Daily Archives: July 26, 2018

Star Wars Character Review: Rose Tico

*Warning: This post contains spoilers about the new characters that were introduced to audiences for the episodes seven and eight in the Star Wars franchise. Read at your own risk if you have not seen The Force Awakens Or The Last Jedi.

There is something to be said about a well written, human character. They leap off the page and speak to us as if they were right in front us, as flesh and blood human beings, instead of fictional creations.

In this series of weekly blog posts, I will examine character using the characters from Star Wars to explore how writers can create fully dimensional, human characters that audiences and readers can relate to.

Hero worship is a funny thing. We may think that we know that person, but sometimes, the person behind the hero is two different people.

In The Last Jedi, a new character was introduced to the Star Wars Universe. Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) is a mechanic who has toiled silently in the background for the rebellion. She is the last member of her family still living after her parents died in subjugation to the First Order and her sister died during the battle of evacuation and battle of D’Qar.

Rose’s hero-worship moment comes when she stops Finn from getting on one of the escape pods by knocking him out with an electro-shock prod. But, she does this after realizing that he is one of the heroes of the resistance. When Finn comes to, he convinces Rose to join him on the secret plan to stop the First Order by disabling the tracking device they are using to track the rebellion.

In the end, Rose becomes a hero herself. She not only sees Finn as a complete human being, but also rises to the occasion. She is no longer in the background, but in the foreground as one of the heroes of the rebellion.

To sum it up: Hero worship is a fine thing. But to understand a person, we have to look past their heroics and see the person. As writers, when we have a character who views another character through the lens of hero-worship, we have two options. We can either view that character through the rose-colored glasses of said hero worship. Or, we can take the time to reveal the human being underneath the hero.

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Another Fare Hike Is Coming In 2019

Anyone who has lived and/or visited NYC will tell you that the public transit system is the lifeblood of the city. Without the MTA, New York City would not be New York City.

This week, it was announced that the cost of taking the trains and buses would be going up both next year and in 2021.

I get it, I really do. The MTA, like any organization, has expenses to pay. They have to maintain their payroll while getting their riders to their final destination in a reasonable amount of time. The subway system is more than a century old. The damage that Hurricane Sandy did to the system in 2012 is still not completely repaired.

The MTA is not the first company, nor is it the last company that will raise prices to insure that external and internal expenses are paid on time and in full.

But there is a catch here. The catch is that with the fare hike, the service improves. The MTA has been slowly raising the cost of riding the subways and buses for nearly a decade, but the service, for the most part, remains the same.

In the end, whatever the final total is on the price hike, we will pay it. We know it and the people who run the MTA know it. I just wish the quality of the service warranted the hike.

 

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Throwback Thursday-Joe Millionaire (2003) & Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? (2000)

In television, there are two types of programs. The first type is engaging, entertaining and intellectually stimulating. The second type requires the least amount of brain cells and can often be described as demeaning. It’s therefore no surprise that some reality television shows fall into the second category.

In the early 2000’s, Fox aired two programs that represents the worst of the worst of reality television: Joe Millionaire (2003) and Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? (2000)

The focus of Joe Millionaire was Evan Marriott. The female contestants vying for his affection are told that he is a wealthy man seeking a spouse. But the reality is that Mr. Marriott is far from wealthy, he is a construction worker. At the end of the series, the truth of his occupation was revealed. If the chosen woman stayed with Mr. Marriott, the couple would earn a million dollars.

The premise of Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? was a cross between a Miss America like beauty pageant and a game show. The female contestants went through the motions of participating in a beauty pageant. But instead of earning the title that is ordinarily bestowed on the winner of such events, they earned the title of the wife of an unknown multi-millionaire. In the end, Darva Conger won the competition and instantly married Rick Rockwell. Let’s just say leave it as there was no happily ever after for this couple.

The problem with these shows is two-fold. The first issue is that it still spreads the idea that a woman’s only goal in life should be finding a husband. The second issue is that it says that some women, when they do marry, are for lack of a better term, gold diggers. They choose a spouse based on one’s fortune and not on one’s person.

I just find both shows to be despicable and a complete waste of my precious television viewing time.

Do I recommend both? Absolutely not.

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