Best Moments from the Star Wars Prequels

I have been spending more of my time reading other blogs than writing for my own. I find I can always come across a post that moves me in some way. This happened when I read a post written by John Siebelink titled “Why So Much Hate for the Star Wars Prequels”.  The prequels are flawed films, but underneath there are great elements of story telling within the movies. I personally grew up with the prequels as I remember the release of the Phantom Menace. I had many of the action figures along with Qui-Gon’s Comlink with little key cards which activated the voices of the characters. I wanted to share a few of my favorite moments from the prequels because I’m sure I’m not the only one who has fond memories of watching these movies.

Darth Maul

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As a kid I thought Darth Maul was one of the best villains I had ever seen on a movie screen. I envied for his light saber and he took out Qui-Gonn Jin who was a Jedi Master. Watching the Phantom Menace again I realize one huge flaw in the movie was not utilizing Darth Maul. It would have been neat if Obi-Won in the Revenge of the Sith  would have had a epic lightsaber battle to finally avenge Qui-Gon’s death. The fact that Maul appears in Solo: A Star Wars Story has me hyped for the future of other Star Wars films.

The Flaws of the Jedi

The Jedi are seen as these tremendous leaders who’s ultimate goal is world peace however, they’re incredibly flawed in their logic. Not allowing their disciples to love is what led Anakin astray. He only wanted to save Padme which is how the Emperor was finally able to turn Anakin into his personal killing machine. If the Jedi were able to see how love can really strengthen someone’s resolve maybe Anakin could have still been a Jedi.

Also when Mace Windu has Emperor Palpatine pinned down and is planning on killing him, Anakin sees the hypocrisy of the Jedi’s teachings. Jedi claim they’re “good” and are on the “light side of the force” yet Mace Windu is willing to make an exception for killing Palpatine. As a kid I always thought the Jedi were the “good guys”, but after re-watching the prequels when I’m older, I realize how the Jedi are flawed heroes.

Battle of Geonosis in Attack of the Clones

Another one of my favorite sequences in the prequels is the arena battle sequence in Attack of the Clones. When Obi-Won, Anakin and Padme are tied to the poles, Padme is the first one who uses her smarts to escape. Watching this as a kid, I saw Natalie Portman hold her own against the two main male characters in the story. She knows how to use a blaster and doesn’t need Anakin’s help to save her. Padme (even though her character arc is poorly written) was still one of the first female science fiction characters I was exposed to.

Battle on Mustafar in Revenge of the Sith

I will say this fight sequence between Anakin & Obi-Won is hands down one of the best light saber duels in the prequels. I still cannot believe Obi-Won let’s Anakin burn to death because again isn’t he a Jedi who represents the good in the force, but no let’s leave your former student to burn alive. I also get chills as I watch this scene with the score that goes along with it. The music amps up the battle between these former Jedi.

The prequels are flawed films with some redeeming scenes in them. Part of my childhood was spent watching these movies so I can’t fully hate them like other Star Wars fans can. I’m interested to see what your favorite prequel scenes are.

 

 

 

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Toxicity of Star Wars Fans *rant*

Rogue One Shirt

Rogue One is my favorite Star Wars movie btw.

I want to start this post off by saying: Not All Star Wars fans 🙂  I wanted to address the darker side of the Star Wars fandom after I decided to scroll through Rian Johnson’s twitter account. He will make a tweet unrelated to Star Wars, yet fans will still harass him about The Last Jedi. I’m in agreement with fans in the sense that I had my issues with The Last Jedi, but I don’t think The Last Jedi is on the same level as the prequels. Star Wars is one of the fandoms I’m apart of where the toxicity and hatred in fans is astounding.

Kelly Marie Tran who plays Rose in The Last Jedi is one of my favorite human beings. I followed her Instagram to see posts from a celebrity who was down to earth and let her followers know how real she seems. Unfortunately, fans have decided to comment on her posts and harass her about her role in the franchise. This harassment led to Kelly Marie Tran deleting her Instagram account.  This is not okay and as Star Wars fans, we should be better than this.

