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#948695
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Never Mind The Bulloch ... Here's Boba Fett (mini documentary)
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This is something I’d been meaning to do for a while, a perhaps rose-tinted look at the origins of Boba Fett and his (not) missile-firing Palitoy vintage action figure. Came together a few months ago and has a few views online.

Sources are credited in the Youtube description. I don’t post here much anymore so if I’m breaking any rules I won’t be upset if mods delete.

Youtube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LaATS0p8SM

sorry about the ads, I only brought together some research for posterity 😃

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#592635
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How would a Star Wars reboot do?
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George Lucas rebooted Flash Gordon and created Star Wars™. Let's
reboot the star wars. [/end of elevator pitch]


Here are working titles for the as-yet unnamed trilogy:

1. Gathering Force

2. Empire Disrupted

3. Final Assault


We can reboot it. We have the technology. We have the capability to
build the next great science fiction franchise*.


*All you need is cash - The Rutles.

It's unlikely 'name' actors will be cast, though as per Star Wars we may cast a known actor for credibility (ie Lucas cast Guinness for credibility reasons).

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#539844
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Star Wars coming to Blu Ray (UPDATE: August 30 2011, No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!)
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TV's Frink said:



Mr. Bungle said:


Johnboy3434 said:


SilverWook said:
On the flip side of the same coin, wasn't she also posting tweets that could be interpreted as baiting angry fanboys?


Perhaps, but I can't help but side with her when she tirades about the ridiculousness of the phrase "raped my childhood". While you could argue about whether or not the phrase is technically correct, the inescapable fact is that the word "rape" has heavy baggage tacked onto it. To use it in reference to something as trivial as a movie is nothing short of irresponsible.


Meh. When I was growing up, I recall Celtics' radio announcer Johnny Most screaming "Bird was raped!", implying that Larry Bird was fouled and there was no call. Was I supposed to take that literally?

Is the phrase "my childhood was raped" too much? Of course. But does it really belittle people who have been raped? Was someone who was raped actually offended by a geek saying "George Lucas raped my childhood"? There's sensitivity, and then there's needless sensitivity.




Have you ever been raped?  Do you know anyone who has been raped?  If not, then you have no way to know the answer to your questions.


For the record, yes.

Is rape technically correct to use in association with all of Lucas' fiddling? Yes, I believe so, though not necessarily the first definition of rape.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/rape
"an act of plunder, violent seizure, or abuse; despoliation; violation: the rape of the countryside."

He has certainly raped the franchise. Did he rape my childhood? No, he made it great to be a Star Wars obsessed child in the '80s who had other things on his mind (like being abused as a child by sexual rape) to try and forget about. And that, dear readers, is my strongest emotional attachment to the OT in a nutshell. That is why I care so much about the OT - it got me through a shitty piece of my life. That is why I genuinely get saddened at an OT that is dead, Lucas prodding its corpse with every release, he is prodding my comfort blanket in a very personal way whether he knows it or not. The OT is dead, I have mourned, and moved on. Time really does heal all wounds, if you can survive them, and if the scars don't get too sensitive. That's why I shed a tear at the "it gets better" campaign, because even though I'm straight, I can relate to the struggle of highly charged bottled emotions - it really does get better. [/PSA]

Psychology and marketing technique are very much related. When someone says "Lucas raped my childhood" I know instantly what that means, even if the semantics could be argued about endlessly. For the Lucas brand to be associated with rape must drive their PR guys nuts, which puts a wry smile on my face.

I don't find the term offensive now. Back when I was 10, I think it would just make me feel awkward.

Anyway, enough about me .... !

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#539461
Topic
Dinner with Lucas
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Tobar said:


If you have some spare change lying around you could win a dinner with Lucas! Right now they're auctioning a dinner with Francis Ford Coppola, John Lasseter, Chris Columbus, Philip Kaufman and George Lucas. <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290607988421">Check out the auction here.</a>

So if you got the chance to eat dinner with George Lucas what would you talk about? What would you ask him?


