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#1387792
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Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Game Series
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I’ve finally gotten the chance to play all three chapters of Vader Immortal.

It was a great experience! I played on an Oculus Quest and so I was able to play using roomscale. So I could actually walk around in the environments wirelessly. Incredibly immersive.

The environments were very well fleshed out. It felt like everything had a genuine history to it. All of the characters were interesting. Vader was very intimidating. This really made me want to finally jump into Charles Soule’s Vader comic series.

The sound design was superb. I just used the built-in headset speakers and the soundscape alone had me immersed. Fantastic directional audio.

It was a great time, I’d highly recommend it to anyone if you have an opportunity to play it!

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#1384761
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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ZkinandBonez said:

Am I the only person that gets a bit of a Al Williamson-vibe from the design of the “Frog-Lady”? The creature design reminds me of the Chubbits from the SW Newspaper comic.

I think you and I might be the only ones to think this, BUT YES! I’m hoping so hard that they confirm that they’re Chubbits.

For years I’ve had a bone to pick with the EU over labeling Gribbet (also from the comic strip) a Rybet instead of a Chubbit. He looks nothing like any other Rybets. It was a stupid retcon created by someone at Star Wars Galaxy Magazine that didn’t do their research. Anyway yes, I’m on the Chubbit train. =P

ZkinandBonez said:

Weird. Chapter 10 really seemed to be a cost cutting episode as far as aliens go. The cantina aliens and the droid from Chapter 5 were re-used (incl. the Frog Lady). And there’s Moroff from RO + the TFA alien shown above. I can’t imagine season 2 having anything but a bigger budget than season 1 though, so I wonder why this is the case. Maybe the episode was rewritten at a late stage or something like that? Or I guess they might just have really wanted to reuse costumes and MU effect elements and we’ll see even more familiar modern era aliens in future episodes. Not that I’m complaining, these are all great designs, I just find it fascinating.

In the online red carpet premiere for the season Favreau mentions that they now have access to the costumes and props from Elstree in addition to the stuff they had access to at Skywalker/The Presidio. And if you go back and pay extra attention to the background aliens in season 1, there are a fair few original costumes but they also recycled a lot from the films as well. The Constable Zuvio guard among them.

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#1383555
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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On the topic of Krayt Dragons. The EU had a distinction between the two types of Krayt Dragon long before it was retired.

There are Canyon Krayt Dragons. They’re the typical depiction you’d expect to see in various EU media. They’re described as:

The canyon krayt was a common species of krayt dragon that lived in the rocky caves and canyons of Tatooine’s desert ranges. More often than not, the term “krayt dragon” referred to this lifeform. Patterns of horns and spikes appears to have varied from individual to individual.

Compared with the Greater Krayt Dragon. That are based on the Krayt Dragon skeleton we actually see in SW77. They’re described as:

The greater krayt was a rarer, larger species of krayt dragon, known for its tremendous size and continual growth over time. Creatures of near legendary status, greater krayt dragons had ten legs, measured at least 100 meters from snout to tail tip and had the ability to move through or on Tatooine’s desert sand.

If I had to pick, I’d say what we saw in Mandalorian was a Greater Krayt.

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#1382599
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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ZkinandBonez said:

Rebels Spoilers:

It just occurred to me that Ahsoka should technically be a year or two younger than her birth-date would suggest considering the whole world-between-worlds thing in Rebels where she essentially skips ahead in time. Not that this is particularly important, but I figured I’d mention it.

Rebels Spoilers:

She actually only skipped minutes of time. When she was pulled out of that moment the clock kept running on that portal so when she returns through it she’s back on Malachor but only minutes have passed. Which is why we see her limping away back into the temple at the end of Twilight of the Apprentice. That’s the her that just returned from the world between worlds.

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#1374389
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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dgraham414 said:

I was gonna post this in Hal’s Ascendant thread but I didn’t want to derail discussions of his excellent edit so here it is.

Alright, I am mad at Star Wars fans again… Did ANYONE really think that they would plan out the three movies fully in advance? The originals didn’t do that… the PREQUELS didn’t do that.

The difference is that both the OT and the PT were created from the singular vision of one person. They had other writers and artists that contributed massively but it was all done under the approval of a single person, George Lucas.

The Sequel Trilogy had no singular vision. Each film was done in a vacuum with the next one being written while the previous was still in production. There is no cohesion between them. And that is why they fail.

With just a little planning this mess could have been avoided. To make it work, all they needed to do was figure out who their writers and directors were going to be and then sit them all down in a room together to figure out what the overarching story would be. Hash out the big picture ahead of time instead of doing it all piecemeal.

But they didn’t do that and this is the result.

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#1369440
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Info: Mike Verta’s 4K Restoration - May 2020 Livestream
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NeverarGreat said:

Star Wars is notable for how poorly the original elements of the film have fared. For one, the film negative had severe problems with fading which made it difficult to restore even in 1997, and it has only faded more since then. There is also the fragility of the negative - certain parts were lost when subjected to the cleaning process.

To expound on that for the curious:

Tanaka: I remember when we were working on the Star Wars restoration, that was a different process. I think we optically recreated interpositives. But in order to do this, it went through some kind of warm chemical bath cleansing. The weird thing about Star Wars was that it was made up of different film stocks, so it went through this bath and they didn’t know what would come out on the other end…

Parker: You mean if it would survive or not? ‘George we might destroy your entire film, but it’s… we think it’s going to be OK.’

Tanaka: There’s a space battle shot and a close-up on Hans Solo, and the original negative is coming out of this cleaning solution and it’s just acetate.

Parker: It’s all clear. Oh no, did the bath dissolve it?

Tanaka: Yeah, it dissolved it, depending on the film stock.

Source

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#1369422
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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skenera said:

The amount of blue can easily be tweaked by increasing or decreasing the opacity of the de-blued clips before applying the LUT.
Comparison: http://www.framecompare.com/image-compare/screenshotcomparison/7KZYLNNX

Brewzter said:

Fully agreed- 50% deblue + LUT is by far the best. It’s the perfect blend between looking “real” but still having that slight blue glow… and you’re so right haha, the original looks even more ridiculous now

Axios said:

50% deblue with LUT looks fantastic IMO!

You know, I was gonna go on the side of full de-blued but then I did a comparison with ROTJ Obi:

And I have to agree, the 50% reduction + LUT looks pretty good.

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#1367191
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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JakeRyan17 said:

If you instead wanna go by years, Anakin had that saber throughout the five years of The Clone Wars, Luke had it about 2-3 years, and Rey had it for a single year. With that, then we have Anakin building it and using it for longer than Luke and Rey combined, and Luke building and using a different saber for 25-30 years.

The Clone Wars were only 3 years though.

Anyway, I can see the logic behind the edit idea, it just doesn’t seem necessary.

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#1367171
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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Brewzter said:

Has it been considered to change all of the dialogue about Anakin’s saber to reflect that it’s his? For example, Maz’s line in TFA is fine: “That lightsaber belonged to Luke, and his father before him” but there are lines in TROS that call it Luke’s when it’s, well, not. Luke built his own. For example, when Rey tells Leia “I will earn your brother’s saber” could brother somehow be replaced with father?

Luke owned it for two films while Anakin only had it for one. It was definitely Luke’s just as it was Anakin’s before that.