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  1. On 6/28/2022 at 6:33 AM, TangledThorns said:

    I just started playing Fallen Jedi for PC and ten minutes in it's already way better than the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Disney+ is gonna lose subscribers over this IMHO.

    It’s gameplay is great, but the writing is still just ok.  A bunch of it still doesn’t make sense.  

  2. 2 hours ago, Big s said:

    I don’t know about the mcu really being that much of an influence here. Star Wars has always been goofy. If anything Star Wars probably influenced the mcu into being more lighthearted. Just the goofiness in this show seems over the top and really out of place when they use it

    That’s the problem, it doesn’t fit.  C-3PO can be obnoxious oblivious and prudish, because he’s a droid, and he’s programmed that way, but nobody takes him seriously, except maybe the Ewoks, and that’s a whole other conversation.

  3. 7 minutes ago, Roy Focker said:

    It must have first happened during the production of the Last Jedi. There are some interesting ideas in that movie. It also starts with humor more in the spirit of a Marvel movie. The first version of Justice League that came out was heavily influenced by the tone of the MCU. These others project suffer when they try to make them feel like a Marvel movie and trade making a good story for a chance to promote the next spinoff series.  Sometimes they can make a winner like the 1st season of the Mandalorian. Even then they'll screw it up by later focusing too much on a few elements that the public enjoyed. 

    In my opinion it started in The Force Awakens, Finn's goofy nature just felt off.  Watch his interactions with Poe after Finn rescues him, and his interactions with BB8 and Rey after they leave Jaku.  He doesn't feel like a traumatized child soldier, he just feels like an idiot.  And it's very obvious that John Boyega can act, so this must have been the performance they were after. 

  4. 9 hours ago, Mog said:

    They need someone in the writer’s room to say, “Nah, that’s stupid.  Let’s rework that idea.” or “Maybe we should NOT have three ‘We need to rescue Leia incidents’ back-to-back-to-back.”

    This is the major problem I have had with the last two series.  Apparently no one saw the dailies and said, "um we can't publish this as Star Wars, it looks ridiculous".  Somewhere along the way Disney decided that Star Wars needed the Marvel treatment, and since then we've had forced humor, silly writing, and questionable casting/direction.  I won't ride the acting to hard as it's evident some of these people have great works in their past.  Add in child actors, and it's like the writers watched episode 1 and decided that instead of taking it's structure and issues as a cautionary tale, they thought this was the formula for Star Wars. 

    Edit: meant to say, Star Wars is best when it's treated as High Fantasy, like the Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings.  It can have humor, (and personally I still think Jackson went overboard with the Dwarf jokes), but it has to be treated respectfully and realistically.  Having silly characters that no actual person would believe or take seriously, and then having the characters treat them in a serious manner just comes off stupid.  Like the fake Jedi in episode 2 of Kenobi.  

  5. 3 hours ago, jvmacross said:

    So finally got around to watching episode 5, again, just more boneheaded writing that pays no respect to the characters as we know them from the films and other media...

    I guess it was Bail's turn to have his character destroyed (some more) in this episode.  We are to believe that the biggest kept secret in the galaxy was openly disclosed on some holo-message " space phone"...including openly used names, no attempt at hiding anything....and that even as Bail fears that Obi Wan has been captured or failed in retrieving his daughter....he still compromises their safety and the security of said "best (worst) kept secret in the galaxy" by apparently sending this message, unencrypted, or at minimum not using "real" names...and finally, in a way that the message would not be playable by anyone other than Obi Wan.

    To make matters even worse, Obi Wan decides to give this unencrypted "space phone" to a known con-man/opportunist in the hopes that he won't "sell-out"?  Well, at least we didn't get the chance to find out he was DJ's dad....



    Or Obi-Wan immediately deleting a potentially compromising message after he receives it.  He was a General, COMSEC isn't rocket science.  Unfortunately outside of the Mandalorian, The Disney Star Wars series have all the hallmarks of being written by a Jar Jar Abrams committee.  "hey wouldn't it be cool....."

