Buncha emo pantywaists.
Latest posts made by Dr.Penguin
RE: You just became the current character you're playing on CoA.
I feel like giving a shiny pebble to a sexy female penguin.
RE: Thank you George!
I think George wanted to see his brainchild end up in capable hands before he died and while he was in a position to make the decision. Disney, as crazy as it may sound, is a great choice. People worry about seeing Mickey Mouse with a lightsaber or some shit, but Avengers did just fine and honestly getting Star Wars out of George Lucas' hands can't be a bad decision. Granted, I liked the "prequel trilogy" far more than most people (honestly it wasn't that freakin' bad, and Revenge of the Sith was bad ass save for the NOOOOOO - but hey, it gave us funny stuff to play with online). Disney is capable of doing mature adult driven content all while even keeping a PG rating, so I'm not too beefed about it. If anything it ensures that Star Wars will live on. I HOPE they move on to at least some of the EU stuff (sure, there's mind-boggling amounts of canon, but there's always room to adapt new stories within the canon that just give little glimpses and tips-of-the-hat to the dire fans), but something tells me Episode VII might in the very least feature cameos (unless it's set in the very far future, but from reading sources online I believe George Lucas still wrote the story for VII-IX and that each trilogy takes place 20 years away from the next, so it's almost a cert that we'll get to see old Luke, old Leah, and old Han).
To answer the questions:
- You think they'll cast the old guys from the OT? (I fucking hope not. I don't want to see Mark Hamill on the screen. I DO NOT want to remember Luke as a decrepit old man)
I am thinking cameos are a cert, but that doesn't mean they have to be horrible. The actors have all aged naturally, there will be no need for heavy make-up. It might be very fitting and very natural, and very awesome, if done right. I personally would love to see an older Luke who has married, perhaps had children, and perhaps train them in the almost extinct ways of the Jedi.
- RECAST the OT cast? Might work, but those faces are more than iconic. Not sure how well the public would take it. But then, it worked for Star Trek…though there was a time gap, portraying younger versions of the classic, so that was different.
I don't think they would even attempt it. CGI if anything natural isn't possible, but I think they know they'd be stoned to death by mobs of angry fans. I don't think it would work to compare the reactions of Star Trek fans to Star Wars fans. I am a big fan of both, but I have to say that I find Star Wars fans much more.. rabid and uncompromising than Star Trek fans. Whether that's due to maturity or just sheer love of the franchise, I do not know.
- All new cast. Best option in my opinion. Set it 100000 years in the future, away from any and all EU conflict and canon bullshit (EU is so huge and unwieldy, it's insane.) and focus on building a brand new storyline.
I'm thinking Disney might follow along in Star Wars fashion and cast new faces, non-named/low-profile celebrities looking to build their careers. This, at least, I hope as much for. Sometimes a celebrity bringing too much star power can detract from the characters they're trying to play. Personally I believe there are certain celebrities that would rock out any film (Robert Downy Jr. and Denzel Washington, to name a few of my favorites) but I feel like Samual L. Jackson, for example, soiled the roll of Mace Windu because Samual L. Jackson can only play one character - Samual L. Jackson. I kept waiting for him to burst out against the Chancellor and say "You ain't usin' no motha fuckin' force shock on me, nerf herdin' sucka!!" Just didn't work for me. I know I may have felt similar if I knew who Billy Dee Williams was (he had some significant star power coming into Star Wars) when I was a young lad watching Star Wars for the first time, but I guess that worked out alright in the end.
I'm excited, in the end. The franchise evolves, and yes, much to many dire fans' chagrin that means the winds of change are blowing, but change isn't always a bad thing, and change is necessary to survive. I've lived my entire life (28 years) growing up with Star Wars. There was always something new going on with Star Wars, be it a movie, a TV Show, a cartoon, a video game, a comic book, or a novel, Star Wars has lived and breathed along with me for my entire life and seeing it move on to Disney means one thing: It will survive and it will make money, and if it makes money, it will continue to survive. I want it to survive, much like I want Star Trek to survive. Even if there are busts in between, a gem comes along every now and then and makes it all good.
Long Live Star Wars!
RE: Prayers for my best friend and hetero-lifemate
Uhm… let me be a bit OFF-TOPIC. I'd appriciate, Penguin, if you read it. Others don't even have to.
I think this well-spread western attitude makes it very hard for doctor to work. There are certain things a doctor would actually -try- to help you, but he won't when he fears the consequences.
Everyone makes mistakes, and yeah, he's taken a job where a mistake can cost the life of someone. I think it's quite a brave thing to do, and there is no need to ruin someone's life when there is such a great opportunity to be awfully happy.
That isn't what people were praying for, either. I think.
And... I really don't mean to be offensive. Or anything bad. I was a victim for something similar myself, and I'm still content with my decision not taking any legal actions.
I understand that and agree, most of the time.
In this case, to 100% test for Cystic Fibrosis, the baby is given a sweat test, the mother has her blood tested for part of the carrier code, and the father has his blood tested for the other part of the carrier code. All three have to come back positive for the baby to have Cystic Fibrosis. It's not really a test where things can "misfire," if you know what I mean. It's pretty a "golden standard" test for CF. They were told that yes, the mother and father had the carrier genes, and yes, the baby's sweat tested positive for CF.
When they were referred to a doctor that specializes in Cystic Fibrosis only, he looked at the paperwork, the labs, and said that he had no idea why the doctor they came from thought they had CF. Neither of them are carriers, the baby didn't have it either, according to the labs and the paperwork. So he retested them himself. Still the same results, no CF. Which means the doctor that referred them on to the CF specialist was either A.) cruel, or B.) uneducated.
I still haven't heard back from him, but in a situation like that.. I'd be pretty pissed. It makes me wonder if some other poor family didn't get told that their child was CF-free when in fact the child had CF.
Anyway, I agree with you mostly that patients shouldn't be so sue happy with doctors, especially since it's called "a practice" for a reason. However, this isn't like someone telling you "Oh, your child will be cross-eyed until corrective surgery" or "Your child has asthma but will lead a perfectly normal life." This is like someone telling you "Your child is going to die anywhere from next month to next year to when she's about 25." You know, people with CF don't have a great life expectancy and even today, when medicine is fantastic, it's one of those things we just don't know much about yet. No, this is much more serious, something along the lines of "Your child has pancreatic cancer." It's not a joking matter, and certainly not a light little "whoops." Several families were devastated for over a week. Two sets of grandparents, a set of great grandparents, the parents themselves, four sets of aunts and uncles, two sets of great aunts and uncles, and not to mention all of his close friends and their families (and if my parents were crying and upset over this, I imagine the rest of his friends' families were as well). That's a whole lot of grief for a mistake this big. I'm not sure that I'd want to sue for "justice" or sue to make sure that doctor doesn't hurt anyone else so bad.
Anyway, it's not for me to decide and I thank the Lord, and all of you guys for praying, that this turned out okay! :)
RE: How To Run Off Players, Caek-Style
The hell? Oh well, I can't say I didn't see that coming. I had already considered changing his rank to "My Old Server Had.." but I didn't feel like he could take the joke, and apparently from this, he couldn't. :( I have the feeling he didn't "leave" his old server, but was removed. That's a shame, because a lot of us really did try hard to help this this guy.
EDIT: Just noticed topic was locked, my bad.
RE: Prayers for my best friend and hetero-lifemate
Well, I was just told today that someone at the hospital somewhere messed up the tests and that there is NO Cystic Fibrosis! Amazingly wonderful news, but someone's going to hang at that hospital.