Kingdom Hearts III: “Classic Kingdom Trailer” Analysis and More!

Check out my breakdown and analysis of all the biggest news from the Kingdom Hearts Union X Dandelion Meeting, including this brand new Kingdom Hearts III Trailer!

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SaberForge Darth Vader MPP Mk. II Unboxing and First Impressions!

The newest addition to my lightsaber collection is: The Saberforge MPP Mk. II: Darth Vader from “Empire Strikes Back!” Check out my unboxing and first impressions of the Sith Lord’s lightsaber!

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It’s 2:30 AM but, there are 2, COUNT ‘EM, 2 brand new Kingdom Hearts 3 Trailers! Here’s my live reactions and my breakdown will be coming later!
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Gaming Updates: Labo, Mobile Harry Potter, and Kingdom Hearts 3 “Leaks”

We’ve seen a lot of gaming updates in the last week! Check out my thoughts on the new Nintendo Switch Labo as well as the brand new Harry Potter mobile game, Hogwarts Mystery.

Then, I dive into a leaker’s viewpoints on The World Ends With You on Switch and how they affect Kingdom Hearts III.

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Keeping My Sanity

The End of Semester Check-Up

I’ve made it. Here we are, the second week of December. It’s Finals Week, stress is flying up and down, and many people are clinging to their sanity.

Let me say this folks: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi comes out tomorrow night. I’ve quit all social media (except this blog) to avoid spoilers. I’m that serious about this film.

You think I’ve let the whole semester build up to get worried about Finals? Hell. No. I’m way more worried about Rey and Luke Skywalker than I am about my English Final tomorrow.

Here’s the reality of the situation: I found out on Day 1 of this semester (the same day the Solar Eclipse beautifully saw totality over my campus) that The Last Jedi was on the same day as my final. I decided then that my grade better be as high as it can be so I can walk into that test knowing my lack of focus would be “ok.”

Many people will probably look at my attitude and think, “Wow, you’re a fool. How can you put aside a college course for a movie?”

And to them I say: I’m not. I’ve put my best efforts into this semester and the work I’ve done!

( I also say:)

Considering I have one exam, I can look back at the work I’ve done this semester.

In my other English class, I was able to work with a team of editors and put together a Class Book. The book entails the necessity for adaptations of classic literature to survive in the modern era. It was a lot of fun to edit and work with Adobe’s InDesign to put together a piece of art that has essays from classmates.

I also got to learn a lot about British Classic literature and their adaptations which is definitely knowledge I’ll take forward. The active learning environment mixed with great content allowed for me to keep my sanity.

Another class I took was a Film and Culture class. In the class, I learned about how food can represent so much more than hunger satisfaction in film.

The class reiterated a lesson from Remus Lupin that I’ll take to my grave:

Not only will eating make you feel better, but it can reignite memories from the past. Eating is a social construct that brings people together. The best silence in the world is when hungry people can sit with each other and just eat.

This class allowed for me to create my own film. It’s a 40 minute film. The amount of time it would take to upload it to WordPress would be crazy.

I’m sorry I can’t share it with you. But, I documented Sunday Family Dinners that my roommates and I would create and then serve to friends. It’s an unusual event for college students, but I think it’s a necessity for togetherness over a great meal.

Documenting these dinners and learning why they’re important not only allowed for fun but it too allowed me to keep my sanity this semester.

I’d be crazy to not mention my journalism accolades.

This semester saw the beginning of my real-world journalism career. I got to work for the Columbia Missourian and become a beat writer for the University of Missouri volleyball team.

I wrote my first feature and wrote several game recaps. I even got to participate in a published round-table discussing the team’s hopes in the NCAA Tournament.

Attached to the newspaper work, I was in a lecture that normalized the world of journalism to us newbies. Participating in discussions about journalistic ethics, sharing my experiences, and hearing the stories of others have all added to my journalism knowledge.

Being able to manage my time in the newsroom as well as talk about journalism, all added in to my ability to (barely) keep my sanity this semester.

The only class I’ve left is the English class I have to take an exam for on Star Wars Day. I learned plenty about American Literature from the Civil War until the Cold War.

