This is the first of two installments about saved comments from January 2016. I was traveling during the first two weeks of the month, so I saved my comments on my laptop, then transferred them to my desktop. Good thing I did; apparently the video card on that has failed. On the one hand, it confirms my feelings of urgency about posting my saved comments here, as they were driven by anxieties of hardware failure. On the other, I was hoping the laptop would remain functional longer so that I could post the comments I saved on it. Sigh.
I'm going to keep my comment on "Link round-up for 3 January 2016" at Infidel 753 above the cut, as it has a wider appeal for my readers here on Dreamwidth than the comments behind the cut. That's because it's about all three trilogies of the Star Wars saga.The New Republic is right about the Star Wars saga being a multi-generational tale of a dysfunctional family. However, I wouldn't call it bad parenting, at least in the first two trilogies. I'd call it absentee parenting combined with bad foster parenting (except in the case of Leia; I think the Organas were actually good parents). Obi-Wan screwed up with Anakin and was supplanted by Palpatine, who was even worse. Lars tried, but he wasn't suited to deal with his nephew by marriage, who had the family curse of being destined for greatness.
It wasn't until the current movie that a combination of an unruly child with parenting not up to the task became apparent. Leia, Han, and Luke all tried with Kylo Ren, and all failed. Smoke (sp.?) took over the Palpatine role and ended up being the evil foster parent. Thank you, J.J. Abrams for making crystal clear what George Lucas only implied.
The good news is that the foster parents can redeem themselves. Obi-Wan, with Yoda's help, succeed with Luke where they failed with his father. Anakin himself finally did the right thing by his son, although it took Palpatine doing his best to kill Luke to do it. I wouldn't be surprised if Luke and Leia do the same for Kylo Ren and Rey by the final film of this trilogy. There is a formula to these films, after all.
( Comments from Kunstler's and Greers blogs plus the old Michigan Liberal about energy, the economy, and the election behind the cut. )
For two days, I've been teasing that I'd post what I was writing about at Crazy Eddie's Motie News instead of World Emoji Day. It was about the Teen Choice Award nominees for Movies and TV.
( Here are the links to three posts and the blurbs I used to promote them on social media. )
Voting ends tonight. Surf here to vote.
Yesterday, I wrote "I might post something fannish" today. I am -- the links to and social media summaries of my blog entries at Crazy Eddie's Motie News about the Saturn Awards. Top posts from June 2017 should return tomorrow.
'Rogue One' and '10 Cloverfield Lane' tie with three 2017 Saturn Awards for film
"Rogue One" won Best Science Fiction Film, Best Direction Film in a Film, and Best Special/Visual Effects. "10 Cloverfield Lane" won Best Thriller Film, Best Actress in a Film for Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Best Supporting Actor in a Film for John Goodman. "Doctor Strange" won Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture and Best Supporting Actress in a Film for Tilda Swinton. Ryan Reynolds won Best Actor in a Film for "Deadpool."
"The Walking Dead" leads 2017 Saturn Awards television winners
"The Walking Dead" won three awards, including Best Horror TV Series. "Westworld," "Stranger Things," "Supergirl," and "Riverdale" each won two awards, including the best shows in each of their genre categories.
"The unstoppable walkers of AMC’s global TV phenomenon “The Walking Dead” proved just as invincible last night, garnering three Saturn Awards for Best Horror TV Series, Best Actor on Television (Andrew Lincoln), and Best Guest Star on Television (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)" -- Critical Blast.
"HBO’s “Westworld” 21st century reboot outdrew the competition for two awards: Best Science Fiction TV Series and Best Supporting Actor on Television (Ed Harris)" -- Critical Blast."Stranger Things" earned a tie for Best New Media TV Series with "Marvel's Luke Cage" and Millie Bobbie Brown won Best Younger Actor on Television.
Three superhero shows won four awards. "Supergirl" won Best Superhero Adaptation TV Series and Melissa Benoist won Best Actress on Television, "Marvel's Luke Cage" tied with "Stranger Things" for Best New Media TV Series, and Candace Patton won Best Supporting Actress on Television for her role on "The Flash."
"Outlander" won Best Fantasy TV Series and Producer Toni Graphia was interviewed on the red carpet.
Wochit sets the stage for this wank by professionals in The Force Awakens Receives Late Nomination For Critics' Choice Award For Best Picture.
