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Aug 28, 2013

Mark Hamill recently caught up with an old acting buddy...

Here's Mark Hamill hanging out with a model of a Rancor - either Hamil has doubled in size or it's not to scale...



Hamill seems a good sport eh?

Aug 26, 2013

Here's some original Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars concept artwork. The man's mind must have been an amazing place to play in!

trench run concept design
Trench Run

Original Ralph McQuarrie concept art from Star Wars


Ralph McQuarrie is possibly one of the most famous concept artists in the world.

He's more famous than those TWO dudes that Peter Jackson uses to do Lord of the Rings anyway...

McQuarrie stamped his mark on the Star Wars franchise almost as much as George Lucas did. Lucas came up with the ideas, McQuarrie drew them and his drawings served as guidance for how the original Star Wars trilogy came to look.

Here's 18 odd classic concept drawings from Ralph that in some way shaped or inspired the look of the people, creatures, robots and landscapes in the far far away galaxy.

A New Hope

I loved the X Wing as a kid, who didn’t imagine themselves flying to Dagobah to hang out with Yoda? These designs of the X, Y and A wings are just awesome. .


a wing concept design



Luke and the vast dessert of Tatooine


An early design of the golden rod known as C3PO. Clearly McQuarrie himself was inspired by the film Metropolis.

c3po original design


What does the T.I.E. in T.I.E. Fighter stand for?


"Battle of Brentaal" by Bruno Werneck.

What does the T.I.E. in T.I.E. Fighter stand for?


The girls at work were doing a quiz the other day and one of the questions was what does TIE stand for as in TIE Fighter?

They immediately looked at me for the answer.

I ummed and ahhhed and came up with  "Twin something Engine" which kind of answered the question but in reality I had no idea what that meant in the Star Wars universe.

We soon found the correct answer.

What is a twin ion engine indeed?

TIE fighters' solar panels power a twin ion engine system that accelerates gases at a high speed along almost any vector, affording the ships tremendous speed and maneuverability.

In reality, no one knows what that means...

tie fighter chases x wing concept art

Some interesting points about these space ships:
  • That awesome sound TIE fighters make as they dog Luke and the lads in Star Wars? That would be the sound effect that designer Ben Burtt created by combining an elephant call with a car driving on wet pavement.
  • In the original Star Wars Darth Vader flew an 'advanced' TIE so that the audience could immediately distinguish it from other fighters, especially during the Trench Run.
  • There were several variants of TIE fighters, including the Bomber that you might have noticed in Empire Strikes Back when the Falcon is hiding out in the throat of a giant worm.
  • Rogue One further introduced a whole new kind of TIE Fighter, the Striker. 

Aug 25, 2013

Gilbert Taylor cinematographer of The Omen, Flash Gordon and a popular Beatles film has died. Oh, he also was cinematographer for a small, low budget film called Star Wars.

gilbert taylor starwars

Some people may think that the original Star Wars film was simply George Lucas getting lucky was mistaken. A director merely directs (ha!) others to do their jobs in the way they are directed. It just so happens those others are incredibly talented people in their own right who are able to contribute wonderfully to the films they are a part of. 

Case in point, Gilbert Taylor who was the cinematographer for A New Hope. If you thought the movie 'looked' cool, he's one of the people that made it so...

Gilbert died last week. Here's what was posted on the official Star Wars website about the man. It appears he had a fine innings. 

Star Wars cinematographer Gilbert Taylor passed away on Friday at his home in the Isle of Wight. He was 99. From the iconic opening shot of a massive Imperial Star Destroyer chasing the Rebels' Tantive IV to the setting of twin suns on Tatooine, Taylor played a large role in establishing the visual identity of the entire series.

"Gilbert's work truly stands the test of time," says George Lucas. "I had long admired his work on films such as A Hard Day's Night and Dr. Strangelove and I had the privilege of working with him on Star Wars. He was a true expert in his craft. Gilbert's inspired work will live on in the many films he contributed to throughout his long career."

Taylor's credits include several classics, such as Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), Roman Polanski's Repulsion (1965), and Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy (1972). He remains a deeply respected figure in film.

For more on Taylor and his work on Star Wars, visit the Star Wars Blog.

