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#1310139
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion <em>NON SPOILER THREAD</em>
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Well the ‘For Your Consideration’ tracklist is out there, which means more spoilers are out there. I figured I’d be okay just staying out of the TROS spoilers thread, but if there are people here who wantonly post info from leaks without thinking twice in threads that aren’t about TROS, the chances of seeing something I don’t want to see (leak or not) is very high, so I’ll be taking a break from the forum. If I’m smart, the break will last well past the release of TROS as well.

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#1310113
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> - Season One - * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *
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Sifo Dyas said:

You say the Magnificent seven is not better then the Seven Samurai?

Yes, of course. Most people would agree with this.

Here’s George Lucas on the topic:

As a Western, The Magnificent Seven was a pretty good film. I don’t think it was as interesting or as multi-faceted as Seven Samurai.

Sifo Dyas said:

That Star Wars is not better then the Hidden Fortress?

I never said that and never would.

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#1309985
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Star Wars &quot;Official&quot; Canon Content Thread
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Reading Resistance Reborn and it’s pretty cool so far. I saw a headline that said ‘this is the Avengers of Star Wars’ which is actually fairly accurate. It’s the ST characters + the Battlefront II characters + the Poe Dameron comic characters + the Aftermath characters + whoever else shows up. I’m interested to see where it all goes (hopefully more than just a TROS tease) but either way it’s worth a check if you’ve been following the new canon stuff.

I read the Allegiance comic recently which doesn’t have much substance to it but is nevertheless a fun little series. We’ve been starved of content with the new characters so it’s nice to finally start seeing them on expanded adventures.

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#1309955
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> - Season One - * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *
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RogueLeader said:

NeverarGreat said:

RogueLeader said:

It is still a child. I don’t think it translates
1:1 with human aging, but this species has a particularly long infancy-early childhood stage.

There might be something unique to the Yoda species regarding Force sensitivity, but it’s already been established in canon that Force-sensitive babies in general have a predisposition to using the Force, regardless of species. The idea being, I’m assuming, that babies and young children lack some of the qualities that adults have that can hold back their ability to use the Force (like doubt or disbelief). And it is possible that the time he spends in this young childhood stage plays a part in why he can lift a mudhorn vs a toy ball.

This exactly. There’s a lot of evidence from the movies (especially the prequels) which points to early training as extremely important in developing skill in the Force, and I think you’re right that it has to do with the lack of a rigid experiential framework present in adults. So if the Yoda species has this super long developmental period, it stands to reason that most of the members of this species would gain some Force abilities. I imagine it could be something like 50% or more of the species would have this ability into adulthood, while for humans that percentage would be far less because of how rapidly they progress through infancy. Of course, I doubt that baby Yoda could really control the Force or plan to use it in advance.

There’s also the angle of hereditary Force sensitivity, and it may be that Yoda’s species is essentially just one family, that is if their method of reproduction is different enough to avoid the effects of inbreeding.

It’s an interesting question.

It really is! I think it highlights the uniqueness of the Force as a “magic system”. Yoda’s ESB philosophy that stresses faith and belief clearly has a fantasy leaning, but the idea of the Force “being strong” in a family has a more scientific, genetic angle.

I definitely like the idea that a baby might be especially sensitive because they are free of inhibitions. A lot of people complain but it makes sense that the Jedi would snap up babies for training (and why it would be hard for someone’s Luke’s age to learn). It’s like learning a language.

Personally, the speculation is all well and good but I hope they don’t try to explain it too much. The Force works in mysterious ways and always should.

Although, the power of a bloodline is a mythic trope as well. I know there is a lot of examples in legends, but are there many examples in canon where we see Force-sensitive bloodlines? I believe the protagonist in the new novel Force Collector has a grandfather who was a Jedi, but that is all I can think of currently. Could the connection between Force powers and bloodline be less common than we think?

Well if you think about it, the Jedi are supposed to be celibate so hypothetically the bloodline thing shouldn’t really be much of a thing in the universe.

