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#1423114
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In defense of Rey Palpatine in <em>The Rise of Skywalker</em>, and why I do not think it undermines her arc in <em>The Last Jedi</em>.
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RogueLeader said:
I think they made Rey a Palpatine for a few reasons.

  1. To give fanboys a reason why Rey was so powerful.

I think sticking to a “chosen one” approach would have been enough. I never liked this angle though (it was a weird trend during the 90s: Matrix, Harry Potter, Star Wars, …), but between a random slave being “chosen” by the Force and someone who inherits her powers from genetics (but not her parents ?), one option still sounds better to me.
in the final movie we got, one can argue we kinda merge both approaches though: Rey is chosen by the Force AND she’s the granddaughter of a powerful Sith (something which could be applied to Anakin if one overreads Palpatine dialogues though during the Opera sequence in Ep3), but still doesn’t really explain everything she knows, everything seems so easy to her, it’s really boring for me to follow her adventures in the ST (I stick to my point made roughlty 6 yars ago: Finn should have been the main protagonist of the ST, not just a comic relief) 😕 She’s like the Avatar the last airbender, but without the same empathy and without the fun…

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#1422173
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What are your favorite fan edits for the Prequel Trilogy and why?
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For Ep 1/2 I think Hal’s latest iterations are near perfect: they still feel and look like real movies, with almost nothing which sells their fanedited nature. Ep2 still retains bad (but not THAT bad) stuff to avoid jarring cuts. If someday Lucasfilm releases finalized deleted scenes, Ep2 could be as perfect as it could be I guess. Ep1 is near as good except I still feel that the first meeting with the Gungas is missing (I’m on the other hand ok with removing the long and boring journey to the planet core).
For Ep3 not sure which one is the best as I think I prefer the theatrical cut enhanced with the deleted scenes (unlike Ep1/2 I do like Ep3 as a good movie with many flaws but with many qualities we don’t find in SW latest entries anymore). The best cut would be the extended cut with a few things removed borrowing from various fanedits. Octoroxx was working on something which could be that near perfection I guess.

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#1421598
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Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003) in 4K (Released)
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Not surprising though: Disney hasn’t been investing much regarding Star Wars restoration catalogue. Lucas Original Hexalogy as released in 2019 was already in the work when they bought Lucasfilm for example.

But it’s OK, the 4K version tackled by Tackel is good enough, even tough there still is this audio track issue of the volume 2 5.1 track missing.

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#1411682
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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sherlockpotter said:

To be clear, Palpy’s plan for Rey is:

  • Order Kylo to kill Rey.
  • Anticipate him both trying to mow her down with his ship. But actually not want to kill her after all.
  • Secretly lure Rey to him by means of…Ochi’s Dagger?
  • Convince her to kill him by telling her it’s what he wants?
  • Send his guards to try and kill Rey in the throne room as she’s about to kill him anyway
  • Try to kill Rey anyway once the guards fail to do so
  • Resurrect himself…some other way, I guess?
  • Rule over a galaxy that he’s completely destroyed.

All of this convoluted nonsense could be avoided if his plan can be retooled to “Kill Rey because she is the last great threat to his return.”

I would say Palpatine is consistent over 3 trilogies at elaborating incredibly complex plots 😄

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#1410090
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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Hal 9000 said:

I haven’t noticed any issues with the video game footage at all, to be quite honest, but the consensus was clear that using it would throw a lot of people.

For what’s worth, the extended opening with the video game footage has grown on me, I think t really adds more to the scene and it clearly shows how powerful is the first order compared to the neo-rebels.

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#1404931
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Anyone else dislike Rogue One? I feel like the only person.
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WookieeWarrior77 said:

Sure the Vader scene was cool, the pilots were nice, and it tied in nicely to the original Star Wars at the end; but other than that it just isn’t a very good movie in my not so humble opinion.

I do agree: since day one I don’t like this movie. Let’s say I tolerate it now because of a few qualities (it looks great, I’m a big fan of Giacchino’s score, and a few sequences actually are pretty good). One of my main issues is it doesn’t tie that nicely to the original SW. When I watched both movies back to back, ANH felt inconsistent with R1 in many ways… I have the same problem with the PT, however at least ROTS ends some 20 years before ANH starts, so my mind can adjust the inconsistencies with the time gap. With R1, the 5 minutes gap don’t explain why Vader is suddenly so weak and got memory issues… I don’ dig at all the plot about some engineer who input a defect on purpose into the DS, it kinda ruins everything we see in ANH (it removes the symbolic of the Dragon to become something which allegedly makes sense, exactly what people usually are mad with the PT for but they mostly gave a pass to R1 here for some reasons I still don’t get). Also, R1 is a war movie with some myth used as a background for no real value, so even in tone it doesn’t align well with the main Saga.

