And my assumption is miniature. I have several here (shocked, right?) I even have a tiny one that went in the nativity scene under the tree. Some people thought it was hilarious, others were PISSED!!! Made for great conversation/debate on Christmas.
@Tin_Foil Whedon would’ve ruined it given enough time. Heck, listen to him talk about the inspirations that started him on it, and you can see where it could have gone awry. I’m glad it ended so quick.
@PocketBrain I just started S1 of The Expanse on Tuesday night. Watched S1:E6 last night. I’m still waiting for it to capture me. So far it’s just an adequate distraction and I feel like I’m just holding on to find out what happened to Julie Mao.
@hchavers Yes, but ALL seasons. You’ve got to see the final episode, but you’ll probably cry.
Some of season 4 & 5 are uneven because it looked like it was going to be cancelled at 4. So Straczynski pulled some season 5 stuff into 4 so he could wind up some threads. Then they got a last minute season 5.
But there are some real gems in seasons 4 & 5.
The real fun is watching the whole show through again, and seeing how early some things were set up that didn’t get paid off until years later.
They’re different properties - TROS had the unenviable task of trying to clean up 8 previous episodes that had been all over the map with various writers and directors and visions, and I think it did a damn fine and entertaining job of it, despite all the glaring plot holes left behind. But it certainly did clumsily set up a mess of sequels …
The Mandalorian has the luxury of starting it’s storyline from scratch, with a consistent production crew, only having to remember where it is in the timeline and how many suns on Tatooine, and it’s doing great!
I suspect we’ll see a number of these sort of fill-in stories from Disney in the coming years - Mando is setting a high bar.
@mike808@stolicat What properties has Michael Bay damaged though? Star Wars movies are Star Wars. Now they are corrupted, and worse, corrupted to favorable reviews. I’m almost prepared to say the prequels were better than 7 and 9. Likewise Star Trek. STD hasn’t taken after its forebears as much as his movie.
I watched an episode of Lost once – complete garbage. Genre-defining garbage. And again, the insidious thing is that people like it. The more he flails around with that nonsense, the more work he gets.
Transformers is cartoons, comic books, and toys. The movies were an afterthought. And 6 Underground is an original property, isn’t it? Am I missing something?
While I’m not really familiar enough with Bay’s work to say, but I’d take any amount of lens flare over an incoherent plot.
I’d say that The Mandalorian is worth the Disney+ tax all by itself.
Not all that much else besides The Mandalorian to watch on Disney+ for someone who’s not interested in Marvel. The Imagineering Story was interesting. Other than the Disney movies and the Star Wars library, I haven’t found anything else. If I wasn’t riding the coattails of my brother’s (free Verizon) Disney+ account I doubt I’d pay for it.
@blaineg@ruouttaurmind I agree. I have the free Verizon account. Otherwise I would pay month to month, basically renewing when the Mandalorian season becomes available (the whole season) and would cancel as soon as I was able to watch all episodes. Likely paying for one or two months a year max.
@PooltoyWolf yeah… the whole family went to see the new Star Wars movie on the Monday before Christmas … while i shlepped up to where they were on a Greyhound bus!
We did watch some episodes of the Mandalorian over the time I was up there and I enjoyed it but was not overly impressed… Still like FF better.
@chienfou@Fuzzalini@outdoorslife Speaking of the Rifleman, it came on around the time that Davy Crockett (King of the wild frontier) and Wild Wild West was on, along with Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom (… while Jim attempts to give the lion an enema, we are back at camp making margaritas…).
@mike808 Star Wars sucks hard because all they do with it is make inferior clones of the three original movies. If they’d throw everything since episode 6 in a dumpster, and then rocket the dumpster into the sun where it could make use of itself, they’d be free to have all kinds of fun in a wonderfully rich entire universe.
@InnocuousFarmer@mike808 there are plenty of new stories in the books. Disney might not want to pay for them and they deleted them. Haven’t see TROS but the first two were just reworks of new hope and empire strikes back. just on a JJ scale which is sad
i really enjoyed both so it was hard to choose. so i thought, if i had to rewatch one right now, which would i pick? and i went with the movie. but i love the show too.
speaking of shows, i also highly rec killjoys, as well as the expanse.
and if you’re into comics/graphic novels, check out descender as well as paper girls. southern cross was also excellent, but i’m not sure where they are with being able to finish the writing on that one and i hate to rec something that isn’t finished and might not be.
@unksol What I love about the Stargate universe, besides the fact that they didn’t take themselves too seriously, was the references and easter eggs alluding to essentially every other science fiction series in existence as well as every mythological story they could incorporate. While other franchises ripped off stuff from each other and tried to hide it, Stargate did it gleefully.
@blaineg@rockblossom I think Carter explained all the acronyms at least once in a semi condescending way to someone. Probably to an asshole politician. Or Jack. Then we were just assumed to know them from then on. Possible while Thor was owning Kinsey.
(Putting on waders, anticipating getting hip deep in this shit)
Ok, so TROS was an objectively terrible movie with some entertaining moments. It ripped off Harry Potter so badly that when Voldemort dementors our heroes at the end, I kind of checked out. There were (unnecessary )horocruxes the heroes had to go find, falling through quicksand into giant snake tunnels. It just went on and on. I still cried when Leia died, and cried even harder when Chewy found out Leia died. I really liked anytime Adam Driver was on screen. He was very clearly in a better movie than anyone else. His line reading of “So That’s where you are” when he realizes she’s in his room was sooooo good. Still trying to be menacing but just a little excited that there’s a hot girl in his room. I liked the idea that their bond was so strong they could touch each other and transfer objects that way, but I kept hearing Han’s voice in my head yelling, “The Force doesn’t work that way!” The horrible implied romantic triangle with Rey/Poe bickering like they were Han/Leia without any of the chemistry and Finn getting all jealous and up in Poe’s face. God, shoot me. I’ll watch parts of it again on Disney plus, but the FF is going to be getting a work out.
The Mandalorian is a damned delight, only one episode stood out to me as subpar, and that’s because the acting just wasn’t quite there. Carl Weathers takes a bit to grow into it, but by the end, he’s rocking that script. I can’t remember the UFC actress’s name who plays Cara, but she also gets the hang of it by the end. Bryce Dallas Howard directs an episode and does a fantastic job with the action and her AT/ST scenes are very reminiscent of the Trex for Jpark in a very good way. The music is great, not quite as good as John Williams Star Wars scores, but that’s setting an awfully high bar. It definitely evokes the western feel the series is going for. “Have gun, will travel” reads the card of the Mando. That being said, the story lines are not even remotely complex. They are very straight forward, which is rare in this age of serialized TV. That may leave some feeling a bit narratively unsatisfied, but as long as you understand what it is going in and adjust your expectations accordingly, it’s definitely worth it. Can’t wait for season 2.
Ok, good. I took things 1&2 on opening night and had such a talk about not spoiling it for any of their friends the next day that it would have been pretty ironic had I spoiled something for someone else.
@unksol It does have an ending… They must have seen the writing on the wall - or been leery of Starz’ reputation for pulling the plug on shows after 2 seasons - because the last episode functions as a good resolution to the first two seasons, while leaving some openings in the event of a third season.