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Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 17, 2017, 03:20:08 AM »
Just one more comment before I head off to watch it again....

Episode IX doesn't have to directly follow TLJ time wise.  I think it will be set several years later.  They could even start with Leia's funeral.

I personally was never against the idea of putting in a CGI Leia for eps9, so long as they spend a huge amount of time to make it look real; but if they aren't going that route (which is what Kathleen Kennedy confirmed) then yeah, start eps9 many, many years later and with Leia's funeral. It will mark the full transition to the next generation where they carry the story almost completely (but with obvious cameos by Force Luke, R2, Chewie, 3PO...)

It was always a huge mistake to end TFA with a cliffhanger that required eps8 to pick up immediately from eps7. SW films have always built in some passage of time between each film so that you can have EU stories that chronicle what happened during this period... we could've had old Luke and old Han go on some adventures between 7 and 8 for example... for 8 to 9, allowing for years to pass between the two films will at least restore the proper way that breaks between films should've been handled. We can have more adventures of old Leia trying to build the new rebellion until her funeral at the open of eps9.

Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 16, 2017, 08:33:23 AM »
I'm always amazed at how my opinion is almost the exact opposite of everyone else's.  I've made no secret that I thought The Force Awakens was a steaming piece of garbage (times 20) and really, any complaints about Luke not living up to his potential is more the fault of JJAbrams' poor writing skills, not Rian's.

I loved TLJ.  It had everything for me that TFA was completely and wholly missing: I felt tension/fear for the lives of all of the characters, both the old cast and the new cast. I remember feeling nothing, no tension at all, during the entirety of the boring TFA. There was never any sense of danger whatsoever to our heroes. 

I didn't like Finn in TFA (mostly due to the poor writing, not the fault of the actor) but I felt genuinely worried as he raced towards what seemed to be his doom.  I thought "No! Don't do it Finn!!!" which even caught me by surprise...

Rey who I so wanted to love in TFA ultimately was a disappointing Mary Sue who didn't really undergo any serious trials that would make me respect her as a potential hero - well in TLJ she gets the stuffing genuinely knocked out of her and faces some tough choices that had me guessing where she'd go. Unlike the last film, I felt nothing could be predicted or taken for granted; I love that.

Nothing had me in total shock more than Snoke's unexpected death and Kylo's rise to Supreme Leader - it makes sense to me for Rian to foil the audience expectation that Snoke would just hang around for the next film for his eventual defeat by Rey somehow. Nope!  Here we have Kylo doing what Vader could not do: the apprentice killed his master and became the new master. NICE.

I understand Luke's (momentary) temptation to kill Ben. He has firsthand experience with Vader and knows that he can't allow another Vader to be unleashed on the galaxy. It's the classic "if you could kill Hitler as a child", would you do it?  The key thing is that he stopped himself. He didn't actually try to do it and that for me, preserved Luke's character. I was also fearful that Luke wouldn't get a chance to show any bad-assery before he might've died. No need to worry at all.  And for anyone disappointed by his death, my only feeling is that Han had a far more insulting death - FAR MORE - I've already wrote about that in another thread. Luke died at peace. He didn't get gutted like a piece of meat or died like a punk. He came to save the fragile remains of the new Rebellion at the time of its greatest need and darkest moment. He saved Leia.  He got to die a hero, unlike Han. That's good enough for me.

This film makes up for TFA in spades. Two thumbs up from me.

« on: November 23, 2017, 01:17:41 AM »
And count me in for getting two of those clone sets also. Envious of the US collectors who get free shipping, that is an amazing armybuilding opportunity right there on the cheap.

I hope it's not too hard to "undirty" the clones though, I didn't care for the massive amount of scuffing they did on the 501st's leg area, felt a bit too extreme. 

Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: November 13, 2017, 03:14:54 AM »
Thankfully, for those who don't want to spend $35 just to get Palpatine, JTA has posted about the single carded Emperor popping up on ebay...

I do hope the basic carded version has a better paintjob, there was nothing wrong with the sculpt itself, but as I noted before, the paintjob didn't feel worth the high price of the 3-pack.  Some kind of dark paint wash would bring out the sculpted details nicely.

Scout Report / Re: Walmart sells star wars action figure case ??
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:25:11 PM »
Did just start third-party selling like they do in the states?
It says sold and shipped by " UNBEATABLESALE".

I think there was another third-party reseller that's been on for at least a month now. I vaguely recall seeing some kind of super-expensive Boba Fett collectible popping up a few weeks back and it clearly was not a typical Walmart item.

