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George Lucas to be honored at D23

Daily Mail has just reported that Star Wars creator George Lucas will be made a “Disney Legend” at the Disney Conference D23 in the fall of this year.  This along with heavenly speculation that a new The Force Awakens trailer will be shown seem to suggest that D23 will be a juggernaut when it comes to important panels in the Star Wars fandom.

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Star Wars Darth Vader Toaster Review

Our friends over at Pangea Brands sent us their Darth Vader toaster to check out! Riley and I, and Teresa’s (of our own Star Wars Bookworms) Ewoks, whom I’m babysitting, had way too much fun testing it and making Star Wars toast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firstly I have to say that Ewoks, while incredibly cute, can be kind of terrifying. You get the feeling that they eat the Stormtroopers they cross paths with (where else would that get all that bone jewelry!?), so you have to keep them entertained and well fed when babysitting them. If you do that, they make wonderful, adorable house-guests, and if not, well, let’s just say I don’t take chances. So Teresa’s Ewoks (I’m their unofficial Auntie Bethany) had to get in on the fun.

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They made very short work of the sandwich.

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As described on their site, this toaster will make a “striking addition to any kitchen counter.” Unsurprising, as Darth Vader is quite proficient at ‘striking’ terror into the hearts of friend and foe alike. It is made of heavy duty black plastic, with the inside being metal. It arrived quite well and safely packaged, and I opened it quite eagerly!

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It came in it’s own box with instructions (which I was too excited to read at first), and I was able to start using the toaster immediately.

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The toaster has a turning knob at the back allowing you to choose how dark or light you want the toast (or waffles, frozen pancakes, hamburger buns or English muffins) to turn out.

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The toast turned out quite well, and more clearly than the picture above that I took shows (the picture is a little blurry, and I like my toast pretty lightly done). Here’s a picture from Pangea’s website:

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The toaster itself weighs just over four pounds, and measures 12″ X 10.7″ X 8.4″. Some further details are listed below:

• Toasts: Bread, Waffles, English Muffins, or Toaster Pastry
• Compact Two-Slice Toaster with Cool-Touch Housing Reheat, Defrost, and Quick Stop Function
• Adjustable Thermostat
• Automatic Manual Switch-Off
• Removable Crumb Tray for Easy Cleaning
• Power Supply: 110-120V 60Hz 570-680W
• Officially Licensed

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The toaster is very well detailed, and appears and is shaped very much like Darth Vader’s helmet, which surprised me a little because, well, toaster…. Toasters don’t seem very congruous to the shape of a helmet, but I was wrong!

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“Care for some toast Oh Imperial Officer?”

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Me enjoying a day of sunshine, a new haircut, Star Wars toast, and working on Star Wars Report stuff (followed by swimming in the pool in the background). All in all, this is a really fun kitchen addition for any Star Wars fan, worked quite well, and looks surprisingly well detailed! The Darth Vader toaster can be purchased here.

~ Bethany Blanton

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Before and After: Instructions Regarding Skywalker’s Son

Star Wars: Before and After the Special Editions
Instructions Regarding the Son of Skywalker

When we first saw The Empire Strikes Back in theaters, none of us was expecting Darth Vader to reveal that he was Luke’s father.  To be honest, even after the reveal, some of us were clinging to the hope that Vader was lying — biding our time between the second and third movies in discussions and debates about whether the Dark Lord of the Sith could actually be the father of Luke Skywalker.

Before telling Luke what really happened to his father, Darth Vader spoke to his Master about this “son of Skywalker”, revealing the plot to turn the young Jedi to the Dark Side.  In this brief holographic communication between Vader and the Emperor, we were treated to our first glimpse of this mysterious ruler of the galaxy.

When George Lucas revisited his classic trilogy, fans expected the voice and image of the Emperor to be altered to match the character as he was portrayed by Ian McDiarmid in Return of the Jedi.  What we didn’t expect was that the text of the transmission would be altered, as well.

In what was one of the best changes in all the Special Editions, the dialog between master and apprentice both conceals and reveals the reasons behind the plot to turn young Skywalker to the Dark Side or destroy him.  Consider the original version of this scene:

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Darth Vader
What is thy bidding, my Master?

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There is a great disturbance in the Force.

Darth Vader
I have felt it.

Emperor
We have a new enemy, Luke Skywalker.

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Yes, my Master.

Emperor
He could destroy us.

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He is just a boy.  Obi-Wan can no longer help him.

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The Force is strong with him.
The son of Skywalker must not become a Jedi.

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If he could be turned he would become a powerful ally.

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Yes.  Yes.  He would be a great asset.  Can it be done?

Darth Vader
He will join us or die, Master.

From the beginning of the movie, we know that Darth Vader is obsessed with finding Luke Skywalker, dispatching probes throughout the galaxy.  What we didn’t know was that he was doing so without the knowledge or consent of the Emperor.  When he tells Vader that they have a new enemy, he calls him by name — Luke Skywalker.

After repeated viewings, made possible by the technological innovations of movie channels and videotapes, once we had accepted that Darth Vader had once been Anakin Skywalker, we began to question the reasons behind the Emperor’s transmission.  Had he truly only discovered the name of the pilot who had struck the fatal blow to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, or was he testing Vader to see if his search was spawned by less-than-Sithy motives?  Was he simply letting his apprentice know that he knew about the boy as well, warning him not to betray him?  What had first been simply a matter of plot exposition and foreshadowing began to reveal shadows of the Emperor’s devious scheming and manipulations as we watched the movie over and over.

When the Special Editions were released, the insidious nature of the Emperor became more pronounced as his references to Luke were less focused on the boy himself and emphasized the man behind the mask who now wore the name Darth Vader.  Notice the differences in the transmission in the 1997 version:

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Darth Vader
What is thy bidding, my Master?

Emperor
There is a great disturbance in the Force.

Darth Vader
I have felt it.

Emperor
We have a new enemy.
The young rebel who destroyed the Death Star.
I have no doubt this boy is the offspring of Anakin Skywalker.

Darth Vader
How is that possible?

Emperor
Search your feelings, Lord Vader; you will know it to be true.  He could destroy us.

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He is just a boy.  Obi-Wan can no longer help him.

Emperor
The Force is strong with him.
The son of Skywalker must not become a Jedi.

Darth Vader
If he could be turned he would become a powerful ally.

Emperor
Yes, he would be a great asset.  Can it be done?

Darth Vader
He will join us or die, Master.

In the newer rendering, Luke’s name is never used.  He is called a “young rebel”, a “boy”, the “offspring of Anakin Skywalker”, and the “son of Skywalker”.  Although the Emperor considers young Skywalker a threat, perhaps it is not so much because of the boy himself, but due to the relationship between his own powerful apprentice and this newly discovered Force user.  Perhaps he had foreseen, either through a Force vision or simple deduction, that Vader would try to forge an alliance between father and son in an effort to overthrow the Emperor and rule in his place — which was exactly what Vader told Luke in their conflict at Cloud City.

When Return of the Jedi is viewed in light of this less personal interest the Emperor had in Luke, we can understand why he sought to have Luke kill Vader, taking his father’s place at his side.  If Luke won the battle, striking down his father in anger, he would have completed his journey to the Dark Side, and the Emperor would continue his new apprentice’s training.  Had Vader prevailed, the last link to his past would have been removed, making Darth Vader fully devoted to his master.  Either way, the Emperor’s apprentice would be more powerful from the conflict: a Vader no longer weakened by emotional ties to the past would be more capable of carrying out the Emperor’s orders, or an untrained Jedi would be more malleable than his father, able to be manipulated by his new master.  In either case, the victor would be the Emperor.  (Unless, of course, father and son work together against the Emperor — a proposition unimaginable to the arrogant dictator.)

In my opinion, the alteration in the Emperor’s dialog gives deeper insight into the machinations of the Emperor’s plan: to be the most powerful being in the galaxy.

What do you think?  Is the earlier version sufficient or does the Special Edition better show the motives behind Palpatine’s character?  Comment below or take the conversation to social media @shazbazzar on Twitter.

 

Dueling Ambitions of the Knights of the Old Republic (Part 2 of 2) – SWBTF Ep 177

Zayne Carrick Xtreme Speeder Racer! Is that Emma Frost? What’s going on with Jareal? And why you shouldn’t call the new canon an Expanded Universe. All this and so much more! All on the next Star Wars Beyond the Films. YOUR Star Wars discussion podcast! YOUR Podcast of Legends! YOUR ticket to that Galaxy far, far away!

This week true believers, Beyonders, Fanboys, Fangirls, respected aliens around the galaxy, The Champion of the Multiverse; Mark Hurliman, and your Count of Continuities; Nathan P. Butler sit down to continue discussing Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Vol 7. Dueling Ambitions by John Jackson Miller. So strap in and tighten your crash webbing Fandom, Star Wars Beyond the Films is setting off on another rapid-fire trip into the galaxy far, far away!Kotor_tpb_7

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Recap: The Star Wars Panel at SDCC

The Verge has put together the highlights of the Star Wars panel from San Diego Comic Con.  While the night did not feature any trailers or posters, it did a lot for fandom.  The night featured Abrams saying he paid due respect to the fandom and the previous films. His comments went a long way to help assure fans of a quality new film, and a give us a solid idea for the new direction of Star Wars. The panel also put the new heroes and villains of the The Force Awakens along side the Legendary Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford!  Fans were especially ecstatic to see Ford as he was absent from Celebration Anaheim.  Also revealed was a stunning behind the scenes video, which can be viewed on the official website of Star Wars.

To top it all off, a Star Wars concert was held after the panel, for everyone who attended.

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