Star Wars Character's Can't Make Mistakes

Star Wars Character's Can't Make Mistakes

And it's really annoying. ALSO SPOILERS
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BE WARNED THIS WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI and for those who can't put two and two together if you read this and have not seen the movie you will find out things that happen in the movie. This is not a slight on your intelligence. We've all been on the internet. We all know those people exist.

Anyways onto the real point here.

Nobody can make mistakes in Star Wars. At least not the characters people like. Now on the surface, this seems like a good ploy on the writers part. The audience can't be mad if the characters they like if they don't make mistakes especially because Star Wars has a die-hard following and a passionate fanbase. But it's really just on the surface. Everyone makes mistakes including characters. Yes, even the ones you like.

Don't believe me?

Fin and Rose set out on a mission to disconnect the tracking device that Snoke's Mega Destroyer Kylo Ren's ship had on the Rebellion ship that allowed Snoke to follow Princess Leia through hyperspace. Of course, this side plot proved to be moot as the Resistance had a secure hideaway. And when Rose and Fin are backstabbed by the stuttering hacker and accidentally bring misfortune on the rest of the Resistance back on the ship it's not their fault they were just trying to help. This side plot took up a lot of time and involved a chase scene that made sure the audience couldn't forget it was a Disney movie. A chase scene with fathiers, animals much like racehorses that are treated worse, where Rose and Fin did nothing to help the child slaves and released the animals just a few miles away from their stables where they will most definitely be rounded up again anyway. What I'm saying is the whole side plot was pointless and only served to create an accidental problem that can't be blamed on anybody.

General Leia's injury that took her out of most of the movie, seemed to only happen so she couldn't be blamed for the decimation of the Rebel fleet. Oh no, that was Admiral Haldo, the purple-haired lady. She may seem like a character that was pulled out of literally nowhere, but she has been in some of the Lucasfilm Disney canon novel collaborations. But to anyone who hasn't read those she was a fill-in character and instead of reaching back and showing us an old face like Lando, they bring up someone that was introduced in a book in 2017. God forbid General Organa makes a mistake. Also, they seemed to think that it was ok that hundreds of Rebel troops died because they had the hideout. No, Haldo, they're still dead and that's still on you. She didn't even trust her crew with that information.

Sure it can be argued that given that the hideaway was there the mad dash and loss of life was worth it to get there as soon as possible and regroup and salvage what they could because fighting face on would have lead to even worse casualties. Either way, it was an unpopular decision, or devastating mistake, that they didn't want General Leia to make.

They played Haldo off like a hero, like the captain of the Titanic going down with his ship, when it was her fault that most of the fleet is gone. They made her be whatever they wanted moment to moment. Villian when Poe was accusing her of making bad discussions and not trusting her crew with the hideaway and a hero later. Through the magic of musical scoring, they changed the mood of the movie, not through the actual actions of the characters. They took General Leia out so somebody else could make the mistakes because all the love that fans have for General Leia is conditional. Even after all these years, I guess. As though Disney doesn't trust Star Wars fans to be mature enough to accept human error. They definitely think that Star Wars fans are dumb enough to be lulled in with a hug from Leia and some heroic music, that's what they tried with Haldo's send off.

Not to Mention Admiral Haldo T-boning the enemy ship presents its own list of problems. But she waited a pretty decent amount of time before doing it. Just sitting and watching as the rescue pods are picked off one by one. She knew she was going down with that ship, her survival wasn't really up for debate here. But she waited. And waited. And waited. Like the audience needed to understand the gravity of the issue? For the entire movie, Poe has been screaming the dwindling numbers of the Rebel ships and I guess we needed to see it real time? Does Disney think we're that dumb?