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Here's what Taylor said about Star Wars:

“I am most happy to be remembered as the man who set the look for Star Wars. I wanted to give Star Wars a unique visual style that would distinguish it from other films in the science fiction genre. I wanted Star Wars to have clarity because I think space isn’t out of focus, also I was mindful that there was an enormous amount of process work to be done in America with [John] Dykstra after we had finished shooting in England, and a crisp result would help this process.

 The cinematography was specially designed by myself so that these huge dark spacecraft could be illuminated to contain all the action. I literally tore the sets to pieces and inserted huge quartz like panels which would give George Lucas freedom to shoot in all directions quickly without re-lighting.

My special light screens used 7,000 photofloods on large dimming apparatus. This powerful pattern made a huge impression on the audience. I was honored to be awarded the Golden Globe from the American Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films for 1977 for my outstanding photography of Star Wars. I also received a BSC award. Although my career is at its end, I still communicate with Star Wars fans from all over the world with autographs and photographs. In addition to this I have my paintings of my impressions of Star Wars.”

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I love how the Stars Wars website chose to reference 'respectable' artists that Gilbert had worked with. Good movies indeed, but the Omen was awesome! And as for The Dambusters.....

8 questions answered about the Millennium Falcon


falcon in battle millennium star wars

I don't care what anyone else says about the matter, Han Solo's ship the Millenium Falcon was the coolest hunk of junk there was in ALL the Star Wars movies, even Luke's awesome X-Wing. And that means I have questions about the vessel. Which I have also conveniently answered myself using the power of Google:

Who built the Falcon?
It was manufactured by the Corellian Engineering Corporation in 60 BBY.

How did Lando Calrissian come to own it?
The 'bat ship' fell into the hands of Lando Calrissian after a card game of sabacc from a gambler called Cix Trouvee.. As referred to in Empire Strikes Back, Calrissian went on to lose the ship in another game of sabacc to Han Solo some years later.

How does the Falcon out run Imperial fleets so often?

The most famous attribute of Millennium Falcon was her hyperdrive. The Falcon's customized Class 0.5 hyperdrive is twice as fast as Imperial warships.  The hyperdrive system onboard the Falcon was fully twice the size of the hyperdrive in a standard YT-1300 freighter. Of course, when Han could not manouvere the ship to out run the bad guys he would pretend to be dumped rubbish or fly through an asteroid field. 

How did Han and Chewbacca meet? Why is Chewie the co-pilot?

The short version is Han saved Chewie's life. Here's the fully story of the rescue.

What is this Kessel run and parsecs business? Did George Lucas get something wrong?

A Parsec is a measurement of distance not time – so Han was simply making an idle boast to impress Obi Wan and young Luke about the speed of the Millennium Falcon. Or was he? Tie-in books have explained that Han meant he cut down the distance commonly traveled on the Kessel run by flying close to Black Holes that no one else had dared to. If you look closely at Chewbacca in this scene, he does seem a bit sceptical about Han's claim however!

George Lucas has explained that the remark meant that the Falcon's computer was so advanced that it was able to plot a shorter route through hyperspace than any other ship, and thus travel faster.

I heard the Falcon appears in The Revenge of the Sith as a cameo appearance. It this true?
At the beginning of one shot closing in on a docking bay on Coruscant, a YT-1300 freighter is seen flying in to dock. George Lucas has confirmed that it was the Millennium Falcon that was scene and not just some other YT-1300 freighter. Obviously Han had not yet won the ship from Lando and another crew was flying her.

What does it mean when Han says to Chewie"Punch It!" in Empire?

It means step on the gas bro, shit's about to get heavy and we need to GTFO!

What names has  the Falcon has had prior to being the Falcon? 

  • Corell's Pride
  • Fickle Flyer
  • Meetyl's Misery
  • Stellar Envoy
  • Jackpot
  • Gone to Pieces 

McDairmid seems confident Palpatine is not in The Force Awakens. I wonder if his feelings on this matter are clear?

palpatine

Ian McDairmid seems fairly confident Emperor Palpatine won't be in The Force Awakens. Here's some paragraphs that have been running around the internet all day where he appears to confirm he hasn't had the call up. Yet. 

