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Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was the most disappointing thing since my son. I mean, how much more could you possibly fuck up the entire backstory to Star Wars? And while my son eventually hanged himself in the bathroom of a gas station, the unfortunate reality of the Star Wars prequels is that they'll be around. Forever. They will never go away. They can never be undone.
This right here, I think, summarizes the main thing disconnecting me from most Star Wars fans. It's one thing to think of a film as a complete disappointment, but so many people hate the prequels to such an over-the-top extent that it's almost become Internet law to say that you actually enjoyed them. I totally get being passionate about your interests, but I've never honestly felt so passionate about a media franchise that I'd ever get this dramatic about it, especially over a few bad installments. It's just kinda pathetic.

The nice thing about the character of Mr. Plinkett, though, is that there's an innate self-awareness to his sense of humor. Mike Stoklasa must have known how obnoxious people find it when fanboys complain about their stupid Star Wars bullshit, because nobody who's normal could possibly give a fuck about who shot first, or whatever pointless debate is currently a hot topic among the Mr. Plinketts of the world, and that's the point. He plays up the fact that Mr. Plinkett is just one of these old, gross, hobbiless losers who incessantly whines about shit that doesn't matter, but resonates with a lot of jaded yet nostalgic Gen X-ers.

It's clever, but I think this aspect of his character is lost on the people who cite his reviews as gospel truth.

In any case, I am prepared to slam dunk on this review. I just wish I had found the time to do it sooner.
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If you're someone who's under the age of like, twenty, who says his least favorite film in the series is The Empire Strikes Back because it was "the most boringest one," then I suggest you shut this review off right now before I carefully explain how much of a fucking idiot you are.
Indeed, when this video was originally uploaded in December of 2009, I had just turned fourteen, and Empire was indeed my least favorite film in the series, and it really was because of how fucking boring I found it. So you could say that Mr. Plinkett had directly called me out. I didn't "shut the review off," though. I watched everything, and in spite of what all the brainless drones in the comment section were saying, it really wasn't that great of a review, even if it did alter the landscape of YouTube film analysis and influence many of the channels that I still watch today.

I'm twenty-three now. I'll be twenty-four in a couple months, and The Empire Strikes Back is still my least favorite Star Wars film, and it's still the most boringest one.

The Phantom Menace, on the other hand? It's pretty okay. I loved it as a kid, because it was made for kids. As an adult, I'd probably give it a 6/10, which means "decent" on my scale. Not great, not even necessarily good, but certainly not bad or even mediocre. It's just all right.

Honestly, the only reason I've felt the need to defend it tooth-and-nail for all these years is because Star Wars fans are so rabid and ridiculous about it, and it's funny to watch them writhe and seethe as I carefully explain to them how much of fucking idiots they are.
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But where do I possibly start?

[clip from The Phantom Menace]
Jar Jar: Mesa hatin' crunchin'.

Nothing in The Phantom Menace makes any sense at all. It comes off like a script written by an eight-year-old. It's like George Lucas finished the script in one draft, like, turned it in, and they decided to go with it, without anyone saying that it made no sense at all, or was a stupid, incoherent mess. I guess, at this point, who's gonna question George, or tell him what to do?

[clip from behind-the-scenes footage]
Crewman: I take it, you [George Lucas] say "action," after we roll camera?
George Lucas: I'll say it.
Crewman: You don't have to—Sometimes, people—
George Lucas: Sometimes I forget.
Crewman: —people forget. [laughs]
George Lucas: If I forget to say "action" or "cut," just step in and say "action" or "cut."

He controls every aspect of the movie. He probably got rid of those people that questioned him creatively a long time ago. [clip of Han Solo getting tortured] I also think that everyone just assumed that a Star Wars prequel will be an instant hit, regardless of what the plot was. Really, how hard could it be to screw up? [clip of Jar Jar doing something stupid] It's like screwing up mashed potatoes. YOU BOIL THE WATER. YOU POUR THE PACKE—
I think it's fair to argue that George Lucas probably had too much creative control, and that nobody was willing to question him at the time, because George Lucas was the man. However, these speculative portions of Mr. Plinkett's reviews have always been my least favorite part of them, because of how easy it is to manipulate footage and paint a certain narrative with it. The fact is, we don't know any of this shit. We weren't actually there. It's funny to think about, but it's ultimately a waste of time, unless you're just desperate to have your bizarre hatred for a film validated.
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1. THE CHARACTERS

The biggest and most glaring problem with The Phantom Menace is the characters. This is, like, the most obvious part of movie-making, but I guess I got to explain it when talking about this turd. [clip of Jar Jar stepping in fecal matter] Let's start a movie-making 101, shall we?

You see, in most movies, the audience needs a character to connect with. Typically, this character is something called a "protagonist." When you're in a weird movie with, like, aliens and monsters and weirdos, the audience really needs someone who's like a normal person, like them, to guide them through the story. Now, this of course doesn't apply to every movie, but it works best in the sci-fi, superhero, action, and fantasy genres. I picked a few examples to illustrate this point: Marty McFly, John McClane, Billy Peltzer, Sarah Connor, Neo, Charlie Bucket, Peter Parker, Cliff Secord, Johnny Rico, Rocky Balboa, and Kevin Bacon.

