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@  TheMightyMol... : (17 November 2019 - 04:43 PM)

Here we can buy two and get one free, but at least two of them are gonna be the same toy, because lol distribution.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 01:01 PM)

In the U.K., it’s more like you but two, you only get one given how expensive they are.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 11:38 AM)

Transformers are Buy 2 Get 1 free at Target this week.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 04:29 AM)

2019 has been one long South Park episode.

@  Sjogre : (16 November 2019 - 10:46 PM)

Okay, that actually sounds pretty fun.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 12:49 PM)

It was set in the forties, featured Nazi's as the villains and had Kiko fight mostly Ice Age animals and a mythical dragon that now ruled the island guarding Kongs treasure.

@  Paladin : (15 November 2019 - 11:37 AM)

and it was ALSO eleven hours long.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 10:55 AM)

In a alternate reality Peter Jackson made Son of Kong.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 November 2019 - 09:30 AM)

To be fair to boba: everyone else to go into the sarlacc was a sacrifice. Stripped almost naked and tossed, and didn't have body armor, a jetpack and a weapon.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 November 2019 - 06:54 AM)

Nah, he just has to keep up his plot insurance payments so he can shoot his way out of the Sarlacc again.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 November 2019 - 02:59 AM)

Funny, but everyone knows he bounty hunts for Jabba Hutt to finance his 'Vette.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (15 November 2019 - 02:54 AM)

Okay.. Not sure why.. but streaming is harder than jsut playing the game.. even though that's pretty much what I was doing.

@  Xellos : (14 November 2019 - 06:47 PM)

What type of vehicle does Boba Fett use for time travel? A Man-DeLorean.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 03:55 PM)

Admittedly, it's been a long time since I've been to a walk-in clinic, as I tend not to get sick (and the one time I do every 4-5 years, I prefer just riding it out at home), but the last time I went I'm pretty sure you could just show up, no appointment. It may be different in Quebec,though

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:36 PM)

One thing to note about health insurance in Germany is that we have a two-class system: mandatory health insurance is basically the economy class, while private health insurance is the business class.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:32 PM)

My local doctor is actually a shared office with several doctors where you will get randomly assigned to one of the doctors available that day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:30 PM)

Also, employers are required by law to cover part of their employees' health insurance fees, so I only have to pay my part.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:28 PM)

Basic examinations and sick notes (known as "work-inability certificates" in Germany) for the employer are covered by our health insurances by default.

@  TheMightyMol... : (14 November 2019 - 12:02 PM)

Around here, we can go to a walk-in clinic whenever, but might have to wait in the queue until there's a doctor available, which can take hours on a busy day. And then hope our insurance will cover anything.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 November 2019 - 07:38 AM)

There actually are a good number of clinics around here: but the walk ins require an appointment (what?) and are only done once a week. IF you can get an appointment, you see a doctor usually within 40 minutes, but good luck getting the appointment.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

Depending on the day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

We have family doctors (called "house doctors") with regular office hours where you may need an hour or two of waiting time.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 12:50 AM)

Two weeks? That seems a little long; are there not a lot of walk-in clinics around you?

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 07:01 PM)

Does germany make it quick and easy to see a doctor too? Cause an emergency doctor visit can take two weeks out here, and an emergency ROOM visit can take 18-24 hours.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:43 PM)

(Good thing is, under German law, if you call in sick during your vacation and see a doctor immediately, you get to keep your vacation days.)

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:42 PM)

Too bad. My plans wee to do two more overtime hours before having my last day of vacation for the year on Friday. Oh well.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:41 PM)

So I'm currently on medical leave for a particularly stupid reason: Burned my back with a hot-water bag while sleeping last night. Though the doctor said I'm hardly the first person to have this happen to them.

@  Patch : (13 November 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Just a particularly odious example of the 90s era of depicting transgender women as either the subject of crude humor, or "Jerry Springer" material.

@  Ashley : (13 November 2019 - 04:55 PM)

I think Ace Ventura legit contributed to me spending years in self denial. I will never be ok with Jim Carrey.

@  Benbot : (13 November 2019 - 01:22 PM)

I thought he since changed his tune.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 November 2019 - 12:51 PM)

Jim Carry Paladin?

