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Normally I post links to AdamDB's Jedi News on SWPAS, but this one covers the whole enchilada and is a reminder of keeping an open mind when it comes to future SW flicks:
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J.J. Abrams told "Empire" magazine he "declined early on" directing Episode VII:

It seems to me the convo probably went more like this:

"Hey, guess what they're making more Star Wars movies."

"God help the poor bastard they pick to make that thing! Don't even ask me! Trekkies are easier to please!"

Eh, fine by me. The King of the Lens Flare is what I call a Fifty Percenter. The last thing I want is a director who's determined to "fix" the saga his way and ignore or try to retroactively discredit the prequels. We need somebody who respects Lucas's vision as a whole, not an overgrown fanboy looking to create a late '70s nostalgia piece.

That's nearly all of the fanboy faves, isn't it? They've all demurred, citing "other projects" or "fear."

Again, think outside of the box:
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What better to do on Christmas Eve than to outwardly ponder what I think would be neat to see in Eppy VII?

For one thing, I’m putting the whole post-ROTJ expanded universe continuity off the shelf. They may use a few things from the piles of books and comics set in that timeframe but as Lucasfilm reiterated, this is an entirely new story and it’s based on Lucas’s notes for Eps 7-9. Ewan McGregor recently told the Washington Post in an interview that Lucas had told him while filming the prequels that there always was a last part of the story, but at that point Lucas didn’t think they’d ever be made.

So with the field wide open and assuming it still takes place within the lifetimes of Luke, Leia, Han, et al., here are some of my brain doodles:

For one thing, I’d like to see what the galaxy is like with the Force in balance so we can all truly understand what is meant by Anakin’s whole mission as the Chosen One. In Episodes I-III, the shadow of the Dark Side was falling across the galaxy as the Sith’s power was rising and the Republic was in decline. In Episodes IV-VI, the Dark Side was firmly in control as personified by the Empire’s tight grip on the galaxy and the only hope left consisted of underdogs: a farmboy with crash course Jedi training, band of scattered Rebels, criminals, Ewoks, and aging Jedi Masters who had been hiding out for several years. The sun’s back out in Episode VII, the Republic finally is the place of legend, the Jedi Order is restored, and the is universe at peace. One of my pet theories is that with the Force in balance and the galaxy in a new golden age, the door is open to all kinds of abilities that might have been suppressed for a long time by the Dark Side. In short, Luke and his posse of new Jedi will kick butt in ways we have not seen before.

I also think that, as in the expanded universe, Luke will make some tweaks to the Jedi Order that will help them avoid the same pitfalls that destroyed the Order at the end of the Clone Wars. Maybe the new Jedi will operate independently from the Republic (this would be smart). Maybe someone like Leia could be sort of an envoy between the Senate (assuming the Republic restores the Senate) and the Jedi, but none of this crap where the Supreme Chancellor can put his boy on the Council whenever he feels like it. Never again will the Jedi just be sent off to fight a war based on a Senate vote. The Council will keep its own counsel on what it does. The no nookie rule? I can’t see Luke keeping that one either since in a post Order 66 galaxy, beggars can’t be choosers and I don’t see people abandoning their families en masse to go play with lightsabers. As I’ve always said, I can imagine the reply Luke would get if he told Leia she had to dump Han to fulfill her destiny. Unless Leia declines to become a Jedi for that reason. Hmm…

Of course it remains to be seen if the Luke of Episode VII gets a Mrs. Skywalker or not.

All of that said, Luke and Co. have to be secondary players to a whole new generation of heroes. That’s the way it works in Star Wars. The old guys make room for the new, some prematurely (this might be the trilogy where Luke or any one of our fave heroes goes off to Valhalla). We’ll see another batch of heroes and heroines embark on their epic journey of discovery. I think that since Lucas always described the movies as a symphony that echoes parts of each other, I think we’re going to find a young hero in the lead and the primary heroine someone with political clout (like Padme Amidala—former queen and senator—or Leia—former senator and princess) and some third guy along for the ride (Obi-Wan in the prequels, Han in the first set of flicks). They may or may not be related to the Skywalker family, though I think for continuity’s sake they’re likely to be.