So, in addition to being an everyday kind of schlub, usually a protagonist is someone who's down on their luck [clip of Sarah Connor spilling someone's drink while waiting tables], in a bad place in their lives [clip of Kevin Bacon ripping a full garbage bag open after trying to lift it], or someone where everything just doesn't always go perfectly for them. [several clips of unfortunate things happening to likable classic protagonists]

Eventually, they'll be confronted with some kind of obstacle or struggle that they gotta deal with. [clips] If we like them, we hope they succeed. [clips] The drama in the film is the result of us rooting for them against opposition. [clip of the Rocketeer lifting off heroically]

Eventually, our protagonist will find themselves in the "lowest point," where it seems like all is lost. [clips] But eventually, they'll pull through, and conquer whatever force opposes them. [clip of Sarah Connor terminating the Terminator] It's satisfying when our hero gets ahead from where they started off at. [clip of Rocky and Adrian saying "I love you" to each other] They make, like, a change. This is called an "arc." Often, too, they'll get the girl in the end as icing on the cake. [various clips of protagonists kissing their love interests, and Charlie Bucket hugging Willy Wonka]
I agree that this is a formula that generally works very well in a lot of these classic, ultra-popular movies from the '80s and '90s, but in many ways, it's a pretty stale formula. If you try writing a protagonist like this in your movie today, then you've probably written an extremely boring and hackneyed character. Harry Potter fits this formula pretty well, but no one's favorite Harry Potter character is Harry Potter (and in fact, he's many people's least favorite). I think people in general have sort of gotten fed up with the "relatable protagonist" trope, if you ask me. That's why characters like Tony Stark have erupted in popularity. In the original Iron Man, he's not the most relatable guy. You might even describe him as kind of a dick, but we still like him because he's witty, charismatic, and we can tell that he has a heart of gold beneath his tough exterior (with the arc reactor being a literal representation of this). His eventual arc is that he becomes humbled after feeling the weight of the world on his back.

Not everyone has to like a character written this way, but it proves that you don't always have to stick to this "every protagonist must be relatable and down-to-earth" formula, which I think a lot of writers seem to use a crutch nowadays. Ultimately, what matters is that the protagonist is charismatic. You just have to like them, and even if you don't like them, you have to like disliking them. It sounds simple, but it doesn't have to be. The most interesting protagonists, to me, are the ones where they don't take that easy route. The Phantom Menace uses a particular method that happens to be one of my favorite ways to establish a protagonist that I will discuss later.

Anyway, Mr. Plinkett clarifies and proceeds to acknowledge that not every movie has to follow the same formula:
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Now, I need to explain that I don't think that all movies should be the same, or conform to the same kind of structure, but it works well in certain kind of movies. So unless you're the Coen brothers, David Lynch, Paul Thomas Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Lars von Trier, David Cronenberg, Gus Van Sant, Quentin Tarantino, John Waters, Wes Anderson, Sam Peckinpah, Terry Gilliam, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, or Jim Jarmusch, you really shouldn't stray away too far from this kind of formula, especially if you're making a movie that's aimed at children that has a cartoon rabbit in it that steps in the poopy. [another clip of that scene]
Okay, so he's not saying that ALL movies should be the same, but in order to break the rules of storytelling, you have to be one of these crazy talented, world-famous, auteur directors like Martin Scorsese or Quentin Tarantino. If you're not Wes Anderson, don't ever try to be creative, especially if you're making a fantasy adventure movie with a childish sense of humor.

Now, I know that's not necessarily what he's saying, but it is what he said, and I just don't think it's a very intelligent point. Obviously, it doesn't matter who you are. Writers should be able to take whatever risks they want, because that's the art form. That's the point of art.

I don't think Mike would dispute this, and I get that he's just trying to say "I think this movie would've been better if they had played it safe with the characters," but that's kind of a platitudinous observation, isn't it? You could say that about fucking anything.

He continues with his point, and proceeds to make his first actual criticism of The Phantom Menace:
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This is all, of course, completely applicable to the original Star Wars film, and the character of Luke Skywalker.

[clip from A New Hope]
Luke Skywalker: I wanna learn the ways of the Force, and become a Jedi like my father.

This was accomplished even without all the wonders of modern CGI. Now, with all you've just learned—IN THIS VIDEO THAT I'VE MADE FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES—I want you to tell me who the main character of The Phantom Menace was.
So the movie chooses not to have one obvious main character. So what?

Obviously, the movie doesn't have just one main character, but this was clearly intentional. Whereas some stories will have a delineated hierarchy of protagonist importance, where terms like "deuteragonist" or "tritagonist" may be used, The Phantom Menace uses a particular storytelling technique where multiple characters almost equally fulfill the role of the protagonist. The purpose of this is simple: to give every individual in the audience someone to relate to and root for by covering and providing a surrogate for several demographics, rather than just having your one typical young male character who is far more likely to resonate only with young males in the audience.

If you're an older man, father, or father figure, you'll probably see yourself in Qui-Gon and his earnest attempts to pass off his wisdom to his young apprentice.

If you're a little boy, you'll probably see yourself in Anakin, with his bright-eyed enthusiasm and excitement towards life in spite of his unfortunate circumstances.

If you're somewhere in between, you'll probably see yourself in Obi-Wan (this is where I find myself), a young adult who's trying to figure out his life and other people. If you really need the movie to have just ONE protagonist for some reason, you can watch the movie from Obi-Wan's perspective, and he fulfills that role just fine in the traditional sense, by virtue of him having the most in common with the average Star Wars fan.

You see, it's pretty much the same exact formula, but it's being poured down more than one tube, because different people see different things differently. Of course, this technique is not new, by any means—it's very common in serial media, like cartoons, sitcoms, and TV dramas. Neon Genesis Evangelion uses the technique, as well, and it's one of the most appealing and interesting aspects of the show. Young boys will relate more with Shinji Ikari, whereas young adults will relate more with Misato Katsuragi. The different angles from which you can enjoy the show give it a certain depth that a lacking of this device simply wouldn't provide.

