The Mud Trooper Files

Part 1 - For the Love of Star Wars For quite a while I’ve had an interest in cosplaying. I’ve long admired the creativity and ability to transform into a loved or iconic character. On social media I’ve followed organizations like the 501st, Rebel Legion, and...

REVIEW: A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madelein L'Engle was one of my first forays into science fiction literature.  It was required reading in...  I want to say fourth or fifth grade.  Since that time, I have read Wrinkle (and it's three sequels) several times.  Since it's...

About Bond: Episode 9 – Bond and Black Panther, Shaken, Not Stirred

Have you seen Black Panther? The first two acts have so many similarities with many popular Bond tropes.

About Bond: Episode 8 – The Bond who Wasn’t

While many actors have been considered for the role of James Bond, there was one who was actually contracted to play the role, but never did.

About Bond: Episode 7 – Bond Villains

As Random Chatter’s Erik Blythe often says, ‘A hero is only as interesting as their villain is powerful’.  Bond has faced many villains through his 24 films; some films even having more than the main villain, they also featured henchmen which Bond had to first defeat....

Shades of the Force

The term ‘Grey Jedi’ is another source of discourse within the Star Wars fandom. What is a Grey Jedi? Do you like the term?

What if Yoda told Luke the wrong thing? (Contains TLJ Spoilers)

We all know the line by now: "Try not.  Do or do not.  There is no try." But... what if that was the wrong thing to tell Luke?  Actually, that may not be the right question, but bear with me.  Because there's a lot we don't know about how long Luke trained on Dagobah,...

Don’t Blame the Kender

Don't let that title scare you off! Really, there is nothing to worry about. Like many fans what is now Legends, in Star Wars, I have been struggling with the drastic changes to the Star Wars Timeline, since Disney bought the franchise.  While I’ve loved the new...

About Bond: Episode 6 – James Bond & Star Wars

Star Wars and James Bond are two of the most famous and long-lived franchises in film history. Hollywood, or Pinewood Studios for that matter, is a small place… so where have the two franchises crossed paths through the years?

About Bond: Episode 5 – About Q

Q – MI6’s Quartermaster – knows just what Bond needs for every mission. He equips 007 with gadgets, weapons, and vehicles for his missions. Through all the Bond films, there have only been four actors to play the role of Q, and Tim tell you all about them.

About Bond: Episode 3 – Not Your Ordinary Bond Girl

There is one woman who has appeared in nearly every James Bond film… Miss Moneypenny. Moneypenny, who in most Bond films served as M’s confidential secretary, always maintained a professional, albeit flirtatious, relationship with 007. Typically, when Bond would...

About Bond: Episode 2 – What Makes a Bond Film?

In the first episode of About Bond, I outlined the themes the defined the eras of Bond films.  That’s very big-picture, though.  In this episode, let’s look at little closer at the key elements of a Bond film. First, and absolutely foremost, is Bond himself.  Bond is...

About Bond: Episode 1

About Bond Episode 1: The Eras of James Bond Listeners of the Random Chatter show over the past few months know that I’m a big fan of James Bond films.  There are so many facets to Bond and it’s the most prolific film series ever created.  As rumors are spinning up...

Baby Driver, Despicable Me 3, and Cars 3

BABY DRIVER I am a massive Edgar Wright fan.  His previous movies, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim, and World's End (and the television series Spaced) are all instant classics.  I love all five of them to varying degrees.  He displays such an incredible...

The Star Wars Viewing Order Debate: An Essay

The following article was written by Patreon donor, Mike Clark, in response to episode #98 of Echo Base about the proper viewing order of the Star Wars films for first-time viewers. It was published with his permission and remains as-is with minor edits and...

Wonder Woman and The Mummy

WONDER WOMAN After three DC movies that met with less than resounding enthusiasm, it's so refreshing to finally get a fun and successful movie hitting it with the public.  Now, I enjoy the first three to varying degrees.  I still think Man of Steel was the first great...

Pirates 5, Alien Covenant, and Baywatch

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES I dearly love the first two Pirates movies.  They're great fun, a gorgeous spectacle, and actually managed to tell an interesting and complicated story.  The third one was a satisfactory ending to the trilogy, though I...

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