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The Rise of Skywalker Official Poster

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  1. [4]
    krg
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    In higher resolution. A disappointing poster, I must say. Palpatine looks like bad CGI...

    In higher resolution.

    A disappointing poster, I must say. Palpatine looks like bad CGI...

    7 votes
    1. nothis
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      He looks weirdly "low res"? Like they originally drew him half that size and upscaled it in photoshop or something.

      He looks weirdly "low res"? Like they originally drew him half that size and upscaled it in photoshop or something.

      4 votes
    2. CALICO
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      His skin looks too smooth, like it did in RotS. That's definitely part of it. But those eyes are digitally painted as fuck and stick out like none else.

      His skin looks too smooth, like it did in RotS. That's definitely part of it. But those eyes are digitally painted as fuck and stick out like none else.

      1 vote
    3. Wolpertinger
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      There was a reddit post that showed that the image of Palpatine in this poster is a picture of a toy.

      There was a reddit post that showed that the image of Palpatine in this poster is a picture of a toy.

      1 vote
  2. [10]
    Whom
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    This looks pretty awful. Reminds me a lot of the look of season 1 Clone Wars, before they hit their stride. Also not a fan of the signalling toward more OT worship. TLJ did the best at toning the...

    This looks pretty awful. Reminds me a lot of the look of season 1 Clone Wars, before they hit their stride.

    Also not a fan of the signalling toward more OT worship. TLJ did the best at toning the worship down so far, but for as much as I love them (except Solo, which I have no opinion on because I avoided it...the concept bothered me), all of the new movies have a serious fanservice problem. I'd think everyone would be tired of that by now, but the whole idea of shoving in Palpatine like this shows to me that Disney doesn't think so.

    5 votes
    1. [8]
      CALICO
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      Yours is definitely the predominant opinion on this. But, seeing The Senate come back just reminds me of legends material from way back. Not something everyone loved, but the familiarity of the...

      Yours is definitely the predominant opinion on this.

      But, seeing The Senate come back just reminds me of legends material from way back. Not something everyone loved, but the familiarity of the idea leaves me unsurprised and tbh I've been guessing it was gonna happen since the Force Awakens was announced.

      Papa Palpatine also acts as a bookend to the whole saga. His return is a resolution to the whole Darth Plagueis deal and implication he learned to control death as well. Immortality is a kind of theme in Star Wars.

      It makes sense in a storytelling context to fulfill that promise, even though it's clear none of this was planned out on purpose ahead of time. Daddy Wrinkles cheating death in some form gives some symmetry to the saga, and resolves the question of "was he bullshitting Anakin or not?'.

      It's like pottery.

      3 votes
      1. [4]
        Whom
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        I dunno, the series can "rhyme" without bringing back the same (conveniently marketable and fan-pleasing) faces again and again. The core themes of Star Wars about balance, forgiveness,...

        I dunno, the series can "rhyme" without bringing back the same (conveniently marketable and fan-pleasing) faces again and again. The core themes of Star Wars about balance, forgiveness, authoritarianism, fluidity, etc. are all plenty doable with any number of characters and situations. I want them to stay true to the soul of Star Wars, but at this point they're sticking so close that it just feels icky.

        It's such a rich setting for new stories! There's so much to do! At this point I wish there were no familiar characters at all, not because I think they're ruining them (they're not! I like Luke 10x more than I ever did!) but because they need a kick in the ass to define the new movies as their own thing. Treat Star Wars as a setting, not a series!

        3 votes
        1. [2]
          CALICO
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          I don't disagree. I just don't have expectations. Honestly, the lore and setting of Star Wars is infinitely more interesting than the films. The Original Trilogy is pretty special, with it's...

          I don't disagree. I just don't have expectations. Honestly, the lore and setting of Star Wars is infinitely more interesting than the films. The Original Trilogy is pretty special, with it's subtexts and homages and such. But the writing was never top notch and the movies weren't high art. The Prequel Trilogy has pretty bad writing, but again the lore and settings are fantastic. This Sequel Trilogy is mostly an excuse to turn my brain off and just enjoy the ride. I expect to be entertained for 2 and bit hours, and not much else.

          But I am really rather interesting in the anthology films and series. Being freed from the saga format gives a lot of creative freedom, and a competent director and writer have a lot of potential for something incredible in the setting. Rogue One and Solo had problems, but they were different and if that's the worst this new stuff gets I'll be okay with that.

          The Mandalorian will be incredibly interesting to see unfold.

          2 votes
          1. NaraVara
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            Yeah I agree with all this. The Revan saga in Knights of the Old Republic is probably the strongest Star Wars story since the original trilogy. I didn’t mind the repetitiousness of image themes in...

            Yeah I agree with all this. The Revan saga in Knights of the Old Republic is probably the strongest Star Wars story since the original trilogy.

            I didn’t mind the repetitiousness of image themes in Force Awakens, but I’m disappointed that this seems to be the intention moving forward. It was good to reinvigorate the series, but they need to expand. The willful subversion of all of it in Last Jedi was a great direction even if it had some issues in execution. But rolling back to being repetitive after shaking things up seems even more discordant than it would have been otherwise.

            2 votes
        2. DonQuixote
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          That's exactly what I felt when I saw the second death star at the original screening of Return of the Jedi.

          It's such a rich setting for new stories!

          That's exactly what I felt when I saw the second death star at the original screening of Return of the Jedi.

      2. sonamtashi
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        I'm kind of hoping they borrow from the Dark Empire comic books and return Palpatine as a clone. IMO this would be one of the best ways to bring Palpatine back and not have it feel totally cheep.

        I'm kind of hoping they borrow from the Dark Empire comic books and return Palpatine as a clone. IMO this would be one of the best ways to bring Palpatine back and not have it feel totally cheep.