Plus, if you're an empath, this kind of storytelling allows you to rewatch the film from the other perspectives that the story provides. This way, you're guaranteed to take something new away from the film every time.

Now, I did say that the technique is more common in TV shows than in movies, and this is because movies usually don't have as much time to flesh out each character's personality, so they often limit themselves to a few. Otherwise, you'll have a whole bunch of flat, cardboard characters instead of a small number of strong, three dimensional ones. Does The Phantom Menace suffer from this issue? Yeah, kinda. You could definitely argue that. But I don't personally view that as a terribly crippling flaw, and I find myself liking almost all of the characters in spite of this relatively small issue (except Anakin, but that's more because of his annoying dialogue and Jake Lloyd's poor acting).

I would also maintain that I'm not necessarily looking for fleshed-out 3D characters in a Star Wars movie, because they've always just been the quintessential popcorn entertainment flick to me. In any case, I think if the film stuck with the same formula that the original Star Wars film did, it would only have made the film seem all the more boring and hackneyed to people. So I'm personally glad that they tried something unique, and even if it didn't pay off with flying colors, I still don't find myself disliking almost any of the film's characters. They're all fun and memorable to me, and that's part of what I go into a Star Wars movie for.

At this point, Mr. Plinkett goes on to list all the characters that he doesn't consider to be the "main" protagonist, because Mike Stoklasa apparently doesn't understand the point of having multiple protagonists:
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I can tell you it's not the Jedi. They were just on some kind of boring mission that they didn't really care about. Plus, they were fucking boring themselves.

[clip from The Phantom Menace]
Obi-Wan: What happens to one of you will affect the other. You must understand this.
What does it matter if you find the characters boring? I don't understand why that suddenly means they can't be a protagonist. To go back to the Harry Potter example, there's lots of people who believe Harry Potter is pretty boring when you compare him to the other colorful characters in his story, but nobody would deny that he's still the main character.

Personally disliking a character does not actually change their role in the story. That's fucking stupid.
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It wasn't Queen Amidala, because she was some foreign queen the movie was certainly not really about specifically, either.
Well, I can't dispute this one, because she's obviously not really a main character. Women in the audience might like or relate to her, I guess, but like he said, the movie is not really about her specifically. The thing is, I don't think the movie's even trying to say otherwise. She's there, and she has a role, but at no point is that role ambiguous or confusing. No one would even think or consider her to be a main character. I'm not even sure why she's being mentioned here.
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You might be thinking that it's Anakin, because he was like, a slave, and saved the day at the end by accidentally blowing up the starship, but the audience doesn't meet Anakin until forty-five minutes into the movie. And then the things that are happening around him are pretty much out of his control or understanding. If a protagonist has no concept of what's going on, or what's at stake, then there's no real tension or drama. Without that, there's no story. So the conclusion is that there isn't one.
Again, this point would ONLY hold water if Anakin really was the only protagonist. But he's not. The fact that we have multiple characters to attach ourselves to allows us, if necessary, to shift our perspectives to the characters who do have a concept of what's going on. And the kids in the audience who are too young to understand the plot anyway will still be entertained, because they still see a little boy in a starship who's doing some cool shit in outer space. Everyone's entertained, no harm, no foul. Not even for the integrity of the story.
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Before the movie opened, I was really excited to hear that Scottish actor, Ewan McDonald, was going to be playing Obi-Wan Kenobi. I thought that was a great choice, and that he'd be perfect as the lead of this movie.

But he wasn't, really. He just sat on the ship and complains a lot.

[clip from The Phantom Menace]
Obi-Wan: The Queen's wardrobe, maybe, but not enough for you to barter with. Not in the amount you're talking about.
I like Ewan McGregor, too, and I think he was perfect as Obi-Wan. Not only does he look exactly like a younger Alec Guinness, which is amazing, the speech patterns and mannerisms he worked into his performance tend to emanate a "wise beyond his years" vibe, which fits in perfectly with his character.

The fact that he complains a lot is part of what makes his character. It's a neat reversal of the "cautious master, brash apprentice" trope, where Qui-Gon is the confident risk taker, and Obi-Wan is the stuffy and overly cautious one. Anyone in the audience who thinks Qui-Gon's choices throughout the film were stupid and irresponsible will probably consider Obi-Wan to be very sympathetic, and therefore more likable.

This is, dare I say, good writing. Am I saying it's the best writing ever? No, but it works, and it works just fine in my opinion.
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So YOU may like the characters... You know, if you're stupid.
Fuck you.

I like how he stops there after that one example, too, as if he already talked about all the other characters. Again, I'm not saying The Phantom Menace has the best characters, or even great characters, but I think they're all likable enough to where I could handily defend all of them. Yes, even Jar Jar.
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But let's ask some real people about the Star Wars characters, and see what they say. I posed a simple challenge to them:

"Describe the following Star Wars character WITHOUT saying what they look like, what kind of costume they wore, or what their profession or role in the movie was. Describe this character to your friends like they ain't never seen Star Wars."

The more descriptive they get, the stronger the character, eh?
This is one of the most well-known parts of any Mr. Plinkett review, and I'm willing to bet it's the part where most people started subscribing to him, because it's a clever and fun concept that gives you a quick break from having to listen to Mike's stupid Plinkett voice, and because it's a challenge that they can participate in themselves.

The problem with the "real people" he interviews in the actual video, however, is that they are all his close personal friends that he continues to review films with to this day on Half in the Bag, including Jay Bauman, Rich Evans, and Jack Packard (back when he had hair). I don't recognize everyone in this section, but it's obvious that Mike made absolutely no effort to actually interview strangers to ensure that no bias would be factored into the experiment.

