Jun 22, 2016

Grand Moff Tarkin quotes from Star Wars: A New Hope

Actor Peter Cushing as Tarkin from Star Wars

Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin quotes from Star Wars: A New Hope

The second most evil person in A New Hope, Tarkin represents the face of the Evil Empire that Leia is rebelling against. Played by British Actor, Peter Cushing, Tarkin was very quotable character. His strong supporting role in the film assured his character's place in film history - most notably for being able to control Darth Vader by word a lone and for being the guy that gave the order to destroy Leia's home planet of Alderaan. And for also being called out by Princess Leia for having a foul stench about him...

Tarkin quotes from Star Wars

Darth Vader: He is here.
Governor Tarkin: Obi-Wan Kenobi? What makes you think so?
Darth Vader: A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master.
Governor Tarkin: Surely he must be dead by now.
Darth Vader: Don't underestimate the Force.
Governor Tarkin: The Jedi are extinct, their fire has gone out of the universe. You, my friend, are all that's left of their religion.
[answering a comm signal]
Governor Tarkin: Yes?
Voice over comm: We have an emergency alert in detention block AA-23.
Governor Tarkin: The Princess? Put all sections on alert.
Darth Vader: Obi-wan *is* here. The Force is with him.
Governor Tarkin: If you're right, he must not be allowed to escape.
Darth Vader: Escape is not his plan. I must face him, alone.

General Tagge: What of the Rebellion? If the Rebels have obtained a complete technical reading of this station, it is possible, however unlikely, they might find a weakness and exploit it.
Darth Vader: The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.
Admiral Motti: Any attack made by the Rebels against this station would be a useless gesture, no matter what technical data they have obtained. This station is now the ultimate power in the universe! I suggest we use it!
Darth Vader: Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.
Admiral Motti: Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you clairvoyance enough to find the rebels' hidden fort-...
[Vader makes a pinching motion and Motti starts choking]
Darth Vader: I find your lack of faith disturbing.
Governor Tarkin: Enough of this! Vader, release him!
Darth Vader: As you wish.
[He does]

Princess Leia Organa: No! Alderaan is peaceful! We have no weapons, you can't possibly...
Governor Tarkin: [impatiently] You would prefer another target, a military target? Then name the system! I grow tired of asking this so it will be the last time: *Where* is the rebel base?
Princess Leia Organa: ...Dantooine. They're on Dantooine.
Governor Tarkin: There. You see, Lord Vader, she can be reasonable. Continue with the operation; you may fire when ready.
Princess Leia Organa: WHAT?
Governor Tarkin: You're far too trusting. Dantooine is too remote to make an effective demonstration - but don't worry; we will deal with your rebel friends soon enough.

Officer Cass: Our scout ships have reached Dantooine. They found the remains of a Rebel base, but they estimate that it has been deserted for some time. They are now conducting an extensive search of the surrounding systems.
Governor Tarkin: [referring to Leia] She lied. She lied to us!
Darth Vader: I told you she would never consciously betray the Rebellion.
Governor Tarkin: Terminate her... immediately!

Governor Tarkin: The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I have just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away forever.
General Tagge: But that's impossible! How will the Emperor maintain control without the bureaucracy?
Governor Tarkin: The regional governors now have direct control over their territories. Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this battle station.

Princess Leia Organa: Governor Tarkin, I should have expected to find you holding Vader's leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board.
Governor Tarkin: Charming to the last. You don't know how hard I found it, signing the order to terminate your life.
Princess Leia Organa: I'm surprised that you had the courage to take the responsibility yourself.
Governor Tarkin: Princess Leia, before your execution, I'd like you to join me for a ceremony that will make this battle station operational. No star system will dare oppose the Emperor now.
Princess Leia Organa: The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.
Governor Tarkin: Not after we demonstrate the capabilities of this station.

[referring to Obi Wan]
Governor Tarkin: If you're right, he must not be allowed to escape.
Darth Vader: Escape is not his plan. I must face him. Alone.

Commander #1: We've analyzed their attack, sir, and there is a danger. Should I have your ship standing by?
Governor Tarkin: Evacuate? In our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances.

