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  1. Bittersweet but not surprising. I'd rather wait than rush it. Besides, 2023 is going to be PACKED in terms of entertainment anyways; and this will give us all more to look forward to in 2024! Anyways, Andor is a mostly great with one major but understandable flaw to me. Andor is easily the most cinematic thing in Start Wars since TLJ (standouts being "The Eye" and "One Way Out,") and one of the unquestionably good choices by Lucasfilm since JFO. Andor reminds me a lot of Game of Thrones in its prime (I haven't watched HotD), where sometimes the most interesting scene in an episode would be two characters simply talking. The ability to have that be such a tense and engaging scene is a rare and powerful thing. But Andor misses one of the key aspects of Star Wars IMO - hope. Star Wars always has hope, and Andor doesn't really. Andor isn't about hope, it's about revenge, justice, and retribution. It's about making things right, not making them good, if that makes sense. And yes, I get that Andor (both the character and the show) need to get to a place where they have hope, as this is the first step on the journey, but that understanding doesn't make it better. Anyways, Andor's one of my top shows of the year and I can't wait to see what my dad thinks about it.
  2. Rotating between Pokemon Violet, Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation, and KOTOR on my iPad. In Violet I have three badges, have beaten three of the Titans, and have done one of the Starfall raids. Once I finish the game I'm going to play a rom-hack called Pokemon Infinite Fusion before heading into Pokemon Scarlet. In Fates Revelation, I have one final character to recruit and then I should have everyone but Flora (whose recruitment is weird) and Rhajat (who I'm not getting this playthrough). Then I need to buy Conquest on my Birthright save, buy some of the DLC classes, finish some of my quirky builds, and we'll call it a day. (I don't plan on revisiting Fates until LONG after Engage comes out.) In KOTOR I just finished Taris and am at the Jedi Temple. I'm going for a full Light Side playthrough and Bastilla romance if possible.
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  4. Crackpot Theory: Dalinar dies in Book 5 doing weird stuff, and the Stormfather is killed. Dalinar becomes [Stormlight Kickstarter Spoilers] In order to save the Stormfather, Sigzil uses a Dawnshard, expecting his Oaths to overpower any problems. They don't, and his Spren is killed in a weird way. But the Stormfather is revived and now bound to Sigzil. Maybe that's how he can use Connection? ...yeah, not likely. Still, I do think there's a kernel of something in this theory... Or maybe instead of the Stormfather, Sigzil hilariously bonds Ishar instead? Or a potentially simpler solution: Sigzil's Spren is supercharged by the Dawnshard and becomes something more, like the Cognitive Shadow equivalent of a mortal picking up a Shard and Ascending. However, this was reaching dangerous levels, and so Sigzil ended his Oaths. This...didn't have the effect either wanted or predicted, and it resulted in Sigzil's Torment and Auxillary's weird state.
  5. Great interview! For stuff I'd like to see in future Cytoverse books, the top thing would probably be more human civilizations. These were teased in Skyward (not intentionally, but as a logical conclusion when it came to worldbuilding) and explicitly mentioned in Starsight, but we haven't seen any yet. I'd love to see these in a future book!
  6. While I also think that Dalinar is a Dawnshard holder (or rather, is becoming a Dawnshard*), I don't think that the "we killed you" points to that. I think Rayse's rant still has to do with Honor and his death and his Cognitive Shadow and power. Although that does raise (heh) an interesting theory - what if one or more of the Heralds helped splinter Honor, and that's part of why they're all insane now? *My crackpot theory is that Ba-Ado-Mishram is/was a Dawnshard and but since she's trapped (and Unmade), the power of a Dawnshard and its Spiritual component sought out a new host in the form of Dalinar. (My other Crackpot theory is that Lift may also be or hold a Dawnshard.)
  7. RAFO on Lirin, but he does get some light shed on his view of things later on in the book. But the gist of it is that Lirin is a broken man who is trying to protect who he loves in a broken way. In a very similar way to how Kaladin has trouble letting go of people and accepting their own decisions, Lirin has trouble letting Kaladin accept his choices, and it's worse because it's a son he's failed to protect once before. Lirin and Kaladin's disagreements are also fundamental to the core message of the story, or at least what I personally found the core message of the story to be in 2020. Personally, I find Lirin to be a bit more nuanced than what other people see. Maybe that's because I never disliked him (most of Kaladin's Oaths from the first two books are based off of what Lirin taught him after all), maybe it's because I never had to worry about having a relationship with my own father like one Kaladin has with Lirin - my father is my top fan and supporter in life, and he's the first person I go to when I'm troubled or have a problem. My point is that it's fine to hate Lirin, as I think doing so means that Sanderson did a good job in writing him. At the same time, I don't think that Lirin is a bad person or even a bad father overall. (And honestly, he's one of the best fathers Sanderson has written, despite the flaws...that being said, the bar for good fathers is pretty low...) Like Kaladin, he's on a journey, and it's far from over.
