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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

This Week in The Clone Wars

Welcome to the first edition of The Star Wars Reports’ weekly The Clone Wars (TCW) roundup.

On TheForcCast.net’s  Weekly ForceCast the hosts interviewed TCW actor James Arnold Taylor who let slip that he believes Tom Kane is the voice of Ackbar on the new Star Tours ride.  Might this be a hint as to who will be voicing Ackbar in Season 4 of TCW?

On the home video front we still have not received official confirmation of the U.S. release date for TCW S3 DVD and Blu-ray sets but the Canadian release date is October 25, 2011 which is in line with the previous U.S. release dates (November 3rd and October 26th).

San Diego Comic-Con is happening July 20-24th and Star Wars will have a large presence there.  I would expect a good deal of TCW news out of the convention including a possible official announcement of the home video release.

E3 the video game industry convention occurred this past week and Massively provided us with some new details regarding expansions to Sony Online Entertainments’ Clone Wars Adventures  on-line video game.  Including a new tower defense game called “Galactic Forces.”  The coolest thing about Clone Wars Adventures is that they added weekly updates to the game based on events and characters introduced into the TV series.  Hopefully they keep up that trend during Season 4 of the show.

This week also saw the release of issue #5 of Titan’s Star Wars The Clone Wars Magazine. Included in this issue are two comic tales “Repel All Boarders!” and “A Trooper’s Tale.”  There are also two episode guides for Episode 3.20 “Citadel Rescue,” and 3.22 “Wookiee Hunt.”  Features on Slave I, Jedi Master Saesee Tin, an Infinities look at what would have happened at the Nightsisters used their magic on Asajj Ventress instead of Savage Opress, and a profile on five characters who are “Ones to watch in Season  4.”

Aside from the comic stories I am most intrigued by the  “Ones to Watch in Season 4,” article which includes Cad Bane, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Pre Vizsla, and Savage Opress.  The show has built up a great stable of character models at this point and the trailers we have seen for Season 4 show even more new characters, I can’t wait to see what TCW crew has in store for us.

This week on Starwars.com you can get your TCW fix by watching Season 3 episodes, 3.08 “Evil Plans” and 3.09 “Hunt for Ziro.”  I just wouldn’t recommend eating during the episodes, Sy and Ziro are enough to turn even a Wookiee’s stomach.

Check back each week to The Star Wars Report as we scour the Holonet for all the latest news on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Peter

 

Star Wars Weekends Report

Star Wars Weekends

This past Friday, June 3rd, I had a chance to check out Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.  This was actually the third time I have been to a Weekends, but the first time in maybe five years.

Stormtroopers meet you at the main gate and make jokes as they point at unsuspecting visitors.  Very funny stuff!  I quickly made my way back to the Star Wars themed area of the park.  For anyone who has never been to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there is a small area in the back of the park that is all Star Wars,  including the Jedi Training Academy, which is a stage show allowing young Padawans to face off against their favorite villains like Darth Maul and Darth Vader.  Then, of course, there is the main attraction Star Tours.  This is a 3D simulator ride that has recently been given a facelift and new ride mechanics.  Right next to Star Tours is the store Tatooine Traders, which is packed with all kinds of Star Wars merchandise.  Everything from t-shirts to Lego sets, action figures to build your own lightsabers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One reason many people visited Star Wars Weekends this year was to ride the brand new version of Star Tours.  Disney had recently closed the original Star Tours ride and anticipation had been building for what the new version of the ride would be like.  Unlike the original ride, which only had one storyline, this new version had various different combinations of story pieces that allow for 54 different experiences.

