Dear Niantic, Let Legendaries Defend Gyms

Since Legendary Pokemon were first released in Pokemon Go they have not been allowed to defend gyms.  But why?  And more importantly, why not?

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Star Wars Movies Still in the Pipeline

With The Last Jedi being universally heralded as the greatest Star Wars movie of all time, and Solo an inarguably runaway critical and commercial success, Disney has shown no indication of slowing this gravy train down, upping their production slate to match the MCU’s 2-3 movies per year. Here are some of the projects in the pipeline at Lucasfilm:

The Fast and the Furious: Mos Eisley Drift: A Star Wars Story

Vin Diesel stars as an undercover Imperial Intelligence officer who must infiltrate a gang of podracers suspected of smuggling spice for the Hutts.

It’s a Parent Trap!: A Star Wars Story

A young Admiral Ackbar meets his long-lost identical twin brother at summer camp, and then the pair teams up to get their estranged parents back together.

Little Orphan Ani: A Star Wars Story

A musical about a plucky young orphan named Ani who lives on Tatooine under the oppressive care of the demanding and unpleasant Ms. Watto Hannigan, only to be adopted by the wealthy Qui-Gonn Warbucks and trained to become a Jedi.

A Boy and His Rancor: The Musical: A Star Wars Story

James Corden stars as Malakili, the scene-stealing rancor keeper from Return of the Jedi, in this musical about a man who loved his rancor and hated shirts.

It remains to be seen whether any of these movies will rival the unbridled success of The Last Jedi or Solo, but what we can say for certain is this; they couldn’t possibly be any worse than a crowdfunded The Last Jedi remake.

Is Solo: A Star Wars Story A Fail For Disney?

\nSolo: A Star Wars Story opened this past weekend to mostly warm reviews, but a very un-Star Wars global box office, tracking well below the usual Billion dollar hauls of previous installments, including the premier standalone anthology film, Rogue One. Even with rosy predictions of $400 million for gross box office, the movie was made on a budget of $250 million, which does not include marketing.
So what happened? Given the history of both Star Wars and Disney, how is a movie about one of the franchise’s most beloved characters unable to kill at the box office like the derivative but long anticipated The Force Awakens? Is this the end of what has become the most lucrative film franchise in history? Market analysts, talking head entertainment pundits, embittered fans, and film critics have all been throwing out their opinions on the matter, so we’re here to help sort through the muck and get to the bottom of the situation, and what Disney might consider moving forward with the franchise.

1) Star Wars Fatigue

When Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2014, they firmly believed that there was definitely more to be mined, resulting in a hasty production slate that included one movie per year starting with The Force Awakens and a Dave Filoni-produced TV series to replace the suddenly canceled Clone Wars series. Four years later, the production slate is even more crowded, with a Rian Johnson-developed film trilogy, standalone movies rumored for Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi, 2 live action tv series in the works, and another animated series from Dave Filoni. One can’t help but wonder, is this too much of a good thing? Traditionally, George Lucas gave us a solid space of three years before releasing more Star Wars, a strategy that seemed to work pretty well for 80s and early aughts crowds, with books, comics, and even some tv specials filling in the gaps and slaking fans’ thirst for more in the meantime. Has the oversaturation soured diehard fans without making enough new fans to overcome the difference? It’s hard to say for sure, but there are a couple factors that contribute to this. First, Solo comes out a brief 5 months after The Last Jedi, the franchise’s most recent offering. The first three films released by Disney were all released a year apart, in the cinematically Hoth-like cold waste of December. Some theorize having a longer recovery time between movies and a less competitive movie schedule worked in favor of the other movies, but against Solo.
Second, the poor fan reception of The Last Jedi may have turned many hardcore fans off from seeing Solo simply to spite Disney and send the message that they are unhappy with their direction. This brings us to….

2) A Fickle Fanbase

Star Wars has one of the most loyal, fanatical, and enthusiastic fanbases of any franchise. In fact, their very existence for over 4 decades is what makes it possible for Star Wars to exist today. If there was no interest in Star Wars, Disney would never have shelled out that kind of money to buy a played-out franchise. And even the most critical detractors to the much-maligned prequels received The Force Awakens, making it the most successful of the Disney films so far. But despite their enthusiasm for the initial installment, reception cooled for each movie afterward, and the movie’s direct sequel, The Last Jedi, proved to be even more divisive than Jar-Jar Binks, which is saying quite a lot. Overzealous fans who prefer to believe they know more about Star Wars, storytelling, filmmaking, and running an company than Kathleen Kennedy and Bob Iger than appreciate what they’ve been given have turned on the thing they claim to love the most. The fact is that many embittered fans, still sore after The Last Jedi, were actively wanting Solo to fail, to the degree that they were encouraging others to skip it. All because they love Star Wars so much.

