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  1. Right. I was unsure of the order of events by the end of the episode. I thought Adar had the conversation when his army first arrived at the watchtower and he noticed the inscription on the wall. I then thought the scene where Arondir was trying to damage/destroy the sword in town came after that moment and so things got muddled. A mix-up on my part, most assuredly. Indeed. I’m okay with it being there but I find it curious, if it is that volcano, why the creative team decided to use it as an offensive strike this early. I’m not against the creative license, but I like seeing how this show gives context for its non-canon events, especially if that context can pull me deeper into the show’s current events.
  2. Here are the facts that Amazon left intact concerning mithril: * There is a large source of it in the Dwarven mines of Khazad-Dum. * The Elves value it as a precious metal and they end up trading with the Dwarves and using the metal to accessorize. In the books, Mithril does not contain the essence of the two trees or any other Silmaril-like power. It is simply another fancy metal like gold and silver, but much rarer than these and with its own Tolkien-esque qualities to make it sought after. The Elves use it most often for clothing, utensils, and jewelry. For instance, the Mithril chain that Bilbo finds and gives to Frodo is thought to have been a shirt originally worn by an Elven prince. It had no special magical power but the shirt protected the wearer from all slashing, slicing, and piercing damage. In that respect then, it eventually became a highly valued shirt of armour. You also ask a good question about Celeborn. He and Galadriel do end up leading the Elves in Lothlorien, and he shoukdn’t be an unknown Elf during this period, so I am hoping that Amazon is saving their own creative take on how things happen for later. I’m curious to see how they get all the canon and non-canon plots to synchronize and work together.
  3. Okay. Tricksy it is, then. This explains the creative license given to things in the Elvish history that have been referenced so far in the show. That bit about the one Silmaril being a stand out --Huh?-- moment for me. But now I get it.
  4. I would say it's simply a fixed point placing where this part of his story fits within the larger SW universe. I don't know that it needs to be any more relevant than that. The date itself doesn't need to be a double entendre. But maybe I misunderstood. Given the fiction we know about, I don't see the time reference taking away from Rogue One events or the sacrifice he made with Jyn Erso and their team on Scarif. That's fair. I do agree that Disney has been inconsistent with how they have been using all the SW extended universe information. At first, all of it was off the table. Then, they were picking and choosing among the choice bits. Now, it seems they've employed a random number generator to pick which EU plots to reuse. It can get exhausting. All I'm going to say is that I'm glad I don't write SW fiction. I wouldn't want to walk that minefield. I agree. As for Cassian's personal relevancy, I think this show may be trying to fill that in. I'm waiting on some depth--maybe in the present day plot or maybe in the flashback scenes. Unfortunately, the all too important context connections have yet to be realised. With the first three episodes, I can infer two things, 1) he appears to have traced his sister even after being taken from Kenari and 2) he maybe had a thing for the leader of his tribe--what happened to her? Did she actually die? Bonus thought: If his sister is bouncing around off of Kenari in the show's present day timeline, does that mean the rest of his Lord of the Flies tribe were rescued? Did all of them find their way off planet? Oh, and clearly finding his sister is important enough that he risks everything, including the well-being of his friends, to sell that imperial tech he stole to get off planet. There's still a ways to go, though, to see the Cassian Andor from Rogue One who was a respected rebel asset: assassin, spy, and saboteur.
  5. Ooo. I like your theory about Halbrand. I could see the creative team making that work. And the goof with Galadriel's armour was unfortunate. That's a good question. If the license restrictions are limited to words like Hobbits and such, I don't see that holding the series back too much. If it includes characters and places on Tolkien's map of Arda (his fantasy world), then that could get sticky. So far, the first age references have been solid, even though Amazon's creative team has added their own non-canon flourishes here and there. I'll put my detailed thoughts in a spoiler since it mixes content from the latest episode with some book-based knowledge.
