Archive for May, 2014

Flashback Friday: Brian Blessed & Oliver Ford Davies In “MacGyver: Lost Treasure Of Atlantis”

May 30, 2014

How about an old t.v. movie with not one but TWO prequel alumni? 1994’s “MacGyver: Lost Treasure Of Atlantis” puts the resourceful mulleted hero on a treasure quest with an eccentric archaeologist played by Brian Blessed, with Oliver Ford Davies playing a professor.

Blessed features prominently in this fan-made trailer, but you can catch a glimpse of Davies at the beginning:

Paper Comparing Anakin and Othello

May 30, 2014

While poking around, I came across this paper on the Lone Star College website, which compares Shakespearian tragic hero Othello with Anakin, particularly in ROTS. I don’t agree with all of his points, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

Some Older Pro-PT Reading

May 29, 2014

I’d missed Furious Fanboys’ May 19 post on 5 Reasons Why The Star Wars Prequels Won’t Be Retconned Or Remade (and thanks to Cedric Troissou on FB for indirectly linking to it through another FF story on Jurassic World).

Then a comment on the 5/19 post led me to this older piece from 2011 called I Love The Phantom Menace.

Another Interesting Perspective On TPM

May 28, 2014

Eddie had retweeted this post on Galactic Hunter, which is a collectors’ site, about 15 years of TPM.

I wouldn’t say it’s a ringing endorsement of the film but it does point out what it did for fandom and making Star Wars valuable enough for Disney to buy it.

Nickel Review: Darth Maul Son of Dathomir #1

May 26, 2014

It was kind of odd to read what’s obviously a Clone Wars story in a comic book format with art that’s a different style from the show, but it made for an inspired start to this four issue series.

It picks up after Maul’s last televised appearance in 2013, when he is captured by former boss Darth Sidious. After some taunting and torture at the hands of Count Dooku, Maul is sprung free by his Mandalorian pals. From there Maul gets to kick all kinds of butt and even battle General Grievous.

The purpose Maul is supposed to serve for Sidious and Dooku is to draw out their main rival, Mother Talzin. We saw in those episodes with Jar Jar and Mace Windu that she’s still in the game but I can’t remember if this arc is supposed to take place before or after the Disappeared arc. It looks like Talzin took notice because next issue will bring in the Nightbrothers.

I would have preferred to have seen this on t.v. and maybe one day we will. But file this one under “it’s better than nothing.” The artwork is really good and the story is interesting and action-packed. I wonder what other Clone Wars characters will turn up before the series ends of if this is just Dark Side characters. We shall see.

Another Thoughtful Piece Of Meta/Tribute

May 25, 2014

Check out rhodanum’s meta/tribute to TPM and young Anakin in particular on Tumblr. rhodanum adds: Hello there. I’m a fellow Star Wars fan and Prequel-era lover from Eastern Europe writing in, with some tributes that might be fitting for the Prequel Appreciation Society.

I’m sending these in late because I’m a scatter-brained fool, but better later than never, right? They’re a tribute to The Phantom Menace I wrote in a comment for a Clube Jade post and an expansion on that one that turned into a tribute/defense of Anakin Skywalker’s age and characterization in TPM. They’re very specific to my own experiences with Star Wars — a younger fan who fell in love with the saga after watching TPM in cinemas as young child and found solace in Star Wars during very troubled times — but I feel that others would enjoy reading them, especially after all the negativity and the utter lack of respect for fellow fans that’s plagued this fandom lately. If I can bring a smile to the face of anyone who’s been made to feel absolutely wretched by certain unmentionable parts of this fanbase, then I’ll have reached my goal.

If there’s any message that I want to send to others who love Star Wars as a whole, that’s the fact that we’re not as few or as scattered as some parts of this fandom would have us believe.

Interesting Meta On Anakin/Padmé

May 25, 2014

The Mantilla & Converse Tumblr answered a reader’s question on what she thinks drew Padmé to Anakin. I believe she gave a very thoughtful answer:

But for all her responsibility, Padmé herself is still a child at this point, and her caring for Anakin is in some ways childish. She is responsive to Anakin’s immediate emotional needs, but she’s not really thinking of his future. The danger that the Council sees is real, as we know from what happens later, but at this point that’s not a factor for Padmé at all. Neither of them are wrong, exactly, but neither really sees the full picture – the Council only sees Anakin’s potential darkness, and Padmé only sees his need for love.

An Update On The Latest Controversy

May 23, 2014

In case you have no idea what’s going on, late last night it broke hours after Lucasfilm announced the first spinoff film that the screenwriter had posted on a forum from about 2008 onward several vulgar, disparaging posts about Clone Wars, the prequels, Hayden Christensen, the Special Editions, and George Lucas (the infamous “f*** Lucas” quote should’ve been alone a disqualified); he’d also trashed Disney’s Jedi Academy show at the parks on a podcast, mocking overweight kids in the process.