Governor Tarkin: Perhaps she would respond to an alternative form of persuasion.
Darth Vader: What do you mean?
Governor Tarkin: I think it is time we demonstrated the full power of this station. Set your course for Alderaan.

Governor Tarkin: Are they away?
Darth Vader: They've just made the jump into hyperspace.

Governor Tarkin: You're sure the homing beacon is secure aboard their ship? I'm taking an awful risk, Vader. This had better work. 

It is the long lasting legacy of Tarkin that his character was used in Star Wars: Rebels and had a book dedicated to his back story story. Buy it from Amazon.
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K-2S0 / Kaytoo quotes by Alan Tudyk from the Star Wars: Rogue One movie

K-2S0 / Kaytoo quotes by Alan Tudyk from the Star Wars: Rogue One movie

The robot serves as part of the Jyn Erso's rogue group that aims to get their hands on the Death Stars 'plan's - the ones used by the Rebels to identify and exploit the weakness found as per the events of A New Hope.

K-2S0 delivers part 'robot awesomeness' and part comedy relief in a similar vein to BB-8 or the two other famous robots that turn up in Star Wars movies.

Alan Tudyk plays the Enforce Droid, K-250 in Rogue One. He's 8 foot tall and is usually addressed as Kaytoo

Tudyk's persona fits this need quite well have demonstrated his comedy bona fides in his roles in Firefly, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Death at a Funeral. He's also done a fair bit of prior voice over work, his roles as Mickey in Halo 3: ODST and Zootopia.

The look of K-2S0 is a 'classic' robot look with dark metal, bright eyes suggestive of The Iron Giant. He wouldn't look out of place serving in Jabba's Palace.

K-2S0 quotes: 

Place holder post until the movie comes out!
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Saw Gerrera quotes Rogue One Star Wars

Saw Gerrera quotes from Star Wars: Rogue One as played by Forest Whittaker.

Saw is the first character from Star Wars extended universe to be get a motion picture screen casting. His character appeared in 4 episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, one in Star Wars: Rebels and he had a single line mention in Claudia Gray's Bloodline novel.

The character is a creation of George Lucas himself. Gerrera was originally conceived to be in the unproduced Star Wars: Underworld live action television show which would have been set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

Quotes by Saw Gerrera in Rogue One:

What will you do when they catch you?

What will you if they break you!

If you continue to fight, what will you become?
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Jun 21, 2016

Why does Star Wars have British actors?

Mark Hamill and Peter Cushing
An American and an Englishman walk into a Death Star
Why does Star Wars have British actors?

The recent use of English actress Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars raised some eyebrows when her natural English accent was used. Actors like Christian Bale hid their natural accents when film so they sound American in American movies. Not so the Star Wars universe. As Ray’s opposite, Englishman John Boyega played Finn. Many British actors feature in the original trilogy as well. Why is this?

In terms of the original trilogy, large components of those films were made in England! Thus when you’re in England and needing actors, your players will tend to be English or British. Case in point, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew and Anthony Daniels are all British actors. And let's not forget the VERY famous English actors in the film - Peter Cushing as Tarkin and Sir Alec Guiness as Obi-Wan Kenobi. They were likely more actors sort out by Lucas for for being note worthy actors in their own right - Alec Guinness for example was already an Oscar Winner for the film Bridge on the River Kwai! 

Sure, George brought in American actors too but the reason why Star Wars has so many British actors is largely down to location, location location.

You'd probably have to accept that Daisy and Jon were not chosen for their roles in The Force Awakens solely because they lived in England, it likely was more they were identified as relatively unknown actors who had the potential to do the film justice and were cheap enough in a salary sense.  
In a similar manner,  when the Star Wars prequels were made, Australian and New Zealand actors featured heavily. And where were those films made? Australia. To catch some tax breaks, Star Wars prequels filmed down under. This lead to Australasian  actors and actresses such as Keisha Castle-Hughes, Tem Morrision (as Jango Fett AND Bobba Fett) and Jay Laga'aia had small to large roles in those films. 
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Jun 15, 2016

How many times has "May the Force be with you" been said in Star Wars?