@  Maximus Ambus : (13 November 2019 - 12:22 PM)

Don't doubt what he can do. Sonic the Hedgehog!

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 11:51 AM)

not giving a dime to a transphobic antivaxxer.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 11:25 AM)

It'll be a terrible movie if jim carrey phones it in. Otherwise it should be decent.

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 10:45 AM)

sonics' still gonna be a terrible movie but at least they whined loud enough to make him look passable for a 2-minute trailer. "yay."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:37 AM)

But of course to annoying people there's no such thing as different decisions made for different reasons, there is only "I like it so it's right" and "I don't like it so it's wrong."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:35 AM)

Even if we pretend it's objective truth that they were both bad, then they were bad in very different ways.

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:33 AM)

Sonic's previous movie design looked genuinely bad. The Transformers '07 designs just looked insufficiently like what certain loud and obnoxious parts of the fandom think Transformers are required to always look like.

@  Otaku : (13 November 2019 - 08:50 AM)

Um... Purple Monkey Dishwasher?

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 November 2019 - 08:25 AM)

Do we really need to have Every Movie Transformer Thread Ever in the Squawkbox?

@  Bass X0 : (13 November 2019 - 08:13 AM)

Sure it made money but that doesn’t mean it has appealing character designs. Lot of god awful fugly faces in the Transformers movies.

@  Otaku : (12 November 2019 - 08:25 PM)

@Liege My issue with Transformers (2007) were elements I thought were unnecessary.  I know it was supposed to just be a joke, but I didn't ever need to hear about "Sam's Happy Time". >.> Which, being in awe of the first "live action" TF-film, didn't even register until I'd already purchased and watched it on DVD a few times (after seeing it in theaters 3 times).

@  Liege : (12 November 2019 - 08:22 PM)

For all the Bayisms in the 07 movie, it was tempered by Spielberg as producer. Designs aside it was an enjoyable popcorn blockbuster about a boy and his first car who happens to be an alien from another planet. They sequels are just Bay going unchecked after he proved how much bank he could bring in.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 November 2019 - 07:12 PM)

I didn't find the designs in the '07 movie to be that bad, personally. What got really offputting was how Cybertronians in general become such huge a-holes in the later films; the designs were very much secondary to their horrible personalities

@  Sabrblade : (12 November 2019 - 06:59 PM)

And yet, Transformers still broke the bank at the box office, opened up the brand to a whole new generation of fans, shot the brand up to mainstream appeal, and enabled all kinds of new collector-oriented lines and other avenues to come about. Not saying Sonic's movie will do the same for his series, but the 2007 TF movie certainly did more good than harm.

@  Bass X0 : (12 November 2019 - 06:09 PM)

Paramount changed Sonic due to fan backlash but refused to redo Transformers 2007 with new cgi appearances based on their classic forms everyone’s knows and loves, and can relate to. Trailer 1 Sonic is as appealing a design as 2007 Bumblebee...

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

I don't. They're a pain in the ass to repair.

@  Benbot : (12 November 2019 - 12:48 PM)

I wish car companies would bring back flip up headlights

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 09:07 AM)

Wear a hazmat suit. It's Walmart, they're used to weird.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 November 2019 - 07:54 AM)

2 inches of snow on the side of the house, 2 feet of snow on the deck. I hate this winter already.


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Star Wars General Discussion - What will the future of the franchise look like?


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#281 Steevy Maximus

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 11:18 AM

Maybe I'm poorly remembering my early EU, but it wasn't exactly a "and the heroes lived happily ever after" story either.  They got, what, 5 years before Thrawn showed up? Then Luke starts the Academy on Yavin IV, has a student decide to murder a bunch of people, and then gets stuck in a weird force coma with Exar Kun.  That's not including stuff I've forgotten or the arrival of the Vong which murderized a good chunk of the galaxy (I think - I had dropped out by then). 

 

It wasn't exactly a happy universe.

 

It also didn't give us Luke Force-Haunting his Nephew, which better be a thing, Disney. It better

 

Let's see how much I remember:

The DAY AFTER the Battle of Endor, Luke leads a Rebellion/New Republic Fleet from an invasion from a race that sucked the force out of people to fuel their technology.

 

Couple years in, there was the Rogue Squadron stuff, but it steered clear of the "main people". 

