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  1. I only recently became aware this port existed. I seem to have missed the boat this time around, but as an avid fan and collector of the Atari Star Wars games (and Jag stuff in general), I'm VERY keen on picking up a complete copy. If anyone has one they're willing to sell, please get in touch w/ me! Thanks in advance.
  2. I decided to re-watch Rogue One, then Episode IV: A New Hope immediately after. I have never done this before! Rogue One is a 2016 film, but a prequel to 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope. I know the original Star Wars film like the back of my hand, but I wonder, how will the experience change after having just watched its prequel? Rogue One ends with Princess Leia having just escaped the Imperials and Darth Vader, with the plans to the Death Star. Star Wars began with Princess Leia storing those plans in a certain little R2 unit, before being captured by Darth Vader. Will it feel natural? Rogue One is the story of the individuals, rebels, who just battled and sacrificed their lives to accomplish getting those Death Star weapon plans. It also explains, in a satisfactory way, why this huge battle station has a critical security flaw that farmboy Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance will later exploit. Rogue One was created nearly 40 years later, thus it likely has much more believable special effects and production values. Right? Watching Rogue One .... From Rogue One's first moments, I enjoyed the fresh direction and mood that is set. There is no verbiage screen crawl here, instead the film starts quickly with a great-looking scene of an Imperial shuttle descending past a planet's rings and down to its surface. RO avoids the 2000's-era CGI look of the prequel films and feels very different from them. I don't dislike the prequel films, but they do seem to exist in their own bubble, with a very different in feel from the Original Trilogy or any other Star Wars films. Rogue One seems to fit naturally with the feel of ANH. Care must have been taken to purposely do this. Having just watched EpIII: Revenge of the Sith, I enjoyed seeing Jimmy Smits appear in Rogue One as Bail Organa, appearing without notice from the shadows at the Rebel base. Unfortunately, he informs Mon Mothma that he is heading back to Alderaan ... and we all know what is going to happen to Alderaan soon. Now ... rewatching the OT films. Over the weekend I watched the DVD special editions of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. I just didn't have the patience to dig out my VHS versions and watch them in crappy resolution, so I tolerated a few of the extra S.E. goodies... more on those later on. I need to hunt down the de-Specialized versions. First of all, I did feel that Rogue One led naturally to Ep4 A New Hope, not much else to say. Good job RO people! Watching ANH, I was reminded what a great film that is. It doesn't waste a moment. Many scenes are not hurried and are left to breathe a bit, but even so the film is tightly edited and never lost my attention. TESB was also a fantastic and complex story line of course. TESB was the first Star Wars film I watched back in the day - around 6th grade I think - since I had not been taken to see the original Star Wars in '77. So, I will always be partial to TESB as a film, yet I still can't find any reasons to disagree about TESB geing the absolute best of all the Star Wars shows. It was even more fantastic BITD when we learned that Vader is Luke's father, and Yoda says "there is another" hope. Well, we wondered for 3 years, who is it? And was Vader lying? You cant trust a thing that a Sith says, and that seems to make Obi-Wan into a big fibber. Which we learned later, is true. From a certain point of view. I feel like a hypocrite after complaining about forced C-3PO humor in Attack of the Clones, because there are a TON of 3PO "funny quips" in TESB too. One quip that I really did enjoy was when 3PO didn't quite get through the Hoth rebel base door following after Solo and Leia; it closes on him, and 3PO turns away and mutters "typical!". I laughed. Then Han opens the door again and pulls 3PO into safety. Watching ROTJ, I found myself feeling impatient with Jabba's palace scenes for some reason. The Special Edition "improvements" are at their most intrusive here, with CGI alien singers and extra music that was not needed. If this is the first time a person watched it, I guess it is fine, but to me, these extras are intrusive. You have to remember, this film introduced Jabba the Hut (mentioned but not shown in the prior films, before the Special Editions added him to one ANH scene at Mos Eisley). He was introduced and he is magnificent here - gross, slimy, shrewd, cruel. A real gangster. The puppet work on Jabba is fantastic - his eyes narrlow pupils focus and you can read his emotions when he laughs or is angered; and his tail and hands are moving independently in a natural way. Jabba is deservedly strangled to death by Leia in a gruesome tail-twitching scene. After seeing a CGI Yoda in the prequel trilogy films, I was reminded at just how well the puppet Yoda (TESB/ ROTJ) works! Such an expressive little character. When he died in ROTJ from extreme old age (when 900 years you reach, look as good you will not!), it is a heart wrenching scene. Slow-motion is used both in TESB's Dark Side cave and in ROTJ when Yoda vanishes after dying, his cloth clothing slowly folding in its own emptiness. Love that stuff. I really enjoyed the OT films again and I think I may rewatch them all again before Episode IX! They are far and away still the best of Star Wars. ROTJ is the lesser of the 3 OT films to me, despite it having absolutely fantastic and iconic scenes and a satisfying ending - there is a little bit of 'seen this all before' with the Death Star, and personally I get impatient watching some of Jabba's palace and the Ewok village scenes. My rankings of the films I've seen so far on this watch (man this is hard, ranking them) is: Ep5 > Ep4 > Ep6 > Ep3 > Ep1 > Ep2. I'm not sure where the side-stories of Solo and Rogue One fit in. But to me, RO > Solo. It seems wrong to put them ahead of any of George Lucas' work, like comparing apples to oranges. I'll think about it and rank them all after I've also rewatched Ep7 and Ep8. Star Wars!