How many times has "May the Force be with you" been said in Star Wars?

It all starts of course with A New Hope.

The line is first said by General Dodonna to his rebel troops just before the Battle of Yavin. Han Solo then somewhat surprisingly says it to Luke shortly after. Given Han had questioned the value of hokey religion, he used it as a sign of friendship and genuine good will to Luke.

In George Lucas's first draft of Star Wars, the concept of the Force was not fully formed, a character that never made it into the final version of the film called King Kayos, said the blessing May the Force of Others be with you all". There was a lengthy development of the concept before it became what we know it to be today.

Amusingly, Obi-Wan Kenobi is sometimes credited with using the phrase first but here are the quotes for when he uses it:

"The Force will be with you... always."
"Luke, the Force will be with you."
"Use the Force, Luke."
"Remember, the Force will be with you always."

There are plenty of other phrases when the force is used too.

But what is it based on? It's likely that George Lucas was inspired by the salutation or blessing that is often said in Catholic mass, "The Lord be with you'.

The Force is mentioned several times in the Star Wars movies but there are three main ways that this phrase we are talking about you is said

"May the Force be with you" is used 16 times in the 7 movies.

"May the Force be with us" is spoken twice and "The Force will be with you" is also used twice.

Here's the use per movie breakdown:

A New Hope

General Dodonna say it to his troops and Han Solo says it to Luke just before the Battle of Yavin

Number of times = 2

The Empire Strikes Back 

When Luke is speaking with Lando and Chewie, he says "Chewie, I'll be waiting for your signal. Take care, you two. May the force be with you."

Number of times = 1

Return of the Jedi

It is not said in Jedi. Admiral Ackbar says before the Battle of Endor, "May the Force be with us"

Number of times = 0

The Phantom Menace

Qui-gon Jin says it to young Anakin just before the pod race starts.

Mace Windu and Yoda exchange this pleasantry between them. Yoda says it another time.

Number of times = 4

Attack of the Clones

Anakin and Obi-Wan each make the exchange before Anakin leaves the planet Corusant with Padme.

Mace says it to Obi-Wan

Obi-Wan gets as far as "may the" before his transmission is cut off. We don't count this.

Number of times = 3

Revenge of the Sith

Yoda says the line to Obi-Wan just before he travels to the Wookie home planet.

Obi-Wan and Anakin say it to each other, the last time they speak as friends.

Yoda and Obi-Wan wish each other it as luck just before Yoda goes to take on Darth Sidious.

Number of times = 5

The Force Awakens

Finally, it is Commander Organa (Leia) who says the classic line to Rey at the end of the The Force Awakens. This makes 'May the Force be with you' the last line spoken in TFA. This line is not only one of 'good luck' it's Leia truly wishing that the Force be with Rey as she begins her journey to becoming a Jedi.

Number of times = 1

So it looks like Obi-Wan says it the most with three times, Yoda and Mace both twice.

Did I miss any? I went through the scripts, I could have well missed some. If I have, please gently let me know in the comments. May the Force be with us all
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Jun 9, 2016

Every time in Star Wars someone said I have a bad feeling about this

The Star Wars movies are among the most quotable films around. Some lines have slipped into a permanent part of everyday culture. “That’s no moon” and “I find your lack of faith disturbing” are used all the time. But arguably the most quoted line from Star Wars actually features in every single film, sometimes more than once. We are of course talking about the immortal:

“I’ve got a bad feeling about this”

It’s used when a character is about to enter into a situation that could end poorly, whether finding out the moon is not actually a moon or you’re about to try and rescue a kidnapped Sith Lord.

The phrase is spoken twice in A New Hope and Return of the Jedi. Every other movie says it once. Han Solo says the line three times, Obi-Wan twice. In total the line has been said 9 times by 6 different characters.

The quote has been mixed up a little bit so we have heard the following variants: "bad bad feeling," "very bad feeling," or "really bad feeling;" and also as "I've got a bad feeling about this."

