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The Clone Wars Weekly Roundup 12/1

This week in TCW news we have a look ahead to the second part of the Slaves of the Republic arc, TCW scheduling news and links to some great Clone Wars content.

In this week’s episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Anakin and Ahsoka trade in their roles of Master and Apprentice for the roles of Master and Slave.  Ahsoka also trades her action outfit for a Slave burka and a flashy slave girl outfit.

Official Site Description:

“Those who enslave others inevitably become slaves themselves.”

To locate the missing colonists, Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka go undercover to infiltrate the slavers on Zygerria. Anakin struggles with his emotions as a wily Zygerrian queen forces him to take questionable actions in order to carry out his mission.

MTV Geek has a pair of preview clips from this week’s episode, the latter clip is almost directly lifted from the comic book story.  It is only missing the Ewok slave from the comic and substitutes a Twi’lek instead of a human boy as the slave who Ahsoka stands up for.

 

 

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I am really interested to see this episode, as it should be Anakin heavy as he wrestles with his past and his strong emotions regarding slavery.  Anakin and Ahsoka are going undercover, and Anakin has to pretend to be that which he hates so much.  The Zygerrian Queen presents Anakin with some dark choices to make, as his flaw of attachment to his friends leads to him taking some very difficult decisions.

If TV Guide is to be believed, we are going to be getting at least a week off between Slaves of the Republic (4.12) and Escape from Kadavo (4.13).  According to TV Guide we will be seeing a re-run of Darkness on Umbara on Friday December 9th.   Will we jump right back into Escape from Kadavo on Devember 16th?  Stay tuned to The Star Wars Report and we will let you know as soon as the future becomes more certain.

James over at Club Jade has a terrific and wide ranging interview with TCW actress Catherine Taber (Padme Amidala) where they touch on her work in the Star Wars universe, her personal fandom, and her charitable efforts.

James: While we know the future of Padmé in the movies, tell us more about her character progression on the show. Is the war changing her character? What are some things we should be looking for this season?

Catherine: The war is taking a toll on everyone. For Padmé, she has struggles and frustrations, but I don’t think her resolve is ever shaken. She experiences betrayals and disappointments in others, but I think both she and Obi-Wan, actually, are two characters who have a goodness and a strength to their cores that is unflappable.

Please visit Club Jade to read the rest of this very nice interview.

Also, kudos needs to go out to Stephen Stanton (TCW’s Captain Tarkin and Mas Amedda) and all the folks behind the charitable Clone Trooper helmet auction to benefit Princess Leah Esquenazi as Leah’s parents have announced that the Maker himself is stepping up to the plate and signing the helmets.  The two helmets are up for bid individually on ebay and the Republic Commando helmet is currently at $1,525 and the Clone Trooper helmet is currently at $1,425.  Great job to everyone who has contributed to getting these helmets signed.

Well, that is it for this edition of TCW Weekly Roundup, until next time remember:

Mishuk gotal’u meshuroke, pako kyore. – Pressure makes gems, ease makes decay. ~Mandalorian Proverb.

-Pete

 

Dragon* Con! Friday – SWR #10

Our recap of Friday at Dragon* Con!

Friday morning started out, for us, with a William Shatner panel! There was a long, snaking line to get into his panel, and Riley and I were able to get into an overflow room where we saw Mr. Shatner live on a large projector screen. William Shatner is quite a good story teller, he had the audience quite entranced!

Next we went to Meet the Fan Groups panel. There we met the fans. Did I mention meeting people, fans specifically?? =P

It was fun, we met and talked to most of the Star Wars costuming groups out there including the 501st, The Dark Empire, The Rebel Legion and The Mandalorian Mercs.

Have we mentioned that there are a lot of people at Dragon* Con?

We also attended a panel called Intro to the Expanded Universe. (Which, much to our amusement, was introduced as the Extended Universe.) It was discussed where one should start if starting in the EU for the first time.

Then we went to the Meet Jango, Ahsoka and Chewbacca panel!

There were a number of great costumes as usual!

Then my camera died. *sigh*

- Bethany

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The Clone Wars Weekly Roundup

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

A good Sith Master imparts bits and pieces of Dark Side knowledge to his Apprentice.  This practice serves to make the Apprentice a more valuable tool for his Master’s will, and prevents the Apprentice from learning all his Master knows and quickly attempting to murder him.  At the same time it builds up the lust for more knowledge and power in the Apprentice as he seeks to learn what is being withheld.  In many ways we fans are like that Apprentice, we receive dribs and drabs of information regarding the Clone Wars, and sometimes what we see is just enough to get us really excited without revealing much substance.

This week the Sith Lords at Lucasfilm confirmed the premier date for Season Four of The Clone Wars and posted a new extended trailer that shows us some clips we have seen before but also reveals a brand new story arc based off of a comic book.

As we speculated in our July 27th Roundup based on the Canadian Premier of TCW, we learned earlier this week that Season 4 will premier in the United States on Cartoon Network on September 16th as well.  The premier will be a one-hour special showing the first two episodes of the season, which are the first two parts of the three-part Mon Calamari arc.

