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#1282104
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The original Marvel Star Wars series
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Weird that they sort of knew what Vader looked like. I’ve seen this cover a ton of times, just never gave too much thought to how they had obviously seen some of what was coming. They must not have known or seen how big a part of the film the droids were. No Chewie either.

Edit ;

What’s an original of this go for these days? I see prices all over the map

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#1282024
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The original Marvel Star Wars series
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Does anyone here have any experience with Marvel digital?

https://www.marvel.com/comics/issue/53791/star_wars_1977_1

I read a lot of digital versions of comic books, but they’re all DC via ComiXology. Super easy to download and read. I only see the post-2014 Star Wars on there, so Marvel will have to be a second purchase/app (or however they deliver).

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#1281148
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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SilverWook said:

Where exactly was she going to look? She has nothing to go on except an early memory of being left behind. Even the Sith cave couldn’t show her an image of her parents, which would have been as easy way to seduce her.
If you cling to the belief your parents are coming back to the place they left you, there’s a big psychological hangup about leaving that place, even for a day. It’s not rational or realistic to anyone else but her, as most forlorn hopes tend to be.

I think that’s the most concise explanation of who she is in TFA that I’ve ever read. For me, that’s when she was her most compelling as a character.

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#1279639
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Remembering Peter Mayhew
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My wife just read it and told me. For me, this is the biggest loss as a Star Wars fan. The character I’ve long connected with throughout my troubled relationship with the franchise. By all accounts, as awesome and grounded an individual as there is. Also a fellow Texan.

A sad day to be sure, more so than I’m allowing myself to embrace. This will be a very tough one.

RIP, sir, you have been my connection to the GFFA for over 40 years.

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#1279533
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Last movie seen
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Since I’ve now seen it six times, I figured I might as well post about it. 😉
https://youtu.be/ZQ-YX-5bAs0

I absolutely LOVE this film. I didn’t go see it in the theater because I mistakenly thought it was just another romantic comedy. It was marketed that way and I get it. It’s a very popular genre. It is certainly romantic and for the most part it’s a comedy. However, it so much more than that.

The story and characters are much deeper than a regular romantic comedy. The more serious underlying theme is the vast cultural differences between Asians and American-Asians. Some of that is played for comedy, but a great deal of it is the more serious story acting as a vehicle for the lighter moments.

Hats off to Chu for not explaining every detail of Asian culture and pandering to an American audience. There are parts of the Asians’ culture, language, lifestyle, and traditions that are part of scenes and dialogue which are not unnecessarily explained by some sort of awkward audience surrogate. The film, while humorous, is too deep for that.

Every character is three dimensional, even the two dimensional characters (in story). There have been no shortage of Asians and American-Asians who have confirmed that the film is right on the mark. Way too many amazing performances and amazing actors/actresses to name here. Top notch performances from everyone involved.

I will admit to finally giving it a look only after I found out Awkwafina was in it. I have a bit of a crush on her and man, she is one of the better characters in the story. Gemma Chan (as breathtaking as she is accomplished), Henry Golding (could easily be the next 007), Constance Wu (outstanding), Michelle Yeoh, Ken Jeong, Ronny Chieng, the list goes on. Perfectly cast, every character.

I’ve been watching it on-demand and twice on HBO. I suspect it’s just a matter of days before I purchase. I’ll most likely have my seventh viewing in the books before the weekend. May even be not long after I post this review.

I give this an absolute five out of five Mahjong tiles.

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#1279091
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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RogueLeader said:
Just to add on to what I’m trying to say, check out this interview George Lucas did back in 1999. They really get into why George wanted to create the Force in Star Wars and what he wanted the audience, especially young people, to get from it.

http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,23298-2,00.html

Without watching it, and as a result of listening to him belch out blatant, easily provable lies for 40 years, I’ll pass. George giving a 1999 explanation of anything he did in 1977 is certain to be full of his Original Vision revisionist BS.

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#1279004
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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DominicCobb said:

Anchorhead said:

As soon as it became apparent that Rey wasn’t Rey Random, she became much less interesting to me. As is the sequel trilogy.

I must have missed that scene.

