The Right Way To Watch Star Wars

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Usually you would think that a straight up watching order of 1, 2, 3 etc would be pretty straight forward, and once upon a time (in a galaxy far far away) this was the case, but however thanks to multiple prequels, sequels and tie in series the Star Wars viewing experience suddenly became a lot more complicated. But I have a handy guide put together right here so that the force can be with you too.

Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 

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Episode 2: Attack of the Clones 

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The Clone Wars (Feature Length CGI Animated Film)

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The Clone Wars (CGI Series 1-6)

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The Clone Wars (2D animated TV series 1-2)

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Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 

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Droids (Animated Series 1)

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Solo 

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Star Wars Rebels (Series 1-4) 

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Rogue One

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Episode IV:  A New Hope

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Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

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Ewoks: Caravan of Courage 

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Ewoks: Battle for Endor 

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Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi

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The Mandalorian (Series 1-)

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Star Wars Resistance (Series 1-)

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Episode VII: The Force Awakens

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Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

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Episode IX: 

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Non Canon- Ewoks animated series 1-2

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Ranking The Star Trek Series

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Many many years ago, Jessica and I made a deal, that she would sit through all of Doctor Who (that still exists) if I were to sit through all of the varying Star Trek series. So after making some good progress through them (I haven’t quite managed all, but have made headway in most series) here are the shows that I have liked ranked from worst to best

Star Trek Discovery

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It lacked the campness of the original runs, and was to violent, and didn’t really feel true to the original.

The Animated Series

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I’m not sure if it was down to it being animated, its uncertain place in canon or its shorter episode times, but I found it difficult to get into the animated series

Voyager

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Voyager wasn’t actually a bad little show, but it felt like a rip off of so many other shows most notably lost in space.

The Next Generation

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The next generation had a lot to recommend it, Patrick Stewart, Warf, and the Borg (even if they are just a Cyberman rip off from Doctor Who).

Deep Space Nine

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I liked the whole idea of a fixed place for a Star Trek show, the whole premise was boldly going where no one has gone before. But it was good to see what happens when the federation boldly stays.  I also loved the interactions between the Ferengi characters and the law enforcement officer Odo

Enterprise

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It was a Star Trek origin show, which saw humans out of their depth unchaperoned out in the universe, boldly going for the first time. You got to see the preconceived notions of humanity challenged at every turn, but then see the universes reactions to humanity reform as well.

The Original Series 

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Kirk, Spock and a whole host of camp sci-fi antics, there is no way that this wan’t going to be my favourite incarnation of trek.

Careers That I Might Just Pack It All In And Pursue

I have to be honest over the last few weeks I’ve been feeling a little bit flat and the thought of running off to some tropical island paradise and opening a rum shack on some beach sounds awesome. So here is a look at some back up options for my life at the moment.

Bartender In The Caribbean 

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This would be the ideal goal, just pack up and head to somewhere coastal on the equator, and build a little wooden shack on the beach with cold beer, endless rum and a fantastic wine list, and best of all whatever I want to put on the Jukebox.

Gigolo 

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I’d probably have better luck being paid not to turn up on dates with women, but as long as my wife got her cut I’m sure she wouldn’t mind excessively.

Curator at an Art Gallery 

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I don’t really know a lot about art other than what I like to look at, but I can adopt the sort of snooty demeanour that goes with the territory, I don’t see why I couldn’t pressure people to buy third rate reproductionist crap just by giving them a withering glance.

Party Planner  

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In spite of the stress that goes with them, I actually enjoy throwing parties, attending them less so, but the actual planning and throwing of them is something that I enjoy in a somewhat masochistic sort of way.

Wine Snob 

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I could probably work in a wine and speciality spirits shop. I know a lot about booze, and and can really put on a sort of snooty I’m better than you will ever be kind of attitude.

Fashion Designer

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I cant draw, and I really can’t sew (it took me about 2 hours to sew six buttons on various waistcoats and jackets the other day), but I wouldn’t let that stop me from designing men’s clothes and accessories, (see the cufflinks I designed here, and the council tie I designed here).

Drunken Writer

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If you’ve read this blog more than once you would probably think that this is the best career choice I could possibly have to fall back on. Most of my best stories and blog posts come from drinking. Whether that’s from a great story to tell, a startling hungover realisation, or some witty bon mot filled piece about some spectacularly sumptuous tipple that I’ve dared to drain in the past day or so.  I’d probably strive more towards Hemingway than Bukowski but I’d need to get a few more things published, if only as I would need an income to fund the drinking.

I’ll probably never give up on local government and politics but its nice to know that there are a few professions that I could fall back on if I’m hit with an early scandal.

