Archive for March, 2015

Shame On Younger Bashers

March 16, 2015

Listen up, Gen Y/Millennials. Get your noses up from your devices a minute and prepare for a little dress down from Sgt. LP.

Many people talk about older Star Wars fans as being very attached to Eps IV-VI and are primarily the most vocal of the anti-PT brigade. It might have been true in 1999 and for many years afterward. There are a lot of people like that around today, middle-aged neckbeards and nerd fraus raging about raped childhoods and what have you.

But do they really make up all of the anti-prequel trolls who seem to have endless time on their hands to search out any location on the internet where they can negatively comment on the movies?

Someone made a sad comment on the SWPAS Facebook page a couple of days ago. He said that the majority of bashers he knew were born in the ‘90s. Every now and then I’ll see a comment like, “I saw TPM when I was 8 years old and I really loved it. But now I realize how stupid it was and I hate it now, blah blah blah.”

I know most of you who grew up with the PT still stand by Star Wars and that’s great. But I think we have to acknowledge that too many of you are also guilty of driving the hate wagon. You can’t say somebody raped your childhood, but you certainly betrayed your own. You took your eight or ten year old self’s joy away, and looked back at yourself with disdain for failing to be the awesome know-it-all geek dude you perceive yourself to be today. That’s pathetic.

It’s true many Star Wars fans in my age group sort of left the saga behind during their teen and early adult years, burying it away because they didn’t want to be thought of as uncool or immature. This was during the so-called Dark Ages of the mid-80s to early ‘90s. But you know something? It meant so much to us and we missed it so much, it didn’t take long before we brought it back and by gum, we made it cool. We ran out to buy “Heir to the Empire” and “Dark Empire” and the Star Wars renaissance of the’90s began. You kids benefited from that renaissance. You got to enjoy SW in an era where it was bigger and better for the saga than even when we were kids.

You may not know this, but not everyone back in the day loved Star Wars. But at least people like Pauline Kael and John Simon were reasonably intelligent and well-respected film critics who took the art of cinema seriously, writing for the most respected publications of the time. We still weren’t convinced by people like them. We knew what we loved and we stuck by it. You junior bashers on the other hand surrendered your convictions to illiterate rants and tweets from total strangers, online bullies, stupid jokes, moronic videos, bloggers talking out of their rear ends, and know-nothings who got gigs writing for Kotaku, Gamespot, i09, Cracked.com, etc.. In other words, you sold out what meant something to you based on the opinions of fools. I’ll grant that Star Wars fandom has not been very supportive of you, but come on.

I stuck it out with Star Wars through ups and downs, through thick and thin, uphill both ways in the snow. That’s what it means to be a fan. You love it because you love it, not because other people tell you it’s okay or cool to love it. You don’t abandon it when it’s not popular and you certain don’t turn on it because it’s the thing to do.

So drop the ‘tude and come back to the light. Your inner 9-year-old is waiting.

Hard Truths About Jar Jar

March 14, 2015

People have been referring me to this video for a while but it wasn’t until now that I took the time to watch it. I love Chewie too, so nothing against him, but I got a good laugh out of it and it does point out the “hard truth” about how Jar Jar is cooler than given credit:

Some Clone Wars News Coming?

March 12, 2015

From Jedi News and Rebel Force Radio:

Our special guest on this week’s RebelForce Radio will be Supervising Director and Executive Producer of Star Wars Rebels Dave Filoni who discusses the return of Ahsoka Tano and how it all evolved. We get into a serious discussion about Ahsoka’s future on the show and Dave reveals, “I wouldn’t have brought her back if she couldn’t be involved and if there wasnt an important story to tell.” But,he also warns “I wouldn’t say that Ahsoka Tano is fundamental to the creation of the rebellion.” Plus, Dave teases some exciting news coming for fans of The Clone Wars. And what about a final showdown between Ahsoka and Vader? You have to listen tomorrow (March 13) to find out what Dave has to say!

I do NOT think there’s going to be a surprise announcement the show’s going to be revived. But given Clone Wars writer Brent Friedman’s recent comments that one of the unaired arcs might see the light of day and given Matt Lanter commented a few months ago that he voiced Anakin again, I wouldn’t be surprised if this means more Lost Missions on Netflix.

Update:  I haven’t listened to the podcast but those who have say there’s going to be a Clone Wars “surprise” at Celebration.

Padmé Didn’t Die From A Broken Heart II

March 12, 2015

Joseph Tavano is back with the second part of his theory on what he believes is Padmé’s “true” cause of death. What it boils down to is Darth Sidious “killed” both Padmé and Anakin and used their life force to bring Darth Vader to life. And yes, Palpatine was the one keeping Vader afloat all along.

Do you really think a little electricity is enough to bring Darth Vader down? Does he really look that fragile? He may be an egghead at the end, but Anakin was TOUGH. A few seconds of Force lightning just isn’t enough to bring the Chosen One down.

