Archive for October, 2010

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2010

The Queen’s Sacrifice

October 29, 2010

The Adorkable.net blog has posted a very interesting essay on Padmé and her role in the prequels:

Padme’s fate is entwined with that of the Republic. It is clear in her dialogue. It is clear in her costumes — she is nearly always wearing layers, and ostentatious trappings. When she is not it is because “the Republic does not exist here” — on Tatooine, Geonosis, or Mustafar. Her clothes are as overdone and unwieldy — if beautiful — as are the politics of the Republic she serves. If we follow the symbolism to its conclusion, when she dies on that lonely asteroid it is not simply because she can’t deal with Anakin’s betrayal. It is because in (symbolic) truth, she is already dead. The thunderous applause of the Senate broke her just as much as her husband’s force-choking did. The combination kills her.

Read the rest here. There’s a related essay on Ahsoka and another one on Leia’s relationship with Vader that are pretty good too.

Cool New Artwork From Acme Archives

October 29, 2010

Acme Archives has a new piece from artist Jerry Vanderstelt, “Ruminations” that’s pretty awesome. Yours on paper for $145 (or $325 on canvas), you can pre-order today! Vanderstelt has already gotten me to spring two of his pieces this year, one of Padmé at Comic Con, then his TESB piece for Celebration V. Sigh, it looks like he’s going to get more!

Dave Speaks On Clone Wars

October 27, 2010

This was a note posted on Dave Filoni’s Facebook (edited for relevant parts):

For those fans who have been anxious to see more action packed episodes, don’t worry, some of the best action in the series is on the way and will be well worth the wait!

Hayley, I wish I could say more, but I can tell you that Anakin, Obi Wan and a few other characters you might remember from the films will be involved later in the season

I think we can all agree that Kevin’s score for “Assassin” was awesome and believe me when I say his work on Season Three is his best yet.

Alright – well I just wanted to say we all really appreciate your support here at Clone Wars. Thanks for tuning in and stay on the lookout for some very cool Clone Wars news in the next couple of weeks.

Classic AOTC Image

October 26, 2010

Star Wars Aficionado posted a fun behind-the-scenes photo of Ewan McGregor on the set of AOTC. Along with that is news that he will be acting alongside his uncle, fellow SW alumni Denis “Wedge” Lawson, in an upcoming movie.

Shoe Auction For Charity

October 26, 2010

Stride Rite is holding an auction for two pairs of autographed kids’ Clone Wars shoes: a General Grievous pair signed by Matthew Wood and a Captain Rex pair signed by Dee Bradley Baker. Bid now through Oct. 31 on ebay.

Clone Wars Season Two DVD/Blu-Ray Out Today!

October 26, 2010

Re-live your favorite episodes from Season Two with the Clone Wars DVD and Blu-Ray collection. I picked mine up at Wal-Mart. Where did you get yours?

A New Look For Ahsoka?

October 24, 2010

A fan posted this on the Her Universe forum. They did say that Ahsoka’s look will change and mature this season and it doesn’t appear to be a photo manip or fan art.

(The original file is too big, so find it my LiveJournal here).

Clone Wars Debriefing: “Assassins”

October 23, 2010

As posted on my Facebook last night, “Assassin” was the best episode this season and one of the best Clone Wars episodes thus far. Everything just worked. The music was great, the animation was spectacular, especially on Coruscant and Alderaan (making its Clone Wars debut), the writing was top notch, the plot was excellent, and the performances were among the best I’ve seen so far. Ashley Eckstein really outdid herself as Ahsoka.

Fans of course would love the many touches that bring in the movies, whether it’s the inclusion of Princess Leia’s theme as they truck on to Alderaan, Ahsoka chatting with Yoda about her dreams a la ROTS, or Ahsoka leaping on to Padmé’s bed just like in AOTC, Padmé recounting events in TPM, or the girls playing a game of dejarik on the ship. But it’s more than that. It’s darn good t.v.. It felt like the most realized episode I’ve seen in a long time.

This time around, Ahsoka is haunted by psychic dreams of Aurra Sing’s return from the “dead.” Anakin leaves her to go on a mission with Obi-Wan and somehow, she is more bummed about being separated from her master than he is. Then even more curiously, she starts to have psychic dreams about Aurra attempting to assassinate Padmé. Those really start to freak her out. It’s almost as though she has literally stepped into Anakin’s shoes. She has become close friends with Padmé and of course, she would feel obligated as a Jedi to protect one of the Order’s closest allies in the Senate.

Ahsoka goes to see Yoda, just like Anakin did in ROTS. But Yoda’s attitude is 180 degrees different from his handling of Anakin’s Death Dreams Of Padmé in ROTS. Why is that? I figure that Ahsoka was completely open about what her dreams were about. Anakin was not. He doesn’t give too many details, only that it was “someone” close to him. I also think that Ahsoka approached it as though it was her duty to protect a Senator, not trying to protect a friend. She had specific details on what was going to happen; Anakin wasn’t about to tell Yoda Senator Amidala was going to die having a baby nobody was supposed to know about.

Anyway, I loved how Ahsoka’s friendship with Padmé has developed. I’ve always believed Padmé saw a little bit of herself in Ahsoka, another young girl who has had to shoulder a lot of crap for someone her age. She knows what it is like to feel a little unsure of yourself because of it. Ahsoka has suddenly developed an ability but she doesn’t know yet how to handle it. She insists on accompanying Padmé to a conference on Alderaan and there’s a false alarm or two.

But ultimately she is right about Aurra’s intent to kill Padmé, and Padmé suffers an injury as a result. Ahsoka knows there is more to her visions but Padmé–as per usual–is stubborn about going forth with her speech. There’s real tension as Ahsoka realizes her attempt to outfox Aurra resulted in Aurra outfoxing her. Again, Ahsoka is no Mary Sue. It’s up to Padmé to save the day, though she couldn’t have done it without Ahsoka.

There’s one wistful scene on Alderaan, where Padmé is on a palace balcony that looks like the one where her baby daughter appears at the end of ROTS. She comments on the beauty of the view. A doomed woman on a doomed planet.

But that’s not all. At the end, when they return to Coruscant, there’s a great little attention to detail when you see Anakin’s expression upon noticing Padmé was injured. Then Ahsoka plays medium again, revealing an important clue about who hired Aurra (now captured). We find out that it was none other than Ziro The Hutt. Ziro wanted revenge for what Padmé did to him in the Clone Wars movie! Here I was thinking it was the damn Trade Federation again.

Now Ziro was busted out at the end of Season One. Somehow, he was recaptured and placed back in the big house. This will undoubtedly make the continuity-conscious fan spit and cuss. But, eh, whatever. I’ve long accepted that Clone Wars takes the idea of linear continuity and throws it in the trash.

All in all, a classic. Hollywood ought to take note that this is how you write female characters.

In two weeks (boo!): Cad Bane returns!

Anakin, Obi-Wan, And Where It All Went Wrong

October 23, 2010

attanagra wrote an interesting meta on Anakin, Obi-Wan, and their relationship.

In that kind of stick-together-protect-your-own-death-around-every-corner environment, is it any wonder that a boy might grown up believing that the ultimate expression of love is to abandon all rules (your owner for instance) and throw yourself in the path of a bullet? Or, just possibly, if there’s no other option, sell yourself into even viler slavery to spare the beloved?

Oh, and be prepared if you’re a big Yoda fan ;).