Jump to content

Oracle X

Hero
  • Content Count

    8,636
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    6

Oracle X last won the day on July 7 2015

Oracle X had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

90 Apprentice

About Oracle X

  • Rank
    Guru

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    In His Pants
  • Interests
    Variable short term but fixed long term
  1. cos Luke force-saw ( :) ) the future and programmed him to wake up at that time? And WTF is this Snoke character???????
  2. not once did i wonder "Why dont the good guys have capital ships?". that strikes me as a very niche thing to need answered. if i had to guess, the good guys have fallen on bad times in the intervening years? i dont particurly care, although i welcome an explanation if and when it appropriately serves narrative. perhaps Rey is simply a prodigy the likes of which has never been seen. maybe she is like a Star Wars Kwisatz Haderach, destined to make all previous Jedis look like Bene Gesserit of middling talent. right now i dont particurly care, although i welcome an explanation if and when it appropriately serves narrative. the same goes for many of your highminded objections wrought of familiarity with "decades of carefully constructed EU logic". for the most part, the closeness to the original didnt bother me (with one major exception: ). ...in fact, i welcomed it with open arms. firstly, the Star Wars universe and mythos seems particularly ammenable to the epic poetry of heroes with magical bloodlines being locked into a dance of good and bad deeds resonating throughout time. through such a prism, a certain amount of 'history repeating itself' is both logical and dramatically apt. secondly, this was what i needed to wash away the taste of episodes I-III. it was a palate cleanser for new beginnings. this is what a new generation deserved. the movie is not, and could never have been, made to appease the expectations of middle-aged Star Wars nerds. it was made to reinvigorate a sense of wonder and excitement akin to IV. and it succeeded. there were many individual scenes in this movie with more StarWarsiness in them than the previous three movies combined. so slip a chill pill, put aside the EU-autism, and appreciate that it FELT like Star Wars. the fact that feeling was stirred, and then sustained throughout, was enough for me. You mistake me for a hardcore SW fan with a rabid obsession with every detail of the EU. I'm not. My knowledge of the EU only extends to a few Star Wars games and the Rogue Squadron books. All of my complaints are based on very obvious observations based on the most rudimentary knowledge of the original trilogy, and physics. This film offends me not just as SW fans, but as a scifi fan and a movie enthusiast who abhors movies with ridiculous plot holes patched over with cheap convenient plot fillers. If all of my questions are so easily answered then why didn't JJ Abram just fucking answer them? Why IS there a Republic and a Resistance ? Why AREN'T the Resistance better equipped when we clearly see them taking on the full might of the Imperial Fleet in ROTJ? Why DON'T they just ram a ship into the oscillator if the Starkiller shield is so easily bypassed? How DOES R2-D2 know when to conveniently wake up after the battle is over? It's all very well to leave little things to "perhaps" but these are central to the plot. Is it too much trouble for Abrams to add 1 or 2 lines to explain these things? Or even leave some foreshadowing if they are to be explained in the NEXT movie? It seems to me that much of the praise people bestowed upon this movie starts and ends with "it was much better than the prequels!". Well that's certainly true, and if a director can be congratulated for not making GARBAGE then my hats off to JJ Abram. But I expect more. And frankly I think we deserve more. Say what you will about the new generation, it's the OLD generation that's forking over billions for the countless merchandising and movie tickets. Middle aged Star Wars nerds like me going to watch this movie, with their family no less, is what drove the billion dollar box office. So pardon me if I'm don't join the koolaid queue and give that movie a free pass cos frankly I'm sick of hack jobs like this and Jurassic World getting free passes to make a billion bucks rehashing the same shit but with more FX budget.
  3. I think the bottom line is, if you loved the original trilogy and wanted a nostalgic trip down memory lane then this movie will do the trick for you, but if you love the Star Wars EU and want to see all the amazing characters and rich history (or something equally brilliant) come to life in a great scifi movie then this will be a huge disappointment.
  4. Maybe not in the movie franchise, but a lot of work have gone into the EU to make the SW universe credible. For example, the EU explains that a planet or an astrobody exerts an gravity shadow that will automatically pull a vessel out of hyperspace or preventing it from entering it, which also explains why strategic / important planets don't all look like post-Death Star Alderaan after millenniums of intergalactic war. The theory also provides the logic of interdictor ships built to stop the enemy from fleeing into hyperspace anytime they want and sets up fleet tactics which in turn becomes part of narrative plots. But alas, it's just easier to say "Han Solo flew the Millennium Falcon through their shield using hyperspace" cos why bother developing an actual clever plan when one could just walk into a super-secret weapons facility. Even Luke Skywalker - a Jedi, had to allow himself to be captured in order to get on the second Death Star. Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal. JJ Abrams made a poor copy of already sloppy work whereas a better director would have stolen the great ideas from the EU to bring it to the 21th Century.
