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Television aka TV discussion / Re: Disney+
« Last post by Pak-Man on December 04, 2020, 09:58:50 PM »
Oh, I mean there's a Clone Wars CG movie you should watch first. They thought the pilot looked so good, they decided to run it in theatres, so it ends up detached from the main episode list.
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Television aka TV discussion / Re: Disney+
« Last post by LucasM on December 04, 2020, 08:54:28 PM »
Wow, season 1 was 12 years ago....  I remember watching a bunch of it back when it had been out for a few years but lost interest. 

Anyway, looking at the list of episodes on Disney+ the names match the correct order they aired:

1: Ambush
2: Rising Malevolence
3: Shadow of Malevolence
4: Destroy Malevoence
5: Rookies
....

Thank you.  Been in such incredibly poor functional shape since going back to my folks' house in July (~260 miles away [and NO interactions with anyone while I was there]) to get stuff before the house was sold and torn down, that it didn't occur to me to do a search for episode titles for the order.

I gotta say: that is the most bizarre choice for a first episode to try to get people hooked on the "Wars" aspect of the series.  I mean, that episode might have made a good episode in season 3 or 4 when they might be exploring the characters more (presuming they ever do that).  But straight out of the gate to basically be a diplomatic mission to get ONE planet to allow a base?  Shit, that's part of why the prequels were so mind-numbing.  [The ONLY thing I can think is that they wanted to show people that Yoda would be a big player in the cartoon series... even in tedious episodes.]


Technically, the first episode of Clone Wars is the movie, which gives a little context to the first few episodes.

Thank you!  I think because I find the films so forgettable, I didn't retain any of the Clone Wars movie for context - that, despite watching it with the RiffTrax multiple times, although it's been a year or two since I watched those.  So the 'Previously' background all seemed created from whole cloth and felt out of the blue.


Which is why I was confused for a little while, considering I watched the movie after finishing season 3.

I'm mid season 4 right now. It is getting steadily better from my perspective.

Glad to hear it.  Thanks!
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Mortal Kombat / Re: NOW AVAILABLE - Mortal Kombat - Just the Jokes
« Last post by dbsommer on December 04, 2020, 07:08:45 PM »
Son of a gun. I forgot this one completely otherwise I would have gotten it like I did Gymkata. Looks like I'm going online to grab a DVD (I prefer physical media)
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So it looks like musician Vince DiCola has Covid-19.
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General (Off-Topic) Discussion / Re: List o' Crap #127 Top 50 Novels Countdown!
« Last post by CJones on December 04, 2020, 05:23:59 PM »
It was just announced today that Warner Bros has decided to release all of its upcoming movies on HBO Max at the same time as the theater release. This means it's likely that the new Dune movie may see a release sooner than October 2021 after all.
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General (Off-Topic) Discussion / Re: List o' Crap #127 Top 50 Novels Countdown!
« Last post by CJones on December 04, 2020, 05:21:19 PM »
#3 Dune, by Frank Herbert

5 Lists, 84 Points
Top Vote #1 CJones and MartyS (Grommit)

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

"In politics, the tripod is the most unstable of all structures."

“Many have marked the speed with which Muad'Dib learned the necessities of Arrakis. The Bene Gesserit, of course, know the basis of this speed. For the others, we can say that Muad'Dib learned rapidly because his first training was in how to learn. And the first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could learn. It is shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult. Muad'Dib knew that every experience carries its lesson.”

“Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.”

“When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movements become headlong - faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thoughts of obstacles and forget the precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it's too late.”

“Much that was called religion has carried an unconscious attitude of hostility toward life. True religion must teach that life is filled with joys pleasing to the eye of God, that knowledge without action is empty. All men must see that the teaching of religion by rules and rote is largely a hoax. The proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you’ve always known.”

“The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future.”

“Grave this on your memory, lad: A world is supported by four things..." she held up four big-knuckled fingers. "...the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the righteous and the valor of the brave. But all of these things are as nothing..." She closed her fingers into a fist. "...without a ruler who knows the art of ruling. Make that the science of your tradition!”

"The power to destroy a thing is the absolute control over it."


Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for...

When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

“I wrote the Dune series because I had this idea that charismatic leaders ought to come with a warning label on their forehead: 'May be dangerous to your health.' One of the most dangerous presidents we had in this century was John Kennedy because people said "Yes Sir Mr. Charismatic Leader what do we do next?" and we wound up in Vietnam. And I think probably the most valuable president of this century was Richard Nixon. Because he taught us to distrust government and he did it by example.” -- Frank Herbert, in a 1984 interview with the LA Times

After his novel "The Dragon in the Sea" was published in 1957, Herbert traveled to Florence, Oregon, at the north end of the Oregon Dunes. Here, the United States Department of Agriculture was attempting to use poverty grasses to stabilize the sand dunes. Herbert claimed in a letter to his literary agent, Lurton Blassingame, that the moving dunes could "swallow whole cities, lakes, rivers, highways." Herbert spent the next five years researching, writing, and revising. He published a three-part serial Dune World in the monthly Analog magazine, from December 1963 to February 1964. 