Let’s get one thing straight: the fans do not own Star Wars. Star Wars is operated by Lucas Film and Kathleen Kennedy who I absolutely adore. Therefore, you have no right as a fan to protest whether or not The Last Jedi should be canon or not. It is a movie recognized by the Star Wars franchise and frankly if you truly hate where Star Wars is going, than stop watching. I think we would all hold the door open for you as you leave.

Finally, I wanted to express how annoyed I am when fans say they don’t like the new movies because of “forced diversity”.!! Diversity allows every single culture to be represented on our movie screen. This could mean the world to a 6 year old African American kid or a 6 year old Asian American child to see someone who looks like them fighting off the First Order. It’s time for a change in our Star Wars movies to see a broad mix of different characters and actors instead of all white people.

Star Wars is a fandom I appreciate, but it’s certainly not my number #1 franchise I’m into. If you see this toxicity in your Star Wars fan groups, point it out. This behavior is unacceptable and Kelly Marie Tran deserves better than this.

Essence makeup: cheap, but surprisingly great quality.

I almost never blog about beauty products on this blog. Not because I don’t want to, but I don’t consider myself a “beauty guru”. I have been experimenting more with different makeup companies to try and find the best products that fit my needs. Essence is a brand I bought at Ulta solely because it was cheap and cruelty free. Cruelty free makeup is worth paying for because I don’t want animals to be harmed for me to be beautiful. Essence makeup has mostly great products if you need something cheap.

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I personally have tried two of Essence makeup’s products. The lipstick I tried was “Around the Rosie” which is a bright pink shade. The lipstick doesn’t last long. If I were to get a pint with a friend, the lipstick would be all over the glass. It’s perfect for work when I just want to look pretty, but wouldn’t work for a girl’s night out. I don’t mean to make that sound negative, I don’t mind having to reapply lipstick. I don’t need a lipstick lasting a full 24 hours. Again, my needs might be different than someone else’s so if long lasting lipstick is what you’re looking for, Essence might not be right for you.

The other product I tried was mascara. I tried the “I Love Extreme Volume” mascara tube. It personally wasn’t all that bad of a product. However, I find that it leaves flakes under my eyes. I sometimes will go into the bathroom at work and see I have dark black dots underneath my eyes. I know it’s not my eyeliner because I have used the mascara without eye liner and those flakes still appear. I’m not sure if I would actually recommend this mascara because I have used other brands and I’m more impressed with their products.

Overall, Essence makeup is a great cheap alternative to vegan and cruelty free makeup. I want to eventually convert all my beauty products to cruelty free. I would love any other suggestions for cruelty free makeup brands to try. Let me know some that you use in the comments.

Personal Training: Update!

I haven’t been writing regular posts because I have been feeling… uninspired. I haven’t been on any great trips or read any super amazing books so it had been days since I felt energized enough to write a post. One great thing happened to me this week I wanted to share and it has to do with my personal training experience at the gym I exercise at. After doing an In-Body machine *which calculates your muscle & body fat* I had gained a pound of muscle. How cool is that!? All the hard work I put into my sessions has literally left me feeling stronger.

I talked about why I decided to hire a personal trainer in that blog post so I won’t go through that here. For me, my goal is to put on my more muscle mass because muscle is so important since it can deteriorate as we age if we don’t use it. I would like to decrease my body fat, but I’m not necessarily ready to be super strict with myself. For example if I go out to a happy hour with friends, I will have one drink, but try not to exceed two. My body fat went up .2 which I’m not too concerned with. I carry about 53 lbs. of body fat which you might think is a lot, but not really. I love my curves! I don’t want to be really skinny because I like having some body fat on my frame. I would like to see this number decrease, but it’s not my main concern.

I can tell I’m getting stronger based on how I complete the workouts. Before this, I couldn’t do a push-up on my toes. Now, I can do multiple push-ups in a row on my toes and go farther down into the push-up. I have upped my weight in dumbbells doing 20 lbs. for a shoulder press. Also my stamina! I feel I have more energy to go along with my day which means I’m decreasing the amount of coffee I drink and increasing my water intake.

Overall if you have been exercising and haven’t been seeing results, hire a coach or personal trainer. Getting toned is tough to do on your own, so allow someone to help assist you in getting the results you need.

