Monday, 27 August 2012

Are we supposed to dislike Anakin Skywalker ?

A not so long time ago, on a not to distant screen a young adult pondered thoughts concerning a character which many grew more distant away from it's fans. Anakin Skywalker.

So to boil it down my lightsaber it's concluded by many that Anakin Skywalker pales into comparison to his bigger badder adult self, Darth Vader. But has anyone else thought that maybe this was the point ?

Darth Vader by all means is evil. Though he's iconic and sums many peoples childhoods. He's perfectly mastered his craft of villainy from the appearance to the chilling methods his uses.

So to essentially take more positive view to a source of negative feelings for the Star Wars franchise, were we supposed to simply hate Anakin from the start ?

Look as the characters grows up on screen. His appearance in Episode 1 smacks of Wesley Crusher, the know it all kid whose just simply to perfect to like. The ace pilot with a sense optimism and knowledge which puts many Jedi's to shame.

Of course this is the complete opposite to how he comes across in Episode 2. The villainous Sith has entered his teenage years and he's sure vocal about it. He's over emotional and that leads to choices which are foolish and aren't built on any justifiable reasoning making it hard for the audience to relate to him, in a sense this perfect make up of a villain, think how it is to relate to a Darlek or the Red Skull ?

In Episode three he's shockingly more level headed. In the space between films he seems to have been taking lessons from Captain Kirk as he becomes the level headed space hero. Though this doesn't last as he again moves closer to the dark side.

So that's kind of the transition, but maybe the point of Anakins transition was to make him more relatable and show off the fact that he too had a clunky growing up phase like the teenage tantrums and bad hair styles.

Though at the end of the day maybe we all hoped this bright young child would grow up to be a great hero and not tarnish someone's love of great villain.

To conclude we all knew what was coming we can't root for a bad guy and we all knew it was coming as these are prequels. So to make things better look at how their trying to make you dislike Anakin so the change doesn't come as much as a shock and cushion you when he puts on the black mask.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Could the Power Rangers work in the Marvel universe ?

So to continue what is likely to end up as one of my frequent blog topics (for now), Power Rangers. This time however I want to look at the idea how to logically approach a fan fiction crossover. The crossover I have in mind would how would the Marvel universe logically go across creating it's set of Power Rangers ?

Recruitment: So using my comic book knowledge I guess the most sensible way a group of new superheroes would get started in the Marvel universe might have begun the Initiative. For those who don't regularly read comics the Initiative served as a recruitment program for new superheroes for the state. So it'd make sense the five heroes journey and training would begin there.

Martial arts training: Maybe movie success is in the pipeline for them but there are many martial arts heroes scattered around the Marvel universe. So to master those un-realistic jump kicks who better to go to then Iron Fist, Daredevil and comic book Bruce Lee Shang-chi.

Costumes: That spandex best be made out of something sturdy to withstand all the explosions it'll come into contact with. So why not get the Fantastic four's Reed Richards to whip a couple of costumes made out of unstable molecules ? Never wearing and almost indestructible.

The mecha: No Power Ranger is complete without some over designed super robots. So whose best to go to when you need armoured weaponry ? Why Tony Stark of course !

Weaponry: You're bog standard Punisher weapon would not mesh in right with rainbow colour palette you need something flashy and something that demands close up fight sequences. So why not see Thor would kind of enough to loan some weapons from the Asgard armoury. I'm sure their would be a few personality suitable but censorship unfriendly weapons lying around.

The lovable and guiding commander: Ever team of rangers needs a Zordon, the wise leader who bestows guidance on the colour co-ordinated protagonists. Well I'm sure Nick Fury wouldn't mind bestowing some guidance ?

Villains: Well I'm sure their would be a spares lying around....