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LOTS OF ‘STAR WARS’ NOISE, LITTLE ELSE

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‘Solo’ is fun, but lacks something By Jeri Jacquin MilitaryPress

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n theaters from director Ron Howard and Walt Disney Studios is the story of a scruffy-looking nerf-herder in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.� On Coreillia, a young Han (Alden Ehrenreich) is trying to get away from the miserable and abusive life on the planet. Wanting to bring the girl who has his heart, Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), he devises a plan that will test his piloting skills. Mere steps from the transport that will take them away, they are spotted, and Qi’ra pushes Han to leave without her. Pledging that he will return for her, there is only one thing he can do to make that happen — he immediately joins the Imperial Navy, which gives him the name Han Solo. Several years go by and Han still is having a difficult time. Kicked out of the Imperial Flight Academy, he ends up on Mimban fighting in a battle as an infantryman. That’s when Han notices Imperial Officer Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) and Val (Thandie Newton), and follows him to discover that he is actually an im-

poster — but not before Tobias has him arrested and thrown in a pit where he meets Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo). Managing to escape from prison, Han and Chewbacca make their way back to Tobias, who sees potential and brings them

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aboard his ship. Getting help with his next job, Han learns that the leader of the Crimson Dawn, Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany), is expecting a shipment of something called coaxium and Tobias is going after it. The problem is there is someone else interested in doing the same thing, which puts Tobias, Han and Chewbacca in danger. The meeting with Vos is not something Tobias is looking forward to, but Han is shocked to see Qi’ra there all grown up as Vos’ right hand woman. Feeling that their lives are in danger, it is Han who says that they can steal unprocessed coaxium from the mines on Kessel. Agreeing to the plan, Vos sends Qi’ra with them, and she locates smugger Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). A game of poker brings them all aboard the Millennium Falcon to Kessel, and once they get their bounty they have little time to get the unstable coaxium back to Vos. But there is also the Cloud Riders, led by Enftys Nest, as the group learns that they are only trying to make a difference by aiding the rebellion against the Empire. When they arrive to deliver to Vos, he informs them that he knows what they’ve been doing and how he knows shocks Han and Chewbacca. Now Han must deal with the traitor, save a friend and make things right for the Cloud Riders — and he will definitely make sure all scores are settled. Ehrenreich does a fine job as the young Solo. He has the look of someone who doesn’t take orders well and isn’t about to be told what to do — that’s important. He throws out the arrogant confidence and silly charm that I’d expect from Han Solo. That being said, there is something not quite right — oh yes, it isn’t Harrison Ford. Look, I get that it’s hard to walk in on a role that has been made iconic by another actor,

Guns To Hammers is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides Americans With Disabilities (ADA)-compliant remodeling services to our wounded Veterans, making their homes easily accessible, and they are teaming up with Fast Time and Nickel Brewing on their 21-day cross country road trip on June 10. Fast Times will be hosting a meet and greet mixer for Guns To Hammers starting at 3 p.m. and Nickel Brewing will be pouring off two taps as a fundraiser for Guns To Hammers with $3 of every pint of Nickel beer going to the nonprofit to support their ongoing efforts. After founding H-Towne & Around Remodelers, Inc., a successful remodeling company in Houston, founder, J.R. Smith, decided to redirect his time, money and energy toward this mission. As a former U.S. Marine, coupled with some guilt that he was able to leave the corps unhurt and able-bodied (unlike many), J.R. feels he has a huge sense of responsibility to his wounded brothers and sisters who are now living at home — many of them in need of various home improvements. The Guns To Hammers mission is two-fold. First, providing remodeling services to wounded veterans, allowing them to live more independent lives, and second, training eligible veterans to manage and build ADA-compliant construction projects. J.R. believes connecting veterans with veterans proves to be invaluable for all parties involved, celebrating camaraderie and providing support to those who need it the most. While this national tour is underway, the work never ends. Currently, Guns To Hammers has a crew hard at work in Las Vegas of a home of a former Naval corpsman – Ed, who just last November became confined to a wheelchair. “We met Ed last year on our first national tour,� Smith said. “When we learned of this setback for him, this job became personal since we had met him last year in Vegas.� This project is still underway and will be completed in mid-June, allowing Ed to have full access to his home.

