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#1092031
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Doctor Who
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At least give her a chance before you jump ship. By all accounts she is an excellent actress, people love working with her, and the new show runner has worked with her before.

I gave Capaldi and the rewritten Clara a few episodes before I bailed. Hell, I even saw TPM before bailing on all things Lucas. 😉

I’m not even remotely worried about her. I’m just hoping for some more cerebral stand-alone episodes in the style of Midnight, Blink, The Eleventh Hour, Journey To The Center Of The TARDIS, etc. I’m hoping the show and The Doctor are back to the feel of the ninth and tenth Doctors. I’m also hoping we’re companionless for a few episodes. Let us get to know the new Doctor for a bit.

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#1091987
Topic
Doctor Who
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Bingowings said:

I would have announced a doctory male actor and a female actor so that everyone would assume she was the companion when the location photos started to leak and then do the switcheroo at Christmas and surprise everyone.

That is a fantastic idea and no doubt would have put quite a few fans on their ears. I’m very shocked at the hate for this change. I suspect it’s actually insecurity. The Who board blew up as expected.

To the point of your idea working, there was one post from a guy who had heard the news before he could see the reveal and he was asking if it actually said she was the new Doctor. She could still be the companion he said. There was an air of desperation in his post, as though the world may not have ended after all.

Where many fans feel uncertainty, possibly in their own feelings as well as the show, I feel a relief that I’ve been wanting for a few years. Relief that the show is getting the refresh it’s needed with a new Doctor, companion, and executive producer all at once. Maybe we can get away from the sappy/silly/All Existence Depends On This type of stories.

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#1091873
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The problem of Owen Lars
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SilverWook said:

You were never curious about how much they knew and were keeping from Luke?

Not at all. Other than Beru mentioning that “he’s too much like his father”, it never felt like there was anything there. From what we’ve known since then (early script\story\characters\Original Vision nonsense), there wasn’t anything there. Owen, Beru, and Ben let us know that Luke’s father was a good pilot, a good man, and was killed when Luke was young.

They were a character vehicle to get a farm boy out in the middle of nowhere and have him feel less attached to his family because they aren’t his parents. They’re in the film to add a bit of depth on our main character.

Since Vader wasn’t his father in the 70s, there was no reason to ponder anything that Lucas retconned about Luke’s parents in the 80s and 90s. I never gave them any thought because there wasn’t anything there in 1977.

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#1091284
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The problem of Owen Lars
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This is another one of those many things to which I’ve never given a moment’s thought.

Luke lived with his aunt & uncle, they had a moisture farm, he wanted to move out, they have a few lines, they were killed early in the film.

It took me longer just now to peck out that sentence than I’ve spent in the past 40 years wondering about their backstory or familial connections. To me, this is just more of the damage Lucas inflicted on the franchise when he decided to shrink the universe.

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#1090731
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Doctor Who
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LOVE the new Doctor! Having never gotten past the rewrite of The Impossible Girl, I have really struggled with Capaldi’s Doctor. He was collateral damage from the Moffat rewrite & show-running of the past few seasons. I thought Pearl and Capaldi would be fresh start but it turned out to be more of the same. I haven’t watched a full episode since Last Christmas (episode).

I’ve been hoping for a female Doctor for several years and made a post on a Doctor Who board in support of it. Personally, I think it would be interesting to have the Doctor become female. It would open up new possibilities story-wise. How would other aliens treat her differently? How would other governments treat her (here, other galaxies, present, past, future)?

How would she react to situations, dangers, losses, etc now that she was female? How would past companions and characters react to her now? How would she see herself now? Some of it could be handled seriously, some could be comical, some a mixture of both.

There are also plenty of young girls who would love to have a strong, intelligent woman as a role model. It looks like they’re about to get that very thing.

I thought the reveal clip was fantastic. I love the slow, matter-of-fact walk to the TARDIS and her smile at seeing her long-time friend. Personally, as a long-time fan who has become disinterested the past few seasons, this is exactly what I wanted. A fresh start with a female Doctor.

I hope we get a few episodes where the Doctor is alone. Stories in the style of Midnight (Top Ten episode for me), Planet Of The Dead, and Waters Of Mars I want to get to know her without a bunch of distractions.

Christmas can’t get here fast enough.

