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    [SPOILERS] Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

    Imagine a TLJ where: We learn that Luke didn't go AWOL just to drink tit-juice, but because he went on a quest to track some weird signals across the galaxy and realized who was waiting at the end of the line. And he wasn't about to face that particular nightmare again or give Palpatine another chance at getting a new Skywalker pawn, so he went into hiding. Rey then spends most of TLJ trying to get Luke to train her, but also to accept and reveal the truth he came across and which he maybe has repressed. While he reluctantly trains Rey, he also opens up to her, and near the end of TLJ, he finally shares a vision with Rey showing what he discovered. This happens around the same time that Poe and Finn trace a series of hints to Exegol where the Sith are gearing up for their master's return. Luke finally agrees to come out of hiding to help Rey and the others confront the Emperor one last time, and leaves the island with Rey. He is reunited with Leia, Chewie, R2-D2 and C3P0 just as the Resistance gets word that a Sith fleet has started emerging from the Unknown Regions. Bam, end of TLJ. --- While I remember -- and in the interest of fairness -- some random highlights for me: C3P0 was actually funny in this one! He's been largely expendable so far, but his amnesia subplot was actually a fun little addition and gave a couple of heartwarming moments as well. Even though it felt like JJ seeking redemption for forgetting to properly address Han's death in TFA, it was heartbreaking to see Chewie's reaction to Leia's passing. I was thrilled that the movie opened with actual representations of Sith mysticism, because this has never been done in any of the movies before! The whole occult aspect, complete with giant statues and all, is something I've always associated with the Sith after exploring their ruins countless times in computer games or reading EU novels. But this was actually the first time we saw that aspect of the SW universe in a film. Han's appearance ... oh man. The "I know" line may be kinda overused at this point, but it was pretty perfect in this context. I finally saw a glimmer of the Han 2.0 that we always knew Poe was supposed to be. The hints about his background and his relation to Zorii were welcome elements.
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    [SPOILERS] Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

    The reason I buy that Palpatine was always part of the JJ plan is that if it wasn't, then Rey's parentage was also 'fixed' for TROS. There was clearly a plan for *something* in TFA, and the idea of a Skywalker trying to lure a Palpatine to the dark side is some pretty potent stuff, the kind of idea you'd base a trilogy around. Following that line of thought, in JJ Abrams' TLJ, you would see Snoke turn out to be a puppet of Palpatine. This seems completely plausible to me, because do we really believe that Abrams would ever reveal his main antagonist in the first movie? Imagine a TROS beginning from a TLJ where Palpatine has already been revealed, where the clock is already ticking for the galaxy, where Rey has already shown some Palpatine-esque anger issues, and where Kylo is already apprehensive about who he's really serving. You could then have an entire TRIS dedicated to both Kylo and Rey switching sides, and Kylo trying to bring Rey back. Hell, you could even have Kylo go and seek redemption and training from Leia in order to save Rey. Not this rushed version where we're supposed to believe that Rey starts giving in to her anger and ancestry the moment she learns her last name, and Kylo gives up on the dark side after 30 seconds with his imaginary dad. Heck, we might even have had time to learn how exactly Palpatine became a grandfather. (BTW, speaking of dropped romance plots -- did we ever find out what Finn wanted to say to Rey before getting swallowed by sand?)
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    [SPOILERS] Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

    If the plot of TROS had been rolled out over the course of all three movies instead of just the first and the last, it could probably have made for a solid and satisfying trilogy story. There's a glimmer of an interesting concept that shows up all throughout TROS -- from The Emperor's return to how the relationship between Rey and Ren ends. Given enough attention and time, the big concepts and arcs could actually have worked. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if JJ Abrams had both the Emperor and the whole Rey/Ren arc in mind from the get-go. But TROS was too much a product of its circumstances to have the required emotional impact. Not just Carrie Fisher's death, but mainly a preceding movie that had absolutely nothing to do with the plot that TFA and TROS tried to bookend. TLJ should have lent the whole trilogy the emotional substance of character growth, but when the second movie refuses to play ball, you're left with two attempts at jump-starting a plot that ends up feeling rushed and conceptual rather than satisfying.
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    Avengers Endgame- SPOILERS

