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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: April 10, 2014, 03:35 PM »
At the beginning of the episode I was pretty well convinced that Hand was one of the Hydra operatives.  Especially when she seized control of Coulson's plane.  I was a bit surprised when things turned around.

Ward has been a little surprising over the past several episodes.  It started when he was seduced by Lorelei.  And then he shot the person that they thought was the Clairvoyant.  This week he took out who knows how many SHIELD/Hydra tactical officers.  And then he gunned down Agent Hand and the others that were escorting Garrett to the Cooler.

My theory?  One thing that was mentioned in the first episode as Coulson was assembling the team was that Ward was a specialist.  He was used to working alone and adapting to increasingly complex conditions.  Is it possible that Ward is using that background now in an attempt to infiltrate Hydra?  He knew that he was going to be facing a board of inquiry for killing the red herring Clairvoyant.  Is it possible that he's going in even deeper in an attempt to redeem himself?  Even at the expense of having killed a Level 8 agent?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: April 10, 2014, 09:27 AM »
Tuesday's episode had more twists and turns than I thought possible in 1 hour on ABC.  And I was incredibly surprised at some of the agents who turned.  Sitwell?  REALLY?!?!  I thought that guy was great.  Especially after his appearance in a couple of the Marvel shorts that were on the DVD extras.

The ending was phenomenal.  I was not expecting that.  Although I suspect that people have been judging Ward at face value, and he may be in for the long play.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: April 10, 2014, 09:16 AM »
Caught the movie last night.  I really liked the first Captain America, but I have to say that this one was really good!  It had such a different tone from the first movie, but I think it works since the new film is set in modern times.

Cap still seems like a man out of time.  The music coming from his apartment said that instantly.  And his references definitely say that clearly too, although he seems very much like he's working to get himself caught up on everything he's missed.  The fact that he's keeping a list is a nod to his earnestness.

His working relationship with the Black Widow has been interesting.  Clearly, there are trust issues between the two of them.  But I think the story arc definitely works toward building the trust between the two of them.  And I think that comes about most when Widow exposes herself and her past to the whole world.

Truth be told, I was actually expecting something different from Falcon.  For some reason I thought that his backstory was going to be similar to Black Widow and Hawkeye, and that he was another SHIELD agent.  It was actually a little refreshing to see that this wasn't the case.  And I think he and Cap developed a good friendship based on their shared experience as veterans.

Fury was finally able to show just how much of a badass he is.  The chase through DC was great, as were the fight sequences.  And he was able to show that he is the master spy in the process.  It's only been hinted at before, but here we finally got to see him in action.

Some of the villain appearances were awesome.  GSP as Batroc was actually pretty awesome.  And his fight with Cap was better than I thought it was going to be.  Brock Rumlow as a SHIELD strike agent was a nice nod to the comics.  There were really only hints at him and his future, but very cool ones.  And the way that Arnim Zola was realized was very cool.  I knew a little bit about his comic character and I think the way he was captured for this film was great.  It built on the story from the first film and also tied in with how history played out after WWII.  And then the twist that Zola was part of a Hydra infiltration into SHIELD that was 70 years in the making?  WHOA.

The museum exhibit was a nice nod to Cap's past, but it had to be very odd for him to actually see it.  I understood why he went though, because it was something that could help him remember and honor his friends.  But it also showed his vulnerability and loyalty to his friend, and that wound up being a weakness for him as he fought Bucky/Winter Soldier.  The fact that his fight with the Winter Soldier remained unresolved was great.  And I'm interested to see where the story continues to go.

One of the things I liked most of all about the movie is that the plot was topical.  The whole thing really revolved around the concepts of personal privacy and freedoms that are playing out in the political arena right now. 

As for the stinger scenes?  Wow.  Baron Von Strucker?!?!?!  I think they nailed him, right down to the monocle.  And his captives?  It's nice to get that first glimpse of Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 7, 2014, 09:22 AM »
Wow!  They really got the ball rolling last night with some significant plot points.  Great start to the season.  Although seeing Ice melted down to be reforged into Valyrian steel swords for the Lannisters was a bit of a tough pill to swallow.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 4, 2014, 03:42 PM »
Should be a great season.  Lots of cool things coming with season 4.  Especially the Purple Wedding!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: April 3, 2014, 12:26 PM »
According to this article, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has plans for Marvel Cinematic Universe movies as far out as the year 2028!

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: April 1, 2014, 01:42 PM »
Could Peter Mayhew be reprising his role as Chewbacca?  Check out this Jedi Insider posting, because Peter's clearing his convention appearance calender.

