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Who Is Fulcrum? Now We All Know!

Who Is Fulcrum?
Now We All Know
—shazbazzar

For those of us who loved Star Wars: The Clone Wars from its outset to its premature end, the announcement of a new Star Wars animated series on Disney XD resulted in mixed emotions.  Many of us were frustrated that one of Disney’s first moves after purchasing Lucasfilm was not only to Ahsoka Walks Awaycancel The Clone Wars but to halt production on many several episodes which had been planned, written, recorded, and in various stages of production, from animatics to final rendering.  However, we were also cautiously curious about this new series.  We had questions, some of which remain unanswered:  Would Disney give this new series a fair chance to attract an audience?  After all, the ever-changing and inconsistent scheduling of TRON: Uprising (a Disney property) led to viewers wondering when it would air.  Would the audience be left hanging (again) by a premature, inconclusive end to the series?  Star Wars fans are still wanting an appropriate conclusion for The Clone Wars and the aforementioned TRON: Uprising came to an abrupt halt on a cliffhanger.  Most importantly, would our favorite characters from The Clone Wars be seen in Rebels (specifically, Ahsoka Tano)?

Anticipating the upcoming series, I was diligent to seek out all information regarding Star Wars Rebels prior to its release — especially interviews with Dave Filoni.  Empire Online asked him about tie-ins to The Clone Wars to which he responded, “It’s possible, I’ll just say that. I think people would be disappointed if there wasn’t some connection…”  On the official site, during a video entitled, “The Lost Missions Q&A Rebels”, he admitted, “It would almost be crazy for there not to be anything that is related to a show I loved so much in a new show I’m doing.”  These statements, combined with my admitted bias for Ahsoka, convinced me that we would indeed be seeing her return at some point in the series.

During the fifth episode, “Out of Darkness”, we heard about Hera’s mysterious contact, Fulcrum.  When Sabine and Hera go to an outpost to pick up supplies from Fulcrum, SWR Fulcrum.002Hera specifies which crate she will move to the Phantom, based on a mark on the outside of the container.  In the same episode, we heard Fulcrum’s voice, albeit altered to disguise the voice.  Some fans put together the clues and believed Fulcrum was none other than Ahsoka Tano (though I was a believer, I wanted to argue all the angles, just to challenge my own first impression).  However, these clues were certainly pointing us in her direction.

SWR Fulcrum.005As the season progressed, the makers of Rebels actively focused on turning our attention from my favorite Togrutan by showing previews of holographic images of a hooded Fulcrum speaking to Hera — a hooded form that was distinctly different from the familiar scenes of a hooded Ahsoka from The Clone Wars which clearly showed Ahsoka’s montrals and lekku.  Thankfully, we were not kept waiting for long (like a season-ending cliffhanger), but Fulcrum was revealed at the conclusion of the season finale, “Fire across the Galaxy,” when we saw the return of Ahsoka to the screen as she descended the ladder, revealing herself as Fulcrum.  We discovered who Fulcrum is, but what is the significance of her code name?

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A fulcrum is the pivot point for a lever.  Therefore, Fulcrum may carry the connotation that Ahsoka is the hinge for all the work being done amongst the separate cells of rebels.  This fits the current storyline, since it appears that each rebel cell only knows Fulcrum outside their immediate context.  As Hera pointed out in “Fire across the Galaxy,” this would prevent any cell from being used against the others.  With Fulcrum as the contact point for all the cells, she could manage all the cells efforts for a greater impact in their resistance against the Empire.  In doing so, she increases the efficiency of the rebels’ efforts, enabling more work to be accomplished (like a lever) due to a well-placed fulcrum.

The Empire has amplified their efforts to quell rebel cells, focusing on Lothal because of the reported presence of a Jedi and his Padawan, as well as their successful attacks on the Imperial base and supplies (Kyber crystals).  Perhaps, they concluded that the force behind the rebels’ recent success was the Jedi they had repeatedly encountered on Lothal.  Interestingly, it is the Empire’s capture of Kanan that spurs a larger attack on Imperial forces, enlarging our Rebels’ perspective of their place in the galaxy.

A fulcrum is the balance point for a scale.  In a balance scale, the fulcrum is in the central position, perfectly set to enable each side to be equally balanced.  Perhaps, Ahsoka is able to fulfill this position, as well.  Given her history with the Jedi Council, wrongfully accused, yet turned over to the Republic’s (biased) legal system, she recognized that something was out-of-place in the Jedi Order before many others did.  She tasted the Dark Side on Mortis, was warned by a vision of her future about her Master, and made at least one true friend on the “other side” of the Clone War (Lux Bonteri).  She understands the need for balance.

