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  1. While I enjoyed Wonder Woman except for the last 30 minutes, I think what makes Black Panther so much better at representation is that it does shy away from the implications of a powerful group of Africans with access to amazing technology. As it addresses race issues head on, it ends up making a more powerful statement about representation. Wonder Woman doesn't exactly ignore the status of early 20th century women, but it mostly plays it for laughs, with Wonder Woman's fish out of water scenes in the clothing stores, etc. Given that DC reportedly wanted to cut out the "No Man's Land" scene, the best part of Wonder Woman, I don't think it is hard to realize that DC failed where Marvel succeeded because they didn't want to focus on any issues in the movie, as much as they wanted a woman lead in a traditional superhero movie. Imagine a Wonder Woman movie where the focus was the Suffragette movement in the UK. Imagine Wonder Woman dealing head on with the guilt of knowing the Amazons kept themselves locked away while women suffered, and continue to suffer, atrocities in the real world. There's actually a Wonder Woman storyline that plays very close to the Black Panther storyline that was explored in the Justice League cartoon, IIRC. The Amazons take in a girl who crash lands in their island from a war torn land. She hates men for what they did to her family and uses her training to try and kill all men. They could have refined that story and made a much better Wonder Woman movie. I certainly hope the sequel learns from Black Panther and addresses Diana's interactions with the women's movement head on.
  2. Nakia's view of the outside world wasn't some idealized imaginary thing. She lived out there, and had first hand experience of the horrors non-Wakandans faced. I think W'Kabi, the Jabari, etc. are better placed to cause the sorts of problems you discuss. There's nothing about Nakia that suggests she'd morph this way, and it'd be shit poor writing to just do an about face on a character.
  3. Ummm... what about Nakia says she'd become a nationalist. She's the one who was pushing T'Challa to accept refugees and share tech!
  4. Killmonger did have the same herb once he became king and before he burned the rest of the flowers. That's how he got to the ancestral plane, remember. He and T'Challa were exactly matched in terms of strength and equipment, in both their fights. The first time, he wanted it more, and T'Challa very likely underestimated him (Shuri certainly did, when she tells her mom Killmonger would never win). The second times, the stakes were much clearer to T'Challa, and he was also fresh from having seen Killmonger nearly kill his girlfriend as well as his sister. He just had greater motivation to win, so he did. You can also make the argument that in the first fight, T'Challa had mixed feelings. He wanted to keep the throne and stop Killmonger, but he was also confused by revelations about his dad, and unsure what Wakanda needed to do. The second time around, he had charted a course for himself and his country, and while he still pitied Killmonger, he was very clear his path would be awful for everyone in the world.
  5. Well, why not? Asgard is an absolute monarchy which doesn't even have this much going into choosing its next leader. And is clearly at least as advanced. Wrt. Bucky, I thought Shuri's joke wrt Martin Freeman, about having to fix yet another white boy, clearly meant that she'd already met Bucky. Meaning this was all after T'Challa ended the battle between Captain America and Ironman.
  6. I'm loving the show too! I really love that it is meditative and not too action heavy. There's a lot they can do with this premise. One thing to consider is that in the Closed captions, everyone from macho Howard's world are labeled "Prime". Emily in that world is always labeled "Emily Prime". I wonder what that means.
  7. The moment Okoye says flat out that she would kill her boyfriend for Wakanda, if needed, was brilliant. When it comes to handling its secondary cast, Black Panther handily beats any other Marvel movie.
  8. Agreed with wanting more. In fact, there was enough set up here that I wish this had been a TV show. One thing that bugged me was that T'Challa found out about Killmonger too soon. Given what he knew and how angry he got at his cousin being left in America, why would he ask Killmonger to just leave, in the Throne Room? It would have made more sense for him to try reconciliation. And if they Killmonger initially accept, only to betray T'Challa, the story would have been stronger. And we'd have gotten more Michael B. Jordan to boot. There was too little of him. Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright were excellent. Much, much more of them please. Lupita N'yongo was underused a bit, I felt. But this was also the first time in a super hero movie where I got the mutual attraction of the characters, and wanted to see them end up together.