Participating in this class allowed for me to extend my knowledge on American literature and the history of our country. It also assisted in my time management improvement this semester.

Now, all I have to do is briefly recall some Walt Whitman poems from the American Civil War and not confuse them with stolen battle station plans from the Galactic Civil War.

I trust myself to do between “alright” and “great” on the exam I have. If not, I won’t suffer.

Want to know why? Because all semester, I’ve worked really hard to keep my sanity in all of my classes. I’ve done well in them and have produced great works.

Each class contained knowledge that I know I’ll bring forward into the rest of my life.

But for now, I listen to Master Yoda:

Briefly, I will unlearn what I’ve learned behind the desk this semester and focus on Star Wars. The knowledge I’ve gained will come back to me but now, it’s time to focus on what really allowed me to keep my sanity all semester.



My Breakdown of the new “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” trailer

Because sometimes, the fate of the Far, Far Away Galaxy is more important

Well folks, as journalism is something that is very important to me, I must admit that the story of the Star Wars saga is almost as important.

When this new trailer aired during the Bears-Vikings game last night, I found myself more concerned with the wellbeing of Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and the Resistance much more than the wellbeing of Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears offense. Which, being from Chicago, is a dangerous thing to say considering the Bears future lies on the shoulders of Trubisky.

Regardless, this trailer has a lot to unpack and I’m sure it concerns many other journalists in this galaxy or in a galaxy far, far away.

So, let us begin:

Firstly, this brand new poster was released yesterday afternoon and it began discussion of what could happen in the trailer. A lot is going on here and the thing that stuck out the most to me was Luke Skywalker’s face being half blue and half red.

Clearly, there are some implications there about where Luke stands on the Dark side and the Light side of the Force. It also adds context to Luke’s line from the last trailer where he says, “It’s time for the Jedi to end.” Luke stands in the middle of whether he should or shouldn’t train Rey in the ways of the Jedi and the latest trailer shows us that. I’ll bring this back up later.

There’s also a heavy focus on Leia; something I’ll also bring back up later. Then, we also see a lot of Red and White in a vehicular battle on the new planet, Crait. Crait, according to director Rian Johnson, is “very remote. It’s uncharted. It’s a mineral planet and so there are mines on it. [There are some] beautiful design elements and I hope some really unique ones that we’re able to bring into it.”

And of course, we have an unmasked Kylo and other supporting characters (Poe, Finn, Captain Phasma) which again, I’ll bring up later.

Now, let me really begin:

Here, we see Kylo Ren observing the construction of First Order AT-STs and AT-ATs. For the uninitiated, AT-ATs are the robot camels from Empire Strikes Back and AT-STs are the two-legged ones (apparently non-Ewok resistant) from Return of the Jedi.

To many, this is unimportant, but in the next shot:

BOOM. Big-time front line of the First Order’s AT-ATs ready to fuck shit up on Crait. While this is going on, we receive narration from Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) about presumably, Kylo Ren. He says, “When I found you, I saw raw, untamed power; and beyond that, something truly special.”

We see quick flashes of Kylo and his troopers invading something that looks like a mine, so I’m going to assume it’s Crait. Then, we see a helmeted Kylo, which I’ll also assume is early on in the film, because later in the trailer, we see Kylo smash this helmet:

But, Snoke sounded like he was giving Kylo the lecture of a lifetime. He’s got to be chewing Kylo out for getting slashed in the face by an inexperienced Lightsaber dualist like Rey. Which, speaking of Rey:

PALE-BLUE GRAFLEX LIGHTSABER IGNITION FROM REY. Something I noticed during The Force Awakens was that Luke/Anakin/Rey’s Lightsaber looked a little too dark. So, to see it look like this again was a very lame nerd thing that I got excited about.

Then, we see the sweet reunion of Luke’s hand and the Graflex Lightsaber:

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This is nice, because the last time, it didn’t end too well:

Next, these flashes of scenes are being narrated by Rey:

Rey hiking to see some Jedi relics, which I assume is what she is reading or having visions from in the first trailer [link above].

Jedi training looks fuckin’ sweet by the way. But, Rey says, “Something inside me has always been there. But now it’s awake and I need help,” clearly indicating her use of the Force in Episode VII.

