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Michael Ward

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#1164945
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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Shopping Maul said:

Michael Ward said:

Creox said:

With regards to the DS being able to use a hyperdrive. I am stunned that people think it wouldn’t. Space is really, really big…I mean, really big. For the DS to not be able to fly at lightspeed would render it completely useless for striking fear into the galaxy.

Of course it realisticly needs a hyperdrive, but I’m not sure if that was the original intent. In the older Superman comics stuff was always just drifting from Krypton to earth with no propulsion at all more less a hyperdrive. Writers didn’t always think that stuff through, and Lucas probably didn’t either.

Indeed, the Falcon famously went from the Anoat system to Bespin sans hyperdrive, so clearly spacial distances are not a huge concern in the SW universe (I bet there’s a debate about that little trip somewhere in these forums!)…

Probably, I started to bring that up, but was afraid of what argument it might start.

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#1164705
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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Creox said:

With regards to the DS being able to use a hyperdrive. I am stunned that people think it wouldn’t. Space is really, really big…I mean, really big. For the DS to not be able to fly at lightspeed would render it completely useless for striking fear into the galaxy.

Of course it realisticly needs a hyperdrive, but I’m not sure if that was the original intent. In the older Superman comics stuff was always just drifting from Krypton to earth with no propulsion at all more less a hyperdrive. Writers didn’t always think that stuff through, and Lucas probably didn’t either.

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#1162043
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Let’s talk about Star Wars fans
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Red Letter Media posted a video on Youtube where they were basically mocking other people who review Star Wars online by the way they were acting, and I thumbed it down because I thought it was kind of obnoxious to mock Star Fans even if they can be over the top, but I thought about it later it it was actually a pretty spot on parody. Christopher Nolan fans probably have the highest ratio of of annoying fans to not annoying fans of any fanbase, but Star Wars has to be up there.

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#1162038
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The original Marvel Star Wars series
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screams in the void said:

yes . 95 and 96 were great issues IMHO . I thought there was a nice manga look to the art as well and it was long before the current manga craze .I thought luke’s second weapon was a smaller lightsaber though.

You know, looking at in now it is unclear. I always took it to be the short blade Kiro brought from his homeword which he retrieves from his belongings before going to rescue Luke. And we see a close up of it, with Lukes hand approaching it as tells Kiro he has an idea.

But Luke does tell Kiro he needs to make something before facing Lumiya, and when he faces her both weapons look like energy weapons, and he says that have two waepons one short and one long will allow him to match the two natures of her weapon so I’m not sure anymore.

And I see what you mean about the manga feel.

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#1161827
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How many 'Bad' Star Wars movies could you take before you check out?
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chyron8472 said:

hairy_hen said:

The movies that got us all hooked on the galaxy far, far away have essentially died as far as official policy is concerned - that is my point. Disney has the power to resurrect them, but they are either unwilling to do so, or just can’t be bothered. Star Wars should have been allowed to die in peace, to just exist for what it was without having to be continually revisited. And yet the commercial exploitation continues and shows no sign of ever stopping.
George Lucas, for all his infuriating stubbornness, at least had personal and artistic reasons for doing what he did, misguided though it was. Disney, on the other hand, doesn’t care about anything except money.

Are you actually saying that George didn’t commercially exploit Star Wars out the wazoo before Disney got a hold of it? Because I seriously beg to differ. Star Wars was merchandised like mad since the very beginning.

After ESB it really felt to me like Lucas only made Star Wars movies to sell merchandise.

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#1161811
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The original Marvel Star Wars series
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screams in the void said:

what are people here’s favorite issues or story lines from the series ?

95 and 96 will always be near and dear to me because they were the only ones I had as a kid, and read them until they were worn out. It involved Luke losing to a fight with Lumiya because her whip had energy and material elements and Luke could only handle one of the other with his light saber. In the end Luke beat hear by using a light saber AND a sword at the same time. See, he also had a energy weapon and a physical weapon. Makes sense, right?

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#1161577
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Ranking the Star Wars films
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rodneyfaile said:

I watch it on YouTube all the time. Bea Arthur is great. It’s definitely better than the prequels and special editions. No, that’s not hyperbole. There is nothing in the Holiday Special worse than jar-jar or that Jedi rocks musical crap.

