TV Review: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Six months after Endgame, Sam Wilson struggles with the responsibility of handling the mantle of Captain America. Meanwhile Bucky Barnes, formerly known as the Winter Soldier, has been pardoned for his former crimes by the US Government following rehabilitation in Wakanda. Despite Steve’s choice of stepping down as Cap, Sam returned the shield to the government: believing that Steve’s legacy ended. Now that life has been returned to “normal” after Thanos’ Snap, the world has entered a new stage in which alliances between countries have been demobilized, and anti-patriotic organizations have been established (believing life was better when half of the world’s population was gone). Although, due to Sam’s choice of giving up the shield, the government chose a new “Captain America”. John Walker, a high-ranking member of the Army is chosen due to his strength, testament, and will. Despite his physical abilities, he lacks Steve’s heart and sees himself as a better embodiment of American values.

Following WandaVision’s end, I was thrilled for tFatWS to start, now being able to see Sam and Bucky interact more: and by interact I mean fight like a married couple. Since they were both snapped away, the concept of them working together to retrieve the shield back is what defines them as Steve’s right-hand men. But with Steve gone, I feel as if they’re missing apart of themselves. Although only three episodes have been released, I can’t wait to see what else Marvel has!

-Bree K.

Brooklyn 99: show review

“Let’s give the people want they want.” -Gina Linetti

Don’t get mad at me or anything but personally, Brooklyn 99 is a much better show than The Office or Friends. (If you chose to skip this post, no biggie-we all have preferences). I mean I’ve seen The Office and Friends since they’re extremely popular, but I feel as if the episodes were always predictable and sometimes, boring even. But with Brooklyn 99, every episode makes me laugh until my sides hurt. From the first episode, the foundation and purpose of the 99th Precinct are laid out with the arrival of the precinct’s new captain, Raymond Holt. Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) is the childish, yet ace investigator who maintains a high rate of successfully solved cases. The two officers being polar opposites find themselves in an amazing father-son bond that only grows as the series progresses, to the point where Jake calls Holt Captain Dad.

“I highly recommended this show, you will be in a state of euphoria.” -to be read in Holt’s voice.

-Bree K.

TV Review: WandaVision

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Wanda Maximoff and Vision are living the idealistic suburban life in Westview, New Jersey while attempting to conceal their powers and backgrounds. Maximoff has the ability to harness magic, telepathy, telekinesis, and alter reality. Vision on the other hand is an android built by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner from the artificial intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S. and Ultron as well as the Mind Stone. Every episode is set within a decade and influences from past TV sitcoms determine the episode’s plot. Starting in the 1950s with influence from I Love Lucy, each episode contains traditional sitcom-like adventures and jokes up until the early 2000s. The episodes also contain parodies of real-life commercials that hold hidden symbolism within the Marvel Universe. Although, Wanda and Vision’s life takes place within its own fictional sitcom, WandaVision, which is broadcasted on television.

I, personally, have been a Marvel fan for years and after seeing Endgame in its opening week I was so shocked and happy to discover the Phase Four plans for Marvel Entertainment. Considering the past year and a half of events, watching WandaVision and being able to see Maximoff and Vision was lightening. I highly recommend this show to anyone who has Disney+ and is a huge Marvel fan like myself.

-Bree K.

Film Review: Star Wars: A New Hope

“These are not the droids you are looking for.”

Star Wars: A New Hope, aka Episode IV, is the first installment of the original Star Wars trilogy, but the fourth episode of the “Skywalker Saga”. Luke Skywalker, a moisture farmer on the planet Tatooine, joins the former Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi to rescue Princess Leia Organa from the tyrannical Galactic Empire’s moon-sized weapon, the Death Star. Skywalker and Kenobi are joined by smuggler Han Solo and his Wookiee companion Chewbacca. Organa holds vital information regarding the Death Star’s construction plans that are carried by the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO, that will allow the Rebel Alliance to initiate an attack.

Considering my love for Star Wars, especially the original and prequel trilogies, A New Hope is a worldwide-considered masterpiece as well as being an icon in pop culture. Skywalker’s adventure on learning the ways of the Jedi through Kenobi sets the stones for his eventual destiny to restoring the Jedi Order and defeating the Sith Lord, Darth Vader. To any inspiring Star Wars fans, I highly recommend rewatching IV just for the thrill of seeing a lightsaber for the first time.

-Bree K.

Star Wars: A New Hope is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.

Star Wars- Revenge of the Sith review

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, is set three years after the onset of the Clone Wars. Jedi are spread throughout the galaxy, commanding their individual clone legions against the Separatists’ battle droids. The High Council dispatches Obi-Wan to hunt down General Grievous, the cyborg-Kaleesh leader of the Separatist army. Meanwhile, Anakin begins to suffer from nightmares depicting Padme’s death in childbirth. Afraid of losing her, Skywalker is tasked to spy on the Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who is secretly the master of orchestrating the Clone Wars, Sith Lord Darth Sidious. Following an assassination attempt by Jedi Master Mace Windu, Palpatine manipulates Anakin into turning to the dark side of the Force, anointing him as his apprentice, Darth Vader.

RotS is my favorite Star Wars movie (definitely not cuz of Obi-Wan), but for its significant impact on the Star Wars fanbase. The movie covers Anakin’s fall to the dark side as well as Order 66, the galaxy-wide and years-long genocide of the Jedi Order. I find it completely normal that I can recite the entire script of the movie as well as remembering every meme format 🙂

-Bree K.

Revenge of the Sith is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.

Film Review: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi, aka Episode VI, is the final installment in the original trilogy, as well as the sixth film in the “Skywalker Saga”. A year after Vader’s revelation, the Galactic Empire is constructing a second Death Star under the Emperor’s watch in an attempt to abolish the Rebel Alliance. In response, the remaining Rebel Fleet launches a full-scale attack on the Death Star to prevent its completion and kill the Emperor, ending his totalitarian rule. Meanwhile, Luke (now a Jedi Knight), struggles to bring Vader back to the light side of the Force.

RotJ serves as the concluding film to George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy, effectively ending the climactic arc of Luke Skywalker and his path to becoming a fully-fledged Jedi Knight. After Kenobi’s force ghost confirms Vader as Luke’s father, he also reveals Leia to be Luke’s twin sister. With this new information, Luke’s attempt to redeem Vader is successful at the film’s end, bringing back the once lost Anakin Skywalker to the light side.

-Bree K.

Star Wars Return of the Jedi is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars review

The Clone Wars is set in the fictional Star Wars galaxy during the three-year gap between Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Following the First Battle of Geonosis, the Galactic Republic (supported by the Jedi Order), is at war with the Confederacy of Independent Systems (organized by Sith Lord Count Dooku). Unknown to the Jedi, Dooku’s master, Darth Sidious is playing the strings of both sides, all part of his plan to eliminate the Jedi and gain the power to establish a new autocratic governing state.

The Clone Wars mainly focuses on the many battles between the Republic and Separatists (the Confederacy), as well as delving deeper into Anakin Skywalker’s eventual path to becoming Darth Vader. The individuality of the clone troopers is shown throughout many of the show’s arcs as well as the people’s loss of faith in the Jedi Order.

To any Star Wars fans like myself, watching The Clone Wars to further see the tragedy of Anakin Skywalker and the Republic is essential to knowing the plot behind George Lucas’ masterpiece of the Star Wars Universe. The three-year gap between Episodes II and III are well written out in the show, and we even get to meet Skywalker’s Padawan, Ahsoka Tano.

-Bree K.