But then, shit gets real:

Rey’s powers are literally groundbreaking. We see Luke Skywalker nervous for the first time in a Star Wars movie since he was training with Yoda on Dagobah and saw this:

But, we see Luke’s flashbacks of a Jedi temple burning after an attack on it, by presumably Kylo and the Knights of Ren, whom we still know nothing about. Luke then says, “I’ve seen this raw strength only once before. It didn’t scare me then, but it does now.” Summed up in one picture:

Boom. Luke is nervous. He’s seen this strength once before: if it was a pupil of his, he’s clearly talking about his nephew, Kylo Ren. But, if we wanted to get deep into Star Wars
lore, maybe he saw this strength in his father or the Emperor back in the day. But, it’s probably and most definitely about Kylo.

But the craziness doesn’t stop there folks. The next thing we see is a mask-less Kylo, flying around in a TIE Fighter and narrating. He says, “Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to. That’s the only way to become what you were meant to be.”

He says this as we see this:

Will he go the ultimate evil route and kill his only remaining parent, Leia? Maybe. But, I think this is our first instance of misdirection by this beautifully edited trailer. I think Leia might be in a different location at this point in time, but, what do I know? Kylo might be very ready to take out his mom in this very cool-looking space battle.

Let me say this though: I really don’t think Leia Organa, one of the strongest and most iconic Star Wars characters ever, is going to die in a space explosion. I truly believe that she won’t. It’d be really lame if that happened and it certainly wouldn’t be an honorable death for her character. But, if Kylo has to “become what [he is] meant to be” then he really could be killing Leia here or anywhere throughout the movie. We really don’t know folks, this is one where we’ll have to wait until December 15 to see.


Porgs are about to be the hottest toys of Christmas 2017 and maybe for the rest of time. They are absolutely adorable. This little guy only proves that. Regardless, this seems to be in a mine on Crait.

Could these crystals in here though, bear with me for a second, could they be Kyber crystals (the crystals that power lightsabers and the Death Star)? Probably not, but there aren’t many crystals in the Star Wars saga. But, a bit later in this trailer, we also see crystal foxes of some sort with Leia:

So maybe that’s just how everything on Crait is.

But, in these next few shots, we hear Poe Dameron saying, “We are the spark that’ll light the fire that’ll burn the First Order down.” While he, in his badass X-Wing, is trashing First Order ships like it’s his fucking job:

As a Resistance Pilot though, it is his fucking job.

Then, we see some more flashes of Finn fighting Captain Phasma:

This is what I’m really excited about. Phasma was the lamest character in Episode VII. She did nothing. She is now getting a huge chance at redeeming herself in this film by fighting one of the best characters from Episode VII, Finn.

Finn is also holding that electrocuted, bullshit thing that TR-8R (TRAITOR!) guy fought him with in Episode VII:

So, if you didn’t think this trailer was dope yet, then here. we. go.

Some battle-scene flashes lead to this:

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MY BOY LUKE HAS FALLEN IN THE RAIN. He narrates, “This is not going to go how you think.” This is without a doubt the entire theme of the trailer.

Judging by this line, The Last Jedi is about to be one of the craziest movies we’ve ever seen. My sister wants to believe that it could be better than Empire Strikes Back. If this movie is even close to Episode V, then I will be amazed. I’m just ready for a crazy-awesome Star Wars film. If it’s better than V, good. If it’s not, just don’t be as bad as The Phantom Menace.

Back to the conclusion of this trailer:

BOOM. We see Snoke(not as a hologram for the first-time) with the Force-chokehold of a lifetime. We thought Vader’s chokehold was impressive; Snoke literally has Rey screaming for mercy in mid-air.

Then, as Rey narrates the end of the trailer with the line “I need someone to show me my place in all this.”

She’s speaking to someone off-screen but then, these two scenes are spliced together:

IS REY REALLY ABOUT TO JOIN KYLO ON THE DARK-SIDE? In my opinion, fuck no. She’s the hero of this story. The giant prediction of her being a Skywalker is still left unanswered. Another Skywalker going evil is something the franchise can’t afford. Whether she’s part of the family or not, I really don’t think she’s going evil.

