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Friday, November 28, 2014

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer released!

Disney has released an 88-second teaser of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which isn't coming out for over a year (the release date is December 18th 2015). In comparison, the "equally" significant Avengers: Age of Ultron, only got its first trailer about 6 and a half months before the release date of May 1, 2015. 

Obtaining this trailer was fairly aggravating for most fans. Amidst rumors that the teaser would be released Thanksgiving weekend, Disney gave us a list of the 30 theaters in America that would feature the teaser before every movie, this weekend. Though a bootlegged version was sure to hit YouTube, many die-hard fans made lengthy preparations to make it to the nearest theater on the list. I'm sure at least a few fans bought plane tickets. 

And yet, a day or two later, Disney announced that the trailer would also be released online. So basically, the only reason to go to one of those 30 theaters is if you really wanted to see it with lots of other people. Otherwise, you could just cancel the movie tickets you had bought online, and watch it in your cozy home. Here's a break-down of the trailer:

  1. We open on the dunes of Tatooine. This is incredibly appropriate, considering that both Star Wars sagas have began on Tatooine. A dark and deep voice says "There has been an awakening, have you felt it?" 
  2. A stormtrooper (played by John Boyega) suddenly stands up amongst the dunes, gasping for breath. He seems pretty surprised and gazes around at his surroundings, so he probably just woke up. You can also hear an Imperial Probe Droid in the background.
  3. An astromech droid (resembling R2-D2's head) beeps and rolls a ball around a Tatooine junkyard. In the background, you can see a spaceship, and what looks to be a podracer. 
  4. A squadron of stormtroopers stand together, and ready their blasters in a shaking spaceship. The stormtroopers are wearing the newly designed helmets, first leaked several months ago. The hatch of the ship opens onto a smoky environment. You can spot a blinking antenna in the background.
  5. A young woman (played by Daisy Ridley) looks behind her, before flying away in some kind of landspeeder on a flat Tatooine desert. She wears goggles and a poncho, and she looks like she's in a rush to get away from someone...or something. 
  6. A man (played by Oscar Isaac) wearing a helmet with the Rebel symbol, flips a switch in the cockpit of an X-wing starfighter. 
  7. In a possibly unrelated scene, a trio of X-wing starfighters fly directly above a body of water. In the background, you can see several mountains, and also a fair bit of smoke. This is probably in the middle of a battle.
  8. A cloaked figure angrily strolls through a dark and snowy forest. He stops, and ignites a red lightsaber with a strange hilt. The same deep voice says "The dark side...and the light!"
  9. The classic Star Wars anthem begins, and we get a sweeping, twisty-turny shot of the Millenium Falcon being chased by some TIE fighters, again on the dunes of Tatooine.
     
  10. The official title logo for Star Wars: The Force Awakens appears, followed by the words December 2015. 
This teaser was pretty brief, but gave us one big idea: there will be a lot of Tatooine. Hopefully, we'll see more of the movie soon, but don't expect a full-length trailer for at least a few months. 

(Gif credits to E Online. Yes, this is very lazy of me to steal gifs from them instead of making them myself. Sorry.)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Star Wars: Episode VII has finished filming!

Congratulations to JJ Abrams and the Star Wars: Episode VII cast; the film has officially finished filming after about 6 months. This was confirmed by a note JJ Abrams posted on twitter, thanking the cast crew for their hard work.

The note reads:
To the Extraordinary Cast and Crew of Episode VII: It is a true honor and absolute joy to come to set every day and work alongside each of you. Your professionalism, passion and patience is more deeply appreciated than we could ever express. From the deserts of Abu Dhabi, to the Forest of Dean, to the stages of Pinewood, you have risen to every challenge and been as wonderfully kind as you are brilliantly talented. Our ambition here is large, of course, and it must be; we are here to make a film that entertains millions of people, of all ages, for generations. To create an experience people will cherish watching as much as we will cherish having made it, together. How lovely it would be if you had, in addition to your name on the screen, some actual, real, tangible proof that you were apart of it! Here, then, is that proof. Wear it well, wear it healthily, wear it proudly. But mostly thank you.

The note does not reveal any specific details about the movie, except that the creators seem to be very confident about the quality of the movie. This doesn't necessarily mean the movie will actually be good; most directors probably think their movies are good, even if they're actually terrible. 

Now that we have exited the period of leaked set images, we'll soon be entering the period of leaked footage. And, according to some sources, we may even get a first teaser trailer by the end of the year.

