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  1. Rubicante

    Star wars...which befouls the OT legacy more...PT

    If they were going to bring Palpatine back, which I still think was a mistake, they needed to at least somehow explain it beyond one throw away line of "Sith Cloning". Like what is that even supposed to mean? I wonder if part of the reason the Empire in "The Mandalorian" wants the baby Yoda so bad is because they need it to somehow bring the Emperor back. By the way, am I the only person here who dislikes the baby Yoda character? I can't take it seriously. Whenever I see it, I immediately just start questioning how much money Disney is going to make through baby Yoda sales. I think the show would be just fine without the character.
  2. Rubicante

    Star wars...which befouls the OT legacy more...PT

    I'll just jump in here with my own thoughts based on what people have said in this thread. 1. I think the sequel trilogy does more damage to the original trilogy than the prequel one. Bringing Palpatine back was a terrible decision. There is no way the Emperor survives that fall. We see him get vaporized! This is about as realistic as Ned Stark actually not being killed in A Game of Thrones. And as mentioned by many people in this thread, the sequel trilogy starts off by just resetting everything done in the original trilogy. Everything and everybody, with the exception of Luke, just reverts to how a Episode IV started off. 2. I agree about a lot of the new planets not being memorable at all. I feel like the line of thinking here was "the Prequel Trilogy was awful because too much was filmed in front of a green screen, so we need actual settings". The problem is the settings chosen are just dull and boring. The settings that that were a bit more unique were the Sith planet, the Salt planet and the Casino planet. The Sith planet is the best of the three, but difficult to properly enjoy due to the absurdity of the Emperor still being alive. The Casino planet was possibly the worst part of the entire trilogy. And the Salt planet just seemed like a cheap rip-off of Hoth. We had to have a dude taste the salt and say "salt" just to clarify that it wasn't snow, and therefore not Hoth. How stupid is that? 3. The light saber battles are not memorable at all in this trilogy. Again, biggest problem is that there are too many cuts. I really appreciated in both TPM and ROTS Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Liam Neeson and Ray Park actually learned and practiced longer sequences of fighting. However, the light saber fights in AOTC are a travesty. Easily the worst in the entire saga. 4. I think the Sequel Trilogy learned all of the wrong lessons from the Prequel Trilogy. The Sequel Trilogy seemed to be designed on the premise that "Everything in the Prequel Trilogy was awful, so let's ignore it and copy the Original Trilogy as much as possible". The Prequel Trilogy does a lot of things right and a lot of things wrong. The overall story is fine. It is completely distinct from the Original Trilogy. The world building is fantastic. The main issues are directing, writing and pacing. I see Lucas as a man that has a great vision in terms of what the universe should look like, who should be in it, what can and cannot be done. But he really struggled with the dialogue, especially between Anakin and Padme. A lot of the issues in that trilogy just seem to originate from spending an entire movie showing Anakin as an innocent, good-hearted child. That left only two movies to show Anakin's fall to the dark side. And I think Lucas realized very quickly that he had kind of written himself into a corner. When we meet up with Anakin in AOTC, he is suddenly an asshole. The transition from the kind child to the unstable asshole in AOTC happens just too quickly, and is comically bad. And with ROTS, Lucas had really run out of time, so he had to use Anakin's fear of losing Padme as his primary motivation for turning to the Dark Side. And that made it a little hard to swallow. As someone else mentioned, having TPM as an episode 0 would have worked a lot better. That gives an entire extra movie for Anakin's fall to the dark side, and his romance with Padme, the time to build properly. So, the biggest lesson the Sequel Trilogy could have learned from the Prequel Trilogy was the importance of pacing. And to that end, the Sequel Triology, specifically The Rise of Skywalker, fails miserably. There is just too much going on in that movie.
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    Star Trek: Hawley

    I actually thought the third rebooted movie Star Trek: Beyond was quite good. I appreciated that the movie slowed down at some points to have some quieter character interactions. This never seemed to happen in the first two, where the pace was insanely fast.
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    Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, a new thread arises