Here’s a list and description of every time that ‘I’ve got a bad feeling about this’ is used in a Star Wars movie

The Phantom Menace
"I have a bad feeling about this."

So Obi-Wan Kenobi says Obi-Wan to Qui-Gon Jinn at the start of the movie.

Attack of the Clones
"I've got a bad feeling about this."

Anakin Skywalker at Geonosis in the arena when he realises what’s about to be released to eat them.

Revenge of the Sith
"Oh, I have a bad feeling about this."

Obi-Wan Kenobi talking to Anakin Skywalker as their starfighters approach the ship, the Invisible Hand in their attempt to rescue Palpatine.

A New Hope
"I have a very bad feeling about this."

Luke Skywalker as the Millennium Falcon approaches the Death Star

"I got a bad feeling about this."

For the second time in the film – Han Solo says it when the trash compactor on the Death Star starts.

The Empire Strikes Back

"I have a bad feeling about this."

Princess Leia, while inside the belly of the space slug, just before the mynock creatures appear.

Return of the Jedi

"Artoo, I have a bad feeling about this."

C-3PO, when entering Jabba the Hutt's palace

"I have a really bad feeling about this."

Han Solo, after the Ewoks start the preparations to cook him

The Force Awakens

"I got a bad feeling about this."

Han Solo upon realizing that the Rathtars have been set free.
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Jun 8, 2016

What were Darth Vader's last words to Luke?

What were Darth Vader's last words to his son Luke Skywalker?

If there's one verbal exchange between any two Star Wars characters that you asked us to quote word for word, it would probably be the words that Luke and Vader shared just before Vader died.

It's one of the best moments in the whole of the original trilogy. Vader has just finally fulfilled the prophecy of him being the Chosen One and bringing balance to the Force. He's also saved his son's life after Luke has just effectively saved him, somewhat oddly by beating him in combat.

Luke denies the Emperor and rejects the his offer to join the dark side of the Force and in turn proving that he is a Jedi (thus participating in the titular return of the Jedi along with his father's return). The Emperor, furious that his plan to turn Luke has failed determines to kill Luke with lightning Force. Vader then kills the Emperor which leads us to the scene:

What Vader said to Luke before he died

Anakin Skywalker: Luke, help me take this mask off.

Luke: But you'll die!

Anakin: Nothing can stop that now. Just for once, let me look on you with my own eyes. Now...go, my son. Leave me.

Luke: No, you're coming with me. I won't leave you here. I've got to save you!

Anakin: You already have, Luke. You were right. You were right about me... Tell your sister... you were right...

Luke: Father... I won't leave you.

As they talk, the Jedi theme quietly plays. It's a bittersweet moment.

You could actually argue that these are not Vader's last words to Luke as Vader is now more properly back to being Anakin Skywalker having returned from the dark side of the Force (remember the Jedi theme just played to signal it). In which case, Vader's last words to Luke were when he taunted Luke about turning sister Leia to the dark side during their light saber duel. 

Watch the whole exchange below:

If you want more, check out this page of Darth Vader's best quotes.
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Jun 5, 2016

What was that rallying speech General Hux gave in The Force Awakens?

General Hux speech, angry face.

What was that rallying speech General Hux gave in The Force Awakens?

General Hux has a small part to play in The Force Awakens. He's clearly supposed to be a big deal in that he reports directly to Supreme Leader Snoke and otherwise is in charge of the First Order. Hux is also somewhat of a foil to Kylo Ren. The two have a troubled working relationship. Hux appears to see Kylo as being in his way and Ren sees Hux as necessary to keep things 'ticking over'.

Hux is almost a re-run of Governor Tarkin from A New Hope. The key similarity is when Hux orders the firing of the Star Killer base which is similar to when Tarkin orders the destruction of the planet Alderaan. The key difference is that General Hux gave a pretty awesome rallying speech to his assembled First Order troops and soldiers.

Here's what he said:

"Today is the end of the Republic. The end of a regime that acquiesces to disorder. At this very moment in a system far from here, the New Republic lies to the galaxy while secretly supporting the treachery of the rogues of the Resistance.