After an unprecedented vote by members, the Broadcast Film Critics Association had added Star Wars: The Force Awakens to the list of nominees for the 2015 Critics' Choice Award for Best Picture. When Critic's Choice Awards nominations came out last Monday, most of the critics in the association had not seen the latest Star Wars movie, since Disney had refused to release copies for early screenings. However, the strong positive reaction to the film led the BFCA to take a vote on whether it should be allowed in as a late inclusion, and apparently the BFCA voted in the Force Awakens' favor.The film was absent from the Golden Globes nomination list as well because advance screenings for critics weren't available in time for the nomination deadline. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who run the "drinky Oscars" didn't accomodate the film, but the Critics' Choice Awards did. Considering that the American Film Institute honored "The Force Awakens" as one of its top ten films of the year and this decision follows the precedent of adding 'Castaway' to the list in 2000, the BFCA probably made the right call.
( Not all members of the BFCA agreed as Collider reported in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Critics’ Choice Awards Nomination Sparks Outcry. )
That reminded me of a Star Wars/drum corps crossover "music bunny" that had been hopping around in my head the past month. A brief piece called "Mask of Revan" or "Darth Revan's Mask" from "Star Wars: The Old Republic" would also make for a good warmup. Here it is. Listen to it and hear how it might work in the same way that "Duel of the Fates" would. Just imagine the string parts played by trumpets and the harp played by bells.
On the one hand, I'll never be in a position to make this happen. On the other hand, that's a good thing for me. Drum corps is not good for my mental health. On the other hand, playing this video game with my wife is. Play together, stay together!
My wife...is a more avid gamer than I am, but I'm the Star Wars fan. I don't think she's seen more than half the films and none of them all the way through, so it's really interesting watching her reaction to the planets we've visited. She really likes Alderaan, but she was shocked to find out that it gets blown up in the far future. It only happens in first hour of the first movie filmed. To fix that, we'll be watching all the films in the order of the events. In fact, we might be seeing the 3D versions of the films as they come out.We just finished playing together on Alderaan, at least for now, and it really is a beautiful (virtual, fictional) world, especially in contrast to Tatooine, which is a real pit. My wife reiterated how pissed it makes her that it gets destroyed. I have to agree. In fact, I'm beginning to think that people who have never known any Star Wars other than the full Episodes I-VI and who have played either Knights of the Old Republic or Star Wars: The Old Republic will find the destruction of Alderaan even more traumatic than the people who saw it happen for the first time between 1977 and 1998. Back then, there was no world to know. Now, there are parts of two movies and two games set there. When I saw the Death Star blow up the planet back in 1977, I thought, "Grand Moff Tarkin is such an evil asshole," but I didn't grieve along with Leia. Now, when I see that happen in three years in the 3D edition of A New Hope, I might just cry. Imagine the reaction of someone who is seeing it for the first time and has watched all the prequels.
And now, a video of Alderaan's scenery.
As for the money involved, every penny shows up in the dialog, voice acting, music, and plot, to say nothing of the programming and world building. It makes this expensive game worth it.
Watch for more thoughts on the game in future entries. I'll be putting spoilers behind a cut.
I've been playing a lot of Star Wars: The Old Republic this week and posting about it to my LiveJournal and Dreamwidth, I've been looking for an excuse to post a Star Wars entry that is still on-topic for this blog.* Yesterday evening, I stumbled across not one, but two items that fit the bill.
First, from The Bad, the Ugly, and the Irrelevant: The 2012 GOP pretenders on Facebook comes this macro.
Next, Ta-Nehisi Coates, one of The Atlantic's star political bloggers, is playing Star Wars: The Old Republic. Yes, really.
If I hadn't already been a fan of Coates, I would be now. Also, read the comments. They're actually very informative.
Return of the Jedi
So how are we feeling about Star Wars: The Old Republic? I just finished installing and patching this morning. I played around with some character creation, but haven't a chance to do much else. But even in doing that little bit, I realized how dated WoW's graphics really are. I suppose that's a good thing in some ways--WoW can run on almost game PC, at this point.
Either way, I'd love to have a new game on my list. I'm a little pissed about WoW actually adding the panderan. It just feels like more comic relief.
* Above originally posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News. The second part was also posted to fandom_lounge on JournalFen.
Plainclothes warriors join the battle among Jedi and Sith in the first ever lightsaber freeze mob duel in the heart of New York's Times Square. Watch as over 100 fans joined the battle to celebrate the launch of STAR WARS™: The Old Republic on 12.20.11The launch may have been on the 20th, but my wife has been playing for almost a week. The $5 to start early was worth it, and I'm saying that as someone who is just watching the game.