Archive for January, 2013

The Clone Wars Episode 5.16 Preview #3: The Lawless

“The Lawless” will be a major television event for The Clone Wars fans!

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The Clone Wars Google Hangout

The Clone Wars

The folks behind The Clone Wars are renowned for their fan accessibility, and now they’ve taken it to a whole new level! Read on to find out how to interact with some of your favorite The Clone Wars stars!

Obi-Wan Kenobi. Duchess Satine. Darth Maul. Savage Opress. And another certain Sith Lord. Saturday’s episode of The Clone Wars, “The Lawless,” will change the show forever. To mark the occasion, Lucasfilm is excited to announce The Clone Wars Google Hangout — the first ever official Star Wars Google Hangout — taking place this Saturday, February 2, at 10:30 a.m. PST. Featuring The Clone Wars supervising director Dave Filoni, Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), and Sam Witwer (Darth Maul), fans will get the chance to connect with the cast and creators of the hit series like never before. They’ll also get an exclusive first look at next week’s installment of The Clone Wars, “Sabotage,” along with other surprises.

Fans with Google+ profiles can RSVP for the event now; hashtag #CloneWarsHangout will be used to ask questions and interact live during the Hangout. Lucasfilm’s own Pablo Hidalgo and Hollywood.com’s Christian Blauvelt will moderate the discussion, and a live stream of the event will be open to everyone at youtube.com/starwars.

Tune in to “The Lawless” this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on Cartoon Network, and then join the The Clone Wars Hangout to get your questions answered. Secrets will be revealed, and it will be a day long-remembered!

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Video Game Review: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II

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Kyle Katarn’s inclusion in the Expanded Universe might have started with Dark Forces, but he was cemented in fans hearts and minds when the sequel arrived two years later. From the debatable FMV cutscenes, the inclusion of Forces powers, a lightsaber, dark/light side endings, and multiplayer (which is still supported to this day) Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II significantly expanded from its predecessor’s now seemingly measly offerings. While not all the additions are executed well, I’m looking at you FMV and Force powers, Jedi Knight shouldn’t be passed up, especially if you’ve played any of the successive games in the Jedi Knight series. Read more

The Clone Wars Episode 5.16 Preview: The Lawless

With Duchess Satine as bait, the vengeful Darth Maul lures Obi-Wan into a trap. Drunk with power, Maul declares himself the true Sith Lord, a claim that will not go unanswered in “The Lawless” airing this Saturday, February 2nd at 9:30am ET/PT on Cartoon Network.

Episode Trivia:

  • This episode marks the first appearance of Darth Sidious “in the flesh.” In all other appearances, he has been a hologram.
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi is wearing his Rako Hardeen disguise (from Season Four’s “Deception” arc) when he arrives on Mandalore.
  • The much battered Twilight now sports a cartoonish illustration of Anakin as a boy Podracer pilot, with Aurebesh text that says “WIZARD!!!” The Twilight has not been seen since Season Two’s “Children of the Force.”

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The Clone Wars Review: Eminence

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The Clone Wars

Episode 5.14: Eminence

SPOILERS!

Synopsis:

We start the episode off with Maul and Savage on board an escape pod, barely conscious, and cold. Another ship piloted by Death Watch soldiers including their leader, Pre Vizsla, and his right hand lieutenant, Bo-Katan, board them. Vizsla orders their weapons to be taken off them and, curious about their stories, picks them up and revives them in their camp on planet Zanbar. Maul was first to fully heal and received new robotic legs from the medical droids at the camp. He then spoke to Vizsla and learned about the Death Watch, and their motives on “reclaiming” Mandalore and how the Duchess, Satine Kryze, was the cause of their downfall, and has powerful allies including Obi-Wan Kenobi. Maul believes it was the Will of the Force that brought the two together as they both share the hatred towards that particular Jedi. They eventually decide to team up to help both kill Kenobi and take back Mandalore together.

Savage wakes with a new robotic arm of his own to replace the one he lost, and follows Maul’s lead to form an alliance with the Death Watch, but Maul still believes that their soldiers will not be strong enough to take over Mandalore by themselves. They quickly go to planet Mustafar to threaten leaders of the Black Sun crime organization and get supplies of off them. Word of their building army spreads in the underworld attracting members of the spice traders of Pyke Syndicate to also join them. Death Watch then travel to Nal Hutta to meet with the Hutt Grand Council for their resources but are rejected and have bounty hunters Embo, Dengar, Sugi and Latts Razzi set on them. This sparks a big fight between the two parties and all the Hutts apart from Oruba escape only narrowly with Death Watch letting the bounty hunters go free. Through Oruba Death Watch then know travel to Tatooine to seek Jabba and finally enlist him into their army. Tensions between Maul and Vizsla run high and it is revealed that Vizsla and Bo-Katan are planning to, after taking back Mandalore, kill off Maul and Savage, but the episode ends there.

This episode was pretty awesome, with the return of Maul and Savage teaming with Death Watch, and the appearance of some Bounty Hunters and underground organizations like the Black Sun.

JabbaJust to begin with the very idea of the deadly brothers pairing up with Mandalorians is a very cool enough thought as is, but then on top of that we have the standard leadership tensions and secretive plans against each other. Plus the enlisting and forming of an underground army, and some pretty slick Bounty Hunter battles, with some being one on one, it was more than enough to make a really exciting episode. It’s the first episode of the arc and I feel it really hints at something big happening in the near future and things really changing. I’m looking forward to it.

The only major fault I can complain about in the episode was how quickly Death Watch got the help of the Black Sun and maybe even Pyke Syndicate, just because of the little screen time they had, causing the episode to seem rushed, or bullet pointed. I, personally, looked well past this fault once I noticed it. The other positive aspects of the episode were too good to ignore even for a small time noticing the episodes flaws. It was really well done by the Clone Wars team, and I’m looking forward to the next installments.