 

Five years in, you get Thrawn. 

Next year is Dark Empire, with Palpatine returning in a clone body and Luke dabbling in the dark side

Next year is Jedi Academy.

After that is a couple MORE instances of Palpatine trying to return and possess Leia and Han's third child.

 

Then the Vong come and kill a bunch including Anakin Solo and Chewbacca.

Then Jacen Solo (Han and Leia's son) falls to the dark side after that conflict and murders Luke Skywalker's wife.  I kind of forget how it goes, but he ends up killed before he can establish his new empire.

 

Shit happens in life, especially for people so famous and instrumental to the direction of the galaxy.  Frankly, between the two, it's like how people complained that Beast Machines wasn't a "proper" sequel because it took characters in a direction fans didn't want them to.



#282 Thylacine 2000

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 12:07 PM

The Vong War canonically killed something like 14 trillion people, yet in the combined totality of 25 years of the EU the only "real" character who ever died was the unimportant and inhuman Chewbacca (yeah I said it, come at me). Now THAT, to me, is nihilism. No-stakes nobodies phoning it in against the threat of the week.

The ST was brave enough to show audiences what really happens when your life peaks at age 24.

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Posted 27 February 2019 - 12:31 PM

There's also a long run of YA books between Jedi Academy and NJO, in which Luke, Han, Leia, and Lando were happily settled into their adult lives while the younger generation got their formative adventures.

Also a scattering of smaller-scale "villain-of-the-year" novels involving Imperial warlords, scavenged superweapons, interstellar treasure hunts, small-scale wars between the Republic and neighbouring powers, and the gradual shrinking of the Imperial Remnant into an isolationist backwater.

Really, the EU didn't totally go grimdark until NJO, and I maintain that someone at the editorial level clearly conceived of NJO as a sort of "series finale" for the EU (anticipating a reboot driven by 90s Prequel-mania), then ended up having to "walk it back" when it became clear the EU wasn't ending.

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 01:36 PM

I don't think it was perfect but I'd take the old EU over the ST. It just makes more sense to say Endor was a critical victory for the rebels but they had to continue fighting Imperial remnants, balance shifting over the years. Meanwhile they made new friends, encountered new enemies, Luke continued to rebuild the Jedi and in time a new generation of heroes emerged.

 

That to me beats the pants off 'They founded a New Republic, completely forgot how the old one fell, Imperial loyalists slowly rebuilt their power, the new Jedi barely lasted and everything went to shit.'

 

Like I get the backstory for how the First Order emerged matches how the far right emerged in reality but...again, I don't come to Star Wars for a depressing 'true to life' story. Same reason I raise an eyebrow at Disney trying to insert real world gender politics. I come to Star Wars for escapist space swashbuckling. Brave heroes of all genders, evil villains, space battles, laser swords, etc.



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Posted 28 February 2019 - 03:41 PM

They could have borrowed the best elements from the EU to create a new story.  For all the garbage there were a lot of great stories--that's what I wanted from the sequel trilogy.  Build on what came before instead of pitching it into a bonfire and killing anything that remained.  



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Posted 28 February 2019 - 04:00 PM

I think what could have worked is something kind of a cross between the ST and the Thrawn trilogy.

 

It's been 30 years since the Battle of Endor and the deaths of Sidious and Vader. A New Republic was formed though the Imperial remnants continued on, holding several planets in a stalemate war. Luke founded a new Jedi order which has intervened in small scale conflicts but has stayed out of politics partly due to Luke wanting to learn from the fall of the old Jedi.

 

From out of nowhere, a new mastermind emerges to lead the the Imperial remnants. This figure unites the tattered forces and launches a blistering hit and run campaign against the Republic

 

A new war needs new heroes. With the galaxy once again in peril, hope comes to rest on a junker girl from Jakku, a fugitive former stormtrooper and an emerging ace pilot of the Republic military.



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Posted 28 February 2019 - 05:09 PM

I like that.

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 07:14 PM

One theme that I'd love to see as an overarching motif is the difference between "peace and justice" (as the Jedi serve, per Obi-Wan) and "law and order" (as all governments must serve, be they Republic or Empire). Law is not necessarily justice, and order is not necessarily peace, and Leia (the Senator), Han (the smuggler), and Luke (the Jedi) would each have very strong opinions on the subject --there's your wedge issue to drive between Han & Leia.