Nonetheless, let's take his little challenge:
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Han Solo

Rich Evans: He's a rogue. He's...
Jay Bauman: He's very arrogant. Charming.
Jack Packard: Roguish, if you will.
Woman: Han Solo is... totally dashing.
Jack Packard: Wannabe dashing. He fancies himself a playboy.
Man: So, like, he's a smarmy, cocksure... womanizer?
Rich Evans: Scoundrel.
Jack Packard: He's pigheaded.
Woman: Completely sexy, in like, a bad boy sort of way, where he's gonna ride the line.
Rich Evans: He's got a bit of a dark streak to him, with shooting Greedo in the bar.
Jack Packard: But also, deep down, is a thief with a heart of gold. That's his character, really.
They forgot "insufferable" and "annoying." I always hated Han Solo. Never liked him in any of the original movies.

But okay, let's keep count here.
Rich Evans described him with three terms: "Rogue," "scoundrel," and "has a dark streak."
Jay only described him with two: "Arrogant" and "charming."
Jack described him with four terms: "Roguish," "wannabe dashing," "pigheaded," and "thief with a heart of gold."
The woman described him with two terms: "Totally dashing" and "completely sexy in a bad boy sort of way."
And the other man described him with three: "Smarmy," "cocksure," and a "womanizer."

Controlling for synonyms, that gives us, like, seven or eight different terms combined. Obviously, Han Solo is a character that Mike Stoklasa considers to be well-written, and you only need to describe him with seven or eight words to demonstrate how strong of a character he is. Got it.
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Qui-Gon Jinn
Okay, my turn.

Qui-Gon Jinn is wise, mature, soft-spoken, and stoic. Very mild-mannered and dry, but that's only because he takes his job seriously. Has shades of grey sewn into his moral compass; he's not above things like gambling and lying to his adversaries, frequently using Jedi Mind Tricks to get his means. He would be a risk-taker, but the point is that he's so confident, that he doesn't view them as risks at all. He's also a very stern, no-nonsense kind of person, and frequently gets annoyed with Jar Jar's hijinks. To some, he may come across as a little cold, but in a fatherly sort of way where he ultimately knows what's best for his disciples.

Boom. Fucking easy.

Now, let's see how these idiots do:
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Rich Evans: He's... stoic.
Woman: I don't remember that character. (Offscreen: He's Liam Neeson, with the beard.) Ohhh... Yes.
Jay Bauman: Well, he has a beard.
Jack Packard: Qui-Gon, and uh, he was—[cuts off before we can hear his response]
Man: [laughs] Um... Stern?
Instead of making a point about the characters in Star Wars, Mike chooses to throw his friends under the bus by making them look like complete fucking idiots.

Well, Rich Evans isn't a complete idiot. He almost immediately used the perfect word to describe him: "Stoic," which I used to describe him as well. He's the quintessential stoic Jedi who's all wrapped up in the niceties of his profession. He's not particularly emotional, because emotions cloud your judgment, according to Jedi teachings which parallel a lot of real world religions. It's a great word. Good on you, Rich Evans. Not so good on you for struggling to come up with any other words, because there are plenty of them.

I don't blame the woman for not remembering Qui-Gon's character, but she says "I don't remember" in a way that implies that she's only seen The Phantom Menace once, which is clearly the case, otherwise she would've done a better job. Meanwhile, she described Han Solo as if she saw the original trilogy at least ten times, which is probably the case. That's not really fair, now is it?

Jay was being a fucking shithead in his interview. First of all, he said not to describe the character's physical appearance. Second, he's clearly bullshitting. "He has a beard." Get the fuck out of here with that shit.

Jack Packard's interview was clearly about to give us a few adjectives, and he sounded enthusiastic about his answer, but Mike decided to cut it off before he could say anything. Nice. What an honest way to make your point, Mike!

The laughing guy shrugs before using "stern," which is certainly one decent description. He could've come up with more if he really tried, but he's playing dumb, because he sees the point that Mike is trying to make, so he decides to play along with it, because he doesn't like the Star Wars prequels and wants to help his friend make a good video.

Fuck this part.
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C-3PO

Jack Packard: His character is kind of the bumbling sidekick.
Rich Evans: Afraid, scaredy-cat. He's timid.
Woman: C-3PO is anal-retentive.
Rich Evans: He's prissy.
Jay Bauman: Well, C-3PO is prissy. He's used a lot as comic relief.
Jack Packard: He's the comic relief.
Woman: He's high-strung.
Jack Packard: He's bumbling. Effeminate.
Jack kinda fails right off the bat by describing his role in the story, rather than his character, as outlined in the challenge's rules. "Sidekick" and "comic relief" are roles, not necessarily character traits in and of themselves (though "bumbling" sidekick has a character trait built into it, I suppose). "Effeminate" is a good word to describe him, however.

The other guys did okay. They still only used, like, two or three, maybe four different words to describe him, which isn't a lot, but Mike decided to play the Star Wars theme over these portions, and NO music at all during the prequel character portions, which manipulates me into thinking that he's making a good point.
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Queen Amidala
My turn, I guess:

This one's a weird example, because there's two different characters playing the role of Queen Amidala. There's the Queen herself, Padmé, played by Natalie Portman, who appears in and out of her role as the Queen, but then there's the oft-forgotten Sabé, played by Keira Knightley, who played Amidala's decoy. The fact that the Queen lacks a personality makes it easier for Sabé to stand in for her, because she doesn't have any mannerisms to imitate which she would otherwise have to learn.

