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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII (SPOILERS)
« on: April 11, 2016, 01:10 PM »

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: April 11, 2016, 10:22 AM »
I'm not watching.  Season 1 was dreadful.

My wife keeps asking why we don't give FtWD a try.  They hit you with so many previews during TWD, and it seems interesting from the previews.  But then I tell her that I have yet to hear anyone say its not a complete waste of time.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: April 8, 2016, 04:18 PM »
Seems like the more people you collect the more trouble you are asking for.

Agreed.  I assume this is where the next season starts off.

Pulling in a successful/powerful clan (Alexandria) and thinking they won't be a threat is just silly.  The Alexandrians have so far killed somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 Saviors and lost only 2 of their own.  It seems like a bad idea to try and rule them as opposed to just crush them and take their stuff.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: April 8, 2016, 12:47 PM »
After watching the Rogue One trailer a handful of times I've got a couple of thoughts.

1 - I love the Star Wars world, and this looks cool.  I can't wait to see it.

2 - This seems even more random than before.  Maybe Disney is holding out on us and we'll see some familiar characters play a prominent role (Obi-Wan, Darth, Emperor, Snoke, Boba Fett, The Ghost / Rebels crew, etc.) that add to their character development.  I don't count Mon Mothma as a character I really care about.

Or maybe these characters will end up re-appearing in other anthology movies taking place in this time frame, or spin off in to a Netflix TV series.  Either way, for a first shot at an anthology movie this seems to have virtually no strong tie ins to anything else that is going on.  It may be a cool story, but I would have started with a Kenobi, or smugglers theme, or Boba Fett, or probably 25 other interesting ideas with more obvious connections.

I'll withhold final judgement until I see it, but I'll be somewhat annoyed if this becomes a completely random movie without adding significantly to the Star Wars world.  Disney is getting a lot of my money - and I'm probably too cynical - but Disney needs to make sure this doesn't come across as a pure money grab.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: April 7, 2016, 05:49 PM »
Do you think the Imperial in white is Tarkin or just some Grand Admiral?

I'm hoping its a Grand Admiral.  Heck, even having it be Thrawn would be pretty cool (I don't care if he is a blue alien or a white dude in the movie).  The Tarkin story line can't play out all that far since he gets eliminated in E4.  It might be nice having a new baddie with his own new backstory that can factor in to any other anthology movies.

I looked on IMDB and there is no mention of that character, and the guy that played Tarkin in E3 isn't listed in the credits.  Maybe its Disney just being coy, or maybe IMDB just isn't built out much yet.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA Takodana Battle Pack
« on: April 7, 2016, 01:54 PM »
I assume this will be available at Target as well, correct?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: April 5, 2016, 04:49 PM »
I honestly wouldn't be surprised if the writers themselves haven't fully committed to who's gonna die.  They're probably gathering polling data to see what would give the strongest response without hurting business.

Maybe that is how they do contract negotiations at AMC.  Either agree to a lower contract price or we'll choose you to be Lucille's victim.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: April 5, 2016, 11:42 AM »
I don't read the comics, so I'm assessing this as a pure TV show.

I have no problem at all with the cliffhanger.  Sure its a tease, but some of the best shows do this all the time (Game of Thrones, Lost, Breaking Bad, etc.).  Heck SW E7 ended with a bit of a cliffhanger about what happens next with Rey and Luke, and we still have no real idea of Rey's heritage.   If you don't like cliffhangers you probably shouldn't be watching TV, or movies, or reading books that are part of a series.  Either that or load up on Xanax for season finales.

Like I said, I have no idea what the story line is in the comics and where it is "supposed to go" from here, but I mostly really liked the last episode.  I agree all the roadblocks seemed like way too much trouble to go to even if they did have thirty scouts with walkie talkies, or a drone, or whatever.  But I just chalk it up to creative license to build the tension and show Negan's power.

I am looking forward to next season and how Rick and the crew decide to handle Negan's power, how they may try and build an alliance with others, etc.  I'm guessing they're not just going to play nice and hand over 50% of everything for too long.  **edit - I just read a snippet about how the comic series plays out and it sounds like some solid material for next season.**

And I ended up liking the Carol/Morgan story line as well.  They found some new friends and it might give Carol a shot at some moral redemption by seeing how a different "society" has managed to survive and deal with the moral challenges of a Negan/zombie world.

I felt this season was fairly solid overall.  Its gonna be a long summer...

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One
« on: March 31, 2016, 05:45 PM »
Even if its not a key part, it would be nice if they had The Ghost in the background so it could help justify making a toy out of it.

The top one is a Sky Trooper.  I believe it was in a couple of packs including the Ambush at Star Tours 4-Pack.

Not sure about the E1 Obi-Wan.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 29, 2016, 11:08 AM »
Do the characters make similar bad decisions in the comic series?

It seems the show oscillates between somewhat plausible plot drivers (everyone is sick in the prison so we've got to venture out and find antibiotics) and randomness (we're likely to be attacked any minute by a formidable force we know very little about, but lets all run out in different directions).

I get it that the zombies and carnage are part of the draw, but couldn't this show also be clever all of of the time and have a consistently logical plot?

Nice score McMetal! 

I'm still missing most of everything from Wave 4 onward.  About the only thing I see stocked infrequently is Wave 5, but its always mostly cleaned out before I can get there.  Wave 3 came and went really quick, and I don't know of anyone locally that saw Wave 4.

I'm getting really tired of hunting for these things.  You can't find these on, and the secondary market is off the charts nuts.  $70 on Amazon for a General Hux.  $35 for a Han Solo.

It would be really nice to hear from Hasbro what the heck is going on with this line and where all the product is.  Has it all shipped? Is it stuck in China?  Did they delay Wave 4 so it will come out after Wave 6?

LEGO / Re: LEGO 2016 (possible TFA & Rogue One spoilers)
« on: March 23, 2016, 03:06 PM »
There isn't a Star Wars Easter polybag at Target this year, is there?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 21, 2016, 01:30 PM »
I assumed they just drowned the child in there.  I was waiting for the infant to pop out of the water and bite someone.

My wife and I discussed that a bit and agreed that its good they don't usually show kids/babies as zombies.  That is probably a bit too disturbing for a prime time TV show.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Indiana Jones 5
« on: March 16, 2016, 03:50 PM »
I wasn't a fan of the giant ants or the jungle cutter contraption either. 

That whole jungle cutter scene includes the cutters themselves, a fairly dump sword fight, vine swinging, and ends with giant ants. 

The rest of the movie was decent, but this eight minute segment really drags the whole movie down for me.

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