It was curious how half of the audience ratings on Rotten Tomatoes were negative that I began to wonder if the mystery box that J.J developed in the Force Awakens, caused such a hype among the fandom their expectations became too high, and then when they watched the Last Jedi, they were automatically disappointed when one of their theories did not work, thus they became determined to hate the rest of the movie. It made me think that theories are ruining peoples enjoyment. What are your thoughts?
Sometimes people become too entrenched in head canons that anything other than that is unacceptable. I know I was initially disappointed with the ending on my first viewing, but after taking a while to digest and watching it again, I came to appreciate the film even more. I just wish other people would do the same and let go of theories and head canons and just enjoy what the movie brings to the table.
Did you notice that Rey had stolen the Jedi text from the tree and stashed them in the Falcon? Thoughts on how that will possibly play into IX?
Yes!! I missed it on the first viewing but my friend mentioned it, then ofc I saw it on the 2nd/3rd/4th viewing lol She’s such a little scavenger lmao I love her
I think that there will be a time jump between episodes finally, and that Rey will actually read the texts unlike Luke. And because of that, she will be at the essence of the true Jedi way - and she’ll realize that it’s about balance more than choosing sides, that Kylo can be both dark side and light without having to choose. And so can she - that one isn’t inherently worse than the other, it’s the actions you take.
So we’ll probably see a bit of a different mindset with her in Ep 9 - which is good cause they’re both gonna need it in the end.
‘two hours’, for sure. After my first viewing of Rogue One, I was kind of ‘put off’ by how apbrupt the tone changed from the Eadu argument to Yavin IV. Something ‘had’ to have happened on that flight back, or back on base. It just felt so weird to jump from such a charged environment to Jyn realizing what needed to be done. Even in the novel she talks about blowing up the base? Like she’s that mad on the ship? I mean …. so this was like my little pet project, it took me two months to write and I just, it’s not my best writing but I’m proud of the premise and I think it’s ‘somewhat’ a believable scenario.
3. favorite line/scene from a fic you wrote
both are from ‘I can lead you home’, again one of my earlier things this year. Basically the whole end scene of this fic where Cassian finds Jyn in the remnants of a panic attack and he’s just so gentle and calm and understanding with her. my favorite line from that fic
With a shattered sigh she pried herself apart, legs swinging off the
bed to plant on the ground beneath them. She felt it there, toes chilled
slightly with each tiny movement. It was there, she was there.
And yet Jyn still felt like she was falling.
24. favorite fic you read this year
she’s really gonna be sick of me saying this but Burn by @lyresandlasers. she knows how much that fic meant to me and how much it helped me through so I’ll just yell a general READ IT. But just know it’s not for everyone, it’s not the happy slow-burn fix it but it’s realistic in how it’s presented and touches on some heavy stuff, but it’s handled with extreme care and you can tell just how seriously she took writing this piece. i’ve read it like, at least four times at this point.
also the MSF AU ‘i fought the war (but the war won)’ by @incognitajones. again, probably sick of me saying how much i loved this but it really was a genuinely intriguing AU and the characterization was so, so good. The way their relationship unfolds throughout the war and how she doles out these little pieces how they care for each other had me literally clutching my chest at some points. It was just so realistic, it felt like I was watching some weird extended cut of Rogue One. She’s also written one-shots and side stories for the AU which are also fantastic.
Initial thoughts after my first viewing of SW: TLJ
- Poooooooorgs. Used well. Cute but not George-Lucas-shoving-them-in-your-face-until-you-hate-them cute. There’s some mean fun involving them too, for people allergic to any and all cuteness.
- Character character character. What did the prequels lack? Characters that felt real and funny and human. The sequels are the opposite. There’s characters in SPADES. But, I mean, it works, because the Old Republic world feels stiff and historic and overly elegant. As time goes on, the formality and extravagance of that age goes out the window. People are chill, casual, modern. Slobby, even.
- Is it just like “Empire”? No, not really, but it definitely references stuff that happened in that movie, and for a purpose.
- Is it the best Star Wars film ever/better than Empire? Probably not. I mean, that’s pretty subjective. Like I, for one, thought TFA was amazing and I never hated the Ewoks. But is TLJ good? Is it worthy of the praise it’s been getting? Hells yeah.
When he pick up the dices something in him started to react and in that moment he saw Rey, she closed the door and that look in the end that was Ben Solo. There's the redemption arch.
