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So may as well tack something onto an older thread...

What's missing from the PT I miss from the CT?

-Military Structure...  There's almost none.  The story's not focused on a main group really, but kind of jumping around.  IN the OT you've got the Alliance and Empire...  2 clearly defined sides from start to finish, embroiled in a galactic conflict.  Instantly focused story.

With the PT you've got what starts out as a planetary milia/police force who seemingly are automatically overrun without even finghting against an unknown military.  The Trade Federation, being the unknown military, are a corporation or business organization...  not a military.

Then you throw in the Gungans...  Whole other thing.

Then there's Episode II which starts to establish some military basis, and thus a real "Star Wars" kinda theme, but it barely starts it off and the military action we do see at the end of the film is hap-hazard, confusing, etc...  it's not structured and realistic so much as it's fast and eye-candy.

-Another thing missing between the two, for me, is quality acting.  Yeah, Hammil and Fisher weren't winning oscars but out of the prequals I feel lackluster performances have come from:  Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, and Hayden Christensen. 

Not much excuse for 3 main actors in the two prequals to deliver undoubtebly bad performances in my view.  I'd say that, of the 3, Christensen has the best showing, with Portman having the worst (only because she's older/more experienced than Lloyd). 

Only so much can be put on the dialogue and Lucas as far as blame...  To me the actors need to hold their own too.  They're paid more than enough to warrant some blame. 

-Forgettable characters...  It bares saying, but the classic trilogy you simply don't forget the characters.  Even background characters stick in your mind.  Jabba was genius at the time, Yoda's an unmatched piece of pop-culture, Tarkin's incredibly developed in depth, the droids are amazing, Chewbacca's everything he's intended to be...  The list goes on.

With the prequals, you're slapped with Jar-Jar Binks immediately, and not only is he simply forgettable, but you find yourself striving to forget him.  I guarantee if you take out 50% of his dialogue, give him subtitles instead of slave-speak, and you've got yourself a 100% improved character that intrigues people more.  Hell, even the stepping in poop joke had its merits, but little else did.

Don't make him suddenly adept as a soldier and leading an army either.  God that whole thing pissed me off...  He's a numbnuts through the whole show then suddenly he's Patton at the end.  Don't do that.  Make him just a tag-along with Tarpals, and make Tarpals actually HEROIC...  Show him kick some metal ass and DEVELOPE HIM.

Same goes for Panaka...  Don't just leave the character with a couple lines, but actually show him kick some ass with the droids...  Kill a Neimodian or something.  Or...  God forbid, kill the dork off while he defends the Queen!  There's a novel idea, and one that would give the character more importance...

Episode 2 shares some of this too, though less.  I'd say that Dexter Jetster (besides suffering from a piss poor last name) hurts for character development. 

The Outlander Club's an ideal place to recreate the Cantina, to an extent, and wow the crowd/new viewers to the series...  Do so!  And don't breeze through the sequence really fast with little footage of the background.  It's like a watered down Cantina with nothing of real interest in it.

-Don't cheapen military situations...

Combat should never be dumbed down or "cheapened".  This goes for the Geonosis battle, The Trade Fed/Naboo Battle, the Naboo Space Battle...  None of it.

Geonosis is the best of the prequal lot...  Lots of action, nothing's really "funny" in it, though Amidala/Anakin exchanging witticisms while fighting is asinine and 3PO's bobblign around (while funny to me) wasn't needed.

The Naboo battle(s) are the worst though, as Anakin miraculously pilots a fighter, and dumb luck finds him destroying the TF's ship.  I cry BS on that one...  Either have the kid more in control of the ship and displaying actual SKILL and ability rather than luck, or have him simply not be a part of the conflict really beyond maybe helping knock out some fighters who are after the REAL heroes (God forbid we develope Ric Olie into a deep character who is the one that takes out the TF ship ala an old Wedge ANtilles). 

On the ground, the human battle could've been bigger...  Show an organized military engagement, with lots of troops...  The whole thing was simply too contrived and silly to me.  The Gungans should've been seen getting offed by the dozens, and the humans should've had simply more people there getting offed by the dozens too...  Give a sense of loss for God's sake.  The guy did it better showing 2 Ewok's get blasted than he could with an entire CGI army.


The irony is I enjoy the prequals, I just think these are some of the things missing.

BTW I'd have had the young Anakin be played by someone older and simply bumped the ages around.  Have him be a teen so perhaps you have a deeper pool of actors to pick from who can do the job.  Screw that little freak Lloyd and his now gargantuan cranium, because I think he is a plague on the Vader character.  The proverbial zit on Vader's butt, forever there.   ::)

The Original Trilogy / HyperSpace has Some Benefit...
« on: December 20, 2004, 04:26 AM »
I decided to breeze through the images Hyperspace has up...  Just screep captures, behind-the-scenes junk, etc...

First, a lot of things are answered that many speculated on but nobody could concretely prove...  Or at least information's given that implies things.

Lots of great footage, lots of great close-ups, lots of material...

Has anyone else thoroughly checked out the snapshots they post?  I'm impressed.

Shots of the Ewoks attacking the AT-ST drivers, shots of the Cantina that are gone, shots of edited footage...

One thing I liked immensely is the shots of the Endor team entering the bunker, especially to show they entered after the battle and had to shoot it out it would appear (tons of dead stormies in the hall I can only imagine were put there AFTER they entered the 2nd time since the 1st was a sneak-in).

