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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 4
« on: January 21, 2018, 03:26 PM »
I'm not sure where I stand among the Star Wars masses, but this show has been by far my favorite of the cartoon series.  I never got into the any of the Clone Wars stuff and I suspect because it was so "tied" to the PT which I hated as movies.

I've enjoyed the way Rebels is so stand alone as a series, yet has the movie characters getting legitimate cameos where they play a side roll and are not the leading element to a story.  I certainly hope to see a happy end to the series.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Stranger Things - Netflix
« on: January 7, 2018, 08:16 AM »
Date night for my wife and I last night.  So we go to eat and come home and binge watch the last four episodes of the season.  I'd have to say this may be one of the most perfect shows out there.

Like many have mentioned, nostalgia plays a key and the writers have nailed it.  The details as far as little things like when music was released is perfect.  You don't hear any songs that weren't released before the year of the season. 

I can't say enough how much I love this show.  Everyone can see someone they knew, admired, acted like, or actually were during their childhood in this series.

Season 2 was every much the equal of season 1. I saw on IMDB there are episodes already planned up to a season 4.

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Well, I got this game for Christmas.  My wife picked up this, Wolfenstein II, and COD WWII.

I chose to jump on this first.  First, I'm not an online gamer and am what I'd consider a casual gamer as I play when I have time.  Being that I'm off work for a couple of weeks, I've spent my time playing games, reading, and cruising the internet...really productive I know.

Anyway, I'm to the part where I play as Kylo Ren.  I'm not sure exactly what to do, but I'll figure it out.  I've enjoyed the game so far.  Game play has been pretty simple, shootouts are fun, hero play has been fun, and the highlights have been the amazing graphics.  This game blows everything else out of the water in that regard.  I doubt I'll get into the online play as I'm not paying to play when I've already dropped cash on the game itself.

I'm not sure what other options are available to play once I finish the story, but I assume it's the arcade mode.  I will say that sucked and I thought it was stupid I had to wait (overnight it turned out) for the game to download to my console.  Why in the world do we spend money on a game and we don't have immediate access to story mode?  I think LA dropped the ball on that.  The arcade level I played was quick and easy and that's about as great as it got.

So, my summary...I've had fun playing the story mode.  I think I'm almost finished and while it was fun, it appears it was short.  It stinks to drop cash, as many have said, and only get a few hours of game play before I have to start paying for stuff.  Arcade mode sucks...sucks.  Online, probably won't happen because I'm not that hardcore.  As for gameplay goes, it's been fun and easy to work through.  I just wish there was more to it.  Hopefully if there is a BF3 then LA will expand the game and story mode.  They improved a lot on the last one, but as many have indicated, this one appears to be lacking in some regards.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (SPOILERS)
« on: December 18, 2017, 06:37 PM »
I got in to the 8Am showing this morning.  I really liked the movie and despite some of the complaints I've read, and even agree with, I rank it behind on ESB and very slightly ahead of R1 in terms of how much I enjoyed it. 

I hated seeing Luke go, but loved the way they did it. I really wanted to see more from him.  It sucks that we won't get a good Leia send off.

I wish the Rey/Luke aspect would have been explored a bit more in place of some of the goofy humor.  I thought the Finn/Rose side mission was kind of dumb, but can get past it. 

I'm not sure why Phasma was even a character in either movie?  It was a wasted character who didn't prove to be any sort of ruthless badass or anything at all. 

I was underwhelmed by Snoke.  Yep, definite bad guy, definitely was under played.  I did think it was cool that Kylo knocked him off, but thought it was kind of cheap the way it was done.  Of course, it was a needed plot device in order to push Kylo onward.

Anyway, I thought the overall story was fantastic.  I like that the actors in these movies have much, much better chemistry than anything we saw in the PT.

That's just some of my thoughts for the moment.  Maybe I'll come back and add more if I get a chance to see it again soon.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: December 11, 2017, 03:06 PM »
I'm so sick and tired of Negan and his guys going around acting cocky and wasteful with stuff.  At this point, anybody could knock those clowns off if they had a bit of sense.  Rick's group should have already handled this situation long before it go to where it is...but where is the drama in that? 

Why did Rick just enter his house and start banging around and calling out.  He knew who was around and should have acted as such.

Carl, I did, but didn't see that coming.

Judith?  Seriously, who was watching her play by the lake?  How did she get so big so quick?  I guess in the zombie apocalypse they have HGH readily available and it's even mutated.

Really, it wasn't a bad episode and I'm nit-picking at this point.  But, the entire Negan and his crew being supermen is nuts.

But I degress...it's (was) a show about zombies.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: December 4, 2017, 09:12 AM »
Well...filler episode, or not???  I have no idea.

I know it's a zombie show and you have to suspend belief, but good lord, shooting down a drone with bullets?  I won't get into the difficulty level...that's why anti-aircraft artillery/missiles explode(s) and sends out shrapnel and why bird hunters use shotguns.

Anyway, Darrel's move was dumb and bone headed methinks, but we shall see.

But I do wonder if Eugene has an ulterior motive in not fingering Dwight?  I wonder if he's going to try and take down Negan from the inside?  It would make sense because he's the idiotic genius. 

I'm curious as to what will happen next week.  The story has been "interesting" this season.  Not great, not bad, but at least it's going and we aren't constantly listening to people complain and then make speeches.  We actually get some action.  However, I'd love to see some zombie slaying.  I wonder if Negan is ever going to appear as a bad person again, or will he keep being the nice guy that he's been this season?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 27, 2017, 09:44 PM »
I thought they were putting Abraham in as a regular?  Weird it'd be Morgan but hey, whatevs.

Weird being Morgan.  I mean, he was with Rick 3 months after the fall.  Then he's around Georgia still about a year or two later when he confronts Rick.  Then he's going to make it to California, or Texas if they go that way, then he's going to meet back up in Virginia?  All within what, a year to two years?  I figure it's feasible, but not likely if you are walking most of the time.

But hey whatever, I'm just in it to watch it and suspend every ounce of reality and common sense I possess.

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This is really distressing to hear. This game has so much potential, but I think EA really dropped the ball with so much pay to play stuff.  It's almost like getting a game on your phone, only to discover if you want to actually play it you have to pay for the upgrades.

I've wondered why EA wouldn't just release the game at say an $80 price point and then it includes the upgrades.  I imagine a lot of casual gamers are going to be turned off by the pay aspect.  I know, I'm only a casual gamer, so I won't spend a dime beyond what it takes to make the initial purchase.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:12 PM »
Dumb decision...again...when Negan came out the door, why didn't they just pump his ass full of lead?  I mean, somebody should have had their weapon trained on that door to smoke him when he came out.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: October 16, 2017, 05:51 PM »
Anybody watch the FTWD season finale?

Where in the world have these writers been the past couple of years?  The last 2-3 episodes have been pretty freaking good IMO.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: October 6, 2017, 04:07 PM »
I usually get around to watching this within 3-4 days after it's on, but it certainly isn't "must watch" for me.  This season,especially the past 3-4 episodes have been markedly better than everything before.  I still have no real connection to any character and seeing one of the main ones getting offed wouldn't bother me to much.  I'm starting to be intrigued by the former solider (can't remember his name though) and by Nick, but overall, it's still just a show that I'll watch while cruising the internet.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: September 22, 2017, 06:30 AM »
Damn Rob, sorry to hear about that.

I've thought the same thing about the insurance and when our cat and dog cross the rainbow bridge (15 years and 11 years respectively), we'll pick up some new ones and will most likely get insurance for them too.  Between the two animals we have now, I've done 3 UTIs ($5500) and two ACL surgerys ($5000).  Yeah, good investment.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: July 12, 2017, 08:12 AM »
Okay, this show has gotten me back some.  This season has been decent for the most part, and a far cry from the first two.  I do agree a lot of it was predictable, but at least it's going somewhere other than "let's sit around and talk about our feelings."

Of course, I would have liked to have seen more about what Strand was up to this episode.  I'd also like an update on Daniel.  I imagine we'll find that out in a few weeks though.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ye Olde Nintendo
« on: June 28, 2017, 09:54 PM »
I managed to get lucky and got an NES Classic off eBay for about $120.  My wife and I have played it a ton.  However, I never saw them in stores.  One store nearby was asking for a $50 up front fee to reserve one when they showed up.  Then the store was selling them for $120.  Needless to say I balked at that.

As for the Super NES, I'm looking forward to that, but I'm not real thrilled about the game choices.  As crazy as it sounds, I was really hoping Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball would have been included.  But that was a rather minor game and not a headliner like the stuff that is being included.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: June 7, 2017, 09:14 AM »
Well, I guess that wasn't all bad.  I finally got around to watching FTWD in two stints yesterday and actually found myself enjoying what was going on.

I must say I was a bit shocked about Travis, but didn't really "feel" much for the situation.  Like some have mentioned, I hope they don't turn this into a situation like TWD where it is find a safe spot, deal with a bad guy, move on, and then rinse and repeat. 

With this episode though, it looks like the writers actually listened a bit and wrote a good story that wasn't all over the place.  Now if I can develop a level of concern for the characters, we're good to go.  I'd actually like to see this story evolve into something where they actually trust and work together with the people they are currently with.  That would be an interesting direction to go.  That said, I hope they don't decide to start looking for the hill people who shot at the helicopter.  To me, that would be a serious waste of resources.  But again, it appears as if the head honcho (Unser from SOA) seems to have his head screwed on and wants to give some space to his new people.  We'll see if that's just a hook to suck them in or an honest attempt to do well by others.

All in all, a really good episode for this show, probably the best so far.  While not completely turning around my opinion of the show, I look forward to seeing what happens and hopefully this show will finally get going.

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