  3. I've watched Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens about a dozen times; I've watched Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi a couple of times. I just re-watched them, after having watched all the other SW films in story-chronological order. I've already blogged a lot about Episode 7: The Force Awakens, so I'm not in the mood to say the same things. Basically I really enjoyed its return to the OT feel, and I really liked Daisy Ridley as Rey. Even though TFA mimics story points from ANH, I still enjoy it a bit more than TLJ. If TFA is an example of how to play it super-safe in making a new Star Wars, then TLJ is an example of how to go in a totally unexpected direction from the prior film, for better and worse. TLJ starts with off with an unexpected use of humor, as Poe Dameron and his droid BB-8 try to stall First Order General Hux from attacking the fleeing Rebels or their own tricked out X-wing. I like the gag and I laughed out loud on this viewing as Hux, who takes himself and his role far too seriously, is played for laughs. He just doesn't get it; but his fellow officers sure do, as do we the audience. Then after a costly brief battle (for both sides), Hux is immediately and hilariously berated by Supreme Leader Snoke himself, wiping the floor with Hux's face! But Hux was not 100% a fool as we soon learn. As I watch General Hux later in the film, I am starting to believe his character is the Star Wars equivalent to Pride and Prejudice's character Mr. Collins. Mr. Collins is a pompous, idiotic clergyman who constantly drops the name of his patron, lady Catherine De Bourge. The actor who plays him in the 1995 BBC mini-series was perfect for the role, a greasy and sniveling man who has a bit of authority. In the same way, Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux can't mention enough times his admiration for the SUPREEEEME LEEEEEADER Snoke. And he is pompous enough in his zealous love of the First Order that he gets easily pranked by Poe Dameron. Hate the scene if you will, but I've watched it several times and I like it. My problem with TLJ is that as the film progresses, I start to get bored with some of it. I love all the scenes with Luke Skywalker , Rey, and Princess Leia. Leia's Force abilities are demonstrated for the first time. She is empathic and senses what is going on with Kylo, Luke, or Rey. She doesn't waste time doing things like levitating and cutting fruit for example, but when her life is in danger, she is able to almost unconsiously pull her body through space to safety. I like this scene. I will not criticize it. It makes sense to me. What I don't like about that part of TLJ is that Admiral Ackbar is killed off in this attack scene with only a mention later. The film squandered his character. Later, paleo-botanist Ellie Sattler shows up in a purple wig to replace Leia - it should have been Admiral Ackbar in this role, taking charge, making the sacrifice, and being heroic! Admiral Holdo (purple-hair's name) is lame! Sigh.... oh well. I also have problems with Finn's and Rose's dialogue and mission , namely the journey to the Casino planet and return. This stuff veers away from the main story and I get impatient with it. The Casino's aliens are entertaining enough, but the preachy message about war profiteering, sad or smiling horses and pauper kids really don't connect with me. Well, once Finn and Rose find a master hacker character and infiltrate the First Order Star Destroyer (to turn off the hyperspace tracking device), it gets better. TLJ does a great job with its use of the Force. It shows new Force abilities and the Force is once again quite mysterious! The scene where the Dark Side tempts Rey is creepy, mysterious, and very cool! The way Kylo and Rey get connected, and Luke's unexplainable final demonstration as he punks Kylo Ren on the Ice Planet Hoth the SALT planet . Well, at first watch I didn't really like the reveal about how Luke got there. But now, I think it is GREAT. The scene where Luke appears in the cave, briefly talks to his sister Leia, then walks past them all and outside to confront Kylo Ren and the walkers ... that was one of the most exciting SW scenes I've ever seen. Even knowing how it ends, its still magnificent! When he brushes off imaginary rubble from his shoulder , fantastic! Mark Hamill rules in this film! I actually enjoyed the decision to make Luke regretful and hiding out on the island, waiting to die. I originally expected him to be an uber-powerful wizard by now. But that would have been boring to be honest. Instead, it was nice to see Mark Hamill act his way around the unexpected direction of his character and his journey to going back to using the Force and his decision to help Rey. Especially enjoyable was his getting trolled by Force-Ghost Yoda. Who was again an excellent puppet. Finally ... I really really liked that Kylo killed Snoke, and I liked Kylo and Rey teaming up to battle the First Order red guards. I never really liked Snoke that much, good riddance and bring back Palpatine for Episode IX! In my next blog entry, I will rank the 8 Skywalker films and 2 side story films and give some brief reasons for my personal rankings. Star Wars!
