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    SOLO: A Spoiler Story (contains spoilers)

    That's a brilliant suggestion! Because CGI has come on so far now, rather than do a lot of on-location shooting with puppetry for the aliens, the next production team can rely on green screen tech. Also, we'll make it darker than SW VII/VIII - it'll be a serious political drama. To show how serious it is, all the actors will be asked to talk slowly and carefully, and furrow their brows a lot to show how complex their feelings are. Because the female characters weren't popular in SW VIII, we'll improve things by having only two females in the films (and to do the story justice, this should be at minimum a trilogy) a Mother and a Love Interest to the anti-hero Kylo Ren. Neither will do much at all, so there's no worry about them spoiling things for the audience. But so that things don't get so Dark that no one will go to the cinema without a comfort blanket and cuddly rabbit, there'll also be a novelty alien with an ethnic accent to provide officially sanctioned moments of levity. I can't wait.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: The Prequel

    Finally got round to watching Season 2 of Agent Carter. When it first came out, I remember seeing reviews in the blogosphere saying that it was a big step down from the first season in quality, so I didn't bother with it. Well, it's been so long that I can now hardly remember the first season. I enjoyed S2 quite a lot - it was tremendously silly fun most of the time, and now I kind of wish I hadn't taken the time to catch up on it, since there'll be no S3.
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    SOLO: A Spoiler Story (contains spoilers)

    Saw this film on Sunday. Found it at the same time both fun and entirely forgettable. The only things I think I'll really take from it are: 1) At times I thought I was watching a missing episode of Firefly and 2) A star destroyer silhouetted against an azure nebula is really pretty On the bright side, when I read Wert's review and it mentioned all the fan service and in-jokes, I thought it would be completely awful. Because although I am dorky enough to get a lot of the nods and winks, I hate it when films seem to be made just for the fans, and for a certain kind of fan (e.g. Rogue One). But I didn't feel the tie-ins to other bits of the canon hurt the film that much except perhaps the Darth Maul one.
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    A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Just finished binge-watching Season 2. Now I have to wait a year or more for Season 3. *twiddles fingers* .... Has it arrived yet? ASoUI is about 50% of the reason for my netflix subscription. 49% is Fargo. The remaining 1% is optimism. I'm glad they gave Neil Patrick Harris more of a chance to showcase his musical abilities this year aside from singing the theme. Big props to all the returning and new members of the cast.
  5. Aww, I did like the finale. I was tremendously glad it didn't end with a massacre of the crew - and the new series that it sets up looks promising since plot-wise it has a bit more room for manoeuvre than its parent show.
  6. Just thinking of all the Rebels stuff with Maul, Kenobi and the twin suns of Tatooine. The suns can symbolize Luke and Leia, but they could also stand for Luke and Ezra in some sense - as twin chosen ones? Is Luke rather than Ezra the intended back up plan? After all, Ezra's been defeating imperials for years while Luke's been moping around his uncle's farm.
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    Full frontal Star Wars - D&D Strike Back

