Archive for December, 2013

You Won’t Find The PT In 2014

December 31, 2013

In a calendar that is. If you’re old-fashioned like me and still use those printed calendar thingies, the pickings are slim for fans who like all of the saga represented. You’d think they were producing 1997 calendars!

For the U.S. market, your choices consist of the misnamed Star Wars Saga Wall Calendar which limits the saga to only Eps IV-VI; the Star Wars Saga Poster Calendar which at least has a single image of Jango Fett’s helmet, probably because some employee mixed him up with Boba Fett; the Darth Vader and Son Calendar, which is derived from the cute book of the same name but that is mostly Eps IV-VI; the Angry Birds Star Wars calendar which features only the Eps IV-VI Angry Bird characters; and the Star Wars Saga Desk Calendar, which is one of those things you rip out a page every day. That one sounds like it has some prequel stuff in it, but since I can’t look at all 365 pages, I can’t be sure. Clone Wars calendars? Don’t make me laugh!

Just another indication that after nearly a decade after ROTS, Lucasfilm isn’t doing a very good job really integrating the saga. Star Wars is still just two trilogies that have nothing to do with each other with opposing fan bases, and clearly the OT one is the more important.

Looks like we’ll just have to make our own.

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Great Scenes of the Prequel Trilogy: Always A Pleasure To Meet A Jedi

December 30, 2013

Right before the big fight scene in AOTC between Jango Fett and Obi-Wan, the two have a tense conversation in Fett’s Kamino quarters. Obi-Wan questions Jango, who he just learns was the progenitor for this secret army being produced at Kamino. It’s also obvious that Obi-Wan believes Fett had something to do with the assassination attempt on Padme earlier in the film. Fett is of course evasive in his answers. There’s practically lightning shooting at each other from their eyes and the stormy weather outside only underscores the tension. Fett doesn’t like Jedi and Obi-Wan knows Fett is lying to him. Yet they’re unfailing polite to one another. It’s another scene that depends mostly on the writing and acting and Ewan McGregor and Temuera Morrison do a great job playing off one another. I also love the dialogue, with such winning lines as “I’m a simple man trying to make his way in the universe” which Fett is indeed doing, just not in a nice way, and “Always a pleasure to meet a Jedi.” The overall rhythm of the scene was perfect. A bonus is young Daniel Logan’s Boba Fett, who can’t even disguise his suspicion of Obi-Wan. The whole scene lets us know this simple man is the deadly bounty hunter working for Count Dooku and it sets up the physical confrontation to come.

A hilarious aside: the audience had to see Fett’s armor so that we all know for certain he’s the guy Obi-Wan is searching for. Jango tries to be calm, though he can barely contain his alarm at the fact his armor is sitting there in the open closet. He tells Boba in what I suppose is the Mandalorian language to close the door. When I first saw the film, I wasn’t sure if Obi-Wan understood Jango or not but I was sure he probably got a glimpse of that armor. In light of The Clone Wars and its revelations about Obi-Wan’s time on Mandalore and his sorta romance with its former leader, I’m certain he understood what was said. Hee hee!

Throwback Thursday: Liam Neeson and Keira Knightley in “Love Actually”

December 26, 2013

Ah, a Christmas movie the day after Christmas featuring not one but two TPM alumni, Liam Neeson and Keira Knightley. Released in 2003, this Brit flick had several interconnected stories about what else, “love,” set during the holiday season. I’m not one for rom-coms but the movie has a cult following and some of its fans watch it every Christmas time.

Merry Christmas

December 24, 2013

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Artist LSP; Found on Fanpop.com

Have a Merry Christmas!

Great Scenes of the Prequel Trilogy: Bye Bye Chancellor Valorum

December 23, 2013

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Okay, so that’s not the actual chapter name on the DVD but you get the idea. Yet again this is a scene that doesn’t depend on action or lots of visual effects, though of course effects are present in creating the cavernous Senate chamber filled with a dizzying number of representatives. It is a pivotal moment in the film because it is perhaps Palpatine’s biggest chess move on screen. Queen Amidala is subtly manipulated in a prior scene into believing (rightly or wrongly) that Valorum is a dud and corrupt. She gives an impassioned speech about the illegal occupation of Naboo by the Trade Federation and demands the Senate do something about it. Palpatine whispers in the young queen’s ear like the serpent whispering to Eve, continuing to manipulate her as Valorum confers with his staff. When Valorum decides to address this urgent situation with a committee, Amidala loses it. Padmé doesn’t show anger very often in this trilogy–she’s probably ranks just behind Aunt Beru as the least angry character in the saga–but she’s thinking, “Palpatine was right.” And then she kicks off a vote of no confidence against who had once been an ally, a vote that succeeds.

This was a nice piece of political drama, complete with emotional speeches and galactic-history-changing moments captured almost like a C-SPAN broadcast. Except C-SPAN wishes it was even that interesting. Ian McDiarmid kills it like he always does, coming across as a trustworthy mentor and insider. It’s not as though Palpatine wasn’t totally inaccurate about the state of the Senate and Valorum’s strength as a leader. Through the use of a fourteen-year-old girl, Palpatine gets to own ol’ General Zod! I also think this was one of Natalie’s best moments in the film, even as she had to act with a headpiece that weighed about as much as she did! Plus, the E.T.s in the audience!

Vote For Clone Wars At TV.com

December 20, 2013

Help out Clone Wars by voting at TV.com for Best Kid Animated Series 2013. It’s got stiff competition from “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic,” “Adventure Time,” and “Legend of Korra,” so hop to it!

Short Meta on Clone Wars

December 20, 2013

The Prequel Trilogy Facebook page linked to this short meta on Clone Wars and how it all wraps up with ROTS:

So in one stroke, Ahsoka’s absence in RotS is explained, Anakin’s distrust of the council is bolstered, and his frustration at not being a Master yet is actually made more sympathetic rather than less. Ahsoka’s fate was a delicate question that the show had to address, and there was a lot of room for error, but in the end I think they pulled it off beautifully.

Dave Filoni Speaks On Clone Wars

December 20, 2013

The Official Star Wars Blog posted the last part of an interview with Dave Filoni where he talks mostly about Clone Wars and that mystery bonus content we’re supposed to see someday:

When you look at level of importance to wrap things up for fans, I think that two story arcs that fans will get to see are really, really important for the overall Clone Wars story. So I’m very glad that fans will get to see them in their completed form.

It’s not like all of the bonus material that comes out was planned on really answering things for fans. It’s more, “This is where we were headed,” and the Yoda story arc [announced on Twitter] definitely gives a sense of closure. One of the story arcs, which is very short, is not essential to the overall story but it is a nice final showcase for one of the prequel characters.

The stories coming out definitely will cause a lot of debate and discussion among fans, which is what good Star Wars stories always do, and I look forward to talking about the stories with them when the time is right.

Darth Maul Lockdown Excerpt #5

December 20, 2013

Del Rey has posted yet another Lockdown excerpt, conveniently contained here.

January 28, folks!

Gentle Giant Gifts For 2014

December 20, 2013

Prequel collectors, especially those of you who collect Padmé/Amidala stuff, might want to shell out for Gentle Giant’s Premier Guild in 2014. One of four mini busts offered as gifts for members is a very nice-looking Queen Amidala from TPM.

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You can see more prototype concept photos here.