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.

Star Words XII: Maul Talks

June 2, 2017

Part XII of Matril’s series on TPM is up and this time it focuses on the mostly-silent Darth Maul:

In the end, Maul’s terrifying appearance — the nightmarish swirls of red and black, the horns, the glowing eyes, the double-bladed saber he wields with deadly precision — is nothing but a mask to distract us from the true danger, the phantom menace lurking behind it all. And when Maul is killed, it will ultimately prove a hollow victory as the master simply finds a new apprentice and proceeds with his plans for galactic domination. Maul, meanwhile, won’t live to see the Sith destroy the Jedi order and take over the galaxy. He gets to be the face of the surprise reveal – “Whoops, guess the Sith weren’t totally eradicated a thousand years ago after all!” but he reaps none of the rewards. He proved useful for a time, and was then easily discarded for someone with more political savvy, who will in turn be discarded for someone younger and far more powerful.

Check Out This Amazing Art

June 1, 2017

It’s Anakin, Darth Vader, gunpowder, and FIRE:

 

/r/prequelmemes Executes Order 66 On Bashers

June 1, 2017

Usually I don’t waste my time on stupid videos bashing the prequels.  Someone asked me to address a new anti-prequel video from WatchMojo.com and I wasn’t going to talk about it because who cares.  It’s the same lame crap we’ve put up with for 18 years.

But then along came /r/prequelmemes, quickly launching an attack on the haters.  The comment section on YouTube (I don’t as a rule link to basher videos) is full of prequel fans and as of writing it has 10,509 down votes as opposed to 2,551 up votes.  Feel free to look it up on YouTube and add to the carnage if you want.  I still don’t care what these fanboy jerks have to say about anything but I LOVE that somebody is finally turning the tables on them.

 

 

Battlefront II Gameplay Livestream To Feature Assault on Theed

June 1, 2017

Today EA announced that on June 10, game fans will be able to watch a live gameplay of the Assault on Theed from the upcoming Battlefront II.  Lucky fans can win a chance to be a player during this event too.

Prepare for the Assault on Theed! On June 10 at 12:30 PM PT, Darth Maul and other cross-era heroes enter the battlefield in a massive multiplayer livestream gameplay event you won’t want to miss. You might even become part of creating it.

At EA Play, you’ll be able to watch the first-ever live gameplay reveal of Star Wars ™ Battlefront ™ II, featuring livestream of 40-player gameplay set during the Assault on Theed – one of the new multiplayer battles from the prequel trilogy. Clone Troopers will mount a desperate defense against the invading forces of the Separatist Battle Droids. Can the Republic forces stop the relentless crawl of the massive Multi-Troop Transport as it lumbers toward the palace doors?

Going hands-on before the EA PLAY doors open will be a mix of your favorite Star Wars Battlefront II Game Changers, YouTube stars, Twitch streamers, and more. From JackFrags to Darkness429, we’re bringing some of the biggest names in gaming together to fight it out on the streets of Theed.

 

TPM Behind-The-Scenes Quiz

June 1, 2017

starwars.com posted a TPM behind-the-scenes quiz; see how much you remember from all of those magazine articles and interviews!

Ahmed Best To Sign For Official Pix

June 1, 2017

Official Pix is hosting a limited signing session with Ahmed “Jar Jar” Best.  Orders go up at OfficialPix.com on June 8 at 12 p.m. EST/9 a.m. PST and will remain open until July 7 or until the session sells out.

Best rarely does signings; he last did one for another company a few years ago.  He doesn’t attend conventions very often either.  If you’re into collecting autographs, this is a golden opportunity.

 

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.”

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Marvel Interview With Mace Windu Writer

May 27, 2017

Marvel.com has an interview with the writer of the upcoming Mace Windu comics series, Matt Owens:

I see him foremost as a teacher and a leader. He is incredibly strong and wise and tries his best to lead others down the right path. Sometimes that does mean having to fight. There’s an interesting conflict in a man revered for his fighting skills who would rather not use them. Being a great warrior does not mean you have a love of combat, a lust for bloodshed. His lightsaber is the last weapon Mace would want to pick up. Similarly, he is a fiercely intelligent orator, yet despises politics. He is a man thrust into positions and situations he may not enjoy, but he does them because he just wants to do what is right.

A Look Back At AOTC & ROTS

May 26, 2017

Julian at World of Peacecraft posted his tributes to AOTC and ROTS.

Attack of the Clones also shines in its direction. While Lucas may not be the best actors’ director out there, his visual direction skills are on full display here, and they’re my favorite subtle element of this film. Look at the evolution of how Anakin uses his hands. He uses them for casual Force tricks in the first half, then looks at them in shock after murdering the Tusken Raider colony, then gets his right hand stuck in a robotic shoulder in the droid factory… the same hand that will become robotic by the time the credits roll. Look at the darkened forms of Anakin and Padmé as they kiss before being led into the execution arena, and the way that they lighten up as they’re dragged into the sun. This love may lead to a dark future, but it will also eventually defeat Darth Sidious once and for all, and I think that’s a really nice tool of visual storytelling. Look at the clouds of Naboo forming a yin-yang after Anakin has his nightmare, just before his darker side is put to its first true test. Look at Anakin’s battle with Count Dooku at the end of the film, where the only light sources are the red and blue glow of their lightsabers lighting up their faces. It’s only fitting that both of these characters’ stories when it comes to the Force have elements of both the Jedi and the Sith.

Add in Attack of the Clones‘s expert pacing, keeping the viewer involved from start to finish, and I think it ties with The Empire Strikes Back as the best directed Star Wars saga episode. It’s my second favorite film, but only slightly.

Although this one received considerably more praise than the first two films, once again the spread of anonymous sources has made sure Revenge of the Sith has “fallen from grace”, if you will, and is now hated by a lot of people. That’s a real shame, because, much like The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, this chapter is a heartfelt and above all brutally human movie. Revenge of the Sith was the first Star Wars film I was able to see in theaters, an experience that I won’t forget any time soon. Now, around this time, all the media surrounding it had come out, and I knew a lot of what would happen in the movie. But I was still so amazed by Revenge of the Sith that it quickly became not only my favorite Star Wars movie, but my favorite movie of all time, and it remains my favorite to this day. There were so many memorable moments I found just in that first viewing, and there is so much more I’ve come to appreciate about the movie after countless viewings.