    Would be quite a good conclusion to the Star Wars franchise: HK47 stumbles through a wormhole to arrive in media res in Star Wars IX. He and Chopper do battle - because there can only be one bad-ass king of the droids. Soldiers of the First Order and New Republic embrace and forgive each other before they are disintegrated in the cosmic wave of destruction that issues forth. Ghost Yoda snarks at Ghost Luke for one last time. Kylo Ren considers the multiple ways in which he's wasted his life. Chewbacca asks for a cigarette in English Basic, and dies laughing at the expression on Rey's face. The galaxy ends, but the ripples from the battle echo further, crossing dimensions, and cinema screens melt from Honolulu to Moscow to Buenos Aires.
  8. Liked the recent pair of eps more than the earlier two, even if a lot of "Wolves at the Door" was stock Rebels material. I thought they might send Ezra and at least some of the gang through a portal into the future, where they get taught a lesson in plus ├ža change in Filoni's next series, potentially set during the rise of the First Order. However, the vanishing of the temple seemed fairly final in the second episode. Apparently Rebels got Ian McDiarmid back to voice the Emperor. Didn't realise it at the time. Thought they'd just employed a good mimic.
  9. The spoilery happening wasn't exactly a surprise, but it's still sad.
  10. Thanks, Teng Ai Hui. I'll give it another go - I do want to like it, though many more similar scenes would make that impossible.
  11. I really enjoyed season 1. Not without reservations, but I enjoyed it. I don't have a Trek background at all. The final episode was the weakest, in that the writing, especially towards the end, was shaky and heavy on the Parmesan, but I definitely enjoyed the series as a whole and loved a lot of the characters and performances. Looking forward to season 2.
  12. Last night I watched the first five minutes of Black Lightning. I got as far as the bit where it's some sort of awards ceremony that looks/feels like a personality cult, and all the kids in the room stand up and shout something in unison. Then I went Aaaaaargh!!! (but quietly, because I'm visiting family who were asleep upstairs), turned off and sat shuddering for a few seconds. Anyone else watched it? Was my initial reaction unfair?
  13. I enjoyed the retrospective view of Ezra's adventures in the trailer. Oh, for the days of the floppy anime hair!
  14. Though in the case of the rebels and the Terran Empire, it's more of a postjudice than a prejudice...
  15. Seems a bit crazy given that the last episode was in the middle of November...
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    The Last Jedi, not the last spoiler thread

    "I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror..." Doesn't sound as if the New Republic was up to much, if it was wiped out so thoroughly. I assume the same as you, plus whatever odd contacts Leia's made over the course of busy life. Additional point - anyone else thought that Daisy Ridley's accent changed a bit between TFA and TLJ? It dropped by about 0.56433 points on the British class system. In TFA she spoke surprisingly prim RP. In TLJ she sounded a bit Essex in places. Not complaining - a bit more of a regional vibe suits the character.
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    The Last Jedi, not the last spoiler thread

    Yep, really embarrassing, badly-written fan service of the worst kind. On a totally different note, I keep wondering what was up with the New Republic during TLJ. Okay, it was badly hit in FA, but you'd think it would still be strong enough to do something. Unless everyone in the New Republic was still basically in Battlestar Galactica episode 1 mode - ("What's happened? Did something happen? What're we gonna do? Who's in charge? Are you in charge? Am I in charge? I think that astromech might be next in the line of command...") - while the Resistance and First Order have put the plot on fast forward.
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    The Last Jedi, not the last spoiler thread

    That was....indescribable. And also a bit amazing, after having seen TLJ, to be reminded just how young Mark Hamill looked back then. And what a good job the plastic surgeon and make up department did after his car accident!
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    The Last Jedi, not the last spoiler thread

    Someone earlier in this thread was talking about how to involve Anakin as a Force Ghost in the current crop of movies, but everyone had moved on to discussion of Jedi training, Yoda's wrongness and lightsabers before I could reply...however, it's been nagging at me... They said that the options were: 1) Cast Sebastian Shaw (he's been dead since 1994, but then so has Peter Cushing...) 2) Cast Hayden Christensen In fact there is a third option, which is simply to recast the role. Get the right actor and the right script, and I doubt even the most conservative fans would whinge much. It has the advantages of not being deeply disturbing, which (1) would be, and could also mean having someone with more than two expressions. And, you know, fluidity, naturalness, charisma. That stuff. Plus, Anakin is in his mid-forties when he dies. They could cast someone the right age. Rory Kinnear? There are good story reasons for not giving Anakin any sort of cameo though. The theme of TLJ was "let the past die", and that may or may not be right as a philosophical idea, but it does have quite a bit going for it in creative terms - keeping Anakin out of it gives more space for the new characters, space for new stories to develop. He's already had so much written about him, some good (bits of Clone Wars), some awful (the Prequels); he doesn't need to be in more. Especially after his dreadful scenes in Rogue One. (Even if I want to see him a little in Episode IX, anyway...on the off chance they hit just the right note with him.)
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    The Last Jedi, not the last spoiler thread

    Not sure if it's been mentioned here yet, but a bloke called Todd VanDerWerff has written a thoughtful article about the backlash to TLJ over on vox.com.
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    The Last Jedi: Here There Be Spoilers

