This is part 2 of our 2-part March episode. So if you missed part 1 you can find that here.
Join Karl and Jason for their latest video discussion where they talk about the recent announcement of at least two confirmed stand alone Star Wars movies. Giving both their reactions to the news and who they would like to see in these stand alone films, your hosts dive into this whole new frontier of Star Wars movie making.
Welcome back to Star Wars Beyond the Films!
On this episode your hosts Nathan and Mark discuss the latest in Star Wars, particularly the news about 1313.
What do we know? And what did we think we know?
Pop Block: Is the snapping neck the Mature theme coming into play? And is that something we’ve been gearing towards with SW Games since Episode 3?
CT 1313: Boba used this id during the Boba Fett Junior novels.
Mark and Nathan look at other games that could be similar to 1313, starting with Bounty Hunter.
Is Fett the Superman of the SWEU?
Nathan calls Fett a Jedi… Mark ponders if regular individuals are more attuned to the Unifyin Force.
EUCantina recently covered the 1313 preveiw courtesy Brien Bell, and this week’s episode the guys use Gametrailer videos to geek out.
Interior ship combat game-play is amazing, the detail, the game-play, the adventure! Nathan explains “in engine” and what that means, and how it applies to 1313. Will it be PC? Nathan explains how we shouldn’t bet on it only being PC. Can the current gen consoles handle this game? Or is it being built for the next gen console’s sequels? This all leads Nathan to run down the processing power of the next gen consoles and how that applies to our gaming excitement, as well as what “porting over” means. Nathan shares his inner gamer, while Mark outs himself as a gamer who fell off the couch.
Combat walkthrough with commentary: Looks like the ship the guys are on gets breached and the droids are stealing cargo.
Dark and gritty: what will that mean for the game?
Both hosts are really excited about the story set in the game Star Wars: 1313, the depths of Coruscant explored.
Is Force free or Force full the way to go in Star Wars games?
Ship crash game-play: Woah, no way should regular beings (aka non Force sensitives) be doing that! The Force is obviously with them. Again the graphics and the depth of the scenery jump right out.
Is 3rd person good or bad in this setting? Should they have the option of 1st? Imagine this game in 3D!!! Nathan’s already drooling, and sees a lot of parallels with the game Uncharted. Mark asks the listeners a gaming question. Oooh, interactive PODCASTING!!
Navigation cinematic: The depth in the footage is just insane. This is Sparta! I mean Coruscant.
Anyone know when this game is set? This sets Mark off onto a rant. Star Wars 1313 could play a lot like Republic Commando.
Your hosts also discussed an E3 debut interview, and the game’s Mature rating. Is this due to the hands on way of dealing with the enemy? Some games are rated T with as much violence as we have seen thus far. No naked Twi’leks please. This may be the closest to a Call of Duty or other military style game in the franchise so far, a Battlefront of the new era, perhaps?
Mark confesses his secret evil….
All this and more on this week’s episode of Star Wars Beyond the Films!
Welcome to the first installment in a series of character centered viewing guides for Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series! Maybe you are a big fan of the Droids episodes, maybe you are a fan of the Jedi, or of the Clones, the Villains or the Bounty Hunters, well, you are in the right place!
In each one of these posts we will take a subset of characters and point you in the direction of the episodes you should watch to focus on those characters. Today we begin with the scum of the galaxy, just don’t tell them I said that!
Clone Wars Episodes Featuring Bounty Hunters:
Season 1: Episode 22: Hostage Criss (Production order 2.04)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane. Aurra Sing, HELIOS-3D, Shahan Alama, and Robonino.
Season 2: Episode 1: Holocron Heist (Production order 1.23)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane, Cato Parasitti
Season 2: Episode 2: Cargo of Doom (Production order 1.13)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane.
Season 2: Episode 3: Children of the Force (Production order 2.03)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane.
Season 2: Episode 17: Bounty Hunters (Production order 2.19)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Sugi, Embo, Seripas, Rumi Paramita.
Season 2: Episode 20: Death Trap (Production order 2.15)
Bounty Hunter Appearing: Boba Fett, Aurra Sing.
Season 2: Episode 21: R2 Come Home (Production order 2.18)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Boba Fett, Aurra Sing, Castas, Bossk.
Season 2: Episode 22: Lethal Trackdown (Production order 2.20)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Boba Fett, Aurra Sing, Castas, Bossk.
