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Knight of Kalee

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#1452930
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Prequel Special Editions
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For AotC, I would really like if they went and finished the extended talk between Obi-Wan and Jocasta Nu, where they discuss Count Dooku before he left the Order, his similarities to Qui-Gon and the ideological reasons why he quit. That, along with the Geonosis scene with Padmé and Dooku, would do wonders to flesh out the Count as an antagonist who had a point to be made.

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#1452305
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The Clone Wars: Refocused [FOUR episodes upgraded to v2.0, 3/5 seasons released to v1.0]
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I would leave Anakin’s line “What was that about?” intact. To me it feels he’s just teasing Obi-Wan, rather than being actually confused. You know, typical bro banter.

The inclusion of Ahsoka’s scene is great, and don’t mind if it’s the only time we see her in this episode. The original CW episodes had an habit of doing this often (example: Ventress or Dooku having a single context-providing scene each in the episode where Savage finds Maul).

I’m going to take a look at it and see how it goes!! Great job overall

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#1451965
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The Clone Wars: Refocused [FOUR episodes upgraded to v2.0, 3/5 seasons released to v1.0]
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Version 1 reads more TCW-like, and I stand by vranir’s suggestions. I don’t know if Satine should be name-dropped in the crawl though, feels a bit abrupt (or at least have her full name and title for better context). Maybe just hinting that she’s a particularly close old friend would do.

I’ll see if I can take some time to rewatch Malevolence and see how much it has improved since the last time.

Greetings!

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#1450986
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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Hal 9000 said:

It’s a little weird that everyone else is the old age at which they died, but eh.

If we go strictly by in-universe logic, then Anakin’s Force spirit should appear as either Hayden or Sebastian Shaw in his mid-forties, since Anakin died at the age of 45.

For me both Shaw and Hayden are equally valid. My personal best choice, much like Burbin’s, is an aged up Hayden like the one we currently have in Ascendant. Hopefully a similar Anakin could be digitally put together to replace the admittely bad Hayden shots in the ROTJ special edition.

But anyways, if even Anakin’s accent changed that much then making himself look as old as Obi-Wan should be no issue for his spirit haha 😄

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#1447904
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Why Rogue One doesn't work well as a prequel to Star Wars
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Even then, I don’t remember the actual Rebel Alliance having any major victory during the events of Star Wars Rebels. All of the main victories are attributed to the smaller cells (such as Phoenix squadron) on their own.

The first large military action of the Rebel Alliance was meant to be the Liberation of Lothal, but the plan was aborted as the Alliance debuted with a hard defeat at the hands of Thrawn. And when they eventually succeed in liberating Lothal, it wasn’t thanks to the combined strength of the Rebel Alliance, but rather to the main characters assembling a ragtag group of allies as the Alliance couldn’t afford a full-scale assault, especially as the one time the Alliance directly intervened by sending a X-wing squad to Lothal, they were utterly defeated.

I agree the battles depicted in Rebels could have strayed a little more off the OT customs, but then, the entire show since its inception was sort of a love letter to the Rebellion era.

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#1447857
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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Burbin said:

sherlockpotter said:

Hmmm…honestly, I think I prefer it without the sound. Just like how the music drops out at that point, I think the line has more weight when there’s nothing to distract from it.

I agree, the sound effect really seems to contest for attention over the climactic line, and at that point in the scene it feels odd to hear the sabre ignite and not see it. Like, if it was intended to be there originally, it would’ve been a medium shot that shows Rey igniting the sabre. Instead it’s a closeup of Rey’s face because we’re only supposed to focus on what she’s saying.

Personally I really liked the mockup some pages back that places the ignition sound as Rey swings the saber, that seemed to fit a lot more naturally to the scene, and it actually gives more punch to that moment instead of clashing with it.

Agree.

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#1447805
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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Maybe the lightsaber activation sound could blend better if it came right after she says “I’m a Jedi”? (it’s been a while since I last catched up with the discussion on this thread so forgive me if this has been talked about earlier haha).

The line itself feels great both in terms of sound and story payoff. The way it should have been in the movie.

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#1445546
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The <strong>Original Trilogy</strong> Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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I really like SC38 for the most part save for a bit overdone bits. I think it’s the cinematography that doesn’t make it blend well at all with the rest of the movie, with all of those elaborate takes and angles that.

