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Like Wraith’s In The Night – SWBTF #38

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Wraith Squadron! Aaron Allston! X-Wings! Wedge, Wes, and Face! All on the next Star Wars Beyond the Films, YOUR Star Wars discussion podcast! YOUR ticket to the EU!

This week true believers, Fanboys, Fangirls, and respected aliens around the galaxy, your EU Guru; Nathan P. Butler and The Defender of the EU; Mark Hurliman recruit you once again. This time to discuss Aaron Allston’s part of the X-Wing series, all part of the trail that is their Hunt for Mercy Kill. Strap in and tighten the crash webbing, Star Wars Beyond the Films is setting off on a trip to adventure!

Focusing this time on Aaron Allston’s installments of the X-Wing series, this week’s episode touches on those timeless EU novels;

  • Star Wars: X-Wing- Wraith Squadron
  • Star Wars: X-Wing- Iron Fist
  • Star Wars: X-Wing- Solo Command
  • Star Wars: X-Wing- Starfighters of Adumar

Once again, your dynamic duo cover entirely too much X-Wing goodness in their ONE hour, but don’t worry, give it ago; you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you might even get a little education on the EU while you’re at it. But no matter how you slice it and dice it, you’ll be having another adventure Beyond the Films. So once again, sit back, hang on, enjoy the show and may the Force be with you!

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Star Wars Detours Panel at Celebration 6

Let me admit this right up front: I LOVE STAR WARS! You might think that is an obvious statement considering where this article is getting posted… but let me clarify. I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT STAR WARS. That includes the Prequels. That includes the EU. That includes The Clone Wars TV show. I recognize that there are plenty of missteps and imperfections throughout, but even knowing that, I still love it all.

One thing that has really bothered me has been seeing the “blogosphere’s” pretty negative reactions to Star Wars Detours. I was lucky enough to have been able to attend Celebration VI and was in the room for the official unveiling of the series. I have to tell you that I was thrilled (as was everyone else in the auditorium) with what they had done with the series, and I am incredibly excited to see what else they do. I think that the bloggers who are less than excited for the series might just be missing some of the key setup for the series, so I wanted to share with you the context that was given by the creators when they unveiled the series.

What’s Going on with the Death Star?

The series takes place between episodes III and IV. During this time, there is no real war going on and there is a relative peace in the Galaxy Far, Far Away. So what is an Empire to do? Well, the truth is that Palpatine is solidifying his grasp on the galaxy by constructing a technological terror that will keep the citizens in line. He cannot justify constructing the Death Star during peacetime and he also can’t hide the fact that he’s building something the size of a moon… so he has to disguise it! The cover story becomes the construction of a giant mega-mall. I love this for several reasons. First, it is canonically consistent. Do I think the true canon has a Death Star mall project? No, but I do like the idea that Palpatine’s ties to the businesses and bureaucrats would absolutely make it feasible for him to make his “signature achievement” a giant mega-mall. The other thing that is great about this is how they built in a lot of subtle benefits from this setup. Stormtroopers who volunteered to support their Empire are now stationed as mall cops!

The Empire’s need for safety inspectors to not think of the giant lasers as shopping hazards. Palpatine stopping in for progress inspections and Vader performing ribbon-cutting ceremonies. All of these things were mentioned at the panel and all of them seem to be humor goldmines just waiting to be mined.

Who is that Bratty Girl?

As Seth Green put it, Princess Leia at this point is a teen princess who is known throughout the Galaxy, is the daughter of one of the richest, oldest houses of royalty anywhere… and she doesn’t know who her real father is. This is the perfect formula for a full on, teenage, drama queen. She travels everywhere with her body doubles, so she even has a built in bully-pack! I think it’s a great take on a character that we all see so differently as she grows older. It’s funny to think that Princess Leia used to be her Galaxy’s Paris Hilton. Full of comic potential, I can’t wait to see more about her dealing with glamour, fame, beauty and money. If they can also include subtle references to her latent Force-abilities, it would be great to see what a mean bully (but not quite evil Sith) would do with minor Force abilities.

