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The Essential Readers Companion – SWBTF #40

Pablo Hidalgo’s The Essential Reader’s Companion, 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, your EU Guru; Nathan P. Butler, and The Defender of the EU; Mark Hurliman sit down to discuss Pablo Hidalgo’s The Essential Reader’s Companion. Strap in and tighten the crash webbing, Star Wars Beyond the Films is setting off on a trip to a galaxy far, far away!

This week’s episode They cover some of the many great illustrations found in this companion.  They jump in and set the stage for the Essential Guide lines, let you know what came before and so forth. There are mentions of things we’d not heard of before; like The Vergere Companion- Denning’s 27 page justification for Vergere’s Sithliness. They also talk about using the Companion as a resource for when you jump into an era you aren’t as familiar with as a brush up. They also discuss things like Jacen’s fate, and the alternate endings to a couple series, Reading order, Canon and Continuity as presented in the book, and much, much more.

Here is a small taste of what you’ll find inside the Essential Reader’s Companion:

Jeff Carlisle
Joe Corroney
Brian Rood (character galleries)

Chris Scalf
Darren TanChris Trevas

Plenty more illustrations for those who love dynamic imagery set in the Star Wars universe, but the hosts wanted you to get a feel for the flavor of each artist.

Looking to buy it?
Random House
Barnes & Noble

Once again, your dynamic duo cover entirely too much Essential 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!

Also the Star Wars 2012 Del Rey Convention Exclusive Sampler Contest! Listen to the show to learn how to win it!

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Unlocking the Mysteries – SWBTF #8

Welcome back to Star Wars Beyond the Films!

On this episode, Mark and Nathan discuss The Tenebrous Way, and how it ties in with Darth Plagueis.

Many ideas and topics are discussed, what affects does your approach to the Force have on your usage of it? Tenebrous pushed Plagueis so far into the metaphysical realm of the Force, that Plagueis doesn’t have much use for the scientific side of it. Sith are about extremes, and when you go towards one extreme, you lose the usefulness of the other extreme, with no healthy balance in-between.

They also discuss Maxi-chlorians, and their usage.

They also discuss the pros and cons of the Star Wars Insider and other subscriptions.

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

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic War – #1 Review

Happy Birthday John Jackson Miller! Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – War #1 (of five) hit the stands yesterday! You remember that little comic strip right? Knights of the Old Republic? That comic set before the games of the same name. Well, after fifty issues it’s back, and back with a BANG!

Mandalorians! They are everywhere! And what’s worse, they are winning! This is what spurs many Jedi into defying the Jedi Council and ‘covertly’ going to war. Typical to the series, Zayne Carrick finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and then has a series of similar encounters with fate. While the story is Zayne’s, he’s not the only one. The Mandalorians themselves were a huge part of the story. Maybe it’s the uniformity of the Neo-Crusader uniforms most of the Mando’ade are wearing, but they are a threat that has to be reckoned with. Though as one character shows us, not all ways of coming to a reckoning are morally right. Dallan Morvis, ahh Dorvis. Still a jerk. And for a first issue, they really drive that point home! He is certainly no hero! His type of personality is key to the events of this story, however, and The Mandalorian Wars were not pretty. Hence the reason so many Jedi falling to the dark side along with Revan and Malak.

We met Jedi fighting the good fight, most notable among them Dorjander Kace. I liked him, disliked him, and liked him again, and wound up LOVING HIM. This character’s journey seems to jump right off in this issue, and it allowed for some personal character philosophy for the reader with the different points of view on the issue confronting the galaxy…. What do we do with the Mandalorians?

Just when we think we have an idea of where events will carry history, we learn that the Mandalorians have sprung a trap. But that’s not the best part, which is…. *pause for dramatic effect*  The Mandalorian Knights!

Yes, you heard me correctly.

But these Rogue Jedi are none other than Kace and his group. Volunteers to the Mandalorian side, and now captors of Morvis’s crew, Morvis and Zayne. What’s it like to be drafted by the Mando’ade? Well we’re going to have to wait for issue two of this five part adventure to know for sure! One thing is certain, things have become a lot more interesting. This is one addition to the Star Wars Expanded Universe you will want to follow!

~ Mark


2011 Year in Review: The Books – SWBTF #2

Welcome back to this, the second episode of Star Wars Beyond the Films!

On this episode, Nathan and Mark discuss the books and characters of the Star Wars expanded universe from 2011!

They enjoyed Shadow Games, and that gives me an excuse to use this picture of Dash Rendar……

The discussion runs at a fast and furious rate on such topics as: Jaden Korr, Crosscurrent, Knight Errant, Deceived, Ben Skywalker, the Fate of the Jedi series, how authors handle various scenarios and characters differently; has “the ship sailed” on books focusing solely on “the Big Three”?

What authors do you like, and do you prefer their writing when it’s centered around certain characters or time periods?

What about their point of view on the Force? And how it affects their writing? What do you like learning about in the Star Wars expanded universe?

Do you like clone stories?

New characters vs old? How can someone, as a writer, learn to incorporate both?

Being a writer must be hard!


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