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#1141254
Topic
The Force Awakens - The Starlight Project
Time

NeverarGreat said:

MalàStrana said:

I think your crawl is far too complex and contains too much information (a first time viewer wouldn’t understand half of it, especially in a movie which is a sequel to an episode where everything seemed to be resolved).

This is actually my issue with the original Force Awakens crawl:

Luke Skywalker has vanished.
In his absence, the sinister
FIRST ORDER has risen from
theashes of the Empire and
will not rest until Skywalker,
the last Jedi, has been destroyed.

In the first paragraph we are told about Luke Skywalker, the First Order, the Empire, and the Jedi. That’s a lot of information for a first-time viewer, and we are never given any indication of what the Jedi do or why they are so important. But I can understand why we might need to retain the line about the fallen Empire.

Here’s a version that explains a bit more:

The galaxy is in peril.
Rising from the ashes
of the fallen Empire,
a sinister FIRST ORDER
is building a weapon that
can devour entire stars.

Without the protection of
the mystical Jedi Knights,
The Republic is blind to this
deadly threat. Only General
Leia Organa, haunted by
visions of impending doom,
mobilizes a small Resistance.

On a mission to a distant
world, one of her pilots has
found a clue to the location
of Leia’s long-lost brother,
the last of the Jedi Knights
and their only hope against
the forces of darkness…

I personally like your crawl and the amount of info it contains. One of my gripes with the original cut of the movie is the lack of information provided: in contrast to the prequels, we don’t understand the politics of the galaxy. What is the relationship between the Republic and the First Order? Where did this super weapon come from? Your crawl answers many questions in relatively few words, so I am pleased with it.

I do have two questions for you based on your crawl: you mention a weapon that can devour entire stars, yet it never does that. I came across this old post of mine, and I wonder if you’d considered a different, non-Death-Star-rehash approach to the Star + Killer Base.

darth_ender said:

darth_ender said:

  1. Distinguish the Starkiller from the Death Stars. I think this shouldn’t be too difficult. It’s name is “star” + “killer” after all, and besides a reference to early Star Wars concepts/Luke’s original last name, it could easily be changed to a weapon much like the Centerpoint Station of the old EU, which was stationary but fired a powerful beam at distant stars and caused them to supernova. I imagine a little technical wizardry could easily fire that beam at a star instead of the planet, cause a supernova (witnessed from the ground of Hosnian Prime), and have the supernova destroy the system. Meanwhile, remove our heroes actually witnessing this from Takdona.

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Centerpoint_Station

So someone (definitely not me) edited this idea before TFA came out on BD/DVD. This individual used a bootleg, it is obvious, but has most certainly purchased the BD since. I believe the individual was afraid to share this idea due to it being made from a bootleg, but he reassures me he pre-ordered the BD from Amazon which arrived on the official release day. He hopes the fact that he did not feel like re-editing this with good footage will not cause a problem. This is just to pose an interesting idea.

Did I mention this is not me?

https://vimeo.com/216267742

Password: SKB

My other question for you is this: do you think you can squeeze one last piece of information into that crawl? To get such a big actor as Max von Sydow to play Lor San Tekka, have him in such a crucial role as supplying the map to Luke Skywalker, and then kill him off without providing any backstory to him or the village, I feel it was a disservice, and it confused me right away. I feel the fact that his membership in the Church of the Force alone would have interesting enough to fill this hole for me, but without that mention, it’s a disappointing introduction.

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Lor_San_Tekka

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Church_of_the_Force

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#1141139
Topic
The prediction thread
Time

DuracellEnergizer said:

I might, I might not. That all depends on whether Luke dies or not.

I predict that, since Han Solo is dead and Carrie Fisher has passed away, thus necessitating the removal of her character from the franchise, they will not kill off Luke in TLJ.

I also predict that making such predictions prematurely will make the predictors feel pretty silly when they are proven wrong.

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#1140554
Topic
What are you reading?
Time

suspiciouscoffee said:

dahmage said:

suspiciouscoffee said:

Artemis by Andy Weir

It’s not bad, I guess, but after The Martian, it’s definitely disappointing. I’m determined to finish it, though, as I haven’t finished enough books lately.

don’t knock it too much, i asked for a copy for christmas

worst piece of garbage ive ever looked at 0/10 im not bitter that someone spilled coffee on my copy at all whatsoever nope *cries*

Coffee, eh? Sounds suspicious.

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#1140519
Topic
NFL
Time

That’s what happens when you play football in a tux.

Post
#1139194
Topic
TFA: A Gentle Restructure
Time

Sir Ridley said:

Kexikus said:

Sir Ridley said:

Here is my final cut, including music:
https://vimeo.com/246094567
pass: hux

I believe this music works fine, and I would personally prefer to only use John Williams’ music if possible. But this is how the scene plays out now, so you can make something for it.

Sounds very seamless to me. The only criticism I have is what I posted before. It should either start with Hux telling Snoke of the Republics destruction or if the intention is to imply that they talked about that off-screen, then Hux shouldn’t start with “Supreme Leader, …” as that sounds like the first sentence of a conversation.

Understandable, but in Hal’s words from last page: “I totally agree that such dialogue would be great to have there, but I don’t think the existing material to work with yield something worthy of inclusion.”

I don’t know if it would be good to imply that they’ve been talking by seemingly beginning in the middle of a conversation because either way the left out conversation is still just in our “headcanon” and audiences watching wouldn’t necessarily come to the conclusion that they had that exact conversation just by leaving out “Supreme Leader”. And the imagined left out conversation can still make sense with how it’s presented now.

Would it not be possible to include the video game line and add a slight echo to all of Hux’s lines to help it blend? I like the line a lot, and he is speaking loudly in a vast chamber.

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#1139074
Topic
If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
Time

Jay said:

darth_ender said:

I am for being kinder to people and I admit that I wasn’t always nice to the new members. I don’t mind some stricter enforcement. But the constant weight of a potential ban for a bad day like today is ridiculous. We should all be able to prop each other up during challenging times.

The first sentence in this quote is, by far, my biggest driver for stricter moderation — not because I want OT.com to be a sterile Disney theme park ride where we welcome everyone by singing “It’s a Small World”, but because nobody deserves to be harassed simply for showing up and not immediately blending in.

And yes, moderators may step in if it looks like senior members having a spat don’t appear to be on the path to resolving it themselves. The months-long grudge matches are over. If a “bad day” turns into “bad days” and there’s no end in sight, you can expect us to talk to you about it.

However, no one will ever be banned for expressing their opinion about this place as long as it doesn’t get personal. A little over 10 years ago, we were being compared to Nazis due to some moderator actions, and yet no one got banned. You can feel safe knowing that you can be the same jerks to us you’ve always been (winky…face?).

I have made greater efforts to help new folks feel welcome (though admittedly, sometimes I struggle–sometimes there are some really strange people who pop in and share their antics for a bit). I appreciate what you are going for, and will strive to adjust to the new rules without further griping. I do appreciate the laxity and that I still am able to post here. The moderation team’s willingness to accept harsh public criticism from me or anyone else without banning.

Thanks for your reply. Nice to see you pop in and help explain the reason for the increase in strictness. It’s just nice to have your presence from time to time to add clarity to a situation.

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#1138719
Topic
If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
Time

yhwx said:

darth_ender said:

yhwx said:

darth_ender said:

yhwx said:

I think I mostly agree with _ender’s message, but the messsaging could use a bit of work.

I appreciate this post and I agree with it.

This is a weird (and oddly troll-like) way to agree.

Troll-like? I’m trying to admit that I was wrong to convey my message in this manner. I can’t seem to communicate clearly, even when I’m being calm.

