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jedi_bendu

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#1409088
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Tobar said:

Has anyone else been following Wandavision?

The last two episodes have been fastastic, especially the end of the latest episode!

Yes, I’ve been really enjoying it! I like how it began with a cheery sitcom vibe to cover up something sinister going on, and that it was glossed over less and less in each episode. Now, I love the cross-cutting between S.W.O.R.D. scenes and the sitcom. I appreciate how subtly the sitcom aspect is unravelling - for example in episode 5, the jokes in Vision’s workplace are about 80s technology, clearly a script written with the benefit of hindsight.

SPOILERS for episode 5:

I have never seen the X-men films, so Evan Peters’ appearance didn’t do much for me - I was kinda hoping for Aaron Taylor Johnson, actually. I also feel out of my depth when it comes to the influence of the comics, which I’ve never read (neither of these things are criticisms of the show obviously!) I’ve had a great time experiencing the show as it has progressed, with all the twists and turns, and from what I can glean from wise comic experts, I believe the explanation that Wanda is solely responsible for Westview is misleading. ‘Agnes’ and a certain character called Mephisto might be in on it too…

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#1408467
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Discussion: What Star Wars art or posters do you have on your wall? (or would you like?)
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I have this poster I got from a stall in Paris a few years ago…

… this recruitment poster from when Star Wars Rebels was first airing…

…and two A5 size prints of watercolour art by Ksenia Zelentsova, aka lorna ka on social media and Etsy. These two happen to be unavailable at the minute.

I also have the poster for Return of the Jedi in another room.

Always on the lookout for more!

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#1408075
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Random Thoughts
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Just as we were talking about this, another update on Biden’s new foreign policy announcement concerning the war in Yemen. This is a video from David Doel, a political commentator I like to watch:

https://youtu.be/ywyeb6dM0Ao

The Obama-Biden administration may have started involvement in the Saudi’s campaign, but credit where it’s due. I want to reinstate, I never wanted Biden as president over someone like Bernie Sanders, but this is good news - especially after airstrikes in Yemen increased dramatically under Trump

Spuffure said:

Oh great. America is screwed.

Also, what are you thinking here?

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#1407919
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Random Thoughts
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RicOlie_2 said:

His decision about Keystone XL wasn’t very progressive though… It just means more oil being transported in environmentally destructive ways and from countries with no environmental standards.

I hadn’t actually heard about that, so thanks. I’ve just looked up about it. Biden and his administration will definitely need to be pressured to combat the climate crisis, and we need to get out of the hopeless mindset we’ve been in for the past years and set our expectations higher.

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#1407764
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Random Thoughts
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He had an impressive first few days, he’s even out-progressived Justin Trudeau by suspending US arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and hopefully our government here in the UK will feel enough pressure to follow suit on things like that. This backtracking on the $2000 stimulus checks is disappointing, but I fully expected scenarios like this to happen, and fully expected that once Biden was in office there’d be a lot of campaigning, and twitter hashtagging, and online bullying the US President in order to achieve progressive change.

So far Biden’s been better than I expected honestly - with more executive orders than Clinton, Bush or Obama signed in their first fortnight, he did more good for America in one day than Trump did in four years. As a leftist, I’m just glad to have a president with whom the American left might have some chance of being listened to.

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#1407399
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Your ideal Star Wars Sequel Trilogy
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Welcome to the site! I’m getting into writing and hope to write an alternate sequel trilogy one day - in fact I was just thinking about it yesterday so the timing for this topic is great.

In this alternate trilogy, I think I’d keep a couple of things, some of them even things that a lot of people disliked.

  • Rey is still the protagonist, representative of the new generation to which the torch is passed. She is not a descendant of Palpatine, but from an obscure background as in TLJ and feels unworthy of being the new ‘Skywalker’ figure. In episode IX, I would follow the theme from Colin Trevorrow’s Duel of the Fates where Rey learns that she can be the perfect balance of anger, love, and all human emotions, unlike what the old Jedi orders taught.
  • Luke is still as depicted in The Last Jedi - self-exiled after his own fear and impulsive mistake caused the destruction of everything he fought to build. However, force ghost Luke is featured a lot more heavily in IX, which includes haunting Kylo Ren.
  • Palpatine returns as the ‘big bad’ for when Ben Solo turns back to the light, and is how he redeems himself - sacrificing himself while Rey escapes. I like the pulpy way Palpatine returns in Dark Empire, so I’m keeping that part in.

Most major changes would occur in episode 9. Finn, not force-sensitive but trained in lightsaber combat, would lead a stormtrooper revolution. Kylo as supreme leader is unhinged, and Hux - instead of staying a joke character after TLJ - would be so dissatisfied with his leadership that he contacts the Sith Eternal to resurrect Palpatine through a clone body. When this is revealed, the First Order splits into two factions, Hux’s faction being led by Palpatine and the smaller group loyal to Kylo Ren later being mostly inspired by Finn, or dispersing when Kylo abandons his post as supreme leader to fight Palpatine head-on.

