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Wampa Cave / Re: JJ Abrams back for Episode IX
« on: September 16, 2017, 06:06:32 AM »
I don't think he's a good guy at all. But I could see someone like Kylo (Ben Skywalker-Solo) given his family history and lineage actually tinkering with the dark side in order to do the most massive move against the Force ever! In realizing that this conflict between light and dark will go on and on and on and billions upon billions will suffer and die, taking on the burden to get as close to the dark as you can (meaning having to actually go pretty dark in order to convince...and then have it forever dominate your destiny) and end it all would be a massive, taxing undertaking. You couldn't just say, yeah I'm a bad guy but spare this village, let the old man live and ok sure dad I'll come with you right after I complete my dark side training. So his goal might be to do something that would in the long run be better for the galaxy but in the short term he's got to be convincingly dark in order to infiltrate and end it once and for all...requiring massive personal sacrifice: his own happiness, life, family, friends etc.

...but I don't think I'm right, just a theory I toy with to see if it sticks when I watch the film. So far I feel it could but probably won't. Even though that scene where he speaks to "grandfather" is odd. I mean Anakin went back to the light right? Wouldn't he have been told this? So why speak to a helmet and try to get inspiration from this reformed dark lord? Who ended up being someone who "started" to take down the dark side by being close it...though he did not "finish" it, he only took down Palpatine...see what I'm saying?
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.

Wampa Cave / Re: New Lego Falcon
« on: September 12, 2017, 03:47:56 PM »
I'm not sure $900 for a Lego set can ever be considered reasonable, but it does look very cool :love0030:

Wampa Cave / Re: Disney vs Directors
« on: September 12, 2017, 03:46:31 PM »
Also, this is actually the third director firing - Josh Trank was the first to guy, fired from an as-yet unnamed spin-off movie.

Wampa Cave / Re: Disney vs Directors
« on: September 12, 2017, 03:42:53 PM »
About Disney leaving the story to the directors - that was not their plan. They hired Michael Arndt to write the script in the first place, but he was actually the first casualty of the Disney era,  and Abrams and Kasdan stepped in. Both have been involved in the story since then, with all 3 directors giving some input. For episode 9, it will be Abrams and another writer who do the script.

Wampa Cave / JJ Abrams back for Episode IX
« on: September 12, 2017, 03:37:23 PM »
As was recently posted here, another drop out in the Star Wars directing world - Colin Trevorrow is no longer doing Episode IX due to the classic "creative differences" with Kathleen Kennedy et al at Lucasfilm.

Just announced today, though - JJ Abrams will be taking the role of writer and director! Good news for some fans, bad for others. Time will tell, but immediate thoughts?

There definitely needs to be change from film to film. Especially when there is a 30 year gap. But that royal guard design just looks lame.

One thing I thought Lucas did pretty well with the prequels (even though that was extrapolating back in time, while now it is forward) was make the prequel designs new enough while still feeling like it was a natural progression or evolution. The royal guard for episode 8 looks like they tried too hard or something.

As for the figures I only have a desire to get maybe Rey and Luke. But I may hold out for vintage collection versions. I think I'll pretty much be sitting this one out.
Yeah, I agree that some progressions, like this Royal Guard design, are definitely in the wrong direction. Kind of like that streaking hockey puck gimmick they tried on Fox back in the 90s :speechless-smiley-004:

I agree with JJ. I would actually be disappointed if I went to Episode VII or VIII and saw Stormtrooper armour or Royal Guard (or whatever they want to call them now) armour and it was exactly the same 30+ years later. 30 years ago would take us back to the 80s. A small list of things that look very different since the 80s:

Big pouffy hairdos for women
Big pouffy hairdos for men (at least hard rock bands : ) )
Goalie equipment in hockey (I'd love to see equipment sizes reduced to what they were in the 80s!)
Team uniforms in all major professional sports
Body armour (or lack thereof) in standard infantry equipment and police uniforms
Mike Tyson could actually fight
Short shorts were in
Acid wash jeans!!

I could go on forever.  However, to make this a bit more relevant, how about we look at a few changes from Episodes 1-3 to episodes 4-6 (Episode 1 was 32 ABY, so matches quite well in terms of the time differential):

Clone trooper armour versus storm trooper armour
Palpatine's robes
and the clincher:
The Senate Guards

Let's face it, 30 years is a long time, and things are going to change. We are all completely biased comparing the quality of the movies, the costumes, armour, vehicles, etc. from Episodes 4-6 to now, as we have so much nostalgia attached to our memories of the OT. No matter how cool these new movies are, they will almost certainly not stack up for us. But if they do for the next generation, then they have done what they intended.