  9. Based on the promo for the finale, it looks like Michael (and maybe Saru), will be the ones to object. I have a feeling that the finale will circle back to the choice Burnham had in the first episode: betray Georgiu for a larger purpose, or not. This time again, I expect she will, the decision made all the harder given the emotional issues involved, but she'll do it for the right reasons this time: to keep the principles of Starfleet alive. And her act will show some Klingons at least that Starfleet is worth dealing with, and that T'kuvma was wrong about them. That would be a good ending for the season, I think.
  10. Seems like they've completed a reboot of the show. On the whole, it was pretty successful, I think. What's past is prologue indeed. Clever. For the first time, the crew felt like a crew. And Saru's speech was surprisingly rousing. If they'd taken a little more time to show how betrayed the crew felt, it would have felt even more earned, but this was still good. Does anyone else see a Georgiu redemption arc coming?
  11. Wow... that is an excellent encapsulation of the problems in Sanderson's writing. He has a limited repertoire of character traits that he seems to mix and match to create, in the end, minor variations in each of his stories. It really can all be boiled down to an appendix list. Some rare characters do rise above this, but mostly this fits. I was incredibly frustrated over the whole Shallan being attracted to Kaladin thing too. Especially since it went absolutely nowhere in the end. Why end up doing this to your character if there aren't any real stakes to this? It is almost like he just went through the motions for the heck of it. What particularly frustrates me is that in this series, Sanderson is writing all his main characters as all having some kind of mental disorder. That can be great, but Sanderson reduces it almost to a gimmick. Multiple personalities don't just pop up, and you do not have communication between them and control to the level Shallan has. I agree with whoever said that Radiant didn't even seem a real personality, an almost perfect example of a cardboard cutout character.
  12. Yeah, I flubbed that one. Spiderman does show a new cooperation between these guys. Maybe they'll do it for Wheel, again. As for the Middle Earth prequel... everyone seems to want to Silmarillion, but I think it'd be terrible on TV. The timescales are very, very long. If they were to take all that out and try compress this, the grandeur and tragic sweep of the story will be lost completely. They could take a particular story, like Beren and Luthien, maybe. There's darkness there, sure, but it is also a fairly straightforward romance story. Turin's story is certainly dark, but it is also a complete tragedy, devoid of anything approaching humor or joy. Grit is one thing, but a thoroughly depressing story? I doubt it will sell as well. I think they'd do far better to mine the fall of Numenor, the making of the Rings, the politics between Celebrimbor, Galadriel, Sauron and Gil Galad, Moria's fall, the establishment of Arnor and Gondor, all leading to the fall of Sauron, and ending with Isildur's death and the loss of the Ring. There is quite a lot of detailed storytelling surrounding this Age, and its ties to LotR would be obvious, yet it is a story with many nuances that the movie audience simply does not know, as well as room to expand beyond the notes. There's room for politics and moral grey areas, too. And it would nicely tie in with the start of Fellowship.
  13. What about Disney's new channel? They have Star Wars and Marvel. Adding a huge fantasy franchise would certainly help immediately catapult them to a top tier streaming service. And since this is Disney, I can totally image Disneyland getting in on the action as well, as they have with HP. Not sure if Sony and Disney would work together though.
  14. Hmm... one thing a TV show will emphasize is the lack of good female characters in LotR, especially in Fellowship. you have Galadriel, and maybe Arwen, and that is it. I sincerely hope we don't get another elf-dwarf love-triangle to compensate.
  15. Tonight's episode was definitely the best one yet. The crew finally felt like a crew, I found the character interactions to be fun, and the overall story was good too. If they continue to have the Klingon war as a backdrop for this kind of storytelling... this can actually become quite good! Also: