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Read Upright Women Wanted

Read Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

In Upright Women Wanted, award-winning author Sarah Gailey reinvents the pulp Western with an explicitly antifascist, near-future story of queer identity.

Short but with a full world. Felt the right length. Love the concept of secret queer traveling librarians moving through a post apocalyptic West distributing propaganda (and of course other things). Only complaint is the short timeline between seeing her BFF* hang and being interested in someone else.

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Watched The Mandalorian S2E5

Watched The Mandalorian from Disney

The Mandalorian is a TV series starring Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, and Gina Carano. The travels of a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.

Another very western episode, which I enjoyed more. The ultimatum with a deadline, made by the honorable hero, granting the bad guy one last chance to change their mind. The seige on the fort. The showdown.

Cool set and lightning of the foggy, eerie burned forest as Ahsoka makes her appearance.

The writers really, really let down their merch and character design teams by giving The Child such a shitty name.

Rolled my eyes at Ahsoka being able to camp undetected in a burned forest. Also the planet has charismatic megafauna that conveniently eat burned trees.

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Watched The Mandalorian S2E2

Watched The Mandalorian from Disney+

The Mandalorian is a TV series starring Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, and Gina Carano. The travels of a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.

Frankly, a bad episode.

I suspect the writers didn’t have quite enough plot this season and are dragging their feet, turning elements of the story that should have been ten second cuts into full episodes. Another meaningless episode, this one I suspect not even setting up anything important to the story that couldn’t have been conveyed without the use of an entire episode (two facts stand out, a small piece of background about the Mandalorian telling us he’s a Good Guy and a fan service appearance). What a waste of storytelling time.

What I took from the episode was the moral ambiguity of both the Mandalorian and The Child, thanks to a relatively pointless short scene at the beginning and a running gag through the show. They seem to be chaotic neutral.

Really hate the mechanic character they’ve latched onto as their conveyor of plot contrivance and exposition. Poorly written and overacted.

I’m not a Star Wars fan so I am here for the storytelling, and have little sympathy for just playing around in the world. If episode 3 continues to be a waste of time I’ll reconsider whether the show is worth watching.

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Watched The Mandalorian S2E1

Watched The Mandalorian from Disney+

The Mandalorian is a TV series starring Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, and Gina Carano. The travels of a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.

Extremely Western episode, still seeming to follow a monster of the week episode style. Starting off with a betrayal the hero escapes from despite having multiple guns drawn on him, then the bar in a remote town where he’s looking for a stranger, a confrontation with no room for The Man to budge, and a standoff. The Mandalorian playing the part of a Louis Lamour hero who knows the ways of the native people (the Tusken raiders) and respects them, while everyone else is racist shitbags. A throwaway episode but entertaining enough to introduce a new season and remind us of his new quest. One earlu scene was way too Disney-fied in my opinion, soaring triumphant music, “adorable” clumsy robots, and cheesey banter disguising exposition. Hoping they resist the urge for too many of those.