New Toys: Marianna Reviews Her New Bowser Plush

Since I got a nintendo Wii (mainly to play Gamecube games, since to buy a second hand wii was £9, but a second hand Gamecube is over £50) Marianna has been obsessed by The Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario games. This has since been fuelled by introducing her to the Legend of Zelda, Sonic X and Super Mario Brothers cartoons, courtesy of Youtube.

So with that in mind I’ve slowly been getting her some plush toys from all of the above. (See her Zelda review here) So without further adieu, here is what Marianna thinks of her latest acquisition.

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I don’t like his sharp teeth, I don’t like his sharp fingernails, they scram people, he eats people with his sharp teeth, When we play he captures the princesses, hes very soft and very cwthcy, his back is good, because his back spikes aren’t sharp. He’s a good toy, his white bit is good (on his shell) he’s fun to play with, I make his jump soooooo high, thats all. 

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Marianna seems to like him as a toy, but can’t get over the fact that he’s meant to be a bad guy, that really doesn’t endear him to her. However as Bad Guys go in her little games, Bowser is definitely someone that she loves to hate.

Book Review: The Black Magician Trilogy

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This is one of those series that I’ve wanted to read for the last decade and a half and when I finally picked it up after my massive fantasy buying spree early this year, I was a little wary, thinking that this wouldn’t live up to my expectations. To be fair I was doing that cardinal of literary sins and judging the books by their covers. I was so glad that I picked them up.

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They follow the Sonea a slum dweller who discovers that she possesses magical talents. And the trilogy really highlights class systems and how private educational establishments are really just full of snotty little rich brats with massive senses of entitlement. The Story first deals with how Sonea tries to avoid being taken into the Magicians Guild, owing to the slum dwellers regularly being purged by the cities magicians, and then after joining the guild in the struggles of the poor kid being bullied at school. The story then progresses onto the uses of black magic and the avoidance of a war.

Whilst you could draw parallels with the Harry Potter series and even such things as the Worst Witch, the book puts it own unique spin on the “magic school” genre with lots of little side plots and other interesting tit-bits throughout.

Trudi Canavan’s work is both engrossing and easy to follow, I find the main criticism that I have of Ms Canavan’s work is that when you pick up the book the next time you look up it’ll be five or six hours later and you wont have noticed the time go by. I’m thoroughly looking forward to picking up the sequel trilogy over the next few weeks. Its nice to be getting through all the fiction that I wanted to read this year.

What Fiction I’m Reading in 2019

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I actually have a plan, in which I’m going to read a different fictional book every other week. So here are the finalists for what I’m going to read this year.

Fire and Blood: A History of Targaryen Kings- George R R Martin

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Neverwhere- Neil Gaiman

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The Adventures of Tom Bombidil- J.R.R Tolkien 

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The Day of the Triffids- John Wyndham 

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The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents- Terry Pratchett 

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Dirk Gently’s Hollistic Detective Agency- Douglas Adams

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Unfinished Tales- J.R.R Tolkien

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Starship Troopers- Robert A. Heinlein

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The Magician’s Apprentice- Trudi Canavan

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The Silmarillion- J.R.R Tolkien

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard- JK Rowling 

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Anansi Boys- Neil Gaiman 

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Mistborn Trilogy- Brandon Sanderson 

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The Black Magician Trilogy- Trudi Canavan

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Dodger- Terry Pratchett

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The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul- Douglas Adams

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Beren and Luthien- J.R.R Tolkien 

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The Chronicles of Narnia- C.S Lewis

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American Gods- Neil Gaiman 

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The Traitor Spy Trilogy- Trudi Canavan 

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Orcs: Tales of Maras Dantia- Stan Nicholls 

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Sideways 3: Chile- Rex Pickett 

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The Fall of Gondolin- J.R.R Tolkien 

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Doctor Who The Krikkitmen- Douglas Adams 

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The Riftwar Saga- Raymond E Fiest

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How The Marquis Got His Coat Back

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I wonder how many of them I’ll actually manage to make it through by the end of the year?

My New Years Resolutions

This year I decided to make a resolution to do more cultural things which could include any of the following

  • Visit A Museum
  • Visit an Art Gallery
  • See A Play
  • Go to a concert
  • Go to the opera
  • take in a ballet

I actually enjoy all of these things and over the last year or two (or maybe since I became a parent) I’ve felt rather culturally starved. So to that end I’ve already got tickets to a play and a musical. I’m aiming to do at least one “cultural” thing a month, but will hopefully do more as the year goes on.

I’ve also made the usual eat more, drink more, smoke more and exercise less resolution that I often make, just because if I happen to break this resolution I can live with it.