The outside of the ride looked the same from what I remember.  There is a giant AT-AT walker which is the coolest thing to see at the park, in my opinion.  There is also a small Ewok village that you make your way through while waiting in line for the ride.  Once inside you begin to see some of the differences.  Everything is more clean and polished and there is a new droid (G2-4T) that talks to you while you are waiting, voiced by the always funny Patrick Warburton.  Once you make it to the front of the line and are queued up to get into your spacecraft, a video is shown as an intro to your flight.  The production quality of this video is very high, and it looks like something that could have been lifted from one of the Prequels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ride itself was great!  It is very similar to the original ride as far as what the ride does.  You buckle in and the shuttle shifts up and down and jerks around as you watch the screen.  The major difference is the quality of what you are watching.  The different video segments were high quality and entertaining; the 3D was done very well and was not distracting.  Being prone to motion sickness, I only rode the ride 3 times.  I think there are 11 different video segments you can encounter.  I was able to see 7 of them, my favorite one being Kashyyyk.  [SPOILER ALERT: At one point a Wookiee is shot off his speeder bike in front of you and hits your windshield.  He claws at the windshield trying to stay up and slowly slides out of view leaving hand smudges. This made me laugh!] The good thing about not seeing every section is that I have something to look forward to the next time I visit the park (Celebration VI!!!).

Another new thing they have added since the last time I was there was Jabba’s Tent.  This was a giant shopping area that was literally in a tent.  There was tons of official merchandise, and this was also the only place you could buy Her Universe paraphernalia. In the back of the tent there were also Star Wars props set up for photo ops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond the ride and shopping there was also the chance to see and meet Star Wars celebrities.  The day I was there James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein were the celebrity hosts, and Ray Park, Matt Lanter, and Jeremy Bulloch were the guests.  I was able to make it to three of the shows featuring the celebrities.

Behind The Force

This show was specifically about the Clone Wars.  James Arnold Taylor opened the show talking to people in the crowd and doing some of his voices.  He then passed the show to Ashely Eckstein who interviewed Matt Lanter.  Matt has a great sense of humor, and there were a number of funny interactions with members of the crowd.  There were actually a couple girls who came all the way from the Philippines to see Matt!  Matt called them up to take a picture with him, and the girls were obviously star-struck.  They were even too nervous to talk when asked if they had any questions for Matt!  We were also treated to a demonstration of voice over work by Matt, Ashley, and James.  They even pulled a kid out of the crowd to do the voice of C3P0.  The highlight of the show was the Season 4 trailer, which featured some never before seen footage from the upcoming season.  It was all quite exciting!  Hopefully, they will be posting this on starwars.com soon for all to see.

 

Stars of the Saga
This show was in the format of a talk show with James Arnold Taylor as the host.  It was a huge improvement from similar shows they have had at Star Wars Weekends in the past.  James is a natural host, and asked the guests many interesting questions.  The guests he interviewed were Ray Park and Jeremy Bulloch.  Jeremy was obviously still very proud of his time as Boba Fett, and is very attached to the character.  There was a point where they played a clip from Robot Chicken of their version of Boba Fett.  It was a very funny clip, but you could see that Jeremy was visibly annoyed with it.  I think he takes Fett a little more seriously than that.  Ray Park ( who was wearing an X-men shirt) was great!  He did a couple of martial arts moves, and talked about his time during Episode I.  He even poked fun at the younger version of himself in one of the video clips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obi-Wan and Beyond
This show was all James Arnold Taylor.  Literally.  He showcased his unbelievable voice talent, while telling his own story of how he got into voice over work.  I can’t even count the number of voices he did.  They even showed a montage of many of the voices he has done in The Clone Wars, and a number of them I didn’t even know were him until I saw the video!  The show was humorous and inspiring, and I would recommend watching this one on YouTube if you can.  James Arnold Taylor is an amazing, talented person, and we are lucky to have him on The Clone Wars.

I had a day packed with Star Wars goodness and it was awesome!  Beyond the stuff I have already mentioned, I was also able to watch the Star Wars parade, and take pictures at some of the Star Wars photo ops scattered throughout the park.  If you have never been to Star Wars Weekends, I would highly recommend it.  I have been four times now, and it gets better every time.  This may be the closest we ever get to having a Star Wars theme park, so the next time you are planning a trip to Disney World think about doing it in May or June, and check out Star Wars Weekends.

Aaron Goins