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fmalover

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#1271936
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General Star Wars Video Game Thoughts
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One thing that always bothered me about KOTOR II - TSL is the influence system, in which you can gain either positive or negative influence with your party members, by saying or doing stuff that they can agree or disagree with, and positive influence will bring them closer to your LS/DS alignment and negative influence will make them go the other way, opening up new dialogue options, and in some cases train them in the ways of the Force.

My problem is if you have negative influence your companions will open up to you. That doesn’t make any sense. Think about it, my companion dislikes me so much that they are now willing to tell me more about themselves, and later, they disapprove so strongly of my comments and actions that they now want me to train them in the ways of the Force. That’s not how relationships work. I would want to have everyone on my side.

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#1268685
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Most Baffling Complaint of a Star Wars Movie
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For me the most baffling complaint about Star Wars has been one brought up by Jeremy Jahns about Mace Windu’s lightsaber. He was bothered about Mace’s lightsaber being purple, and that lightsaber blades should only be blue or green for the good guys and red for the bad guys. I see nothing wrong with lightsaber blades being whatever colour people want them to be. Hell, I myself would like to see an orange-bladed lightsaber introduced in the Disney canon.

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#1267857
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Ranking the Star Wars films
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Valheru_84 said:

fmalover said:

TFA didn’t feel like a love letter to the OT at all to me, rather like the most expensive fan film ever made.

TLJ is weighed down by the ST’s poor set up (the FO being inexplicably all-conquering and powerful), but still succeeded despite all the things it had going against it.

That’s another problem I have with TFA. Abrams approached the movie like a fan, whereas Johnson approached it like a filmmaker first and foremost.

Since the movie’s release all online discussions feel like an exercise in who can hate the movie more, which why I’m not particularly fond of expressing my love for it as it makes me feel like some sort of extraterrestrial being with a mindset drastically different from others.

See, I have the same issues with TFA now as you do but that’s because TLJ failed to provide sufficient or compelling (or any at all) explanations for all the unexplained things occurring in TFA. Additionally due to the disappointment that TLJ was to me and how drastically it departed from what was setup in TFA, TFA as a direct result is now a mediocre to poor movie for me where prior to TLJ it was good to excellent.

Actually, the fact that TLJ disregards TFA worked in the film’s favour in my view.

I’ve also posted previously that with TLJ, Johnson has earned my full trust and now I’m eagerly anticipating Johnson’s SW trilogy, even more than Episode IX, the best part being that it will be a brand new story that is wholly disconnected from the main saga.

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#1267855
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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snooker said:

Anakin Starkiller said:

Lucasfilm shouldn’t make Episode X though. The saga will be beyond complete. If they really want more episodes that badly, they should make a new saga, starting at Episode I.

I hope that’s what Rian’s trilogy is. A story set in the same universe wholly disconnected to Skywalker’s or Jedi.

They’ve been saying from the very beginning that Rian Johnson’s trilogy is wholly disconnected from the main saga.

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#1267738
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Ranking the Star Wars films
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rocknroll41 said:

fmalover said:

NeverarGreat said:

I don’t think I’ve ever seen TLJ and TFA on opposite sides of a ranking before. I assume it comes down to director, but apart from that are there any reasons for the divide?

Because TFA was such a letdown.

Never before has a SW movie, or any movie for that matter, disappointed me as much as TFA has. It was such a carbon copy of the first one, and to make matters worse everybody else heaped all kinds of praise on it.

After that fiasco I fully expected TLJ to a rehash of TESB and had no expectations whatsoever in regards to the movie, however once a friend saw it on its opening day and texted me that it wasn’t like TESB I was suddenly pumped, and went in to the cinema and enjoyed every second of it and once the credits started rolling I left the cinema with a sense of euphoria.

Of course the excitement has died down a bit and there are some things I would change like Rose’s line about not fighting what we hate, saving what we love, which I find way too corny and remove Poe’s jests at the beginning of the movie, but while I’m not a studio executive I would have started the ST with TLJ or at least make Episode VII very similar to it. I know it’s petty, but I also felt satisfaction at seeing all those who loved TFA being let down by TLJ, and the fact that all those stupid fan theories were totally dismissed.

Basically TLJ was the SW movie I didn’t know I wanted and arrived when I least expected, and for that I feel grateful towards Brian Johnson.

You feel grateful towards the former lead vocalist of AC/DC for a starwars movie? 😉

In all seriousness; while I like TFA more than TLJ, it’s interesting to see someone feel the opposite way, and have valid reasons for it. Your perspective is a breath of fresh air!

Goddamned autocorrect.

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#1267736
Topic
Ranking the Star Wars films
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TFA didn’t feel like a love letter to the OT at all to me, rather like the most expensive fan film ever made.

