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New Star Words

June 22, 2017

While I was (mostly) offline, Matril posted a couple more installments of her Star Words series.

First, Obi-Wan on pathetic life forms and then some words of wisdom from Shmi to Anakin.

I’m Gonna Be The First To See Them All

June 8, 2017

The latest Star Words highlights a young Anakin with big dreams:

For some reason, there’s something particularly affecting for me about this particular line. The foreshadowing isn’t quite as literal — though Vader travels far and wide, I doubt he manages to visit every system in the galaxy. But it’s so heartrending to consider the contrast between this wide-eyed, innocent optimism and the grim being that Anakin will become.

Star Wars Poetry Video

June 3, 2017

I don’t think I’ve seen this Vimeo showing parallels between the OT and PT before, but if you’re a fan of the Ring Theory, you’ve got to check it out!

Star Wars Poetry from whoispablo on Vimeo.

Whose Lightsaber Is It Anyway? (Sort of a Commentary)

May 30, 2017

Lost in the shuffle of Star Wars’s 40th anniversary, the Vanity Fair stuff, and Darth Real Life was the admission last week that Lucasfilm’s marketing department now refers to the lightsaber that once took out a roomful of younglings as “Rey’s lightsaber.”  This means not only will there be no products indicating it’s Anakin’s lightsaber any time in the near future if ever, it seems to reinforce the perception that Lucasfilm is trying to bury any meaningful reference to the prequels.  As you might imagine, this hasn’t sat well with some prequel fans out there.  Is Lucasfilm just recognizing the reality of where Star Wars is today or is this like hauling down statues and blowing up ancient sites?  Or something in between?

I’ll concede the following points:

*It was also known as Luke’s lightsaber for years.  The lucky bastard had two of them:  the blue one he was given in ANH and the one at controversy, and the green one he built himself in ROTJ.  Since EFX got the license some years ago, it’s been marketed as Luke’s lightsaber again.  So the whitewashing started even before the Disney handover.

*Until Rey builds her own, it is in the current canon her lightsaber.  From a marketing standpoint, kids are more likely to associate the lightsaber with her than with anyone else.  Though the pricier EFX versions aren’t for the small fry, it remains a reality that most new products are there to promote what’s out now.

*TFA does (briefly) mention the lightsaber’s line of ownership even if it does not specify Anakin by name.

All of that said, it looks like Rey has basically inherited the Falcon too and I have to wonder if the Millennium Falcon, forever associated with Han Solo, is now going to be marketed as “the S.S. Rey-Mo-Bile.”  (I doubt it.)  While the marketing department has also scratched Luke from what was for two movies his lightsaber, it’s obvious from TFA that the fact he’d once possessed is what leads Rey to him.  Plus, Luke has a backup, the cool green one from ROTJ.  Nobody’s taking that one from him.  I hope.

It might seem like a small thing and in the grand scheme of things, it is.  Yet there’s a perception of slighting the prequels that Lucasfilm’s regime hasn’t quite shaken.  This doesn’t help.

Maybe I need to start marketing t-shirts, buttons, and stickers that say:  “Anakin is the Chosen One and that’s his lightsaber.”


Joseph Fiennes Was Almost Obi-Wan?

May 25, 2017

The current star of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” told The Wrap that he was a finalist in the contest to play the younger incarnation of Obi-Wan.  Sort of:

While Fiennes played coy at first, the actor let out enough information to source the film to Star Wars.

“I auditioned for a great director,” Fiennes started. “It was whittled down after many auditions to myself and another fine actor who I was at that time at drama school with.”

The Wrap independently confirmed Fiennes and McGregor were classmates as Guildhall School of Music and Drama way back when. The Londoners went on to pursue their acting careers, but the pair apparently reunited under the guise of Star Wars.

Fiennes went on to say he moved forward with audition levels until he got to do a test in front of a director and Robin Gurland, a casting director. After finishing, Fiennes went to meet George Lucas and his daughter.

“I auditioned for a great director,” Fiennes said as he began his story. “It was whittled down after many auditions to myself and another fine actor who I was at that time at drama school with.”

However, the encounter would up being a pitfall for Fiennes. “His daughter turned around and said ‘I don’t like this guy. He’s weird. I don’t like him.’ And that’s how my audition went,” Fiennes recalled.

Oh well! Read the rest here.

