Monthly Archives: October 2012

A Star Wars Emotional Rollercoaster- TWL #33

In their latest episode, Karl and Jason sit down to talk about the moments in the films which evoke feelings of sadness or happiness. As the title suggests, it’s a roller-coaster ride as they talk about moments which evoke great sadness, like when Anakin is holding his dying mother, to scenes which give such a feeling of joy, like Lando busting out of an exploding Death Star. So sit back, strap in, and take a ride!

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Winning Friends and Influencing People, According to Darth Sidious

I asked a question on our Facebook page and twitter account which was; “Who is the greatest leader in the history of Star Wars?” I got some great answers from “George Lucas,” to “General Jan Dodonna” but I was surprised to see how many people said Palpatine.

Now I would hardly call Palpatine a “great leader” because I think that true leadership implies good moral intent. Some might say that Palpatine and the Sith had/have a “greater good, bring-order-to-the-galaxy” intent but they don’t. Sidious was purely selfish.

Having said all of that, Palpatine was a master manipulator of people. So here I present to you 3 principles for “winning friends and influencing people… according to Darth Sidious.”

Establish “Friendship”

I say “friendship” in quotations because true friendship is selfless not manipulative. However, You know what? Palpatine was an expert friend-maker. He was so good at pretending to be trying to help the Jedi and the republic as much as possible when he really wasn’t.

One of the easiest ways to befriend someone is to make them feel important, to flatter them. It’s amazing to me how vulnerable Anakin was to flattery. All it would take was a constant stream of false compliments and he was BFFs with old Palps.

 

Observations

Palpatine was observant. It’s not enough to just throw some compliments at someone, you have to watch them carefully to figure out what their weaknesses are, to find out what buttons to push. Anakin felt that the Jedi and Obi Wan were “HOLDING HIM BACK!” so you’d hear Palpatine say things like “It’s not a story the Jedi would’ve told you” and “I would worry about the collective wisdom of the counsel if they didn’t select you for this assignment.” Once you know someone well, that’s when you can best exploit them.

 

Safety and security

It’s the political season so I can’t help but think of broken promises.

Broken promises work better than no promises at all. Palpatine knew that if he was able to portray the Jedi as a great threat to the galaxy, then the people would flock to him the the name of “safety and security”.

The emperor was indeed a master planner but in the end, his overconfidence was his weakness.

Riley Blanton

Host of the Star Wars Report podcast, Tech enthusiast, former CAP cadet. Opinions are my own and do not represent those of… well… other people.

Top 5 EU Characters- TWL #32

Join Karl and Jason as they are joined by special guest Mark Hurliman of the “Star Wars Beyond the Films” podcast to discuss their Top 5 Expanded Universe characters. From Mara Jade Skywalker to Corran Horn and numerous others, your hosts have a great time what it is they enjoy so much about the other great characters from Star Wars which have been created outside of the film franchise.

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X-Wing Omnibus Vol 2 – SWBTF #42

Star Wars: Omnibus: X-Wing Rogue Squadron, Volume 2, Michael A. Stackpole, and Sith Magic, on the next Star Wars Beyond the Films, YOUR Star Wars discussion podcast! YOUR ticket to the EU!

This week true believers, Beyonders, Fanboys, Fangirls, respected aliens around the galaxy, your EU Guru; Nathan P. Butler, and The Defender of the EU; Mark Hurliman sit down to discuss the second volume of the three volume X-Wing Rogue Squadron Omnibus series. Strap in and tighten the crash webbing! Star Wars Beyond the Films is setting off on a rapid-fire trip to a galaxy far, far away!

In this week’s episode jumps in with the Star Wars 2012 Del Rey Convention Exclusive Sampler Contest. Be sure to listen to the show to learn how to win it!