  4. For those of you with a Wii or Gamecube, I have unique controller options that enable you to have an authentic flight yoke to play Star Wars Arcade which is a bonus game in the Gamecube title, Star Wars Rebel Strike: Rogue Squadron III. With this flight yoke, you can also play many Gamecube flight games- and there's even a way to go wireless with the flight yoke. If you are a fan of Star Wars, this can really up the fun in these games. Check it out:
  5. SOLD! VHS Tape lot. NOW WITH 200% MORE STAR WARS!! $20 shipped OBO! Just a couple I still have hanging around that I thought might be of interest here. Blade Runner Director's Cut, Ghost In The Shell (English dubbed), Pink Floyd The Wall, Stargate, Highlander 10th Anniversary Director's Cut, Highlander 2 Renegade Version Came across my 1995 and 1997 THX Star Wars Trilogy remaster sets and am including them now also.
  6. I have re-watched all three Prequel Trilogy films back-to-back. I've come to live with and accept some earlier harsher criticisms, so I won't focus too much on those. But I will be talking about what was dumb. Some random thoughts: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Released May 2002, 17 years ago!) -- thoughts: Anakin acts like an immature, whiny brat the entire first half of the film. It is awkward to watch these scenes, as everybody else in the scene is taken aback at his petulant behavior. And he can switch on this behavior at a moment's notice. But starting with his visit to Tatooine to search for his mother, Anakin starts to exhibit a lot more interesting and better acted traits. I got chills at he scene where Anakin rides into the desert to search for her, then he loses control to rage and takes his revenge on all the Sandpeople. It was a great touch showing how Yoda could sense ripples in the Force from Anakin's pain, and hearing deceased Qui-Gon yell out "Anakin! No!!". I enjoyed the Jango scenes and seeing Slave I's offensive abilities. It was awesome when the Jango-Clone soldiers finally showed up, along with ole 'backwards-speak' General Yoda commanding them. "To the forward command center, take me!" And Yoda's lightsaber battle vs Christopher Lee's Count Dracula Dooku! BITD, I seriously geeked out at that scene at the theater! This time, I still mustered up an eager smile at the scene, even though I knew what was coming. I love some of the little details, such as how Yoda uses the Force to pull his saber from his belt to his hand. "Much to learn, you have!" It was a treat to watch an older Christopher Lee in action, battling and defeating Obi-Wan and Anakin before almost meeting his match when Master Yoda shows up. Dumbest parts #1: Love-scene dialogue. In the past, I'd usually fast-forward past the dull, clunky dialogue between Anakin and Padme. But this time, I watched them all; they are what they are. I had forgotten the "I hate sand" meme was invented here and couldn't help but produce a rude snort when I heard the line again. Dumbest parts #2: the video-game styled steel-mill / factory dangers. I still don't understand how Anakin got his arm out of the steel casings. This sequence reminds me of playing Dragon's Lair for some reason. And speaking of this sequence... Dumbest parts #3: C-3PO's excessively forced humor and 'action'. Ugh. He loses his head, it gets grafted onto a battle droid. "This is such a drag!" as R2 drags his disembodied head away. Just like the "Roger-Roger" droid dialogue we've had to deal with, this may have been aimed at young children, but this fourth-wall-breaking joking around is so corny that it takes me out of the movie, just like in the ridiculous Gymnastics Raptor-Take-Down-Scene in Jurassic Park: The Lost World. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Released May 2005) -- some thoughts: Ah yes, I remember now, General Grievous is in this one. With a hunched-over gait and as sinister-looking as George could manage, also with a hacking cough that isn't explained. I actually appreciate how some things aren't explained by spoon-fed expository dialogue. Another example is how Palpatine is pulling the strings in all three Prequel films - at first I think many wouldn't realize his just how deep his craftiness goes, but there are clues that basically every major event was being planned and orchestrated by him. Thus, I feel it is not beyond reason to have him somehow found a way to survive and to be part of the upcoming Episode IX, as the trailers indicate. Getting back to Ep3, Palpatine isn't even trying to pretend that he isn't a Dark Lord of the Sith at this point. Ian McDiarmid is a treat to behold in this film, he appears to be relishing his role as Chancellor / Emperor Palpatine and really chewing up his scenes! Ha! I think George Lucas tried hard to give fans their money's worth with all the STUFF stuffed into Revenge of the Sith. Lightsaber battles, chases, and spaceship battle scenes. Anakin really does look agressive and ferocious when he goes on the attack. But Yoda has the best lines. At an end your rule is, and not short enough it was. Finally, I've often wondered, why does Obi-Wan only in this film strike the two-fingers pose? And why does Obi-Wan's ridable bird lizard have that annoying yell? To quote Mr. James Carrey from Dumb or Dumber, "want to hear the most annoying sound in the world???" So far I've re-watched 3 films and my personal ranking hasn't changed: Ep3 > Ep1 > Ep2. (Yes, I like the oft-maligned Ep1 a little more than Ep2). Star Wars!
