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Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: December 21, 2017, 05:21:20 PM »
Quebec

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Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 21, 2017, 11:44:29 AM »
If it is true, it is hilarious! All the alt-right types who laughed at the scream at the sky movement are now wasting time using bots to hack a movie site about a fantasy film for nerds and kids as well as signing unrealistic go-nowhere petitions! It would be funny in a ha ha way if it wasn't so sad and frightening.

Did you read the guy's stated reasons? He basically flat out says he wants men to be the leaders of society again! I showed this to my daughter and she just rolled her eyes. I hate having to expose her to this kind of BS. I can see the frustration and sadness in the eyes of my wife and daughter every time some insecure yahoo doing something like this makes the news. Discouraging enough for me as a man, can't even begin to imagine what it would feel like to be a woman in these moments.

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Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: December 20, 2017, 02:24:54 PM »
On the plus side he's got a removable helmet this time around!

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Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 20, 2017, 01:41:15 PM »
At my first viewing, I was disappointed, after my second viewing I liked it a lot better. I really don't get why people would be angry about the movie though. Yes, there were some odd things in there, but it is just a fantasy movie. No injustice was done to any real people, apart from maybe spending a little money on a movie that they didn't like. I think a big part of the problem is many people live a life of relative ease and have a feeling of entitlement. When things are not going perfectly their way, even in areas that affect their real life in no way whatsoever, they get angry and look for someone to blame. Anyway, I'm glad that the reviews are a lot more level headed at Snowtroopers, and by the way, I thought Rose was one of the best parts of the movie!

Yeah, I remember on my first viewing, even though I was disappointed (not anymore!!!) that I wasn't going to go on and on about it. It was just a movie. Maybe not for me but still just a movie. The OT and my growing up with it is one era, one experience, one thing that is a part of me. Why does everything SW, especially everything coming out years later and made by everyone but George Lucas, need to be perfect or throw me into a fit of nerd rage? I mean, I even had to come to terms with this reality with the prequels and they were made by the Maker himself! Different times, different cultural landscape, different cinematic landscape, and I was different too as were the years growing with them. To expect a 40 something to experience something on par with that in this era of media saturation and to do so with an adult mind and expect to get that OT vibe instantaneously when it took years of living with it to establish that kind of deep connection? Is just so odd an expectation.

And then there's the petition to remove the film from...I guess canon and redo it? Which is so sad it is hilarious. I mean, the number of people amongst those on rebelscum who are loving the idea of the petition are also those who often take jabs at anti-Trump types who scream at the sky or call people SJWs! When those people are actually railing against someone who has their possibly insanely driven finger on the nuclear button!

It is the angry SW nerd's version of screaming at the sky. I've got a new term for them anyway! SWJWs!  :rollfloorlaffsmiley:

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Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: December 20, 2017, 01:18:31 PM »
I just found several Cai Threnalli figures at a Walmart. No sign of the Emperor or flame trooper repack figure though. But there were plenty of other figures that appeared to be from the Luke/DJ/Leia wave. Perhaps a new case mix is hitting? They scanned at full price but I did not have the time to go back and argue that they needed to give me one for free! I was late for work!

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Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 17, 2017, 11:21:50 AM »
Amabasah I think I felt pretty much the same way about those points on my first viewing and now, on the second, I'm good with almost all of them.

Yoda seemed so stupid to me, but upon a second viewing, it felt really like the Yoda of ESB, the Yoda that could be Zen mastery about the way he taught and the idea that Luke's failure became what would teach him...brilliant. The fact he kept silent for so long (or at least we assume he did) may also have been a part of the lesson.

Has there been a close up of the saber Luke used on Crait? Was it actually the same style as the one that broke? I'd be surprised if it was but perhaps it was but I could see Kylo's rage not letting him question it in the heat of the moment.

Poe is a pilot, he has been demoted, Holdo is actually smarter than he is and knows what she needs to do to see the plan through and not give into his impulsive "let me at 'em" attitude. Poe learns his lesson when he breaks off from the final fight. Plus, the plan was far from rock solid. If there was even the remotest chance of a traitor in their midst or any monitoring or the chance that hot shot Poe might try to speed up the plan and expose it to the FO...she was in command, she was the one responsible for giving the plan every chance it needed. And Leia was also in the know I believe. She was showing true military discipline by not panicking and spewing the plan out for every pilot-to-janitor to hear IMO.

R2's almost non-presence was not the best but in some ways it was enough. And obviously they are trying to get BB-8 to be the new droid for these characters.

Snoke's ego got in his way, his overconfidence. Plus I think it hints at Kylo's own power, his ability to use that Skywalker "magic" to outwit his enemies. It is somewhat comparable to Palpatine not feeling Vader's change of heart...he was so sure of himself that he let his guard down. I will admit it could have been handled better but I'm quite fine with it now.

Maz was ok, but probably along with much of Canto Bight, the weakest for me even upon a second viewing. I had to run to the washroom with my  youngest right before Finn got zapped by Rose and missed the lead into that scene. Who was it that knew to contact her? Finn I hope! Because I was under the impression it was Poe. Did we ever know that Poe knew (of) her?

I'm pretty sure Phasma is dead but there is always the chance she survives once again perhaps badly burned? But I think she served her purpose of being a thorn in the side for Finn and he ended her. She gets about as much of a send off as Fett did really.

Rey awoke to the Force in a different way than Luke did. Luke seemed to be full of self doubt whereas Rey seemed to connect with it in the heat of the moment in TFA and never lost that connection. She only wanted more guidance. Luke was never set up to be that "raw untamed power" source like both Kylo and Rey seem to be. And Rey seems very open to just "going there" as Luke pointed out when she went straight to the dark with no hesitation. My gut says she's just different than Luke, less mental hang ups.