  6. 3 hours ago, jvmacross said:

    Yeah, yeah....I know...it's Star Wars...leave all logic behind and come veg with us for a while....

    But don't fans deserve better than to be expected to accept mediocrity?...(looks at latest videos of the lightsaber wielding crowds at Star Wars Celebration)....


    Yes, yes they do, and honestly if LucasFilm/Disney really cared about their investment or their intellectually property, they'd be investing in better writing/writers, but it's pretty apparent that quality is not one of their priorities. 

  7. The sad truth is that the writing has been very mediocre and that may be kind. Ewan Mcgregors performance has been good given what he's working with, but given the nature of bringing Vader and Obi-wan together again, I expect Disney to bring their A+ game. It has not been brought.  And why write this around a previously unexplained encounter with a 10 year old Leia? Child actors are notoriously problematic from a dramatic standpoint. The concept was flawed from the get go. If you need to motivate Obi-wan to leave Tatooine, it's a good reason, but don't focus on the kid, have her sedated nearly the whole time, have her recovered quickly and sent back to Alderan, and then have Vader chasing Obi-wan. This reeks of showing what a strong independent intelligent and brave 10 year old girl Leia was. It's not necessary, we know what an awesome character she turned into.
  8. 6 hours ago, azrael said:
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    Vader wants him alive so he can burn him nice and slowly. The whole "I want you to feel everything I felt when you left me to die"-deal.

    Obi-wan wasn't ready for Vader this time. It wasn't even a real fight. Once Vader could see Obi-wan was on defense and running, he switched from kill to play. Obi-wan be ready next time and probably have a plan (probably fake-his-death again), which will then lead to ANH

    Fascinating name drop in this episode.

    I've actually wondered if that is the mystery man in the tank in the Jedi Survivor trailer.  No dreads though. 

  9. 2 hours ago, jvmacross said:

    Agreed, but the only thing that matters is that he already knows that Anakin is Darth Vader....this is why the scene in OWK that eludes to Obi Wan being in shock of the news that Anakin is still alive seems far fetched....basically in the 10 years since he last interacted with Anakin, he has heard nothing about Darth Vader causing havoc across the galaxy?....Bail, the only guy that knows his whereabouts didn't bother to tell Obi Wan that Anakin/Vader survived his encounter on Mustafar?  There has been no encounters with Vader documented by Rebel intelligence? The entire Senate doesn't know of the Emperor's right hand man?

    Just wondering if things will get retconned or if this will just be ignored?


    1 hour ago, Mog said:

    Obi and Yoda went into hiding.

    Seriously doubt Bail’s just randomly dropping off news to Obi.  After ROTS, they probably all know to keep the kids safe and keep a low profile (well except for the Galactic Senator).

    Makes sense that Bail would only contact Obi for only the most dire of circumstances and doubt Bail’s in the know about Vader’s true identity.

    Even if grumblings about a former Jedi hunting and slaughtering his own kind makes it all the way to backwoods Tattooine, I don’t think Obi’s in the right state of mind to fully process it.

    He clearly hasn’t heard squat from Qui-Gon in 10 years, still has massive hurt from “killing” Anakin and seeing Padme die, and has a mission that forces him to lay low and not draw attention to himself.


    36 minutes ago, azrael said:

    Bail likely knew the importance of the "radio-silence"-rule. Any comm traffic to Obi-wan or Yoda could be traced. Whether or not Bail knew Vader was alive was inconsequential to keeping the twins safe. Heck, the less Bail saw of Vader, the better.

    The running theory is Vader only came out when needed. His appearance was more mythical with the Inquisitors doing most of the hunting while Vader only came out against the tougher Jedi or when they failed. The Imperial Army only saw him when they needed "motivation" or a matters of importance to Vader or the Emperor. I would imagine Vader spent more time in the Bacta tank than we thought, especially during the first years after ROTS.