  7. Most of what I experienced of the pre-Disney Star Wars EU was via 2003 Clone Wars, Pandemic Battlefront games, and Lucasarts TFU. Honestly, I was at first mildly-moderately shocked when Bob Iger and Kathleen Kennedy allowed for the EU wipe to happen. True, there were stupid and nonsensical things here and there in the old EU for sure; you could find stuff of that quality in the pre-2005 Star trek books as well. That doesn't cancel out any of the good parts, such as the Thrawn Trilogy, Splinter of the Mind's Eye, Republic Commando, 2003 Clone Wars animated series, the Yuuzhan Vong Invasion and Jango Fett Dark Horse comics, Droids Cartoon, Shadows of the Empire, New Jedi order book series, and Fate of the Jedi novels. >INB4 THE EU WAS NEVER CANON! WRONG! The Star Wars continuity originally had several layers of canon/continuity. Before the time of the EU wipe in April of 2014, it went like this: G- Absolutely, positively canon. All of the films in the saga are in this category. T- Also canon, but not exactly as crucial as material in G level. Occupied primarily by 2008 CGI Clone Wars TV Show and the animated movie that directly preceded it. (This level is one of the few gripes I have with the old canon, as TCW is explicitly set in-between Episodes II and III, plus Lucas had quite more involvement in it than the 2003 series, mainly as the executive producer. Plus, the show was made in-house by Lucasfilm animation!) C- Canon as well, but can be overridden by material of higher-level. The bulk of the EU was in this category. Stuff in this category included the Jedi Academy novels, Lando Carlissian novel trilogy, Han Solo Origins and Han Solo Adventures books, most of the Dark Horse comics, Heir to the Empire novels aka "Thrawn trilogy", New Jedi Order novels, Fate of the Jedi novels, 1980s Droids cartoon, Ewoks cartoon, Kenobi novel, many of the SW video games by Lucasarts such as Shadows of the Empire, Dark Forces 1 and 2, both KOTOR games, Republic Commando, and the Pandemic Battlefront games, and the Darth Plageuis novel. S- Secondary continuity. Material in this category is mostly stuff that has been overridden, but not so much that its entirely out of the window canon-wise, and thus could be seen as an alternate universe. Included most of the old 1970s-1980s Marvel comic books, Traviss Mandalorian novels, the "life day" part of the Holiday special, Galaxy of fear books, The Force Unleashed 1&2, Death Troopers book, and the Crystal Star novel. D- Detours level. An even lower form of canon than S. Reserved mostly for parodic works, such as Detours(A CGI show that had one season made but never officially released due to the Disney buyout), and maybe also the Robot Chicken sketches. N- Non-canon. Stuff in here is at best a "what-if" kind of story. stuff in this level included the majority of the Holiday Special, the 2003 2D animated Clone Wars mini-series after the coming of 2008 CGI Clone Wars TV show, some comics such as the Skippy the Droid comic mini-series and another comic where a cyborg Darth Maul gets into a fight with post-Phantom Menace Obi Wan Kenobi, and some novels. I am not one of the folks who believes that Star Wars cannot survive for long without George Lucas. The sequel trilogy that Disney is giving us would have been better had the post-IP sale Lucasfilm Story Group at most only slightly tweaked the canon policy, not wiped out every single non-film SW media that wasn't the 2008 TCW or the Son of Dathomir comic(the latter of which was kept likely because it directly tied in to TCW show). *sigh*
  8. Star Wars the Arcade Game for ColecoVision played on my CollectorVision Phoenix. And a Micro Machines Rancor. Excellent game for ColecoVision, in the arcade, and the Arcade 1Up machine. We need more games with vector graphics. May the 4th be with you, always.
