Don’t think too hard about that Luke Skywalker cameo in ‘The Mandalorian’ finale

From the desk of Daniel P. Finney, paragraph stacker, Des Moines, Iowa. “THE MANDALORIAN” SEASON 2 FINALE A familiar starfighter streaks across the docks in the Imperial Cruiser. The grizzled Rebel trooper Cara Dune sneers, “One X-Wing? Great. We’re saved.” But the viewer knows better. This is “Star Wars,” or more precisely “The Mandalorian,” theContinue reading “Don’t think too hard about that Luke Skywalker cameo in ‘The Mandalorian’ finale”

Why watching Stormtroopers die is wonderful

From the desk of Daniel P. Finney, paragraph stacker, Des Moines, Iowa. ITEM ONLY: An under-appreciated joy of watching “The Mandalorian” is watching the wholesale slaughter of Stormtroopers. They are easily the worst army ever assembled in fiction. They are not good at anything, especially shooting people at point-blank range. They look good. If youContinue reading “Why watching Stormtroopers die is wonderful”

HOT SHEET: How I’m getting ready to start my career in local television news

From the desk of Daniel P. Finney, Paragraph Stacker, 24th Street bureau, Des Moines, Iowa. ITEM FIRST: I start my new job as an assignment editor for WOI-DT on Monday. The only thing I know about television is how to watch one. I decided to turn to the best possible source to prepare myself forContinue reading “HOT SHEET: How I’m getting ready to start my career in local television news”