The raw material is already there in the Sequel Trilogy's makeup; the smaller, leaner New Republic lacking the resources to serve the Outer Rim, the First Order stepping in to "protect" people from roving bands of pirates and rogue nations --people (as we see in Resistance) eagerly embrace oppression because they think it means safety.

Maybe have the Resistance headed by Lando, as a sort of mirror-image of the First Order, both providing protection to those the Republic can't serve (for a modest fee, of course, because Lando).

Luke's Jedi are in isolation (Aich-to isn't a hermitage, it's the hidden Jedi Academy), Luke having experienced a (Prequel-inspired) epiphany; that the Jedi cannot be tied to any government for fear of becoming pawns as they did in the Old Republic. Luke's Jedi are not generals or diplomats, but wandering Kwai Chang Caine-like do-gooders, and there aren't more than a dozen or so across the whole galaxy.

That's how Kylo Ren ended up with the First Order --no one realizes that it's Ben under the mask, having gone rogue after buying into Snoke's rhetoric about bringing order to the galaxy.

The first movie is about Lando and Leia trying and failing to get the Republic to intervene; Lando convinces Han, Han convinces Leia, and Leia. . . finally comes up against a force that she can't move through shear force of will. Meanwhile, Lando's newest protege, a renegade stormtrooper, and a scavenger discover that there's a Dark Jedi running the First Order. Maybe Maz Kanata can be one of Luke's Jedi, who brings Rey with her to Luke's Academy, while Poe and Finn team up with Leia's volunteers to destroy the Starkiller.

The second movie is mainly about Rey on Aich-to, and Ben returning and having his final confrontation with his master as he reveals his dual identity and tries to recruit the other Jedi. Those who won't join him perish in fire, and Luke gets to have his Obi-Wan moment, buying time for Rey (and Maz?) to escape and join up with the Resistance.

The third movie can be about Han confronting his son (and the other Knights of Ren), and Rey destroying the First Order --still leaving a power vacuum in the Outer Rim, meaning there'll still be years or decades of work ahead of the young heroes, with only minimal support (i.e., periodic cameos) from the surviving oldsters.

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Posted 28 February 2019 - 10:55 PM

People have seen some of the new Star Wars Disney Parks. The Park's timeframe is et between 8 & 9.

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 01:17 AM

I must have Nerf Kabobs and Blue Milkshakes!

 

Actually the food they have shown looks nice. It's looking pretty awesome other than there only seems to be two real rides there. Everything else seems to be stores or ways to immerse yourself into the Galaxy not quite as Far, Far Away. Supposedly there will be full ensemble outfits to buy and wear in the park. I feel there is going to be confusion on who is and isn't staff there.

 

Also the return of build your own Lightsaber.

 

Also a new TIE variant, the TIE Echelon has been shown.



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Posted 01 March 2019 - 03:28 PM

Having been to the Avatar land I can say that 2 rides and a fully immersive area is really all you need. (Wizarding World in Universal parks confirms).

The gusts having immersive clothes is more along with the immersive hotel experience. But either way, all cast member will be wearing a themed nametag (with Aurebesh names under).

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 03:53 PM

I read some more about the upcoming park, I am going to be living there.


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Posted 01 March 2019 - 09:22 PM

Disney has also said that Galaxy's Edge is expandable, so they can add more stuff to it down the line.

 

I am just thrilled at the life like Hondo animatronic and the food options!


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Posted 02 March 2019 - 06:52 AM

It's very...ST themed.



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Posted 27 March 2019 - 10:07 AM

some potential new artwork for Episode IX (including a possible poster) went online today.

 

https://www.cbr.com/...-ren-promo-art/


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Posted 27 March 2019 - 10:30 AM

*clicks link*

*scrolls through article looking for picture*

*reads through article again looking for embedded link*


Okay.

I guess we can just take CBR's word on this one.

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 10:56 AM

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 11:07 AM

The first Star Wars movie poster EVER to not have R2D2.



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Posted 27 March 2019 - 11:18 AM

The first Star Wars movie poster EVER to not have R2D2.


I would bet that's not true.

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 11:53 AM

hes not on the original rotj movie poster, or the rots poster


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