  9. I have a boxed Wii Fitness board up for trade. I'm looking for some of the things listed here. Wii stuff: NBA Jam Super Mario Bros Wii Mario Kart Wii System carry case/bag GameCube Stuff: Sonic Gems Collection Mega Man Collection Star Wars Bounty Hunter 2 Gamecube controllers
  10. Star Wars: The Mandalorian series. Episodes 1-7. Initially I wasn't going to subscribe early to Disney+. But then they showed the trailer for The Mandolorian. There was absolutely no thought process after that. I waited a week to let 2 episodes queue up, then subscribed and watched the first 2 eps back-to-back. I've now watched all 7 of the aired episodes, so what do I think? I'll list my top 5 surprises and bottom 5 'cons' so far. I was going to post this earlier but never did, thus I kept watching more episodes and this blog entry grew longer than it should have. The Mandalorian immediately won me over with eps 1-3. After that, I enjoyed episodes 4-6 to lesser degree. I started to fear it wasn't going anywhere and that the episodes were one-off's. Then, episode 7 re-introduced key characters and progressed the storyline, with surprises and tension! Episode 7 "The Reckoning" is my favorite of all the episodes. PRO's: 5. A fresh story set in the Star Wars universe with plenty more details of familiar creatures, planets, and races from the OT era that weren't a main part of the Rebels/Empire/Skywalker story. The story occurs chronologically about 5 years after the events of Return of the Jedi -- the fall of the Empire, when Death Star II was destroyed along with dark sith lord Emperor Palpatine and the turn of Darth Vader back into Anakin Skywalker before his own death. This story does not concern itself with Rebels vs the Empire, or Jedi, or even the Force. These things exist but are not the focus of the characters. It's SW universe but a fresh take and given enough weekly episodes to breathe a bit. In many ways, The Mandalorian is successful at looking and sounding like it was filmed at the same time as the original 3 films. We're getting more details on the side-stories. Bounty Hunters. Cantina hangouts. An AT-ST, which is no longer a minor enemy when used by marauders against farmers. Familiar droids, beasts and races. We get to know an actual Ugnaught! I liked Nick Nolte's Ugnaught character Kuiil and his amusing manner of concluding his speeches: "I have spoken. " Allll-righty then! We got Jawas and their Sandcrawler. We got to see aliens of the same species as Bounty Hunter Bossk! And seeing IG-11 was great ... after seeing the trailer (and thinking this was IG-88, the Bounty Hunter droid from TESB), I was surprised he was a potential ally to Mando. I enjoyed seeing IG-11's return in a later episode. 4. Music and art. I really love seeing the hand-drawn art of various episodes scene at the end of each episode! Marvel MCU films have done this too to great effect. The first time I remember seeing this idea was back in Spider-Man 2 (Sam Raimi) in the intro credits. I can still remember sitting down in the theater and hearing the Spider-Man music gear-up and ... OMG is that the uber-realistic art of Alex Ross?! I love the classic Atari 2600 box art for the same reason, it adds all good qualities to the end product. I enjoy watching the end-credits of Mandalorian, waiting to see what paintings they'll show. 3. Filling out more details of the Mandalorians. I don't know what is / is-not Star Wars canon anymore. Mandalorians were in the XBOX game Knights of the Old Republic , which took place 1000 years Before the Battle of Yavin - 1000 BBY. In the game, Mandalorians seemed to have no qualms with taking off their helmets to show their faces. But that isn't the case in the show's era. Mandalorians were in the animated show Star Wars Rebels, which takes place before Star Wars: A New Hope (Ep4). In this series, one of the rebels was a young female Mandalorian by name of Sabine Wren. We got history of the planet Mandalore and its people. Is that still considered 'Star Wars Canon' ? I'm not sure, but in this show, The Mandalorian is called "Mando" for short. He doesn't ever remove his helmet in front of others. He isn't entirely ruthless and certainly he isn't invincible in battle, although quite skilled. He has a history, a story to tell. He's following the rules of Mandalorianism. "This is the way!" I like the character even though I thought he'd be different. He has all the expected weapons - disintegrator, rope, flamethrower ... but no jetpack yet! 2. Guest actors. For some reason is kind of dig the Cara Dune character and the actress. That's one tough woman. She wears no helmet, not much armor either ... really? I remember when Gina was on American Gladiators as Crush, she was a jaw-dropping Amazon. Then she was a kickboxing fighter. MMA? I never watched it. But I'm glad she's finding tough-guy film roles because she really looks the part. Also I liked seeing Chubs / Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), he's always a welcome sight. "you gotta tap, tap, tap it in, Happy". Nick Nolte is also always good, and even Clancy Brown showed up dressed as the big red alien muscle in episode 6. Others I forget their names but recognize their faces. 