Archive for January, 2015

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January 30, 2015

A couple of short items that I forwarded on the Facebook page:

First, Echo Base media is soliciting pre-orders for an upcoming autograph session with ROTS actress Keisha Castle-Hughes. You can get a photo signed or one of your own items; getting your poster signed is $50.

Then the Far Far Away podcast is supposed to have a prequels-themed episode up sometime today. I’m not familiar with this podcast but it doesn’t sound like this is going to be a pinata session.

Significance of Meals in the PT

January 30, 2015

starwars.com has an interesting look at the meal scenes in the prequel trilogy (there’s a previous installment about similar scenes in Eps IV-VI) and what they mean. Don’t laugh! They’re not stuck in there for no reason.

Write Up About Costume Exhibit

January 30, 2015

The “Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume” exhibit at the EMP museum in Seattle got a nice review in The News Tribune.com. Sounds like it’s a pretty cool show and worth checking out if you’re in the area. There’s a party tonight at the museum and it opens to the public tomorrow.

Promoting My Rant

January 28, 2015

On my Holocron page, I’ve posted a rant about conspiracies, rumors, and nefarious plans for the saga. I do a bit of prequel talk too.

Ask SWPAS

January 27, 2015

Got any more questions about Star Wars, life, the universe, and everything? Send ’em on over! Comment below or e-mail to SWPASadmin@gmail.com

Great Scenes of the Prequel Trilogy: Podrace

January 26, 2015

TPM’s major showpiece was the Boonta Eve pod race. It’s like the big showstopping musical number right before intermission. It’s Lucas at his very whimsical, bizarre, and entertaining best.

We know the stakes are high. The heroes all need Anakin to win to get off-planet. Anakin needs to win not only to help his new friends but also to win his own freedom (though he doesn’t know it yet). If that’s not enough to put on the young boy’s shoulders, the kid has never finished much less win a race before.

It’s not a soapbox derby either. It’s a very dangerous race where extreme speeds, topography, unpredictable vehicles, Tusken Raiders, and cheating competitors guarantee some casualties every time.

But along with all of this tension and drama is a great deal of goofy humor throughout the scene: whimsical and silly-looking aliens, the hard luck of Ben Quadinaros, the even harder luck of Ratts Tyerell, flatulent eopies, a pit droid getting sucked into an engine, Fode and Beed the two-headed commentators, the Jawas yelling “utinni,” etc.. It’s “Ben Hur” meets “Spongebob Squarepants.”

Of course, the scene also allows Lucas to indulge in one of his favorite things ever, racing. Races are in several of his films, going back to his student days. If it involves speed, Lucas is there. He lives for it and it shows throughout the scene.

This scene is largely built on editing and on ILM’s visual effects. The latest in effects for that time, ILM combined model work with new digital effects. John Williams’s music doesn’t kick in until toward the end, just as it’s down to the wire between Anakin and Sebulba. Otherwise the only score is the sound of the racers’ engines.

The drama and comedy culminate in a victory for Anakin and his friends, set to Williams’s soaring score. We know it’s another step down Anakin’s path to his destiny but for that moment, he’s on top of the world.

A Couple Of Interesting Essays About Padmé

January 21, 2015

Becca at Coffee With Kenobi posted “So Love Has Blinded You”, an interesting look at Padmé’s love for Anakin.

Aaaand, here’s an interesting theory on what caused Padmé’s death…hint, it wasn’t a broken heart. I think it was more of a symbiotic thing with Anakin but hey, it’s a creative theory and I give props to the author for watching ROTS 500 times.

Update: On Rebel Force Radio’s Facebook post about the Retrozap piece, Pablo Hidalgo responded: “You know, the heart beats between both medical centers were carefully sound designed….”

Open Thread: Disney Ditched Lucas’s Ideas

January 20, 2015

We’ll see if the Disney suits try and walk this back or reassure those who still care that George Lucas’s intentions for the post-ROTJ trilogy are followed, but Cinema Blend’s scoop that Disney took Lucas’s treatments, likely for the whole trilogy, and tossed ’em in a shredder is quite disturbing to me. One of the last things I want for Star Wars is it to turn into some generic sci-fi action bull puckey, which I guess is what they want. No ring pattern, no tone poems, no symphonic pattern.

I have a BAD feeling about this.

Update: Here’s more of what I think.

Marvel Thinking Of PT-Era Comics?

January 19, 2015

Marvel editor Jordan White addressed a question on whether Marvel has plans to set anything in the prequel era:

So far, of the four projects we’ve announced, three of them are set during the original trilogy. The idea there is that we want to first establish a sort of core line for Star Wars—the way the X-Men line or Avengers line have a core of books that can interact with each other, and readers can read some or all of them. Things that happen in one book can echo through the other, so to speak.

But the fourth book, Kanan, is set between the trilogies for the most part—it starts with the story of how Kanan survived order 66.

I look very much forward to doing stories set in the prequel era—I have a couple of ideas for series I think would fit really well there. But we have nothing to announce just yet.

Put the pressure on Marvel to make it happen!

In other news, check out the cover of the upcoming Darth Vader comic here.

TPM Shakespeare Parody Cover Revealed

January 17, 2015

Bonnie Burton at CNet gave an exclusive peek at the cover art for Ian Doerscher’s Shakespeare-style retelling of TPM. The book is due out April 7.

Better yet, Quirk Books will publish similar parodies of AOTC and ROTS this year.

“The prequels are happening because time and time again, people approached me at readings of the ‘William Shakespeare’s Star Wars’ books and asked, hopefully, if I was going to write the prequels,” Doescher told Crave. “This was especially true for young people, for whom the prequels ARE Star Wars.”

And…

“Shakespeare fans, I think, will appreciate having the full arc of Anakin Skywalker completed — the six-book series becomes The Tragedy of Anakin Skywalker, and his downfall in Episode III is as Shakespearean as ‘Hamlet,’ ‘Macbeth’ or ‘King Lear,'” Doescher told Crave. “In other words, the ‘Shakespeare’s Star Wars’ prequel trilogy maintains the elements of the original books and adds a slew of new surprises!”