And then there's Luke Skywalker. From the minute he actually started to 'train' Rey, asking her to reach out, I understood what his revelation was going to be. The old Luke had hope and even saw the light in his father, but this new Luke was weary and doesn't have hope anymore. This may have started when he didn't think that the light could overcome the dark in Kylo Ren, and even though that thought manifested itself for a singular moment in his mind, he paid dearly for it when Ben Solo awoke to find his teacher standing over him with a lightsaber. He is obviously not convinced that there is enough light inside of Rey. At the first sign of trouble, when she reaches for the dark, the first time she's truly interacted with the force Luke seemed to think her fate was sealed, and she would be another Ben Solo. That her light couldn't compete with her dark or at least he couldn't bring it out of her. And the minute he's proven wrong, he gives the audience the biggest nope out of all. Maybe it was because he had some inner peace, but it really looks like he gave up.

Now all this could be all down to Rian Johnson, the director and the writer of the movie. It could be different JJ Abrams is directing the next movie and it could be different. But these characters have to seem human. They are human afterall.

And if you liked this movie and have a different opinion, that's fine. We're all people and entitled to opinions and if you want to waste time leaving a scathing comment go for it I guess. I'm not saying you're not allowed to like this movie and any actual conversation is welcome.

Oh yeah, also lightsaber battles. Those are- those are neat. They should put in more of those.

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80 Nicki Minaj Lyrics Perfect For Instagram Captions

"Yo, you seen my last pic, go double-tap that for me."
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Nicki Minaj lets the world know about her amazing Instagram skills in Beyonce's "Flawless," when she raps "Instagram another flawless pic." Do you have a #Flawless Instagram picture but need a clever caption to go with it? The Queen of Rap has plenty of Insta-worthy song lyrics.

*(Some lyrics have been edited to keep this article "PG". Feel free to look up the real Nicki Minaj lyrics if you hate the radio edit.)


When you want to diss a hater:

    1. "You couldn't get a fan if it was hangin' from the ceilin."
    2. "I'm throwing shade like it's sunny."
    3. "I'm in my own lane, you ain't in my category."
    4. "These (girls) couldn’t test me even if their name was Pop Quiz."
    5. "Yo, people will love you and support you when it's beneficial. I'ma forgive, I won't forget, but I'ma dead the issue."
    6. "Not that I don't got good vision, but I don't see competition."
    7. "I’m Angelina, you Jennifer. Come on (girl), you see where Brad at."
    8. "I look like "yes" and you look like "no"."
    9. "But if you're ugly it's a no text zone."
    10. "If you are my rival, then that means you're suicidal."
    11. "Shout out to my haters, Sorry that you couldn't faze me."
    12. "Trash talk to 'em then I put 'em in a Hefty."
    13. "Like I mean I don't even know why you girls bother at this point. Like give up, it's me, I win, you lose."
    14. "All these haters mad because I'm so established."
    15. "Competition? why yes I would love some."

















When you want to tell people how awesome you are:

    16. "If I'm fake I ain't notice, cause my money ain't."
    17. "You can hate me, but why knock my hustle? I'ma be the queen, no matter how they shuffle."
    18. "Let me make this clear, I’m not difficult, I’m just ’bout my business."
    19. "I'm feelin' myself."
    20. "Excuse me honey, but nobody's in my lane."
    21. "Put me on a dollar cause I'm who they trust in."
    22. "I don’t say “Hi”, I say “Keys to the Benz.”"
    23. "I've been hot since flip phones" "Running this game for 5 years. Guess that's why my feet hurt."
    24. "Hotter than a middle eastern climate."
    25. "My money’s so tall that my Barbies gotta climb it."
    26. "No, I'm not lucky, I'm blessed, yes."
    27."I ain't gotta compete with a single soul."
    28. "'X' in the box, cause ain't nobody checking me."
    29."Excuse me, I'm sorry, I'm really such a lady."
    30. "Honestly I gotta stay as fly as I can be."