  5. Warning: Spoilers and Ranting! Mostly ranting. What a let down this film was. I didn't have a lot of expectations of this film in fear of over-hyping, but I was still disappointed. This film was a shambolic and incoherent mess and the blame can be squarely placed on that over-hyped pretender JJ Abrams. Let's start with the fact that instead of making a film that tells an original story, he essentially remade Episode IV with a slightly different cast and slightly different order of events. The evil Empire/First Order captures the Rebel/Resistance hero/heroine but not before his/her trusty droid/s escapes with the MacGuffin onto a desert planet where its/they're found by an unlikely hero/heroine with mysterious linage. Cue meeting with a rogue smuggler/stormtrooper with dubious loyalties, they escape with MacGuffin headed for the Rebel/Resistance base after narrowly escaping the Empire/First Order. They get tractored into a bigger ship / Death Star where they meet up with aforementioned/different hero/heroine then escapes again. In mean time, the Empire / First Order deploys their superweapon the Death Star / Bigger Death Star and destroys a planet / system. Finally the Rebellion / Resistance gets the MacGuffin and comes up with a plan to destroy the Death Star / Bigger Death Star by attacking its ONE weakness - a thermal exhaust vent / oscillator! Cue more sneaking around in the absurdly lightly guarded Death Star / Bigger Death Star, X-Wing vs TIE fights over thermal exhaust vent / oscillator, and just when everything seems lost and mere SECONDS before the weapon is deployed the hapless Rebel/Resistance base, our hero/heroine learns to trust the force and the day is saved with a trench run! And all these on not-Tatooine, not-Hoth and not-Endor. No, JJ, it's not a "homage" if you just remake the same film again with 0 original concepts! And if that's no bad enough, instead of constructing a plausible narrative, he just makes convenient shit happen even when it's completely fucking nonsense! Need to explain why the good guys have no capital ships? Cos they're the Resistance, not the Republic, because plot! Need to out-Death Star the Death Star? It's charged by the sun! Like, the WHOLE sun! Onto a weapon built into a planet 1/100,000 times smaller than said energy source because science. First Order shield too tough to crack? No problem! Just have the Millennium Falcon "hyperspace" through it into the atmosphere, who cares that it's not technically possible to do that because if it WERE possible there would be no need to build Death Stars cos any suicidal tramp freighter captain would be able to frack a planet just by ramming it at full speed! That's decades of carefully constructed EU logic that got promptly flushed down the trash-compactor. Need an obligatory lightsabre duel? Drop your weapon to rush to your fallen friend! Need your heroine to escape and kick some ass? Let her close her eyes and use the Force with absolutely 0 training. Cos that's how the Force works right? Evil Ren needs to survive till the next film? No worries, let's just open a chasm between him and Rey at the last minute so his ass doesn't get sabre-chopped. Also hyperspace is apparently magic cos you can get from one system to another across thousands of lightyears in a matter of hours, minutes really, which is somewhat perplexing that nobody's noticed a giant death beam is being built so close to the seat of the Galactic Republic. You know the more I think about it, the less surprised I am the film turned out the confusing mess the way it did. JJ Abrams is obsessed with his fucking mystery box. He's loves building puzzles even when the story doesn't need any and isn't improved by it. I'm all for telling a deeper story through horror / adventure, but Abrams doesn't have the character development genious of Joss Wheldon. He doesn't have the flawless narrative skills of Christopher Nolan. He can't even do action as well as Zack Snyder. And when he tries to cram all that into his stupid mystery box, he builds himself into a maze of inconsistencies which he can't get out of, so does the one thing he does best - he pulls a completely illogical twist out of his ass and hopes that nobody notices how ridiculous it is. He's done it with Lost and Star Trek and now he's doing it with my favorite scifi franchise. He says he doesn't want to "rip off the monster" he wants to "rip off the characters", well he's done both, poorly. Despite all the failings, there were some great scenes, but oh it could have been sooooo much more. So many things went explained for the sake of keeping the "mystery". So many things went unsaid, between Solo and Ren, between Finn and Poe, between Rey and Leia, that could have brought great depth to the characters. So many opportunities for great battle scenes, a combined air-ground resistance assault on that forest planet, a proper fleet battle above Starkiller base, done half-heartedly or not at all. Sure, it wasn't as disastrous as the prequels but oh the wasted potential. If this is suppose to be the prophesied sequel that would bring balance to the franchise then I'm defecting to the Trek side... actually screw that, he's ruined that for me as well. 5/10 oh and can SOMEBODY explain to JJ Abrams what a "lightyear" is and what it means in terms of watching one system being blown up from another system from that far away!? /facepalm
  6. Oracle X

    The future is today

    Great Scott! What happened to Doc Brown's face! Over-exposure to Mr. Fusion has melted it!
  7. Oracle X

    The future is today

    Where's my hoverboard? And I don't mean that magnetic 2mm off a smooth metal surface POS. I mean REAL hoverboard! The one that hovers over water and comes in pink!
  8. Oracle X

    What TV series are you watching?

    Narcos is awesome. Almost as good as Daredevil. FYI Beast of No Nation is out on Netflix. Should be good too.
  9. Oracle X

    What TV series are you watching?

    Limitless is actually better than I thought it would be. A super-intelligent main character who's good at everything would always be in danger of coming across as too smug to be likable but they did a good job this time by giving him a child-like enthusiasm and lack of impulse control. I also liked the contrast between MZT-Brian and regular Brian to break up the pace.
  10. Oracle X

    What TV series are you watching?

    tbh I didn't think it was too great which is a shame cos I kinda wanted it to be. My first problem with the premise is that it's too easy. The guy can make anyone spill their secrets within 10 seconds of talking to them. So essentially every episode will become the a game of "how long can we drag this on for until he asks the right person the right question"? It's bad enough with Elementary where it's "spot the clue", at least that was entertaining to see the writers try to come up with more and more outlandish "deductions". A good detective needs a worthy opponent and frankly I just don't see there's much potential for one in this show where the average match up is Ex-Lord of Hell vs scumbag number 406347345. My second problem with the show is that it's too glam. Dispute his obvious charm, I found it hard to like "Lucifer", perhaps it's because he's TOO charming, sorta sets one's teeth on edge. You'd think the devil would come with a ton of emotional baggage and a laundry list of psychological issues. If he cares enough to want to solve murders and punish criminals, shouldn't be be suffering a shitload of PTSD? You know, what with him being responsible for thousands of years of tormenting humanity and all. Or maybe he should be very self-serving and apathetic with a Blacklist James Spader vibe, taking perverse pleasure in being the good guy to spite his "family". The fact that every other side character looks like they just walked off the cover of Vogue doesn't help either. An eternally glamorous and charming main character solving crime using his charm and glamour power with his equally glamorous sidekicks in one of the most glamorous cities in the world... this is shaping up to be another Forever, and we all know how that show ended. It's early days yet, hopefully the characters will get a chance to develop, but I'm getting the feeling that this show was structured in a way to appeal to the mass audience while simultaneously trying to stand out from a crowded lineup without taking any risks and that's the fastest way to Axedviile other than putting in on Fox! ... oh wait.... I'd have much prefered it if they stuck to how he was portrayed in the comic book series. I haven't read the comics but from what I read from wiki, I don't think it would work. For one thing, solving human crimes would be beneath him and second, he seems to be waaaaaay more powerful and intelligent - like a Superman with magic powers and the combined intelligence of Sherlock Helms and Moriarty.
  11. Oracle X

