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Keyan Farlander

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    Some believe, as well as I, that Leader Snoke is very likely Darth Plagueis, referenced by Sidious/Palpatine in Eps. III, given his apparent injuries. Plagueis is the Sith Lord who trained Darth Sidious and could very likely cheat death itself. It is very possible that Plagueis faked his death so if **** went sideways, he could.... well, return. In the old, now non-cannon novel, Plagueis was killed by Sidious, supposedly, right before he was elected Chancellor of the Senate/Republic in Episode I.


    Also; Rey is likely Luke's daughter.


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    I doubt Snoke is Darth Plagueis. I think they will stay as far away from prequel stuff as possible.


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    I agree that the pacing was really quick in the third act of the movie. Some more exposition, however slight, on the state of the Republic, Galaxy, a bit more emphasis on the destruction on the Hosnian system where the Senate of the Republic was could have been done.


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    Is that what that was? I thought it was Coruscant. Actually, I had no idea what was what in this movie. There is a Republic, but the Resistance isn't part of it? But destroying the Republic capital affected the Resistance? And who is the dominant force in the galaxy, the Republic or the First Order? I don't really know what the score is.


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    When Rey first took the Falcon up on Jakku, did anyone else cringe when she dragged the ol' girl into the sand and accidentily rammed that sign? That was hard to watch the ol' bucket get tossed around like that. I almost yelled "STOP DOING THAT"


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    Yeah, and when the Falcon crashed on the Death Star thing at the end, I though it was gone for good. And then they just flew it out of there. Tough ship.
  2. I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens tonight. Pretty good. Not as good as the OT, but better than at least Episodes II and III. Daisy Ridley and John Boyega did a really good job, and I liked the new characters. Harrison Ford was good too, and he had a lot more to do than I was expecting, so that was a nice surprise.


    It was maybe a little too derivative of the originals in places, a little too jokey at times, and there were some J.J. Abrams-isms that didn't serve the movie well. For example, the emotion is very raw and explicit. Sometimes subtle and understated works better, like when Luke learns his uncle and aunt are dead in the original film. Another example - characters being the best and knowing how to do things with literally no training. One more example - abuse of light speed/warp speed.


    I liked the bar scene, the locations, and the score was really good. In a way, it is missing a certain "Star Wars" touch, being out of the hands of George Lucas. The prequels kind of had that, for all their flaws, which made them feel at least related to the OT. This film doesn't have that, and so it feels a bit disconnected, but, technically speaking, it is a better directed movie. It's nice to see dialog taking place in something other than shot-reverse shot.


    It was maybe a little too fast-paced. There was little time to breath, which I think is important for pacing. But that does seem to be the current style.



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    Han and Leia's scenes together were some of the quieter and better parts of the movie. Kasdan's doing? Han's death was pretty well handled, but I'm sad we won't get to see a reunion between him and Luke. Maybe that's for the best, so it doesn't steal the thunder of the new characters. I was expecting more Luke in the movie, but it looks like next time will be his time to shine. I'm looking forward to that.
  3. JOhnny walker blue is just for those who want something that is older then 20 years and is less expensive... but then if you are going to go beyond 15 years I don't see the point of blending except to hide flaws. Black bottle has the better value, and is held in high regard when I go curling. Could can throw away the cap after opening it and not have to worry when at the club. If i am going to spend over $100 on a bottle of scotch, I would want a single malt and at least a 20 years. There isn't much difference on whiskys past 20 years.


    I don't think Johnnie Walker Blue is cheap even compared to some single malts older than 20 years. I have a bottle of Glenfarclas 25 year old that I paid only $160 for. (Though Glenfarclas is very fairly priced.) I've been saving that one for a while now - maybe I'll open it up for New Year's. Plus, Johnnie Walker Blue has no age statement, so we don't really know for sure how old the malts in it are. There is definitely some older whisky in it, but how much I'm not sure. I'm trying it again tonight, and it is better. There is an almost chemical aspect to it that seems much reduced tonight. I still wouldn't say it's something special, though.

