Ahsoka’s Odyssey: The ambiguous fate of Ahsoka analyzed

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Sorry, I have what can only be described as Thrawn Tourettes after that Rebels season 3 trailer. Alas that is not quite what I have to discuss today.
First off, I won’t be so bold as to say that I’ve solved the mystery of Ahsoka and am now going to blow your mind. I mean, I still might blow your mind but I won’t count my mynocks before they hatch. Did that metaphor work? Do mynocks even come from eggs? Anyway, this isn’t your usual clickbait Star Wars theory and analysis reading way too much into little details and coming up with wild conjectures based on nothing. No no, this is all based on connecting the dots. After watching the panel from Celebration discussing Ahsoka’s untold tales something clicked in my mind and while I can’t say that I’ve figured it all out I will say this much… I definitely think I’m onto something. Continue reading

FMI# 25!

This week Rez and Shiloh went over the recent news with Rogue One and what was found in the recent Star Wars #20 and the Han Solo#1 comics enjoy!

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Shiloh, Matt and Jeffrey talk Hutts

So a week or two ago was Star Wars Hutt week, and if you missed it Jeffrey did some really nice writing about it on his site Imperial Talker . We liked it so much we asked him to join us for our own Hutt brainstorm…. a hutt-storm? Talking opinions and info about the slimy crime syndicate that held immense power in the galaxy.

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FMI #23 Kilimanjaro and Saw Gerrera!

As of posting this weeks FMI cast we just literally found out a few hours ago that Forest Whitaker is going to be playing Saw Gerrera from the Clone Wars in the live action Star Wars film Rogue One.

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Entertainment weekly did a piece on it and I highly suggest checking it out.

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FMI #22

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Faster and More Intense #22! Shiloh and George review Star Wars news and the latest issues of Star Wars#19 and Obi-wan and Anakin#5. George plans to take the visage of Julian Glover to Africa with him to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with. … wild.

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Grievous Fandom

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I’m not a sports fan by any stretch. However, I understand how frustrating it must be for a fan to watch their favorite team fail. Especially if they started off with a good season, only to have it go downhill. The reason I understand this is because I’m a General Grievous fan.

Although intended as a villain character for Revenge of the Sith, General Grievous made his first appearance in the Clone Wars micro series. He appeared in the last episode of the first season cliffhanger and then in season two which ended with his pursuit and capture of Chancellor Palpatine leading into the opening of Revenge of the Sith. The Clone Wars microseries is almost a forgotten gem at this point and if you haven’t seen it, I encourage you to seek it out. Although it’s not quite canon anymore, there’s good stuff to be had there, especially for a Grievous fan. At least for what he could have been.

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The Clone Wars microseries presented Grievous as a truly frightening villain. He was a Jedi killer not out of trickery but of skill. Jedi feared him. After I watched the series I was more excited than ever to see this villain in Revenge of the Sith. I’m also a sucker for conceptual art for films and I was intrigued by the mystery surrounding this character. We’ve seen cyborgs before but he was a step beyond. Did he just have organic eyes? What’s this character’s story? I had high hopes for the general.

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Then I saw Revenge of the Sith and while Grievous served the story, he didn’t really rise above it. He was called things like “coward”. He’ll “run and hide”. These were not things I associated with the unstoppable cyborg I witnessed fearlessly plow through a group of Jedi in the microseries. In his battle with Obiwan, he was made relatively short work of in his duel with the Jedi Master. It was a fun battle but I felt this was a much weaker character than expected. High expectations crushed? I will call this the “Phasma Effect”.

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This weaker version of the character continued through The Clone Wars animated series where he was seen as a constant failure and a bit of a coward. His victories were few. Probably the best episode for a fan of the general was Lair of Grievous which gave him some minimal backstory where he chose the cybernetics as “improvements” to make him a better warrior. A previous comic book backstory had him severely injured in a shuttle crash. A deliberate “accident” so the Separatists could create a powerful slave to their cause. While The Clone Wars story is the canonical one, it is still far from complete. A true General Grievous origin story has yet to be told.

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Right now the prequel era is getting little love or attention. I’m fine with that as we’ve have plenty of media take place in that era over the last decade. However, I would love to read a novel or limited comic series that fleshes out the origin of Grievous. I want to know more because I really love this character. I at least love what he was for a brief moment, and what he could be again. It’s not easy being a General Grievous fan but I’ll keep cheering him on, hoping for that comeback season where he fearlessly crushes his enemies.

