Archive for September, 2013

Adam’s Review of “The Star Wars Heresies”

September 30, 2013

Adam posted his review of “The Star Wars Heresies” on Jedi News (and linked through his blog).

Don’t worry, I’m working on reading the book too!

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What Was Known 18 Months Before TPM’s Release

September 30, 2013

The Bearded Trio compared what was officially known about TPM 18 months before its 1999 release (quite a bit) with what we know about Episode VII 18 months out from its guesstimated 2015 release (almost nothing). It’s interesting to note that most of the main cast was not officially signed or announced until weeks before shooting began, even though I had heard rumors about Natalie and Ewan as far back as Fall 1996.

The Tragedy of Representative Binks

September 28, 2013

Adam’s latest essay is all about everyone’s favorite goofy Gungan, Jar Jar. Read and be enlightened!

Ashley Eckstein On “Guts”

September 26, 2013

Instead of trying to poke around the dark corners of the internet to find early video of your favorite PT-era stars way back when, today the Her Universe Facebook page thoughtfully provided the video for me. Back in the ’90s, Ashley Eckstein competed on a Nickelodeon show called “Guts,” sort of an “American Gladiator” for kids. Watch as the future Ahsoka battles in Nick’s answer to “The Hunger Games”:

“The Star Wars Heresies” Now Available!

September 25, 2013

The long-awaited “The Star Wars Heresies: Interpreting The Themes, Symbols, and Philosophies of Episodes I, II, and III” by Paul McDonald is finally out for the world to enjoy! The book is available from McFarland Books and from Amazon. Don’t just sit there, order one today!

Book Report: “Kenobi”

September 25, 2013

By John Jackson Miller
Del Rey/Lucas Books
Hardcover (Also available on Kindle, iTunes, etc.)

Soon after dropping lil’ Luke off at the Lars farm, Obi-Wan settles into his new life on Tatooine, where he hopes to make sure nothing bad happens to Luke and nobody finds out who he is. He discovers that is easier said than done. For one thing, little does Obi-Wan know that one of the quirks of small town/rural life is that everybody’s very curious about newcomers and strangers. The other thing is, he just can’t quit being all heroic and stuff. Soon he finds himself entangled in settler drama and the ever-present threat of Tusken attacks.

One thing the book does really well is make use of the films and the expanded universe in the story. People who really like the comics and books as well as the films will be very pleased with “Kenobi.” But if you’ve never read any of them, you’re not going to be lost as to what’s going on. But how does Obi-Wan himself fare? I think Miller captures him pretty well and there’s much in the book that explains why for instance, Obi-Wan uses a krayt call to disperse the Sand People in ANH. Obi-Wan’s guilt, shame at his failure to realize what was happening to Anakin, and sorrow at the loss of the Jedi Order are palpable. His one-sided conversations with Qui-Gon are poignant. It’s believable that he tries to connect with these frontier types even though he knows he still has to keep his distance. Of course, the original character female lead develops a crush on Obi-Wan. After all, it’s not every day a hot guy like Ewan McGregor drops in on your crummy, backwater planet and has mysterious issues to boot. It’s also believable that Obi-Wan, even to the end, is always trying to “fix” things because he’s just too much of a Jedi at this point to not rush out and save the day. When he feels he has to take on a villain, he goes right into the do-what-I-have-to-do mode seen in ROTS. But unwittingly, he may have set up someone for certain doom later on…

But like many expanded universe novels, a lot more time than you’d expect is spent on the cast of original characters. The leading lady is a youngish widow running her dead husband’s business and trying to keep her teenage kids in line. Her dead husband’s partner runs a protection co-op and a bunch of other business ventures. Plus there’s a Tusken main character along with an assortment of other settlers and criminal elements. Things are revealed about the Tusken “chief” about a third of the way through that in one sense seems to be a surprise for no other reason to have something surprising happen, but in another sense it opens things up for an alliance of sorts. The widow occasionally got on my nerves, mostly because she’s one of those characters who always has a comeback for everything. But the biggest fault I have with “Kenobi” is the dead husband’s partner character arc. For much of the book, he’s a bit of a hustler but a likeable guy. Then he’s suddenly turned into a mustache-twirling villain. The author needed a bad guy to punish, so he decided to take it out on an entrepreneur. Oh sure, his kids are no good and I guess we’re supposed to deduce from that he’s no good either. But someone driven by desperation, and unforeseen consequences of someone else’s actions, needed a more sophisticated handling than what happens in the book. It was kind of cheap if you ask me.

“Kenobi” is no “Darth Plagueis” but it’s still a step in the right direction of focusing more on the characters central to Star Wars and telling their beyond-the-films tales.

Real Life PT Filming Locations

September 22, 2013

Here’s a site featuring the blogger’s travels to many of the real locations (not as many for ROTS) used in the prequels:

TPM

AOTC

ROTS

If you poke around there are other film sites covered, including ANH.

Likes For Likes On The SWPAS Facebook Page

September 19, 2013

Occasionally I get requests from other Facebook Star Wars fan pages to do a like-for-like exchange. Basically, I pimp your page, you pimp mine.

Just as policy, I won’t do that for pages that post anti-prequel stuff and other yucky things. Sorry.

“Darth Maul: Lockdown” Preview

September 16, 2013

Roqoo Depot noted that at the end of Amazon.com’s excerpt from the upcoming novel “Razor’s Edge,” there are excerpts from two other 2014 novels, one being the Han Solo book and the other being Joe Schreiber’s “Darth Maul: Lockdown.” You can find the excerpt here. Click on the book icon that says “Look Inside” and scroll down to the end in case you don’t feel like reading the whole preview of “Razor’s Edge.”

Hayden Christensen: Fashion Designer

September 16, 2013

Hayden has a new gig to add to his resume: fashion designer. He’s signed on with Canadian fashion label RW&CO. to produce Hayden Christensen for RW&CO. It seems to be the kind of casual dude wear Hayden usually sports: slouchy khakis and jeans with lots of layered pieces (it’s chilly up there in Canada, you know). Here’s the video announcing the line that shows some of the goods and Hayden chatting about the line:

Given that his longtime girlfriend Rachel Bilson is known as a fashion trendsetter herself, I guess it was only a matter of time. Hayden’s fashion line drops November 7. (H/T Barbara at Hayden Fan News)