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#1270081
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[fill in the blank] Just Died!
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oojason said:

‘Richard Overton, America’s oldest World War II veteran and the oldest man in the US, dies at 112’…

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/27/us/richard-overton-oldest-ww-ii-vet-died/index.html

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46699175

 

He was a very big deal here (Austin). There is a bill filed to rename a major road after him.

https://www.kvue.com/video/news/politics/texas-legislature/bill-filed-to-name-part-of-airport-blvd-after-richard-overton/269-c09ed11e-4d51-4a78-b790-e17aa0a636e7

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#1270077
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Han - Solo Movie ** Spoilers **
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DominicCobb said:

what potentially really exacerbated that issue was that we just saw Harrison actually play him not three years before. So I’m sure a lot of people didn’t feel the urgency when they just recently got their fix of Han Solo but featuring the genuine article.

I mentioned that very thing a while back. Two versions/castings of the same character so close together is a very tough sell in a fan base as volitile as Star Wars. Particularly when one of them is the iconic original.

Not helping matters at all was it coming only months after what may be the most polarizing film in the franchise. I think there was considerable fan backlash that transferred to a lack of attendance at the box office, possibly in protest. The film’s troubled production didn’t help either and it may have served to further alienate some fans’ anti-Disney thoughts. I think the box office results were a perfect storm of protest, anger, and apathy.

If they had gone with a less is more approach, they may have had a better result. There was too much going on and it almost made Han a secondary character in parts. Ki’ra could have been the McGuffin to get Han invested in bettering himself and one day returning, but without having her being such a main character. He comes back, she’d been killed long ago, or just no longer a part of that world, or she moved on without him. He then continues on in his life of crime, now energized with a fresh dose of pessimism about people in general.

Leave out a big-role Ki’ra, leave out Maul (eye roll), and end the film with a set-up of Han’s meeting and subsequent friendship with Lando as the second film. Leave audiences wanting more, not feeling exhausted from too much.

That was something Nolan did perfectly at the end of Batman Begins. Gordon tells Batman about a criminal who leaves a clue at every crime, hands him a joker playing card in an evidence bag, Batman says “thanks, I’ll check it out”, roll the credits. Simple, but enough to leave the audience speculating and interested in how they’ll meet and interact.

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#1268765
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The future of OT.com - UPDATE: Please donate!
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Valheru_84 said:
So maybe just a stickied thread under the forum announcement area something like the below?

OT.com Donation Status

Base monthly site costs ($75p/month)
Slot 1. Filled
Slot 2. Filled
Slot 3.
Slot 4.
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.
Slot 75.

Surplus site funds (for new site features, competitions, etc)
Slot 1.

We’re working on it currently with either a graph or a list similar to your suggestion. Regarding surplus money, I’m always going to want to push any extra dollars into the next available month’s payment. That won’t be solely my decision though. If we were to really need a patch or upgrade, we can handle that as needed.

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#1267945
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Episode IX - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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OutboundFlight said:
I agree redemption is certainly likely for him, but in my opinion it would be a cop out.

That’s where I am on it. This is the guy who killed Han and tried to kill Luke, Leia, et al. If he’s turned and redeemed, it feels like nothing can be taken too seriously. He tried to kill every one of the original 1977 heroes and succeeded in one instance?..it’s ok, he’s good now. Everyone gather for the group shot at the end aaaaand - titles, cue the feel-good fanfare.

That, to me, would be a really weak way to make everything happy and good. Maybe have him die while helping defeat FO, but not help, live, and good guy. Not after what he’s done or tried to do.

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#1267705
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Episode IX - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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SilverWook said:

I don’t think Rey ever had time or a safe place to explore dating on Jakku, (there’s no evidence she ever even had a casual friend) so her discomfort with seeing Ben shirtless made sense to me. The movies would likely never broach the subject, but her fighting skills are as much about keeping lecherous scavengers at bay as it is daily survival on a hostile planet.

I didn’t mean the shirt scene was misplaced, just one of the only times she’s doing something that isn’t reacting to a line. It does make sense that she’d be a bit weird about it. No doubt she had to fend off advances that are beyond what the franchise normally addresses. Her life would have been a hell of a lot more uncomfortable than we see in that first film.

It just seems like we don’t see much beyond the surface with her in TLJ. She’s a major character in the story, maybe the major character, but she’s almost like a supporting character. Maybe some of that is Luke being back in the story. He really is THE major character of the franchise.

I don’t know really, I have a hard time remembering her in TLJ, where I remember her vividly in TFA. I hope they get back to her. With Snoke and Phasma gone, maybe it will free up story to devote to her.

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#1267609
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Episode IX - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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NeverarGreat said:
I hope Episode 9 really delves into the deep psychological wounds of the character, since that’s where the real story is going to be.

I agree. For me, she was much more interesting the first 30 minutes of TFA and a bit near the end when she’s having an emotional breakdown. I’d like to get her back to being the stranger we met a few years ago. By stranger, I mean someone with depth and interest.

All we got this last time was her being a bit snarky and somehow weirdly bashful with asking Ben to put his shirt on. Other than being on screen during the film, as a character, she’s largely absent from the story.

That said; Some of my thoughts could also be me having forgotten a lot of the film. I need to watch it again to be sure I’m not way off.

