Which order should I watch Star Wars movies?

I’m planning on some content changes and want to talk more about some of my other passions. A big one is Star Wars, it’s been a constant through my life and I wanted to share my love for the series more.

In preparing for this year I wanted to do a rewatch, writing down my thoughts on each movie and maybe even doing a podcast.

Here’s the order that I’m going to be watching them in

  • Episode I
  • Episode II
  • Episode III
  • Solo
  • Rogue One
  • New hope
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Return of the Jedi
  • The Force Awakens
  • The Last Jedi

Watch this space…

Why I cancelled Netflix

It occurred to me whilst watching something on iTunes the other day, why am I not getting the most out of my Netflix subscription? I was paying for the 4K HDR package but I always fall back to the comfort food of watching a favourite film.

So the next day I made a concerted effort to go through the content and see what I could get into. On searching through the listings it hit me, the original content is just so bleak these days.

My Marvel favourites are all cancelled and whilst I’m waiting for Stranger Things 3 there’s nothing on there that I get any joy from. Unbreakable and Glow are particular highlights for me but one has stopped and the other cancelled so I’m wondering why I paid £9.99 for something I wasn’t watching.

I’ve ended up cancelling my £9.99 with Netflix and put £4.99 of it into DisneyLife instead. It’s not quite Disney+ yet but I have access to all of the Disney back catalog, Pixar, Marvel cartoons and Star Wars. I wanted to finish off season 4 of Star Wars Rebels and get into Resistance so makes sense to me to do this service for a bit.

2019 is going to be very interesting once we get full on Disney+ and Apple offering their own content, time to check on my TV budget.

Avengers End Game (TV Spot)

Well we didn’t get a Star Wars Episode 9 trailer last night but we did get a TV Spot for End Game. Wow, it’s easy to forget how close we are to the release (April).

This trailer concentrates on our core characters and the general state of the world post the Thanos snap.

Cap looks in a dark place in this and the last trailer so I’m not keeping my hopes up that he’ll get through this one (I’ll be taking my tissues just in case).


Could Apple put your content on it’s video streaming service?

I had a thought last night that I wanted to put down somewhere, thinking aloud so to speak. I’ve been thinking a lot about how I could leave Google and the main sticking point is how I get rid of YouTube. I have a smallish set of creators that I follow and want to see their content but really hate that the suggestions always seem to slant towards the negative and click bait videos. It’s also where most movie companies drop their trailers first so end up being pushed onto their platform some way or other. Oh and don’t forget all the copyright laws being broken.

It got me thinking about the rumoured Apple streaming service and then it hit me.

What if Apple allowed user uploaded content? Think of it like Apple Podcasts in that you create your content and submit a feed. This gets vetted and then approved and hey presto you’re on Apple TV.

I understand that given the volume it wouldn’t be easy to figure out the logistics of it all and the technology behind it but as an idea I like the notion of Apple creating a YouTube competitor.

One main issue though is monetisation. My only thought here is Apple give a percentage of the monthly user fee to the creator.

What’s do you think, am I living in a fantasy world or would you like to see Apple go in this direction?

Don’t expect Disney+ in the UK

Sadly when I read the following I dreaded thinking about what might happen for us in the UK.

Notice launch in the US.

For a Star Wars fan looking forward to The Mandalorian it’s got me worried.

I’m thinking that Disney will instead push TV onto their SKY channels as they did for Rebels, alienating an entire audience who doesn’t want to pay for subscription TV.

I’m really hoping I’m wrong.

Will Thanos be the villain in Avengers: Endgame?

I love this image of the Thanos armour in the new trailer. As per the comic books he looks to have become a farmer and stopped his desire for power. The comic plays a bit different to the movies where he loses the gauntlet after the snap thanks to his arrogance then retires to a plant for the simpler life having failed.

Given he has retired I’m thinking he’s done fighting but the Avengers will still need to get the gauntlet to reverse the snap. The question is will be put up a fight? With the reintroduction of Ant-Man and the quantum realm they might not even need him if they can mess with time.

It’s very interesting thinking that Thanos might not even have a big part to play, I don’t think he will.

I think it’ll be more of a time travelling adventure to stop the stones in the first place.

Hawkeye becomes Ronin in Avengers: Endgame

This was a cool moment in the new Avengers trailer, Hawkeye appears to have embraced his dark side and become Ronin. I’m assuming that his family were dusted in the snap.

In the comic books this happens after Civil War, it’s a samurai term and generally means going at it alone. Looks like he’s after a particular person or group in the trailer.

He does go back to Hawkeye in the comic books but it’ll be interesting to see where it takes him in the movies and his relationship with black widow.