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#1058968
Topic
Last comic read
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Waiting on installments for two graphic novels I’m following so I decided to go on a tangent and start something I skipped a few years ago.

Really digging it so far. Much more of a secret agent/espionage story than a super hero crime fighter. It’s his post-Nightwing story. DC Just announced they’re going to transition this into his reemergence as Nightwing in a few months. I will have caught up by then.

Anyway, the story is a nice change of pace. Great work by Seeley and Janin.

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#1056705
Topic
4K restoration on Star Wars
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I love our old Death Star. Someone else around here has all the old icon-sized character portraits in their signature. Man, we’ve come a long way. What’s it been, fifteen years or more?

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#1049434
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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TV’s Frink said:
To clarify, I don’t really care about the deleted scenes that much, never have for any movie other than from a curiosity standpoint. It’s not like I’m going to go back six months later and watch four deleted scenes again.

That’s it for me also. It’s a rare day indeed when I watch any special features, particularly behind-the-scenes stuff. It takes away the magic for me. I never listen to commentary tracks either, for the same reason. I sometimes watch deleted scenes but they’re far from a priority. I certainly wouldn’t make a purchase based on them.

Truth be told, Rogue One will most likely be the first film where I purchase digital-only. I’ve all but cut cable completely and in doing so, I put an Apple TV on all three TVs in the house. With the exception of local stations for news & weather (soon to be via digital antenna), I watch all entertainment via Apple TV apps (Netflix, HBO, etc) or my ripped DVDs.

After ripping them, they sit in a hall closet unused. I have a DVD\Blu-ray set-up but I seldom use it for anything other than my box set of the Batman TV show. This past Christmas I even made the digital jump on Charlie Brown, Rudolph, and Frosty. The dust on those DVDs is now fourteen months old.

I used to worry about not having a permanent copy of all the films that are really important to me. I made peace with that several years ago when I realized that modern technology has made it so that I’m never without them. In fact, I just bought a new iPad last week and an hour after I set it up and restored from the cloud, it was an exact duplicate content-wise as the one previous.

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#1039621
Topic
[fill in the blank] Just Died!
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Tyrphanax said:

Mary Tyler Moore - 80

Man, even I knew who she was and she was off TV long before I was conscious.

Absolutely impossible to quantify the enormous effect that show had on forming who I am today. As a kid, I never missed an episode. The family gathered in front of the set every week and watched every episode.

Even as an eight-year-old boy I was heavily influenced. There is no doubt about it, that show formed what I became with regard to conversational style, comedic influence & timing, and how to understand intelligent interaction. It lauded inclusion and understanding and it championed a woman as the lead.

More importantly, that leading role wasn’t in a sad sack, trying to find a man, or clumsy damsel-in-distress way. It championed her as a strong, cerebral, honest, true to herself woman. She was successful because of who she was, not in spite of who she was. The show as a whole was my role model as a kid and has remained so to this day.

I suspect I reference it here at work probably twenty times a year. Sometimes with a sharp comeback to a tiresome coworker, sometimes with reference to wishing for a bottle of whiskey in my desk drawer a la Mr. Grant, but usually with my Mary Richards over-the-head wave to coworkers as I pass them in the hall.

We’ve lost a ton of greats the past year or so, but to me this is the one that is most depressing.

https://vimeo.com/176333906

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#1039393
Topic
The Death Star trench run
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I always knew it wasn’t the equatorial trench, but I never gave any thought to which of the other trenches or which direction.

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#1038016
Topic
Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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Tack said:

I actually like King’s Han for completely different reasons than Ford’s Han. It seems to me like instead of just being as cool as Han actually is, he’s just trying to be as cool as him and is not doing a great job of it.

Also, Brock Peters as Darth Vader is definitely an acquired taste, but I grew to love him.

I have no problem with any of them. I’ve listened to it in its entirety maybe fifteen times the past decade. At this point, they’ve replaced the originals for me. I will say however, had Luke been someone other than Hamill, it would have been harder to get used to it.

The others do a fine job. Perry King was an early choice for the role so it’s nice to have him do it. He plays Han much less trustworthy or likeable than Ford.

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#1037506
Topic
What happened to the Myth?
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canofhumdingers said:

To me, the Disney films have done a great job bringing back the mythic and mystical elements of the OT. It was the prequels that stomped all over that.

But in TFA we have Maz Kanata who is no Jedi, but is more of a force mystic. You’ve got that awesome speech by Han (it’s true… All of it.). You’ve got the Knights of Ren, whatever they are. And Rey goes on a hero’s quest to find Luke.

In Rogue One you’ve got the holy city Jedha. You’ve got monks who worship the Jedi and the force. You’ve got tarkin (I think it was, certainly one of the imperials) mention “Saw Guerrera and his Bendu fanatics”. You’ve got the kyber crystals.

To me, the mythic and mystical aspects of Star Wars to hand in hand. And, quite frankly, under Disney the new films are delivering in spades.