TLJ is weighed down by the ST’s poor set up (the FO being inexplicably all-conquering and powerful), but still succeeded despite all the things it had going against it.

That’s another problem I have with TFA. Abrams approached the movie like a fan, whereas Johnson approached it like a filmmaker first and foremost.

Since the movie’s release all online discussions feel like an exercise in who can hate the movie more, which why I’m not particularly fond of expressing my love for it as it makes me feel like some sort of extraterrestrial being with a mindset drastically different from others.

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#1267712
Topic
Ranking the Star Wars films
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NeverarGreat said:

I don’t think I’ve ever seen TLJ and TFA on opposite sides of a ranking before. I assume it comes down to director, but apart from that are there any reasons for the divide?

Because TFA was such a letdown.

Never before has a SW movie, or any movie for that matter, disappointed me as much as TFA has. It was such a carbon copy of the first one, and to make matters worse everybody else heaped all kinds of praise on it.

After that fiasco I fully expected TLJ to a rehash of TESB and had no expectations whatsoever in regards to the movie, however once a friend saw it on its opening day and texted me that it wasn’t like TESB I was suddenly pumped, and went in to the cinema and enjoyed every second of it and once the credits started rolling I left the cinema with a sense of euphoria.

Of course the excitement has died down a bit and there are some things I would change like Rose’s line about not fighting what we hate, saving what we love, which I find way too corny and remove Poe’s jests at the beginning of the movie, but while I’m not a studio executive I would have started the ST with TLJ or at least make Episode VII very similar to it. I know it’s petty, but I also felt satisfaction at seeing all those who loved TFA being let down by TLJ, and the fact that all those stupid fan theories were totally dismissed.

Basically TLJ was the SW movie I didn’t know I wanted and arrived when I least expected, and for that I feel grateful towards Brian Johnson.

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#1267707
Topic
Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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RogueLeader said:

EDIT: fmalover, I totally see your POV, and it does worry me that JJ won’t conclude certain character arcs properly, but hopefully he’ll surprise us, or they already have the broad strokes mapped out, or Chris Terrio will help keep it interesting.

Well, the one arc I fully expect Abrams to conclude is the Kylo Ren/Hux rivalry, which Ran Johnson carried over to TLJ, and the final shot of Hux makes it clear he resents Kylo as Supreme Leader, a title he considers to be rightfully his.

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#1267697
Topic
Ranking the Star Wars films
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OK guys, just finished watching Solo, so here’s my updated ranking which includes a mini-review for Solo:

  1. The Last Jedi

  2. The Empire strikes Back

  3. Star Wars

  4. Return of the Jedi

  5. Revenge of the Sith

  6. Rogue One

  7. Solo - This movie is just plain average and totally unnecessary, but I won’t deny it has its moments. Some of the jokes did make me chuckle, and there are some sequences and visuals that are pretty neat. Lando’s droid companion L3 is perhaps the most WTF character in SW history, and Maul’s cameo was nice but it does raise a lot of questions.

  8. Attack of the Clones

  9. The Phantom Menace

  10. The Force Awakens - seriously, fuck this movie.

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#1267693
Topic
Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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As interesting as these speculative are, my interest in Episode IX was effectively ended when they announced Abrams was being brought back to the director’s chair.

The only movies where he was involved that I actually like are Armageddon (he was one of the scriptwriters IIRC) and Cloverfield (producer). I find any movie directed by him to be by-the-numbers yet everyone else loves them and hail him as a modern day genius. Maybe I’m just immune to the JJ Kool-Aid.

I fully expect Episode IX to be every bit as insipid as any other movie directed by him.

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#1262164
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Ranking the Star Wars films
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StarkillerAG said:

My personal (and probably controversial) ranking list:

  1. Star Wars: Just an overall fun adventure that works great on its own.
  2. The Empire Strikes Back: Great most of the time, but has some clunky dialogue and plot holes.
  3. Revenge of the Sith: Even more clunky dialogue, but when it’s good, it’s great.
  4. Return of the Jedi: Has some great moments, but mostly just tries to be kid-friendly.
  5. Rogue One: Not the plot I expected, but it takes the franchise in a great new direction.
  6. The Force Awakens: Tries to be a fun movie like Star Wars, but filled with cliches and plot holes.
  7. The Last Jedi: Ruins everything good about TFA with massive plot holes and “subverting expectations.”
  8. Solo: Tries to explain too many things at once, and ends up failing miserably.
  9. Attack of the Clones: One of the most boring Star Wars movies, and the plot is terrible.
  10. The Phantom Menace: Somehow manages to be both kid-friendly and dull.
  11. The Holiday Special: Why. Just why.

What do you mean by plot holes in TESB?