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Han Dies First – SWBTF #30

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

This week, true believers, your EU Guru Nathan P. Butler, and The Defender of the EU Mark Hurliman, take you on a wild adventure as they explore the recent news that came out of San Diego Comic Con 2012 (SDCC), and how it effects your EU.

 

Some things that were recently discussed at SDCC:

  • Vader’s Little Princess (like Vader and Son)
  • A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure like Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy
  • Darth Maul: Death Sentence  (comic series)
  • Lost Tribe of the Sith: Spiral (comic series)
  • Agent of the  Empire: Hard Targets (comic series)
  • Dawn of the Jedi: Prisoner of Bogan (comic series)
  • Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void by Tim Lebbon(new novel)
  • Mercy Kill (Hardcover -comes out this month)
  • Star Wars by Brian Wood (ongoing comic series; THE ONE TO WATCH)
  • Essential Readers Companion (Essential Guide)
  • The Old Republic: Annihilation by Karpyshyn (novel)
  • Scoundrels by Zahn (novel)

 

  • Last of the Jedi (standalone novel)Ever since Emperor Palpatine’s Order  66–which called for the execution of all Jedi–Jax Pavan is the last  Knight around to fight the dark side of the Force.  Together with his  droid I-5, Jax has eluded Vader time and again, all the while wreaking  havoc against the Empire through the underground resistance on  Coruscant. But now the Rebel’s leader on the city-planet has been  captured, and it’s up to the Last Jedi to ride again…possibly for one  final adventure.”

 

 

 

 

  • Crucible (Spring 2013)

Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia have spent a lifetime  fighting wars, bringing the Jedi back from extinction, raising families,  and saving the galaxy more times than they can count. They’ve earned  the right to rest on their laurels and let the younger generation  shoulder the burden–but fate has another adventure in store for our  heroes, a quest only they can tackle and hope to survive…”

 

 

 

 

Crucible leads Mark into pondering a death of one of the Big 3. He explains why readers would get more out of witnessing the deaths of the Big 3 and the reactions of the rest of the cast, compared to the idea that it should happen off page. Han dies first?

There will also be 5 – 8 issues per year from the following comic series:

We will get 5 issues per year of:

There will also be TWO ongoing series:

  • Star Wars
  • Untitled

We will get 8 issues per year of a new ongoing series that has not yet been given a title. We’re betting this is the same series as above.

There are no current plans to bring back Invasion, The Old Republic, or Jedi… This causes Mark to rant a bit.

Knight Errant is ending after Escape. Blood Ties is ending after Boba Fett is Dead. Lost Tribe of the Sith is ending after Spiral.

 

Nathan focuses on the marketing and the term “accessible” and what that means. And Mark ponders the need to explore some of the most mined parts of the saga in the name of accessibility. Have we not had retcons, but instead Reboots this whole time?  The hosts are all for new stories. And Nathan lays out the gauntlet of stories set between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back right where the new “Star Wars” series plans to start. It makes it hard to envision this series NOT causing a continuity flubbup. Mark explains how you can’t add minutes to a day, and calls a spade a spade. In a “what?!” Rant that sets both hosts into a fun little moment.

Randy Stradley writes about Invasion-

There are lots of reasons why some series don’t go where we thought they  would (disappointing sales, writer’s get stalled on where to take  stories, other higher profile projects takeover the publishing slot, and  so on), and I’m not going to list the reasons for our decisions for  ending or continuing any given series.

I will say this: feedback  from comics retailers and bookstore buyers (the people who actually  order our books) indicates overwhelmingly that they want more titles  that are accessible to casual fans. For instance, Dawn of the Jedi and Legacy, each being at relatively continuity-free ends of the timeline are good fits. The new Star Wars series, which is designed so that readers need know nothing more than what happened in A New Hope is another good jumping on point.

This doesn’t mean that everything  we publish will fall into those kinds of categories, but it is a fact  that the more accessible titles (or those which focus on important movie  characters) sell better than those that require readers to be familiar  with Expanded Universe continuity. We totally get that hardcore or  longtime fans would like more exploration of the “between times,” but  the fact is that sales of those projects don’t come up to the levels of  the more accessible story lines. Every decision we make is a balancing  act between art and commerce. That’s why I have said — and will  continue to say — that telling a good story is far more important than  connecting the dots between existing continuity landmarks. A really good  story is always receive more consideration from me than one that exists  primarily to fill-in the blanks.

Does it make fitting the stories more difficult to fit together when the newer materials ignore previous stories due to how obscure they are? Nathan and Mark try hard not to rant and rave, as they discuss all the various things that came from SDCC.

Wait… the EU isn’t a part of Star Wars?! The hosts ponder a great many things this week. They also focus on the marketing choices by Dark Horse and Del Rey.

There is a lot going on this week. A must listen episode if ever the dynamic duo have ever recorded one.

