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#762069
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Star Wars Digital HD Release .... April 10th
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darklordoftech said:


lordjedi said: How many of the people that are commenting on the articles you're reading really aren't going to buy it?

If they already own the blu-rays, they might feel there isn't any reason to buy the digital releases.

Or they'll buy it because a large percentage of people that watch movies have no idea how to rip them and will therefore spend the money to have access to those same movies on their mobile device, Roku, and pretty much any device that can watch these videos (which is pretty much anything today).

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#761774
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Star Wars Digital HD Release .... April 10th
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TheBoost said:

Every article I see about this is followed by TONS of comments of people wanting the real movies.

We're not  a niche movement. Most people don't like creepy Hayden at the end. 

 Most people?  LOL.  If anything, there's a 50/50 split between the people that don't care or love the changes (not this crowd) and the people that hate the changes (this crowd).  But the real question is: are you going to buy it anyway?  If you're going to buy it anyway, then it doesn't matter.  They only have something to lose if a significant portion of the population decides they aren't going to buy any further merchandise until the OOT is released properly.

How many of the people that are commenting on the articles you're reading really aren't going to buy it?  I don't have any of the bluray releases because I refuse to buy any more copies of these movies until they release an unaltered version.  I don't even buy any prequel merchandise if I can help it.

Besides, they could just be waiting until the release of Episode VII to release a remastered OOT.

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#761770
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Star Wars Digital HD Release .... April 10th
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skyjedi2005 said:

lordjedi said:

skyjedi2005 said:

Probably worse quality than the retail BD, highly compressed.  Not sure i have never used VUDU.

I mean you take the same master and compress it further how is it going to look better?

 Why would you compress it further?  BD is 1080p.  Digital HD simply means 1080p (or 720p) sent digitally (no media).  There's no need to recompress.

 Because no streaming file even in 2015 is going to be 50 gigs of data. As far as i know, maybe i have old information. 

I guess it depends on how they do it then.  I have a hard time believing that a 1080p movie is 50 gig in size even if it is on a 50 gig disc (which could easily have been done due to simple laziness).  If they take it from the master instead of the BD, it can be done quite well.

I don't really have a problem with streaming 50 gigs of data though.  I have a 20 meg connection at home and my phone essentially has unlimited data (I don't get charged for going over my cap).  I don't expect to be able to stream the entire movie in just a few minutes, but I can stream it fast enough on a 20 meg connection to have no dropouts while watching and it'll continue to stream while paused (until the buffer fills anyway).

 

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#761652
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Star Wars Digital HD Release .... April 10th
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skyjedi2005 said:

Probably worse quality than the retail BD, highly compressed.  Not sure i have never used VUDU.

I mean you take the same master and compress it further how is it going to look better?

 Why would you compress it further?  BD is 1080p.  Digital HD simply means 1080p (or 720p) sent digitally (no media).  There's no need to recompress.

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#656506
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Star Wars: Episode VII to be directed by J.J. Abrams **NON SPOILER THREAD**
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Somewhere?

http://boards.theforce.net/threads/star-wars-episode-vii-to-be-shot-on-35mm-film.50014589/

Sure, it's not "OMG! How will it be in HD?!" but in just the first page the level of disappointment is astounding.  Some people actually see shooting in 35 mm as a step back from Ep 2 and 3.  This despite the fact that Ep 2 and 3 will never look better than 1080p (afaik, the cameras used shot in 1080p).

Last comment on the first page says it all :-P

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#463739
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Wookiegroomers 1080p Star Wars Saga
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Any chance someone can repost at least some of the Jedi release to usenet?  I just got a Bluray burner and I was going to try to convert WG original release to Bluray compatible files.  I thought I'd visit this thread to see if anyone else had done something and I find that WG had released something months ago.

I've got nearly all the files but I'm still 90 blocks short (to many incompletions and corrupted files).

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#364068
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TV Shows renewed and cancelled.
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C3PX said:

Wouldn't want to be 'that guy' on the forum that nobody really likes.

I think that title belongs to me anyway ;)

C3PX said:

and the other one because he is in love with Lana, Lois, and Supergirl and only watches the show to oggle (he is one of my younger friends).

Of the three in that list, only Lois is still on the show.

C3PX said:

Surely he can fly by now, right?

He's actually been able to fly since the end of the 4th season (I think that's right, it was in the finale), he just didn't know he could.  Since then, he flew again, but again didn't know it.  He did finally do a giant leap to the top of a building, which is similar to how the original Superman learned to fly (long jumps).