So, I mean, yeah. She doesn't have a personality. That's not a problem, though, because it's woven into the plot.

Padmé herself, on the other hand, has... a little bit more personality to her. Not a lot, but when she's not having to be the Queen, she just seems like a nice, kinda sweet and caring, yet strong and conscientious person. Now, she doesn't necessarily SCREAM any of these qualities at you, but that's okay. She's very down-to-earth about it. She's like a normal teenage girl. I can see how you'd think she's boring, but she doesn't lack character in my opinion.
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Rich Evans: That is going to be fucking impossible because she doesn't have a character.
Jack Packard: She... is, um... She's Natalie Portman!
Woman: Uh, yeah, like, just, kind of...
Rich Evans: Um, well, I can't say she was the Queen. I was gonna say she was the Queen.
Woman: Normal, I guess? Just kind of normal.
Rich Evans: Makeup would be a description. I was gonna describe the makeup.
Jay Bauman: Descibe Queen Amidala's character... Um... Monotone?
Jack Packard: She's the...
Jay Bauman: She looks a lot like Keira Knightley.
Man: [laugh] I can't answer that, and you know it.
Woman: ...So...
Jack Packard: She is... [stops] This is funny, by the way. I get it.
I was kinda giving these people the benefit of the doubt earlier, but shit. Maybe they ARE just fucking idiots.

The woman won this round, concluding that she was just "kind of normal." Yeah, that's true. She's clearly the only one there thinking Padmé, and not the Queen, which is good. She passes that part, but fails the description part.

Jay Bauman, meanwhile, once again puts his dick into his mouth and pulls it straight out of his stupid ass. "She looks like Keira Knightley"? What the hell do you mean? She WAS Keira Knightley, you fucking dipshit. Why did Mike interview you when you haven't even seen the movie? How embarrassing. They don't even look that much alike.
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CONTINUED IN PART 2

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Gaming / Verb tries random video games and maybe reviews them too
« on: August 01, 2019, 09:43:41 PM »
In-depth review of Dragon Warrior (1986)

i guarantee you that this is the most anyone has ever had to say about this game in the past 10 years

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Gaming / holy shit you can still play DS games online
« on: July 22, 2019, 09:19:06 PM »
YouTube

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The Flood / Neon Genesis Evangelion is on Netflix now
« on: June 20, 2019, 06:53:59 PM »
so you should probably check it out

as the biggest anti-weeb on the internet, it gets my seal of approval

maybe i'll review every episode or something

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it's whataboutism when you use an irrelevant example to try to excuse or distract from the other example

it's not for shutting down all relevant comparisons between similar things

in fact, by refusing to acknowledge the relevant comparison i'm making, YOU are the one saying "but whatabout MY example" without even realizing it, thereby making you a complete fucking idiot

the coinage of this term was a mistake

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The Flood / Spoiler So I just finished Breaking Bad
« on: June 15, 2019, 08:28:19 PM »
Season 1 was a 6/10 with maybe one or two great episodes, but overall it was way too slow and kinda boring at times
Season 2 is probably a 7/10, so it's definitely getting better, but still not what i'd call "great"

i wish i didn't hate almost every character

there are only three likable characters in this entire show, but at least walt finally did something good for once towards the end:

Spoiler

excited to start season 3 now that things are finally heating up a bit
season 3 was about as good as season 2, 7/10

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The Flood / That's subjective
« on: May 26, 2019, 07:26:49 PM »
that's just your opinion

you shouldn't state your opinions as if they're facts, you know

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The Flood / Happy kick a stoner day
« on: April 20, 2019, 01:47:33 PM »
kill yourselves

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Gaming / Game collecting
« on: March 23, 2019, 11:28:41 AM »
Been debating whether or not to even bother making this thread, but I decided it's no skin off my back if no one cares.

Recently I rekindled my interest in collecting every Nintendo 64 game. Not counting regional exclusives, there are only 296 to collect, making it one of the smaller and easier libraries to complete.

Here's my progress so far. I only have 70 right now, but I'm gonna go hunting later today and hopefully increase it to about 75. I'm missing some heavy-hitters, but that will make it all the more exciting for me when I finally find them.



1080° Snowboarding
Bass Hunter 64
Blues Brothers 2000
Bomberman 64
Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness
ClayFighter 63⅓
Cruis'n USA
Cruis'n World
Diddy Kong Racing
Disney's Tarzan
Donkey Kong 64
Doom 64
Duke Nukem: Zero Hour
F-1 World Grand Prix
F1 Pole Position 64
GoldenEye 007
Hey You, Pikachu!
International Superstar Soccer 64
International Track & Field 2000
Killer Instinct Gold
Knockout Kings 2000
Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside
Madden NFL '99
Madden NFL 2000
Madden NFL 2001
Madden NFL 2002
Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey, Jr.
Mario Kart 64
Mario Party
Mario Party 3
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero
Namco Museum 64
NASCAR '99
NASCAR 2000
NBA Live '99
NFL Quarterback Club '99
NFL Quarterback Club 2000
NHL '99
NHL Breakaway '98
Pokémon Puzzle League
Pokémon Snap
Pokémon Stadium
Pokémon Stadium 2
Quake II
Rampage 2: Universal Tour
Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Ready 2 Rumble Boxing
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie
S.C.A.R.S.
South Park
Star Fox 64
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
Star Wars Episode I: Battle for Naboo
Star Wars Episode I: Racer
Super Mario 64
Super Smash Bros.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The World Is Not Enough
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
Wave Race 64
WCW/nWo Revenge
Wipeout 64
WWF War Zone
WWF WrestleMania 2000
Xena: Warrior Princess: The Talisman of Fate
Yoshi's Story



