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  1. 1 minute ago, Corvinus said:

    I've no idea. So if one ship controls all the other ships, does this control extend to when each individual ship is sent to threaten a different planet. That was Palps's whole plan. This armada plot shouldn't have been done at all, in the first place.

    I agree, this whole hidden fleet idea was stupid.    I just meant that a story of having the ships robotically controlled makes more sense than a planet that looks like it can barely support life, breeding a million fanatical followers to crew a huge fleet. 


  2. 2 hours ago, Corvinus said:

    The fleet was crewed to some degree. All those turrets didn't fire at the rebels by themselves. 

    And let's not forget the Temple of Doom worshipers.  

    Didn't the Expanded Universe have a story about an entire armada of ships which had all the controls slaved together so the ships could all be controlled by one ship crew,  or am I remembering that wrong?  They should have just gone with that story , which once upon a time was canon.


  3. 41 minutes ago, Corvinus said:

    I think there's only one force at play, that commits the murders and uses an individual as a pawn for a reason not entirely clear yet.

    My current take on it is the Dark Uncle, or the shapeshifter, is the true evil, and he marks and forces someone to be his guardian and watchdog during his transformation to his next form and to clean up loose ends.  

    One thing that I found off is the shapeshifter seems to have changed his pattern.   The previous three victims, the woman in New York, the nurse in Dayton, and Terry, were all scratched while they were on vacation/away from home and the shapeshifter followed them home to commit his murders.   But now he scratched someone who lives in Terry's town, and is sticking around rather than traveling to a new location.   This is obviously being done so Ralph and Holly will get a chance to face him, rather than him vanishing to his next destination, but is a little annoying that they have Holly establishing this pattern, then they throw it away.

     


  4. Spent the last month reading from  The Collected Short Stories of Lois L'amour during my lunch hour.   Have read many of the individual stories before, but always fun quick reads of his western heroes.

    Also, read The Desert Gods by Wilbur Smith a story of the ancient Egyptians fighting back after the Hyksos invasion and trying to gain allies of the Sumerians and Minoans.    The narrator is the very definition of a Gary Stu, master of everything, except the fact he is a eunuch.   But an interesting view of Smith's depiction of the various cultures (I having no idea how accurate that depiction is).

    Finished Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Liked it a lot, showing lives before, after, and at the start of a global pandemic that wipes out most of humanity.   Of course finishing it just as the coronavirus is a growing threat is a little disconcerting.

    And burned through The Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson.   Part of his Longmire series, the first one I have read, though I did see some episodes of the television series.   May go back to the beginning and start there.


  5. On 1/27/2020 at 12:09 AM, Heartofice said:

    I mean I’d get why Steve Rogers would pass the baton over to his mate the Falcon,  but seen as how he doesn’t have any sort of super power outside of wearing some fancy wings it’ll be interesting to see where it goes. That could be the crux of the story, about whether he really is worthy of the role.

    Bucky would have been the obvious choice, outside of his psychopathicly murderous past 

    Falcon is a boy scout like Steve Rogers, a do-gooder.  When Steve first meets him he is helping vets reintegrate into society.  So Falcon has the same creed as Steve, as he actually says , "I do what he does, only slower."  So it makes sense that Steve would want him to take up the Captain America mantle.

    Bucky definitely has the physical gifts to take on the role, but would probably do things quite a bit differently.

     


  6. One question is will about whether Game of Thrones will have the longevity of Star Wars and Star Trek and become a brand name.    This will depend on how the first spinoff series does.  Will GoT: House of the Dragon ultimately be as successful as Star Trek: The Next Generation or Star Trek: Deep Space 9  or the Star Wars Prequel trilogy, Sequel trilogy, or the Mandalorian?    And will we be seeing life in the GOT franchise 40+ years after the initial series endedOr will Game of Thrones be a one off, mostly forgotten in 10 years.


  7. 2 minutes ago, Darth Richard II said:

    There are shitloads now, all you have to do is tell an old lady you're a Skywalker now.

    For all we know, Rey's parents abandoned a child on every planet they visited, Rey just happened to be the one that ran into BB-8 and was brought to the attention of Kylo, Snoke, Luke, Leia and ultimately Palpatine 2.0.   That kid on Canto Bight might be Rey's little brother.


  8. The whole thing about going to the cave and becoming a vampire to cure some disease reminds me of the Passage and pisses me off again that they cancelled the TV series after such a good first season.


  9. So the question is what have the Resistance accomplished?  The New Republic government was destroyed in the first film, the First Order lost it top leadership and the Resistance lost most of their organization and top leadership in the second movie.   The final movie saw the last leaders of the Resistance, First Order and the Final Order destroyed and so the Resistance leadership has fallen down to Poe Dameron, a not very smart fighter pilot, supported by a rag tag fleet of armed freighters and smuggler ships which will probably disperse now that the Final Order threat is over. 

    It seems to me the Galaxy is heading into a time of chaos and disorder, with just one Jedi to try and police the whole thing. 


  10. On 1/2/2020 at 5:51 AM, sifth said:

    It makes as much sense as doing your job for free. Yea, it's totally their duty to defend a corpse. The entire sith system works on one guy killing the guy above him, basically the pirate/klingon code.

     

     

    The guards weren't necessarily avenging Snoke's death, but just realized they were witnesses to the assassination and so loose ends for the very unstable Kylo Ren to clean up.  So they attacked out of self preservation. 

     This is later confirmed when Kylo tells Hux that Rey killed Snoke.   With the guards all dead and Rey gone there was no one to contradict him


  11. 36 minutes ago, Winterfell is Burning said:

    Judd was a participant in the murder of dozens of police officers.