This seems rather extreme, considering that the movie isn't coming out until almost 2016 (the release date is December 18, 2015). So any teaser that does come out in 2014, will most likely not include any actual characters or plot points. Perhaps the single blade of a lightsaber igniting, and then a well-animated graphic of "Star Wars: Episode VII", possibly followed by the yet-to-be-released sub-title of the film. 

Not only is Episode VII the biggest movie of 2015 (sorry, Age of Ultron), it is arguably the biggest movie of the decade. You simply can't find a more classic film series than Star Wars. If you have some clear allusions to the previous Star Wars films (for example Tatooine, which has been pretty much confirmed to be a major location in the film), and add some refreshingly new content (new villains, new superweapons) you can make a truly incredible film that will please both adult and child fans. 

Are you glad that Episode VII is finished filming? When are you expecting the first trailer? Tell me in the comments, and may the force be with you all. 

 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Star Wars: The Clone Wars unfinished story reels now available!

When Star Wars: The Clone Wars ended in 2013, the creators were in the middle of creating Season 6. Though the Season 5 finale was certainly very emotional, with the final image of Ahsoka walking away from the Jedi Temple, there were still many questions unanswered. To make way for Star Wars: Rebels (premiering October 3rd), Disney canceled the show and didn't allow them to air anything on television, except for on a German television channel. Luckily, 13 never-before-seen episodes (along with the rest of the series) were released on Netflix earlier this year, delivering a slightly more satisfactory ending (Yoda went on a crazy journey to fully understand the Force).

This week, Dave Filoni and the rest of the Clone Wars crew went the extra mile with providing the unfinished "story reels" of 4 episodes, along with a commentary about the legacy of the show, on starwars.com. Basically, it's 4 unfinished animations of the episodes, but the audio is fully intact. The animation is fairly basic, and the character movement is very wooden, but I was just satisfied to get 4 more episodes.

This arc, titled "Crystal Crisis on Utapau", features Anakin and Obi-Wan investigating the death of a Jedi on Utapau. They eventually discover a conspiracy among the Utapauans, weapons smugglers and General Grievous, involving a giant Kiber Crystal capable of immense power. Every time a laser bolt hits the crystal, it amplifies the energy and blasts out several devastating blasts. 

I really appreciated that this arc was just Anakin and Obi-Wan, with no Ahsoka or clones. They aren't master and apprentice, but rather two close friends going on an adventure together, with all the regular bickering. Furthermore, we finally get Anakin's reflection on Ahsoka's departure from the Jedi Order. Midway through the second episode, Anakin suggests that they contact Ahsoka for help. Obi-Wan tries to reason with him, and Anakin expresses his frustration and confusion that she left. Though the movements are very robotic and their mouths don't actually move, it still expresses Anakin's true affection for Ahsoka.

Want more of Star Wars: The Clone Wars? Well, "Crystal Crisis on Utapau" marks the very last animated episodes of The Clone Wars to be released, but two other arcs are coming in different formats. An arc featuring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos is being released as the novel Star Wars: Dark Disciple in 2015. 

Finally, the popular and dramatic Darth Maul arc has come to a finish in the Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir comics. When we last saw Maul, his long-lost brother was dead, his crime syndicate on Mandalore had fallen into ultimate chaos, and he was being tortured by Darth Sidious. In these comics, Maul wages war against Darth Sidious, Count Dooku and General Grievous, with some help from Mother Talzin. Interesting fact: Mother Talzin is revealed to be Darth Maul's mother, which explains her interest in their family. 

What do you think of the unfinished episodes? Are you sad to see the Clone Wars series finally come to an end? Tell me in the comments, and may the force be with you all. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

New Episode VII stormtroopers revealed!

Indie Revolver recently posted pictures of the new Star Wars: Episode VII-era stormtroopers and snowtroopers. Though these photos are not 100% confirmed to be accurate, it does seem to signify that stormtroopers will appear in the film, in some fashion.

The new stormtroopers have a more modern and sleek look. The visor is now connected to the nose-mark on each side, and the air ventilators near the mouth are much smaller. You can look at the image below to see the evolution of clone/stormtrooper armor, provided by RebelForce Radio:
Additionally, an image was released of possible snowtrooper armor. This is very similar to the armor briefly used by clone troopers in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "The Lost One". 

The appearance of snowtrooper armor at all is a huge hint that some of the movie will take place on a snowy planet. Hoth is the first thing that comes to mind, but another viable option is Ilum (I-L-U-M). Ilum is also a cold planet, and it bears significance to the Jedi Order. The crystals found in the caves of Ilum are a necessity to the construction of Jedi lightsabers. Perhaps some of Han and Leia's children and/or Luke's children, will go to Ilum to build their first lightsabers. 

