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#1423256
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<strong>Shadows Of The Empire</strong> : Lucasfilm's mid-to-late 1990's EU multimedia project
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The SotE multimedia project holds a special place in my heart, because up until then I wasn’t really interested in Star Wars, and only had a passing familiarity with the franchise, and when my dad bought me an N64 console SotE was amongst the games he purchased, and the N64 was my first proper introduction to SW.

Because of the limitations inherent to the N64 console, they used slideshow images for the cutscenes whilst the PC version used CGI animated shorts with voice acting. I must say that the N64 slides have aged much better than the PC cinematics.

The score by Joel McNeely is awesome, especially because it captures the essence of SW without imitating John Williams. I read that McNeely himself was unhappy with the score, but I still hope he gets another chance at doing more SW music.

I’ve never read the book nor the comic book miniseries.

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#1421967
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The Unpopular Film, TV, Music, Art, Books, Comics, Games, &amp; Technology Opinion Thread (for all you contrarians!)
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Over the years I have read that one of the biggest complaints fans have with the movie Alien 3 is killing the characters of Newt and Hicks in the very beginning of the movie, but after watching Aliens I must ask what exactly was so memorable about Newt and Hicks.

Hicks is a by-the-numbers military character, and Newt is an orphaned girl upon whom Ripley projects her maternal instincts, and judging by the outrage it’s like they were nuanced, profound well written characters that are essential to the story.

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#1419012
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Star Wars Episode IX (was) to be directed by Colin Trevorrow - DUEL OF THE FATES RIP
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RoccondilRinon said:

I haven’t seen either of them, but I’m inclined to judge things on their own merits, not by association. Some creative people can create both brilliant and terrible works (or, to put it in terms of general opinion, well- and poorly-received ones). Tom Hooper made both Les Misérables and Cats. Largely the same team made the first season of Game of Thrones as the last. For that matter, both George Lucas and J.J. Abrams made Star Wars movies that were generally loved and generally panned.

Exactly. I have enjoyed most movies by Alfonso Cuarón, but one particular movie of his did nothing for me, Children of Men. Does that mean I should invalidate his entire filmography because of that one movie I didn’t like? Hell, no.

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#1414678
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The Unpopular Film, TV, Music, Art, Books, Comics, Games, &amp; Technology Opinion Thread (for all you contrarians!)
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I knew quite a lot about the historical events the film is based on from watching an E! True Hollywood Story on Roman Polanski many years ago, and even when the movie “went off to the rails” from the true story, I was far too bored to care.

Side note on Roman Polanski: undoubtedly great filmmaker, he can go fuck himself as a human being and those who stand by him should be ashamed of themselves. Learn to separate the art from the artist.

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#1413432
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The Unpopular Film, TV, Music, Art, Books, Comics, Games, &amp; Technology Opinion Thread (for all you contrarians!)
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I recently watched the movie Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood, Tarantino’s latest movie, and felt like I wasted three hours of my life.

Seriously I don’t get the heaps of praise. Absolutely nothing happens in the movie, yet everywhere it’s being hailed as Tarantino’s most mature movie to date. This is no doubt one of the most boring movies I’ve ever seen.

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#1412789
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Unpopular Opinion Thread
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Strip away all the supplementary material, and judging him exclusively on the movies, I must say Boba Fett is amongst the most overrated characters in Star Wars.

The only thing he has going for him is the undeniably cool looking suit of armour. Apart from that he does absolutely nothing noteworthy, and in TESB they only call him “bounty hunter”, just to show how little Lucas thought about him.

I sincerely don’t understand why he’s so popular with fans as he’s pretty much a nothing character.

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#1410902
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General Star Wars <strong>Random Thoughts</strong> Thread
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It has been established that droids can feel pain, as evidenced by the droid torture chamber in Jabba’s Palace, though C-3PO seems to shrug it off (maybe he occasionally reacts to pain when being reassembled but my memory is fuzzy on that one), so it seems droids have a pain program that can be activated.

My question is why would droids be programmed to feel pain?

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#1410781
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Unpopular Opinion Thread
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SparkySywer said:

fmalover said:

My unpopular opinion on the ST: TLJ will be redeemed by the passage of time and stand out as the only worthwhile entry of the ST.

Kind of agree. I have a soft spot for TFA and I can forgive it for not doing a whole lot, because of the context of the time it was made in. Its purpose was to bring back trust in Lucasfilm after the Disney buyout and the prequels, and it honestly did its job.

TFA had the opposite effect on me. Repackaging the first SW movie and relying on nostalgia left me deeply disappointed, and I don’t know why TFA is still regarded so highly. For all their flaws I still find enjoyment in the prequels, but TFA is just plain garbage, and I don’t buy into the whole “they had to play it safe to earn the fans trust”. Bullshit!

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#1406942
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What if there is a TCW-styled show that takes place between TLJ and TROS...
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jedi_bendu said:

fmalover said:

I really hate that stupid show.

Besides, the opening crawl says “first major victory”. I didn’t expect the Rebel alliance to have had absolutely no success against the Empire before that, I just expected it to be smaller victories, which is what we see in Rebels.

As I stated before, it’s always mission accomplished with (almost) no casualties, smooth sailing. The victories should have been few and far between, and the very few times they succeed the sense of progress feels short-lived because of how small the victories are, and despite the seemingly hopeless outlook they refuse to give up. That IMO would have made for a more compelling show than the smooth sailing, risk averse garbage we got.

And like Neverar said, the opening crawl said first victory, plain and simple, not major.

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#1406890
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What if there is a TCW-styled show that takes place between TLJ and TROS...
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NeverarGreat said:

Heh, you think I remember this movie?

Anyway, I feel like it’s a bit like ‘Their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire’, which got thrown out the window in Rebels.

Exactly. The Rebels thwarting the Empire episode after episode renders the struggles of the OT meaningless, and to top it off it’s always mission accomplished with no casualties. I really hate that stupid show.

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#1405454
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Video Games - a general discussion thread
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I recently watched a retrospective on the Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire multimedia project, and on the segment dedicated to the SotE videogame they reference the fact that it has a bit of everything, an on-rails shooter, third-person action shooter, starfighter shooter, and they consider this a weakness but I disagree.

I kinda miss games that had a bit of everything. Now it’s strictly a platformer, an action RPG, an open world adventure, but there’s no mix-and-match.