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  1. Tank

    The Acolyte

    That's exactly my point-- for some people, Trek was done with ENT, and Picard Season 3 being the only real follow up. Disco is a mess, but fun sometimes. I actually really like Strange New Worlds. That said, with Paramount Plus on the chopping block, and Paramount the studio looking to be bought or bring in an equity partner, Trek on streaming is dead for the moment. They haven't produced anything new and development/writing rooms are all paused while Paramount Proper keeps yapping about a new feature film and has commission several scripts but moved on none of them.
  2. Tank

    The Acolyte

    Definitely more to it. They mentioned at the top that tree was poisonous. That looked like a mass suicide to me. Everyone has a different tap out for Trek. Some people bailed in 2009 and haven't looked back That was me. It's a case of production needs taking precedent over story. These days they use practical LED blades so there's actual light being cast in-scene. In the last couple shows they've struggled with fitting the electronics into pre-existing saber designs, often running batter cables inside sleeves. This time they basically just have simple stylized tubes to hold everything.
  3. Tank

    The Acolyte

    I liked, and not just because my friend was one of the writers of it. I think it took the ideas that both John and Filoni have played with, in that there's more to The Force than just Jedi and Sith. Where as Filoni's stabs (the Bendu, the Nightsisters, and the family) were a mixed bag, this coven felt like a more interesting offshoot. The fact the Jedi show up as the ones not to be trusted was fun. A lot of the stuff the coven is playing with is stuff we've seen before (the Force Dyad in the ST, immaculate conception in the PT), just from a different POV. There's more to the story for sure-- the fire didn't kill all the coven, something else happened we haven't seen, whether it was Mae or not. Truth is, in the Republic, the Jedi DO take kids. I think what we're going to find (and my friend has told me nothing under punishment of death via a Disney NDA) is that the coven used both sides of the force equally, and are like the "gray" Jedi fandom is always clamoring for. And of course the old school Jedi don't like that, and it is probably why Osha had to bail from her training, and Mae found a new teacher.
  4. Tank

    The Acolyte

    You’re not wrong and I totally feel similar… but then something like Rogue One happens and I’m in. Those characters, with the exception of Andor, only had one movie and I loved most of them. It’s become kind of Arthurian, which given it’s one of the inspirations, makes some sense. You have the core mythos, and over time, it’s been added to. It’s very fantasy-genre to expound on generations before and after your key mythos. Or in horror terms, once Jamie Lee Curtis was done with Halloween they had to hand the story off to Danielle Harris for a couple movies. It’s weird to me because while I never loved the EU I always wanted more exploration and depth to the SW universe, and now that I have it I’m realizing that kinda robs it of some of the magic.
  5. Tank

    The Acolyte

    I should have been clear-- that's MY issue. It's not special for ME anymore. Same as Marvel. But obviously I'm in a minority of older fans.
  6. Tank

    The Acolyte

    They also are going for quantity over quality. They spent billions, they have all the merch rights, they now have major theme park attractions. It's no longer about making an occasional special story that's a pop culture milestone, instead it's about keeping the brand active and alive. The PT may have sucked, but in a way it was bespoke. Now we have a Star Wars factory. Even when it's good, (and I agree with Odine, that if it is good people will complain less), it's still not really special.
  7. Tank

    The Acolyte

    I think it's all because once upon a time, 60 years ago, fandom saved Star Trek. It was a noble letter-writing crusade. From there forward, over-zealous fans started to feel like their voice was more important than anyone else. Add the internet, and suddenly everyone's hot take can be heard. This site exists because a few dozen of us were hopping mad about the PT! But now, thanks to YouTube, Reddit, influencer culture, and social media, the loudest voices have started to think they are the ones that should be listened to. Unfortunately, there is a major cross over between fandoms and incels. There are so many people (most, but not all of them, white men) who make hating the thing the say they love 100% of their personality. You're right-- don't like it, don't watch it. But that's not good enough for them. They want to control it and effect it. When they can't, they shout down whomever they can. After TLJ the voices got so loud that it scared execs into doubting everything and it ruined what TROS could have been. If they shout down a trailer, a studio will reshoot a movie. IF they don't like somebody who was cast in a role, they try to blow them up on social media.
  8. Tank

    The Acolyte

    I think it's just become so overwhelming g people are tired of the high road. Even Kathleen Kennedy is saying toxic male fans are a huge problem.
  9. Tank

    The Acolyte

    Probably because she knew the sheer fact she’s a female showrunner that they’d come after her anyway.
  10. Tank

    The Acolyte

    She also said R2-D2 was a lesbian. Pretty sure she's just trolling the dudebro toxic fans.
  11. Tank

