L3-37? As in “leet” from “L3375P3@K”? Not sure if I think it’s a clever joke or a lame reference to internet nerd culture.
Based on what we’ve seen, I’m fine with the new guy as Han. It’s like people described the CG Tarkin. I didn’t buy that as Peter Cushing, but I DID buy it as the character of Tarkin.
I don’t buy this new guy as a young Harrison Ford, but I am buying him as the character of Han. He’s got the swagger, the attitude, and the charm. I can totally see this working. Granted, this is still all based on only a few seconds worth of footage from the trailers, but to quote NuHan©️, “I’ve got a good feeling about this.”
Now, I’m not yet convinced by Glover’s Lando. But we’ve seen SO little of him so far that it’s really hard to even begin to make a guess yet.
Oh man, all of my YES!! This looks great!
TV’s Frink said:
I don’t understand why any of this matters. You liked the film or you didn’t, who cares how it got to the place it did?
Because the creative process is both interesting and important.
Personally, I love the final film but I’m also incredibly interested in what could have been. I’d love to see Edward’s first cut. I’d love a great documentary or making-of book that details the production of this film. I also really want to see all the deleted scenes/unused footage (and there’s evidence that there was a LOT of it).
It’d be awesome if Disney put out an ultimate edition on home video that included all those things…
One thing im particularly curious about is how much of the final film is Edwards, and how much is Gilroy? Too bad we’ll probably never know.
There’s tons of awesome aliens in TFA and R1. I like these guys from Maz’s castle.
I’m also a big fan of Moroff. I also thought this guy from R1 was pretty cool.
Because some people appreciate the larger screen, the (quite rare these days) experience of seeing actual projected film, being in the company of like minded fans for a special event, and many other reasons.
Some people, such as myself, quite enjoy going to the cinema rather than sitting on my couch at home.
TV’s Frink said:
TV’s Frink said:
What circles would one travel in where “apologist” is considered a positive? Probably circles I couldn’t understand, right?
I think the point is that it’s not supposed to be positive or negative. At some point, someone misused it, that connotation worked its way into the popular culture, and now being an apologist in internet circles means you defend things that you know deep down don’t have a good defense.
The word “literally” is another great example of something that people misused to the point that it lost its meaning.
But Jay, he literally said in his circles it’s either neutral or positive.
TV’s Frink said:
I’m sorry, I thought I was allowed to like a movie without “apologizing” for it.
I tend to move in circles where “apologist” is a technical term with either a neutral or positive context
So I’d just like to know what circles this would be the case in, because I’m highly skeptical that’s the case.
Well, I grew up in and still attend Southern Baptist church. I have friends who are Methodist, Presbyterian, non-denominational, Episcopalian, etc. And apologetics/apologists are generally considered a good thing by all those groups. It’s not about defending “something you really know isn’t true” or “good” or what-have-you. It’s about educating yourself on your faith so that when it is attacked or just politely questioned you are able to explain what you believe and why you believe it. Yes it can be described as “defending” your faith but that is meant in a more courtroom sense of “defense” (i.e. logical discourse about what you think is true) and not the more negative connotation that “defending” a belief often carries with it in common usage.
When calling someone an “apologist” as an insult, the word itself is neither positive or negative. The insult comes from the insinuation that they are wasting time trying to logically explain why something is good, enjoyable, what-have-you when it is quite clearly not.
Nice, I always enjoyed the Thrawn trilogy. Will definitely keep a lookout for good deals on the X-wing novels. I know they reprinted them with the legends banner, but I want to get original soft cover copies in decent shape. I always thought they had beautiful cover art and the legends reprints kinda ruin it a bit by cropping it and slapping that ugly banner across it.
So does anyone know how the related X-Wing Rogue Squadron comic series from Dark Horse holds up? For the same reasons as the novels, I’m looking at buying up the comics. However, unlike the novels, I’ve never read a single issue of the X-wing comics. I liked some of the other Star Wars comics Dark Horse put out back then so I’m guessing I’d enjoy this series too.
I just do not get the infatuation with steelbooks. I’ve got one or two because that was the only (or cheapest) option when I bought a movie. And they’re fine. I mean, it does it’s job as a case and protects the disc. It looks… fine? I don’t particularly like it more or less than the look of a plastic case.
But to ask me to pay extra just for the steel book package? Not a chance. And the insane after market prices to which some of them skyrocket. It boggles my mind.
I mean, really. Honest question. What IS it about steelbooks that people love SOOOO much that they sell out in a day or rise dramatically in price when you can get the same exact disc in a regular case for a normal price?
What does UAR stand for? Even the guide linked by oojason never actually tells me what it means… I mean, I get what it IS, but not what the “U” stands for…?