In other news, three more young actors have been added to the rumored cast list for Episode VII on IMDB.  They include:

Ed Speleers - Eragon, A Lonely Place To Die
John Boyega - Attack The Block
Matthew James Thomas - Billy Elliot, About A Boy

No mention of the previously rumored Jesse Plemons, who some thought might be in the running to play the son of Luke Skywalker.  It looks as though that might be the role filled by Ed Speleers.

Speaking of which, **** I hope Admiral Ackbar shows up in them.  That would make me very happy.

I DEFINITELY would like to see Ackbar return.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: March 30, 2014, 08:49 PM »
The teaser that was shown at SDCC showed Ultron's head, and it looked very much like Ultron appears in the comics.  I've got to think that this mask is probably just a mockup for the purposes of lighting reference for principle photography.  Remember all of those behind the scenes videos for the making of the Star Wars prequels?  You may recall seeing someone walking around the set with this globe on a stick.  It was used for very much the same purposes.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 1
« on: March 29, 2014, 10:22 PM »
This wave seems to be selling through much like wave 1 did.  The Stormtrooper seems to be the first to go, just like the Sandtrooper sold through.  When I got my Obi-Wan all that was left was Obi-Wan and Bespin Luke.

I know that GRRM has given up on release estimates, and with good reason. Some of the fans are a little "impatient".  This article shed some light on just how brutal and impatient some of the fans have become.  And it's really ugly.

As for the series catching up with the books?  I had actually read recently that GRRM has confided in the show runners how the series is supposed to end. Part of that was done with the goal of the being able to carry on with the HBO series. But there's also been talk that HBO might want to cap the show at 7 or 8 seasons, and perhaps it would occlude with a feature film.

George RR Martin has posted another excerpt of 'Winds of Winter' on his website.  And he's also mentioned that there's another excerpt available via the iOS app called George R. R. Martin’s A World of Ice and Fire – A Game of Thrones Guide.  I just downloaded the app, but I don't quite know how to unlock the chapter that's available via the app.

But when is the book actually going to come out?

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 1
« on: March 28, 2014, 09:06 PM »
You guys that are finding these at Target and TRU: where are you geographically?

Found mine in New Jersey, at TRU.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: March 27, 2014, 09:16 PM »
I saw the trailer for Godzilla in a theater today.  It played really well on the big screen.  And it left me wanting to see the movie in the theater.

As for what I saw today?  It was 300 - Rise Of An Empire.  From a stylistic standpoint it took a lot from the first 300.  However, because 300 was so stylized there seems to have been a danger of a sequel looking like a parody of the first film.  Certainly that seemed to be the case with the Spartacus series on Starz.

As for the movie itself?  A number of the cast returned in varying capacities.  That gave this movie a lot of continuity with the first film.  And the Spartans were referenced heavily in this movie, which appears to have run almost parallel to the events of 300.  As for new cast, like Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green?  Stapleton took a different tack than Gerard Butler as the lead of this movie, and it works.  And Eva Green?  WOW!  The 3-D was VERY kind to her.  If you've seen the movie you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.  I've liked her ever since I saw Kingdom of Heaven, and I have to say I like her a whole lot more now!

Overall, I think this is one of the first 3-D movies I've seen in some time where it really works well for the film.  The stylization that set apart the first film and was echoed in this one really lends itself well to the 3-D process.  So if you liked the first film, consider checking this one out while it's still in theaters.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Recent Purchases
« on: March 27, 2014, 08:48 AM »
Scored Boba Fett via a trade and ROTS Obi-Wan Kenobi at a store yesterday.

Having finally gotten this wave in the past couple of weeks, it's left me thinking.  Is this one of the last gasps in the basic figure line for Prequel Trilogy & EU figures?  The rumor mill seems to be indicating that the basic figure line is going to be shifting focus towards the OT, the REBELS series, and eventually Episode VII.  It comes across as a bit of a letdown since there are still some PT characters that would've been nice to get around to.  Cin Drallig comes to mind.

But mostly?  I'm really glad that Hasbro got to Merumeru.  I've been wanting a figure of this particular Wookiee ever since one of the ROTS teaser trailers came out and showed Merumeru leading a company of Wookiee warriors.  Hasbro really seems to have delivered with this particular Wookiee, and I'm genuinely pleased not just by the fact that the figure came out at all, but by how well it was executed, too.  Merumeru looks FAR BETTER than the ROTS Tarfful figure, and works well with some of the best sculpted Chewbacca figures.

I'd definitely like to see Hasbro revisit some of the Wookiees if at all possible.  I agree with Jesse, that the smaller of the Wookiee warrior figures was somewhat lacking in terms of leg articulation.  And Tarfful was not so great, either.  If Hasbro can get around to these Wookiees in a fashion similar to Merumeru?  That would be fantastic!

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