Title: Star Wars: Crucible
Author: Troy Denning
Release Date: July 9th, 2013
Warning: This review may contain minor spoilers.
Where to even begin? I blame myself for how I feel about this book. I was so excited for it.
Han, Luke, and Leia together again on an adventure? This was going to be like old times. But it wasn’t. It was more of what we have gotten recently from the trio’s ongoing story.
Let’s look at the official synopsis before we get too deep.
Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, and Luke Skywalker return in an all-new Star Wars adventure, which will challenge them in ways they never expected—and forever alter their understanding of life and the Force.
Reviews this episode: Darth Maul – Death Sentence (comic volume) Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void (novel)
What better way to start the Summer than with some Star Wars Expanded Universe talk? Unfortunately our regular host Teresa was unable to join Aaron this episode, but we were happy to welcome Mark Hurliman (Star Wars Report and Star Wars Beyond the Films podcasts) as a guest host. Also joining us to share her expert opinions was Tricia Barr (writer for Star Wars Insider). Two amazing and very knowledgeable guests in one episode!
Aaron and the two guests first shared what Star Wars related things they have been up to lately. Mark talked about his excitement for reading Kenobi and Crucible and how he hates getting behind on Expanded Universe materials. Tricia shared how she has recently had an article featured on the cover of Star Wars Insider #142, a piece on Padme Amidala. Aaron talked about his recent trip to San Francisco and how he had the amazing privilege of visiting the Lucasfilm and ILM offices.
Ever since the announcement that Disney purchased Lucasfilm in October, one thing on the minds of fans of both companies has been, when will Disney expand the Star Wars presence in their parks? Now we may have our answer.
According to Theme Park Insider multiple inside sources are indicating that Disney is moving ahead with plans to add a “Star Wars Land” to their Hollywood Studios park in Walt Disney World Florida. The location comes as no surprise because Hollywood Studios already has the ride Star Tours, the shop Tatooine Traders, and a not so life size AT-AT Walker, which already make up a mini Star Wars section of the park. Chances are they will use this existing footprint and expand out, taking out some older attractions.
At the top of the episode we discussed the announcement of the new animated series, Star Wars Rebels. We are not a Star Wars animation podcast but a new animated series is bound to effect the Expanded Universe in some way and we discussed some of the possibilities.
For our first review we covered the comic volume Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison. We all pretty much agreed that this was one of our favorite comics to come out recently. Dark and gritty with a bunch of surprises… just how I like my comics.
Before we release our regular May episode we are happy to bring you a special interview episode. We were thrilled to be able to interview prolific Star Wars writer John Jackson Miller! He is the writer of various Star Wars books and comics including Knights of the Old Republic, Lost Tribe of the Sith, Knight Errant, and the upcoming novel Kenobi.
At the top of the interview we discussed his personal Star Wars fandom and how it lead to a career in comics. He also shared his thoughts on the upcoming Rebels animated series and why he is excited for it. Other subjects that came up in the conversation were new and old Star Trek and Doctor Who.