Classic Videos of Williams With The LSO

February 5, 2016

I guess these came from the DVDs…

Here’s the one for AOTC:

And the one for ROTS:

Star Wars Battlefront & EA’s Weird Ideas About “Canon”

February 2, 2016

I don’t play video games so the hype over SW Battlefront didn’t register much on my radar. But I’ve heard a lot of grumbling about limiting the game’s setting to the OT era and its lack of space battles.

Last week there was a quarterly earnings call with Electronic Arts (EA) CFO Blake Jorgensen and Jorgensen apparently said that Battlefront will remain an OT-era game, so if you’re dying to shoot Cad Bane in the face or engage in a battle on Naboo under the Battlefront banner, you can forget about it. While the CFO said that EA is open to games set in other eras, he had this to say about why Battlefront is only sticking with the OT:

“You can’t make a game in Star Wars that violates the canon of Star Wars,” said EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen during a quarterly earnings call yesterday, according to a transcript from Seeking Alpha. Since Battlefront is explicitly set during the era of the original trilogy, adding events from films set earlier or later than Episodes 4 through 7 would be unfaithful to the franchise, he explained.

I realize this is Polygon summarizing Seeking Alpha (where you have to register to read all of the content) but when I last checked, TFA isn’t part of the OT so I don’t know why he’d include 7 except to explain why there was an add-on to the game that allowed characters to battle away on Jakku. (I have a simpler explanation: Disney made them.) TFA characters aren’t in the add-on but still, if you can go to Jakku then why not Mustafar or Kamino or Utapau?

As some commented in the Polygon post, Battlefront jacks with canon all of the time:

“Hell, the time Boba Fett and the Emperor teamed up to kick the s*** out of Han on Hoth was my favorite part of the movies.”

“So old lady storm troopers running around with their helmets off on Hoth is canon?”

“Yeah, I totally remember watching Darth Sidious, Darth Vader, and Boba Fett ganging up on a green lightsaber, black robed Luke during the battle of Hoth back in Empire Strikes Back.”

So yeah, I’m not buying it. It’s one thing to say you don’t want Watto to battle Admiral Piett with a lightsaber because that illogically mixes up the eras. But this makes it sound like acknowledging any elements of the prequels and Clone Wars is somehow being “unfaithful” to the franchise. If that’s true, then what’s your average episode of “Rebels” doing? My guess is EA didn’t want a game that offended older/geekier prequel haters.

No New Prequel Era Comics Planned…For Now

February 2, 2016

A fan asked Marvel SW editor Jordan White if there will be titles based on Jango Fett or Cad Bane any time soon:


Based on this response I figured we won’t see anything PT-related any time soon:


White responded here:


Obi-Wan & Anakin #2 comes out tomorrow. Its first issue went into a second printing and this issue is already going into a second printing. It still is important to support PT titles AND let Marvel know we want to see more. It is entirely possible something is in the pipeline and it can’t be announced yet. Marvel likes to save new title announcements for convention season, particularly at SDCC and NYCC. But with a new movie out and more coming, Marvel is going to be under a lot of pressure to publish related titles for those first, leaving less room for titles based on Lucas’s films and Clone Wars.

Random Stuff

January 31, 2016

Funko said a few days ago on Twitter that it is going to “explore the prequel era” in its Smuggler’s Bounty boxes:


Here’s some cool PT art.

For those of you who collect the Timeline game, Asmodee Spain is going to release a prequel edition.
Star Wars: Galactic Defense Developer Diary – Part 1 on Disney Video

The Star Wars: Galactic Defense game developer diary shows that they are going to use prequel era settings/characters.

And action figure collectors might want to keep an eye out for Jango Fett.

Ewan On His “Reprise” As Obi-Wan (Sorta)

January 29, 2016

Ewan McGregor appeared recently on the Jimmy Kimmel show and spoke about his quickie voiceover work for TFA.  It was literally at the last minute.

A lot of Clone Wars and Rebels voice actors were used for small post-production dubbing and according to James Arnold Taylor, his voice had been recorded at least as a placeholder until they went with a little bit of Alec Guinness and a little bit more of Ewan.


George Lucas’s References

January 29, 2016

Someone on Reddit did something worthwhile and compiled a list of reference books and novels seen in the background of an old web doc on George Lucas writing TPM (“All I Need Is An Idea”).

The books are a very interesting mix of child psychology, gnosticism, folklore, science fiction novels, and mythology, plus basic reference material.

Here’s the webdoc:

Old News, But Unfortunate News

January 28, 2016

It might have been because I was avoiding spoilers, noise, and overheated hype over TFA last month but that’s when they quietly slipped out the news that Marvel’s “Kanan:  The Last Padawan” was ending with the 12th issue.

The book is based on the “Rebels” series and perhaps a character from a two-year old animated show that has less than a million viewers per week isn’t strong enough for sales.  (Am I the only person who thinks it’s weird how they canceled Clone Wars for a show so obviously on second or third tier status with Disney?  Why bother with an animated show when it’s only the movies that matter?)  But it was also the only ongoing series set in the prequel era.  That’s why I said it was important we support “Obi-Wan & Anakin.”  The comics are pretty good about utilizing lore from the prequel films overall but if you don’t buy the ones specifically set during those films, not only will we never see new titles we might start to see any PT references disappear from the others as well.


Real-Life Podracing

January 28, 2016

Quartz, a science site, has a story about a drone racing league:

Hurtling 70 mph around tight corners and narrow straightaways, jostling for position against other racers, your favorite racer closes in on the finish line. You watch him round the final turn, but he cuts it a little too tightly and crashes into a concrete wall, smashing into a million pieces.

Okay, so it’s only 70 mph as opposed to 600 mph and no one’s life is at immediate risk but it still sounds like fun.

Is Anakin Skywalker Othello?

January 26, 2016

A fan made a video comparing Anakin Skywalker with William Shakespeare’s tragic hero Othello:

Family Circus Strip

January 25, 2016

Someone on the FB page mentioned that last Sunday’s Family Circus strip had a ROTS reference, so I checked it out.




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