Where It All Started

May 25, 2017

For me anyway, nearly 40 years ago…the long-gone Valley Circle theater in San Diego:


I didn’t go opening day; I saw ANH in early June.  The lines were hellacious from day one, especially on the weekends.  They wrapped around the building and down the parking lot.  My mom and dad pulled my brother and me out of school figuring our chances were better on a weekday (no Fandango in 1977…you had to buy tickets that day at the box office).  We did get in but not before waiting hours in line out in the parking lot.  It was like a carnival:  hawkers selling buttons and stuff, a lady scouting for kids to cast in an unrelated commercial, moviegoers sitting in lawn chairs, and the McDonalds that used to be next door doing boffo business.  My dad even found a co-worker playing hooky in the same line.  Once we got inside, I remember seeing the lobby photos on the wall and going into a packed theater.  I’d been at the same theater before to see previous blockbusters like “King Kong” (1976) and “Futureworld,” but this time every seat was filled.  It was nuts!

That was the beginning of a life sentence without parole, heh heh.  Without which I would not be working on this site today.  So a happy 40th to ANH (and a happy 34th to ROTJ).

Prequels Rock Pandora

May 5, 2017

A couple of years ago, Spotify released its list of the most streamed Star Wars tracks.   This year for May the 4th, Pandora released its own list of the most streamed tracks on its service.  Mind you this is after soundtracks for two more movies have been released.  And yet, Spotify’s most popular Star Wars track is also Pandora’s most popular track:  “Duel of the Fates.”

In fact tracks from the prequels are all over Pandora’s top 10:

1. “Duel of the Fates” (Episode I): 10.6 million plays

2. “The Imperial March” (Episode V): 6.7 million plays

3. “Battle of the Heroes” (Episode III): 4.1 million plays

4. “Anakin vs. Obi-Wan” (Episode III): 3.6 million plays

5. “Star Wars and the Revenge of the Sith” (Episode III): 3.4 million plays

6. “Anakin’s Betrayal” (Episode III): 2.7 million plays

7. “Across the Stars” (Episode II): 2.3 million plays

8. “Grievous Speaks to Lord Sidious” (Episode III): 2.1 million plays

9. “Enter Lord Vader” (Episode III): 2 million plays

10. “Imperial Attack” (Episode IV): 1.8 million plays

A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one.

15 Years of AOTC: Fun Parallels/Homages

May 2, 2017

I’ve written before about Bollywood’s influence on AOTC and maybe one day I’ll get around to “Blade Runner”‘s influence on the film, but I haven’t had much time today to write out a long piece.  Fortunately, Mike Klimo of Ring Theory fame has been on fire lately posting cool shots recalling other films or other points in the saga.  (Go follow him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  Seriously!)  Originally I’d embedded the pictures but of course none of them came up (curse you, WordPress). One of my favorites was that Lucas had Drew Struzan design the poster to mimic the poster for Dr. Zhivago; in another Zhivago reference in AOTC, the house by the lake was “Varykino.”

Check them out on Klimo’s Instagram.

Tidbits From SLCC FanX Panels

April 28, 2017

Salt Lake City Comic Con FanX, held back in March, was a little lower on the radar than SWCO but it had some interesting commentary at various Star Wars panels .  Rhett Wilkinson attended the panels and took notes.  I’ve limited it to some of the more prequel-centric stuff:

*The Interconnected Star Wars panel with Bryan Young and Lucasfilm’s Matt Martin discussed the story group and continuity.  Mentioned was AOTC’s Poggle the Lesser’s appearances in the pre-Rogue One book “Catalyst” and “Rebels” to explain why the Death Star plans were moved from Geonosis, because Saw Generra was becoming “too close” to the whole thing.  Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Clone Wars” shorts don’t fit into the same timeline as the series; it’s basically “Legends” too.  If a really good story justified bringing back a deceased character like Mace Windu, then it would happen.

*The Full of Sith panel seemed more  a live version of the podcast where Young and Holly Frey discuss favorite costumes (Young likes Padmé’s black corset dress, Frey had a “religious experience” seeing Queen Amidala’s red gown on exhibit in Washington, D.C.), various questions about canon, and answering “why do we tend to gravitate to certain Star Wars (trilogies)?” (the questioner’s remark that prequels are “my Star Wars” and that as some folks don’t like the prequels, children like the Disney Star Wars and not the prequels or originals.) “We attach a lot of nostalgia to childhood, so things you see first are probably your favorite,” Frey said. “you feel (films) were made for you when you were sort of an empty vessel receiving this wonderful universe for the first time.”

To read the whole thing, including details on a panel about Rogue One with Gary Whitta, Coffee With Kenobi will have it up soon.

A Few Interesting Reads

April 20, 2017

SyFy’s Stuff We Love series featured a scene from AOTC that forever changed the audience’s view of the Jedi, when Dooku tries to get a captured Obi-Wan on his side.  The only downside is the author’s assumption “most fans” didn’t like the movie.  Really, Carol?  Get with the program.  Otherwise not a bad piece.

Furious Fanboys says SWCO was a big moment for the prequels.

Finally, here are two more installments in Matril’s Star Words series:

Part V

Part VI