star wars

Disney, do we get ABC's Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion extra scene too?

Hmm... so ABC is going to air Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion... with a new scene featuring the Inquisitor and Darth Vader...

I am of two minds on this one.  It is on my Husband's birthday, October 26th, so that is cool.  When I watched the movie, I wanted them to explore the Inquisitor more than the 2 seconds that they spent on the character.  The problem is, I, like many people bought the movie on iTunes because I am a cord cutter.

Disney? You are going to give me the extended cut right?  That is why I spent $7.99 for what turned out to be a 43 minute movie, right?

I have been on the fence about Disney's purchase of Star Wars, and I've kept telling myself, "They own Marvel, and they are doing a great job with that."  But this is starting to push me off the fence...  I hope this is not the first sign of them trying to nickle and dime fans to the point they no longer care about the new series.

Deep breath, hopefully, we will have answers soon.

Game of Thrawn

As I, like many other fans, am trying to get excited about Star Wars VII, and it has not been easy.  Sunday, Brian and I were talking about what we wished they would have done, and I said, "I just want Star Wars: Game of Thrawn." 

I immediately pulled out my laptop and started making a movie poster.  I grabbed a photo of the Iron Throne and  Sketches276 by B321618, which is a kick ass picture of Grand Admiral Thrawn, and I made this-

What do you think?  I don't often take the time to do pictures like this.  Let me know if you want me to do things like this more often.

Thoughts on the Star Wars cast

Star Wars.com has announced the cast of Star Wars Episode VII.  The list includes names we all expected: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.  It also added 7 new names.

The Seven New Actors

First, I have to say that I don't think it is a coincidence  that the announced seven new actors.   This feels like a calculated JJ Abrams decision.  Seven new actors for the seventh film.  So who are the seven new actors?

John Boyega

Oscar Isaac

Daisy Ridley

Andy Serkis | Gollum

Max von Sydow

Adam Driver

Domhnall Gleeson

Predictions

Since Andy Serkis is in the movie, I think it is fairly safe to say he will be playing at least one animated CG character.  If this were the movie I had hoped it would be, I would say that he would be playing the Noghri, but I doubt that is going to happen.  I presume he will play a number of characters.

Daisy Ridley  will most likely play the daughter of Princess Leia and Han Solo, who presumably will be called Jaina, but I think that that is a little bit too much to hope for. 

Adam Driver   Would make a very interesting Jacen Solo, however it is more likely that he will be playing in Imperial officer.  I would love to hope for Thrawn, especially since Max von Sydow would make a great Jorus C'baoth, but he is more likely to play a Moff or a ghostly Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Domhnall Gleeson Is my front runner to play Ben Skywalker or whatever they decided to name Luke's son, or if the rumors are true Obi-Wan's son.

Oscar Isaac will likely play a storm trooper or Mandolorian.

Excited, I am not

I cannot get past the fact the JJ Abrams is directing and writing this movie.  He demonstrated with the Star Trek films that he is incapable of honoring the legacy of a franchise.  I hold out hopes that Disney will force a decent film out of him.

It is also more than a little suspicious that they will not be releasing the film until December 18, 2015.  This is a giant red flag.  Every Star Wars film with the exception of the animated Clone Wars was released in May.  They were summer blockbuster films.  This date tells me that the studio is unsure how audiences will react to episode VII.

By releasing the film in December, they are hedging their bet that the film will debut at number 1 its opening weekend.  Anything less than the top slot would be perceived as a failure and a bad omen for the sequel series.

Disney fires the Deathstar at the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Boom!

Queue the fanboy freak out in 5... 4... 3... 2... 1...

No!!!!!!!  The Mouse is not my father!

*** Warning, what follows is a RANT  ***

So, Disney, ahem, Lucusfilm as owned by Disney, has announced that the Extended Universe never happened (read it here).  They are urban legends.  Like a good JJ Abrams film or an Ewok that isn't annoying.

While the announcement was polite, and I didn't expect them to canonize the whole of the expanded universe, I thought they would at the very least respect the Thrawn trilogy, if nothing else...  I suppose JJ needed his freedom so he could add more lens flare and red matter.

What pisses me off the most about their patronizing announcement is that it feels like this is the decision they had already made, and that they pretended to look into the question in hopes it keep fans like me from freaking out.

