J.J. Abrams and Disney have done it. The Force Awakens has successfully resurrected a franchise that constantly disappointed fans throughout its ill fated resurgence 17 years ago. The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones left a bitter taste in the mouths of fans while Revenge of the Sith attempted to inject some flavour back into the saga. Finally, The Force Awakens returns this space opera to form and raises the bar for franchise resurrections.

Taking place three decades after the fall of Vader and the Empire, The Frist Order has become the galaxy’s new threat. In their lust for power and control, a scavenger and a rouge Stormtrooper get caught up in their conflict against the Resistance. A thrilling adventure ensues as the power of the force reemerges to help return balance and peace to the galaxy.

What a fun ride this movie is. It’s a super exciting action flick but not at the expense of creative integrity. The writers spend the right amount of time setting up the new story arc and introducing new characters. Exposition is key here. Presenting new ideas, characters and conflicts into an established environment can be tricky. But they nail it. This is the first part in a new trilogy, which is very exciting. What a lot of “first part” films unfortunately do is leave gaping plot holes that leave the audience perplexed, but J.J. Abrams manages to massage out potential directions for the story with a soundly established narrative and a lot to get excited about for future episodes.http://abolitionhof.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/img_5e7fcbfa82d39.png

Spoiler Alert

*SPOILER ALERT IN THIS PARAGRAPH* With Force, a lot feels familiar. The parallels between it and A New Hope are front on. The theme of history repeating itself is paramount here. Kylo Ren is the new villain and the grandson of Vader. He too turned to the dark side during his training to become as Jedi. Skywalker was his master and we learn he vanished after Ren went rouge. He is the son of Leia and Solo, both of which have endured significant pain and loss after Ren was lured by the First Order. It is their desire to bring him back to the light.

The return of the original trilogy characters injects tangible charm and nostalgia into the mix. Ford and Fisher command the screen. However, I only hope to see more of Fisher in the coming films. Fords return as Han Solo was the highlight for me. His quick wit and charisma are unmistakable and perfect at every turn. The Force Awakens has bundles of it, in fact. The chemistry between Finn and Rey was key to the success of this film as the audience are experiencing new found adventure and discovery through them. Their characters are well established and rounded. You root for them and cannot wait to discover more about them. Daisy Ridley (Rey) in particular has an interesting place in this story and as a strong female lead she delivers a fresh dynamic energy to the mix. We learn of her links to the Force, but much is left unanswered leaving much mystery and intrigue.

The action is fantastic complimented by its flawless marriage of visual and special effects. The designers have worked well to blur the line between what’s real and what’s computer generated. Real sets, real props and real environments are intrinsic to the overall design fabric of this film within the Star Wars universe. It’s hard not to draw comparisons with the aesthetic failure of episodes 1-3 when watching The Force Awakens. Their overuse of digital sets tarnished the authenticity and believability of the story. Without the actors moving within real sets, the galactic environments became hard sell. These creative choices help affirm the sci-fi themes and visuals and I believe J.J. Abrams has achieved the perfect balance here.

My Rating

The Force Awakens manages to pass as a cheeky remake disguised as a homage film and I am okay with this! Besides, imitation is the best form of flattery, right? J.J. Abrams draws from the style of George Lucas while bringing his own nuances to create this film. It’s similarities to A New Hope are apparent but unnecessary to really dwell on. So just go with it and enjoy. This is blockbuster film making at its finest. Big action, big smarts and big heart. 4/5


How To Watch Free TV Shows Online

Well, you have traded in the cable provider for something special and entertainment worthy. It is great that you have relied on digital streaming services like Hulu and Netflix to view your favorite shows. But there lies the factor of cost.

So, where shall you turn to for your day-to-day entertainment? Don’t be scared. There are many streaming services like Pluto, Crackle, and Vudu that allow you to legally watch various free TV shows online.

Here the amount of the iconic and favorite classic movies present in these online TV show portals are quite surprising and as they cost nothing, you might have to undergo the disadvantage of the occasional ad breaks that pop up.

Best Free TV Digital Streaming Services

  • Tubi

Among the various online portals available, Tubi can be considered as the best alternative to 123movies and the legitimate one. It operates using license agreement and one can view various online TV shows as well as movies. The best part of using this online TV streaming portal is that you can create a free user account easily.

Most importantly, in this online portal, you can bookmark the shows in the queue. So, this will help you to check out and watch from where you left off previously. Also, the site will track the history, thereby displaying the shows based on your history.

  • Sony Crackle

No doubt, Crackle is a great site for watching free online movies. Like the Tubi, you have the option to create your personalized bookmarking that helps you to watch from where you left out just the day or week before.

As it is a free service, you can easily access it from various major platforms using the free Crackle app. The only disadvantage you might come across is the occasional ads that pop up. Frankly, Crackle is a great medium for enjoying your free time while sitting on your computer or mobile app.

  • Popcornflix

Now you might find various full-length documentaries, movies, foreign films as well as the international web services of many genres, there are multiple and unique TV shows that might be difficult to access even in other sites as well as your Cable TV.

Millennial users can watch their childhood nostalgic movies or sitcoms of the 90s right on the Popcornflix. You can view various classic ones like Sonic the Hedgehog, The Legend of Zelda, The Adventures of Super Mario 3 Bros, and the list goes on and on.

  • Vudu

This is an online platform run by Walmart and based on the pay-per-use. This is one of the best movie streaming services having a variety of collections of movies and shows to watch for free. Here the free content present on the website might have ads, still, the platform has various popular shows highlighting some of the quality ones from Fox, CBS, HBO, etc.

Final Verdict

The above given are some of the best and entertainment friendly video streaming sites. You might have a great time viewing the latest videos and movies from these sites, even though the occasional ads might pop up. Since the quality of the video and movies are from the best movie studios and channels, you won’t get intimated with the ads.