“Well, there’s so many rumors. I like you, know nothing, because there are no facts yet. We know that John Williams is doing the music. Kathleen Kennedy announced that when we were all in Essen, but she and everyone else is unable to say anything else at the moment, because I understand they’re still working on the script.”

“There’s been all sorts of rumors. No conversations have been had, and no deals have been struck. And anyway, I’m dead…but I could be resurrected. Yes, I’ve heard of ghosts, I’ve heard of clones. There’s all sorts of possibilities. But until I get that phone call, like the one I had before, I won’t believe I’m in it. And I think I won’t be working for it, because it’s a whole new world now that I think is going to be invented.

There might be some old favorites in it, but I should imagine it’s about the adventures of the descendents of the first characters and new villains that no one except George has ever imagined. And I hope it is, because the great thing about Disney is that it will continue in a new form with new people and be reinvented, just like all great works of art are sooner of later.”

I think McDairmid is on the money. Episode 7 will set up the new generation of characters and the old will pass the torch to the new. 8 and 9 will be wholly original. This is not a new hope....

Aug 23, 2013

What is the best order to watch the Star Wars movies in?



What is the best order to view Star Wars?


There has been a lot of discussion about Star Wars and the best order in which the six movies should be watched. Maybe, maybe there's been too much talk.

None-the-less, fans who don't necessarily like the entire set of films or have some gripes with various plot points have come up with a viewing order which makes things more palatable.

If you were like me born in 1978, the first ordering you probably saw of Star Wars was:

IV, V, VI, I, II, II

That is to say you saw the original trilogy in order and then the prequels. Which I'm pretty happy with.

But that does cause a few issues.

Such as you can probably figure out the ending of Episode III if you'd been paying attention to the clues people like Obi Wan Kenobi had been dropping.

The surprise twist reveal of Vader being Luke's father is also given away. So to remedy this, first time viewers could watch Star Wars in this order:

IV, V, I, II, III, VI.

A viewer can watch the first two films and enjoy the 'Luke, I am you father' twist then learn how the twist came to be by watching the prequels and then finish off with Return of the Jedi and enjoying Luke Skywalker and his band of merry Ewoks bring down the Empire. 

Seems cool eh? What if I told you there might be an even better way?

This guy has come a with a pretty interesting order and it's known by many as the Machete Order

IV, V, II, III, VI

What's missing here is Episode One. It's just gone from the playlist. Jar Jar Binks is erased from the memory banks and can only turn up in the other movies as cameos which are far less annoying. Episode One is basically dropped because a lot of people do not consider it to be a great movie.

I figure a movie I saw 3 times at the theatre and many times since must be OK and on that basis I wouldn't recommend the Machete order as I think everyone should watch all the films and make up their own mind. 

A lot of people disagree with the Machete Order and think that this order is the best way to watch the films:

IV, V, VI and now The Force Awakens...

Any maybe now that Rogue One is due the order will be

R1, IV, V, VI, TFA


Haters gonna hate...

The most famous Han Solo quotes from Star Wars

The very best Han Solo quotes from the Star Wars movies

The very best Han Solo quotes from the Star Wars movies


Han Solo was literally one of the coolest characters in the Star Wars universe as he was the one who was frozen in a large block of carbonite in The Empire Strikes.

He's the smuggler that dumped Jabba the Hutt's goods at the first sign of trouble and is known for making special modifications himself!

Most of all, he's in it for the money.

He also had a pretty cool attitude which meant he was able to shoot Greedo first and let fly (boy!) with some classic one liner quotes.






Here’s a select few of Harrison Ford’s best and most famous quotes from the four Star War movies he was in:

“Great, kid. Don't get cocky”


Luke and the gang have just escaped the Death Star following the death of Obi-Wan Kenobi when Vader sends a squadron of Tie Fighters after them.

Luke manages to shoot one down and is pretty happy about it when Solo chirps back with this line.

Han’s no fool, he’s been around much longer and knows that what they’re going through is life and death….


"I still get a funny feeling about that old man and the kid. I'm not sure what it is about them, but they're trouble”


How right was Han when he cast this aside to his furry Wookie buddy?


