I’m not going to be posting very much over the next few days and the Clone Wars review probably won’t get posted until early next week; I will be going out of town.
Archive for January, 2013
TFN posted a link to Amazon’s pre-order for “Star Wars: Frames” in paperback. This was the insanely expensive volume of shots from all 6 existing Star Wars films personally chosen by Papa George. The hardcover was thousands of dollars. This version is less than a hundred. Due out in November!
Remember J.W. Rinzler’s book on “Star Wars Storyboards: The Prequels?” Well, you can pre-order it now on Amazon. It’s due out May 14.
Meanwhile, the next installment of the Star Wars Art series will be “Concept.” There aren’t a lot of details yet on Amazon except that based on the involvement of prequel conceptual artists Doug Chiang and Ryan Church as well as Joe Johnston, I’m guessing it will feature concept art by Ralph McQuarrie, Chiang, Church, Iain McCaig, etc..
Who wants some good news? Well, coming soon on Cartoon Network is The Yoda Chronicles, a LEGO-themed set of three specials about the little green fella. It takes place during the prequel timeframe.
There’s been a lot of buzz about this show appearing on Cartoon Network’s planned 2013-2014 schedule but not Clone Wars, leading to speculation the show might be heading to Disney XD. Nothing as of writing has been confirmed yet and it may just be they have yet to figure out where Season Six is going to air.
Oh, I’m sorry, “postponed.” From starwars.com:
Lucasfilm has decided to postpone this fall’s scheduled release of Star Wars Episodes II and III in 3D. Given the recent development that we are moving forward with a new Star Wars trilogy, we will now focus 100 percent of our efforts on Star Wars: Episode VII in order to ensure the best possible experience for our fans. We will post further information about our 3D release plans at a later date.
This is utter BULLCRAP.
They’ve been working on AOTC for at almost two years now and had to have worked on ROTS for a while as well. They can finish the conversion well before post-production on Episode VII begins.
So what’s the deal? Does this mean that they won’t re-release Eps IV-VI either? If the “delay” (frankly I doubt we’ll ever see these in theater) is because they wouldn’t have the resources to convert the older films and get a new movie out in two years, that’s understandable. But they should have said so UP FRONT.
Otherwise it’s once again treating the prequels like trash just to appease the bashers and the media. If they do re-release Eps IV-VI in 3D, I won’t be going to those OR Episode VII. Enough’s enough.
That was a wild episode, wasn’t it? Pure genius throughout.
The Maul-Vizsla band of rustlers, cutthroats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, et al. arrive on Mandalore to put their nefarious plans into action. Vizsla wants to displace Duchess Satine and restore Mandalore’s warrior ethic. Maul wants to use Satine as bait for Obi-Wan. They pull it off with a false flag operation where the baddies start attacking the populace.
While Satine has her panties in a twist as her people are being terrorized, Death Watch “heroically” flies in to save the day. It’s hilarious as Savage is fake-fighting Pre Vizsla; they’re almost exchanging winks. Savage, Maul, and the other dirtbags are “captured.” The gullible Mandalorians are grateful to Death Watch for saving them. With Vizsla’s approval ratings at 100% and Satine’s in the toilet, she is arrested and tossed in the pokey. And who should be in the next cell over than former prime minister Olmec? Remember him? The poisoned tea guy from a few seasons back?
Savage and Maul are paraded for show, then put in the same cell after they’re told the ruse’s over and Vizsla is officially screwing them now that he had what he wanted. Big mistake! Maul quickly forms an alliance with Olmec and then they bust out of the joint.
Maul finds Vizsla and challenges him to a duel, where the winner becomes the ruler of Mandalore. We all knew from the get-go that Vizsla had underestimated Maul due to his big fat ego. He had no idea who he was dealing with. Vizsla’s plans were always small potatoes compared to Maul’s and Maul is a lot smarter. So you just knew this was not going to end well for Vizsla. It was a great fight scene though. Vizsla accepts his end, knowing he had been defeated by a superior warrior, ironically killed by his own cortosis sword.
Maul demands Death Watch’s allegiance but Bo Katan refuses to bow to a non-Mandalorian. She and her fellow defectors fight their way out. Meanwhile Olmec, restored as prime minister and now Maul’s bitch, tells the public Satine had Vizsla killed. Uh oh!
Sam Witwer continues to bring his A-game voicing Maul. Jon Favreau’s turn as Vizsla has come to an end and he’d managed to create a special brand of low level menace, a tough guy who ultimately got too big for his britches. With her leader gone, Bo Katan has room for character growth in future episodes.
What’s tragic about Satine’s fall is that she’s hardly a bad person but she is filled with pride. It could only be out of pride (along with its attendants stubbornness and arrogance) that someone could cling to an ideal to the point of stupidity and irresponsibility. She not only left herself but also her people vulnerable to the kind of evil she was trying so hard to avoid. Her “security forces” were laughably ineffective. Her response to the criminal elements attacking Mandalore is to cling to her ideals even more. And she’s fearful of Death Watch. She might be principled and disdains corruption, but as a leader she sucks.
Now Obi-Wan is her only hope.
Are you thrilled? Sad? Hopeful? Not sure what to think?
My thoughts and concerns are here.