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Is Padme a Weak Character? – SWR #126

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On this week’s podcast, Bethany joins me! Padme’s characterization in episode III and delve into more of your emails.

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Notes:

  • What does the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer have to do the Star Wars?
  • Is Padme’s character “completely ruined” by her losing the will to live?
  • The prophecy of the chosen one in the Mortis trilogy.
  • Revisiting Disney’s Rebels marketing.

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Purge Targets – SWBW #12

Reviews this episode
Purge (comic volume)
Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets (comic volume)

Bookworms is back with your hosts Teresa and Aaron. On this episode they bring in Mark Hurliman of the Star Wars Beyond the Films podcast to talk some comics.

Before they tackled the reviews though, they had some feedback from a listener to share. Listener shazbazzar sent in an email with his thoughts on Crucible, Mortis, the Expanded Universe, and Episode VII which led to some fun discussion on all topics.

Then our hosts jumped right into their review of the Purge comics, covering each of the 4 storylines individually. Aaron, Teresa, and Mark had varying opinions on which stories they enjoyed and which ones didn’t work for them.

And why doesn’t this guy have a mouth?

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Dawn of a NEW ERA! – SWBTF #29

Greetings Fanboys, Fangirls, EU Fans, and returning Beyonders!
And welcome to Star Wars Beyond the Films!

This week, true believers, The Defender of the EU Mark Hurliman, and your EU Guru Nathan P. Butler invite you to continue their journey back into the far flung past of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Come explore the new Dawn of the Jedi series by Dark Horse Comics and everything that comes with this new era in the #SWEU.

This time around, hosts Mark and Nathan start with the bang this series started with. This series sold out on the first two issues; #0 & #1. Multiple times!

Even better, the Digital Copies are selling good too! Wait… what’s this? Nathan’s been buying Digital Comics?! As well as all the variants covers. The guys talk about variant covers and comic addictions.

Nathan rants about the Dark Horse Comics App, and his frustrations with it.

Plus, with a New Era comes an all new symbol!

And since The Clone Wars with it’s Mortis Arc gave us an idea of what is going on inside one of those Monoliths….

….we STILL have no clue what to expect from these things!

Poor Xesh…. All these Force Hounds have letters on their faces…. And whoa…. Their names are the letters in Aurebesh! There could be a LOT of Force Hounds running around out there.

Xesh is turning into a favorite for both hosts.
Is Daegen a Palpatine-like character evil and going to try to corrupt Xesh? And if so does that make Xesh the Vader in this saga?

The Rakatan’s are turning into a truly scary species. As if they weren’t fearsome enough before, what they are willing to do to their slaves is enough to keep Nathan up at night.

Some prominent themes are seen in this new era- light, dark, and balance.

Speaking of Balance; that is one concept that got the reboot in this series. What you think you know, you have no idea.

Could Daegen Lok be the next Obi-Wan Kenobi figure?

Nathan ponders the phrase – “The Force is at war with the planet” …. Uh oh…. that can’t be good.

The hosts have discovered that an open mind helps adapt to anything.

With so much to discuss this week, we figured we’d keep the shownotes short ans sweet, so sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s Star Wars Beyond the Films!

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Momma Ain’t Happy, Nobody Happy: Mother Talzin and The Clone Wars

In the past year we have been introduced to a major new player on the Dark Side stage, Nightsister Clan Mother and Shaman Mother Talzin.  First introduced in last season’s three-part The Clone Wars story arc, dubbed “The Nightsisters Trilogy,” Talzin has gone on to appear in some recent Expanded Universe works, most recently in Dan Wallace’s Book of Sith.  As we get ready for Mother Talzin and the Nightsisters of Dathomir to return to The Clone Wars, lets take a look at what we have learned about Mother Talzin, her clan, and how they are connected with the rest of continuity.

In The Clone Wars we are introduced to Mother Talzin in episodes 3.12-3.14: “Nightsisters,” “Monster,” and “Witches of the Mist.”  Along with all the continuity changes that take place with Dathomir and the back story for Asajj Ventress and Darth Maul, we are introduced to a clan of dark Magick using witches referred to as the Nightsisters.  The Nightsisters were first introduced by Dave Wolverton in his Bantam era novel, The Courtship of Princess Leia.  Lucas and his Clone Wars team combined the concept of the Nightsisters and some Sith Witch concept art from the prequel films to create the look of the Nightsisters for the show and their leader Mother Talzin.

The clear attempts by the book licensee Del Rey to weave TCW into the novels has resulted in Mother Talzin has received passing reference in James Luceno’s Darth Plagueis novel, a larger role in Scholastic’s The Wrath of Darth Maul, as well as an entire section in becker&mayer!’s Book of Sith.

While Talzin’s reference in Darth Plagueis is more of the passing variety, her appearance in The Wrath of Darth Maul (Wrath) and her “writing” in the Book of Sith have direct impact on the story that will be featured in the concluding story arc of Season Four.  In Wrath, Talzin went to Orsis where Maul was being trained in combat to claim him as a Nightbrother and return him to Dathomir.  Talzin was prevented in this by the appearance of Sidious and she submitted to Sidious’ superior claim to Maul, but she did take a parting gift home with her.  On her way back to her vessel to leave, Talzin brushed an open wound of Maul’s with a talisman capturing his blood upon the magical object.  This talisman will become very important later on.

Also in Wrath we learn that somehow Maul survived his maiming on Naboo and fall down the reactor shaft only to awaken in a dank hole on Lotho Minor were he spent the next decade.  As of that book it was unrevealed if Maul had some mysterious benefactor that saved his life and got him from Naboo to Lotho Minor.  The Book of Sith may provide some answers in a few abilities of the Nightsisters that it described.

What if Maul actually died briefly on Naboo?  In the Book of Sith it lists the talismans that the Nightsisters possessed, one of these was the “Talisman of Resurrection” that allows them to return a spirit back to it’s body, the sooner this is done though the better shape the physical body will be in.  What if Mother Talzin arrived on Naboo just in time to use this talisman on Maul?  This poses the further question of how would she have known where and when to be to save Maul?  Well we know she already had the talisman with Maul’s blood on it that she could use to track him, but she also had the ability through divination and scrying to “view events occurring anywhere in the galaxy.”  This is the arability that she used when meeting with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker to locate Savage Opress for them in “Witches of the Mist.”

So we now have an explanation of how Maul could have been returned from the dead as well as rescued by Mother Talzin.  But if Mother Talzin saved Maul, why not keep him on Dathomir?  Well the ability of divination allowed her to see multiple possible futures, perhaps she foresaw the return of Ventress and creation of Savage Opress and is playing out events according to her visions.  Leaving Maul in a safe and secluded place was the best option for her.  Leaving his mind broken also kept him from making any trouble.

We also learn that Mother Talzin is a bit of a charismatic leader, not only did she defeat Mother Zalem, but she unified warring Nightsister tribes into one coven and assumed the dual roles of Clan Mother and Shaman.

In Season Three we saw Mother Talzin exhibit a number of abilities, such as the ability to conjure a weapon from thin air for Savage Opress, to use the waters of life to heal Ventress’ body and mind, and to mesmerize Savage Opress.  Based on the waters of life ritual we know Talzin could have healed Maul’s mind and injuries following the events on Naboo, but she did not.

The biggest revelation regarding Mother Talzin and the Nightsisters is that they and she know about Mortis.  The Nightsisters spirituality is centered on two beings, the Winged Goddess and the Fanged God, who are depicted and described just like the Daughter and Son from Season Three’s Mortis Trilogy.  Mother Talzin believes that there is a spiritual realm and a physical realm, this Winged Goddess and Fanged God exist on the spiritual realm, but through their magicks the Nightsisters are able to bridge the gap between the two realms and tap into the power granted by the Goddess and the God. In fact she claims that she experienced a near death experience that brought about her connection to the spirit realm, and it is this through this connection that “the spirits pull upon the folds of my robe as I walk and echo beneath my voice when I speak.” (Book of Sith pg. 100)

The Book of Sith goes into great detail listing other abilities and aspects of the Nightsisters’ culture that will undoubtedly show up in The Clone Wars at a future point, but it is clear from our examination that Mother Talzin has some very strong powers and some very curious connections with the Force wielders of Mortis.  In appearance they are rather similar to the Son in particular.

The question becomes, what is Mother Talzin’s role in the saga and what are her real goals during the Clone Wars?  If I may speculate, I believe she is trying to cultivate a trio of instruments by which she can rule the galaxy.  Perhaps her goal is to position Maul, Opress and Ventress so that all three are under her influence and control.  One of the interesting features of the Book of Sith is that Ventress commented in the margins of Mother Talzin’s writing, the tone of her comments makes me think she at some point grew disillusioned with Talzin and ends up either trying to usurp Talzin’s position or leaving the Nightsisters all together.

The future is always in motion, but one thing is for sure, Mother Talzin and the Nightsisters are playing a much more central role in the Clone Wars era then we ever thought they would be.

~ Peter

Award Winning Action! – SWR #32

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the latest episode of the Star Wars Report!

On this episode of the Star Wars Report, Bethany, Riley and Mark are joined by Nathan Butler for a special fan audio awards segment. Listen in to all those who won awards, including yours truly!

Also, will we see more of Mortis in The Clone Wars? Considering what Star Wars author James Luceno had to say in a Facebook chat he had a while ago, perhaps so!

Also, on this episode of the Star Trek Report we discuss time travel…..

Do you think it’s likely that Star Wars Underworld will have time travel in it, or would you rather time travel stay in such franchises as Star Trek and Doctor Who?

This episode of the Star Wars Report is sponsored by Toy Hutt, your source for great toys and action figures, games and trinkets from that galaxy far, far away!

Bethany admired a Power of the Force Luke Skywalker figure, and a Star Wars Sideshow Rebel Commando!

We had sad news to bring to you: actor Ian Abercrombie, voice of Palpatine in The Clone Wars, and an actor with a career that spanned many other prestigious roles, passed away. His talent and personality will be missed.

Hope you enjoy this week’s episode!

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