"Look, I ain't in this for your revolution, and I'm not in it for you, princess. I expect to be well paid. I'm in it for the money”



Han had a bounty on his head when he said this to Leia. Still, he managed to overlook this long enough to fly in and save the day later on.

This next one from Empire Strikes Back is possibly one of the greatest ad libbed lines in the history of movie make.

Han is about to be encased in carbonite and be sent to Jabba the Hutt.

Leia finally able to vocalise her love for the smuggler and says "I love you".

His response is the classic:

"I know."


This is the famous quote that many people think as being ad-libbed by Harrison Ford.

Not quite...

Leia got to return the favour during the Battle of Endor in ROTJ.

"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid."


But that's so uncivilized...


han frozen in carbonite
Should have paid his debts!
A couple more from Empire:

"Laugh it up, fuzzball!"


Did Chewie say something funny?

When flying through an asteroid field whilst evading the Empire C3PO questioned the merit of Han flying in the field to wit he replied:


"Never tell me the odds!"


A quote that has been adopted by many fans for whenever they need to start something such as their car.

“Punch it!”


There are plenty of Boba Fett fans out there and many of them were disappointed when the character found himself knocked into the Sarlac pit by a blinded Han Solo. Still, it was kind of funny when I was a kid...

We had to leave this one till last, the infamous Kessel run quote:


“You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon? … It’s the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs.”



Why is this infamous? A Parsec is a measurement of distance not time – so Han was simply making an idle boast to impress Obi Wan and young Luke about the speed of the Millennium Falcon.

Or was he?

Tie-in books have explained that Han meant he cut down the distance commonly traveled on the Kessel run by flying close to Black Holes that no one else had dared to.

But the new canon rules have made this explanation defunct.

If you look closely at Chewbacca in this scene, he does seem a bit sceptical about Han's claim however!

In The Force Awakens Han corrects Rey's description of this run by shouting "12 parsecs" back at her.


The Force Awakens quotes by Han Solo



Here's Han Solo's best quotes and lines of dialogue from Star Wars - The Force Awakens.

"Chewie, we're home."
Rey: "You're Han Solo?"

Solo "I Used To Be."

When asked by Rey about the stories that happened, Han replies, "It's true. All of it. The dark side. The Jedi. They're real".

To Finn "Women Always Figure Out The Truth. Always."

Han Solo: "Are you sure you're up for this?"

Finn "hell no!"

Han Solo as he offers Rey his pistol "You might need this"

Rey: "I can handle myself:

Han Solo: "That's why I'm giving it to you!"

As Solo mans the pilot seat of the Falcon in a tight spot "Come baby, don't let me down"'

To Finn who has just advised Han he doesn't have a plan and thinks the Force can just be used to save Rey:  "that's not how the Force works!"

Han Solo as he walks up to Kylo on the bridge and yells "BEN!" and in doing so reveals Kylo's real name and that he was presumably named after Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Harrison Ford on the Hoth set of Star Wars

Aug 21, 2013

Want a sneak peek at "The Star Wars" comic based on Lucas's 1974 draft of what became a pretty big little film?

Check out the Official Star Wars Blog for an early taste of what the new comic series The Star Wars will look and feel like. Why The Star Wars you ask? This comic series is based on a very early draft of the film that became known as Star Wars. 

George Lucas gave his blessing for his 1974 draft to be turned into a comic  by writer J.W. Rinzler  and artist Mike Mayhew – I think you’ll agree this version of Luke Skywalker as a General looks pretty bad ass:


general skywalker comic thestarwars

Aug 19, 2013

Have you seen these droids?

Water colour of C3PO and R2D2.

15 great Obi Wan Kenobi quotes from Star Wars

alec guiness as obi wan
Strike me down...

Great Obi Wan Kenobi quotes from the Star Wars films


When Star Wars was first released way back in 1977 it seemed an unlikely space adventure but it soon stuck a chord with a million fans around the world. 

Part of its appeal beyond light sabres and space ships was the character of the quotable old Jedi Master known as Obi-Wan Kenobi. 