        2 votes
      3. Codo_Sapien
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        I see what you did there and I laughed.

        It's like pottery.

        I see what you did there and I laughed.

    2. DonQuixote
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      We've seen Solo twice. It's incredibly under-rated, unless you just have to have Jedi in your star wars universe.

      We've seen Solo twice. It's incredibly under-rated, unless you just have to have Jedi in your star wars universe.

      1 vote
  3. [7]
    KapteinB
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    Did you folks see the Red Letter Media prediction video for this film? Mike predicts there will be time travel, which among other things explains how Palpatine can be in the film. I could see it...

    Did you folks see the Red Letter Media prediction video for this film? Mike predicts there will be time travel, which among other things explains how Palpatine can be in the film. I could see it happening.

    Also, how come we believe Kylo Ren when he claims Rey's parents were nobodies? First of all; how would he know that? And second; even if he somehow knows who her parents are, why would he tell her the truth?

    2 votes
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      SunSpotter
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      I'm not familiar with Red Letter Media, so I took a look and was relieved to hear even they think this is a terrible, borderline absurd idea...because, well it is. Somehow though, I almost...

      I'm not familiar with Red Letter Media, so I took a look and was relieved to hear even they think this is a terrible, borderline absurd idea...because, well it is. Somehow though, I almost wouldn't be surprised. I've previously joked that they would just decide to go with "It was all just a dream" in regards to TLJ, and this isn't that far off...

      I will say though, there's enough established lore in Star Wars to bring back the emperor without time travel. Force ghosts are obviously a thing, and there's a bunch of crazy stuff that happened with ancient sith from the old republic era possessing people and being brought back to life. The canonicity of much of that is questionable at this point, but it's still there.

      2 votes
      1. sonamtashi
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        They could bring Palpatine back as a clone, like in the Dark Empire comics.

        They could bring Palpatine back as a clone, like in the Dark Empire comics.

        1 vote
    2. [2]
      SuperGracchiBros
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      I really hope there's no time travel in this movie, it was bad enough when it was in the Avengers. Movies that include time travel generally tend to lose me, because they unravel so quickly once...

      I really hope there's no time travel in this movie, it was bad enough when it was in the Avengers. Movies that include time travel generally tend to lose me, because they unravel so quickly once you examine the plot for more than five minutes.
      Time travel better not become the new 'blue sky beam connecting to a portal.'

      2 votes
      1. Eva
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        To be fair, time-travel is fairly standard in comics, which is the source material for The Avengers.

        To be fair, time-travel is fairly standard in comics, which is the source material for The Avengers.

        1 vote
    3. deknalis
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      I generally don't like RLM too much, at least as critics, but time travel is not the most outlandish theory I've heard about Episode 9. Patrick Willems did a video on JJ Abrams and trying to...

      I generally don't like RLM too much, at least as critics, but time travel is not the most outlandish theory I've heard about Episode 9. Patrick Willems did a video on JJ Abrams and trying to analyze his work and its meaning by looking back at one of his early projects, the show Felicity. His justification for why there could be time travel is a minor point at the very end played almost as a joke, but combined with the commentary in the rest of the video I think it manages to give an interesting perspectice on why a JJ Abrams Star Wars movie might actually involve time travel. Time travel is used as a tool of retrospection in Felicity, as a point of looking back on choices and understanding the value of already made decisions, but the show goes too oulandishly literal with it, making it literal time travel instead of something like just ideas of what could have been. I think minor time travel, or at least visions of past choices and their effects, wouldn't be the worst path to take in terms of storytelling, but I think Abrams is too blunt for that in a lot of his work. I also think the Emperor coming back in general is monumentally stupid on the very face of it though.
      Willems also likes Abrams much more than I do, but I think he still manages to highlight why I dislike so much of his work. It's a lot of young people rebelling against systems and trying to understand their place in the world, but he never really says anything of substance about those systems. As a casual Star Wars fan who really liked Last Jedi, the prospect of a JJ Abrams written sequel to it seems like it'll take a miracle for me to not be wildly disappointed by it.
      As for Rey's parents being nobodies, Kylo Ren doesn't actually say it, Rey does. It's her own introspection that leads to an understanding and abandonment of her previous quest to find her parents and finally accept the importance she placed on said quest wasn't inherent but placed by her. It's possible it's undone in the sequel but I think it would be a monumentally stupid decision to do so. I don't think Abrams was setting up a big reveal of her parents in the first place, Force Awakens also seems to be about an abandoned quest to belong where one is "supposed" to in favor of learning to belong where Rey never thought she would, a Jedi and a member of the Resistance. If it's undone, I don't think it'll be because Abrams had a different vision than Johnson, it'll be because of fan appeasement.
      At least DJ most likely won't be followed up on because he was disliked, so that idea from Last Jedi might just escape unscathed.

      2 votes
    4. NaraVara
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      I assumed Force Ghost Palpatine trying to possess Kyle Ren’s body. I really don’t imagine it being any more creative or interesting than that.

      I assumed Force Ghost Palpatine trying to possess Kyle Ren’s body.

      I really don’t imagine it being any more creative or interesting than that.

      1 vote
  4. citizenerased
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    More Disney franchise shit. Undoubtedly will contain no grit, no soul and no sense of awe and wonder. I have no time for any 'art' which begins life as a decision of 'how can we create $$$ from...

    More Disney franchise shit.

    Undoubtedly will contain no grit, no soul and no sense of awe and wonder.

    I have no time for any 'art' which begins life as a decision of 'how can we create $$$ from 'x' name' while making sure we include 'y' social themes and nods to 'z' nostalgia-triggers.

    1 vote