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  • fuwalda says:

    A Jedi Hutt is just about the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard. I wish I had thought of it first. Heh.

    Mace Windu is a bad ass who got punked by Anakin. He beat Palpatine fair and square.

    As for the mask concept… I don’t mind it. It’s kind of clever, and it does help to resolve the fact that, frankly, Palpatine’s deformity made no sense. I was fine with the fact that his face got messed up when his force lightning got deflected back to his face, of course, and didn’t really think it needed more of an explanation, but I don’t mind the retcon to explain it either.

    My question is… what happened to Mace Windu after he fell out of that window? The expanded universe writers have brought back every other dead character, why haven’t they resurrected Mace?

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    “A Jedi Hutt is just about the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard. I wish I had thought of it first. Heh.”

    I felt the exact same way. The only thing that would make it better is if Beldorion used the same lightsaber form as Yoda.

    Okay, okay. I guess I got more annoyed about that alchemical mask thing than I should have, but it just irked me how much second guessing goes on around that one scene.

  • fuwalda says:

    The prequels make so little sense, that I can forgive the fanboys (myself included, I guess) who attempt to explain all of the stuff that doesn’t add up or went unexplained.

  • fuwalda says:

    Did you ever see that Clone Wars CG movie? There was a Hutt in that who was based on Truman Capote. I’m not making that up. Weirdest character ever.

  • fuwalda says:

    Oh, and in the Clone Wars CG series, there was a robot based on Paul Lynde. Heh. That was weird too.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    Why was that? So they only had to hire one voice actor? Rich Little?

    I haven’t really watched the series, and I didn’t see the movie. Sounds funny, though.

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Stupid Stuff Learned At Wookieepedia

Nothing to do with anything, but last night I dreamed that I was posting on my blog about something that I had dreamed about inside of my dream. Did somebody perform an inception on me?

Anyway, here are a couple of stupid things I actually learned about on the forums for Star Wars: The Old Republic and then researched on Wookieepedia.

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  • fuwalda says:

    In the Expanded Universe, the Emperor keeps coming back to life, because he has a crap load of cloned bodies on some hidden planet where his life escapes to every time he dies. Heh. He finally dies in a lightsaber duel against Skywalker because some other Jedi who dies merges with his soul and brings him to the afterlife. Or something.

    Obviously, they shouldn’t make that movie, although it would be pretty neat. But I’d see a new Star Wars movie, and so would everybody else on the planet. I’m sick of how every new show/cartoon/whatever has to take place during the Clone Wars. Boring.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    If you read the Wookieepedia entry on Luke Skywalker, it’s actually kind of embarrassing. This character is the biggest Mary Sue in the history of fiction. There’s absolutely nothing he can’t do, right down to manipulating black holes.

    I wonder if Lucas really signed off on all of that stuff. Say what you will about Lucas, but he never made any of the characters in the movies akin to gods.

  • fuwalda says:

    Hmm. I’m gonna have to check that out. Most of the Expanded Universe stuff I’ve read has been… well… I don’t want to say grounded or even the least bit realistic or logical, but nothing that would suggest Luke was akin to a god.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    It probably happened over time, with each author upping the ante until there was nothing left to do but turn Luke into the Force god.

    I haven’t read any of the Expanded Universe books since the Heir to the Empire trilogy, though I’ve actually got a public library hold on the moment on one of the Old Republic books called Deceived. Probably less chance of it annoying me, since it only concerns characters from the upcoming game.

  • fuwalda says:

    From Wookiepedia:

    “During the Mission to Mount Tantiss the mad Jedi clone Joruus C’baoth unveiled his apprentice, Luuke Skywalker, a clone made from Luke’s severed hand.”

    Oh man, that’s hilarious. I’ve gotta read that story. That’s at once the dumbest and yet most genius thing I’ve ever heard.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    Luuke. heh. Yeah, that’s classic. I mean, Peter Parker’s clone didn’t start calling himself Peeter Parker.

    Also, how the hell did anybody ever find Luke’s severed hand?

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Star Wars Sequels

Luke SkywalkerSo I ask this in all seriousness: why isn’t George Lucas planning any sequels to the original Star Wars trilogy? Don’t tell me Mark Hamill wouldn’t be up for it. From what I hear, Luke Skywalker becomes a badass to end all badasses in his later career. How awesome would that be?

If nothing else, how about some CG films?

