• Zeb Stark

    That one started great, but they went overboard, which advertisers during the Super Bowl are wont to do.

    Bud Light/Game of Thrones was my favorite. Jason Bateman in the elevator was also good.

    Outside of that, not a very memorable Super Bowl for commercials IMO.

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  • Zeb Stark

    What a dick. I hope he chokes.

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  • Zeb Stark

    http://seahawksdraftblog.com/the-russell-wilson-contract-saga-is-coming

    This is likely to be the biggest story in Seattle until it's resolved. Here's Rob Staton's taek.

    1. His 2015 deal set a precedent

    he Seahawks and Wilson last began negotiating a contract extension after the Super Bowl loss to the Patriots. A deal was expected to be a formality. Other quarterbacks like Cam Newton had set the market. Wilson was due a base salary of only $1.5m in 2015 because he was still on a third-round rookie contract.

    Everything was set up. Wilson no doubt sought proper financial compensation having reached two Super Bowls (winning one). The Seahawks wanted to keep a young franchise quarterback. The market had already provided the parameters for a deal.

    And yet it took months for an extension to be agreed.

    ...

    1. Why the odds are stacked against Seattle

    Wilson is now one of the richest and most successful NFL players in the league. Furthermore, he’s married to an incredibly wealthy and successful woman — forming a celebrity power couple.

    His base salary in 2019 is $17m — not $1.5m. There’s simply no financial pressure to get a deal done this time.

    Adding to this is the Kirk Cousins situation. Previously the franchise tag was seen as a hindrance to players. It was a way to get a nice lump sum (guaranteed) for a years work — yet the lack of long term security was seen as a problem. Cousins completely changed the perception of the tag. He gambled on his own health and performance and made considerably more than most other quarterbacks by playing on the franchise tag year after year. And when the increasing cost became too rich for the Redskins — they allowed Cousins to test the open market.

    Cousins had his cake and ate it.

    ...

    1. How can the Seahawks gain any kind of leverage?

    It’s really, really simple…

    Draft another quarterback.

    Not a seventh round pick either. Someone who they can realistically point to in a negotiation.

    ...

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  • Zeb Stark

    I wonder what kind of role K2 will have in this. That's a pretty fx heavy character for a streaming web series. I'll be super impressed if Disney goes all in on bringing K2 back to life at a cinematic level. The recent news that ILM will be doing fx work on the Mandalorian series is pretty encouraging.

    And then you have to wonder how much else from RO we'll see.... General Draven? Merrick? Mon Mothma? Galen Erso? Saw Gerrera? The list obviously goes on and on. Enfys Nest? Vader?? I imagine they'll stay mostly self-contained with not a lot of cameos from movie stuff.

    I'm stoked though, I've been a little down in the dumps lately at the lack of Star Wars stuff seeing as we're not getting a movie this Christmas for the first time in 3 years. So this is pretty cool news to get right now.

    So what are you more excited about, this one or The Mandalorian?

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  • Zeb Stark

    https://www.starwars.com/news/cassian-andor-live-action-series-announced

    Love this idea! I know it probably doesn't seem all that interesting to the average viewer but if it feels anything like Rogue One in production style it could make for a great, dark & gritty series.

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  • Zeb Stark

    That judge Kavanaugh, he is something.

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  • Zeb Stark

    Can't imagine we'll see much of Leia, but it is good to know that we will see her some and hopefully get a proper send off, without it being too overblown or cheesy.

    I think we all assume we'll see Luke as a Force ghost. I think that I hope they leave him in sort of a "mentor" role for Rey, an inspiration to the Rebellion, and maybe he sort of haunts Kylo. Don't think I want to see him somehow be the hero again, I think it's time to let the new generation shine. I keep having this vision of Luke levitating way up in the sky with white eyeballs shooting lightning out of his fingers and it scares the shit out of me. I don't want a video game. We already have those.

    Looking forward to seeing Lando, I think it's a mistake that they didn't bring him in earlier, let him and Han/Chewie have at least a moment in TFA, but better late than never, I guess.

