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  1. Yea, they all have the formula of: White Guys try to wipe out/exploit an indigenous culture (be it N'avi, Tree-Fairies, Bug-Alien Refugees, Samurai, etc.) and one of the White Guys ends up a part of that culture (usually initially against their will), falls in love with it, and ends up being the person who plays Savior and single-handily leads the Indigenous people to salvation against the White Guys. In Film Theory it combines elements of the "White Savior" trope with other aspects. To a lesser extent, it also characterizes films like the comedy Shanghai Noon (Owen Wilson's Roy character, who teams up with Jackie Chan and a Native American Woman to defeat his previous band of outlaws) and possibly even many films in the Gladiator genre (Roman General conquering people ends up in slavery alongside other conquered folks, leads them to victory against the Empire he previously served), such as Robin Hood (noble-born guy leads peasants against the noble-class) and Lawrence of Arabia, just to name a handful of many possible other examples. Avatar was the same story that's been told in film dozens of times, just with spiffy three-dimensional jungles, crazy battle-robots, and digital cat-people.
  2. No, I think he's talking about FernGully: The Last Rainforest. Wait, I mean BorGullet: The Last Brain-Proctologist. See also: Dances With Wolves Fern Gully The Last Samurai District 9 Avatar All basically the exact same story.
  3. Maybe the reason your Super Gun Mega Bases keep getting killed is that your Empire is clearly disorganized and confused. For instance, the Bothan Massacre was part of acquisition of the plans for your Second Mega Gun Base, and therefore was not "erased" by the events in Rogue One...
  4. I would not be surprised if they did not sell well enough for a reprint. I imagine with Rune Wars and now Legion cutting into the plastic injection schedule if things like the dial kits and colored bases were not reprinted.
  5. My beef with the Bullseye arc is what a pain in the rear it's going to be to measure and check for all the time, especially at Range 3. Unlike firing arc, it's much narrower and will need to be checked far more often. It'll also be much harder to measure, because the line denoting the arc is much shorter than the line denoting the firing arc, as printed on the base. Finally, it is going to be overhung by the somewhat large Kimogila model, making it inconvenient. Though, if it is the wideth of a range ruler, your pic has revealed to me that it may actually not be too much of a pain to check, if you can just stick a range ruler down onto the bullseye arc of the base. Much better than the inaccurate lasers or hovering a stick over the single line.
  6. Is "Crybaby 101" part of the requisite Imperial Academy course load? Imperial players have such a persecution complex, I swear.
  7. Thta Raven's Claw would make an excellent ship for X-Wing. I think the HWK is better than it gets credit for, but it is purely a support ship that requires the right unique pilot in the right build (which is how I think a support ship should work).
  8. Apparently Gun-Boat fanatics are a little too defensive about their fetish-ship...
  9. This is the most accurate criticism of JJ Abrams I've ever seen. I don't know if he was responsible for those ideas or if someone else wrote them, but either way it's moot because it's one of the director's jobs to go "wait, this is stupid" or "wait, this destroys the fabric and rules of this fictional world," especially for a director who professes to love that world so much. While the Prequels were cheesy and goofy and suffered from terrible writing, at least they told an overall compelling story and filled the Star Wars universe with more places, people, and stuff to geek over. We see how the Jedi Order lived and functioned, we get a deeper exploration of Palpatine (arguably the best character in Star Wars), and we get lots of sweet new ships and lightsaber duels. It added to the Star Wars mythos rather than just hand-waving lazily through it and bending the rules for easy plot solutions, which is ultimately what The Force Awakens does. While I wouldn't call myself a fan of the Prequels, they did some things better than TFA. Prequels: It gives us too much. You could cut-out a lot of the silly filler (Jar-Jar, 30 minutes of the Pod Race, a space diner, the Tom & Jerry adventures of R2D2 and C3PO in the droid factory) and you'd be left with a better, and arguably almost decent, movie. Editing it down by removing non-plot relevant gristle can make it better, as many of the fan edits have shown. There is a redeemable kernel under all of it that can be recovered. The Force Awakens: It doesn't give you nearly enough. There are way too many things glossed over and the world feels empty and you have no sense of scope. Why is the Resistance literally only like 15 X-Wings? Does the First Order only have a single Star Destroyer? What the heck is the relationship between the Resistance and the Republic, and why does the Republic not just exterminate the First Order? Why should we care those planets got destroyed, since we have no emotional investment in them and we only learn of their existence a few seconds before the Dues Ex Phonin' It In laser destroys them. These are not good questions to leave your audience with, they are just inadequate story-telling. There are good mysteries to leave an audience with (e.g. Who is Rey? How can she manipulate the force so well? What's Snoke's deal?), but the sorts of questions about scope or context or basic relationships or settings are not those kind of things that should skipped to the point of leaving the audience bewildered and without a bearing. To make the Force Awakens a better movie you'd have to add significant things to it, and probably also remove plot-integral elements (e.g. Starkiller Base, Hyperspace). There is a part of a redeemable kernel here, but the fan community doesn't have a means to add to that kernel to make it complete. Put differently, the Prequels offered a great story that was told poorly (bad acting, weak dialogue, too much filler) while The Force Awakens offered a poor and incomplete story but told it very well (great acting, props, sets, effects). Neither were ideal Star Wars films. Personally, I prefer what the Prequels offered, since I like to add to the Star Wars mythos since much of my enjoyment of it comes from outside of the theater (e.g. X-Wing). I can certainly understand and appreciate those who prefer TFA, but for me it's inadequate story and lazy handling of the elements of the Star Wars mythos was more of a detraction than fart jokes and droids switching heads and using "sand's hardness" as a flirtation techinque, because TFA didn't add to the Star Wars mythos for me, it just sort of spit on it while making it look visually stunning.
