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Maul, the Unpredictable Sith – SWBTF #59

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Darth Maul, Mauldalorians, The Opress Brothers 3 or was that 4, Vader vs Maul, and more, all 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, The Defender of the EU; Mark Hurliman, and your EU Guru; Nathan P. Butler, sit down to discuss Darth Maul, the character. 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!

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Now I Am The Master- TWL #43

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Join Karl and Jason in their latest episode where they sit down to discuss the many different dynamics we see between the Master and Apprentice relationships we see in the films.  From Qui-Gon Jinn teaching Obi-Wan to Obi-Wan trying to train Anakin and up through the great tutelage of Yoda to Luke Skywalker, Karl and Jason delve into all the unique elements of the Master-Apprentice relationship in the Star Wars films!

 

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.

Master of Manipulation – TWL #16

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In their “sweet 16″ episode, Karl and Jason are again joined by special guest Joe “Lord Bruticus” Mignano as they discuss the character development of Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine  from Episode I through Episode VI.  From his rise as a popular senator to supreme chancellor to declaring himself Emperor of the first galactic empire, your hosts talk about what kind of man Palpatine was who was capable of such feats.  From the shadows, this brilliant character takes control of the galaxy and stakes a claim on film history as one of the greatest villains of all time!