    Also, didn't Judd claim to have killed the 7th Cavalry member who was sent to kill him on White Night.   I assume he had a body asproof, so was that a fanatical member who was willing to die for the cause?  Or did Judd slap a 7th Cavalry mask on some innocent man and kill him, in order to make himself a heroic survivor of White Night?


  12. 1 hour ago, Triskele said:

    Was it ever explained why the Game Warden was acting as a warden?  It didn't seem like it ultimately was motivated by Trieu or Manhattan unless I missed something.  

    Total resemblance to the Man in Black from Princess Bride with that look.

    No explanation on Lube Guy?

    Veidt ordered him to be the game warden because he would go crazy in a perfect world with no conflict, he needed an antagonist.


  13. 12 hours ago, Corvinus said:

    You don't really know the size of the ship. Based on the size of Mando's ship, which is quite small, it doesn't seem to me that the prison ship is some behemoth that requires a long time getting from one place to another. They already get fairly fast to the control room in the first place, and that's after a droid fight.

    If you want to argue stupid writing, a couple of examples: why was there a lock on the inside of a cell door? or why couldn't the transponder simply be destroyed?

    I'm enjoying the show for what it is. It reminds me of Saturday morning cartoons, and gleefully wait for a new episode each week.

    When we first saw it, I thought the transponder thing was just a remote that told the prison ship to send a distress signal, so smashing it served no purpose because the damage was done.  But then he brings it across the galaxy to his old friend's space station, so it turned out that the remote was beacon itself, so yeah smashing seemed to be the way to go.  


  14. 5 hours ago, Werthead said:

    Generally great stuff but bit iffy on the choice for the ending.

      Reveal hidden contents

    I think it's far more effective when you don't know what's coming. If they wanted to do the foreshadowing, they could have followed the suggestion that the rocks are headed to Ceres and Tycho and spent early Season 5 setting that up rather than the real target.

    Looks like they've also increased the rocks from three to eight, which seems like an OTT escalation.

    Interesting question now if they can get Jared Harris back to do more episodes. Clever how they kept mentioning him and Johnson without showing either, so you thought neither were going to appear, then they managed to get Coleman back for one episode.

    They have certainly set it up for Jared Harris' return

    Spoiler

    Ashford goes out in style and Anderson Dawes loses his representative at the Ring, so makes sense for him to show  up, if only to introduce Ashford's replacement for his faction.

     


  15. 1 hour ago, Toth said:

    That's actually one of my peeves about the carbon freezing thing for ages. In Empire freezing Luke was something Vader thought of at the spot and indeed he was very unsure about whether it would kill Luke or not. But the EU then went and treated it as the go-to-method for transporting prisoners. The Clone Wars did, the new Mandalorian show has him use a freezer to ice people, Knights of the Old Republic shows it being used by Bounty hunters thousands of years before Empire and the ending Star Wars Empire at War had one of the most ridiculous instances where after Endor the Nightsisters find a whole bloody Sith army frozen in carbonite for millennia that is portrayed as perfectly fine.

    It annoys the hell out of me as well, but I guess by now it's a thing. Maybe you could headcanon Han's freezing as a necessary test run because the Bespin plant wasn't supposed to be used on people. Which is, I think to remember, something Lando actually said when he complained about this.

    I think that is the way to look at it, that Bespin didn't have the right equipment to freeze someone properly, so they had to jury-rig something up to do it which needed to be tested.     Leia telling Han he had hibernation sickness causing his blindness when he was thawed out would indicate that the process was common enough that the effects when you were released were well known.


  16. 8 hours ago, felice said:

    Presumably she rescues him; he makes the message out of corpses for her satellite to see, and he has no plausible way of constructing his own spaceship. Going to the trouble of bringing him back to Earth just to turn him into a statue doesn't seem very plausible.

     

    Maybe he was turned into a statue in order to bring him back to Earth.  A statue wouldn't need food and water and air, which means you could use a much simpler space craft to rescue him.     She may be keeping him a statue until she's ready to use him, as once he is reanimated he may be difficult to control.


  17. 13 hours ago, Triskele said:

    Also, not sure if this really matters but:

    Am I correct that while Manhattan obviously seeded life on Europa and created the Philips and Crookshanks infants is the machine that speeds up their development supposed to be something that Manhattan also created or did Veidt create that?  

    I'm thinking Veidt created the machine, probably after he did something that got his first two caretakers killed and he needed replacements.   Dr M didn't need a machine to speed up the development of the first two babies.


  18. I am hyped for this coming back on Friday and know what I'll be doing all weekend.    

    The drone display was pretty amazing.  Drones are replacing fireworks shows more and more.  The drone shows keeping getting better as they learn to control and send greater numbers of drones into the sky at one time.    But  part of me will miss the deafening boom and the smell of gunpowder when fireworks are completely gone.


  19. 28 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

    The rare agreement! I also thoroughly enjoyed it. 

    Also, I believe it was the first movie I've ever seen alone in a theater. Not as bad an experience as I'd expect.

    Just a thought that while this could negatively impact his ability to tell the immigrant's side of the story, it could also help in shaping his directing of the white characters and how they lacked the understanding of just how hurtful their actions could be.

    :dunno:

    Yes, all the Thrombeys kept saying Maria was like a part of the family, yet none of them knew where she was from, she was introduced as being from I think Ecuador, Uruguay, Brazil, and Guatamala by different people throughout the movie.

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