The History of Anakin Skywalker`s lightsaber

All the way back in 1977, was the first time we ever set our eyes on the galaxy’s most famous weapon. Obi-Wan Kenobi handed Luke Skywalker his father’s blue-bladed  jedi lightsaber. Obi-Wan tells Luke that a lightsaber is a “more elegant weapon for a more civilized age.”

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The Phantom Menace Novelization Review

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The first 2 chapters are all about Anakin Skywalker as a young slave boy on Tattooine.  These scenes could have really helped the film establish Anakin as the main character in this movie. In the 1st chapter, he wrecks Watto`s pod racer that he references later when he meets Qui-Gon and crew. In the second chapter, Anakin and his friends Kitster and Wald go to a place to get some kind of drink and meet an old Republic pilot who says that he saw Anakin driving his pod racer and was impressed. Anakin saw his first tusken raider ever just before we meet him in episode 1. He went to trade with jawas for Watto and found an unconscious tusken raider on a hill, and he tried to help him survive. The resolution of what happened with the Tusken Raider is never revealed, but it is a nice contrast with what Anakin did to the Tusken Raiders in Attack of the Clones. Continue reading

Too Much of a Good Thing?

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For a few years now we had the hype machine surrounding The Force Awakens. Then it was released on Blu-ray/DVD/digital and within days we were already being shown a trailer for Rogue One. It’s as if we were given a day to watch the film, a day to watch any extra content, and then were hit with the next thing we’ll all be spending money on this December. I heard a few fans use the term “barely had time to catch our breath”. I think that really sums it up.

Back when Disney first acquired Lucasfilm, someone from the house of mouse (I cannot remember who) said that they believed Star Wars had not been marketed to its full potential. That statement worried some fans. Star Wars is everywhere! Could this lead to having too much of a good thing?

I like superheroes. I don’t currently follow any superhero comics, but I grew up with superhero cartoons, live action TV, and movies. Movies and TV are where I consume all my superhero content today. Fans are really living in a golden age where we can enjoy all this content, much of which we never thought we’d ever, ever see in live action. However, I am beginning to feel fatigued by it all. I could see this coming over the last year as more and more superhero shows and movies were announced. I currently watch Agents of Shield, Arrow, Flash, and Gotham. I only have Hulu and Netflix, so I can’t get Supergirl, or I would be watching that as well. I just finished the first season of Jessica Jones right as a second season of Daredevil was released. Netflix has at least two more Marvel series slated, and other networks have at least two Marvel properties in the works. Batman V Superman just hit theaters a couple weeks ago and we have Captain America: Civil War, X-men Apocalypse, Suicide Squad, and Dr Strange still to go this year. I may be forgetting one or two, and with this much content, could you blame me?

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There’s only so much time and so you begin to pick and choose even if the content continues to be good. I dropped CW’s Legends of Tomorrow off my watch list. Suicide Squad I’m not even going to bother going to see, and maybe when other shows are on hiatus, I will finally have time to watch Daredevil season 2. I can’t even imagine if I was trying to follow the comics as well.

I am hoping this doesn’t happen to Star Wars. While I feel it has a long way to go before it would, my point is that it IS POSSIBLE. Never would I have thought I’d get superhero fatigue, but I have. One difference is more companies are delivering the content and its spread wider. Several TV shows and movies a year. Star Wars doesn’t have that…. at least not yet. We are however getting a movie each year when we’ve been accustomed to one movie every three years for a trilogy. We have an ongoing animated show and comics, and of course the constant rumor of a live action series. That is rather paltry when compared to the superhero genre. However, Star Wars is a product owned by a business who wants to make money. The Force Awakens has proven the monetary worth of Star Wars is still incredible after all these years. While George Lucas tried to make good business decisions for Lucasfilm, he could afford to have their projects be about “the art”. The Clone Wars was incredibly expensive to produce and Lucas was willing to take a hit on the profitability to get his art on the screen. The new powers that be aren’t going to make those sacrifices. They are going to work furiously milking the cash cow for all its worth. It may not be over-saturation for casual fans, or fans whom only enjoy certain kinds of content, but might leave hardcore fans “picking and choosing”.

Star Wars is unlike any other franchise. No other film property has been more studied, scrutinized, and speculated on. In short; Star Wars can’t be chugged like a beer. It needs to be sipped and savored like a fine wine where we can take in every nuance of its flavor. So while we are enjoying all this new content, hopefully Disney will remember that sometimes, less really is more.

 

Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Review

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Rebels had quite the roller coaster of a season this time around, by which I mean it was pretty up and down but ultimately a great ride. Building on the success of the smaller and more minimalist but thrilling first season, season 2 certainly gave us a load of great episodes but ultimately proved that bigger isn’t always better. Continue reading