If you want more proof, look closely at the lighting and backgrounds of the two gifs above. Watch it again in the trailer if you want. They’re in two different places I think. Kylo is somewhere in a hellish environment with fire and hell falling behind him. Meanwhile, Rey just has a softer glow on her face with a plain background.

Also, remember this:

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Luke’s Jedi School burns to the ground and he consoles with Artoo. Kylo’s face also isn’t bandaged in this scene:

like we saw earlier in the trailer:

Therefore, it is my belief that the Kylo-Rey conversation is one of a figmented, Force-vision. Or, Kylo reaching out is during a time where he is destroying and overthrowing Luke’s Jedi school. I think it’s another case of clever editing and scene-splicing. The editors of this trailer are excited about trying to fool us. This movie is about to be insane. Whether these two shots are connected or not, this movie is going to be insane.

We still have so much to see. Don’t forget: Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, Domhnall Gleeson, and Kelly Marie Tran are all in this movie and they haven’t appeared in any of the trailers yet.

Rian Johnson and other Episode VIII execs apparently branded this trailer with *Spoilers*. I think it’s all part of the misdirection ploy. I don’t think the Rey-Kylo scene or the Leia-Kylo scene are connected. I think they were cleverly spliced together to get our nerd juices flowing.

Am I right? Maybe. Maybe not. What I do know is this: Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes to theaters on December 15 and that day can’t come soon enough. We will all find out then. Thank you for sticking with me for this crazy-long blog.

May The Force Be With You.



I Played Kingdom Hearts 3! Here are my thoughts!

After a crazy June, I finally sat down to discuss my thoughts on Kingdom Hearts 3! I got to play this beauty of a game and I had a lot confirmed and de-confirmed to me through 2 demo gameplays!

Let me know what you think!

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Premiere Event Discussion Podcast!

After long hours of studying gameplay footage and analyzing the cutscenes, I’ve put together a list of all the good and bad things from Kingdom Hearts 3’s World Premiere demo.

I made this video in hopes to discuss the great things about what I’ve seen from KH3 so far and the areas that need improvement. Give it a listen!

Official KH3 footage from Square Enix/Disney.

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Danny Stewart- Portfolio Review #2

With four weeks left in the semester, here’s a checkup on my Columbia Missourian editing work

As April is already flying by, we’re all closer to the end of another semester and the beginning of another summer. Before we get there though, it’s time for another evaluation of my work as a Sports Desk copy editor at the Columbia Missourian.

Consistently since my first check up, I still sift through many sports stories and check them for errors. I also check to make sure that the reporter’s words make sense and that their story runs clean and free of mistakes. I also still fact check scores and stats for their accuracy as well. Then, a final process is making sure the copy remained clean before it heads to print. Finally, headlines are decided upon and written for print as well.

Something new that I’ve done since my first check up is scheduling and writing tweets for the sports section. This has broadened the range for creativity and deadline work during my shift because Tweets can’t read similarly to the headline or the lede. Then, I have to make sure the Tweets are scheduled out at random times in a time frame but also spaced out so it doesn’t look like a bot wrote them.

Once again, here is a link to my shift work log which will show you the stories I’ve worked on and what kind of editing work I did to each one: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Ls4rMQgJM7-ekQH_ubDFXgql-MLM7H4rqIAx4iDPNUA/edit#gid=0

Examples of Edits for Web During a Shift

1) MU wrestling ready to ‘crush everybody’ at MAC Championships

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/sports/mizzou_sports/missouri-ready-to-crush-everybody-at-mac-championships/article_40e76368-18ff-11e8-8805-0381f0d8a29d.html

Missouri wrestling was only going for their sixth consecutive MAC title and not their seventh, that had to be fixed everywhere. I also made a few grammar changes. Then, I edited in InCopy for print as well.

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2) Lock, Crockett like what they see from new OC Dooley

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/sports/mizzou_football/lock-crockett-like-what-they-see-from-new-oc-dooley/article_52c49f4a-24be-11e8-b5f6-8b788d7247a1.html

In this story, I reworded things and fixed awkward sentences. Then, I made it an Editor’s Pick that night. I also edited it in InCopy.

