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Weekend Watch – Origins & Evolution of Godzilla
TAYLOR SALANSUNDAY, JUNE 02, 2019
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Weekend Watch – Origins & Evolution of Godzilla
Welcome to Weekend Watch, a recurring feature where we highlight some of the best geek-related videos around the web. Whether it’s short films, behind-the-scenes clips, video essays, or top 10 countdowns, the only requirement is that they are about our favorite geeky topics!

In this edition of Weekend Watch, we’re digging into the history and origins of “The Big G” to celebrate the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. With the stage now set for 2020 upcoming monster mash-up, Godzilla vs. Kong, there’s no better time to delve into the illustrious history of the titular character. We’ll start with a series of videos that explain Godzilla’s origins, his expanded history, and the true story behind the character. After this, we have a pair of videos that delve into the evolution of Godzilla’s visual design and powers.

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Shifting gears to the recent American interpretations, we have a video that details the previously introduced monsters. Next, we have a video essay that argues about the importance of King of the Monsters. Finally, we end with an excellent in-depth interview with King of the Monsters director Mike Dougherty.

Godzilla’s Origins Explained in 5 Minutes


Up first, we have a video from IGN that takes a brief look at the origins of Godzilla. Starting with the birth of the character as a metaphor for the nuclear age, it runs through the many eras of Godzilla lore. We also get a glimpse of Godzilla’s many foes throughout the years. Overall, this video serves as a quick refresher for the uninitiated.

History of Godzilla


Up next, we have a video from Variant that runs through the history of the character in a more detailed fashion. Even though this video was created around the release of 2014’s Godzilla, it’s still a great recap of his history. Along with further detailing his creation and origin, it also breaks down Godzilla’s various comic book runs.

Godzilla: The True Story


This video essay from Now This Nerd breaks down the long and storied evolution of the character. Although he certainly wasn’t the first Kaiju, Godzilla is certainly the most recognizable. The video covers the humble beginnings of the character by offering some insight into the making of the 1954 classic. It also covers the 1956 American re-release of Godzilla, as well as various eras thereafter. The dreaded 1998 film is also discussed, along with some of the more recent entries in the long-running franchise.

The History of Godzilla’s Spines & Atomic Breath




Getting even more specific into the history of the character, this pair of videos from DangerVille explores the visual changes to the design of the character throughout the decades. In particular, two of his most iconic features are detailed here – Godzilla’s Spines & Atomic Breath. As one of the most re-designed characters of all time, Godzilla has seen many visual interpretations. Consequently, both his atomic breath and spines have naturally evolved throughout the different eras. Both videos do a great job of pointing out the subtle changes behind his many iterations.

All Monsters In The Godzilla & Kong Monster-Verse


Shifting to the modern interpretation of the character, this video from Mr. Sunday Movies looks at all the monsters in Legendary’s Monster-Verse. Including King of the Monsters, the video details every monster introduced thus far, in order of release. It’s a humorous refresher on everything that’s been built up in this shared universe leading up to the aforementioned Godzilla vs. Kong.

The Importance of Godzilla: King of the Monsters


Next, this video via Up From the Depths takes a look at the importance of King of the Monsters. It argues that the latest film is a milestone in the franchise from a personal, singular perspective. That said, it provides valuable insight into why the character has managed to capture such a **** fan base over the decades. While the final film may have varied results, this video argues that King of the Monsters might very well be a watershed moment in terms of popularizing the genre for American audiences.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters Director Mike Dougherty Interview


Finally, we’ll close things out with an excellent interview via Collider with King of the Monsters co-writer/director Mike Dougherty. Multiple aspects of the production are covered, including conceiving the story, casting, influences, and much more. The director also addresses fan expectations, along with giving an overall insight into his experience making the epic monster movie. Additionally, Dougherty discusses some of his other genre work along with assessing the state of genre film in general. Most importantly, he also assesses the possibility of a sequel to his cult-classic film Trick r’ Treat.

What are your thoughts about King of the Monsters? How does it stack up against the rest of the Godzilla movies? Make sure to let us know in the comment section below!

TAGS: GODZILLA, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, WEEKEND WATCH

Read more at https://www.superherohype.com/movies/451437-godzilla-history-and-origins-explained#DoxC6lXs1L2YdhUY.99

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 on: June 03, 2019, 10:11:54 am 
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The Plot of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Is Basically 1978’s Battlestar Galactica
LUKE Y. THOMPSONSUNDAY, JUNE 02, 2019
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The Plot of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Is Basically 1978’s Battlestar Galactica
Star Wars: The Last Jedi continues to divide fans upset with the creative choices it made. For some, Luke Skywalker being a reluctant recluse didn’t feel right. To others, the Rose-Finn romance felt forced and annoying. And don’t get us started on Snoke. But while many of the creative choices felt like writer/director Rian Johnson’s original ideas (the light-speed ramming and the green milk scene, for example), a whole lot of them seemed familiar. Especially if you’ve seen 1978’s Battlestar Galactica.