A New Hope saw the introduction of a seemingly a tired old man, a former General "who fought in The Clone Wars" who needed to get Luke Sykwalker from Mos Eisley to Alderaan.

‘Old Ben’ proved to be have been one of the key Jedi in the history of their time – Kenbobi had actually unwittingly been caught up in the Sith’s plans to take over the Republic, fought bravely in the Clone Wars and nearly killed Vader (well, he thought he had dealt him a mortal blow and left him for dead). 

Originally played by Sir Alec Guinness, his acting skills earned him a Best Supporting Oscar nomination. 

Decades later the younger prequel version by Ewan MacGregor brought new life to the character by showing his Jedi chops and quotes against a couple of Sith Lords and his Clone Army.






Guinness and MacGregor both brought different elements of the character to their roles and fans will argue over who did what better but they both delivered some classic lines and quotes. 

It's my view the Obi-Wan of Episode 3 was the best realization of the character but that's only because MacGregor was standing on the shoulders of an acting giant. 

Here's my favourite quotes – not necessarily the most popular ones.

We’ll start with several quotes from A New Hope.  

"And these blast points, too accurate for sand people. Only imperial storm troopers are so precise"

Mocked by many fans for being very incorrect as the original trilogy showed the Clone troopers were pretty bad shots, this quote is very accurate as the Stormtroopers on the Death Star were ordered to miss.


If you'd managed to live through Order 66 like Obi Wan had, you could forgive him for thinking about stormtrooper precision, and again remember this quote was said before Obi-Wan and the others found themselves running around the Death Star.

"These aren't the droids you're looking for."

But how they were the droids! One of the first examples of a Jedi's powers being used in the Star Wars universe has become one of the all time classic Star Wars quotes.

It's also up there with Ackbar's "It's a trap" in terms of popularity via internet memes and pop culture references. 


"Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy."

How right was Kenobi? Luke gets his life threatened by a bar patron, sees an arm sliced off , witnessed Han Solo kill Greedo and then is sold out to the Imperial Troopers all in the space of about an hour!  

"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced."

How Kenobi felt on board the Millennium  Falcon when Alderaan was destroyed by the Death Star. 

This Force device was used later in The Force Awakens when Leia felt the death of Han Solo. 

obi wan kenobi macgregor

Revenge of the Sith quotes - where you could argue MacGregor’s version of Kenobi shone more brightly than anything else in the other prequels.

"Only a Sith Lord deals in absolutes."

This is my favourite line from Episode 3 (albeit it drives me crazy when people misunderstand it). 

It's not as famous as some of Old Ben's others but it's a wise read on Anakin and shows Kenobi has firmly and finally made his mind up about Anakin's state of mind and where his loyalties lie being he has turned to the dark side.

What happened next is now the stuff of Star Wars legend. Which leads to another great quote:

Obi-Wan: "It's over, Anakin. I have the high ground."
Vader: "You underestimate my power."
Obi-Wan: "Don't try it."

Which results in Anakin trying it and having his legs cut off as result.

Of politics:

Anakin: "The Chancellor doesn't appear to be corrupt."
Obi-Wan: "Chancellor Palpatine is a politician."

Don't try it Anakin!
The Phantom Menace obliged with:

Obi-Wan: "I have a bad feeling about this."
Qui-Gon: "I don't sense anything." 

How many characters have said that line in a Star Wars movie? It's here because it adds to the long running gag that runs throughout every Star Wars film.

On the swamps of the Degobah system with Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back:

Yoda: "I cannot teach him. The boy has no patience."
Obi-Wan: "He will learn patience."
Yoda: "Hmm. Much anger in him, like his father."
Obi-Wan: "Was I any different when you taught me?"

This was an interesting exchange with Yoda and Obi Wan from Empire Strikes Back. Yoda seemingly was talking to himself and boom, the disembodied voice of a dead Obi Wan replies. Ghosts indeed.

We’ll end with some more A New Hope quotes

Obi-Wan: "That's no moon. It's a space station"

As the Millennium Falcon arrived where the planet Alderran used to be, it quickly found itself flying towards the Death Star at which point our would-be heroes were put to the test.

Darth Vader: Your powers are weak, old man. 
Obi-Wan: You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.