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#1309954
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> - Season One - * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *
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canofhumdingers said:

DominicCobb said:

Sifo Dyas said:

I didn’t know about this Yojimbo film, but I guess for a good reason.

If you reuse something you should make it better, as all of those pictures you mentioned here did.

What makes you think that’s true? If you’ve never, by your own admission, even heard of them? Because I assure you it is not.

Oof I’m glad you got to this before I did. Yojimbo is a SPECTACULAR film and very much the better of the two.

Jedit: oh geez, I just realized he’s also implying Magnificent Seven is an improvement over Seven Samurai…! Egad!

Return of the jedit:
I should’ve read his whole post before commenting! If you didn’t realize that Magnificent Seven was a blatant remake of Seven Samurai, then you had never seen Seven Samurai. Same goes for Yojimbo/Fistful of Dollars.

Your argument is preposterous. I stand by my statement that it doesn’t matter if it’s been done before, all that matters is how well THIS version does it.

Yes, not only are the Kurosawa films much better than the western remakes, the idea that it’s only one or the other is baffling. It’s okay to like a film and its remake. Remakes are not replacements.

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#1309916
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> - Season One - * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *
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Sifo Dyas said:

canofhumdingers said:

Yeah, we know. We’ve discussed it all already. Shogun Assassin is just a film compiled from parts of the first two Lone Wolf and Cub films, edited together for American theatrical release. Magnificent Seven is just “reused material” (to quote you) from Seven Samurai set in the American West rather than Feudal Japan.

Did you know Star Wars (1977) is just a bunch of standard hero and myth tropes jumbled together with a bit of fantasy, western, and samurai genres all blended together? Did you know Fistful of Dollars is just a spaghetti western remake of Yojimbo? Things reuse ideas from previous things. Omg! There’s a reason the word “tropes” exits…

The issue is, how well does THIS media execute those ideas? I thought episode 5 was possibly the weakest so far. I still liked it, but it definitely had some issues with the casting and maybe the directing imo. I still think episode 2 and 3 were the high point so far but this is still a very fun series! I’m sad we’ve got only, what, two more to go this season?

I didn’t know about this Yojimbo film, but I guess for a good reason.

If you reuse something you should make it better, as all of those pictures you mentioned here did.

What makes you think that’s true? If you’ve never, by your own admission, even heard of them? Because I assure you it is not.

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#1309451
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The Rise of Skywalker box office results: predictions and expectations
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It’s still to early to tell but I think I’ve come around to the idea that the Mandalorian might help TROS’s box office, but not in the way people suggested. No, it’s not because it’s so good I think it’ll reinvigorate fans, it’s because Baby Yoda memes are absolutely everywhere and are doing a lot to just generally raise awareness and hype for Star Wars with general audience members who aren’t usually much invested in the series. What sort of effect this will have, I don’t know. But it’s interesting to consider.

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#1309445
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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ZkinandBonez said:

TavorX said:

Kinda weird to think in-universe that the bad guys explicitly call their side the “dark-side.” Paradoxically they don’t believe they are evil but they’re also conceding that they are evil. It makes more sense to stick with monikers like Sith vs Jedi. Like Republicans vs Democrats, either side is going to think the other side is demonizing. Neither would logically say they are evil or morally bankrupt themselves on their side of the fence. It’s not the most attractive way to recruit others. Imagine if Vader didn’t say scary things to Luke like “dark side” and just more things to try to screw with his head such as Obi-Wan being a liar. Saying you’re evil kinda cancels out anything else you say versus just appearing like you believe you’re in the right.

Just because we in the real world often to assume “light vs dark” symbolizes “good vs evil” that doesn’t meant it applies to the SW universe. Also, I’m quite positive there would be plenty of people IRL that would have no issues what so ever with joining the “dark” side. If anything it has an edgy, or even exotic, vibe to it that would appeal to plenty of people.