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Geeky Girl Tag

Geeky Girl Tag

Participating in blog tags are perfect if you don’t know what to write about. I stumbled upon this blog tag by reading A Geeky Gal and decided to complete this tag because why not? I do plan on writing some original content for this blog in the next couple of days so stay tuned for that. Otherwise, here are my answers to this blog tag:

What is your must-have tech gadget

I recently switched from an iPhone 5S to a Samsung Android and I am already impressed by the quality of the camera. My android keeps my favorite apps organized and I also have my workouts app installed so my personal trainer can send me my three workouts a week. I wouldn’t be able to exercise without my samsung phone.

Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?

Hufflepuff which is not a shock to me. I’m fiercely loyal to my friends and family and my best trait is making people feel better.

Who is your favorite Doctor?

I have always said Nine in the past, but I do enjoy Nine – Eleven for very different reasons. A bucket list item of mine is to watch some of the older Doctor Who episodes starring Tom Baker.

If You Could Have Dinner With Any Fictional Character, Who Would it Be?

I couldn’t think of an answer so I asked the boyfriend and he said he would like to have dinner with Bruce Wayne. I would be down for that.

What is Your Gaming System of Choice?

Since 2007, I’m an Xbox 360 kind of girl. I did pick up the PS4 last Black Friday and I’m working through Uncharted now. I prefer consoles over PC’s, that much I’m sure of.

If You Had a Superpower What Would it Be?

  • Stopping Time so I could take a nap and never be tired.
  • Be a trained martial artist like Black Canary. I know it’s not *technically* a superpower, but Black Canary is one of the most bad ass heroines in DC Comics. She rules.

What is Your Favorite Fantasy World?

Hogwarts!!!!!!!!

If You Could be Any Fictional Race, What Would it Be?

Hmm.. this one took me a while to answer, but I think I would be a mermaid, or a sorcerer of some kind. Those are both races right?

Star Trek or Star Wars?

Star Wars for sure. I have never been a huge Trekkie.

List your Top Geek Movies or Series

  1. DC Comics
  2. Harry Potter
  3. Marvel movies
  4. Miskatonic University / Cthulhu / H.P. Lovecraft themed board games & stories
  5. Doctor Who

Top Favorite 5 Favorite Video Games

  1. Bioshock
  2. Batman Arkham Asylum
  3. Life is Strange
  4. Tomb Raider
  5. Star Wars Battlefront, the original Xbox edition

 

Mystery Blogger Award

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I was in Milwaukee, WI this past weekend unwinding with the boyfriend’s side of the family when my phone buzzed saying I was tagged in a Facebook post. Sure enough, Wintendo64  tagged me in the mystery blogger award.

WHAT IS MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?

Straight from the creator: “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. Thanks Wintendo64 for nominating me! Her cosplays are freaking amazing.
  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • List the rules.
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  • Answer five questions from the nominator.
  • Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, including one weird or funny question.
  • Nominate from 10 to 20 bloggers.
  • Notify the bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Share the link to your best post.

My Three Things:

  1. I didn’t start reading comics until after seeing the Avengers in 2012. It sparked something within me that led me to read comics. After buying Justice League and Green Arrow, I was led to Image Comics which produces my favorite indie comics. I definitely swing DC > Marvel, but I’m slowly becoming more immersed in Marvel comics as well.
  2. I have always wanted to build my own computer. Living in a one bedroom apartment, I have no room for a desk with a computer. When I upgrade to a two bedroom apartment, I want the second bedroom to be a library / work room with a desk. That’s where I want my computer to go.
  3. Chicago is one of my favorite places to visit because of all the museums however, I would hate to live there.

Questions

What’s a fictional food you have always wanted to try?

Butterbeer because I want to know if it’s alcoholic or not? Is it creamy fake beer? I have to know.

Dream Cosplay

I have always wanted to cosplay Elektra or Cat Woman. They kick serious ass while being sexy at the same time.

What is your LEAST favorite video game / book / movie.

I will pick one from each category. Least favorite video game would be Call of Duty because they release a game each year with nothing really new in it. My least favorite book would be a toss up between Emma by Jane Austin and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Emma is a horrible person who’s extremely judgmental and Wuthering Heights is way too depressing of a book to read. Finally, one of my least favorite movie would be Knowing which stars Nicolas Cage… it was really bad.

