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Well, a lot going on here.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:31 (three years ago) link

Rangers of the New Republic, a new Original Series set within the timeline of @TheMandalorian, is coming to @DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/YKlWJpvhAW

— Disney (@Disney) December 10, 2020

Ahsoka, a new Original Series, starring @RosarioDawson and set within the timeline of @TheMandalorian, is coming to @DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/ZojpCkhPS7

— Disney (@Disney) December 10, 2020

“Everything I did, I did for the Rebellion.” Andor, an Original Series set in the Star Wars universe, is streaming in 2022 on #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/q2IT2qzEeR

— Star Wars (@starwars) December 10, 2020

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:31 (three years ago) link

Hayden Christensen returns as Darth Vader, joining Ewan McGregor in OBI-WAN KENOBI. The Original Series begins 10 years after the dramatic events of Revenge of the Sith, and is coming to #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/9WR2npRUkk

— Star Wars (@starwars) December 10, 2020

A sneak peek at Star Wars: The Bad Batch, an all-new animated Original Series from Lucasfilm Animation, coming soon to #DisneyPlus pic.twitter.com/V0jQc4XNIe

— Star Wars (@starwars) December 10, 2020

Star Wars: Visions, an Original Series of animated short films, celebrates the @StarWars galaxy through the lens of the world’s best Japanese anime creators. Coming in 2021 to @DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/syUmiL7SdI

— Disney (@Disney) December 10, 2020

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:32 (three years ago) link

The galaxy’s favorite scoundrel, Lando Calrissian, will return in Lando, a brand-new event series for @DisneyPlus. Justin Simien (@JSim07) is in the early stages of developing the project.

— Disney (@Disney) December 10, 2020

Leslye Headland brings a new @StarWars series to @DisneyPlus with The Acolyte. “The Acolyte” is a mystery-thriller that will take viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.

— Disney (@Disney) December 10, 2020

Lucasfilm Animation is teaming up with Lucasfilm’s visual effects team, Industrial Light & Magic, to develop a special @StarWars adventure for @DisneyPlus, A Droid Story. This epic journey will introduce us to a new hero guided by R2-D2 and C-3PO.

— Disney (@Disney) December 10, 2020

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:32 (three years ago) link

dear fucking god

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:34 (three years ago) link

Plus Taiki Waititi's thing and Patty Jenkins is doing this:

pic.twitter.com/e3N00xCr5i

— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) December 10, 2020

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:35 (three years ago) link

sadlol

All of the upcoming Star Wars/Lucasfilm projects #DisneyInvestorDay pic.twitter.com/ipP8uTxdbT

— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) December 10, 2020

nashwan, Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:37 (three years ago) link

I'm skeptical they'll manage to give each of these a distinct feel rather than following the proven Mando formula. I think I'd be more excited if there was one or two series in development rather than a half dozen.

chap, Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:39 (three years ago) link

Remember when 15 or 16 years would pass without a new Star Wars thing, that was pretty tight in retrospect

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:39 (three years ago) link

Well, depending on the media. That Timothy Zahn book in 1991 kickstarting the run of novels and the various 90s computer games were keeping interest pretty high.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:41 (three years ago) link

I remember as a young fan in the 80s/early 90s being convinced there'd never be another proper Star Wars thing...

xpost

chap, Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:41 (three years ago) link

average convo in a Gen X household in Dec

"bought $100 worth of Star Wars toys"

"oh, the kids will love that..."

"right....the kids..."

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:42 (three years ago) link

I hope, completely and unironically, that the Rangers of the New Republic series does nothing but remake old CHiPs episodes, and somehow stars Estrada, Wilcox, Dorn and Chris Pine's dad.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:44 (three years ago) link

Yyyyyyyyeah, mandalorian is one thing as a fun retro treat but fuck if I’m clearing out a fucking mall size space in my memory palace for this avalanche of trademarks.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:46 (three years ago) link

misread one of the projects as Star Wars: The Bad Bitch

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:49 (three years ago) link

wait the Obi-Wan show is gonna have Hayden Christiansen as Darth?

wtf - JEJ is still gonna do the voice, presumably, so....are they just paying him to walk around in the costume?

