What are your unpopular geek opinions?

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LoganRan

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I just finished watching the original Star Wars trilogy and realized that I have a few opinions about the Star Wars "saga" that probably don't "fit the mold" in relation to most Star Wars fans. So naturally, I wanted to air those opinions for your amusement/ridicule/internet slap fighting! ;)

Unpopular opinion #1: Yoda, Boba Fett and Darth Maul are all MASSIVELY overrated characters. Yoda's goofy backwards grammar and cheezy dollar menu fortune cookie "wisdom" are annoying while Boba Fett and Darth Maul are just...boring.

Unpopular opinion #2: The Empire Strikes Back is the worst movie of the original trilogy. Now, part of this is simply a consequence of being the middle film in a trilogy which prevents it from having a satisfying conclusion...but a cool cliffhanger is not the same as a satisfying conclusion. As stated in point #1, Yoda is annoying rather than cute or insightful. The only good part of ESB is the confrontation between Luke and Vader and the "big reveal" but that isn't enough for it to not end up in the bottom spot out of the original three. I should point out that I still enjoy ESB, it just occupies third place for me rather than its almost ubiquitous spot in first place for most Star Wars fans.

Unpopular opinion #3: I actually like Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Yes, they have the execrable "love story" between Anakin and Padme' but other than that they have the swashbuckling adventure and classic good vs evil themes that make most Star Wars movies so satisfying.

So, there you have it. Three, likely, unpopular opinions about Star Wars. I only addressed Star Wars in my OP but I'd like this thread to be open to any and all unpopular geek opinions.

What are YOUR unpopular geek opinions EN World community?
 

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Ulfgeir

Hero
Opinion 1:
Star Trek original series, is much better than TNG. Yes it is campy as heck, and no one can claim it is good, but it works. It had better characters and more chemistry between the actors.

Opinion 2:
More Star Trek... From TNG and Voyager. The worst characters ever introduced must have been Q, Tuvok, Kes, Neelix. (Think I got their names right).
 









Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Martin Scorsese was mostly right.

Superhero movies are big, dumb, and fun. I enjoy them. But they are rarely smart- at best, they are competent. Many geeks confuse recognizing fan service and the bare minimum of an allusion (hey- did you know that the second Captain America movie is almost an allusion to 70s political thrillers??!!11??) with actual intelligent discourse, and not only try to elevate the lowbrow to the middlebrow, but confuse the middlebrow with the highbrow.

A 6 minute YouTube video explainer isn’t an article in diacritics, and recognizing who Pynchon is in the Simpsons because you looked it up on-line doesn’t mean you’ve read Gravity’s Rainbow.

Also? Joker was perfectly cromulent for a superhero movie, which makes it one of the smartest ones ever- which also means that is was just a pale reflection of the movies that Scorsese made decades ago. But with less understanding of the tropes it was playing with.
 


Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Also?

The vast majority of anime is terrible. Or creepy (in an inappropriate way). Or both. It’s tiring to hear people defend the stuff in anime that should never fly in any other genre because it’s either too stupid … or because
It’s way too pervy.

There is some incredibly good anime, but the majority of it is a lot dumber than most people think it is. And that’s ignoring the creepy stuff, which it seems is in way too much.

(That said, I will always love Neon Genesis Evangelion.)
 

payn

Legend
Also?

The vast majority of anime is terrible. Or creepy (in an inappropriate way). Or both. It’s tiring to hear people defend the stuff in anime that should never fly in any other genre because it’s either too stupid … or because
It’s way too pervy.

There is some incredibly good anime, but the majority of it is a lot dumber than most people think it is. And that’s ignoring the creepy stuff, which it seems is in way too much.

(That said, I will always love Neon Genesis Evangelion.)
Yeap, lots of anime is pervy AF.
 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Scorsese movies are not that great, best one was After Hours.

….. and I thought I had a scorching hot take!

(I would at least go with Raging Bull. Or Goodfellas. Or Casino. Or Taxi Driver. Or King of Comedy. Or even Wolf of Wall Street. But at least you didn’t say The Departed!!).
 


payn

Legend
….. and I thought I had a scorching hot take!

(I would at least go with Raging Bull. Or Goodfellas. Or Casino. Or Taxi Driver. Or King of Comedy. Or even Wolf of Wall Street. But at least you didn’t say The Departed!!).
lol, yeah I do like Marty's movies but think they are often highly overrated. Kind like the Bob Dylan albums for the last 30 years. There was a time, but now its just rib joint stuff that people think is groundbreaking.
 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
lol, yeah I do like Marty's movies but think they are often highly overrated. Kind like the Bob Dylan albums for the last 30 years. There was a time, but now its just rib joint stuff that people think is groundbreaking.

The Departed was just a makeup call from the Academy.

That said, he is still making good films. He just has the Citizen Kane problem (as I call it).

If someone watches Citizen Kane today, having only watched modern films, they will probably be unimpressed. “What’s the big deal? It’s fine, but best ever?”

The issue is that the movie was so groundbreaking, so amazing, and so influential that it’s entirety has been utilized, regurgitated, aped, parodied, and so on to the point where unless you have some understand of how influential it is, in so many ways, you can’t fully appreciate its greatness

Scorsese is similar - his innovations and ideas are utilized by so many that it’s hard to fully recognize why (for example) Raging Bull or Goodfellas are the masterpieces that they are. Heck- it’s hard for Scorsese to even do a tracking shot without people thinking he’s parodying himself.
 

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