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  1. Likewise commercial shipping and airlines. Though they don't use or need the higher operational ranks like Admiral. Police also have a rank structure. Starfleet certainly has a law-enforcement role within Federation space, too, though in the same mode as Navies do (i.e. dealing with crimes that happen on the high seas. Actually, as far as rank structures go, any bureaucracy mirrors military structure, even if the titles differ. Team Leaders and Subject Matter Experts are NCOs, Managers are Officers.
  2. Actually, with Marvel, you're more likely to get a redhead than a Brunette, especially if they're a mutant. Fact. But yeah, the whitewashing is so ingrained in classic superheroes that it was almost inevitable the first wave was going to be that way (and also be male dominated). Black Panther should address that fairly well. I particularly like that it seems to be all in Wakanda. Also... are we forgetting Nick Fury here? Does anyone even remember when he wasn't Sam Jackson?
  3. My take is that it probably depends on what you want out of it. I haven't seen the new series, but I the classic movie, the rogue Gunfighter was pretty much unstoppable when not following his programming to "play dead". However, if you want to game out the role-playing sequences there's no reason not to play it straight, but use ratings that only apply in that situation (i.e. when the simulation says you're dead, you're dead) but run with totally separate "real world" ratings. If the robots are interacting in the "real world" they'd have ratings appropriate to the situation.
  4. STTMP would still feel longer... What I took out of Last Jedi mythology-wise was the whole point about the Force being self-balancing. Remember that scene where he's showing the natural light and dark sides to Rey? Most important thing in the film IMHO. I don't think Luke was running away totally; I think he'd worked out that the more he raised up the Jedi the more the dark side would rise to meet it, so the ultimate solution was to withdraw. His own presence in the Force was just making Snoke and Kylo stronger, and it now seems that his withdrawal probably caused Rey to get tapped to replace him. He'd possibly hoped that his cutting himself off would cause their power to fade, but once Rey was on the scene he realised that hadn't worked. My hunch is that becoming one with the Force at the end is part of all that. I don't think we've seen the end of Luke, so calling it "suicide" is a bit harsh. As has often been the case in the past, maybe the novelization will clear up a few points when it comes out in March.
  5. In addition, it was the ONLY one where Lucas was subject to normal production oversight. There was a degree of budget pressure on Empire that helped keep things in check, but after that it was largely unfettered. Oh, and harking back to an earlier page of the discussion, I was browsing a Last Jedi magazine and it stated that the bomb loads "fall" toward the target using magnetic attraction. That appears to be the official explanation; I can live with that. One thing I hadn't spotted is that the X-Wings in use were a different model to those seen in Force Awakens. An earlier design, showing that the Resistance was falling back on mothballed resources.
  6. So... business as usual for Star Wars, then? *cough* Canteen Aliens *cough* IG-88 *cough* Gammorean Guard *cough* Captain Phasma *cough* (okay, that last one was a bit cheeky...) There's always been cool design work that gets cherry picked for the trailers and makes a good action figure, but which isn't a big deal in the actual film. In this case, it's a no-brainer and damn little effort to release reskinned BB-8 toys.
  7. If you want a rough historical equivalent, how about Captain Cook's voyages? Endeavour was purchased and refitted by the Royal Navy for the purpose of exploration. Naval captain and crew, civilian scientists as supercargo. Now, that's not a close match to Enterprise-D, since HMS Endeavour was just an collier with some guns added and the Enterprise was a main fighting ship... but specialist passengers that aren't expected to fight do have precedent. Also in line with NASA adding non-astronaut mission specialists to a shuttle mission.
  8. Also watched Die Hard. First time seeing it for my son; glad to see it still holds up well.
  9. Yeah, I've never rated Empire over Star Wars, and the fact that I don't use the New Hope title probably clues you in on my vintage. It was very much a different era - no internet, no home video. I saw Star Wars in the theatre once, at age 11, and between 1977 and 1980 all I had to feed my fandom was the novelization, the Kenner toys, one precious magazine, the Star Wars Holiday Special when it aired and Splinter of the Mind's Eye. Empire Strikes Back was only the second chance to actually see it all on screen again.
  10. For me the main annoyances were structural. All the false starts that led nowhere just got annoying... they may not have cause me to suspend disbelief, but they didn't feel particularly Star Wars. Even the prequels managed to keep the action kicking along at a hectic pace. My biggest complaint was that the opening establishment scene just dragged on and on. They just don't do that in this series.
  11. One of the usual reasons is the previously mentioned actors' fees. They need to employ them again to promote the films. And flying them and their people around the world to do so gets real expensive real quick, even if the promotional work is counted in their original salary. In the specific case of Justice League, it's probably more important for them to have a hit than to make a profit.
  12. I think the GM is also mistaken about the characters overlapping. You're going to actually buy Dexterity and Speed, while Metamorph Guy is using Aid to boost those? He's vulnerable to Dispel, and has to burn phases to build those up and keep those powered up - you don't. If you both end up with Clinging, it's not exactly going to cramp your style any more than if you both had Flight, or were both brawlers. Probably you'll both have different Complications. Chameleon Boy is another character who fits his concept, possibly closer than the others: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reep_Daggle
  13. Justice League still hasn't reached its break even point, taking into account promotional costs (it's estimated as needing to make $600-750 million). It's great that the movie isn't an outright dog, but it's still struggling at the box office, and Star Wars is about to cut into that. On a brighter note, NOT being a dog will likely mean they get over the line on post-theatre takings.
  14. Stick to your guns. The guy has two basic options - lots of powers, justified by the "total body control" special effect, which are going to eat up points like crazy if they're all in play at once OR being able to choose what he's good at right now through a variable Power Framework (Multipower/VPP). Some characters from the comics that operate in the latter mode are Ultra Boy, Metamorpho, Beast Boy and Plastic Man. Ultra Boy has all of Superboy's powers - but only one at a time. Beast Boy can turn into any animal - but has to accept everything that goes with the chosen form (Mind you, being able to change into a bird to get height and then turning into an elephant to drop on someone is pretty good...)
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