Fans who favor the more recent reboot often dismiss classic Galactica, probably because the TV series had many cheesy moments. But the pilot –experienced by those of us who grew up overseas as a standalone movie — was something else entirely. With elaborate models, expensive effects, a large cast of memorable characters and a clear desire to compete with Star Wars, it was epic.

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Somehow we suspect that Johnson agrees, because The Last Jedi has a lot more in common with OG Battlestar Galactica than you might suspect.

A Rag-Tag Fleet on the Run
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Both movies begin with the premise that the enemy has wiped out the homebase for our heroes. In The Last Jedi, the Republic was taken out in the prior movie, and now the Resistance base has been destroyed as well. In Galactica, it’s the 12 Colonies, who fell for a peace offering by the Cylons. Naturally, the evil Cylons had no intention of keeping their word. The end result is the same: all of the remaining ships form a convoy to find safe haven before the Cylons/First Order can catch them. The Galactica is guided only by the legend of a place called Earth. The Resistance likewise hope that someone, somewhere will come to their aid. Although that hope was fairly nebulous, if we’re being honest.

A Hero’s Eyes Are Opened With a Cross-Class Love Interest
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Straight-arrow Apollo and reckless Starbuck were clearly based on Luke Skywalker and Han Solo back in the day, but they make decent mirrors for Poe and Finn as well. Apollo, a Colonial pilot who nonetheless comes from privilege, learns about the suffering of the underclass when he tries to distribute food among all of the ships that have joined their group. That’s where Apolo falls for Serina, a broadcaster and refugee who shows him how civilians are suffering. Together, they empower a small boy — Serina’s son, Boxey — who will one day become a Colonial Warrior himself when the show becomes Galactica 1980.

Finn, a hero who comes from the First Order, learns about the suffering of the underclasses from Rose, a working-class tech who falls for him. Together, they empower several small children, including one strongly implied to have future Jedi potential.

A Rival Authority Figure Threatens to Undo Everything
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The results here are different, but the twist is similar. Sire Uri, who believes the Cylons are no longer a threat, overrules Commander Adama. In The Last Jedi, Admiral Holdo appears to overrule a comatose General Leia. Holdo turns out to be right, Uri dead wrong, but both result in subterfuge by the best pilots on hand.

A Cute Space Animal, Mostly Irrelevant to the Plot, Steals the Show
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Yes, it’s true. Porgs are the Muffit II of the 21st century. Though we daresay there’s a touch of BB-8 in the robo-Daggit as well.

The Main Villain Is a Traitor Who Runs Afoul of His Boss
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Like Baltar, Kylo Ren once lived in good-guy civilization. But Kylo cemented his turn to evil by leading the destruction of a key base (in this case, the Jedi Temple). Although when Baltar runs afoul of Imperious Leader, it’s Imperious Leader who wins. However, Baltar proved so popular that the show retconned his death and the evil alien spared him for future episodes. We’ll see what they do with Snoke next movie, but suspect a partial retcon of some sort.

A Casino Planet Has a Dark Underbelly
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Go figure. You mean casinos, which seem fun, are also exploitative? Granted, that’s an obvious enough metaphor for anyone to grab on to. On Canto Bight, the rich get richer while happyily selling weapons to both sides. They also abuse the animals and children living down below. On Carillon, gamblers from all corners of the galaxy, good and bad, can’t believe their luck until the elevators go to the basement. That’s where they find themselves cocooned to become insect food.

The Bad Guys Beaten With a Bluff
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When the Resistance appears cornered on the planet Crait, and Kylo Ren approaches, Luke Skywalker fakes him out by pretending to be standing in front of him, ready to attack. Kylo buys it just long enough for the Resistance to escape.

When the Galactica team appears cornered on the planet Carillon, and a Cylon Basestar approaches, Starbuck and Apollo fake it out by pretending multiple viper squadrons are approaching, ready to attack. The Basestar buys it long enough to change course, and gets too close to the exploding planet’s surface. The Galactica escapes.

They’re Still a Rag-Tag Fleet, Now With Optimism
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Both The Last Jedi and Battlestar Galactica had to leave room for more. They do so in the same way. The last survivors of a great civilization, pared down and still on the run, know that somewhere out there they’ll find hope. Even as their primary enemy remains alive and determined to wipe them out somehow.

Do these similarities make The Last Jedi a complete rip-off? No more than the original Star Wars was a “rip-off” of Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress. Of course, the original Galactica faced a lawsuit for its similarities to the first Star Wars. Regardless, the parallels between The Last Jedi and Battlestar Galactica are numerous enough that we suspect it was a strong influence, conscious or otherwise.

How do you feel about the parallels between The Last Jedi and the original Battlestar Galactica? Let us know in the comment section below!

TAGS: BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, STAR WARS, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

Read more at https://www.superherohype.com/movies/451141-the-plot-of-star-wars-the-last-jedi-is-basically-1978s-battlestar-galactica#bpRv9aZ0vofgmeJg.99

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 on: June 02, 2019, 11:12:15 pm 
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