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#1277251
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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Having sat with it for a while and talked about it a bunch I’m coming around. I think my dislike for the title and my frustration with how light on actual content the panel was colored my perception of the rest of it. The sins of the marketing campaign are not necessarily the sins of the movie, and there’s enough to like in that trailer that of course i’m on board.

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#1277216
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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There’s a boatload of concept art in the Art of The Force Awakens book that would suggest it’s the Death Star II, assuming they used that discarded storyline from the earlier film as a jumping off point. I’d post some of it if I was on my laptop instead of my phone. Maybe later, unless someone else does it first.

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#1277195
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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Could the planet in the trailer be Endor proper instead of the sanctuary moon? I’ve always assumed Endor was a gas giant, but I don’t think there’s currently anything in the cannon to support or refute that.

Anyway, the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that part of the plot will involve our heroes racing against Kylo and the Knights of Ren to find some sort of Emperor-related macguffin. Maybe some trap that Palestine set up decades ago with an especially long fuse goes off and everyone believes there’s some means of stopping and/or controlling it somewhere in the Death Star II wreckage.

(That’s my theory as long as we’re limiting speculation to the Death Stars we’ve already seen, that is. I remember a couple more kicking around in Legends, and I wouldn’t be gobsmacked to find out there was a heretofore unseen prototype left over in canon too)

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#1277162
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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Matt.F said:

Speculation…

Shmi “There was no father. I carried him, I gave birth, I raised him. I can’t explain what happened.”

Palpatine using abilities “some consider to be unnatural” conjured this child of the force within Shmi (a random slave of no importance). Palpatine is secretly Anakin Skywalker’s father (and acts like it throughout the PT).

Palpatine - having survived his fall down the Death Star chasm (much like Luke survived the Cloud City chasm - it rhymes!) used those same abilities to create Rey, again within a random junker of no importance. Palpatine is Rey father, she’s of the same line.

Seems at least possible?

Rey would have only been conceived a decade or so after the Battle of Endor. I think it’s more likely that Palpatine won’t literally appear but rather that our heroes will be dealing with some kind of contingency plan he set up before he died. After all, the books and comics have been dropping breadcrumbs to that effect since Shattered Empire and the Aftermath trilogy.

Anyway, I hate the title and I’m more confused by the trailer than anything. JJ’s doing his old gleefully cryptic schtick again, and I feel like I still just don’t have enough to go on to make any kind of judgement beyond “nice to see Billy Dee flying the Falcon again” or “Finn’s new costume is cool”. Would it kill Abrams/Kennedy to have given a three-sentence summary at the panel so that I could have some vague idea of what the stakes are here?

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#1276652
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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Has anyone been to any of those live orchestra screenings recently? I’m going to one of ANH in Boston next month, and I’m wondering if it’ll be the same old Lowry master or something else, like the version shown at the Alamo marathon a little while back that was purportedly a hybrid of the long-teased new master with the CGI shots from the Lowry. I know I shouldn’t get my hopes up, but the last time I went to one of these it was Amadeus, and they showed a previously-unknown HD version of the theatrical cut for that, so I wouldn’t be too surprised to see something new.

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#1275549
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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nl0428 said:

DominicCobb said:

nl0428 said:

DominicCobb said:

nl0428 said:

DominicCobb said:

Or maybe it was the 40th anniversary and they brought back as many people as they could and Hayden realized he liked it and could also make a ton of money selling pictures and autographs.

Hayden probably wouldn’t have made the decision himself, due to the harassment he received for his performance as Anakin. It wasn’t his fault, but fans still bullied him, just like Jake Lloyd. Thankfully Hayden didn’t go through an emotional breakdown like Jake did, but I think he was still hesitant to show up at another Star Wars event prior to Celebration 2017 in Orlando.

Yes I wouldn’t be surprised if he skipped prior celebrations because of the PT hate. But I’m sure those fears went away completely at the 2017 celebration and that’s why he’s back (i.e. not because of IX).

I agree that’s why he’s returning, and I’m happy Hayden is doing so. We’re not exactly sure if he’ll be in IX because of his presence at Celebration, or the many rumors about Anakin’s appearance. We shall see.

On a side note, I’m shocked that Mark Hamill isn’t listed as a guest. I know he’ll have a small, yet significant role in IX, but he usually comes to Celebration almost every year. Maybe he will be there, but his appearance will be a surprise in Chicago?