1. The Child! Every now and then, somebody just nails a character or concept perfectly in a show. In this show, it was the surprisingly well-kept secret and the introduction of The Child ("baby Yoda" as the media dubbed him). Seriously, weren't we all stunned when we discovered in Episode 1 that the 50-year-old bounty was a very young child version of Yoda's species! His adorable cuteness knows no bounds as he wordlessly (but not always quietly) observes the goings-on. I really enjoyed seeing him act as a curious little child, by pressing ship buttons (he's reprimanded by Mando ; then he does it again! HAHA) . Or, “BabyYoda” tries to Force-heal Mando's wound (he is prevented, due to Mando's ignorance, then put back in crib. The indignity!). “BabyYoda” sees the Razor Crest’s joystick ball-mount and wants to play with it (denied! put back in crib again!). “BabyYoda” is there in the background, sipping his cup of bone broth, observing Mando VS Cara Dune struggle (and inadvertently interrupting the fight. HAHA!). The he is playing with a frog, which he swallows whole! I think the cutest scene was watching BY being turned over for the bounty to the Client. BY shoots a desperate child look to Mando, looking and squeaking in desperation as he is turned over to the ex-Imperials. Oh man. That one broke my heart for a moment. But he also shows some seriously strong Force levitation powers, I think it put a chill into Mando's and the Ugnaught's spines. "What was that?" "I don't know". When you finally get to watching episode 7, BY’s Force powers are shown to even greater degree, and for a brief moment he adopted a rather frightening disposition that seemed more Palpatine than Yoda! CONs. Some very minor nit-picks here, since there aren't any major problems with the show. 5. Episode length is short. This isn't really hurting the show. But the episodes end so quickly with 30 to 40 minutes on average, and that includes the introduction and end-credits. 4. Episode 4 bone (broth) of contention: when Mando and Cara Dune realized there was an AT-ST with tremendous firepower, why didn't Mando use his ship, the Razor Crest? It is a former military craft. Surely the ship of a Mandalorian bounty hunter could destroy one AT-ST? However, Mando states that there isn't anything on the planet powerful enough to shoot out the AT-ST's legs... so they devise a trap. It was still a fun stand-alone kind of episode. But the question still rolls around in my brain. 3. Episode 4 - another 'mmmkay' moment - why does the attractive and skilled female widow find herself so immediately attracted to Mando? He could be a Bossk-style lizard inside that helmet. He could have any number of bad traits that she hasn't seen yet, she's only known him days. I guess she did try to take off his helmet to get a good look at him. 2. The Force? In this group of characters, it appears nobody is familiar with The Force. Even the ex-rebel Cara Dune. But didn't the Rebels always say, "May The Force be with you" ? Even Han Solo said it in the first film! Maybe Shock Troopers didn't say that. 1. Weak middle of season 1. Episode 4,5,6 were stand alones - fun to watch to but I started to lose interest, because there seemed to no longer be a story-arc . It seemed each episode was Mando and Child trying out a new location to hide out / make money. Take Episode 5 - The Gunslinger. Cool episode title. And I appreciated returning to Tatooine, and it was nice to see Ming-na Wen show up. But this was the weakest storyline with some of the weakest performances so far in my book. My Mandalorian Episode rankings: 7 = 1 > 3 > 2 > 6 > 4 > 5.
  11. Or at least my battle to get it clean enough to work!
  12. I started to play Xbox Knights of the Old Republic for the first time in advance of Star Wars Episode IX ... although I've owned it for 15 years! On Monday I played for another hour or so. I'm still on Taris but I have seemingly finished the sewers/Vulkar Swoop Bike prototype engine mission. I won the subsequent Swoop bike racing heats (not hard at all), and the female Jedi Bastila has been freed and she is a member of my party now. I think I learned something about fighting in the Vulkar base sequences - use an Ion grenade to disable enemy personal force-fields, *and* activate personal force-fields for all 3 members of your fighting party. Don't forget to lob frag grenades too. (also - manually save. Frequently). I have a couple unfinished missions which should earn me some credits at the very least, so next time I play I'll be wandering around the Cantinas and Apartments to complete those. Favorite parts of KOTOR so far .... running into the Rankor and my party getting demolished by it several times; fighting Gamorrean Guards; seeing the various alien species walk about, species we first saw in A New Hope's Cantina scenes; and the accurate SW sounds such as Wookie bleats and growls . Edit update 11.25.2019 ... I finally got done with Taris and I believe I only need to defeat 2 ruins protector droids before I can leave Dantooine. Problem is, I am low on supplies. Taris was on the dull side. Dantooine has Jedis and lightsaber action! I'm not sure I am in the mood to play the entire game though. I have other, more action packed games to play! Star Wars!
