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  1. That's a good point. Things are a bit too fresh in TLJ (and TFA, for that matter). The "lived in" feel of the OT is stronger, and well reflected in Rogue One.
  2. Well, minus the part where a hyper-capable enemy would have projected the enemy's course and jumped ahead to trap them, rather than chase them from behind for 18+ hours. The First Order doesn't have a very competent military.
  3. I put this in the other thread, but will cross-post here for general discussion: Overall, a good, solid Star Wars movie. Not great – I’d certainly put it behind Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars, and Rogue One, perhaps on par with Return of the Jedi, slightly better than The Force Awakens. Likes: - Plot mostly wasn’t derivative – I was expecting an ESB rehash. It had pieces of that (Rey training) but not in a bad way and as necessary. Though change the opening location to Yavin and closing location to Hoth and you have a plot that shoehorns well into the original trilogy. - Good battle scenes as bookends (with some issues, below). - The Luke-Rey-Kylo dynamic was excellent; good character growth, tension, some backstory/history/ certain point of view appropriate to Star Wars. - Nothing wrong with the odd lightsaber fight or two in a core movie. - Poe’s still one **** of a pilot. - BB-8 still steals scenes. - Porgs are cute without going all Ewok. - Other funky monsters & aliens, good for a Star Wars movie. - We now know where blue milk comes from! - Yoda nod. Cheesy, but I liked it. - Sith apprentice nod with Kylo/Snoke. Nice to set Kylo up to be the final BBEG for the last movie. - Luke’s … death isn’t the right word. I expected him to die; thought they handled it well. - Rey has no special backstory. Sure, Kylo could be lying, but I hope he’s not because it’s too trite to make her a Skywalker (or Kenobi, or insert fanfic here). - Discussion of what the Force is … without midichlorians or Star Wars physics mumbo jumbo. Dislikes: - Cell phone jokes at the opening. Too soon, Junior. - The First Order is a horrible military. Like: don’t launch fighters in any of your battles (except Kylo and two wingmen) until way too late. Don’t flank – everything’s a frontal assault. Oh, and you’re chasing an opponent who is retreating at your maximum speed? Instead of chasing for days, maybe, you know … hyperspace ahead of them and cut them off? - Flying ice Leia. I mean, Star Wars physics, but c’mon. - Gravity bombs. In space. One baby bomber kills super-dreadnaught. Sigh … Star Wars physics getting silly. - “I’m too smart to tell anyone my plan” Admiral. There was a plan – why not explain? Would have been a good opportunity to fix the next issue … - The entire Finn-Rose subplot adds nothing to the movie. They wander off, accomplish exactly nothing, and end up back with everyone for the finale. You could have had a subplot with them finding a spy or tracker on the cruiser (which would have fit with the tight-lipped Admiral trying not to give an advantage to the spy) and accomplished more, plus saved 30-odd minutes of movie. Sure, you can’t introduce White Lando, but at the moment he’s pointless anyway. - Look, all-powerful evil dude! Poof … he’s gone! Could have worked in a little Snoke and rise of First Order backstory; opportunity wasted. - I expected Leia to die, too frankly – would have been better to kill her off in this movie. - Resuscitating Phasma for yet another dubious death scene. Now she’s 2x as useless as Boba Fett (again, delete the whole Finn arc and it really tightens up the movie). - Hyperwave comms mumbo-jumbo. Feels too Star Trek. - Timelines. Seems too rushed – could have been spread out a bit more. - First Order is mustache-twirling evil. Sure, that’s a trope – but it could be more nuanced. - Chekov’s X-Wing didn’t pay off. - Ackbar dying off screen. - Where are Jess Pava and Snap Wexley?
  4. Nah, the Poe-Finn 'shippers are totally on to something.
  5. ESB, SW, R1, RotJ, TLJ, TFA, RotS, AotC, TPM
  6. Resistance bombers; 4 hull, no shields, "Sympathetic Detonation" Bombs.
  7. Yeah; missed opportunity there (the whole Funn-Rose story line was a waste; I'd rewrite the whole thing with a spy on the Rebel cruiser -- maybe BB-9E!) For an ability -- 1 point crew, discard to discard a target lock!
  8. Yeah, I forgot Snaps. Where'd he wander off too? Neither one of them made an appearance. Seems an odd oversight, especially with Ello Cloney right there.
