I have a bit of an issue with Snoke and the emperor before him... How is it that these ugly, stereotypically evil looking individuals seduce people to joining the dark side? They have these giant holographic projections that loom threateningly over you, they scowl and bare their teeth.... I'd prefer that they appeared to be less evil, and more nuanced.
I personally hope Rey isn't related to the Skywalkers. One thing that I don't like about Star Wars in general is that it seems like a big family reunion show. The galaxy should be huge, but the time to travel between systems is minimal and everyone important is related to the Skywalkers. I like the fact that Kylo Ren is an insecure wannabe... to me that makes him really scary, because it makes sense that people who are insecure and trying to prove themselves can be pretty dangerous. Do we really expect Ren to have survived? Speaking of Ren, we had the Sith before, now we have the "Rens?" What's next? In another 30 years we'll have a group of bad guys that start with Q? The Quagaars, perhaps? I don't like Rey being able to swordfight with Kylo Ren without any training.... I think anyone can swing a sword, but being able to swordfight against someone who knows what they are doing seems like a very different thing.
Quick thought: if paramount were to look at what axanar has done, it sounds like they have put out a work that the fans really like and are willing to support... The argument that this is the trek that the fans want sounds valid. At what point might it not be a bad idea for a studio to partner with such a production to make it official? The sounds like a simple idea, and I'm sure details would be tricky, but a studio could benefit by letting amateurs prove a storyline to be popular with fans, and then they could run with it. I'm thinking of a way to let fans and fanfic help guide what the networks do with these properties that they already love.
Yet another Blake's 7 podcast has appeared, for those who can't get enough.... It's called the "Down and Safe Podcast" and it's hosted by four people who are sci fi writers. One is "in the Ian position" I have to wonder if the supposed reboot hasn't generated interest in the classic series....
Going back to classic arcade stuff, I'd say that "Sinistar" (1982) was groundbreaking for being the first (that I know of) to actually have the bad guy jump onto the screen with a roar and scare you enough to make you jump.
Enjoyed the 90s references in hearing this episode. I feel like all that was lacking in 90s references were "mentos moments", "X games" and "eXtreme sports" and that loud soft drink made just for gen x, "SURGE!"