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‘THE ODYSSEY OF ECHO COMPANY’ The Tet Offensive, 50 years later

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his is the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, where the North Vietnamese orchestrated a barrage of assaults throughout South Vietnam. A book out in paperback on May 8 titled “The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War� takes readers on the journey of Stan Parker. Americans need to be reminded of soldiers like Parker who fought patriotically for this country. While in Afghanistan, researching another book, “Horse Soldiers,� Doug Stanton met Sgt. Maj. Stan Parker, one of the longest-serving soldiers. Parker convinced him to write a book about the stories of the men he served with in Vietnam. He, like many in Echo Company, a recon company in the 101st Airborne Division, enlisted to fight for their country against the evils of Communism. They arrived mid-December 1967 in Vietnam just prior to Tet. Parker speaks to Stanton about the

Doug Stanton’s latest, “The Odyssey of Echo Company,� follows the 101st Airborne and Stan Parker, pictured.

unending list of horrors, losses and miseries, not just overseas, but also on the home front, which he and his peers endured. Unfortunately for many of those that fought overseas, they are still thinking, feeling and tasting the battlefield, but hide the experience, reluctant to talk about it

because people are not receptive. Parker was injured three times, receiving two Purple Hearts, but turned down the third because once someone gets three they are returned home. The reason he wanted to stay was so his comrades would not think he deserted them. There was the realiza-

tion that they might have to die so that their fellow soldiers could survive. Many never considered the atrocities committed by the Viet Cong toward American soldiers and the South Vietnamese people. “They wanted to instill fear in the villagers,� Parker said. “I think Stanton wrote the scene in the book correctly. I came upon a young Vietnamese girl and had the overwhelming desire to make her safe. I offered her a can of peaches before joining my buddies. Seconds later I hear gunshots and find the girl shot dead. The remorse I felt is unexplainable because I know she died for accepting the can of peaches from me, an American soldier. We were accused of being mean to the villagers, but the irony is if I showed her no compassion she would be alive.� Compassion was something he never experienced from his fellow citizens. There are numerous quotes in the book about his homecoming from Vietnam. Just a few: “The scariest part of his military career was coming home from Vietnam,� and “It is the hate they felt back home in the states that haunts these guys.� Even to this day, Parker cannot comprehend the reaction of his fellow Americans. ECHO COMPANY, continued on Page 8

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CHARGERS GET A BOOST ON DEFENSE General Manager Tom Telesco talks Bolts’ draft picks

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ocusing on defense early in the draft, Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco and the front office received high letter grades from draft analysts for the players they selected. As the Chargers prepared to begin its annual OTAs (Organized Team Activities), MP reporter Art Garcia Jr. caught up with Telesco to talk about his 2018 draft class. Art Garcia: Picking at 17 normally leaves you out of the running for an elite player at the top of the draft, but things fell your way and Derwin James slid down the draft board. Most analysts ranked James one of the top 10 players in the draft. How will he be used in Gus Bradley’s defense? Tom Telesco: The safety spot in our defense is pretty unique because we ask him to do a lot of different things as far as alignments, coverage and run responsibilities. We think that Derwin has the potential to be able to handle all of that both playing up at the line of scrimmage as a strong safety, playing back as a free safety and also having some back coverage responsibilities. So we think he brings a lot of versatility to the defense — he has some leadership capabilities, he’s big, fast and very physical. AG: Many analysts compare James’ skill set to Kam Chancellor or Tyrann Mathieu, do you agree with those comparisons? TT: Yeah, I wouldn’t put him in those categories just yet. Those guys are proven NFL players at this point, so we’ll see what path he ends up taking on his own. But he does have a lot of talent and drive to be great and those are two great things to have. AG: Although every draft is different, you really didn’t think he would fall all the way down to you at No. 17, did you? TT: No. We thought that there was a chance, but we didn’t think that chance was very high. But we were prepared in case he was there. The draft is funny sometimes, and everybody’s draft board is different. There are no two boards alike. Four quarterbacks were taken very early, which is rare to have that happen, and every now and then you need a little bit of luck too. AG: After posting five sacks last season, I was surprised you decided not to re-sign Chris McCain. Do you see second-round pick Uchenna Nwoso filling that spot as

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Northwestern’s Justin Jackson was the Chargers’ last pick in the NFL Draft, but he likely shows the most promise.

