This weekend we ended up recording a full on spoilers Last Jedi show because it seemed to be a reasonable thing to do. Functionally all of the AggroChat crew had already seen the movie and were ready to start talking about it. In this discussion however I seemed to be the odd man out in the way I feel about the movie. In truth I wasn’t really sure how I felt about it on Thursday night when I saw it, and as I saw it Saturday with my wife I started to get more critical of it. When we walked out of the theater my wife was similarly not sure how she felt about the movie, and then as we were walking to the car said she was a little disappointed. The problem is that seed grows over time and there are certain things in the movie that really bother me. It has a film with a lot of really awesome moments, knitted together by a bunch of other stuff that I am not really sure how to think about it. Essentially I am at a place where I feel like this is the weakest of the modern Star Wars movies and I place it firmly behind Empire Strikes Back, Force Awakens, Rogue One and A New Hope. There are individual moments however that could easily elevate the movie above all of those… were the rest of the film that strong as well. I remember thinking Thursday night… that the movie seemed really long but I mostly chocked that up to being after midnight when we got out of the theater. When we watched it as a matinee on Saturday morning however… it felt somehow longer. My biggest frustration is that the movie really answers none of the questions I had in a satisfying manner, but I won’t go further than that. If you want to hear the whole spoilery conversation check out the podcast episode because I elaborate on a lot of things there… and end up being the single person who seems to feel this way out of the crew. I want so bad to love this movie… but I am just struggling with it much the same way as I did the prequels. I was born and bred with Star Wars in my veins… seeing the first movie as a toddler in the theater… but I am struggling hard to maintain that hype and love.
While sitting around questioning how I felt about the direction of the Star Wars franchise… I spent a significant amount of time playing World of Warcraft. The irony here is that Warcraft is another franchise I often have deep problems with but keep returning because there is a nostalgic core there that I still love. Belghast the Female Orc Warrior on Scryers dinged 110 last weekend and since then I have been focusing on gearing up. This largely has meant a lot of running world quests and more specifically unlocking a good deal of the content on Argus. In the last week and some change I have managed to raise my item level to 896 which means that I can run the LFR version of Antorus. In addition to this I have mostly just been focusing on slowly raising my level by knocking out the world quests that give me things that are useful. Additionally I am trying to burn through all of the Argus quests that I come across in the hopes of gathering enough of <insert newest currency name here> to be able to purchase 910 items. Luckily the world quest drops seem to be scaling quite a bit as I ratchet my level up there and as a result I am creeping closer and closer to 900. The biggest challenge right now is the fact that I have yet to see any Legendary items in spite of doing a bunch of stuff that could in theory get me one. Either they have greatly nerfed the drop rate… or I am just super unlucky. In truth what I need to focus on is finishing my Order Hall campaign, because the fact that I have not done so is starting to hold me back in a bunch of ways. I think tonight pending I feel like doing group content… I will sit down and force my way through it because I know there are still a bunch of missions that I need to run. Essentially I need to finish Valsharah and do some dungeons before I can get to the next set of order hall quests.