    The new cast additions Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell, all intriguing. I'm sure we'll learn more about their roles as time goes on.

    Also be interesting to see what JJ does with Rose. Does he like the character? Will he keep her in the forefront? Or is he gonna tuck her away like Rian Johnson did with Maz (and Snap) and like George Lucas was pressured into doing with Jar Jar hahaha.

    Do I have confidence in JJ's ability to close out not only this trilogy, but the entirety of the Skywalker saga fittingly? No. No I absolutely do not. But I'm hoping for the best. I hope he's putting that first, far ahead of the apparent behind-the-scenes tug-o-war that many believe to be going on.

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  • Zeb Stark

    Patience, Jedi. We have 3 confirmed films coming from the master of subverting expectations that is said to be based on a yet unexplored corner of the galaxy, another confirmed series of films from Benioff and Weiss that is likely to be unlike anything we've seen in Star Wars before, a confirmed TV series from Jon Favreau, likely another 2 or 3 anthology films in serious development and, unless Tarkin has Alderaanian aspirations set on Earth, I don't think we're in any danger of running out of opportunities for them to expand the galaxy and I think that they have no choice but to do exactly that. I wouldn't expect much ground breaking cinema or and art-house type stuff, but they've just about milked the Skywalkers for all they're worth at this point (personally still hoping for a 4th trilogy, but that's me). Not only are they going to want to try new stuff, they're going to have to.

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  • Zeb Stark

    Yeah part of me feels like they kept him out of TFA & TLJ so they could put him in IX after Solo came out and sort of ride a little Lando wave. Don't think it's had the exact effect they were hoping for but I think I see their strategy.

    Could be interesting (or boring) to find out exactly what Lando has been up to all these years. I doubt they'll go into it too heavy and leave a lot up to the imagination and/or the comic books.

    The fact that they put Maul in Solo definitely implies a tie-in to the Kenobi film. I hope they don't make Kenobi some sort of unofficial sequel to Solo, but I don't mind a little crossover there, as long as it's not like Solo himself or Chewie showing up and running in Obi Wan only to not remember each other 5-10 years later. I've probably repeated this ad nauseum at this point but but I think that a Mandalorian/Boba Fett/Bounty Hunter/Enfys Nest movie would make for a better Solo "sequel" but I guess that's just my opinion. If we even actually get anything like that at this point. Plus you could still put Qi'ra and Maul in it and it doesn't have to influence the Kenobi movie at all if they don't want it to.

    In related news, The Nerdist with some Kenobi rumors/news this week:

    https://twitter.com/nerdist/status/1016815601761882114

    Thoughts on bringing George Lucas in on this? He may be the main authority on the character, but we can't pretend like he handled him all that well the last time he had a shot at him. I don't mind him coming in as a producer/adviser on the project but I don't want him directing anything, I don't think. Wonder how much of all this is true and how much of it is pure coincidence.

    In the Rebels episode Twin Suns we get to see Kenobi and Maul face off for what we have to assume is the last time, with (SPOILER ALERT) Kenobi besting Maul in a quick lightsaber duel that ends in Maul's assumed final actual death. At the very end of the episode we see a young Luke running across the moisture farm where he lives, showing that Obi Wan has indeed been keeping a close watchful eye over the lad. The problem here is that Luke appears, to me at least, to be fairly young here, maybe 11 or 12? But at the last canon update on the matter it is said that the episode of Rebels is supposed to take place only a year or so before the events of ANH. Seems like a slight continuity issue to me. Doesn't have to effect the timeline of Solo (13-10 years before ANH)/Kenobi/Rogue One (moments before ANH) at all but it just seems a little off. Of course I could just be misinterpreting some part of the whole deal, who knows. Not even a big deal just thought I'd bring it up haha.

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  • Zeb Stark

    Also, Ben grew up knowing Lando so that could be interesting.

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  • Zeb Stark

    If it's a "seek out" Lando situation, it'll be interesting to see what they do considering we won't see Leia. Could it somehow have been one of the last things she did; contact Lando or tell them to contact Lando? Or maybe R2 or 3PO bring up the idea? Not sure who else that's around would have that connect. Nien Nunb I guess, would they give him a role like that? Could be interesting.