This, but also it’s very much an ‘ends justify the means’ sort of thing for those who think they can use the dark side and still be in the right. I mean, any imperial would need to have that kind of thinking if they went along with the Death Star. Notably, if you look at when Dooku and Vader goad Anakin and Luke to use the dark side, they’re not really saying ‘be evil,’ they’re more suggesting to them that refusing to use the dark side is a weakness. This of course ties in with Yoda saying the dark side is quicker and more seductive. One could easily posit as well that using the dark side twists one’s perception of right and wrong.

That being said, not every bad guy thinks they aren’t evil. Certainly Palpatine knows he’s evil and revels in it.

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#1309442
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> - Season One - * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *
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ChainsawAsh said:

LexX said:

Both 4 and 5 have had some weird female support cast forcing with the waitress and kinda the widow who was written very blandly, and now this mechanic and the assassin. They’re trying to include women in SW so hard that it’s sad and takes away from what’s actually happening in the series.

Seriously? So what, they aren’t allowed to include women at all, or it’s just forced feminism? Give me a fucking break.

It wasn’t a great episode, but it had nothing to do with the female characters.

Hard not to read that comment as anything but plainly sexist.

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#1309305
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OT Edits to Fit the PT and/or the Larger Saga (A Resource Thread, Hopefully)
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FreezingTNT2 said:

@DominicCobb Do you plan on making a similar thread for OT edits to fit the ST or the other way around?

I hadn’t. The reason for this thread is mainly because the PT specifically created a number of continuity errors in the OT. But I suppose the thread isn’t limited to fixing continuity errors, and other ways of connecting the two trilogies are welcome. To that end, it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea for me to change the title of the thread to include the ST, because why not.

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#1309295
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> - Season One - * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *
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ChainsawAsh said:

DominicCobb said:

ChainsawAsh said:

Was very happy to see Tatooine/Mos Eisley treated to match the OOT and not the SE. No evidence of the expanded, busy spaceport we’ve seen since 1997 - that was 100% the sparse backwater of 1977.

Well I hate to say it but I think it’s supposed to seem like a ghost town in a way that contrasts what we saw before. I mean just look at the cantina.

Yes, but we didn’t see the huge, wide streets of the SE devoid of people - we saw the same cramped alleyways of the OOT instead. I didn’t mean “sparse backwater” to mean “devoid of people” so much as I meant it as a description of the town, and to me, the episode is in line with the OOT version, but with fewer inhabitants.

Fair enough, you’re not wrong about that.

I agree that it was one of the weaker episodes, though. Ming Na was wasted.

I’m hoping the tease at the end means there’s some way she might not be dead.

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#1309287
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> - Season One - * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *
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Was I the only one who felt like this one was way off? Early on I was thinking the tone and style was kind of goofy and low rent in a way that reminded me of the animated shows, so I figured it must be Filoni (sure enough was), no offense to him or those shows. I didn’t think Sedaris did a particularly good job and just kind of felt out of place, and was mixed on baby Bobby Cannavale. I also thought they were about a step away from taking the Tatooine winks a little too far, and the tusken outfits seemed straight out of a comic convention. Anyway, point being, it was my least favorite so far.

ChainsawAsh said:

Was very happy to see Tatooine/Mos Eisley treated to match the OOT and not the SE. No evidence of the expanded, busy spaceport we’ve seen since 1997 - that was 100% the sparse backwater of 1977.

Well I hate to say it but I think it’s supposed to seem like a ghost town in a way that contrasts what we saw before. I mean just look at the cantina.

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#1309085
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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Fang Zei said:

DominicCobb said:

Fang Zei said:

doubleofive said:

I’m going to assume any DCP’s are still HD Branch. The use of it for the TROS teaser makes me wonder if Disney can tell the difference.

They only used that for the D23 preview, which only went up online AFAIK and was never sent out to theaters.

It definitely went out to theaters. It played before my IMAX screening of Ad Astra.

That’s curious.

Did it have an MPAA card at the front? Are you sure it wasn’t just part of the ads before the actual trailers?