All of that said, there has to be a villain, an antagonist or else there’s no tension in the story. Back in 1992, I thought “Dark Empire” was the bees’ knees. But I don’t want to see a Recycled!Palpatine in a new movie, largely because of the way the prequels have influenced the way I look at the story overall since then. Bringing back Sidious or cloning him or whatever would undermine and cheapen Anakin’s big Chosen One moment in ROTJ. That was the moment he finally fulfilled his mission and brought balance to the Force. It would be ridiculous to boot. A few days ago, Timothy Zahn—yes I’m bringing in Tim Zahn—mentioned in an interview about his new book “Scoundrels” that he’d like to see something beyond Guy May Or May Not Fall To The Dark Side, and to be honest, I would too. The Sith have been defeated, leave them there. A possibility is something like the Yuuzhan Vong, an outside alien force that threatens the galaxy through its military strength and its utter brutality. Another possibility is a sect of dark magic users like the Nightsisters. The Clone Wars series established that magic co-exists with the Force in the Star Wars universe. They may not be able to cosmically shift things but can create a lot of instability and trouble. There may be political forces such as differing philosophies causing tension. Maybe there are still many in the galaxy who don’t trust the Jedi, including among the political leadership. But the villain has to be bigger than life, someone who can go toe-to-toe with the Jedi, not just some corporate schmuck looking to pollute a planet or something lame like that.

Speaking of The Clone Wars, I’d love to see elements of the show turn up in awesome and unexpected ways (that came from Lucas’s brain therefore it is parallel with the film canon). Who knows, maybe Ahsoka survived all of these years and runs the Jedi Order with Luke. Maybe we’ll see Mortis in film form. Boy, would I do a happy dance!

It would also be fabulous if there was greater attempts to further tie the six existing films together. Let’s see some Naberrie cousins and visits back to Naboo. Let’s see Luke chatting with Anakin’s Force ghost or Qui-Gon. Or some Jedi watching an old holocron lesson with Mace Windu or Obi-Wan.

Let’s see Jar Jar as Supreme Chancellor, heh heh. Nobody said how long Gungans can live.

I’m sure they’ll find a way for Lando Calrissian to drop in, say hello, and call in a favor. Maybe somebody will finally convince Denis Lawson to put in an appearance. Folks would love to see Wedge again.

And oh yes, word of Chewbacca’s death in that NJO book was greatly exaggerated ;).

Of course I may be way off base. They’re gonna do what they’re gonna do, so I’m not married to any particular idea. But I’m sure we’ll find out what’s in store in 2013, especially when they get around to casting.
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A couple of days ago, Reuters mentioned in an article about the Mayan temple that doubled as the Rebel base on Yavin IV in ANH that Eppy VII was about Luke setting up the Jedi Order there...naturally people thought this lowly Reuters staffer knows something the rest of us don't. Folks, Michael Arndt isn't going to take his script to a bar and leave it there like a drunken Apple employee for a Reuters reporter on his way to Guatemala to discover. I knew right away the guy who wrote the article was referring to Kevin J. Anderson's books from the '90s and he probably got that from scouring Wookieepedia or something. Nothing to see here, move along.

Then came more chatter about Marvel getting the comics license when the current one with Dark Horse expires, this time from a Disney blog. Sadly this is probably true. It would be really surprising if Disney were to allow Lucasfilm to license its own comics to a rival when Disney owns one of the biggest comics publishers in the world. Disney likes to keep it in the family. Even though not every Star Wars comic from the past 20 years was a winner, Dark Horse has been a great home for the GFFA. It went from being a small indie to the third largest comics publisher (behind D.C. and Marvel) just as the Star Wars renaissance was happening in the '90s. While the old school Marvel Star Wars comics had their hokey charm, I liked that Dark Horse's stable took the mythology a little more seriously. I thought they had a better handle on what Star Wars is and at the same time, were willing to take chances and expand the universe even beyond what has been in the books. At least back in the late '70s, Stan Lee was still in charge. Frankly I am not a fan of current Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada and I worry about what that guy will do to Star Wars titles. Not to mention that in my humble opinion, most of the guys who work for the big two are the usual fanboy hacks, while Dark Horse finds really good, interesting artists.

Update: Yesterday, Dark Horse's Randy Stradley posted on DH's forum in response to the rumors, "Don't believe everything you read on the internet."
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The world was shocked, horrified, and disgusted with the act of evil that forever shattered the peace of a Connecticut town. The Mandalorian Mercs' Little Warrior Foundation is running a fundraiser to help out the families and survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. They've raised $900 so far and their goal is $1700:

The Mercs are the largest Mandalorian cosplay club, often working events along with the 501st or Rebel Legion.
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I know this news is a few days old but Kathleen Kennedy told ABC Radio that pre-production on Eppy VII starts next year and that in January, she hopes to have a big announcement ready. Everyone thinks it'll will be about who got hired to direct. This is a reasonable assumption, since you need one in place to get the whole thing off of the ground.

It looks like we'll see pre-production next spring, filming during the summer of 2013, and the long post-production process beginning that fall. If that's the case, this has to be the fastest pre-production time frame I've ever seen for a Star Wars film. Or it's going to be a fast post-production timeframe if they end up shooting later. Usually pre and post take a long time, at least a year or so.
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Do you love that necklace Leia wears during the medal ceremony at the end of ANH? The Finnish jeweler that made it in 1977 still makes it today and not only is it hard to track one down to buy in the U.S., it's pricey. I found a decent sorta lookalike a few years ago at Topshop but they don't make it anymore.

Here's an exact knockoff made of sculpey on Etsy for $75:

Then there's this one that's not quite exact but it's made of metal and it's $56 from

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Boy are those Black Milk swimsuits, leggings, and "dresses" expensive (though at least this month, shipping worldwide is free, which is good because they are in Australia). They're cute and all but I don't see them working for me (Federal law prohibits anyone over 30 and over 100 pounds from wearing spandex pants) and once again, there's no "saga diversity." Pfft. I have posted them on my Pinterest page though because I am going to create a fannish fashion board soon. *Rubs hands.*

Anyway, what if you like the style but not necessarily the price tag or the execution? Well, WeLoveFine has tank tops similar to the tank dresses that are much less pricey:

This is only $29 and there's a stormtrooper armor style and a Chewbacca style. Available at and They do run small though, so order accordingly.

As for non-Star Wars alternatives that have the Black Milk look, there are these pieces from Topshop's AW12 Galactic collection:

This is $56.

This is $50. Available from Topshop stores and online stores (there are separate US and UK sites, plus sells some of their stuff).

Let's just say Black Milk's prices are way too low for your tastes or you want pants more refined than spandex leggings. Check out these babies from Paige Denim, the Verdugo Ultra Skinny Jeans in Moonlight:


Yours for only $259 from At least Shopbop has free shipping and you don't have to pay customs, which you would have to do if you ordered more than $200 worth of stuff from Black Milk.
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Friday Dec. 14 is this year’s Wear Star Wars Day/Share Star Wars Day, which was started in 2010 in response to a little girl at school being told by her classmates that Star Wars wasn’t for girls. There was a huge outpouring of support for the tot and her mother has in the meantime written a book about bullying and hosted a panel on the topic at Celebration VI. Then after Celebration VI, the troops rallied again against a news site that posted a slideshow with disparaging remarks about cosplayers and attendees. I wouldn’t have called it bullying but many fans did and let the news site have it. The site was wrong and what it did was irresponsible journalism.

The irony is with this and with so much media attention on “bullying” is the total lack of self-awareness about the lousy way fans, geeks, or whatever you want to call them treat each other.

For all of the Free To Be Me flag waving, fandom hammers down the nails that stick up all of the time. Both fan-run and professional sites expect “us” to hate on this or hate on that and if we don’t, we’re going to be harassed, trolled, and get called every name in the book. Did this even come up at the Celebration VI panel on bullying? Somehow I doubt it. Bullying is what mundanes do to you, not what you do to other people. This is why I laugh at the occasional calls for “civility.” Where are those calls for civility when people are calling for Lucas’s murder? Where are those anti-bullying forces when the RLM cult starts attacking fans who defend the prequels? Would fans have rallied to this little girl’s cause had she been teased online for liking Jar Jar or the Ewoks? Call me skeptical. It wouldn’t even have merited attention.

