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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.

Getting Your Father-In-Law To Love Count Dooku

April 25, 2017

Clickhole has a quiz on whether you can redeem Count Dooku in the eyes of your father in law.

For the record, it said I would totally pull it off.

Prequel Tea Party

April 6, 2017

LadyJediScientist found Adagio Teas, which sells blends based on various fandoms.  There are a lot of Star Wars ones, including a bunch of prequel-flavored (?) blends.  You can buy Jedi blends, Clone Wars blends, and even a Varykino blend.  Sign up for a $5 coupon when you visit the site.

Essay: The Wisdom Of Qui-Gon Jinn

March 30, 2017

The Wisdom Of Qui-Gon Jinn was posted a few weeks ago but I finally read it today.  Again, more love for everyone’s favorite maverick hippie Jedi:

Qui-Gon Jinn as played by Liam Neeson in the Phantom Menace is one of the most curious characters in the entire Star Wars saga. Little understood and frequently misunderstood, I thought it was an appropriate time to take a look at this character who is both one of my favourite from the series and also one of the most interesting.

Rebels, Canon, & Confusion

March 20, 2017

If you haven’t seen last Saturday’s “Rebels,” this contains spoilers:

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Essay Defends Mace Windu

March 18, 2017

Everyone’s favorite bad mo-fo Jedi Master gets some love from this Crossing Sabers essay:

We would expect the Jedi to commune with the Force in order to divine what purpose or action they should apply the clone army to, but instead we see them rush into battle and try to squelch the fledgling Separatist movement with sheer force. When you combine this with Mace’s acknowledgment that their ability to use the Force has diminished, we get our next key: Mace is trying the best he can even though he can see the foundations of the Jedi starting to crumble.

On Comments At SWPAS

March 6, 2017

SWPAS is open to discussion but recently there’s been a lot of thread jacking and off-topic comments.  It’s not hard to stay on topic.  If you don’t have anything to say about the post, don’t say anything.  If there’s something you have a question about (and it’s not an Ask SWPAS thing), send an e-mail to SWPASadmin@gmail.com.  If there’s something that you think might interest me, please do send an e-mail as well.

Also, don’t post every sentence individually.  Get your thoughts together and then post.

If things don’t change I will put people on moderation and I may even shut down comments for good.

 

Time For Another Ask SWPAS

February 7, 2017

It’s pretty quiet out there, so I figure it’s time for another round of Ask SWPAS.  Ask whatever you like about the prequels and Star Wars in general, and I will answer in the comments below.

20 Years Of The Star Wars Special Editions: A Commentary

February 4, 2017

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January 31, 2017 marked an important but often overlooked anniversary in the long pop culture history of Star Wars. It’s the 20th anniversary of the Star Wars Special Editions, the first of which (ANH) was released in theaters January 31, 1997. TESB followed on February 21 and ROTJ on March 14. As is often the case with anything having to do with modern fandom and “geek” media, too much attention has been paid to the controversies and not enough on how really important those three months were in 1997. (For the record, I take the Harrison Ford position on the “who shot first” issue: I don’t care. I happen to think the 2004 DVD cut had the best version of the scene.)

1996’s “multimedia event” “Shadows Of The Empire” was a dress rehearsal for the Special Editions which in turn were a dress rehearsal for the prequels. Lucasfilm was riding a wave of resurgent popularity and this was to keep the momentum going while at the same time stretching muscles at everywhere from PR to licensing to ILM’s visual effects department that hadn’t been used for a long time, or at least not coordinated together since ROTJ’s release in 1983. But let me be clear: this wasn’t top-down manipulation.  There had been a renaissance of interest in Star Wars beginning in the early ’90s.  Moviegoers missed Star Wars. They missed the excitement those movies brought.  Meanwhile, there was a younger generation of fans whose only experience with Star Wars was on the boob tube. They yearned to see Star Wars the way God and Lucas intended them, on the big screen. They wanted to camp out on the sidewalk like fans did in the early ‘80s and dress up in costumes. They wanted to cheer with a big audience. Some of the most memorable ads for the Special Editions were aimed directly at that audience. Remember the one that started with the tinny sound and the X-wings on a little t.v. before it burst out onto the screen? It was genius.

This is why I had no doubts at all about the Special Editions succeeding. To a lot of the media, it seemed “risky” and a “gamble.” Why would people go to the theaters to pay to see movies that had been out on cable, network television, and home video for years? It seemed absurd. But Star Wars was different and at that time in 1997, there was a perfect storm ready to break out and astonish the world.

ANH:  SE had a shocking $35 million opening weekend, which set a record for a January opening and remains one of the biggest January openings even 20 years later.  It sat at the top of the box office for three weeks, racking up $138.6 million in its entire run and passing “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” to become the top-grossing film of all time (domestic) until James Cameron and Leonardo DiCaprio ruined everything a year later.  The three existing Star Wars film grossed a total of $447 million worldwide during their combined run.  That’s right…movies that were 14-20 years old made as much money if not more than just about every newly made hit released in 1997.

As per usual, complaining fans didn’t see the trees for the forest, preferring to dither on what was changed and how that made Lucas a horrible person.  It’s like your team wins the Super Bowl or the World Series and all you could do is complain about your team’s ugly uniforms and how much you hate the coach while everyone else around you is celebrating.  It probably indicated what was coming with the prequels.

But the Special Editions were a triumph for Star Wars and for George Lucas.  They proved that Star Wars was a permanent part of the cultural landscape and they introduced the theatrical experience to a new generation of fans.  In fact, the experience of seeing the films on the big screen after so many years and noticing how much was lost watching them on a t.v. influenced this fan to see the prequels as many times in the theater as possible when they were released.  The hype for new Star Wars films went into overdrive.  In fact, one could say this was the beginning of the prequel era.  I think TPM would’ve been a success even without the Special Editions but they probably would’ve had to have worked a lot harder to make the film an event.  The Special Editions pre-sold that audience two years in advance and built the excitement to make TPM the movie event of the decade.

This article has all of the info on how the Special Editions performed, making the process of writing this a lot easier and faster.  

 

 

 

Upcoming Stuff From Her Universe

January 26, 2017

The HerUniverse.com site relaunched two days ago (and if you sign up for their new mailing list, you get a 25% off coupon) and to commemorate the occasion, Ashley Eckstein did a live chat on Facebook.  The video is available on the Her Universe Facebook page (with plans to eventually put it up on YouTube).  It’s an hour long and lots of topics are discussed but to narrow it down–thanks to a summary from The Kessel Runway–here’s what is relevant to prequel fans:

*There’s a Naboo-themed cardigan and skirt coming out this summer.  Woo hoo!

*More Ahsoka stuff is on the way.  A sweatshirt for adults (plus and regular) and a long-sleeved tee for kids are available now.  A new tee will debut for Celebration.  They’d really like to do an entire Ahsoka collection.

This wasn’t mentioned in the video but the Naboo hoodie is due out in March; Midtown Comics’ web site had a placeholder for it.