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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: June 22, 2015, 08:12 AM »
Some pretty awesome images from THE FORCE AWAKENS in this Making Star Wars post.

Oh, and how about the return of Admiral Ackbar and Nien Nunb?!?!?!

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: June 21, 2015, 05:19 PM »
"The Siege of Lothal" was definitely something good to get us through the summer.  Seeing Darth Vader in action in this animated series format was great, too.  The space battle was very cool, especially since we really got to see Vader's pilot skills shine as he took out the members of Phoenix squadron at will.  And the light saber fight?  Vader seemed like he was toying with Kanan and Ezra.  But the duel played out pretty well.  And when Vader deflected those blaster shots back at Sabine? That seemed a little intense for a kids show. 

I also think it was awesome that they could get James Earl Jones back to voice Darth Vader.  That really tied things together well.  As for Ahsoka and Vader?  Clearly Vader knows that Ahsoka is with the rebels. Bye said as much during his communication with the Emporer.  And I got the sense from their connection through The Force during the space battle that Ahsoka knew, too.  She seemed very rightly disturbed by the revelation.  She seems to be keeping it to herself for now.  But I think that ultimately the crew of the Ghost might be in serious danger if they continue to work closely with Ahsoka.   

Honorable mention for last night goes to Sam Witwer.  He's stepped in as the voice actor who plays Emporer Palpatine.  And he nailed it!

As for Vader continuing to appear on the series? I think he's probably going to take a step back.  The show runners and much of the audience know that nothing can really happen to Vader. It's a lot like the situation George Lucas was in with the prequels.  Certain notes had to be hit and the previously established  story points of the OT meant that the audience knew certain characters were in danger while others were not.  And that can diminish the impact of the story. 

I think it breaks down to $18 per figure plus tax.  Considering that Amazon is now pricing these at $22.99 each it's definitely a good deal.

Not a huge sale, but HTS has a 4-pack of Emporer Palpatine, Han & Luke in Stormtrooper armor and the Clone Trooper Captain in phase 1 armor for $71.99.  And at that price your order qualifies for free shipping.  Not a terrible deal by any stretch. 

It was nice of JTA to mention that the entire list is coded in an effort to prevent spoilers.

I only started to see wave 2 at Target stores within the last month.  But I'm not optimistic about the future of this line. 

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: New Star Wars Battlefront
« on: June 17, 2015, 05:01 PM »
I just watched the new Battlefront video that features what appears to be gameplay footage.  OMG does it no justice.

Not that great of a deal when Target is clearing these out at $9.99 per figure.  I've managed to pick up almost all of wave 2 at Target stores over the past few weeks AND inspect the paint apps in the process.  Some of the paint jobs on these have been so spotty that you need to see the figures in person to avoid an outright disaster.  I was able to pick up Brienne, Drogo, Danaerys and Robb Stark all at reduced prices thanks to a little bit of patience.  The only wave 2 figure I paid full price for was Jaime Lannister.  And now I only have to find Arya Stark to finish the 2nd wave.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic
« on: June 16, 2015, 05:53 PM »
There seems to be an expansion in the works for STAR WARS - THE OLD REPUBLIC.  It's called Knights of the Fallen Empire.  Check out THE CINEMATIC TRAILER, "SACRIFICE"

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 16, 2015, 09:08 AM »
Count me in the camp that says Stannis is dead.  There have been plenty of things terrible things that have happened to main characters that didn't make it on screen.  Theons torture.  Sansas wedding night.  King Robert being killed by the boar.  I think this was an attempt to give Stannis some dignity in death after the horror he's been through. 

I did hear that there was a body double for Lena Headey during Cersei's walk of atonement.  And whatever hotness there was in that scene quickly disappeared because of the brutality of her having to walk all the way across Kings Landing through the angry mob. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero / Comic Book TV Development
« on: June 15, 2015, 05:39 PM »
After three Punisher films, I don't really know if the character works anymore.  Simply because The Punisher was very much a product of his times.  He was a New York character when New York was VERY dangerous.  And the whole concept of the everyman turned vigilante seems like one that played much better during the heyday of his books, back in the 1990's.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 15, 2015, 04:51 PM »
After Brienne's past failures I cannot see her being merciful to Stannis.  She was devoted to and loved Renly, even if he would never return her overtures.  Only Brienne and Catelyn Stark saw the Shadow creature kill Renly.  She was the only one left alive who could attest to that.  Considering that she was suspected of killing Renly herself, I can totally see her finally keeping her oath to herself with Oathkeeper by finally dispatching Stannis.  And after all of the tragedy that has befallen Stannis because of his ambition?  The horrific death of his daughter Shireen, his wife Selyse taking her own life because of her overwhelming grief, followed by the annihilation of his army.  I think Stannis probably welcomed death.

The one point about Jon Snow that needs to be taken into account is just how much like Ned Stark he really is.  Jon came close to leaving the Night's Watch in that first season.  But he came to the realization that he was duty bound to the Watch.  Despite his mission to infiltrate the Wildlings, he's been devoted to the Night's Watch.  When Stannis offered to legitimize him so that Jon Snow might become Jon Stark and assist in the taking of Winterfell, Jon passed.  He stayed with the Watch to do his duty. 

If the speculation is true about Jon Snow and his true parentage, then it seems that he has a larger role to play.  And since he knows the secret of what Valyrian Steel can do to the White Walkers, he seems even more important now.  But Jon needed to be released from his vows to the Night's Watch.  And the only way that can happen is by his own death.

As for Dany and the Dothraki?  It's interesting.  The Dothraki largely abandoned her after the death of Drogo.  And only her blood riders remained.  I suspect that the Dothraki are not pleased with Danaerys.  But now that she's the Mother of Dragons?  I can see her winning over the Dothraki, perhaps with a little help from Drogon.

I have to wonder about why the story of the Ironborn was completely excised from the show.  Unless of course they're going to come into play next season in an effort to get Danaerys and her army across the Narrow Sea.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 14, 2015, 11:09 PM »
I wasn't quite expecting the scene with Theon.  Especially since there was that chapter from book 6 released by GRRM that featured both Theon and Stannis.

They definitely built towards the scenes with Cersei, Dany and Jon Snow.  Seeing Ser Robert Strong realized was pretty surreal.  With Dany, my head was spinning with just how many Dothraki appeared.  Plus it appears that Drogon isn't quite all-powerful at this point in time.  As for Jon Snow?  That's been telegraphed for a while.  Especially his interactions with Olly.  There was a lot of foreshadowing that led to Jon's final scene.  The one thing that threw me there was in the teaser portion, with the Benjen Stark bit.

As for how things move forward?  I suspect that the reason why we never saw Lady Stoneheart in the show may have been a strategic decision.  Sure, we saw Beric Dondarion brought back to life by Thoros of Myr in the show.  But if we saw Lady Stoneheart realized, then the audience might come to think that this is something that's common in Westeros.  And when something BIG comes up like we saw tonight, there might be an expectation among the audience that "Don't worry, they'll do the same thing that they did with Stoneheart".  But alas, Melisandre returned to Castle Black before it all happened.  As for those vows?  They're only in place until death, right?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 14, 2015, 10:40 PM »
Sure enough, social media is going crazy.  I wonder if we're going to see reaction videos of people freaking out like we saw after the Red Wedding?

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