What happened to the Star Wars that I used to know…?

 

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The Clone Wars Season 4 Episode 1 & 2 Review

Welcome! This is the first of many reviews I will be writing for each The Clone Wars episode this season, and hopefully many seasons to come! Below is my review for the premiere of The Clone Wars season four.

Let’s start off with some initial thoughts and the build up to this season. Season 3 had just ended, leaving fans with mixed feelings for about half of the season. We had a significant amount of political intrigue and mystery that made viewership and ratings drop for the first few months. Then came the Savage Opress story, the Mortis arc, and a great finale featuring Ahoska being captured by Trandoshan slavers. We left the season feeling good about the future of the show and knowing at least a little bit of the awesomeness that would ensue in season four. The animation was pretty good, a solid improvement from the previous seasons, and a much needed update of character models for Ahsoka, Obi-Wan, and Anakin. Over the summer, several trailers were released showing the potential for great action, adventure, story, and extraordinary animation. This brings us to our current episodes, Water War and Gungan Attack.

 

The story goes like this: Anakin, Padme, Ahsoka, and Kit Fisto aid the Mon Calamari after a civil war breaks out between the Mon Calamari and the Quarren. After the King of Mon Cala is mysteriously murdered, his son, Prince Lee-Char, tries to lead the people as best as he can even though the Quarren are set against him. When I saw the trailers, which showcased this episode a lot, I wondered how similar this arc would to be to the Genndy series. We have already seen episodes of The Clone Wars that relate to some other clone wars material out there. The season premiere last season was believed to be taken from the Republic comics. However, that turned out to be a lot different from what we were expecting, so this time around I was thinking it would also just be coincidental. In the case of Water War and Gungan Attack, it turned out to be different, but not so different from how the battle of Kamino was changed from the comics. The characters were mostly the same, the concept of a civil war between the Quarren and the Mon Calamari was the same, but that was about it. To me it seemed like the Genndy episode of Kit Fisto’s underwater battle could’ve almost been a part of Water War. Filoni and crew did a great job vastly expanding the storyline from what it originally was, without contradicting anything major with the Genndy show. It’s episodes like these that give me hope that the two series can live in harmony (if you paid close attention, there were a few shout outs to the old series). I’m not sure how much I would’ve enjoyed a complete re-do of the battle on Mon Cala without retaining at least a little bit of its roots. As far as the story goes for Water War, I enjoyed it. There was no deep meaning or unexpected reveal  that shatters the universe, but it puts our main characters in a unique situation that stretches their ability to function. Anakin losing his helmet is a perfect example, for obvious reasons. Pit him against our villain Tamsen, who is native to the water and therein lies an unusual challenge. This episode also created a number of fairly original fight scenes, the one that I remember the most was the climax; all our heroes fight in a whirlpool while being attacked by an shark type alien who can eat right through clone armor, how awesome is that!? This situation also allows us to see the best in characters, such as Kit Fisto. Water War and Gungan Attack did Kit Fisto tremendous justice, and stayed true to the original Clone Wars, and makes him probably the best character in the arc so far. I also think they’re doing a pretty good job of progressing the prince’s character along the path of being a hero, or at least a good leader, which we’ll be seeing (hopefully) in the next episode.

 

Now, my favorite part of the episode, the animation. Absolutely stunning! Some scenes could easily have been mistaken for one of the films (the space scenes particularly). At San Diego Comic-Con, the panel TCW  had showed how a lot of the character movements have changed and it shows. It’ll be hard to go back to season 1 after seeing how beautifully everything moves in season 4! Another thing I noticed was when the Republic ship exploded, the explosions they had looked very colorful, nice, and new. Also, the lighting was well done, that, along with the sound design (which was also phenomenal) really set the tone and made this underwater world believable.

 

There wasn’t much I didn’t like with this episode, but one thing that bothered me was the lightsabers not being affected in any way, shape or form by being underwater. It’s not a huge deal, but it threw me off a little. It’s probably just me still clinging to the Genndy series after all these years. That and the king’s death not being brought up at all after the first three minutes of the episode, and the characters not connecting that event to the separatist takeover were the only issues I had while watching.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this brief review of The Clone Wars season 4 premiere! Season four is shaping up to be a wild ride, and I can’t wait for the next episode! Expect these reviews to get more in depth as the episodes of season 4 get more in depth with their stories. Thanks for reading!

 

-Ryan

 

Help Me Obi-Wan Kenobi, You’re My Only Hope! – SWR #5

After a few technical difficulties, (Cursed phrase, I know.) we present you with The Star Wars Report, episode #5!

On this episode we speak of some rather old news as I had a little trouble with our editing software. Boba Fett movie!?!?!?! The hosts express many points of view on the baddest (in the good way) bounty hunter in the galaxy.

