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#1399435
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Darth Vader isn't calm in the original trilogy; he has always been very emotional
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^definitely

Vader is very clearly a man with anger issues. But he doesn’t throw wild childish temper tantrums. He’s more mature and expresses his anger in more focused and, honestly, sadistic ways.

It’s why I said I liked the general direction the OP was headed but disagreed with some of his assertions. Vader definitely is a character with strong emotions. But he doesn’t lose his composure over them the way younger Anakin or especially Kylo Ren does.

In a way Darth Vader is the perfect example of the Sith. You can pretty clearly see his hate and anger giving him driven focus and making him stronger (metaphorically). But while his emotions guide him, they don’t overpower or control him.

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#1399246
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Small details that took you <em><strong>FOREVER</strong></em> to notice in the <em>Star Wars</em> films
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Tobar said:

If you examine the line carefully:

“Arfour, scramble code five to Coruscant, care of the Old Folks’ Home.”

He’s calling himself the Old Folks’ Home, he doesn’t want the Confederacy or any other nosey snoopers knowing that it’s him sending a message to the temple.

But that’s not what “care of” means…?

It means you’re sending a message to someone via someone else. For example, I don’t have my cousin Bob’s address but I know he sees his mom (my aunt) once a week. If I have her address, I could mail a card to “Bob, C/O Aunt Sue, at Aunt Sue’s address”

I think he is indeed using “old folks home” as a code for Jedi Temple, not himself. And that makes more sense anyway. Why would he refer to himself as an institution?

Fun aside; I never even realized that was a line in the film. I think I’ve only watched AOTC 4 times (twice in the theater, once on dvd, and once on Disney+) which is by far the least number of times I’ve watched any Star Wars movie except TROS (but that’s only b/c TROS has been out for so much less time)

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#1396685
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Darth Vader isn't calm in the original trilogy; he has always been very emotional
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I haven’t finished reading your whole post (though I intend to). While I like where you’re going with it in what I’ve read so far, I think you’re making a mistake.

Cold and calculating != unemotional.

Vader is clearly VERY calculating and a great tactician. He uses fear and dread to incredible effect multiple times throughout the OT (and it’s one of the reasons I think the hallway scene in Rogue One is great. It’s classic Vader tactics). And look at his whole plan to capture Luke on Bespin. Very calculated.

And I’d argue he’s very cold. Choking people to death for any failure (or daring to insult him) is cold! “Cold” is often used to infer overly harsh meanness. And that is OT Darth to a tee.

The one point from your initial argument I agree with is calm. Vader ain’t calm, he’s a total hot head who flies off the handle. But he flies off the handle in a cold and calculated manner! 😉

JEDIT

I read some more and I think you’re interpreting the duel in bespin all wrong. Vader clearly has a plan to wear Luke down and tempt him to the dark side. On the gantry he really turns up the heat with a brutal onslaught, but still allows Luke to back himself into a corner unscathed. Until Luke gets in ONE lucky hit on Vader’s shoulder. That changes the dynamic of the fight as now Luke is suddenly an actual potential threat to Vader and the very next thing Darth does is chop his hand off. Really, watch the fight. Vader dominates and controls the entire fight until that one moment. And as soon as Luke hits his shoulder Vader immediately chops his weapon hand off and ends the fight. That’s a VERY calculated move. And it’s exactly what a highly skilled swordsman would do.

Also also…

People often use “cold” to mean “cold blooded” (Google even lists cold blooded as a synonym for cold).

Synonyms listed for cold blooded include “cruel”, “callous”, “ruthless”, “inhumane”, and “merciless”. All of which accurately describe OT Vader.

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#1396660
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Star Wars Video Games - a general discussion thread
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I still occasionally play the 2015 Battlefront on PS4 in single player.

My card “hands” have been stuck in the last configuration I set up in multiplayer years ago when I did the free 7 day trial.

Is there any way to customize the hands of cards you’re equipped with in single player? It kinda sucks being stuck with the same stuff. And it’s not even the defaults. It’s the hands I last configured in multiplayer.

Google was not help.

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#1395977
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Star Wars Episode IX (was) to be directed by Colin Trevorrow - DUEL OF THE FATES RIP
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Hey now! We use standard paper sizes. We just choose to hold ourselves to a different standard than the rest of the world! 😉

But in seriousness, nice job! Looks very professional. And while not perfect, I think Duel of the Fates would’ve resulted in a better film and more satisfying conclusion than the disjointed mess we got in The Rise of Skywalker.

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#1395727
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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People keep using the phrase “trained martial artist” as if it means anything. Especially coming out of Hollywood…

And even if she does have authentic martial arts training, why does that make everyone think that she must be cast with the intent of using that skillset? Actors often have wide ranges of experiences in their backgrounds that may or may not come into play for any given role…

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#1394870
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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You know, the tension between Boba Fett and Bo Katan’s posse gave me a small epiphany.

Like many here, I vastly prefer the OOT to any subsequent version. I never much liked the way Boba was handled in and after AotC. But his role in The Mandalorian has softened my opinion on his “official” history even if I still don’t love him being a clone. Anyway, the way they pointed out his voice giving him away really struck me. It makes total sense he’d use some kind of vocoder to alter his voice after the clone wars and during Imperial rule. So the original ESB version still works within “true” cannon. Or, (more importantly to me), the Boba Fett in this show and the original ESB aren’t incongruent with each other. Yay!

