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"Fulcrum of Fate"
 
   LAST EDITED ON Dec-21-11 AT 02:40 PM (EST)
 
Finally caught up with FoF -- I didn't realize three chapters were out. Ayi-yi-yi! There's tons I could say, but the best thing about FoF was Ewan McGregor.

I'm not a good judge of Obi-Wan, but I know Mr. McGregor from Star Wars, Big Fish, that movie he was in with Cameron Diaz, a ton of second-hand retellings of Velvet Goldmine. I'd say that Gryphon made better use of his acting skills, by way of suggestive imagery, than George Lucas did with the real thing.

Good show! I can't wait for part four.

EDIT: I so, totally posted this in the wrong forum. ^_^;;


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1. "RE: Fulcrum of Fate"
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   >There's tons I could say,

Then by all means, say it! We like tons. It's like the way things used to be back in the glory days of Symphonies 1 through 3.

>but the best thing about FoF was Ewan McGregor. I'd say that
>Gryphon made better use of his acting skills, by way of suggestive
>imagery, than George Lucas did with the real thing.

Heh, thanks, but I have to give credit where it's due; Obi-Wan wouldn't have anywhere near the prominent role he has now if it hadn't been for McGregor's performance in the prequel trilogy - especially Episode III - in the first place. He was so fantastic in Episode III that I couldn't bear the idea of relegating his character to elderly ghostitude forever. (That takes nothing away from Sir Alec Guinness, who did, after all, define the role - but Obi-Wan is just a lot more fun to me as, as Ard described him, "the Indiana Jones of the Jedi Order.")

While I'm giving props for performances in Episode III, I have to hand something to Hayden Christensen, too. I was skeptical when people said he was better than his material suggested after Episode II, but the performance he turned in during the fun part of Episode III - by which I mean the Anakin-n-Obi-Wan Buddy Cop Road Flick Adventure in the first 20-30 minutes - convinced me. Considering that his character is jammed into an awkward corner of a predetermined plot that he doesn't fit in to a greater extent than anybody in the film (except arguably Padmé, whose predicament was such that not even Natalie Portman could save her),I think he does a helluva job, especially before the film turns the corner and spirals into full-time forced-narrative numbskullery. I wouldn't have included Anakin the Younger in UF if I didn't believe he could be fun, and it was Christensen who convinced me he could be, in an elevator aboard the Invisible Hand. ("Wha - oh, it's you!")

>EDIT: I so, totally posted this in the wrong forum. ^_^;;

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2. "RE: Fulcrum of Fate"
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   > I wouldn't have included Anakin the
>Younger in UF if I didn't believe he could be fun, and it was
>Christensen who convinced me he could be, in an elevator aboard the
>Invisible Hand. ("Wha - oh, it's you!")

He convinced me with an earlier line:

"This is when the fun begins"

Mario


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4. "RE: Fulcrum of Fate"
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   >> I wouldn't have included Anakin the
>>Younger in UF if I didn't believe he could be fun, and it was
>>Christensen who convinced me he could be, in an elevator aboard the
>>Invisible Hand. ("Wha - oh, it's you!")
>
>He convinced me with an earlier line:
>
>"This is when the fun begins"

"Sorry. You're right. Bad idea."

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3. "RE: Fulcrum of Fate"
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   LAST EDITED ON Dec-21-11 AT 02:41 PM (EST)
 
> Moving topics is easy when you have the power of an admin!

Which makes you a wizard, and not a peon.

(I hope that comes across as funny here as it does in my head. If not, I apologize.)


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5. "RE: Fulcrum of Fate"
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   LAST EDITED ON Dec-21-11 AT 02:41 PM (EST)
 
>>There's tons I could say,
>
>Then by all means, say it! We like tons. It's like the way things
>used to be back in the glory days of Symphonies 1 through 3.

FoF's fun for a number of reasons, but I think the number one reason is that you're making Jedi fun. I haven't been a big fan of the whole Jedi thing since the Young Jedi Knights books, which I still need to read the last novel of. They're boring characters with no real joy to their being. FoF, via Obi-Wan, Len, Emmy, etc. injected live into the order that I don't think I've ever felt.

You've made Count Dooku a threatening presence -- I keep waiting for him to kidnap Padme, which is what seems to be the act he's best positioned to perform, but maybe not. You've made Darth Vader interesting, and while it's not FoF exactly, you've even made Anakin (the Star Wars character I loathe most) interesting. You made Obi-Wan interesting and funny and honorable and caring and wily. And that doesn't even touch on Yoda, the Griffindors, Juniper, or the only-mentioned Morpheus.

The number two reason (and maybe not the best reason, but it's topical for me) is that you've mentioed Kei again. I'm on a Dirty Pair kick lately, so having her even mentioned draws my attention.

Which leads to number three: extra-galactic invasion. I realize/guess this is an Eddore reference, but couched with the more modern flair of UF and the mythology of UF epochs, the idea is breath taking. How do you go about finding enemies in another galaxy, even when you have extra-dimensional help at hand and databases the size of planets at your disposal? Can magic make the trip faster? Is there ancient Atlantean (heh heh, pun intended) technology that can help? Do the Time Lords figure into this in any way?

This is where UF succeeds where modern comic books fail: the over-arc is stunning and amazing, but it neither overshadows nor overtakes the here-and-now story. I'm equally as interested in them finding Kei as I am seeing if Vader can be healed. It's a perfect balance.

Number four: throw away references. Hermione, Ron, Scud, "How It Works," the Ebon Hawk, etc. Those are always fun, like sprinkles on icecream.

Plus, and this is topical to me, but winter (or chilly mid-autumn) is just an awesomely fun time to read new UF stories. I think I read most of Twilight in early December a few years back, and that's always been a fond memory. Having three chapters of FoF to read yesterday, sitting in Starbucks, is going to be another fond memory of UF-ness that I'll always enjoy.


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