Jones in the third round. What does he fensive line early in the draft by selecting an edge rusher? guards Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney. Tell TT: Uchenna had an excellent season bring to the defensive tackle position? TT: Justin played on a really talented me about the center you drafted in the this year. He was really productive and made an impact in almost every game in and productive line at N.C. State, and I fifth round, Scott Quessenberry? TT: Scott was a four-year starter at both in the run game and passing game. think all four (players) were drafted. JusHe’s tough, he’s smart and he can play tin is 300-plus pounds and is very active, UCLA, where he started at both guard some different spots for us as well, both quick and explosive off the ball. He played and center, which — again — versatility is really well at the Senior Bowl very important on the offensive line if you as a linebacker and as a pass this year, both in practice and can play more than one spot, and he can rusher. He brings a lot of verin the game. He can give us play either guard spot or center. He was satility to the defense, and he some nice depth inside as a de- a very reliable, productive and consistent has great make-up in that his fensive tackle, and he has a lot player at UCLA, where he played against football temperament is really, some really good competition throughout of upside as a pass rusher too. really good. AG: Does his body type re- his career. He’s smart, he’s a good athlete AG: It appears that between mind you of anybody in the and very tough and has great intangibles. James and Nwoso you have two The intangibles you look for in an offenNFL? young and very versatile playTT: No, not at the top of my sive lineman, he all has those. ers. Do you see them lining up AG: In the sixth round you took wide head. But big defensive lineat different positions dependreceiver Dylan Cantrell — what caught men that play hard and hustle ing on the sub packages called Tom Tolesco are not that easy to find, and he your eye about him? by defensive coordinator Gus TT: Dylan is a big receiver with redefinitely does both of those. Bradley? AG: In the fourth round you selected ally good hands — excellent hands, very TT: Yes, that’s a good point. I think versatility is important to have, especially another versatile player in safety in Kyzir quick and put up some great production nowadays where the game is really spread White. What was it about White that im- at Texas Tech, where they throw the ball a lot — and he caught a lot of balls there. out with a lot of nickel defense played, and pressed you? TT: Kyzir played a hybrid safety/line- With him, I think he has a chance to having guys that can play different spots on defense is really helpful. And it helps backer at West Virginia. He’s big and make it not only as a receiver, but with you when you are game-planning against he’s physical — he was a really produc- his size and physicalness, he can try to other teams, because they don’t know tive player there, and we see him tran- make a mark on special teams as far as where guys are going to line up all the sitioning to a WILL linebacker with us covering kicks and maybe even punts as — using his length and athletic ability to well. For a young receiver coming on the time. AG: You needed to upgrade the inte- play that position. CHARGERS, continued on Page 12 AG: Last year you addressed the ofrior defensive line, and you selected Justin XXXNJMJUBSZQSFTTDPNtOFXT!NJMJUBSZQSFTTDPN


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they’ve never looked at September on a calendar. With socialism en vogue in presentday Sacramento, one has to wonder whether they’re stupid, ignorant or just plain immoral. I’m betting on the latter. It seems silly to state the obvious nearly three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall — communism is evil. Wherever communists have taken over, they started with the mass murder of their political opponents, business owners and their families. Then, by force, they took the peasants’ land, causing famines throughout their countries. What follows is pathological militarism, under the guise of “industrialization.� At no time are the lives of ordinary citizens put above the party’s members. Joseph Stalin died with the blood of more than 20 million people on his hands. Mao Zedong, somewhere between 45 and 70 million. Kim Il Sung, more than 1.6 million, and his people are starving under the rule of his grandson. These murderous communists far outpace Adolf Hitler (himself a socialist), and I’ve only named a few. What does that say about Santiago and the Assembly members who voted for his vile bill? They would rather make their beds with evil dictators than with pioneers of democracy and freedom. At least, now, the Sacramento politburo is being honest about where they stand. That will make it easier to toss them onto the ash heap of history. Tom Chambers is listening to “99 Luftballons� while he edits the MilitaryPress. Comment at www.militarypress.com.

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obody in my unit knew I was there. I think I told a random captain I was going to Munich, but that was a good three hours north of Arco, Italy and the cliff where I stood. Work was the furthest thing from my mind as I triple-checked my parachute and zipped up my wingsuit. My heart raced, and my knees started to shake. Conditions were perfect, and the morning sunrise lighting up the valley calmed my nerves a bit. I peered over the edge into 1,200 feet of empty space leading to a steep, boulder-ridden talus for my first experiment in human flight. My mind grew quiet as I pushed off the rock. I decided I wanted to apply to West Point at a young age for pretty standard reasons: to escape a “normal� life, to serve my country and to help solve a few of the world’s problems. From childhood, I’d felt a strong desire to push beyond all conventional limitations in mind, body and spirit. Military experience felt like a solid first step in that direction, at least for an 18-year-old from a small town who was getting tired of being one of the most driven guys in the room. Getting into West Point felt like being granted parole from that life. There were two major wars going on at the time, so that added motivation. After a few months at the academy though, I began to feel as though I’d been paroled from one institution only to fall into another. There were good people around, but everyone was too busy being busy. I needed something else if I could expect to survive 47 months with any degree of sanity. And then, one Saturday morning, I watched the parachute team doing practice jumps onto the parade field and decided to try out. Scenic jump runs over