    I did enjoy it when Snoke was casually impaled by the lightsaber. Someone hadn't been to health and safety class before handling a dangerous implement! And I said it when it was announced, and I'll say it again now: Snoke is a truly dreadful choice of name. I snorted with laughter whenever it was mentioned. I'm not sure if we were supposed to or not. One of the reasons I like Ren as a character is that he's often kind of hopeless, but not always - often we're shown him as an overgrown teenager with tantrums who plays at being his grandad. At other times, we're reminded that Ren has the capacity to be more inventive and sly than his clan. In TFA, he used the Force to read minds. Where Anakin/Vader picked the Emperor up and threw him down a reactor shaft, Ren assassinates his master without breaking sweat.
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    The Last Jedi: Here There Be Spoilers

    I didn't have any problems with Luke's characterisation or his final stand. I thought both were excellent, and really elevated the film. The latter typified the better aspects of the Jedi mindset, as someone (@kalbear ?) has already indicated. My take on it was that he was perhaps dying already, and certainly felt himself to be the wrong person to lead a new rebellion. Not so much Achilles in his tent as the Fisher King He came to the site of their imminent ruin to bring what the surviving, battered resistance needed - hope. Yoda said something like: "You Skywalkers, with your eyes always on the horizon" - and Luke dies with his face to the horizon and twin suns. The (annoying, superfluous) brat at the end is seen staring up at the night sky. Luke dies so others can look up and hope and dream. I assume that he felt through the Force that Poe was looking for a secret exit, and that Rey would arrive and help the survivors escape. Apart from the idealistic stuff, Luke also managed: - to humiliate the (only recently established) leader of the First Order in front of his own troops and generals. - to further destabilise Ren: those golden dice and that face when Ben saw them, and saw them disappear.
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    The Last Jedi: Here There Be Spoilers

    Random plot twist generator: - DJ is Rey's father. No, I don't think it's likely. But he'said the right age, and needs stuff to do in Episode IX! I'd still like Rey to be some kind of semi-reincarnation of Anakin. Think it would also offer an in-universe explanation for the Rey-Skywalker parallels: Force ghost Anakin picked someone who reminded him of his better self, who needed protection, and whom he could protect by giving his abilities. Did anyone get a good look at the two parent shadows in the hole before they became Rey?
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    The Last Jedi: Here There Be Spoilers

    One thing I will say in Holdo's defence - she's been criticised for not sharing the moon evacuation plan with the whole crew, but she may have had reason to suspect there was a spy on board (because the FO tracked them through a light speed jump). The plan ended in disaster when the wrong person (BdT) got to know about it. So even if she didn't suspect there was a spy, she may have decided that the safest thing was to keep the details of the moon under wraps until the last minute. Though she should still have said: there's a plan (other than just running away) but I can't tell you what it is yet.
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    The Last Jedi: Here There Be Spoilers

    I'm pretty sure we're going to see BDT again, unless JJ really takes a dislike to the character. (And I doubt he would, he's too much of a pro). I mean, it could make the whole Canto Bight diversion seem somewhat worthwhile if it's seen as building up to something else in Ep. IX. Predictable route: BDT backstabs the FO to balance out backstabbing the Resistance. Or just backstabs everyone at once for the hell of it. A Star Wars fan on dreamwidth compared BDT to Hondo from Rebels. Though BDT has already been more lethal than Hondo - he got a lot of FO people killed. Lando looks like a saint in comparison. Less predictable route: BDT's point about the X-wings and TIE fighters being built by the same people gets enlarged on/explored as part of Episode IX's engagement with the question of the future of the Galaxy. The boundaries between dark and light, Jedi and Sith, First Order and Republic are questioned, and a new status quo is established. (Na, not gonna happen. Though I thought it might be heading that way in the dialogues between Ren and Rey - they surprised me, and I appreciated them, and not solely because of the shirtless Adam Driver factor). With Han and Luke out of the way and Leia (very sadly) unable to play a role, I'm hopeful that Episode IX will allow Rey, Finn, Rose, Poe et al to come into their own rather more. ETA: I liked TLJ much better than Rogue One, which I felt was dreary garbage with few if any redeeming features. Not sure if I'd rank TLJ above or below TFA. I'll wait till the DVD becomes available, then watch it again and see.
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