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This week has been course, and rough, and irritating, and it got everywhere… Okay, not quite, but you probably see what we’re getting at: without us even planning for it, this has been something of a Tatooine week, starting with Matt’s disappointment at The Book of Boba Fett, a Star Wars story that first and foremost raises the question of why it exists.
Sam picked up both the Tatooine thread – or should that be ‘trail of sand’? – and the previous week’s discussion of sci-fi and how little of it seems truly alien in his latest Six Damn Fine Degrees post.
But we’re not done with Tatooine just yet – in other words, exactly like Disney’s treatment of the place in Star Wars! (Promise: it won’t all be bloody Tatooine.)
Sam: Obi Wan-Kenobi is the next in a growing series of Star Wars spin-offs to hit Disney+. The miniseries follows the success of The Mandalorian and the failures of The Book of Boba Fett and follows up on the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. It’s certainly promising to see the likes of Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen reprise their roles, and the snippets of the trailers hark back to the better moments of the decidedly mixed bag that was the Prequel Trilogy. Is there room for enough drama with Kenobi watching Luke grow up on Tatooine and renewed confrontations with Darth Vader? Will Ewan morph into Alec Guinness over time? Will Williams’ musical motifs hinted at in the teaser really feature in the series? There’s enough teasing here to keep me intrigued!
Mege: Not many actors could pull off Russian Doll‘s Nadia. Dying time and again in many violent ways needs Natasha Lyonne’s acerbic wit. (Now there’s a sentence you haven’t heard before.) Here’s season two of a three-season deal – I hope they keep their standards up until the very end. I want Nadia to get a long, healthy life. No, really. She deserves it.
Matt: I have to admit that as a kid I didn’t like the Moomins. Not that I really knew them – to be honest, I don’t know what my impression at the time was based on. A Japanese cartoon version, probably, much like Heidi and Nils Holgersson? I’ve still not read any of the books by Tove Jansson, but my wife (who’s been learning Swedish over the last few years) recently read one of them in the original language, and I’m not sure the books could live up to her retelling of them. I do like the look and feel of Snufkin: Melody of Moominvalley, however, an upcoming video game that remixes some of the Moomin stories and that seems to capture some of the melancholy whimsy that I’ve heard so much about. (We’ve come a long way from the video game adaptations of my youth, where pretty much everything was turned into a jump’n’run game with very tenuous links to the original material.) Perhaps I’ll need to play this to exorcise my childhood impression!