The daughter of a mad scientist, Poppy Patel escaped a life of perfection and pain. Seeking solace in S.H.I.E.L.D. Poppy exchanged her abilities and unique set of skills for amnesty - a chance to atone for the things she’d been forced to do.
Until she gets assigned to Captain Steve Rogers.
Watching a 93 year old defrost isn’t exactly a challenge for her, but babysitting him once he’s at room-temperature is definitely a waste of her talents. During their time together though, Poppy comes to discover that maybe they could help each other. While she’s giving teaching the program on the 21st Century For Dummies, Captain Rogers is slowly breaking down the walls she’s kept herself safe behind since she was old enough to realize she needed them.
Both of them may just have a shot at happiness, that’s if they don’t lose their nerve.
When Grace found an old top hat Jefferson didn’t think much of it until it opened a portal and they fell through it. They wake up in a hospital several centuries in the future. Dr. Whale doesn’t believe in magic, but he can’t help but feel drawn to the odd man and his daughter who say they are lost in time.
Heavily inspired by some alternate Earth cartography work I’m a fan of, I made a map of a world featuring many of the films of Toho Co., Ltd. and associated works. There’s also a very lengthy write-up under the cut.
Without giving away any spoilers, here are some general descriptions about what to expect when Rogue One opens:
• The film, starring Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, an outlaw recruited by the Rebellion to steal the plans for the original Death Star, is set just prior to the events of 1977’s original Star Wars, and references to the first trilogy abound, foreshadowing events-yet-to-come.
• The tone is, as promised by Lucasfilm, a war story – a relentless action tale. Fears that much-discussed reshoots were softening the story or watering down the ending appear to be unfounded, since the movie presents a much grittier soldier’s story than previous films. Think of it as Band of Brothers with a Star Wars setting, more than earning its PG-13 rating.
• Chirrut Imwe, the blind warrior monk played by Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen, and K-2SO, the blunt-talking security droid played by Firefly star Alan Tudyk, steal the movie. Ironically, they both provide some of the movie’s funniest and most heart-tugging scenes.
• Much like The Force Awakens, there are a significant number of shots from the Rogue One trailers that aren’t in the finished film. Director Gareth Edwards says he shot a lot of footage in a cinema verite style, trying to capture the chaos of battle, so either trailer-makers drew heavily from material that was later unused, or portions of those scenes were reshot.
• Despite its heavy tone, there’s a lot of humor in Rogue One. There’s also a lot of heart, particularly in the father-daughter story of Jyn and Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) a scientist who is stolen away to work on the Empire’s Death Star project. The film also features a gripping, almost prescient speech by Jyn that will leave many fans with a lump in their throats.
• Finally, Darth Vader… The Dark Lord of the Sith delivers one moment of pure horror. You could argue there’s even more than one scene that fits this description. Rogue One shows a ruthless, predatory side of Vader when he is at the height of his powers.
• Actually … one more note: Fans of the Disney XD animated series Star Wars: Rebels should keep their eyes wide open for a number of special surprises. (That’s all I’m going to say about that.)
The whispers had followed Nate Ford from his first day on the job. People said he was too young to have the kind of track record that he had, and then they said he’d made a deal with the devil to keep the kind of track record that he had, and then they said his track record was impossible. No matter how long he worked, no matter how much he tried, they kept moving the goal posts of respectability and believablity, until sometimes he wanted to scream and keep on screaming, to become the kind of man who flipped tables and called down lightning and threw bottles of acid at innocent lab assistants.
They always believed Sterling. They always gave the credit to Sterling. They never asked whether Sterling had earned the things he had, and oh, Nate could have told them a thing or two about Sterling, about the way things had gone back at school, before they had both realized that the world outside the tower was replete with people who couldn’t tell a magic wand from a pencil.
Nate had always known that both those things were magic, if you used them the right way. He had planned to make his name in the mundane world and then go home cloaked in glory…
…but then there had been Maggie, the archetypical mad scientist’s beautiful daughter turned mad scientist in her own right, and then there had been their son, their beautiful boy, and when magic couldn’t save him, and science couldn’t save him, when nothing could make it right, there had been the bottle, and it had been made to fit his hand.
The whispers still followed him. Said his deal with the devil had finally come due.
Maybe they’d been right all along.
“You’re Nate Ford,” said a voice, and he knew that the whispers had been close, but not quite correct: the whispers had missed one thing.
There was always another devil. There was always another deal.