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Wed, May 5, 2021, 3:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S3: Worst Case Scenario

I loved this episode. Firstly very clever opening. I loved the Holodeck programme as a concept of a Mutiny.

Indeed, I would actually have liked to have seen an attempted Mutiny in an actual episode which could have been a thrilling thing to thrash out.
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Wed, May 5, 2021, 3:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Cold Station 12

Solid episode. I do agree with a comment above, if an understanding of peace was reached between the Augments that already exist and Humanity, surely there would be peaceful co-existence just as with any other species that Earth encounters and hopes to establish good relations with?

Hell, they could even prove to be a great ally. Persis as a character I really liked. Not only extremely attractive physically, but she seemed to be someone who thought a lot. We didn't necessarily see a lot of the others in the background, but it appeared that not all of them were necessarily as "lost" as the self proclaimed leader of them.

Very good episode. Not sure why that Station doesn't have much much better Security though.
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Wed, May 5, 2021, 3:00pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Borderland

Really good episode. Good acting by Spiner. Interesting concept also.

Persis (Abby Brammell), damn she looked good. Really good. Personally I would have welcomed her back to Earth with open arms.

A certain part of me wondered though, if the Augments could be persuaded to stop attacking Klingon ships, what precisely is the problem with them now that they have already been created? There doesn't seem to be a stated desire on their part to conquer Earth.
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Wed, May 5, 2021, 2:54pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Stardust City Rag


Same here. There was so much potential. The series could have had Picard as a father figure of Starfleet and the Federation. Had the Enterprise E (or F?). Had Picard occasionally pranked by Q. Shown us a Federation that was trying to rediscover its spirit post the war against the Dominion etc.

Indeed, could have indeed shown us "the economics of the future" and inspired awe like the film First Contact.

As for the wine farm, one would assume that resources are virtually infinite and costless on Earth where there is no money and the technology allowing one to make wine the old fashioned way and give it to enthusiasts. Perhaps it could be simply done for pleasure, done to "taste the good stuff" for those not keen on the replicated synthetic stuff or traded in a bartering manner.

The fine wine would have to compete equally with Klingon blood wine given their Alliance I suppose. However, perhaps the Federation places massive tariffs on any incoming Cardassian Four Lights blend into their market.

I'm not sure we see enough of Earth as a utopia and the vision of humanity that Star Trek is meant to epitomise. Especially as this is meant to be the furthest out in the future we have ever seen on screen. War, poverty, disease are meant to have been gone for centuries.
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Wed, May 5, 2021, 2:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Blink of an Eye

Firstly this was an absolutely beautiful episode of Voyager and epitomises what Star Trek is about. Just wonderful episode. Moving, interesting and awe inspiring. Lovely.

The visual effects, the concept and story were really nicely done. Five star episode.

As far as the people of this planet go and progress at such a rapid rate given the time factor, I do concur on the notion of this civilisation becoming virtually omnipotent at some point. Indeed, I would love if these were the beings we come to know as the Q, having mastered all of time and space. Would indeed provide another reasoning for their "interest" in humanity.
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Mon, Apr 26, 2021, 7:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S7: The Pegasus

PHENOMENAL episode. The Admiral seemed mad to risk taking the Enterprise into that asteroid. Great plot about the Federation creating this device and seeking to secure it.

Whilst I liked Picard placing the Admiral under arrest and a test of loyalty on the bridge of the Enterprise, I do wonder if the Federation might have maintained this strategic advantage. Even if the device were to be retained in a secret facility on Earth to be used if necessary.

In any case, given the Mutiny on the Pegasus was covered up, wouldn't the same thing happen again now upon taking the Admiral back to Earth? Wasn't it Starfleet who had given him a mandate in the first place?

Worf should have made a snap decision to launch a pre-emptive strike on Romulus with the device giving the Enterprise a tactical advantage.