It just seems unnatural to me to just say “I agree” to criticism when you’ve been defending yourself voraciously for the past couple of pages.

Is voracious the right choice of words?

No matter. I was defending my stance. I don’t think I have defended my method at all, and definitely not in the last few posts when I apologized more than once.

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#1138699
Topic
If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
Time

SilverWook said:

Whatever axe you have to grind, insulting me and the rest of the staff isn’t going to help. Maybe if I wasn’t in the middle of a disaster area I might take offense. I have bigger fish to fry today, unfortunately.


It’s a miracle I even have power right now.

I truly do hope you are safe, and again, I apologize for my outburst. Generally, I try to be more civil in my discourse, even when I feel passionate about something. Obviously, I’m a little disinhibited for whatever reason right now. A third time, I apologize, and I wish you well during this disaster.

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#1138698
Topic
If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
Time

TV’s Frink said:

darth_ender said:

TV’s Frink said:

darth_ender said:

no one has the courage to share it publicly because we are literally afraid of being banned. Well, I decided today I am not afraid. If I get banned and nothing changes for the better, I’m not sure I would want to be a part of this forum anymore anyway. If I get banned and moderation changes, perhaps it did some good. If I don’t get banned but get a warning, but also my public expression of what many of you are too afraid to say leads to some change, even better.

Wow, you’re quite the hero! If only I had your courage. Imagine the good things I could do!

darth_ender said:

Well, I was feeling a bit better getting this stuff off my chest. I was about ready to publicly apologize for my outburst. Of course, TV’s Frink, ever the supportive one, he’s the real hero. Yes, the one who has always been willing to have a laugh at another’s expense, he’s the hero!

I’m sorry for my outburst. I am truly disappointed with things around here, but that is okay. I just needed to vent, and I truly feel better.

I was pointing out how your constant mockery of others doesn’t make you a hero.

You sure are determined to insist I’m not a hero when I never said I was in the first place. I’m not aware that I’m even acting like I think I am one.

You are unwilling to actually stand up for something you believe or a friend who is obviously in a bad mood. Instead, you feel you are being helpful by being insulting.

I believe the forum is moderated more strictly than it has been in the past, and that’s not always a good thing. But it’s also not always a bad thing. I don’t agree with everything that has been done lately, but do you really think if I stood up and shouted I STAND WITH ENDER!!! then other people would too, and then Jay would have no choice but to give in to our demands?

I’m happy some of our favorite trolls are long-gone. I’m not happy about some other stuff, but what’s the point in bitching about it? This is the new forum…and frankly, for the most part, it’s not all that different from the old forum, other than trolls get banned and more respectable members get warnings…or bans if they keep pushing too much. It is what it is.

I think you’re being silly. You pretty much admitted it yourself. But you’re mad because I called you out on it. Real friends don’t just support one another blindly. If you think I’m a coward because I’m not backing you 100% when you’re being silly, that’s fine. You’re entitled to your silly opinion.

Not necessarily asking for this. Perhaps something more like what you you actually said in this post. Or perhaps something like, “Man, you’re having a bad day. Sorry to hear that. Don’t say something you’ll regret.” Maybe not your style, and I know that my emotions are my own responsibility, but it might have helped avoid agitating me further.

Post
#1138677
Topic
If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
Time

TV’s Frink said:

darth_ender said:

no one has the courage to share it publicly because we are literally afraid of being banned. Well, I decided today I am not afraid. If I get banned and nothing changes for the better, I’m not sure I would want to be a part of this forum anymore anyway. If I get banned and moderation changes, perhaps it did some good. If I don’t get banned but get a warning, but also my public expression of what many of you are too afraid to say leads to some change, even better.

Wow, you’re quite the hero! If only I had your courage. Imagine the good things I could do!

darth_ender said:

Well, I was feeling a bit better getting this stuff off my chest. I was about ready to publicly apologize for my outburst. Of course, TV’s Frink, ever the supportive one, he’s the real hero. Yes, the one who has always been willing to have a laugh at another’s expense, he’s the hero!

