Archive for January, 2011

Delta Squad to be in Witches Of The Mist

It’s been known for a while now that Delta Squad (from the Republic Commando series) would eventually appear in The Clone Wars, more specifically in the Nightsisters Trilogy, but episode confirmation today came from Starwars.com. Delta will appear in episode 3.14 “Witches of the Mist”.

SOURCE: Starwars.com

Liam Neeson Will Voice Qui-Gon Jinn In The Clone Wars

UPDATE: (1.22.11)

The Clone Wars director Dave Filoni has commented about the upcoming appearance of Qui-Gon Jinn via Facebook…

I understand that Qui-Gon’s appearance in The Clone Wars has many implications, and that some of you are asking “how can this be ” especially in light of the scene between Obi Wan and Yoda at the end of Revenge of the Sith where they speak about Qui-Gon. These upcoming episodes, more than any other to date, will spark curiosity and discussion. I only ask that you be patient and watch them. I look forward to hearing from you after they air. For now trust me when I say Christian Taylor (writer) and I, along with George Lucas, are very aware of the continuity surrounding Qui-Gon Jinn. George in particular, is especially conscious of it.

(via Club Jade)

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE: (1.20.11)

According to Entertainment Weekly, Liam Neeson will reprise his role as Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn in the following upcoming episode dates of The Clone Wars

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He’ll be voicing Qui-Gon, who appears to Obi-Wan Kenobi in visions, in a three-part arc about his former protégé Anakin Skywalker’s destiny as the Chosen One.

Click the link below for further details and an exclusive The Clone Wars clip from Entertainment Weekly.

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly (via @MandyBu)

New The Clone Wars Episode 3.14 Clip

Yet another sample of the upcoming The Clone Wars episode “Witches of the Mist” has been released, this time showing Sith training in action. Head over to Big Shiny Robot for the full scoop.

Review: Outbound Flight

Outbound Flight
Author: Timothy Zahn
Release Date: January 2006

I think there’s one word that sums up this novel: Aight.

This is another re-read for me, and again I though, while a good read, it’s not amazing or anything. It was nice to explore the beginnings of the Outbound Flight project and of Thrawn, but there were moments of sheer boredom.

Probably what pleased me the most was anything about Thrawn, including the dialog and his military prowess. The exchange between him and Palpatine was nice too, I just wish it were longer. To me, the whole plot involving Barlok was completely unnecessary; those pages should have been devoted to either Outbound Flight or Thrawn. Unless there is more about that incident in future novels that I just haven’t gotten to yet…

I felt the ending was rather rushed as well. This novel probably drew a lot of people in because of Zahn, but again in my opinion, it was so-so. The ship drawings are a nice addition, but the front cover art does not give the ship scale at all. Nothing about the cover tells me that this was actually a large vessel.

Outbound Flight receives a 3 out of 5.

The Clone Wars Weekly (1.10-1.16)

(1.16.11)

TV Guide has named the next two The Clone Wars episodes following “Witches of the Mist”.

Episode 3.15 “Overlords” (1.28.11)
Episode 3.16 “Altar of Mortis” (2.4.11)

SOURCE: TV.com (via LightSaber Rattling)

For an in-depth review of episode 3.13 “Monster”, head on over to LightSaber Rattling.

Battle Meditation on Star Wars: The Clone Wars: “Monster” (Episode 3.13 Review)

Katie Lucas talks The Clone Wars with Big Shiny Robot
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The Clone Wars Episode 3.14 Preview

The following is a preview for “Witches of the Mist”, episode 3.14 of The Clone Wars, from Cartoon Network.

Link to Preview

This Friday, The Clone Wars is kicking into high gear! An act of betrayal will create a new threat that could consume the galaxy with hate. Night. Will. Fall. Don’t miss the conclusion of a special 3-part Star Wars: The Clone Wars special event… The Nightsisters Trilogy!

(via @HolocronKeeper)

Final Old Republic: Deceived Blurb

Here is what should be the final blurb for Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived due to be released on March 22, 2011.

The second novel set in the Old Republic era and based on the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars®: The Old Republic™ ramps up the action and brings readers face-to-face for the first time with a Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords—Darth Malgus, the mysterious, masked Sith of the wildly popular “Deceived” and “Hope” game trailers.

Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy. But if war crowned him the darkest of Sith heroes, peace would transform him into something far more heinous—something Malgus would never want to be, but cannot stop, any more than he can stop the rogue Jedi fast approaching.

Her name is Aryn Leneer—and the lone Knight that Malgus cut down in the fierce battle for the Jedi Temple was her Master. And now she’s going to find out what happened to him, even if it means breaking every rule in the book.

SOURCE: Random House (via NJOE)

Future Star Wars Comics Update

Here’s a peek at a few titles coming this April from Dark Horse.

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER AND THE LOST COMMAND #4 (of 5) (On sale Apr 27th. 40 pages)

Vader betrayed!

An attempt on his life leaves Vader and a handful of loyal troops trapped on a desolate world. Despite the deadly perils posed by the environment and attacks from his mysterious enemy, Vader will not veer from his duty.

But what if the reason for his mission is negated? And what do these visions of Padmé mean to Vader’s future?

An assassination attempt on Darth Vader, dark lord of the Sith!

Haden Blackman (The Force Unleashed, Purge) once again brings Vader to life!

STAR WARS: LEGACY – WAR #5 (of 6) (On sale Apr 27th. 40 pages)

In the aftermath of the latest battle, the Jedi, the Galactic Alliance, and Roan Fel’s Imperials retreat to the stronghold planet Bastion to lick their wounds. In the face of the Sith Empire’s new secret weapon, there are some who counsel that resistance is futile.

But the Sith have suffered, too, and Emperor Fel knows that now is the time to attack. Plans are made and plans within plans. For Cade Skywalker knows that this war must ultimately come down to him versus Darth Krayt.

No matter what the cost, Krayt must die!

SOURCE: TheForce.Net

Review: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter

Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
Author: Michael Reaves
Release Date: January 2001

I felt this novel was pretty good when I read it the first time several years ago. Back then, not much was known about the mysterious and super-cool Darth Maul, so a novel dedicated to him was something I quickly devoured. But did it hold up to my tastes a second time around?

In a word: Yes. It did. Because not only did I again enjoy reading about Maul, but I now had a new appreciation for two of the secondary characters: Lorn Pavan and I-5. Having read more about them in the Coruscant Nights series, it was a nice to go back to their beginnings. I-5 is obviously the one that has further adventures, but we do learn a bit more about Lorn. The upcoming forth novel in the Coruscant Nights series, Jedi Dawn, promises to feature more of I-5, who is one of my favorite droids in the EU.

The story kept me entertained from start to finish and had a good pace throughout. Maul’s abilities are nicely shown, and the novel provides some good background info about him. Though I wonder how much of it will be changed by time The Clone Wars is through with continuity changes.

The only thing I’ve wondered about and indeed have encountered by others on various forums is the notion that some Jedi Temple activities were handled by non-Jedi, non-droid workers. What sense does that make? What job should be handled by a non-Jedi human or other species that a droid cannot? This whole notion seems to have been introduced into the EU simply for the sake of writing about potential conflicts between workers and Jedi, like the case in this novel. But I could be wrong there.

Looking past that, I find that this novel is a good read, and I like how it leads directly into The Phantom Menace.

Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter receives a 3 out of 5.

- Master Optician

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The Clone Wars Weekly (1.3-1.9)

(1.8.10)

Clancy Brown talks Savage Opress. Link

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(1.7.10)

Season 3 picked back up with the first episode of the Savage Opress Arc “Nightsisters”.

“Nightsisters” Episode Guide

For an in-depth review of episode 3.12, head on over to LightSaber Rattling.

Battle Meditation on Star Wars: The Clone Wars: “Nightsisters” (Episode 3.12)

Katie Lucas talks The Clone Wars over at CNN.com Link

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(1.6.10)

TV Guide posted a new article regarding the new Savage Opress arc. Star Wars: The Clone Wars Unleashes a New Villain: Savage Opress Link

New The Clone Wars Article by TV Guide

Today TV Guide posted an article regarding the Savage Opress arc, soon to begin on Cartoon Network this week. Included in the article are quotes from The Clone Wars director Dave Filoni.

