Sunday!; or, Maribou’s Star Wars Review; or, A Love Letter from Me in 2015 to Me in 1984


Maribou is a voracious reader who also likes to watch, stare at, and listen to stuff. Occasionally he makes stuff, too. They work in a small liberal arts college library, and share a house in Colorado with their husband Jaybird, three cats, and what looms ever closer to ten thousand books. She is identifiable as genderfluid, trans, farm-raised, citified, and bisexual, among a plethora of other adjectives.

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  1. North says:

    Gorgeous, congrats, I’m looking forward to seeing it.Report

  2. Michael Cain says:

    I enjoy reading the thoughts of people who encountered Star Wars as a kid. When the original came out, I was already a grad student. It was still cool, but I was already mostly a grown-up.

    Anyway, I finished Peter Hamilton’s Pandora’s Star and have started the sequel. It’s not that it’s that good, but the story moves along nicely, and when something has this many moving parts I’m curious to see if the writer can actually tie things up reasonably.Report

  3. Maribou says:

    So in other news, I finished watching Continuum this week. Think I’ll watch it again one day. I really loved that show. (The 4th season was… not as awesome as earlier ones, but quite satisfying. Think they had been cancelled and then convinced the network to give them an extra 6 eps to wrap things up or whatever. I always wish, in a situation like that, to be able to watch the 9 season version that COULD have been…. Makes me wonder if next to Dream’s Library is Dream’s Viewing Room…) Still haven’t decided what to watch next, but by the next time I’m online I will have, so don’t worry about suggesting stuff. (I have LOTS of options, so many that it’s hard to narrow down…)

    Speaking of Dream, I STILL haven’t been able to bring myself to finish Sandman: Overture. (I know, I know.) Once again I read very many picture books this week, of which my absolute favorite was The Whisper, by Pamela Zagarenski. I know exactly which kid will be getting that one for her birthday. I’m in the middle of two very interesting, very different works of non-fiction. One is Point of Vanishing, the memoir of a guy suffering from what I would call PTSD after getting one eye permanently blinded in a pickup basketball game. Most of it is about living alone in the woods in rural Vermont for two years, though it’s about a lot of other things too. The other book is Phaidon’s collection Body of Art, a MAMMOTH collection of art depicting the human figure, stretching from prehistoric through very modern times. Organized not at all chronologically, but instead thematically, which is sensible enough and leads to satisfying juxtapositions. The little blurbs about the paintings are mostly insightful, with just enough howlers to let me feel clever when I can call them out for being dumb.

    I’ve been listening mostly to Christmas music podcasts, along with a few library instruction podcasts, and catching up on Mahvesh Murad’s wonderful series of sff interviews, Midnight in Karachi.Report

    • Burt Likko in reply to Maribou says:

      Okay, let’s talk Continuum.

      I majorly lost connection and suspension of disbelief about halfway through the first half of first season when Kiera slept with Kellogg. That she had sex at all, no problem. She had (at least for a while) given up hope that she would ever return to her own time; she was feeling very lonely; she has a libido and agency. But she was also clearly still in love with her husband from the future, and not done “mourning” that loss. And she obviously did not trust Kellogg any farther than she could have thrown him (while not wearing her Greatest Canadian Hero supercop jumpsuit). She’d shown too much restraint and discretion in other decisions to have been that impulsive. If she was looking for a guy for solace and comfort, there was a perfectly handsome 2012 cop who knew and liked her, and had his own sometimes-libidinous nature disclosed, readily at hand.

      I like the cast, who are good actors and presented sculpted, nuanced individuals. The writing was clever enough, and didn’t address any of the time-paradox issues. But it was hard keeping my disbelief suspended after that bit that I describe above in the spoilers.Report

      • Maribou in reply to Burt Likko says:

        I do not remember why that bit didn’t throw me because as you describe it, it certainly would. It made sense to me at the time but is now lost in the mists of history. I will think about it when I rewatch the show, though, and get back to you.Report

  4. Daisy Ridley was amazing as Rey. Hers was the best performance in the film, and it wasn’t close, and there were so many good ones that that’s saying a lot.
    Nor is she any less a completely feminine young woman for being a badass. (Unlike Brienne of Tarth, especially in the books.) And it’s even sweeter that what unleashes the crowning jewel of her badassery is that she’s protecting the guy who almost got himself killed trying to protect her.

