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#1332273
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Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 4k UHD -- 27 DISC Boxed Set -- 3/31/2020
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I got the Best Buy set this morning and watched ANH, might fire up ESB tonight if I have the time. I remember being really impressed with the way these looked on the Roku TV with DolbyVision in my apartment, then looking at them on the Samsung with HDR10 at my parents’ house when I was home for Thanksgiving and thinking they looked really washed out and dull. I’m not sure what they did here, but the disc looks so, so much better on that very same Samsung TV, so I’m pleased so far. Can’t wait to see the next iteration of Despecialized and whatever other projects here are sourced from this.

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#1331999
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Star Wars Games
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ray_afraid said:

joefavs said:

Racer Revenge has been available in the Playstation store for a while. I snagged it last year and played the first couple races

Any good? Pod Racing is the only thing from the PT that I like. Despite hating the drivers & the race itself, I love the designs & idea. Seems very Star Wars & hits my hotrod button.

It was fun, but I didn’t stick with it. Combination of being so used to playing the first game with the very different N64 controller, and just having other more current stuff to play, I guess. I’d like to pick it up again (and replay the original, if that’s going to be available too), but I’m quarantining at my folks’ place in my hometown and I left my PS4 at my apartment in New York and god knows when the hell I’ll be able to go back for it.

Speaking of quarantine, I found a really solid dice-based AI system for X-Wing the other day, if anyone else is going out of their skin wanting to play some tabletop stuff. It was designed for 1.0, but it works fine with 2.0 as long as you aren’t using any ships that didn’t exist in the first edition.

https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/161995/tactical-droid-i-x-wing

I know there are also systems for Legion and Armada, but I don’t play either of those so I can’t say whether or not they’re any good.

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#1330925
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Ranking the Star Wars films
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joefavs said:

Just watched TROS for the first time since December, and I enjoyed it a lot more this time! Adjusting my ranking:

  1. A New Hope
  2. The Empire Strikes Back
  3. The Last Jedi
  4. The Force Awakens
  5. Return of the Jedi
  6. Rogue One
  7. The Rise of Skywalker (was 9)
  8. Solo (was 7)
  9. The Phantom Menace (was 8)
  10. Attack of the Clones
  11. Revenge of the Sith

After watching TROS again in quarantine with my parents, I have decided this was a ridiculous ruling and I am reversing this decision. Back to the old order it goes!

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#1329037
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Sheev
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“Sheev” doesn’t sound any better or worse to me than any other made up Star Wars name, to be totally honest. There are a handful of really good ones, but I don’t think I’ve ever felt like they really fucked it up. Now, regular Earth names showing up in Star Wars is another story (Beaumont in ROTS being the most recent, and John D. in ANH being the ur example).

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#1316061
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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Mocata said:

I’m sure they all did their jobs. But there competency as storytellers is laughable in many instances. It’s not really a conspiracy to say that they rushed this out without a good plan. It’s certainly not the best possible outcome if you genuinely sit down and plot out where the unresolved threads and arcs could go.

Oh, sure, I certainly don’t mean to argue otherwise. I just thought the article did a good job of addressing the idea that the TROS team deliberately set out to undermine TLJ in response to all the Fandom Menace horse shit (a theory that I haven’t seen too much of here, to be fair, but that’s all over Twitter)

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#1316002
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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Good article about the issues with the creative process that got us here.

“Conspiracy theories abound regarding this film, but the truth is probably dumber and more well-meaning than angry fans love to hate to believe.”

https://birthmoviesdeath.com/2019/12/31/decoding-the-rise-of-skywalkers-difficult-creative-process

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#1315642
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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I saw it again this evening, probably my last viewing before it’s on Blu-ray/streaming. I’ve made peace with it. It’s never going to be my favorite, but I’m willing to stop comparing it unfavorably to TLJ and start comparing it favorably to all the lunatic EU novels I read in the 90s. It’s big and convoluted and kind of dumb and a lot of fun.

With regard to pacing, I think the Pasana and Kijimi stuff could probably be condensed into one segment, which would free up 15 minutes or so that could be better spent restoring the Lando’s kidnapped child subplot and/or showing Rose’s study of the old Star Destroyer plans actually leading to some insight that helps in the battle. Or going into any amount of detail about how the Emperor came back. Or setting up the Force dyad, like, at all. This movie is obsessed with explaining five or six different McGuffins, but it’s completely disinterested in providing any exposition on the (very weird) stuff the story actually hinges on.