By year:

1996
☑ Cruis'n USA
☑ International Superstar Soccer 64
☑ Killer Instinct Gold
☑ Mario Kart 64
☐ Mortal Kombat Trilogy
☐ Pilotwings 64
☑ Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
☑ Super Mario 64
☑ Wave Race 64
☐ Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey
1997
☐ Aero Fighters Assault
☐ AeroGauge
☐ Automobili Lamborghini
☐ Blast Corps
☑ Bomberman 64
☐ Chameleon Twist
☑ ClayFighter 63⅓
☐ Dark Rift
☑ Diddy Kong Racing
☑ Doom 64
☐ Duke Nukem 64
☐ Extreme-G
☑ F1 Pole Position 64
☐ FIFA: Road to World Cup '98
☐ FIFA Soccer 64
☑ GoldenEye 007
☐ Hexen
☐ Mace: The Dark Age
☐ Madden Football 64
☐ Mischief Makers
☑ Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero
☐ MRC: Multi-Racing Championship
☐ Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
☐ Nagano Winter Olympics '98
☐ NBA Hangtime
☐ NFL Quarterback Club '98
☐ San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing
☐ Snowboard Kids
☑ Star Fox 64
☐ Tetrisphere
☐ Top Gear Rally
☐ Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
☐ War Gods
☐ Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey '98
☐ WCW vs. nWo: World Tour
☐ Wheel of Fortune
☑ Yoshi's Story
1998
☑ 1080° Snowboarding
☐ All-Star Baseball '99
☐ Banjo-Kazooie
☐ BattleTanx
☐ Big Mountain 2000
☑ Bio F.R.E.A.K.S.
☐ Body Harvest
☐ Bomberman Hero
☐ Buck Bumble
☐ Bust-A-Move 2: Arcade Edition
☐ Chopper Attack
☐ ClayFighter: Sculptor's Cut
☑ Cruis'n World
☐ Deadly Arts
☐ Dual Heroes
☐ Extreme-G 2
☑ F-1 World Grand Prix
☐ F-Zero X
☐ FIFA '99
☐ Fighters Destiny
☐ Flying Dragon
☐ Forsaken 64
☐ Fox Sports College Hoops '99
☐ Gauntlet Legends
☐ Gex 64: Enter the Gecko
☑ Glover
☐ Goemon's Great Adventure
☐ Golden Nugget 64
☐ GT 64: Championship Edition
☑ Hey You, Pikachu!
☐ Iggy's Reckin' Balls
☐ International Superstar Soccer '98
☐ Jeopardy!
☐ Knife Edge: Nose Gunner
☑ Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside
☑ Madden NFL '99
☑ Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey, Jr.
☑ Mario Party
☐ Mike Piazza's Strike Zone
☐ Milo's Astro Lanes
☐ Mission: Impossible
☐ Mortal Kombat 4
☑ NASCAR '99
☐ NBA in the Zone '98
☐ NBA Jam '99
☑ NBA Live '99
☐ NFL Blitz
☑ NFL Quarterback Club '99
☐ NHL '99
☑ NHL Breakaway '98
☐ NHL Breakaway '99
☐ Nightmare Creatures
☐ Off Road Challenge
☐ Olympic Hockey '98
☐ Quake 64
☐ Quest 64
☐ Rampage World Tour
☐ Robotron 64
☐ Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA
☑ South Park
☐ Space Station Silicon Valley
☐ Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth
☑ Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
☑ The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
☐ Top Gear Overdrive
☑ Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
☐ Twisted Edge Extreme Snowboarding
☐ Virtual Chess 64
☐ Virtual Pool 64
☐ Walalae Country Club: True Golf Classics
☑ WCW/nWo Revenge
☐ Wetrix
☑ Wipeout 64
☐ World Cup '98
☑ WWF War Zone



I may or may not post some reviews of these at some point, but I'll definitely update my progress as I add more games.

I'd really love to get my hands on:

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
Perfect Dark
Paper Mario
Banjo-Kazooie
Conker's Bad Fur Day
Pilotwings 64
Mario Party 2
Mario Tennis
F-Zero X
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

I'd also like to get Quake, but apparently the N64 version of the first Quake is super shitty. Obviously, I have to get it anyway, but it's not a priority. Space Station Silicon Valley also looks pretty interesting to me.

I also need the expansion pak that allows me to play DK64, Perfect Dark, and Majora's Mask.

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The Flood / I'm fine now
« on: March 09, 2019, 01:15:28 PM »
one in each kidney

ama

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The Flood / so the powerpoint presentation i signed up for is on april 1st
« on: February 11, 2019, 11:00:01 AM »
give me epic prank ideas to prank my class with

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and it was one of those dreams where i knew i was dreaming, except i thought the donuts were real

so i was thinking to myself, "i'm too lazy to grab one of those right now, but i will definitely take at least two when i wake up"

so i woke up, and it suddenly became apparent to me that we didn't have two boxes

we had precisely zero boxes, because it was a fucking dream

the fact that it's possible to have dreams remotely similar to this is why life isn't worth living

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The Flood / youtube has a PiP function
« on: January 19, 2019, 12:46:06 PM »
double right click a video and there should be a "Picture in Picture" option

from there you can just drag it around and resize it on any other tab at will

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The Flood / reddit's only problem
« on: December 04, 2018, 01:53:09 PM »
if you're like me and you disagree with the human race on everything (but you choose to be honest anyway), you're getting downvoted to fuck hell

and yeah yeah, karma is just meaningless internet points, so who cares right

well guess what, if you have lots of negative karma (which is inescapable if you're someone who tends to go against the grain), the website punishes you by making it so you can only post every ten fucking minutes

sure, you won't get banned, but if you have like twenty different people replying to some controversial or unpopular comment you made, you have no choice but to wait ten minutes to respond to each and every one of those messages, unless you're just a mindless drone who agrees with everybody on everything or is too afraid to actually say something that people will disagree with

this is the only reason the website is kinda shitty and it has nothing to do with whatever reason you think the website is bad