I'd ask him what the hold-ups are with the Star Wars live action series. If it's ideas, I have them. If it's writers, I know them. If it's production, I know people. If it's money - for fuck's sake George you're a billionaire, do you no longer have passion for Star Wars?

Soon or later I'd probably pitch him and he'd just get fed up talking shop and make his excuses and leave. And this child's dream will finally be crushed to closure. Yes, George is just paying the mortgage nowadays, just like me.

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#537326
Topic
Star Wars coming to Blu Ray (UPDATE: August 30 2011, No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!)
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Well, by the dictionary definition of "fan", I haven't been a fan since the release of 1997SE.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fanatic

"a person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics."

1997 is definitely when I became critical. Indy IV is when I switched off completely because with enough "fans" criticism is moot.

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#534673
Topic
Star Wars coming to Blu Ray (UPDATE: August 30 2011, No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!)
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DominicCobb said:


Funny, but that reminds me, that's how the Death Star should explode. I actually being serious here, I the Death Star would explode, it would cause a Praxis effect from its trench. Sorry, a little off topic rant.


And that reminds me - space is a vacuum and sound cannot travel in a vacuum. Oh, and faster-than-light travel is not possible. And there's yet to be a scientific sighting of yellow text floating in space. Sorry, a little off topic - wait - topic? What has a hazelnut in every bite?

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#534490
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Star Wars coming to Blu Ray (UPDATE: August 30 2011, No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!)
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none said:



We will never see another Star Wars type phenomena. People move on to the next thing too quickly now thanks to our culture being oversaturated with media, and the audience being very tech savvy (there has been no real movie "magic" post-Jurassic Park). Special Effects used to be wizardry, now you just take a course.


and now modify the above to account for Harry Potter.

 


I've always been slightly envious of Potter fans - an actual planned story (weak as I may consider it to be, I'm obviously in the minority, the presentation of the genre does not appeal to me) and closure and unlikely to get milked and pissed off with endless revisionism. I'm not sure it's a phenomenon any more than Starbuck's coffee is a phenonemon. There's just so many phenomenally marketed franchises to choose from today that something needs to go to the next level to differentiate itself from everything else. I still reckon that elusive catalyst will be found in an unexpected place or craft. I'm still impressed "normal" people still care about Back To The Future, but maybe that's more to do with rolling into 2015 and nostalgia.

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#534385
Topic
Star Wars coming to Blu Ray (UPDATE: August 30 2011, No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!)
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DominicCobb said:



miker71 said:

<span style="color: #ffffff; font-family: verdana, geneva, arial, helvetica, 'sans serif'; line-height: 17px; font-size: 12px;">Just like Lucas couldn't/wouldn't secure rights to Flash Gordon, we need an exciting new franchise to get behind (and it won't be from Cameron either). I'm optimistic that can happen, but I think it will be "underground" global phenomena rather than overground corporate shilled-to-death. The Matrix came close IMO, but no cigar.</span>


<span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, arial, helvetica, 'sans serif'; color: #ffffff;"><span style="line-height: 17px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000;"><span style="line-height: 14px;">I don't think I agree with you about Cameron. </span></span></span></span>

<span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, arial, helvetica, 'sans serif'; color: #ffffff;"><span style="line-height: 17px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000;"><span style="line-height: 14px;">Think of it this way: Sci-fi epic is released, becomes a must see event by pushing visual effects to the next level, and it ends up being the highest grossing film of all time. Critical reception is mostly positive, it is nominated for many Oscars including Best Picture which it loses, but many people don't believe in the hype. Granted, the film builds much of its content from pre-existing properties. </span></span></span></span>

<span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, arial, helvetica, 'sans serif'; color: #ffffff;"><span style="line-height: 17px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000;"><span style="line-height: 14px;">Now stop. What film have I described? Star Wars. I know many dislike Avatar, but Star Wars wasn't a sacred cow when it was released either. Now I'm sure most of you discovered Star Wars when you were kids right? Well I doubt you could find a kid that has seen Avatar and <span style="text-decoration: underline;">didn't</span> like it. Also, Avatar 2 and 3 haven't even come out yet. So we should wait before we pass too much judgement. </span></span></span></span>

<span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, arial, helvetica, 'sans serif'; color: #ffffff;"><span style="line-height: 17px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000;"><span style="line-height: 14px;">As a side note, I think everyone should be looking forward to Avatar 2. If you've seen Aliens, Terminator 2, or, hell the Empire Strikes Back, you should know what kind of movie we'll get.</span></span></span></span>


That's a really good point actually, and I certainly remember Star Wars getting hyped but the establishment rolling their eyes waiting for the "fad" to pass.