  8. I was able to get the book a tad earlier than I probably was supposed to, but I asked and received! Overall, I liked this book! It made me genuinely laugh at times. It also felt incredibly short compared to the other Alcatraz books*, which made me feel like something was missing.** But the change of pace and quick pacing were appreciated, and I'm happy that we got to see the ending from Bastille's point of view. I will say that the "skip to the end of the book" gag was not as well placed this time around. I tried it and slightly spoiled myself instead of receiving the punchline of a funny joke. Overall, this was a quick and breezy read, worth the time, but not one I'll probably go back to visit a lot. I do think that this book laid the groundwork for Janci and Brandon's Skyward stuff, and I'm excited to see where their collaborations go in the future. *That being said, I read 2-3 Alcatraz books a day when I first read them, so who am I to judge? **I think this was Alcatraz himself, and this was intentional. That doesn't fix the feeling, but it does explain it to me.
  9. Edgedancer and Windrunner or Windrunner and Lightweaver. I resonate with all three, so it's hard to choose just two. Probably Edgedancer and Windrunner though.
  10. Fire Emblem Engage was officially announced yesterday, so I thought I'd make a thread to talk about it. There are some good breakdown videos out there; I don't have time to watch a lot of them and link the best ones yet, but I'll do so over the weekend. https://serenesforest.net/2022/09/13/fire-emblem-engage-september-2022-direct-analysis/#more-66009
  11. Taking a break from Xenoblade 3 so I don't get burnout. I've had the urge to start up and beat Triangle Strategy over the past few weeks, and today's the day I've had the opportunity to continue the game. I'm about halfway through, and I've been going for the Golden Route...except now I can't, because I don't have enough points in one area or the right information to convince a key character to vote a certain way. And now all the planning I've done and guide-following is useless because I can't access that stupid route. Needless to say, I'm ticked off right now. This did help me realize that I do have a MAJOR gaming pet peeve when it comes to Golden Routes - it's perfectly fine to have Golden Routes in games, but don't make them hard to access for everyone if they're available on a first playthrough. Mass Effect 2 is good about this, as there are clear choices and a simple recommended strategy to get the best ending. (Do the Loyalty Missions before the Reaper IMF*, go full Paragon or full Renegade outside of a few personal choices (this makes some in-game stuff easier), and don't wait to do the final mission.*) (I was a little disappointed that Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Houses didn't have one, given all the rumors about it being an unlockable thing after you beat the game once.) I'll beat Triangle Strategy still, but my emotional investment is at an all-time low. I honestly don't care about the story, choices, or characters that much anymore because the game railroaded me into a path I didn't want to take. There's also no guarantee I'll replay the game. I'm VERY selective about the games I replay, and this one isn't doing itself any favors by locking me out of what I wanted. If I do replay the game, part of it will be out of spite, and that's no way to play a game. On the bright side, I do get to pick up some route-exclusive characters that I'll have access to in NG+. (Good for roleplaying and head-canons, but route-exclusive characters is another gaming pet peeve for me.) As it stands, due to Triangle Strategy forcing two of my gaming pet peeves back-to-back, it's probably going to fall out of my top 3 games of the year, allowing Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes - which only has one of my pet peeves at this time in route-exclusive characters - to take its spot. It may even fall out of the Top 5, depending on if I replay this game or not, what other games I decide to play this year, and how good of a game Pokemon Scarlet/Violet is. (My current Top 3 2022 games are: Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Pokemon Legends: Arceus, and Triangle Strategy...but again, that may change soon.) *Mass Effect 2 Spoilers
  12. I guess I'll try this out. I'm usually not very good at these, but we'll see what happens: Vin - Amber Midthunder (great choice @handleinthedark) - I haven't seen her work yet, but I think she does a great job of capturing the essence of Vin in her looks. Granted, looks aren't everything for a character. Zoe Robins looks nothing like how I pictured Nynaeve, but I love her in the role all the same. I'll see what Amber has done and see if there's someone who may capture the spirit of Vin better, but for first looks, I like it. (She's also older than I'd prefer for the role, but we can age up the characters.) Kelsier - Stephen Amell - Outside of me just liking the actor and his role in Arrow, I think Stephen can capture the physical nature of Kelsier, as well as the charming and psychopathic sides to him. He's a little older than Kelsier is, but if we're aging up Vin, then we should probably age up Kelsier. Alternatively, Liam McIntyre would be a solid fit for the role.