Obi-wan and his young Padawan learner are having their second life or death duel, the first being where Obi-wan had bested Anakin while he was having one of the greatest tantrums in the history of the galaxy. Obi-Wan left him for dead. 

First time viewers of A New Hope never really knew the back story between these two Jedi - why was Obi Wan so ready to let Vader kill him? Why did his body disappear? The new prequel movies explained it all and cast more light on the outcome of the duel.

This time round the Jedi was 19 years older and his powers were arguably on the wane while Vader was one of the greatest warriors there had ever been. 

But did Vader beat our brown robed hero?

No, Obi-wan let Vader’s red saber slice through him and in doing so allowed him to join the Force and thus be able to ultimately guide Luke to destroy the Death Star and then finally defeat Vader which then brought about the death of the Emperor ending a certain reign of terror. 

Call it the butterfly effect if you will, Kenobi's actions in ANH led directly to Luke and Vader's final confrontation.

Recall the scene in the movie when Ben looks at Luke. It was a knowing look that Luke was the key to everything from that point on, not that of a defeated man. Indeed moments after his death, he is channelling a Force warning to Luke tell him 'run Luke, run!'.

"Use the Force, Luke."

Even though Han suggested that the Force should be with Luke before they left to take on the giant Death Star, Luke needed this nudge from the dead Jedi to get his groove on so do something important with womp rats back home..


"You'll find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view"


Update: it's now 15 great quotes as Obi-Wan made a surprise appearance in The Force Awakens. 



Dialogue from both Ewan MacGregor and Alec Guiness was used to this line could be placed in Rey's flashback when she touches Luke's so called Bespin Saber for the first time:

“Rey . . . these are your first steps"

Will MacGregor follow up with some lines in The Last Jedi?

This article explains how JJ's team was able to conjure up Alec Guiness saying 'Rey!'.

Extra for experts:
What are your favourite Obi Wan Kenobi quotes? Do you prefer them from the prequels? What would you add to this list?

Aug 14, 2013

Will this old bugger be in Star Wars VII?

emperor palpatine hologram starwars

There's a lot of speculation that Palpatine / Darth Sidius will be in the new Star Wars film.

I really doubt it as Star Wars needs new characters to give new life to the franchise. None of this he's coming back as a ghost, we need a new villain. One even worse than Jar Jar...

Aug 10, 2013

The opening text of every Star Wars crawl


The opening words of every Star Wars movie


The Star Wars 'opening crawl' is one of the first truly great things about the Star Wars films.

While not an original movie making concept (Flash Gordon has that claim, we believe) it made the idea very popular and is these days is expected as part of the opening of every Star Wars film.

Many other works have sort to emulate or parody the concept of the opening words scroll.

Each crawl's prologue gives a quick explanation of the most immediate events leading up to the start of the film.

While the text is crawling up the screen, John Williams' famous Star Wars theme is blasting it's familiar notes, creating an attention grabbing start to the film.

The font of the crawl has also become quite iconic and adopted by many designers.

Here's the opening text to each film. Note the animated Clone Wars movie did not have a word crawl, nor did Rogue One.

Episode IV: A New Hope from 1977 - the one where we learn a blaster at your side is no match for a hokey religion…



"It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. 

Pursued by the Empire’s sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy…."

Trivia: Film director Brian De Palma convinced George Lucas to shorten the original text he had drafted.
Trivia 2: When Star Wars was first released in 1977 the crawl did not feature the text "A New Hope" that came later after the film was a success.


Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back – the one where things get icy between all parties involved.


"It is a dark time for the Rebellion. Although the Death Star has been destroyed, Imperial troops have driven the Rebel forces from their hidden base and pursued them across the galaxy.

Evading the dreaded Imperial Starfleet, a group of freedom fighters led by Luke Skywalker has established a new secret base on the remote ice world of Hoth.

The evil lord Darth Vader, obsessed with finding young Skywalker, has dispatched thousands of remote probes into the far reaches of space…."




Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi – the one in which the evil empire is taken down a peg or two.


"Luke Skywalker has returned to his home planet of Tatooine in an attempt to rescue his friend Han Solo from the clutches of the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. 

