Archive for October, 2012

Star Wars’ New Era And SWPAS

October 31, 2012

Right on the day I was going to have a short post commemorating five years of SWPAS comes the astonishing news of Disney acquiring Lucasfilm and a new trilogy in the works. I haven’t been shocked like that for over a decade.

If you want to know what I think about this seismic change to the Star Wars we all know, you can peruse my extra long post on my LiveJournal. Here, I’m going to talk about what I think having Disney as a parent company means for the prequels and where SWPAS stands.

At this point it’s too early to tell whether Disney will be very hands on at Lucasfilm or whether it will treat Lucasfilm the way it treats Pixar, standing back and letting Pixar do its thing. I sort of hope for the latter.

In regard to new movies, I don’t know what to think. Yesterday I joked on Twitter about whether I need to start the Star Wars Sequel Appreciation Society. They’re gonna do what they’re gonna do and we can only hope that they all work out. But already I am seeing hateboy nation making the same mistake it made 15 or so years ago, coming up with long lists of expectations and demands. New movies will be different in tone, but hopefully not in spirit, from either the first set of Star Wars films OR the prequels. Pretty soon we’re going to find out what this new trilogy is about, who’s going to direct it, and who’s going to be in it. If it can’t be George Lucas at the helm, I just want a cinematic Dave Filoni, somebody who loves Star Wars, respects Lucas’s vision, and is willing to learn in order to get it right. The last thing I want is some jerk who will say right out of the gate, “I’m here to fix the mistakes made in the prequels!”

It’s kind of unfortunate the shift toward a new trilogy is happening before the prequels have come into their own. There was time between ROTJ and TPM for vindication of Eps IV-VI as the mythology of our era. The prequels won’t get that time and Lucasfilm has long since left these movies to the internet wolves. Realistically, we have to accept that as we get closer to 2015 and through 2021, or whenever Ep. 9 From Outer Space comes out, those films will be the focus not the older ones.

We are going to have to endure a barrage of haterade from those who are going to trash the prequels over the next three years (it’s actually already started as I chewed out some douche on Wired.com last night) and there might be a few who are going to use praise for Episode VII as a frying pan on our beloved films. But honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the reaction Episode VII gets is not all of that different from what happened in the recent past. Also, remember the prequels were received enthusiastically upon release and then trashed mercilessly on the internet afterward. Lucas will get all of the blame and none of the credit however Episodes VII-IX work out. (I don’t think Lucas will be entirely hands-off with this trilogy.)

Disney did include prequel settings for Star Tours 2.0, which is encouraging, and there’s no reason to believe that there can’t be film spinoffs of the prequel/Clone Wars era somewhere in the future. Disney is leaving all kinds of possibilities wide open, including spinoffs based on individual characters. It’s also entirely possible prequel/Clone Wars characters could cameo in this new trilogy through the magick of Force ghosts or holograms. Most of the prequel leads are still young and look pretty much the same.

As for Clone Wars, there’s no reason to believe the show won’t continue on its merry way. Though I wonder if there will be collaboration now with Pixar and if this will be the last year Clone Wars is on Cartoon Network. Disney could move it to ABC Family, the Disney Channel, or Disney XD.

Another issue is whether this site and other fan sites will continue to operate with Disney’s legendary intolerance for anyone trespassing on its intellectual property. I will continue to run SWPAS so long as I want to or until I get smacked with a C&D. My hope is that Disney will leave fandom alone.

Do I worry about too much product burying the Skywalker Saga I-VI? Or too much Star Wars diluting the series or oversaturation? Yeah, I do. Will I miss the 20th Century logo and fanfare? Will I miss John Williams if he doesn’t participate? He is 80 years old. Even if he’s around for another 20 years or so, eventually he won’t be scoring Star Wars anymore. Am I concerned they’ll do something ridiculous like reboot or remake the prequels? God yes. I just hope Disney has the decency to wait another century before doing anything like that.

But this whole new era of Star Wars could end up being the best thing that’s happened to us. I want to thank everyone who has been here for the past five years and I hope to keep bringing you prequel-era awesomeness for as long as I can.

MTFWBY!

Open Thread: Disney Buys Lucasfilm, New Movies On The Way

October 30, 2012

Thoughts? Rants? Feelings? Fears? Post ’em here (but please read Rules of the House and abide, thx).