Picard did the honest and honourable thing, but admittedly the Federation are giving up a significant advantage over an unscrupulous enemy known for their subterfuge and hostility. It could have been kept as a backup for defensive purposes, or to combat the Borg! Materialise quantum torpedos in the heart of Borg vessels by unphasing them out of nowhere.

Also I wondered, wouldn't the Romulans have opened fire immediately when the Enterprise decloaked?
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Mon, Apr 26, 2021, 7:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: The Nth Degree

SOLID episode. Brilliant how he became more confident in himself. To me it seemed like the episode suggested that he retained some of his ability/instincts, or else just simply released his inner innate talents.

Wouldn't Data have been able to have understood Barclay up to a point given his super intelligence?

Was the ending alluding to Deanna and Barclay banging? Or I guess a date.
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Mon, Apr 26, 2021, 7:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Hollow Pursuits

This was a fun episode. Some of Barclay's holo programmes were interesting to say the least. I do wonder as to how many of the crew had a "Counsellor Troi" programme. It does bring up the case of privacy in terms of people just being able to walk in on your holodeck time. I get that Barclay had not turned up to a pre-arranged meeting though.

Would have taught them a lesson had they walked in on him running a simulation of the engineering problem with holographic simulations of Albert Einstein, Spock and Data.

I mean what was to have prevented them from walking in on the guy in the middle of a Menage a Trois with two holographic Trois?

Good episode overall and good introduction of the Barclay character. I fully agreed with Picard and Geordi about the nicknames of him would stop immediately. To me that was the one thing that seemed odd since humans were meant to be above such petty snide behaviour - especially STARFLEET OFFICERS. If Riker was doing that, he should be dismissed as well. That's basically bullying. And Picard was ultimately right. Barclay did go on to prove himself a most able and capable Starfleet officer as per later episodes (even if we don't include Voyager). Had Picard actually not encouraged this, one wonders what would have become of the poor chap. Though I guess he had a career in holographic novels.
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Mon, Apr 26, 2021, 6:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Where Silence Has Lease

Fairly good episode. Liked the end with the self destruct cancellation. That part was gold.
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Mon, Apr 26, 2021, 6:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


I wouldn't say JJ is good with casting, or storyline. He would be good at directing someone else's cohesive vision with a cast picked entirely by someone else. He's done certain films, or shows where that has been the case. I don't think that applies to these films though in terms of their cast, nor their storyline.

Frankly it seems bizarre you wouldn't get him to direct George's actual sequels and have the cast picked by the same people who casted the prequels. Could have had say Anthony Hopkins as Darth Plageuis, Jessica Alba/Chloe Bennet as the red Twilek character, the original cast reprising their roles, Ben Barnes as the young Solo (Prince Caspian), William Mosley as the other Solo, or Luke's child and say Naomi Scott, or Olympia Valance as Kira/Jaina Skywalker/Solo (who are far more likeable and better actresses than Daisy Ridley). Someone like say Gal Gadot, or Diane Lane as Mara Jade Skywalker. Benedict Cumberbatch, or Matt Damon as an Imperial Commando, or Thrawn. Possibilities were endless.

Indeed someone did do a fan Youtube video called "Hoshino" with a Master (resembling Luke) and an apprentice (played by Anna Akana) which was fantastic. That looks BETTER than TFA and you're watching Youtubers. Says a lot when the people given teams of people, hundreds of millions of dollars and literally had George Lucas' scripts to hand (which they threw away) and an entire set of expanded universe books (which they also threw away) don't come up with a storyline that honours the creator's vision, nor even have any idea what they're doing, or plan it. They just wanted to have a random story about randoms and decided to leech off the saga. I would surmise that they knew full well that had they NOT made this Episode 7, 8 and 9 and instead made it a brand new trilogy set entirely separate from the main saga, that hardly anyone would bother to watch it. After all, not many of us I would imagine went to go and see Episode 7 to go and watch random fucking Rey.