Too little, too late.  I was done with the Empire a long time ago, and I not really interested in rehashing all this again.  I know they are making the films for the mass audience, and they don't give a crap about what the fan base thinks, but this is just salt in the wound JJ cut into my interest in the franchise.

I hope they make a better film than I think they will, but my hope is as dead as Alderaan.

Star Wars: Episode VII: Struggle for Hope

So, JJ Abrams is working on Star Wars...  That is probably the hardest thing for me to understand in this process.  JJ gives me such mixed emotions.

I didn't like Lost or Alias.  Mission Impossible III and Ghost Protocol were alright, but they were throw away movies.  I saw them once, and yet to have an urge to see them again.

Star Trek was a dumbed down, over simplified, almost parody of a series that used to be about ideas.  Star Trek Into Darkness was better, and I actually enjoyed it.  It was still obvious he didn't understand the franchise he was working in, but it worked as an extended universe story.

I liked Super 8, but for all the wrong reasons.  It was a mash up of many films I loved as a kid.  As a mash up it was clumsy.  You could name each and every film it "borrowed" from, and it didn't feel like it was a self contained story in itself.  I watched the Goonies again afterwards, and I am thankful to JJ for that.

Now, he said when he made Star Trek, that it was his attempt to make a Star Wars movie.  If that is the case, it really makes me wonder what his Star Wars will look like.

Forget everything that you know

So, Disney has empaneled a group to decide what is Star Wars canon, and what isn't.  To make matters more confusing they have announced that the spin off movies they are making are not canon... They will have little or nothing to do with the main series and may contradict it...

Before I get bogged down in the mixed messages coming from JJ and the Mouse, let's look at some of the problems they are facing.

Star Wars: Episode VII: Heir to the Empire?

When I chat with fellow fans, we agree that their are two series from the extended universe we would like to see made into movies.  The Thrawn Trilogy is first on the list.

I love these books, and if you haven't read them, you should.  They are a natural end to the Rebel/Empire storyline, they introduce Mara Jade, and well, they are great stories.

The biggest problem to this is that the original actors are too old for this storyline.  If fandom went apoplectic about the Prequel Trilogy, I can only imagine how they would react to the recasting of these pivotal roles.

This is the best place for JJ to start.  This storyline fits in quite well with the type of films JJ has made in the past with some success. 

Don't expect to see Thrawn (who in any universe would be played by Benedict Cumberbatch) any time soon.  They said that while Luke, Leia, and Han will be the main characters, the kids will be in the movie.

Star Wars: Episode VII: Betrayal?

The second on the list is Legacy of the Force.

I know I am skipping a lot, like the Yuuzhan Vong war, but the series fills in readers of necessary back story quite well, and it would translate well into a film.

Personally, this is where I think they should start.  Why?

  • The Actors are age appropriate.

The story takes place 40 years after the battle of Yavin, and it has been 37 years since A New Hope came out.

  • It has imperial elements.

The Imperial Remnant is involved with the story, so it could be used to bridge the gap to future movies.

  • It introduces several new threats.

Not only is it about the rise of a new Dark Lord of the Sith, but it sets up new villains that could be used going forward.

  • It hands off the series from the characters we know and love to a new generation.

At some point the series has to move on from Luke, Leia, Han, and the rest.

  • The Love Commander has to be in a movie!

If you haven't read the books, that is the name of Lando's ship... 'nuff said.

Holding my Breath

I can only hope that Disney will treat Star Wars with respect.  It is not a Hans Christian Andersen story they can bastardize for money.  People really care about it.

JJ will make a fun movie.  I have no doubt about that.  It is what he does, but I want him to make a good movie, or great movie.

He may have as little respect for Star Wars fans as he had for Star Trek fans.  I want to be proven wrong though.

I want more than Darth Vader II: Electric Boogaloo.

Whatever happens.  These are just movies.  If they are bad, I still have two good ones.  The worse he can do is kill Star Wars for the pop culture, and I am not sure that is a bad thing.

SUPER SMASH WARS: A Link To The Hope

This may be the single, greatest mash up video I have ever seen.  Take the cast of Super Smash Brothers, and cast them in Star Wars.  Link is Luke, Gannon is Vader, Mario is Han, and Donkey Kong is Chewbacca.

I need this game.  I need it now, not later.  Lego Star Wars was fun, but I will buy a WiiYou just to play this game.