Monthly Archives: April 2013

Does The Clone Wars make Episode II obsolete?

Among the diverse feelings of Star Wars fans, I am someone who is a fan of the overall saga, including all 6 films. I like the Original Trilogy better than the prequels and recognize much that is wrong with the newer films, but overall I enjoy watching them and think they are a positive edition to the overall saga. The prequels deliver a great story that is integral to the Galaxy Far, Far Away and that really makes the Original Trilogy movies more enjoyable by filling in the back story leading up to the second half of the saga.

That being said, among all six movies, Episode II was my least favorite. I still watch it when I (often) decide to go back through and watch the movies… it’s not like I have written it off completely, but it IS my least favorite. I think that in the end, while Episode II has some GREAT moments, it also has just as many HORRIBLE moments. For every adrenaline-pumping second of Yoda fighting, there’s a cringe-inducing second of Anakin and Padme’s awkward courtship. I used to say that Episode II was worth it for the exciting parts and for the actual plot progression it had, but lately I am beginning to think that The Clone Wars might be even MORE important to the saga than Episode II.  Continue reading

How Original- TWL Karl’s Corner #1

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In this first episode of “Karl’s Corner”, Karl discusses the appeal of the original version of the original trilogy. This new, shorter segment will be a supplement to the Wampa’s Lair and will be Karl’s means of discussing topics of personal interest to him. This first episode will delve into the awesomness that is the ORIGINAL trilogy!

Before The Dark Times- TWL #49

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In their latest episode, Karl and Jason are joined by special guest Michael Cohen from Frontlines: The Clone Wars podcast as they recap the final season of the Clone Wars tv series. They dive into what they loved and sometimes didn’t enjoy from the latest season of TCW. So sit back, relax and enjoy this lively discussion of all things CLONE WARS!

Redemption through Destruction – TWL

So I’ve decided to write another “brief” (we’ll see how brief it is by the time I finish anyway) breakdown of the theme of redemption as shown to us through some of the closing scenes of Return of the Jedi.  It’s crazy to think that while Empire is my favorite of the films, after rewatching the old 1980 and 1983 versions of TESB and ROTJ this weekend, I’ve been struck again by something revealed through the great body acting of David Prowse as Darth Vader. Essentially, what I want to talk about is how we can be saved by destroying that which enslaves us. We can never be free or fully ourselves when there is something in our lives which keeps us enslaved. This is precisely what is going on with Darth Vader by the time we get to the end of ROTJ.

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