Season 3: Episode 1: Clone Cadets (Production order 3.01)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Bric and El-Les
Season 3: Episode 4: Sphere of Influence (Production order 2.25)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Greedo, Brainee, unidentified Gotal and unidentified Weequay.
Season 3: Episode 7: Assassin (Production order 2.21)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Aurra Sing.
Season 3: Episode 8: Evil Plans (Production order 3.03)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane, HELIOS-3E
Season 3: Episode 9: Hunt for Ziro (Production order 3.05)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane, Sy Snootles.
Season 3: Episode 22: Wookiee Hunt (Production order 3.18)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Sugi, Seripas.
Season 4: Episode 15: Deception (Production order 4.07)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Rako Hardeen, Moralo Eval, Cad Bane, Bossk, Boba Fett.
Season 4: Episode 16: Friends and Enemies: (Production order 4.08)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane, Moralo Eval, Rako Hardeen*, Sy Snootles.
Season 4: Episode 17: The Box (Production order 4.09)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Onca, Embo, Moralo Eval, Cad Bane, Derrown, Bulduga, Jakoli, Mantu, Twazzi, Rako Hardeen*, Kiera Swan, Sinrich, Sixtat.
Season 4: Episode 18: Crisis on Naboo (Production order 4.10)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane, Moralo Eval, Twazzi, Embo, Derrown, Rako Hardeen*
Season 4: Episode 20: Bounty (Production order 4.12)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Oked, Embo, Bossk, Latts Razzi, Dengar, C-21 Highsinger, Boba Fett, Asajj Ventress.
Season 4: Episode 21: Brothers (Production order 4.13)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Latts Razzi, Asajj Ventress.
Season 4: Episode 22: Asajj Ventress, unidentified Balnab, Human and Weequay Bounty Hunters.
Hunter by Hunter: Bounty Hunter Breakdown
Good Guys: Sugi’s Crew and the Cuy’val Dar
Season Two of The Clone Wars brought us a new perspective on the bounty hunter profession, we got bounty hunters wearing the white hats and protecting (or at least trying to protect) a village of Felucian farmers in the episode “Bounty Hunters.” The female Zabrak bounty hunter Sugi’s crew consisted of the Frenk bounty hunter Rumi Paramita, the diminuitive Seripas who wore a large metal suit, and the oh so cool Kyozo bounty hunter Embo. Sugi and Seripas also returned in Episode 3.22 “Wookiee Hunt” as the shuttle pilots that helped rescue Chewie and Ahsoka. Sugi also had cameos in episodes 3.4 “Sphere of Influence” and 4.22 “Revenge.” While fan favorite, Embo returned and re-appeared in the Obi-Wan undercover story arc, episodes 4.17 “The Box” and 4.18 “Crisis on Naboo.”
The Expanded Universe gave us the concept of the Cuy’val Dar. Literaly translated into basic from Mando’a this phrase means “those who no longer exist.” These Cuy’val Dar served as training sergeants on Kamino to train the Clone Troopers for the GAR. Among the Cuy’val Dar you had Mandalorians as well as non-Mandalorian bounty hunters. In the Season Three premier episode, “Clone Cadets” we meet two of these training seargents Bric (Siniteen male) and El-Les (Arcona male).
There are a number bounty hunters that have appeared in just one episode so far, some are memorable and some are forgetable.
The IG-86 droids HELIOS-3D (1.22 Hostage Crisis) and HELIOS-3E (3.8 Evil Plans) worked with Cad Bane, but the most interesting droid bounty hunter in TCW has to be C-21 Highsinger who was party of Boba Fett’s gang in episode 4.20 “Bounty”
Shahan Alama and Robonino, appeared in episode 1.22 “Hostage Crisis” when Cad Bane’s crew took Republic Senators hostage inside the Senate building.
Cato Parasitti, the clawdite bounty hunter assumed the identities of Jedi Ord Enisence as well as Jocasta Nu before being captured in episode 2.1 “Holocron Heist.”
Brainee, the same species as Bric, showed up in episode 3.4 “Sphere of Influence” working with Greedo in the plan to capture Baron Papanoida and his son who where investigating the kidnapping of Papanoida’s daughters.
