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#1310972
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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act on instinct said:

I may have lost interest in the story being told but I still appreciate the sense of grandeur in the visuals that I wish was closer to where we started.

Interestingly, I’m the opposite. The epic, grand visuals are what put me off. It’s like they’re trying to make an ”OMG It’s Epic!!!” before it’s even released. It feels like the prequel formula of style over substance. We’ll see.

Truthfully, with Mandalorian so perfect as to what I want in a Star Wars series, I’m not terribly engaged in TROS.

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#1310563
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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The VP of my dept at work decorates his office every year with Yoda Christmas lights. He’s a huge Star Wars nerd and collects all sorts of nice memorabilia and artwork. I’ve mentioned him and the Yoda Christmas lights before but I don’t remember ever taking a picture of them. This is from earlier today. One of the managers in our dept has a Lego Star Wars Christmas advent calendar. (No pics)

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#1310263
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Does Lucas receive any royalties for characters he created?
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There is no way they paid four billion without taking total control. If I had to speculate on the killing-off of characters, it would be more toward the actors of the OT being 70 years old or at least crowding it. They’re bringing back The Emperor, so I would think that would largely dispel the royalties argument. I don’t follow every branch of the Star Wars tree, so there may be some I don’t know.

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#1309479
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> - Season One - * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *
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SO nice to see Mos Eisley back to proper 1977 form. I thought this was a bit stronger than four. I liked four, but this was more my style of a lone bounty hunter. It remains to be seen what he plans on doing with the baby but he seems to want to leave it somewhere safe, as he was trying to do in the last episode.

I also think it was Mando going back for her at the end. If not her body, then something she may have been carrying that the other guy overlooked.

There was a nice shot of Mando on the Dewback that matches the picture on the bottom of my lunchbox. The original was used in other memorabilia back in 77. An obvious inspiration for the shot in this episode. I’m really digging that attention to detail. I don’t have my lunchbox handy, but I’ll take a pic when I can.

I’m not seeing the forced female agenda on this show at all. With the ST, yes, but I’m not bothered by it. With this show, I’m not getting that vibe at all.

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#1308511
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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oojason said:

Colin Trevorrow Donating ‘Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker’ Residuals To Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice’:-

https://deadline.com/2019/11/star-wars-rise-of-skywalker-colin-trevorrow-donating-star-wars-rise-of-skywalker-salary-alexander-devine-childrens-hospital-1202795416
 

Damn! Awesome news!!!

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#1308230
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> - Season One - * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *
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TavorX said:

Don’t have issue with the action, as it’s miles better than the fast pumping action in the ST. I’m appreciating the quieter moments between characters.

+1
I’m really enjoying that we can get deeper into the story & characters with dialogue and long takes. The insane CGI action that has become the norm these days, to me, is exhausting and often often feels like spectacle in place of substance. It remains to be seen how much is in TROS, but the trailers are leaning that way.

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#1308039
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> - Season One - * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *
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I agree with all three of the above posts (Joe, Humdinger, and Rock). This continues to be a breathe of non-Saga fresh air. The world building I posited in my first episode review is proving to be a strength. Loving it so far. My favorite thing since 1977.

I also agree on the critique of the rushed pace. This could have easily been spread across two episodes. Another cool thing, I thought, was that Cara doesn’t automatically join some sort of team/partnership with him. She helped, he thanked her, they wish each other well as they travel their separate journeys.

Loving the High Plains Drifter vibe. Another strong effort and well done Ms Howard.

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#1307936
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BEAUTIFUL WOMEN NEW RULES IN FIRST POST (NSFW) UPDATED RULES
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oojason said:

Fiona Hill - with a beautiful northern accent still, too.

I’m not afraid to admit that I have a bit of a crush on Dr Hill. I find her intoxicatingly intelligent, a sexy as hell bob, quite attractive, and Oh My God that northern accent. swoon

https://youtu.be/C_5ldESIguc

I listened to every hour of her testimony last week and would again. It is my sincerest hope that she is eventually our Secretary Of State. To say we would be in great hands would be an understatement.

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#1307857
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The Rise of Skywalker box office results: predictions and expectations
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act on instinct said:

Broom Kid said:
Star Wars fandom is a very small percentage of the general audience, and the percentage of that fandom who is adamant about boycotting is a tiny fraction of THAT already small percentage.

If we’re going to be throwing the word percentage around it should come with a rough number and not just some vague idea of percentages. We don’t know how many even of the general audience also wouldn’t be going, that’s making the same mistake made with the fandom that they’d show up for any new release. We can only speculate until the facts roll in.

I’m with Broom on this one. Just going on what I see as a mod here, the vitriol and hate around here comes from the same 5 or 6 people who shit on everything Disney. They do it without seeing it, often times we’ll in advance of release, and they revel in their dislike and snarkiness. I largely ignore their posts outside of cursory looks for personal attacks.

I have no doubt they’ll boycott the film. If you want actual numbers, that’s as close as I can get. Percentage-wise, they are infinitesimal to the movie going public. Star Wars is a long-standing mega property with millions of fans, casual or nerdy. I have no doubt the film will do very well. The boycotters will still be here telling us how wrong we are.

That said; I may be off on their power. We’ll know in a month.

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#1307852
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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theprequelsrule said:

Anchorhead said:

To me, ”They fly now” would have worked much better if only 3PO said it. He delivers it in keeping with who he was when he was in the asteroid field from Empire.

