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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
Topic
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
Topic
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
Topic
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.

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#1255340
Topic
Doctor Who
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A few thoughts after just one watch.

For me, the best episode yet! Again, deeper and more serious than we’ve been in a very long time. I really dug the weight of the scene where the Doctor is in physical pain at having thoughts forced in her head. To me, that had a more serious feel than we normally see in the show. Another was when she’s telling the Vajarian she’s going to stop them. It lacked the usual not on my watch bravado and instead had a more serious tone, as though the Doctor was genuinely upset and then threatening them.

I’ve thought this a while and it was especially so this evening because of her being central to this story; Mandip is breathtaking. Even better, she’s a strong actress playing a deep character. I look forward to every scene. I loved that this was largely about her. She has the chops and can carry scenes.

Outstanding score on this one. Like a lot of the episode, as well as the new season in general, this was big budget Hollywood level. Awesome score. Looking forward to a soundtrack album. Great stuff and as I suspected, the show is really getting its footing as it grows. Ryan was a non-issue but they can’t all be center stage in each episode.

Jodie’s Doctor has a lot of the quirkiness of the 10 and 11, but more of an actual edge when she’s angry or threatened. It’s a more serious take or at least a more realistic one. To echo oojason, the cinematography was very much on par with a big-budget Hollywood film. In general that seems to be the case with the season so far.

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#1254961
Topic
Cassian Andor Live-Action Series
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I think part of my lesser love for the 1977 film - and to be clear, I still LOVE it - is that for me the entire Saga has become contaminated by all the damage Lucas inflicted upon it through the years. The suppression, the prequels, the SEs, the constant lying, etc, etc.

I haven’t watched it since the Bonus Disc GOUT was released. Part of that is so that it stays a separate entity from all the mess that came after. The NPR version is still my go-to for that story. It’s also free of all that came after.

If the early descriptions are correct, these two new TV shows are a return to the days where the GFFA was vast and mysterious. Man, that is exactly what I’ve wanted for decades. Story and characters first, spinning colors and visuals second.

ChainsawAsh said:
I hope they don’t tread any more deeply into Jedi/Force stuff on the show than Rogue One did.

I agree. At least when Rogue One did address them, it was to put them right again; The Force Of Others and Kyber crystals. No more of that idiotic midichlorian BS, and the chosen one… * eye roll *

This new stuff - a deep space detective and a deep space gunslinger - bring it!

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#1254917
Topic
Cassian Andor Live-Action Series
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Rogue One is my favorite Star Wars film. This pretty much guarantees I’ll be a subscriber to their streaming service. I was already interested enough in The Mandalorian. This seals the deal. Two new shows, both free of the weight of The Saga. Looks like we may be getting actual EU stories.

These two shows are much more interesting to me than any of the films they’ve announced. I’m not interested in Rey anymore and I certainly don’t care about a Rian-helmed trilogy.

oojason said:

Looking forward to finding out who’ll be writing and helming the show (c’mon Ron D. Moore…) and more details - hopefully a more pragmatic ‘greyer’ view and feel of the world a la Rogue One.

Oh man, I hadn’t thought about that. Moore would be perfect for either of these!

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#1253304
Topic
The Boba Fett movie
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If they went that direction, I’d be a streaming customer for sure. I know your one-sheet is a bit in jest (and awesome) but the content and quality of a short series could be fantastic if done to the standards of modern streaming services. TV in general has become much more respected the past decade or so. It’s returned to a point when quality comes before quantity.

When I was a kid there was a series called the NBC Mystery Movie. It came on Sunday nights. They were feature film length detective shows and crime dramas. My favorite was Colombo. They only aired about six or seven a year, often times over a month or more apart. It was because they put in the time and work on quality writing, A-list actors, directing, etc instead of frequency. Spielberg directed one of them.

While I sometimes lament the long gaps between seasons of many current shows on Netflix, AMC, Prime, BBC, etc, I know it’s because they’re taking the time to put out a quality product. If Disney goes this same direction with their network, we could see some Star Wars content on par with the theatrical releases. No complaints here if they back off of numbered sagas and focus on their TV series.

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#1252518
Topic
Movies you watch every Halloween
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Jay said:

Anchorhead said:

I have a 4th of July film, a Thanksgiving film, a December only film, a summer only film, a cold rainy nights only film, and a few Christmas films - but I’ve never had a Halloween film. Weird, now that I think about it. I’ve never been a fan of horror films, so that must be why. I’ll have to give this some thought. The Shinning comes to mind as fitting but that’s about as scary as I care to get. E.T. is really more my style though.

I think E.T. qualifies as a Halloween movie the same way Die Hard qualifies as a Christmas movie.

True. I guess a feel-good story can’t really be a Halloween film. 😉