And on a second viewing...I absolutely love where they took Luke. I mean honestly, I think we've all reshaped Luke over the years into something he never was. Luke was barely a Jedi before he partied on Endor. He basically  said he would not fight and took a passive stand against the Emperor. Until he freaked out, almost went dark and then...once again threw down his laser sword. His dad saved him based on Luke's decision to not go dark to defeat the dark side itself and the example he showed for his dad was more powerful than any use of the Force. After the end of ROTJ? The EU gave us stuff but we know all of that is no longer canon. So Luke then going on to try to teach and then fail and then go into a spiral is human and believable to me. The fact though that even as he cut himself off from the Force (is this also why Yoda could not appear perhaps?) and tried to convince himself that the Jedi needed to end he still sought to understand the Force in a larger way shows that his character was still trying to find the right way through his funk! It was as if he was going through a prolonged inner conflict that Rey's arrival helped resolve...leading Yoda to appear to give him the final push towards learning his lesson.

And my god! That final scene echoing Luke's young self looking to the stars, to the suns and dreaming to come full circle to see him realizing that his youthful self was probably, in its own clumsy way, pushing him to find the good path was so incredibly moving (on a second viewing) I had tears...I admit it...I had tears.

Though its a detail I'm wondering if we're going to get all kinds of new ship designs next film since, as far as we know, the Resistance has been whittled down to what? 40 people and the Falcon? No more x-wings? Or will they find another abandoned Rebel outpost with that same tech? Or old (but newly designed by Disney) tech like the skimmers?


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Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 16, 2017, 05:07:21 PM »
Just got back from a second screening with my kids and...I can't explain it...I'm honestly baffled by my response...but now I really really like it. Not kidding. I think TFA had me guessing they were going in a very specific direction and they ended up going elsewhere that I was not expecting.

This time around, much of what I found jarring was of course no longer so.

I'd still love to know more about Snoke but at the same time I realize he was in many ways there as something for Kylo to reject on "the other side of the fence"...he rejects both mentor/masters, he rejects both the dark/light. And perhaps this is what he thought Vader was all about. He was never really a Jedi and never really a Sith fully. Or that he was able to straddle the line and not go Palpatine level dark.

And despite the Canto Bight stuff (which is the weakest part of the film IMO), I find it quite fun and intriguing. Especially the "special philosophy" that seems to be motivating Kylo that I feel like I only fully get while watching the film.

I started to feel this was more of a ROTJ film than ESB for sure. The silly didn't feel quite as silly this time around. And the audience I was with this time was more into it, cheering and laughing and such.

I hope I don't end up hating it again on a 3rd viewing! I'm going to wait a while for that.

Anyone catch the books Rey has taken aboard the Falcon? In that drawer she opens at the end to get something out of? Clever too that if you watch Luke's legs during the Kylo battle, he makes no traces in the salt mineral. They even deliberately give us a shot of Kylo shifting his weight and make a mark in close up!

And I can't be sure but I thought the kid who took the broom at the end actually has it jump into his hand a few inches...but I might have just blinked. Did he use the Force?

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Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 15, 2017, 03:52:55 PM »
...did they have the "I've got a bad feeling about this" line?

I can't remember it if they did.

It was there...in the subtext...after about 10 minutes in.  :party0007:

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Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 15, 2017, 03:44:54 PM »
Just saw it and my feeling after was:
A film that was simultaneously peppered with fun and squandered opportunities.

And the pacing was just god awful.

Makes TFA look like a masterpiece IMO, at least JJ knew how to recycle and to take that recycled stuff and pace and frame and edit and get most of the motivation to feel semi-believable.

My biggest question is: Will the younglings like it? If so, then perhaps Disney is just going their way and if it works for everybody but the old fogeys then so be it. They probably won't be losing any sleep over it.

Best moments the Kylo and Rey thing...sort of...Snoke went down WAYYYYYY too easily, especially given the rumours that he was this uber-powerful dark force user. And then Kylo went back to being angry boy WAYYYY too easily. But the moment where they almost joined forces to become something "new" (ok "newish") had me hopeful. Until it all fell to pieces.

And Rey's origin is interesting in hindsight. At the time it felt like a massive let down but then I thought...if I hadn't been expecting an ESB level reveal would I have found it so strange? And I thought, no, it is kind of interesting actually. If I was a kid and was just living with "nobody" parents in a "nowhere" situation...maybe I'd find it inspiring. I know that I found Luke interesting instinctively as a kid in the first film because he wasn't "destined" right off the bat. He was a farm boy with big dreams!

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Wampa Cave / Re: Ryan Johnson to direct new Star Wars trilogy!!!
« on: December 15, 2017, 03:28:30 PM »
I think they planted the seed for his trilogy at the end.

I hope you are wrong. But you are probably right.

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Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: December 13, 2017, 11:53:07 AM »
Walmary in Ontario has the large display with all new stuff out.  Had all the 3.75 inch...jaina...snoke...rose...guard..maz...and big figs. 

Just for clarification: Snoke isn't a 3.75 figure is he???

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Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: December 12, 2017, 08:12:09 PM »
I think I have to post this in the provincials! LMK if you don't see it there! I don't think we're in the same area but there is a hint in my provincial post about where to look!

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Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: December 12, 2017, 07:36:39 PM »
I snapped up the 3.75 black series TLJ figs today too! Thanks Goldenrod for the heads up! That 7.97 price tag is pretty sweeeeeet!

(I'm not going to open them until I've seen the film however...if it is terrible it will be easy to return them!)

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Added comics and comic packs!

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Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:29:27 PM »
Are they really the last of the Black Series? I thought they looked 5poa...unless Walmart was going to release 5poa figures in black and red window boxes and charge $20 a pop?

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