“You can write this &^%$, but you can’t say it.” The delivery is terrible and I think just having Finn and Poe exchange a glance that expresses their disbelief (or maybe lack thereof) would have been much better.

I agree. To have them respond with only glances would be much better. You could still have a typical 3PO line but stay in the seriousness of the moment. Sort of a ”shut him up or shut him down” vibe. Like Lucas before him, seems as if Abrams doesn’t believe in the less is more approach either.

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#1307847
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> - Season One - * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *
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Tobar said:

Broom Kid said:

I wonder if this will finally cause studios to stop being so freaked out by the possibility of “spoilers” when it turns out this weird, hugely overstated fear of spoilers is costing them a lot of holiday money now.

I sure hope not. The surprise reveal for ‘The Child’ was great television.

I agree. It was surprising and fun. Also a reminder of what Star Wars was like in the 70s when everyone was discovering it and talking about it at school and work. There have been all sorts of hallway discussions about the baby this past week. It’s been a fun time to be a fan.

For some reason 😉 a few people have looped me in as I pass by; ”Hey, you’ll know - who is that baby? Is it Yoda? You better send that link to your review to Jennifer. She thinks it’s Yoda. Sam’s right, it can’t be Yoda. they just found another one.”

Regarding the merchandise: they’ll get more options going soon enough. I do like that coffee mug though. I’m about to spring for it as my work cup.

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#1307384
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> - Season One - * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *
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timdiggerm said:

I’m currently imagining that after the Empire completely crushed the Mandalorians in response to their attempted rebellion (The Purge, as it’s apparently called), the survivors went into hiding. They’re staying hidden, despite the fall of the Empire, because they’re waiting to recuperate some strength before trying to retake their homeworld. They’re too few, too vulnerable 5yr-post-ROTJ.

That’s how it looked to me also. Stay out of the way and grow in strength before staging a return to the mainstream. Makes sense and works within the story.

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#1307231
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> - Season One - * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *
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Hal 9000 said:

RogueLeader said:

Also wanted to say this episode adds extra depth to Chapter 2 with The Egg the Mando delivers to the Jawas and how watching in disgust as they tear it apart reflects the child and what he fears the Empire might do it.

Interesting idea you bring up. He doesn’t seem disturbed by the Jawas eating the egg, and even comically shakes his head. Could still mean what you suggest, even so.

Interesting, I hadn’t thought of that. Entirely possible that he’s becoming moved at how disposable the culture around him really is. The fact that he’s a bounty hunter in the first place seems to suggest he’s at least trying to help the greater good. He collects bounties on known or dangerous criminals, so he’s not evil-hearted.

He’s rough around the edges and has no problem killing if it helps him succeed or survive, but he isn’t ruthless. I think seeing the bassinet in the garbage sparked his concern that the baby was going to be killed. I suspect he sees the baby as innocent and isn’t willing to turn his back on it, not wanting to cross the line and lose his humanity (for lack of a better term).

Plus, the baby saved his life. That clearly carries some weight in his world. He may not understand the baby and its power, but he understands it’s not evil or dangerous.

Enjoyed the episode. I’m not super fond of seeing too many Mandos or their home enclave, but I’m fine if it’s only an occasional visit. It will be interesting to see what he does with the baby now that he’s rescued it. He knows nothing about it other than it’s seen as dangerous to people he knows are bad. He has some detective work to do in the coming weeks. Looking forward to the journey.

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#1306505
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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This view of Rey reminds me of the way Athena is often depicted. Athena was the Goddess of war, courage, and wisdom. It wouldn’t be a stretch to wonder if that isn’t the arc of her character at least as she’s been portrayed so far.

It’s also the first time they’ve shown her in a way that presents her physical beauty. I know these are family friendly films for the most part, so they’ve not really made an issue of how beautiful Ms Ridley is. This shot, however, is almost Greek Goddess-like with a chiton, off of one shoulder, being blown to the side in a way that accentuates her shape. A marked change from the scavenger tough girl we met a few years ago.

And yes, I’m aware I’m reading WAY too much into a one-second shot in a trailer. 😉

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#1306225
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> - Season One - * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *
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Booman said:
As for the Sandcrawlers, I’m pretty sure it’s officially been said that they’re repurposed mining vehicles. So it’s totally not out of the question to assume that the mining operation that manufactured and subsequently abandoned the Sandcrawlers on Tatooine did the same exact thing on various other planets. It seems like lazy writing at first but it’s actually pretty effective worldbuilding once you think about it.

No different than abandoned 747s, super tankers, or mining trucks here on Earth. Wherever they are in the world and whoever may have used them, they look the same.

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#1306223
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> - Season One - * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *
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TavorX said:
Like at the end? I’m pretty sure he knows the baby had helped stop that beast. He didn’t seem to acknowledge that the baby was trying to help, I assume, heal his wound earlier in the episode, if that’s what you mean. At the end, when he’s trying to talk with Kuiil, I think he just couldn’t find the proper words to fully describe the event without sounding like a lunatic.

I just watched it again and you’re right. He knows the baby is helping him with the rhino animal. I didn’t catch that the first time. I agree that he just has no way to explain what he saw during the fight. I do think, however, that he had no idea the baby was trying to heal that cut. It seems like he was just putting it back in the pod because he’s super protective of it. He takes it everywhere. He doesn’t even leave it with Kuiil when he goes to get the egg.