Daily Archives: May 16, 2012

Apocalypse 2012…. – SWBTF #20

Welcome back to Star Wars Beyond the Films!

This week the guys explore the final chapter of the Fate of the Jedi series.
Was adding Mortis into the plot a good or bad thing?
How does one stop the multiple man?  (Abeloth)
Did the series get the closure it needed with Apocalypse?
Quick show of hands: who freaked out when Mortis was mentioned?

And to commemorate Nathan’s 10th anniversary in Star Wars podcasting, a contest is running on the Facebook page and Twitter feed for the show to win a signed copy of Nathan’s novel Greater Good! See nathanpbutler.com for details.

Nathan finally likes Killiks? Uh oh, it IS a sign of the Apocalypse! The Killiks were used in a great way. Not only did it work for the story, and series, it also makes Dark Nest more vital to the over all plot.
Some plots were purposly left open, and this can be both a good and bad thing.
Was Denning messing with Traviss with the direction he took Fett in the series?

The Barabels…. are they the Trojan Horse of the Jedi temple?

Was the length and pacing the cause of most readers negative perceptions of the plot? Did some elements take too long while others were too fast? Should the series have been longer or shorter?
Will Mortis turn into another Even Piel? Was the addition of Mortis George Lucas approved?
Should the author line up been shifted?
Did Denning know if Krayt was the Dark Man? Or is he just messing with the fans by saying they didn’t know?
Does the Imperial plot pay off? Or is it left too wide open for future stories?
Han dies!?!!! Let Mark explain….
Wynn Drovan is he like the Riddler of the Star Wars universe? Nathan talks about that. And, in the end was it really the “Apocalypse”?

The Ten Knights: Mark’s really looking forward to their story!
Was the end of the book talking about Jaina? Or Abeloth?
Will we ever get stories that take place in the gaps created in the last few series? After all, there are enough gaps to fit a few mini series into the holes.
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10 years of Attack of the Clones: Riley’s most memorable scene

Over the next 7 days i’m going to try an experiment. I’m going to blog.

Now I’m not really that much of a writer, I’m more of a podcaster. So over the next week I’m going to peek outside my podcast studio, step out of my comfort zone and try my hands at the old laptop keyboard. Over the next 7 days I’m going to be doing a 7 part retrospective series about the Star Wars movie that just turned 10 years young, Attack of the Clones.

This series will cumulate with our live video podcast commentary of the movie on Thursday the 24th at 7:30 EST at http://www.starwarsreport.com/live Be there!
I still remember watching AOTC for the first time. I watched it with my older sister on our 1980s era 13 inch, glass, built-in-mono-speaker, weighed-50-lbs tv set. Those were the days when our primary source of television entertainment was old, taped-off-tv, Little House on the Prairie episodes (loved that show) so 15 year old me thought this movie was pretty cool.
There are a lot of scenes that jumped you to me, and not all in a good way. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this movie but that was a time in my life when any idea of romance was still “Gross”.

The on screen chemistry (or lack thereof) between Hayden and Natalie didn’t help.

Forced romance, and poor dialogue aside, there are a ton of great moments in this movie but the one that stays with me the most is the scene where Obi Wan witnesses the clone army assembling for the first time. This was when the true magnatude of what was about to happen in the Star Wars galaxy finally dawned on me.  Why?

  • The music. You hear the return of the ominous Droid Army theme from The Phantom Menace.
  • Obi Wan. The guy rarely losses his nerve but at that moment I think the look on his face shows that he’s just realizing that there is a long war ahead of him.
  • The line. “Magnificent, aren’t they.” I wish we could see this large scale of a portrayal in the Clone Wars.

That concludes the first post. Be sure to swing by tomorrow for part two!

Thanks for stopping by,

Riley