  6. I agree with @Bolt on this one for a few of reasons. First, the Battle of Yavin is a known inflection point. Second, it has been used as the date system in canon Disney-created SW fiction for a number of years now. I think the first instance in canon fiction was 2016? Third, for more invested fans, the date system harkens back to a non-canon tabletop RPG from the 1990s. So fans who played that would be familiar with it too. All that said, the title card wasn’t a big deal for me. It took only a moment to figure out what BBY stood for when it was used in the first episode. I didn’t have to look it up. IMO, the Battle of Scariff (aka the Action/Raid on Scariff) is one of a number of missions that show the fledgling rebels gaining ground and increasing their morale. I guess I would ground it in the real world to the US War for Independence. In both cases, a number of missions led to the formation of a new government but both the real-world and fictional world events have their high and low points. For the high points, there are key moments where the revolutionaries turn the tide if you will. At Scariff, a high-speed team secures the Death Star plans and passes them on to the Princess. The destruction of the first Death Star wasn’t the end, of course, but it was the first major victory and a serious morale boost at that given moment. To me, I guess it makes sense that this moment is framed—like Washington crossing the Delaware. To ground it further in what we know from the original trilogy, itself, that dystopian landscape already exists. The Galactic Senate (by the time of the first movie, known as the Imperial Senate) had been dissolved by Palpatine. He was the authoritative ruler of the Empire and he was the one who let Grand Moff Tarkin build a planet killing weapon of this type. It wasn’t just a symbol. It was a tool. We got to see it used for crushing political opponents and dissidents. I’m sure if the Battle of Yavin had ended in failure, its use would have been expanded. Imagine the Emperor using it to blink out suspected Jedi sanctuary planets?
  7. I’m enjoying it too. There are some unanswered questions about Cassian’s past—thing’s that don’t quite add up given how much information we’ve been allowed to see in the flashbacks. Then there’s Cassian’s own willingness to go wherever the winds of fate take him. That appears to be a character quirk at the moment. But I’m not an impatient viewer. I can wait for the story to fill in those missing pieces and give us more perspective as the plot unravels.
  8. What these guys lack is a good HR department. It’s no wonder Vader had a short fuse in ANH and ESB. Anyway, I’m liking the backwater world environment of the first episode. And I’m curious about the flashback scenes with Cassian and his sister. I get the gist of those fragments but I also kind of wish there was a translation for the dialogue in the subtitle track.
  9. Lower overall power requirements—not just power efficiency—is already the next puzzle box to crack. I’m sure nVidia will lure enough day-one buyers with their introductory 4000 cards to make some bank but the ask on price and wattage seems tone deaf. The 3000 series was already hitting the proverbial wall on their high end parts. Add to that what happened between them and their long-standing board partner eVGA, and I’m just disappointed. The GPU side doesn’t need another Apple-like, and having Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, and Microsoft is enough of those kind of tech shenanigans. Alas, nVidia seems quite keen on that direction.
  10. I watched episode 4 over the weekend. I thought the build up of all the condensed Numenorean plots was handled very well. Seeing how the young Queen-Regent Miriel is struggling with a population that is lured by Pharazon (and his ambition), anti-elf sentiment, and resentment of their Middle Earth human cousins could easily be told as its own story. I liked how all the foreshadowing worked into this part too. And then there are the two parallel plots: the one with the Southlanders and the other with Elrond and Durin IV. These still feel at the beginning stages of their stories, but I’m enjoying the character development. I’m especially keen on how the show is elaborating creatively on Middle Earth Dwarfish culture and customs. Disa (who is non-canonical) and her interactions with Durin are a treat to watch.
  11. I haven’t been disappointed by any of the Blade Runner projects that have been released to date. Black Lotus was the first that I wasn’t sure about (based on the teaser), but the anime drew me in and the pacing felt right. A live-action series seems like a logical next step. I’ll be watching.
  12. As long as we’re all speculating, Bandai could be saving this so that its release coincides with the WWM release of Macross Plus on blu-ray. Stranger things have happened…
  13. Yeah, any good site or youtube channel that summarizes the finer points of Tolkien’s world (Arda) should help casual viewers. Alas, I don’t have any channel recommendations myself, but I’m also not a casual fan by any means. I do reference the various wiki sites to check on things uncommonly known—especially, if they are being used again in the live action presentations. For instance, the Tolkien Gateway and Fandom’s One Wiki to Rule them All are two that I frequent. Apart from that, it’s just book research from me. I have multiple copies of Tolkien’s various books in soft and hardcover physical format, and digital ereader format (all read multiple times)—US and UK published versions. I’m already in the habit of looking things up.