With Dave Filoni’s latest comments regarding Ahsoka’s white lightsabers, SWR Fulcrum.003stating that they are neither green or blue (Jedi), nor red (Sith), we will clearly see in Season Two that Ahsoka is something different: neither Jedi, nor Sith, yet still using the Force.  (Maybe she will team up with other “third party” characters like Hondo Ohnaka or Bo-Katan.)  Ahsoka may well be the perfect person to usher in a new era of Star Wars by revealing the need for a true “awakening” of the Force with a balanced perspective of light and dark, as alluded to in the Mortis trilogy.

A fulcrum is a prop or support.  I’m sure I was not SWR Fulcrum.006alone in my trepidation going into Rebels.  Even as the series progressed, something just didn’t feel “right” about the new endeavor — likely because of my adoration for the former series, the look, the feel, the richness that had developed over the years, and above all, the characters.  The code name Fulcrum could be a signal to audience members like me who have needed an anchor to the previous series to prop up and support this new show.  The unveiling of Fulcrum as Ahsoka certainly did that for me and my family.  Now we can’t wait to see what happens in Season Two.

The “I am Your Father” Moment? – SWR #147

On this week’s podcast Riley, Bethany and Mark read your emails, and then jump into SPOILER discussion with the amazing Bobby Roberts:

  • We talk about the “I am your father” moment of Ep. VII…
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Clone Wars Season 5: What’s Coming Up?

Season 5 of The Clone Wars started off with a bang!  We got Darth Maul, Savage Opress, Hondo, Obi-Wan, severed limbs, dead Jedi… so much excitement packed into one episode. Then they left us hanging. Since then we have had episodes about a small rebellion, kid Jedi, and droids. Sure some of these episodes were enjoyable but I think we are ready to get back to more Obi-Wan and Anakin, and to find out exactly what’s going on with Darth Maul.

This Saturday our wait is over.  Darth Maul and Savage Opress are back with a Mandalorian bonus.  The next three episodes will continue and finish the story arc that was started with the first episode of the season.  We have been teased with a couple preview clips for the episode that show the begginings of a Night Brothers/Mandalorian team up.  We are finally starting to see some of those things that got us so excited in the Season 5 preview trailer.

So what else do we have to look forward to?

Based on the info we have so far it looks like there are only three story arcs left in Season 5.  The next three episodes will finish the Darth Maul arc and are titled Eminence, Shades of Reason, and The Lawless.  After that my guess is they will have a three episode arc with the story featuring Anakin, Padme, and the return of Padme’s ex-boyfriend Clovis.  These episodes seem to be titled An Old Friend, The Rise of Clovis, and Crisis at the Heart.  Assuming that this is a 22 episode season, just like the last 4 seasons have been, that leaves 3 episodes for the season ending arc featuring Ahsoka on the run.

Let’s take a look at some screen grabs from released trailers and clips and speculate a bit.

Darth Maul Arc

If you have read the young readers novel Darth Maul Shadow Conspiracy then you already know how this story goes.  I have not read the book so I will only speculate on how the story goes.

Based on the next few screen shots it looks like Maul and Opress will come up against some bounty hunters we know pretty well.  Here is a shot of Sugi and Dengar.  In the shot you can’t see Maul and Opress but in the trailer it shows that is who the bounty hunters are firing at.  Not sure why Dengar is shooting at the ground.

Sugi is not doing so well against Maul.  I hope they don’t kill her.  I really like her character.

It also looks like Embo has to face off against Savage Opress.  He most likely lives since he still has to show up in the Clovis story arc.

That is definitely a robotic arm that Savage is sporting.  I guess Mother Talzin wasn’t available to regrow it for him.

We also know from the trailer and a clip they showed at Celebration VI that Maul, Opress, and Death Watch also team up with the crime syndicate Black Sun.  This is a nice shout out to the Expanded Universe since the Black Sun was first seen in the pages of the novel Shadows of the Empire and the organization appears in numerous other EU works.  In this image you can see members of the Black Sun standing with the female Mandalorian Bo Katan.  It looks like they are planning an attack on a Mandalorian city.  If you look closely you can see that the male Mandalorian has the same logo on his chest that Boba Fett wears on his shoulder in the Original Trilogy.

Not sure who these aliens are but it looks like they are teaming up with the Madalorians too.

What is cooler than Darth Maul in Madalorian armor? (assuming that is him)

How about Obi-Wan in Mandalorian armor!

And it looks like we will get another Obi-Wan/Maul face-off.