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NOTE: Stop reading now if you want to remain unspoiled until Friday night’s Cartoon Network premier.

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According to Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni, Lucas “wanted to settle once and for all the Rule of Two he set up in the Star Wars films — that when it comes to the Sith Lords there can be only two at one time, a master and an apprentice. Many fans have said, ‘Oh, yeah? Then what about Ventress?’ Because it does seem like we’ve had a Rule of Three going here. This story is George’s way of explaining that.”

Lucas also wanted to use Savage (pronounced sah-vaj) as a way to give fans a deeper understanding of his famous sib. “Everybody likes Darth Maul yet we don’t really know much about him,” Filoni notes of the character, who appeared in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. “We’re digging into the character’s origins and revealing how he came from a whole tribe of people.”

“We’ve only seen Darth Maul as a ruthless warrior,” Filoni reminds us. “We don’t know what he was like before he got used as an apprentice by an evil Sith. So we’ll see a whole other side of him through his brother, a very unexpected side. We also get into the training of a Sith and how it differs from the training of a Jedi, something the fans have always wondered about. Some big-time secrets will be revealed.”

Savage, voiced by Clancy Brown, who played The Kurgan in Highlander, is a curious guy. “He seems all powerful and terrifying but there’s a sadness and reluctance to him,” says Filoni. “He doesn’t want to become this sort of Frankenstein’d Darth Maul kind of person. He has a lot of good traits. There is an honor to him, which is true of so many people who turn evil in mythology. This is actually the set-up for a much bigger story.”

And that’s a promise. Says Filoni with a laugh: “Savage isn’t one of those villains who will just go away. The fans are always accusing us of doing the ‘show up and blow up’ — we create a really exciting character, then kill him off really quickly. That won’t happen here.”

Read the full article over at TVGuide.com

Review: Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

Yoda: Dark Rendezvous
Author: Sean Stewart
Release Date: November 2004

Another re-read, but worth every minute. I originally read this before the release of Revenge of the Sith, so obviously I didn’t know how events were going to play out. I’ve always had in the back of my mind that this was a good read, but I didn’t remember just how amazing this novel is.

From start to finish, Sean Stewart grabs your complete attention. Not only is the story captivating and energetic, it’s packed with mind-tickling philosophical sayings that literally make you stop dead in your tracks to ponder them. Not that they are confusing or cryptic; they are, in my opinion, profound enough to make you re-read them and smile.

All the main characters are here, but a perfect balance is achieved with them all. Just enough for each character. Speaking of character appearances, this book contains arguably two of the most intriguing and perhaps the most chilling in all EU. The first is an exchange between Mace Windu and Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. Now that we know how events play out in ROTS, their exchange is a chilling foreshadowing of what’s to come.

The second is the focus of the title itself: the meeting of Yoda and Count Dooku. The rendezvous was built up throughout the novel and it delivered. While reading this the first time, I hung to every word, wondering if Dooku would indeed return to the Jedi. Even after reading it again, even after I know Dooku’s fate, I still clung to every word spoken by the two characters. I was again stunned into reality when Dooku “snapped out of it”, so-to-speak. I was like oh yeah, that has to happen.

Another aspect of the novel that grabs you is the dreams of Whie. You read of the dreams at the start, and keep them in your mind, until events play out to the fulfillment of those dreams. You brace yourself and think alright, here it is. That is one of my favorite plot devices.

The only complaints I have is the notion that Jedi steal babies in order to train them from infancy. This isn’t the only novel to bring this up, but I disagree with the notion altogether. This being Sith propaganda is one thing, but for it to be mentioned like it is a true possibility irritates me a bit. The other thing that’s not really a complaint but a wish is that I’d like to have seen a final exchange between Dooku and Sidious and Dooku and Ventress. To me, things were left hanging without those exchanges.

Those two things aside, this novel is an outstanding read, worthy of the highest rating from Knights Archive. To my knowledge, this is the only Star Wars novel that Sean Stewart has written. Why? Why has he not been brought back for more novels? Yoda: Dark Rendezvous is without doubt one of the best Star Wars novels in existence. I want more from him.

Yoda: Dark Rendezvous receives a 5 out of 5.

- Master Optician

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