Monday, 1 January 2018

Star Wars: Tag & Bink Were Here Review (Kevin Rubio, Lucas Marangon)


Tom Stoppard’s play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead retold Hamlet from the perspective of two minor characters; Tag & Bink Were Here is essentially the Star Wars version of that as two nobodies stumble from one wrong place to one wrong time and in the process show us the story of the original trilogy and the prequels, as well as inadvertently playing a role in the overall saga.

As you’d expect from that concept, the tone of Kevin Rubio’s script is very light and silly and Lucas Marangon’s art matches it by being suitably cartoony and irreverent. There were a couple of amusing moments here and there like Tag & Bink playing Cyrano de Bergerac to a clueless Anakin as he witlessly wooed Amidala and I’m not sure if Rubio originated it but the Manny Both-Hanz joke. And credit to Rubio for putting it all together as a readable narrative. 

It’s just not much of a story. Tag & Bink as “characters” are whatever the plot needs them to be while the plot itself is one-note and repetitive as, like Scooby and Shaggy, they scaredy-run from one disaster to another. It’s not very funny, it’s too flip and too pointless to be any good. A cute idea but many others have poked fun at Star Wars far better and more entertainingly elsewhere.

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