Rogue One on the other hand was awesome. So I cannot understand the complete contradiction in the love of Star Wars within Lucasfilm. Anything related to the Disney sequels just seems completely ridiculous. It's the same with the video games that are coming out in terms of their story.
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Mon, Apr 26, 2021, 6:48pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

They should have used George's story in the first place. He had his own intended sequels and it seems utterly disrespectful not to honour the creator's own vision as intended thus having his sacred saga as the 9 episode storyline he envisioned.

There were also Expanded Universe novels (written during the George Lucas era) that at least have some planning to them. If you didn't have a plan, why on Earth do the senseless, disrespectful and despicable act of denigrating the Star Wars saga? It was never meant to be about random people. You could have made anthology films, or a completely different trilogy altogether. As someone here mentioned, Rogue One was a great example of what could be done. There are stories/games/books set in the Old Republic era whose video game trailers show great potential.

The Force Awakens was absolutely awful and ruined any potential for a sequel. When watching the reaction, it seems fitting to quote a line from the prequels - "So this is how Star Wars dies. With thunderous applause." Mind you, TFA didn't make as much as ANH when accounting for inflation and frankly I am sure that George's real sequels, including his Episode 7 would have made more money than TFA as well as giving us a proper story. The Last Jedi was like the little child in the story of the Emperor without Clothes who reveals the obvious to the crowd, that the Emperor - in this case TFA - is naked. From the Youtube clips of The Rise of Skywalker, this film is actually sad. Not even laughable. Just so bad. Talk about truly disrespecting Episodes 1 to 6 and the entire lore of the Star Wars saga. The Disney sequels are not sequels. Hell I cannot even call them fan fiction since I am sure that ANY fan could come up with a more imaginative story than this, that has at least some coherence to the saga. Part of the problem is some people, including the clueless writers, not grasping that the Saga was meant to be about a family and a storyline. You can't just insert whatever random crap you want into it, since it wouldn't have any contextual relevance to its premise.

This has to be one of the most monumental wasted opportunities and cock ups in cinema history.

To hell with Rey.
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Mon, Apr 26, 2021, 6:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S7: Endgame

@Facundo, Star Trek Voyager is a wonderful series. I do concur with a comment above which I think worth quoting and similarly to what I think:

"The premise itself was extremely interesting and strong - a Starfleet vessel flung to the other side of the galaxy with a journey of 70 years back home to Earth. There were some wonderful episodes like "Blink of an Eye", to "Someone to watch over me" and the iconic quotes like "They've got lasers... A black man and some bald guy!""

- YES. I agree. Really great premise and some superb episodes and quotes.

"There were also some interesting concept like the Macquis and moral Chakotay integrating with the Starfleet crew. I wish there had been an actual mutiny set of episodes though. The Equinox double bill was superb, though I would have liked to have seen a "Starfleet Pegasus" ship having joined them even if only briefly (perhaps sacrificing itself just like the Pegasus). "

Good point on the Battlestar Galactica analogy. It was also interesting to see the Macquis/Starfleet element and former Starfleet personnel as members of the Macquis.

"This finale though - I'm mixed. An entertaining episode yes. And as a finale it would be sad that it was ending. But it's bittersweet. I am at a loss to explain as to why they made it a bit 'anticlimactic' at the end. There should have been a GLORIOUS arrival on Earth (a little like the opening of the actual episode) and some celebration..or something."

THIS is one of the things I am saddened by. It felt like the ending was not the one we needed, nor deserved, nor what the show deserved. Frankly they could have skipped that weird Boxing episode earlier and used that extra 45 minutes for the Finale to show us celebrations on Earth, and make a more wholesome story in terms of any time travel like the movies First Contact and Voyage Home.

" events need to have already happened and thus time maintained rather than changing it. It was of course cool to see the Borg being destroyed like that, but surely maintain time somehow. "


"The series was great and each Star Trek series had its own greatness. Before the dark times. Before lense flare."


