and the actors incharge of them do a fantastic job. Cisco is probably one of my favorite funny guys on the show, and I’m glad that Caitlin isn’t the Flash’s “Felicity Smoak” (my initial concern). The Flash as a character has always been a bit of a comedian, and I’m glad that the overall humor of this show holds true to that.
All the episodes in The Flash try to have substantial and interesting meaning. When you have a series of 20+ episodes, they tend to get a little boring in the middle of the run. There always seems to be the “formula” episodes that are just plain uninteresting and does nothing for the story arc for most series. But, I feel the Flash either discovers a new power, crucial info for the main story-line, or reveals and solves previous mysteries in every single episode. Thank you for that!
The Arrow and Flash are friends! Crossovers are the best! When Barry first showed up on the Arrow’s doorstep, I was like “Holey Lightning Bolts, Batman!” I am just so infatuated with the popularity of superheros and the wonderful things they think up of to entertain us. It’s not only genius on a marketing standpoint, but gives the viewers a taste of both worlds! Well done you crafty writers. Well done.
Overall, I love this show. I feel I will undoubtedly be able to re-binge on this show in the years to come, and that is a very important quality to possess. I eagerly await the new challenges Barry will endure. Until the next episode! 😀