I couldn’t agree more. I walked out of the first viewing thinking oh my god, they just did that. They just sent Kylo completely to the dark. And then I saw it a second time and realised the significance of him picking up that dice “no-one is ever truly lost”. That look he gave Rey was complete and utter heartbreak. He knew he screwed up and he regrets it so much.
The Last Jedi: A Beautiful and Exquisitely Emotional Film About the Lows and Highs of Failure
I didn’t feel prepared to review this film after my first viewing, since I felt too overwhelmed by what I had seen and I wasn’t able to properly articulate my feelings beyond the level of mostly incoherent squealing. I have just seen it for the second time and feel much more capable of writing about it now. This review will be chock-full of spoilers, so please don’t read it until you have seen the film for yourself (and I implore you to do so - it’s a brilliant ride).
In the Japanese version of Super Mario 64, it is possible to change the direction Mario is facing during the cutscene after collecting a Bowser Key by standing under the key’s spawning point and entering first-person view. Note that in this version, the key appears as a Power Star after collecting it.
Long ago, two races ruled over Earth: HUMANS and MONSTERS. One day, war broke out between the two races. After a long battle, the humans were victorious. They sealed the monsters underground with a magic spell.
sometimes i remember that i only watched voltron because i was tired of seeing it everywhere but also kinda curious so i was like well,, ill just watch it. ill watch it so i wont have to wonder about it anymore, and after i see how much i hate it, i can get over it and just move on
and anyway just so you all know that backfired spectacularly
You know how sometimes we make meme and social media references in real life?
The aliens certainly didn’t.
The captain had no idea what to expect from his decision to bring a second human aboard the ship. His only guidance in the matter had been the rather unhelpful suggestion to acquire one already pack-bonded with Human-Megan. Unfortunately, given human nature, this could apply to any number of humans, and attempting to ask Human-Megan herself for an organized list of them all proved useless. (He had been immediately accused of being a “stalker”.)
However, he did eventually become aware of a certain human who had been a “sister from another mister” for most of Human-Megan’s life. Upon inquiring about this new human, he was met with enthusiastic approval, mostly in the form of the repeated, painfully high-pitched word “yes”.
And so Human-Lynn was brought aboard.
At first, the crew were presented with nothing they were unfamiliar with. There had been a temporary scare upon first viewing Human-Lynn, due to the vibrant and multicolored crop of hair she bore. However, Human-Lynn had quickly ended their confusion by explaining the concept of hair dye, which, although it had left a few crewmembers nauseous, was understandable for human standards.
In addition, Human-Lynn was considerably less emotional, or so it seemed. Upon encountering disagreements with the crew, she would begin laying down insults in an almost offhand manner, and nothing seemed to cause her to be visibly furious. However, Human-Megan had assured them that she was simply “sassy” and “sarcastic” in nature, and that when she began to insult them in such a calm manner, she was indeed furious (although it was difficult to imagine that a being could be simultaneously calm and furious).
But then came the strange, and often illogical, conversations that often ensued between Human-Lynn and Human-Megan.
For instance, there was their first passage through a nebula since Human-Lynn’s arrival. Human-Megan, although she had borne witness to nebulae before, looked on in wonder almost identical to Human-Lynn’s. Both were seemingly rendered immobile, mouths slightly agape.
“Yeah,” Human-Megan affirmed.
“What’s the…how does this even…” After a moment of failed articulation, Human-Lynn let out a deep sigh. “Science side of Tumblr?”
“Space dust do the glow-glow,” Human-Megan responded almost seamlessly.
“Thank you, science side of Tumblr.”
Several more occurrences of seemingly cryptic conversations where yet to come. Occasionally, the two would make eye contact and mutter “same” for seemingly no reason at all, and once during the first meal rotation Human-Lynn had stood and bellowed, “AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!” much to the surprise and momentary panic of her fellow crewmembers.
At last, a member of the cultural research department approached the two during their third meal rotation and inquired about the nature of their seemingly meaningless conversations. It was his duty, after all, to collect data regarding new species, especially in regards to behavior.
He was met with general laughter, a sound still rather jarring to hear without appropriate warning.
“Holy…crap,” Human-Lynn breathed, wiping a tear from her eye as she shook with laughter. “An alien…wants to know…about memes. I never thought I’d see the day.”
