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#1497083
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If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
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Yeah, it concerns me a little bit. The only solution would basically be to replace our bee population with Asian bees…

Superweapon VII said:

RicOlie_2 said:

Why would the decline of masculinity be worth celebrating? The decline of toxic masculinity, sure, but that’s not masculinity…

I was being tongue-in-cheek. Doesn’t translate well in text, I know.

Ah, gotcha.

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#1487386
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The Kenobi <s>Movie</s> Show (Spoilers)
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I really wish we didn’t have Obi-Wan and Vader duel, but I really liked seeing a younger Vader in action.

The first part of the episode was excellent. I like that we’re getting a universe that looks lived in again and Ewan and little Leia are just great.

I don’t really get what people mean by saying this looks cheap overall. There are a couple scenes that stick out like a sore thumb (Leia running through the woods, the far shot of the big fish in the desert, Vader in the McQuarrie lair on Mustafar, etc.) but on the whole, I think most scenes look movie quality. Maybe it’s just that I’m watching the show on my laptop, or maybe my brightness is too low. I don’t know. I’d love to see some screenshots or something that illustrate what the heck people are talking about.

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#1486219
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The Kenobi <s>Movie</s> Show (Spoilers)
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I have to say, having low expectations has made me enjoy this show a lot more. I was pleasantly surprised by the execution of the story and the way Leia was included (it was probably the only good way to get Obi-Wan off Tatooine, though I would rather he didn’t leave Tatooine at all). I do think all the scenes with Leia running away are super cheesy and I’m not a fan of the inquisitors, but I was quite happy to see Leia and Alderaan and I thought they nailed her character. I sympathize, but disagree with a lot of Adywan’s complaints. The show certainly has room for improvement, but if the show maintains the current quality, I’ll be happy.

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#1480993
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The Place to Go for Emotional Support
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That’s tough. It’s not the worst disease someone could have, though. My grandfather and my dad both have it (the latter hasn’t been officially diagnosed, but he has the early symptoms of it). My grandpa’s been pretty positive about it and has been doing quite well. His strength has definitely gone downhill, but he’s been persistent about working on improving, and he has gotten better at controlling some of his shakiness.

JackNapier said:

I’m feeling emotionally empty, none of the people I’m talking to on my dating apps stir anything in me, my faith in my job is non-existent and I don’t feel at all enthusiastic about my search for grad school.

From what I know of you, you’re pretty young still. Don’t give up yet, but looking for another job might be a good way to go! It’s a common human experience to go through a slump like this. Just realize that it’s generally temporary. It might help to try diagnosing the root cause. Is the daily grind of a job you don’t like keeping you down? Is it a feeling of exhaustion–do you maybe need a holiday? Is it the effect of COVID or something else going on in the world? Are you looking for meaning or fulfillment in the wrong places?

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#1480607
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The Kenobi <s>Movie</s> Show (Spoilers)
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I was having trouble articulating why I was never excited for this show, but after seeing the trailer, I think I know why. I think what made the most sense for Obi-Wan’s character was for him to remain hidden on Tatooine and not really do all that much exciting. Grappling with things internally, of course, but not going out and trying to save the galaxy. But in order to make a successful TV show that mass audiences will enjoy, there has to be exciting action scenes and big adventures. I think they should have avoided making a show about him altogether and focused on someone for whom action-packed adventures actually make sense. A Darth Vader show might have had more room for that and could have been interwoven with flashback sequences featuring Ewan MacGregor as Obi-Wan if they wanted to bring him back.

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#1480539
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<strong>The Book Of Boba Fett</strong> (live action series) - a general discussion thread - * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
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ZkinandBonez said:

The philosophy of deconstructionism underminds the very nature of SW, as it does all myths and fairytales. All fiction, even fantasy, should, and usually do have nuance to it, but deconstruction tends to unravel it through overanalysis. I understand the purpose of deconstructionism in the real world and even for fiction about the real world, but I think it’s a poor match for fantasy.

I’m a bit late to the party, but thank you for this. It’s a refreshing viewpoint to see. I think the original spirit of Star Wars is unfortunately less and less possible in our current culture, because of a cultural shift that tends to deconstruct the old archetypes as it creates new ones that are largely incomptable with traditional narratives.

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#1466834
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Dune - Denis Villeneuve
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Peter Pan said:

Didn’t like it. Don’t hate it either. In my opinion it’s way to long and doesn’t have anything to say really. It touches upon multiple difficult topics, sure, but it either doesn’t follow through with them or it just straight up fails them. For example, take the spice mining thing about exploitation of both the people and the land. The people are introduced as warriors fighting for their freedom from the oppressors, but we don’t know what they are fighting for. Nothing is said about their culture apart from fighting. Also we don’t see in which way they are oppressed, they are shown to be the aggressor attacking a farming ship right in the beginning. In fact the Harkonens don’t even know how many of them are on arrakis, which makes it look like they just ignored them? Hardly what I would call criticism of colonialism. If they would have been enslaved by them or imprisoned or rounded up and killed in large numbers by the Harkonnens, that would have been criticism, but we aren’t shown any of that.
Now on to the exploiting the land trope. This is much better supported by what is shown in the movie, but its just feels so artificial. This planet might be exploited for its natural resources, but we aren’t shown the scars that this endeavor caused. The Planet is a wasteland, but not BECAUSE of the spice mining, but because it was a desert to BEGIN WITH!? WHYYYYY, there is so much potential flushed down the toilet, its infuriating.

I don’t know that exploiting the planet or colonization were really what the book was about to begin with… It was an element, but I think it has a lot more to do with Paul’s development as a “hero”, political intrigue, etc. I could be mistaken, but I just didn’t get a sense that colonialism was supposed to be a big part of it all, so I’m a bit curious as to why you think the handling of it is a problem.

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#1466832
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Dune - Denis Villeneuve
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StarkillerAG said:

fmalover said:

So the movie premiered on HBO last night, and I tuned in and cranked up the colour saturation to its maximum, and even though it’s just a minor detail, the viewing experience was a much improved one for me.

Seriously, this movie looks waaaaayyy better with boosted colours.

Yeah, the extremely desaturated dead-looking color grading is probably one of my biggest problems with the movie (along with the pointless spaceship montages). I don’t get why “real is brown” has become such a big thing with sci-fi and fantasy: pretty much the only modern show of that genre that actually looks alive is The Expanse (and even then it only looks half-alive).

Especially since that’s not the sense you get from the book.

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#1466744
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<strong>The Book Of Boba Fett</strong> (live action series) - a general discussion thread - * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
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JackNapier said:

Surprisingly for a show called Book of Boba Fett, Boba doesn’t act like the badass bounty hunter that I know. I’ll keep watching but I don’t consider this canon.

It’s interesting to see more people in this thread finally making this complaint. I’m cautiously optimistic, but so far, I’ve only really liked Chapter 2. The trailer was highly misleading, which I think was a poor marketing choice (although I would rather the show actually give us the Boba Fett from the trailer).