HK-47 needs more love on /m/, lets have a thread for star wars robots.
To be completely frank I'd say Star Wars has some of the strongest western /m/ designs. Unique, recognizable, and usually aesthetically pleasing whilst still looking functional and not resorting to excessive greebling or unnecessary surface divisions.
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There is some really ugly, blocky, and bland designs too. Almost all of them are part of the EU.
EU is like a gift exchange, most of it is stupid or not that interesting and every once in a while someone gets a laptop. C3PX is the pair of Minions socks you receive from your boss.
I liked how in the commentary for ANH, Lucas talks about how he wanted to make it very clear that SW is a universe that people live in. He thought the Enterprise was always too clean for a ship people are always walking around in.
So the technical crew kept cleaning the floors on the Falcon set, and he was like, "why are you cleaning it? If Han and Chewie are always walking on the floor, why is it so clean? The floors should be dirty."
At least it is not as bad as Luuke or Luuuke.
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I always liked this thing
the prequels were pretty terrible films but some very talented people worked on them and produced some really interesting designs. I thought the force awakens felt pretty lacking in that regard, even compared to the original trilogy
Why is it that they always seem to be able to throw random debris around easily enough but they always seem to struggle to pull tiny lightsabers back to them when using the force?
Easier to shove a guy in the a shitty costume. It didn't even get a noteworthy scene, so it didn't deserve it.
A lotta sci-fi movies were pretty budgeted back then. I mean, the blasters were basically WWII prop guns from older movies with crap slapped on them to make them space guns.
Star Destroyers and Imperial equipment were always clean though in th OT, so it makes sense that the Republic stuff would be clean, as would the Confederacy, being made up of a bunch of rich assholes.
Hell, even in the OT, ROTJ's flagships were pretty damn clean.
Droidekas are my favorite. I love how their blasters sound.
I love Ig-88. There is something ingriguing about an independent droid working as an assasain for money in the OT.
I wonder if the "four bodies one consciciouness" and the droid revolution plan were always part of his (toy) bio or made for the EU.
I hope he shows up in another movie, and the idea of a droid revolution is fascinating and different and it could adress that droids are often treated like shit despite being clearly sentient.
I never understood this about Star Wars, Luke refers to R2-D2 as just "R2" even though that seems like calling your dog just "dog".
Not to mention that "R2-D2" seems like a very short number for a mass produced Astromech.
As bad as TOR is, at least we got SCORPIO out of it.
Also gave us more HK's.
Admittedly, I am a bit of a fan of the Vulture Droids.
There are bombers.
I think the Tri-Fighter fills the CIS interceptor role.
The tactical droids from later seasons of TCW were ballin'.
>C3PO leads a band of Ewok mercenaries
The commando droids were a nice remedy to that, rare as they were.
Not really. From a functional perspective, the mechanics governing all three are quite different from Asimov's. Star Wars did recycle the terms "blaster" and "hyperspace," but below that superficial level they're really only pulling from Asimov to the extent that all modern sci-fi tends to.
To be fair there were more interesting designs than that as the show went on. Like Huyang, an ancient droid that instructs younglings on building lightsabers.
I really like the battle droids and like that there are so many variants, like a mass produced robot would. Even at first glance the B2s look like a B1 with a tone of armor slapped on.
I looked this guy up and he went through a few mind wipes. I have to wonder what the point of that was. I mean might as well kill him off and use a new character. Unless there's stories about him somehow regaining his memories that the wiki doesn't mention.
I'm pretty sure R2 being the name of the line of droids was never stated in any of the movies, it's EU stuff.
You're making assumptions about nomenclature. If the writers give a single fuck, it's more than likely, that it's the 8 series and the 10 series. So, IG-100s are the first 10 class variants while 88s are the 8th or 9th iteration of the 8 series.
Or it's just Star Wars and they chucklefuck their way through their own lore.
Bullshit. The way blasters and hyperspace work, at least in A New Hope, is exactly as described by Asimov.
The robots less so, because of the lack of humaniform bots and the lack of the three laws, but just the same it is what you would expect of a galaxy that had Asimovian robots for thousands of years and didn't approve of robots passing themselves as human.
IG-88 is one of the best
"Uncle Owen...this R2 Unit has a bad motivator, look."
-Luke Skywalker, right after R5-D4 blew his top
Could just be one of those "all photocopiers are Xerox machines" kind of things, though.
Guri's pretty bangin', but Bettybots are built for clangin'.
This is /m/ but I have to wonder, have any of you guys ever thought
KOTOR 3 would have been better than what Obsidian planned if instead of playing as Exile again, the player was actually HK-47?
I mean just think about the customization and dialogue options. Also makes it cheaper since you don't need to hire two voice actors for the role. It even works with
the shitty FO4 dialogue system cause you can just do Query/Answer/etc/etc.
IG-88 was one of my favorite droid designs growing up. I especially loved his cameo in Episode IV.
Wow I never noticed, also 2-1B has a old mic as a mouth.
They keep making more and more HK units in the EU, it's getting ridiculous.
First we had 47 the original. Then the sequel had an army of 50s at the droid factory and the squad of 51s (and you get a 51 in TOR).
And now we have the gold 55, which I don't know what to think of him because it almost feels like he was purposely programmed to be overly impulsive and a gun-jumper as a joke.
Still, seeing a character keep mistaking your 51 for 55 was funny
The Rogers were intended for one thing, cost.
The majority of their production run didn't even have a full feature processor, relying on squad level or theatre level C3 systems, making them dumb as bricks.
They're the exact right kind of bot you'd want if you want for disaster relief however; They can operate any humanoid construction, excavation or emergency response equipment, they're amazingly "disciplined" and they're highly expendable.
The irony is that the true "lack of creativity" is that you didn't see them fucking everywhere in every damn role. Whole platoons were "orphaned" during the clone wars; They'd be the honda Civic of droids,
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Although for that matter, it's less of a Kleenex than a AK-47 issue. The R2 was the first practical astromech in the canister form factor, so everyone misidentifies newer models as the original.
Since this seems to be the SW thread up, I figured I'd ask here instead of making a new thread for something that isn't entirely /m/-related
Say you have a kid and you want to introduce them to SW, show them all of it. Do you show them the movies as 4-6 then 1-3 then 7-9, or just 1-9? It got me thinking, if a kid watches the prequels first it does affect how they see Anakin as a character. If you see the orignals first then in the prequels he's just whiny and stupid, but if you watch the prequels first then in the OT he comes across as a tragic character (tragic in the classical literary "this character's downfall is brought about by traits that make the person who they are but also makes them fatally flawed" sense). Plus from a viewing standpoint, do you really want to go from the OT to the boringness of the prequels, instead of 1-6 where each film (with the exception of 1-2 and 5-6) is better than the last?
Show them The Clone Wars between Episode II and III. It's a very fun show and turns Anakin into a genuinely likable character (making his fall in III feel even more tragic).
wait, that's just regular R2, though, right?