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#1382701
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Would it not be amazing if we got a Darth Vader movie directed by Christopher Nolan?
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It’s been a long while since I read this book, and hopefully someone knows what I’m talking about… is there anything in current canon that rules out some kind of adaption of ‘Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader’ by James Luceno? The novel mostly takes place starting 4 weeks after Order 66, beginning with a Republic attack on Murkhana, and ending with an Imperial occupation of Kashyyk.

I’ve often wondered what a film adaption taking at least the basic premise of the book would be like. The main story is two Jedi trying to survive in the wake of Order 66: Jedi knight Roan Shryne and padawan Olee Starstone, whose master is killed in a duel with Vader in the first act. A film would introduce these characters as a trio, marking out the master (Bol Chatak) as the most powerful, only for her to be killed confronting Darth Vader, which establishes how much of a threat he is. From that point on the film would be about the undisciplined Shryne having to rise to the occasion and becoming a mentor to Starstone; it would be a James Cameron-like storyline of characters forming a makeshift family unit while trying to survive, like what happens in Aliens. The two Jedi are also helped by a gang of pirates, who transport them offworld.

Vader would function as the villain, instead of a more Vader-centric story, but he is given his own separate character moments. As in the novel, he would be remastering the Force and coming to terms with his new identity, and at the end of the film, when Shryne confronts him on Kashyyk and is beaten, Vader tells him his former identity as Anakin before killing him. I always thought it was unusual of Vader to acknowledge his past so this moment deserves significance.

I would cut a lot of stuff in the 2nd act like visiting Alderaan and Shryne’s mother, and replace it, but that’s the basic premise. I also think starting with a Republic invasion and ending with an Imperial invasion would be a great way to visually compare the two - or show how the Republic had basically become the Empire long before the war ended.

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#1382570
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The Essential Star Wars Animated Series Episodes for Movie Marathon Inclusion
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I enjoyed doing the Best of TCW list so much that I’ve made a similar one for Star Wars Rebels. Only thing is, this is a list intended for someone who’s never watched the show before, wants to watch it but not the whole thing. For a movie marathon I would cut it down a hell of a lot.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PacOSzlvIeUqemyjDYEl5xv_EeYFipnK/view?usp=sharing

My absolute favourite episodes of Rebels would be:

  • Spark of Rebellion 1 & 2
  • Empire Day
  • Gathering Forces
  • Shroud of Darkness
  • Twilight of the Apprentice 1 & 2
  • Trials of the Darksaber
  • Through Imperial Eyes
  • Twin Suns
  • Jedi Night
  • Wolves and a Door
  • A World Between Worlds
  • Family Reunion and Farewell

And to be honest, if I was doing a movie marathon, I’d probably just watch Spark of Rebellion, Twilight of the Apprentice and the series finale. That would do it.

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#1381757
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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ZkinandBonez said:

Also, and this might be an odd thing to be excited about, but I love the old crackling radio sound from the x-Wing pilot from the first few seconds of the trailer. New SW has had a hard time emulating the sound effects of the OT and it seems they finally figured out how to do it. If I remember it correctly then Ben Burt recorded all the stormtrooper dialogue and radio transmission via old walkie-talkies. The recent movies seems to have tried to emulate this digitally and its not quite the same. Ditto on the holograms which until The Mandalorian looked to crisp and detailed (though it’s still not quite OT).

I loved that too. The show does such a great job of capturing the old-school Star Wars vibe. This also confirms that the x-wings are indeed intercepting the Razorcrest, instead of fighting alongside it, which I like: the New Republic aren’t the default ‘good guys’, they’re now just another authority getting in The Mandalorian’s way.

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#1381756
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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There were no big reveals, and from a quick scroll on Twitter that’s disappointed a lot of people, but that was a very well put-together trailer. Music is awesome. And that line, “If I can locate other Mandalorians, they can guide me,” has me even more excited.

Also, forget about Ahsoka… Star-Trek-alien-looking blue fish man returns!

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#1380995
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The Phantom Menace - anyone want to chat about TPM?
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I approach Star Wars movies in two ways: critically, in terms of narrative and characters etc, and aesthetically. I generally dislike how futuristic, shiny and CGI the settings look in episodes II and III, particularly Coruscant, but with The Phantom Menace it’s totally different. I love the depiction of Coruscant, and I feel overall the film’s aesthetic fits in more with that of the original trilogy.