What do you think of the new stormtrooper helmets? Tell me in the comments, and may the force be with you. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy birthday Ian McDiarmid!

I would like to wish a happy birthday to Ian McDiarmid, who has portrayed Darth Sidious/Palpatine in every film that the character has appeared in. Palpatine is the only human character that has had the same actor portray him throughout the Star Wars saga.

You might be wondering that if Palpatine was chronologically older in the original trilogy, then how could the same actor portray a younger version of the character 16 years later? The answer is, of course, makeup. McDiarmid was under 40 years old when he played Palpatine in episodes V and VI, but he wore all kinds of makeup to make him look a lot older and decrepit. 
Palpatine in Star Wars: The Clone Wars
For the prequel trilogy, McDiarmid probably wore a lot less makeup, because he naturally looked age-appropriate for the character. Near the end of Revenge of the Sith, Mace Windu memorably deflected Palpatine's lighting back at his own face, and thus was the origin of how Palpatine's face looked so deformed in Return of the Jedi

Though some of the acting in the prequel trilogy was rather wooden (*cough* HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN *cough*), McDiarmid acted beautifully as one of the most complicated and intelligent characters of the series. Palpatine may have been a classic villain, but you have to admire the guy. He probably spent at least 20 years of his life manipulating the entire galaxy to get exactly what he wanted: total domination. 

Specifically, we watched him become a friend and mentor to Anakin Skywalker throughout the Clone Wars and prequel trilogy. In Revenge of the Sith especially, he subtly convinced Anakin that the Jedi Order was corrupt. Even more, he sensed Anakin's fear of Padmé's death at childbirth, and gave him the idea that joining the Dark Side would allow him to save her. In the end, he was victorious, and held the throne as Emperor of the galaxy for over 20 years until the Rebel Alliance eventually usurped him. 

As I saw many other celebrations of McDiarmid's birthday online today, I noticed that many people were surprised that he was younger than Christopher Lee (Count Dooku). McDiarmid is turning 70 years old today, while Lee is 92 years old. I guess it's strange that the master is 22 years younger than his servant. Though I would assume that Palpatine is chronologically much older than he appears (due to Sith powers), according to Wookieepedia he is still 20 years younger than Dooku.

Many fans have also speculated if Sidious will return in Star Wars: Episode VII. Though Max Von Sydow (who is 85 years old) has been cast as a yet-unspecified role, it seems like McDiarmid would happily reprise his role any time he is asked. In the Expanded Universe, Darth Sidious secretly cloned himself before dying, which causes all sorts of problems for the New Jedi Order. Though his death seemed pretty unambiguous (he was hurled into a reactor shaft, and then destroyed in a "moon"-sized explosion), Darth Maul (who was sliced in half before falling down a reactor) managed to survive, as shown by various comics. 

Are you hoping that Palpatine/Sidious will return in future Star Wars films, or maybe even get an origin story of his own? Tell me in the comments, and may the force be with you all.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Star Wars: Episode VII to skip comic-con

It's that time of the year again. That's right, the San Diego Comic Con (often referred to as SDCC). Of course, there are many other comic conventions across the world, but San Diego is undoubtedly the biggest and most important. Over 100,000 people come every year (almost always in elaborate costumes) to here exclusive news and previews of their favorite comics, TV shows, films, and much more.

So, understandably, it's a disappointment to all Star Wars fans that Episode VII will not have a panel this year. Ideally, the director, producers, writers, and cast members would all appear to discuss the film, but that won't be happening.

As usual, starwars.com released this news first and foremost, and regarding the lack of an Episode VII panel, they simply said that the films creators are "deep in production in anticipation of the film's December 18, 2015 release". Perhaps the comic-con panel was considered in the past, but due to Harrison Ford's broken leg, they don't have any time to waste in the production of the movie.

But have no fear comic-con attenders, there will still be plenty of Star Wars to keep you occupied. The full schedule of events can be found here, but the main attraction is the Star Wars: Rebels panel. 

According to starwars.com, there will be a "big sneak peak" of "Rebels" at SDCC, as well as a panel appearance with writer Dave Filoni (also responsible for Star Wars: The Clone Wars), executive producer Simon Kinberg (known for producing X-Men: Days of Future Past), and several of the voice actors from the show. The show is set to debut sometime this fall on Disney XD. 

