SPOILER-FILLED MOVIE REVIEW: "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens"

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This is not in any way intended to step on Flabbergasted's review from yesterday. I just figured that this was a big enough movie that it could support several reviews from several different angles. Anyone else who wants to review it should jump in with theirs as well. Also: please note that my spelling of the names is probably way off, as my hearing isn't great.

Anyway:

 

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Force is strong in this on. Go see it.

Go see it now!

Gripping events happen. People react to them like real people. There's even genuine humor. As an added plus, the folks with Force powers don't act like total idiots. You know, all the stuff that was missing from the still-life merchandising scam Lucas tried to pass off as a prequel trilogy.

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The Expanse: "The Big Empty," 'Remember the Cant," and "CQB" (Season 1, Episodes 2-4)

Four episodes in this is a good show. (Confession: I watched episodes 3 and 4 online in advance). It's well written, decently paced, solidly acted and has some impressive special effects for cable TV. It's not only doing world building--it looks like it might have a world worth building.

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