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  1. Tank

    Picard

    As an industry insider, I think you should know. At minimum 30-40% of any episode of TV is generally ADRed. I've never seen anyone seem to get tripped up by it as much as you. Movies are closer to 70-80% ADR. It's pretty common practice. Maybe your feed has a lag or something that makes audio out of sync?
  2. Tank

    Picard

    Overall very happy— agree on those two points. Also, the D looked great with modern effects, but I dont buy it making those snubfighter moves.
  3. I think that’s because it IS series finale for Pedro. He didn’t take the helmet off this season, he did none of the press, and granted, TLOU came out at the same time and he was a big mouth piece for it… but I get the distinct feeling that he had one foot out the door, or there was a falling out, or something. His entire arc was basically handed to Bo. This whole season could have been one two-hour movie.
  4. I think about this a lot— I feel like boomers had this big cultural shake up in their youth with civil rights changes, Vietnam, women’s lib, entertainment being co-opted by counter culture, hippies, black panthers, yadda yadda yadda— they were the first generation to sort of break out and rebel from the traditional nuclear family, know your place, old school ways that sort of dominated American culture for a century. Basically, they were the first generation that realized they had agency and could be self-centered. But they didn’t have the tools, like the mental health insight and awareness to know how to use that agency in a healthy way. All they had to defend themselves against their parents was rebellion. You take that paradigm, then add thirty, forty years of living and they become the most pig-headed, mentally insular people in existence. They cannot understand anything but their own way. Add in refusal to acknowledge advancements in mental health, a past of acceptable substance abuse, and manipulation being the only tool that’s ever helped them get what they want in your life and boom= our parents are the worst.
  5. Membership has been asked to vote on strike authorization. It’s getting real. Remember the last time this happen and all our stories got short season and stuff? This one may not last as long, but it’s going to be felt pretty hard.
  6. Anyone else checked out the anime Star Wars shorts on Disney+? They are a mixed bag in my opinion, but some of them are quite good. My thoughts: The Duel Probably the most samurai inspired of them all, it felt very much like a Mando episode-- which is not surprising given that this is exactly what The Mandalorian was inspired by. It had the look of a Kurosawa film and the story was one we've seen a hundred times-- a wandering warrior helps a town beset upon by bandits. Not a lot of points for originality, but the style of the animation and the action was a lot of fun. Tatooine Rhapsody This one was just too kid-centric for me. I know it was in a sub-style of animation that a lot of younger audience anime uses-- but seeing a super-deformed Boba Fett wasn't fun. It also suffered from something a lot of weaker anime suffers from, in that the dialog is patterned after the speech of older anime that had rougher more direct translations. You know-- the whole main character takes center stage and poses and shouts IT IS AND MY BAND OF FOLLOWERS! WE ARE CHOSEN TO yadda yadda. Again, I know it's a very particular style of anime, but it isn't one I like. The Twins Similarly problem for me with this one-- it was so over the top and stylized and patterned after a bombastic style of anime that it was just to jarring and annoying for me. Also, people in space without helmets, even in a cartoon (except their droid wears a helmet? what?) was a bother to me. It also packed in a badly used SW trope of STOP THE MEGA SUPER WEAPON, which I am so over. Somewhere at its core, I liked the concept, but it was too over the top for me. The Village Bride This one was my favorite. There are so many styles of anime in both looks and narrative, and this one placed both in a realm I am very much into. A slow, but determined pace that builds to big climax. Stoic characters who are introspective. A visual style that was very 80s anime, which is of course where I first saw it. This one also does something a lot of award-winning Mizayaki-esque anime does in that in imbued a sense of naturalism. Nature, cultural spirituality, symbolism, etc. It has a very fairy tale vibe, which is also very Star Wars in some ways. This one was understated in some ways and direct when it needed to be. It managed to have heart without being saccharine. The Ninth Jedi If this had been a random anime with its own mythology I may have liked it when I was younger-- but as a Star Wars story I felt like it was being a little too loose with the lore. I mean, they all are to an extent, but this one focused on lightsabers, which are a bit of an obsession for me, and changed up the lore of them a bit too much. It did have some of the coolest action though. The speeder bike duel was really cool. I didn't hate it, but I also didn't love it. T0-B1 I literally lasted about 45 seconds. The Elder This one was probably my second favorite of the bunch. The voice work and dialog wasn't great. It was somehow both mumbly, but also stilted. The story, characters, designs, and duel were all pretty decent. I also liked the relationship between the Padawan and Master, and it may be the first time Star Wars has shown that relationship in way where the Padawan wasn't an impetuous turd. Despite the dialog being rough, there were a lot of great character moments that were purely visual that I super appreciated. Lop & Ocho This one is a mixed bag for me. The animation and designs of it is the closest of all of these to the era of anime I grew up with (80s). That's about all it had going for it though. It had the dialog and "acting" problems Tatooine Rhapsody had, and I just felt like the rabbit girl was stupid. Very anime, but also very stupid. And while I get the point of all of these was to celebrate the influence of Samurai films on Star Wars, but in this one the planet it was set on was basically just Feudal Japan. All of them were to some extent, and so was the Ahsoka episode of Mando-- but there were all alien worlds inspired by Feudal Japan where as this one was pretty much literal. Cool visuals and premise, but bad character work with annoying dialog didn't save it Akakiri Along with Village Bride and The Elder, this one actually felt like it could be part of the actual Star Wars canon/lore. The premise and story were actually the most Star Wars of any of these-- a Jedi who once served a royal family returns many years after the planet has fallen to evil. The surviving princess is in hiding on the planet planning a coup to retake the throne, and the Jedi has come back to help. Unfortunately, the end of this is very abbreviated and a few things went unexplained and made no sense. That results in it feeling like it is either unfinished or a set-up for something else, but there's no indication that's the case. Overall as an experiment, I think this was really cool. So much of the Jedi is based on Samurai and wild west tropes (and those latter two ripped each other off endlessly) that even the goofy ones felt like they had some place in things. Mostly though, they left me with feeling once again that where Disney went wrong was trying to make direct sequels to the OT instead of just focusing on new material. Mando proved you could do a sequel without getting in and messing things up. Rogue One, wqhile in the OT space, was still very much its own thing. These shorts all show that the galaxy and lore are so big, you don't to return to the well over and over again by tapping into the Skywalker saga. THAT said, I was disappointed that all of these stories were Jedi-centric. There's so much more to the galaxy than that, (again, as Mando has shown us). There could have bounty hunter stories, smuggler tales, war stories-- shockingly only one of these featured a space dog fight. If they do another season I hope they branch out beyond Jedi lore. My only other real disappointment is that NONE of them came even close to being as cool as this fan anime from several years ago, which hits ALL my 80s anime bottons:
  7. Tank

    Picard

    Gotta say... this reminds me very much of the feels the TFA trailer gave me... after a couple decades of seeing my favorite childhood thing go to crap, they suddenly get it right.
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