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Crazy Star Wars Merchandise 2

Crazy Star Wars Merchandise

Crazy Star Wars Merchandise 2I’m so glad the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally here! BECAUSE I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THE BARRAGE OF ADVERTISEMENTS AND INSANE MERCHANDISE! I think what finally put me over the edge was the Cover Girl Star Wars stand that I saw at the store and then the commercial later that week. I mean seriously, Disney’s marketing campaign is out of control. Plus the late night hosts won’t shut up about it. I know the movie comes out today, but I am already over it.

Also I feel like I should watch the other movies leading up to this one if I want to watch the new movie and if I remember right Episode 2 was so boring that I never even saw Episode 3. Plus I don’t remember Episode 6 being anything special, but that was a long time ago. I’m almost sure that my opinion about this won’t be popular, but that could just be Disney brain washing me into thinking that everyone on planet earth loves Star Wars and will be going to the theater today.

I was actually looking forward to watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not so much because it’s Star Wars, but because the puppetry and special effects should be awesome. Plus it’s pretty cool that they brought back a lot of the original cast to do a proper squeal. I do have to wonder if anyone from the original cast will actually be in Episode 8, but for now they appear to have everything they would need to make a great movie. Either way, I don’t see myself going to the theater without a girlfriend and I definitely don’t see that in my near future. 😛

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

We’ll Miss You Jon Stewart 😞

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

There is nothing I’ve spent more time watching on TV than The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Over the last decade and a half The Daily Show has made it possible to watch news without putting a noose around my neck. I know the show isn’t going anywhere, but it’s going to be hard to adjust after basically growing up watching Jon Stewart host the show. Plus I’m sure it’s going to be hard for Trevor Noah to follow Jon Stewart considering Jon’s experience and involvement in every part of the show, which I’ve learned a lot more about by listening to their relatively new podcast The Daily Show Podcast without Jon Stewart.

One great thing is that Comedy Central has been doing a proper send off with a best of show and today’s marathon of episodes. I was proud that out of everything I’ve seen recently I’ve only come across one episode that I don’t remember watching. 🙂 They also did a great job with the final episode by bringing everyone back and even showing the people behind the scenes. Plus it was great when Stephen Colbert cornered Jon (who doesn’t handle emotional moments very well) and thanked him on behalf of everyone for everything he has done for them at The Daily Show. Jon also got his own “moment of zen” featuring his favorite musician Bruce Springsteen. I can’t imagine a better final show; we’ll miss you Jon Stewart! 🙁

P.S. I have to thank Chris Hardwick and @Midnight for following the final episode and showing some respect, just like they did when the Colbert Report ended.