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  • fuwalda says:

    This looks friggin’ incredible. I have high hopes that this film is going to be one of the best comic book adaptations ever, and I’ve honestly been trying to keep my expectations low since I have such a huge Green Lantern fan already. I just love the fact that they are actually making a Green Lantern film that looks like a sci-fi extravaganza, instead of just a movie about a guy who punches criminals with a big green fist.

    However… I agree that the costume looks weird, but since it is the first digitally created costume to appear in a comic book movie, I’ll forgive them for not getting it perfect. Still, considering the fact that it is completely digital, it’s odd that it wasn’t 100 percent faithful to the costumes the character has actually worn in the comics.

    Also, I’m still skeptical about the casting of Ryan Reynolds. I am a big fan of the man’s work, but I’m not convinced he was right for the role of Hal Jordan, and what I’ve seen from the trailers hasn’t done much to change my mind. I’m sure he’ll be a lot of fun, but that doesn’t look like the character form the comics. That just looks like Ryan Reynolds in a Green Lantern costume.

    However… I think this is going to be awesome.

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Green Lantern WonderCon Teaser

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  • fuwalda says:

    I don’t have cable, just an antenna on my TV that picks up a lot of weird stuff. I watched this one children’s show the other day featuring a host named Retro Bob who taught really odd life lessons and gave children advice that seemed hopelessly nihilistic. For example, he spent an inordinate amount of time telling kids what they should do if somebody tries to molest them, be it in the park by a stranger or at home from a relative. He went on and on about why this is bad, how to react, and who to tell if it happens. It was just… weird and depressing.

  • fuwalda says:

    Also, I’ve never seen Blue’s Clues, but I have heard many girls say that the host is sexy. He looks like Paul Simon in that picture.

  • Anna says:

    NIce! Have you ever read any of the Berenstein Bears books yet? They are almost intolerable. Somehow we ended up with every blasted one of those things in existence and I’ve just finally gotten rid of the last one. Papa Bear is a huge, crabby almost discriminating bear (hating on the panda bear neighbors immediately as they move in next door) and just generally not tolerant of anything. and the language they use slays me it’s so bad.

    I do find Steve from Blue’s Clues attractive, but he seems a little short.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      Well, in fairness, who wants Chinese people living next door to them?

      Kidding. I read them when I was a kid, but not lately.

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Random Thoughts on Children’s Television

SteveBlue’s Clues. I don’t know why I looked this up on the IMDb the other day, but the profile photo for the guy who plays Steve made me laugh. That’s it at the left. Admittedly, it seemed funnier at first glance when I thought he was smoking a cigarette, but even still, that’s a picture of a guy who doesn’t want to be thought of as “Steve from Blue’s Clues”.

While I was there, I checked out some of the user comments for the show, and half of them are about how much worse the new guy, “Joe”, is compared with Steve. Which is funny because they’re exactly the same person. I mean, they look different, but they’re the same. Maybe Steve was a little weirder or something, whereas Joe is a little more chipper. But it makes me laugh that there are Blue’s Clues purists out there who are saying, “The show is ruined!”

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Pia, Outfit, Etc.

Quick follow-up post just to say that I’ve been Tweeted, and even though I sort of hate Twitter, that’s still kind of cool. I don’t think I’ve ever been Tweeted before. So thanks, Jill Morton, whoever you are.

jillmorton Jill Morton
Getting a pop color fix from American Idol. Image trumps hot vocals. Did the horrible matronly outfit push Pia out? http://ow.ly/4vPkk

 

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  • Andrea Blum says:

    I completely agree with everything you said. Gwen Stefani and Randy were the main contributors to Pia’s losing. In Randy’s case, perhaps he shouldn’t have suggested that she deviate from the ballads. I liked her ballads, but really did not enjoy this week’s performance. When the judges said they were angry I guess they were making the assumption that Pia’s supporters just didn’t bother to vote. Is it really so impossible to believe she just didn’t connect with her audience as well as the others? Who did they think should go? They raved about all of them the night before. I think the judges insulted the remaining contestants and the viewing audience. They were mad?? I was mad!! Sorry Pia, but I’m glad you’re gone.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    There’s more to singing than having an impeccable voice. Didn’t Jennifer Lopez even kind of subtly criticize her performance, saying that she should study other performers? Maybe she said that to somebody else–I don’t remember.

    Anyway, the American Idol judges are big babies. They’re as bad as the obnoxious fans who can’t believe that everybody else doesn’t agree with them. They should be above that sort of favoritism.

