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#1331370
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Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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Density said:

George didn’t gaslight us like that.

Lucas has been gaslighting the fan base for 40 years. Nine films, six films, twelve films, never about Vader, always about Vader, Vader not the father, Vader always the father, Han shot in self defense, Leia was always the sister, “what I’d always planned”, “I just didn’t have the technology in 1980/1977/1983”, The Original Vision, commissioned two authors to each write a second film, the 1977 negatives are gone forever, films should never be altered, the director can alter, etc, etc, etc.

He built the franchise off of gaslighting the fan base and his constant lying created the fracturing that led to things like this very community.

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#1329008
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Happy Birthday, OT.com - now 17 years old (as of 10th March, 2020)
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ZigZig said:

Thanks to the whole team of admins and moderators!

Man, the same goes for the community here. 18 months ago we were faced with shuttering the entire ordeal. Behind the scenes we were scrambling to come up with ways to continue: Portage to another format and server, start over somewhere else, keep it all as a static archive and just link back to it from wherever we landed, etc.

All our years of discussion, preservation, and fighting the good fight were on the brink of becoming a read-only archive of 16 years of Star Wars fandom. Jay gave us several months to formulate a plan and was very involved and willing to help with whatever we chose.

Faced with extinction and a scattering of long time friends and fellow members, you guys stepped up to the plate and swung hard. As of today, we are funded for the next three years.

Consider a glass raised to you all. 🍷

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#1328810
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Did Lucas initially intend for a Grand Moff to be a villain of each movie?
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StarkillerAG said:

Interesting article. Kind of ironic that Lucas didn’t think Darth Vader was a good villain, and now Vader is one of the most iconic villains in film history. Hindsight is 20/20.

Weird, considering he had the entire Original VisionⓇ planned out in the early 1970s and how it was all about the grand saga of the rise & fall of Vader.

Oh wait. He’s a liar. Easily proven many times over.

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#1328806
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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I will admit to having a crush on her myself. Her first episode was a sort of stock tough girl shows the tough guy a thing or two. It was well done, but not surprising. That said, even near the end of that episode she was already shown as a bit deeper than the average tough girl. I enjoyed the episode and enjoyed her work.

She quickly became a deeper character. With the season ending two parter, she just about stole the show. Excellent work. I think I stated somewhere else how fantastic I think she is in the show. And yes, she’s absolutely gorgeous.

Regarding the above speculation: I really don’t know who it may be. Could be Fett, but I hope not. Not a fan of him post-TESB.

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#1327696
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Doctor Who
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I agree, it could have been a little less monologue-driven. I did like The Doctor getting physically angry with The Master. It could have used more of that and less companion side stories. Any one of the companions works really well with a good writer. That hasn’t been the case a few times and Sunday was one of them. The heart-to-heart between Graham and Yaz was excellent, but ultimately lost in the busy story. When I was watching, my thought just as the scene was ending was this phrase exactly; That was a missed opportunity. They rushed through it.

Regarding the story itself; It’s possible that Brendan is The Doctor. He may have hidden his regeneration energy in that carriage clock. The Doctor can use The Chameleon Arch to store the regeneration energy while living as a human for extended periods. The Doctor’s memory is temporarily replaced with a sort of pre-loaded memory. Ruth hid hers in a fire alarm earlier this year. In Human Nature, the 10th Doctor hid his in a pocket watch. When they shock Brendan to erase his memory, he has that carriage clock with him.

If I had to guess, The Division may be what the Time Lords called the gap of time where they blocked the history of Gallifrey. It could also be the name of the branch of their government that oversaw the blocking.
If The Doctor is the timeless child, it does seem like she’s immortal. I don’t have a problem with that at all. To me, that lessens the feel of the forced & poorly handled rewrite after 11 when they realized the show would go beyond 12 actors. That may have seemed like more than enough in the 1960s when it’s safe to assume they couldn’t have imagined the show would still be on the air and going even stronger 50 years later.

Having The Doctor be the source of all regeneration, including The Master, works really well into why he hates her so much. No matter what he ever accomplishes or creates – it’s all because of her. That might just push someone to the edge of sanity. Worth keeping in mind; The Master could have been lying. Brendan may be the Timeless Child.

Personally, I’m hoping it’s her. Not to get way nerdy, but in the episode from 1976, The Brain of Morbius, the 4th Doctor sees a lot of faces of his past that had been hidden from him. That part of the current season-ender isn’t really a change. They just decided to bring it back properly and make it a major part of the story.

They show the faces of Morbius in Jodie’s flashback as she’s breaking away from the matrix. At the very least, whatever becomes of this story line – which I really like – they’ve canonized the Faces of Morbius. Personally, I’m all for this for two reasons. One, it’s been hinted at before (1976) so it’s not a rewrite. Two; The Doctor should be more than just another time lord who happens to travel around. She should be special, bigger than imagination, one of a kind, and most of all, a mystery.

I don’t want to know everything about her. I like that she’s bigger than me and my world. For me, this expansion has returned the mystery to The Doctor. It’s the same as the way Rogue One returned the mystery to The Force.

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#1325752
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Leigh Brackett's first draft of Empire
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One of the earliest of her versions is discussed here;

https://starwarz.com/tbone/the-empire-strikes-back-first-draft-by-leigh-brackett/

It’s the version with her handwritten notes most of us have seen. I found another article stating the full longhand version is at a New Mexico university. Until I can confirm there’s any truth to it, I wait on the link.

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#1325593
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Doctor Who
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You mean other than all those dead people? 😉

My post on the Doctor Who board:

Enjoyed it and thought the TARDIS crew was well served and played. A question, a thought, and a speculation, if you’ll humor me.