I’ve never really been able to put my finger on it. Maybe the colours are duller, sometimes more naturalistic, the sets and buildings seem/are practical, something like that. It’s just something I love about TPM and I wondered if any others have the same feeling. Aesthetically, with everything up to the costumes, it genuinely FEELS like a prequel to the original films more than AOTC and ROTS.

This shot in particular from the theatrical cut is a great example of advanced technology combined with ornate and old-fashioned architecture, much like Ralph McQuarrie’s original concept art for Had Abbadon in the early 80s.

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#1380525
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The Mandalorian: A Vergence in the Force (RT 2h 27mins) (Released)
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Hal 9000 said:

Often you can isolate the audio channel with the dialogue.

Thanks Hal. I thought as much, especially after going back to watch some of the rescored scenes. Another element of the edit that’s pulled off really well.

Hope I haven’t missed this somewhere - what editing software did you use for this smudger9, other than Photoshop for some shots?

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#1380308
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The Mandalorian: A Vergence in the Force (RT 2h 27mins) (Released)
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Just finished watching, and I think the cuts you made were very successful. It worked well to have Werner Herzog’s character talk about the Mandalorians and how “it is a shame your people suffered,” then in the next scene we see the Mandalorians living underground for the first time. It also worked very well to have the space dogfight as an immediate reason for Mando returning to Nevarro.

I thought it was a shame how offhand Kuill’s death ended up in the context of one whole film, a lot of the tension building up to it being cut as well, but whenever shots or dialogue were edited out they were edited out very smoothly, so well done.

It was really nice to revisit the show with season 2 just around the corner.

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#1379988
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Ranking the Star Wars films
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  1. Star Wars
  2. The Empire Strikes Back
  3. Rogue One
  4. Return of the Jedi
  5. The Force Awakens
  6. The Last Jedi
  7. Revenge of the Sith
  8. Solo
  9. The Phantom Menace
  10. Attack of the Clones
  11. The Rise of Skywalker

Very conflicted about where to put Revenge of the Sith. Occasionally rate it higher.
As for TV shows…

  1. The Mandalorian
  2. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  3. Star Wars Rebels
  4. Star Wars Clone Wars (Genndy Tartakovsky)
  5. Resistance

I love the first 4 series, and Resistance I thought was great kids’ content, just not good enough for me to stick past the first 2 episodes. I’m not really qualified to rank it.

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#1379053
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Would it not be amazing if we got a Darth Vader movie directed by Christopher Nolan?
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ray_afraid said:

Certainly a valid concern.

It’s a lame concern. This is the biggest franchise on planet Earth. There’s no way to make a new StarWars anything without a potion of the fanbase hating it. Just make the movie you wanna make.

I only said that because of The Last Jedi. I like TLJ, and I’m glad Rian Johnson got creative control to make the movie he wanted to make, but it’s true… that didn’t go well for him. So I understand why any director would treat appeasing such a vitriolic fanbase as a daunting task.

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#1378831
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<em>The Mandalorian</em> Discussion Thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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Denmark Disney+ ad has (accidentally?) confirmed the casting of Rosario Dawson and Timothy Olyphant in season 2: https://thedirect.com/article/the-mandalorian-season-2-disney-rosario-dawson-timothy-olyphant-cast
The ad has now been taken down.

Almost certain that Ahsoka Tano will be in the show now. As for Timothy Olyphant, of course a lot of people say Cobb Vanth from the Aftermath trilogy; I haven’t read those books in ages though so I’ve forgotten who he is.

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#1378285
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The Essential Star Wars Animated Series Episodes for Movie Marathon Inclusion
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Here’s an edited list I made for a friend a while ago, of the essential Clone Wars episodes - but this is for someone who’s never seen the show. (Friend in question still hasn’t got past the Umbara arc)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EWF6Om1ZPZBE0g-g_8fHnU25PqPecIUB/view?usp=sharing
I hope this Google Drive link works. I would have just typed out the episodes to contribute to the thread, but when I was making it, I enjoyed collecting all the images so much that I spent ages doing it, so now I figure I should just send the original document.