My favorite approach to fan-editing that scene remains the Adywan one. Tightening the editing to make it look less sluggish or clunky but keeping in line with the existing cinematography, lighting, color grading, choreography style and SFX.

With regards to the redone space battle, does someone else think that the new ship models always look kinda off with those “clean” textures? And why are they rendering a sequel-era T-70 X-wing rather than the classic T-65B?

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#1444260
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<strong>Star Wars: The Bad Batch</strong> (animated series) - a general discussion thread - * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
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I’m on a similar boat to you. Overall I have mixed feelings towards Season 1 at the moment but leaning towards positive.

I’d give S1 a 7,5/10 on average, but some episodes and moments are among my favorite animated SW moments of all time and they alone tempt me to give it a higher score. The general shortcomings of the season are too noticeable, though. It didn’t feel that character-driven like Rebels, but the premise didn’t allow for an anthology format the way TCW did it. I hoped for the former, but as of today the Bad Batch stands on a fairly awkward middle ground.

The fan service is a mixed bag. Episodes like the Cad Bane v. Fennec one that were great on first viewing now feel awkward in retrospective as their appearance didn’t have a significant payoff. I hope we see the bounty hunters again, particularly due to their connection to Boba Fett (who really should appear in the upcoming Season 2), but I’m not holding my breath. The feeling of not knowing which winks to the audience are going to be relevant in the future honestly is a bit frustrating, though I welcomed some of the guest appearances such as the Syndullas or Gregor. Even if I expected an uneven story progression, based on Filoni’s previous shows (Rebels is well-known by having crowning episodes interspersed with a sea of lower-stakes episodes depicting more frivolous events, the dreaded “filler” for some people out there) but at least some of the breather episodes of Rebels provided some much needed character development, which has not been really the case for TBB so far. Though each Batcher is unique and amusing in its own right, most of them have been painfully underserved exceptuating Hunter, Omega and maybe Crosshair. My best hopes lie on the prospect of having a more consistent storyline for S2 that showcases more of the Batchers’s individuality, maybe putting them in situations where they cannot rely on their typical skills, particularly for Wrecker, Echo and Tech.

I really liked the smaller scale of the finale, but wished it had been part of a longer episode, maybe as part of the same as “Return to Kamino” and to give more closure to the Batch themselves or at least an extended moment at the very end where they dwell on what happened, their thoughts on Crosshair or the fall of Kamino, or at least some hint of what they’re going to do next.

And yeah I almost shouted “Wayland!” to the screen with that ending scene. Pity we saw, like, every clone commando ever save for Delta Squad hahaha. Also I’m sure they’re going to connect it to the Mandalorian timeline and (hopefully) a canon equivalent of the Thrawn Trilogy campaign.
However I’m still hyped for S2 and how does it progress the plotlines. Will Crosshair have a Kallus-like arc, where he learns of how expendable he is for the Empire?

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#1444003
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<strong>Star Wars: The Bad Batch</strong> (animated series) - a general discussion thread - * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
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My guess is that the Batchers had even faster metabolism and aging, further contributing to their personality quirks (e.g. Wrecker being a manchild) and why some of them show early physical signs of old age such as Crosshair’s grey hair and Tech’s receding hairline.

They still could have been experimented on after birth, but they never had met Omega before the series premiere.

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#1443590
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<strong>Star Wars: The Bad Batch</strong> (animated series) - a general discussion thread - * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
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JackNapier said:

Knight of Kalee said:

Because of that one look Hunter gives to Crosshair’s charred head after stunning him, my guess is that the chip got damaged when Crosshair was burnt by the Venator’s engines on Bracca.

However he says he removed it. What Imperial is gonna allow that.

Maybe Rampart went along with it, knowing it could be a further reason to eventually dispose of Crosshair when the time came.

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#1442506
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I abhor the &quot;X undoes Y's accomplishments&quot; criticism so much.
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The more likely headcanon is that, after the death of his original body, Palpatine spent a considerable amount of time in a sort of “limbo”, as a powerless spirit barely clinging to the material world until he managed to eventually inhabit the clone body on Exegol. Sort of how Sauron’s fate is described after he first loses the One Ring in the backstory of LOTR: his body being actually slain only for his spirit to endure and (very) slowly recover his strengths until he could take a physical form again.