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3) COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Missouri softball tops LSU in walk-off style

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/sports/mizzou_sports/college-roundup-missouri-softball-tops-lsu-in-walk-off-style/article_29501338-353a-11e8-b6b5-6b4def845868.html

For this roundup, I added words or stats for clarity. Then, I added an “Editor’s Pick” tag for that night. I then scheduled the tweet for this story, my first ever scheduled tweet for a story.

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4) Passion for coaching makes smooth transition back to sidelines for Ofodile (Print Headline: Odom optimistic for Ofodile’s opportunity)

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/sports/mizzou_football/passion-for-coaching-makes-smooth-transition-back-to-sidelines-for/article_64eedf68-3937-11e8-a3f3-2b1107d91127.html

I deleted an extra word and reworded a sentence that didn’t have much context in this story. I also edited this in InCopy later on and simplified the headline.

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5) A year removed from MU, Dolphins’ Harris focused on giving back to the place he came from (Print headline: Humbled Harris gives back to MU football)

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/sports/mizzou_football/a-year-removed-from-mu-dolphins-harris-focused-on-giving/article_b996ca56-3ab5-11e8-a05d-d7ea3d0197d4.html

I deleted extra spaces and reworded awkward phrases for clarity in this story. This story also required a grammar sweep up. I then edited it in InCopy and scheduled the tweet later.

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Print Editing and Headlines

1)  “Grit, guts, and angels” and “Close shots don’t geaux in for MU in Baton Rouge”

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/eedition/page-b/page_4819cf35-8966-5f2c-aa09-e62e8e1e1d60.html?pages=true

I edited both of these in InCopy after editing them for web. I love both of these headlines because one of them is punny and the other is to-the-point. The “geaux” headline was worked on by both me and Jack Radetic.

PDF: Feb. 18-19 B1

2) “Lopsided loss in Lexington”

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/eedition/page-b/page_ae71e841-6af2-5918-8630-8d7f7fafb332.html

I edited this story in InCopy and I’m really proud of the alliteration of this headline.

PDF: Feb. 25-26 B1

3) “Hello, Newman: Career game lifts Jayhawks,” “Sexton’s Tide slip past Texas A&M in final seconds,” and “Pitt fires coach Kevin Stallings”

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/eedition/page-b/page_e815893a-e63b-5b00-8297-52b550a95da7.html

I wrote all of the headlines on this page, but I’m prone to believe that the Newman headline is the greatest headline ever because it’s a Seinfeld reference indicating Kansas guard Malik Newman’s career-high scoring game.

PDF: Mar. 9-10 3B

4) “There’s no crying (or clocks) in baseball”

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/eedition/page-b/page_b8397ec2-a394-5184-b690-bcf0e31418b2.html

I edited and trimmed this story in InCopy. I really like this headline because I referenced a line from Tom Hanks in the film A League of their Own in relation to possible addition of pitch clocks in MLB games.

PDF: Mar. 23-24 4B

5) “Holding out for a Haleigh: Tolton’s Humbled Hero”

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/eedition/page-b/page_06be8add-528a-58cb-9764-5404f73744f7.html

I worked a lot on this one by editing it for both web and print. But once again, I made a pop-culture reference to Bonnie Tyler’s song “Holding Out for a Hero” because that song serves as inspiration for the girl in the story. Using that was really fun.

PDF: Apr. 8-9 4B

Tweets During Shifts

I started scheduling and writing tweets for the sports desk only a few weeks ago. I’ve had a good amount of tweets so far, but the three below I did just the other day and they each got a lot of action on Twitter and I’m proud of that.

  1. https://twitter.com/CoMoSports/status/983035243971031040
  2. https://twitter.com/CoMoSports/status/983063176496349184
  3. https://twitter.com/CoMoSports/status/983045057572818945

SPYRO REIGNITED TRILOGY! My Thoughts and Analysis


Get ready to rescue dragons, find those eggs, and collect those gems again! 20 years after his creation, Spyro’s first three adventures have been remastered and remade for the PS4!

Here are my thoughts and analysis of how this all happened.

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