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Gaming / Chinese KH3: A good example of ACTUAL censorship in video games
« on: November 23, 2018, 11:43:57 AM »
https://gamerant.com/kingdom-hearts-3-winnie-the-pooh-censored/


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Reports out of China have confirmed that in the Chinese version of Kingdom Hearts 3, Winnie the Pooh will be censored. Rather than removing the bear from the game altogether, the game has instead been edited slightly to blur his appearance. According to screenshots of the censored version, Winnie the Pooh just has a bright, white blot over his body. Strangely, the blot doesn’t cover all of Winnie the Pooh as his feet are still visible, something which has been the subject of many jokes on social media.

Given that Winnie the Pooh seems harmless, many fans in the west are totally baffled over this censorship. However, the Chinese government has ordered this censorship due to its fear it will cause instability within the country. Back in August, China banned any depictions of the character after some compared Winnie the Pooh’s appearance to that of Chinese president Xi Jinping. One of the memes compared a 2013 photo of Winnie and Tigger to a photo of Xi Jinping and Barack Obama walking together.

in case anyone still thinks a localization team removing child molestation minigames from a nintendo title for the sake of being sensitive towards cultural differences is at all comparable

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The Flood / how do i console this friend of mine
« on: November 20, 2018, 02:41:51 PM »
>approaching his late 20s
>hates his job
>got a 4-year degree and moved to the other side of the country to get it; hates it there
>has no friends outside of the internet, can't make any more due to anxiety
>makes more money than he needs for his lifestyle
>lives with his shitty conservative family who drives him up the wall every day
>nowhere else to go
>is overall unhappy
>wants to quit and move back to his home where he has friends
>plans on doing this
>decides to stick it out for another 4 months so he can put 2 full years of experience on his resume
>3 months later
>just suffered through the slowest performing month in his career
>suddenly receive a raise and a bonus for seemingly no reason
>literally can't quit now without it being a spit-in-the-face and instantaneously burning the only bridge he's ever built
>can't whine about this to anyone without seeming like an entitled brat
>seems like he's gonna be trapped in this boring friendless cesspit forever but he makes bank so he's not allowed to complain

what do i even say to this guy

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if the person who made the 6th post is the same person who makes the 7th post, it doesn't count and the thread is cancelled

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Gaming / So I finally got around to playing Undertale
« on: November 11, 2018, 02:43:08 AM »
just beat the true pacifist route blind after about 9 hours of gameplay

8/10--it truly is a game that everyone should play, especially fans of rpgs

to put it another way: if i were to rate the game as a story, i'd give it a 10/10, no joke

but it's a video game, so i have to rate it as a video game--it loses points for the first half of the game not being as polished as it could be (graphically, musically, or overall design-wise), a very droll sense of humor that's incredibly hit or miss at times, and a couple of minor-ish gripes that are practically inherent to the genre and can't be helped

the only reason i've tried it just now is because the creator just dropped a free follow-up game called delta rune, and since i love free shit, i had no reason not to get it--but i figured i might as well play the original game first, if this is some kind of sequel

so if for whatever reason you haven't played this by now, try it out, it's only $10 and it has MY endorsement so what other reason do you need

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The Flood / 1995 albums
« on: November 02, 2018, 12:55:23 PM »
Goal: Using this as a guide, listen to every single album released in the year 1995, the year I was born.

Rules: If an artist I've never heard of released their third album in 1995, then I have to listen to their first two albums first. If an artist I've never heard of released their sixty-third album in 1995, then I have to listen to their first sixty-two albums first. In order. I'm doing this because I think context matters and it'll allow me to witness their growth as an artist, which I think is an important thing to do if you're a serious music-listener. If an artist released their 200,000th album in 1995 or some shit, then I'll probably just not even bother listening to it.

Only original "full-length" studio LPs will be counted; no EPs, mini-albums, live albums, mixtapes, compilations, soundtracks, remixes, tributes, or rereleases will be listened to unless I deem it necessary. I'll probably listen to all the EPs at some point down the line, but as for everything else, I'll only bother with them if I end up liking the artist.

When I'm done, I'll be able to make a list of the best and worst albums released this year. That will be fun.

Currently, my favorite album of 1995 is the self-titled Alice in Chains, which is sitting at a strong 9/10, so a record has to be at least that good to be considered in the running for best album of this year, even though, the Grammys wound up granting that distinction to Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill. Which, all things considered, is a pretty great album, too.

I'll be posting reviews here too, I guess, but since it would be a complete waste of everyone's time to review albums that are both bad and old, so I'll only bother to give full reviews for albums that I actually enjoy and think are worth listening to. Everything else, I'll just have a quick blurb or rough write-up of thoughts, or perhaps even nothing at all.

Here's everything I've listened to so far:





Fu Manchu - Daredevil
Stoner rock
Sophomore LP

It's okay. Scott Hill's particular twangy vocal style grates on my nerves a little bit, but they have some decent jams here and there. It's the exact kind of music I'd expect Dietrich to enjoy or listen to. It's not great, and it never goes beyond decent.

This group has since put out ten other albums since then, but I can't say I'm all too interested to listen to more.

