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Eduardo Jencarelli
Fri, Jun 29, 2018, 5:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: Solo: A Star Wars Story

It was worth it for the Darth Maul cameo alone. Solo isn't remotely the best film, but it does help to expand the universe by connecting it to the animated shows, recognizing their contributions as official canon.
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Eduardo Jencarelli
Thu, Jan 28, 2016, 8:29am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

"I realize Palpatine / Sidius engineered it so that Naboo would be targeted to garner sympathy for his home planet so he could be made Chancellor. But what does Naboo have to do with the taxation of trade routes? Surely the Trade Federation chose to invade that specific planet for some ostensible purpose other than just throwing darts at a star-map. They must have explained their invasion in some terms connected specifically to that planet."

@JasonR: Naboo was a peaceful world. It didn't have an army. It wasn't even really close to the galactic core. And the Trade Federation needed to somehow bully the Republic into dropping the taxes. They probably debated over several worlds of choice, but any other planet would likely defend itself. Naboo had no chance against a massive droid army. If you want to bully someone, you pick what appears to be the weakest target. It's not that different from terrorist tactics. Threaten the innocent to bargain with the powerful.

At the same time, having Naboo be the blocked world forced the Republic to show some strength in a crisis. If they couldn't promise a member world its own freedom, it would reflect badly on the Republican leadership, which is exactly what happened.

Palpatine orchestrated this well, and the Federation went along with it because they were confident the Naboo would bend over and sign the treaty, which would also weaken the Republic's leadership and essentially jumpstart a Separatist movement with Naboo being the instigator instead being a Republic ally.

Since that didn't happen, Palpatine seduced Dooku to the dark side and had him convince the Federation to be a part of the Separatist movement instead. Divide and conquer, however you put it.
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Eduardo Jencarelli
Wed, Jan 27, 2016, 9:04am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

There is one other thing that somewhat bugs me on this film: lack of innovative starship design.

When you advance from Episode I to Episode III, you see a clear evolution from sleek, aerodynamic craft like the Naboo ships to the more industrial design utilized for Republic ships during the Clone Wars. You even get to see predecessors to both the X-Wing and the TIE Fighter.

From A New Hope to Return of the Jedi, you also see some significant evolution. The first film only has X-Wings, Y-Wings and TIE Fighters. Empire introduces TIE Bombers and Snowspeeders, while Jedi introduces TIE Interceptors, A-Wings and B-Wings.

Force Awakens has zero new models and designs. Am I to assume they would still be using X-Wings 30 years later? The only difference is the Engine's S-Foil. Coloring a TIE Fighter's solar panel isn't an upgrade either, and adding an extra man on the cockpit just to handle blaster controls seems counterproductive. Ideally, when technology evolves, you want to use less people and more automation.
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Eduardo Jencarelli
Tue, Jan 26, 2016, 1:09pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

And while I adore the scene where Starkiller destroys Hosnian Prime, I agree it lacked context. Hux's speech, well acted as it was, felt hollow since the film never properly explains what is the Republic and what's their relation in this conflict. Hell, for that matter, we don't know what's the purpose of the First Order other than nihilism. The Empire had a clear goal.

I feel Abrams may have cut a lot of important details. The reason the Old Republic didn't have an army prior to the Clone Wars was because the Jedi kept the peace. I assume Luke was forming a new order to serve the same purpose prior to the Knights of Ren mucking it all up, hence why the Republic barely registers during the film.
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Eduardo Jencarelli
Tue, Jan 26, 2016, 1:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

@JasonR.: I understood the trade embargo plot device just fine. The Neimoidians held Naboo (a non-threatening peaceful world) hostage as leverage to get the senate to drop taxes over their trade routes (think libertarians angry with big government). They thought Sidious was their senate ally, looking for their best interests, without realizing he was just using them for his own purposes.

Since the senate was fraught with corruption, the Trade Federation felt they had the upper hand. Nute Gunray never thought a weak chancellor like Valorum would have had the courage to deploy Jedi to settle the embargo. And then Sidious forced them to take drastic measures, which worked to his advantage.

It's really not that different from the Ukraine/Russia/US situation, which involves territorial oil pipeline disputes. And of course, taxes are always reason for discord and protest in any situation, especially when involving venture capitalists, for which the Feds qualify.
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Eduardo Jencarelli
Tue, Jan 26, 2016, 10:25am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

"I think where Lucas went wrong in the prequels was precise when he started to make Star Wars something it wasn't (Political Intrigue)."

@Chrome: Yeah, let's pretend that the civil war fought throughout the original trilogy had no political motivations whatsoever. It was just a Rebellion fighting for freedom in a galaxy ruled by an Empire who promised peace and justice in an attempt to rectify the Republic's corruption. Yeah, none of that happened.

I hate people who call themselves Star Wars fans and don't even realize that politics is at the core of the Star Wars universe.
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Eduardo Jencarelli
Mon, Dec 14, 2015, 11:15am (UTC -6)
Re: Trailer: Star Trek Beyond

The trailer for Star Trek Beyond just came out.

All I can say is, 'I have a bad feeling about this'.
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