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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« on: April 19, 2014, 07:30 PM »
Wow.  This story is horrendous, to say the least.  From reading some of the stories about the plaintiff, he and others have already successfully sued other defendents for molestation.  So this isn't just someone who's looking to do a hit job on Bryan Singer in advance of one of his movies coming out.  And evidently in Hawaii, where some of the legal action is being pursued, there was a window of opportunity to pursue a lawsuit for sexual abuse that is due to close very soon.  From what I gather the statute of limitations may have passed for any kind of prosecution.  But a judgement against Singer in civil court will without a doubt damage his reputation as a filmmaker.

I know that there have been some fanboy grumblings about Bryan Singer and his homosexuality.  Some of that has revolved around him and his casting of Brandon Routh in Superman Returns, and an overall unseemly angle.  I chalked a lot of that up to fanboys not liking the movie, being cruel and homophobic.  But THIS STORY?  It's a whole new level of creepy.  And while I had begun to warm up to the idea of this new X-Men film, now I feel like doing that would just be wrong.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: April 19, 2014, 12:59 PM »
Looks like some dribs and drabs of late wave Marvel Universe figures are still making it out there.  I just found both Abomination figures last night as well as this morning at some local stores.

The Bullpen / Re: Captain America: Winter Soldier: The Toys!
« on: April 19, 2014, 12:58 PM »
The Cap merchandise seems to be far more focused than the Spidey stock.  I think that's a big part of why it's sold through as well as it has.  I've been trying to find Falcon, too, but not luck so far.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: April 18, 2014, 09:05 PM »
I wonder how many Bothans are going to sacrifice their careers to bring us spoilers?

The site that ran this earlier updated the original posting with the following:

EDIT: Lucasfilm contacted Bad Robot and confirmed this memo is a forgery! Darkness is everywhere! Foul play is afoot!

I would expect anyone working for Bad Robot has signed an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) either upon being hired or for every individual project.  It's a standard business practice for many a media company.  Very likely everyone involved with Episode VII production has already signed an NDA, and that document would look radically different from the forgery on that site.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: April 18, 2014, 06:29 PM »
So if Obi-Wan does have a kid and she is force sensitive, what's with the dialogue between Obi and Yoda in Empire basically stating Luke or another (Leia) are their only hope? 

Yeah, I can see that being a problem for some fans (and if it happens, we'll have to see how that works out)... But from a different angle, even if the kid is force-sensitive, perhaps Luke and Leia are the only hope for balancing the force.  They are Anakin's offspring so maybe the love of a father for his children and vice-versa (yeah, after maiming one and torturing the other) can win Vader over.

A few things come to mind about how this could be written around.  First, Obi-Wan may have been in a relationship but did not know about the existance of a child. 

Also, there's the possibility that Obi-Wan could have known about a child, but kept that information from Yoda.  Could he have been compartmentalizing that information for the purposes of protecting people?  Is it possible defiance on the part of Obi-Wan in the spirit of Qui-Gon?  Remember Yoda admonishing Obi-Wan in TPM:  "Qui-Gon's defiance I sense in you.  Need that you do not".

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: April 17, 2014, 08:54 PM »
Obi-Wan having a family or children is an interesting prospect.  Some of the EU had him close with another padawan.  And we also saw the storyline between him and Satine in Clone Wars.  So there's some potential backstory there to show that Obi-Wan may have strayed from the monastic life of the Jedi. 

Another angle?  Obi-Wan was witness to Order 66, and knew that the Empire was hunting down the Jedi.  He was also aware of Anakin and Padme's relationship and that their children could be that potential new hope for the Jedi, or perhaps a new apprentice for the Sith.  With that in mind Obi-Wan may have wanted to make sure that a Force sensitive child might carry on his own legacy.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 17, 2014, 09:10 AM »
Wilko Johnson, who played Ilyn Payne, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  He's said himself that he's supposed to be dead.  And the survival rates for pancreatic cancer are ridiculously low.

I didn't know until I googled him that playing Ilyn Payne was Wilko Johnson's only acting credit.  He's actually much better known as the guitarist for the pub rock band Dr. Feelgood.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 17, 2014, 08:35 AM »
I think I have a man-crush on Bronn. While the big wedding dominated the episode, the brief scene of Bronn training Jaimie was my favorite part.

Bronn training with Jaime Lannister is a change from the books.  In the books Jaime trains with Ser Ilyn Payne, the King's Justice.  IIRC, the last we've seen of Ser Ilyn was in the season 2 episode "Blackwater".

Truth be told, I'm fine with the change if these training sessions between Jaime and Bronn continue.  I think Bronn is a fantastic character and I'd like to see him continue to be in the mix.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:01 PM »
The last time we really saw Tommen before this week's episode was in the Season 2 episode "Blackwater".  Cersei was sitting with Tommen on the Iron Throne, getting ready to poison both herself and Tommen.  At least until Tywin marched into the throne room victorious.  Yeah, Cersei is certifiably batshit crazy.