What do you think of Star Wars: Rebels? What classic characters do you hope to see on the show? Tell me in the comments! 


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Episode VII Rumors: Mandalorians, Nightsisters, Carrie Fisher's daughter and more

Recent Episode VII rumors have claimed that Mandalorians and Nightsisters will be the primary villains in the film. Both of these groups have had major appearances in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. 

Apparently, the Nightsisters will be hiring the Mandalorians to track down/kill Jedi, though one wonders why they can't just do it themselves. These rumors could quite possibly be false, but I thought I'd just give some background on these mysterious villains.

The Nighsisters of Dathomir are neither Jedi nor Sith. They are witches who use magic to cast spells. They are also expert warriors. In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, they often wield bows with laser-arrows, and are capable of spells such as enhancing someone's strength and durability (Savage Opress), blasting green lighting from their hands (similar to Count Dooku and Darth Sidious), and reincarnating Nighsister corpses as ferocious zombies.

By far, the most well-known examples of Mandalorians are Boba and Jango Fett. These honorable warriors are sometimes just highly-paid mercenaries, and sometimes bent on galactic domination. They've had a rough history with the Jedi, so they might jump at a chance to kill them again. 

Another popular rumor is that Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, will have a role in the movie. Lourd could either be playing one of Leia's daughters (presumably with Han Solo as her father), or a younger version of Leia herself. As seen by the picture, the 22-year-old does (understandably) bear a resemblance to Carrie Fisher. Whatever her role may or may not be, it will definitely have some kind of connection to Princess Leia. 

Other rumors have speculated that the main villains will be Inquisitors, force-wielding warriors used by the Empire to hunt down Jedi. In the upcoming Star Wars: Rebels cartoon, the primary villain is an Inquisitor. This rumor reported that Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong'o would be portraying 2 Inquisitors. 



Monday, June 16, 2014

Harrison Ford suffers ankle injury while filming Star Wars: Episode VII

The legendary Harrison Ford has recently sustained an ankle injury while filming Star Wars: Episode VII in England. Apparently, he was injured by the door of the Millennium
Falcon as it swung close. This was reported a few days ago, but rumors are still swirling. 

According to one source, Harrison Ford may have actually broken his ankle, and suffered some other minor torso injuries. Also, the other cast members are apparently "livid" about the accident and want all safety to be "triple-checked". A closing door is probably the LEAST dangerous thing happening on the set, so you can't blame them for being paranoid. 

But the most recent news is that Ford might actually have to be benched for 8 weeks. Though filming is continuing without him, I doubt that he was injured on his last scene in the movie. Being 71 years old, I doubt that he'll be doing nearly as many agile stunts as in the original Star Wars films, but a broken ankle could complicate filming. 

As you probably know, every Episode VII set photo causes quite a buzz on the Internet, and every announcement (or particularly interesting rumor) makes headlines.In fact, some of these rumors appear to be catching on. 

On IMDB (the official Internet Movie Database), Daisy Ridley was officially listed as playing Jaina Solo (Han Solo and Leia Organa's Jedi daughter in the Expanded Universe) in Episode VII. She responded by tweeting that "the world and his wife" can update IMDB, "just saying". She was reminding us all that IMDB is a collaborative site, similar to Wikipedia, so an obnoxious fan could easily have edited the page. 

Come back soon to keep up with Episode VII news. May the force be with you all. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

"Godzilla" director to helm Star Wars spin-off in 2016

Godzilla director Gareth Edwards has officially joined a Star Wars stand-alone, spin-off film that's set to be released on December 16, 2016 (almost exactly 1 year after Star Wars VII). 

Edwards is also known for directing the indie movie Monsters, which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where two oddballs work together to escape an infected zone. 

So, what does this say about the tone of this unknown spin-off film? Well, we can guess that it'll have a dark-ish tone, but don't expect any kind of Yoda-zilla tearing up Coruscant (though I would thoroughly enjoy that). The closest thing Star Wars has to Godzilla is the Zillo Beast, an impregnable, repitllian monster that caused all sorts of trouble on Malastare, and then again on Coruscant when it was brought there for study. Though it appeared in 2 memorable Clone Wars episodes, the chances of it appearing on the big screen are slim.

Yoda is currently one of the most likely candidates for a stand-alone film, but I'm personally rooting for a Jango or Boba Fett film. Both of the characters have rich and depressing histories that could surely be incorporated into films. Jango's story could be centered around his adventures with the Mandalorians (and their death at the hands of Jedi), and Boba's could center on the beginnings of his career as a bounty hunter, as well as his attempts to get revenge on Mace Windu for killing his father. 