  10. Not nearly as much as I cringed Starkiller Base, Hux's weird speech, or all the questions I had about what in the world the relationship between The Resistance, the Republic, and the First Order was. Or why if it was possible to Hyperspace through shields you wouldn't just have a droid hyperspace a GR-75 right into the oscillator. What's the size of the Reistance? Do they literally just have like fifteen X-Wings and the Falcon, because that was all that sent on a planetary bombing assault... TFA just felt so incredibly empty, like the Galaxy had about 50 people in it. Even while walking through Star Killer base, Han and Finn only encounter like two people: the one person who can deactivate the shields (but why the **** would Captain Shiny-Facism do it?) and the person they were trying to rescue. I am sure am glad they couldn't spare two minutes of film to add a little bit of context about the scope and relationship of the factions we were watching struggle against one another. But thank goodness we got like five minutes of Benny Hill themed squid monster chasing that used some of the worst CGI in the entire franchise. Might as well of just had Episode II's Dax "Diner Operator" Greasestain chasing the characters through the halls with a bunch of butcher knives in his hands -- I would have found it just as intense and suspenseful. I also liked how after we see Poe kill 12 TIE Fighters and three stromtroopers in eight seconds we then have to hear "That's a **** of a Pilot!" in case we didn't get the whole "Poe is the biggest and bestest ever and makes every other pilot in the 30-year-old franchise seem like a goon" vibe they were cramming down our throats. Lazy movie was lazy. But hey, we all cringe at different things. PS: I don't just complain about movies to complain or because they're new. I tend to enjoy most movies I see, and I utterly loved Rogue One because it flushed the world out and filled it with things and was beautifully directed with excellent well-paced action. ****, I even liked Alien Resurrection quite a bit, to give you some standard of comparison.
  11. What kind of logic is this? That's like saying if you liked Gene Wilder's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" you are then obligated to like Johnny Depp's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Or if you liked the original Karate Kid you have to also like the Jackie Chan & Son of Smith remake. I reject that a rehash and an original have to valued the same, as there is something to be said for primacy and historical context. It is also possible that the story-telling, acting, pacing, stage-setting, or general filmography can also widely vary between originals and rehashes. Sometimes, rehashes are better (e.g. Carpenter's "The Thing" vs the "The Thing from Another World," both of which drew from the same novella and pitted people at an arctic camp against the invading alien life-force). if you want to split hairs about "remakes" vs "rehashes," then I simply point you to Michael Bay's "Ninja Turtles" movie or his "Transformers" franchise.
  12. This is also really bad news in so far as it also suggests that Disney is probably apprehensive about the overall quality of Episode 8 and is eager to lock-down Abrams again because at least TFA was safe, albeit it generally received as lazy and uninspired. If they'd rather have another TFA than another TLJ, then TLJ must be pretty worrisome to them.
  13. More like Meh.Meh. Abrams...
  14. That's kind of my point: Disney messed up and was lazy/hasty with the source materials they inherited, which is why we now have A-Wings that could house an Olog-Hai Troll of Mordor in their cockpits and ones that were a snug fit for a human now allegedly being identical craft, when clearly they are not. As to more comic pictures, the size is like that throughout. Here's another example: I realize comics can have some artistic freedom (though those look very RotJ to me, even down to the RotJ weapon armaments and not the big cylinder cannons of Rebels). So I'm not saying that clearly A-Wings are small because of the comics, but just pointing out to those who use Rebels as the gold standard because it's new that here's another new and official canon source that clearly shows much smaller A-Wings during the Battle of Endor era, which seem to confirm very closely to those seen on screen in RotJ -- it seems pretty fair to say these are not the bigger, bulkier, less sleek cylinder-cannoned craft we see in Rebels.
  15. The best comparison for the Resitance Bomber will be to see how the Ball Turrets of the physical model stock up against the "engine intake" of a T-70 model. If, as I suspect by guestimation, that the ball turrets are roughly the size of the engine "intake" on a T70 it'll mean that the Resistance Bomber is significantly smaller than it should be, since: We'll just have to wait until we have the phystical models in hand to make a better estimation.