I would also have a scene early-on in episode 9 where Anakin’s ghost visits Kylo just before he undertakes a large quest for more power (this would probably be something similar to his quest in DOTF), and warns of the dangers of the path he is taking; Kylo would become angry and tell Anakin that he has finally become stronger than him. Anakin fails to have much of an effect on Kylo, but like in TROS it is Leia reaching out to him that does the trick.

This obviously isn’t comprehensive, it’s just a few ideas.

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#1407339
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If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
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Spuffure said:

I hate gender roles, and what’s worse is when I say that, I look like a radical feminist and imagine what is called a SJW (not 100% sure if that’s an okay term).

Eh, no offence but anyone who uses ‘SJW’ unironically in the year 2021 loses all their credibility for me. I don’t know if you’d offend anyone by using it, but it’s really become a staple of comments made by butthurt fanboys when complaining about agendas and trying to disguise their own bigotry.

I’m not at all trying to say that this is you, I’d just warn you off using it.

EDIT: laughing at how this looks off the back of Malthus’ post

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#1407320
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If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
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Malthus said:

I hate all the bullshit surrounding so calling feminist agendas in media or gender politics in casting. The very fact that it’s 2021 and it is still unusual for women to be the focus of a movie and not be overtly sexualised is wild. I hate misogyny, I hate misogynistic behaviour and I’m sick of misogynistic fanboys gatekeeping and kicking off about female leads.

Honestly, I would far prefer that these toads would just own their misogyny and say " I hate Captain Marvel because I have a problem with a story about empowered women" than bitch and moan about how Disney’s “so called feminist agenda” is ruining all that is sacred blah blah blah.

They won’t, because they are cowards, and if they did I’d still fucking hate them but I’d at least be grateful they aren’t trying to use a smokescreen to mask their heartfelt prejudices.

Well said.

Spuffure said:

Fuck a quarter of the internet.

Also well said.

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#1407221
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What if there is a TCW-styled show that takes place between TLJ and TROS...
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JadedSkywalker said:

I would like a show like that but set between episode VI and VII. A Luke Skywalker show a blend of live action and cgi to de-age Mark Hamill. Showing his journeys after the film to find the old secrets of the jedi order, the old jedi relics and holy sites. Studying the deeper mysteries of the force and him setting up and building a new jedi order. Ending with the destruction of his temple and order at the end of the series by Ben Solo.

There has already been a comic series called The Rise of Kylo Ren about this (haven’t read it myself), but it’s not all that popular and could easily be retconned. Some people who weren’t happy with Luke in TLJ say that because you don’t see enough of his efforts to rebuild the Jedi and how crushing Ben’s destruction was to him, it’s much harder to be emotionally invested or satisfied that self-exile is a believable response. I disagree, but a show like you’re suggesting could appeal to them a lot, and I like how it could explore more lore of the Jedi.

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#1406895
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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.

Off topic, but Rebels avoids that problem (well, that’s up to debate) on a technicality - it’s expressly said in season 4 that their mission to free Lothal isn’t an official mission for the Rebel Alliance, but rather just another small group operation like old times. So it’s a massive victory, but none of the Rebellion leaders can actually claim it as their doing.

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#1406829
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What if there is a TCW-styled show that takes place between TLJ and TROS...
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I’d like this, it worked well for the prequels. Develop the relationship of Rey, Finn and Poe by sending them on more adventures, and make the era interesting. While not on the tight, high-pressure schedule of needing to release the next instalment in a trilogy every 2 years, they could really put some thought into it.

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#1406730
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If you need to compliment or praise something... this is the place
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Rodney-2187 said:

I love all of Star Wars.

Come on. Everyone knows, if you don’t hate most star wars content, you’re not a real star wars fan…

In all seriousness, although I think the ball was dropped on the sequel trilogy with the lack of a pre-planned trilogy outline, I’ve been very satisfied with most of the new Disney content. Rogue One is great, Solo is pretty great, I love Rebels, the Clone Wars final arc is phenomenal, The Mandalorian is phenomenal. A lot of the new EU books and comics are astoundingly good and I can’t wait to get into the High Republic. I would praise all of that.

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#1406708
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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SandMTV, I’ve a nice surprise for you. Rosario Dawson’s been sharing timelapse videos of her Ahsoka make-up process, it’s so fast it’s sometimes hard to catch what’s going on but they’re still very interesting.

Video 1
https://www.instagram.com/p/CKpoDo6J90o/

Video 2
https://www.instagram.com/p/CKptNbRpBgx/

Video 3, where everything is removed and Rosario finally gets to go home
https://www.instagram.com/p/CKpuRZnpM8G/