What do you think about the new directorial announcement? Who do you want to get a stand-alone film? Tell me in the comments, and may the force be with you all. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Star Wars: Episode VII cast revealed!

Today, Lucasfilm officially announced the new cast for Star Wars Episode VII. Joining the stars of the original trilogy will be John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. I'll do a breakdown of each newcomer to examine the role they might play. I won't be including Adam Driver because we went over him in earlier posts. 


John Boyega
Age: 22
Most known for: Attack the Block, Imperial Dreams
Possible role: Don't get me wrong, I'm sure he's a good actor, but due to his obscurity, he's most likely been cast in the film because of his resemblance to Lando Calrissian. He could be playing a young Calrissian, but because the movie is explicitly taking place AFTER Return of the Jedi, he could easily be playing Lando's son. This would be completely chronologically acceptable for his age. 



Daisy Ridley
Age: Unknown, but most likely below 35.
Most known for: Probably no films/television shows that you would know of. 
Possible role: She is so obscure that IMDB already has Episode VII listed as the first thing on her "known for" list, even though it isn't coming out for a year and a half. People are speculating that she might be Han Solo and Leia Organa's daughter just because she was sitting between Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in a picture. That seems like a pretty good guess. 






Oscar Isaac
Age: 35
Most known for: Inside Llewyn Davis, Drive, Robin Hood (2009)
Possible role: He's young enough to potentially play a Skywalker or Solo, but he could also be a smuggler/bounty hunter. 





Andy Serkis
Age: 50
Most known for: Lord of the Rings trilogy, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Possible role: Andy Serkis is the island in this sea of (relative) obscurity. You might not know his face, but you know his voice as Gollum from the LOTR trilogy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. In all of his most famous roles, he wears a skin-tight bodysuit on set, and the skin/fur is added in through CGI. He could possibly be playing a Wookie, maybe Chewbacca's son. 





Domhnall Gleeson
Age: 31 
Most known for: About Time, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1+2
Possible role: He could be playing one of the Solo/Skywalker children. 







Max von Sydow
Age: 85
Most known for: Minority Report, The Exorcist, Shutter Island
Possible role: The most famous elderly character in Star Wars is by far Emperor Palpatine (not counting Yoda because he's CGI). I suppose he could be playing an older Palpatine (if Palpatine had survived), but Ian McDiarmid (who played Palpatine in both trilogies) is still very much alive, so there would really be no reason to recast him.


What do you think of the completed cast? What classic characters are you hoping to return in Episode VII? Tell me in the comments, and may the force be with you. 



Saturday, April 26, 2014

Star Wars: Episode VII will completely ignore the Expanded Universe...kind of

Lucasfilm has now officially stated that the Star Wars EU (Expanded Universe) will not play a role in the plot/characters of Episode VII. For anyone who's confused about what the Expanded Universe is, it consists of any Star Wars content that exists outside of the 6 films. Any book, comic, video game, or cartoon that hasn't had some kind of representation on the big screen counts as the EU. The 6 films are classified as canon (universally and legitimately existing content). However, due to Star Wars: The Clone Wars also being classified as canon, I'll rephrase the term:

The Expanded Universe is any type of Star Wars content in which George Lucas hasn't been involved in some way.

It might sound like Lucasfilm is basically flushing 30 years of EU content down the toilet and rebuilding it from scratch, but that's not necessarily the case. Yes, it's very possible that in Episode VII, Luke WON'T have married Mara Jade and their children WON'T have the same names as in the EU, but it's still possible. The plot of the film will be entirely different, but certain elements (or characters) from the EU could end up in the film. 

The other big announcement was that Lucasfilm has assembled a new story group to oversee all Star Wars creative development, and insure that it's all connected from now on. The first new books to come in this group will include Star Wars: A New Dawn, which is a direct prequel to Star Wars: Rebels. The book will be published in hardcover and e-book September 2, probably a few weeks before the premiere of the show. 

So, how do YOU feel about Lucasfilm disregarding the EU? Feel free to comment, and may the force be with you all! 



Friday, April 18, 2014

New Episode VII set photo - AT-AT?

Star Wars: Episode VII has begun filming in Abu Dhabi (capital of the United Arab Emirates), in what we can only assume are scenes on Tatooine. This is based on Tatooine's historical Star Wars significance (both Anakin and Luke grew up there) and its sandy landscape. 






















