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Why That Star Wars Trailer Might Be Less Misleading Than You Think

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Star Wars: Episode 7 was a lot of things, a new beginning, a new hope and in many ways, an old story. One might scoff at that last bit as much has been made of the films seemingly unapologetic basic retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope. However, while that film had its ups and downs, it also featured many Star Wars and general epic fantasy tropes.

Beware from here on, spoilers abound.
I explained to some friends right after seeing the film on opening night, my sister and I had discussed a theory on the long drive home. You see while the story set up Rey as a good character, which at that point, she is. She has no real knowledge of her background. She cannot remember much of her young life before being left on that desolate planet. But what quickly becomes apparent is how powerful Rey is. Rey in many discussions has drawn the ire of many a fan of storytelling as many complain she is a Mary Sue. I was always dumbfounded by this as we have always in fictional history, had random all powerful characters be they male or female, but this one seemed to strike a chord with people more than most.

Kylo on the other hand, while we get a very clear sense he has a mastery of the force and is himself a strong character. We see much more conflict in him throughout Episode 7. And many a fan have pointed out that once he killed Han Solo, he was past the point of no return. But it is made clear that even after doing so the young Ben Solo is still very much conflicted. Hold on to this little piece of storytelling information.

Going back to Rey, Rey goes through some trial in Episode 7 but through each instance, what becomes abundantly clear is there are no real obstacles for her. To the point that even after Kylo has previously bested her, in the final fight, her natural power is too much for him.

Where am I going with this? why is it important?
Well, storytelling 101, you never give your hero a clear advantage over their main foe. To do so is to kill any possible tension for the audience. What the first film established is Rey was clearly the naturally stronger of the 2 force sensitive characters and much more, that given time to master it, she ould have no problem facing off against Ben.

Now comes the information from the new Episode 8 Trailer
The new trailer for Episode 8: The Last jedi, begins with what appears to be dialogue between Snoke and someone else. Or rather, Snoke speaking of someone else, initially, the imagery shows Kylo, which can lead many to surmize he is referring to Kylo. He says “When I found you, I saw raw untamed power. And beyond that… something truly Special” and then we see the following image:

Now many begin to think there is no way this is possible, this idea that Rey could be Snokes ultimate plan and that she indeed could turn to the dark side. Now stay with me, this is where it gets pretty simple, the trailer outlines Luke fearing her raw strength. It then outlines that at some point we will see Snoke putting Rey in a precarious position. In the trailer, which could have been much more misleadingly edited, he says “fulfill your destiny.”

Earlier in the trailer we also see a scene with Luke and Rey both wet, at first we see Luke on his back with Rey out of frame, he says “this is not going to go the way you think” later on we see the below shot:

We cannot deny there is a lot not being shown, even leading up to the final misdirect. The scene that appears to show Rey talking to Kylo. Afterwhich we see him reaching his hand out. Those are two clearly different scenes. One might surmise Rey is talking to Luke earlier in the film, which leads to the question, who is Kylo reaching his hand out to? This is where I begin to bring in my own opinion and surmize he might be reaching out for his mothers hand. You see, even though earlier in the trailer we get the sense there is a scene where he might be targeting her, I do feel that scene is total misdirect, even if true, we see him hesitate.

Now going back to what I originally said about Reys raw strength and Kylo not being a proper foe for her. Lets consider for a moment the logical conclusion that could be playing out when you consider story beats. a Skywalker seemingly on a redemption arc not unlike his grand father, a force sensitive user who has such raw strength their only logical arc is to be tempted and fall to the dark side. What we might get is Rey turning to the dark side. Kylo trying but failing to save Leia. The film ending with the Snoke and Rey having won the day against the rebellion but with Kylo now firmly set against them and Luke… the ever evolving jedi, completing his arc and growing into the grey Jedi… the last Jedi. This would mean Luke and Kylo vs Snoke and Rey in the epic conclusion of this story path.