  13. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker , episode IX of George Lucas' original 9-chapter story, debuts December 20, 2019. Back in the autumn of 2015 before Star Wars: The Force Awakens (episode VII) came out, I binged the Clone Wars animated series (on Netflix I think) and found it was mostly very good! And now, leading up to Episode IX, I am binging on Star Wars content again to get me in the SW mood. On the movies side of things, I'm going to re-watch all the films in chronological story order: Ep1, Ep2, Ep3, Solo, Rogue One, Ep4, Ep5, Ep6, Ep7, Ep8. Today I re-watched Star Wars: The Phantom Menace on DVD, in full Dolby Surround Sound. Blu-ray films always seem to use DTS sound, but most of my DVDs used Dolby Surround, which to me seems to have louder, more potentially booming dynamic range compared to the more well-mixed DTS sound ... but it could just be my 2000's era Onkyo surround sound system too. Watching the Phantom Menace for the first time in a few years, I found myself immediately interested and pleasantly surprised by the film! Time has passed so my prior grievances have kind of just become accepted in my mind. There were too many silly Jar-Jar and Gungan mannerisms and dialogue and clumsy antics by the film's end, but not enough to ruin the film for me. The soundtrack by John Williams is just fantastic, and I enjoyed young Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-gon Jinn and their actors. This film was released in May 1999, and the actors appear so young to me. Liam Neeson must have been in his mid-forties at this time - younger than I am now. And good grief, Natalie Portman was still a teenager! And the Yoda puppet is very ugly! Overall, there is a lot of good stuff found in The Phantom Menace, in my opinion. But I think George Lucas missed an opportunity with his direction of young Jake Lloyd as pre-teen Anakin Skywalker. He is a young kid at this point, but I felt he could have been directed and shot with a few more scenes which would foreshadow Vader. Like when Anakin accidentally activates the spaceship's auto-pilot, but he survives the dogfight and flies into the control ship bay and blows it up from inside, saving the day. My problem with the direction is that is almost seems like Anakin did all these things by accident, or was very lucky. I'd have enjoyed watching him piloting that Naboo craft and showing in his eyes the concentration as he piloted a scenario that he was quite familiar with due to his days of pod-racing. It should've been a fist-pump scene when the control ship is defeated (like the mood and suspense we all felt in 1977's Death Star explosion .. wow!) . But its not quite that. Oh well. I was reminded how awesome Darth Maul was, and the excellent Duel of the Fates music and the great Jedi / Sith lightsaber battle at the end. The sequence where Maul, Jinn, and Kenobi are separated by red force-fields -- and they can do nothing but glare at each other and wait -- is well filmed , well staged, well acted, and well scored. Its stuff like this that makes rewatching Ep1 well worth it. Next up is Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, which has historically been my least favorite of the (so far ) 8 main Star Wars films. Star Wars!
  14. It's 36"x72" It's in perfect condition. As you can see, the sides of it are slightly folded in. This comes by it being rolled up for awhile. Story: I got this from my sister a long time ago when she worked at Suncoast before they closed. It was for promotional purposes and she got first dibs on it. 😁 I have no idea..what do you guys think it's worth? 😅 *edit: I'm also open to Genesis games and stuff. Taking offers! If there are any problems with the price that you find please and kindly correct me via PM and not publicly. Thanks! 🙂
  15. I’ve recently been looking through the Box of my copy of Empire strikes back for the 2600 and found this game listed alongside of the Ewok adventure game in an ad (sorry for the bad picture, I couldn’t find the time to snap another). It seems to be the sister game to Ewok adventure since it’s listed as „Game II“ and Ewok Adventure is listed as „Game I“. Anyway I got curious and tried to do some research but couldn’t find anything. So I wanted to ask if anyone has ever seen this game before? It has obviously been canceled with Ewok adventure, but I just want to know if anyone has ever heard of it.
  16. There are approximately 1.6 billion Star Wars games out there...and here are some of the WEIRD, odd and FORGOTTEN games released that (you’re glad) you never heard of.
  17. I am done watching the films in story-chronological order! Here is my ranking of the 8 Skywalker films and 2 side story films, which I'm sure nobody will agree with: Ep5 > Ep4 > Ep6 > Ep7 > RO > Ep8 > Ep3 > Solo > Ep1 > Ep2. Breaking it down a bit: Ep5 > Ep4 > Ep6 - because the OT films are the best of all them. Unbeatable. Ep6 ROTJ is an 8.5/10 film, not quite up there with Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back - both of which are 10/10 excellent films. Next I list Ep7 The Force Awakens which I rate as an 8.5/10 film overall. Despite mirroring Ep4: A New Hope story points: a desert planet with a force sensitive new person, and a cantina scene, and a new planet-killing "Death Star" type of weapon, a new "Empire" and a new "Emperor" , and even a trench scene ... despite what it looks like when written down, I think JJ Abrams and crew did a nice job bringing back the SW feel and making it all seem familiar, but not really the same story at all. Plus we got to see Han, Leia, and briefly Luke 30 years after ROTJ! John Williams introduce new themes here, including Rey's theme which I love. Ep7 