This fierce machine which you have built, upon which we stand will bring an end to the Senate, to their cherished fleet. All remaining systems will bow to the First Order and will remember this as the last day of the Republic!"

This scene deliberately invokes the manner of the speeches that Adolf Hitler would give at rallies to spread his propaganda and sell his policies to the Nazi Party faithful, and of course his military.

Indeed, even the name of Hux's army is First Order, a none too subtle nod to Hitler's New Order.

Here's the video clip of Hux getting himself all worked up:

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James finally reads and reviews Heir to the Empire

Heir to the Empire book cover
I recently finished reading the first of Timothy Zahn's Star Wars trilogy, Heir to the Empire. It's a fun read, well crafted with a plot that makes a more sense than  dross like The Truce at Bukara.

Timothy Zahn's trilogy is much revered among the Star Wars fandom and I've read that some consider Heir to the Empire to be the novel that kick started the grand age of the Star Wars fan resurgence and renewed popularity which lead to a slew of Expanded Universe story telling in the form of books, graphic novels and video games  (for this lad it was the PC game X-Wing) and something about a moon falling on top of Chewbacca.

There's probably some spoilers that follow but really, the books were released in the early 1990's so there should not be any room for complaints.

Let's get the Blue Guy Stuff out of the way first

One of the key elements of that success is a fellow known to many as Grand Admiral Thrawn. In terms of having read only one of the three novels thus far, I can see what the big deal is. There got to be a reason this blue coloured chap is so popular, and at this stage I think it's because he's arguably the smartest Star Wars bad guy that has been committed to the novel format.

The first thing I loved

Other than the crisp and clear writing and the introduction of Thrawn, there's a moment when Luke Skywalker is dead in the water so to speak. It's just him and R2D2 stuck in a dead X-wing in the middle of space, totally against the odds. It's a great piece of writing that sees Luke place his life in the hands AND programming of his faithful tin can robot. Even though you know Luke will survive his current predicament, it's a nice challenge for him.

The first thing I hated

That there's a fucking tree dwelling lizard which nulls Force abilities. Oh for craps sake, can you not just write a better plot device? The universe is apparently rid of Jedi (and Sith) and yet suddenly there's this magical freaking lizard which no one has heard of until a few years after the Battle of Yavin? Give me strength, you would would have thought such a tree dweller would have been well used in the 1000s of years that the Force has been used and abused...

So what's with the plot?

Zahn has this in hand. While it's not immediately clear what Grand Admiral Thrawn is up to, we are well aware that it's about Thrawn smashing one back down the throat of the Rebel Alliance. The novel ends with a whimper, not with a bang. It's just the first novel of course, Thrawn is set to take back what Emperor Palpatine lost. Han and the good old boys still need to figure out what just happened to them.

That title, it's pretty clever

So is Thrawn the heir to the Empire? Or is it Luke? Is it Leia? Is it the twins that Leia and Han are having? Yes, we get it's most a reference to Thrawn but Vader's lineage looms large...

Mara Jade

I keep seeing her name everywhere around the interwebs as being Luke's wife and bad ass in her own right so her forth coming flirtatious entanglement with Luke seems like an interesting plot to read in the second story, Dark Force Rising. Her character was handy enough in this novel, it being a little obvious.


I think this is the first Star Wars novel I've read since The Force Awaken was released. It did not come to my mind for one minute that this story was no longer canon and should just be considered a alternate time line of sorts. It's a well written story about Star Wars characters and can be read for the sake of it's own enjoyment. Those people that run around on the internet abusing anyone who writes a novel that fits into the official canon timeline may wish to stop, have a breather and maybe go play out in the sunshine.


This novel was unsurprisingly an enjoyable read. Given it's considered one of the best Star Wars books out there, I'll be surprised if the sequel, Dark Force Rising is able to match it. If you are a casual Star Wars fan who has never read this book but are interested in seeing what all the fuss is about, I happily recommend this to you.

You can purchase Heir to the Empire from Amazon at this link.
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