  4. OK, some more Scotch whisky talk.


    All the holiday sales are on, so I stopped by a liquor store while I was out running errands today. I was looking for something specific they had on sale, but they were out. I noticed they had Johnnie Walker Blue on sale, and I'd never had it before, so I figured I'd give it a try. If you're a Scotch lover, you have to try it at least once in your life, right?


    Yeah... I have to say, I'm disappointed with this. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad. It's good. But it's not special. And for the price and the reputation it has, I was expecting something a little bit special. I mean, I get it - it's a blend, and it's meant to be accessible, so it's not fair comparing it to the single malts I usually prefer. But I think Johnnie Walker Black is a good blend. Basic, yes, but it has character and consistency. I wouldn't turn down a glass of Johnnie Walker Black. And Johnnie Walker Green is very good. Granted, it's a blended malt (no grain whisky), so it's a bit of a different thing, but it's less than half the price of Johnnie Walker Blue, and I think it's better. Too bad it's discontinued (it came back this year, but it's not sticking around).


    The Blue is like a Black that has been smoothed out even more. There are clearly some older whiskies in there, but instead of adding a lot of complexity, it just makes it seem weak and contrived. It's bottled at 40% ABV, which I think is totally unacceptable for something at this price with supposedly a lot of old whisky in it. 3% or 6% more might do this a lot of good. From what I can find, it used to be bottled at 43%, so that seems like a serious downgrade.


    To be fair, this is a first impression, and I've had whiskies before that didn't impress me much that I later came to love. Sometimes it takes some time, and sometimes it has to do with how you are feeling, what you ate earlier, and things like that. So I'll spend some more time with this one, but...not a great first impression.

  5. Man, I'm not reading any of this stuff. I'm seeing the movie tomorrow, and I don't know a single thing about it, except that J.J. Abrams made it (lame), the original cast members are back (great), and what I have seen in the trailers (meh). I don't even know what the characters' names are. I haven't looked at any reviews, I don't know what people think, I don't know anything.


    I think it will be fun to go into a Star Wars movie knowing nothing and not having any expectations. I followed the news pretty closely when the prequels came out, although I avoided learning major plot details or what exactly would happen. This time I'm going in cold. Not that I did that on purpose - I'm just old, and I cannot love things or look forward to them the way I did when I was young, so I just didn't look for any news. But now that I'm a day away from seeing it, I figure I'll just continue the blackout and see how it goes.


    This is Red 5...I'm going in.

  6. That was kinda my initial feeling too.


    I recently re-watched both of the new Trek films with my girlfriend who hadn't seen them... and I loved the job each of the actors did, as well many of the sets and effects... but the stories left me with nothing substantial.


    Undiscovered Country came on a few days later, and within the first 20 minutes, there was more meat in terms of plot and moral dilemmas than the other 2 movies combined.


    I kind of made it sound like I didn't like the original Independence Day that much, but I did. In fact, I always thought people gave it too much crap. Sure it was a little silly, but that movie was entertaining as heck. You had spaceships, lasers, action, romance, Will Smith being Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum being Jeff Goldblum...great stuff.


    But Star Trek always seemed to be about something in a way that went beyond just being a fun ride. That doesn't mean all the Star Trek movies were better than Independence Day (in fact, I'd say all the TNG movies were worse), but it does make me expect more from Star Trek.


    I didn't really think much of any of the actors from the new Star Trek movies, except for Karl Urban as McCoy and Simon Pegg as Scotty (just for over the top comedy value).

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    This apparently is going to be a thing.


    There's a new Star Trek Trailer out now too. Seems to be very much in the "James Kirk: Last Action Hero" mold of the last 2. Lots of fights, explosions, and very little moral questioning about humanity's place in the universe.


    I can't believe it's come to this, but Independence Day looks better than Star Trek.

  8. That explains that. Android phones don't have the ability to limit access to specific items. I with they did, belive you me. There are so many apps I'd like to mess around with, but w/out the limiting ability, they want access to too much info.


    and is creed still around? I remember listening to them back in high school in the early 2000's.


    I meant the movie. No idea if the band is still active.

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