If September 16th sounds familiar it should, it is the same day that the Star Wars Complete Saga Blu-ray set will be released.  It will be a busy day for Star Wars fans and in the interest of the Nation’s economic productivity, we should probably just make it a Federal holiday now because there will be lots of distracted geeks that day.

While the official StarWars.com Episode Guides for Season Four Episode One and Two are not yet posted, we did learn the episodes titles.  Episode 4.01 is “Water War” and Episode 4.02 is “Gungan Attack.”  I’m an intrigued as too what the Gungan’s from Naboo would be doing on the Mon Calamari home world.

Accompanying the announcement we also got an extended Season 4 Trailer.

There is a ton going on in this trailer and what looks to be a glimpse of multiple story arcs. The caveat is that it always seems like these trailers are coming from the entire season when usually they are cleverly cut from more like 4-5 episodes.  To my eye, it looks like we have around four story arcs taking place and I am not sure where all the scenes fit in yet.

My best guess at this point are; Arc  1: Mon Calamari arc, Arc 2: Umbara/General Krell arc, Arc 3: Death Watch/Lux arc, and Arc 4: Slaves of the Republic arc.

Finally it looks like we are getting a heavy dose of the Mandalorians that we expected in TCW.  I love the Japanese influenced architecture, it’s the Samurai Mandos., err Death Watch I mean.  I would assume this arc involves, the Lux, Ahsoka, and Starbuck-Mando clip that we have previously seen.  It also looks like Pre Vizsla got a new set of armor.

The Slaves of the Republic arc looks to be epic.  It includes the two best lines of the trailer, Darth Sidious appearing via hologram to Count Dooku aboard Dooku’s ship, discussing the history of Sith Empires being built upon slaves.  The other line is Obi-Wan cautioning Ahsoka to keep an eye on Anakin because of Anakin’s inability to let go of his past, i.e. slavery.  It also looks like we get a Clone Wars interpretation of the Zygerrian species, minus the red hair and wielding lightwhips in this arc.  Anakin and Ahsoka look ticked off at the Togrutans being enslaved.  It looks like I am going to have to get my hands on Dark Horse Comic’s Slaves of the Republic comic this fall to compare it to the show.    It also appears we get Anakin rescuing a Princess of some sort.

Where do Asajj Ventress and the Nightsisters fighting battledroids and Grievous fit in? Where does the Anakin versus Dooku battle take place?  What are Ahsoka, Anakin and R2 demolishing?  Where does the speeder bike chase fit in?   Aaron Goins has some great in-depth analysis and speculation that you can read here.

Later this week look for my break down on the best and worst from The Clone Wars Season One as we build up to the Season Four premier September 16th.

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!

 

Will you be in Toronto, Canada from August 25th through the 28th?  If so you should stop by the Fan Expo Canada convention and you could get a chance to see the first episode of TCW Season Four on August 27th.  The screening will be hosted by TELETOON in conjunction with Fan Expo.  For attendees the screening will be held at 5pm in Room 718 of the convention center.

Unfortunately we won’t be in Canada during the convention but we will cover reactions to the screening and any interesting news that surfaces.

For adult Star Wars collectors or kids with really big allowances, artist Grant Gould is selling a limited number of his hand drawn Star Wars Topps sketch cards.  The cards which are normally sold for between $200-250 are being sold for $100 and include some Clone Wars favorites like Ahsoka, Asajj, and the bounty hunter trio of Rumi, Sugi, and Embo.

Soon we will find out episode titles for the premier trilogy and possibly information regarding other episodes in Season 4, but until then let’s take a look back at the first three seasons of TCW .  Screen  Junkies lists three of their favorite episodes of TCW; “Lair of Grievous,” “ARC Troopers,” and “Nightsisters.”

Next week, we will examine what I think are the best and worst episodes of TCW Season 1 along with any other Clone Wars news that breaks.

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

- Pete

 

 

 

A Chat with Tarkin – SWR #7

Welcome back to the Star Wars Report!

This episode is a joint interview that we did with The Sarlacc Pit’s hosts Chris and Matt.

We talked to Stephen Stanton, aka Captain Tarkin,

and Stephen’s good friend Rick Fitts,

 

and also their agents Dutch and Kathy!

This episode was so much fun that I think it became more of a round-table than an interview!

The topics of discussion included Death Star One.

 

We also had questions for Stephen about The Clone Wars season 4.

Please help our little Princess Leah pull through this first year of her life.

We also asked our guests a number of other questions such as:

“If you could create and voice a character for TCW, what species would he (possibly she or it) be? What type of character?”

“What’s one of the hardest voice over characters you’ve voiced? What made it hard?”

Rick has know Harrison Ford for awhile, so Chris asked him an interesting question.

“Knowing Harrison, what is your opinion of his so-called dislike of Star Wars?”

This is just a sample of the many questions we asked, and then the tables turned and Stephen, Rick, Dutch and Kathy asked us, Chris and Matt questions! That was a lot of fun; as podcasts hosts, it’s not too often that someone’s asking us the questions.

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