I'm actually really impressed with this feature of Hyperspace.  Can't say I like paying, but I get the Fan Club magazine anyway so it's nice to get this I guess...  Didn't think I'd ever praise the pay-for-content feature, but I am digging this.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: December 20, 2004, 03:19 AM »
They're big, they're round and they're not gonna sag.

I won't complain unless they're lopsided, or misshapen.

To me there's no such thing as a bad boob job unless one of the two things above (or massive scarring) has occurred.  Otherwise nothing wrong with it to me.  Spaces between them and all...  So yeah they're fine by me.

Big muscular women aren't my thing...  Then again I don't like to be bench pressed by anyone.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« on: December 20, 2004, 01:39 AM »
In old west attire I'd dig lots of Indians, lots of generic Cowboys and gunslingers...

Tons of great ideas, it's just hard to think of them off-hand.

I think Wyatt Earp and DOc Holiday and a "Cowboy" are good starters though...  Generic Stagecoach team are good too.

Power Team Elite make a great horse that's articulated...  If they take that concept and run with it, ti could be a truly impressive line.

I'm looking at it for fodder too though Idej...  Too easy not to.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: December 20, 2004, 01:36 AM »
I wouldn't say Trish Stratus looks as bad as any of the women in those photos does.

She's much smaller than any...  In that last photo, the center girl
looks pretty good...  More Trish like.

The girl in the upper photo with the big cans...  I wouldn't kick her out of bed.
Fake's fine if you can afford it and it looks ok...  Fake lips are more "eh" to me than
fake chest.

But HHH and Bautista are just well defined

On planet Steroid perhaps.  :) 

I don't know a person on Earth who would claim Batista and 3H are "just well defined".

That's a first!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: December 20, 2004, 01:04 AM »
That's what she says...
Caught my buddy and I off guard too about Cena and Orton.

Some of the others I can see...  Like the absurdly large
dudes like 3H and such.  Kinda grotesque and unhuman...
Same applies to the women who just get too into working
out, or the juice.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: December 20, 2004, 12:48 AM »
My buddy's girlfriend hates almost every guy in the WWE...
I'm not too opinionated on the dudes, but even I was shocked
when she said that Cena and Orton were "ugly".

She's into dudes that work out too because my buddy is a
gym-a-holic...  She is too actually.

She actually said the better looking guy was Triple H I think.  My buddy
and I actually figured he'd be low on anyone's list.  Oh and she liked The
Rock too, who is now slimmer and more human looking.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Where are you, when you're here?
« on: December 19, 2004, 11:57 PM »



Uhm, I post from my room where my PC is
or from my girlfriend's slow-assed computer.

usually right here in my room...  No photos, not that
anyone would wanna see my stable anyway.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: December 19, 2004, 11:56 PM »
It depends on the wrestler chick...

Trish Stratus looks damn good in her picture...
She's aiming for more femininity...  Tori and such already are feminine.

I'm not a fan of some of them though...  Lita's looked good
and she's looked mannish at times.  Same with Sabel, who's
older but still holds it together.

There's some REALLY mannish women in WWE though.  *shudder*

Chyna's a perfectly good example, and possibly even in dispute
as to whether she's technically still a woman!  :P

Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« on: December 19, 2004, 10:36 PM »
Gatling Crews were similar to cannon crews in #'s.

I just hope they do these figures justice.

Do pieces look removable on them?  Working holsters and things?

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: December 19, 2004, 10:35 PM »
Ah, not seen it either...

Then again, I've yet to see a lot of '04 LOTR product...  To the point I lost complete track of most of it.

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: December 19, 2004, 08:36 PM »
If it's just the armored troll, with the chain, TRU had those here...  I picked one up when I saw it because they'd had a bunch, then were down to one, so I wanted one...  Far superior to the first troll (much better quality materials).

The Fell's something that rarely showed here, but I did see ONE not too long ago.  that thing was just not common...

On a LOTR note for me, I picked up a prologue elf because A) I never got one for myself, but rather for my brother...  and B) I've now seen him like 3 times repacked, so I figured  I'd get one for me. 

This is also the first figure I've seen, that was sorta new (wasn't there the last time I was there anyway) at any store in a long time other than the few figures I did get my brother for X-Mas.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« on: December 19, 2004, 08:33 PM »
I'd like to see ANY pics.  You guys got any scanners? :)

Civil War...  Could you guys imagine?

LA Tiger ZOuaves,
NY Zouaves
Federal Sharpshooters
PA soldiers (I'd dig that)
Maine Troops
NY Irish Brigade Troops
Confdederate regulars
Navy (How cool would some federal seamen look?)

Maybe figures of Grant, Lee, Stuart, Jackson, McLellan, Sherman, Burnside, Pickett...

Hell I'd take a Lincoln and Davis even...  A John Wilkes Booth...  I'd be all over that era like white on rice.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Nemoidian Soldier
« on: December 19, 2004, 08:23 PM »
When I posted that though, I did so more for the image behind the custom, haha (I'd actually not even realized the custom was a Neimodian soldier...  whoops).  The soldier picture behind him's the one from Insider though I think.  They were the reserves being used by the Separatist forces when battledroid lines fell or something, I dunno.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: December 19, 2004, 04:47 AM »

I'm gettin' that squishy feeling in my naughty bits...

And feeling dirty too.  Yow!

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