I do agree on the romance having alluded to Janeway/Chakotay - even if it happened after they got home to Earth. Similarly I thought Harry and Seven a much better pairing based on development. Also likely based on development is Seven being made a Captain before him at this rate.

"There was chemistry there from the "Do you wish to copulate" scene and "I play the clarinet... You are not on the list Ensign". It would have also given both a happy ending."

"I loved Voyager, I just feel they could have done the ending better. Replace the 'filler episodes' by giving the finale more screen time and show the glorious ending on Earth. If necessary, skip forward several years to the SAME anniversary celebration this time with ALL characters present - except it's a reunion now they all made it back safely. That would have been poignant in my view."

THIS. Also I wondered why Voyager didn't utilise the "blue beam"/tractor beam from the Voyager Conspiracy episode.

Think about this. The Finale could have had the Borg use the same time travel we see in the film "First Contact" to seize the Caretaker technology and devise some new form of space travel that could take their entire fleet now equipped with a modified Romulan cloaking field within minutes directly to Earth to overwhelm Starfleet. Voyager could have made the decision to stop them, at the cost of having to travel all the way back to the start of their journey. Defeat the Borg and then have saved the critical element of the Borg cube that they THEMSELVES could use to grab the Caretaker reactor (by cloaking Voyager and grabbing the reactor). They could then travel back in time to the future and use the reactor to travel back home to Earth thus maintaining the timeline, and having a happy ending on Earth.

You could utilise the same opening scene of Voyager returning and the Celebration party, except everyone lives (shouldn't have any main character dying, nor change the timeline). This time show them meeting/celebrating with loved ones and the whole 30 years later angle. Maybe end with Admiral Janeway touring the bridge of the new USS Voyager B at the space dock above Earth which does a celebratory swing by Jupiter, and fade to credits with the music as Janeway says "Set a course. For home."

Might be cheesy, but it would have felt more complete and a cohesive story that utilised the whole blue tractor beam. And you'd still have the Borg element as well.
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Mon, Apr 26, 2021, 6:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi


I liked the prequel actors/actresses. Keira Knightley is certainly great as well though. Frankly, the first time I watched Attack of the Clones, I wasn't paying attention to the dialogue of the fireplace scene. Padme had my fullest attention.

I very much enjoy George's storyline as a whole, having seen the originals first and having really loved the prequels. I wish we had seen HIS sequels. Sounds like from recent news it would have been a very cohesive storyline and about rebuilding the galaxy with our heroes and their offspring fighting galactic corruption along the lines of Gotham in Batman Begins. Who knows, Qui Gon Jinn/Raz Al Ghul line of Jedi thinking versus Luke/Batman school of thought.
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Mon, Apr 26, 2021, 6:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

@JamesWhite - That would be hilarious. Booming selectively ignores sections of what people type and tries to twist words against posters.

@Booming - if you read again what I said, I stated that it is factually incorrect to opine that the prequels were somehow universally hated. And as I said, it is FACT that they prequels are the creator's vision. I.e. George Lucas' INTENDED STORY.

It is FACT that the Disney sequels are NOT his intended story. That isn't an opinion, but a fact which he has stated on several occasions, including recently. Nothing changes that.

And as far as box office numbers go, The Force Awakens pales in comparison to the original film Star Wars (A New Hope)/Episode 4 and Gone with the Wind when adjusted for inflation. And those films didn't even have the massive global audience pool that today's films have.

The originals and prequels form one storyline as intended by the person who gave us Star Wars and that's fact. Not opinion. Had we had George's sequels, we would have had an actual 9 episode story as envisioned by the creator. Period.
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Fri, Apr 23, 2021, 3:27pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

*Come to think of it, have Supreme Admiral Janeway roll up with the USS Voyager C and fire quantum torpedo spreads at those Romulan ships.
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Fri, Apr 23, 2021, 3:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces

Hugh should not have died. I mean come on, that was so unnecessary.

