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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 TVC Deluxe TM Darktrooper
« on: January 4, 2023, 04:41 PM »
Yikes, I'm going to cancel my darktroopers and see what happens. I don't really care about the wall pods. Maybe these will be rereleased on the standard card and or get a second run with fixes for the issues.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 TVC Deluxe TM Darktrooper
« on: December 16, 2022, 04:48 PM »
For a while my Target preorder for these has been a pending charge on my check card. it just fell off this week. Anybody else notice something similar?

Good God make it stop.

Its nuts. They might as well go full 80s ninja turtles with all the variants. Clown Fett, Vampire Fett, Baseball Fett, Surfer Fett

TV-9D9 / Re: Andor (SPOILERS possible)
« on: December 6, 2022, 11:01 AM »
Regarding where precisely to find Bix?  Maybe.  But watch the scene again.  Specifically at 29:33.  Look at Cassian and Bix.

I watched it again for the fourth time. I think there is something to be said for the culture of Ferrix and the impact of the music and Maarva's speech on its people. Bix and Cassian are the two people experiencing all that from a distance, both from being imprisoned away from normal Ferrix life for a while and from the current distance of not being out among their people in the procession.

Maybe Cassian is feeling the force, but tradition and Maarva are drumming up courage inside of all the citizens in that moment. My guess is that was Tony Gilroy’s point.

TV-9D9 / Re: Andor (SPOILERS possible)
« on: November 29, 2022, 09:08 PM »
There was one moment in "Rix Road" that had strong echoes of a scene in ROGUE ONE. 

The scene in RO was on Eadu, when Cassian was about to kill Galen Erso.  He had Galen in his sights and was ready to pull the trigger.  But then something struck him.  A moment of his conscience telling him this was wrong?  I actually took it as the Force speaking to Cassian, and it guided him to do spare Galen.

In "Rix Road", the moment that struck me was when Cassian was hiding in the attic of that building overlooking the square.  A breeze blew through, and it looked like something resonated with him.  And then the shot cut to Bix in her cell at the Imperial offices.  It seemed like such a similar moment for Cassian.  Whether or not he was Force sensitive is irrelevant.  But perhaps this is how the Force connects to ordinary people when they're thrust into extraordinary situations?  Because it seemed like he somehow knew exactly where to find Bix.

I think you are overthinking how he found her. Everybody tells him Bix is in the hotel and the cook in the hotel tells him where to go.

TV-9D9 / Re: Andor (SPOILERS possible)
« on: November 23, 2022, 11:35 AM »
No time for details, but damn the finale was amazing. Ferrix is now as important as any world in this story.

I am someone who like The Last Jedi, but I would say this is the kind of arthouse story Rian Johnson wished he had made.

TV-9D9 / Re: Andor (SPOILERS possible)
« on: November 18, 2022, 10:11 AM »
So that was a collapsable walking stick and not a lightsaber?  It did look like it was wood, but it did look like a lightsaber hilt too.

Yeah, I went back and rewatched Episode 3 and that collapsible stick / fake blind guy cane he had on ferrix is the same as what he had in the last episode. 

Of course, just because it's a collapsable cane handle now doesn't mean it wasn't his old lightsaber hilt. ;)

Its funny you guys are going this route. I'm starting to agree and think Luthen being a gray jedi is more likely given how he seems to know everything. He definitely has sources, spies, and technology working for him but he still seems to know everything except for the rats nest inside of Saw's mind. I'm starting to think he has a Palpatine level of reach into other people's heads.

Also Kleya and Vel having a rivalry seems to be real. I went back and watched their conversation in episode 7. I recall Kleya was firm, but now I see it was a pretty similiar icy tone there as in episode 11. Apparently Vel is not supposed to just show up like that, which she did in both episodes.

TV-9D9 / Re: Andor (SPOILERS possible)
« on: November 11, 2022, 10:53 AM »
I hope Luthen isn't a Jedi, and is just a pissed off dude that is driving some of the inner workings of the early rebellion.

I agree. Though now I'm recalling my failed idea that Luthen was Vel's dad due to how he barked at her when he drops off Cassian. Mon mothma was definitely wary of Palpatine for a long time, but I wonder how Vel is devoted to the rebellion and committed to destruction.

TV-9D9 / Re: Tales of the Jedi
« on: November 10, 2022, 03:42 PM »
Did we know Qui-Gon grew up on Coruscant before this series.

Sidenote: I'm recalling George pulled Stujon... the home planet name of Obi-wan out of his butt as a nod to John Stewart. Wookiepedia still has no reference for it.

TV-9D9 / Re: Andor (SPOILERS possible)
« on: November 10, 2022, 01:20 PM »
His 15-year timeline mean's he launched his plan around order 66

I'm starting to wonder if he's a Jedi...

"I share my dreams with ghosts"

I have wondered that too. He would really be a reverse Dooku if that true. I do wonder if that's too cliché though. His background seems too unique to be a jedi, but maybe he was a very unusual jedi similar to Dooku.

Though Kleya is also an interesting piece of the puzzle. She is deeply committed to the cause and to Luthen. Maybe she's the padawan? Their connection is hard to peice together. If they arent force users they have some early ties to put them together as such a close team.

And then there is Vel. The network seems to have been around for a while.

TV-9D9 / Re: Andor (SPOILERS possible)
« on: November 10, 2022, 11:38 AM »
With next season only being 12 episodes too and supposedly bringing us up to Rogue One I guess we're not going to get too many adventures of Cassian.  This is honestly something that they could have many seasons of with different missions in 3-4 show arcs.

I'm loving it and want more.

Two seasons would be a mistake at this point. I'm hoping momentum builds in reception to the show and they consider expanding the story. I would be happy to have five seasons with one for each of these five years before Yavin.

Before this episode I started considering who is or was Luthen Rael. In this episode he explained what it's like to be him but no details. He clearly is a skilled pilot, a decent hand-to-hand fighter, good with a blaster, very adept at subterfuge and has access to funds and deep intelligence sources. His 15-year timeline mean's he launched his plan around order 66 and the birth of the empire or maybe a year before If Luke and Leia are 19 at the Battle of Yavin.

Maybe he's a reverse Dooku and had intent to stand against the republic, but in opposition to Palpatine. Maybe he was aware the clone war was a lie but had access to the slush of republic funds and resources to be ready to go nuclear once Palpatine crushed the republic and formed the empire. He could have been deep in republic intelligence similar to Tarkin but with such a deep cover that few people were aware of him or think he's dead.

I am wondering if his antiquities are all genuine or if fakes are part of his scheme. If its all genuine he has crazy Indiana Jones style connections throughout the galaxy. Either way he has some culture and enough schmoozing to pull it off.

TV-9D9 / Re: Andor (SPOILERS possible)
« on: November 9, 2022, 06:32 PM »
Wow. Its rare that caring for a newborn gives you great opportunities, but catching today's Andor before work was the right call. It was nuts.

Its pretty crazy how I was initially a little bored by the story dumping Cassian in a prison. It's wild to see the writers build this plan and have it explode into a ton of guys sticking it to the empire. I was a little surprised to see only Melshi make it to the same coastline as Cassian. I thought a sizable group might make it to a coastal base and make off with a ship. Maybe that will still happen. The rebel fleet trooper blasters were cool and another reason I thought Cassian Melshi and a bunch of others would escape as a unit with their new rebel firearms.

Its also cool to hear the line about how important this production line is and how the empire really needs it. There's no way these aren't death star parts.

TV-9D9 / Re: Tales of the Jedi
« on: November 8, 2022, 12:28 PM »
I want them to continue this format and also stand-alone stories like the Tales from the Cantina and Tales from Jabba's Palace books from the 90s.

I'm down with that. I was hoping this might be closer to the old TOJ comics with Ulic, Exar Kun and all that. Either way I would be happy to have a series that can jump all over the timeline to tell stories.

TV-9D9 / Re: Andor (SPOILERS possible)
« on: November 8, 2022, 11:45 AM »
I can see Dedra going against her better judgement and turning to Syril to have somebody on the outside to do some dirty work for her, since it is apparent her assistant is now overstepping his bounds in a possible play for her job. She was warned to watch her back, and now has someone hopelessly devoted to her...will she be able to resist that advantage?

I'll be intrigued if Meero's assistant does double cross her. All the previous interactions seemed to convey warmth or devotion from him.

I just rewatched the Rebels episode with Mon Mothma. I didn't recall that it was the massacre of the Ghormans that kicks off her rebellion.

Also, Mon seems to be always concerned about some race we've never heard of. Ghormans ... Bothans

<<Having sympathized with the Ghormans since the Empire cut off their shipping lanes, Mothma left the Senate in the aftermath of the Ghorman Massacre, publicly denouncing Emperor Palpatine in the process.>>

Man that price sucks. I'm out. It doesn't help that I have 9-10 of the POTF2 version from when those clearanced.

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