how I play Xcom: "Ok rookie, here's your standard issue uniform, one grenade, and a shotgun. No, not a plasma shotgun or anything, a regular shotgun. You have any idea how expensive the plasma ones are? I think yours came from the walmart. What's that? Who's the psychic chick with sunglasses and hot pink hover armor? Listen, don't worry about her. Now you get out there and do good and maybe we'll think about getting you a laser pistol next time."
Like, there are Star Wars themes, Star Wars touchstones, but also a Star Wars TONE. I feel like Rogue One was an experiment to do 2/3 of the SW formula, mixing up the tone element and it maybe only halfway committed to it. Perhaps they found that blockbuster Star Wars films just don't work as well with a different emotional pallet. It almost wants to be Syriana in space but its hands are tied by having to still be fundamentally part of this cohesive cinematic universe.
I saw Rogue One last night. I thought it was great, but I feel like listening to the "Tarkin" audiobook kinda ruined it a bit for me as it does "smart" Star Wars the way Rogue One somewhat disappointingly didn't. I know it's supposed to be a darker take on Star Wars, but just doing that without some other hook made the film feel weirdly joyless at points. Like an artfully crafted SW fan film. The final act is pure Star Wars-y fun though and well worth any other quibbles I had with it.
Now that I've had short anti-capitalist rant, forgive my hypocrisy as I let you know that my art commissions on fiverr are 5 bucks off till the end of the year. Classy, traditionalist stuff. I guarantee your awful conservative relatives will love them.
And on a slightly less distinguished layer of hell, internet commenters giving advice about pre-employment personality assessment tests.
"no answer honestly."
"well, no answer honestly but not TOO honestly."
"I sell these test and I can say that they are very useful for finding the best candidthsi$%dbrjakja/(bsb%$$#):(##.“
Capitalism is a fucking nightmare.
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