I agree with all of that. With Rogue One I was elated to hear the Whills referenced and see the importance of Kyber Crystals, all of it in a story about a group a strangers.

Similar thoughts in Force Awakens with “it’s true, all of it”, Rey Random (so far), and The Force being a mystical energy field.

In both films I felt a sense of - Finally, something away from the incestuous solar system far far away of Lucas.

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#1034152
Topic
Star Wars moving forward without Ms. Fisher
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I’ll use ATM’s two examples and add what I think makes the two scenarios somewhat different.

Cushing;
"…been dead for 20 years" - and in-universe has been dead for 30 years, in a film released 40 years ago. The film currently in the theaters tells a story that ends moments before the 1977 film starts.

Fisher;
"…died unexpectedly young" - and in-universe is part of the current story, which she just finished filming for a release this year. The film next year is also part of the current timeline.

Cushing; They either had to recreate Tarkin, CGI or otherwise, or have a strange a absense in the current film & story.

Fisher; They can do a Col. Blake and have the story work very well. It would also help the fans, who at this point only a month since, are still making peace with her unexpected passing. This is how I hope they handle it.

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#1034106
Topic
The Force Awakens: Official Review Thread - ** SPOILERS **
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Lord Haseo said:
I disagree as Kylo taking off his mask is out of character as he didn’t do it for Lor San Tekka or Poe. The only two people he did this for were his father and this scavenger. Why would he do such a thing for a seemingly insignificant figure?

I said nothing close to it being out of character. It’s very much in character. I just don’t think there is much character. As someone else said, he’s just a bratty kid who doesn’t know what he’s doing.

At what point is Rey an insignificant character? He’s aware she feels The Force, strongly perhaps. She’s not insignificant in the Force sensitive world, so taking off the mask is again in character. He knows there isn’t any reason to cosplay around her, so he speaks to her directly. It’s his strongest scene in the film, thanks primarily to Driver being so strong an actor.

As for it being premature to judge him, Disney has only given me the one film. My opinion at this point stands. The character spends time sitting in a room talking to a mask worn by his grandfather, then puts on a similar mask, and proceeds to go around emulating his grandfather’s behavior. In my view that’s baggage.

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#1032978
Topic
Star Wars saga - Extra Extended Edition (1080p)
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^…^ said:
Sandstorm scene is in need of big audio restore; I’m not an audio expert, so I don’t know if it’s possible to recover somehow the voices which are burden under tons of noise… someone thought to take dialogs from other films: good idea, difficult to put in act. I wonder if the radio drama contains this scene; if so, it will be great and easy to fix.

I’m not familiar with the NPR version of Return, but I’m trying to find the script. It was published the same way the NPR Star Wars script was published. There are a couple of scenes in the published Star Wars that didn’t make it into the broadcast. Perhaps that’s the case with Return also. I’ll let you know what I find.

Until then, the early draft of the shooting script for Return has this dialog from the sandstorm scene. It’s been a while since I watched the deleted scene you’re referencing. This may not even fit what they later filmed.


  1. EXT. HANGAR – HUTT SPACEPORT – SANDSTORM – DAY
    Lando leads Luke, Han, Chewie and the robots through a raging sandstorm toward the entrance to an underground starship hangar.

LANDO
It’s not much further.

HAN
I just hope you parked her out of this storm.

Chewie barks to his old friend that he picked the spot.

HAN
Good work Chewie.

They make it to the shelter of the hangar entrance. Lando and Chewie trundle down the flight of stairs, as Han stops Luke just inside the doorway.

HAN
Luke….

LUKE
I’d better wait for the droids.

HAN
Listen Luke. I’m not much good at these things, but I just want to say thanks. We’re even…. I’m sorry I doubted you….You have learned a lot….

Luke laughs, and pats his old friend on the back.

LUKE
Just a few tricks….

HAN
Luke….Ah about Leia….I

LUKE
I know everything. She loves you Han. My feelings for her are different than yours. I’m not going to get in your way.

Han gives Luke a big hug as Threepio stumbles up to the entryway. He looks a little worse for wear.

THREEPIO
Master Luke, Master Luke! They’ve taken Artoo….

LUKE
What? Where?

THREEPIO
(pointing) Back there…. two men, grabbed him. They’ll strip him for parts.

Han and Luke dash out of the entryway and into the full blast of the sandstorm.

  1. EXT. ALLEYWAY HUTT SPACEPORT – SANDSTORM.

They run down an alleyway looking for Artoo. The sand blows furiously around them.

LUKE
This way.

HAN
I can’t see a thing…wait over there.

Han points at two cloaked figures disappearing down a narrow passageway and starts after them. Luke follows. As Han rounds the corner, he is struck over the head by a powerful blow from behind. He hits the ground with a thud revealing little Artoo, helplessly dangling from a strap tied halfway up the wall. One of the figures puts a hand over the little droid’s mouth.

1’ST FIGURE
Get ready, here he comes.

Luke rounds the corner, sees Han, Artoo, and is instantly surrounded by a cage that suddenly appears around him.

OFFICER
Get his weapon.

Luke looks around and sees that he is trapped. He touches the bars of his cage, they’re electrified. His blaster is drawn out of his holster, and crashes against the magnetic bars.

OFFICER
Hurry, get him aboard the ship.

  1. EXT. HANGAR – HUTT SPACEPORT SANDSTORM

Chewie and Lando join Threepio at the entrance to the Hangar.

LANDO
What’s going on?

THREEPIO
They went to rescue Artoo. He was…

Chewie barks and points at Artoo and Han struggling through the sandstorm. Chewie and Lando go out to help Han.

HAN
They’ve taken Luke…

The loud roar of a starship taking off can be heard overhead. They all look up as it passes and fades in the distance.

HAN
Quick, we’ve got to go after them.

  1. HUTT SPACEPORT – DAY

The Millenium Falcon roars off its’ landing pad and quickly disappears into the sandstorm.

  1. INT. COCKPIT – FALCON

Han and Chewie are at the controls and Lando and the robots sit in the back. Chewie barks and flips a switch.

HAN
Yeah, that’s them all right. We can outrun them easy.

LANDO
Unless…

Out the cockpit window, the Imperial shuttle is very close when suddenly it rockets away at a terrific rate of speed, and disappears.

LANDO
(continued)
… they go to lightspeed.

Chewie pushes forward on the throttle and the Falcon slows. Han bangs his fist on the controls in anger.

HAN
Blast it!

LANDO
Chewie, set your coordinates for the fleet…

The Falcon rockets away into the stars.

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#1032567
Topic
Han - Solo Movie
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Late to the discussion. No issues with any of the cast so far. Great choice for Solo. I can definitely see it working. I’ve only seen Glover in one thing and he was fine in a small role. Unlike several people here, I’m particularly excited to see Emilia Clarke get a place. I’m a fan of her away from GoT so it will be nice to see her get an identity outside of it.

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#1031755
Topic
The Force Awakens: Official Review Thread - ** SPOILERS **
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TV’s Frink said:
Agreed! I’ve read some complaints that he took his mask off first in that scene, rather than later in the movie, and I’m all like “but leaving his mask on would have robbed that scene of its power.” You need to see his face in that moment.

Make that two. If he doesn’t take off the mask, all we have is a complete Vader reboot. He already fills that role to an extent, but he does move beyond two dimensional when we see he’s just mentally unstable, as opposed to being some deformed freak\alien\cyborg\etc\etc.

I also agree that with Rey not only figuring it out but also letting him know she sees it, it gives the story some depth. In defense of my earlier criticism of Kylo, the depth is all Rey. I still think Kylo borders on merchandise tie-in. I think he’d be more interesting as a straight villain. Something along the lines of Krennic or Tarkin. Someone who is just an evil criminal, not driven by the baggage of granddad and mom. Enough with the universe-shrinking already.

Again; Fingers crossed for Rey Random.

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#1031336
Topic
Star Wars at box office
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It works as a stand-alone. My wife, who has never seen anything Star Wars, went with me the first night and had no problem understanding the story as it was presented. She’s aware that the 1977 film picks up where this one ends, but didn’t have any questions as to why they needed the plans. For the record; she had no idea Tarkin was CGI.

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#1031279
Topic
The Star Wars Holiday Special 1978
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SilverWook said:
You kids know nothing of 70’s hell. 😉

I bet my family watched both. We watched a lot of those. Back then there were only six TV channels and they went off the air at midnight. Weren’t a ton of options in the 70s.

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#1031029
Topic
The Force Awakens: Official Review Thread - ** SPOILERS **
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That’s why I say the in-story explanation helps. You’re right, he isn’t like Vader at all. In fact, he’s a weak imitation (in-story and out). In the aesthetic of the film real-world, he’s used as a Vader\Maul type marketing image. That puts me off him. In the film, his best moments are when he’s sans mask one on one with people. That part I think is done well.

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#1030990
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The Force Awakens: Official Review Thread - ** SPOILERS **
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Lord Haseo said:

Anchorhead said:

Ren isn’t interesting

This is a complaint I haven’t heard very often. May I ask why you feel this way?

Sorry for the late answer, just saw this. I don’t find him interesting because he’s just a Vader copy. Deep voice, all black outfit/uniform/whatever, identity hidden behind an ominous helmet, red light saber. Plus, in the spirit of Lucas, he’s a family member. More universe shrinking.

The in-story explanation helps a bit, but he’s still one-dimensional. I should point out that I’ve never found Vader to be very interesting. Not in his original 77 form, not in his rewritten-as-father form a few years later. For me, having Ren as another family member didn’t add to interest.

That’s also why I’m really hoping our new lead is Rey Random, not Rey Solo, Rey, Skywalker, or Rey Kenobi. that said; Rogue One has helped tremendously with my not caring near as much about Rey’s lineage as last year. I have the Star Wars sequel I’ve always wanted. If VIII isn’t what I hope, no huge loss.

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