3) A Troubled Production

Another factor that may have affected the movie’s reception could be the problems the production faced behind the scenes. Lucasfilm had initially hired The Lego Movie‘s Phil Lord and Chris Miller to direct, but when their loose style clashed with Disney’s tight production schedule and Larry Kasdan’s script, they were quickly replaced by Ron Howard. Additionally, an acting coach was hired for lead actor Alden Ehrenreich, sparking rumors that he wasn’t up to task. Ostensibly, movies plagued by these kinds of production problems typically don’t turn out well, and the internet was soon alight with fan speculation that the movie was doomed. But these things can easily be blown out of proportion, especially in this age of connectivity, where fans are so closely watching the production process at every step and news articles pour out over the internet at the slightest whiff of a rumor. Ron Howard is a proven director and a Hollywood legend, and was probably hired to assuage fans’ fears as much as for his directorial abilities. And as for Ehrenreich’s acting coach, it turns out that they were hired not to train the established actor how to act, but to fine tune his Harrison Ford swagger. As I said before, these things can get blown out of proportion.

So What Can Disney Do?

Well, in this whole equation, there are a few things Disney can control directly. First, spacing out their movies could relieve some of the movie goers’ exhaustion and regain part of what made Star Wars so special in the first place—scarcity. Second, they could take a cue from the original trilogy and spend a lot less money on making their movies. Part of why there is so much pressure on these movies to perform is because of the money dumped into them, producers just want to make their money back, and a low-earning movie could spell the end of a franchise. Part of what made the first Star Wars movie so special was actually budget constraints. ILM had to figure out creatively how to bring Lucas’ vision to the screen and it quickly became the new standard by which all visual effects would be measured and ILM remains the industry leader for VFX. I’m not suggesting Disney slash the budgets of ALL Star Wars movies, but find some that could be made for a lot less, focus on story, and drop those between big-budget tent poles to keep cash rolling in.
What is certain is Disney and Lucasfilm are going to re-evaluate their business strategy, but what measures they decide to take are still up to them. In the meantime, I’m still going to enjoy Star Wars, and I may go see Solo a second time.

What People Forget When Trashing DC

With Avengers: Infinity War breaking box office records (and many hearts) and Black Panther still in the top 10 grossing movies, it’s easy for Johnny-come-latelys to jump on the bandwagon of one of the internet’s favorite pass-times, trashing DC.  But what many of the trash talkers don’t realize is that they are actually stupid.  Here’s why.

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Can President Trump’s Brilliant School Violence Plan Do Enough?

In the weeks after the deadly shooting in Parkdale, FL, pressure has been increasing on legislators to find some kind of solution to keep these kinds of mass slayings from happening. And while the Left is hell-bent on taking guns from law-abiding citizens, Conservative lawmakers are wisely seeking to protect the Second Amendment of the Constitution. President Donald Trump, no doubt going with his gut, favors the latter, and has discussed his plan to protect both our rights and our children.
“If you had a teacher who was adept with the firearm, they could end the attack very quickly,” he said this week, after meeting with families of shooting victims and survivors.

To put it simply, the President wants to give teachers already trained in firearms the right to carry concealed weapons onto public school campuses with the intention of stopping and even deterring potential shooters, going so far as to suggest teachers willing to carry receive bonuses as incentive.

The Liberals have already pushed back against the President’s suggestion, but it clear that the president understands it’s better to throw more guns at a problem than work to prevent it. Unfortunately, his solution doesn’t go far enough.

We have already seen how teachers have abused their power with so many cases of inappropriate sexual behavior between students and teachers. So what happens when we hand guns to these people who have already proven, in some cases, untrustworthy? We don’t know which teachers will abuse their power until the moment they do. In the same way, there’s no telling which teacher will become the active shooter they were hired to execute.

This is where the President’s proposal falls short, but there is an obvious solution that’s so painfully obviously it’s painful for me to consider how obvious it is. Not only do all the teachers need to be armed, so do all the students in the event a teacher loses their marbles and starts slinging lead at the class. In fact, we could go another step further, and allow classmates to shoot each other if they think someone is planning a shooting. And parents, if you think your kid has some mental health issue that isn’t being resolved, go ahead and pop them in the head before they take their misplaced aggression out on their peers.

We all know prevention only limits the liberties and infringes on the rights of law abiding citizens. The only way to keep people from being killed is to kill other people before they can kill more even though they may have already killed some but at least it wasn’t a bunch cuz they have no respect for human life so kill them all! Don’t tread on me!!

Fast and Charged TMs have been available in Pokemon Go for a while now, but some attacks can’t be learned again after they have been changed, what Legacy moves should you keep?

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Don’t TM These Legacy Moves!

How To Prepare For New Pokemon

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With Niantic rolling out new Gen 3 Pokemon chunk by chunk it’s time we talk about the best way to utilize your resources to be the very best, like no one ever was.

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