Question; Who is Yazmin’s enigmatic and “a bit different” person? It could be either The Doctor or Ryan. Perhaps she’s developed a sort of crush on either. Could be interesting in the coming episodes.

Thought; Jodie may have had her best moment yet when speaking to Byron and shunning his advances. Loved her quick correction of “Just the Doctor” and when she says “Go for it”! She is in total command of the character now. LOVE her confidence and control. It’s both interesting and quite alluring. She was borderline seductive in that scene. swoon

Speculation; Ryan may not be with us much longer. He’s sort of being shown as someone who is at odds with The Doctor, as well as starting to doubt the importance of their journey. He’s questioned it earlier this year. Maybe there will be a sort of mutually agreeable parting between him and the Doctor.

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#1325324
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Pattinson confirmed as Batman.
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First look.
https://variety.com/2020/film/news/batman-suit-robert-pattinson-matt-reeves-1203503756/

Not crazy about the sigal being a device, but we’re so far from release there’s no way of knowing what’s going to be the final product. I love what Reeves has done with Planet Of The Apes, so I’m optimistic that we’ll get a solid story. I think Pattinson is perfect for the part. This is the first Batman film I’ve looked forward to seeing in decades. Fingers crossed.

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#1324668
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Most Disappointing Aspect of Sequel Trilogy? Most Satisfying? * <strong>TROS SPOILERS WITHIN</strong> *
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FreezingTNT2 said:

There were many things the writers could’ve done with her, like having her hunt down Finn and Rose on Canto Bight as they are looking for the code-breaker.

I think that would have been a fantastic part of the story. Give her some depth as an angry captain going AWOL to hunt down a couple who she feels outsmarted her. Great idea. Would have also made the casino story much more interesting and meaningful.

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#1322508
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Doctor Who
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I’m not sure where they’re going with this. Ruth almost has to be a pre-Hartnell Doctor. No doubt though, she’s a cool looking Doctor with her 1960s vibe. That also lends possibility to her being pre-Hartnell.

Nice touch when Ruth looks in the mirror at the beginning and says “Alright Monday, do your worst” - the shape of the mirror matches the TARDIS console.

Beyond that, this episode may be Jodie’s best yet. LOVED the deeper more introspective Doctor.
Man, Jodie is totally owning this now. They’re really letting her become the focus of the show without too much time spent on side stories of the companions. This was the perfect balance.

I don’t say that lightly either because if it were up to me, Mandip Gill would be the focus of every episode. * swoon *. Also, OMG, her accent… heaven.

Digging the return of Captain Jack. Great re-introduction. Great stuff with him thinking each of them is the Doctor for a bit. I suspect he’ll be back for at least one more. Can’t wait to see them meet again after all these years. This is also where you can see a change this year; the Doctor didn’t play it humorous or light when she finds out Captain Jack has returned. She realizes he’s back and trying to get word to her, but she stays in the seriousness of the story. Fantastic!

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#1320996
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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I’d buy a physical release of the series. I seldom buy discs these days because I’ve yet to be unable to stream anything I like. However, for the films I like enough to make full-film audio rips into MP3s for long drives or flights, I need a physical release.

There are lots of people who think Disney won’t ever release these because streaming subscriptions would go down. I could easily be wrong on this, but I doubt they would lose money. There are countless fans who have every release and box set of these films that have been offered through the years. There may also be plenty of people who either can’t or won’t buy all the streaming services offered but who may be more than happy to purchase a DVD set.

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#1319320
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BEAUTIFUL WOMEN NEW RULES IN FIRST POST (NSFW) UPDATED RULES
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I happily admit to having a crush on Ms Lum. Super talented to be sure and a force to reckoned with in the industry. Her serious turn in The Farewell is a must-see. She’s very humble and grounded in interviews and that goes a long way in my book. In fact, it’s a deal maker. Last but not least, OMG that voice. I could listen to her all day. swoon

For some of her lighter fare, this is my favorite. Ballin On A Budget. Take the big yellow taxi and relive some of the worst moments from your childhood.

https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/awkwafina-rockaways-new-york-beach-guide

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#1317993
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What's everybody's favorite Original Trilogy movie - Star Wars, Empire, or Jedi?
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Star Wars.
I was awestruck as a boy and that feeling is still there whenever I watch it. It’s only every 10 - 15 years these days, but it still feels like 1977 every time.

For the record, I’ve never seen any version other than the 1977 version so I don’t have the visual or emotional conflict that some members may have. The film - the adventure - has remained clean for me all these years.

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#1317120
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Doctor Who
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That was fantastic!! Great story and thorough writing. Jodie is much more on her game now and it shows in her portrayal, as well as the direction of the Doctor. I like that she’s more in control of the crew and their situation. She’s very much The Doctor. Loving her confidence. Also loving… Jodie in a tux. swoon

SPOILER #1

Loved the twist. Did not see that coming. Great way to introduce him too, having the Doctor realize she’d been fooled by him. Great job on The Master being as unstable as the Missy version, which was a tall order for sure. Ms Gomez may be the high water mark. Jodie’s acting in the plane scene was her finest yet. The subtleties and nuanced reactions - top notch and as realistic as I’ve seen from any of the Doctors in years. Particularly, her being nearly physically ill at the realization of who O really was. This scene was the best of the show; https://youtu.be/jg92hfbjyyA For me, maybe one of the best scenes in the last decade. Jodie is amazing. I really like the way she says “I don’t know” when he starts the reveal. She grammatically accents the beginning of the sentence in a way that reflects how she really has no idea what’s happening, but she’s weirdly calm and confused for a moment.

SPOILER #2

I thought Ms Gill was at the top of her game as well. Outstanding work, as well as realistic, having her be visibly and physically emotional at having been near death. Even more moving to have her upset for so long. She was deeply bothered and it showed. Outstanding work on Ms Gill’s part.