  9. What happened to Jess Pava, anyway? We see her survive Starkiller Base.
  10. Just got back from seeing The Last Jedi … impressions (needless to say – SPOILERS AHEAD!). Overall, a good, solid Star Wars movie. Not great – I’d certainly put it behind Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars, and Rogue One, perhaps on par with Return of the Jedi, slightly better than The Force Awakens. Likes: - Plot mostly wasn’t derivative – I was expecting an ESB rehash. It had pieces of that (Rey training) but not in a bad way and as necessary. Though change the opening location to Yavin and closing location to Hoth and you have a plot that shoehorns well into the original trilogy. - Good battle scenes as bookends (with some issues, below). - The Luke-Rey-Kylo dynamic was excellent; good character growth, tension, some backstory/history/ certain point of view appropriate to Star Wars. - Nothing wrong with the odd lightsaber fight or two in a core movie. - Poe’s still one **** of a pilot. - BB-8 still steals scenes. - Porgs are cute without going all Ewok. - Other funky monsters & aliens, good for a Star Wars movie. - We now know where blue milk comes from! - Yoda nod. Cheesy, but I liked it. - Sith apprentice nod with Kylo/Snoke. Nice to set Kylo up to be the final BBEG for the last movie. - Luke’s … death isn’t the right word. I expected him to die; thought they handled it well. - Rey has no special backstory. Sure, Kylo could be lying, but I hope he’s not because it’s too trite to make her a Skywalker (or Kenobi, or insert fanfic here). - Discussion of what the Force is … without midichlorians or Star Wars physics mumbo jumbo. Dislikes: - Cell phone jokes at the opening. Too soon, Junior. - The First Order is a horrible military. Like: don’t launch fighters in any of your battles (except Kylo and two wingmen) until way too late. Don’t flank – everything’s a frontal assault. Oh, and you’re chasing an opponent who is retreating at your maximum speed? Instead of chasing for days, maybe, you know … hyperspace ahead of them and cut them off? - Flying ice Leia. I mean, Star Wars physics, but c’mon. - Gravity bombs. In space. One baby bomber kills super-dreadnaught. Sigh … Star Wars physics getting silly. - “I’m too smart to tell anyone my plan” Admiral. There was a plan – why not explain? Would have been a good opportunity to fix the next issue … - The entire Finn-Rose subplot adds nothing to the movie. They wander off, accomplish exactly nothing, and end up back with everyone for the finale. You could have had a subplot with them finding a spy or tracker on the cruiser (which would have fit with the tight-lipped Admiral trying not to give an advantage to the spy) and accomplished more, plus saved 30-odd minutes of movie. Sure, you can’t introduce White Lando, but at the moment he’s pointless anyway. - Look, all-powerful evil dude! Poof … he’s gone! Could have worked in a little Snoke and rise of First Order backstory; opportunity wasted. - I expected Leia to die, too frankly – would have been better to kill her off in this movie. - Resuscitating Phasma for yet another dubious death scene. Now she’s 2x as useless as Boba Fett (again, delete the whole Finn arc and it really tightens up the movie). - Hyperwave comms mumbo-jumbo. Feels too Star Trek. - Timelines. Seems too rushed – could have been spread out a bit more. - First Order is mustache-twirling evil. Sure, that’s a trope – but it could be more nuanced. - Chekov’s X-Wing didn’t pay off. Anyway – worth seeing, and probably worth seeing twice; I’m sure my thoughts will evolve on a second viewing.
  11. Personally, I think I'd swap VI and TT on Kylo for PTL and Primed Thrusters, and drop Advanced Slam to put the First Order Vanguard title on Kylo -- he's so valuable he needs the extra insurance.
  12. Perhaps given discussions the MSE droids have overheard from the conduits, an "Empire's Greatest Dad" mug might be appropriate? We all know how much the Dark Lord enjoys his caf.
  13. Snap: Intensity - FAA - IA - Primed Thrusters (though with his ability, I don't seem to trigger FAA that much, so I may go back to Targeting Astromech).
  14. Went 4-0 to win a tournament today with this list: Poe Dameron (PS8 Version) (41) T-70 X-Wing (31), Black One (1), R2-D2 (4), Advanced Optics (2), Veteran Instincts (1), Autothrusters (2) “Snap” Wexley (32) T-70 X-Wing (28), Flight Assist Astromech (1), Primed Thrusters (1), Intensity (2), Integrated Astromech (0) Ezra Bridger (27) Sheathipede (17), Gunner (5), Wired (1), R3-A2 (2); Pulsed Ray Shield (2) Ezra did serious work; dual regen was handy, and Snap was fun though FAA didn't get much use. Opponents included a Blackout/Rho (Mangler)/Quickdraw list, a Nym/Fenn/Kavil list, a Vader & 2x HLC Rho, and Parattanni. Parattanni was the closest matchup in the final round; won at time but only had one hull left on Snap and one hull and one shield on Ezra, having lost Poe to Fenn earlier,
  15. Imagine if all that time spent posting was spent playing X-wing!