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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: February 26, 2016, 03:49 PM »
To be fair, have there EVER been any Hollywood movies that are entirely faithful to the original source material?  Especially when you're talking sci-fi/fantasy stories?  The Avengers movies have a ton of huge differences versus the original stories, from the original lineup (Cap, Hawk, BW were not originals) to character origins (Stark made the suit in Nam, and Stane doesn't take over for 200 issues, Ultron was made by Pym, not Stark, etc.). 

The writers and directors have to have some creative license to mix things up a bit, to take the best of what came before and mold it into something new.  I am a huge believer in maintaining continuity within a medium and get ticked when that doesn't happen, but I view the stories from the comics vs. the novels vs. the movies as just alternate realities of a sort.  I think the Walking Dead TV Show vs. Comic has helped me adjust to this kind of thing over the years.

Ugh, sorry to hear yours weren't in better shape Jesse.  I think they must mass paint and had a bad production run get past QC (assuming there is a QC on this stuff).

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 26, 2016, 02:16 PM »
Ha!  Yeah he doesn't last long on both accounts.   ;)

You can buy the first 20 GNs for a little over $10 each through this guy...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: February 25, 2016, 06:30 PM »
Is/was this out in theaters or did it go straight to DVD? 

I am only half kidding.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Windows 10 Questions
« on: February 25, 2016, 06:29 PM »
I can't stand our Win10 upgrade.  There are all kinds of weird bugs because Microsoft and Google are purposely trying to piss on each other.  For example, my printer wiorks with every program and multiple browsers, but not with Chrome, which I use almost exclusively now. especially with my wife heavily utilizing google docs.  I've spent hours trying to figure out a fix and coming to the conclusion there isn't one based on all the negative blog comments and reviews.  I used to avoid apple product because I figured all the 'PC' stuff worked so well together, but that doesn't seem to be the case these days. Good luck with it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 25, 2016, 06:23 PM »
I had a smile on my face every second Jesus was on screen. So glad he's finally in the show.

+1 +2 +3

Finally caught last night's episode and so happy to see Paul Jesus finally join the cast.  Isn't it supposed to be "Paul Monroe" though?  Why Paul Rovia? Oh well.  The guy they found to play him seems great so far and totally captures his personality from the comics, from the kick butt fighting ability to him playing/testing the others.  I don't know how he unties himself, catches up to the truck on foot, and somehow jumps on top of it, but that and him showing up untied again at the end was awesome.  I wish Rick and Daryl were a little more shocked about it all - I would have been questioning it the whole way back instead of arguing about whether or not they should be bringing in new people (I get this was a plot device, with Jesus pretending to be out cold while he listened in).  I remember wondering in the comic if this was really supposed to be "The Jesus" at first given some of the awesome things he can do, but he's no more "super" than Morgan. 

These last two are a couple of my favorites episodes across the whole series - I hope they can keep up the pace.  Great side story with Carl/Deanna as well - I love character building stuff like that mixed in.

My only question was how in the heck they developed/printed a picture with Pirate Carl and Judith for the picture frame and how/why are they using a baby monitor for Judith?  With a fairly finite supply of batteries left in the world, wouldn't you maybe save those for radios or flashlights or something?  And yeah, couldn't believe they didn't take the truck straight back home, especially after having to retake it a second time.  Dumb dumb dumb.

For those that don't read the comic, they just passed issue #150, so there is a lot of material there.  I picked up the graphic novels for the first 100ish issues.  You can often find them at a library or half price books for pretty cheap.  I think I got each GN for $6-10, so much cheaper than what I would have spent on individual issues (like I do now  ::)).  I just got so I couldn't wait that long for another piece of the story and it's still just $3 an issue.  You also get some interesting commentary from Kirkman at the end of each issue, and he address topics from both the comic and the tv show, which is often fun to read.

Anyway, Andrea is still alive in the comics, and she's been Rick's love interest for a long time now.  Since she's dead in the show (and to create added interracial hype) it makes sense to make it Rick and Michonne, but I don't think that spells her death.  Michonne gives Tyreese a BJ in the comic, but he doesn't last long after that.  He gets decapitated by the Governor before they leave the prison (basically the same scene with Hershel in the show).  She eventually hooks up with a character we haven't met yet named Ezekiel, but I wouldn't say she gets around based on just those two interactions.  The comic was a bit more graphic with that kind of stuff in earlier issues, but not so much the last few years.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: New Star Wars Battlefront
« on: February 24, 2016, 06:36 PM »
That's a lengthy list of changes for just a new map. Glad to see the homing shot time reduced - that may be worth using again.  This is a free update, right?  Not sure how other games handle this kind of stuff, but I'm happy to see any additional content or updates for free. 