    The thing that absolutely kills Attack of the Clones is the awful dialogue. I don't remember the dialogue in the Phantom Menace being anywhere near as bad (with the exception of when Anakin gets into that spaceship and just accidentally does everything). A lot of people seemed to be horribly offended in The Phantom Menace by the discussion of midochlorians. I never really cared that much about it. I am just curious as to why people were offended by this. Was it because it attempted to quantify something mystical like the Force?
  5. It's funny that you mention all of the cuts. This is such a major pet peeve of mine with television and movies today. It's like directors can't trust actors to act for longer than 2 seconds, or for the audience to pay attention for longer than 2 seconds without needing the camera angle to change perspective. I think this is a major reason why the light saber battles in the sequel trilogy are so underwhelming. Too many cuts. You can't follow the action. This was also why the Red Viper vs Mountain duel in the Game of Thrones television show sucked so bad. The Last Jedi is under no circumstances better than Return of the Jedi. I hated that movie. For me, it's the second worst Star Wars movie of all time (beating Attack of the Clones, which isn't just a bad Star Wars movie, it's one of the worst movies ever made). I admit, Revenge of the Sith is my own guilty pleasure. I would be surprised if many people would rank it higher than Return of the Jedi. So I totally get your point. Return of the Jedi would be my third favorite Star Wars movie.
  6. I've never liked the opening act of Return of the Jedi. Whenever I watch that movie, I always find the Jabba's Palace segment to be a slog, and never really get into the movie until after that part is over. But everything in the Emperor's throne room was great. I say "was great", because 1. Lucas added this ridiculous audio with Darth Vader saying "No" and then yelling "Noooooo!" right before he turns on the Emperor. 2. The Rise of Skywalker exists. Now when Vader throws the Emperor down that pit and vaporizes, I have to puzzle out how the Emperor could possibly survive that. This is a major thing I dislike about The Rise of Skywalker. Palpatine should not have been brought back. I was actually hoping back in The Force Awakens that Snoke would eventually have been revealed to be Darth Plagueis. You know, the guy who apparently figured out how to "cheat death". Palpatine thought he had murdered Plagueis in his sleep, but Plagueis somehow prevails. That way you don't need to bring Palpatine back. Yeah. I can't put my finger on why I don't like this part of the movie, but I don't.
  7. I think Revenge of the Sith has the best opening act of any of the Star Wars movies. And although that movie does have its own issues, it is still my second favorite Star Wars movie after The Empire Strikes Back. I actually had to stop and think whether The Rise of Skywalker or the The Phantom Menace was the better movie, which is frightening. I give a slight edge to The Rise of Skywalker. People mainly hate The Phantom Menace due to Jar Jar Binks, but I actually like Binks more than Poe Dameron. I cannot stand Poe. At least there wasn't much of him in The Force Awakens, but he was horrible in The Last Jedi, and only slightly less annoying in The Rise of Skywalker.
  8. Why would Palpatine force lightning Rey when she had a light saber? You would think that he would have learned his lesson when he tried that on Mace Windu and horribly scarred his own face back in RotS. Who are those people on the fleet of 1000 star destroyers? Did the Emperor conjure them into existence? Where do they get their food? Why is a radio tower needed for them to fly? When Finn attacks the Star Destroyer with horses, why doesn't General Pryde just rotate his ship by 90 degrees (with respect to a horizontal axis parallel to the surface of the planet) to knock all of the Resistance members off the ship? Why don't the Knight of Ren use lightsabers? Weren't they trained by Luke? Why does Rey say that her last name is Skywalker? Luke was mostly a jackass towards her. Who made that dagger that had that thing that pointed to a specific point on the Death Star ruins? Why would they make this? If this person knew it pointed to a wayfinder, wouldn't it have made more sense for this person to take the wayfinder and hide it somewhere else? Wouldn't it had made more sense for the Emperor to have immediately dispersed all the Star Destroyers to a bunch of different planets, and then have made demands after he had each planet targeted? Where did Maz Kanata get that medal....ah fuck it.
  9. Rubicante

    Ranking the commanders (TV show only)

    In terms of commanders, how does that wildling who charges Stannis at 2:14 of this video rank in the best commander list? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=difPkqg1lO8 I feel like that wildling was a commander of his own mind.
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    Title of the last episode

    lol. I think "we kinda forgot" is my favorite Game of Thrones thing to joke about now. 20 good men is still pretty close. Too late. The Last Jedi ruined that for me. What is dead may never die, indeed.
  11. Rubicante

    The Perfect Ending

    Lmfao. This would be perfect. I would also take for a final D&D shock moment Jon to hug Sansa and say "you are the smartest person I have ever known", and then proceed to cut her vertically in half with a single swing of Longclaw. Ghost would then show up, and him and Jon would then start walking north to live happily ever after.
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    Jon's biggest error?

