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  1. When we were all stuck in our homes during Summer 2020 with no place to go, I read the Silmarillion, LOTR, the hobbit, and some of those stories that were later fleshed out and made into books by Christopher Tolkien putting his father's notes together. Maybe if I hadn't become so knowledgable of all things Tolkien that summer, I might have been able to enjoy this series, but now, no. For some people, Tolkien's legendarium borders on sacred, and having absorbed it all, I get why now. It's not something that can just be retconned without upsetting a lot of people. It's blasphemy I tell you.
  2. Wow. Reading these comments, I'm glad I haven't watched the show. I'm a Tolkien purist, and the things I've been reading here are just blasphemy.
  3. I know I'm probably alone in the this, but I always wanted to see a live action adaptation of the Pulp gun-totting Batman. A period piece set in the 1930's.
  4. Keaton's Batman killed a lot of people, not just the Joker. One of my favorite scenes from Batman Returns But the Burton films were more satirical and I don't think were meant to be taken as seriously as the others, and maybe that's why they seem to get a free pass. The killing scenes, like the one above, were mainly there for slapstick comedy. It was always funny when Batman killed someone in the those films.
  5. Clooney couldn’t even be bothered to change his voice when in the suit. Not even a little.
  6. Here’s my personal ranking… 1) Michael Keaton – No one is ever going to top Keaton’s Batman for me. I know that he was a far cry from the character we know from the comics, and Burton took a lot of heat for not respecting the character, but I’ve always liked his take on Batman. Keaton was by far the most intimidating of all the on-screen batmen. I love the whole silent but deadly thing he conveyed. He never said much when in the suit, and that just made him all the more imposing. Bale and Pattenson did a lot of yelling and screaming at people when in the bat suit, and as intimid
  7. Tank, I've found a lot of what you said in this thread about writing to be kind of abstract, mainly I guess because it isn't my thing and doesn't come naturally to me, but I saw the movie Vengence over the weekend, and I was able to identify all of the components in it you talked about here. Some were subtle, some weren't, but they were all there. There was the initial hook, all the first act set-up, the lead character's major malfunction, the call to action, the twist where the big plan falls apart, all of it was there! Having broken it all down, a lot of what you've said here is making m
  8. I think you're still missing my point. I'm not arguing that Yoda wasn't wrong, or that you can't come back from the dark side. I don't disagree with any of the logic behind what you're saying. I'm only saying that every time it happens it mitigates Vader's redemption and makes it appear less miracalous. Vader coming back from the dark side should have remained an anomaly. Let me make an analogy. Remember in Abrams' first Star Trek film when Spock flipped out on Kirk after his planet was destroyed? What made that scene powerful is that we were seeing behavior that we normally don't
  9. You just made my point for me. The OT showed us you can come back from the dark side despite it telling us you can’t, and that’s what made Vader’s redemption so powerful. If someone as wise as Yoda believed it was impossible, there must have been a good reason for it. We were made to believe that Anakin coming back from the dark side was something unprecedented. Now its happening all the time.
  10. Yep. Yoda repeats this to Luke later in ROTJ. The OT really hammered home the idea that, once the dark side has you, it never lets you go.
  11. I haven't watched the show, because I knew somehow squeezing it into an already established timeline would mitigate the larger story somehow, and I would end up bitter. I guess I was right. Yoda told Luke several times in the OT that there is no coming back from the dark side. Anakin's return in ROTJ was sold to us as nothing short of a miracle. That's what made it so impactful. Then Kylo goes and does the same thing. I guess Yoda was wrong. I guess it's not that hard to shake off the dark side after all. Now another dark sider turns back? What was once supposed to be an exception to
  12. Holy shit! You're right. Maybe that's what I'm remembering and I misplaced that line in my mind. It's weird because I always associated it with that scene in ANH. I could have sworn Luke used to say it immediately after Ben exits.
  13. Growing up, I watched ANH countless times. When I was in Kindergarden, it was shown on one of the cable movie stations every night, and watching it was part of my nightly routine. The scene when they're all on the Death Star, and Obi-Wan leaves the rest of the gang to go deactivate the tractor beam so the Falcon can escape, I could swear Luke used to say something like "Why do I feel like we're never going to see him again" after Obi-Wan leaves the room, but he doesn't say it now. Am I crazy, or did he used to say that? In the film now, the first line uttered after Obi-Wan leaves is Han sa
  14. Thanks. That was helpful. This is my big sticking point. I can't even answer that question. The story currently lacks a villian, and without that, I'm having a hard time figuring out what the status quo should look like at the end. Originally, I just wanted to write your generic fantasy story. And like most classic fantasy stories, it was about good vs evil. But it turned into something else. Now, there are no good guys or villians. There's only two groups of people with different idiologies that clash, and the hero is caught in the middle. He has loyalties to both sides. But
  15. So here's what I'm thinking now regarding endings. One of the ingredients should be a certain amount of irony? There was a certain bit of irony in having Vader turn at the last minute and save his son. There was also some irony in the one ring's corruption of its possessors leading to its own destruction. I'm not saying that every story should end like an M. Night Shyamalan movie, but doesn't there have to be some kind of twist or surprise somewhere? And if not, what exactly is the thing in an ending that provides the "payoff" for the story?
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