• Zeb Stark

    Yeah, see with the special editions, I don't really mind most of the smaller stuff. Cleaning and crisping up the picture is great, adding in some better special effects here and there, some is cool some is unnecessary. Adding in cute little cgi critters is stupid. New Jabba scene in ANH is stupid, Max Rebo band is stupid. Han/Greedo changes are obviously just awful. Changing the music/celebration at the end of RoTJ I actually like, not because I don't like Yub Nub (who doesn't like Yub Nub?) but because I love the new song and I actually think it's far more fitting for the end of such an epic saga. And then yeah, changing out old Anakin space ghost for young Anakin space ghost is silly.

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  • Zeb Stark

    One big difference between myself and a lot of other fans I've come across (not saying you guys), there are huge swaths of fans who's favorite part of Star Wars is the Clone Wars, others where it's the Old Republic, and others where it's the stories from the video games, with plenty of crossover there, I'm sure.

    While I've gotten some enjoyment out of those things, they just don't interest me all that much (compared to the Saga films and the events directly surrounding those original events and characters) and they're way down on my list of things I'd like to see them make movies about, partly because I don't find them all that interesting but also because they have already been explored in those shows, games, comics and books.

    A lot of people seem to want to see their favorite Star Wars books or video games adapted into films. I will never see eye to eye with those fans on this and they also happen to often be part of the younger generation, the type to lash out angrily on social media, and some of them throw a fit every time a new movie is announced or rumored and it's not one of those.

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  • Zeb Stark

    Good post, Ross. Obviously I agree with much of it, disagree with some of it. But I think that it illustrates one of the major, mostly ignored issues in all this, and that's that as a fan base, and as individual fans, we all want different things out of Star Wars, many of us not actually knowing exactly what we want. Big example: many people, including yourself, are unhappy with what happened to Luke. I think it actually makes sense and appreciate that that's the path they took with him. Many people have stated they didn't want a Solo movie. I was absolutely stoked the moment they announced it. Many people want to really get into the Old Republic stuff. Me, I'm not so into it. If they do it and do it well, sure, I'll enjoy it. But as a concept it's just part of the story that I'm not all that interested in.

    I'm all for exploring the expanded universe. and I absolutely agree that I don't want them to explain away the mystery (George started this with the Prequels and for that I'll never for give him haha). I would love to see movies about lesser known characters, or planets, or technology, etc but if it doesn't come down to good vs evil, if it isn't David vs Goliath, if it isn't about using what you have to do the impossible - if it doesn't feel like Star Wars - then it isn't Star Wars. And so far, with the 4 movies to come out under Disney, it all feels like Star Wars. Are they flawed? Absolutely. Are these movies as good as they could be? Probably not. Is there an element of settling for me as a fan? Sure. But these are the movies we're getting, and as long as we're getting movies of this caliber I'll be happy. The moment we start getting TMNT or Transformers level stories, or Star Wars turns into Hunger Games, Divergent or Maze Runner (all movies I enjoyed, btw, they're just not Star Wars), that's when I'll probably start to lose interest.

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  • Zeb Stark

    Some quick thoughts on the movie:

    Solo was pretty good. I don't expect this is one I'll go back and see a ton of times. But I'm glad they made it. It was cool and fun. Not hilarious but funny enough in spots.

    There wasn't much in the movie I didn't like. Not much that really blew me (away) either but just an overall fun, exciting, entertaining movie, that IMO was lacking only in that it wasn't as epic as Star Wars movies normally are.

    Some stiff dialogue by just about everybody at one point or another, some jokes that landed, others that didn't, but pretty good chemistry overall, and a decent enough script.

    Pretty interesting story, checked most of the boxes on what people wanted to see, I think.

    A couple nice twists toward the end, some more obvious and easier to see coming than others.

    Emilia didn't ruin it. She was surprisingly better than I expected, for the most part.

    I thought Alden was great. He played a great Han Solo. This movie would probably be 10-15% higher on Rotten Tomatoes if it was somehow able to star an actual young Harrison Ford, even with no other changes to any of it, but the kid held his own IMO. There's just not much you can do when trying to fill shoes like that.

    Speaking of filling shoes, Donald Glover was as advertised. Pretty much nailed it.

    I thought Paul Bettany was good as the villain, even if there wasn't much to him. He was essentially the bad guy because he's rich and powerful and will kill you if you don't do what he wants you to do. Not a whole lot of depth there but he played the part well.

    The Enfyst Nest character & story was 1 part badass, 1 part pretty cool, and 1 part "wait, what?"

    Interesting choice and execution there, definitely going to have to watch again just to make sure that whole plot line made sense.

    A few small cameos, one pretty huge cameo (as had been reported), not the cameo I expected by any means, but not wholly unbelievable or unpredictable if you've been paying close attention. Still processing how I feel about it. I can't tell if it took balls and is really exciting or if it was kind of an easy way out.

    Looking forward to hearing what everybody else thinks.

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  • Zeb Stark

    yeah man, it's pretty obvious that nobody knows for sure what will or will not help the situation in any meaningful way, but it's long past time to do something.

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  • Zeb Stark

    Good on him. Whether it'll make any difference or not, who knows, but good on him for taking a stand.

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  • Zeb Stark

    Ok, so I guess I'll start posting these here to see if there's any interest. I don't know why I haven't been already but better late then never I guess haha.

    For those who don't know, I do a bi-weekly podcast with a couple of my buddies, Chase & Aba. We go to places around Portland (burger joints, pizzerias, toy shops, comic books shops, arcades, go see movies, stuff like that) and then we podcast about it, and talk about other stuff that's going on in our lives, in the world, what we're playing, reading, listening to or watching. We started out looking for the best burger in town, now we're looking for the best pizza, and one day soon we'll move on to another type of food. So that's essentially what we do.

    Episode 81 is out today.

    (Warning: mature content, though I use the word mature very lightly.)

    https://soundcloud.com/triplebpodcast/episode-81

    Main subjects of discussion in this episode include: Chase's mom's wedding, Pizzicato review, Deadpool 2 review, Blade Runner, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lando's pansexuality, Obi-Wan Kenobi anthology film rumors, volcanic eruption on Hawaii, the #glitterbutt movement, the Santa Fe High School shooting, and a few movie/TV recommendations.

    I'll post new episodes here as they're released, but you can always visit http://www.triplebpodcast.com for the most recent and past episodes.

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  • Zeb Stark

    Yeah, after the way Chewie's been kind of ignored in the sequel trilogy it'll be good to see him play a more prominent role in this one. So far it looks like he'll be all over it.

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  • Zeb Stark

    Youtube Video

    Great to hear the old music in there but that Emilia Clarke's line delivery is pretty piss poor. Hopefully they used a better take in the movie haha. She's got no chops!

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