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:51 (three years ago) link

xp Me too

good karma, my aesthetic (morrisp), Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:53 (three years ago) link

Supposedly he's retired from doing the voice, but I don't know if that was just a rumor or not. At the least there's been no handoff as with Chewie yet.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:53 (three years ago) link

oh god if Hayden does the voice

Darth "Stoned" Vader

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:56 (three years ago) link

this is a controversial opinion, but I think this is too much star wars

silverfish, Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:58 (three years ago) link

A Lando show is just too good, man i loved me some Solo.

piscesx, Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:59 (three years ago) link

Star Wars: The Bad Bitch

yeah gonna be a lot of demands for this now - Sy Snootles finally getting her due

nashwan, Friday, 11 December 2020 00:01 (three years ago) link

this is like when as a teenager I went to a bookstore in the 90s and saw dozens of star wars books. Suddenly something I like becomes way too much and not something I want to keep track of.

silverfish, Friday, 11 December 2020 00:05 (three years ago) link

The Star Wars franchise should just be non-stop announcements of things that are never delivered.

jmm, Friday, 11 December 2020 00:06 (three years ago) link

every single one of these things is going to feature a puppet baby version of a preexisting character

, Friday, 11 December 2020 00:14 (three years ago) link

Baby Palpatine

Ned Raggett, Friday, 11 December 2020 00:14 (three years ago) link

I can't believe this shit

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 11 December 2020 00:28 (three years ago) link

Man, even as a huge fan of Star Wars, this is too much. And I really miss the days when this was all slowly revealed, not spat out in one massive investor call data dump.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 11 December 2020 00:37 (three years ago) link

Baby Jabba

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Friday, 11 December 2020 00:39 (three years ago) link

Baby Palpatine

This would ... rule?

lukas, Friday, 11 December 2020 00:39 (three years ago) link

I'm pretty cool with just continuing to treat the pre-Disney material and the Filoniverse as the only SW stuff worth paying attention to. Granted, wrt the latter that would still have me on the hook for half of these new shows.

You will notice a small sink where your sofa once was. (Old Lunch), Friday, 11 December 2020 00:44 (three years ago) link

I feel like there's a very real chance "The Acolyte" will have baby Sheev.

jmm, Friday, 11 December 2020 00:47 (three years ago) link

there's gonna be a movie about how Sheev conceived his son

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Friday, 11 December 2020 00:50 (three years ago) link

called Palp Fiction

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Friday, 11 December 2020 00:50 (three years ago) link

*Friction

assert (MatthewK), Friday, 11 December 2020 04:48 (three years ago) link

Sheev's Gotta Have It

You will notice a small sink where your sofa once was. (Old Lunch), Friday, 11 December 2020 04:51 (three years ago) link

Droid Six

Ned Raggett, Friday, 11 December 2020 04:54 (three years ago) link

The Emperor's New Groove

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Friday, 11 December 2020 05:29 (three years ago) link

Imperial Bedroom

assert (MatthewK), Friday, 11 December 2020 06:04 (three years ago) link

Sidious Kinky

You will notice a small sink where your sofa once was. (Old Lunch), Friday, 11 December 2020 07:03 (three years ago) link

holy shit a+

assert (MatthewK), Friday, 11 December 2020 07:09 (three years ago) link

Why would anyone come onto a thread to express negative thoughts about Disney properties

Gab B. Nebsit (wins), Friday, 11 December 2020 07:28 (three years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yix_9g_Ob74

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 19 December 2020 00:01 (three years ago) link

Kind of interesting article (with a minor spoiler about future plans, if you haven't finished The Mandalorian yet): https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/disney-star-wars-marvel-studios-1234866986/

good karma, my aesthetic (morrisp), Saturday, 19 December 2020 18:14 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

I'm just going to post this now because I can see that I'm going to get a lot of requests -

Yes, Rian's SW trilogy is still on. No dates or timelines because he has other projects going on, but it is happening.