When you're hanging with your clique:

    31. "Cherish these nights, cherish these people. Life is a movie, but there will never be a sequel."
    32. "I’m with some hood girls lookin’ back at it."
    33. "We dope girls, we flawless. We the poster girls for all this."
    34. "Pretty gang, always keep them (boys) on geek."
    35. "The night is still young, and so are we!"
    36. "If you ain’t on the team, you playin’ for team D, ’Cause we A-listers, we paid sisters."
    37. "Pretty (girls) only could get in my posse."
    38. "Cause we the mean girls, y-yes we so fetch."
    39. "We fresh to death, down to the shoes."
    40. "Ain't at no wedding but all my girls cake tops."
    41. "Got a whole bunch of pretty gang in my clique."
    42. "Clap for the heavyweight champ, me, But I couldn't do it all alone, WE."
    43. "Put your drinks up, It's a celebration every time we link up."
    44. "I'm with some flawless (girls) because they be mobbin' pretty."


















When you're hanging with your significant other:

    45. "He tryna kick it like a ninja."
    46. "He could tell that I was wifey material."
    47. "Ayo, I just wanna be your first go to."
    48. "You got spark, you, you got spunk. You, you got something all the girls want."
    49. Find me in the dark, I'll be in the stars, Find me in your heart, I'm in need of your love."
    50. "They holler at me, but it's you, you."
    51. "I'm not living right, I’m not living if you’re not by my side."
    52. "I just wanna be somebody that can add to, your wife, be a friend, be a teacher and a fan, too."
    53. "I just wanna be your favorite."
    54. "He was the realest, I was the baddest, we was the illest."
    55. "I know you can save me and make me feel alive."
    56. "Yes I'll be your girl, forever your lady, You ain't ever gotta worry, I'm down for you baby."
    57. "Baby you my everything, You all I ever wanted."

















When you're single and loving it:

    58. "You could be the king, but watch the queen conquer!"
    59. "Thats why I'm crowned queen, and I ain't looking for the prom king."
    60. "I like independent, like July 4th."
    61. "I ain't never need a man, to take care of me."
    62. "He be like, "Yo, you so legendary", But he can tell just by my face he ain't getting any."
    63. "I am not Jasmine, I am Aladdin."
    64. "I don't even brake when I'm backing up, I'll swerve on a (boy) if he acting up."
    65. "So many boys in here where do I begin?"











When you're just living life:

    66. "I never worry, life is a journey. I just wanna enjoy the ride."
    67. "Tonight is the night that I'ma get twisted."
    68. "I’mma keep it movin', be classy and graceful."
    69. "So make sure the stars is what you aim for, make mistakes though."
    70. "And we gon' hangover the next day. But we will remember this day."
    71. "My only motto in my life is don't lose."
    72. "Take me, or leave me, I'll never be perfect. Believe me, I'm worth it."
    73. "I believe that life is a prize, but to live doesn't mean you're alive."
    74. "I wish that I could have this moment for life."
    75. "If I scream, if I cry, It's only 'cause I feel alive."
    76. "I can't believe it, it's so amazing. This club is heating, this party's blazing.""
    77. "It's so amazing, I figured out this world is ours for the taking."
    78. "I am not a girl that can ever be defined."
    79. "I got next, I'm gonna shine."
    80. "This is my moment I just feel so alive."















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'Treme': Defying Hurricane Katrina's Disaster Narrative

As an outsider to New Orleans, it was a privilege to step into the world of these New Orleans residents after Katrina

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"Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, outsiders will have two versions of the Katrina experience. One version will be the images they recall from news coverage of the aftermath. The other will be the intimate portrayal of the determination of New Orleans residents to rebuild and recover their lives." - the blurb of "HBO's Treme and Post-Katrina Catharsis: The Mediated Rebirth of New Orleans"

I remember late in 2005, turning the channel to CNN and seeing image after image of Hurricane Katrina's devastation on New Orleans. I remember seeing the levees break, the houses flood, the crowding of the Superdome, and I remember the first thing 8-year-old me thought at the time was "thank God I'm not there. Thank God it's not me." All I knew was the disaster and the devastation, and when news channels like CNN stopped covering New Orleans after the storm, that's all I knew

"The Wire," "Treme's" predecessor, was the best show of all time because it taught me empathy and compassion. "Treme" is a great show, too, because it defied that disaster narrative and showed me the grit of some New Orleans residents. "Treme" is still the slowest show I have ever watched. To stick with it through the end could sometimes feel like watching a Ken Burns history documentary, but that is the nature of the show: it required a whole lot of patience.

Newsday's Verne Gay's review of the show titled it "'Treme' final season premiere review: Still good, still not for everyone," and that headline rings true as an umbrella for the show. No one I have talked to has heard of the show, not one person has referenced it in conversation - in fact, I only started watching it because David Simon, the creator of "The Wire," was its writer.

Nevertheless, I finished "Treme" with mixed feelings. I think I will need to watch it again, when I'm older and more fully able to appreciate the show, and maybe after I actually visit New Orleans. According to Akiva Gottlieb of The Nation, "David Simon [in "The Wire"]...has unforgettably cataloged all the reasons to quit; now he wants to know why the struggle could be worthwhile." While it is a great review that is worth reading, to keep "Treme" in the shadow of its predecessor to stop from reducing the show. It's difficult when the likes of Wendell Pierce and Clarke Peters, prominent main characters in "The Wire," were also main characters in "Treme," but for its own sake, "Treme" should be interpreted as its own show with its own unique structure.

One thing that struck out to me about "Treme," that will most likely always strike out to me, is the resilience of its characters. We follow the same group of people throughout four seasons, people from all walks of life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Initially, I thought Simon was going to depict LaDonna Williams, the owner of a local bar, or Antoine Batiste, a local trombonist, as victims of the disaster, and use the show as a just that: a disaster narrative, with an indictment on the institutions that failed the victims of Katrina (much like "The Wire").

But it wasn't. These characters had a tremendous amount of grit, will, and a refusal to give up despite the circumstances of Katrina's aftermath. Look no further than Albert Lambreaux, leader of a Mardi Gras Indian tribe named Guardians of the Flame, whose motto, "won't bow, don't know how," defines his character throughout the series. In one instance, "Big Chief" Lambreaux flat out denies chemotherapy for lymphoma to suit up for the next Mardi Gras. The types of people on the show range from DJs, developers, civil rights attorneys, police lieutenants, and violinists, but all of the mare united by this grit. Above all, all of them are united by their loyalty to New Orleans, not despite its dysfunction after Katrina, but perhaps because of it. Their names are Davis McAlary, Nelson Hidalgo, Toni Bernette, Terry Colson, and Annie Talarico, respectively.

Near the end of the series, Terry, the police lieutenant is visiting his estranged ex-wife and sons, and has a conversation at the dinner table where he asks why do people have to be defined by their profession. He isn't Terry the cop: he is just a guy named Terry. And each character is not defined by their profession or their circumstances after the storm. They are defined by their names, personas, and how they reacted in the face of adversity, and each character had unique ways of doing that.

In fact, one character even resembles perceptions of David Simon himself: Davis McAlary. Pardon the language, but McAlary, for a good portion of the series, is an annoying piece of shit: a rich, privileged white man who attempts to publicize and use New Orleans's suffering to promote his own career as a musician and DJ. But despite his vanity, McAlary is redeeming in the way he treats the people around him and the people he works with respect - and he is no longer DJ Davis, but instead just Davis, a person I feel is a friend.

And what struck out to me was how much I liked not only Davis, LaDonna, and Terry by the end, but how much I liked every character and how they carried on. For me, it was a privilege to share the journeys of Antoine and Sonny as they changed their lives over the course of several years. It was a privilege to step into Janette's various kitchens and see the life of a woman striving to build her own restaurant. It was a privilege to step into Toni's attempt to bring justice to the NOPD. It was a privilege to step into the world of Delmond as he tried to balance the terminal cancer of his father and his career as a prominent trumpeter.

As an outsider to New Orleans, it was a privilege to step into the world of these New Orleans residents after Katrina, and experience this first hand:

"Treme offers outsiders an inside look into why New Orleanians refused to abandon a place that many questioned should not be rebuilt after the levees failed."

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