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#1315462
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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I’ve been trying to develop a headcanon to make this movie’s Snoke stuff less ridiculous in the wider continuity. Here’s where I’m at.

First of all, Palpatine’s line, “I made Snoke,” gives the immediate impression that Snoke came fully-formed out of a tank, because the next thing we see is the tank with another Snoke in it. The line itself doesn’t have to be that literal, though; it could just as easily mean “I made Snoke what he was,” i.e. he corrupted an existing individual. My preferred version of events is that Snoke was a dark side adept who went exploring in the Unknown Regions, stumbled across Exogol, and was bent to Palpatine’s will. I don’t hold out much hope for this to be canonized, but it remains plausible at this point.

If Palpatine did literally engineer Snoke, though, I’d prefer if it wasn’t for the explicit purpose of fronting the First Order after the OT, because that either means that Snoke was doing nothing for decades, or that he’s actually roughly the same age as Ben Solo. I prefer to think that Palpatine employed Snoke as an administrator for the Sith Eternal cult in the Unknown Regions, and that Snoke in some capacity oversaw the creation of the Sith fleet. I like this version of events because it leaves the door open for some PT-era Snoke stuff in Zahn’s upcoming trilogy about Thrawn in the Unknown Regions.

What about the new Snokes in the vats in the opening of TROS, though? I think that if Kylo Ren hadn’t found Exogol, Palpatine would have sent another Snoke out into the galaxy to sow doubt about whether he’d truly been killed. Palpatine’s strategy has never been based around a single master plan; he prefers to set up a series of contingencies and failsafes so that he comes out ahead no matter what happens. Those Snokes are on ice just in case they become useful later. That’s why they have the injuries that we know Snoke received relatively recently as of the time of the ST; it’s not to suggest that the original Snoke was designed to look all melted and fucked up, it’s because the new Snokes are meant to replace Snoke prime and need to match him.

I don’t know, it’s all pretty dumb no matter how you look at it, but I’ll feel a lot better if they canonize some degree of agency/significance/history for Snoke. Apart from the few bars of Palpatine’s theme that play when Snoke is interrogating Rey in TLJ, there isn’t a whiff of the “man behind the curtain” trope throughout the rest of the ST, and it feels really sloppy and flippant to say in the third film that the big bad in the first two was a literal puppet and not go into any further detail.

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#1315277
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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A lot’s been said abut the similarities between this movie and the Dark Empire comics, but today it occurred to me that the whole secret-armada-in-the-Unknown-Regions bit is very Dark Force Rising. And the Death Star guns on Star Destroyers is more than a little Darksaber. I think it might be fun to catalog all the recycled Legends elements in this film.

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#1314845
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a thread for <strong>fan-made</strong> Star Wars projects, trinkets, gadgets, gizmos, and endeavours
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I’m going to a Star Wars themed New Years Eve party (as a Rebel operative) and I decided to spend the afternoon on this little project. Happy with how it came out, but I’d like to try again with my childhood blaster from the 90s at some point and really take my time.



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#1314236
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<strong>The Rise Of Skywalker</strong> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
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Between DJ’s “they blow you up today, you blow them up tomorrow” speech and Rose’s bit about saving what we love instead of fighting what we hate, The Last Jedi seemed to suggest that there would need to be some different sort of reckoning in the final film that would bust the galaxy out of this cycle of violence and bring about a new era. Instead, we got another big battle and we re-killed the Emperor with his own lightning or something. I know we’re supposed to feel like he’s dead for real this time, but how is this any different from ROTJ? If he can come back from falling down a pit and then blowing up, surely he can reconstitute himself after melting like a Nazi. I dunno, I’m just left feeling like nothing has changed fundamentally beyond a few pieces being knocked off the board. The grand finale that the film was billed as really ought to have had more far-reaching repercussions.

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#1314172
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Most Disappointing Aspect of Sequel Trilogy? Most Satisfying? * <strong>TROS SPOILERS WITHIN</strong> *
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DominicCobb said:

The fact that people use the term “OP” when referring to a character is just proof of how people are looking at these movies in all the wrong ways.

Yep. On a related note, I get the feeling a lot of the people who couldn’t get their head around Luke failing with Ben in TLJ probably learned narrative structure from video games.