Love Seven of course. But why didn't the episode make use of the Borg drones here? It built up to it, and then it just stops. What a waste! In addition, aren't the Romulans now openly violating a Federation treaty?

Should have had those Borg overwhelm and assimilate those Romulans.

Frankly I wish we'd seen Seven Kim as the Seven we know. And Harry fail to get a transporter lock on her, forcing her to go to the Queen's room and conduct this plan. Then take the cube to whatever planet the most Romulans are on and teach them a damn good lesson.
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Fri, Apr 23, 2021, 3:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

"SHIELDS UP! Deanna take the stove!"

Great episode for a change. But not keen on the idea that once again our heroes have suffered tragedy of losing a child. The Federation does not make sense in this show. This episode was good because of the acting of the original cast.


I agree they could have gone to Baku. I don't think these show runners have seen TNG, the TNG movies or understand Star Trek though! I mean they literally had Starfleet admirals in the era of humanity's evolved sensibility, SWEARING at another human being, former Captain of their flagship and hero of the Federation. Disgraceful.
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Fri, Apr 23, 2021, 3:18pm (UTC -5)
Re: MAND S2: Chapter 16: The Rescue

A mediocre show frankly. Love Baby Yoda of course, but the show has been mediocre and stuck by the fact it has to adhere to the abysmal Disney sequel timeline (or lack of any logic). It is the end of this episode with the return of the hero we need and loved that made this a good episode. That scene alone (which I wish had been with the Return of the Jedi soundtrack in the background) was superb and the Luke we know. However, I have seen Youtube versions of the scene with a better CGI of Luke's face.
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Fri, Apr 23, 2021, 3:15pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Someone to Watch Over Me

Gripping stuff. Though yeah, that scene with Boomer having sex whilst Athena watches was dark man.
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Fri, Apr 23, 2021, 3:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: The Oath

A throughly gripping episode. I wonder what might have happened had the Pegasus survived. It would have been interesting to then have a counter coup on the Pegasus, and that ship held by Adama loyalists and a standoff between the two vessels (as seen before, but which was aborted).

I am glad to have seen several Marines stay loyal to Adama. Though wasn't sure about Galactica's security protocols given the ease with which Gaeta managed to cripple communication. I would have thought an immediate Red Alert when communications went down, rather than sending a shipman to go and check out the supposed fire.
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Fri, Apr 23, 2021, 3:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Razor


The actress for Shaw was hot though. I would have found it interesting to have her in more episodes of the Galactica show serving as Lee's XO and then perhaps getting killed in a battle with the Cylons which might have added weight to Lee's hesitation to go back to save New Caprica.
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Fri, Apr 23, 2021, 3:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: Exodus, Part 2

A great episode and of course a wonderful scene with the Galactica falling through the sky and Pegasus coming to the rescue in a moment of suspense.

I still wish the Pegasus had survived though. A damn fine ship. Just as Kendra Shaw was a damn fine human.

Could not the Colonial fighters have come back to the Pegasus instead of Galactica, to help defend it? Or could not the Pegasus have been present from the start and fired from a far out range?

Or else sacrifice the Galactica in battle, evacuate to the Pegasus (on the perimeter) and redub that ship the Galactica?

Perhaps a slight adjustment to the scene might have added a little more weight. For instance, just go all out and have about 15 Base Stars descend upon the Pegasus, so it literally is completely overwhelmed and goes out with even more of a blaze of glory. In that way, it would show that even had the ship been fully staffed with a crew at optimal performance, there was no way for it to win. And show it then proceeding to do the same move and take out say 7 Basestars in that final explosion.

Beautiful moving episode nevertheless.

