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  1. I spent two seconds thinking "Have they deaged him? I'm not sure" then like just totally ignored it after. Still enjoying this, though sword man is a worrying addition. Why hasn't there been a team meeting yet? Does that ship even have a boardroom or what?
  2. I miss ports in general. It used to be that versions of games running on different platforms could be very different. Different technologies, different teams, different design choices. The Switch has revived this a tiny bit, but for the most part these days the consoles are so similar, and similar to the PC it's the same engine with a few tweaks. Actual ports of retro games offer the possibility of interesting changes or improvements to something I've played before. As long as it's done respectfully, I'd rather have that. They can probably thrown in the emulated version too pretty easily anyway.
  3. Those are all straw men. Avatar is Cameron's baby and no executive will get fired for backing the sequels to the biggest grossing film every made. Or get any creative control at all. Iron Man 3 was well received at the time, as I recall - maybe you mean Iron Man 2? But there's a difference between the odd miss and consistent issues. Marvel has tied together an absolutely huge, unpredecented number of films. Also as soon as Marvel takes a dip, everyone will be taking shots at Feige. It's the nature of the beast. Cats is well, Cats. The reaction has been somewhere between horror and bemusement at all involved.
  4. I liked both Rogue One and Solo a far but, and enjoyed most of the new trilogy while not really thinking they were better than an average Marvel movie. The Mandalorian was the best bit of Star Wars in decades. She deserves credit for all the good bits and getting some of those films through pretty troubled development. But the idea that *checks notes* the President of Lucasfilm is only getting flack from fans because she is a woman... well she's in charge of the overall plan and if you're annoyed by the lack of one, it's either her or Disney. And Lucas got a lot of shit too.
  5. As much as the above is generally bollocks, she obviously carries some of the fault, being as she is President of Lucasfilm and with huge influence over Star Wars.
  6. This was worryingly good. Wondering how they will get Discovery levels of fuck up by the end of the season.
  7. I too enjoyed the Pod Race, though like the film, its a touch overlong. I like bits of the Senate and Jedi stuff - there's definitely a lighter touch or shorter version that works. The battle at the end was a bit meh, but not unwatchable. I never minded Jar Jar that much, myself. Anakin annoyed me much more. Of all the prequels it's the most coherent. There's definitely a "good" version of a very similar story in there. Episode II suffers from the Ninja problem. One Jedi is amazing, a hundred Jedi just get shot by robots.
  8. The Phantom Menace was never as bad as made out. It drags in several places, but there are plenty of scenes that are well constructed that elevate it. It's average, but it isn't dire. I mean, I liked this more, but is there anything here to match "Duel of the Fates"? Nope. And the film still has an outside cultural impact given the amount it's been parodied. Can't see this making that level, though I'm I'll enjoy new Robot Chicken videos with the Emperor
  9. Disagree on the prequels. The idea is fine, it's just the execution. The fall of Anakin Skywalker is a potentially intriguing story. The collapse of the Republic could be too. Done right, it enriches the OT. The sequels - they are potentially interesting stories there too. But they don't seem to be driven by just wanting to have more Star Wars to sell than having stories to tell.
  10. She's mostly mute or saying generic phrases, and even those stick out like a sore thumb. If they planned to have Rose with Leia, and then that turns out to not work they aren't gonna do a rewrite to shoe horn more Rose in. Glad they didn't CGI it at least. Now whether that was a good idea in the first place or not or if they are just spinning, I dunno. But it seems superficially plausible.
  11. On Rose, not sure if this is post hoc rationalisation, but it kinda makes some sense? https://www.digitalspy.com/movies/a30354748/star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-rose-role-limited-explained/ Also in terms of how much of a mess this is - Matt Smith was announced as having a major role at one point https://variety.com/2018/film/news/star-wars-episode-ix-matt-smith-1202886507/ I'd genuinely love to see the various drafts this went through.
  12. Stuff like this: https://comicbook.com/starwars/2019/12/30/star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-writer-chris-terrio-biggest-problem-from-the-last-jedi-snoke-palpatine/ They really didn't want Ren to stay bad @Delarg'ey Firstly, it's important to state that Grey Jedi or any variation thereof, are, have been and always will be a shit idea. Star Wars is soapy nonsense and about as sophisticated as WWE. It needs goodies and baddies. That's all part of the fun. No grey jedi was my only wish for this film. Secondly, the other stuff you mention would still have needed set up in previous films. Hux? The Last Jedi turned Hux into a figure of fun in literally one of the worst decisions in the entire series. Tarkin was a malevolent presence in his own right. The Last Jedi actually set up a neat little confrontation between Hux and Kylo in the throne room - who commands the First Order, with Snoke dead? His apprentice or the commander of the armies? It's actually not necessarily a clear decision. But the Last Jedi blew it, like it blew almost every major potential moment it worked so hard blowing up expectations to create. Personally, I'd have went all in on Supreme Leader Kylo - you kill Han Solo, redemption should be fairly impossible and I'd like to see more exploration of the Dark Side in the main films. But once you don't do that, I totally get how you are in a bit of a corner and reach for bringing Palpatine back - and I think complaining "He definitely died" in this sort of film is madness. They brought Harold from Neighbours back and he definitely died - and the only difference between Soap Opera and Space Opera is lasers. I think no one was crying out for him to return, but once he's in they did about as well as they could.
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