Lord of the Rings Blog-Along: Fellowship, part 2

When we left off, Frodo was on a journey to meet Gandalf outside the Shire…but Gandalf had just been imprisoned by the traitorous wizard Saruman.  Meanwhile, Mordor’s elite knights were racing toward the signal sent out by the One Ring.

I’m in the process of deluding myself into thinking I can predict how this will all shake out.  Join me, won’t you?

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Lord of the Rings Blog-Along: Fellowship, part 1

Hey, folks.  As I discussed yesterday, I’m watching The Lord of the Rings for the first time and blogging as I go.  The game this time around is to see if my experience with works influenced by Tolkien will allow me to outguess Tolkien himself.  Therefore, I’m forcing myself to speculate wildly even though I normally wouldn’t do that during a story.

(My opening predictions are at the end of yesterday’s post if you haven’t seen them.)

This will probably end in my abject humiliation.  Join me, won’t you?

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Lord of the Rings Blog-Along: Hour 0

Hey, folks.

I decided it was time for another movie series blog-along.  This time, I’ll be watching the Lord of the Rings Extended Trilogy.

When I did this with Star Wars, there was an experimental component:  I’d never seen a Star Wars film, and I was wondering if the ‘Machete’ viewing order would make for a good experience.  Given that I’m one of the only people I know who enjoyed both of Episodes 2 and 3, I’d say it worked.

This time, the test is this:  I’ve never seen or read The Lord of the Rings, but I’ve consumed a lot of modern fantasy fiction that was influenced or inspired by Tolkien’s world.  I’ve also absorbed some LotR memes (“You shall not pass!”  ”My precious…”) along the way.  So will I be able to predict the original story?

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Star Wars Blog-Along: Episode VI, Hour 2

When we left off, Luke and Leia had stopped scouts from warning the force field base about the imminent Rebel sneak attack – but in the process, Leia was knocked from her flying jet-ski and is now missing.

Luke and Han have gone to look for her.

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Star Wars Blog-Along: Delay Explanation

Sorry for missing the post yesterday.  I tweaked my ankle and had to go get it looked at.  I don’t like medical places, because of reasons, so my mood was ruined by nighttime; I wouldn’t have enjoyed watching the second half of Return of the Jedi, and you wouldn’t have enjoyed my half-hearted commentary.

I’ll see you in…about eighteen hours, like normal but a day late.

Star Wars Blog-Along: Episode VI, Hour 1

A few hours ago, I posted my thoughts on the Machete viewing order.  Just saying, in case you missed it.

Now, let’s (start to) conclude that order with Episode VI.  Luke’s been shaken by the revelation that Darth Vader is his father, Han is frozen in carbonite, and our heroes are off to Tatooine to rescue him.

0:00:    A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

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Star Wars Blog-Along: Machete Order Analysis

Let’s talk about the Machete viewing order.

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Star Wars Blog-Along: Episode III, Hour 2

Alright, I’ve been looking forward to this all day.  A lot of questions are about to get answered.

One more reminder:  After this movie, I’m jumping back to where I left off in the original trilogy.  I’ll finish the Machete viewing order with Episode VI, then spend two more days on Episode I as a bonus feature.  That will end the project, at least for now.

0:59:    Anakin is about to tell the Chancellor, who is also presumably Darth Sidious, that Grievous is doomed.  I expect that will be the catalyst that sends everything to hell.

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Star Wars Blog-Along: Episode III, Hour 1

Last time, we found out that Darth Sidious has been orchestrating both sides of this war.  He’s sent Darth Tyranus to buy a droid army, and he’s manipulated the Senate into authorizing the deployment of an army of…slave clone conscripts.  He also has the Death Star Plans.

Meanwhile, Anakin – already on his way to the Dark Side – has eloped with Padmé.

Could we be any more doomed?  Let’s find out.

0:00:    “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…”

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Star Wars Blog-Along: Episode II, Hour 2

Let’s just continue where we left off.

1:00:    Jango Fett has escaped – mostly.  He and his son launched from Kamino without Obi-Wan – but not before Obi-Wan could attach a tracker to their ship.  He’ll follow them, I’m sure.

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