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The critics are wrong about "AT-AT: Alpha Squadron"
ENTERTAINMENT 10/06/2039 12:35 AM ET
The critics are wrong about "AT-AT: Alpha Squadron"

Maxine McCulloch
Entertainment Reporter, Huntington Courier

CC BY 4.0 AT-AT (All Terrain Armored Transport) by Andres Rueda | Writer image: CC BY 4.0 Beautiful face by Jason Staten | Images were cropped. Images used for illustration purposes only.
When you see one of these lumbering toward you...don't go back to the speeder.
The newest member of the Star Wars family is walking into theatres next month, and it's a doozy.

In case the tidal wave of teasers and merchandise slowly lumbered by you (sorry), "Alpha Squadron" centers around General Veers of "Empire Strikes Back" fame. Yes, he who tried so hard to have Admiral Ozzel spared from the telekinetic clutches of Darth Vader.

In the movie, set seven years prior to the events in "Empire", General (then Colonel) Veers is given a mission on a remote jungle world in the Outer Rim, against Fallawa hostiles intent on joining forces with the Hutts. The Hutts are seeking tribute from the Empire in exchange for trading rights in their part of the galaxy. The Fallawians are going to make life difficult for the Empire (along with other Hutt allies) until the Imperials pay up.

But Veers soon realises this is no ordinary mission when a much larger force of natives shows up in a critical battle.

I was privileged to watch "Alpha Squadron" with select journalists last night at a sneak preview, and it is absolutely a treat. You've never seen Star Wars properly until an AT-AT walks over you, and you instinctively duck. Or until a Fallawian shoots a blaster, and you find yourself moving out of the way of the blaster bolt, only to be "hit".

If you don't see it for that reason, then see it because Shane George is fantastic. He hits every note as the no-nonsense Colonel; a stuffed shirt he is not, ambitious, cold, devilishly charming when the timing calls for it, and almost cavalier in the face of betrayal.

Ignore the naysayers, ignore Metacritic, ignore Rotten Tomatoes, ignore SciGeeks, and go see it when it opens November 30.
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