So part of Maul’s deal with Pre Vizsla seems to be that he will help Vizsla reclaim Mandalore from the pacifists.  This means Satine is in trouble, and when Satine is in trouble you know Obi-Wan will be there to help.  But will his help be enough?  In this image it looks like they are setting Obi-Wan up for the often used “I can’t hold on!” line.  See the grease on the cylinder that he is holding onto to?  Uh oh.  Satine may not live to see the end of this arc.

At some point Vizsla and Maul must have a falling out and they clash sabers.  We also know from some preview clips that Obi-Wan ends up teaming up with Bo Katan.  In many of the clips that seem to be from the climax of the episode Pre Vizsla is nowhere to be found.  This makes me wonder if he is killed by Maul.

And then the moment we have all been waiting for.  The part of the trailer they showed at Celebration VI that made grown men cry.  Darth Sidious with not one, but two lightsabers faces off against the Nightbrothers.  Can anyone expect to survive when facing off against the true Master of the Sith?

Don’t worry Maul, that’s just a little Sith lightning.

Oh…That’s a lot…

Clovis Arc

It will probably be hard to go from all that amazing you see above to a story about Padme and Clovis.  Of all the characters in The Clone Wars I am surprised they are bringing this guy back.  It looks like this story arc will feature Anakin protecting Clovis and Padme from what looks like an assassination attempt by the bounty hunter Embo.  This is interesting because in the past they have painted Embo as kind of a good guy.  It also looks like Anakin is going to have to deal with some jealousy issues.

Anakin vs Clovis.  Doesn’t seem like a fair fight.

Here is an image of Embo watching an explosion.  Since Embo appears in more than one of the remaining arcs, this image could be from either story.

The trailer also shows a clip of Embo taking sniper shots at Padme.  In a scene that is sure to delight the younger audience of The Clone Wars we will see Embo use his shield/hat as a snowboard as he chases down a speeder containing Anakin, Padme, and Clovis.

Ahsoka Arc

This last story arc is the one we know the least about.  Well at least we don’t know the titles of the episodes yet.  But many of the clips from the trailers seem to come from this story.

In the trailer this woman in purple is telling Ahsoka, “There are some citizens of the Republic who believe the Jedi Order is not what it used to be.”  Who is this lady?

Yoda also mentions an attack on the Jedi Temple and later in the trailer we see what looks like a Jedi funeral with 6 bodies being buried.  Is this attack what killed the Jedi?  This is the perfect opportunity for the writers to kill off some other Jedi who aren’t supposed to be dead yet.

For reasons unknown, Ahsoka seems to be on the run.  In the 100 Episodes Trailer there is a short clip at the end where Yoda says, “Bring back this lost child, before it is too late.”

Maybe Plo Koon is out looking for her.  Here you can see him on a landing ship with some red-armored troopers at well as what looks like Commander Wolffe.

And it looks like Asajj Ventress is hunting Ahsoka, and she is wearing a brand new mask.  Looks kind of like a commando droid’s head.

Here we see her taking on the same red-armored clones.  If you look closely at her belt you can see she has already taken at least one of Ahsoka’s lightsabers.

Things are not looking good for Ahsoka.

But they wouldn’t kill off Ahsoka yet.  Would they?

She’s jumping and not falling in this picture right?!

I can’t wait for the rest of Season 5!

Aaron Goins

 

Special thanks to the We Talk Clones podcast.  I referenced their speculated episode order while writing this post.

 

 

Mysteries of the Expanse – SWBTF #9

Greetings exalted ones, and welcome to Star Wars Beyond the Films!

On this episode of Star Wars Beyond the Films, your hosts Nathan and Mark are joined by Kelly Adams, long time Star Wars (and Yoda) fan, writer and podcaster!  They discuss a number of things about mysteries in Star Wars: do you like knowing everything about everything in Star Wars? Would you prefer for there to be a lot of mystery surrounding your favorite aspects of the universe? How would you like mysteries and reveals to be balanced? Are some time periods in Star Wars too densely packed to leave any room for mysteries? Do you prefer cliff hangers? Or hate them?

They talk about gaps in the timeline, and Yoda’s past.

What about the fates of Rex and Ahsoka? Does knowing too much spoil it?

What will happen to them?

And then there’s The Fandom (it’s a) TRAP!  Does expecting too much cause disappointment? A story can’t please 100% of the people consuming it, 100% of the time. They also discuss the Nub and Midichlorians.

Has the EU grown too big, and has this caused issues with keeping the mystery? And, be honest, do you have time to re-read Star Wars books you especially liked if you’re also trying to read all Star Wars books as they come out? If you’re behind in reading them, does that mean you’ll be spoiled, and lose interest? Ah the pressures of being an expanded universe fan, keeping up the StarWarsdashians!