I’m sorry for my outburst. I am truly disappointed with things around here, but that is okay. I just needed to vent, and I truly feel better.

I was pointing out how your constant mockery of others doesn’t make you a hero. You are unwilling to actually stand up for something you believe or a friend who is obviously in a bad mood. Instead, you feel you are being helpful by being insulting.

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#1138663
Topic
If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
Time

Well, I was feeling a bit better getting this stuff off my chest. I was about ready to publicly apologize for my outburst. Of course, TV’s Frink, ever the supportive one, he’s the real hero. Yes, the one who has always been willing to have a laugh at another’s expense, he’s the hero!

I’m sorry for my outburst. I am truly disappointed with things around here, but that is okay. I just needed to vent, and I truly feel better.

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#1138653
Topic
If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
Time

TV’s Frink said:

yhwx said:

Is _ender really being that unreasonable now?

To wonder if moderation has maybe gotten a bit too strict for some tastes? No.

To write this?

darth_ender said:

In either case, I’d rather come to a place, get in a couple arguments now and then, and feel like an adult than come to a place where admin and moderators feel the need to ask me if I went potty yet so they can wipe my ass for me.

Yes, I’m probably asking for the ban hammer. Everyone here better enjoy themselves! Don’t have normal human emotions, or I’ll force you to sit on your time out rug to cool off! Don’t express your dissatisfaction with this place or I’ll ban you!

Fact of the matter is that a ban won’t be a punishment, so I encourage the powers that be to reconsider their style, or ban me and silence me and continue on the trajectory they have been on lately.

Yes.

We all have our bad days. Today just happens to be one of mine. Hopefully, we are allowed to have them and express more raw emotion without punitive action. I know I am probably being unreasonable in my approach and that some tact my prevent harsher action. Nevertheless, it is important that these kinds of things get heard. It’s not like many posters here haven’t shared these exact thoughts in private threads. But no one has the courage to share it publicly because we are literally afraid of being banned. Well, I decided today I am not afraid. If I get banned and nothing changes for the better, I’m not sure I would want to be a part of this forum anymore anyway. If I get banned and moderation changes, perhaps it did some good. If I don’t get banned but get a warning, but also my public expression of what many of you are too afraid to say leads to some change, even better.

I am for being kinder to people and I admit that I wasn’t always nice to the new members. I don’t mind some stricter enforcement. But the constant weight of a potential ban for a bad day like today is ridiculous. We should all be able to prop each other up during challenging times.

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#1138635
Topic
If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
Time

Yes, I disagree with TV’s Frink on something. I know that is unreasonable for you to imagine. “I agree with Frink” should be our motto.

Best part about it is…a year ago, I’d get some sleep, apologize to him, and we’d move on in a couple days. Instead, I’m sure a moderator will be along shortly to force good behavior instead of letting us hash it out on our own.

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#1138629
Topic
If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
Time

TV’s Frink said:

Jeez man. Seems like at this point you actually do need your ass wiped for yourself.

And this is still the most lenient forum I visit, despite recent changes in moderating style.

Looks like I missed this. I appreciate the comment from someone known for his childish humor and his own irritable and periodic temper tantrums. cough ray_afraid talking about my wife’s judgment of Matt Lauer cough

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#1138606
Topic
If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
Time

dahmage said:

darth_ender said:

I’m a pretty fair-minded guy. I have a balanced view on things. I get along well with people. I am compassionate towards others. I’m pretty good at admitting when I’m wrong.

This type of build up never goes anywhere good

So, hopefully, the weight of the following comment means something:

This place now sucks.

yep. maybe just sleep on it ender, and feel better in the morning? Maybe all this place needs is a proper amount of darth_ender posting in it.

I appreciate the kind words. Admittedly, I am running on less sleep, and therefore feel a bit grumpy.

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