Archive for August, 2018

New (Short) Interview With Trisha Biggar

August 25, 2018

ITV has a new interview with prequel costume designer Trisha Biggar.  One of her designs for AOTC (the travel disguise gown) is going on display at a museum in Dundee, Scotland.  Check out what Biggar has to say about what inspired the gown and the influence Scottish design had on many of her Padmé costumes.

H/T:  Naboo News

We’re Winning: A Commentary

August 17, 2018

This site’s been going on for 11 years and for most of that time, it’s felt like Sisyphus trying to push a boulder uphill.  Even with The Clone Wars on the air, trying to get respect for the prequels and for its fans five years ago or eight years ago was a tough job.  It felt like the world was against us.  The media didn’t respect us, geek culture didn’t respect us, a vocal chunk of fandom didn’t respect us, licensing didn’t respect us, and Lucasfilm didn’t seem too eager to defend the movies or help us out much either.

It seems to me that over the past couple of years things have started to change and now, we’re just beginning to see the payoff.  It doesn’t seem to be quite so “cool” anymore to make fun of the prequels or to trash them.  The media isn’t quite so hostile.  Trolls and haters seem to have shifted their focus to the sequels since I guess they’re a fresher source of their outrage.  Hasbro and the comics have never abandoned the prequels and now other licensees are offering prequel stuff.  If it seemed like Disney wanted everyone to forget about the prequels three or four years ago, their influence is all over the place now.  They were obviously an influence on TLJ and references galore appear in “Solo,” including a surprise cameo by Darth Maul.  Even Simon Pegg, once a virulent and public prequel basher, has recognized that hating a movie’s a waste of your time and feels bad people like Ahmed Best were hurt by the backlash.  We’re getting two prequel-era novels next year and more prequel-era comics.  The prequels figure prominently in #1 NYT Bestseller “Thrawn:  Alliances.”  The SDCC exclusive cover with Anakin and Thrawn was a hot item.  I almost didn’t get one!

The Clone Wars is going to return in 2019, five years after it was abruptly canceled.  Fans’ persistence in getting the show back paid off but the fact of the matter is, Disney couldn’t ignore the gangbusters business the show was getting on Netflix.  It’s been on the streaming service for over five years.  The trailer that debuted at SDCC got more views than many ballyhooed movie trailers.

So what accounts for the shifting winds?  It seems that pop culture has a 20-year cycle.  The original trilogy was always popular but it seemed like Star Wars wasn’t recognized as a cultural institution until around 1997.  2019 marks the 20thanniversary of TPM and as we get closer to that anniversary, I think there will be greater recognition of the value the prequels added to the saga.  I’m seeing a lot of that already.

Some of it is wistful appreciation of what Lucas accomplished.  It’s always easier to appreciate in retrospect, especially with Lucas now retired.  It’s also easier to like something that feels familiar.  When the movies were first out, I think the critics just didn’t know how to handle a Star Wars that didn’t look and feel familiar, so they deemed those movies “wrong,” as though Lucas didn’t understand his own story or his own universe.  They held on to those feelings of anger and disappointment for a long time, angry at movies that made them feel angry.  But after 20 years, many have simply gotten used to them.

Some of it is of course generational.  Not that long ago, Boomer and Gen-X Star Wars fans were the ones that had the money and the soap boxes.  Now, adults who had grown up with the prequels and The Clone Wars are coming into their own.  So they’re going to have a greater influence on all things Star Wars.

Whatever the reasons, I’m glad we’re finally getting there.

Dave Filoni On Rebels, Clone Wars, Etc.

August 13, 2018

This IGN interview seems to strongly indicate we’re not only getting long-plotted episodes like the Siege of Mandalore arc, but completely new stuff:

And then obviously with Clone Wars I’m very in the weeds on that and will have to be, because I myself have had to go back and watch a whole bunch of stuff that I had done, and I went back and watched Revenge of the Sith and Attack of the Clones in depth again. I’m like, “I have to upload this whole timeline.” Just the intricacy of how the clones got made and where Dooku was and all of those things were stuff that I was just doing from memory at the time, because I was in it. Then I switched time periods and went on and did Star Wars Rebels, so to go back into Clone Wars, I have to remember, “Wait – where was everybody? How did that work?” And I had charts and figured all this stuff out, but I’ve uploaded the chip now, so I’m good.

CWK On Hayden

August 12, 2018

Coffee With Kenobi posted a great little piece called “You Don’t Know The Power Of…Hayden Christensen.”  I agree with every word!

Hayden Christensen’s on-screen performance isn’t what I like best about him though. His humility and grace are what really make me appreciate him. I was proud to be a fan at Star Wars Celebration Orlando last year when Hayden was welcomed so warmly to the Celebration Stage. He seemed almost a little embarrassed by the outpouring of love from the fans, but he deserved every bit of it. By all accounts of fans who were able to meet him for pictures or autographs, he was very polite and friendly and we need more people like him in the Star Wars community.

Happy 10th Anniversary To The Clone Wars

August 10, 2018


Hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since TCW landed in our lives.  This site has always  been very supportive of the show and has tracked its progress ever since it came into existence.  I’ll never forget meeting Dave Filoni and Henry Gilroy at SDCC 2008 and how excited they were that this project they’d been working on for years was finally going to be revealed.

Here’s my review of The Clone Wars film release.  Let it not be said I didn’t see the show’s genius from the get-go!

10 years later at SDCC I was there to hear and witness the impossible:  The Clone Wars returning in 2019.  I can’t tell you how freakin’ happy I was at that incredible moment!  So happy birthday, Clone Wars and the great things you brought to the Star Wars galaxy…and dare I say, here’s to many more!


Ahmed Best’s Field Notes V-Log

August 9, 2018

Ahmed Best has just started a new v-log about gathering memories and information to create a live show he plans to take on the road next year.

Part one is pretty short but I warn you, it’s raw, it’s real, it’s emotional.

Update:  Part two is uploaded.

How Rebels Will Affect The Clone Wars

August 8, 2018

Dave Filoni told Cinema Blend that developments on “Rebels” will affect The Clone Wars when it returns next year:

It’s interesting, because Clone Wars affects Rebels and that’s progressive, but now I have to look at it in reverse and I have to look at all the things I did with Ahsoka and Rex and say ‘Well, now I know these things happen so how does that affect what they were like now that I’m back in Clone Wars?’ So I have to do this other time of engineering which I didn’t have to do before because Ahsoka in Clone Wars is always forward-moving, and so is Rex. Their futures were undetermined, but now you know something about them, so that’s different. That’s new for new Clone Wars, so we’ll see. Hopefully I can figure it all out.

“Always Two” Essay On

August 3, 2018

Megan Crouse wrote this piece for Star about the relationship between Anakin and Obi-Wan in the prequels:

Some cracks show long before that, though. In the Obi-Wan & Anakin comic book series, the two Jedi are sent on a rescue mission to the ruined planet Carnelion IV. Anakin was considering leaving the Jedi Order, disturbed by what he saw as the hypocrisy of the Republic. For some Star Wars fans, this was a major revelation: Anakin had considered leaving the order before Revenge of the Sith, trading the life of a Jedi for a peaceful civilian existence? (Maybe he would have ended up as a navigator on a spice freighter. What a different world it would have been if Owen Lars had been telling Luke the truth.)


Dave Filoni On The Clone Wars “Star Wars Show”

August 2, 2018

A Couple Of “Queen’s Shadow” Interviews

August 1, 2018

Author EK Johnston has a couple of interviews on the upcoming “Queen’s Shadow ” novel, one from SyFy and one from the official Star Wars site.

The novel’s due out next March.