Jun 24, 2015

General Grievous was based on a vampire!

Uber Star Wars fan Mike Klimo is clearly well onto another Star Wars project after the release of his amazing Star Wars Ring Theory effort. He’s clearly getting further into the history of how and why George Lucas did things in the films. A recent tweet made me sit up and take notice. 

General Grievous's movement actions from Revenge of the Sith were inspired by a famous film vampire!

Klimo has found a 2005 account from Entertainment Weekly that the movements of Grievous were in part inspired by Nosterfaru from the 1922 film of the same name. This article suggests that to be the case and also throws in that Fagin from Oliver Twist also had a part to play as inspiration for a character who also ‘moves in the shadows’.

According to animation supervisor Jamy Wheless, they not only studied Nosferatu but also Bruce Lee films in preparation of the fight sequence.

Lucas has a rich history in taking elements from movies he likes an incorporating them into his films - check out some of the more famous references to movies he put in Star Wars.

It is not known if JJ Abrams will be putting in any sparkly characters in The Force Awakens. 

We can't wait to see what Mike produces next!

Jun 17, 2015

Obi Wan Kenobi Cosplay with a twist...

costume play of Obi Wan from Star Wars

This picture is a pretty sweet cos play effort of fan favourite Obi Wan. I think the clear attention to detail is amazing...

More things Kenobi:

So how did they get Obi-Wan Kenobi into The Force Awakens?
Was Gandalf the inspiration for Obi-Wan Kenobi?
Is Wedge Antilles really Obi-Wan Kenobi's Uncle? Yes, from a certain point of view.
Is the best ever cosplay of Obi-Wan Kenobi?
The best Obi-Wan quotes this side of the galaxy (it’s far, far away)
This is the last time Anakin and Obi-Wan spoke as friends.

Jun 9, 2015

About that time Vader stopped Luke killing the Emperor. Was it what we thought it was?

What if we were to revisit that moment in Return of the Jedi when Luke decides to strike the Emperor down when they are on the Death Star II? Let's just spitball here for it a bit and let yourself be dragged down the garden path, just this once...

As is commonly considered, the Emperor goaded Luke into raising his saber against him and in doing so this action caused Vader to intervene with his own saber and saving the Emperor's life.

This was all part of the Emperor's plan. He wanted Luke to give into the dark side of the Force, to help Luke let the hate flow through him. Once he had dispatched of his Father, Luke would have succumbed to Palpatine's influence as had Anakin some twenty odd years ago.

We know how this played out, Luke and Vader fought, Luke dealt Vader a mortal blow (or did the force lightning finish him off?), Palpatine attempted to kill Luke and Vader finally made up his mind about where is loyalties lay and saved Luke. Great story, great ending to the movie trilogy.


What if when Vader stopped Luke's strike, it was not to save his master Palpatine but to stop Luke from taking that final path to the Dark Side? We know that Luke appears to have been heading down that path. He's started to wear black. He's slowly becoming part machine due to his daddy cutting of his arm and he forced choked a couple of Gammorean Guards at Jabba's Palace. So he's ripe for the turning right? Had Vader noticed this change in his son?

Recall in Revenge of the Sith when young Anakin has Count Dooku down for the count. He is humiliated and beaten by Anakin. And what does Annie do? He excutes him with a double blade assault to the neck, mostly at Palpatine's bidding and thus turning him ever more so in the direction of the dark side of the Force.

What if Vader has all this in mind as Luke is about to strike? We can argue that Vader's loyalty to the Emperor has been wavering throughout the whole of Jedi. That scene the two have on Endor is arguably a key moment for Vader. You may have noticed he doesn't respond to Luke when he suggests there is still good in his father. Vader is wavering in his loyalty to the Emperor even more than  he was at the time of Empire when offered for him and Luke to team up and together rule the Galaxy.

So, Vader is wavering and he doesn't really want his son to become like him. So if he had of killed Palpatine with his first strike, that would have been Luke turning, just like Anakin did with Dooku. Vader chose not to allow Luke to do this, and would rather fight it out a bit and see how things play out. Of course if he had of killed the Emperor, the turning to the dark side probably would only have happened if Vader chose to capitalise on it... but stay with us.

Luke seems to know this, and calls Vader out during the fight but manages to give away that Luke has a sister. Does Vader know this is Leia? We have no idea, however it's enough to goad Luke back into the fight.

Vader is wavering still but is suddenly balls deep in a fight to the death, a death he may have wanted for a long time since he was saved from being a crispy critter back on Mustpha by Palpatine, Either way, by the time Luke beats him (how amazing is that swelling musical score then that happens!) Vader is nearly done.

Ultimately Vader chooses to let his son live but he took his sweet time doing it. Throughout that whole scene he could have gone either way but he really didn't want his son going to the Dark Side. He just wanted the team up.

Any ways, this has been a bit of a ramble, what do you think? Was Vader stopping Luke from falling to the dark side when he prevented Luke from striking down the Emperor?

Or maybe I'm over reaching. It's probably actually simply how it looks in the movie. Vader simply defends his master and it's not until he sees his son dying of a force lightning attack that he makes up his mind.

Extra for Experts

If you look really carefully at the very end of Jedi, post fight scene, Luke's costume is opened up, the flap's insides are white. This symbolises that Luke was always a Jedi like his father before him. Perhaps this casts doubt on all of the above, but the symbolism is clear. Luke was always the good guy.

Extra for Experts II

While we just said that Luke was always the good guy, we understand that an early idea Lucas had was for Luke to become the bad guy at the end, to walk of into the sun set having turned. How interesting a book end to the Star Wars saga that would have been!

Jun 5, 2015

The most famous nip slip in Star Wars history. Actually, it's the only one!

Oola from Return of the Jedi nip slip

This post is about nipples.

There, we said it. Nipples.

Nipples and a certain wardrobe malfunction and we're not talking about Miss Rhythm Nation, Janet Jackson and her deliberate Superbowl breast display with Monsieur Timberlake.

At this point it is indeed fair to ask why on Warth (!) is this Star Wars blog even entertaining the thought of doing a post on nipples.

This is not Playboy Magazine after all, our dear readers seriously come for the articles. And the character quotes.

And of course the shapely form of a Twilek.

What if I was to tell you that Return of the Jedi actually features a nipple slip?

It's the most famous wardrobe malfunction in the entire galaxy!

So here goes the tale.

Cast your mind back to Jabba's Palace in Return of the Jedi. Jabba takes umbrage of a sort with his green slave dancer Oola and as Jabba draws his Twi'lek girl closer to him by pulling her chains, she resists as she knows what's coming - her end.

During this struggle, her great green breast comes out from under her costume, revealing all.

It's a blink and you'll miss the flash moment, however when people were able to rent Return of the Jedi on VHS in the mid eighties, they were able to watch the scene in slow motion and get an eyeful.

Legend has it that this is the most paused moment in home rental video history!

Don't believe us? Check out this video:

Unlike how Carrie Fisher had to tape her breasts down in ANH, someone clearly forgot the gaffer tape on set the day they filmed Oola!

Jun 1, 2015

How many words does Darth Maul say in the Phantom Menace?

How many words does Darth Maul say?


That's right, Darth Maul only says 31 words in The Phantom Menace.

This is attributable to George Lucas trimming down the role he had in mind for the character prior to filming.

That 31 is 27 words less than the 58 words Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke as the Terminator in the first movie of that franchise!