Chewie the Housewife?

So I admit that this clip was a little bit of a letdown for me. It was based on one of the two dynamics that the creators said they wanted to explore in the Han/Chewie dynamic. They pointed out that at this time, Han and Chewie are loners and that they are busy smugglers. This means they must spend a LOT of time together in the Falcon, making them like an old married couple. To me, this was funny, but a little contrived. However… the second aspect of their relationship which was mentioned has me more excited than anything else that was said. Seth Green pointed out that Han and Chewie are best friends… but Han also kind of owns Chewbacca… which has to be awkward when it comes up! I think this will be hilarious and I can’t wait to see more of that side of their relationship.

Everything Else

There were so many other little things teased, here are just a few main points:

  • All of the ships are going to be modeled after the old toys, right down to the buttons and the ways the canopies open. Great throwback there!
  • There are still some clone troopers alive and its funny to see the real, battle-hardened veterans try to lead the new, bumbling recruits and turn them into “brothers”.
  • Jar Jar Binks: “You will either love him more or hate him more.” that’s a direct quote and one that intrigues me.
  • I like that they are including all of the bounty hunters, and Matt Seinreich promised that this series will make you absolutely love Dengar.
  • Obi-Wan being a drunk has been a humorous idea among fans for a long time. Looks like they brought that into their writing. A scene of him being nagged by Qui-Gon Jinn was shown and it was great!

What Really Matters

At the end of the day what really matters is that the people who are working on this show are incredible Star Wars fans. They know every minute of the movies back and forth, they know who “Pruneface” is, they know what aspects of the saga we like to poke at on the message boards. I think that’s the main sense of context that is missing when you look at the clips online without hearing from the creators. They have incredible talent involved in the making of this show (Including Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels to name just two.) Watching how excited this group of creators was to be working on Star Wars made me confident that they understand both the reverence and the rancor that Star Wars fans feel toward the Galaxy Far, Far Away.

~ Mitchell Hanan

Full Cover of Star Wars: Scoundrels Revealed

Over at the official Star Wars Books Facebook page the full cover for the upcoming Timothy Zahn novel Scoundrels has been revealed.  Looks like some pretty interesting characters are on the roster including (from left to right) Kell Tainer, Winter, and new characters Zerba Cher’dak, and Bink Kitik.  Check out the image below.

 

- Aaron Goins

Cramming: I’m Stuffed – SWBTF #14

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Welcome to Star Wars Beyond the Films!

This time on Star Wars Beyond the Films, your hosts Mark and Nathan discuss crowding of content in the Star Wars timeline, specifically in certain areas where there seem to be so many (albeit good) stories set in one, short span of time that you wonder how the characters could possibly get from one place to the next so quickly, and when they might have time to go to the restroom.

They also both had several, exciting announcements to make!

On Friday, March 23rd, Nathan and his girlfriend Jodi got engaged!

On March 18th, Mark become a father once again when Jaina, he and his wife’s little sword of the Jedi, was born!

A hearty congratulations to both of them!

Do we need more Han and Chewbacca stories, more Luke stories, and more stories of that kind (especially if they’re set right after Yavin or in other, heavily explored time periods), when there are already so many stories of the “Big Three”…. Will these stories need to be forcibly shoehorned in just to fit with the continuity and specific time-frames? And, will this be a problem, or something that fan’s enjoy and want?

Are certain parts of the timeline too packed? Does adding one more adventure hurt other stories integrity? Does it even matter?

Star Wars: Scoundrels was brought up in the discussion, but are the Big Three the only characters who could be susceptible to cramming? Will Scoundrels be more like Fast Five Star Wars style? Wait, Nathan’s actually excited about Scoundrels?!

Rebel Force was one of the latest additions to these timeframes, as was Death Troopers, and Shadow Games.
Are there Original Trilogy time frames that are lost to fandom? (Older works that have not been re-written or re-printed.)
Should there be more “Don’t go there” places in the timeline? Places where the EU should have to leave alone for now?
Do fans want more cramming of the OT timeline with more Big Three tales in-spite of that time being already a bit crowded with the main characters tales?