    • Kim in reply to Mike Schilling says:

      Brienne works because she’s a blatant knock against “chicks in chainmail”…
      and because there are thirty other styles of fighting, each of which can have women fighters.
      (Though I personally miss the ninja archetype — it’s nice to see fighting styles where women are better than men).Report

    • Maribou in reply to Mike Schilling says:

      Nor is she any less a completely feminine young woman for being a badass. Funnily enough, one of the things *I* liked about the movie is that it didn’t seem to give a rat’s ask one way or the other about her femininity or lack thereof. It made no particular effort to convince us she was feminine, or to convince us she was not. (There were 1 or 2 gratuitous (IMO) cleavage shots, but that was it and possibly my noticing them reflects more on me than on the movie.) SO REFRESHING.Report

  5. Glyph says:

    I want to read this but I Fear the Spoiler.

    (Don’t Fear) The Spoiler
    Romeo and Juliet
    Are together in eternity

    I will probably catch up on Ash Vs. Evil Dead and maybe wrap up the last three episodes of Master of None tonight.

    I read this little Stross story today, and now I want a movie based on it so bad (I wonder if what happened to the soldiers going through the portals was sort of a nod to King’s “The Jaunt”).

    Aside from The Thing, what other good Lovecraft-y sci-fi/military movies are there? The Mist, sort of, but that wasn’t great. Event Horizon, ditto. Re-Animator is good, but it’s more of a comedy.

    Heh – apparently there’s a film called The Call Girl of Cthulhu.Report

    • Aaron David in reply to Glyph says:


      Uhm, Alien?Report

      • Glyph in reply to Aaron David says:

        Yeah, I thought about listing that (and Aliens), but even those aren’t QUITE what I mean, since the xenomorphs are ultimately a comprehensible and predictable biological threat – as Ash points out, there’s even a sort of beauty and elegance to their ruthless efficiency …I mean the whole “interdimensional madness” bit, with monsters that just seem “wrong”.Report

        • Aaron David in reply to Glyph says:

          Ah, OK, got you.

          I got nothin’Report

          • Glyph in reply to Aaron David says:

            No, it was a good suggestion, and I agree those films belong in the conversation. But read that Stross story and I think you’ll see where I’m coming from.

            We can’t allow a Shoggoth gap.Report

            • CK MacLeod in reply to Glyph says:

              Time yet for an adaptation of IMAGE OF THE BEAST?Report

              • Glyph in reply to CK MacLeod says:

                That actually looks pretty interesting to me, but I don’t think I can add it to my Amazon Wish List. My mom looks at that thing.

                (Also, that ^^^ doesn’t SEEM like a military/sci-fi thing. The Stross story is sort of an alt-history, where Reagan’s “We start bombing in 15 minutes” joke causes the Cold War to go hot; but instead of nukes, the Russkies release…something else. Like The Day After The Call of Cthulhu.)Report

              • CK MacLeod in reply to Glyph says:

                Don’t put it on your wish list – buy it – or maybe one of the other editions since the users seem to be complaining about small type.

                While you’re at it, you might want to pick up a copy of A FEAST UNKNOWN, too.

                Yes, sadly not very military. Can’t have everything. There’ve been a few soldiers vs supernatural monsters stories done on film, but I they don’t qualify as “good” – as far as I can recall at the moment. THE KEEP, for instance, featured not just soldiers, but WWII Nazi soldiers vs Supernatural Evil. As I said, does not qualify as good, probably, although the Tangerine Dream soundtrack and Juergen Prochnow may push it over the edge.Report

              • Glyph in reply to CK MacLeod says:

                Oh yeah, I’ve seen The Keep, but it’s not very good.Report

              • CK MacLeod in reply to Glyph says:

                I think there are some other stories in this vein rummaging around the edge of my brainpan, but the titles aren’t internally expectorating forth. I think the stories might as or more often be slated with horror as with sci-fi. One of the sub-plots of JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL featured supernatural creatures and magic in battle – but a) it was TV and b) a mere subplot. …There was also a very amateurish movie I caught some piece of recently on premium cable with Nazi soldiers and vampires… And DOOM was, of course, exactly your storyline – soldiers vs inter-dimensional monsters – but also not good.

