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  1. The showrunners did say, “Season two has a canonical story. There may well be viewers who are like, ‘This is the story we were hoping to get in season one!’ In season two, we’re giving it to them.” If I were hoping for a turnaround, those are the sorts of words I’d like to hear.
  2. Who’s the more foolish, the fool or the fool who debates him?
  3. I assume Kennedy and Johnson are simply saving face by answering the occasional question about it when it comes up. “Oh yah, would love to do it, someday, schedule permitting.” Uh-huh. A Star Wars movie trilogy is a $1 billion prospect. I assume such things don’t happen lightly, in people’s spare time. And I don’t think that kind of money gets risked on something so contentious as another Johnson Star Wars foray is certain to be.
  4. Same for me. The FYC album—both for the assembly and mix— is my go-to way to listen to the film score, plus Lights! Camera! Music! for the concert arrangements!
  5. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy [novels] > Star Wars Trilogy [all formats] > The Lord of the Rings Trilogy [movies] So I voted for Star Wars across the board since the poll was framed as being about the LotR movies (those versions of the characters, etc.).
  6. There’s one way of looking at Star Wars, based on the first two movies, which says the Empire is a Human Empire, and other spacefaring species have got other empires off the edge of the map, and that’s okay. And that’s why Mos Eisley Spaceport which is “farthest from” the “bright center” of the Empire has got all these alien pilots hanging out — it’s literally on the frontier. Imperial Center, then, would naturally be human-dominated (if not, indeed, the human homeworld). The franchise as it developed largely moved away from this, of course, throwing in ever more aliens. But there’s nothing wrong with one (out of dozens) of these Star Wars projects giving us a sensibility closer to the original.
  7. The most striking addition by JW is the Main Title (concerto for violin virtuoso), which is just not present at all in the stage musical. I have seen the movie many times (love it), and I also saw it off-Broadway a decade or two back. Was nonplussed by the stage show. Tiny orchestra more like a band, nobody could sing, the acting was rushed and hokey. But then I saw it at Chicago Lyric Opera this year, WOW was it good. Tears streaming down my face the entire time. Large orchestra, of course, and absolutely magnificent chorus (full disclosure: my wife is in it). They really captured the pathos of the movie. And the dancing really is something else to behold in person.
  8. Don’t you guys think the “gift” thing is mainly a reference to the famous Boromir meme? Likewise, Sauron simply walking into Mordor?
  9. Olórin is mentioned in The Lord of the RIngs, so, presumably allowed. Also worth noting that the show does mention Armenelos (capital of Númenor) and Sigin-tarâg (Dwarvish for “Longbeards”), neither of which name originates in The Lord of the Rings. Make of that what you will.
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