This could have all been avoided, if the Colonials had spent the year on New Caprica repurposing unused ships into a Death Star to welcome the Cylons if they ever came.
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Fri, Apr 23, 2021, 3:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

A brilliant film. Shows that with a proper story, phenomenal characters, heart and soul and respecting the creator's vision and ethos and the lore of the Star Wars universe, that you can make a great Star Wars film.

This film was superb. It fits into the timeline of events of George's saga (I believe Edwards also wanted to do George justice), it has a gripping powerful story, wonderful soundtrack and you feel for the characters. It fits the context and time it is set in, giving us old AND new things.

It is far superior to the woeful Force Awakens.

This film I wanted to watch again immediately after seeing it. Now THIS is Star Wars and to paraphrase Han from TFA, this is how the Force works.

The glorification and blind praise of TFA and criticising this film makes zero sense.

What a lovely film this was. A sad ending, but truly majestic film.

The only thing I would change, which I think was referred to in the HISHE version of this, would be to address the issue of Vader not grabbing the plans with the Force (assuming he knew what the disc was of course). You could have had that last Rebel soldier throw a thermal detonator and Vader occupied with that (absorbing it with the Force just like he absorbed the blaster shots in ESB and earlier in that scene).

Superb movie, though I wish our heroes had survived. I liked how it showed the Rebel scum for the most part (except for the OT heroes) are indeed Rebel scum with an agenda and conspiring scheming characters who killed Erso, a hero. It also shows a good side to the Empire and has a galactic feel to it.
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Fri, Apr 23, 2021, 2:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

@Jason R


@Booming - Nothing you said has voided the truth of what I said. I'm talking about facts, not opinions. If people want to enjoy these films, it doesn't change the fact they aren't the creator's intended vision.

Personally I find these films truly distasteful and despicable purely as films, let alone as the sequels of the Star Wars saga.

They're doing the same thing to Star Trek as well with Picard in my view.


Yes, at least with Star Trek, it's set in an "Alternative Universe", so there's always that in that it doesn't have to take away from the other films. What he did with Star Wars, is ruining the saga itself and desecrated it. Whilst I prefer films like First Contact and The Voyage Home to the new Star Trek films, I still enjoy watching the new ones. Had those films been about pitiful Rey, I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole.
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Thu, Apr 22, 2021, 8:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi


The prequels are the creators vision and that is just fact. It's the story George wanted to tell us. Even if one might change dialogue (the first time I saw AOTC I was too distracted by Padme's fireplace outfit that I didn't notice what Anakin was saying anyway), the story is there. The story ties into the originals and forms one wholesome saga. Each chapter is part of something.

Palpating is of course superb. I can watch his speeches over and over again. Bloody fantastic scenes and acting. I also did enjoy his fight with Windu a lot. His plan overall despite being to the detriment of the Jedi was indeed perfect.

Star Wars did not need a reboot. The saga has always been about a story and the vision of George. Other things outside the saga, have been successful by honouring Juan legacy and vision - be it novels or video games that respect his lore and the events depicted.

As far as the actors go, they had already agreed to come back for George just before the sale. The issue was post the sale, Disney did not honour a gentlemans agreement to use his sequel scripts. They didn't even want to use the original cast and didn't tell a story worth telling. Not the real sequels of the creator nor any story that justifies having sequels at all.

From the sounds of it, Lucas' actual sequels had the original heroes and their offspring, a new generation of Jedi students, a red Twilek Jedi hunter commanded by an elusive ultimate villain and the battle now to reunify the galaxy's and defeat the criminal underworld who have seized upon the chaos in the absence of the Empire. A story which would have context, purpose and conscience to put it in the words of a chancellor. As Palpatine would say, instead we have paid for their lack of vision.

What a waste, and oh what could have beenX I cannot imagine any true fan senselessly throwing out George's scripts, throwing out EU novels written by authors who respected his vision and coming up with the Disney sequels as "what happens next". To hell with Rey. Only good thing was Paige Tico who deserved a better set of films to be in.
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