* If Stephen is still chosen for Kelsier, then Liam should be Marsh. Marsh - See Liam above. Dockson - Stephanie Beatriz - Outside of her being a hot commodity due to Encanto, Stephanie can do a great job at switching up her voice and mannerisms to fit a character. I think that would work great with Dockson. He's a conman through and through, and I think someone we need someone who can play a straight man to Kelsier's comedy, which is something Stephanie can do in spades. Rashida Jones may be a potential choice as well. Rashida's character Ann Perkins is hilariously known for being "ethnically ambiguous" in Parks & Rec (Rashida is biracial), so I can see using her to represent a more ethnically diverse Scadrial in a way. Breeze - No idea. Ham - Julie Estelle - I went for a lesser known and far less beefy actress than most would consider, but I think Julie Estelle is supremely underrated and can pull off a LOT of the physical things we'd want from Ham. She's a little young for the role, but I like her here, nonetheless. If this movie was being made ten years ago (and I had known about her then), she probably would have been my choice for Vin. Clubs - Christopher Judge - If the man can't play this role, then he better voice Human! Elend - I'll go with Charlie Rowe I guess. I have no idea how good or bad of an actor he is, but he's on a list of actors who were almost MCU Spider-Man, and if Tom Holland's name is being thrown around for this role, I feel like that's an important list. Also, the ability to have a beard is important. (I wanted to give this to Dylan O'Brien, but he felt just a tad too old, personally.) Shan - I'd say an actress who looks like she could be related to Charlie Rowe. I'm not very good with this, so I'd say either Sarah Hyland of Modern Family fame (although she's a tad too old for my liking, if Shan is supposed to be the younger sister) or Natalia Dyer of Stranger Things fame (despite her looking nothing like Charlie Rowe). Maya Hawke, also of Stranger Things fame? (Nah.) Sazed - Lance Reddick - He's still perfect for the role and we all know it! Straff Venture - Manu Bennett - I think, while he's a little short for the role, he'd capture the sadism of Straff pretty well without being a jerk about it. We could also make this a Spartacus/Arrowverse reunion The Lord Ruler - Robert Pattinson? We need someone tall, pale, and handsome. I honestly think that outside of Batman, the history of TLR would make him a character that Pattinson would be interested in playing. *Interestingly enough, Stephen and Liam both auditioned for the role of Spartacus in the Starz show of the same name when the main actor of the show, Andy Whitfield, passed away. Liam ended up getting the role and Stephen ended up landing the titular role in Arrow. A few years later, Liam would show up as a villain in The Flash, Arrow's first spin-off show. Several other Spartacus characters would also show up in the Arrowverse.
  13. A few reasons immediately pop to mind: 1. What sounds good on paper and is good in person doesn't actually look good when everything is said and done. That means that some changes can't get fixed until it's too late. (The reverse is also true.*) A book rarely has this problem. 2. Execs will force directors and writers to make changes that they (the directors and writers) know is bad, but the execs think will sell or will please shareholders. Aka "Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen." Again, books rarely have this problem. (Outside of some stuff with a publisher on occasions.) 3. Depending on the problem, there isn't time for the writer(s) to look back and fix a problem. A lot of writers and directors are working on an INCREDIBLY strict schedule. Between making sure all of the sets can be built, the VFX studios have enough time to do their thing, the actors can be there for principal photography AND reshoots, staying on budget, making sure that all of the Producers and EPs (and execs) are happy, and making a good film, there's rarely enough time to sleep or think, let alone review a script. Heck, it's not unheard of to go into principle-photography with a half-finished script because there simply wasn't time to finish the script. Television has even more problems, since shows often don't know if they're being renewed until towards the end of their current season, and sometimes not even until after the season airs. That means you have to act like everything is going to end on a big finale that wraps up everyone's arc, but you need to leave room for sequels. It's hard. (Granted, this wasn't the problem with Game of Thrones, but it is a problem with most other shows.) Books have similar problems, but it's rarely to this extreme. 4. Film people often (and sometimes accurately) look down on their audience. Novelists do too sometimes, but this is far rarer. 5. A rotating cast of workers. Usually, there's only one or two authors per book series. There are DOZENS of writers per show - they have things called "writers' rooms" for a reason - and it's not always consistent. Imagine you're a newly hired writer for a show. Do you have time between the crazy work hours, constant stress of making sure every actor has a cameo/screentime and a line and an arc, and the constantly changing demands of those above you, to watch every episode of the show that you're working on beforehand? 6. Burnout. This is a thing, and delays for shows and movies aren't as accessible or creator-friendly, when compared to books. That is to say, delaying a movie release date or a television show premiere most likely has to do with airtime and views than it does the creators or writers. 7. Edits are made, but they make the film or show worse, not better. *IIRC, Brandon's favorite episode of WoT is episode 6, but that was before he saw it filmed and completed. He liked the script the best, but that doesn't mean the episode was the best. Contrasting, Brandon HATED The Thing With Perrin in Episode 1. For all of my non-reading friends, that was the moment they were hooked. Brandon didn't like a certain attempted stabbing in Episode 3 (or was it Episode 4?), which to me was one of the best moments of the characters. My point here is that Brandon read the scripts and thought one thing, while we can see the results of that script and think another.
  14. SAAAAAAAME. Hopefully we'll see it during the block of time that Brandon is writing Mistborn 8-10.
  15. It's a turn-based tabletop strategy game. The mechanics beyond that (such as resources like Cinder) are hinted at and/or outright seen in the video linked. But yes, it's like tabletop Warhammer (I guess, I never played Warhammer) with some X-COM thrown in from what I've seen.