FMI Special: The Force Awakens

Welcome to Faster and More Intense’s Force Awakens Special!  Hosts Shiloh and George talk all about The Force Awakens: What we liked, what we didn’t, and all of our favorite and least favorite things about the new movie.  It’ll be a blast.  Have a listen, won’t you?

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Vader Down #1.

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Our review of Vader Down#1

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Our next Han Solo? Meet Poe Dameron

Oscar Isaac announced at The Force Awakens panel at Star Wars Celebration last April that his character, Poe Dameron, was “the best fricken pilot in the galaxy.”

Confident. Cocky. A bragger with swagger.

I’m very much looking forward to seeing Poe on screen December 17th – in IMAX 3D, no less – because of that smugness. He’s my choice for the character I’m most looking forward to when The Force Awakens is released next month – and the topic of this month’s Star Wars ComLINKS.

As an “original” Star Wars fan, as I affectionately refer to myself having grown up with the Original Trilogy (I was 9 when Return of the Jedi was released – the first installment of the saga I saw on the big screen), I always aligned myself closest to Han Solo. His confidence and cockiness was immensely alluring. He was cool. He was a helluva pilot. A gambler and a scoundrel, of course. He got the girl, he was heroic, and he got paid! A solid day’s work and my kind of dude. Han was the Star Wars character I role played the most as a youngling.


Poe is our next Han Solo – at least I’m hoping so. All we’ve really seen from the teasers and trailers for The Force Awakens is Poe yelling and piloting an X-wing in at least two different in-atmosphere battles. Disney Channel’s sneak peek on November 13th gave us a single Poe line of dialogue that signals a pivotal moment in the new film:

“We’ve got company.”

Coincidence that Han yelled something very similar to Luke on the Death Star? I think not.

One of my favorite scenes from the full trailer for The Force Awakens that was released during Monday Night Football on ESPN in October was Poe being tortured by Kylo Ren. I immediately thought of the other Original Trilogy character who we saw being tortured on Cloud City – Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back.

With only a handful of shots and really just the one line of dialogue, it’s hard to draw many comparisons between Poe and Han, but if my insights are serving me well, I think we’ll leave the theater after seeing The Force Awakens with the realization that Poe Dameron is our next Han Solo. After all, both characters only have three letters in their first name and neither are Force sensitive (so far). I also think Poe and Finn will have a relationship like Han and Luke did. The scrolling scene of Poe and Finn running into each other in the full trailer reminded me of Han and Luke on Yavin 4 before the attack on first Death Star.poeandfinn

Will we see Poe exude confidence and cockiness? I do think so. Will he exhibit exceptional piloting skills and leadership qualities? For sure. A gambler and scoundrel? We’ll see. Will he be heroic and get the girl? I certainly am hoping for that.

One thing’s for certain – Poe’s story in The Force Awakens will have its ups and downs and that will make his character compelling for sure. Considering what we’ve seen and heard so far, Poe’s story within the grander story will be quite interesting. Considering also how he’s already been tied to the Original Trilogy with his parents being involved in the Battle of Endor and fighting the Empire alongside Han, Leia, and Chewie, Poe’s backstory is something I’m very much looking forward to learning about.

Come December 17th, I’ll be in my seat ready to experience The Force Awakens in all its glory. With so many new characters and a brand new story, I’m sure many favorites will emerge – from its characters, its ships, planets, and epic battles. Poe’s will be one of many and I can’t wait to see his character and his heroism first hand.

I’ll close with my BOLD prediction regarding Poe and The Force Awakens, which if it does come to fruition is sure to draw applause and cheers from the Star Wars faithful in those theater seats with me:

*** Poe will utter the classic Star Wars phrase: “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” ***

May the Force be with you.

Star Wars # 10 Comic Review

Galaxy readers! Thanks for being so patient. As you may have figured out we didn’t do a comic review last month in a text form as Shiloh, Paul and George did a podcast review.

I’ll be still reviewing issues of Star Wars and Darth Vader ongoing as well as being a co-host on our NEW podcast Galactic Graphics! (kermit flail) yaaay!

Anywho enough about us here at FMI lets get down the reviews of issues 10 & 11 in the main Star Wars line.

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Rebels Ramble #2: Relics of the Old Republic

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Hello friends, George Kostal hosts the initial episode of this seasons Rebels Ramble! Matt White and Henry H. (Narthax) helped give opinions and insight into the new seasons stories and speculation of what to expect within this season of Star Wars: Rebels!

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FMI#10-A S.J. Dann’s Star-fall and Star Wars… Part 2

Hello again everyone thanks for joining us for part 2 of S.J. Dann’s Star-Fall project interview and discussion.

I flew solo with our guest host S.J. Dann, who also flies by the handle of Starfall on various sites such as He has his own customizing project he hopes to turn into a sci-fi-fantasy franchise under the same name Starfall.

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Star Wars #9… Don’t let this be the end of the Jedi.

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Were back with issue #9 of STAR WARS: Showdown on the Smuggler’s Moon. We review this month’s journey with smugglers, hutts, jedi and angry tough females who hate and love Han Solo, you couldn’t ask for more.

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Star Wars Shattered Empire writer Greg Rucka talks with about the upcoming title!

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Eisner winner Greg Rucka spoke with Dan Brooks over at about the upcoming 4 part comic series STAR WARS: Shattered Empire! We’re so excited to see new canon content after Return of the Jedi that FMI is flirting with an idea of a news stream… gasps. I know.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens behind the scenes footage

This was just released a few minutes ago during the Star Wars panel with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and yes… even scruffy Harrison Ford (for those that don’t know he usually doesn’t do shows/cons) at SDCC.

Below is the behind the scenes footage of The Force Awakens released just minutes ago and all I can say is that I’m impressed with what I’m seeing.

We’ll have more from San Diego Comic Con this weekend for the news section but until then we’ll have to be satisfied with the above… and I truly am.

More thoughts and ramblings to come!

Star Wars #6 Brings a lot… a lot, lot.

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Star Wars issue #6

Writer: Jason Aaron

Art: John Cassaday

Colorist: Laura Martin

Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos

Today we delve into the last issue of the first story arc of the re-imagined Star Wars universe since Marvel and its parent Company Disney have taken the reigns from Darkhorse. I must say the last six issues have been fun. For good and for bad at least things were new and intriguing.

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