Also, it even works with him no altering his voice in the show because at this point, with the empire ousted and the clone wars a distant memory for many, it’s less of a concern that people would recognize his voice or, if they do, care.

Of course, don’t get me started on the idea of millions of clones all having the same regional accent…

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#1394832
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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Regarding Bo Katan and the Dark Saber, I didn’t feel like they left anything hanging. I thought her performance pretty clearly conveyed the sense that she desperately wanted it, was supremely disappointed at what Din had unwittingly done, but was clearly choosing not to pick a fight over it right then and there. She obviously needed some time to think about what had happened and how she could “fix” it for herself. But she wasn’t ready to up and kill Din right then and there and was choosing to wait. For now…

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#1394598
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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I really enjoyed it. Is it perfect? Nah. Are there nits to be picked? Sure.

But this show, like Rogue One before it, just hits all the right Star Wars notes for me and I’m just along for the ride at this point. I’m beyond caring about critiquing this on any kind of intellectual level. I’m ready to just let it wash over me like ocean waves and enjoy the experience.

Can’t wait to see where next season goes and I’m genuinely intrigued by the Book of Boba Fett.

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#1394016
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New Force powers
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Yeah, while the sequel trilogy has plenty of faults, I though the new force powers it introduced (especially the “JediSkype” where even environmental elements like rain drops transferred and of course Luke’s force projection) were really great and felt very in keeping with the right “feel” of the Force.

I also think looking to the Jedi Knight games as a source of inspiration would be great. I was happy to see Force healing implemented in TRoS and The Mandalorian. It was implied by Ben Kenobi’s actions toward Luke in ‘77 but never explicitly shown or dealt with.

I don’t like the idea of conjuring elements so much (it’s a bit too magic) but I love the idea of being able to command or control the elements and think it would feel like a natural extension of the force. So, for example a Jedi couldn’t make fire or water appear out of nowhere, but if it was already there they could manipulate and control it to a certain extent. Which I guess we technically saw with baby Yo… er, Grogu in season one of Mando.

Basically, since the force is a natural, elemental type of mysticism created by living things and intertwined with the physical world around them (the tree. The rock.) those are the types of powers I like to see. It should be able to enhance, expand, and manipulate the mind, body, spirit, and natural world in and around the user.

If I had to invent a new force power… hmm. I don’t know if I can come up with one that hasn’t already been at least touched on in official media. Maybe something like the ability to put your enemies to sleep? I could see that being a cool scene for a hero hopelessly outnumbered in a critical situation to reach out with the force and watch a whole platoon of stormtroopers start feeling very drowsy and struggling to stay focused and awake until they give in and all fall asleep. Has something like that been done before?

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#1393456
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Disney + TV shows and the future of Star Wars on home video
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The question, from a bean counter’s perspective is simple. If it is released on physical media, how much additional revenue will you pick up from people who do not have a subscription buying the discs versus how much revenue will you lose from people cancelling their subscriptions in favor of buying the discs? Unfortunately while the question is easy, the answer is not.

So who knows. But based on the rumblings from a while back about Disney corporate wanting to move away from physical media, I’d suspect getting many of these series on disc is not terribly likely. Which sucks. But like it or not, streaming is the future and physical media will continue to move into the collector/niche audio and videophile market. I just hope and pray that physical media can garner enough of a niche market to continue to be viable for many years to come, similar to how vinyl record sales have actually been increasing in the last few years.

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#1392757
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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timdiggerm said:

No idea why Mando sent Gideon that message though.

My wife said the same thing. It’s simple. Mando is a bad@ss. He’s putting fear into his opponent. A frightened opponent makes mistakes and is more easily defeated.

It’s the same concept as the scene at the train station in Tombstone where Kurt Russel is yelling “You tell ‘em I’m comin’! And hell’s comin’ with me!!” It’s a terrifyingly determined man making a chilling threat.

It may or may not be the best tactical decision but it is a tactical move with a clear intention. And it’s bold, which makes it even scarier to someone like Gideon (who’s clearly a proud tactician himself) when you consider he knows the potential foolishness of laying your hand out like that. If Mando is confident enough to warn Gideon he’s on the way, Gideon probably has good reason to be afraid.

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#1392334
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The <strong>Original Trilogy</strong> - a general <strong>Random Thoughts</strong> thread
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So after owning them since each was first released, I’ve finally committed to sitting down and reading the Rinzler “Making of” books for the original trilogy.

I’m only to chapter two of the first book, but already there is some fascinating info I’ve never seen or heard before.

In chapter one I came across this direct quote from Lucas himself that I think perfectly sums up the single greatest flaw that has resulted in his pigheaded determination to keep the original cuts suppressed, made the PT far lesser films than they could’ve been (the PT we got is some really neat ideas but with incredibly poor execution, imo)


And there you have it. To anyone who asks the question “why aren’t the originals available?” or “why did the prequels turn out the way they did?” look no further than those two paragraphs.

I realize the concept is not particularly new, especially to longtime members of this site. But to see it so plainly and succinctly summed up by Lucas himself was kind of a revelation.

It’s truly a double edged sword in a way. Without his stubborn determination we probably wouldn’t even have these films we love so much. But at the same time it is this quality that has caused some tremendous frustration at times. And in the case of the OT it is robbing us of a significant piece of our culture, art, and history.