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#1325954
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Leigh Brackett's first draft of Empire
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Well, the online scan of the typewritten version of Brackett’s draft does make the love triangle explicit, since Darth Vader offers to help Luke win Leia’s hand if he joins the Dark Side.

Although I don’t think the Brackett draft is “more dramatic” overall; it’s very talky and undoubtedly needed work that she probably would’ve undertaken if she hadn’t passed away.

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#1325786
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Leigh Brackett's first draft of Empire
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none said:

In Craig Miller’s “Star Wars Memories” page 165 there is an image of “Leigh Brackett’s Longhand Outline for The Empire Strikes Back”. It is explained that she created the outline after listening to Lucas and Kurtz explain their ideas in the pitch meeting. Has anyone seen this image in a readable form? The image version in the book is too small to read, the document is three pages, full of handwritten notes, one for each act.

I’d never heard of this document before. I’d love to see a legible version also, as I hadn’t realized that any of Brackett’s notes from the story conference had survived besides the first-draft script itself.

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#1325354
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The random <strong>Pics &amp; GIFs</strong> thread for the Original Trilogy
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V.I.N.Cent said:

ATMachine said:

V.I.N.Cent said:

Interesting how the ROTJ logo very obviously doesn’t fit with the two prior films’ vintage logo designs.

I am with you ATMachine, and much prefer the boxier ROTJ alternatives, which match the other logos better:

or

^ even without the box lines itself?

Did ROTJ have any vintage logo designs that were slanted to mimic the crawl effect? SW and ESB had them, as demonstrated in that poster, but I don’t know about ROTJ.

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#1325347
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The Empire Strikes Back (11/28/77 Story Synopsis Reconstruction)
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Judging from the notes in Rinzler’s Making of ESB, Lucas came up with two different lists of possible planet names around the same time. One of them IIRC features “Hoth” as the name for the Rebel base planet, but the other uses it as the name for the cloud planet. Lucas favored one set in the handwritten outline he produced during the story conferences, but evidently the other is what Leigh Brackett went with.

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#1317044
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Design failures (and successes) of the PT
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I can buy starfighter designs changing between AOTC and ROTS due to the needs of an ongoing war and battlefield testing resulting in improved technology.

However, it’s kind of ridiculous that the ship designs were so entirely made in CGI without any practical models that the cockpits wouldn’t actually fit real humans. So the actors in the cockpit rigs had to have their legs dangling out of the bottom just off-camera.

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#1316502
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Episode VIII : The Last Jedi - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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I think a huge problem is that the characters do stupid things that realistically they wouldn’t do. Particularly in the Canto Bight arc.

“Yup, them’s the shuttle parkers.” Seriously? The heroes are on a top-secret covert mission where remaining under cover is absolutely critical, and the first thing they do is ignore the instructions of the casino valet and rush off, leaving a cloud of suspicion? Are these our heroes or incompetent bunglers?

“Did you find the codebreaker?” “We found a codebreaker!” Because they’re all interchangeable, and it doesn’t matter if the heroes specifically failed to get the one guy Maz Kanata told them to, right? It’s not like the survival of the Resistance depends on it or anything.

Obviously this ties into the humor issue. I’d say a major flaw in the film is how with Poe, Finn & Rose it frequently goes for humor over characterization, to the point of undermining the entire idea that these characters are military operatives on what they think is a vitally important secret mission.

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#1313282
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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ray_afraid said:

Broom Kid said:

I can think he’s wrong, but I don’t have to let it personally affect me to the point where I’m indulging in conspiracy theories and ugly insults.

There’s only a very small fraction of sad weirdos doing that.
I’m not attacking the man or anything, but I don’t like his stance on this.
Suppression of history is wrong. It’s something George himself used to preach about.

Back in the day he talked a lot about how it was wrong to suppress history. Now his actions demonstrate it.

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#1311984
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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In LucasArts’ 1990s rail-shooter game Rebel Assault II, the plot was the player had to find & destroy an Imperial factory that produced special top-secret TIE fighters with cloaking devices. You got to fly one at one point, and the FMV cutscenes showed the ship had an elevator in the bottom of the cockpit for entry & exit. (Though it wasn’t exactly a standard TIE “eyeball” cockpit shape, but more like the one on the Millennium Falcon.)

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#1311908
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<strong>The Rise Of Skywalker</strong> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
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Disney: What do you want on your toast?
TFA: Processed cheese!
TLJ: Marmite!
TFA: Processed cheese!

Evidently it’s all the tonal whiplash I feared it would be. Half the fandom hated TLJ, which had a lot of flaws but did try something new, and now at least half the fandom hates this movie, which works so hard to undo TLJ that it makes nonsense of the entire Sequel Trilogy.

If LFL wanted to destroy Star Wars, this would be a damn good way to go about it.