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#1314957
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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Loved it loved loved it. Episode 8 as well as the entire season. This is exactly what I’ve wanted for decades. A solid story, not part of the saga. The cast is fantastic, as is the story, the dialogue, the slowed pace, the actors, and the baby. Carano was her best yet in this episode. Really digging the character. Nice touch having her from Alderaan, without making a deal of it.

They’re already through the first week for the next season. Looking forward to it. This will easily be my most anticipated show in 2020.

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#1314904
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Most Disappointing / Satisfying Aspect of the Sequel Trilogy?
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theprequelsrule said:

I really liked Rey’s Theme. Williams at, or near, the top of his game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65As1V0vQDM

No doubt, one of the best Star Wars themes to come along in decades. A fantastic piece to accompany what I thought (at the time) one of the most interesting characters to come along since I was a kid.

I’ve not made any secret of how disappointing she turned out, but I watch the intro to Rey portion of TFA somewhat regularly. For me, best 30 minutes of the ST.

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#1313894
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The Rise of Skywalker box office results: predictions and expectations
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MalàStrana said:

adywan said:

The problem is that the fanbase has been fractured for so long now there will never be anything that will please everyone.

Or it might just be the movies are awful and dumb and that bear all the flaws of modern blockbusters (unfinished script, phony comedy, lack of emotion, absence of creativity, etc.)… if they wish to please everyone, they should start trying to make good movies. Not good Star Wars. Good movies. You know, what the OT is/was…

Or it might just be that you could occasionally use your inside voice instead of posting an attempt to beat down every opinion that differs from yours.

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#1313238
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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I’ve read all the spoilers. In part because they’re tough to avoid as a moderator, and because I’ve never been terribly interested in the “who is Rey?” drama. As someone mentioned earlier, that was drawn out to the point of silliness. I thought she was a very interesting character the first 30 minutes of TFA. That faded as the film went on. TLJ completed her path to one-dimensional.

I was going to see this film to see how they handled Rose because she was the only person I found interesting, poorly handled or not. Now that I’ve read the spoilers, it seems she’s handled as an afterthought.

All that said, I still held out hope that Rey could be written as deep and interesting again. Man, from what I’ve discovered, I was very wrong. They answered the question for which I’d held out hope with the polar opposite. All these years I’d hoped it would turn out she was Rey Random. To have her end up being Rey Palpatine?.. FFS, J.J. We’re 40 years in and they’re still shrinking the universe. No thanks.

For the record, I didn’t find The Emperor even remotely interesting in Empire and even less so in Return. In the one prequel I saw, he was even less interesting. To wait the past few years in hopes that Rey was finally a step-out from the shrunken universe only to find out she’s the mother of all universe shrinking was a gut punch.

I’m off the rest of the year, so I have all sorts of time to see everything in the theaters currently. Today, I briefly toyed with the idea of just watching it and getting it over with, enjoying one more trip with Chewie and The Falcon. I went through the listings at the nearest theater, but just couldn’t bother. I rode my motorcycle instead. I might end up going this coming week, but it’s not a priority. Most likely, much more riding and a couple evenings of Ford vs Ferrari and A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood.

Truth be told, The Mandalorian is Star Wars for me now.

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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!!!” buzz before it’s even released. It looks 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. I’ll see it, of course, but I’m not the least bit moved or excited watching any of the trailers. I’m only really interested in seeing Chewie and Rose. Hopefully they’ve given Ms Tran a deeper role.

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#1310563
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General Star Wars <strong>Random Thoughts</strong> 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> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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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> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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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> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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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> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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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.