A prime example of this lack of self-awareness is how this guy on i09 one day tried to claim without proof that Rick McCallum was fired by Disney, then a few days later was horrified at an anonymous fan being so bothered by a show of Star Wars philanthropy he had to tell Nikki Finke, who was also disgusted at guys helping to rebuild a house. Dude, you just tried to trash someone’s professional reputation and character. You and that hateboy share the same DNA. You’ve helped create and perpetrate a culture where ANYTHING in Star Wars is considered an affront and an outrage to the aggrieved fanbase and that justifies any reaction in response.

Sometimes on The Mary Sue or on some feminist type’s blog you’ll see outrage directed at some jerk’s sexist or demeaning comments about cosplayers, female gamers, female fans, and so forth. But so long as their politically correct sensibilities are not offended, they really don’t care about what else goes on.

Too often, fannish cruelty, harassment, trolling, and all-around dirtbag behavior are shrugged off as “passion” or “enthusiasm” or just expressing an opinion. Moderators are often too busy or too lazy to do anything about it and even if they aren’t, the rabble cries censorship. There’s a reason why online discussion is dominated by aggressive, hateful creeps. They chase off everybody else.

The goals behind Wear Star Wars/Share Star Wars Day are good ones but you can’t knock bullying as a problem in society if you’re ignoring it in your own backyard.
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The droids and their leader Gascon are attempting to race back to the Republic with the encryption chip when fate strikes and leaves them marooned on a seemingly-barren planet.

Yes this is the second time this season that somebody ends up having to bail out on some planet but what happens here is very different from what happens with the young Jedi.

The humor and adventure from last episode are still there. The opening had to have been inspired by the original Star Tours ride when the ship comes out of hyperspace into the middle of a comet shower that buffets the ship. Then it rolls into scene inspired by TPM when Artoo and his droid buddies try to fix exterior damage.

Actually that latter scene keeps you on your seat even though you’re pretty sure Artoo’s going to make it . KT is almost swept out to space and it takes a droid lifeline to save them all.

Once the ship bails out on the planet, they realize it’s a giant salt flat where it seems like it’s always hot and sunny to boot. Gascon rather unwisely finishes his water as they trek out for help and quickly loses it when the situation seems hopeless. There’s a lot of talk back and forth between Gascon and WAC the pit droid about the difference between programming and training, as well as between “organics” and droids. Gascon sinks into despair when he realizes he can’t survive much longer, while WAC remains calm because he doesn’t have to worry about things like food, water, and shelter. Artoo and the others strike out on their own. But just as you wonder if this turned into some kind of dark yet humorous existential exercise, along come a stampede of native ostrich-like beasts. And if there are living things, there’s water. Gascon and WAC literally hitch a ride to water and what civilization has on that planet. (Artoo and Co. already beat them there.)

Credit the Clone Wars crew for delivering an entertaining, thoughtful episode that features only one character from the films and it doesn’t even speak English. I read on Big Shiny Robot this is the last Clone Wars for 2012, so we have to wait until next year to see how Gascon, Artoo, and friends complete their mission.
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This time from hack Nikki Finke of Deadeyed Hollywood.

The set up is that on a special episode of “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” that aired the other night, some members of the 501st in armor volunteered to help renovate a family’s home. If you’ve seen the show before, you know that scores of volunteers are involved with these things.

Finke, whose heart makes the Grinch’s look ten times too large, decides this is synergy taken too far. The program airs on ABC, whose parent company is Disney, now the parent company of Lucasfilm. She blasts this appalling display of do-gooderism:

"I always thought reversing fanboy disgust over George Lucas’ unbridled filmmaking greed and turgid storylines and stilted direction would be the most difficult job facing Kathleen Kennedy and Bob Iger after their deal bringing Lucasfilm to Disney was announced a month ago. Ah, silly me. Because it’s oh-so-apparent that the truly Herculean task ahead will be assuring fanboys that Disney and Luscasfilm don’t further eff up the Star Wars franchise through unnecessary synergy. Disney doesn’t even technically own Lucasfilm yet. But already ABC ensnared Star Wars characters a year ago into last night’s treacly Christmas-themed special episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. 'I just saw the opening two minutes and they had Darth Vader and his Storm Troopers helping build a new house!' one Star Wars fanboy complained to me. 'This is disgusting and it’s exactly what people were afraid of with Disney buying Star Wars. They are ruining the franchise by using it for trivial bullshit. Please write about this. It’s outrageous and it’s totally wrong.'

