BBC News has posted a short interview with Ian “Darth Sidious” McDiarmid, who chats about Star Wars and more.
Archive for August, 2009
For too long, those of us who appreciate the Prequel trilogy (or at least open about it) have been on the defensive, feeling like we’re marginalized because we love something others don’t seem to understand. People who believe they’re the arbiters of geek culture have tried to give us an inferiority complex by bashing the films and its stars at every opportunity. When they’re not busy bashing “Twilight” or something anyway.
On my LiveJournal, I’ve noted that some stores have retro SW t-shirts as part of their fall offerings (I guess retro/nostalgia is in). The shirts are cool enough…I bought two at Old Navy…but I thought there’s one way we, as Prequel fans can fool good about themselves. Anybody can pose being a SW fan, at least in regard to the first three flicks. But wearing a clonetrooper or Darth Maul t-shirt, heck even a Jar Jar one, tells the world you’re the real deal. You know the Saga inside and out and have a deeper appreciation for it than just the surface stuff anybody can fake. You’re like the person who has all of the iTunes Deep Cuts tracks on your iPod already.
It also shows you can make up your own mind and you don’t need the poseurs at i09 or whatever to tell you what to think. The people who post comments on these sites are such sheep and tools it’s not even funny. There’s rarely an original thought among them. They just go along with what everyone else thinks.
Well, not us. Back in the late ’80s, a few of us diehards still stuck with SW even though it seemed as though at times the world had moved on from it. Within 10 years, the world caught up with us. So we’re on the real cutting edge now. See when the world catches up again.
Who doesn’t love a pop-up book? First there was the fancy Star Wars pop up that came out last year, now there’s a Clone Wars book. It doesn’t look quite as elaborate as the previous pop up, but pretty sweet nonetheless. It’s due out on September 17 and to promote it, there’s a short video on starwars.com.
Cartoon Network will broadcast the season premiere of Clone Wars on Friday, October 2 at 8 p.m.. I don’t know if this means it will be a two-hour premiere or something or if Cartoon Network is bumping the show up an hour. We’ll see!
So, what’s our favorite clone captain doing during the hiatus between Season One and Two of Clone Wars? It looks like he just strapped on a jet pack and flew into a gaming convention in Cologne, Germany:
Just saw this on Twitter from a convert:
Well I’ve watched all the Star Wars movies. F***** EPIC. Now I understand.
Welcome aboard ;).
Rebelscum has photos of a new tin puzzle kit featuring your favorite Clone Wars characters. The tin itself is in the shape of a clone trooper helmet. Sweet!
Cartoon Network has two new CW-related videos: a slightly longer version of its recent 15-second bounty hunters spot and a hilarious “Jedi Song” video. I read on Twitter that a band called Maserati did the music in the bounty hunter ad, but I have no idea who actually performs “Jedi Song.” I’d love it if they put it on iTunes!
TFN pointed out that today, August 15, marks the first anniversary of the Clone Wars “movie.” Wow, that sure went by fast, didn’t it?
It’s an experiment not likely to be repeated again if one could go by Dave Filoni’s comments at this year’s Comic Con but if the idea was to get people to watch the show, then it worked pretty well despite a box office take much lower than the SW films and unwarranted spit roasting it got from critics. All CW needed was about 2 or 3 million weekly viewers to be considered a hit on Cartoon Network and the season finale had over 4 million viewers, even beating the series finale of Battlestar Galactica. The growing buzz over Season Two promises to expand CW’s viewership even more.
CW also sold a LOT of merchandise, particularly toys and books, to another crop of young SW fans as well as long-time fans.
So, happy first anniversary to CW and lots of success in the future!
So you won’t have to suffer through the same annoying ankle-biter who haunts TFN’s message boards, I’ll post this wonderful bit in its entirety below the cut. From Cryogenic on TFN, this was on a thread discussing the pregnancy subtext. Even though I don’t read as much into things as the original post does, it still prompted this interesting reply here: