First up, I need to apologise for the haphazard (and almost total lack of) posting this year. As strange as it may seem to some, Carrie Fisher’s passing hit me like a tonne of bricks… that was followed by another tonne, and another tonne, and another tonne.
For any women reading this, here’s an insight into the male mind: we don’t always cope well with loss. So much so, we tend to avoid anything that reminds us of the person who has passed on. We also do that with the jobs we leave and pretty much any other emotional upset we’re having difficulties processing!
Sadly, I’ve done that with every significant loss in my life, and it wasn’t until last year that I discovered (via friends) that a lot of other men respond in a similar way. Further investigation showed me it’s not a rare phenomenon. A lot of men will retreat into a strange, brooding place because we’re not as emotionally resilient as we’d like to be.
I’m not saying all men do this. I’m sure there are millions of well-adjusted ones out there, but I’m not one of them.
And so, writing about Star Wars, something I love, became difficult because Carrie Fisher was my entry into the saga, and Princess Leia, despite being female, was the character I identified with.
So, be patient with me. I’m trying to get back on the horse.
Speaking of Carrie, her public Memorial Service was held today in Los Angeles at the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood hills.
According to Carrie’s brother, Todd, Carrie wanted a public memorial because her fans meant the world to her.
News of the memorial popped up here in Australia earlier this morning. Australia has long had a love affair with Carrie. She spent a great deal of time here over the years, and even shot Time Guardians down-under back in the ’80s. I followed Australia and Carrie’s romantic flirtation throughout my childhood and teenage years, and am sometimes surprised (and really pleased) it’s endured as long as it has.
For more information on the memorial, click the following links:
As always, we send our love to Carrie’s brother Todd Fisher, her daughter Billie Lourd, and Carrie’s beloved animal companion, Gary.
And, still on our beloved Princess/General Leia, news broke in the middle of this week from Lucasfilm, telling us that Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, has not been changed or re-edited because of Carrie’s passing.
Oh yeah… and in case you’ve been living in a Detention Block somewhere, with Stormtroopers refusing to give you the Death Star’s wifi password, the eighth Star Wars film got its name a few weeks ago: The Last Jedi. Boy, did that cause an internet meltdown – a few thousand fans trying to divine the meaning of the words “Last” and “Jedi”. If you want to read about that meltdown, just Google “fan reaction to Last Jedi announcement” and read and be amused.
For more information on the announcement from Lucasfilm about Episode VIII and Carrie’s role in it, visit Syfy Wire (formerly Blastr) here.
In other Star Wars news, we’ve been told that there are plans to keep the films coming after Episode IX sends the Skywalker saga out with a (hopefully fitting) bow.
No one is being overly forthcoming with what that means, but they’re cooking something up that will keep us returning to that galaxy far, far away, for years to come.
In that same announcement, there’s a little news on the new Han Solo film.
For more information, visit StarWarsNewsNet here.
That’s most of the big stuff going on right now. There are some interesting things taking place in Star Wars: Rebels as they draw closer to the events depicted in Rogue One and A New Hope, and there have been multiple announcements about the upcoming Han Solo movie. Also, a lot of information has been revealed about the alternate endings to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but that’s pretty much everything.
To read about those and more, I encourage you to head back to StarWarsNewsNet here and scroll through their amazing collection of stories.
Until next time, may the Force be with you.