The tent shown here is most likely used as the production center and some shade from the extreme heat (the temperatures are in the 90ºs and higher every day). But the highlight is the large circular thing that is being pushed out from the tent (presumably for filming). Someone online has posted pretty convincing visual proof that this circular piece of metal/cement/plastic is, in fact, piece of an AT-AT, the infamous walking tank from The Empire Strikes Back. 




















It's possible that the feet and legs of the walker are physically built on set, and the upper section will be added with CGI. Or, perhaps this piece is being used for a close-up of the walker's feet at ground level.

Either way, it seems pretty likely that AT-ATs will appear on Tatooine in the movie. My main concern is both how and why the AT-ATs are on Tatooine in the first place. 


Yes, they have been shown to be able to cross harsh terrain, such as the snowy tundra of Hoth, but the sand is a much softer substance, and you would think that the sand might get lodged into the machine and damage it.


Though it is likely that the Galactic Empire will have some kind of presence in the film, Tatooine is a strategically unimportant place. The entire planet is either hot sand or sleazy, scumbag-filled settlements. If a few isolated Jedi lived on the planet (possibly Skywalker children), an AT-AT would be impractical and pretty useless for apprehending them, and Tatooine isn't a likely choice for a Rebel stronghold or Jedi temple. 


Truthfully, any prediction is more or less futile. All we have for hints at the movie's plot is:

1. Expanded Universe novels/comic books that may or may not be used for inspiration,
2. A few vague and ambiguous statements about the movie's production/timeline,
3. A couple of set photos, and
4. An endless stream of acting rumors about the film. 

We actually have no idea in what state of order the galaxy will be in. Will the Empire still be a threat? Will the Yuuzhan Vong have any part in the movie? Will the Sith Order be rising again? Only time will tell. May the force be with you all.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Star Wars: Episode VII casting complete and production beginning

According to Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, has recently revealed that the casting for Episode VII is almost complete, and some of it is being filmed right now. Though this filming is probably being done inside the Disney studios, either inside a set or in front of a green screen, there have been rumors that filming will occur in Egypt.

This would make sense because Egypt's desert landscape is similar to that of Tatooine, and considering Tatooine's significance in Star Wars (both Anakin and Luke grew up there), it could easily appear in the film. 

Aside from Luke, Han, and Leia all returning for the movie, Billy Dee Williams is rumored for returning as Lando Calrissian, and Adam Driver is more or less confirmed as the villain. Unlike many of the Marvel films (Iron Man, X-Men, etc.) this movie has no literary counterpart that could hint at the plot of the movie; the plot is said to be original. 

Though I haven't read extensively into the Extended Universe comic books and novels, I would still feel rather confused and annoyed if Luke married someone other than Mara Jade. Perhaps the movie will feature the same characters as the EU, but the storyline will be different, which I think would satisfy most Star Wars fans.

I'm guessing that many fans are hoping that Adam Driver will be portraying Darth Krayt, arguably the biggest EU Sith Lord. For those of you who don't know Darth Krayt, he was originally a human Jedi who befriended Anakin Skywalker during the Clone Wars. He survived the Great Jedi Purge (Order 66), and eventually fell to the dark side after being tortured by the Yuuzhan Vong. After that, he basically rebuilt the Sith Empire and reigned destruction on the galaxy. You can read his full biography here

Hopefully, we will soon learn more about the cast of Episode VII, as well as its title and characters. Thank you for reading A Good Star Wars Blog, and may the force be with you all. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This Blog is Moving!

Big announcement: I have purchased this blog a custom domain! Once the domain is activated (which might take a day or two), you will be able to access this blog by going to "sithobserver.com" instead of "sithobserver.blogspot.com". The original Blogspot address WILL still work, but this will be a pretty major shortcut. 

This domain wasn't exactly free, so I hope that this blog will benefit from it. Expect for this new link to be ready for use by at least March 28, 2014. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

TCW Season 6 is now on Netflix!

After almost a year since the last Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode, we are finally rewarded for our patience with all 13 episodes streaming now on Netflix. 

Because of the instant release of every episodes, I can't post episode reviews/synopses on the normal blog page, because that would require a whole lot of scrolling. Instead, all episode reviews will be on the "Clone Wars Season 6 Episode Guides" at the top menu bar. 


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New TCW Season 6 Full-Length Trailer Released!