That way he does indeed die, fulfilling the prophecy and all the technicalities, yet despite his eventual return he’s incapable to intervene or take command of the Imperial remnant.

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#1442227
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<strong>Star Wars: The Bad Batch</strong> (animated series) - a general discussion thread - * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
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“War Mantle” may have been my favorite episode so far. I was hoping from the moment the series was announced that we could see how clones such as Gregor or Wolffe deserted.

Other than the typical “Omega convinces a reluctant Hunter” exchange at the beginning, this episode felt really fresh and we finally reached a couple of important milestones: the clone lines of production have been officially shut down, and the Empire has taken control of the Kaminoan assets. More importantly, it marks the earliest in-universe appearance of the TK troopers.

I’m also glad we had a bit more focus on Echo, with this mission feeling more personal for him due to the parallels with his own rescue from the Techno Union.

The fanservice was also cool: return of the clone commandos, the McQuarrie-inspired prototype Stormtrooper armor, seeing V-wings in action, a gonk droid doing what it was made for, etc. Also can we comment on that Scorch cameo, even if he had less than a minute of screentime?

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#1441684
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The Clone Wars: Refocused [FOUR episodes upgraded to v2.0, 3/5 seasons released to v1.0]
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The proposed reordering sounds great, all the major characters are nicely introduced and get at least one big part to play making it plausible as a hypothetical first season that Lucasfilm could have been produced and released in this order.

As a nice side effect it also holds up better with canon, namely having Katuunko alive for the Ryloth arc.

Also I’m so glad to see you’re willing to take retroactive feedback from The Bad Batch to further tighten your cut!

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#1440428
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The Last Jedi Expanded Edition by Jason Fry: The &quot;Tragedy of Vader&quot; Edit (ROUGH DRAFT AVAILABLE)
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TestingOutTheTest said:

Knight of Kalee said:

Regarding Jannah, I think it would be a bit of a pacing issue to introduce a seemingly random stormtrooper in the midst of the story in a way that could feel organic. Maybe a throwaway reference could work (a name drop for “TZ-1719” over comms).

You’re the guy who suggested readding the elevator scene with the troopers and Finn, where the trooper congradulates Finn. You even proposed having that same trooper be the first one to turn on Phasma if JJB adds “Phasma’s End” into the novel. The trooper could simply be changed to female, and we get to meet Jannah in TROS as usual but ties to this hypothetical whatever.

Yeah, that could work now that you say it. If JJB is willing to do this of course, because the conversation between “Jannah” and Finn would need a few trims and readjustments. What I was saying is that I don’t think it’s going to work is suddenly diving deep into the trooper’s backstory, motivation etc, as if the book was saying ‘Hey, this trooper’s gonna be relevant in the future!’. At most a small cue that hints at her survival (even if it was plausible some stormtroopers survived the Supremacy’s destruction, the deleted scene has Phasma finish all the troopers off before her own death).

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#1440417
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The Last Jedi Expanded Edition by Jason Fry: The &quot;Tragedy of Vader&quot; Edit (ROUGH DRAFT AVAILABLE)
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Yeah I think it would be a very jarring mood whiplash. As Jar Jar said, any vague suicidal thoughts would fit better for TROS where she carries way more guilt and weight in that story. It’s a sensible theme though, so I don’t think it should be gratituously included.

Regarding Jannah, I think it would be a bit of a pacing issue to introduce a seemingly random stormtrooper in the midst of the story in a way that could feel organic. Maybe a throwaway reference could work (a name drop for “TZ-1719” over comms).

Yet again I’ve encountered something that works spectacularly in text form but not so much in the actual film.

This surely has to do with the script’s tendency to overexplain everything in dialogue. Works great in written form but in film the overly wordy exposition comes across as clunky.

One of the issues with Snoke’s exposition in the scene is that doesn’t completely clarify if the Force bond between Kylo and Rey was indeed created by Snoke or if he’s lying. The fact that the bond persists after his death of course suggests the later, but your edit could make it more clear, and even tie the mind bridge to the Force dyad retcon in TROS.