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  1. Could be, though I think we already catch glimpses of other ships that would qualify as "GR-150s" and "Nebulon-C frigates" in the trailer as Kylo approaches the Resistance fleet.
  2. I'll decline the first question, but as to the second: We have a thread about him because there isn't really much of anything left to be said about the game of X-Wing that's worth saying, yet people still feel the need to participate on these boards daily (myself included). This actually explains the vast majority of content on these forums in the past couple years, actually.
  3. That ship certainly appears to be, as someone suggested, something like a "CR-180." It really appears to be inspired by welding two CR90s side-by-side, and the side protusions and dorsal bubble seem to have the aesthetic appearance of the turbolaser spherical pods on the side of CR90s. Given it's scale next to what is supposed to be a monstrously large "MC-160" (the Raddus), it seems like it's probably a capital ship. It would also fit the entire uninspired aesthetic of Ep VIII which seems to be: take something classic and MAKE IT MOAR BIGGER AND AWESOME. Also I can't wait to watch Kylo basically solo that Resistance fleet and the Raddus with his little fighter. ****, we'll probably even have a little scene that rivals Poe's "god-mode" above Kanata's castle, where we'll watch Ren flip and zip around and ice like six capital ships in an eight second span. Because how else are we supposed to know our characters are powerful without having it forced down our throats? I really hope VIII isn't terrible, because the fate of the NT rests on how VIII clean's up VII's mess. But now, we have the fate of an entire separate trilogy resting on Rian Johnson's shoulders.
  4. Look, it's Lando 2.0. I wonder if he'll appear to betray our plucky heroes, ultimately redeem himself, and lead the Resistance to glorious battle in Ep IX?
  5. This is everything Legion should have been.
  6. Uh, the "we" there needs some elaboration and qualifiers. I know lots of people who aren't okay with all the aspects of the system which has turned food products into privatized capitalistic commodities, for instance (e.g. look at the health crisis in the US, which certainly corresponds at least partially to dietary habits: by all international reports and comparisons the US spends almost twice as much per capita on healthcare yet has worse overall health and healthcare results than most other developed nations). The goal of food production and marketing in the US is not to feed people with a nutritional spread that meets their needs and promotes their health and well-being, but it's to make as much profit as possible. So you've got sugar and cheap artificial ingredients crammed into everything and advertising tapping into our basic underlying biology to exploit those cravings, highjacking them in a way that sells as many cans of Coke as possible, despite it's detrimental health effects and negligible nutritional value. Factory farming processes aimed at the most efficient productive methods legally tolerated threaten the environment and public health (most notably perhaps through contributing to antibiotic-resistance, which many public health officials, risk analysts, and epidemiologists fear will create several antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" within our lifetime) while not accounting much for animal welfare, and agricultural corporate giants like Monsanto have contributed to many ecological harms while also strong-arming out "family farms" and traditional agrarian methods, either driving them out of operation or coercing them into buying and using only Monsanto GMO-ed seeds. And, of course, all of this overlooks the fact that US agriculture is far from a true free market practice in the US, because even though it is largely privatized, it is also heavily subsidized with governmental aid. Many easily-accessible documentaries explore some of these aspects of the commodification of food in the US, but perhaps the best one and a great starting point is Food, Inc. But the basic point would be that, while we have privatized some things in the US, it's not in and of itself an argument for privatizing more things, like roads. In fact, probably as many people think we ought to de-privatize some stuff (e.g. healthcare, into a single-payer system to treat it as a right and not a privilege) as think we ought to privatize more stuff. What we really need to get at are the reasons for and against (partially) privatizing or un-privatizing particular goods or services. Besides, roads aren't even the hardest thing to imagine privatizing. Several places in the US, in fact, have privatized portions of their roadways as a means to balance suffering budgets. It's much harder to imagine what a privatized police force or firefighting systems might look like. "Oh, gee, we'd love to come out and put out the fire at your house and save your kid trapped on the second floor...but it looks like you're two months behind on your FireFighting Insurance payment with us...'
  7. Well, in the EU yes, it becomes ridiculous that those main characters (and a few minor ones) basically do everything of note in the Galaxy over the course of 30 years, with the heaviest, tankiest of plot armors. That's my exact critique of that aspect of the EU. But I wouldn't say that it applies nearly as harshly to Original Trilogy movies: I would contend that it's not even remotely as bad in the OT movies. Take a character like Luke, for instance. Over the course of the entire trilogy of movies, he only fights in two battles of the Galactic Civil War. At Yavin, he shoots down one TIE and then needs to be saved by Wedge, and blows up the Death Star as allies behind him sacrifice themselves for him. At Hoth, he pretty immediately gets shot down and gets his Gunner killed. In Palpatine's throne room, he bests his father but then gets wrecked by the Emperor, and his victory is more a moral and spiritual victory (taking a chance on trusting his father) rather than one of prowess or Force Mastery. Even in escaping the first Death Star, Luke only survives because Vader and Tarkin have orchestrated a plan to let the Rebels escape so they can be tracked to their base. Is Luke a hero and does he have plot armor? Of course, but his warrior-prowess is far from godlike and his list of feats aren't really that long, especially given that the movies span several years of in-world time. Compare that to the EU, where our small list of characters find themselves engaging upon hundreds of adventures, often raising the stakes and scopes of their heroics. It's one thing if Wedge survives three battles in the OT (though effectively gets 'shot down' in the Battle of Yavin). His entire trilogy career is pretty much made a mockery of in an eight second clip from TFA where Poe kills a dozen TIEs and some stormtroopers -- that's god-like nonsense (and part of the reason I think TFA was terrible). But in the EU, we now have a Wedge dominating hundreds of dogfights and even doing ridiculous battle-winning, moon-skimming K-Turns while flying things like Correllian Corvettes. I'm not positive, but I think one of Wedge's schticks is that he never gets shot down. It's one thing that have a character like Wedge who racks up an impressive, let's say, 15-0 kill count in the Original Trilogy over the course of three battles. Historic pilots in the real world have done better than that. But the Wedge of the EU probably has close to a 2,000-0 kill count, and that's a whole different layer of godlike silliness, and makes the universe feel so small that the same dozen characters do everything of note for 30 years. In that regard, the plot armor of the OT Movies and the EU are different in kind, and not just in degree.