I don't think this is the way to go. The third party sellers tend to sell at scalper level prices (possibly to account for whatever fees they are being charged to be on the Walmart marketplace) and it's likely a bigger hassle to get good customer service from them. Even seems to have sunk quite a bit in terms of their customer support. I remember they used to have a phone line where you could talk to a human being if you had an issue, now it's just a form you fill out online yourself and print out your own return labels.  Not sure how Amazon handles returns, since I've not had to return anything to them yet.

Wampa Cave / Re: Ryan Johnson to direct new Star Wars trilogy!!!
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:20:55 PM »
I get the feeling that the TV show will be based on that Underworld premise that was being worked on before the big Disney buyout... but man, they better not use that silly idea of Palpatine being a good guy until he had his heart broken and turned evil.  Jeez, that does not need to happen.

There's every reason to think that Rian will get to do something set in the distant past of SW e.g. Old Republic; it can't be something in the far future, since I think that anything post-eps9 will always involve the Skywalkers in some form. Or I guess it could be stories that are very niche e.g. focusing on one singular world like Endor, Lothal, Bespin, etc. 

Anyway, given that the Old Republic is still popular with longtime fans, a trilogy of flicks devoted to that era would likely be a safe start.

Edit: io9 does a good job at examining the options that are available for Rian to explore...

Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: November 05, 2017, 01:38:40 AM »
And for the heck of it, I'll also confirm that crazy $35 price. Charging way too much for 5POA figures...  and when I saw it in person, I was really disappointed with the Royal Guard. The faceplate is too pointy, and the overall body is too small. 

Hasbro has a bad habit of churning out humans wearing armor or helmets or whatever and giving them unrealistically small bodies that could never depict how big the figure should be if they are wearing all that stuff. The ERG's helmet also seemed too small to be covering a human head underneath (if one uses Jedi Luke's head as a reference).

Luke is good, but the plastic used for his face/head is a bit yellowish, and the Emperor's face badly needs a paint wash of some kind to bring out the details. These still look very dollar store-quality to me, sadly.

Scout Report / Re: TRU - last day to save 15% off entire purchase
« on: October 21, 2017, 02:45:06 AM »
I have 78 R1 Stormtroopers now.

Uhmmm... wait, what? And I thought I had a lot of R1 Stormies...

Scout Report / Re: TRU - last day to save 15% off entire purchase
« on: October 20, 2017, 01:34:09 AM »
Thanks Wedge, that must've been what happened. I didn't recognize the girl at the cash yesterday so she must've been one of their new seasonal hires for the coming XMas season. Probably still learning the ropes.

I had signed up a while back on the website to be alerted to any upcoming promotions and offers, yet I never saw a darn thing in my email. Heck, I've yet to get a single email from them. 

Did anyone get an email promoting this whole 15% off thing?  I get the feeling that whoever is in charge of their emailing out of upcoming promotions isn't doing their job or you register and it goes right into some database and never used.

Scout Report / Re: TRU - last day to save 15% off entire purchase
« on: October 19, 2017, 04:19:49 PM »
I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who learned about this late.  I was at my TRU yesterday and there were no signs posted about the 15% off.  Today there was... but only on a few shelves.

Yet I bought a transformer yesterday and didn't get the 15% off.  Not sure if even TRU knew that they were supposed to be having that sale yesterday, lol. I'm going to go back and see if I can get my receipt adjusted.

Wampa Cave / Re: JJ Abrams back for Episode IX
« on: September 19, 2017, 07:47:04 PM »
This actually happens several times in the EU, most notably in the Dark Empire comic series where Luke joins the dark side along with the resurrected emperor in an attempt to destroy it from within. It also happened in the Tales of the Jedi comics, where Ulic Qel-Droma tries to do the same thing.

It is certainly a possibility that Kylo could be doing this. I have wondered the same thing. I can't wait to see episode 8 and see where things are headed, but even if this theory is true, I'm sure we won't know until episode 9.

I'm certain we will see some kind of redemption for Kylo/Ben by eps9.  I just don't expect a lot of originality from Abrams - he's simply not a good writer nor capable of anything innovative. He'll give the audience what he thinks they want and the Dark Empire-style "Good guy goes undercover to disrupt the forces of evil from within, gets corrupted but comes back to light" is an easy route to take.  I also would include the now non-canon Republic comic storyline with Quinlon Vos going dark as yet another iteration of this archetypal storyline.

