Logan: Continuity Controversy UPDATED

I recently saw Logan with my brother. I wanna start by saying that it was a great movie and I loved it. In fact, I even cried. If you’ve seen the movie then you know what I’m talking about. But I need to talk to you about a little thing that, everyone in the X-Men franchise seems to ignore, “continuity.”

SPOILERS AHEAD

Originally it was said that this movie was set after the “happy” future ending in Days of Future Past, where after Wolverine saved the future, all the X-Men died later on. COPOUT! But the movie seems to suggest that this story doesn’t connect with Days of Future Past. Mostly because the movie is set in 2029 (same year as the future war in Terminator might I add), but Logan in this movie says that there hadn’t been a new mutant born in 25 years, which would mean that the mutants stopped being born around the time of the first few X-Men movies, yet in the happy future of Days of Future Past, we see the Xavier school with new young mutants. The movie also had Wolverine’s samurai sword at the steel mill, which in reference to The Wolverine. Also, Apocalypse had a mid-credits scene where they had DNA from lots of mutants, including Wolverine, which hints into Logan.

Director James Mangold was quoted in saying “I don’t care about continuity.” So he’s basically saying that he wanted to do this movie with no regard to the continuity of any of the X-Men movies. But, the problem is, what’s the point. The whole point of a series is keeping the continuity in check, if you’re not gonna do that, then the movie shouldn’t be made. I mean, why not just say the mutants died five years ago, or set the movie in 2035 or something like that? If you’re not gonna follow the continuity, either make it a reboot or a retcon, but its not a retcon because they plan on making more movies. This just really ticks me off, because I love the movie, but what’s the point if it has no continuity. Same with Terminator Genisys.

UPDATE

I recently got into an argument with someone on YouTube regarding the X-Men franchise. In light of that heated debate, he pointed something interesting that I think makes me rectify my opinion toward Logan about it being a “continuity wreck” like I previously stated. This person pointed out that in Apocalypse Xavier said he planned on making the school for both mutants and humans, so it’s possible that the students we saw in the future ending of Days of Future Past were really humans, not mutants. So that, might explain EVERYTHING.

Though I want to say that I feel it’s still a copout that Wolverine traveled back in time to save the X-Men, and they all still die. But I’m willing to look past that. Maybe. But again, I think I can appreciate Logan a lot more.

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How I Think Alien Resurrection Should Have Ended

I’m not crazy about Alien Resurrection, but I hate Alien3 more. This is what I think should’ve happened at the end of the movie. Let’s take out that stupid Newborn thing, that was an abomination. This is what I had in mind.

Ripley #8 is taken by the Aliens into the nest. She awakens to see herself surrounded by Aliens and the Queen at her egg sack. She also finds Dr. Gediman strapped to the wall. But the Aliens don’t attack, they just stand there. One Alien gets close to her and rubs its head against her forehead. Gediman explains that since she carries their blood they consider her one of them. Ripley starts to pet one of them like it were a dog. It extends its tongue, she grabs it and rips it out saying that she is not one of them, that she chooses to hold onto her humanity. The Aliens begin to attack, when she pulls out a grenade and presses the button, if she lets go they all go up. She backs away, walks over to Gediman, puts it in his hand telling him “don’t let go”, and she takes off running. Then Gediman lets go of the grenade and it explodes. The Queen gets pissed and escapes.

Ripley makes it to the Betty, but she couldn’t close the hatch, she tells them that she couldn’t close the hatch so Call goes back to close, only to run into the Queen. I know, it’s been done, but it sure is better than the Newborn. The Queen closes the hatch and tries to kill Call. When Distephano comes in and the Queen bites his head off, which a Queen has never done before in the Alien franchise. As the Betty flies into the atmosphere, the Queen is about to kill Call, when Ripley arrives, the Queen is hypnotized by her, because Ripley gave birth to her. Then Ripley does the thing where she burns a hole in the window and the Queen gets sucked out.

I think I would’ve been cooler. I like the idea that Ripley chooses between her instincts and her humanity.

Force Ghosts

Lately I had been thinking about how in Star Wars whether we’ll see the ghosts of Obi-Wan or Yoda in the future Star Wars movies. Problem is, the Obi-Wan actor, Alec Guinness is dead and I don’t like the idea of replacing the Force Ghosts with their younger selves, don’t get me started on Hayden Christiansen replacing Sebastian Shaw at the end of Return of the Jedi. I even heard that there was talk about him playing ghost Anakin in Force Awakens, so glad they didn’t do it though. But, how would we explain why these ghosts haven’t appeared in these new stories. I mean, they could use CG for Obi-Wan, “maybe”, but there’s a huge debate over whether they should and shouldn’t do that. But there is one way of explaining why the Force Ghosts haven’t appeared.

My brother had read some of the original Star Wars continuity, some of the Thrawn Trilogy at least. He explained that it began with Obi-Wan’s ghost telling Luke that this is the last he will see of him because his visits from the afterlife was only temporary and now he will never see him again, which made Luke wonder how could he continue without Obi-Wan’s guidance.

Maybe they could do that in the new trilogy, that we haven’t seen Obi-Wan or Anakin was because they’ve used up all their visits and can long see our heroes anymore. It would make sense to me and I think it’s probably best not to use CG, I mean they can do it if they want, I think it’s cool, but I would more likely try to avoid it. I mean, they already brought Thrawn from those books into the Rebels TV show, so they’re borrowing from the old continuity.

I mean, they can bring back Yoda, cause he’s a puppet or a CG alien and the voice of Yoda, Frank Oz is still alive.