They also discus the clone conundrum,

and Jason Solo’s 5 year journey.

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

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Clone Wars Trailer Speculation: Darth Maul

Speculation on the final three episodes of The Clone Wars Season 4

A few days ago we were treated to a trailer for the 4-part season finale of The Clone Wars.  As we have known for a while, Darth Maul will be returning in the last two episodes of the season, and the trailer gives us some great images from those episodes.  Let’s take a closer look at some of the images from the trailer and do some speculating.  As a bonus we will also look at some images from the preview clip of the next episode called “Bounty” featuring Boba Fett!

This post will be discussing things revealed from the book The Wrath of Darth Maul as well as the latest The Clone Wars episode “Massacre”.  If you are sensitive to spoilers you may not want to read further.

So if you want to know exactly how Darth Maul survived and his current state before The Clone Wars episodes are released, read the last two chapters and epilogue of the young readers novel The Wrath of Darth Maul.  In this book it tells how Savage Opress finds a crazed Maul on the planet Lotho Minor.  Savage first confronts and fights Maul and then helps him recover his memory.  Maul is described as having six, mechanical, spider-like legs.  Judging by the episode description and the clips from the trailer it looks like the upcoming episode “Brothers” will be be covering this part of the story.  Here is the episode description:

After being used as a weapon of vengeance by Count Dooku and Asajj Ventress, the dark warrior Savage Opress embarked on a galaxy-spanning quest to find his long-lost brother, the legendary Darth Maul. Maul lives in the depths of a ruined world as a shattered madman barely held together by dreams of vengeance. Savage conspires with the scheming witch Mother Talzin to heal Darth Maul’s body and mind, so that the brothers can begin a new crusade of vengeance against the Jedi.

My guess is that this first image is Savage fighting off some of the locals on Lotho Minor before he finds Maul.

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In the trailer they never clearly show Maul with his spider-like legs but we do get a couple shots of him skittering by in the shadows.  Here is an image where you can see one of his legs.  It’s hard to tell but it looks like it is made up of twisted cord rather than solid metal.

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Here is an image from the confrontation between Maul and Savage in the cave.  You can see that Maul’s horns have grown out to look almost like antlers and that a couple in the front have been broken off.  The antler style of horns matches the way they look in his appearance in the Visionaries comic story “Old Wounds.”

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You can see in this shot that his horns eventually get filed down to a manageable length.

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Based on the episode description it seems as if Mother Talzin will have something to do with getting Maul fixed up with his new legs.  This will likely mean replacing his cobbled together spider legs with the more practical, bipedal, metal legs we see in the trailer.  In this image Maul is on an unknown planet that looks a lot like The Force Unleashed‘s version of Felucia.  There is a group of unlucky people in his path (are they children?).  He is using what looks like half of his damaged lightsaber we know from The Phantom Menace.  If this is the same lightsaber, how did he get it back?  Will we not see Maul with the double-bladed version at all?

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What would a good Darth Maul resurrection story be without a confrontation with Obi-Wan Kenobi?  In the trailer we see Maul’s metal foot stomp down and Kenobi standing off in the distance.  It looks like they also kept the design from the Visionaries story and gave him clawed feet.

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We can do this for old times’ sake.  But I was a Padawan then… now… you won’t heal clean! – Obi-Wan Kenobi from “Old Wounds”

And it looks like not only does Obi-Wan have to face Maul but also Savage Opress!

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Savage Opress and Ventress will have a face-off as well.

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Then we get the most revealing image of The Clone Wars version of Maul yet.  Mechanical legs and all.

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Looks like they pretty much stuck to the design from the Visionaries comic, right down to the collar thing and arm gauntlets.

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Now let’s move onto some images from the upcoming episode “Bounty”.  The Nightsisters have been all but wiped out by General Grievous and Count Dooku.  Ventress is now on the run and is looking to join up with a group of bounty hunters with some very familiar faces.  With the preview clip and images from this episode, some really cool stuff has already been revealed.

Looks like Embo has a pet anooba.

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We get our first look at The Clone Wars’ version of Dengar!

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Boba Fett has a new helmet, but it’s not the one we are used to.  He is heading up a team which includes Bossk.

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Asajj Ventress doesn’t seem too impressed with Fett, even with his new haircut.

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We also get to see Boba Fett in action with his new helmet and what looks like his father Jango’s pistols.

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I cannot wait to see these last three episodes of Season 4.  This show just keeps getting better!

- Aaron Goins