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#1089356
Topic
When Did The Star Wars Prequels Become Cool?
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bkev said:
… if the PT isn’t the absolute last of the story, it stings less.

First off, that’s the type of lucid discussion that sets us apart. Well done, sir. I don’t have a strong thought one way or another because I’m unfamiliar with the PT. That said, the portion of your statement I’ve quoted is very relevant to my Star Wars world. With Rogue One far and away being the adult Star Wars film I’ve always wanted, it relieved me of my last bit of anger over Lucas’ decades of lying.

The suppression of Star Wars77 no longer being the last thing I cared about has made that very suppression not sting as much, to use your term.

but also remember, this is a bubble. There’ve always been lots of people who loved the prequels even back then.

The bubble is what I think keeps us from stepping away at times. We’re emotionally invested in a way casual fans are not. I sometimes have to remind myself that Star Wars77 is A movie, not THE movie.

Besides, Rogue One is SO much better. 😉

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#1088269
Topic
Episode VIII Discussion *SPOILER THREAD*
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SilverWook said:

A Cloud City worker, (let call him Uggy the Ugnaught) found Luke’s saber, and kept it for many years, using it to unclog Cloud City refresher units. He later descended into a tailspin of alcohol and spice abuse after an unhappy love affair with Willrow Hood, (AKA Ice Cream Maker guy) and finally hocked the saber to Maz to pay his massive bar tab.
Uggy later tragically died in a bizarre refresher malfunction in Jabba’s palace. The Hutt later eulogized him by saying "Nobody could fix a refresher I wrecked like my little Uggy."
It’s an epic tale of finding things, love, and loss best saved for the spinoff films.

Uggy’s story absolutely needs to come to the multiplex. 😉

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#1088108
Topic
Happy 4th of July(2017)
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As has been my July 4th tradition for more years than I can count, I’ll be settling in for this in 3…2…

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#1085879
Topic
Han - Solo Movie ** Spoilers **
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Now would be the time to get this back in line with older EU versions of the less-than-trustworthy character we grew up admiring. At this point they are well down the rabbit hole of a very public & costly hiring mistake. They’ve thought enough to bring on a heavy-hitter to try and correct things. Here’s hoping they take the full hit and start over. Delay the release, rewrite, and start over. A year delayed could yield a much better film. A film befitting the character.

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#1085869
Topic
Han - Solo Movie ** Spoilers **
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Ryan-SWI said:
… Rogue One’s extensive reshoots and now this nonsense with Han Solo; these films are clearly being made by suits in a boardroom.

I feel the opposite is the case with Rogue One. If it were a play-it-safe film driven by a boardroom, we would have had more TFA-style nostalgia. As it is, we have a film that restores the force as a mystical energy field created by “the force of others”. We have Kyber crystals playing a role. The Whills are part of the universe. The cast of characters are unrelated to the incest of the OT/PT. Much of the story takes place in vast universe of unknown planets. Plus, every main character dies a fairly brutal death. It is most certainly not a fun, kids’ film with an eye toward marketing toys, bedspreads, and cookies.

I can’t speak to most of the apparent mess of the Solo film, but from what we know now, I get the feeling this major course correction may be what saves the film. It hasn’t sounded too interesting to this point. They were a weird directing choice for such a culturally significant character.

I understand TFA was a weird mix of good/bad, unknown/rehash, interesting/stupid, but (to me) they made up for it with Rogue One by taking chances and staying true to 1977.

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#1084717
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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SilverWook said:

Anchorhead said:

SilverWook said:
Bought some groceries at Target, and passed through the toy aisle, and what should I see? That action figure two pack with Moroff! Only one on the pegs, and sitting right in front like it was waiting for me. Impulse buy! Haven’t bought a SW figure in a long time.

Awesome. I’ve never had a Star Wars shirt or toy, but I feel like I’ll be correcting that in the coming weeks. I have my Rogue One socks as my only wearable Star Wars things ever, but I feel like I’m this close to getting a shirt.

I find that amazing you’ve never had any merchandise at all. I’ve had more than a few shirts over the years. There are so many cool shirt designs out now it puts the 70’s stuff to shame. As hard water out here eventually ate away my favorite shirts, I kept my 10th anniversary shirt in mothballs until I saw TFA. Still fits like a glove.
I’m sure modern science could explain why two printed shirts of similar fabric survived my childhood but all the others didn’t. (The iron on stuff was faded by the third wash.) Neither one is Star Wars though.

