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Gungans: Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em?

Though they may not be first to mind as an integral species in in the universe, Gungans have appearances in four of the six Star Wars films. With a particularly important role to play in The Phantom Menace, and several main characters in the film, no Star Wars fan can deny the Gungans; role in the films. This is the start of a short series exploring Gungans and some of my feelings about the species.

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Before expressing some of my opinions, I’ll first give a brief overview of the species and history in Star Wars.

Gungans are native to the planet Naboo. They are an amphibious , humanoid species that typically live in the swamps of Naboo. They tended to be isolationist, existing primarily within their own socio-political community structures. Their underwater capital is Otoh Gunga, where the Gungan council sits led by a Boss (like Boss Nass in The Phantom Menace).

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After The Phantom Menace, Gungans worked more closely with the Naboo government. Though typically a peaceful species, the Gungans do have a warrior culture, and utilized their energy field technology for effective warfare. They maintain an army called the Gungan Grand Army.

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Gungans spoke a type of modified Galactic Basic with a mix of Gungan words. This, with their appearance, underwater lifestyle, and use of animals as beasts of burdens probably led to the view by many others that Gungans are a primitive species. However, with their biotechnology, and blue plasma energy, they are a technologically advanced society. Plus, their cultural structure is a complex one, with a combination of that warrior subculture yet isolationist policies that eventually changed to working more with the human Naboo society and participating in the Galactic Republic. Their political structure works well. Though it seems a little bureaucratic at times, the Gungan council and Boss usually work well to regulate and protect society. They would follow strict cultural rules, for which a Gungan could be exiled from society for breaking (as the Gungan Jar Jar Binks was). This strictness though seems to be what has kept their unique culture intact. Plus, the events of The Phantom Menace see the Gungan people more open to interaction with other societies.

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Gungans, while perhaps odd looking and sounding to the viewer, are actually an advanced species with a culture, biotechnology, and war fighting capabilities to be respected.

If you could live in an underwater city, would you?

~ Bethany Blanton

Sources:

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Wookieepedia

A Couple of Fuzzballs (Part 2 of 2) – SWBTF #131

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Your thoughts, your Ponders, and your replies to past Ponders. All this and more! All on the next Star Wars Beyond the Films. YOUR Star Wars discussion podcast! YOUR ticket to the EU! YOUR Podcast of Legends!

This week true believers, Beyonders, Fanboys, Fangirls, respected aliens around the galaxy, The Defender of the EU; Mark Hurliman, and your EU Guru; Nathan P. Butler, sit down and answer some general feedback. Your hosts asked for your Ponders, and Ponder you did! This episode Beyonders across the internet chime in via email and offer their own opinions on the Galaxy we all love and enjoy. So many, in fact, that we had to split the episode in two again! Listen on as part two wraps up our coverage of your letters. Strap in and tighten your crash webbing Fandom, Star Wars Beyond the Films is setting off on another rapid-fire trip into the galaxy far, far away!

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Fandom has many Points of view, and we here at Star Wars Beyond the films feel that no fan should be left behind, and no point of view unheard. That said- our Fandom is HUGE! And has a wide fan base to pick it’s P.O.V.s from. This week’s episode your hosts continue where they left off last episode.

Feedback From:

  • David
  • Scott
  • Hans
  • Nicolas
  • Glenn
  • Jonathan

Once more your hosts cover too much feedback this episode, but don’t worry, give it a go; you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you might even get a little education on Star Wars 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 sit back, hang on, enjoy the show, and may the Force be with you!

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Yoda Arc (or the Final RFRN) – RR Prelude #4

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Yoda goes on a spectacular(ly confusing) adventure in this episode.

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The transition from Republic Forces Radio Network to The Star Wars Report’s Rebels Roundtable concludes in this episode, which marks not just the end of our coverage of The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions (Season 6), but also the final episode to be simul-released as an episode of Republic Forces Radio Network . In this episode, the team takes on the “Yoda Arc,” consisting of The Lost One, Voices, Destiny, and Sacrifice.

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(That’s right, Ahsoka. This is all you get to do now that you left. See what you’re missing?)

Of course, with this being the final episode under the RFRN banner, we wanted to do something special this time around. Thus, rather than the usual four panelists, this episode brings all six of the panelists who have made the jump over to The Star Wars Report’s Rebels Roundtable: Johnathan (the host); Jen; Dan; Nathan; Berent; and (for his first time ever on the panel to discuss actual episodes) Mark Hurliman of Star Wars Beyond the Films and The Star Wars Report. We are also visited by the two RFRN regulars who are not making the jump to the new show, show founder Arnie and former host Jerry, as they stop by to bid a fond farewell to the rest of the team and the RFRN audience. It is an episode for the history books . . . if ever such books were written about Star Wars podcasting, that is.

Welcome to the Rebels Roundtable prelude and the bonus episodes of Republic Forces Radio Network. Thank you for joining us as the RFRN team is born anew for a new era of Star Wars cartoons.

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Alderaan Remains – SWBW #25

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Star Wars Weekends kept us busy for the month of June but we are back with a new episode and some new guests!

  • First time guest Paul DePaola (EU Cantina, Fanboys Talking) joined us and talked about his fandom, comics, and his 501st membership.
  • Another first time guest, Johnamarie Marcias (Now This is Podcasting, The Wookiee Gunner) gave us a recap of New York Book Con 2014. She also spoke Mando’a which increased her cool points.
  • Aaron and Teresa gave their favorite moments from Star Wars Weekends.
  • Paul stuck around to help review the comic volumes Dark Times: A Spark Remains and Star Wars: From the Ruins of Alderaan.

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