    My guess is that maybe he picked up the Resistance's distress signal and shows up to help, fashionably late, of course. I think that's the simplest route and would make plenty of sense without having to do anything tricky or fancy to bring him back. Or maybe he shows up for Leia's funeral. Plenty of reasonable ways to write him into the script.

    @sammyc521 I dunno man, I don't know that there's much chance of us getting that movie. If Solo had been a smashing success, sure, but not with the way things went. I think that the most likely connection we'll get to Solo will be Enfys Nest showing up in some fashion, be it in a movie or on TV, followed closely by a Maul/Qi'ra. I wouldn't expect to see Alden or Donald reprise their roles. Of course I could be very, very wrong about all that.

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  • Zeb Stark

    Solo is not a great movie but it was never going to be a great movie. It's fun and entertaining and nostalgic and I think it answers some questions (some that were maybe never really posed) without completely overdoing it. We didn't need this movie, a lot of people didn't even want this movie, but I'm glad we got it. One, because I enjoy it and I'll be happy to add it to my collection when it's available, and that's one more Star Wars movie option on those nights when I'm in a Star Wars mood (there are many, you can imagine). Two, because, as Yoda said in TLJ, "the greatest teacher, failure is", and I think it gives Lucasfilm a chance to reexamine their strategy going forward; from which movies they choose to make, to how they choose to make those movies, to even when they choose to release those movies. I think all of those issues and more will be addressed thanks, in part, to Solo.

    I'm worried about Episode IX because I don't trust JJ to care enough about completing a good, memorable story. I think with JJ aesthetics and intrigue are more important than answers and satisfaction. I fear that he'll be going into IX with the same mindset he went into TFA with: fixing Star Wars. Which means it will look and feel and sound like Star Wars, but that it may be just a passable story i.e. TFA***. Only this time I don't think Star Wars needs fixing. Episode IX needs to be epic. It needs to out-epic TLJ. I don't know what that means as far as the story goes, I don't care really, that's not my job. I just know that it needs to be great, not only for the sake of completing the trilogy, but also for setting the tone for what comes next for the franchise, and reuniting the fan base, though that's likely an impossible task. But I need JJ to care about the characters he wrote and to show us exactly why these are the people he chose to carry the torch for Leia, Luke & Han. Rian Johnson didn't write those characters, but he took them where he thought they needed to go (with, I have to believe, at least some guidance or instruction from JJ).

    I honestly wish Rian Johnson was doing IX. I wish he had been slated to do both movies the day they hired him to do TLJ. I think his version of the Star Wars universe and the Skywalker saga is the one I want to see, and I think it would have been much more palatable for fans if he were able to spread his story out over two movies. I'm not sure what he would have done differently, if anything at all, but I think that maybe he wouldn't have felt as though he had to accomplish all of the things he did in one movie, and maybe he would have been more willing/able to address some of the mysteries posed by JJ in TFA which, as I've stated before never really bothered me much, but seem to have been expected to be addressed in the second film of the trilogy by many, many fans.

    ***I want to clarify that I still love TFA. It was fun, exciting & nostalgic, it did it's job in reintroducing us to the Star Wars universe that we knew and loved before the dark times... before the PREQUELS. And I think that it was overall a really good Star Wars movie. Maybe a bit too much rehash, and maybe the posing of some unnecessary questions with no intention of answering (remains to be seen, obviously), but a good movie. And I love the new characters that were introduced. I really do want to see where they end up and how they get there and I think that between TFA and TLJ we have pretty good character arcs so far for all of them. I just hope that Episode IX is as much better than TLJ as TLJ was better than TFA. Probably unfair expectations and as we've seen that's dangerous territory these days haha. But that's where I'm currently at. Gonna be an exciting 18 months of news and speculation, I imagine.

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  • Zeb Stark

    Sad day. Pay the man. Put him in the Ring. Hopefully the HoF one day. In 10-20 years the LOB reunions are going to be LIT af.

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  • 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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    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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