  8. It's actually our first glimpse at the T85 X-Wings that are in use by the New Republic, as per the Aftermath series.
  9. I'm inclined to agree. I hated Episode VII, and I say this as someone who overall appreciates the Prequels and loved Rogue One (so I'm not just opposed to "new" Star Wars). That being said, I think some of the things I disliked about VII could be redeemed with how they answer questions in VIII, but some things will still be irredeemable (Starkiller Base, Hyperspacing through Shields, the silly pacing (e.g. Han just happens to find the Falcon right after it takes off from Jakku), how tiny and insignificant both the Resistance and First Order felt, etc.). But a little redemption could be done, namely with how they answer things like the scope/size of the Resistance and First Order, the identity of Snoke, etc.-- but VIII would almost need to be a prequel to VII to make that work. Am I optimistic about VIII? No, not at all, and the trailers and vehicle/ship concepts make me cringe. Do they make me cringe more than Suncrushers or Palp Clones or stormtrooper zombies? Eh, I dunno, maybe it's at least the lesser of two evils. Hehehe.
  10. I always found most of the Antilles-Fel clan stories to be far too incestual, in the sense that they made the Galaxy feel suffocatingly small. We're in a galaxy of tens of thousands of habitable planets with innumerable sentient lifeforms, and the one person Soontir Fel falls in love with just happens to be his arch nemesis' (Wedge Antilles') sister? Even as good as the X-Wing/Wraith series of novels are taken to be, and they are rare highlights in an otherwise iffy Extended Universe, they have their cheesy moments like when Soontir's TIE Interceptor gets shot down and Wedge lands his X-Wing and the two literally have a fistfight as a dogfight rages on... ugh. It's also an almost fetishism that exists around minor characters like Boba, Wedge, and Soontir wherein they become gods unto the universe, and to me it just feels silly. Like, the more stories I read about Boba and Wedge and Soontir being SuperBeings, the less I find them cool and interesting because the mystery around them vanishes and their plot armor becomes heftier than Simon Pegg's Unkar Plutt costume. Both Soontir and Boba suffer from the fate of so many villains where writers become overly attached to them and turn them into heroes, at least for awhile (e.g. Sylar from Heroes, Ben from LOST, or Kallus/Maul from our very own Rebels). Boba, some random mercenary dude who gets punked by a blind guy and eaten by a goddamned hole in the ground goes on to become the leader of the entire Mandalorian culture.... suuuuure. Soontir Fel, the Mary Sue of Imperial Pilots, goes on to have his descendants become the royal family of the Imperium, see: Emperor Roan Fel. These sorts of tiny incestual relationships where the same dozen named characters do everything in the universe over the course of thirty years and intermarry and become the leaders of their respective groups just makes the world of Star Wars--which is supposed to be an entire galaxy--just feel so darn small and insignificant, and it's really depressing to see Rebels do largely the same thing by making street-urchin Sabine the Mandalore. Which is why I think some of the best of the EU are things like "Tales from the Cantinna" or "Tales of the Bounty Hunters." A little bit of backstory or demystification is nice, but I don't want to know everything about everyone, and I don't want every character who looks cool to be an immortal god in the world, which is sadly what so often happens within the EU. Now, I'm not sure Disney's New Trilogy will do any better, but at least they slate is wiped clean so they have the possibility to do better. TL;DR: there's nothing in particular wrong with the Fel Nuptial storyline, per se, but it's a great symbol of so many problems with the EU: (1) Making the galaxy feel small, (2) Fetishizing certain Mary Sue characters, e.g. Wedge, Boba, Soontir, etc., (3) Competent Villains Become Heroes, and (4) Everyone within the small pool of recurring characters becoming the leader of their respective peoples.
  11. Yes Please, Origins is great.
  12. Seriously, what the heck is wrong with FFG? An official notice of ... 4 days?!? For an event as fun and prestigious as a system open? What the actual ****?
  13. I mean, I get what you're saying, but then I look at things like this and I can't tell if Disney was more of a savior. Because as silly and disappointing as TFA and TLJ are, at least they aren't:
  14. A "Rogue Squadron" series with as much death as something like Game of Thrones would be fantastic. Set it right after RotJ, and no one would even have plot armor (since even Wedge could die, given his absence in the New Trilogy era). It would be glorious, and it could culminate with the Battle of Jakku. We know a live-action series is now coming. That said, such a series would cost an insane amount of money to produce, but perhaps the digital models and renders from Rogue One have already laid a lot of the groundwork, and the props and costumes could be reused? What makes it unlikely, though, is that Disney likes to cross-pollinate. Look at all the tie-ins between Rebels and Rogue One, and now that RO has come and gone Rebels is also being brought to a close. The live-action series probably won't focus on the Galactic Civil War, unless Disney has plans for the anthology coming after Han Solo to be another Civil War focus. Odds are, the live action series will focus on either the TFA trilogy era or the era of the Next Trilogy.
  15. Yet again we fail to see Star Destroyers launching anything close to 76 TIE Fighters, which further supports the view that the commonly-held 76 TIE compliment for Star Destroyers is grossly exaggerated from 'reality.'