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Star Wars Episode VII - Give-A-Shit-O-Meter

Posted by Daltons chin dimple on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Amazingly, after the prequels, I honestly think I am only at about 60%. Maybe the original trilogy was such a lightning in a bottle moment that caught me at exactly the right time of my life - as a child, avid reader of the Marvel comics, watcher of the Droids and Ewoks cartoons, player with the toys etc. etc. - where Star Wars was all consuming that I am not sure that they will do anything but disappoint me.

What about you?

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It depends. My Give-a-Shit-O-Meter is really a combination of three meters. I guess my Let's-See-Where-Star-Wars-Goes-from-Here-O-Meter is at about 20%. My Let's-Look-at-This-Fucking-Train-Wreck-O-Meter is at about 65%. My Goddamn-It-Fine-Let's-Get-This-Shit-out-of-the-Way-O-Meter (otherwise known as my Completism-O-Meter) is at about 90%. I guess those three combined put my Give-a-Shit-O-Meter at just under 60%.

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Posted: 6 years 16 hours ago

 Snap!

I just hope the CGI isn't too much and they remember to introduce new stuff rather than have the same inward stories causing tremendous galaxy wide coincidence.

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Posted: 6 years 15 hours ago

I am optimistic. They are saying all the right things and they seem to recognize the need for it to be good.

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 I think my meter is at 75%, I agree that they're saying all the right things and Kasdan coming on to co-write the script gives me hope it won't suck.

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 I think my meter is at 75%, I agree that they're saying all the right things and Kasdan coming on to co-write the script gives me hope it won't suck.

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I was more optimistic on the script front when it was just Arndt. I like the Kasdan of the eighties, but I haven't been crazy about his work sense. I'm also not sure about him working with Abrams. I worry about too many cooks in the kitchen. It worked for Casablanca, I guess, but Casablanca's Casablanca

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Posted: 6 years 5 hours ago

Is it still Xmas 2015???

So I am optimistic about Abrams.  I am just not sure where you can take the story now without it seeming contrived and being like all that expanded universe shit they were peddling.

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If the Original Trilogy is the Old Testament and the Prequels are the New Testament, are the sequels the Book of Mormon or the Quran?

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Posted: 6 years 59 min ago

Depends if they are shouty or all explodey.

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Posted: 6 years 58 min ago

The Swollen Goi... wrote:

I like the Kasdan of the eighties, but I haven't been crazy about his work sense.

Is it all his work sense you're not crazy about, or just his work sense since the eighties?

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He had a better work sense pre-Grand Canyon. That's what I'm saying. His work sense since has been all sins, and he knows it. His recent work stinks--and not just one kind of stink, either. It's a collection of a variety of stinky scents. I hear he practically has to beg for work these days, and that he'll work for cents.

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Posted: 5 years 52 weeks ago

 Dreamcatcher one of his?

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Posted: 5 years 52 weeks ago

Dead certs.

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Posted: 5 years 52 weeks ago

Is it too early in the thread to bring up the inevitable lens flares caused by all the lightsabers? My Give-A-Shit-O-Meter for lightsaber-induced lens flares is at 0%, by which I mean that I do not care for them.

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I suspect Lucasfilm will manacle Abrams on that front, and that they'll probably want him to keep a look somewhat consistent with the rest of the series.

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My biggest concern is the (lack of) a good villain. It awful tough to top Vader/Emperor, and I don't want to see a villain, story-wise, lessens the impact of what Luke & the Rebels achieved in the OT.

Also I'm afraid JJ will pepper the dialogue with direct quotes from the OT in an attempt to show us how big of a fan he is. You've seen Empire Strikes Back? Well no shit, JJ.

I would rather see him lift camera shots from the OT. The classic "going into hyperspace" shot was nowhere to be found in the PT. in fact, the "camera in back of the cockpit" with the actors looking out into space, to my memory, isn't in the PT either. Those are the kind of things that define Star Wars for me that we're totally missing in the PT. I guess we'll see if JJ gives a shit or not.

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I get the feeling it'll be wipes and irises, and he'll think that's good enough.

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Posted: 5 years 51 weeks ago

 Hicks is right.  Exactly where the fuck do you go from Vader???

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Spader.

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 Oooooooooor....  idea:

You could go go all Pazazu from Exorcist meets the unseen shark from the 1st half of Jaws.  The big bad could actually be THE Dark Side of the Force.  Deprived of Sith hosts to do bidding, it becomes something worse.

No, actually that's a shitty idea.  More wine!

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How about they have to travel forward in time and space to save the whales in North America in the eighties. They'll meet a very-old-yet-still-somewhat-spry-thanks-to-the-Grail (or whatever) Indiana Jones once they get there. The Han/Indy resemblance is noted early on, and at some point there will have to be a classic switcheroo.

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Corporal_Hicks wrote:

My biggest concern is the (lack of) a good villain. It awful tough to top Vader/Emperor, and I don't want to see a villain, story-wise, lessens the impact of what Luke & the Rebels achieved in the OT.

It seems quite obvious that the new villain needs to be Space-Hitler. The Emperor/Vader and their Stormtroopers were metaphorical Nazis, of course, so the only logical way to up the ante is to have actual Nazis in space. I sense a Star Wars/Iron Sky cross-over!

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The cheapest and fastest way to a new villain is to out-badass somebody already established as a badass. Palpatine's clone activates in the first few minutes, new villain fucks his shit up royally. Bam. New badass villain established in the first act of the first sequel.

I already figure these movies are going to be terrible. Might as well go all out.

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 Like the Spinosaurus vs T-Rex in Jurassic III.  Jackpot!

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What the PT was missing most is Han. They should introduce Han's son as the new swashbuckler. Make it fun, I trust Abrams to do that. It probably won't suck. 

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