The Eiger in Switzerland feels like being on the top of the world. It was one of those dream jumps Donnelly made in 2012 before he stopped wingsuit BASE jumping.

West Point and the Hudson Highlands kept my sanity in check. I found tranquility those afternoons, watching our UH1H Huey helicopter fall farther away as I performed my characteristic slow backflip 4,000 feet above one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I loved the feeling of flying but needed to do it in its purest form. Skydiving was always a stepping stone for me — BASE jumping was the goal. It is a sport with no rules beyond the laws of physics, a perfect balance to my military career where adherence to regulations governed every

aspect of life. I made my first BASE jump off a bridge near Millau, France over spring break 2008 and was hooked. It was skydiving distilled to the bare essentials, the Bacardi 151 of extreme sports, a 150-proof mix of fear and adrenaline. The difference between life, extreme pain or death can be measured in fractions of a second and separated only by judgement, skill and a bit of luck. Standing on top of a fixed object, judgFREE FALL, continued on Page 12

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ing of the American National Exhibition in Moscow. t The USSR’s Luna 2 becomes the first man-made object to crash on the Moon on Sept. 14. t The first official large unit action of the Vietnam War takes place Sept. 26. t Twelve countries, including the United States and the Soviet Union, sign the Antarctic Treaty, banning military activity on the continent Dec. 1. The treaty is the first arms control agreement of the Cold War.

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Records on Jan. 12. t Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper and pilot Roger Peterson die in a plane crash Feb. 3 near Clear Lake, Iowa. t The Navy launches Vanguard 2, the first weather satellite, on Feb. 17 to measure cloud cover. t Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500 on Feb. 22. t The Marx Brothers appear on TV for the first time March 8 in “The Incredible Jewel Robbery.� t The Barbie doll debuts March 9. t President Eisenhower signs a bill March 18 granting Hawaii statehood. It will be admitted as the 50th state on Aug. 21. t NASA selects seven military pilots to become the first U.S. astronauts, April 9, known as the Mercury Seven. t The Saint Lawrence Seaway linking the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean opens to shipping April 25. t Two monkeys, Able and Miss Baker, become the first living beings to return to Earth from space May 28

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obert Mueller’s “Star Lawyers Team� is costing U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars. For well over a year, he and his elite team of lawyers are drawing from a bottomless money pit and we, as taxpayers, should insist on a return for our money. All Mueller has to show for his Russian probe is a continual switching investigation from collusion to obstruction to campaign violations. They have not been able to connect President Trump to any of the above matters, so they keep on collecting enormous paychecks for doing absolutely nothing. If Miller cannot find any crimes in more than a year and a half, he needs to be held accountable for drawing this out. Millions and millions of dollars, no results — witch hunt! Of the 17 attorneys currently on staff for Mueller, at least seven have donated to Democratic candidates and campaigns, including Trump’s 2016 rival Hillary Clinton. The rest have represented or worked for Barack Obama and Hillary in one form or another! Here’s a snapshot:

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PUBLISHER’S POINT

by Richard T. Matz

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Some in the conservative media have accused Michael Dreeben of donating to Democrats, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

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Weissmann donated $2,300 to the 2008 campaign of Barack Obama, according to Open Secrets.

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He worked for the State Department under the Obama administration, where

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jill,â&#x20AC;? a teacher reprimanded the teenager in the hall, â&#x20AC;&#x153;do you mind telling me whose class youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re cutting this time?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like,â&#x20AC;? the young teen replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;uh, see, okay, like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like think like thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really important, yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;know, like because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;know, like I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get anything out of it.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s English class, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it?â&#x20AC;? replied the smiling teacher.

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Just swish and swish but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t swallow it until she either leaves the room or calms down.â&#x20AC;? Two weeks later, the man comes back to the doctor looking fresh and reborn. The man says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doctor, that was a brilliant idea! Every time my wife started losing it, I swished with water. I swished and swished, and she calmed right down! How does a glass of water do that?â&#x20AC;? The doctor says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The water itself does nothing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s keeping your mouth shut that does the trick.â&#x20AC;?

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the second Big Ten player with four 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He also garnered over 100 receptions as well. Many people were surprised Telesco didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t draft a quarterback, however, he did sign undrafted free agent quarterback Nic Shimonek from Texas Tech. Pro Football Focus ranked Shimonek No. 11 among the quarterbacks in the draft and believe he has a great chance to have a career in the NFL. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see,â&#x20AC;? Telesco said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He played really well in the East-West All-Star Game, and he had a nice career at Texas Tech, too. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accurate with the football, which one of the keys for playing the position is ball placement and accuracy, where he showed that in college. So weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see how he continues to develop here.â&#x20AC;? While succeeding Patrick Mahomes as Techâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quarterback last season, the 6-footâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;3-inch, 220-pound Shimonek completed 68.2 percent of his passes for 3,547 yards and 30 touchdowns with just eight interceptions. Mahomes was selected in the first round by the Chiefs in 2017.

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in fact I give Ehrenreich props for doing it, but I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the leap in years between this young Han and the Han of 1976. Clarke as Qiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ra is another character that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m afraid will end up with its own film (gawd, please donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t). Kind of broke my heart a little that Leia wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Hanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first love, but the more I got to know Qiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ra the less I worried about her. The chemistry between Clarke and Ehrenreich is good. Glover as Calrissian gave a charmer performance, and he gave the character swagger and capes. His robot counterpart was far funnier and more interesting to watch, however. Harrelson as Beckett is a smuggler who is going to go with whomever is going to pay him the most. Being a traitor seemed to come naturally to this character, and Harrelson gives it his smirk and calmness that ends up being some of the trademarks found in Han. Newton as Val has a small role that works with Beckett and is the smuggler with a heart. Bettany as Vos is a bad guy who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give one wit of care who knows it or what anyone else thinks of it. In fact, he only answers to one person (sorry, no spoiler for you!), so how he handles situations goes easily unchecked. Big shout out to Suotamo as Chewbacca because I think this is the first film that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen him in where heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;talkedâ&#x20AC;? so much! It must be said that seeing him on the Millenium Falcon was uber cool. Other cast include Phoebe Waller-Bridge as L337, Jon Favreau as Rio Durant, Linda Hunt as Lady Proxima, Ian Kenny as Rebolt, John Tui as Korso and Warwick Davis as Weazel. Now that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve given you background, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get right to it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solo: A Star Wars Storyâ&#x20AC;? is just that and nothing more â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a story. There isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anything in this film that makes me thrilled and may answer only one question that I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t thought to ask. The rest is what I call â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Warsâ&#x20AC;? noise, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about it. There were laughs, action and plenty of symbolism and nods to the original â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Wars,â&#x20AC;? and there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anything wrong with that. I guess my problem is I wanted something more, something unexpected, something â&#x20AC;&#x201D; something! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to explain it unless you can have a conversation with the 1976 version of me. I think the fact that Han is gone, Luke is gone and Leia is really gone, it is hard for me to care about this film because I never really needed to know the back story of characters. I trusted who they were from the beginning and was happy with that. Now, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rogue Oneâ&#x20AC;? was cool because it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t involve the main three characters, but instead the story of how R2-D2 got the Death Star plans. That took me in a direction that was where I wanted to go, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soloâ&#x20AC;? just really doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do that. I mean, I go for the ride but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over. This is another difficult â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Warsâ&#x20AC;? review to write because I am an original die-hard fan. Yes, I stood in line every Saturday for months to go for the ride, and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need any urging. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I want from anyone who dares to take on the task of making these â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Star Wars Storyâ&#x20AC;? films, and we all know there are more on the horizon (deep sigh). I think I also feel a bit like someone is treading on my memories, on my love of the galaxy far, far away. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t embrace these characters, but instead wanted to offer them a cup of blue milk in a traveler cup and send them on their way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solo: A Star Wars Storyâ&#x20AC;? isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bad, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s filled with a lot that fans love, and that is going to have to be enough. In the end â&#x20AC;&#x201D; never tell him the odds! Jeri Jacquin is the Movie Maven. For more on films and television, go to http://moviemaven.homestead.com. XXXNJMJUBSZQSFTTDPNtOFXT!NJMJUBSZQSFTTDPN


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