    The surviving Jedi went to ground after Order 66. Cal Kestis (Junk guild scavanger), Obi-wan (meat processing plant), Kanan Jarrus (cargo hauling/smuggling), they all likely took meaningless jobs and kept a low-profile. Forged chain-codes, no Holonet presence.

    Again, Knowing that Vader exists, and knowing that he is Anakin Skywalker are two separate things that up to this point in the shows and mythology had been treated as either no widely known, or possibly a carefully guarded secret.  Obviously Obi-wan knew who and what he was by the time of ANH, both in his statements to Luke, and to Vader himself, but when he learned this was unknown.  Kanan recognized Vader as a Sith Lord and nothing more, As noted above, Ashoka had no idea Anakin had survived, until she was in his presence and the revelation was quite a shock, even after this she refused to revel the truth to Kanen or Ezra.  Cere (Jedi Fallen Order) refered to him as a "Shadow", and obviously Cal had no idea who he was.   Also If Bail had been aware of his identity he also did not share it with Ashoka.  In the eyes of the Galaxy Anakin Skywalker, after siding with the Emperor (not clear if this is common knowledge), was either killed with the rest of the Jedi, or died on Mustafar.  Then Darth Vader, the Emperors shadowy apprentice/enforcer appeared.  I haven't read the Tarkin novels, so I'm not sure if Tarkin actually knew or not (implied by "you are all that is left of that old religion"), but it has been made very clear that Vader=Akakin was not common knowledge.   The idea that the inquisitors, Vader's disposable enforcers, would be trusted with such knowledge is surprising, and in my personal opinion, weak writing.  Obi-Wan should have figured it out another way, perhaps overhearing him or observing him. 

    Edit: ok, I watched the clip, and I had forgotten that the emperor does in fact refer to Anakin as Lord Vader.  So Obi-wan does know that Vader=Anakin, however as pointed out by others above, he appears to believe he killed Anakin on Mustafar, and on the backwater of Tatooine, he's unlikely to have heard anything more than vauge rumors of a black clad enforcer for the emperor.  Darth Vader's existence has been established as not common knowledge. 


  10. 12 minutes ago, jvmacross said:

    Obi Wan knows Anakin is Darth Vader, he and Yoda were reviewing the attack footage during a scene in ROTS...


    Knowing he stormed the temple, and that he is Darth Vader, again, are two separate things.  The aspect of this that I have a problem with is the idea that all the inquisitors know who he is.  It seems that his original identity was a tightly held secret, and yet it’s shared with these selfish and apparently untrustworthy individuals.   

  11. 17 hours ago, tekering said:

    Watching Obi-Wan chase a little girl around in Blade Runner got old REAL quick. 😑

    Both her kidnapping and rescue are horribly paced and shot, it looks like a bunch of adults playing "I'm gonna get you" with a toddler.  Star Wars should have learned better than to rely on a 10 year old actor. 

  12. 4 minutes ago, tekering said:

    Yeah, he gets it.  Mog was just being facetious. 😝

    If only...!  😅

    Paramount wasn't stupid, they were just cheap.  1080p would've been high-definition, and DVDs weren't capable of that... so 480p was considered adequate (and cost-effective). :unknw:

    right, getting my resolution's confused. between DVD, HD, and Ultra HD.  man I feel old.  I got that special edition VHS set of the movies for my birthday in 91 or 92 I think, the ones that made the enterprise if you lined them up.  Watched them so many times. 

  13. 36 minutes ago, Mog said:

    So. . . . are we gonna get 20 additional minutes of them slow panning around the Enterprise, lovingly filming the ship from every conceivable and imaginable angle?

    This is apparently a 4k update of the re-edited Directors cut with updated special effects we got on DVD in 2001.  It's not the same as the theatrical cut or the extra 20 minutes of starring at Vger that we got on the VHS special edition.  It's taken this long, because they were honestly a bit stupid, and only rendered the new CGI at 1080P.  It had to be completely redone and reedited to get a higher resolution.  This version is considered ..... better, though still not great.  Most of the movies underlying issues remain. 