Most of my reaction has been on Twitter and on Facebook and I’ve been alternating between “mad as hell” and “extremely dispirited and broken-hearted” all day. I’m not particularly angry at this screenwriter, though I never want to be in the same room with the creep. However I’m beyond furious at Kathleen Kennedy and whoever else was responsible for vetting and hiring this jerk. What he did wasn’t criticism; it was out and out bashing and it was expressed in a way that doesn’t befit anyone carrying on Lucas’s legacy. That someone didn’t do due diligence or simply didn’t care is astonishing to me and very, very disappointing. Now, it’s too late and I don’t care what this spinoff’s about, I’m not going to see it. If it didn’t come from Lucas’s heart and mind or someone on the same wavelength, I am not interested. I’ve ranted about it on my LiveJournal if you care to read it. Other fan sites are way nicer about this than I am and I have to wonder why. We’ve been told over and over to be nice while we get sand kicked in our faces over and over. Let me ask them, when will they go too far for you? What will you do then?

We need to tell Lucasfilm that they owe us more creators who have an appreciation for the saga beyond Eps IV-V or VI. Why do the hate boys get their own in on projects but there’s nobody to speak for those kids whose first Star Wars film was TPM or those kids who became fans with Clone Wars? Or for us older fans who love all of the movies? Demand it now or it will never happen! I feel like writing Lucasfilm again.

Now, I felt this was confirmation that they absolutely intend to burrow tunnels beneath “the immovable objects” of canon by retconning Boba Fett’s back story. Who else would you hire other than a guy who hates the prequels with a passion to undermine them? Then Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo posted this on Paul Bateman’s Facebook page; I think you can access it if you have friended Bateman. Otherwise I had to read it/lift it from the Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy Facebook page:

“Spoiler: Boba is a clone of Jango Fett. It turns up in one of the movies.”

“There was this whole thing where he was a legitimate character with a developed back story and complex motivation that showed up on this show called Clone Wars. It was pretty neat. The guy who invented the character came up with it, which was a nice touch. I think it’s on Netflix.”

“Also – get this – there’s a version of The Empire Strikes Back (“Episode V” some call it) where they went to the trouble to make Boba Fett’s voice the same voice as the character who played his father. That was one of several clues woven into the movies that strongly suggest the movies released from 1999-2005 take place in the same universe, and if you think about it, are sort of the same story as the ones that came out earlier. It’s pretty crazy. They’re connected. Anyway, this version of it can be found on DVD and Blu-ray where such things are sold.”

“Anyway, these sorts of clues are hidden all throughout the movies. The opening crawls are actually numbers if you look at it (I = 1, II= 2/… V = 5, VI = 6). if you look at it the right way, it hints that this whole thing is meant to tie together.”

“You know, there was a post not a month ago that said what were the immovable objects in the Star Wars canon. The internet records such things.”

“Obviously I got nothing against **** (cheers!) It’s just the rebooted Fett rumor is so transparently coming from someone (not ****, in case there’s any confusion) who still has an axe to grind against the prequels. That’s where all these retcon prequel rumors come from. Don’t give ’em any weight.”

Though interestingly enough, even with this openly debunked, Latino Review is still insisting that it’s true. *Eyeroll.*

To be continued…

Throwback Thursday: Ray Park In “Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever”

May 22, 2014

Ray Park appeared in a strange little action movie from 2002 called “Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever.” It starred Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu as rival agents, and it featured lots of fight scenes. In the above scene, Liu and Park figure, why stand around and shoot at each other when they could use martial arts instead?

And Yet More Tributes

May 21, 2014

More are publishing their love for the prequels! Check out this post from the Star Wars Guru:

In closing, please understand that if you LOVE the Prequels you are not alone. We are not the minority. The new trilogy will bring an even larger group of new generation fans. Rejoice because this is a great time to be a Star Wars fan. If you are one of the Star Wars bashers, who somehow still claim to be fans, this may be a bad time for you. I can only imagine how worked up you are getting about Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars Episode VII. I would like to thank the Prequel bashers, though. Because of you the Prequels continue to be a part of daily conversations, and more and more fans are introduced to them whenever you open your mouths. So thank you. I think I will go watch Episode I now.

And view this post from the Big Damn Fanboy blog:

The Phantom Menace was not only our first return to the theater to see a new Star Wars movie, but it was also Lucasfilm’s first attempt at producing one in some time. When you leave that story and come back to it again after that long… it’s going to be different. For one thing, it’s different today how we shoot, produce, edit movies and tell stories. There was very little chance this was going to feel like the 70s and 80s.

I also think there was an element of storytelling that was overlooked when it came to the angry knee-jerk reactions to the film. This was the first episode. It wasn’t the fourth, fifth or sixth. . . it was the FIRST.

So, the story wasn’t in a place where everything was instantly about a galactic war, big dogfights in space and a galaxy ravaged by tyranny. It was a calmer, more tranquil time in the galaxy (hence the brighter colors and settings) and something had to trigger the events to come. In this case, THAT was The Phantom Menace.