    Regardless of whether or not Sansa was correct about Dany, there was no reason for her to not tell Jon about the Vale Knights or mistrust Dany. By not telling Jon about the Vale knights, it makes it seem like she was giving Rickon up for dead and using Jon's army as bait to lure Ramsay out of Winterfell. It is almost as if she wanted Jon to die, and then when that happened have the Vale knights attack and defeat Ramsay. This would leave her in charge of Winterfell and the North, which apparently is the only thing she cares about. If that was her intention, then fine. But she deserved to be executed for betraying Jon. As for Dany, why does she distrust her? Dany lost half of her army, and a Dragon, to save the North. If it weren't for Dany, everyone in the North would be dead (actually, would be worse than dead). You would think that would earn some trust. But apparently "Sansa just kind of forgot that Dany was instrumental in saving the entire North". And as MinscS2 pointed out, by Sansa betraying Jon (again) and telling Tyrion, it actually made matters worse. So once again she is a traitor. I have disliked the show since Stannis burned Shireen in season 5, but if Jon were to execute Sansa in the final episode of the series, I think I may actually give the show a thumbs up. Of course that is not going to happen. Jon will probably tell Sansa "You were right. You are the smartest person I have ever known".
  13. My interpretation was that D&D wanted to give Stannis' victory over the Boltons to Jon and Sansa. I don't believe for a moment that "The Battle of Bastards" will actually take place in the books.
  14. Which of the following choices, in terms of build up to the choice, was presented worse on the show? 1. Stannis burning Shireen because he needed to melt less than 1 foot of snow in order to get to Winterfell (despite Winterfell being within walking distance and Ramsay Bolton and his 20 good men being able to get through the snow)? 2. Dany killing everybody in King's Landing, because Dany "kind of forgot" that she had no reason to do this?
  15. Rubicante

    Jon's biggest error?

    Jon's biggest error was that he didn't execute Sansa after the Battle of the Bastards.
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    Can Qyburn apparate?

    Qyburn is actually one of Ramsay Bolton's 20 good men, so he can do whatever the hell he wants. He was back inside of (the very fake and cheap looking) walls of King's Landing before Missandei's head hit the ground.
  17. Rubicante

    What was your personal GoT breaking point?

    Just to echo what a lot of people are saying here, season 5 episode 9 with Stannis allowing Melisandre to burn Shireen ruined it for me. At first I just flat out refused to believe that Stannis would carry out this act, so I was furious with the show for (further) butchering the Stannis character. But then Elio and Linda (grudgingly) convinced me in one of their videos that this is likely to happen, but under completely different circumstances. The stupidity of (shirtless) Ramsey Bolton and his 20 good men (with god-like powers) destroying all of Stannis' food and siege weapons (along with lighting a horse on fire) without even being seen was ridiculous. But D&D do not learn from their mistakes. Even to this season, they continue to put characters into specific situation where the circumstances leading to that situation are not believable. (ie. "Dany just kind of forgot about the Iron Fleet")
  18. Rubicante

    Why do some people have a problem with Sansa?

    What I am unclear about is why did Sansa not tell Jon they had an entire additional army in the Vale knights, prior to the Battle of the Bastards. The battle didn't need to initially be a disaster if Sansa would have just told Jon beforehand. It is also funny to observe the blatant hypocrisy in Sansa. Jon asks Sansa and Arya why they don't trust Dany, even though there is no reason not to. They tell Jon "because she is not one of us". Then Jon has them swear to not tell his secret, and Sansa tells Tyrion within 15 minutes. So, it turns out Sansa cannot be trusted. Does that mean Sansa is "not one of us" as well?
  19. Rubicante

    Why do some people have a problem with Sansa?

    Lol. Well said! Jon now has two reasons to execute her. 1. For withholding information about the Vale army. 2. For immediately breaking her oath regarding who Jon actually is.
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    Game of Thrones character poll

    1. 37 2. Male 3. Ned Stark 4. Every character in the show that is currently alive
  21. I am 100% sure that Jaime is going back to King's Landing to kill Cersei. Isn't there a prophecy from a witch that Cersei will be killed by her brother (which she always incorrectly assumes to be Tyrion)? D&D are just making it seem like Jaime is going back to reunite with Cersei because they want the moment to be "shocking" when Jaime kills her. Dragon Seed, I share your frustration with GRRM, but I wouldn't go that far. I certainly hope that we get the final two books as I do not believe they will be anything like what we are currently seeing on the show. Apparently George recently said that "the writing is going well" for the Winds of Winter, so that is encouraging. I think we will definitely get the Winds of Winter, although I am not so sure about a Dream of Spring. At this point though I am mainly just interested in how the Stannis story wraps up, which should be dealt with in the Winds of Winter. That is good enough for me. Believe it or not, George isn't the only author having difficulty writing. There is another fantasy series from Patrick Rothfuss called the Kingkiller Chronicles, where it has also been 8 years since the last book has been released. In the mean time I am just trying to read other fantasy series. I noticed that Elio and Linda have some Robin Hobbs books on their bookshelf in their videos, so I decided to look into books by that author. I recently started reading the series with "The Assassin's Apprentice" and "The Royal Assassin", which are both great books. Anyhow, I haven't had a chance to rant and rave without repercussion, so I will end this post by saying "the show really, really sucks".