Monthly Archives: May 2012

Ranking the Films – TWL #17

In this episode, Karl and Jason are once again joined by Chris “Hothiceplanet” Smith of the Sarlacc Pit as he discusses his Kickstart project where he is trying to publish his very own Star Wars Trivia book! After Chris explains this fantastic venture of his, the three of them sit down to hash out how the six Star Wars films rank for themselves and why. Be sure to listen in as they recount some of their favorite scenes and moments from each of the six films and how they match up to one another! And be sure to stay tuned to the end of the episode as they introduce a very exciting match-up for next time…


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 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.
Be sure to continue discussing the book Apocalypse on our facebook page!





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 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,



Starvengers! – SWR #45

Welcome back to the Star Wars Report!

On this episode, Mark, Riley and Bethany are joined by Andrew Halliday of EUCantina for his report on Star Wars Identities! He tells us about the exhibit, and recommends that anyone who can should visit it!

We mentioned the new “As You Wish” project, which is all about Fett’s helmet this Celebration!

We announced a number of Star Wars guests who will attend Celebration VI!

We talked about the recent trademark LFL filed called Star Wars 1313. And, Bonnie Burton was laid off from Lucasfilm. Farewell Bonnie, everyone’s enjoyed your bright spark in the Star Wars fan community, and we hope to continue to follow your wit and adventurous nature on Twitter and other places!

We talked about The Clone Wars season five trailer! What are you most looking forward to in season five?

Star Wars: The Old Republic has lost a relatively large portion of it’s subscribers.

And in the post show, we talked about the Avengers, Marvel, The Dark Knight Rises, and Star Wars!

We hope you enjoy this episode of the Star Wars Report, leave your comments below, or send us an email!




Motion Control: Part Deux – SWBTF #19

Welcome back to Star Wars Beyond the Films!

On this episode your hosts continue their discussion about Star Wars gaming and motion control.

What would be an ideal game to make good use of pointer controls? Besides lightsaber control, what would be best to you?
This week we pick up where Episode #18 Motion Control: Ridiculous or Ridiculously Fun? left off. Nathan and Mark are joined by William Devereux of the We Talk Clones podcast to continue exploring Motion Control on next Gen systems, and the possibilities of future gaming utilizing new technologies.

Does motion control require a player to have a certain level of fitness?

Play Station’s Move layout is explained by Nathan.
Maybe there needs to be more wheel/joystick games and controllers?
PS Move may be what the Wiimotes should have been… but does Kinect have it the best?
Is adult gaming dead in the water? In other words, are most games now being aimed more at the younger generations of Star Wars Fans?

Battlefront 3, Imperial Commando, Jedi Knight… there are so many games that are considered “no brainers” that are still anticipated!
Are games viable with the Star Wars expanded universe currently? Are the ‘Big Three’ viable characters for modern Star Wars games?
Are more fans being introduced to the novels and comics through comics, or the other way around?
Marva Zane in Star Wars: Kinect and some of the story mode are discussed.

The next generation of Star Wars motion controlled games need strong characters, or should put already strongly developed characters into the game.
William talks about TOR and the character interaction.

Star Wars: Scourge is mentioned for doing well with new character cast, reminding Nathan of his most recently eaten words on the novel. The hosts explore the story in the Battlefront games, and the drive to know more. Sometimes having a great story hooks even more fans. Nathan reminds us of the hand held Battlefront games and their story-centric plots.

Is there a game that you might drop $300+ dollars to get a new console/tv to play the game to its fullest?

Are games without much of a story preferred? Or not?
Nathan micro rants: “CURSE YOU BEST BUY!”
Should really good game plots become books?
Mark micro rants about formats and The Clone Wars paperback novel only being available in the UK.

Also, are graphics in games what they should be, compared with what it truly available? Nathan explains his financial fiasco and engagment rings, regarding savings for SWEU material. And, Mark managed to fall out of his seat while recording. Nathan breaks down prices for the next gen systems and the various things needed to get into Motion Control Gaming.
Mark explains his venture into the next gen console war, and his MOST REGRETTABLE choice.
In the state of the gaming market, is now a good time to jump into a next gen system? Or are the NEXT next gen systems looming around the corner? WiiU we’re aiming our Death Star at YOU!