I have to say, I did enjoy Avatar - however, it contained nothing I haven't seen before, and nothing my son hasn't seen before in some context on his Xbox 360.

Also, in context of cinema, "global phenomena" is almost meaningless today, but back in the '70s and '80s it was amazing to behold, especially as a fan.

Star Wars got me because every release I saw something amazing, theatrical, cinematic, awesome - that I had never seen before (granted, as a kid you aint seen a lot). Cameron may be pushing the technology but I'm not convinced he's pushing his imagination. Maybe I have outgrown the demographic, "it's not you, it's me" - which still begs the question - where is the next bunch of films coming from that will excite me? I'd be thrilled to hear Star Wars was getting the full remake treatment at this stage (though braced for ultimate disappointment - but imagine if it didn't disappoint!)

Lucas can't even get his live action SW shiz together after all this time, so it really will be Death +70 years in my opinion. And I won't live that long either :(

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#534363
Topic
Star Wars coming to Blu Ray (UPDATE: August 30 2011, No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!)
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TV's Frink said:



miker71 said:

 
Exactly.

And is he still knocking around with Mellody Hobson?

<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellody_Hobson" target="_blank" title="en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellody_Hobson"></a><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellody_Hobson" target="_blank" title="en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellody_Hobson">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellody_Hobson</a>



 


http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ND920tPjWkA/SZkENqVgnzI/AAAAAAAAW6Y/RU9H_nQ8jmI/s400/george%2Blucas%2Band%2Bmelody%2Bhobson%2Bface.jpg

I was going to say "wut" but clearly George isn't the only one who loves money, and if that's all she loves, then that's what she'll receive...

Also, lol at the fact that wiki even includes something like the answer to the above question...
<table>
<tbody>
<tr>
<th><span>Mellody Hobson</span></th>
</tr>
<tr>
<th>Born</th>
<td>April 3, 1969 <span>(age 42)</span>
<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago" title="Chicago">Chicago</a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illinois" title="Illinois">Illinois</a>,
<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States" title="United States">United States</a></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<th>Occupation</th>
<td>Businessperson</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<th>Years active</th>
<td>2000–present</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<th>Partner</th>
<td><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lucas" title="George Lucas">George Lucas</a> (2007-present)</td>
</tr>
</tbody>
</table>


lol indeed. sadly it's now official - i am over 40 and blind.

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#534361
Topic
Star Wars coming to Blu Ray (UPDATE: August 30 2011, No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!)
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danny_boy said:


 


TK-949 said:

So 35mm is supposed to be watched on VHS only? Oh crap, I have to sell almost all of my DVDs and Blu-Rays.

... people tent to forget that  1080p/24 digital cameras like the genesis(that was used for Superman Returns,2012 and Alice In Wonderland) ...
 


Ultimately I think what we are seeing is everyone too afraid to do any Star Wars remakes or new feature films. As a result it's like an artist ruining his picture by overworking it.

Yes, I believe we won't see any Star Wars remakes for, what, Death + 70 or whatever it is.

Just like Lucas couldn't/wouldn't secure rights to Flash Gordon, we need an exciting new franchise to get behind (and it won't be from Cameron either). I'm optimistic that can happen, but I think it will be "underground" global phenomena rather than overground corporate shilled-to-death. The Matrix came close IMO, but no cigar.

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#534029
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Star Wars coming to Blu Ray (UPDATE: August 30 2011, No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!)
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Hostmaster said:


The Star Wars Saga will never have a perfect edition.