THAT IS ALL I KNOW ABOUT IT. 😁😁😁

— Sariah Wilson (@sariahwilson) February 16, 2021

groovypanda, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 12:17 (three years ago) link

Not sure where this goes (it’s not tv or movie related, but relevant): https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/star-wars-high-republic-novels/2021/02/22/adbb4338-72e3-11eb-85fa-e0ccb3660358_story.html

stuck in the version layer (morrisp), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 15:53 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

The incredible cast includes Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie. pic.twitter.com/VltHs5Aw6r

— Star Wars (@starwars) March 29, 2021

groovypanda, Monday, 29 March 2021 17:15 (three years ago) link

that is a pick names out of a hat cast there

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Monday, 29 March 2021 17:26 (three years ago) link

Hayden C. unrecognizable in that pic

beer drops on my keytar (morrisp), Monday, 29 March 2021 17:39 (three years ago) link

we were sadly deprived of Sith-butt

perpetually awkward, perennially unhappy (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 3 July 2024 04:14 (two weeks ago) link

puritan-me is relieved but actual me is LIVID

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 3 July 2024 04:18 (two weeks ago) link

Hahah. You can’t have EVERYTHING.

My hunch after last week’s episode was that we were going to see a role reversal situation between Osha and Mae and it’s starting to go there…but now I’m thinking all the more that Osha’s not actually been ‘good’ this whole time, and that flashback episode is even more incomplete than we knew. But we’ll see…

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 3 July 2024 05:38 (two weeks ago) link

after sixteen years, here's what I have to say to you...

I'm still getting letters from collections due to that Columbia House order you placed using my card without permission.

perpetually awkward, perennially unhappy (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 3 July 2024 05:39 (two weeks ago) link

lmao

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 3 July 2024 07:25 (two weeks ago) link

I know it’s been said but….goddamn Manny Jacinto *heavy breathing behind cortosis helmet*

I have a similar theory Ned - i think it was probably Osha who started the fire and Sol’s secret is that he made her forget it happened.

Roz, Thursday, 4 July 2024 00:21 (two weeks ago) link

I like it!

Meantime:

On this week’s episode of The Acolyte, we’re treated to a brief moment of Jedi Master Vernestra Rwoh speaking to a senator from the planet Abednedo. The senator is not named in the episode, but the subtitles and official Star Wars website identify them as Senator Isedwa Chuwant.

As in...

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 4 July 2024 00:47 (two weeks ago) link

loooool ok that rules

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 4 July 2024 01:50 (two weeks ago) link

and there it is! Sol is a creepy groomer mixed with a Tim Ballard/Operation Underground Railroad type piece of shit. i was afraid the show would chicken out and validate the Jedi's actions by showing the children were really in danger after all but for the most part it was evil colonizer Jedi basically committed genocide and covered it up.

yikes that is dark. but I thought it made a good bookend to episode 3. man if The Last Jedi pissed off fragile SW fans can only imagine how this one will go over.

perpetually awkward, perennially unhappy (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 10 July 2024 03:43 (one week ago) link

not surprisingly, the Star Wars reddit sub is reading Sol as a flawed man who is good but makes mistakes and not just a creepy son of a bitch who fucking ruined an entire coven's lives

perpetually awkward, perennially unhappy (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 10 July 2024 03:59 (one week ago) link

shit got real dark this week, guys.

sith butt just a dim memory now…

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 10 July 2024 04:16 (one week ago) link

ngl there are some corny, do-you-see??? moments in this (“oh Sol just wanted an acolyte too!”) but it’s genuinely baffling to see the amount of hate this show is getting online. like ok, it’s not the best SW show out there but it’s miles more enjoyable than Boba Fett or Ahsoka imo

stumbled on Amandla Stenberg’s IG the other day and her comments section is a mess, really feels like TLJ all over again :(

Roz, Wednesday, 10 July 2024 15:18 (one week ago) link

it's TLJ in that people don't want to see Jedi being shown as impure beings.

that doesn't mean there aren't valid criticisms but people get mega defensive about holding to their "Jedi = good" worldview

perpetually awkward, perennially unhappy (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 10 July 2024 17:15 (one week ago) link

Finally caught up. That was a hell of a watch!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 10 July 2024 18:05 (one week ago) link

So, since Sol was confessing everything to Mae, what exactly did he tell her that she didn’t already know? She was present for all of the worst parts of the flashback. One presumes this why she was motivated to kill the four Jedi in the first place.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 11 July 2024 04:32 (one week ago) link

I think he told her new information about why they were there and how all of the awful stuff came from the best intentions. More of a defense than a confession.

145 feet up in a Jeffrey Pine (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 11 July 2024 04:50 (one week ago) link

Yawn

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 11 July 2024 04:52 (one week ago) link

To be clear, I don't think it's a good defense. He beefed it.

145 feet up in a Jeffrey Pine (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 11 July 2024 04:56 (one week ago) link

And we have yet to see her reaction to all this.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 11 July 2024 05:02 (one week ago) link

I’m yawning at how drawn out and shrug-worthy this whole show has been, with only one episode to go.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 11 July 2024 05:15 (one week ago) link

Agree with Ros this is generally a bit better than Boba Fett and Ahsoka (and probably also Mandalorian s3 for that matter) which had their moments but relied more heavily on fan service box ticking for established beloved characters whereas this is more free to explore.

nashwan, Thursday, 11 July 2024 09:36 (one week ago) link

Aside from Andor and the first season of Mandalorian, all of the live action SW shows have been mediocre at best. Obi-Wan and Boba Fett were the worst because they ruined characters or plot points from other superior properties.

I didn’t hate Ahsoka as much as others seem to although I won’t defend it either. I think this show is probably on par with that one—not the very worst but also lacking much to recommend.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 11 July 2024 14:48 (one week ago) link

The Acolyte seems to get better every episode. Enjoying it almost as much as Andor

I am using your worlds, Friday, 12 July 2024 08:24 (one week ago) link

Finale tomorrow. And I liked this piece:

https://gizmodo.com/the-acolyte-star-wars-colonialism-jedi-2000473519

Ned Raggett, Monday, 15 July 2024 20:21 (four days ago) link

great article, finally hitting the angle I was hoping someone would take

rick beato meato manifesto (Neanderthal), Monday, 15 July 2024 20:31 (four days ago) link

yeah that’s a good piece

Roz, Tuesday, 16 July 2024 01:32 (three days ago) link

The colonialist angle was the best part of the last episode. I wish this were the very first episode and we could watch how this behavior played out over the ensuing 16 years.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Tuesday, 16 July 2024 01:46 (three days ago) link

Strong finale. I will happily take a season two.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 17 July 2024 02:17 (two days ago) link

same. nice sendoff. Jedi corruption continuing into season 2!

rick beato meato manifesto (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 17 July 2024 02:29 (two days ago) link

shit that stranger in the cave was Darth Plagueis?

rick beato meato manifesto (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 17 July 2024 02:34 (two days ago) link

Was it?

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 17 July 2024 03:04 (two days ago) link

internet is suggesting so but....I'm not a big enough nerd to recall what he looked like

rick beato meato manifesto (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 17 July 2024 03:09 (two days ago) link

yeah that was pretty good!!

is it just me or is that stupid chipmunk-dog completely pointless & annoying

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 17 July 2024 04:04 (two days ago) link

Slightly inscrutable motivations at points, that one.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 17 July 2024 04:14 (two days ago) link

it smells backpacks...backpacks and corruption

145 feet up in a Jeffrey Pine (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 17 July 2024 05:03 (two days ago) link

Nice interview with the production designer & the cinematographer

https://arstechnica.com/culture/2024/06/star-wars-behind-the-scenes-creating-the-unique-aesthetic-of-the-acolyte/

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 17 July 2024 05:30 (two days ago) link

Very good finale

Only thing I didn’t understand is why they wouldn’t take Mae along on the escape. Sure rule of two and all that, but just drop her off on another planet or something.

