Archive for November, 2011

Bid On Star Wars Frames

November 29, 2011

If you’re going to shell out thousands of dollars to get the Star Wars Frames book set, why not do so for a good cause at the same time?

Frames is a massive volume set featuring George Lucas’s favorite frames from every Star Wars film. A set was donated to benefit Tibet House and is now up for auction. Hurry, it’s still under two grand!

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Clone Wars Debriefing: “Kidnapped”

November 26, 2011

Last week’s episode was a hard act to follow but there’s nothing wrong with seeing our faves back on the telly.

If you’ve read Dark Horse’s now-cancelled Clone Wars comics (not the still-publishing Clone Wars Adventures digests for kids), then you probably recognize the story. They’ve adapted the “Slaves Of The Republic” arc for the show.

Here a colony of Togrutas are picked up by Zygerrian slavers, who are allied with the Separatists. Count Dooku and a slaver who looks like Wolverine drop in, use some Jedi mind tricks, and voila, the Togrutas are shipped off elsewhere.

The Jedi and the clone troopers are already a day late and a Republic credit short, which one review says takes most of the suspense out of the story. But it still is entertaining. Obi-Wan, whose appearance here is the most substantial of Season Four so far, stalls a slaver by letting his @$$ get kicked around just long enough for Anakin and Ahsoka to diffuse several bombs set throughout the colony. Hey, I knew all along Obi-Wan was just stalling and it’s amusing when he can finally drop the charade and release the Kraken.

It’s also fun to watch the teamwork between Anakin and Ahsoka, whether it’s during the speederbike chase or when they are attempting to take out a couple of droidekas. There’s also a thrilling fight scene at the end as the pair try to stop a fleeing slaver.

But Anakin’s issues are exposed once more like a plumber’s crack. Remember in the Clone Wars pilot movie where Ahsoka tries to get Anakin to open up about himself and he refuses to speak about his past? Ahsoka refers to it as she’s speaking to Obi-Wan after Anakin gets all worked up about slavers and Obi-Wan reveals to her that Anakin had once been a slave. She promises Obi-Wan to “keep an eye on him.” Later on, when Anakin threatens to kill a slaver, a shocked Ahsoka has to tell him to back down. Oh Ahsoka, where were you in ROTS?

The story continues next Friday with “Slaves Of The Republic” as the crew tries to sneak into a slave auction, with Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Rex pretending to be slavers and Ahsoka pretends to be the merchandise. Will Ahsoka wear that black sexpot outfit in the comic? (In the preview, she seems to be covered in a burka.) Will the Zygerrian queen attempt to get into Anakin’s pants as she did in the original story? Stay tuned!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2011

“Fanboys” Debuts On Comedy Central 11/26

November 22, 2011

Need to get away from your crazy relatives this holiday weekend or chill after a long day Christmas shopping? “Fanboys,” Kyle Newman’s film about a group of Star Wars fans trying to get their paws on TPM before its release, will make its t.v. debut Saturday on Comedy Central at 11/10c.

Clone Wars Debriefing: “Carnage of Krell”

November 19, 2011

This four-part arc comes to a stunning conclusion with “Carnage of Krell.” We knew the clones were going to lose it with Krell. We knew at some point Krell was going to get what’s coming to him. But how? What was motivating Krell all along?

One of the odd things about these episodes was there was no discussion among the clones about contacting Republic forces about Krell’s behavior. Couldn’t Rex have gone to Obi-Wan? Or contacted Anakin on Coruscant? Why not? Is it because the clones knew no one under the circumstances would have their backs? All they’re supposed to do is whatever their superiors tell them? If that’s the case, it’s pretty sad and it explains in part why the clones did not hesitate to obey Order 66.

At the beginning of the episode, Krell orders Rex to execute Fives and Jesse for disobeying him even though the mission was a success. Fives and Jesse are marched outside in front of a clone firing squad. But when the time comes, the clones refuse to shoot Fives and Jesse. Rex says it’s because they all know if they kill clones for succeeding in a mission, they could all very well be next. The one brown noser left among them, Dogma, grrs and grimaces about it. Krell is annoyed but he tells Rex the base is going to be attacked by Umbarans disguising themselves as clones.