I had every one-sheet from 1977 - 1983. Regular releases, variations, anniversaries, and teasers. Every single one except the 1976 teaser were lost in a flood about twenty years ago. I gave that teaser to my old boss before I moved to Austin. I still have a Star Wars lunch box.

Beyond that, all I have are four Rogue One pairs of socks and the awesome Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie book set. Forty years - not a single shirt. Does seem kind of weird. I have seen some interesting Rogue One shirts I would like to have though. I may jump in yet. 😉

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#1082945
Topic
Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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ray_afraid said:

Anchorhead said:

Oh, and for the record, I’ve partied with D O double G. With God as my witness. It was one for the books.

Woah! I need to hear this story…

I’ll say only this. It happened, it was a closed exclusive, and it was one of the more memorable evenings of my life. I mean, one of the more memorable near all-nighters. 😉

Now, on an on-topic note: If the board will forgive a momentary lapse in my Summer Of Rogue, in light of this week’s very sad news this Sunday evening viewing will be the 1966 Batman film. A moment to pay homage to my boyhood hero, my lifetime ethical guide, and my lifetime moral compass. That show and that character have been an enormous part of my life and remain so to this day. For tonight’s viewing…

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#1082848
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[fill in the blank] Just Died!
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The show was very much a real adaptation of Batman. Several episodes were based on specific issues. The show was a live version of the Silver Age Batman comic books. It may not seem correct to fans of Nolan or 21st century graphic novels, but it was exactly who the character was in print at the time.

This article in Forbes explains it in detail.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2014/11/11/the-batman-tv-series-is-the-most-important-batman-story-ever-told/#1cc53b483517

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#1082818
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[fill in the blank] Just Died!
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This is a bad one. My lifelong hero and moral compass since I was four years old. Truthfully, no words. I’ll just have to let this one sink in. I watch the show regularly, drink out of a 66 show coffee cup every day, have several t-shirts in regular rotation, and a few other things. The 60s show and film are the only live action Batman I own. To say I’m a fan would be a huge understatement. This evening I raised a glass to someone who has been part of very nearly my entire life.

A marathon tomorrow for sure. Beyond that, this one is going to take a while to process.

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#1081865
Topic
What is the symbolic nature behind the Han Solo/Lando Calrissean &quot;It's Not My Fault!&quot; line?
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kellyliston2017 said:
Another piece of symbolism which leads to the revelation of Princess Leia as Luke’s twin sister separated from him at birth is the scene where they are leaving Cloud City and

Density said:
I think the Luke/Leia thing very obviously was foreshadowing, or at least a hint. Maybe they hadn’t decided definitively that was the road they were going down yet, but…

They were never intended to be related. There are plenty of interviews and script drafts proving it was ham-fisted last minute ROTJ writing by Lucas after he realized he’d not thought out “there is another”. Well documented if you care to look for it. Same for the Vader/Father rewrite. Not part of the original story and also well documented.

In Brackett’s screenplay, Luke’s sister Was named Nellith and she wasn’t going to make an appearance until the after the third film.

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#1081293
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Rogue One * <em>Spoilers</em> * Thread
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Apparently, you’ve lost a rather talkative cargo pilot.

I knew someone would eventually break up a set of Dark Side socks from Stance and I could augment my Rogue One set.
Just arrived yesterday in time for #18 tonight. Brand new, out of the package, didn’t even wash them yet.

Oh, and for the record, I’ve partied with D O double G. With God as my witness. It was one for the books.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m busy for the next two hours. 😉

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#1080320
Topic
General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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SilverWook said:
Bought some groceries at Target, and passed through the toy aisle, and what should I see? That action figure two pack with Moroff! Only one on the pegs, and sitting right in front like it was waiting for me. Impulse buy! Haven’t bought a SW figure in a long time.

Awesome. I’ve never had a Star Wars shirt or toy, but I feel like I’ll be correcting that in the coming weeks. I have my Rogue One socks as my only wearable Star Wars things ever, but I feel like I’m this close to getting a shirt.

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