It seems like they’ve been announcing guests slowly over time to build up hype. They haven’t announced basically anyone who’s in the ST will be there but undoubtedly a significant amount of the cast will be at the IX panel as a “surprise.”

I do hope the entire cast is there. Obviously J.J. Abrams will be there, but I do hope that Hamill, Ridley, Driver, Boyega, Isaac, and especially Kelly Marie Tran are there.

It was reported a week or two ago that Oscar Isaac would be attending for the first time, but as far as I know there hasn’t been an official confirmation.

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#1274344
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Star Wars trilogy box sets coming next year?
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I think getting a new boxed set or sets by the time of the home video release of IX is almost a foregone conclusion. I also imagine TFA and R1 will be out in UHD well before that, in the run-up to IX’s theatrical release. I-VI are the real question. I could see it going either way, with them being released in the fall to build hype for the new film, or in the spring to cash in on the completist urge that many of us will have with the full ST in 4K on our shelves. Celebration will tell, I guess (or it won’t; I’ve got a terrible track record for these predictions).

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#1270023
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Star Wars Games
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I wonder if anybody can give me a hand with this; it might belong in the tech advice forum and if so I’ll gladly move it, but since it’s about a game and not a video issue I’m posting it here.

I just started a replay of Knights of the Old Republic, and this time through I thought I’d try it with this mod to replace the original score with John Williams music from the films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtMja_ADUac

I followed the instructions as presented in the readme file that came with the download, which amounted to deleting the existing music files and replacing them with the folder full of properly-labeled Williams stuff. When I launched the game again, it loaded fine, but there was no music at all, only the ambient sound effects. After that didn’t work, I noticed that the original music was all .wav files, but that the replacement music contained a mix of .wav and .mp3 files. I converted the .mp3s to .wav and tried again, and this time the game crashed after the studio animations before the main menu. I then dropped the original files back in and it’s running fine now, but I’d really like to get the movie music working because I’ve never been a fan of the KOTOR original soundtrack. Anyone have any ideas? I’m running the Mac OSX version from the app store. I could switch to the Steam version as a last resort, but I’d rather not spend the extra ten bucks if it can be avoided.

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#1269902
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New Star Wars comics
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The current main Star Wars series (the one that’s just called Star Wars), will be ending with issue no. 67 and relaunching with a new no. 1 in the near future.

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2019/02/15/big-changes-coming-to-marvels-star-wars-comic-line-for-2019/

Not a surprising move, given that the story is rapidly closing in on the events of ESB. I hope the new run picks up after ROTJ. It would be cool to start with the Battle of Jakku and cover the early days of the New Republic from there.

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#1269379
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What are you reading?
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This thread seems to always get bumped when I’m reading N.K. Jemisin. I’m now reading the first part of her Dreamblood duology, called The Killing Moon. It’s a lot more formally straightforward than The Broken Earth was, so it might be a better entry point to her work if TBE seems a little far-out. It’s a fantasy based in an ancient Egyptian-inspired world, which is a refreshing angle after having read so much stuff set in versions of medieval Europe. It’s focused a lot more on political intrigue than the other series as well; if you’re a fan of the King’s Landing court stuff in ASoIaF, you should check this out.

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#1269149
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4K restoration on Star Wars
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I’ll get ‘em. The “voting with your wallet” angle seems kind of moot with 4k77 in circulation; I’ve got two of the movies in near enough perfect quality (with the last one on the way) that I don’t much care anymore if they’re released officially. And I’m a lot more agnostic about the various cuts than most here anyway; I grew up on the SE and find myself revisiting it every fifth or sixth watch or so. As long as these discs don’t have the awful color issues that the blu-ray did, i’m sure I’ll get some use out of them.

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#1268325
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Star Wars Games
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Off the top of my head I think we’d probably start with Edge of the Empire, but I’d have to poll the gang to be sure. We do indeed play 5e, so if that’s an easy jump I’ll probably go for it at some point. I’ve actually got a few of the books from the WEG game that I snagged used from a comic shop, but given that not everyone in my group is a lifelong Star Wars diehard who’s going to be delighted just to see stuff from The Truce at Bakura or Dark Empire statted out, I figure it’s probably better to go with the game that’s based on a more current iteration of the canon. In any case, thanks a bunch for the resources!