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Old January 15 2014, 02:01 AM   #61
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there's probably going to be some kind of action scenes in it.
Bow Chika bow wow!
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Old January 15 2014, 02:19 AM   #62
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I remember somebody in the entertainment industry once describing the Battle of Endor and the Second Death Star in ROTJ as perhaps the greatest aerial/space battle ever committed to film, greater than the original conflict over the first Death Star, anything in the Prequels or all the spacecraft battles filmed for other sci-fi/fantasy films through the decades. Part of that adoration comes from the sheer complexity of the stop-motion and bluescreen photography done to assemble a battle containing so many large capital ships, a looming, colossal battle station, Endor below and all the zipping Rebel and Imperial fighters trying to elude one another's blaster fire.

It also feels like a much more personal battle because of the focus placed on Lando and Nien Nunb in the cockpit of the Falcon and Wedge soaring alongside or behind them in his battleworn X-Wing. Lando and Wedge are characters we grew to like over the course of two or three films and now they were placed right in the middle of this enormous orbital battle with a plethora of bright explosions, streaking vessel trails and remote detonations caused by attacking ships too distant to see clearly. All of these elements combined with the raw physical effort it took to film and transfer them to celluloid to create a truly memorable and exciting conflict in the vacuum of space.

The Battle of Naboo and the Trade Federation droid control ship? The Battle of Coruscant and General Grievous' flagship? Not so much. They're fantastic eye candy, but just don't offer a personal connection or a believable sense of danger the way the Endor clash does. We know nine-year-old Anakin by the end of Episode I....but do we feel for his victory the same way we do for Lando, Nien Nunb and Wedge when they cheer and laugh, the Death Star exploding behind them as they escape at the last moment?
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Old January 15 2014, 02:30 AM   #63
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Wedge's combat record should put him at the head of the pack over any glorified johnny come lately like Skywalker. Wedge is awesome. Pure skill, no no hokey mysticism.
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Old January 15 2014, 02:36 AM   #64
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Plus, he's Young Obi-Wan's Uncle. He has that going for him, as well.
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Old January 15 2014, 02:37 AM   #65
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Wedge's combat record should put him at the head of the pack over any glorified johnny come lately like Skywalker. Wedge is awesome. Pure skill, no no hokey mysticism.
Wrong Way Wedge? I think not.



Plus, his nephew is Ewan MacGregor, so there might be a little Jedi in him.

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Old January 15 2014, 02:39 AM   #66
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Re: New Casting and Story Rumors re: EPISODE VII

Poor Dack. He couldn't make it to any reunions.




Too soon?
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Old January 15 2014, 02:42 AM   #67
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Poor Dack. He couldn't make it to any reunions.




Too soon?
Get ready to suck some Dak!
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Old January 15 2014, 02:44 AM   #68
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Those backseat drivers never learn.
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Old January 15 2014, 02:50 AM   #69
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And yet, one has to wonder where Porkins would be if only he'd had a little Dak behind him.
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Old January 15 2014, 02:53 AM   #70
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And yet, one has to wonder where Porkins would be if only he'd had a little Dak behind him.
At an all-you-can-eat BBQ Bantha restaurant, most likely.

You see, because he's fat. And named Porkins.

These jokes practically just write themselves.
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Re: New Casting and Story Rumors re: EPISODE VII

The actor William Hootkins (Jek Porkins) actually had a connection to the mythos surrounding the JFK assassination.

From Wiki:

Hootkins was born in Dallas, Texas. At the age of 15, Hootkins found himself caught up in the FBI's investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy when he was interviewed about Mrs. Ruth Paine, the woman "harboring" Marina Oswald, the Russian wife of the presumed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. He had been studying Russian with Paine at his school, St. Mark's in Dallas, where he also developed his taste for theatre, joining the same drama group as Tommy Lee Jones. Hootkins would later say that, since Jones was better looking and got all the best parts, "I supported from then on in."
Now we know why he didn't survive the first Death Star.
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Old January 15 2014, 02:57 AM   #72
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These jokes practically just write themselves.
You're lucky. My jokes have to go through several revisions before I'm comfortable submitting them to the Imperial Senate for final approval.
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Old January 15 2014, 03:01 AM   #73
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You'll be pleased to know the Emperor has dissolved the Senate.

As in, like, literally dissolved them.
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Old January 15 2014, 03:04 AM   #74
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But how will he maintain comedy without the bureaucracy?
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Old January 15 2014, 03:06 AM   #75
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The regional comedy clubs now have direct control over their audiences.

Drinks will keep the local audiences in line. Drinks like Jagermeister.
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