Surely it makes much more sense if they are to make a film unlike Empire Strikes Back but with a similar sense of darkness and dread, a film that ends on a far more hopeless note than expected but that sets up our heroes to complete their arcs, and our most powerful characters to be the seemingly insurmountable foes they will have to overcome.

Yes, this is all speculation. But again I remind you, storytelling 101, there is no point in a finale that sees Rey and Kylo face off unless Kylo needs to overcome Rey. The clearly more powerful of the two.

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The Punisher Gets A New Trailer And A Release Date

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The Punisher is officially being released. Many fans were worried that the show would be shelved after it was pulled from Comic Con due to the Vegas shooting and being postponed. The companies released a joint statement following the tragedy. “After careful consideration, Netflix and Marvel have decided it wouldn’t be appropriate for Marvel’s The Punisher to participate in New York Comic-Con–Our thoughts continue to be with the victims and those affected by this tragedy.”

The show is now set to debut on November 17th.  Previous promo for the show had the actual date blacked out like covert operation files. After appearing in Daredevil, Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle is ready for his on standalone of series.

The new trailer shades some new light on Marvel’s new twist on the character. In comics Frank Castle was a ex cop facing off against the corrupt cops and the mafia in New York, in an attempt to get revenge for his family. The Netflix’s take will turns Castle into an ex-marine facing off against the CIA and his fellow marines after the death of his family.

 The Punisher will feature his comic book ally Micro (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), Homeland Security agents Dinah Madani (Amber Rose Revah) and Sam Stein (Michael Nathanson), Frank’s friend Curtis Hoyle (Jason R. Moore), army veteran Lewis Walcott (Daniel Webber), Micro’s wife Sarah Lieberman (Jaime Ray Newman), and Frank’s ally from Daredevil, Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll). Additionally, Ben Barnes plays Billy Russo, Frank’s former friend turned enemy in The Punisher series.
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B. Worthy Drops New Album ‘HyperLight’

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Tampa producer/rapper B. Worthy is ready to take fans on a new journey with HyperLight. B. Worthy has been dropping mixtapes in the Bay area and has grown into his own. His distinct voice and harmonies are a staple of his alternative music.  The album blends Hip Hop and EDM with B.Worthy’s melodic hooks.

Hyperlight questions the everyday struggles of the artist. Balancing his life being displaced in world that is setup for people fail. Using with religion and drugs to make it through. ‘Lord Have Mercy‘ showcase the duality that is leading to his downfall.

Wrap your ears around ‘Redlight,’ “I got to move it/I got to move on/Lord knows the stone is heavy/I’m so alone/I keep it moving at midnight/the load is so heavy but I stay strong/I got to make it when I’m dead and gone/all my rights will be made wrong/when I gone,” croons B. Worthy before the fast paced hook kicks in. “I don’t want to live this life/but I’m going through the red light”

Even on ‘Die’, themes of facing death on daily basis take center stage. “When it’s go time/ain’t no hesitate/if your scared to die/you won’t every make it/no weapon against me shall every prosper/born in trigger city/you with a chopper/I don’t know what fear is/I wasn’t born with that/once you cross this line it’s no going back” raps B. Live for it/die by it/with my life on the line I abide by this shit.

The album is available on Alwaysbworthy.com 

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New Sneak Peek Shows The Gritty World Of Bright

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Bright starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton will be one of the first big blockbuster movies to be released on Netflix. Netflix announced it would spend over $8 billion dollars on new content. Directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad and Training Day), the movie explores the darker side of magic blended with the street elements that director is known for.

Set in an alternate present-day, this action-thriller follows two cops from very different backgrounds (Ward, a human played by Will Smith, and Jakoby, an orc played by Joel Edgerton) who embark on a routine patrol night that will ultimately alter the future as their world knows it.  Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.

The new featurette breaks down the relationship between the two new partners.

Bright stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke, Dawn Oliveri, and Kenneth Choi.  The film is directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis.  David Ayer, Eric Newman, and Bryan Unkeless serve as producers.

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