  • Lily says:

    I agree, as well. I’ve been saying the same thing: at this point, somebody talented will leave the show every week. I actually liked Pia this last time (not the outfit, however), but it was no surprise to me that she left. I always thought she did not connect well with the audience, even though she was very talented. I felt bad especially for Stefano last night, because the judges’ reaction was so strong when it was announced that he would stay and Pia would leave.

  • Andrea Blum says:

    One of the moments I really enjoyed in Wednesday night’s show occurred right at the end when the contestants were jumping around the stage dancing and acting silly. It was a real “feel good” moment and kept me laughing. I made a comment at the time that Pia, and to a smaller extent Haley, seemed like they were pretending to be having fun while the others were into it. That’s just one more reason I enjoy everyone else more than Pia and Haley. They’re fun to watch. If I want sheer vocal talent, I’ll listen to opera.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      Believe me–I sympathize. I’m a pretty boring and restrained person. If I were up on that stage, you wouldn’t be interested in me either. But them’s the breaks.

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Gwen Stefani Is To Blame, Johnny Cash Is NOT Rolling Over in His Grave

Okay, my obligatory American Idol post for the week.

The media are going to make a lot of fuss about Pia Toscano being eliminated from the show tonight. She was an early favorite and, I’ll confess, in terms of raw vocal ability and control, Pia is probably (though not handily) the most impressive of all of the contestants.

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  • fuwalda says:

    As somebody who was laid off twice, this is an issue close to my heart, and I sympathize with anybody who finds his or her self in that situation. Speaking from personal experience, the period where I feared that I might lose my job was the absolute worst of losing my job. At least after I got laid off I had some sense of closure, and the hope of a new beginning.

    This situation is especially disheartening because you work in a field that is culturally importantly, and vital to our society. Good luck, bro.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    Thanks. Not sure why I decided to rant on that. I mean, I think my job is safe for the time being, as I’m doing a lot here right now. It’s just strange to see this “Fuck educators!” sentiment around the country right now. Are people really so selfish that they’d see the state’s higher education system hobbled for a generation rather than, say, increase the taxes on businesses by 1%?

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Politics Are Stupid

If I can get political for a second, it seems every week there’s fresh news about how the system of higher education in Nevada is being rapidly dismantled and, essentially, going down the shitter. Since I work within the system of higher education in Nevada, I am–as you might understand–concerned for my personal welfare. At the moment, I feel extremely lucky to have a job, though I don’t feel confident that I’ll have one here a year from now, and let me tell you, that’s a pretty crappy place to be.

Congratulations, Republicans. You’ve managed to put educators and educational support staff into the same crap-filled boat as the rest of the country. Mission accomplished, I guess. You really nailed us, and I guess none of your kids plan on attending state school, so you can enjoy your victory.

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  • fuwalda says:

    I recognized this song once they got to the chorus, but I couldn’t tell you who sings the original. I do sometimes listen to country, however, and this is as good as anything you’ll hear on the radio these days. I liked it.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    Right, that’s all I’m saying. Together, these two are ready to start making country music professionally. I don’t hate country music by any means, but I don’t listen to it, because the stuff you hear on the radio is always shit like “Honky-Tonk Badonka-donk”. I think an artist like Scotty could actually lend some credibility back to the genre.

  • fuwalda says:

    Wasn’t sure where to post this, but you’ll be happy to hear I watched American Idol last night for the first time all season.

    Here’s my opinion: This is a bunch of really talented kids who will never be famous. It seemed like one of the best talent shows I’ve ever seen, where all of the contestants were very good and well worth hearing. But, you know, these aren’t rock stars, and I don’t think they ever will be. Most of their performances just made me want to go and relisten to the original songs, not listen to more by these new singers.

    And boy are the judges boring. What can you say about a panel where Jennifer Lopez is the only person with something intelligent or logical to offer?

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American Idol Highlights

In the comments to yesterday’s post, I mentioned that it’s probably worthwhile–even if you’re not a fan of American Idol–to seek out some of the highlights from the show. If you don’t watch, however, you would have no idea what those highlights are. So with that said, if I’m feeling inspired enough, I’ll just post up some of the noteworthy performances.

The following video is from last night’s results show, and it features a country duet of “I Told You So” performed by Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina. I don’t know the song in its original form, since I don’t tend to listen to country music, but this rendition is actually fairly beautiful.

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