This sets up the most gut-wrenching scene ever in Clone Wars history. The 501st shoots at the oncoming men in armor and many die before they figure out the “enemy” are in fact other clones. Krell set them up. Worst of all, one of the casualties is none other than Waxer. As in Waxer and Boil, the two clone troopers who befriended the cute Twi’lek girl in Season One. In case you don’t remember, Waxer’s helmet has a drawing of the little girl on it.

Millions of fans yell at their t.v.s, “WAXER’S DEAD?!! I’VE HAD IT! KILL THAT MO-FO KRELL!”

Rex and his boys attempt to arrest Krell for treason to the Republic. The scene where the 501st march on the air base tower is reminiscent of Anakin marching with the 501st on the Jedi Temple in ROTS, yet when they confront Krell, it’s just like the Jedi confronting Palpatine in the same film. Krell even says, “It’s treason, then” before whipping out the lightsabers.

Krell proves remarkably difficult to kill, what with his multiple arms, his double-bladed lightsabers, and abilities with the Force. He kills many clones and just as you think they’ve set things up for Krell to be eaten by a giant Venus fly trap, Krell narrowly escapes that easy demise. He’s stunned and put in the brig along with Dogma, who is imprisoned for being a brown noser.

In true Evil Overlord fashion, Krell spills the beans on his plans. He was deliberately sabotaging Republic war efforts in the hopes he’d get recruited by Count Dooku. He says the Republic’s days are numbered. Rex is about to have him executed as a traitor but Dogma, ticked off that he’d been used, shoots Krell in the back just as Krell is blathering away about Rex’s conflict. It looks like at the end Dogma is going to take the fall for what happened to Krell. Krell is out of the picture, but will Dogma suffer yet another injustice?

Wow, are we sure Karen Traviss didn’t write these episodes?

Now let’s think back on this a second. Krell aspires to help Dooku. Palpatine recalls Anakin so Krell can be put in his place. Could it be Palpatine is aware of Krell’s ambitions and is testing him to see if he could be useful in his plans? Remember that Palpatine is manipulating both sides of the war and everyone who is working directly for him. Krell doesn’t live long enough to achieve his goals but could it be he served some purpose for Palpatine anyway? The seeds of mistrust, dissension, and the ability to turn on Jedi generals have already been sown. Even if the clones had developed friendships with the Jedi, they’ve seen now the other side of the Order, even if Krell wasn’t exactly representative of it. No Jedi helped these clones when they needed it. And if the 501st knows it, then they’ll all know it eventually.

Next time: The CW3 (Anakin, Ahsoka, and Obi-Wan) return!

Buy The TPM 3D Re-Release Poster

November 17, 2011

Apparently, the TPM 3D poster is for sale on Amazon for $40.

Gold Heart Pin

November 17, 2011

Variety: The Children’s Charity is raising money to benefit disadvantaged and disabled children with a cool new Artoo and Threepio pin that comes on a card with the TPM re-release poster. It is being sold between now and April at movie theaters and select stores across the country. The charity’s site has pictures of the pin and card, along with a list of theater and retail chains selling the pin.

Nick Gillard Class In L.A.

November 17, 2011

PT stunt coordinator is bringing his Saber Master Class to Los Angeles in January, just in time to pick up some skills to impress your friends during the TPM re-release! The info is here. The lesson is $200 or $175 for kids. Bring your own training saber!

Anakin & Sebulba Mini Busts

November 16, 2011

Gentle Giant Ltd. is taking pre-orders for its upcoming Anakin and Sebulba mini bust two-pack, due out sometime in 2012.

Cool T-Shirt Alert

November 15, 2011

I stumbled across a t-shirt site called We Love Fine, where there’s a decent collection of interesting Star Wars tee designs, including some prequel trilogy stuff. The steampunk and ’80s style tees are great!