The first time I saw the film, I was a bit disappointed. I found the plot unoriginal, Kylo Ren disappointing, and the dialogue dull. I was disappointed that this was only a good film, not a great one.

Then I saw it again.

Many of my views changed. Like I said when I first viewed the film, I was disappointed in the seemingly weak primary antagonist Kylo Ren. But now that I have seen the film more than once, it is clear to me that Kylo Ren' character is not meant to be the simple villain Darth Vader was in the first two films of the original trilogy. I feel he is meant to mirror the complete character of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. Kind of a strange conglomeration of the two (almost different) lives The Chosen One led. There is the Darth Vader side of Ren, with the mask, the scarred and scheming master, the exiled former master, calculating, demanding, fearsome, and powerful. There is the Anakin Skywalker side of him that is impatient, headstrong, fearsome, powerful, yet unable to completely control his emotions and pulled toward to opposite "side" of the force. (You know, sometimes I think Vader was a better Jedi than Anakin Skywalker.) This inability to control his emotions, his impatience, and stubborness are what lead to his weakening and defeat in the third act.

When Kylo Ren kills Han Solo, I believe he does not expect to feel grief, which is exactly what I believe he feels. It is this grief that overwhelms Ren long enough for Chewie to squeeze off a round and wound him. Throughout the film we are being told how powerful Chewie's bowcaster is -at one point we see it send a stormtrooper flying- and with this in mind we can draw the conclusion that Ren is seriously wounded and that he was alert and powerful enough to slow the blasterbolt enough to keep him from flying off that catwalk and tumbling to his death Palpatine style. In his impatience and stubbornness, he hastily chooses to pursue Finn and Rey in a weakened state. He is able to summon enough strength through the pain of the wound to defeat Finn (though not before he suffers another injury) however, the combination of his wounds and the fatigue from battle sap his strength enough that a Force sensitive (and in my opinion a Force-guided) Rey is able to gain the upper hand. (Interestingly enough, it seems the traits of Anakin Skywalker are to blame for his defeat rather the traits of Darth Vader). I would like to see one of you folks fight off two young able-bodied and skillful fighters after being shot in the side by a particularly powerful rifle! Anyway, when I thought about all of this, I found myself impressed by Kylo Ren, rather than disappointed.

As for the plot, I have come to believe that it was designed as an allegory for the entire original trilogy, not merely A New Hope Redux. The dialogue I have forgiven because children and people who are not as "demanding" and "nitpicky" as I am have to be able to enjoy them film too.

I believe it to be one of the best Star Wars films made, although I hope the sequel will be good enough for Best Picture. Maybe?

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(2 replies, posted in Serious Geeking)

So lately, I've been watching a lot of movies (Everything from The Longest Day (1962) to Avengers: Age of Ultron)  and reading/watching a lot of film criticisms and reviews. In my quest for movie knowledge I stumbled upon a little show called "Movie Fights". I've become a loyal viewer of this show. In the episode I was watching most recently, the guests of the show received challenge that I thought would be fun for my fellow BFFC members to participate in. That challenge was: Pitch your Boba Fett spinoff movie!
Tell us about the plot, who you'd cast as Boba, who you'd want to direct, and/or produce your dream Boba Fett movie. Tell us anything and everything!

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(10 replies, posted in Bounty Hunters)

I must say that I am glad that all the Mandalorian lore from the old Star Wars canon doesn't seem to have been scrapped. Seeing this character--and the series as a whole--makes me feel optimistic about the future of the Star Wars Universe.

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(62 replies, posted in Serious Geeking)

Really? On my screen the date says 2015 next to his message. I normally don't reply to anything that old...

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(62 replies, posted in Serious Geeking)

I play on the server Ebon Hawk, I believe its a RP server. I do not currently have any bounty hunter class characters though. I have a Imperial Agent and a Soldier.

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(62 replies, posted in Serious Geeking)

I know its been almost three years, but I want to revive this topic for a couple of reasons.
1. I know that the game is still being played and has recently received some rather massive updates and changes.
2. I feel like this thread would be a great place to share the names of characters other BFFC members have if they wish to work together in-game. I know that I have PLENTY of trouble defeating bosses.

As of today, only 300 days remain until the film is released (baring some unforeseen complication).

Seeing the Millennium Falcon in full HD in the trailer was awesome and has me interested in how sharp the CGI will be in this film. I cannot wait to meet the new characters and catch up with the older ones. I worry, like I am sure most fans of the franchise do, about the quality of these next films. I hope Abrams will not repeat the mistakes of Lucas in Attack of the Clones and The Phantom Menace. I have faith for now, though, and hopefully it won't be lost.

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(5 replies, posted in Fans)

Whatever happened to the email service, Aaron? I don't remember anything about it.

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(4 replies, posted in Creative)

I have not, but my brother has repeatedly. Many of the diagrams can be used for multiple characters. My brother made me an Obi-Wan folding from the directions for another character in his book. He tried to make a Boba Fett one, But he couldn't manage it on his own.

