A Summer of Pop Culture

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A still from the trailer for “Resistance”. Photo credit to starwars.com

Nicholas Silva, Layout Editor

Although Summer vacation has unfortunately come to a sudden and rather warm close, a lot happened over its course which will have implications in the Pop Culture world in the coming year. To cover everything that happened would be a truly daunting task, but here are some of the highlights:

New Trailer for Star Wars: Resistance

Star Wars Resistance is the new anime-inspired show taking place between the events of “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens” in the ever expanding Star Wars universe. The show was first revealed back in April, however very little information or even a release date, was disclosed. Just this month, however, Disney released a trailer for the show, and revealed that it will release on the Disney Channel Sunday, October 7, oddly at 10PM, which is late for a normal kids’ show. Perhaps this one will not be quite as ‘Disnified’ as “Rebels” was.

Star Wars Episode 9 Cast Released

Even less is known about the next movie in the sequel trilogy than the next animated adventure, however more light is slowly being shown on it. This light, however, only reveals further mysteries. The major players -Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, and Adam Driver- are returning. Also, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher have been included in a cast list put forward by Star Wars earlier this month. It has been revealed that the movie will utilize unused footage from“The Force Awakens” to form Leia’s scenes. Rumors of a potential live-action appearance of Imperial mastermind Grand Admiral Thrawn have also been spawned by the inclusion of several names -such as Matt Smith- into the cast list, none of whom have currently identified characters.

Mission Impossible: Fallout

This past July, “Mission Impossible: Fallout” hits theaters, providing an amazing movie which tied together many aspects of the previous films, and began right where its predecessor, “Rogue Nation”, left off. The movie had a major box office success, and had the highest grossing opening weekend in the franchise’s history, taking in just over $61 million dollars. The movie did not disappoint in providing the thrill ride expected from “Mission Impossible”, and featured an unusually well designed plot.

The Meg

This summer blockbuster splashed onto screens with a stunning $44 million dollar opening weekend halfway through August. Perhaps the film would have been better suited earlier in the year to capture the attention of all future beach-goers, but it still did just fine. The story was on par with most shark movies -humans mess up, shark appears, people get eaten, someone yells “SHARK!” and all is resolved- but it did feature some innovative features, such how the Megalodon was introduced in the very beginning. At the least, it was not just a reskin of “Jaws” with Jason Statham. The actor wasn’t so happy though, saying that the original script for “The Meg” was much darker and gore-filled, and that is what he was signing up for.

Halo Returning to the Origin of Games

Microsoft’s exclusive and lucrative “Halo” franchise has now branched from Xbox to arcades -specifically Dave & Buster’s- with Fireteam Raven, and the game has been met with mixed reactions. It is a four person shooter, and being an arcade game, does not have any of the storytelling of a normal Halo experience. It follows Fireteam Raven, a group of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs), but simply throws a volley of Halo foes from Combat Evolved at the players, superimposed over some decent scenery from Alpha Halo. It is certainly no masterpiece, but it still is a decent experience for any Halo fan willing to dish out their money for a few dozen minutes of entertainment.

 

Many new shows and movies have also been announced, most with expected releases in 2020, including a sequel to “A Quiet Place”. Also teased is a new “Lord of the Rings” TV show which will be released in 2021 by Amazon and is expected to span multiple seasons.