I agree the Bea Arthur is good in it. I like the cartoon and Jefferson Starship too. I probably like it better than AOTC and ROTS though they are hard to compare. I do think TPM is better than the Holiday Special, but that’s because Holiday Special is so bad no because TPM is good.

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#1161570
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The original Marvel Star Wars series
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I’m looking at the cover to the actual issue #8 and comparing it to the reprinted cover, and the original Han’s cheeks are highlighted in a redder color than the rest of his face. In the reprint it all one solid color (I’ve got photos, but I can’t figure out how to attach them).

You have to look closely to see the difference, but even when not comparing them side by side the original feels more complete and the reprint is noticeably simpler because there are so many little ways that the reprint cuts corners on coloring.

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#1160563
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The original Marvel Star Wars series
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Someone please correct me because I will say in advance that I have no idea what I’m talking about, but many years ago, I had a conversation with someone who claimed that since they never had any plans to reprint old comics years later in order to make a reprint old comics from company archives were put through a process that destroyed the original but reproduced an inked copy without color which then have to recolored. I don’t really know, but the context was the person was explaining why reprint covers often had to be redrawn on the left margin. Since they were working from company archive copies which had been bound into books the left margin of the cover was unrecoverable. The fact that the left edge of covers often had to be redrawn is obvious in some cases. For instance, there’s a flash cover in an archive edition which is mildly famous for replacing flashes foot with what looks like a flipper.

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#1160532
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Childhood Misconceptions (aka The Trap Thread, but misconceptions still welcome)
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I thought a light saber was a life saver.

I didn’t realize Han put Luke inside a tautaun. I thought Han cut into the ground, and there was some weird warm layer underneath the ice on the planet. I thought it was weird, but it’s still what I though happened.

I thought that Leia was killed by the stormtrooper who shot her on the stun setting, but reanimated with advanced science (I was four mind you.)

I thought the escape pod R2 and 3PO used was from the Star Destroyer not the blockade runner.

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#1160529
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The original Marvel Star Wars series
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Even though I was 13 when the series ended, I only bought two issues during the original run. I loved them, and probably read them each 50 times. I’ve picked up a few used issues here and there since. I’ve got the first two volumes of the new omnibus reprints. They are OK. The coloring is bad in the reprints. The art in the originals looks so much better, but it’s a lot cheaper than buying the back issues. I should have bought more as a kid when they we a quarter.

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#1160522
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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Even though I was 13 when the series ended, I only bought two issues during the original run. I loved them, and probably read them each 50 times. I’ve picked up a few used issues here and there since. I’ve got the first two volumes of the new omnibus reprints. They are OK. The coloring is bad in the reprints. The art in the originals looks so much better, but it’s a lot cheaper than buying the back issues. I should have bought more as a kid when they we a quarter.

Edit: Oops, wrong thread as noted below.

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#1160176
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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Collipso said:

I left TFA’s midnight screening with my brother and I remember we had the same exact argument (he was profoundly upset with TLJ and loved TFA). He was talking about how Luke had gone searching for the Jedi temple to learn,and how amazing that was and how he was being patient and amazing.

I said that I don’t think Luke would ever flee, and that I didn’t like how TFA treated his character. I do realize it’s a bit unfair to say that because he had 0 lines in the movie, but the idea that he simply fled and his friend died and the Republic died and all he did was… nothing didn’t resonate well with me.

My 9 year old liked TLJ, but we watched Star Wars and Empire last week (he’d seen them before but it had been a while), and yesterday in the car, he suddenly says that he had trouble believing the Luke in Star Wars would act like he does in TLJ.

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#1160170
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How many 'Bad' Star Wars movies could you take before you check out?
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TV’s Frink said:

If you think Rian Johnson or Disney or Star Wars hates you or ruined your life or ruined everything that came before it (especially the OT), then you’re being ridiculous.

Obviously I agree, but I will add that I do understand people who feel one movie can ruin the series. When I was 9, I was terrified ROTJ might come out and be bad and that would ruin everything. Even in the mid-90’s when I was in my early 20’s, a bad prequel movie would have “ruined my childhood.” Fortunately, by 1999 I was less “ridiculous” as you say.