  14. A quick mythology drop. The Harfoot are Hobbits, regardless of whether Amazon is allowed to use the name Hobbit or not. Tolkien noted there were many families of Hobbits in the Shire, who were also called Halflings by some of the other peoples of Middle Earth. Before the Shire was settled, though, there were three main types mentioned by name in the books: Stoor, Fallohide, and Harfoot. Amazon is letting us see the Harfoot and maybe we’ll see more? I don’t know. These are their migratory years, I guess, when they wandered the region between Mirkwood and the Misty Mountains. The Silmarillion notes that Elves and Men were the children of the Iluvatar (the supreme being in Tolkien’s universe). They technically did have super powers of a sort, although I’m not sure Tolkien would be keen on the flashy acrobatics and CGI stunts in the shows/movies. They were written to be immune to illness, ageless after reaching their prime—the fairest and wisest of the races. They didn’t speak when they first came into the world. Instead they created song and merriment without speech in their first years. When they finally did formulate a language, they called themselves Quendi ( the Ones who Speak with Voices). Like @Thom notes they are not invincible. Elves can be killed either in violence or by extreme despair. Anyway, I really liked this week’s episode. It is building up more of that plot foundation and it has introduced the Numenoreans, as well as hinting at a certain someone I wasn’t expecting to see so early.
  15. That’s pretty cool. I remember they sent out t-shirts with their dark red and dark gold limited run v1 VF-1S releases.
  16. Same. For me, the trailer looks like it has a dash of cyberpunk, a dash of Trigger, and a dab of Devilman Crybaby.
  17. I would think it’s possible with either Roy or ‘Rick’, but in 2-3 days? Unlikely. To me, it’s bonkers that KitConcept is the first company to give us a modern-day G1 Jetfire toy look-a-like. I thought this was a forever holy grail or unicorn. However, as cool as it is to see in pictures, I passed on it too. Those QC concerns are what keep me from committing to another KC VF-1. That said, I do like to keep an eye on KC’s progress—and I guess I’ll watch for other interesting non-canon liveries that they may think up. If they can get the mold just right, I would be happy to take another look.
  18. I would have to look it up again to be certain, but I’m pretty sure all the more well-known Istari revealed themselves to help vanquish Sauron in the third age. But you’re also right noting that the blues are two who are most likely to have been around in the second age. So this could turn out to reveal someone who is both canon and new.
  19. Yeah. All good points. I’m also of the opinion that Galadriel could have still started as a warrior-focused character serving Gil-Galad in Eregion with Celeborn and it wouldn't have changed much. I find it curious that they switched the role she had in that part of Middle Earth and then gave Celebrimbor an early promotion, as it were—as if she wasn’t already grounded there. Her family connection gives her that drive and motivation to continue to be a storm of elvish justice no matter where she is. As for Celebrimbor, again my critique is really a small nitpick. In Tolkien’s original text, he begins ruling Eregion when Galadriel and Celeborn cross the Misty Mountains and move into Lothlorien. I do wonder how the show will elaborate on this part. Is it going to be a turning point for her? The foreshadowing with the forge was a nice touch. Of course, I fully expect a certain someone to show themselves in disguise later on. Anyway, I watched episode two today. I enjoyed the bits with Elrond and Durin, as well as the new Bradyfoot character. I do wonder who the stranger is. If he is supposed to be Istari, this is again more poetic license since they should not appear until the third age. But don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying the side story very much.
  20. Tolkien’s writing about the second age is mostly referential, limited to notes, appendices, and the short stories that were compiled into the Unfinished Tales. But Tolkien also said that Galadriel was one of the mightiest and fairest of all elves left in middle earth at the end of the third age, so take that as you will. I expected Amazon to take liberties with her second age characterization in their show. That said, for now my comments are nitpicks with one curious absense.
  21. Once more, with feeling https://www.darkhorizons.com/umbrella-academy-scores-s4-renewal/
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