Wow, calling Lucas greedy and a bad director and knocking charity in just a few sentences, all because some unnamed hateboy, if he exists, urged her to write about this so-called travesty. This was so bad even "Big Baby" Rob Bricken at i09 thought it was a bridge too far and referred this hateboy as the worst Star Wars fan ever.

Really? This is something to complain about?! “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” was cancelled a while ago, probably before this episode could have aired. Maybe ABC had some programming space open on its schedule so decided to air this Christmas-themed show. We don’t know how long Disney’s acquisition was in the works but I don’t think ABC or the show’s producers knew about it a year ago, and definitely not the guys from the 501st. Maybe I missed something but from the ads, I couldn’t even tell the 501st was involved. Even if it was Disney using one show to tout its latest member of the “family,” so what? The show has always shipped the family off to Disneyland or Walt Disney World for a magical weekend while Ty Pennington and Co. fix up the house. These folks suffered great misfortune, so they were getting a dream house and a mini vacation for free. Gosh, how awful.

These butt wipe excuses for human beings (Finke and the alleged hateboy, if he exists) are outraged over cosplayers rebuilding a house. Or is it mere posturing, faux outrage because people like Finke and the alleged hateboy look for any and all excuses to trash someone they don’t like? They hold Lucas to an impossible standard then eviscerate him when he doesn’t live up to it; a standard by the way that Finke probably doesn’t apply to anyone else. I’ve seen it happen over and over again in the entertainment press and in similar blogs.

No doubt Finke plans to go to war against Episode VII and the Star Wars franchise as a whole. Trust me, this was just the shot across the bow. Why? Because she thinks that will make her even more popular with an internet army of a-holes she believes are willing to agree with her. To her, Lucas—even as a retiree—and Star Wars need to be taken down. It needs to quench her blood lust to defeat something “big.” Even if they have to step on some 501st guys and a family that lost a home to do it.
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There's a new vid today with Kathleen Kennedy, Papa George, and Lynne Hale as they talk about the Star Wars phenomenon. No earth shattering news but an interesting short chat:

Meanwhile, apparently Lucas was asked about his involvement in Eppy VII and his response was "I don't really have much to do," which makes sense since he retired to do his own stuff. But I wouldn't be at all surprised if he doesn't drop by the set or post-production every now and then! As we all know, Star Wars is a hard habit to break.

Just ask our pal, Ewan McGregor. He'd love to come back!

As I've said on the SWPAS Facebook page, fine with me! It seems to me that Ewan's far more of a fan of all of this than the publicity has let on and over the past few years, it seems to me Ewan kinda misses the GFFA. I don't see why they can't sneak in a holo or a spectral visit in this new trilogy. I say it's entirely possible Anakin taught him the ability to look young and sexy again ;).

But there's another possibility. Disney wants to do spinoff movies that can take place in any timeframe featuring different characters a la Marvel. How about an Obi-Wan film that takes place between ROTS and ANH? They're publishing that book "Kenobi." Why not make that into a movie? That would be SWEEET. *Rubs hands eagerly.*

I read a new post on the official Star Wars blog from Steve Sansweet on the crazy rumors of the past and a post on Club Jade about the Spoiler Wars of '97-'98. I agree with Club Jade on getting a handle on disseminating information and that giving LOTS of behind-the-scenes content and stuff like they did with ROTS is the way to go. It won't stop the crackpot rumors but it will control on-set moles or people stealing scripts and trying to sell them to fan sites.
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I have to admit I was really disappointed that the Anakin/Padme stuff got pushed back AGAIN, this time until almost the end of the season, so I was kind of “eh” on watching this episode.