Did the old way of publishing cause more issues with stories being tread over?

In the Insider issue 132 there was an article, Star Wars: Expanding Empire, by Ryder Windham which garnered high praise from both hosts. This Insider article deals with many of these publishing issues.

Rebel Mission to Ord Mantell,  the Death Star plans, and a couple other story-lines that have been covered from multiple angles sometime create the potential for issues, yet when issues come up they are sometimes glossed over.
The Death Star Plans have been chronicled in: Interlude at Darkknell, Jedi Dawn, Dark Forces, Death Star, Shadow Games and possibly others.

On the other hand, Invasion was held back until after other stories had finished/were settled.
Should stories that are so interconnected be more well thought out vs, added to over the years with new info added with each new additions?
Another factor in this is: Does the format matter to you as a reader? Meaning, are games less important than the comics to you? Or do the comics mean less than the books? Do the books mean less than the movies? Do they all mean the same barring conflicts, and is it different for each individual?

Has continuity been a less important issue from the corporate perspective?
After much discussion the hosts feel that between 4 and 5 is the most crammed of all the Star Wars timeline. But they do see the merit in telling the back-story of the main characters. What about the other EU Characters though? Mara gets page time, but what about the Solo kids?

The Big Three are the touch stones of the EU in a lot of ways. They ARE the gateway to the EU for many first time readers.
And sometimes you’re not the reader the publisher was aiming at.

Mark rants about the New Jedi Order Era being shoehorned by it’s own “series” and the need of more Tales books, Tales of the New Jedi Order and so forth. Corran Horn’s leave of absence could be fun to explore. And new characters’ back-stories being explored could feel more like mining new information, instead of cramming.
Mark continued with his occasional feelings he gets from the marketing and publishing of the EU. Nathan draws attention to series that play into the other side of things, and balance was achieved.
Nathan brings up the Star Wars Adventure Journals and why they were so much fun, and how many of the Tales stories came from the Adventure Journals.

Nathan ponders on stories that could happen in the crammed timeframe that could work very well, and both hosts feel that crammed eras can have great stories. The stories just need to be done well, and not rushed. A Boba Fett’s past Flow chart may be needed.

Star Wars has proved time and again that it can make things work. You just have to roll with the punches. You can’t have a light side without a dark side, but you do need a Chosen One to bring balance to both sides of the Force!

Enjoy this episode of Star Wars Beyond the Films, and may the Force be with you!

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Rest in Peace Ralph Mcquarrie – SWR #36

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Salutations and felicitations Star Wars fans! We have for you today another episode of the Star Wars Report!

During this episode we talk about Drew Karpyshyn retiring from BioWare, George Lucas getting the Vanguard Award from the NAACP for Red Tails, a successful Kickstarter, Star Wars project that went through and much more!

How much would a Death Star cost to build in real life?

LFL digital production facility plans move forward for Marin County CA. Is Lucasfilm growing as a successful, competitive company? And, could this possibly be related to the production of a certain Star Wars, live action, much talked about television show!? (Thanks to Anthony Madden for pointing that out!)

 

Drew Karpyshyn’s book get’s a title, the Nomi Sunrider book has been canceled, and Timothy Zahn’s Han Solo book will be out this winter!

This episode of the Star Wars Report is sponsored by Toy Hutt! Your source for toys and more from that galaxy far, far away!

Toy Hutt has an awesome deal for avid collectors this week! If you’re looking to purchase a number of Star Wars items in the near future, they have a sale right now where if you purchase $75.00 or more, you get a %20 percent discount!

We also discovered that they have a cool, collecting 101 guide. If you’re new to collecting, or like having your collecting information assimilated neatly (Yeah sure, Borg style. Props if you get this reference!), than take a look at their guide!

Riley also spoke of his conflicted feelings on the Star Wars Happy Meals.

We played a cool interview with Erik Bauersfeld, the voice of Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna, who seems like quite a nice guy!

Ralph Mcquarrie (June 13, 1929 – March 3, 2012) is now one with the Force. This episode of the Star Wars Report is dedicated to him.

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