ICYMI Interviews

October 29, 2012

British site SciFiNow interviews Dave Filoni on all things Clone Wars.

Fangirl blog has an interview with Darth Plagueis author James Luceno.

Clone Wars Debriefing: “Tipping Points”

October 28, 2012

Clone Wars, you are a cruel show.

The finale to the Onderon arc spares no one caught in its sights. And that’s just about everybody.

The episode begins with King Rash and his droid general regrouping after the rebels run off with the former king. Saw, being his impulsive self, wants to rush into Iziz and take the fight to them but the others, including Ahsoka, think it’s better for the safety of the civilian population to draw the droid army out of town. Remember Saw’s impulsiveness and aggression, everybody!

The droid army and rebels clash in the highlands in a battle somewhat reminiscent of “Avatar.” But because the rebels don’t have Michelle Rodriguez in a helicopter, the droid army is kicking their butt. Ahsoka dials Coruscant for help but officially the Jedi must respect the Prime Directive. Initially they order Ahsoka to withdraw and help the rebels escape. But then Anakin comes up with the idea of illegally purchasing weapons from Hondo (with whose money??).

Remember Anakin’s willingness to bend the rules and use underworld types to accomplish his goals, everybody! This whole operation’s his baby and he wants to make sure the rebels succeed.

Hondo delivers some rocket launchers, which help turn around the battle. But Lux and Steela are put into danger when Saw shoots down an enemy craft and the impact leaves them dangling off a cliff. Ahsoka rides in to save the day, rescuing Lux. But when she uses the Force to rescue Steela, Ahsoka is cruelly shot in the back (!!!), making her lose concentration and sending Steela to fall 1000 feet to her horrible death.

This whole operation ends up biting everybody in the rear. Saw recognizes Steela would have appreciated the sacrifice to restore the rightful king but he still blames himself. Lux loses his new girlfriend. Anakin and Obi-Wan had to get their hands dirty. Ahsoka got shot. King Rash is eventually betrayed by Dooku and his general.

Oh sure, the king is restored and Lux will become the new senator from Onderon, loyal to the Republic. Anakin thinks it all worked out great even with the losses of life and injuries. But none of it matters because it’s ALL A LIE!!! A liiiiiiieeeeeee!!!

Ahsoka once again got to shine in this episode. She accepts Lux’s burgeoning romance with Steela, even teasing him after Steela kisses him. Good thing too, now that Lux is a free man again. She desperately wants to do the right thing to help her new friends but is bound by the silly pretense that the Republic and the Jedi are “neutral” in this matter. She has to carry around the guilt of losing Steela. And she knows at the end that it all cost perhaps more than it was worth.

I told you this was too sophisticated for the pajamas and cereal hour.

The animation was spectacular; I loved the design of the flying creatures. The battle scenes were fantastic.

All in all a winner even though it is incredibly dark.

Medieval Manuscript Illustrations

October 27, 2012

Someone decided to whip up some Star Wars illustrations in the style of medieval illuminated manuscripts. Don’t come after me if you find this stuff blasphemous…just about all illuminated manuscripts were religious!

Look Who’s Reading Darth Plagueis

October 26, 2012

In case you missed it on Facebook, here’s a bit about Ian McDiarmid being presented with a copy of “Darth Plagueis” at Fandays in Dallas last weekend. He’d asked for it at Celebration. Hope he enjoys it as much as I did!

Snips & Skyguy Speak

October 26, 2012

IGN has a new interview with Ashley Eckstein and Matt Lanter on all things Clone Wars, Ahsoka, and Anakin.

Essential Guide To Characters Art

October 26, 2012

Del Rey has posted preview art from next year’s Essential Guide To Characters. There’s a nice shot of Cad Bane along with other characters. And there’s this great illo of Padmé in her Malevolence arc garb:

Special Guest Star In Upcoming Arc?

October 26, 2012

Everybody’s been buzzing about the Clone Wars “Young Jedi” arc that will start after the Onderon arc concludes tomorrow. Not only was it quietly tested at Celebration VI and then added to the season’s schedule, it also has a Super Secret Guest Star according to Pablo Hidalgo.

If it’s Simon Pegg or some other famous prequel hater, you’re going to hear about me on the news ;).

Meet The Gal Behind Steela

October 25, 2012

The Official Star Wars Blog has a short interview with Dawn-Lyen Gardner who plays Steela on Clone Wars.