    What TV series are you watching?

    ok you just disrespected iZombie - one of the best shows I've seen and solid proof that no matter how silly a concept might seen on paper, with the right actors and script, it can display amazing depth and vision. We're clearly not on the same wavelength here. Major FTW!
  12. Oracle X

    What TV series are you watching?

    That's not quite true. Yes there are a ton of disappointing shows out there but there's also the rare gems that absolutely makes it worth the effort of sorting through the ton of garbage to find. American prime time television, being in a extremely crowded and competitve market, with obscene potential profits involved is bound to produce equal measure of the ridiculous and the resplendent. And innovation has always been part of their strategy along with mass appeal. The need to strike a balance is the magic formula they haven't quite figured out yet. Sometimes it pays off, other times it doesn't. You can't have your iZombie without your Forever. Or your Parks and Rec without your... whatever Chuck Lorre shat out his backside this year. Out of the 60 odd new shows in the lineup this season, even if 9/10 are bad, that still leaves half a dozen new shows worth watching, on top of the existing list of shows we've accumulated from previous years. That's not counting the shows that might improve or the replacement shows for the inevitably cancelled ones. And let's not forget the cable channels like HBO or streaming services like Netflix. The more they push the boundary, the more pressure they exert on the major networks to up their game which can only be a good thing. God knows the only exciting thing to come out of British TV these days is who's play the new Doctor - New Flash: it's another fucking boring stuffy white guy... lol, it's like John Oliver acting out Cracked articles. +1 like
  13. Oracle X

    What TV series are you watching?

    Checked out Heroes Reborn. It's pretty good considering. Although the whole Japanese game-world thing is very weird. Also where's Giles? I don't mind story getting awhile to setup but I hope the characters start crossing paths soon or somebody start explaining what's going on. I would hate for the mystery to drag on and on in the name of "suspense". Also Limitless seems to have some potential, wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.
  14. Oracle X

    What TV series are you watching?

    tbh I didn't think it was too great which is a shame cos I kinda wanted it to be. My first problem with the premise is that it's too easy. The guy can make anyone spill their secrets within 10 seconds of talking to them. So essentially every episode will become the a game of "how long can we drag this on for until he asks the right person the right question"? It's bad enough with Elementary where it's "spot the clue", at least that was entertaining to see the writers try to come up with more and more outlandish "deductions". A good detective needs a worthy opponent and frankly I just don't see there's much potential for one in this show where the average match up is Ex-Lord of Hell vs scumbag number 406347345. My second problem with the show is that it's too glam. Dispute his obvious charm, I found it hard to like "Lucifer", perhaps it's because he's TOO charming, sorta sets one's teeth on edge. You'd think the devil would come with a ton of emotional baggage and a laundry list of psychological issues. If he cares enough to want to solve murders and punish criminals, shouldn't be be suffering a shitload of PTSD? You know, what with him being responsible for thousands of years of tormenting humanity and all. Or maybe he should be very self-serving and apathetic with a Blacklist James Spader vibe, taking perverse pleasure in being the good guy to spite his "family". The fact that every other side character looks like they just walked off the cover of Vogue doesn't help either. An eternally glamorous and charming main character solving crime using his charm and glamour power with his equally glamorous sidekicks in one of the most glamorous cities in the world... this is shaping up to be another Forever, and we all know how that show ended. It's early days yet, hopefully the characters will get a chance to develop, but I'm getting the feeling that this show was structured in a way to appeal to the mass audience while simultaneously trying to stand out from a crowded lineup without taking any risks and that's the fastest way to Axedviile other than putting in on Fox! ... oh wait....
  15. Oracle X

    World War 3

    You lost me 10 seconds into the 9/11 truther video.
×