T-1000 Terminator Time Travel Theory

Here’s an interesting thing I started thinking about. See, us Terminator fans know that, the time displacement machine in the movies can only send back organic material, which is why humans and Terminators have to go back in time naked or can’t bring weapons. And the reason why Terminators can go back in time, is because their living tissue is real human flesh that it shields his metal endoskeleton. So theoretically, a Terminator could smuggle a gun under his skin.

But here’s the debate. See, people wonder how Terminators like T-1000 or a T-X, which are either made of mimetic polly alloy (liquid metal) or have mimetic polly alloy sheathing can travel back in time if they’re not living human tissue. Same with the T-3000 in Genisys, which is made of machine phased matter.

There are two theories on how this is possible:

Theory 1: Some people think that the mimetic polly alloy or machine phased matter is so good at imitating human tissue that the time displacement machine can’t tell the difference. Though in Genisys, the reason the T-3000 got ripped apart in the time displacement machine was because the Terminator burned off most of his machine phased matter that he couldn’t create his living tissue sheathing.

Theory 2: Some people, including myself, believe that these type of Terminators actually coat themselves in living human tissue before traveling back in time and that when they arrive, they shed their skin and imitate human clothes. Which is feasible, considering that in T2, we don’t see the T-1000 arrive, we just saw the aftermath to which he kills the cop, leans down, and in the next shot he’s dressed in the cop clothes, as not to reveal he’s a different Terminator from the first. It’s very possible that the T-1000 could’ve shed his skin between those shots. Same with T3, where the T-X arrives, kills the rich woman, and in the next shot she’s driving down the road dressed in her clothes after imitating them. Again, not to reveal what kind of Terminator she is. Between killing the rich woman and driving the car, she could’ve shed her skin. As for the T-3000, we never saw him time travel, he could’ve had human sheathing, probably the reason he got ripped apart in the time displacement machine at the end was because he didn’t have a coating of human skin to protect him which blew him up.

Which do you prefer? Which do you think is more feasible?

Terminator Salvation Kyle Reese Theory

I loved Terminator Salvation, but I even I admit it had a lot of flaws, mostly because of constant rewrites and stuff. But the only thing that really bothered me was that Skynet seemed to know that Kyle Reese was John Connor’s father and was hunting him, yet when he captured him, he didn’t kill him. I mean, Connor said it himself “Kill Kyle Reese, reset the future. No John Connor.” Instead he used Kyle as bait. Skynet is a super advanced tactical computer, yet had such a convoluted plan. But I think I’ve come up with a theory as to why he didn’t kill Kyle Reese and his plan would make sense.

We all know Kyle Reese would go back in time, fall in love with Sarah Connor and father John. But, we also know that the Terminator in the original, figuratively speaking, fathered Skynet, because its remains were used to jumpstart the creation of Skynet. Killing Kyle Reese and preventing him from going back in time probably would’ve caused a paradox which would not only erase Connor’s existence, but Skynet’s as well. A risk that Skynet probably didn’t want to take. It would’ve been easier to kill Connor in the present than killing his future father and risk a paradox.

This might be a stretch, but it’s also possible that Skynet could’ve also planned to turn Kyle into a hybrid Terminator, send him back to 1984 to father John and leave Sarah to believe that her unborn son would lead the human race to victory, but only to ensure both Connor and Skynet’s existence and for Skynet to win the war.

That’s how I think it makes sense and less convoluted.

Star Wars Clone Wars Continuity Correction

Previously I talked about how I didn’t understand how the Stormtroopers are not Clone Troopers. Cause I didn’t understand why the Empire would go from creating lots and lots of clones that are grown and are totally obedient to recruiting random people. Then the 3D Clone Wars series came out and said that they’re totally obedient because they Jango Fett was killed they didn’t have any more DNA to harvest and that changed it. But then, how did they betray their Jedi generals? Oh, they had a chip installed in their heads to make them turn on the Jedi when Order 66 was executed. All sound like a big copout.

But then, I remembered the old Star Wars Battlefront 2 game which actually had a better explanation as to why they stopped making clones. Was that after the fall of the Republic and the rise of the Empire, the Cloners didn’t agree with Empire, so they tried to rebel using their own clones against the Empire. During the attack, a lot of Cloners were killed pretty much destroying the cloning lab. And that’s why they switched from clones to recruiting. Again, that makes a lot more sense to me than all this copout shit like lack of DNA and chips installed in their brains.

But due to Star Wars being bought out by Disney, that was retconned. But, what are you gonna do, that’s why I never trusted expanded universes. But I’m just saying they’ve been using ideas from the expanded universe into the new one, like Thrawn. They could’ve easily put this idea into Clone Wars or Rebels.

How Rey Really Beat Kylo Ren

I heard people complain about this a lot and I wanna tell you the variables that allowed Rey to beat Kylo Ren in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

  1. Kylo Ren is a pussy. He’s a Sith wannabe. Sure, he’s been trained with a lightsaber by Luke Skywalker, but his anger clouds his judgment, he’s just so filled with anger that he can’t fight well.
  2. Rey was already skilled with a staff so she has some skill in fighting with a staffed weapon.
  3. Kylo Ren was injured badly when Chewbacca shot him, so that affected his fighting too.
  4. If you watch the movie, Rey is mostly avoiding him before she finally defeats him.
  5. This is a big one and it’s more like a “got lucky” thing. Obi-Wan in Star Wars (Episode IV) “A Jedi can fill the Force flowing through him” When Kylo Ren mentions the Force, Rey closes her eyes before she finally gets the strength to defeat him. Because she finally felt the Force flow through her, she embraced it, and that allowed her to defeat him. Basically, for that brief moment, the Force was on her side. But again, just for that moment, she got lucky.

So there, those are the five variables that allowed Rey to defeat Kylo Ren. Don’t like it? Still wanna be a stickler? Well, that’s how I see it and I’m sticking to it.