This episode covers the issues collected in the the Star Wars: Omnibus- X-Wing Rogue Squadron Vol. 2: (Be sure to check out the links for some epic cover art)

Plourr’s story takes center-stage this chapter. Nathan owns singles whereas Mark has the Omnibus collection. This time though Mark’s 2nd X-Wing Omnibus’s binding is coming apart! They launch into a short discussion about book bindings and comic bindings. They also talk about the different art styles used in the various stories, and artist teams, and how they evolved with the story. And still true to the rule; Sullustan are the Red Shirts of the SWEU.

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Once again, your dynamic duo cover entirely too much X-Wingie EU-goodness in their ONE hour, but don’t worry, give it a go; you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you might even get a little education on the EU while you’re at it. But no matter how you slice it and dice it, you’ll be having another adventure Beyond the Films. So once again, sit back, hang on, enjoy the show and may the Force be with you!

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Exploring the Many Dilemmas of Onderon: “A War on Two Fronts” Review

The Clone Wars Season 5 Episode 2 Review

Hello and welcome back to this week’s review of Star Wars: The Clone Wars! The season returns in it’s second episode of season five with the Jedi aiding a group of rebels on a separatist world in A War on Two Fronts. The episode features our main trio of Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Ahsoka. It also brings back Lux, who likes to show up in a completely different environments and with a completely different faction every time we see him. The episode takes place on the classic, expanded universe planet of Onderon. And while I very much enjoyed this classic Star Wars world brought into The Clone Wars, we are once again stuck in the “Wow these are really cool concepts and ideas being introduced, but we’re going to have to wait another week to see them put into action.” phase of the story arc.

Like I said before, the episode takes place on the world of Onderon, which has been seen in everything from the Tales of the Jedi comics, to the second Knights of the Old Republic video game. In all the material I had read of Onderon, the world always seemed to be in a state of civil war or in the midst of a play for power. So when I learned that the arc would be about exactly that, I already thought The Clone Wars had done Onderon justice. Later, upon seeing the designs and characteristics of the world shown, I was even more impressed. The Clone Wars team had even included the large beasts that the warriors of Onderon flew thousands of years before in the Tales of the Jedi. They managed to keep Onderon almost exactly the way I remembered it, yet still managing to feel fresh and new with the distinct style of the series.

I was kind of bummed when the topic debated in the council never made it anywhere in the episode. It brought up a great and somewhat real issue of the fine line of helping freedom fighters and helping terrorists. Not only was it a great concept, but they built on it quite well. First by having Anakin’s view conflict almost entirely with the council’s, I think it fits his character and his way of thinking so well, especially when shown in contrast to the council. The council views everything in perspective and tries to foresee problems in the long run, unlike Anakin who usually tries to find the quickest solution. The second is Lux, who has had similar moral dilemmas in the past trying to discover what is justice and what is revenge when he joined the Death Watch in order to get revenge on Dooku in season four. I’m confident they didn’t throw this character into the episode for nothing, as he fits so well into the topic of the arc. Let’s hope they do something worthwhile with him instead of just making him the love interest.

This brings me to my next point. This episode greatly revolved around the reoccurring Lux/Ahsoka complex, this time throwing in Steela to complicate things even further. I guess it started to work toward something, but it’s hard to tell if this could be the end of the before mentioned Lux/Ahsoka character arc. This certainly would be a good time to wrap it up. I can’t help but wonder exactly why they decided to bring up that Lux is still against the Republic and if that will play a role in the episodes to come. Part of me wishes that time spent on the tension between Ahsoka and Steela was given to Rex, showing him training one on one with some of the lesser known rebel fighters. This would have made a great sub plot for Rex, and it would have shown more background on the rebels, possibly even tying into some of the issues the arc is supposed to be dealing with in terms of whether the rebels are simply terrorists or not.

That’s going to wrap up my review for this week! All in all I thought it a good episode that introduced some really cool things to think about as the arc unfolds. Make sure you leave a comment below, as we want to know what you thought of A War on Two Fronts! Thanks for reading, and may the Force be with you!

-Ryan Zasso

Ryan Zasso first entered the Star Wars fan community in early 2010 with the podcast Fanboy’s Guide to the Galaxy. Interested in doing Star Wars related writing, he began writing for the Star Wars Report in 2011.

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