The Evening Post: Starstruck CBS Pilot From The 1970’s


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All right, tonight I am embedding a pilot to a Star Wars like TV show that only lasted one episode!  Starstruck was a CBS show that first aired in 1979.  This failed sci-fi comedy featured a family called the McAllister’s opening a restaurant in outer space.  If you want to see a very long and drawn out intro, bad writing, weird people in costumes, and a laugh track that makes no sense, enjoy the 26 minute video below!

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The Evening Post: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer


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All Star Wars fans, your first trailer is now here!  Although this trailer did not give us much at all, it was a good short trailer!  I really liked the Seth with that sword looking lightsaber.  So, enjoy the first trailer below, and get ready one year from now to see the movie!

Watch The Amazing Hummingbird Feeding Video From Smarter Every Day


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Wow, does SmarterEveryDay put out some great videos!  In their latest video, Destin Sandlin travels to Ramona in Grant, Alabama, where she has a lot of hummingbird feeders around her house.  Then, Destin takes all of the feeders down, and inserts one small feeder in his mouth, and it does not take long for one hummingbird to feed from the hummingbird feeder, all in slow motion!  This is some amazing footage!  And great job Destlin wearing that Star Wars shirt.

If you liked these hummingbirds, like Romona’s Facebook page Gunter Mountain Photography at: https://www.facebook.com/GunterMountainPhotography

And unlike the tattooing videos, this video is great for the entire family, kids will love watching this video during the Thanksgiving holidays, enjoy!

The Evening Post: The Empire Strikes Back Uncut


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If you have two hours of your time, I have a video just for you!  Star Wars and Lucasfilm launched the The Empire Strikes Back Uncut project in 2013.  They wanted everyday fans to create 15 second scenes from the classic movie The Empire Strikes Back.  Lucasfilm got over 1500 submissions, and the movie below includes 480 fan made segments!  The movie below features a mash-up of styles and filmmaking techniques, including live action, animation, and stop-motion.  So, if you love Star Wars, or are a geek/nerd, sit back and enjoy below!

Animation Monday: Star Wars Rebels


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Over the weekend, the new series Star Wars Rebels premiered on Disney Channel.  The new series is set 14 years after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and 5 years before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Rebels takes place during an era when the Galactic Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights while a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking form.  The pilot was an one hour movie titled “Spark of Rebellion”, and so far, I thought this series has a much better feel than Clone Wars, although some of the animation could have been better.

The new series features a motley group of rebels that band together aboard a freighter starship called the Ghost.  At the beginning, we meet Ezra, who likes to steal and take advantage of others to survive.  Some people are comparing Ezra to another Disney character, Aladdin.  And I have to admit, they look very similar!

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Let’s start with the animation qualities, which I had some trouble with in some places.  The main characters had good animation qualities, the animated action scenes like the shootings, space scenes, and fighting was great.  But some of the side characters were poorly animated!  I especially found the animation of the Wookiees as very poor!  The Wookiee looked like they came straight from Toy Story.  The Wookiees looked like real plastic toys.  I hope the Wookiees are better animated in future episodes.

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As for the storyline, I was very impressed with it!  A lot of people have said that Rebels has a more unique Star Wars feel and has a better Star Wars like story arc than Clone Wars.  I have to agree with these people!  I never got bored watching Spark of Rebellion.  Ezra is that person who has given up on society, and has become the bad person to survive.  He has to make a decision that not only changes his life, but the lives of many other people in the Star Wars universe.  Throughout the first episode, he keeps saying “I am not a kid.”  I give the writers some props for developing Ezra in the first episode, I hope we get to see more character development from Ezra in the series.

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The main cast is also all misfit characters who don’t fit in the Galactic Empire.  Kind of like me, who thinks a lot differently than many other people here in Alabama, when it comes to politics, and how to turn around a depressed town around.  Kanan is a Jedi survivor who is critical and sometimes grumpy.  Hera really knows how to pilot the Ghost and likes action.  Sabine really likes explosives, as you can see in the pilot.  And Zeb is mostly very critical and left Ezra behind, how cruel!  I will be interested to see these characters develop in the series.

Overall, I felt like Star Wars Rebels was more like the original trilogy we saw back in the 1970’s/1980’s.  I enjoyed the storylines, humor, and the action.  The animators do a really good job with the action scenes, but could improve on the animated characters.  I think we will see the character development and storylines improve throughout season one, I hope.  Disney has already ordered a season two, before the series even premiered!  So, we will be seeing lots more Star Wars Rebels.  New episodes air on Monday nights on DisneyXD.

Learn more about Star Wars Rebels at: http://www.starwars.com/tv-shows/star-wars-rebels

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