If you got a ticket to any fictional event, where would you go?

The first competition that I thought of was the Triwizard Tournament from Harry Potter. I would want to watch, not actually participate.

What new game / book / movie are you looking forward to being released?

Avengers Infinity War is by far what I’m looking forward to the most!

I’m going to break the rules for this blog tag and say anyone who reads this post and wants to do the tag is nominated. If you do decide to complete this tag, here are my questions:

  1. What is your all time favorite OTP?
  2. What would be your dream career?
  3. Worst vacation you have ever been on?
  4. What’s one popular movie / TV Show / book / comic that everyone loves, but you absolutely hate?
  5. Night owl or Early Riser?

 

I have been trying to think about what my “best blog post was”. To be honest, I love everything that I write for BizarreBrunette. All my readers inspire me to keep blogging about what I’m passionate about.

 

Sunshine Blogger Award

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To get inspiration for my blog posts, I follow quite a few other bloggers. It helps when I feel at a loss for blog post ideas. Anyway, as I scrolled through depepi’s blog, I realize she nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award. Basically the award is to recognize fellow bloggers that make you feel inspired and bring you positive vibes. The rules are as follows:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and links back to their blog. dePepi always has interesting articles about books, Harry Potter and Loki of course 😛
  • Answer the 10 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 10 new blogs to receive the award and write them 10 new questions. Mine will be at the end of this post.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog

Now I will answer dePepi’s questions she posed for the bloggers she nominated.

1. Which of these houses do you belong to and why? Slotherin, Ravenpaw, Hufflepug or Gryffinboar?

I chose Ravenpaw because when I typed into google “Ravenpaw” it showed me images of a brown cat on the Ravenclaw house symbol and I love cats.

2. What do you think you would find on the Snapechat?

I would hopefully find more of the communication between Snape and Dumbledore. I always admired their friendship and how Professor Snape in the end was always on Dumbledore’s side. I would want to read more about their plan of bringing Voldemort to his end.

3. What pop singer do you prefer Cat Cobain, David Meowie or Purrince?

I appreciate the cat puns for this. I would say Purrince because I’m from Minnesota which is where Prince is from so I feel a special piece of my heart attached to Prince. Especially in cat form.

4. What character plays Harrison Bored in Star Mars?

I don’t really know what to think of this question?

5. Who is your favorite Star Meow character?

I have never seen this before in my life so I really can’t answer this question.

6. What coffee best describes your personality?

Dark roast because it’s as dark as my soul.

7. What would you do if you faced a giant fly right now?

I would smash it with my Xbox One controller sitting nearby me and break it’s antennae.

8. And if the giant fly was Jeff Goldblum?

I would make out with it 😛

9. Cthulhu is in love with you. Would you reject his tentacles?

Hell yes, that creeps me out.

10. Loki tricks you. How?

He turns into Tom Hiddleston in normal clothes and tells me he loves me.

I must say those questions were the most interesting questions I have heard.

Time to Nominate 6 Bloggers

It’s More Than Just Gaming

Coolbeans4

SuperSpaceChick

Nerdily

Nerd-Burger

Ohsogeeky

I only nominated 6 because dePepi nominated most of who I was going to nominate anyway. If you’re reading this and you want to participate, than I tag you! If you do read this and decide to do the tag, link back to my blog!

Here are my 10 questions:

  1. If you had three tabby cats, what would you name the trio of kitties?
  2. What is the one book that always makes you cry?
  3. What’s your favorite dessert?
  4. If you could relive one day out of your whole life, which day would that be?
  5. Would you rather have stomach flu for 4 days or the cold for a whole year?
  6. What fictional place do you wish was real?
  7. What’s the thing you like the most about yourself?
  8. The Worst TV show you ever watched?
  9. Favorite form of social media?
  10. What are the 3 things you can’t live without.

I thank everyone who takes the time to read my blog. It means a lot to me to see all the comments, likes and follows I receive. I never realized BizarreBrunette could be as popular as it is right now. Thanks again.