Sure, I usually I write about games that are either currently on sale, or they’ll soon be on sale. The Tomorrow War is a rather different offering from IndieGala. It’s one of our freebies and it’s awesome. Feel free to check it out, here. But don’t let me get ahead of myself.
I’ve also written before about Space and the vast intricate mystery that it is. Case in point, the iconic space stations from Spacebase Startopia, and even the underrated gems about space explorations. However if you’re particularly interested in an awesome review…. Well then you should check out my colleague’s (The Italian Guy) review of The Outer Worlds. It’s really good an insightful. You’re welcome.
The Tomorrow War: Stepping Away From Star Wars
Sure, we are all familiar with probably the greatest cinematic intergalactic war. Star Wars. The rebels on the one side, and the Galactic Empire on the other, simple. And yes, it’s the OG intergalactic war, but so many articles have been written about it already. Even I did a bunch of them. Look. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of these posts, but it’s time for something different. So, with that in mind let’s try something different. But first, I believe a word or two about the game is in order.
What’s The Tomorrow War All About?
It’s about an intergalactic war, but more precisely, different stages of the conflict between United Earth Empire and Konkordia. So, gamers will participate in local operations and in huge space battles. They will also meet alien races and fight against unofficial military organizations. And of course they will take part in the final battle.
The timeline is in the 27th Century, and there is peace on Earth. Mankind has discovered ways to travel outside of the solar system and planets thousands of light-years away have been colonized. The United Earth Empire is at a cross-roads. Why? Because, an old enemy of Earth, decides that the galaxy has room for only one Empire.
And what about Alexander Zorich? The famous Russian writer who actually wrote the books that the sim game is based on? Well, Alexander Zorich doesn’t exist. Furthermore, Alexander Zorich is the collective pen name of two Russo-Ukrainian writers; Yana Botsman and Dmitry Gordevsky. So, let’s get back to the movies that will follow this game.
Which Movies To Add In The Tomorrow War List?
First and foremost, I wouldn’t limit myself on movies alone. And i’m not going for strictly serious Si-Fi works either. Sometimes, a lighthearted topics and satire work just fine. So without further ado…
Deep Space Nine
DS9 as it’s commonly known, dared to be different from the start. First and foremost it’s not based on a starship but instead on a starbase. The aforementioned Deep Space Nine. Also, unlike the predecessors, focused more on multiple-episode story arcs filled with rich and engaging characters. Not to mention, the darker aesthetic, more antagonistic characters and less Utopian setting were controversial at first too. However, critics and fans alike use the term trail-blazing to describe DS9 now and it just goes to show that some TV shows were ahead of their time. But the plot surrounding the Dominion War was something truly special.
However, the Dominion storyline was originally only meant to span two episodes, but I guess it was too good to be left in just two episode arc. But overall, the show is incredible and I highly recommend it. It’s also layered, well written and with tones of intriguing smart dialogue. For me, Deep Space 9 is the best show from the vast and rich Star Trek franchise, and I loved how the war was built in the course of the seasons, just to have a big crescendo in the last few seasons. Genius.
Oh how this movie is still misunderstood. I personally don’t get why everyone is still upset about Starship Troopers. I guess, not everyone gets the satire, but I personally love this movie. Not to mention that the satire is not subdued or muted. Oh no, it’s full blown and in your face, but there’s a social commentary in between also. The movie has an intergalactic war in the middle of the plot, but in the rest of the movie, deals with themes like the fascism, propaganda, nationalism and false utopia. Among other things.
The acting is purposelessly soapy-like, and the actors are purposely perfect, and I loved the even the portrayal of the war itself. You can even find satire in the war, since the humans in Starship Troopers are fighting with giant bugs. I suppose that’s a crass way of putting it. The way we see the opponent in every war. Nothing but an incest that we need to kill. But I can’t stress enough how good this movie is, and I highly recommend that you watch it. If you haven’t’ already.
The Great War is next. And in it’s essence, (much like the name suggests) it’s a violent civil war on the planet Cybertron. The opposing sides are the Autobots (led by Optimist Prime) and Decepticons (led by Megatron), and it’s basically a civil war with giant shape-shifting robots. However, by the end of that war, Cybertron was a barren and uninhabitable wasteland, so Prime and Megatron came to fight on Earth. Naturally.
So, the Earth becomes a new battlefield for the Cybertronian war, and that’s where the Transformer’s movie franchise began. What started as a line of toys from Japan, has turned into a billion dollar franchise. To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of the Michael May movies (only saw the first movie), but I am fan of the 80’s Transformers movie. Watched it constantly as a kid. I mean just look at the voice cast. Leonard Nimoy, Peter Cullen, Judd Nelson, and Orson Wells. Yup. Orson Wells in his last movie ever. Watch it if you have the chance. It’s soooo good.
I started this post with a TV show and I’m ending it with a TV show. An excellent TV show I may add. TV show. Battlestar Galactica is next and you’re welcome for this. And yes, I’m talking about the 2004 reboot, not the 70’s original series. Just to make things clear. And for this particular favorite, I’m going to discuss humanity’s fight against the Cylons. Furthermore, what’s left of the humanity on the remaining 12 colonies. The human survivors are led by the incomparable Colonial Fleet officer Commander William “Bill” Adama (Edward James Olmos) and President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonell).
And they’re in search of the 13th colony. Earth. And the space battleship Battlestar Galactica is their primary vehicle to do that. But aside from the basic premise, there’s so much under the rug to explore in Battlestar Galactic. Fantastic character development, exciting story arcs, incredible acting (from Olmos and McDonal). Not to mention the lack of aliens and the significant toning down on the space battles. They are present, but they’re not illustrious and glorious. No, they’re representing a war, and no war is glamorous. Even the ones fought in space. I loved how the Cylons (aka the main enemies) are actually man-made. As if they’re warning us that we are our worst enemy. A dark, yet realistic and claustrophobic prediction that we are responsible for own demise. I love this show, and I recommend it.
The Tomorrow War: Which Intergalactic War Is Your Favorite?
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