Part Two Of Clone Wars Conversations

September 26, 2017

This was posted a couple of weeks ago but I forgot to write about it!  Here’s part two of Clone Wars Conversations with Matt Lanter:

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Temuera Morrison Interview On Australian SW Site

September 23, 2017

I don’t know how long ago this was posted, but the Australian official Star Wars site had a nice little interview with Temuera Morrison, who recently appeared at Hawaii Comic-Con.  Here he talks about what it was like filming AOTC back in 2000 and that if they ever want to put Captain Rex in a movie, he’s willing to play him.

 

TPM Star Words Wrap Up

September 22, 2017

The last part of Matril’s take on different lines from TPM has been posted:

There was a lot of foreshadowing about Anakin discussed in the last entry, but we also have a tremendous hint regarding the identity of Sidious, right before the film’s final scene. It casts an ominous shadow over all of the gleeful celebration that follows.

Yoda and Mace discuss the fallen Darth Maul (did they learn his name from the Viceroy or not? No one mentions him by name again, so who knows?) and acknowledge that the Sith truly have returned. And they know there’s another one out there, because “Always two there are. No more. No less. A master…and an apprentice.” This is a great line on its own. It explains the Sith rule of two succinctly and simply. We understand that the two must be constantly at odds, each secretly planning on replacing the other while knowing the other plans to replace them. Vader’s power play with the Emperor and Luke makes more sense than ever.

But Mace’s reply…this line gives me goosebumps.

Next up, AOTC.
 

Science & Star Wars Re-Creates TPM Moment

September 20, 2017

Naboo News posted video from a new web series called “Science And Star Wars” where Rebels voice actor Taylor Gray tries cutting through a door like Qui-Gon did in TPM with a “real” working lightsaber.

A Note Re Comics Coverage

September 14, 2017

I have been reading Star Wars comics since 1978, at first when they were published by Marvel, then for 20 years with Dark Horse, and back again with Marvel when it regained the license a few years ago.  Last week I picked up IDW’s young readers comic.

Today Marvel’s Star Wars editor and a Marvel creator I’d never heard of blocked me on Twitter.  I have never interacted with these people.  I’ve never criticized them; in fact the only thing I’ve ever criticized about Marvel’s run on Twitter is Dr. Aphra and that’s not a topic I dwell upon very much.  So it’s not because of anything I’ve done to them or anyone else at Marvel.  The only reason I can figure out is that I follow a reviewer who has been very critical of the publisher and a lot of the people who work for it.  I only know this because everyone else who follows this guy, including people who disagree with him, were blocked at the same time.

One can do whatever she wants with her account, but it was really insulting to be blocked purely because of who I’m following; whose business is it anyway?  If Marvel’s Star Wars editor thinks that little of me after 39 years of loyalty to Star Wars comics–longer than this young lady has been alive by the way–then I’m just going to have to cut the cord.  I’m not buying Marvel comics anymore and I will not review or promote anything they do.  (But I’ll be happy to keep buying IDW’s series.)  Dark Horse’s people were always kind, respectful, enthusiastic, and great with the fans.  Marvel has a serious siege mentality that is alienating comics readers and sales are falling throughout the industry.

I’m not posting this to flounce but to let you know what kind of people they are and about the kind of disturbing dynamics that are happening on social media if you “step out of line” or associate with the “wrong” people.

Star Words & More TPM Love

September 14, 2017

Matril is getting close to the end of TPM with her series with Qui-Gon’s final words:

Does Obi-Wan believe at this point that he is the Chosen One? Maybe not. I think he wants to believe it, because otherwise Qui-Gon wasted his last words and last wishes. He’s certainly going to honor that dying wish with all his might.

And here we have the establishment of an awfully shaky apprenticeship for Anakin. Obi-Wan, barely done being a Padawan himself, driven not by any particular connection to Anakin but out of devotion to his lost master; charged with the training of possibly the most important potential Jedi who ever lived. No big deal. No major issue if he fails, except perhaps the Force falling permanently out of balance. But Qui-Gon begged for his promise — there’s that word again! — and Obi-Wan is determined to follow through.

Meanwhile, the Star Wars Show invited on NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney who says TPM is his favorite SW film:


 
Finally, the Ministry of Cinema updated with a short trailer billing a new episodic series based off its documentary “The Prequels Strike Back.” The first episode will be up on Oct. 6:

HasCon News

September 11, 2017

Hasbro’s convention HasCon was over the past weekend in Providence, RI and while most of the Star Wars action was about The Last Jedi, a few bits of prequel-related news came out.

First off, here’s Ahsoka and Padmé in the Forces of Destiny line:

This post from Collectors Cantina indicates there will be an Ahsoka with loth cat and an AOTC Padmé “before the holidays.” So there are at least two sets on the way.

The Force Guide has an interview with Hasbro’s Star Wars team and here’s a money quote about what to expect in the future in terms of prequel merchandise:

TFG: So for the Black Series 6”, a lot of the prequel characters and Clone Wars characters have been great additions, like Qui-Gon and Captain Rex. Will we be seeing more of those prequel and Clone Wars characters going forward?

SE: Yeah. 2019 is 20 years of The Phantom Menace. We’ve been talking about it a lot, actually, at this convention. The love for the prequels has kind of gone through this sort of—hate has kind of gone into, like, love again. There’s a lot of memes out there, and Hayden Christensen had a good response when he made an appearance, I think it was at Celebration. We’re seeing a little bit of love coming back for the prequels, so we’ll share some love on that, I’m sure, going forward.

I TOLD you this stuff would make a difference.

 

Prequels Strike Back To Get A Sequel?

September 10, 2017

The main page of the 2016 documentary’s site seems to indicate that.  Sign up for the newsletter to find out more!

Upcoming Book: The Physics of Star Wars

September 10, 2017

Naboo News posted about an upcoming book examining the physics of the Star Wars universe.  It excerpted part of an interview with the author where he talks about Naboo:

Johnson says the movie implies that Naboo has water from surface to surface, right through the core, and in principle, it’s possible to have a planet like that, but as he thought more about it, that led to certain implications. For example, how the temperatures for the freezing and boiling points of water change when it’s under a lot of pressure. For Naboo, the water at the bottom would be under a lot of pressure, and more likely to freeze.

“If you do that, what is the radius of the planet able to be before the deepest water is under so much pressure it turns to ice? One of the reasons I enjoyed writing this section is I just naively did the calculations and said, ‘OK, how deep is the water?’ But then I thought: ‘Wait a second, as you go closer to the center there’s less of a force of gravity because there’s less stuff,’” says Johnson. “If you go to the perfect center of a planet there’s no force of gravity because on all sides it would be pulling it towards it, so there’s no force of gravity. This means that the pressure behaves in a more complicated fashion as compared to my initial approach.”

Then he had to redo his calculations.

More Star Words

September 8, 2017

This time it’s from the conclusion to TPM’s big action scene:

And what a great line; what a great delivery. Steady but carrying an edge of contempt. Taking all his threats and throwing them back in his face. I love, too, that Padmé is physically much smaller, yet somehow manages to stare down her foe. Just a fantastic moment all around. The other battles of Episode I’s finale are, arguably, more fun to watch, more eye-catching and intense. But this ending might be the most satisfying. After all the Viceroy’s confident taunts, he must admit defeat in the face of a fierce, tiny fourteen-year-old queen.