Long time no life update! Recently I’ve been really into Star Wars — like, really into it.
It all started when Michael wanted to play this Star Wars tabletop game called X Wing. I wasn’t really into it at first, but it’s a two-player game and he really wanted to play. So we started off by watching all the Star Wars movies in the span of a little over a week to hype us up for the game. And I loved them! (With the exception of Episode II, cause it’s a pretty shitty excuse of a love story.)
In the end it gave me the same feeling that watching and reading Harry Potter did, and nothing’s been able to match that before. It amazes me how over the span of 40 years, Star Wars is still going strong. We also didn’t realize that Leia was such a strong female character, especially since the first film was made in the 1970s!
(The next paragraph contains spoilers for The Last Jedi, though I tried to make it as obscure as possible. Still, I’d recommend to skip it if you haven’t seen it yet!)
We watched The Last Jedi in theatres and it was so good. I know everyone either loved it or hated it with nothing in between. Some people were criticizing that the film had no real plot, but I think that’s the beauty of it. We’re used to the films where the mission seems like it’s failing but then the characters find a miraculous way to succeed. Every single one of their missions failed, and it’s a breath of fresh air.
So anyway, back to X Wing! It looks like a really complicated game, but it’s easy to understand when you get the hang of it and it’s a lot of fun! It’s kinda nerdy too, in the way that you have to meticulously measure out your flight path. The figures are beautifully detailed and I always feel bad about putting them back into their boxes. And there’s even a community dedicated to the game with tournaments and everything! It’s not the most cost-efficient since you have to buy the ships outside of the core set separately (We may or may not have added 10+ ships in our collection since we started playing it a month ago).
I picked up a Poe Dameron comic at a local comic book shop in Mississauga. The story is based on what happens before the beginning of the third trilogy, and the end of the first. There are other comics featuring other characters like Chewy and Han, but Poe is my favorite (mostly because he’s one of my favorite pilots to play in X-Wing, and BB8 is one of my favorites too!).
I got a Star Wars themed Moleskine, too! The purchase was 100% prompted by the X-Wing game since the cover has Tie Fighters, a Tie Advanced, and an X-Wing in battle. The pages are lined and I wish it was blank or sketchbook paper instead, but oh well. I’ll find a use for it eventually (I say this as I have a stack of unused notebooks sitting in a corner of my room).