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J Fenzel
Mon, Nov 19, 2018, 8:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: DSC S2: General Discussion

Well said, Carlos. I have yet to see anything beyond episode 1, and despite the scathing comments I've read here I will be purchasing the season 1 Blu Ray and making my own judgement. I too have been a Trek fan all my life and have found things I love and things I don't like so much in each carnation. Looking forward to actually seeing the season play out. And btw I'm really intrigued with the new Picard series and what direction the producers will take it.
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J Fenzel
Sat, Jan 20, 2018, 7:39am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I doubt Disney is sweating Jedi's performance in China very much....

https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2018/01/17/can-the-1-3b-grossing-star-wars-the-last-jedi-recover-after-bombing-in-china/#5c567ea5cbf4
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J Fenzel
Mon, Jan 15, 2018, 11:07am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

@msw188 - you nailed it
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J Fenzel
Sun, Jan 14, 2018, 8:53pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I actually feel bad for Jammer. No matter what side he comes down on the Last Jedi, it seems half the people posting here will tell him he got it wrong. Doh!
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J Fenzel
Sat, Jan 6, 2018, 6:30pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S6: Sacrifice of Angels

Just watched this one again. Weyoun has got to be THE best DS9 villain of the series. Jeffrey Combs is simply awesome as this character. I liked him as Shran in Enterprise, but Weyoun is his trek masterpiece.
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J Fenzel
Fri, Jan 5, 2018, 3:05pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Chrome, I recently re viewed the original Lucas Six films. And although at the time the CGI in Phantom Menace was considered pretty good, I was amazed at how much better the battle on Hoth looked (20 years older, stop-motion tech) than the final battle between the droids and Gungans. It seems to me, in some cases, Lucas' vision somehow comes across better when he was restrained by money and technology. Phantom Menace is like watching a video game. And the silly slapstick humor, I'm not a fan.
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J Fenzel
Thu, Jan 4, 2018, 7:54am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

For me it is the Ewoks in ROTJ. I just can't get past teddy bears defeating the deadly, evil Empire garrison.
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J Fenzel
Wed, Jan 3, 2018, 1:35pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Touche` Peter G.

But in the case of Transformers The core fan base apparently loved it because it did so well at the box office despite the critics destroying it (I don't remember Transformers fans berating Age of Extinction but I could be wrong). In the case of TLJ, the critics love it in addition to a phenomenal box office, which suggests a general consensus that the movie was well written, acted, and produced (unlike Transformers). But it seems most of the core SW fans posting here think Rian Johnson and Disney botched it and are damaging the franchise. That's just real interesting, to me at least. I guess in one sense Johnson and Disney failed in a spectacularly successful way.
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J Fenzel
Wed, Jan 3, 2018, 8:01am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

We can go on for another 200 comments about how TLJ is a mess, too corporate, too indie, too much "screw your expectations, fan base", too much out of place humor, too much pushing the envelope with new Force powers, etc., But this movie made 1 Billion dollars in 18 days. Yes, Dr. Evil, 1 Billion. A heck of a lot more people liked it than hated it. If it was truly a piece of crap the box office would have collapsed after the first weekend when word of mouth got out. I think we, myself included, can't see the forest for the trees when we discuss TLJ here. But it's fun to do, right?
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J Fenzel
Sun, Dec 31, 2017, 8:15pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Objective Otter, agree.

Corporate does not necessarily = bad

As you say, producing quality films and widely distributing them takes big dollars. Corporate entities have them. And Disney has a good track record on good movie production.
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J Fenzel
Sat, Dec 30, 2017, 7:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I think one problem we original trilogy fans have with the new movies is that we are not watching them as impressionable, adolescents. We're somewhat jaded adults now and no film can capture our imagination like the first time we saw Star Wars. The Disney-era films have all been really good I think, but none of them impacted me like SW did when I was 11 years old. Yeah, we can pick apart Last Jedi, but if we're honest we can pick apart the original trilogy too. Don't even get me started on the Ewoks, or the first 3rd of Return of the Jedi being a campy waste of time. Time will improve the new trilogy, just like it did Empire Strikes Back, which when it came out was considered a disappointment by a lot of people. But I will say that several moments in Last Jedi hit me with emotional resonance (The throne room scene, seeing the Falcon's silhouette on Crait's salty terrain), and that is a feat not too many films can achieve.
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J Fenzel
Sun, Dec 24, 2017, 3:59pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Agree that TFA and more so TLJ lack political explanation as to why the First Order is bad and for that matter why the Resistance (rebellion) is good. We accept it because Luke and Leia were always on the good side, but if they were not present the movie does a poor job showing why the Resistance is happening. It's so missing one could arguably fill the void with a plausible back story in which the First Order is benevolent government trying to provide a peaceful, secure existence for its citizens, but always under threat of attack from a zealous group of religious fanatics (Jedi) whose mystic teachings tell them the First Order is evil. The only people we are presented with as bad guys, and shown reasons for their badnes, are the arms dealers and war profiteers. If you think about it that kind of implies moral parity between the First Order and Rebels. "Today they blow you up. Tomorrow you blow them up."
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J Fenzel
Fri, Dec 22, 2017, 8:43am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sounds like s lot of fans are upset because Rey isn't Luke, not his character type. For instance, I think Rey was genuinely tempted to join Kylo when he asked her, not because she is evil but because she wanted to belong and find her place after living on her own her whole life (it helped to confuse matters for her that Kylo had just killed the big bad guy and fought by her side). Conversely, Luke would never dream of joining Vader on the dark. His whole hope was to turn him. Rey is no Luke. And frankly I like that. Her story arc will be different, and I prefer that to a Luke-warm rehash of eps4-6.
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J Fenzel
Tue, Dec 19, 2017, 8:55am (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

One thing I'm learning here is that Star Wars and Star Trek fans are tough customers. Some people hate TLJ for the same reasons other people love it. A long time friend and big fan of the franchise, who read a lot of the SW novels, hated the fact that Luke had a moment of fear and thought about killing Ben. I didn't have a problem with that plot point given all Luke had gone through and what he had experienced. We all seem to be coming at this film wanting/expecting something far more than we would other movies.
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J Fenzel
Sat, Dec 16, 2017, 8:23pm (UTC -6)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Excellent movie. A lot of ways better than TFA. Snoke's death surprised me, and saved the trilogy from running down the same old ground the original trilogy did with the Emperor. And I actually thought Rey and Ren might do a role reversal and switch sides, which is good because it kept me on edge. The last scenes with Luke were great. The casino planet stuff went on a bit too long, but overall a really good Star Wars film, one that took the story in unexpected directions and added depth to many characters. IMO one of the best in the franchise (light years ahead of the awful pap of the prequels). 3.5 out of 4
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J Fenzel
Sun, Nov 12, 2017, 3:26pm (UTC -6)
Re: DS9 S5: Ferengi Love Songs

Rahul,. Completely agree. I'd rank this one below Let He Who Is Without Sin. Not a fan of Ferengi episodes, especially this one. Quark is a good stand alone Ferengi character, but he does best in an ensemble story. Oh well, hope thats the last One of these this season.
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