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So Why Did I Do This Site Anyway?

February 18, 2015

Seven years plus ago, SWPAS was born of frustration, like that early ’90s song. As I noted in my first post, I felt like somebody had to do something about the way the prequels were being perceived and treated. There were no sites quite like this one (though there have been PT-related fan sites for years) and very few fans who were outspoken about the PT.

The good news is that SWPAS is not the only game in town anymore and there are more people now who aren’t as shy about their support for the films. But has it gotten easier for any of us? Yes and no. People on various geek/nerd/comics/whatever sites who try to write anything even remotely positive about the films can still expect a gaggle of trolls and haters to fill up the comments with their bile. I’ve long said the obsessiveness of the haters outweighs the passion with which fans like us will defend the movies. A few people have commented negatively on that obsession but the internet, geek culture, and the media have fed off of it for too long. It’s everywhere.

I will admit that there have been many times when I’ve thought of quitting. Is SWPAS really making much of a difference or is it just flatulence in the wind? Taking on the hate machine can seem insurmountable and impossible. Fans can be very difficult to deal with sometimes and I don’t think very many people really understand where I am coming from. This is not a full-time job, it’s just something I do when I have the inspiration and the time. Even if this site was all about puppies, cupcakes, butterflies, and sunshine, there’s always the concern about keeping it fresh and not just phoning it in.

I want everyone to recognize that I don’t post inflammatory stuff just to stir the pot or as clickbait. I could sling red meat on here every day to keep up the numbers because controversy draws eyeballs. But I don’t do that, mostly because the focus here shouldn’t be on the latest jackhole to talk smack about the films, Lucas, or whatever. Now if that jackhole manages to get hired to write a Star Wars screenplay, that’s a different story. There’s a responsibility official fandom has to these films and to fans like us and when I don’t think they are living up to that responsibility, I’m going to say so.

It sounds like a cheesy cliché to say my readers drive me on, but there is truth to it. There’s a need for saga fans to feel accepted and validated and this is one of the few places where that can happen. The other thing is these movies and those who supported them were done a raw deal and that drives me crazy. Whether my Star Wars fandom fades over time or not, there’s a part of me that will never rest until that’s rectified. It sounds nuts but I’m being honest. Why else would anyone spend time on a site that doesn’t generate money or fame? I ain’t the Man Repeller or the Blonde Salad with magazine covers, big book deals, merchandising tie-ins, and freebies. I’m not even a big name fan.

It may be a quixotic quest but that’s my purpose in doing this site. Maybe one day I’ll walk from it for good. Maybe one day, I’ll realize my work here is done. But not today.

Upcoming Battlefront Game Has Prequel/CW Stuff

February 12, 2015

Making Star Wars.net has some rumors about the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront game. It is mostly OT stuff (of course) but the much-anticipated game will supposedly have some stuff from TPM and ROTS as well as Clone Wars and naturally, TFA. The game drops shortly before EpVII comes out.

Best Space Program Promo Ever

February 12, 2015

Eat your heart out, “Big Bang Theory”:

These guys are all going off to the International Space Station. Have a safe trip and MTFBWY!

Throwback Thursday Photo

February 5, 2015

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Here’s an old Before The Helmet shot from the production of ROTS, featuring the Darth Vader helmet designed for Hayden Christensen.

Star Wars Invades Madame Tussaud’s

February 4, 2015

The original Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London is going to roll out a big Star Wars exhibit in May, featuring scenes from each of the Star Wars films in waxy glory.

Actually, the descriptions sound really cool:

Fans will be able to walk into the Dagobah swamp (complete with fog effects), see Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon battle Darth Maul in a whole new way (in a set that spans two floors), and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Luke Skywalker as he faces Darth Vader for the last time.

Guests will be able to step right into an atmospheric recreation of Yoda’s swamp like Luke Skywalker did in The Empire Strikes Back and see the fiery lava of Mustafar as Anakin turns to the dark side in Revenge of the Sith. Guests will become truly immersed in the films in a new and exciting way. We hope to delight fans and give them a unique way to celebrate the Star Wars story.”

No word if similar exhibits will come to other Madame Tussaud’s outlets scattered worldwide.

One Prequel Basher Replaced With Another

February 3, 2015

Late comes the news that Gary Whitta’s replacement Chris Weitz on the first spinoff script has his own social media skeletons on prequel bashing. So far, what’s surfaced is some TPM bashing (images via Furious Fanboys):

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FanX 2015 Prequels Panel

February 3, 2015

In further Bryan Young news, he moderated a panel last weekend at Salt Lake City’s FanX convention called “Why The Prequels Make The Classic Star Wars Trilogy Better.” I don’t know the other two guys, but the person sitting next to Bryan is Lucasfilm’s Matt Martin.

ROTS & “Throne Of Blood”

February 3, 2015

The latest installment of Bryan Young’s look at cinematic influences on Star Wars features Akira Kurosawa’s film “Throne Of Blood” and its influence on ROTS.

But perhaps the moment that is mirrored most heavily between Throne of Blood and Star Wars is the choice given to the main character. In Throne of Blood, Mifune’s character is told that he can act to murder his lord in order to save his own life, or he could remain loyal and hope that he wasn’t murdered. The angst caused by this dilemma is mirrored in Anakin’s choice in Revenge of the Sith, when he’s given the choice between helping Palpatine or Mace Windu. After Anakin makes his choice the look of pained agony on his face is heartbreaking, and is a mirror of the trouble Mifune goes through after murdering his own lord and committing crime after crime to justify his actions.

10 Years of ROTS: Last Day Of Filming 1/31/05

February 1, 2015

As Christian Simpson reminded on his Facebook page, the last day of filming of ROTS was yesterday, 1/31/05 at Elstree Film Studios.

Elstree is of course one of many shooting locations you can visit on your next trip to the UK. starwars.com just posted more info on visiting shooting locations for the various Star Wars films.

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….”


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