The Force Awakens / Re: The Force Awakens 3.75" 'Armor Up' Assortment
« on: February 19, 2016, 07:06 PM »
True that.  They don't make a lot of sense, especially when you're putting armor on more armor, but the kid in me likes the concept of added accessories.

I think your luck was just bad...  I saw over 20 Stormtroopers in stores and isn't have one paintjob I called bad.  I saw worse Poe figures  but that seemed to be his  eyebrows.  :-\

What's curious is that Jeff received bad ones from as well.  The ones I've seen in stores are much better.  Makes you wonder if maybe there was a second production run that came out wrong?  3 out of 4 with bad eyes in my shipment and more in Jeff's is probably more than a fluke.

The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: February 19, 2016, 07:00 PM »
Nice finds.  What retailer are you finding new stuff at?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 19, 2016, 06:16 PM »
I'm giving them a pass on the fire lake because of the awesome RPG Biker 'Splosion.  Just this once.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 19, 2016, 03:20 PM »
Finally took time to watch the mid season premiere and it was as awesome ad advertised.  Lots of suspense throughout and a ton of close calls all around.  I thought for sure that Neegan's goons were gonna kill one of the three and I'd forgotten all about the rocket launcher.  Cool stuff.  I wish the Alpha Wolf had talked a little more about his group and their plans before getting offed.  I wonder if we'll see more of those guys or if we're full on switching over to Neegan now.

I was bummed to see Jesse go, but equally glad they kept that storyline from the comics.  At least the two idiot sons are gone now.  It would have pretty hard to keep the mom around after she lost her kids anyway.  Did I miss something with bowl cut?  I thought he was calling for mom as soon as they left the first house in the previous season, then he's walking around with them for an eternity before he starts getting chatty again.   ???  I agree that was an ill conceived plan from the start.  Seemed like they were walking through town for hours - I know they're walking slow, but I'd like to think the vehicles or wherever they were trying to go wasn't several miles away.

Nice to see Pirate Carl finally arrive.  They skipped Rick losing his hand, so they had to keep the Carl wound around to keep the Grimes family mortal.  Nice tie in to the Doctor gaining some confidence and a good catalyst for them to mass attack the zombies.  It's gonna suck for that actor to have to wear a patch forever now, but "I'm glad they kept that" moment for me.

The only part of the episode I really didn't like was the lake of fire crap.  So many things wrong with that whole bit.  In the apocalypse, it might not be a great idea to waste truckloads of fuel since that's a little scarce.  Know what's even more scarce?  Rocket Propelled Grenades!  They couldn't light the lake on fire with a match?  And since when do zombies love fire more than brains?  I could see the sound and light distracting them momentarily - enough to save the group - but zombies just walk into fires?  Hell, why not just make a big bonfire outside the walls to bring zombies in and torch them like a bug light?  I would have been much happier with Daryl's team just riding in to the rescue with their machine guns the way they saved Glenn.  Speaking of Glenn, does that guy have nine lives or what?

Loved everything else about the episode.  Lots of good deaths without losing any of the core characters.  Hope the aftermath isn't multiple snoozer episodes.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: February 19, 2016, 11:46 AM »
Yes.  It's called The Force.

"That's now how the force works!"

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: February 19, 2016, 09:53 AM »
Guess I'm part of the small minority who really thinks this movie was a swing and a miss. Rehashed plot. Coincidences on top of coincidences. Maybe 8 will be a better more thought out original movie

You mean like in the original Star Wars with R2 and Threepio somehow ending up on the same Sandcrawler or the Lars family being in the market for two of those types of droids or Obi-Wan happening across a wounded Luke & company in the desert or Threepio turning on his communicator just before the heroes get crushed in the trash compactor or Luke running into his best friend on Yavin or Vader selecting the worst TIE Pilot ever as his trench run wingman or Vader's tie not getting caught in the Death Star explosion?  Do you mean like those types of coincidences on top of coincidences?  ;)

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2016 - 6" Black Series
« on: February 19, 2016, 09:42 AM »
I was also hoping to see a 6" scale modern T-70 X-Wing to go with the giant TIE Fighter, but guess I'll keep dreaming to that end :-\

I think they have a LOT of TIEs to sell before that happens.  That thing is taking up a big chunk of real estate at every Target in town.

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