Any of the original cast still around?

It's getting thin.  Chloe and Lois is it I think.  They just killed another major character.  They're actually getting off course of the legacy, but they didn't have much choice once Rosenbaum (Lex) left the show.  They're starting to do more of the JLA and LOD type stories, but before they were really stable groups (ie Green Arrow and the Flash show up from time to time as does a group of evil villains).

Not even sure how the show is still called Smallville, since he was in high school during season one, unless he keeps getting held back a grade, he should have graduated long ago and left Smallville. Maybe this is an alternative reality where Clark Kent is really lazy and continues to live in his parents barn until he is thirty and mope about Launa.

He goes back to the family farm from time to time, but most of his time is spent in Metropolis.

 

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#364065
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The "Highlander" Re-Boot
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Yet another franchise that Hollywood is attempting to ruin even more than it already has been.

Seriously.  Hollywood needs to let this shit go.  A sniper rifle from a "safe distance"?  Since a bullet won't kill him (he'll just heal), by the time he gets there to "take his head", he'll have gotten up and walked away.  The whole point of the sword fight is so you're in close when it's time to make the kill and it can be done immediately.

Highlander, Ghostbusters, The Three Stooges, etc, etc, etc.  They're completely out of ideas and are just content to sit there and remake everything over and over and over again.

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#363080
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TV Shows renewed and cancelled.
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C3PX said:
lordjedi said:

I think his writing can be pretty good and funny in context and with the right deliveries (probably why I liked FireFly so much).  The only issue I have with Whedon is that he uses the same actors in everything he does.  It isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it ends up looking like a reunion of characters.

A lot of directors/film makers do that though. Like Lucas with Harrison Ford. Spielberg has his "special actors". I guess just like any other job, you find some emplyees are better than others, and you'll be quicker to hire them next time.

Makes sense to me.

True.  Like I said, it isn't necessarily a bad thing.  Joss has even said that when he finds good actors, he uses them anytime they're available.

 

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#362831
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TV Shows renewed and cancelled.
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Vaderisnothayden said:
lordjedi said:

Joss Whedon may not be the best writer in the world, but he can write some pretty funny stuff.  Most of what made Buffy and FireFly so good were the one liners and the action.  Hell, the single greatest episode of Buffy had almost no dialogue (Hush) with the second best episode being the musical (Once More, With Feeling).

Buffy had more to it than one-liners and action. Firefly not so much. A whole lot of bland characterization, with the show expecting you to love these characters while pushing how cool the show supposedly is. But all that was way better than Serenity. At least in the case of Serenity  shit WAS unpopular -Serenity flopped at the box office, to my great delight.

But the problem is that Joss fans push the view that Joss IS in fact The Best Writer In The World. And they think his writing was the best on tv. I guess they never saw Oz or The Wire. Or the whole load of other shows that had better writing. Factors other than writing made Buffy the quality show it was. But Firefly didn't have anything to save it from the shallowness that Joss's work often falls into. Almost a cynical shallowness. That show DID get cancelled, something which I'm happy about. And Angel got cancelled too, which thrilled me even more. There was one good season of Angel, the first season, and then the quality dropped out and it got worse every season after that. The final season made the Star Wars prequels look good by comparison. It was like nobody was making an effort and by the end it looked to me amost like Joss was deliberately fucking it all up, kind of reminiscent of the prequels actually. I have Whedon issues as much as I have Lucas issues.

From what I and many others can figure, FireFly got canceled simply because Fox didn't really want it.  That became obvious when the first episode, which wasn't the first episode, aired.  Instead of introducing all the characters during a two hour pilot, we were treated to a one hour episode that assumed you already knew who everyone was.  Even I was a bit confused after seeing a preview of the pilot at Comic-Con.  So it's no wonder it got canceled.  Serenity was the way it was because it was pretty much a one off deal that had to cram about a seasons worth of story into 2 hours.  I actually liked Serenity aside from the fact that Joss seemed on the verge of slaughtering the crew by the end of the movie.

With Angel, according to some anyway, it was doing quite well when the plug was suddenly pulled.  That's probably why the final season looked like crap to you.  The plugged got pulled right in the middle, so of course they gave up trying.  They were pretty much trying to wrap it all up by the end of the season.  Most of what happened between season 1 and 5, to me, was Joss trying to write around what was going on in peoples lives.  Kind of like when Seth Green left Buffy, unexpectedly, and then wanted to come back.  I also think Joss had way to much on his plate at this time (he was doing Buffy, Angel, trying to finish Fray, and I believe FireFly was in the early stages as well).

Like I said, Buffy was good until after season 5 (the acting, writing, and the stories).  The musical is pretty much the one gem that came out of season 6.  Other than that, they had her fighting a god and a pretty stupid god at that.  She had more trouble with demons in 5 seasons than she had with a god in one.  Yes, the last two seasons of Buffy were pretty horrible from all standpoints.

I think his writing can be pretty good and funny in context and with the right deliveries (probably why I liked FireFly so much).  The only issue I have with Whedon is that he uses the same actors in everything he does.  It isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it ends up looking like a reunion of characters.  I saw a bit of Dollhouse and immediately went "Hey, it's Fred from Angel!"  I have no idea what character she plays on Dollhouse.

Vaderisnothayden said:

If you care about art, it's perfectly reasonable to wish the money and time and resources were going into making quality stuff rather than crap. And if you feel that way you're going to wish the bad shows would get cancelled and replaced with good shows. Not that I expect the bad shows to all get cancelled and replaced with good stuff, but every one that is is a door open for a chance at making a quality show.

And who exactly are you to say what's a good show and what's not?  Personally, I can't stand Lost, which is why I don't watch it.  But wishing it gets canceled?  I don't think it's immoral, but it's lame.  Talk about wasting time.  It almost sounds like your idea of "quality stuff" is the exact opposite of what everyone wants.  The only show I've ever wished would get canceled was Friends, but that had more to do with the actors becoming arrogant and the show becoming really really lame than anything else.  Hell, they spent several episodes on Joey not asking Rachel to marry him.  But it got ratings, so it continued.  I notice that none of them, aside from Matthew Perry, have been in anything really phenominal since it got canceled.

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#362389
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If Lucas Made an Indiana Jones V or VI would anyone here see them ?
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Ziz said:
Vaderisnothayden said:
Ziz said:
Sluggo said:

Also, Speilberg needs to grow a pair.  If George ever comes up with another alien idea, Steven needs to stop it dead in it's tracks.

 

Ironic, since there's stories about Lucas having to reign Spielberg in on "Raiders"

 

GL: "OK, Steven, you said you were just going to kill 'a couple of Germans in this scene."

SS: "Nazis.  I'm killing Nazis.  I like Germans."

GL: "Fine.  How many is 'a couple'?"

SS: "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6....10 guys.  That's 'a couple'."

GL: "That's a dozen!"

SS: "George, I'm making a really big movie here."

GL: "Yes, I realize that, Steven, but there's a difference between a simple murder and a cult massacre!"

 

Are those actual real quotes? Did Spielberg actually get overenthusiastic about killing off Nazis?

 

Taken from "Skywalking - the Life and Films of George Lucas".  I have an original copy from the mid 80's.  Don't know if subsequent releases were edited or changed in any way.

Wow!  I'll have to take a look at my copy.  It's as if Lucas couldn't stand the thought of a bunch of Nazi's getting killed.

 

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#362387
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TV Shows renewed and cancelled.
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skyjedi2005 said:

Joss Whedon if you wathed Buffy which had huge amounts of star wars references and JJ Abrams is also a lucasite. 

I agree with some of your issues with firefly and serenity.  I think Whedon was trying for either a space western.  Just like Star Trek.  These days it is hardly possible for these hollywood types not to copy Lucas or Roddenberry.

Huge amounts?  Dude, do you actually watch the shows you bitch about?  I have all 7 seasons of Buffy on DVD and there's maybe a reference or two to Star Wars in each season.  So that'd be about 7 references in 7 years.  Yeah, sure, they had the occasional halloween episode that would have someone dressed in a costume (Luke and Leia making out in season 6 I think, may have been 5), but it's hardly filled with references.  The way you talk, you'd think Joss Whedon doesn't have an original idea of his own.

FireFly/Serenity had about as much in common with Star Trek as Buffy did.  Star Trek is not a space western.  It may have been referred to as "a wagon train in space" but that was more to do with seeking out new civilizations and colonizing planets than being a western.  Serenity/FireFly is more like a group of rebels constantly on the run from an overly controlling central government, which is nothing like Star Trek.

Joss Whedon may not be the best writer in the world, but he can write some pretty funny stuff.  Most of what made Buffy and FireFly so good were the one liners and the action.  Hell, the single greatest episode of Buffy had almost no dialogue (Hush) with the second best episode being the musical (Once More, With Feeling).

C3PX said:

The problem is that you really need to know, or at least be sleeping with someone to really get anywhere in the entertainment world. It is all about connections. You can imagine how many TV viewer decide since they enjoy watching movies and TV so much, they ought to give it a go themselves. The world is full of people with bad ideas, who just happen to think their ideas are absolutely brilliant. So I can only really begin to imagine what it is like to be in the position to have to sift through every submission while looking for the rare gem. Really the first step to getting any of your work looked at is to have a decent agent representing you, which isn't really all that easy.

From what I've heard, and I can't remember where I heard it but it was from someone that works in Hollywood and sees how many shows come in and get greenlit, somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 shows get pitched every year and maybe 20 get picked up (basically, the new shows you see each year are what gets picked up).  That's less than 10%.  Of those shows, something like half get cancelled after their first season.  So maybe 10 out of 300 shows go on to two or more seasons.

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#361927
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Terminator Salvation declared Rotten by Top Critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
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doubleofive said:
ChainsawAsh said:
lordjedi said:

This kind of makes sense with what we know of the changing timeline from the TV series.

But this movie completely ignores the TV show.  There's two timelines to the "Terminator" series:

TIMELINE A (Official): The Terminator; Terminator 2: Judgment Day; Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines; Terminator: Salvation

TIMELINE B (Alternate): The Terminator; Terminator 2: Judgment Day; Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

And as far as in-universe timelines for the movies, there's the T1/T2 "closed-loop" timeline, where Judgment Day occurs in 1997.  Then the events of T2 change the future, so that Judgment Day now occurs in 2003, so everything from T3 onward follows the changed (2003 Judgment Day) timeline instead of the original (1997 Judgment Day) timeline.

I think there are too many changes to the Salvation timeline for it to actually ride the T3 timeline.  Kate being a surgeon instead of a vet, 10 years too early T-800s...

I'm not sure what I'll do if I ever update my Terminator Timeline again.  Either create a new timeline due to the changes made in T3, or move T3 to a new timeline and guess that T4 is what would have happened if Skynet hadn't sent the T-X back.

But wouldn't the T-800s have come earlier if they followed the TV series timeline?  Since a head bounced through the time machine and they jumped over T3, wouldn't that make sense?  From what we see of the Terminators, they apparently carry the knowledge of how to cover themselves with blood and skin.  Doesn't that make it possible for everything to move to an earlier time in history?  Once Judgment Day actually happens, they can take that programming that they've brought back in time and upload it into the new Skynet.  Then you end up with T-800s sooner than they were suppose to happen.

This is why I hate time travel.

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#361925
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TV Shows renewed and cancelled.
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Does anybody around here watch Bones?  Can anyone explain to me why they've started doing these mid-episode summarizations where they tell you what has happened so far in the episode?  I can understand doing something like that between episodes (like 24 does) and even between seasons, but they do it right in the middle of the episode now.  Honestly it's kind of annoying.  It's like they're saying "We know you're to stupid to pay attention to a one hour show, so we're going to recap the first 30 mins right now".  I don't watch that portion, but I think it's a waste of showtime/airtime to even have it.

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#361770
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TV Shows renewed and cancelled.
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skyjedi2005 said:

When Heroes succumbed to the george lucas syndrome of making all the characters related i had to pull the plug and not watch it anymore.  Second season was retarded and wasted.  Third season a rehash of season 1 with some twists thrown in the plot,lame.  I only own season 1 on dvd.

Then apparently you missed the part where that was all a lie to get certain people to believe certain things.  Second season got screwed over by the writers strike.  The third season was essentially getting back on track from where season 2 went due to the writers strike.  The third season also explained where "The Company" came from and all that, so it wasn't really a rehash of season 1.  In fact, if you were really watching season 3, I don't know how you could say it was a rehash of season 1.

I'm happy to see that most of the shows I watch got renewed, but I'll definitely miss The Unit.  I'm not sure where they could've gone from last season's ending other than to have Jonas take over as The Unit leader instead of the Colonel (he got a promotion that would take him out of The Unit).  I'm surprised they renewed Scrubs.  Zach Braff was a major part of that show and his character moved to another hospital at the end of last season.  I guess they're hoping that the show can go on without him.