6/10





Sentenced - Amok
Melodic death metal
3rd LP

This album was a big departure from the typical death metal style that this Finnish outfit conformed to with their first two LPs, especially their debut, injecting their sound with cuddly things like melody and (gasp) clean vocals. This new direction was apparently too much to bear for lead vocalist Taneli Jarva, and he left the band shortly after producing this record.

I tend to dislike this kind of music as a rule, but I do like melody, which instantly makes any extreme rock genre a lot less difficult for me to listen to. However, ultimately, I think Sentenced dropped the ball on this one a bit, to where I actually prefer their first two records a great deal more. You could argue that their first album was just a Death rip-off, but in trying to become their own group, it just sounds like they've lost their edge. Somehow, it's a disappointment.

They have since released five albums, but naturally, I don't care to listen to the rest.

6/10





Wade Hayes - Old Enough to Know Better
Country
Debut LP

5/10





Smif-N-Wessun - Dah Shinin'
Hardcore hip hop
Debut LP

All right, time for some good shit. I can't believe I've never heard of these guys before until I started doing this, but don't make the same mistake I made and assume that one of them is called Smif and the other Wessun (which would've been a little corny). That's just the group name; they're actually called Tek and Steele, and they actually go pretty hard.

The dark and murky production is really cool, even if the common hip hop song-titling convention of misspelling words intentionally to make them look cool or whatever ("Wrekonize," "Wontime," "Timz in Da Hood Chek") make me cringe like a motherfucker. Don't let that dumb shit turn you away, though, because it's actually a pretty solid debut that I'd recommend to just about anyone who is curious to know what hip hop sounded like during its adolescence.

7/10





Brownstone - From the Bottom Up
R&B
Debut LP

6/10





Throwing Muses - University
Alternative rock
6th LP

Throwing Muses started off as a post-punk outfit somewhat in the vein of Siouxsie and the Banshees, but frankly, it wasn't until they dropped that act that they started to mature a little bit as artists and actually release some good alt-rock albums like Red Heaven and especially The Real Ramona, which sits as my current favorite.

This 1995 release, though, was ever so slightly disappointing. It's hard to describe why, because I found it so forgettable, but I think it just boils down to it lacking anything special about it. Their previous few efforts had memorable songs, and even though University does have their first international hit in "Bright Yellow Gun," I actually thought it was a fairly dull track, and I never would've guessed it were this album's lead single if you asked me.

I guess I'm not entirely opposed to listening to the stuff they've made since this album, but even among their records I enjoyed more, it's not like any of them are particularly outstanding. So I might just decide to pass it up.

6/10





The Roots - Do You Want More?!!!??!
Jazz rap
Sophomore LP

Ask any hip hop oldhead for his or her top 10 MCs of all time, and they're probably going to mention Black Thought. He's known for being one of the most lyrical and talented rappers of all time, but if you're under the age of 20, you probably wouldn't even know who he is, to say nothing of Malik B or producer Questlove.

This is a good record, on par or perhaps slightly better than the previously discussed Dah Shinin' by Smif-N-Wessun. But it's a difficult one to recommend. The track listing numbers the songs from 18 to 33, rather than 1 to 16. This is because the album is meant to be a continuation of their first record, Organix. This is what The Roots likes to do with all of their albums; the first track on their latest album continues on, number-wise, from the last track of their previous album, giving their music a sense that it's all interconnected. This is cool, but it discourages me from listening to their shit out of order, and makes it hard for me to recommend an album that's caught in the middle of their discography. I'm sure that kind of thing only bugs me, since it has nothing to do with the music itself, but I think it's still worth thinking about, given that it was an intentional decision to mark the track numbers in this way.

If you're only into modern day hip hop with the crazy-ass production, this one might not be for you, especially if you can't get behind jazzy beats. Black Thought's character and charisma throughout this record is undeniable, though I can see his boisterousness being an irritant to some listeners. It's also the sort of rap album that practically requires you to pay attention to the lyrics, which is where the real meat is. That type of thing isn't for everyone, especially these days, where a lot of people just want a sick beat to vibe to. If that's the case, look elsewhere, but if you can get behind cool lyricism, definitely check this one out, but only after listening to Organix first.

7/10



That's all I have right now. The next thing I need to listen to is The Rapture by Siouxsie and the Banshees, their 11th and final album, which means I'm having to listen to ALL of their previous albums first. I'm currently on their fifth, so I'm making my way up to it. So far, it's been worth it. Juju is a great record and a new favorite.

RANKING (so far)

#1. Do You Want More?!!!??! by The Roots
#2. Dah Shinin' by Smif-N-Wessun
POWER GAP
#3. Daredevil by Fu Manchu
#4. University by Throwing Muses
#5. Amok by Sentenced
#6. From the Bottom Up by Brownstone
#7. Old Enough to Know Better by Wade Hayes

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The Flood / how do i undo going to college
« on: October 18, 2018, 06:00:42 PM »
can any of you guys tell me how i can do that please

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The Flood / what is the worst thing you've done in the past 168 hours
« on: October 12, 2018, 11:38:13 AM »
not counting today

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The Flood / "How Michael Jackson Crafted His First Solo Hit"
« on: October 04, 2018, 04:22:23 PM »
fuck you nerdwriter

you don't know that

you literally could NOT POSSIBLY KNOW how he did that

fucking stop

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Serious / why should anybody talk to you
« on: September 30, 2018, 12:49:07 AM »

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Serious / defend your most controversial belief
« on: September 30, 2018, 12:48:23 AM »

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Serious / why do you pretend to care about anything, when you really don't?
« on: September 30, 2018, 12:40:19 AM »

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Serious / do you like people? if not, why?
« on: September 30, 2018, 12:35:04 AM »

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