Expanded Universe - Legacy & the New EU / Re: Thrawn
« on: July 19, 2017, 06:03:35 PM »
I voted a 4.

MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!

It's funny that you posted this, because I literally finished the book last night.  Way better than the first Aftermath book. 

This book was a fun fast read.  I will admit that I know nothing about the Legends Thrawn character but have seen season 3 of Rebels.  The book leads into Rebels and a few characters from Rebels are in the book.  Most prominent  is Gov Pryce of Lothal.  She is the B story in this novel. 

Some other things to mention:
- The end of chapter 2 really catapults the story.
- The story is told from the point of view that Thrawn, and by association the Empire, are on the good side.
- Didn't like Pryce's story that much. 
- I really liked the Emperors cameos.  I could hear his voice in my head when he spoke.

The story is about the meteoric rise of Thrawn and how he became a Grand Admiral so quickly.  When going back and looking at his story in Rebels, you can see that Thrawn was dumbed down some for the show. 

After reading this I get the feeling that Rebels won't kill him off but something will happen that will cause him to flee back to unknown space.

I agree entirely with this post.

The only thing I wish could have somehow been snuck in there was a young Lieutenant Pellaeon.
That probably would have been too much of a concession to the Legends fans out there  :winking0071:
I agree, though - Pellaeon was a great character, and so tied to Thrawn, so it would have been nice to see him. Even nicer if they snuck in Mara Jade :)

It was probably the best book of the new canon so far, though, so I'm not going to complain.

Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: July 19, 2017, 05:59:38 PM »
I guess I am doubly lucky today - I just found out that I am to be a grandfather for the third time!
Definitely great news! Congratulations, Old Man Ben!

Expanded Universe - Legacy & the New EU / Re: Thrawn
« on: July 16, 2017, 06:47:55 PM »
After spending months finishing Aftermath: Empire's End, it took me all of a couple of days to read this one. I loved it overall. Good story, good writing, and great to see Thrawn again. Although he was officially canonized through the Rebels show, the details from this book basically confirm all that we know about Thrawn from the Heir to the Empire trilogy and others, so it, solidifies a lot of those details (even if some details now have to be wiped out in the new canon, like Jacen and Jaina being born).

Anyway, worth a read. For a while, it is a one track book, with only a linear story, but it does eventually split into two tracks. Aside from the relative simplicity, and the lack of a wrap-up of Arihnda Price (Maybe it is fleshed out in Rebels - I haven't kept up on that), it was a great read.

Expanded Universe - Legacy & the New EU / Thrawn
« on: July 16, 2017, 06:42:10 PM »
Hardcover by Timothy Zahn

Expanded Universe - Legacy & the New EU / Re: Aftermath: Empire's End
« on: July 16, 2017, 06:41:33 PM »
I finally finished this book on a recent trip to Germany. I was reading it for months, and that should tell you how good it was. Not that it was terrible, but it couldn't hold my attention, for sure.

I also was really hoping that this would tie in much more with Episode 7. There really are minimal direct links to the new movies. Anything there is is still not really revealed. I guess we'll have to wait and see, but overall, I found this trilogy disappointing.

Expanded Universe - Legacy & the New EU / Aftermath: Empire's End
« on: July 16, 2017, 06:39:47 PM »
Hardcover by Chuck Wendig

Book 3 in the Aftermath trilogy

That's awesome! I remember reading about his journey in the old Star Wars Insider - I forget exactly when, but it must have been 1996 or so (I know he did the journey in 1995, but I don't know when the story was in the Insider). I remember reading it and thinking how awesome it would have been to see all of those places - to sit where Luke drank his blue milk, to look out at over the iconic desert landscapes (even without the twin suns glaring down), to find some of the old set pieces. It was awesome. I can't wait to see the finished product of this!

Video Games / Re: Battlefront, Anyone???
« on: May 16, 2017, 08:00:14 PM »
Should we try to set a date? Saturday night would generally work best for me. May Saturdays are not so good. Hockey is also occupying much of my evenings right now. Some Saturday in June would work best for me. If people can get on sooner, don't let me hold you back. :r2d2line:

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