I’ll admit to speculating, but at this point it seems unlikely she’s random. If she is, I’ll be the first to admit I was wrong.

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#1278958
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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Valheru_84 said:

The arguments of “what the ST needs” dont wash with me as its at the expense of the OT and those that understand its universe rules as a result of having watched it for the past 40+ years.

That’s it for me as well. Truth be told, the real reason Star Wars, Rogue One, and Solo are the only films I like in the franchise is because they’re free of all that fantasy genre baggage. I’ve never been a D&D fan and the prequels/sequels are much more in that style. They’re very bogged down with lineage and someone taking the form of someone.

Star Wars, Rogue One, and Solo are stories of good guys battling the bad guys to get something or defeat someone. They don’t concern themselves with Fantasy elements and centuries-long lineage of a mystical chosen one. As soon as it became apparent that Rey wasn’t Rey Random, she became much less interesting to me. As is the sequel trilogy.

Rose is much more interesting to me because she’s random. She was working on a ship, catches Finn trying to bail, stops him, and then she’s off and running, caught up in a larger story. Much more the way Luke is in Star Wars.

That’s also why the Zahn novels are more interesting to me, particularly those about Mara Jade and the Hand Of Judgement. Groups and people who are a step outside the Fantasy universe. Much more interesting than the tired Sith v Jedi lineage world of Lucas.

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#1277651
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The Mandalorian - Star Wars Live action TV series
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emanswfan said:

Honestly I’m more excited for this than Episode IX, as I’ve been enjoying the non-main saga stuff more. Bring this on!

Same. Star Wars has needed something other than the Skywalker Saga for decades. These two live action shows may be exactly what the franchise needs in order to start moving away from the shrunken Lucas story.

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#1277647
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Han - Solo Movie ** Spoilers **
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oojason said:

A sweet 5-minute interview with Enfys Nest actress Erin Kellyman…

‘Erin Kellyman Takes The Stage At SWCC 2019 | The Star Wars Show Live!’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga6Z0Xr-t68
 

I’m SO sorry the film was so poorly received. I would have loved to see her return in a second Solo film. The more time passes, the more I realize she’s my favorite part of the film. Such a great original character.

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#1277360
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Your thoughts on the Episode IX title - <strong>'The Rise Of Skywalker'</strong> - a NON-SPOILER thread
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joefavs said:

I honestly think this is the only title I actually dislike. A couple of the other ones are kind of bland, but this one really does rub me the wrong way like none of the other ones do. It’s like something some random idiot on Reddit would come up with.

If I had to nitpick, I’d say it has the potential to sound dated several years from now. It’s been trendy to put Rise in the title of films of late and this now joins them.

That said, I’ve never been a big fan of most of them. For me, Star Wars as a title is the gold standard in the genre. I think Rogue One and Solo worked nicely also. They fit their focused stories very well.

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#1277268
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Disney+ streaming platform : <strong>Star Wars content</strong> &amp; various info
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I’m a bit put off with everything going streaming so that I have to chase down content across platforms, devices, and services, but I understand it’s the way of the future.

That said, I’ll be giving this one a test drive for The Mandalorian and the Rogue One prequel. I’m also interested in the NatGeo content and some Disney classics. Beyond that, I’m not a Marvel guy or a Simpsons watcher, so those are of no interest.

The price, at least at this rollout stage, is very fair. I expect it to go up somewhat quickly after that.

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#1277240
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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joefavs said:

Anyway, I hate the title and I’m more confused by the trailer than anything. JJ’s doing his old gleefully cryptic schtick again, and I feel like I still just don’t have enough to go on to make any kind of judgement beyond “nice to see Billy Dee flying the Falcon again” or “Finn’s new costume is cool”. Would it kill Abrams/Kennedy to have given a three-sentence summary at the panel so that I could have some vague idea of what the stakes are here?

I don’t mind the title, but I agree with the rest of this. JJ’s box of whatever he calls it can be exhausting and Schtick is a perfect description.

My first thought at the scene of Rey running and jumping over the ship as it approaches is that it’s probably some sort of training exercise that’s being edited in such a way as to make it look like an Epic battle.