But, the death of Darth Vader makes much more sense when we understand that the life force he was given was suddenly severed by the death of Darth Sidious.

Open Thread: Spinoff & Ep VIII Announcements

March 12, 2015

We finally got official confirmation on the spinoff movie I don’t care about and Ep VIII.

The spinoff will be called “Rogue One” and will star Felicity Jones, last seen in “The Theory of Everything.” The story concept came from PT visual effects supervisor John Knoll, but is still written by a team of yucky bashers. Fifty bucks says this is about a chick Rebel pilot. It’s coming out December 16, 2016 and will start shooting this summer.

Disneyfilm finally confirmed what the whole planet already knows, that Rian Johnson will write and direct Episode VIII. What is new is the scheduled release date, May 26, 2017, just in time for ANH’s 40th anniversary. I’m just happy Star Wars is back in May where it freakin’ belongs.

What do you think?

On Star Wars Insider #156

March 11, 2015

Finally I found this on the stands today and while I haven’t read the whole issue in great detail, I did skim the article about the prequel generation. Aeryn from Moons of Iego and Candy Wilder are quoted in it, besides little old me. The thing that’s kind of funny is that most of the people mentioned in it were already fans when TPM came out, in most cases for several years. I did field a lot of you to the article’s writer, including lots of you who were introduced to Star Wars through the prequel trilogy. The piece is rather short and ends abruptly; I think the topic merits much more discussion than what appeared. The piece does say at the end “next issue the Force of the Internet” and the mockup cover for #157 (which includes a 10th anniversary tribute to ROTS) does mention the prequel generation. I’m hoping that means there will be a second part in the next issue.

Paul McDonald’s “The Star Wars Heresies” gets a shout out in another article, this one about Star Wars in the classroom.

What did you guys think?

Cool Stuff To Express Your Fandom

March 9, 2015

While perusing Tumblr for clever gifs to reblog, I caught wind of this from White Hot Room‘s Tumblr. One of the bloggers from that site started up a Redbubble store called houseorgana with some original t-shirts and mugs.

Here are the House Kenobi tee and the House Skywalker designs. (Also available: House Solo and for you Legends fans, House Jade. They also have a “#spacemarried” design for Rebels fans.)

Plus everyone who reads this site will want these mugs.

Now excuse me while I make like Fry and hand somebody my money…

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre & ROTS

March 9, 2015

Bryan Young’s ongoing series for starwars.com about cinematic influences on Star Wars features the 1948 film “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” and its influence on ROTS:

Bogart provided bits of inspiration as the unlikely hero for Han Solo in films like Casablanca, but none of that is on display here. Instead, he plays a man unhinged by his own greed and jealousy as his actions to prevent a thing from happening are what inevitably cause that thing to happen. The film is beautifully bathed in irony that would seem to serve as the basis for Anakin’s actions through Revenge of the Sith. His willingness to do anything to prevent Padmé’s death is the one thing that hastens it.

Read the rest here.

Release Dates Set For Shakespeare Parodies of AOTC & ROTS

March 9, 2015

“The Phantom Of Menace: Star Wars The First” comes out on April 7, but already Amazon has dates and descriptions for Shakespeare’s “takes” on AOTC and ROTS. Quirk Books will publish “The Clone Army Attacketh: Star Wars The Second” on July 7 (no cover art yet):

To Shmi or not to Shmi? Torn between duty to the Jedi, attraction to Padmé, and concern for his beloved mother, yeoman Jedi Anakin Skywalker struggles to be master of his fate. The path he chooses will determine not just his own destiny, but that of the entire Republic. And thereby hangs a tale.

Alack the day! A noble lady in danger. A knight and squire in battle. And a forbidden love that’s written in the stars. Once again, the quill of William Shakespeare meets the galaxy of George Lucas in an insightful reimagining that sets the Star Wars saga on the Elizabethan stage. The characters are familiar, but the masterful meter, insightful soliloquies, and period illustrations will convince you that the Bard himself penned this epic adventure.

“Tragedy Of The Sith’s Revenge: Star Wars The Third” will be out on September 8:

The curtain rises once again on that star-crossed galaxy far, faraway—this time, to chronicle a once-heroic knight’s transformation into the darkest of villains. William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge is the climactic conclusion to the fall of the house of Skywalker, a collaboration between William Shakespeare and George Lucas that’s filled with masterful meter, stirring soliloquies, inside jokes, and intricate Elizabethan illustrations. You’ll fall in love with Star Wars—and Shakespeare—all over again. At the same time!

Both books will be written by Ian Doescher, who wrote all of the other Shakespeare/Star Wars parodies.

More PT-Related Guests At Celebration

March 3, 2015

ReedPOP announced more guests for Celebration, including Ian McDiarmid and autograph guest Bonnie Piesse.

No word on whether any of the noobs from TFA will escape the Mystery Box in time for the con.