Since not everyone has seen every Clone Wars episode yet, I’m going to put this under a cut and warn of heavy spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen the entire Yoda arc yet.
Archive for March, 2014
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these things and I’ve been saving a couple of questions. Here goes.
What are your top 20 favorite Star Wars podcasts to listen to?
I wish I had time to listen to even listen to one podcast on a consistent basis. Most podcasts are over two hours long and I don’t have that kind of time to spare. Occasionally, if I hear there’s something really good on a particular podcast, I might listen to it while working. But it’s not something I can do all of the time. The ones I have listened to at one point or another are Rebel Force Radio, Full Of Sith, Now This Is Podcasting, and Coffee With Kenobi. There are a lot out there.
A question I have is–there has been some speculation that Anakin was not only the chosen one, but also the Sith’Ari as well.
No. If anyone is the Sith’ari, it’s probably Sidious though I’ve heard some fans say they think it was Bane. I’m saying Sidious because he is the culmination of what the Sith wanted to accomplish: destroy the Jedi and rule the galaxy.
On the topic of Anakin, do you think the backlash against Anakin outside the A/P group and diehard Saga fans is because no one wants to be reminded of their flaws? I saw the same thing with Betty and Skylar on Mad Men and Breaking Bad—they are too flawed and no one wants to be reminded of them so they are hated.
Those who have a problem with A/P either don’t like the execution or they can’t empathize with a romance that involves a man who becomes evil.
Also what do you make of Korriban’s name change? Is it an indication that the EU and the G/T-Canon is forever separated, or can the pre-ROTJ EU retcon this around?
I don’t care at all about this issue. Clone Wars and the films can borrow from the expanded universe but IMO were never bound by it. By the way, Dave Filoni said on the Rebel Force Radio podcast recently that as far as he’s concerned, Korriban is an old name for Moriband. Places change names all of the time.
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Horror novelist Joe Schreiber sure loves his gory Star Wars prison tales: his zombie story “Death Troopers” and its follow-up “Red Harvest” were set in prisons, as is this book starring Darth Maul. Taking place prior to TPM, Maul is sent to a prison under deep cover by Darth Sidious. He’s trying to track down an elusive arms dealer. Little does he know that Darth Plagueis is also at work with his own agenda.
As you might have expected, this space-bound prison is a lawless, violent cesspool of blood, guts, and other bodily fluids. The warden makes money off of illegal bets placed on to-the-death conflicts between prisoners. Nobody can be trusted and almost every character you encounter is not only doomed, but doomed to die in the most horrible, disgusting way possible. There are gangs that will actually tear victims to pieces and steal their bones to craft more weapons. There’s a giant psychic worm that conveniently pops up to eat characters. I’m not sure how I was able to read any of it while eating lunch, to be honest. Hardly anyone could remotely be called “good” and strangely enough, Darth Maul and two other prisoners (it’s not exactly clear how they got in there) are almost the only guys you can cheer for.
Since this is a book about the dark underbelly of the galaxy and perhaps the broader corruption plaguing the Republic, it might strike an almost nihilistic tone. But then again, I never got that impression from “Darth Plagueis” and it was completely about the Sith side of the story in PT era.
The book was interesting enough to keep me going along. The mystery as to the identity of the arms dealer is compelling, as is the mystery as to what Sidious or Plagueis want with the guy. Schreiber’s Maul is a cold killer when he needs to be and a clever predator after his quarry. In fact one of Maul’s advantages in the book is that compared to many of the people in the can with him, he’s far more intelligent. Not to say he’s an utter Gary Stu. He’s being manipulated, caught between two Sith Masters. He desperately wants to please Darth Sidious, who kind of snarls at him most of the time whenever they chat. Moreover, Maul is very, very occasionally capable of (gasp) mercy.
But if you’re the kind of person who reacts strongly to vivid descriptions of gore, this book is definitely not for you. Sometimes I think it was a bit unnecessary and over-the-top. I thought one character calling another a “whore” might be okay for fan fiction, but not so much in an official Star Wars book. If there’s anything else to fault, it’s the use of “Earth”-isms, for example characters drinking “coffee.”
Whatever you might think of “Lockdown,” in a post-Disney Star Wars universe, you won’t see anything like this again with an official imprint. Just a hunch.
“Emma” (1996) was the first movie I saw with Ewan McGregor and I had no idea who the hell he was. Made when Jane Austen flicks were the rage, it co-starred Gwyneth Paltrow as the title character and Toni Collette.
In this scene, Gwynnie and Ewan break into song. I know for sure that’s Ewan actually singing…I’ve seen “Moulin Rouge” more than a couple of times, heh heh.
Clone Wars is the #1 television series on Netflix over the past week and fourth in overall programming (t.v. and movies).
Not bad for a show that got abruptly axed.
IGN has a long interview with Dave Filoni about Clone Wars, best read if you’ve seen all of Season Six because there are many big spoilers. It does leave things open to a return to the series sometime in the far-flung future.
And if that wasn’t enough, Rebel Force Radio spoke to Filoni on a recent podcast. Scoot to about an hour into the show to hear everything he had to say about Season Six and beyond.
Paul McDonald recommended listening to Coffee With Kenobi #15, which features a lengthy discussion with Bryan Young about the prequels. Young is one of the best spokesmen about the topic around today, and Anakin/Padmé fans will LOVE what he has to say about our OTP. Go check it out!