On a more serious note, we discuss the plight of little, Baby Leah, a baby girl who has been hospitalized for months with an unknown disorder. Her parents, Zev and Frani of the Mandalorian Mercs, need our help in supporting this galaxy’s  Princess Leah. You can find a donation link and more about Leah here.

 

Also, a stormtrooper trekking across Australia for charity!? EPIC WIN!!

We discuss other topics as well, including The Old Republic pre-order. (And *GASP!!* Bethany and Riley disagree while conversing about it.) Listener Jesse starts us off on an interesting discussion, and Bethany calls Riley a sexist (in jest). Mark rants about an elitest society, and the hosts have way too much fun discussing Star Wars. Enjoy listening!!

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The Clone Wars Weekly Roundup

Greetings Troops, and welcome to this week’s TCW Weekly Roundup!

If you have been living under a rock, you may not have heard about a little gathering of fanboys and fangirls of the popular arts that occurs every July in San Diego, California called Comic-Con. This little get together generated lots and lots of news regarding the best animated show on television, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TCW).

To kick off the week we finally found out the character that Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica’s Starbuck) will be playing. Though no name has yet been given, we learned that Ms. Sackhoff will be playing the role of a female Mandalorian commando who is part of the Death Watch terrorist group.

 

EW.com and subsequently Starwars.com both posted a Season Four teaser trailer entitled “Death Watch.” This not only marks the debut of Ms. Sackhoff’s character, but also marks the return of Lux Bonteri. Lux made his debut on the season 3 episode “Heroes on Both Sides” and took part in exchanging playful banter with Ahsoka Tano. Lux enabled Ahsoka to gain a different perspective on theSeparatists, but in Season Four could there be friendship or even teenage romance in their future? We will have to wait and see.

We also learned that the story arc will also feature the return of actor/director Jon Favreau as Deathwatch leader Pre Vizsla and that the episodes should air roughly mid-season.

If one new teaser trailer wasn’t enough, we got a second one entitled “Water War” which comes from the season opening Battle of Dac trilogy. Scuba Troopers, alien-shark dudes, and full scale underwater battle royal between the Quarren-Separatists and the Mon Cal-Republic.

We learned a lot about what characters, locations and storylines will be appearing in season four.

The Besalisk Jedi previously seen in the Season Four Teaser trailer is named General Krell and he will factor into a storyline involving the Clones and their view on the war and the Jedi.

We will also see the return of Savage Opress, Asajj Ventress, The Nightsisters, Cade Bane, Bossk, Boba Fett, Commander Wolfe, ARC Trooper Fives, and non-Delta Squad Clone Commandos. We will also see the debut of Dengar, one of the bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back.

For planets we will see the Mon Calamari home world of Dac as well as the planet of Umbara. Umbara is the home world of Palpatine’s aide Sly Moore, and is a planet of perpetual darkness. It sounds like we will see some really weird technology on Umbara.

Bonnie Burton on The Official Star Wars Blog has some interesting details on how Season 4 will portray the clones in general and Captain Rex in particular.

New Clone Trooper Story Arc with Captain Rex:
Umbara is a new planet shrouded in darkness & for the first time you get to see clone troopers killing non-droids, but infact humaniods that live on the planet. All the technology the Umbarans fight with weapons you’ve never seen before. Fans have actually seen Umbarans before; Palpatine’s creepy aid is an Umbaran. And a lot of the favorite troopers who have survived so far like Captain Rex and Fives will show up in this episode.

New Faces and Armor:
They changed the look of a lot of the main characters like Anakin, Ahsoka and Obi-Wan, so this season they upgraded the facial expressions on the clone faces and changed some of the armor as well. Captain Rex doesn’t like the new armor because he thinks it’s too disposable so he makes a hybrid of his old armor welded together with his new armor. He’s worried that the Republic looks at the clones as more of a disposable army.”

I can’t wait for the show to continue to explore the moral issues associated with the clone army, and I hope we see storylines similar to those in the Republic Commando novel series.

At TCW panel at Comic-Con they also showed some early animation for a scene involving Nightsisters using lightsabers and battling battle droids. This really has me intrigued. In January on Lightsaber Rattling I speculated about the destabilization of the balance of power in the galaxy with the introduction of the Nightsisters, Savage Opress and the potential return of Darth Maul. Could this third power base in the galaxy create yet another way for Palpatine to prolong the war for his own ends? The Nightsisters in conflict with the Separatists certainly has interesting story possibilities following up on what we saw in Season Three.