That was until I realized that every second of it was like torture on the viewers who only want constant war, action, splosions, and lightsaber battles. Don’t get me wrong, it genuinely was a fun and entertaining episode but it’s soooooo what the haters don’t want in Star Wars: humor, whimsical characters, and a childlike charm.

Several droids are recruited to carry out a mission that has to do with breaking General Grievous’s encryption code, including Artoo, QTKT (the droid based on the pink R2KT), and a funny, overeager pit droid WAC-47. Their leader is Colonel Gascon, a tough military guy who has been around since Geonosis. If you missed seeing him in AOTC, there’s good reason for it. He’s really small. But he can jump around like crazy. This unlikely crew of droids and one tiny leader go off on their mission, doing adorable and funny things along the way. Eventually the droids run into the bad guys but Artoo and his friends, including an unlikely hero in the pit droid, help save the day.

This episode is similar to the recently ones with the younglings where everybody learns their worth and contributes something of value to the mission. The pit droid seems like a blustery screw-up whose bravado is potentially trouble and he’s always calling the colonel “corporal,” but when it counted, he came through. All of the droids are outfitted for the mission by a character who is a cross between a mad scientist and Q from the James Bond movies and each droid’s modification ends up serving a purpose in the end: individual contributions in the spirit of teamwork.

Aside from the Big Lesson of the week though, it is quite difficult to pull off a lighthearted episode where almost everyone is a droid, yet the writers are skilled enough to pull it off. The key is to give your droids a lot of personality, a technique Star Wars has always done well. There was some nice attention to detail too, like Anakin briefly touching Artoo’s dome before leaving the briefing room, as though he’s saying, “Good luck, little buddy.” Another great attention to detail was the pit droid fighting another droid, where he pulls some WWE moves. I thought that was hilarious.

Kids and the kind of fans who like droids and the lighter side of Star Wars will appreciate this episode.
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And in the pick me! pick me! files, Corey Feldman would love to be in the new flick as well. Heh heh.
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The finale of the Young Jedi arc begins with a terrific action sequence every bit as good as any you’ll find in the actual films. Ahsoka and the younglings who rescued her are on the run and the remaining Jedi novices on the ship attempt to rescue them. It doesn’t go very well, otherwise there would be nothing to do the remaining 15-20 minutes of the show. Meanwhile, General Grievous and friends take over the planet from Hondo’s pirate gang. Hondo and his gang realize quickly that Separatists will screw you over eventually, forcing them to rebuild an alliance with the Jedi.

The real point of this episode is to show that Hondo, in spite of his rather douche-y behavior of the past couple of weeks, has a heart. He’s trying to boost confidence in the young Jedi by asking them to turn on their new lightsabers and a minute later, he’s privately expressing to Ahsoka his reservations about having children fight. He takes to one of the kids, Katooni, and helps her overcome her doubts while she inspires him to do the right thing.

At the end of the episode, he seems to be the same old pirate, trying to extort money out of Obi-Wan and getting indignant when he’s met with skepticism. But then he nods at Katooni, an expression of friendship.

Ahsoka also gets to display her leadership and diplomatic skills, not to mention her capacity to forgive when it’s necessary. She is the one who convinces the pirates their chances are better as her allies rather than on their own. Without even thinking about it, she takes on Grievous to help her young charges escape.

Professor Huyang is back and he becomes a surrogate Threepio with Artoo, giving the episode an additional Star Wars movie feel. And looky here, it’s the Slave I, which we haven’t seen since the end of Season Three.

The end of the episode finds the Jedi Kids ready to take on the galaxy. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see them again, whether it’s in a future episode or on their own show.
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Joining the likes of Russell Brand, Tom Hiddleston, David Tennant, and Chris Hemsworth is veteran British stage actor Derek Jacobi in his quest to get jumped into the Star Wars gang:

As you know, Star Wars has a fine tradition of old white guys and gals: Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing, Phil Brown, Shelagh Fraser, Ian McDiarmid, Christopher Lee, Oliver Ford Davies (Sio Bibble), Jira the fruit lady, Cliegg Lars, Jocasta Nu. Why not Derek Jacobi? I say go for it.

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