Definitely was one of the actual trailers. I don’t remember if it had the MPAA card but that’s only because at AMC they often don’t put the cards before trailers.

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#1309065
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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Fang Zei said:

doubleofive said:

I’m going to assume any DCP’s are still HD Branch. The use of it for the TROS teaser makes me wonder if Disney can tell the difference.

They only used that for the D23 preview, which only went up online AFAIK and was never sent out to theaters.

It definitely went out to theaters. It played before my IMAX screening of Ad Astra.

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#1308941
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I hate the Jedi
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theprequelsrule said:

DominicCobb said:

The PT sets up a dogma that’s doomed to fail - anger, hate, and fear are all natural human emotions and suppressing them can be dangerous and unhealthy.

Incorrect; the dogma is set up by ESB and followed through in the Prequels!

No I don’t think that is quite right. TESB sets up the delineation. But the PT is where it gets dogmatic and the suppression comes in.

Of course you’re not wrong that one lead to another. I guess you could say they started down the dark path in TESB and it ended up dominating their destiny.

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#1308890
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I hate the Jedi
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theprequelsrule said:

SW77 was all about adventure and excitement - about taking risks and accepting outlandish ideas such as The Force. With ESB we get the exact opposite philosophy as expounded by Yoda.

I wouldn’t say they’re opposite philosophies at all, just different layers.

I wouldn’t necessarily say SW is all about adventure and excitement. It’s about breaking out of the comfort of the status quo, about believing in yourself and in causes greater than yourself. It’s a coming of age story, about leaving the safety of home. Taking risks? Sure.

But is TESB anti-risk? It’s anti-recklessness sure, but I’d argue learning to put recklessness in check is a necessary component of risk-taking. The spirit of the first film is still there - “do or do not.” Yoda says a Jedi craves not adventure and excitement, which just means he does not seek it out for the sake of it. Adventure and excitement will come, sure, but patience is important, as is doing the right thing, which is what a Jedi should be craving most of all. TESB is a coming of age story as well, but it’s more about learning responsibility once you’re on your own and making your own choices.

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#1308888
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I hate the Jedi
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I never liked the idea of a gray Jedi, or at least the kind of gray Jedi that’s an anti-hero who uses all the powers because he’s too cool to follow the rules. But the idea of a “gray” Jedi who does have a strong sense of right and wrong, that’s an attractive idea. The PT sets up a dogma that’s doomed to fail - anger, hate, and fear are all natural human emotions and suppressing them can be dangerous and unhealthy. You can see how this is (poorly communicated) subtext in the PT, in regards to how Anakin’s story unfolds.

I always thought that a potential sequel trilogy would confront these ideas that were floated in the prequels but never fully considered. So far, the two films (well, really TLJ) have actually picked up the thread on this to some extent - the fallibility of the Jedi, the danger/complacency of Jedi pride, the monopoly the Jedi strive to have on the Force. The pieces are in place to come to some sort of resolution for it all in TROS, if they are so inclined. Since ROTJ dropped the ball on Luke’s perspective in regards to Ben and Yoda’s actions, it became fair game to simply have Luke revive the Jedi order as it was. But now Rey is building an explicitly new order. We’ve seen Rey use what could potentially be considered anger in her fights without any condemnation or repercussions. So that could either be integrated into the storyline, or simply ignored as a quirk of choreography/acting. But on the flip, what they’re doing with Kylo’s eternally conflicted persona (never fully light or dark), and his being essentially the other side of Rey’s coin, it would ultimately be kind of surprising if they didn’t explore this idea to some extent.

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#1308707
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The Rise of Skywalker box office results: predictions and expectations
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act on instinct said:

It’s a predictions and expectations thread, none of us are being dishonest about when we’re speaking from anecdotes, if we aren’t giving our perspectives what’s the point of the thread?

Well I guess in fairness I’ve been saying this thread is pointless pretty much since its start. That said, I don’t think anecdotal evidence is a wise way to predict. My prediction would be very different if I was going off anecdotal evidence.