“Yeah,” Human-Megan affirmed. “They’re like…I don’t know…references to popular culture on Earth? They’re usually pretty stupid, and either considered hilarious or grounds to murder someone because they’re that stupid.”
“Grounds to…murder someone?!”
“Not literally, dude. We’ve discussed this. Not literally.”
“There’s a lot of memes,” Human-Lynn continued in her friend’s place. “Spongebob is a few…oh, there’s the dog in the burning house. You know, the ‘this is fine’ meme?”
“Yeah, and Moon-Moon, and 'you shall not pass’–”
“Screw you, I hate John Cena–”
“These are not the droids you’re looking for, that one’s a classic–”
“And then there’s some that aren’t really memes, they’re more like Tumblr legends. Like the science side of Tumblr, and John Green, and Superwholock. But Lynn and I like to use those in real life because we’re weird.”
The researcher nodded, a gesture he had it adopted from the humans he studied, although the concepts they were referring to were far beyond his understanding. Perhaps this was one of those cases where you had to simply let humans be humans, regardless of how strange it was.
“I believe I have heard of these…memes,” he mused after a moment. “So…what is Rickrolling?”
Immediately the grins dropped from the humans’ faces.
“We don’t talk about Rickrolling,” hissed Human-Megan. “We never–EVER–discuss–Rickrolling.”
The ascendant, amongst other things, indicates how you see and interact with the world. Obviously your other placements will add to and influence this, but it’s about how you first view the world or how you see it.
Fire ascendants see the world through action. They want to experience it firsthand, and to the fullest extent. They are hands on and active, they want to experience anything and everything fun. They prefer to see the good in everything and everyone, but they certainly aren’t naive. They want to bring good and light into the world, they want to make it one great experience. They do things on impulse or because they just simply want to, without much before or afterthought. They don’t like to just sit around, they want action and production. They do things with enthusiasm, with passion.
Earth ascendants are practical and responsible. They are willing to work hard for what they want, and are full of wisdom and knowledge. They seek and value security, they want to get a good grip of where they are, who they are, or what they are. They see things practically and analyze their surroundings, but do still maintain a good sense of humor. They keep their wits about them and are cautious of new things or ideas, or have trouble getting out of their comfort zone. They see things with caution and with detail, they pick up on every last thing. They are skeptical of the world and others, and view it as a place where work and security means everything. They do things with grace, heart, and determination.
Air ascendants see the world through change. They view things with open minds and ideas, they are willing to experience everything to make their mind up about it. They flow through their life, they don’t take things too seriously. They love to experience things with people, they see the world with people. They are good at connections and use those connections to help the world or make it a better place. They see the world and want to change it, want to bring things and ideas to life. They do things with logic, friendliness, and a curious mind.
Water ascendants see the world through sensitivity. They hurt for the world and want to make it better. They long to help people or care for them, they want to be able to be useful in that way. They see people’s good sides and bad sides, and use both to determine character. They are very sensitive to their surroundings and pick up on vibes and emotions of others easily. They are good at first judgments and reading people or places. They see the world and want peace and care, they hurt for others. They long for peace and calmness. They do things with heart, care, and love.
Fire ascendants seek experience, enthusiasm, and action in the world and others.
Earth ascendants seek security, detail, and thoughtfulness in the world and others.
Air ascendants seek change, open minds, and curiosity in the world and others.
Water ascendants seek care, emotion, and love in the world and others.
View these celestial beauties taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and released as a set of views in a modern day “Messier Catalog."
Spotting comets was all the rage in the middle of the 18th century, and at the forefront of the comet hunt was a young French astronomer named Charles Messier. In 1774, in an effort to help fellow comet seekers steer clear of astronomical objects that were not comets (something that frustrated his own search for these elusive entities), Messier published the first version of his “Catalog of Nebulae and Star Clusters,” a collection of celestial objects that weren’t comets and should be avoided during comet hunting. Today, rather than avoiding these objects, many amateur astronomers actively seek them out as interesting targets to observe with backyard telescopes, binoculars or sometimes even with the naked eye.
Hubble’s version of the Messier catalog includes eight newly processed images never before released by NASA. The images were extracted from more than 1.3 million observations that now reside in the Hubble data archive. Some of these images represent the first Hubble views of the objects, while others include newer, higher resolution images taken with Hubble’s latest cameras.