I’ve really enjoyed the Priscilla Hutchins series by Jack Mcdevitt.
Anyone else seen the blu ray of the 1932 Carl Dreyer (German) movie “Vampyr”?
I just got it and watched the movie for the first time in about 25 years. What a great film - it’s now my favorite vampire movie. Like a cross between Nosferatu and Blair Witch. So creepy! And the transfer is amazing.
The packaging is great too, with the inclusion of the related short stories, Carmilla being the most noteworthy.
I also really liked the twist that nobody seems to know what the force is, or what the Jedi are, or who Yoda is. It also means that they have had to infer that this baby Yoda is something important because these bad former imperial folks want it so badly. And right away, the viewer knows a lot more than the characters. It’s a great device, and I hope that the producers continue to use it wisely.
And yes, bringing in “saga” elements would be a sure-fire way to doom the series.
We already had seen his face. Admittedly he was a bit young, but technically the reveal happened very early in the series.
Ep. 8 was probably my least favorite. The effects were a bit cheesy in spots, and the dialogue was forced sometimes. But this was a wonderful series, and I’ll probably go back and re-watch them all.
Wow, strongest episode yet! Some nice developments in the music, too.
Speaking of which, I just learned that an old high school buddy of mine is playing percussion in the music.
For most of the episode, I was wondering why the Twilek was there – she wasn’t doing anything (other than prancing, hissing, and saying snarky things). Then at the end when she fought against Mando it suddenly was clear that she was a frighteningly good warrior. That was a nice touch, holding off on showing her capabilities and then saving the answer to the nagging doubt about why she is on the mission, until near the end.
The only thing I didn’t care for was all the hissing, and looking like vampires. Other than that, this was a really fun episode. I especially liked that Mando prevailed mainly because of his cleverness, not just his strength. Interesting that he got paid, even though the hiring organization essentially went from one prisoner to three prisoners. I guess that guy was more important than the other three.
I think that Yoda’s moving the X-wing out of the lake and setting it on land was a much more difficult task than anything the baby has done. All he did with the big creature was lift it just off the ground for a bit, long enough for Mando to kill it. Then he had to sleep for a day to recover.
Sometimes kids are good at things. The US table tennis champion a few years ago was 13. The national champion of Barbados in the early 1960s was 8.
I would think that 50 years in hiding would give someone a chance to practice.
Man you guys are a tough crowd! AFAIK, this has been some of the best television ever. Thoroughly have enjoyed every episode, including #5.
I think the $6.99 is a bargain for the quality of the show. That’s like $1.50 per episode. Much cheaper than a movie ticket, or an Amazon Prime rental of Homeland. And you get every other Disney movie thrown in for free. And the video/audio quality has been excellent. I’ll probably cancel my subscription after Mandalorian is over, but so far I have no complaints. It’s been money well spent.
In the OT, Anikan was “seduced” by the dark side of the force. As Vader, he similarly tries to seduce Luke with promises of the power of the dark side, and a partnership with his father. In the PT, Anikan was a creep to begin with.
Loved episode 2. They did a fantastic job with the Jawas. And the music is growing on me.
I hate both changes. I thought that Clive’s emperor was delightfully creepy and almost mechanoid looking. I also liked Shaw’s ghost for the sense that we finally get to meet the nice Anakin that Obiwan talked about. The replacement Anakin ghost doesn’t have that effect because he never seemed nice in the prequels. Another example of how the prequels messed up a perfectly good saga.
“TM” and “SOLO” seem more in keeping with the other acronyms.
SW, ESB, ROTJ, TPM, AOTC, ROTS, TFA, TLJ, RO, and presumably TROS.
What will be the shorthand for “The Mandalorian”? “TM”?
On a related note, what’s the shorthand for “Solo”? “S”? or is “Solo” already short enough?
Smoking Lizard said:
I have long tried to understand why fans like this dreck so much and the only things I can come up with are nostalgia, community identity, and brand loyalty.
No way. Indeed I liked Mandalorian and I liked TFA, RO, and Solo, but I didn’t like any of the prequels (especially ROTS), and I didn’t like TLJ. They’re all just movies and each have their own strengths and weaknesses.
One of the reasons I liked the show so much was the pacing. Too many of today’s sci-fi efforts (prequel and sequel SW included) are just non-stop or over-the-top action and after a while it becomes numbing. This one had pacing like the original SW, with slow parts that give you time to sink into the story. It also never got ridiculous or silly, like Canto Bight or the worst parts of ROTS. And the action scenes looked realistic and gritty.
Was the staircase (that looked so much like the one in Jabba’s palace) an easter egg?
Tough crowd, as usual. I thought it was great!
The bounty droid’s movements were pretty creative.
Assuming that was Tatooine they were on?
This thread reads like some sort of strange joke.
Just because you’re digested over 1000 years doesn’t mean you are alive over that entire time frame, and there is nothing in what C3PO says to indicate that. However, the way the previous sentence is structured, seems designed to lead the listener to interpret it that way.
So far, that “94” is the thread winner!
Of the three, I still think that the original '77 is the best. In fact, I always considered TESB as a much weaker movie, and largely still do. SW is almost a perfect movie, with a great pacing and cohesion, and every scene being important to the plot development. By contrast, TESB to me always seemed like a series of imaginative scenes, rather than a single movie, and some of the scenes are largely irrelevant - the asteroid cave scene to me always seemed silly and extremely unrealistic (gravity, for starters). However, it has two very strong elements - (1) Yoda and the deeper exploration of the spiritual elements, and (2) the climactic scene when Vader puts Han in the freezer. The timing in the latter is really excellent, and everyone’s acting (particularly Carrie and Harrison’s) is top notch. It’s also surprisingly realistic - pretty much how a cruel tyrant and an arrogant victim would likely interact. Vader wastes no time (unlike the emperor in ROTJ where the interaction drags on and becomes unbelievable). So lately I have come to appreciate TESB much more than I did when I was younger. But SW is still my favorite.