For our friends north of the border who watch TCW on Teletoon, we got a little write up blurb about season four in that networks promotion for the fall season.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season Four
Premieres Friday, September 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT
Airs Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Heroes rise, enemies return and battles intensify in an all-new, action-packed season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. As the heroic Jedi Knights and their clone army fight to preserve order, their efforts continue to be met with strong resistance from the massive Separatist droid army. Escalating and expanding into uncharted corners of the galaxy, the scope and scale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars continues to grow with exotic adventures and enhanced animation strengthening ties to the Star Wars Saga. Within the galactic battle, fearsome foes from the past return to settle the score including lethal adversaries such as bounty hunter Cad Bane and the monstrous Savage Opress. As unexpected alliances are formed on both sides of the battle, the action explodes and the course of the war takes an unforeseen turn. Critically-acclaimed and unlike any other animated show on television, Star Wars: The Clone Wars season four: Battle Lines brings viewers right up to the front-lines of the massive galactic conflict, revealing the stories that forged the Star Wars galaxy.

Will we see a September 16th premier in the United States as well? We will let you know as soon as we find out. Until next time, keep your Buy’ce on and your blaster handy.

Pete

 

 

 

The Clone Wars Weekly Roundup

Greetings Troops, and welcome to this week’s TCW Weekly Roundup.

After taking a break last week because of a relative lack of news, we are back and we are back big, so let’s jump right in.

For kids, collectors and those young at heart McDonalds has started including a new set of Star Wars The Clone Wars Toys in Happy Meals. There are six toys in total. A Walking AT-TE, Anakin Skywalker’s Lightsaber, Mace Windu’s Lightsaber, Yoda’s Lightsaber, Yoda Levitator and a C-3PO Keeper. All six toys either move, light up or make a sound.

Massively has an interesting scoop on the Mon Calamari episodes for next season as well as some news regarding The Clone Wars Adventures on-line game. Apparently, The Clone Wars Adventures will feature a prequel story to the Season 4 Invasion of Mon Calamari story line, that will feature Plo Koon, Commander Wolffe, the Wolfpack, and a place in the Mon Cal system called Iceberg 3. The key nugget for TCW television fans is what we learn about how many episodes will be in the story line and when they will air.

It all leads up to what starts beginning of season four. When players watch the first three episodes of season four they’ll recognize that it fits with what happens in the game.”

So it looks like we will be getting a full born Mon Cal Trilogy as the season premier for Season 4 of TCW. I am very excited and can’t wait to see Ackbar in action.

On Cartoon Network Friday July 22 (airing the weekend of Comic-Con) at 7 p.m. will be premiering a 30-minute television special entitled, Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace. The story is set during the Clone Wars, and I would not be surprised if the voices of the characters are familiar for viewers of TCW series. The description of the mini-movie is:

A routine Jedi Academy field trip is turned into a rip-roaring comic adventure in LEGO Star Wars™: The Padawan Menace™. Tour guide Master Yoda leads a group of rambunctious Jedi younglings through Senate chambers when he senses a disturbance in the Force. Summoned to help save the Republic, he discovers that one of the younglings secretly boarded his ship…and has a taste for adventure! Meanwhile, C-3PO and R2-D2 are put in charge of the boisterous group and find themselves in over their heads. As the evil Sith prepare to wreak havoc, it’s up to Yoda and the droids to ensure that their young charges aren’t torn to bricks!”


Last but certainly not least, we have some Clone Wars panels and panelists at San Diego Comic-Con 2011. For Thursday July 21st, we have the Big Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Four Preview at 4:45-5:45 P.M. in Room 6BCF which will feature Dave Filoni and Joel Aron and will be he hosted by Pablo Hidalgo. Thursday will also see Ahsoka Tano actress Ashley Eckstein hosting a Her Universe panel from 6:00-7:00 P.M. in Room 25ABC. TCW writer Steve Melching will also be appearing on the State of the Geek Report panel at 3:00-4:00 P.M. on Thursday.

Friday’s main TCW panel is Rendering the Galaxy Far, Far Away: The Digital Art and Light of The Clone Wars and again will feature Dave Filoni, Joel Aron and by hosted by Pablo Hidalgo. This panel will take place from 3:00-4:00 P.M. in Room 7AB. TCW producer Giancarlo Volpe will be appearing on the Green Lantern: the Animated Series panel from 2:00-3:00 P.M. in Room 6BCF. From 1:00-2:00 P.M. The Dark Horse Comics: 20 Years of Star Wars panel will feature Dave Filoni among other giants of the EU in Room 7AB.

On Saturday, TCW writer Steven Melching will be appearing on two panels, The Return of Action-Adventure Animation from 10:30-11:30 A.M. in Room 8 and The Write Stuff III: Writing for Genre Television and Beyond from 3:00-4:00 P.M. in Room 23ABC.

Concluding Comic-Con on Sunday, Bonnie Burton will be hosting a Star Wars Crafts panel from 12:00-1:00 P.M. in Room 30CDE, and Steven Melching will be appearing on the Starship Smack down XIIX from 3:00-4:00 P.M.

Until next time, keep your Buy’ce on and your blaster handy.

Peter