Spoilers, TLJ, & You

December 12, 2017

It’s that time again.

In the interest of keeping fans unspoiled for the movie please do not post any spoilers in comments until December 18.

As of now, I am leaning against doing an open thread as I’ve done before.  Why?  I think it’s becoming too contentious and as it is, I’m strongly considering shutting down comments for a while as of Jan. 1.

Come to think of it, don’t hijack other posts to rant on what you think either.

Violators will be banned.

Thanks.

 

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Thrillist On The SuperShadow Saga

December 11, 2017

Naboo News caught Thrillist’s article on the prequel era’s purveyor of bogus spoilers, Super Shadow.  Remember him?  For the record, I generally avoided spoilers during the prequels but I knew NEVER to believe anything sourced from Super Shadow.  I used to roll my eyes at anyone citing this guy though he did manage to get a couple of (lucky) scoops.  I’m shocked his site was up until 2014!

SuperShadow made his mark in the climate of confusion that preceded the release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Though much of “Dark Side Prequel Rumors” has disappeared from the web, several pages of the site — black text slapped against a hideous banana yellow background — remain. The earliest news item, dated December 23, 1993, states “Episode I is set 37-and-a-half years prior to Episode 4 (Source: Greg Brady, Roc-em Soc-em Robots, Chad.)” It’s vintage SuperShadow, a demonstrably false fact (The Phantom Menacetakes place 32 years before A New Hope) culled from the insider knowledge of a random source. In this case, the eldest Brady son, pugilistic toy robots, and a good chunk of Central Africa.

 
Mike Zeroh seems to have picked up the baton but even he’s nowhere near as outrageous as SuperShadow was.

Ashley Eckstein Summarizes TPM

December 11, 2017

As part of the run-up to TLJ, Her Universe’s Ashley Eckstein has been summarizing each SW film in 60 seconds. Here’s TPM:

Nick Gillard Talks To Vulture About TPM’s Lightsaber Fight

December 11, 2017

Vulture is doing a prequels week and while I dread what else they’re going to post, this interview with Nick Gillard is fantastic. Gillard gives the inside skinny on TPM’s climactic lightsaber battle as well as other tidbits.

Three thoughts: one, it’s hard not to smile thinking of how this is easily one of the saga’s greatest moment, two, involving Ray Park and Gillard was genius, and Gillard captures the poignancy of not having Lucas around anymore.

SyFy Wire On Jar Jar

December 10, 2017

Bryan Young wrote a nice piece about Jar Jar for SyFy Wire:

By keeping Jar Jar around for his goodness rather than potential worth, Qui-Gon enables Queen Amidala to see a side of the Gungans to which the prejudice of her people had closed her off. Because of this, Jar Jar brings her to the Gungans and unites their people. It saved Naboo, Gungans and Humans alike, from Palpatine’s machinations.

This is a classic story in mythology: the creature you’re nice to will unexpectedly help you in the end. Beauty and the Beast teaches the opposite version with the idea that the “worthless” person to whom you’re awful has the power to curse you.

 

Acme Limited Edition Prints

December 9, 2017

Who wouldn’t want a Darth Malt?

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There are two versions of this by artist Steve Thomas with different prices and different edition numbers. This one is $55 and this one is $50. Both will ship later this month.

What Happened To Captain Panaka After TPM?

December 8, 2017

By Liam Bailey

During the events of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, we discovered Captain Panaka, the security captain Queen Amidala’s forces. After the events of the film, Panaka was never seen again in the following films which left fans wondering what actually happened to him. Well, I have found the answers.

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“Your Highness, this is a battle I do not think that we can win.”―Quarsh Panaka, to Queen Padmé Amidala during the Battle of Naboo.

Quarsh Panaka was a native of the planet Naboo. He was a security forces captain who served the Royal House of Naboo during the final years of the Galactic Republic. When the Trade Federation invaded Naboo during the events of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Panaka fled the planet, alongside Queen Padmé Amidala to Tatooine and then Coruscant before ultimately returning to Naboo in order to liberate their homeworld from under the siege of Nute Gunray and his separatist army.

Panaka remained in Amidala’s service. When her two terms were over, Amidala became senator of Naboo, and Panaka stepped down from his functions as her personal bodyguard, making way for his nephew Gregar Typho. He did, however, continue his services as head of Security under Queen Jamillia. During the Clone Wars, a three-year conflict that pitted the Republic against the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Panaka met Viceroy Bail Organa of Alderaan several times.

“Panaka’s loyalty to Palpatine was great. Still, he was as good a man as anyone in the Emperor’s inner circle could ever be, and much better than most. Panaka was… an option I wish had been left open to us.”―Breha Organa

Immediately after the Clone Wars, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine abolished the Republic and replaced it with the Galactic Empire, a government solely controlled by himself. Panaka remained loyal to the newly anointed Emperor and was made the Moff, or governor, of his native Chommell sector.

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In 3 BBY, Panaka met with both Queen Dolne of Naboo and Princess Leia or Alderaan. As the meeting progressed, Panaka became to suspect that Leia was, in fact, the long-lost daughter of Padme Amidala who he formerly served. It was intended that he was going to inform the emperor of his findings, but a bomb exploded in his chalet, destroying the building and subsequently killing him in the process. It was discovered that the bomb was planted by the infamous Saw Gerrera and his Partisans.

Source:  Wookieepedia

Check out Liam Bailey’s blog here.

 

AOTC Star Words Part 11

December 8, 2017

A prophetic line from Queen Jamillia:

It’s more than a platitude. Democracy depends entirely on the combined will of the people to make it work. Without our faith in its power, it’s nothing more than an idea. And if we stop honoring it, the will of the people will no longer prevail. Something else will take over. And in this case, it’s a very clever, very power-hungry Sith Lord.

The Empire doesn’t get formally created until Episode III. But its influence has already begun, particularly since Palpatine has been leading the Senate for ten years. How easily they lend him emergency powers, each executive order leeching away a little more of the democratic process. And how willingly they allow the Republic to plunge into war, forsaking diplomacy for violence. It doesn’t really happen in a single day, but that faith in democracy is steadily waning. Soon enough, it will die out entirely.

 

Need Some More PT Holiday Gift Ideas?

December 7, 2017

Hey, it’s not all porgs out there!

This is by no means exhaustive but here are a few more recent things I’ve come across online:

Disney Tsum Tsum pins

What you get is a crap shoot but this wave includes ROTS and AOTC pins. I know they’ve done TPM pins too; you might be able to find those from various pin traders online and of course eBay.

Lucasfilm’s Matt Martin just spotted this Jar Jar t-shirt at Box Lunch. Apparently it’s not online yet:

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And if you hurry you can still snag this tee from Teespring. I got mine yesterday!

New Collectible Photos

December 1, 2017

@StarWarsAlerts posted a pic of Walgreens exclusive Podracer Anakin Funko Pop:

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Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy posted these pics of upcoming SH Figuarts versions of ROTS Anakin and Obi-Wan, Dooku, ROTS Clonetrooper, and Queen Amidala:

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