Hutt Cartel Releases Media of Makeb

When the Hutt Cartel expansion for The Old Republic was announced in early December last year, there were only a few screenshots accompanying it. Just last week BioWare finally unveiled a teaser trailer (seen above) for the new content, showcasing more of the new planet Makeb. It also comes with threats about as subtle as a Wookiee hiding in a pack of Jawas, but I’m just disappointed the Hutt Cartel didn’t issue this warning: Play our expansion or else it gets the Sarlacc Pit. Read more

Star Wars Storyboards: The Prequel Trilogy

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It looks like we now have cover art for the upcoming Star Wars Storyboards: The Prequel Trilogy by J. W. Rinzler and Iain McCaig! Link
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44 Pages of The Last Jedi Now Online!


Random House has uploaded the Insight Book Preview for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is due out next month! Link

Click on the image above to see the preview, which includes cover and front matter. Note: Treat this excerpt like you would any other. There might be spoilers.

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Novel Review: The Last Jedi by Bry Dean
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Blurb
I-Five Returns in The Last Jedi
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Knights Archive Exclusive: Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

Lucasfilm Confirms: J.J. Abrams To Direct Episode VII!

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After a day of reports and wild speculation, Lucasfilm has made the official announcement: J.J. Abrams is indeed the director of Star Wars: Episode VII! Link

After a bevy of emails and phone calls, the formalities have been wrapped up, and at long last everyone can exhale and properly share the word with an excited Internet. Yes, J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.

Click on the link above to read the full press release. How do you feel about this choice? Many are happy, many are disappointed, but one thing is for sure: The next Star Wars trilogy is taking shape and it’s bound to be awesome!

New Steve Thomas Poster Series

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Artist Steve Thomas has more posters for you, and here’s the first in an all new series: Astromech Droid! Link

Here are the details:

After his successful series of Star Wars vintage travel posters, artist Steve Thomas begins a new series of vintage toy box art featuring Star Wars characters. “Astromech Droid” is the first in this new series.

  • Retail price: $89.00
  • Limited Edition Giclee on Paper
  • 150 piece hand-numbered edition
  • signed by Steve Thomas
  • Comes with Certificate of Authenticity
  • Measurements: 13 inches by 19 inches
  • Available framed (please allow 10-14 business days)

*may not ship immediately due to the artist’s signature

This looks like another successful line from Master Steve! Hurry and get yours!

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Steve Thomas Star Wars Posters

All Steve Thomas images on our site are used with permission by Steve.

The Clone Wars Review: Point of No Return

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The Clone Wars

Episode 5.13: Point of No Return

SPOILERS!

Synopsis:

In the last three episodes we saw the D-Squad successfully steal a Separatist decoding module, crash land on planet Abafar and find a vessel to escape the planet to finish their mission. Leaving the planet the team find a nearby Republic cruiser and board it, only to find out that the ship is completely controlled by Separatist droids. The ship goes into hyperspace however, forcing them all to stay on board, and the team to hide from the roaming droids everywhere.

The squad then figure out that the whole ship is loaded with the highly explosive rhydonium in lines of cannisters, and the intentions of the Separatists: flying right to and blowing up an important Republic Strategy conference, one with Jedi Council members and Republic officers. They then catch a rabbit droid spying on them, BNI-393, or Bunny for short, who explains to them that they are one of a very small numbers of other Republic droids in waiting for someone to save them by piloting them to safety. Bunny and his friends then join tag along with the team. As it turns out Bunny wasn’t the only one spying. The D-Squad soon give chase to a fast, Separatist buzz droid who is quickly backed up with a whole swarm of even more buzz droids. Surrounded, and trapped the D-Squad try to fend them off but there are too many of the buzz droids. M5-BZ opens the air-lock and causes the buzz droids to be sucked into space, as well as himself as a sacrifice for the mission.

As the ship comes out of hyperspace the D-Squad have already implemented a plan to save the day. R2-D2 rigs the bombs to go off earlier than expected and distracts the super battle droid on board while the others make a run for the ship they arrived on and get ready to escape. In the heat of the moment the ship leaves without R2-D2, and the whole bomb explodes as all the droids but R2 fly off to safety. They then contact the nearby Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi and inform them of all that had happened, causing Anakin to send out a search party that recovered R2 and fully repaired him again. In the end Gascon, the D-Squad leader, commends R2-D2 and his bravery, and says he would be proud to work with all of the droids another day.

This episode was a lot like most episodes of The Clone Wars with highlight points that were pretty neat to see.

Gascon

The graphics in this episode need to be outlined yet again, this time for the use of light and shadow on board the Separatist ship, and also in its very pretty explosion of colour and metal chunks in space.

In this episode we also saw Tarkin again serving the Rebublic as a general beside Anakin and Obi-Wan, as well as a few other small cameo-like appearances including a cute gonk droid and the use of the signature line “It’s a trap!” by Gascon after being surrounded by Buzz droids. It’s very cool to see little things like this pop up on the show, and I really enjoyed it. My younger brother who I watch the show with in particular liked the gonk droid and built it out of LEGO to play with for hours after watching.

Point of No Return is the fourth and final episode of the droid arc before an arc with the return of Darth Maul and Savage Oppress, and to be quite frank I’m a little glad. This arc had it’s highs but the story seems a little dragged out for me, and I’m just waiting for the exciting new arc that comes next. I think that I’m glad the droid arc happened, but also glad its over at the same time.

Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown

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Surprise! A book that we had no idea was coming, Maul: Lockdown is the latest from author Joe Schreiber and is due out early 2014. We even have a blurb! Link
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