In preparation for the March 7 addition of all 6 seasons, Lucasfilm/Netflix has just released a trailer for Season 6 AKA "The Lost Missions". This is the first (American) trailer that we've seen which is composed of a multitude of short scenes and clips, instead of the few-minute episode clips which we've gotten before. Enjoy all the glory here:



Here's a list of the various themes/episode arcs that we get a look at:

1. After hearing Qui-Gon Jinn's (Liam Neeson's) voice, Yoda embarks on a journey which takes him to Dagobah (where he lives in the original trilogy), a planet with bouncy floating mushrooms, and Korriban (the ancient homeworld of the Sith), where he encounters fearsome adversaries. In a possibly unrelated scene, Yoda faces Darth Sidious. 

2. The Tup arc (investigating Order 66) is shown in greater detail, including Tup's continuing breakdowns, Fives' investigation, and Count Dooku's attempts to conceal the truth (which includes a droid-gunship filled attack on Kamino, and commands to the Kaminoans themselves). 

3. Once again, Padmé is in trouble. We've known about the "Rise of Clovis" arc for a while now, but this brings more details. She goes to some kind of meeting with the Banking Clan (possibly on their homeworld of Muunilinst), and is arrested for "espionage", much to Rush Clovis' dismay (he is affiliated with the Banking Clan). Somehow, they end up on an ice planet where Anakin saves them from an attack by Embo, and leads them into an epic sled chase. 

4. Plo Koon investigates why Syfo-Dyas kept the creation of the clone army secret, and how he died. This arc could be simultaneous with the Commander Tup arc, considering that both of them involve the mysteries of the clone army.

5. Some arcs involving some classic Clone vs. Droid battles with Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Rex. Also, a space battle around a planet that seems to have a space-station-y ring around it.

6. Mace Windu gets some action! He battles some Gundarks, some giant mechanical beings, and duels Mother Talzin herself! I'm glad that we get to see more Nighsister action after they were all wiped out in Season 4 (except for Talzin and Asajj Ventress). 

Considering that this is a shortened season (only 13 episodes), there certainly seems to be a lot going on. It all premieres on March 7 on Netflix. May the force be with you all! 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Netflix, you are once again our Eternal Savior

Today, I found perhaps the biggest Clone Wars news since the cancellation of the show: Season 6 ("The Lost Missions") will be released on Netflix on March 7!

Yes, perhaps Germany gets to view the episodes sooner, and have the experience of watching it live on television. But us Americans (and Canadians) exclusively get to binge-watch all 13 episodes in about 3 weeks. Go here to see more about the announcement. 

Aside from Season 6, all 5 previous seasons will be available on Netflix, along with the feature film. This multi-year agreement gives Netflix the EXCLUSIVE subscription service for the entire Clone Wars series. Basically, this will be the only (legal) place to watch TCW for free (if you already have and use a Netflix account, which many people do). Moreover, it will be probably the only place for people NOT living in Germany to view Season 6 in English and in HD. 

Clearly, Dave Filoni and the rest of TCW crew and producers have followed through on their plan to somehow release Season 6 in early 2014. Unfortunately, Clone Wars fans not living in Germany or upper North America will have to resort to other options.

I was originally planning to watch Season 6 on YouTube after its airing in Germany, but now I feel like I should wait until I can watch it in high-quality in early March. On March 7 I will most likely binge-watch all 13 episodes (which is between 273 and 286 minutes, over 4.5 hours), and on either that Friday night or Saturday morning I will start posting something or the other. 

Due to the instant release of all 13 episodes, instead of a single episode being aired every week, I won't be able to post the usual "Who saw the last episode?" reviews, but I will go over the episodes in great detail. 

Truly, this is a great day for Clone Wars fans everywhere. May the force be with you all! 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

New TCW Season 6 German Trailer! (spoilers included)

As you know, the German channel known as Super RTL will be airing The Clone Wars: Season 6 starting next weekend. If this is unfamiliar to you, then I suggest that you scroll down to the post titled "The Clone Wars: Season 6 is Heading to Germany!"

This new trailer is entirely in German, but there are English subtitles. The quality is pretty low, but I'm very grateful that theforce.net could provide this (they also have provided information for my previous Season 6 posts). Due to the privacy settings on the video, only those with the link can view it. Once the video becomes more easily available I will directly include it on this post, but until then I can only offer you the link. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvrJwfKl6Kg


I will now include a detailed run-through of each scene in the video:

