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Hal 9000

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#1289917
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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I could imagine a ‘2010: The Year We Made Contact’ David Bowman-esque ghost, morphing or changing appearance of age every time we see him. They could have Luke do the same to help normalize it. (Hell, or Obi-Wan, too, I guess. Might be a little weird for Yoda to, but still possible.)

https://youtu.be/HUT4ua-D33Y

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#1289711
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The Chronological Star Wars – A Year-Long Critical Reappraisal
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I can say that TPM does look and feel like a movie, if a boring one at times. It has a little of that feeling that older classic film productions used to.
The other two feel video gamey to me, and it can’t just be 35mm vs ‘Cool For The Time But Probably Not The Best Choice For A Highly Anticipated Blockbuster Super Duper Digital Camera.’

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#1289020
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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This is an enormous “if,” but if they do, may as well go balls to the wall.

To me it’s too late for IX to introduce or do anything radically new, so I’m just hoping for a thematically appropriate conclusion to the stupidly-now-called “Skywalker Saga” (“because now we want Star Wars to include space-stuff that has nothing else in common but their titles”) in the vein of “see, kid,
I knew you could do it, and the lessons you learned along the way will always help you.”
Basically, if the whole saga is ANH, IX would be the part when Luke flies back down to the Rebel base and hears Ben tell him, and the audience, “The Force will be with you… always.”

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#1289011
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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“It just isn’t fair! Why can’t Uncle Owen afford a time machine?”

I’ll make a promise right now: if IX makes plot-central use of time travel, such that our characters literally go into the past and either alter or substantially interact with it, I will stand up out of my seat, drive back home, and none of you will ever hear from me again.

That would be the most bankrupt thing they could possibly do, and I don’t believe it.

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#1288770
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The Last Jedi: Legendary (SPOILERS)
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LordPlagueis, thanks for clarifying. If one moved the two Snoke/Hux scenes back to back it would have to imply a timejump since there’s a change of location. It’d also push back the reintroduction of Luke and Rey further.

The ‘Luke mourns Han’ scene was reinserted where the deleted scenes reel has it, and with the footage available I’m not sure how one could go from “Where’s Han” immediately into him crying. Rey is in the room at first, then suddenly not, and Luke processes things rather suddenly. I think as things stand Luke putting up a front and retreating allows him to cry in private about what’s built up, and cutting directly to Leia implies Han is at the center of it for both of them.
I agree that it’s a stronger cut (or radial wipe, but you know what I mean) from Rey’s line about not leaving without him to her following him around the island, though. I wonder if RJ was right to cut the snippet along with the Finn and Poe scene. I at least see why, even if they’re worth including for the sheer value of this edit bring ‘alternative.’ V3 will be a few minutes longer than V2, and neither features the callback to Poe’s line about where Finn belongs. If one can only have both or neither of these scenes, perhaps the original film is a better option.

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#1288629
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The Last Jedi: Legendary (SPOILERS)
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I appreciate the Yoda scene all the more today after stumbling onto a video about the concept of “kill the Buddha,” which I won’t expound upon here.

I guess that scene, and the movie as a whole, is intended as a shock to our system, and one that I’ve come to love. I still feel that some of the window dressing and techniques aren’t all that great, but I appreciate the core messages. Iconoclasm, tearing down, rebuilding, letting go, finding balance. I’m glad to have more from Luke to learn from and alongside, even as my own religious and philosophical beliefs remain in a state of uncomfortable upheaval.

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#1288616
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The Last Jedi: Legendary (SPOILERS)
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Well, I don’t plan to remove Phasma or the fight between her and Finn, so there’s nothing to worry about there.

The Luke Jakku quip is something I’ve hemmed and hawed over but I think it’s just not something that we would have seen in the OT, but that we have seen in the ST. So I’d prefer to keep Luke away from it since he doesn’t do it much. The reed gag later on seems more consequential and part of the point being made, so it feels different to me.

Whatever happens, I’ll get a solid workprint out before IX for anyone interested in having it for a countdown viewing.

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#1288529
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The Last Jedi: Legendary (SPOILERS)
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Interesting idea, especially with an ‘authentic’ resource like that to potentially plug in. I can’t say his voice really bothers me in the first place, and each trilogy needs one film without subtitles! (And a crawl with no CAPS.)

Okay, those last two points are in jest.

What all aliens speak English in the films?

  • Nemoidians - sound like Asian accents
  • Gungans - fake dialect or accent
  • Watto - what I sound like trying to do either an Italian or NY Jewish voice because, while I like to have fun, I’m not an actor
  • Mas Amedda - British, speaking from behind makeup
  • Malastare senator - sounds like a female voice from the news
  • Yoda - odd voice and syntax
  • Ki Adi Mundi - British
  • Zam - sounds like a human lady while in human form, then with an audio filter while in normal form
  • Dex - fat guy from a sitcom
  • San Hill - oldish sounding voice
  • Techno Union guy - filtered
  • Grievous - filtered Eastern European voice
  • Utupau guy - odd voice
  • Unklar Plutt - slightly filtered British voice

I might have missed a few but it seems there’s plenty of precedent for this sort of thing so I’m not sure why it’s a problem, beyond some of your subjective impressions, which is fair enough.