If Lucas does it, for him will be like killing the chicken of the golden eggs.

What's he gonna sell in the future if he gives to us now a reference edition with our beloved OT?


Exactly.

And is he still knocking around with Mellody Hobson?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellody_Hobson

"Mellody Hobson (born April 3, 1969) is the president of Ariel Investments, LLC,[1] a Chicago investment firm managing over $3 billion in assets."

"She joined Ariel [snip] as an intern and rose to become the firm's senior vice president and director of marketing."

Marketing, hmmmmm? Polarise people, no such thing as bad publicity, etc.

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#532997
Topic
Let's all say something nice about George Lucas. No insults allowed.
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George gave me something to do with my childhood, and something to aspire to as an adolescent (tell stories via the medium of movies).

Unfortunately computers got in the way and took over my career (much as they took over moneymaking moviemaking) and I'm really sad to see those pics of Steve Jobs on TMZ.

I applaud Lucas for the PT political machiavellian subtext which is a lot wiser than the optimistic childish/cliché/one-dimensional subtext of the OT. It just goes to show that politics makes for very boring cinema and everyone wants to feel emotionally charged rather than confused and bored.

I also applaud him for driving technology forward by facilitating things like EditDroid, Pixar, digital acquisition, THX, Rescue on Fractulus, Skywalker Sound, Photoshop ...

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#531796
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Star Wars coming to Blu Ray (UPDATE: August 30 2011, No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!)
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thedaner said:



JasonN said:


none said:


from MF.com


<span>"Jedi Rocks" is still there and unchanged.</span>

<span><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Vader's "NO's" have been added. The first sounds like it has been sloppily laid on top of the mix, the second is from ROTS. </span></span>




See, that just freaking pisses me off.... you have Lucas with a sh*t-ton on money to throw at this release, to "improve" it as he "sees fit", yet he can't hire James Earl Jones or even Chad Vader for one damn day to do some new voice work, he just recycles that BS line from ROTS over the audio mix and think's it'll sound perfectly fine when it won't. -_-


They could be both the same "Nooo" from ROTS, and an unused take of the first "no".  At least they sound more like JEJ than the "alert my star destroyer" Ep V line.  I've NEVER thought that was JEJ, and I don't buy Ben Burtt's BS about it being a discarded take from Ep IV


You have to admit though, if it is a discarded take - it was discarded for a reason (cos it's shite!!!)

FWIW, it doesn't sound like JEJ to me either. Maybe one day I'll do a frequency spectrum comparison, but maybe not.

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#531371
Topic
Star Wars coming to Blu Ray (UPDATE: August 30 2011, No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!)
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DominicCobb said:



rpvee said:

 

<span style="color: #ffffff; font-family: verdana, geneva, arial, helvetica, 'sans serif'; line-height: 17px; font-size: 12px;"> </span>

lol, Lucas fans are clutching at straws.

<a href="http://blogs.starwars.com/teekay-421/106"></a><a href="http://blogs.starwars.com/teekay-421/106" target="_blank" title="blogs.starwars.com/teekay-421/106">http://blogs.starwars.com/teekay-421/106</a>

 
 

I'm actually glad I read that blog post. I don't think its funny at all. Seriously, think about it: Lucas must have some reason for adding the NOOO!, believe it or not his goal isn't to rape people's childhoods, its creating his own vision of these movies. Now don't get me wrong, I don't like the change at all or the idea of revisions, but I don't approve of laughing at that post. Lucas had a reason for changing that scene and in all honesty I believe that that post, in trying to figure out why Lucas made the change, probably came up with the actual reason Lucas changed that scene. Hell, that post wasn't even defending him. So really, let's calm down here.



Agreed. I basically let go of Star Wars with the 1997 SE, affirmed with the PT.

I spend my disposable income on stuff that still resonates with me on an emotional level - Star Wars is no longer it.

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#531191
Topic
What was the &quot;fatal flaw&quot; of the Prequels if you think they sucked? (aka. Let's take a break from hating on the blu-rays)
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For me the fatal flaw is the high reliance on greenscreen for everything from special effects to virtual sets.