Little does Luke know that the GALACTIC EMPIRE has secretly begun construction on a new armored space station even more powerful than the first dreaded Death Star.

When completed, this ultimate weapon will spell certain doom for the small band of rebels struggling to restore freedom to the galaxy..."

The Prequels


The Prequel Trilogy also featured the Star Wars crawl and introduced many fans to the concept of there being tax in space...


Episode 1: The Phantom Menace – the one in which Star Wars becomes a lesson in trade disputes and economic sanctions. 



"Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute.

Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo.

While the congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the conflict...."

There's always a bigger fish..

Episode II: Attack of the Clones: – the one in which Yoda turns out to be a bad ass. 


Here's the scroll:

"There is unrest in the Galactic Senate. Several thousand solar systems have declared their intentions to leave the Republic. This separatist movement, under the leadership of the mysterious Count Dooku, has made it difficult for the limited number of Jedi Knights to maintain peace and order in the galaxy. Senator Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, is returning to the Galactic Senate to vote on the critical issue of creating an ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC to assist the overwhelmed Jedi...."

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith – the one in which everyone dies, one way or another. 


War! The Republic is crumbling under attacks by the ruthless Sith Lord, Count Dooku. There are heroes on both sides. Evil is everywhere. In a stunning move, the fiendish droid leader, General Grievous, has swept into the Republic capital and kidnapped Chancellor Palpatine, leader of the Galactic Senate. As the Separatist Droid Army attempts to flee the besieged capital with their valuable hostage, two Jedi Knights lead a desperate mission to rescue the captive Chancellor....

The Force Awakens Crawl

This crawl was notable for revealing the title of the next sequel, The Last Jedi. Of course, no one knew this was the title at the time but director Rian Johnson sure did!

Luke Skywalker has vanished.
In his absence, the sinister
FIRST ORDER has risen
from the ashes of the Empire
and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi,
has been destroyed.

With the support of the REPUBLIC,
General Leia Organa leads a brave RESISTANCE.
She is desperate to find her
brother Luke and gain his
help in restoring peace and
justice to the galaxy.

Leia has sent her most daring
pilot on a secret mission
to Jakku, where an old ally
has discovered a clue to
Luke’s whereabouts . . . .

So there you have all 7 Star Wars crawls. Which one do you think best reflects the movie in which it features?

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


The prequel film Rogue One does not feature a crawl at all and it's the first live action Star Wars movie to not have the text (not counting the Ewok movies, Caravan of Courage or Battle for Endor or The Clone Wars). It does however show the traditional 'a long time ago, in a far away galaxy' line following the introduction to the Erso family.

The Last Jedi

What will it say? We're guessing something about Luke agreeing to train Rey and that the First Order has regrouped. Something something Kylo Ren. 

Here's the opening lines of all the movies.

Aug 5, 2013

How the Millennium Falcon could have looked in Star Wars - an early design by Ralph McQuarrie

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What the Falcon originally looked like


Here's a pretty awesome early concept design of what was to be become the Millennium Falcon.

Obviously it's the work of the great Ralph McQuarrie - it would have been amazing to spend a day in his mind. It's been famously suggested the ships original design was inspired by Lucas seeing a burger with a ]n olive tagged on to it but we doubt it very much.

If you're wondering where you may have seen this before, check out this:


Gosh, let's hope the Falcon turns up in Episode 7....

Aug 1, 2013

A googly eyed Luke learns of his parentage

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Ah, the Empire Strikes Back scene where Vader tells little Luke that he's his dad is the stuff of movie legend. Does a googly eyed Luke make things better? You tell us...

List of actors who played Boba Fett


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The list of all the actors to have played Boba Fett (and Jango!)

  • Jeremy Bulloch, from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi
  • Daniel Logan, from Attack of the Clones and the voice of the animated Boba in the three-part Season Two finale and in Season Four of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series
  • Dickey Beer, stunt performer in Return of the Jedi
  • John Morton, from a Cloud City scene in The Empire Strikes Back
  • Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones

Meet the Five Fetts!

Here's all the actors who've ever played a Fett character  being interviewed by Warwick Davis during a recent Star Wars Celebration Event.