Other Toy Lines / Re: 2014: What Are You Collecting?
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:34 AM »
It's pretty limited for me this year.

-HASBRO STAR WARS - New 3.75" & 6" figures and ALL NEW Vehicles
-SIDESHOW STAR WARS - Select 1/6th scale figures - Jedi or Sith
-HASBRO MARVEL - Select 3.75" scale movie & comic based figures.  It depends on the character

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 16, 2014, 08:57 AM »
Bastards definitely hold different places in the different houses.  The custom seems to be that no bastard is due an inheritance even if they're from a noble house.  There can be exceptions though, if the noble Lord or even the King decides to recognize a bastard and can give them their family name.

The Lannisters largely shun any bastards.  To the point where you don't really hear much about any bastards from the Westerlands.  I think in the West they're known by the bastard name Hill.  In the North things seem to be more open.  Jon Snow was a very integral part of the Stark family until he left to join the Night's Watch.  He was really only shunned by Catelyn Stark.  And Ramsey Snow seems to be very much trusted by Roose Bolton as well, but he may not be held in such high esteem.

Robert's bastards were numerous because he didn't take his marriage seriously.  The episode in the second season where Cersei and Joffrey had many of Robert's illegitimate children killed was fairly true to the books.  Gendry escaped and I think he's going to have a bigger part to play down the line.  However I don't know if he would be considered a Storm since he's Robert's bastard, or perhaps a Waters since he lived in the Crownlands near Kings Landing.  The show has made it clear to a point that he didn't know of his status.  At least until season 3 when he was taken by Melisandre to Dragonstone.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: April 16, 2014, 08:49 AM »
Interesting developments in light of the discovery of the Hydra cabal within SHIELD.  I got the sense that Coulson was fairly senior within SHIELD.  But for him to be one of the most senior agents remaining in the organization?  It sounds like Garrett and his cohorts may have done far more damage than was first thought.

True to form, Talbot seemed like a tremendous prick.  And it seems like he's gunning to take SHIELD apart.  But I wonder if he's involved if we may eventually see "Thunderbolt" Ross work his way into the show, too?  I think William Hurt did a great job with Ross in The Incredible Hulk, but I know that he's currently working on a Broadway play.

Ward's turn is seeming more and more legit as thing progress.  I had initially thought that he was attempting to go into deep cover in an effort to infiltrate Hydra.  But now I'm not so sure about that theory.

The one thing that I got a real kick from in last night's episode?  It was actually a callback to the first Captain America & Falcon comic I ever got.  In the comic Cap & Falcon went into a barber shop and got into chairs.  From there, the chairs lowered into a secret SHIELD facility.  And when "Flowers" got lowered into the Hydra base the same way I just loved it!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:45 PM »
Danaerys is indeed the last surviving child of the Mad King.  But that same Mad King was killed by Jaime Lannister during Robert Baratheon's Rebellion.  Interesting thing there is that Robert actually had some Targaryen blood in his family line, and that's part of why his claim to the Iron Throne was recognized following the rebellion.  The fact that he was also fighting for the return of his bride-to-be, Lyanna Stark, Ned's sister, from Prince Rhaegar Targaryen was at the heart of the rebellion.  Robert killed Raehgar, and Ned managed to save a dying Lyanna.  The rest of the surviving Targaryens were driven into exile.  Viserys and Danaerys wound up in Pentos with Illyrio.  But nobody really knows what happened to their mother.

Clearly, the children that are being passed off as Robert's children: the deceased Joffrey, Prince Tommen and Princess Myrcella are actually all the product of incest between Cersei and Jaime Lannister.  But as long as the Lannisters are the power and money behind the Iron Throne, the prospect of removing these Lannisters posing as Baratheons from the throne is going to be problematic.

The person with the most legitimate claim to the Iron Throne, at least according to Westerosi customs, is Stannis Baratheon.  But Stannis had been shunned by Robert following the rebellion, and given the island of Dragonstone as more of a place of exile than anything else.  Stannis is aware of some of Robert's bastard children.  And his brother Renly was a more appealing option.  But well, we saw what happened to Renly in season 2.

I think a lot of people are wondering what's going to happen if/when Danaerys returns to Westeros.  What then?  The series seems to be indicating that Danaerys is building towards that, as are the books.  I think the conflict that will draw in Danaerys is for the survival of Westeros itself.  The Iron Throne seems to be a secondary issue.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 15, 2014, 11:21 AM »
If we ignore the reality of the parentage of Cersie's children, then Tommen is the "rightful" heir to Joffrey since Joffrey did not have any offspring.

Depends... on a 'certain point of view'  ;)

That point of view being that the Lannisters are the power behind the Iron Throne.

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