    The Acolyte

    All the heat on Leslye Hudland is just toxic fan bros acting out because she made it clear she was going to have a female lead, and staffed the room with female writers. Thus far the only thing the woke-cryers can say about Acolyte is that there's only been one white male and he killed himself. But if they do that, they'll be admitting they're racist out loud, which is the thing they swear up and down they are not. There's been zero preaching or political statements. I think it's fine to show Jedi that have screwed up. This was a point George was trying to make with the PT, but fumbled. I think the idea has always been that the Jedi got to set in their ways and too political for their own good. Luke defying Yoda and Obi-Wan pretty much proves their way of thinking was flawed. If this show gives us the beginning of that, I'm cool with it.
  12. Tank

    The Acolyte

    The majority of Obi-WAN’s budget went to paying Hayden and Ewan to come back. I don’t know what Ahsoka’s excuse is. In a complete reversal of a few years ago, I now confidently feel like Dave Filoni is poison. I like the story thus far, it’s a common revenge story, but Star Wars works best I think when it tells simple stories. I dare say, this far the show has the vibes that I wanted the PT to have. Really my o my complaints are that Kord is a tool (but I think it’s intentional) and the lightsaber designs are awful. My friend, a writer from my show, wrote the next episode so I’m fan-boying for her.
  13. Aside from being super homophobic, Delirious is still one of the best stand up routines of all time.
  14. This was 100% me in grade school. It was the 80s so no one gave a shit, but I routinely watched things I wasn't supposed to then went to school and scared other kids. I was either leading imagination playtime, telling story, or my favorite-- relaying things as though they'd happened to me. And it wasn't just horror movies. The best was watching Eddie Murphy's Delirious and doing the aunt falling down the stairs and family BBQ bits as my own, but still doing the voices.
  15. I just want to see Paul die in the ring. Is that bad?
  16. This is 100% true, and think it is why TLJ is so divisive, as is the opinions of most of the Disney era entries. It's funny how everyone was celebrating Disney when Mando came along to anchor D+ and deliver on the post ROTJ most people wanted... but it didn't take long for points of view to shift. My thesis was if it is legit GOOD, then you can get away with anything. If it's BAD, you can't get away with anything. But I think Andor is legit good, and the most hardcore of fans like it least. Fandom wants the same stuff over and over, but also doesn't;t but does but doesn't. At least most people agree TROS is objectively bad. It's a reddit thread turned into a movie.
  17. Tank

    Mad Max movies

    Furiosa has WAY more CG with the stunts than the other movies. I saw that in the trailers and it gave me pause. It was really seeing more clips of Hemsworth as the villain that sold me. It's not the best Mad Max movie, but he may be the best villain in the Wasteland. As for the box office-- yeah nothing is doing well, but after Top Gun, Barbie, and Oppenheimer then the collapsing of streamers, people really thought theatrical runs were due for a comeback. Doesn't help that studios only give films a couple weeks to perform then dump to streaming. Not a great incentive.
  18. Anyone? Furisosa was just okay for me, but I know a lot of people that love it. It's bombing at the box office. Obligatory ranking: 1. Road Warrior 2. Fury Road 3. Furiosa 4. Mad Max 5. Thunderdome Nothing is ever going to top Road Warrior. It's just too much of a classic.
  19. This is why I liked Andor. Its the only Star Wars since ESB that doesn't expand half its energy reminding you that it is Star Wars.
  20. Love this term and adopting it immediately. It's the prefect definition of why I can forgive so many B horror films for being terrible so long as they are fun, and yet, won't cut the PT much slack. It also explains why I like the X-Men movies even though they are mostly terrible.
  21. TLJ is easily the best looking Star Wars movie out there. Also some of the biggest swings, coolest designs, most interesting additions to the universe, and has probably my favorite lightsaber duel... but at the end of the day it is criminally boring and while I don't think giving fans exactly what they want is something filmmaker should do (cause most fans have terrible taste) to actively try and subvert and ignore what they want isn't a game to play with a franchise this big. It literally broke fandom in half twice as hard as the division between PT lovers/haters. I maintain AOTC is still the worst Star Wars ever, with TROS being a close second.
  22. The subverse had legit felonies going on.
  23. We got archives that would get most of us cancelled today.
  24. That trailer is amazing! My above list holds. TWOK is a transcendent film. At its core, it's just a good Star Trek story. On top of that, it was a sequel that allowed Kirk to age and become fallible, which was a unique twist. It also was sort of the real modern reinvention of Trek. Yes, TMP had updated the look and effects, but TWOK set the tone for pretty much every Trek that's come since, save for TNG, which was very much Gene making a sequel to TOS after he lost control of the films. But then on top of all that, it was a great sci-fi story, playing with one of the core genre tropes-- man playing god. On the character side, to show Kirk's aging arc, they give him a son who hates him, and an old enemy who he straight up forgot about coming for the hardest revenge he can get. And oh yeah, 80's ILM doing some of it's best work ever to create space sequences that even at over 40 years old, are still some of the most realistic spaceship scenes ever seen in a movie that still hold up. All of these elements, and literally none of them missed the mark. Even Shatner's acting is on point in a way that is above and beyond anything else he's ever done.
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