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  1. 1 hour ago, Garibaldi said:


    They’re not running out of books yet, but the one S4 is based on is acknowledged by fans to be the poorest in the series. Apparently the next is rather good, though, so there’s that to console you/me. 

    I hope so. I really like 'clever' sci-fi but it's a rare thing.

  2. Hmm, I dunno series 4 had silly things in it like everyone going blind and then not because they found a magic solution, then there where the deadly slugs that suddenly weren't a problem and the stupid stuff about towing one space ship with another. And all the time its really obvious that at some point Miller will turn up and tell Holden what to do and that'd be that -- there was too much pointless inconsequential padding.

    The Earth politics bits managed to be cliched, implausible and boring all at the same time -- basically unfunny Team America.

    The stuff about Martian society collapsing without the unifying goal of making Mars habitable, was the only idea as interesting as the concepts in the earlier seasons. I would have liked more about Mars generally. Why are they just dismantling their ships when there are new worlds to discover and fight over? What's going on with their politics? 

    I hope to hell Bobbi's tale improves in series 5, since she's one of the best characters and I want to see her in a power suit again kicking arse. Loved the line after she beat up the drug dealers: 'next time there won't be a next time.' Classic, although 'I could do another 4G standing on my head' remains her benchmark.

  3. Pretty disappointed with season 4, hard to care about most of the plot lines (which feel really padded out) and I really miss the 'Cold War' vibes and complexity of the first few seasons. 

    Despite some rather cliched characters the early seasons felt clever and original, season four was generic and a bit dumb. Is it like GoT where they are running out of books, why the sudden fall in quality?

  4. Credits for original trilogy:



    Directed by George Lucas

    Produced by Gary Kurtz

    Written by George Lucas


    Directed by Irvin Kershner

    Produced by Gary Kurtz

    Screenplay by Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan

    Story by George Lucas


    Directed by Richard Marquand

    Produced by Howard Kazanjian

    Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas

    Story by George Lucas


    Credits for latest trilogy:



    Directed by J. J. Abrams

    Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk

    Written by Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams, Michael Arndt

    Based on Characters by George Lucas



    Directed by Rian Johnson

    Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Ram Bergman

    Written by Rian Johnson

    Based on Characters by George Lucas



    Directed by J. J. Abrams

    Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J. J. Abrams, Michelle Rejwan

    Screenplay by J. J. Abrams, Chris Terrio

    Story by Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, J. J. Abrams, Chris Terrio

    Based on Characters by George Lucas


    Too many cooks spoil the broth. By the time you get to RoS you've got four people with story credits!

  5. 40 minutes ago, kensei said:

    While I agree Palps needed foreshadowing, I'm not sure I agree it was there to placate the fanboys. 


    After TLJ, where do you go? Either you are all in on Kylo Ren being bad - entirely plausible, he killed Han Solo and became Grand High Evil Wizard - or...? 

    You need something else or some other threat, and you've only a film to set it up and resolve it. There's a limited set of options. The Emperor is there, known and on hand. 

    I didn't really mean that Palpatine was there just for the fanboys, but you are right they had nowhere else much to go with it. It wasn't just that Snoke was killed but the link between Rey and Kylo meant they were destined to team up and fight someone other than each other.

    The idea that Snoke was a decoy created by the Emperor is actually pretty cool but it needed to be woven into the trilogy much better. Then you have Palpantine's massive fleet of death star-level star destroyers, which makes First Order basically pointless. So was the whole First Order just a decoy too? It's really not worth thinking about because it's all so badly done and doesn't stand up to any scrutiny.

  6. 2 hours ago, K said:

    The approach for the new Star Wars stuff was to have director-led films that give each director a lot of leeway to do what they want, rather than to have producer-led films that follow an overarching plan. The Marvel films (with a few exceptions) are not director-led at all, and are generally helmed by TV directors, older journeyman directors for hire, and younger directors who can copy the house style. 

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with either approach in itself, and I’d say it’s resulted in more interesting films on the Star Wars side, but it does mean there’s less consistency. I strongly suspect that you’d find it more difficult to recruit a-list directors to make a Star Wars film if you told them they’d have to follow the overall plan, rather than telling them they’d have a blank page (subject to the producers liking their take on it).

    I think you hit the nail on the head. But when I watch an absolute mess like RoS it seems to be abundantly clear that there should have been more of an overall plan and just making it up as you go has resulted in miserable failure. I don't think there is anything wrong with resurrecting the Emperor as such but that has to be built up to, not tacked on at the end to placate the fanboys -- it reeks of desperation, which itself stinks of complete mismanagement! 

    If you think that most successful films have a three act structure and are actually pretty disciplined about how that works, then it follows that a trilogy scales that up. At the end of the day, you need nine acts which hang together. There can be plenty of freedom for creativity within that structure but it needs to exist.