    Saw it twice. It's definitely one of those movie that will never get better than the first time you see it, because you're constantly surprised and in the dark about where they're going to take things. The second time, all the little imperfections start becoming a lot more obvious. I actively disliked the Thor part the second time. The only times it works is when it's not just a lot of fat shaming and 'oh look how pathetic Thor has become', but when there's actually some pain hidden underneath. When Thor tells Bruce not to talk about Thanos in New Asgard, for example. Or when Thor admits that he needs to contribute with something useful after Widow's death. The rest of the time, the comedy surrounding his character and the whole Asgard sequence falls flat, you just don't register it the first time. What they should have done was show Thor becoming a drunken, harsh, even slightly tyrannical ruler of New Asgard, trying to be what his father was (or better), but unable to fit the role. This would have had more gravitas, would have given him something fresh to actually talk with his mother about, and would have set up the ending where he abandons his role as king because that's not what he's meant to be. I'm pretty surprised the final battle was so short. The MCU movies have always relied on overly long climax fights, but this is the one time I would actually have loved to see more. The biggest crime in the movie: It should have been Bucky with old Cap at the end. Bucky, Steve Rogers' childhood friend, who listened as Cap told about the life he'd lived. And it should have been Bucky who took up the mantle as Captain America - it was even foreshadowed in Winter Soldier. It felt like that whole part at the end had been written for Bucky, but someone decided to switch him out for Sam in the last minute. All that said, it was a good movie. All talks of Oscar nomination and 'best superhero movie ever' is just the usual ridiculous hype over the latest shiny object, but I thought it lived up to the challenge admirably and gave us a fitting end to the saga. Probably my favorite part of the movie was the decision to start of the movie with the Avengers going off to avenge their defeat and straight up murdering Thanos in cold blood. This led to a really interesting half an hour that explored how killing Thanos gave no real comfort or closure to anyone. I could have watched an entire extra half an hour about the Avengers trying to find their place in the new world. As for the future, expect Spiderman: Far From Home to spend 30 seconds handwaving away the fact that everything is pretty much back to usual even though half the population has reappeared after 5 years of absence, and the other half has had to survive on their own for all that time.
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    Avengers Endgame- SPOILERS

    Geez, I hope someone remembered to notify James Gunn about this change during all the Disney hubbub ...
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    Avengers Endgame- SPOILERS

    One question though: The team puts the stones back into their proper timelines once done with them, to prevent massive changes to the whole MCU universe timeline. But Loki escapes with the Tesseract in the 'new' version of the NY battle aftermath. So does that still happen? I assume yes, because that would create a foundation for a Loki TV series that takes place concurrently with the Phase 1 / 2 / 3 movies.
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    Avengers Endgame- SPOILERS

    We got it on the 24th in Denmark as well. Scandinavia has been getting a lot of the Marvel movies days, sometimes a week, earlier than the US, don't ask me why.
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    I think people need to not overreact here re: the implications for 2020. We still need to remember that Trump won 2016 by securing a number of unlikely states by a ridiculously thin margin ... while being notably more popular than he is now with his own camp, and being slightly less hated by a Dem electorate which is now eager as fuck to get rid of him ... while having 4 years' worth of now-deceased senior voters behind him ... while going up against a historically unpopular opponent who had just been stabbed in the back by the head of the FBI ... and a shit-ton of other factors such as felon reenfranchisement, voter registration drives, etc. Basically, the thing that will determine the election 20 months from now (!) isn't any of this Mueller stuff. It's whether the Dems elect a charismatic and/or young, SoMe-savvy candidate like Buttigieg who'll take a bite out of Trump's 2016 voters, or another Hillary Clinton (I'll let you decide who qualifies for that). This 'exoneration' will have strategic implications in the near future for both parties, sure. But it's not what's going to be on voters' minds November 2020.
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    Make Mine Captain Marvel! (SPOILERS)

    The humor mostly wasn't really there, but there was enough interesting stuff going on around Carol that you had to keep watching. Which is a pretty alright achievement for the 108th Marvel movie, when you think about it.
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    U.S. Politics: 5.7 Billion Problems But The House Ain't One

    Well, the Dem proposal just got more votes (1 more) in the Republican-controlled Senate than the Republican one. Obviously down to strategic voting and whatnot, but the line from now on should be "even Republican senators are turning against Trump's stupid wall, so it's all his responsibility now".
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    Black Mirror - Spoilers after the first post

    The ending shows us a bunch of dogs roaming around the locations that we've been through, so it seems like the dogs are generally ... roamers. Arkangel didn't do much for me, but I was expecting a more gimmicky ending, where it turned out that the mother was able to proceed to watch her daughter from another device, and did so in secrecy up through her adult life as a window into the life of a daughter who refused any contact with her. I figured the mother would then do what she could to secretly help out her daughter in life from afar without the daughter realizing it, literally becoming a watching archangel.
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    Legion (FX's Marvel tv series) [SPOILERS]

    If Wes Anderson directed a superhero series ... Apart from some atrocious CGI, that was great. Did anyone catch the significance of the theater stage in the room adjacent to where David was being interrogated? It looked like some people were watching TV on a stage while the military personnel was busy. but I didn't get what it was about.
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    The Magicians - SyFy [SHOW SPOILERS ONLY]

    Absolutely. The use of locations in Fillory, and the use of extreme close-ups to mask the lack of said locations, was pretty noticable. Also, "Reynard the Fox? Yeah, smack a couple of yellow contact lenses on him and call it a day. Oh, and I have a great idea for how to handle Ember ..."
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    The Magicians - SyFy [SHOW SPOILERS ONLY]

    If anyone's interested in how the books handle the time loops and The Beast's connection to Julia, here's a pretty non-show-spoiling explanation:
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    The Magicians - SyFy [SHOW SPOILERS ONLY]

    Well, no. Because the TV series is an attepmt at carrying the cynicism of the books over into a visual medium, but adding gratuitous underwear nudity and sophomore humour in order to make the nihilism of the books seem so very sexy. I don't hate the TV series, but I regard it as a failed attempt at mainstreaming something that, to begin with, was all about subverting fantasy tropes.