None of the CGI (or miniature comped) sets seemed tangible, there was little interaction between the actors and their environment besides shooting and slicing and sitting in cockpits. The rest of the movies seemed to be sitting or standing around.

The technique is probably perfected in Avatar, but even that flick left me cold and no yearning to go and see it again.

I remember reading the novelisation of TPM before seeing it at the cinema and thinking the story played out pretty well. So it's a flawed execution. Poor direction. Did Lucas even leave the video village?

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#530404
Topic
Star Wars coming to Blu Ray (UPDATE: August 30 2011, No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!)
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bkev said:


I'm not sure why I care so much, but Katie Lucas seems to be getting much more civil. Good for her.

Katie Lucas said:


You are absolutely allowed your opinions,but don't be abusive about it! He's my father he's not a punching bag!spew your hate somewhere else


Can't be easy, being adopted. I can't even begin to comprehend how that would change your outlook on life, compared to the insignificance of your adopted father's endless tinkering with pop culture for no good reason other than (maybe) to secure a decent inheritance via JAK productions.

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#529339
Topic
Star Wars coming to Blu Ray (UPDATE: August 30 2011, No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!)
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rockin said:



Mielr said:

Even on HTF the Lucas apologists have been unusually quiet today - maybe now they've gotten a little taste of what it's like to have your favorite films ruined.

I think Lucas really has gone too far this time.


You should see over at blu-ray.com. Some of the same apologists still saying they don't mind the new changes and I'm sure I read one of them say that they thought it was in fact better... I seriously do wonder sometimes.


Lucasfilm fifty centers?

http://sinocentric.co.uk/?p=1195

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#529329
Topic
Star Wars coming to Blu Ray (UPDATE: August 30 2011, No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!)
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Darth Editous said:

He's not an artist...he's a man with many psychological issues.

Yeah, he's also obsessed with amputation and midgets.

DE


there's some historical context here http://jwsoundgroup.net/index.php?/topic/1753-thx-1138/

for a youngster who was considered "adrift", i guess he's done ok as an individual .... not so good as an audience pleaser :-(

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#528802
Topic
Original colour of Luke and Obiwan's lightsabres
Time

http://starwars.mytopix.com/lightsaber/
"The original film prop hilts were constructed from old camera-flash cylinders. The 'switched-on' sword props were designed with the intention of creating an 'in-camera' glowing effect. The 'blade' was three-sided and coated with super-reflective material-- the same sort used for highway signs. A lamp was positioned to the side of the taking camera and reflected towards the subject through 45-degree angled glass so that the sword would appear to glow from the camera's point-of-view. A motor in the hilt caused the blade to spin so that a reflective surface was always presented directly to the camera. This also created the familiar 'flickering' effect. Ultimately, this process yielded unsatisfactory results and animation was employed to enhance the brightness of the sabers. It was at this point that the artistic decision was made to assign different colors to the blades."

cyan/white

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#527748
Topic
Worst Dialogue from the OT.
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LexX said:



Puggo - Jar Jar's Yoda said:

Han's line about the Kessel run should have been fixed because the use of "parsecs" makes no sense (it's a unit of distance).


It was once subtitled to 40 lightyears here on TV which doesn't make anymore sense, LOL. Those subtitles were classic.


It can make sense in world of quantum mechanics which hyperspace must be.

Perhaps he plotted a short cut on the navicomputer that was less than 12 parsecs and thus the observer would consider the ship "fast".

Personally I never knew what a parsec was, and still have not looked at a dictionary definition. It made perfect sense to a 7 year old and still sits well with me. That scene was more about the transaction and revelation of debt, adding to character. More subtext in that single scene than found in the entire spoon-feeding PT. And I was 7 and I knew what was going on without having to have some cartoon character puke exposition about what a parsec actually was. The force also made perfect sense without further explanation.
[/StopTalkingAboutPT]

Also, in my mind, "bad" dialogue is not the same as factually incorrect dialogue.