PT Alumni Talk

April 14, 2014

As noted on the SWPAS Facebook page, Jake Lloyd sat down for an interview with the Star Wars Geeks Unite podcast. It’s live now as I type but I’m sure you can listen to it whenever you want!

On Wednesday, Ahmed Best is going to do a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) session, set for 10 a.m.. It’s not clear if that’s EST, but it probably is.

(By the way, during his AMA session, Harrison Ford had the best answer ever to someone who asked his opinion on who shot first: “I don’t know. and I don’t care.”)

Some Meta For Your Perusal

April 13, 2014

Candy wrote a couple of long pieces examining the Yoda arc from the Clone Wars. If you haven’t seen them yet, they’re here and here.

Adam also wrote an interesting piece on why nobody seems to care about those poor Geonosians.

Save Mos Espa

April 11, 2014

Eduardo called attention to the effort to remove sand from the Mos Espa set, which was slowly being buried by an encroaching dune.

Fortunately work has already begun on saving the set, which should stay sand-free for about the next decade. The Save Mos Espa campaign is trying to raise $45,000 to help defray costs. It seems to have the cooperation of the Tunisian tourism agency but as with all of these things, use your own discretion. Check out the blog and the Indiegogo campaign.

Flashback Friday: Orli Shoshan in “Aerobics Oz Style”

April 11, 2014

You might know her best as Shaak Ti, but actress/model Orli Shoshan has worn a lot of hats over the course of her career. One of her jobs was appearing as a demonstrator on the Australian t.v. exercise show “Aerobics Oz Style.” I don’t know when this episode aired but according to Wikipedia, the show aired 1982-2005 and was revived in 2012, after Shoshan left Australia, so I’m guessing 2000-2005.

More Sithly News

April 10, 2014

You can pre-order today from Sideshow this Savage Opress Premium Format Figure. Only $400!

Meanwhile, Gameinformer has more from the canceled Darth Maul game.

Lucasarts Axed Darth Maul Game

April 8, 2014

According to IGN, Lucasarts had planned on making a Darth Maul game around 2010 and considered buying the developer. But Lucasarts abruptly canceled the game and the developer had to fire several employees. There’s no word on why but it’s typical of the chaos at Lucasarts the last years of its existence.

Obi-Wan Triumphs In “March Madness”

April 8, 2014

In a matchup that pit Obi-Wan vs. Vader uh-gain, Obi-Wan had the high ground and won’s March Madness for all-around favorite character.

While male characters dominated, it bears noting that Padmé got further than any other female character. Granted, it was probably unfair they put Leia against Artoo. Clone Wars characters also did pretty well overall.

No doubt that the prequels and Clone Wars made Obi-Wan such a popular character among fandom. Check out WeLoveFine’s new tee, yours for 25 bucks, celebrating the winner!

Great Scenes Of The Prequel Trilogy: Anakin & Padmé’s Dinner Date

April 7, 2014


Another one of those quiet scenes that seems to fly under the radar, the scene where Anakin and Padmé are having dinner at the lake retreat is one of my favorites. Sure, I’m a diehard A/P shipper but I always liked the simplicity of the scene and the ease of interaction between the two before things get really uncomfortable a moment later as Anakin’s spilling his guts (that one’s for another day).

What’s interesting is that after their first kiss and Padmé tries to set boundaries, those boundaries quickly come down again, first with the picnic romp, then with this dinner. Padmé is sitting on the far end of the table opposite of Anakin but they are still flirting. She’s sitting there smiling and listening attentively as Anakin talks about aggressive negotiations, something she must’ve found charming since she brings it up later on during the Geonosis battle. Anakin can’t stop smiling either. Padmé is still covering up the goods but it’s still a sexy black dress. Then he says, “If Master Obi-Wan caught me doing this, he’d be very grumpy.” Oh you bet he would. He floats a piece of Naboo pear over to her and she takes a bite, sort of a reverse of Eve offering Adam a bite of the fruit, a symbol of temptation from the Book of Genesis. He’s already committing a “sin” by using the Force frivolously to attract a girl’s affections.

This scene is beautifully shot and framed. The scene is at twilight, sort of the last innocent flirting between them before Anakin tries to take things further in the next scene, leaving the scene with a beautiful golden/orange-y glow. It’s almost the same kind of scenario to their wedding scene at the end of the film. There’s a gentle old-fashioned feel to the scene, from Padmé’s “dressing for dinner” (she’d fit right in with the Granthams at Downton Abbey) to the reserved yet relaxed way they are speaking with one another. I think Natalie and Hayden hit those notes just right. John Williams’s “Anakin and Padmé” gives the moment a magical air.

Ask SWPAS 4/4

April 4, 2014

From Jelmer de Haan:

My question might be something that has been covered before, but I’d like to ask to what extend you think Anakin believed what Palpatine said about the Jedi taking over and the Sith bringing peace to the galaxy.

Also, do you think Anakin would’ve or could’ve chosen Palpatine’s and the empire’s side if Palpatine hadn’t offered to save Padmé’s life? Could it have been an entirely cerebral choice?

Palpatine took advantage of two things with Anakin: one is the friction between Anakin and the Jedi Council and the other is Anakin fearing Padmé would die. What’s genius about Sidious seducing Anakin to the Dark Side is that he didn’t make Anakin choose between good and evil or even between Jedi and Sith. He made Anakin choose between the Jedi and Padmé. If Anakin hadn’t been too inclined to believe at first the phony moral equivalence between the Jedi and Sith, he certainly came to believe it when he walked in Mace Windu trying to kill Palpatine. With the Jedi discredited in Anakin’s mind, all he wanted is to do whatever it took to save Padmé, even if it meant killing as many of the Jedi as possible.

Anakin was, in my mind, incapable of making a cerebral decision. He was an emotional creature so Sidious needed to use an emotional get, which turned out to be Padmé. She was the carrot Sidious was using to draw Anakin into his trap.

From Tarrlok:

1. a) What do you make of the subject material of Lucasarts’ SW games after 2005? Did it ever strike you as rather OT-heavy?

1. b) [Perhaps easier to answer] Do you think the relative lack of PT-focused official SW games in the years since 2005 might have contributed to the tendency towards PT-bashing in the internet gamer/nerd culture? More generally, to what extent do you think any underpromotion of the PT by the Lucasfilm group contributed to this?

I am not a gamer, so I don’t follow this stuff too closely. I do think though that Lucasarts, like Lucas Licensing, ran from the prequels as fast as their legs could carry them. If anything, the bashing online and in pop culture influenced Lucasarts, not the other way around.

Got any questions? E-mail or comment!

Throwback Thursday: Liam Neeson In “Satisfaction”

April 3, 2014

“Satisfaction” is one of my favorite guilty pleasure flicks from the ’80s. It starred Justine Bateman in her first “grown-up” role; her claim to fame back then was starring as teenage Mallory Keaton on “Family Ties.” She leads an all-girl rock band playing for the summer at a Florida beach dive, and she falls for the club owner, played by Liam Neeson. Plus, there’s this bit player named Julia Roberts as one of the band members.

For you trivia buffs, the film also features a cameo by Blondie’s Deborah Harry. After Julia Roberts went on to become a big star, the film was renamed “The Girls Of Summer” and she was given top billing. Ouch, Justine.


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