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#1265326
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The future of OT.com - UPDATE: Please donate!
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Warbler said:
Oinking out? I’m not really sure I understand what that means. I will just say that I quoted Silverwook because he seemed to indicate that you guys would talk about that later but then your response to Mfm, seems to contradict that.

Autocorrect error that I fixed about 60 seconds after I posted. Guess even that wasn’t fast enough.

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#1265289
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The future of OT.com - UPDATE: Please donate!
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Warbler said:

Anchorhead said:

moviefreakedmind said:

Will the recent bans on certain types of conversations be lifted and will certain previously banned users like TV’s Frink be allowed to return?

What about the people who can’t afford to contribute? Too bad for all of them, they just have to deal with the trolls who can help?

Does that seem fair to you?

This assumes that the people mfm asked about being allowed to return are in fact trolls, and

SilverWook said:

Those decisions will be made independently when enough time has passed and the transition is complete. Any donations made should not have conditions or strings attached.

Why do you think we ban people?

And to your bringing up Wook’s point (which I fully agree with); If someone wants to come back now that Jay is gone, taking into consideration some of the incredibly mean and disrespectful things they said about the person who designed, built, and funded this site for 15 years - they’ll need an extremely compelling case for being allowed back.

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#1265028
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Strong Female characters in the Star Wars universe
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Mara Jade. As written by Zahn.
Jyn. Perfect as handled by Ms Jones. I need to see about any EU if it exists.
Leia. Star Wars, Empire, Splinter Of The Mind’s Eye, NPR Star Wars, some Zahn.
Enfys Nest. Really sorry we won’t see more. Wish Zahn would pen a novel about her.
Rose. Excellent so far, largely because of Ms Tran. Hoping for a deeper turn.
Shada D’ukal and Karoly D’ulin. As written by Zahn. If there are other novels, I’m unaware.
Mon Mothma. Only in Rogue One. I don’t remember Return enough to say.

No doubt, there are others. These came to mind when I read the question.

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#1262439
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Thoughts on Star Wars Titles
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When the first and only film is titled Star Wars, that’s a very tough act to follow. I’ve never been a fan of any of the Lucas titles after that. They’re borderline silly sounding or they’re just bad. If it were me, I’d have gone with just II, III, IV, V, etc. let the stand-alone/anthology films have their proper titles to differentiate them from The Saga.

Maybe if I’d seen Attack Of The Clones I’d understand the title, but it seems to me the obvious & better title would have been The Clone Wars. Currently, I’m drawing a blank on the third prequel title. Doesn’t matter anyway. Never saw it either, never will.

The Disney titles are fine to me because they’re short. I think The Last Jedi works really well. I think Rogue One is an excellent title because it works on two levels and fits the seriousness of the film. I also like Solo. The character is as iconic as there is in the Star Wars universe, so his his last name, which everyone in-story has used so often, works perfectly.

I don’t have strong thoughts either way on The Force Awakens. It’s fine, it fits, it works, it’s short. Ok film, ok title. I’m not too concerned with whatever the next one will be. I’m not emotionally invested in the story at this point. I’m looking forward to seeing if they make Rose a deeper character and I’m always up for anything Chewie, so hopefully he’s featured a lot.

I think the TV show The Mandalorian is a great title. Perfect as a lone gunslinger type of moniker. Tells us where the mysterious traveler is from, nothing more. It continues a tradition of a lot of Westerns: The Virginian, The Rifleman, The Lone Ranger, The Shootist, The Kentuckian, The Americano, The Texan, etc. Looking forward to it.

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#1259717
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Doctor Who
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I’m bummed for the long wait but that seems to be the way things are done these days. Doctor Who, Game Of Thrones, Better Call Saul, Stranger Things, My Brilliant Friend, Lost In Space, Sherlock, and a few others I watch. I don’t watch GoT, but I know they also have long breaks.

I’m ok with the breaks. TV in general these days is big budget Hollywood quality. Everything seems top notch because (I suspect) they take longer and put a lot of time & effort into the shows.

Regarding Doctor Who specifically; Very happy with this first season. It seemed to fly by. Only one more and we’re on our break. I don’t have strong thoughts one way or another on the Christmas episodes. They’ve been hit or miss quality-wise, so I don’t see it as a big deal that we’re getting a New Years episode instead.

I’m just glad we’re getting one more.

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#1259045
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The Star Wars Holiday Special 1978
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When the Holiday Special aired in 1978 and I sat in front of the TV like a million other nerds. I was prepared for a sequel to my favorite film ever. I’d lived Star Wars every day up to that point.

Not even midway through, I was wrecked. It was terrible. It was nothing like I had expected. Totally disalusioned, I spent decades hating it as my memory of it faded. By the 1990s, all I really remembered was how I felt about, not the actual show.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the forum. These days, after decades of Lucas tampering with the franchise and trying to alter history, I’ve come to appreciate it. It’s bad and silly, but it’s Star Wars before Lucas contaminated it. It’s a time capsule. It’s Star Wars before the fall.

Like Voss pointed out, its more Star Wars than the prequels. I agree with Wook. It would be nice to have a proper DVD of it. Looking at it in the context in which it was made, I don’t dislike it anymore. I appreciate the honesty of it. It’s what Star Wars was in 1978.