Scum, Villainy, and Rebels (Blake's 7/Star Wars Original Trilogy)

Here's another instalment in my ongoing [community profile] intoabar  series in which Vila ends up in various different universes which has become a Thing. This time it's the Star Wars original trilogy.

Title: Scum, Villainy, and Rebels
Author: [personal profile] vilakins
Prompt: Vila Restal goes into a bar and meets... Leia Organa.
Fandoms: Blake's 7, Star Wars Original Trilogy
Word count: 3281
Rating: General audiences
Contents: No warnings needed
Summary: Vila asked Orac to take him somewhere no one would ever find him.

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avon silver anorak

May the Fourth - and fifth

The May the fourth - and fifth - NZSO Star Wars concerts (the first two original films with the orchestra doing the score) were amazing, especially the second one with the iconic Imperial March and all its variations. Just stunning! The films were on a big screen over the orchestra and had subtitles for when the dialogue was partially overwhelmed by the magnificent score. John Williams added so much to those films with his music.

There were about 3,000 people in the Spark Arena at each one, and when we left, there was a huge lightsabre shining in the sky, mounted on a crane which was invisible in the dark: very effective.

Lightsabres: yes, they were indeed allowed and you could see them waving in the audience during fight scenes.

Costumes: I saw several Jedi, a Stormtrooper who must have been sweltering in the humidity, several Leias, and a couple of Lukes. No Hans as far as I noticed: pity.

The Mos Eisley Cantina scene: we were looking forward to the orchestra doing the jazz, but they didn't. We and the people in the row in front sadly discussed this in the interval and thought that maybe John Williams hadn't written it, but that's not the case. It's now my theory that because it's part of the film itself rather than the score, it couldn't be removed so that the orchestra could play it.

[Edit] Playing elsewhere? Maybe there's a Star Wars concert near you! Have a look here, filtering for your country and Star Wars. It's very much worth going to one if you're a fan.

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nikau (NZ!)

Weekend up north

Because DW has given paid and premium accounts more image hosting space, I'll go back to using it to see if it's any easier than Imgur. This possibly means more posts, including some catch-ups. If only it were as easy as Facebook...

To start with, here are photos of the sunrise as we left for Auckland on May the fourth for the Star Wars concerts, the views from our B&B in Meadowbank, and the Tesla Model 3 we had a look at on Sunday morning; ours being due to arrive in the next 2-3 months (we hope).

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I almost forgot, though it will only interest NZers: I sat beside Shane Cortese on the plane up. I said, "It's Loki!" which made him laugh. He played Loki in The Almighty Johnsons, Hayden Peters in Outrageous Fortune, and Dennis Buchanan, in Brokenwood (and other roles I haven't seen). I said that he seems to have made dodgy lawyers and businessmen a thing, but added that one doesn't have to like a character to find them entertaining, and he agreed that he'd rather play characters like that as it's far more interesting than likeable roles. Also posted on Dreamwidth, with comment count unavailable comments.

May the Fourth

Tomorrow is the 4th of May, or indeed May the Fourth, and we're off in the morning to Auckland to see the first two original Star Wars films - with the NZ Symphony Orchestra playing the score. Yay!

Not yay - they're going to search bags (and only small ones are allowed) and frisk everyone going in. I have never been frisked. Yes, that is the way things are now. Greg says they're being extremely paranoid, but it's making me feel somewhat too. People can dress up in Star Wars costumes but NOT complete with weapons. I wonder if light sabres are OK. Probably not.

I'll just be wearing my Rebel Alliance pendant. Maybe also on the plane.
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jenna lion

More on gender in SF, and the Moclans

Another trope in SF series is that females are always smaller and more rounded than the males and of course with mammary glands, no matter the alien race, even reptilian ones. (Discovery, you could have made Saru's sister as thin and angular as him, but no.)

However I'm now wondering what Moclan females are. The males mate and lay eggs, so what, anatomically, are "females"? Essentially neuter? With no children to take care of (and be expected to have), they could instead be the defenders, protectors, the standing army, even the governing body.

Come on, The Orville, you could find some old records showing something like that, and the current persecution perhaps based to be on a long-ago failed military uprising.

I bet you won't, but prove me wrong.

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Yet again with that tired and offensive old sexism trope?

I generally enjoy The Orville with its classic Star Trek feel and light touch, but seriously, why do pretty much all SF series (and I'm looking at you too, Farscape; rant here) have to do the sexist society trope? You know, as if it's new and original? As if they have something new to say?

Yeah, right.

It might be slightly original if it were men being oppressed but as far as I know only C J Cherryh's Chanur novels have done that.

We had to put up with the Moclan society and Bortus's offensive mate last season, and oh joy, here we go again. Enough already; I refuse to watch.

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One small plus: Marina Sirtis in a bit part as a teacher very early on, using her own accent. Once you've seen her scene, you can skip the rest.

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Colour meme

In the absence of content and because photos are all I have to offer and uploading and posting them is such a pain, have a meme.

Your rainbow is strongly shaded violet.


What is says about you: You are a creative person. You appreciate beauty and craftsmanship. You are patient and will keep trying to understand something until you've mastered it.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

Not so very much with the patience thing though. Or I'd be posting the photos.

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The vigil

I went to the vigil held here in Oamaru for the Christchurch victims. It started in St Luke's Church with candles, then we walked from there to the Courthouse.

The flag at half mast seen from the porch at St Luke's

People walking from St Luke's down the main street to the Courthouse. All my Muslim friends were there too, some of whom are mourning people they knew, and they were surrounded with love and support.

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