  14. 48 minutes ago, Mog said:

    So, it’s not just Disney+ in Canada, but everywhere?

    Wound up watching the first and last episodes of Daredevil last night.  Still so freakin’ good.

    I really hope they pick up and continue the storylines they left dangling for these various series.  And with the shift to +, please DON’T NERF THE VILLAINS!!

    I'm sure these will be in the non-canon X-men multiverse category.  IE if there are new seasons or movies, it will be a totally new show, no continuing story-lines from the  Netflix series. 

  15. On 2/13/2022 at 10:10 PM, azrael said:

    It will pull references from the Silmarilion and the Appendices but will otherwise have very little to do with those works.

    Here's the description:

    As the title suggest, this show is about the creation of the Great Rings (Rings of Power); as the rhyme goes...


    So as I understand it (after watching a few youtube videos which makes me an expert, haha), they don't even actually have rights to the Silmarilion, only the Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the Appendices.  This is so much worse than I thought.  They have to piece together the story from the 2nd age using only the references in the Appendices, So a bunch of TV writers are going to be writing and creating Tolkien story and dialogue from a very rough outline.  This is going to be SOOOOOOOOOOO bad. 

  16. 1 hour ago, pablumatic said:

    A prequel series. Just thinking of all the good prequels I've seen....🙊

    Is this show based upon any actual Tolkien writing, or is it made up whole cloth? I'm guessing just bits and pieces of The Silmarillion if anything. 

    Bits and pieces of the Silmarillion is what I've heard, which will require a bunch of TV writers to come up with almost all of the scenes and dialogue on their own, very little except the setting will come from Tolkien.  If there is anything that the last few years have demonstrated, it's that TV writers are generally not up to the task of wholesale creation in fantasy worlds.  The last few seasons of GOT, and the first season of WOT, etc.  Of course with the amount of money they are throwing at this, maybe they actually came up with decent writers.  I have my doubts. 

  17. 1 hour ago, Mechapilot77 said:

    those reds actually almost match....while i would LOVE a totally new TLEAD/TREAD/Beta, if its totally bonkers in price, maybe i'll just dig out my old red beta and do that.  haha.  was only planning on getting 1 of the sentintel's anyway.  from teh picture it looks just as big or maybe bigger than toynamis?  thats just my impressino though...no calculations made.

    Yeah, they work pretty well together, not perfect, but good enough that I don't have an issue displaying it that way.  The red Beta is the only one I have, so I'm not sure how close the other colors are.  One of my favorite purchases actually, only my third "Valk", picked it up new in box for less than $100 five years ago. 

  18. 31 minutes ago, jenius said:

    So you guys think it's bigger than the CM's? 


    Really hard to say without seeing them side by side like on your site.  In all the pictures I've seen the Legioss is closer to the camera, and they didn't pose it connected, soooo?  Given that these are all a slight reimagining, I wouldn't be surprised to seem them go big as long as it looks good, and I think the Toynami Alpha/Beta look pretty good at their scales, the CM look a tad bit diminutive even if it is animation accurate for the majority of the scenes.  Just my 2 cents. 


    edit, also those wings are really really long, easily together more than the width of the body, really takes you by surprise when you handle it. 

  19. 14 minutes ago, Mog said:

    RT’s from a copied and poorly translated language!  😜

    In all seriousness, Mospeada is one of the few animes where some of the characters are from South America.

    Back to the Tread, I hope I’m able to squeeze that combined fighter into a Detolf.  Gonna be tricky with the figures I already have in that shelf:



    On 9/4/2021 at 10:25 PM, levzloi said:

    Finally got all three on the shelf, now if Sentinel will only release a TREAD. 


    If it's near the size of the Toynami, it might be possible if you fold the wings into the arms, but I wouldn't count on it.  This case is near twice as wide as a Detolf, and one of the wings has to be partially folded.   (edit) Once again, the Toynami is HUGE, if the Riobot is close to it's size, display in fighter mode may be very problematic for some. 


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