Kyber crystal bleeding was very cool

Roz, Wednesday, 17 July 2024 09:54 (two days ago) link

Any time Bazil the tracker was not on screen I was asking, "Where's Bazil?"

ɥɯ ︵ (°□°) (mh), Wednesday, 17 July 2024 14:13 (two days ago) link

lol

145 feet up in a Jeffrey Pine (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 17 July 2024 14:55 (two days ago) link

i was confused by the ending too. i dont see how Mae would be any use to the jedi

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 17 July 2024 15:08 (two days ago) link

they aren't 100% sure if her memory has been wiped, or probably think they can reverse it, and do want to seek out Bortles in retaliation for all the dead Jedi and Osha for Sol. they used Sol to fall on the sword for all of their wrongdoing, but green Jedi is obviously corrupt and upset about Sol being dead. will probably work with her to recover her memories so they can find Bortles's base.

rick beato meato manifesto (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 17 July 2024 16:29 (two days ago) link

i can't imagine any mind-wipe that was done with a hand motion that looked like nipple tweaking for three seconds is perhaps permanent, probably way down in her subconscious

rick beato meato manifesto (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 17 July 2024 16:30 (two days ago) link

lmao

ok that makes sense

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 17 July 2024 16:40 (two days ago) link

idk what the alternative is. "Oh, your mind's wiped. Well uh, we'll drop you off at the nearest hospital or whatever. If that dark side-using guy or your sister show up because this is a ruse I'm sure it'll go fine"

ɥɯ ︵ (°□°) (mh), Wednesday, 17 July 2024 21:37 (two days ago) link

“in the meantime…uhh… have you met Bazil? anyway must dash bye”

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 17 July 2024 23:14 (two days ago) link

(I dunno, I always wished that it really was some story about the distant past Palpatine was telling in the opera house but what can ya do.)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 July 2024 01:29 (yesterday) link

Caught up with the finale last night. Gah, this show was so mixed up. There was a very good, very compelling show buried in there somewhere, but they didn't seem to know what they had. The entire mission/mystery of Mae that took up more than half the season was the least interesting thing about the show. I wish they had combined the two flashback episodes into one, presented them at the very beginning of the season, and let us watch the entire series with a full understanding that the Jedi were suppressing/atoning for their crimes. There would have been tension! There would have been thoughtful themes about colonialism and how those with power can never be truly, fully benevolent, no matter how they present themselves. (e.g., the Empire is a fascist/authoritarian state, but the good Jedi "have the right" to take children as they see fit?? They lay this out, but so late in the game that they can't really explore it.)

Instead we got a clumsily assembled russian doll of stories within stories, each negating the emotional punch of the one that came before it.

And yet there are things I could recommend in most/all of these episodes. The duals were very good; the stakes, at times, felt high (e.g. mass jedi murders); and Manny Jacinto, at the least, gave a mostly quite good performance even if it's impossible to believe the guy from The Good Place is smart in any way.

It all just feels like a rough draft - like a student paper that doesn't realize it's conclusion is actually its thesis.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 18 July 2024 17:22 (yesterday) link

Darth Bortles interview:

https://gizmodo.com/star-wars-acolyte-manny-jacinto-interview-plagueis-stranger-2000476398

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 July 2024 22:18 (yesterday) link

I would like to tentatively venture the opinion that this show was a bit 6/10 - the fact that it wasn't leaning on/messing up old characters made it inherently less risible than Boba Fett / Kenobi - and it was slightly less boring than Ashoka

but still kind of boring? none of the characters were particularly compelling, it was very humourless and every time they start to fill in lore backstory ie the helmet thing or the red/blue lightsaber 'origin story' blah my heart sinks

Cognosc in Tyrol (emsworth), Thursday, 18 July 2024 23:11 (yesterday) link


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