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The New Film

March 1, 2008

Well, George Lucas has done it again. Despite all the pleading and desires of the true fans of Star Wars, he is making another Star Wars movie. It is almost embarrassing to be a Star Wars fan now. Kinda sad really. For those of you who have not heard, George Lucas is making another Star Wars film that details the events of what happen between episode II and III. This post is going to focus on my reactions and feelings about his upcoming event.

The Basics

The film is going to be about the clone wars and will take place at some unspecified moment in the three years between Attack of the Clone and Revenge of the Sith. All the major characters from the prequel trilogy will be in the film to some degree or another (this includes Count Dooku and General Grievous). So far only Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) is the only original actor slated to play his role. The film is based on a TV series imaginatively named The Clone Wars, which most fans considered better than the actual prequel trilogy. That series was directed by Tartakovsky who also did the delightful Samurai Jack (and is now working on The Dark Crystal II). It does not look like he will be involved in this new series though.

The movie was originally going to be the first few episodes of a TV series that was to be released sometime in the near future. For some reason George Lucas decided that he wanted to turn the idea into a film and then have the TV show take place after the immediate events of the film.

The twist on this film is that the movie is going to be cg animated. How is this different from the other three prequel movies I hear you ask? This film will be just cg animation, no live actors to make the aliens look fake.

The Good

The animation could be a good thing. The shots I have seen look pretty good, and there are no real people to compare the animated aliens to. So it is entirely possible that the animation could be a plus that makes the movie more believable.

One of the project heads is a huge Plo Koon fan. I know that most of you out there do not know and/or do not care who Plo Koon is (but I am going to tell you anyway). He is a minor character that was originally slated to have bigger roles in both Episode II and III, that ended up doing nothing more than standing around looking cool and being shot down by his clone trooper wingmen in III. Why do I care about this guy? I am not sure really, but I do. That is all there is to it. But the point is that a Plo Koon fan is working on the project, there is a good chance that he could have not only a role, but a good role in the film.

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One of the issues that I had with the prequel trilogy was the lack of depth given to non-central characters. In the original trilogy there were guys like Admiral Piett, Admiral Ozzel, Wedge Antilles, Adimiral Ackbar, and Nien Numb (to name just a few) all of whom and speaking lines, but wherenot closely connected to the main characters. None of the heroes ever even meet Piett or Ozzel, but they had lines and where important in their own way. There were no characters like that in the prequels. The only chacaters that ever did anything cool were the heroes. Anakin, Obi-wan, and Padme save the day in every single movie. They only interact with each other, the badguys, and one or two support characters like Mace Windu and Yoda (who you could also argue should be included in the hero category). There are no badguys that only interact with the bad guys. Other characters are only important in how they impact the heroes lives directly.

The reason for this rant (besides the fact that is partially contributed to the poor qualities of the prequel trilogy) is that the aforementioned Plo Koon fan stated that one of the major points of this film and following TV series was to flesh out the universe and give the characters who did not do anything in the films a chance at doing something. So this film could be attempting to rectify one of the biggest problems that I had with the prequels. The fact that every trailer and sneak peek I have seen has shown several shots of Plo Koon either piloting or wielding a lightsabre helps too.

The Bad

The animation. What was George Lucas thinking? Fans have been joking about George Lucas going through and replacing all the actors of the films with cg versions in their likeness. I honestly never expected him to actually do it. I mean I know that he loves cg and all that, but Star Wars was a lot cooler before he found it.

Why is he even making another Star Wars film? We already had to do too much grinning and looking away from the last three films. Why does he feel the need to put us through this again? He is embarrassing me. I am sick of having to grin and bear my way through bad movies that bare the Star Wars logo. That is not to say that I hated (or hate) the prequel trilogy. That is not true, I am just very aware (painfully so) of their deficiencies and flaws (which are many). I am sick of having to apologize for Lucas and explain the loop holes that are in the films. I was planning on ignoring the tv show, but I am not sure if I can ignore another movie.

The Conclusion

I am wary. There are some things that look like they could be very good. There are some things that look like they could be very bad. George Lucas brought to us the travesty that is Attack of the Clones, but he also made the original trilogy. I am hoping that the fact that the film is animated will dazzle him enough that he will not feel the need to ruin it, and can get back to good story-telling.

That is all for now. I am still waiting to hear back about Grad School. I have not yet heard anything other than the fact that they have started looking at my application (that was about a week or so ago). Until next time, adieu.

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Star Wars Party

January 24, 2008

Greetings. Another year has come and gone in my life and I am older now. People kept asking me whether or not I felt different now. I have never felt like getting older has actually done anything to change me at all. Change tends to be a gradual thing, and a birthday as more of a marker than an actual moment of change. The closest thing that I had to a crisis about getting old was about six or so months after my sixteenth birthday when I discovered that my hairline was indeed receding. Since then I have had no real problems with getting older.

However, the actual point of this blog was to talk about a party, and not to randomly muse about subjects which no one would voluntarily read about. To celebrate my aforementioned birthday, my wife and I planned a Star Wars party. The inspiration for this came from the old theme parties that were thrown by friends of mine (The basic idea is to pick a theme then make foods and wear clothes in accordance to it). At one of these theme parties, My Good Friend With The Mustache (before he had the mustache oddly enough) mentioned how cool it would be to have a party like that only based on Star Wars. We fell to discussing what kinds of food could be made and eaten, but by the end of the party did not really think more about it. Years later My wife and I decided to pick out foods and make the party work.

-Episode I: “Don’t do that again.” A plate full of small fruits (plums would have been best, but my birthday is in the middle of winter).

Episode II: “If Master Obi-wan saw me doing this he’d be very grumpy.” Pears sliced into large circular pieces.

Episode IV: “What if this Obi-wan comes looking for them?” Blue milk (my wife watched the scene again to make sure we got the right shade of blue).

Episode V: “How you get so big eating food of this kind?” We wanted to get Power Bars, but they are expensive and taste really nasty, so we just got some granola bars instead.

“Good food, hmmm. Good?” A pot of stew. This one almost did not make it onto the menu, but I spoke to my Friend With The Mustache on the phone and he inspired me to get it. Both my wife and I are glad we did, it was a big hit.

“We would be honored if you would join us.” Brownies and chocolates. I have a still photo of the scene where Vader blocks Han’s shots, and the table is full of brownies and things like that. I guess Vader has a sweet tooth.

Episode VI: “Aieeeeee….” A vase full of gummy frogs. We actually ended up using octopuses because we could not find any frogs. But they are close, right? We wanted to fill the vase with water too, but figured that on one would want to eat the candy if we did that.

“Goon-dah.” Saltine crackers.

“I don’t know. Yeah Chewie, it’s just some kind of dead animal.” For those of you that know me from my youth, you may remember the stuffed-up “dead” cat that my aunt got for me. For those that do not, then I guess the joke simply is not funny and you just will have to accept that fact. Sorry

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Here is the latest of my Jediness.

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My Wife in her Padme Costume.

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Close-up on the hair.

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And my Friend With The Mustache came as a rebel trooper. The hair is not exactly regulation I am told, but the Rebellion is too short handed to say anything about it.

That is all for now. Until next time. Adieu.