 

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#361766
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Evil Dead IV
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C3PX said:

They even have two directions they could go with it. They could continue from the S-Mart ending, or pick up right where The Director's Cut of Army of Darkness left off with Ash sleeping too long.

I could go either way, but I know people who couldn't stand the Director's Cut ending.  They felt that the sleeping to long thing was just way to lame.  They were much happier with the over the top S-Mart ending.  I think the S-Mart ending is a lot funner too, so having a fourth one start out from there would be pretty cool.

 

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#361765
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Terminator Salvation declared Rotten by Top Critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
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Shawn of the Deli said:

 

There is that great scene where Kyle returns to resistance "hide-out".  He is exhausted.  The humans are, by and large, NOT soldiers.  Old people, young people, all of them dirty and sickly and looking like hunted animals.  We hear people weeping all around.  Then the Terminator shows up and just lays waste to the to the place.  The scene is bleak and horrible and drives home how desperate everything is in this future.  Terminator: Salvation never gets close to that.  Most everyone is a soldier toting around full special forces gear.  They have jets and hangars and submarines.  Instead of feeling like humans are on the brink of extinction, we get what looks like GI Joe  fighting Transformers in the desert.

This kind of makes sense with what we know of the changing timeline from the TV series.  Instead of it being a rag tag group of people that are caught up in the mess, it's a bunch of people that have been sending other people back in time for a while, increasing each others knowledge of what's to come and changing things along the way.  I don't think the TV show ever outright says it, but it's heavily implied that each time someone else goes back, something in the future ends up different (a new timeline is created).  C3PX explained it perfectly and it seems like the movie is going along with that idea.

 

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#361440
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Terminator Salvation declared Rotten by Top Critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
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skyjedi2005 said:

Sure T2 had some over the top cgi but it was not the whole movie.

It also made sense where it was used, so it wasn't really a problem.

To me as a James Cameron Terminator fan this movie will either suck or not suck based on how faithful it is to the first 2 films.

Suck or not suck.  Wow, it's got a 50/50 chance of not sucking.  Sounds like every movie ever made.

Still T4 not the worst film out.  That would be either Wolverine or night at the museum 2.

And what exactly was wrong with Wolverine?  I thought they did a great job.  Other than maybe a little character overload, the rest of the movie was pretty good.

 

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#361425
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Abrams is Destroying Star Trek like Lucas has Destroyed Star Wars
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auraloffalwaffle said:

lordjedi said:

That's the other thing I didn't like, the way he acted during the Kobayashi Maru.  Did he really need to sit there eating an apple acting like it was nothing?  They could've at least had him pretend like he didn't know what was going on.

 

Uh...

[THINKS]

... never mind...

What?  Were you thinking back to that scene and realizing how lame it was or were you thinking back to it and recalling something I missed?  In all honesty, when I was watching it, all I could think of was "Arrogant much?"  It was his third time taking the test, we're informed that nobody takes it even twice, and there he is acting like everything's hunkey dorey.  I guess I should've said that they could've at least make him look like he didn't know what was going to happen, when it's obvious he clearly did.  At least that way it wouldn't have been so obvious that he cheated too.

 

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#361173
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RPG Gaming
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Darth Chaltab said:

For example, I once had a player who loved to check for traps where there weren't any. She kept insisting on searching for them even in empty hallways, so I decided to humor her and made a really obvious bear trap. And when she tried to activate it with a bullet, I had it explode like a land mine just to annoy her. It was fun. :)

One of my friends use to do stuff like this all the time whenever we played.  We once found what appeared to be a well in the middle of the desert (think of a fully bricked water well).  He insisted that there had to be something weird/bad about it and attempted to use every skill he had to discover what it was.  He was finally forced to give up as the rest of the players started moving on in the adventure.  The GM never made anything bad happen with it either.  It was just there to be there.

 

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#360742
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Abrams is Destroying Star Trek like Lucas has Destroyed Star Wars
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Gaffer Tape said:

Did they think people wouldn't understand the dates unless they were made to reflect our own?  I don't know.  It seems pretty clear to me that bigger number=later date than lower number, so I don't get why they changed this at all.

I think they figured the original stardate system was confusing.  I know that I never really understood how a stardate worked.  I knew that bigger number=later date, but I always figured the number was just random.  I know it was explained somewhere, I just don't know where.  I honestly didn't even notice that the stardate reflected the actual year in the movie.