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#1313614
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<strong>The Rise Of Skywalker</strong> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
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RogueLeader said:

To be honest, despite my criticisms of certain story decisions, I also felt the movie was better on my second viewing. It is still fast but not as jarringly fast as it felt the first time around.

I know what you mean. I found it was a lot less frenetic when I knew where it was going. I also picked up on dialogue that justified a couple things that felt like they came out of nowhere the first time.

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#1313583
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<strong>The Rise Of Skywalker</strong> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
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I just saw it for the second time and liked it a lot more. I still think it’s the weakest of the ST, but it’s not nearly the unmitigated disaster I thought it was on Thursday. I won’t be any more bummed out moving from TLJ to this when I marathon the ST than I am going from ESB to ROTJ when I do the OT.

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#1312403
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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What burns me about the lack of any attempt to explain Palpatine’s return is that Rebels actually laid the groundwork for a perfectly acceptable explanation. The blue explosion when Vader chucks the Emperor down the pit in ROTJ looks almost exactly like the smoke effect when Palpatine accesses the “world between worlds” on the show. They absolutely could have used that without getting in the weeds of the specifics of the cartoon, and just had him say that as he was falling he cast himself into the nether regions of the Force and it took some time to find his way back.

I also think Snoke should have just been an acolyte who stumbled across Palpatine and fell under his spell rather than a literal puppet. Those two changes would make it fit so much more smoothly in the continuity, but instead they opted to do it in the most inelegant and unconnected way possible.

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#1312260
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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I think JJ might have wanted to set Finn up as being Force-sensitive in TFA (what with him being the first to see the Starkiller beam, great disturbance, etc, etc), and now he’s trying to build on it but it seems weird because TLJ totally sidestepped the idea.

EDIT: that’s exactly what you just said, isn’t it. I just finished my finals for my first semester of grad school and I did a fair amount of celebrating, my reading comp isn’t the best at the moment.

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#1312252
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<strong>The Rise Of Skywalker</strong> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
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Broom Kid said:

It’s gotta be, but the flat-out refusal to consider an option where she’s not in the movie just… I know retrospect makes geniuses out of the biggest dummies (hi there!) but she shouldn’t have been in this movie. The idea shouldn’t have been pursued, and that maybe would have freed them up to pursue different storytelling avenues.

I also was resistant to the idea that Abrams was actively going out of his way to “retcon” what Johnson did but there are actually two or three moments on the level of “This will begin to make things right” where it’s beyond obvious Abrams is breaking the fourth wall to comment on what came before. The most notable is Luke solemnly talking about “disrespecting” the weapon of a Jedi. And if that was meant to be a self-deprecating joke at Luke’s expense, (like a ha-ha smartass “remember when I did that? LOL what a dummy I was” sort of thing) it wasn’t acted, shot, or cut like that at all, so that interpretation is almost impossible to make. Luke (whose hair was trash! Why did it LOOK like that?) was essentially a platitude machine. The only part of that whole scene that works? The part of the scene that is riffing on the infinitely better scene from Empire Strikes Back.

Again, I know Abrams isn’t the most graceful director, but there is so much that is structurally FUCKED about this movie and its characterization and arcs that I have a hard time believing this was actually what he wanted to make. Just going from TFA to this, it’s such a MESS comparatively - I believe PARTS of what he actually wanted to make are IN here, but they’re stitched and glued together very, very sloppily.

I actually didn’t read the saber catch that way at all; I just took it as an acknowledgement of the fact that Luke wasn’t down on the whole Jedi project anymore. The Force ghost effects were definitely weirdly bad, though. Is it because they were in broad daylight? If so, why didn’t they stage the Luke scene at night?

My main issue was the fact that everything that really needed an explanation just got hand-waved. Palpatine’s back! How, you ask? Sith cultists, don’t worry about it. Why is Lando on Pasana? Doesn’t matter, just roll with it. Why does Kylo turn back to the light this time after we’ve seen him go the other way at least twice? I dunno, the comics will probably fix it. They just kept putting down plot points because they needed to happen, and then never even attempted to provide any amount of context that would make it make sense.

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#1312243
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<strong>The Rise Of Skywalker</strong> — Official Review and Opinions Thread — * <strong>SPOILERS</strong> *
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I truly think Carrie Fisher’s death is a major factor here. They were on the record almost from day one about this being Leia’s movie in the way TFA was Han’s and TLJ was Luke’s. I think they got caught completely flat-footed when Carrie died and just absolutely failed in the attempt to pivot to something else.