TFA is the best of the not-OT films. Next I listed Rogue One. I like the film, I'd rate it 8/10. It has an awesome final battle, the first Darth Vader scenes since 1983 ROTJ, and reanimated Tarkin which I greatly enjoyed. I can't rank it too high, since without the OT already existing, Rogue One wouldn't be so great to me. It fits right into the OT feel, it adds to the Death Star / Rebels story, it fleshes out Vader and the ruthless Grand Moff Tarkin too. Its a great and fresh film. Next I listed Ep8 The Last Jedi. I like the film, I'd give it 7.5/10 overall, but I get bored with the Finn/Rose scenes, and I don't like how the film uses Holdo and killed off Ackbar. I don't mind Snoke getting killed, I never really liked that character anyway. Poe and Finn seem less interesting than they were in TFA! Maybe the film is just too long and should have had some parts cut or edited. Next I listed Ep3 Revenge of the Sith, a 7.5/10 film to me. It is packed with combat scenes, and even shows Kashyyk and the wookies. Although it doesn't connect with me like the OT does, it does have scenes we never got before , mostly Palpatine vs just about everybody individually, even Yoda. I love watching Ian McDiarmid chewing up his scenes. Next I listed Solo. I enjoy the film, and it has young Han, Chewie, the Falcon, and a fantastic version of young Lando Calrissian! I would rate it 7.5/10 overall. But despite Han and Chewie and even Lando, this film feels the least like a Star Wars film to me. Especially with Woody Harrelson and The Vision and that G.ame-of-Thrones actress in it. So I didn't rank it that high on my SW list. Fun to watch, but not memorable to me. Next I listed Ep1 The Phantom Menace. Like Ep7 about 15 years later, TPM brought back the familiarity of SW in a decent way, starting with 2 Jedi and lightsabers. Darth Maul is the best not-Vader Sith who ever could have been imagined! His athleticism and attacks , and appearance, are a treat to watch while the swelling music of Duel of the Fates is playing. Other superb characters are Liam Neeson as Qui-Gonn and introducing Ewan McGregor as young Obi-Wan . I liked seeing Tatooine and Jabba again, and the Pod Racing sequence is thrilling. I'd rate TPM 7/10 as a film. Finally, Ep2 Attack of the Clones (easily the worst of all them), perhaps a 6/10 film. AotC has some enjoyable scenes like all SW films, but a lot of bad scenes that weigh the film down; usually as soon as Anakin and Padme start talking, I click the Fast Forward button until the next scene appears, making it a much more enjoyable movie. I guess I really don't like the Prequel Trilogy films as much as the other ones. One of the reasons is that George Lucas relied on CGI too much and you can see it. Another reason is the dialogue is often bad. I think Lucas has great ideas, but it seems he wasn't the best director, perhaps? In hindsight, I think only 2 PT films were needed. Or, we could have gotten to know the other Jedi a bit more over the course of the 3 films before they are all wiped out. Or, Darth Maul could have, you know, NOT been killed off so quickly? Well, I have to watch Episode IX and then re-evaluate the PT against the entire Sequel Trilogy. Next up on my Episode IX Star Wars binge: more video-games, and The Mandalorian to watch!
  18. Papa

    Jedi Padewan Iadude

    From the album: The Caraway Clan

    © Jay "Papa" Caraway

  19. I like this game. It's like Elite or Privateer for dummies, which is what I need. Lots of autopilot, autosave, and assist functions to protect me from myself, and highly playable shooty western space trading action. I'm playing on PC but if I continue to like it as much as I do now, I'll get it for Switch too, when that launches.
  20. Jaguar HSC__SEASON 12__Round 12 (Round Over Sunday 4/19/20) ROUND COMPLETE Final Round of Season 12! RULES AND DIRECTIONS: Star Wars Arcade -Start a Star Wars Arcade with Wave 1/Easy/No Bonus setting and play until you get a game over. Record your score here with text and a photo. If you are not familiar with the Jaguar HSC general rules and how the scoring system works, please visit this thread here: Star Wars Arcade SCORES: 1. Machine 850,005 +10 2. Rick Dangerous 706,757 +8 3. Hyper_Eye 378,521 +6 4. masematte 94,407 +4 5. Darrin9999 74,212 +2 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. The Current Jaguar HSC Rankings: 1. Machine 130 Points 2. doctor_shred 90 Points 3. masematte 73 Points 4. Darrin9999 54 Points 5. Hyper_Eye 43 Points 6. Rick Dangerous 32 Points 7. Iwantgames:) 10 Points 8. jblenkle 5 Points 9. JagChris 4 Points 10. roadrunner 2 Points 11. 12. 13.
  21. hey guys, works been slow lately so ive been working on a hack, or to be more specific, a hack of a hack. the original hack was based on motocross, but the bike sprites had been replaced pod racers. its on JDD (http://jims_digital_domain.tripod.com/dwnloads.htm) if you want to have a look. Im taking it a step further by modifying all the other sprites (done) and changing the background (also done), but I also want to change the color of the sprites and background. witch is where im at a loss, ive made mods to games that use sprites in the past shure, (EX: chris sawyers locomotion) but in those games the sprite contained the colors used in it. on the Atari however, it seems the colors must be contained somewhere in the games code, and sense both the sprites and and all other code are in binary im having a difficult time finding what determines the color of the sprites. are there common locations in the bin to look for the colors, or are there any tools that can help me find them? I would appreciate any help, thank you.
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