I'm no scientist, but I don't think its too "out there" to say that origami might be good for children as far as development goes.

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(4 replies, posted in Creative)

My brother loves these books and from what I have read of them author Tom Angleberger does a excellent job of writing in such a way that compels the kids reading them to turn the page.

I managed to find some other links:

http://origamiyoda.com/how-to-fold/
http://www.starwarigami.co.uk/diagrams-by-others.html

I also found this book that has some diagrams in it.

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(2 replies, posted in Fans)

It's good to be back, Sir.

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(2 replies, posted in Fans)

With hope, I will be able to devote more time back the BFFC. I've missed you all.

I feel that I have changed quite bit while I have been away from the boards. A change for the better, I do believe.

As I reviewed my posts on this message board, I realized how much you guys had to tolerate from me - a tactless, evangelistic, ADHD, southern boy. I will not lie, I am embarrassed. However, you will be happy to know that I return as bold as I was before, just a little wiser. Hopefully.

I return liberalized. Yes, the once staunch conservative is now a bleeding-heart. I have been transformed. My eyes opened. I am something of black sheep, now. My home being in the Heart of red Dixie.

While many of my "political" views have changed, rest assured, I am still as devout a Christian as ever. I have studied theology of my religion and its many doctrines. Through this study, my eyes again were opened. I am currently in the process of converting from the Christian denomination of Southern Baptism to the Christian denomination of the Episcopal Church.

I am also a high school graduate now, as much as that means. I have plans to attend college in the Fall, starting down the road who's destination will be a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Wish me luck.

I pray that God allows me time for the boards again. I have missed them sore.

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(3 replies, posted in Fans)

Yeah, They really busted their tails do making this game.

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(3 replies, posted in Fans)

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has got to be the best game I have played sence The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Thoughts on Skyrim anybody?

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(2 replies, posted in Fans)

Thanks, Sir

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(2 replies, posted in Fans)

Hi fellas. I have returned. I just wanna remind everybody to take time out of your day you say "thanks" to the Vets tomorrow. They deserve it.

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(4 replies, posted in Role Playing)

In my opinion they are pretty much equal. Carth belly-aches a little too much but his gun slinging abilities make up for it.

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(27 replies, posted in Fans)

The Constitution is the plan of government, not the Government itself.

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(2 replies, posted in Fans)

Well kill 'em first.

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(27 replies, posted in Fans)

The fact still remains, the United States Armed Forces are defenders of the Constitution, not the government.

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(27 replies, posted in Fans)

BFFC Admin wrote:
Karson Fett wrote:

The United States Military serves the United States Constitution...

That's sortof the first part of it, I just looked up. Your verb there is kinda irregular.

For the sake of reference, the literal oath is the following: "I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."

Anyway...


I knew what this oath said, my father was in the Army.

The way this oath is worded though, if the president does something that endangers the Constitution, then the president's authority is nullified.

Also the last part of the oath "according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice..." means that the men and women in the military are not covered by the Constitution, but rather the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

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(27 replies, posted in Fans)

BFFC Admin wrote:

Karson, thanks for bringing up all of these points here. But there's a handful of concerns I see with your argument here.

Karson Fett wrote:

The United States of America is not at war with any of these countries.

It was an undeclared war, just like Vietnam and countless other events. (The last declared war was World War II.)

^These are classified as conflicts.^

On September 22, 2001, Bush began an undeclared war on Afghanistan. (Source: CNN). The declaration of war on Iraq was March 20, 2003. (Source: CNN)

The military of the United States of America has not invaded the countries.

This is debatable. The U.S. went into Iraq under the pretense of "weapons of mass destruction," but never found such weapons.

These people that have died have been American citizens.

Plus countless more civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq. (Source: Wikipedia

The United States is the only country that is putting their troops in harms way.

What I meant was, the US Armed Forces are the only group that does any police work.

The Marines and Army men are unable to preform the task that they have been given because of politics.

Last I checked, the U.S. military serves the commander in chief. If the tasks change, due to (hopefully) informed political decisions, they follow orders.

I hope some of this was helpful for forming your opinions. smile

The United States Military serves the United States Constitution...

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(27 replies, posted in Fans)

Thanks Danial.

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(27 replies, posted in Fans)

Officially, we are not fighting anyone. You know exactly what I mean. We are "defending" these areas.

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(27 replies, posted in Fans)

Okay, let me explain what I meant so you can figure it out. I'll try to use small words and sentences.

We. As in the United States of America's Armed Forces, are in the middle east.

The Middle East is the part of the world that countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran are.

The United States of America is not at war with any of these countries.

The military of the United States of America has not invaded the countries.

The military of the United States is acting as a police force and training force for these countries.

Yes, there are gun fights in the countries.

Yes, there are people that have died in these countries.

These people that have died have been American citizens.

These people that have died have mostly been all American Marines and Army men.

The Marines and Army men are unable to preform the task that they have been given because of politics.

Do you understand know?