Wise words. And a lesson this guy has yet to learn. But I suppose different rules apply to YouTubers, apparently they're all supposed to be snarky and cynical.(Though if he's an old fan who I've offended I'm certainly sorry. If there's one thing I've learned as I've gotten older, it's that it's best to be known for what you love and not what you hate.)
I was begging people to pick up with this mod and make their own stories because I'm tired of seeing Freespace mods, it would be so cool to see mods for the real game and have them work on the original operating systems. I'm filled with enthusiasm for a series that has not seen a true game since 1997. But oh my what a place this has been.
Although having just seen Ben's reply I was touched by his kind words on the posters and his remarks on if he ever offended me... Which, I guess he did. But he's also a man that, simply being here on this site has dealt with many many thousands, so I felt humbled to see him respond in that way. Honestly the harsh words on this site are tongue in cheek, I love this place, I loved it before it existed in the way of the newsgroup. I was even in a few of those Wingnut chat rooms forever ago. Still exist? I love this place, and I love Wing Commander and many other games and other systems. I am not some cynical bullshit YouTuber trying to emulate the Nerd, I am small, I'll always be small, I'd never want to make money, because right now every last review I've ever done has been passionate. In my eyes I give something no other YouTuber gives.
99% of the Secret Missions 1.5 is just the same text from Secret Missions 2, slapped together in a different order and new location names, with all references to Firekkans stripped out. I don't know which "Origin" team members made it... but its no worse than the text in Secret Missions 2 already 'is'... Personally I've never considered Wing Commander 1 to have a 'strong' narrative.
As for the movie and its inclusions...
It was included in Wing Commander Arena apparently.
It certainly has quite a few references and inclusions in Star*Soldier and its related timeline... for better or for 'worse'.
Nothing to try to 'fix' some of the major discrepancies between the film and the games though.
But then again, if you look really closely not even the games were always necessarily 'consistent' with each other. There are lines that suggest Iceman, Hunter, etc, died with the Claw in Wing Commander 2 for example, and I think some of the manuals/internal series Bible. But Iceman was retconned to have died much later according to Prophecy.
Another thing I noticed about the various original teams series bibles, and development production stuff is the amount of care to reference and utilize the licensed novel material as well.
Maybe not a lot of the animated series stuff, but that came later between WC4 and Prophecy. There isn't really a bible for that era in relation to the games (at least one that we have publically?) except for the TV show bible itself (in its earliest prototype form).
Of all the things, that series gives me a headache... Since either as a sequel to Wing Commander Game and was originally going to be a retelling of Secret Missions 2, and a prequel to WC2-3, or in its current existence as semi-prequel to WC1-2... it doesn't quite fit with the concepts of the games or even the movie. That Marshall and Blair were already graduated as per most sources (including Kilrathi Saga, Movie, etc). Why did they rejoin academy?
I feel like the movie adds more than it subtracts, in the final analysis. It's *interesting* to me hearing about previous wars and space religions and ships we didn't see in the game... all the nagging continuity errors just seem like the price you pay to expand things.
I agree about the movie being ever so much more fascinating when it comes to the drama behind it. Having read so many articles on it here it's a wonderful story, it may deserve its own documentary exposing all of that. But I do have genuine complaints about the film, and again, I've got 2 copies of it, I hate it but it is a guilty pleasure.
I prefer the Peter Telep novels over he movie itself but the movie is still fun. I like the work Loaf did with Star*Soldier that is great peace of original canon for the series, Witt all its nods to everything.
It even managed to make a few nods to Super Wing Commander and 1.5 for the fun of it.