So I’m not trying to hate on anyone who let’s one bad movie ruin it all for them, but I do hope they learn not to feel that way for their own sanity if nothing else.

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#1160153
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How many 'Bad' Star Wars movies could you take before you check out?
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ExNihilo said:

On the Original Topic:
I really don’t know how many. I want to say after TLJ, I’m out. But part of me knows I’ll see Episode 9.
TLJ felt like a punch to the stomach.
How many times can you tell me you hate me before I believe it?
Am I in an abusive relationship with Star Wars?
I’ll probably see EpIX because I’m a glutton for punishment.
But who knows, JJ could redeem it all!

When TPM came out, it didn’t bother me that is was terrible because it was just a movie, and it didn’t make me enjoy the previous movies any less. My reaction to TLJ surprised me. It actually made me mad. I had to remind myself it was just a movie and it didn’t matter.

I’ll probably see IX. I’ll see it in theater if either my kids or my wife want to go. I’ve actually seen TLJ twice because my wife didn’t go with us the first time, and she wanted to see it. But I’m not expecting IX to redeem anything. Hopefully it will be great, but TLJ will still stink if it is.

I wish everyone could enjoy Star Wars the way they enjoy Star Trek. No one ever worries about the bad ones spoiling the whole Star Trek series. The bad ones are just the bad ones.

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#1160152
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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Collipso said:

I guess I really didn’t like TFA’s setups and world building and I’m faulting TLJ for not answering questions that TFA should’ve answered in itself, so I guess I’m not being fair.

“How did the FO get almost limitless resources?” “Wtf is Snoke?” Well that’s more for TFA than for TLJ. TLJ did explain Kylo’s story, for example, even though I didn’t like the part Luke played in it.

Like Mithrandir said several pages ago, what RJ did with Luke was possibly the best way to go given what was setup in VII. The only thing I still disagree with RJ is that I don’t think Luke would ever even consider murdering Ben in his sleep, nor that it’d be something or some kind of instinct that would pass like a fleeting shadow.

I’m still not sure about most aspects of the movie though, but I tend to have somewhat negative feelings towards it. Both sides of all arguments have very good points though, which makes it very hard for me to make up my mind.

I agree. JJ left Johnson in a difficult if not impossible spot. I think Johnson made things worse, but JJ just handed him all the issues he couldn’t figure out how to deal with in his movie.

And as much as I don’t like the way Luke acts in this movie, the Luke-Rey-Kylo-Snoke storyline in this movie is not bad. My biggest complaints are with the Leia-Poe-Finn-Rose storyline.

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#1159991
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Your favorite movies
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LuckyGungan2001 said:

I decided a few months ago that my favourite movie is The Evil Dead from 1981. It’s not the greatest film I’ve ever seen based on quality but it is basically criticism proof in my eyes. Every time I try to think of something bad I realise I wouldn’t like the movie as much without those things. Like sure, it has pretty bad acting, effects, storyline and dialogue, but without those things I wouldn’t like it.

I didn’t put it on my list, but I love Santa Claus Conquers to Martians. I genuinely find it to be a good movie which happens to have some poor qualities, but the poor qualities make it even better.

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#1159989
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Your favorite movies
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Handman said:

I don’t understand how you could like a tribute to Casablanca that rips the entire ending sequence almost line for line over Casablanca itself. Could you explain why?

Not really sure what to explain. They’re so different that I love them in completely different ways. It’s really just a coincidence that they are my two favorites. I don’t have to like Casablanca better just because Allan quotes it in Play It Again, Sam. I also listed Airplane as one of my favorite movies, and it rips off most of the script for Zero Hour which is a terrible movie.

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#1159983
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Your favorite movies
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I used to say Casablanca was my all time favorite, but now I may like Play It Again, Sam a little better.

The Hudsucker Proxy; The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes; One, Two, Three (1961); His Girl Friday; Galaxy Guest; Young Frankenstein, Airplane; Ghostbusters; WarGames; Vertigo; Network; Clerks; Arthur; Twelve Monkeys; It Happened One Night; The Wizard of Oz; Guardians of the Galaxy; The Iron Giant; Romancing the Stone; Raiders of the Lost Arc, Star Wars; and The Empire Strikes Back are some of my other favorites.