Has anyone read the X-Wing novel series by Stackpole? I had the first one (Rogue Squadron) in middle school and remember loving it. With Rogue One sparking my nostalgia for quality 90’s EU I’ve been seriously thinking about snagging the whole series. I’d have already re-read the first novel if it weren’t for the fact that I loaned it to a friend back then and he lost it 😦
Omg, oojason, those three landscape OT posters are magnificent! I especially like the trench run. Like… I want to buy those and frame them!
Saw the preview up on the big screen before Black Panther and they also had the poster on the wall outside my auditorium so I got nice detailed looks at each…
I am TOTALLY onboard with this movie. Can’t wait!
Is there somewhere I can read what “Gary Kurtz’s version of ROTJ” is supposed to be like? I’ve heard people mention it before, and how amazing it’s supposed to be. But I’ve never actually seen or read anything that really details what’s different about it.
Are you saying everyone misjudged the Falcon and got angry based on a few images in a trailer??? No…
Hey now! I posted an article with pictures and descriptions of those exact play features and even admitted my dislike may have been for naught. Don’t go casting stones at repentant souls!
Nah, the barge is supposed to be about 4 feet long. The USS Flagg was 7.5 feet long!
Somebody was asleep at the wheel claiming the Imperial Shuttle was impractical to make into a toy back in the 80’s, as Kenner did make one. 😛
As were the skiffs… Looks like the nerdist needs a more educated Star Wars toy expert…
I’ve been watching this since it was announced at toy fair. Will be interesting to see if it gets enough backers. I certainly won’t be one. It’s too expensive, WAY too big, and I’ve not been collecting much 3 3/4 inch figures in the last few years (though some of the reveals at toy fair may pull me back in…)
But still, it is really cool and I kinda hope it gets made just to see peoples’ pictures of it.
I loved X-Wing Alliance the most of that flight sim series (though they were all great). And that was an example of controls done right. You had full three dimensional authority, but they also tweaked it slightly so it didn’t just feel like airplane controls. What would normal be the yaw (rudder) input actually controlled roll. And what would normally have been roll was mostly yaw, but with a subtle coordinated rolling action incorporated. It was genius because it felt otherworldly and “spaceship-y” while still retaining all the traditional directional control inputs.
Plus you could actually move freely in three dimensions.
It’s been years since I played it, but I remember really liking the flight controls in the original PS2 Batlefront II because they were very similar to the X-wing series controls.
I’ve not played the new BF2, but I have the first PS4 Battlefront and it’s flight controls are somewhere between the X-wing style and the Rogue Squadron controls. They’re not perfect, but they lean enough towards the X-wing style that I’ve enjoyed playing it.
The Rogue Squadron games were always really cool with great environments and neat storylines. But I HATED their control scheme. Having the yaw and roll combined into one control where you effectively made flat turns and could get further away from or closer to the ground but without having true three dimensional freedom always drove me nuts. Especially in the space levels where there is no ground reference! Let me loop, roll, immelman, and split-s 'til my heart’s content dang-it!
That is too cool. I’m more and more excited for this film…
I think having NO expectations and little interest when it was first announced have played to this film’s benefit for me, as each new thing I see they’re doing with it makes it seem neater and more interesting. I feel like this film may wind up with a similar aesthetic and feel of R1 (in that it feels like the better 90’s EU come to life) which is actually getting me pretty hyped… I LOVE that aspect of Rogue One, so here’s hoping they succeed with this one too!
Hmm, if the play features of the toy is any indication, it appears as though my annoyance at the new pointy nose of the Falcon may be alleviated…
Also, that’s possibly a cool nod to an unproduced vintage Kenner idea…
Also also, I only recently picked up on how the flat-mounted radar dish is a nod to some of McQuarrie’s concept paintings…
But Luke did totally own Kylo Ren in a duel before dying…
And it was a most ingenious and satisfying victory for Luke. I don’t love everything about the movie, but I did love how this was handled.
I get that it may not have been the traditional sword fight you were looking for, but consider this. I once had a Kendo sensei teach me that you do not win a swordfight with the cut or strike. You beat your opponent in mind and spirit before you even begin the stroke. The striking of a winning blow is merely the confirmation of your victory.*
In this sense, I think Luke’s victory over kylo is actually the most poignant and intense victory he could have achieved and I found that immensely satisfying.
*it’s worth noting that I continued training regularly for many years after this lesson and found, through personal experience, it is absolutely true.
Ah, very cool. I had some sort of starter box set of that game from when it first came out. I don’t recall if I ever actually played it though. No one in my family would’ve been nerdy enough to sit down and learn an rpg style card game with me…
Eh, they looked pretty plasticy and, well, not dangerous to me. I was also not a huge fan of the shiny chrome pistols in TPM for the same reason. Too toylike, not very weaponlike.
I’m guessing you’re not much of a gun person in real life? Plastic (and composite) is the name of the game in military/police weapons. Just imagine all those green bits (that match his green uniform) were white, to match white armor…
And chrome (or a similar look) has been around a VERY long time…