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Rogue One / Rogue One 3.75" Wave 4
« on: December 30, 2016, 12:44 PM »
Not sure if anyone else has seen this but appears to be a listing for Wave 4 at Robotkingdom with some surprises:


Sefla for those wondering is one of the (many) Rebel soldiers from Scarif I've wanted them to make, so this is great.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 29, 2016, 12:42 PM »

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 28, 2016, 09:58 PM »
This is one of those that is very hard to explain without simply saying, 'Because it's a movie.' The angle provides both a fitting and quick end to Krennic atop the tower, while also allowing a dramatic, slow build death for Jyn and Cassian. Otherwise, there's no in universe explanation for such a clumsy shot outside of the quickness Jesse mentioned. If haste was their chief concern, then they could have destroyed the entire planet in a single shot without giving the Rebels any time at all to run around, kiss their asses goodbye, etc. I could speculate the beam simply making contact with the tower would be sufficient to cause a blast similar to Jedha City, but without knowing exactly the mechanics of the energy dynamics at play and not caring I'm fine with that the way it is.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. A singular tragedy in a year lousy with them.

Anyone who knows me knows Iím a huge Star Wars fan. They probably know how much I admire Carrie Fisher, who was my first hero in so many ways. She was never just an action figure to me. More than anything else, Carrie Fisher was a writer. She was a novelist, screenwriter and essayist who was fearless in her depiction of her personal struggles. When youíre 16 and everyday is a battle, reading something like Postcards From The Edge from Princess Leia of all people helped you realize life was crazy and messed up and in the end, just life. She fought a lot of battles and like a lot of strong women I have had to privilege to know and work for in my life, she remained undefeated. Carrie Fisher was the girl, the hero, the writer of my dreams. RIP.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 19, 2016, 12:02 PM »
The less I saw about this boycott nonsense the better.

Going to see the film for the second time today. Can't wait. I've devoured the visual dictionary and the art of book and I am excited to see the film with a deeper perspective.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 18, 2016, 08:31 PM »
I love the idea of them exploring the concept of faith in Star Wars. This is a galaxy where there is this real, tangible higher power yet it is not readily accessible to say 90% of the people. What's the impact of that? What's the disposition of people who want to be part of the Force but aren't? Are they humble? Envious? How big would the drive be for non force users to discredit the idea of the force altogether? if the Jedi are so mythic to go from part of the galactic bureaucracy to 'did they ever exist?' in 20 years, then there has to be a large element of doubt in the galaxy about the force.

Love the visual dictionary. Requires very close reading.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 18, 2016, 03:52 PM »
I've seen the Butler = Snoke theory elsewhere on Twitter, presented with a straight face.  I do think we'll see the castle on Mustafar again though. The Visual Dictionary is loaded with little nuggets of info, but I think the most fascinating one is


Vader's planet of birth is listed as UNKNOWN. This is a major retcon of continuity sort of thrown in with an avalanche of other stuff. I think we're going to see a major, major resetting of what we know of Anakin's birth / conception in the force, specifically as it relates to what is going on in the sequels. I've been on of the mind that the seemingly tangential element of the Church of the Force in TFA (reinforced in RO through Chirrut and very quietly with Lyra Erso) has something to do with Rey and / or Jakku, which seems to be a place of significance to the Sith in the Aftermath books.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 18, 2016, 02:20 PM »
The space battle was everything I wanted and more. I had really no expectations for one before. The Jedi battle is one of my favorite things in movies to this day and nothing has come close, until now. Just amazing bits all the way through. The Red / Gold leader cameos. Maybe the biggest cheer in the theater. The transport running into Vader's destroyer as it comes out of hyperspace. The wrecked fighters skidding across the shield. Vader.

Genevieve O'Reilly was great. I loved seeing her and Jimmy Smits again. I really appreciate them embracing the PT as much as they did. This movie is sort of a continuity fan's wet dream - it ties together every aspect of the saga from the prequels, OT, CW, Rebels and while it doesn't seem to extend to the sequels, I'm going to say it does in a way we don't know yet. Jyn obviously isn't Rey's mom  :'( but it would be odd to wed so much of the saga together and leave the sequels out.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII (SPOILERS)
« on: December 18, 2016, 01:26 AM »
Yep it's pretty much marketing. They want RO and each of these films to have its own conversation vis-a-vis media and the culture at large. If they ran a teaser before or after for 8 we'd all be talking about that and not RO. It's also starving the market as much as they can - pure anecdote but at RO the other day they played the new Spidey trailer and a guy in front of me said 'They need to stop making these movies.' Not sure if it was Spidey in particular or Marvel in general but it was a weariness that escalated with the Guardians and Logan trailers. You don't want to saturate the market, which they are at one movie per year, so they definitely don't want to create the impression they are. We'll see a trailer at celebration after the RO DVD has dropped, pretty much following the same pattern RO took after TFA.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 17, 2016, 10:53 PM »
I agree, I think his being on Mustafar is a manifestation of just marinating in his own pain and suffering, which feeds his power. Funny thing about the planets - Coruscant is now in 5 of the 8 movies to date, the same as Tatooine.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 17, 2016, 05:14 PM »
Just remembered it was Wobani. And that was a Turbo Tank! PT love everywhere. Lah'mu was the first planet, home of the Ersos.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 17, 2016, 05:08 PM »
Definitely Coruscant. I love all the PT callouts in the movie. Let's see, there are:

1 Jedha
2 Scarif
3 Eadu
4 Yavin 4
5 Lah'mu
6 Mustafar
7 Coruscant
8 Wobani (mining colony we first meet adult Jyn)
9 Outpost where we meet Cassian - forget the name

Any others?

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 17, 2016, 01:50 PM »
I need to see it again (and again!) but Cassian seemed to be trying to kill everybody. He had orders to kill Saw. I believe the order to take out Galen is received on the ship and they divert to Eadu. Could be wrong.

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