In this special episode of the Cheerful Ghost Roundtable we talk the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and wax philsophic about ATAT walkers which some question the utility of(not naming names). This episode features Cheerful Ghost community member Adam who is filling in to bring his take on what he's been playing(FTL) and his thoughts on Rogue One.

We break the review in two and start things fresh spoiler free so rest assured that if you watch start to finish we will give you plenty of time to bail during the spoiler section.

Bullets for your pleasure:

  • Westworld - Apparently people are watching this HBO show?

  • Super Mario Run - Is Nintendos latest game great or merely good? Something else? Perhaps.

  • Rogue One - It's the main event and may contain a star war or two.

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E2c4cbdd34ed4b63bd34d20e4f5ce108cc7a42e5 full GregoPeck wrote on 12/21/2016 at 03:54am
I skipped out on this because I didn't bother to ask if it was going to be spoiler-free, I just assumed it wouldn't be. So, I'll ask before watching, was it? I'm interested in the Cheerful Ghost opinion of it. Did you all like it? I mean, I am a rare one that enjoyed the prequels, so I'll probably like it. LOL
74c46166202d8f4ef1a74e511e278b05.png? cheerful ghost Travis wrote on 12/21/2016 at 04:00am
It's spoiler-free for the first 20ish minutes. We all liked it even though there were some missteps. It does a good job of tying the prequels to the original series and it's really well done.

Don't expect a normal Star Wars movie. It's dark for Star Wars.
74c46166202d8f4ef1a74e511e278b05.png? cheerful ghost Travis wrote on 12/21/2016 at 04:00am
Also Katie points out that with Adam on the panel, you really need to up your beard game, Jon.
D954c245b9b17eb70ef2a7f547d392a9d148df97 full jdodson wrote on 12/21/2016 at 04:08am
Hahahaha. I'll take it under advisement.
Picture?type=large AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 12/21/2016 at 04:26am
That was a lot of fun!
E2c4cbdd34ed4b63bd34d20e4f5ce108cc7a42e5 full GregoPeck wrote on 12/21/2016 at 05:25am
Doh! I just saw in the post that this Roundtable is in two parts. I obviously didn't read that when I asked my question.

Thanks for the head's up and opinion, Travis. I'm kind of surprised by the "dark for Star Wars" comment, because I thought Episode III and VII were dark, but I didn't dislike them. But, that's 2 out of 7 movies, so that kind of barely makes the series "gray."

Hahaha if I was on the panel, that would be a +1 to Jon upping his beard game. I have one, too.
74c46166202d8f4ef1a74e511e278b05.png? cheerful ghost Travis wrote on 12/21/2016 at 03:43pm
Hmm you make a good point with episode III being dark. I mean Anakin straight up murders children (spoiler alert). Rogue One just feels more gritty. I guess it's that it's about military operatives performing a military op.

I really didn't think episode VII was dark, though. There were dark things in it but it was handled in a non-dark way I guess.

The don't think this is a spoiler but just in case spoiler alert: Really the "dark" in Rogue One is that the good guys aren't always good.
Picture?type=large AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 12/21/2016 at 05:27pm
Oh yeah, something I brought up but didn't explain fully (and this isn't a spoiler, it's a thought for Episode 8). I said "What if Vader was working with Snoke the whole time?" but didn't really get into why I thought that. In Episode 7, Kylo Ren says something along the lines of "I will finish what you started" to Vader's helmet. Does this simply mean building a Death Star like weapon and making the universe submit to him, or something more? I wonder if Vader could have had some other plan that wasn't shown in the original trilogy. (It's not likely, but fun to speculate about)
83129b8368dc8a6e0a086346d52d45fd08c4576d full scrypt wrote on 12/21/2016 at 11:41pm
Good show, guys! Awesome to see you in there, Adam. Sorry I couldn't make it. I think you guys covered most of the things turning in my head, but there are a few things that came to mind after watching this and another review. I don't want to post spoilers, so I'm working on a supplemental that I'll try to post soon, or maybe something else entirely... O.o
Picture?type=large AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 12/22/2016 at 03:49pm
Leaked photos from the Rogue One sequel (Mainly Speculation - Possible Spoilers)
83129b8368dc8a6e0a086346d52d45fd08c4576d full scrypt wrote on 12/22/2016 at 03:56pm
That's awesome. I love the Internet.
1a853d78362c245aa95060273ee77bb9.png? cheerful ghost Will_Ball wrote on 12/22/2016 at 07:39pm
I enjoyed Rogue One. On my entertained, not entertained movie scale, I was entertained.
E2c4cbdd34ed4b63bd34d20e4f5ce108cc7a42e5 full GregoPeck wrote on 05/07/2017 at 06:34am
I finally watched Rogue One and this Roundtable! I agree with you all that it was a good movie. I didn't have high expectations for it, in fact I was quite baffled with it right away (before seeing it) because we pretty much already know the plot and what happens. But, it was good. Travis said it was "dark" and after watching it, I can see that perspective. It certainly is! I was not expecting so much death. I liked that Death Star guy/commander who returned from the original trilogy. I didn't noticed he was CG. I also didn't noticed Leia at the end was CG, too. I did wonder how they got those people in the movie. They both looked fine at first glance, so I'll see how that holds up when I watch it again.

I liked the two characters that worked together, the blind guy, and that one with a huge gun. They were cool. Oh and I'm not very good with remembering Star Wars character names.

Comparing to The Force Awakens, I think I like Awakens more than Rogue One. I also like the Star Wars pre-sequels, probably more than anyone else I know. If I were to watch the Star Wars movies again, I'd probably start out with the pre-sequels, then Rogue One, and then the original trilogy. As for rating each movie, I don't know. They're all good to me.

I also watched Arrival, which was better than I expected. It was deep and quite different from other ET movies.
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