Onca, Bulduga, Jakoli, Mantu, Kiera Swan, Sinrich and Sixtat, all appeared in episode 4.17 “The Box,” unfortunately for them the Box exacted a fatal toll on those who failed to master it’s many challenges.
Oked, a Beldnab bounty hunter made the mistake at hitting on Asajj Ventress in episode 4.20 “Bounty.” A lesson to everyone to be careful who you try to pick up in a cantina.
Original Trilogy Guest Stars:
This is where things get really interesting. Sy Snootles, Greedo, Bossk and Dengar. Sy Snootles may not neatly fit the definition of a bounty hunter but this scorned lover certainly collected a bounty by killing Ziro the Hutt in episode 3.9 “Hunt for Ziro.” Snootles not only killed the fugitive Hutt but recovered damaging information on the Hutt Ruling Council for her employer Jabba. Snootles returned to the series in a less then glamorous drunken cameo in episode 4.16 “Friends and Enemies.”
Greedo may have opened up a continuity can of worms, but I enjoy this rather ineffective bounty hunter, even if he is a little slow on the draw. Greedo appeared in episode 3.4 “Sphere of Influence.”
Bossk has gotten a lot of screen time and frankly, if this dinosaur in a flight suit was chasing me I would probably either faint or surrender. First appearing in the two-part Season Two finale, Bossk returned as an inmate and jail break partner to Boba Fett in episode 4.15 “Deception.” Bossk stayed associated with Fett as he was part of Fett’s gang in episode 4.20 “Bounty.” It will be interesting to see if we get more Bossk-Fett relationship development through the course of the series.
Dengar also appeared as part of Boba Fett’s crew in episode 4.20 “Bounty,” and proves that some of us just don’t age very gracefully.
Bad Guys who keep showing up:
Castas appeared as part of the crew of Aurra Sing along with Boba Fett and Bossk in episodes 2.21 and 2.22, and proves that getting cold feet on a high stakes bounty can be dangerous.
Latts Razzi is a very interesting looking female bounty hunter that debuted in episode 4.20 “Bounty,” and returned looking like Asajj Ventress’ BFF in episode 4.21 “Brothers.”
Rako Hardeen himself appeared in episode 4.15 “Deception,” but his fascimile made repeated appearances as Obi-Wan Kenobi practiced some identity theft in episodes 4.16-4.18.
Moralo Eval also appeared in episodes 4.15-4.18, and while he seemed to be the “big bad” soon found himself taking a back seat to Cad Bane. Eval is one of the few new villians introduced into TCW that actually survived his debut story arc.
Aurra Sing is one of the most interesting characters in Star Wars. A very unique looking background character in Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Sing was later included in comics, the novels and now TCW. Sing has appeared in episodes 1.22 “Hostage Crisis,” 2.20 “Death Trap,” 2.21 “R2 Come Home,” 2.22 “Lethal Trackdown,” and 3.7 “Assassin.” Sing got her own staring episode in “Assassin” and that is one of the best episodes of the first half of Season Three.
Baddest Guys: Cade Bane and Boba Fett:
Boba Fett may be the baddest man in the Star Wars universe , a Clint Eastwood in space, but in TCW he is still just a wee tyke.
Fett appears in episodes 2.20-22, 4.15, and 4.20. While last we saw Fett he was getting stuffed in a trunk, the good news is that there is a pretty good chance we will get to see more Boba Fett in TCW series going forward. There are even hints based on what appears to be an early leaked TCW style animation of Boba Fett in his traditional armor to get us very excited about how his character will develop on the show.
Cad Bane is one of three characters created by TCW that is probably the best legacy so far of the series. Along with Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex, Bane has introduced an interesting new element into the Star Wars galaxy and is a very interesting bad guy who’s fate is open. Bane has a very cool character design, a suitably dark voice and a willingness to take just about any job for the right price. In many ways Bane is to TCW as Boba Fett is to the Original Trilogy era.
Bane is all over TCW, introduced in episode 1.22 “Hostage Crisis,” and also appeared in episodes 2.1-2.3, 3.8-3.9, and 4.15-4.18.
One thing is for sure with Bane, you may be able to capture him but he is a particularly tough Duros to kill. No doubt Bane will show up many times before the end of TCW.
Stay tuned as we continue this series of Clone Wars Viewer’s Guides during The Clone Wars between seasons break.
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 nathanpbutler.com 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.
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