                The trifecta – supernatural, military, and good movie – may be something we should try to get Hollywood to work on sooner rather than later.Report

              • Glyph in reply to CK MacLeod says:

                I’d be fine with the horror rather than sci-fi. I’ve actually seen Event Horizon twice, even though it’s not that good, because I feel like there’s a good movie IN there trying to get out.Report

          • How about Tim Powers’s Declare?Report

        • Christopher Carr in reply to Glyph says:

          I was really hoping that Interstellar would head in that direction after all the ambiguity but it turned out to just be some sappy bullshit.Report

          • Glyph in reply to Christopher Carr says:

            I never saw Interstellar because it looked kind of dumb (there was a gigantic tidal wave or something in one of the previews that really put me off). Is it worth seeing? I didn’t read your spoiler.

            I’m pretty iffy on Nolan at this point – he’s done some films I love (Memento and Prestige) but I thought Inception was bleah, and the two Batmans I saw were pretty good, but he can’t stage a fight scene to save his life.Report

            • Jaybird in reply to Glyph says:

              The best part of Interstellar is that it doesn’t hold your hand. It expects you to at least have heard of relativity before. There is a freaking awesome robot. (I mean, seriously. One of the best sci-fi robots ever. They don’t make a production out of it either.) There is a situation on earth and they lean less toward having everyone explain it to each other as if nobody in the movie had heard of the situation they’re in than other movies in similar situations have done so. (“As you know, I am your uncle” speeches leave me vaguely irritated and this movie actually attempts to rely more on “Uncle Bob?” “Yes, Nephew Joe?” dialog.)

              That said, the movie has a lot of frustrating moments. Not all of which happen in the first half when frustration is more forgivable.Report

    • Zac in reply to Glyph says:

      Whoa, what are the odds? I was just about to come on here to talk about how I’d just come across Charles Stross’ work today; I just read through his first novel, Scratch Monkey, which is exactly the sort of transhuman/Lovecraftian mashup stuff that’s catnip for me. It’s available for free online, and I found it immensely enjoyable. It’s incredibly dark but in that Stephen King short story kind of way that’s weirdly satisfying, like insanely spicy food.Report

  6. Aaron David says:

    Well, I had started reading Little, Big, but I guess I am not in the mood for that right now, so change up.

    Which is Riddle of the Sands from 1903. Completely awesome.Report

  7. Mike Dwyer says:

    This post reminded me to be happy to be a father of girls who are growing up with these kinds of characters. And also completely and totally honored I get to write in the same place you do. What a great end to my weekend.

    Oh, and I just got a big stack of books for my vacation. Brad Thor’s latest thriller, a David Baldacci, and the first two Robert Gailbrath novels.Report

  8. DensityDuck says:


    OK. So. In the theater where I was, the audience cheered when Rey beat Kylo. I was thinking “um, guys? She just kind of did some Dark Side stuff there, using her anger and fear to give her strength. That’s…really not okay.”

    So I’m calling it now–Rey does a heel turn about halfway through the next movie, and the third movie has her and Kylo feuding for the top spot in the First Order while Luke and Leia try to deal with them.Report

    • Maribou in reply to DensityDuck says:

      @densityduck You apparently saw a different scene than I did. In the one I saw, she realized partway through the fight that she was operating out of a dark place and deliberately emptied her mind of those emotions and regained control. So I’m not expecting a heel turn, but rather an attempt to bring Ren back to the light side. Kinda hoping it fails, as that will be more dramatically interesting.Report

    • Burt Likko in reply to DensityDuck says:

      I agree with @maribou on this, exactly.

      As for the future, I think we’re going to see conflict between Rey and Luke as Rey falls in love with Finn, and Luke cautioning her to avoid forming too strong a bond of love with anyone because that love is what lured Luke’s father (who I think is Rey’s grandfather) to the dark side. If that is what happens, I’d further predict that Rey will respond with something like “Kylo Ren isn’t training to become a Sith Lord, and I’m not training to become a Jedi Knight,” and Luke will relent, deciding that letting Rey find her own way with guidance is better than trying to bind her to a Jedi code of conduct that has no relevance or meaning to her.Report

    • DensityDuck in reply to DensityDuck says:

      I think I should point out that I was vindicated here, somewhat.Report