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Scott Francis Baker


December 10th, 2003

Gorgonous 2:29 PM: <8 looks like a testy satchel @ 10:48 pm

I just finished Return of the King and thus the Lord of the Rings trilogy... Wow! What an unexpected ending but also very very good. Leaves you with a good sense of closure. That is definitely one of the best books I've ever read.

On another note, I downloaded the first two parts to the new/remake of Battlestar Galactica and I must say I really like it. I may be jaded since I saw little of the original so I have nothing to base whether or not it 'fits' in with the rest. The part I've seen is quite good. I'm excited to see it play out. Does anyone know how many parts it's supposed to be?
 
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From:potsie
Date:December 10th, 2003 11:18 pm (UTC)
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The original was pretty much just Face from A-Team fighting evil robots so yeah....it was pretty much the best show ever.
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From:muerte
Date:December 11th, 2003 09:02 am (UTC)
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That does sound like the best show ever... *goes to amazon.com and orders the DVDs*
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From:aquatwo
Date:December 11th, 2003 02:21 am (UTC)

it will be difficult for me to see it

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for me this is "wrong"...

it'd be like if they remade knight-rider, only it was Michelle Knight instead of Michael Knight. you just don't do that!

i had the same problem with Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040. i can't watch it. i just can't. i watched the original so much, hundreds of hours... and somebody decided to remake it and change the characters. oh? that character's not in this version of it. oh, and that character's now a woman. oh, and the smart chick? she's now a ditz, and she's blonde, not a redhead. oh, and the main chick is now this and...

they changed everything about the series. i hate it when people release something trying to leverage an existing fanbase when what they deliver has little or nothing to do with the product. look! name recognition! ...

i love Battlestar Galactica. i'd have a hard time watching another series called Battlestar Galactica that had some of the plot elements the same, some radically changed. either change everything and call it something else or be true to the original. i don't like "creative recreations".
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From:muerte
Date:December 11th, 2003 09:03 am (UTC)

Re: it will be difficult for me to see it

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I totally agree... I just never saw the original so I don't have anything to base my opinion off.
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From:themabbi
Date:December 11th, 2003 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Unfortunately "The Scouring of the Shire" will not be in the movie (It won't be on the DVD either, it was never filmed). I think what they're probably going to do is just go right to the Grey Havens. I can understand why they're not doing it. It would add probably 20-30 min to an already long movie, and the core story can be told just as well without it. Still, it's a shame it's not there, it really shows how much the hobbits have changed over the course of the story, and that evil didn't just disappear.
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From:muerte
Date:December 11th, 2003 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Whuh!?! That sucks man, that was a great chapter. It really completes the journey for them...
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From:themabbi
Date:December 12th, 2003 10:51 am (UTC)
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Yeah...if you watch the commentary with Peter Jackson from Fellowship of the Ring, during the scene where Frodo looks in Galadriel's Mirror and sees a vision of Hobbiton burning he says something like "this is our homage to Scouring of the Shire since it won't be in ROTK".

I'm not really surprised. Scouring of the Shire is actually pretty crazy when you think about it. What other story can you think of that has the climax, then halfway through the conclusion there's another conflict sequence? It's a huge no-no, one of the many writing conventions LotR breaks. It works amazingly well in the book, but I don't think it would play well in the movie. Us fanboys would love it, but the general audience wouldn't go for it after having sat in the theater for 3+ hours already.
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From:muerte
Date:December 12th, 2003 11:13 am (UTC)
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That's so BS that everyone keeps saying "many writing conventions LotR breaks." That's like saying... Casablanca was a great movie but there was just too much talking.

LOTR is probably the best book I've ever read, meaning that (in my mind) that book did no wrong, despite what some pompous overpaid critic has to say. If they're so damn smart about what works and what doesn't why don't they go write their own damn books. LOTR is solid all the way through, end of story.

Scott Francis Baker