In the end, I really hated it when I first saw it. Now it take it as it is: a boring war movie with incredible visuals, high standard scenery and a thrilling last half hour. Which qualifies it as one of the best of the Disney (bad) batch 😄

(my Disney ranking would be: TLJ > R1 > Solo > TROS > TFA)

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#1401840
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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Oki. I will remove the fleet chatter as part of the “Palpatine broadcast” overture track I will be synchronizing to v2. Shouldn’t be too difficult 😃

(I could export a version without Palpatine overture for those you would prefer Hal’s track without the fleet chatter, since it wouldn’t be more time consuming to do so on my side anyway)

By the way, I don’t remember if there is a dedicated thread but since I mainly only contribute here, I wish you all guys an excellent 2021 !

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#1401808
Topic
The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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Hal 9000 said:

Yeah. Anyway, here’s everything on my radar for V2:

  • Add Vader’s Castle to the opening Mustafar sequence (seems like it’ll be the work of 21C Peasant and Movies Remastered - ongoing)

  • Add two shots featuring Coruscant to the Star Destroyer conference room scene (thanks to Poppasketti)

  • Remove line “from the Southern shore” from 3PO’s translation, as that was when a protractor was involved, and now it’s merely a coordinate followed by mystical guidance (not super necessary, maybe)

  • Possibly remove Rey asking, “What?” when Finn formerly started saying he had something to tell her in the sinking fields (I forget who pointed this out - haven’t zoomed in to investigate for myself yet)

  • Possibly restructure the space battle opening slightly like DominicCobb, but I need to zoom in and consider it

  • Can Rey’s mother not mention her name? We all liked the idea that Rey named herself, per the X-wing helmet’s Aurabesh translation in TFA.

  • Use the crackly saber effect courtesy of kewlfish and Luka Frik

  • If it comes to fruition, use RogueLeader’s idea for Rey’s saber to fizzle out as Kylo gets the better of her during their duel on the DSII.

Sounds cool. Will you provide an alternate track without added KoR lines and added civil fleet lines as well ?

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#1400143
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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Another Happy Sanding. (a WIP)
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Octorox said:

So, since I updated my extended edition of ROTS, I’ve been working on this again. I’m trying to rework the “Plot to Destroy the Jedi” deleted scene into something that isn’t redundant with the war table scene (The reference in The Clone Wars kind of convinced me to keep it). Here’s what I have right now: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lhItqeRBSgVbRQnN3Jc_wfIzPvP0hg4D/view?usp=sharing

Unfortunately in the surround mix you can hear some whispers of Yoda’s original dialogue in the other audio channels. Does anyone happen to know where I can find the music that was originally used in this scene? Was it something from Episode II?

EDIT: Sorry, just fixed the permissions on the link.

It’s cool, maybe a little bit too quick on the scene cut to the Council meeting.

(if I may, this addition would also be great as part of your extended cut, since you would be adding material)

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#1400009
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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sidshady12 said:

It is an interesting thing to think about - how far did they go on their first light speed jump? And would it make sense with the whole chances of running into a star or other debris?

The speed of light is 299,792,458 m / s

Being generous, I’m assuming he was going light speed for 3 seconds, but it might be 3.2 or something. Multiplied by 3 and converted to miles, you only get 558,847.

EDIT: nvm ships go WAY faster than the speed of light in star wars pretty sure

https://www.tor.com/2014/12/08/star-wars-how-fast-is-the-millennium-falcon/#:~:text=The Millennium Falcon’s top speed,So there we have it.

With this guys research and anaylsis, which I’m inclined to believe because for the star wars lore/movies to make sense with the distances and speeds seen then going hyper speed would be extremely faster than just normal light speed, so even 3 seconds is by no means a ‘quick/close jump.’ Did some calculations with the times this guy theorized and the falcon likely would’ve gone a couple trillion miles in just a few seconds

Well, I would say it’s Star Wars, not Star Trek, doesn’t need to be realistic as long as it keeps inner consistency within the Universe it takes place.

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#1399392
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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ziggyonice said:

On the topic of Vader’s castle, I recall seeing another thread where someone rotoscoped video using shots of the castle from Rogue One.

Here is the link to view it:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rlq4IBxaaX6cWvdPlPQttfvaKCIdYtwS/view?usp=sharing

I do think those establishing shots greatly improve the sequence—particularly the TIEs flying around the castle. The troopers running out may not be necessary, though I do like extending the sequence as the whole film moves too fast.

Where did we ever land on getting a shot of the castle? Or did we pass on it?

Oh it mostly works very well ! I would definitely like to see the Castle shot with the Ties inserted in Ascendant. The video game footage, not so much though.

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#1397786
Topic
Star Wars Episode II: The Approaching Storm (Released)
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AbramPT said:

Audio editing, however, loses a point and gets a 9/10 for the music cue used during Anakin and Padmé’s first kiss. My wife, who is watching these edits with me and spends more time looking at her phone than the TV, said “oh, that was weird. It was obviously cut short.”

To be fair, the theatrical audio of this scene has a “music joke” which also feels like bad editing 😄