    Disney spent a billion dollars making a trilogy but it really seems like nobody ever thought to put nine post it notes on a board and think about how it worked. I'm not saying it's easy but it needs to be attempted and not even trying suggests a gobsmacking level of hubris on the part of those involved.

  7. Went to see it this evening. It really is a retconned mess that has obviously been through a tonne of panicked reworking but then I suppose it had to be after everything went so badly awry with TLJ. Still, it was more enjoyable than that film and bits of it were really cool.


    Overall though, the new trilogy has been trash. Rather than dwell on why, I find it best to imagine appropriate fates for the people who fucked it up so badly.


    JJ Abrams: given that he appears content to incoherently regurgitate the work of Lucas, the talentless little runt needs to learn something about digestion. He should be sent to The Mighty Sarlacc where he will be able to consider his crimes while his body is agonisingly broken down over a thousand years.


    Kathleen Kennedy: I'm sorry but how can you be a producer of a massive trilogy like this and not insist on some sort of overall plan? She must have been paid a fucking fortune too. Bitch needs to learn about hard work so it's the Spice Mines of Kessel for her.


    Rian Johnson: the fact he made up bullshit about the contemporaneous reception of ESB to try and excuse his woeful attempt at intergalactic film making means that Hoth is his new home. He will either freeze to death outside or share a cave with a one-armed snow monster who will sodomise him daily. 

  8. Big improvement in the last two episodes, but it's still all a bit dumb and nonsensical. I think they should have made all the episodes at least 45-60 mins and tried to give the big moments more space. Aside from the fact that a lot of the writing is just plain poor, I think they've been caught between trying to do something epic that really works over a season or more and the standalone Glen A. Larson format. 

    Maybe they will get more confident in season two and make it more coherent with greater depth. There is so much potential for something interesting with the universe, characters and budget they've got, but they need to let it breathe and think more about how to make it work as drama and less how they can stuff it with fan service at every opportunity.

  9. Watched this for the first time last night and thought it was QT's best film for ages. Loved the way that he restrained his trademark surrealism in a way that made it more unsettling and spooky. The humour was subtler too and landed better as a result. It seemed far more disciplined than the likes of Inglourious or Hateful which started well but lost their way and became clumsy. 

    I think the key to it was that it was more character driven than usual. Most of QT's recent stuff has just been a bunch of entertaining caricatures acting out a zany plot that ultimately becomes unsatisfying. Jack Dalton is a really fulsome relatable character (brilliantly realised by DiCaprio) so even when not much was happening in pure plot terms a great deal was being shown about Jack. Thought Pitt's Cliff Booth had depth too, with enough glimpses of his dark side to make him interesting. Their relationship was expertly portrayed -- getting two megastars to show that kind of symbiosis is no mean feat.

    Obviously it all looked and sounded fantastic too.

    Really want to see it again, which is not something I have felt about a QT film for a long time.





  10. 39 minutes ago, JPL said:

    It’s too Star Wars/it’s not Star Wars enough. It’s boring/goes on to talk about the exciting action. He’s not bad arse enough/immediately goes on to talk about him killing all the dudes in the bar in the first 5 minutes.


    I think there is a problem with putting a load of fan service stuff in there, which fans will quickly find holes in because it hasn't really been thought through. 

    I think it isn't boring because stuff doesn't happen but that stuff is so cliched and rushed it just becomes bland, and then when you think about it afterwards it doesn't really make that much sense.


    2 hours ago, Capwn said:

    The 30min running time felt like forever. Think I'll wait till the end of the season before considering jumping back in.

    I would have liked it to be longer, to have taken a bit more time so that the story beats had more impact and meaning. The whole thing felt like a montage in a way. The bit where...


    ... he learns to ride that creature, it's not like there is ever any doubt that he will learn but it all happens in about 15 seconds so it doesn't even seem like a challenge, the character doesn't seem to be earning his progress in the story at all. 


    I'll probably watch more of it because I like the universe but it does seem like a wasted opportunity. 

  11. Just now, footle said:


    Sure - but they didn't quote TF. They just said 4 times more powerful.

    That's because if they'd said it had 24tf they would probably be lying. We'll see what they mean by 'powerful' in due course, but I really doubt -- unless AMD have done something utterly amazing --  that Scarlet will have 4x the total processing power of a One X.

    Still, new xbox launching with Halo, what's not to like?




  12. Just now, footle said:


    Sure - but it'd be pretty trivial to make a Zen 2 based processor that's more than 4 times the power of the Jaguar cores. Swings, roundabouts.


    tflops is more of a gpu thing though, cpus cant even do one tflop. A 2080ti is a bit less than 14 tflops, so 24 tflops is loads. 


    I think both Sony and MS will probably be conflating ssd storage bandwidth with pure grunt this gen. 

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