1. A Republic shuttle holding some extra cargo is being escorted by 4 ARC-170 fighters away from a Republic fleet.
2. Darth Sidious tells Dooku "It seems that you believe this to be a result of our programming," via hologram, and Dooku replies "Yes, my lord." This is most likely a reference to the plot of the opening arc of the season. 
3. Chancellor Palpatine looks concerned in his private quarters, with Commander Fox in the background.
4. Republic gunships descend on the Coruscant Underworld. Inside, Commander Fox prepares for conflict.
5. Dooku says "Luckily, the Jedi still don't suspect anything," and Sidious replies "Very good."
6. Shaak Ti vaults over a railing and falls down some kind of dark pit. "We should take great care," she says. I'm glad that we can see more of Shaak Ti (she hasn't appeared since the first episode of Season 3, and she didn't do much). Previously, she was stationed on Kamino, so she could easily tie in to the plot.
7. Mace Windu (probably replying to Shaak Ti) says "Or we'll find that even more clones will stand against us." There is a brief view of the clone troopers growing in the Kaminoan laboratories.
8. Fives appears to seriously flip out and says "This is a conspiracy against the Jedi!" In a separate scene, Shaak Ti ignites her lightsaber and prepares for battle with a clone commander behind her.
9. A Republic shuttle (different from the shuttle in the first scene) comes to Coruscant. 
10. Chancellor Palpatine says "We must focus on the ongoing war." If you read the spoilers in the most recent Season 6 post, you'll know that Palpatine doesn't want anyone finding out about Order 66. Yoda also looks upset, but that may be from a whole different scene chronologically. 

This preview seemed to focus greatly on the opening arc of the season. The first episode will air on February 15, 8:15 PM German time. On Sunday morning, I'll see if I can find a version on YouTube, and if I can get English subtitles, I'll watch it and post about it. 

Just to be clear: I don't necessarily support the illegal distribution of TCW episodes on YouTube. But Super RTL doesn't air here, and since starwars.com (which WAS my best source of highest-quality Clone Wars episodes) seems to have completely forgotten about TCW,  it's my only choice. 

May the force be with you all! 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Here's an Epic Breakdown of the Best Episode VII Fan Art (So far!)

What's the best way to pass the time until December 18, 2015? How about an analysis and review of some of the various Episode VII fan art that we've seen so far. If I do include any nonsense fan art (which I will), it's only because even the people who are making fun of Episode VII still put a lot of work into their art, and it DOES look great.


Okay, this image is looking good. There's definitely some J.J. Abrams-style lens flare going on. Not really sure why this Jedi is standing in the middle of a field with an ignited lightsaber, but still, I'm digging it. 


























In case you didn't realize, the guy in the background is Darth Krayt, one of the most prominent EU Sith Lords. The casting titles are complete baloney (everyone except Mark Hamill hasn't even been rumored for the movie), but the below-title text is pretty cool. It's signifying that Darth Krayt is one of the next great Sith Lords. And of course, the subtitle "Legacy of the Shadows" isn't too bad. Of course, it's one of those classic titles that has a mysterious sound to it, but makes absolutely no sense when you think about it. 




























You'll find that a lot of these posters have alluring and mysterious promo text at the top. I suppose that the art, as well as the "The evil never ends, just evolves" thing could imply that either Darth Vader is still alive (and "evolved" out of his suit), or a new Sith is going to take his place. Most of these posters are high-quality, but the art doesn't specifically make any sense at all.




























This is one of the completely false posters that I was talking about. This poster is basically the result of a huge franchise-movie collision. And I would TOTALLY go see it. 




























Again, this poster implies that Darth Vader survived his death in Episode VI. I certainly like the art, and the promo text is cool, except for one devastatingly obvious detail: "survive" only has one "i". I get it, it looks cool, but seriously guys, learn English.

























It looks like SOME red-lightsaber-wielding dude is stalking the Falcon. 


























Very nice artwork...but why exactly is there a Star Destroyer crashed in the middle of an ocean? Just saying. 











Nice artwork. It doesn't really show who's been shooting the Falcon (or why), but still, it looks pretty cool. This, as well as the previous poster, has the "War, Aftermath" promo text. It definitely looks cool, but it doesn't really make any sense. This would suggest that the Falcon is being attacked in the aftermath of a war, but what war? The events of the Original Trilogy, though important, wouldn't be defined as a war. A war would suggest that both forces were constantly waging against each other, but in reality, the Rebel Alliance was significantly inferior to the Empire. Anyway, that's just a technicality.



























I actually saw this image several days after I originally released this post, but it was so good that I had to update it. There's Star Destroyers, TIE Fighters, and some great icy mountains. Again, this suggests that Darth Vader is still alive, which is a very common theme. 

There are a lot more posters, but most of them are pretty low-quality and the images don't make much sense. We can only hope that these posters will inspire the Episode VII crew to make something even better. May the force be with you all!