After an interval of a year, he published the much slower-paced five-part The Prophet of Dune in the January – May 1965 issues. The first serial became "Book 1: Dune" in the final published Dune novel, and the second serial was divided into "Book Two: Muad'dib" and "Book Three: The Prophet". The serialized version was expanded, reworked, and submitted to more than twenty publishers, each of whom rejected it. The novel, Dune, was finally accepted and published in August 1965 by Chilton Books, a printing house better known for publishing auto repair manuals.

Dune is now the best selling science fiction novel of all time  :)

Dune is a landmark of soft science fiction. That is, it explores the "soft" sciences, and especially the social sciences (for example, anthropology, sociology, psychology), rather than engineering or the "hard" sciences (for example, physics, astronomy, or chemistry). Herbert deliberately suppressed technology in his Dune universe so he could address the future of humanity, rather than the future of humanity's technology. Dune considers the way humans and their institutions might change over time.

I've read Dune at least 3 times, Dune Messiah twice, Children of Dune once, and I got about 2/3 of the way through God Emperor of Dune before giving up. The original is still my favorite novel of all time, but the further into the series you get, the more preachy it gets (there's even a character in Children of Dune called "The Preacher"), and the less plot driven. But I feel the original has the perfect combination of plot, action, world building and thought provoking discourse on a variety of subjects, such as ecology, religion, politics and philosophy.

The Brian Herbert books read like Star Wars novels. I read the first three so you don't have to. Avoid them.

Fun Fact: Frank Herbert had this to say about the 1984 movie: The book's depth and symbolism seemed to intimidate many filmmakers, but he was pleased with the film, saying that "They've got it. It begins as Dune does. And I hear my dialogue all the way through. There are some interpretations and liberties, but you're gonna come out knowing you've seen Dune."

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Announcements / Now Available - Mortal Kombat (Just the Jokes)
« Last post by MrTorso on December 04, 2020, 04:39:35 PM »
https://www.rifftrax.com/mortal-kombat



It was the mid-90s and parents everywhere were FREAKING OUT about Mortal Kombat.

“Think of the children!” they wailed. “They might wander into an arcade, innocent and wide-eyed, pop a quarter into Mortal Kombat machine, and the next thing you know they’d be… SPELLING THINGS WITH UNNECESSARY K’s!!!”

Well, that never really came to pass, and the so-called “violent” video games of the 90s are now quaint relics. We think we saw somebody get throttled with their own intestines in a Paw Patrol mobile game the other day. But hey - at least we got this dumb-as-hell movie out of it!

Shang Tsung is having a tournament and has invited all your favorite characters: Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade, Liu Kang, and some guy named Art. Raiden was unable to attend, so Christopher Lambert was the natural choice to fill in as the Japanese Thunder God. Everything that kids liked about the game is here. Except for the blood. Well, and the gory fatalities. But there’s plenty of jokes involving luggage! Those must have only been available on the Atari Jaguar version…

Please join Mike, Kevin, Bill, and Noob Saibot for Mortal Kombat!

 

Written by: Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, Conor Lastowka, and Sean Thomason

Contributing Writers: Jason Miller and Zach Shatzer

https://www.rifftrax.com/mortal-kombat
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Mortal Kombat / NOW AVAILABLE - Mortal Kombat - Just the Jokes
« Last post by MrTorso on December 04, 2020, 04:38:05 PM »
https://www.rifftrax.com/mortal-kombat



It was the mid-90s and parents everywhere were FREAKING OUT about Mortal Kombat.

“Think of the children!” they wailed. “They might wander into an arcade, innocent and wide-eyed, pop a quarter into Mortal Kombat machine, and the next thing you know they’d be… SPELLING THINGS WITH UNNECESSARY K’s!!!”

Well, that never really came to pass, and the so-called “violent” video games of the 90s are now quaint relics. We think we saw somebody get throttled with their own intestines in a Paw Patrol mobile game the other day. But hey - at least we got this dumb-as-hell movie out of it!

Shang Tsung is having a tournament and has invited all your favorite characters: Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade, Liu Kang, and some guy named Art. Raiden was unable to attend, so Christopher Lambert was the natural choice to fill in as the Japanese Thunder God. Everything that kids liked about the game is here. Except for the blood. Well, and the gory fatalities. But there’s plenty of jokes involving luggage! Those must have only been available on the Atari Jaguar version…

Please join Mike, Kevin, Bill, and Noob Saibot for Mortal Kombat!

 

Written by: Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, Conor Lastowka, and Sean Thomason

Contributing Writers: Jason Miller and Zach Shatzer

https://www.rifftrax.com/mortal-kombat
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General (Off-Topic) Discussion / Re: The Funny Pictures Thread
« Last post by RVR II on December 04, 2020, 02:26:26 PM »
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