I have my own theory as to where this is headed, a somewhat cynical theory based on the fact that Disney wants to continue the mainline saga forever and won't simply end it with eps9 on a happy (and permanent) note:

a) Rey is the reincarnation of Anakin Skywalker, brought back to life and would keep returning to life again and again, until he has fully atoned for his actions in the prequels; it doesn't mean (s)he can't also be Luke's daughter, but she is also his father too.  I groan at the thought of this, but it would explain Rey's inexplicable deus-ex machina skill with the Force in eps7.

b) Rey will thus somehow influence Kylo to come back to the lightside, because she IS the grandfather that Kylo has been worshipping and can tell him directly that following the darkside is the wrong path and that at the very end he returned to good...

c) eps9 will mirror RotS just as much as it might mirror RotJ; we expect that Snoke will be defeated and the First Order crushed, but what if instead, just like with RotS it is about the utter defeat of the new Republic, the rise of the First Order across the galaxy?  Perhaps Rey has to go into hiding (possibly with Ben Solo, or maybe he dies in an attempt to atone) to form a new rebellion consisting of all Force users this time... and thus eps10 will take place 17 years later when the First Order is essentially Empire 2.0, and Rey's child/children lead some kind of new Force order against Empire2 which is enforced by the Knights of Ren (a dark mirror of the PT Republic which was safeguarded by the Jedi Knights).

This theory makes the most sense to me since Disney wants the cashcow to be fed forever and they aren't going to create yet another Empire clone (even Disney must say it'll feel like a lazy retread by that point) so just let the FO win the sequel trilogy and fully take over for almost 2 decades.  I'm pretty much done treating the sequel trilogy as canon anyway, so they can do whatever they want, and this approach lets them milk it and milk it for another 3 more sequel-sequel film$ until they just reboot the whole thing to start all over from eps1 to 12 again. It's my Ring Theory of franchise-milking.

Wampa Cave / Re: JJ Abrams back for Episode IX
« on: September 15, 2017, 05:46:50 PM »
I'm not sure why people have these theories when JJ Abrams himself has stated that during that scene:
a) Kylo Ren didn't know if he was going to kill Han or not, and it was basically a last-second decision to do it
b) after killing Han, I think both JJ and the novel point out that Kylo expected to feel a surge of power because having killed his own father, he thought it would link him closer to the dark side but it didn't and he felt confusion.

None of these things would confirm that theory at all. I still contend Han did die a pointless, stupid death not worthy of his iconic status. He should've gotten mortally wounded trying to protect Rey from being killed by Kylo - having to face a choice of saving Rey or shooting, maybe killing, his own son, he chose to save Rey... but Kylo deflected his bolt back at him, fatally wounding him.  Han is helped by Rey, Chewie and Finn back to the Falcon where he insists on flying them all to safety in the Falcon.

Once out in space, he finally dies in the seat of the ship that he has flown for decades... not gutted like a piece of meat and thrown into the flames. He could've even done a symbolic handoff of the "keys to the Falcon" to Rey before dying, whispering Leia's name as his final words. Cut to: Leia, back at the base, hearing his last words through the Force and breaking into tears (showing no restraint at his death, she sobs and weeps, rather than just sit there passing gas, AND she later hugs Chewie). THAT is the death he should've gotten... a heroic one. Not an effin crap one. Sorry, but I loathe this movie more for this reason more than any other... never mind the notion that it turns all of the successes of Luke, Han and Leia into ashes. Han isn't even a competent smuggler (note how he jokes that his massive ship is devoid of a crew because they all got killed off by the live cargo - no wonder Rey didn't want to join up with him!).

edit: even if Kylo were secretly a "good guy" people seem to have conveniently forgotten he executed an old man at the start of the movie and ordered a massacre of an entire village of people - definitely NOT the actions of a good guy even if he's trying to secretly sneak up on the real bad guy... do the ends justify the means?  If he kills Snoke after earning his trust, is Kylo really a hero or heroic?  By killing men, women, and children?

...and JJAbrams officially hired to co-write and direct episode 9 ("Return of the Lens Flare").

The post-RotJ period is now officially dead to me.  RIP.

Maybe we are introduced to a Porg this movie and in the final movie we go to the land of Porg and they help defeat the empire just like the Ewoks did.  :rockon:

Oh my stars, I swear that actually sounds plausible given how much TLJ currently sounds like ESB... the Porg would be the perfect ewok-standins for eps9.  Or in eps9 we find out that the Porgs are like the Lahsbees from the old Star Wars Marvel comics, cute and furry when young but upon puberty they turn into the gigantic and violent Huhks! That would catch the First Order offguard and help the resistance win the day!

I shudder with dread...

And now we officially know who "The Last Jedi" refers to, and it's uhm, obvious...

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