↠ Why do Obi-Wan and Vader fight so slowly in A New Hope (compared to Revenge of the Sith)?

Sep 12, 2019
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Why do Obi-Wan and Darth Vader fight so slowly in A New Hope compared to how they fought in Revenge of the Sith?


Well, it's not because they are old!

There are two ways to answer this question.

The first relates to the effort of movie making and the era in which a movie is made.

The second is about storytelling.

In terms of moviemaking, Star Wars was filmed & produced in 1976 and featured a finely aged Alec Guinness clashing swords with a muscle man in a big heavy black suit.

No one expected the energetic acrobatics of Errol Flynn or Zorro.

This was a sword fight using 'light swords' and on-screen special effects that never ever been done before. No one ever knew Star Wars was going to become the biggest film in history.

No one knew it was going to be one of the most examined and discussed films in history.

If George Lucas had, he would have made it better. But he didn't and indeed, he swapped some points with Steven Spielberg!

There was simply no way that the sword fight between Darth and Kenobi was going to be as epic as what was eventually realised in Revenge of the Sith.

But in terms of storytelling, this is where things get interesting. What you witnessed was not a sword battle between a Sith Lord and a famous Jedi Knight, it was a conversation (watch it here).

Forget about the stylised fight between the two Jedi in Revenge of the Sith for a moment, what we were presented with was two foes that had fought some 20 years earlier where one left the other for dead.

And now, Vader is one of the most powerful beings in the galaxy.

We have evidence of this in the ending of Rogue One when he took out the Rebels effortlessly with his saber and using the Force. That final scene of the corridor attack has become a classic Vader moment and it can be used to show that he could move menacingly fast if he wanted.

He could have killed Kenobi in an instant but he chose to play it out a bit, maybe so he could figure out what Obi-Wan was up to (he already had a plan though to let the Millennium Falcon escape).

One could conversely argue that Obi-Wan toys with Vader somewhat as well.

He certainly insults him with his sneering use of the word Darth. This repartee allowed Kenobi to give Luke time and chance to escape the Death Star.

The telling point is not this rope-a-dope of sorts, but Kenobi's line "If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine." was important.

We didn't know how it was important but we were given enough to know that with this knowledge, Kenobi was not afraid to die as he knew his death would be a significant event in addressing the balance of the Force.

He knew he was able to help Luke in another, more important way - and that came to be when Luke was doing the trench run on the Death Star and was able to give guidance.

It was a noble sacrifice and it set the path for Luke to become a Jedi and bring down the Emperor (Obi-Wan had no idea Vader was still to actually fulfill The Prophecy).

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From my point of view the Jedi are evil...
By the time Revenge of the Sith came along, moving making had come a long long way.

Blockbusters were now giant spectacles filled with epic action and featured vast amounts of CGI animation.

George Lucas was able to take the current state of CGI and use it to make his duel between two heroes one of the fastest flowing there had ever been.

He needed to as well for it was the climax of the prequel trilogy and the moment everyone had wanted to see since it was learned that Vader fell to the dark side. It had to be epic, anything less would have been a failure.

Extra for experts: Check out this theory about light sabers being used in the Star Wars movies.

Want to read some more sweet things about Darth Vader? 

All the call backs found in The Rise of Skywalker (and a few Easter eggs)

Sep 7, 2019
rise of skywalker call backs

The Rise of Skywalker call backs and Easter Eggs The new Star Wars films have done a fine effort in making callbacks to the films that came before. By going back and forth the films become a more comprehensive story where their elements and themes entwine, offering a really sustaining viewing experience.

Or perhaps callbacks are just fun fan service...

Either way, just like The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi did some pretty awesome shout outs to the past films, The Rise of Skywalker has done some amazing riffs and rhymes on what has come before. It does a fine job of rounding out the sequel trilogy and ending the saga.

JJ Abrams and fellow scriptwriter Chris Terrio have done a fine job reminding us of how this final Skywalker saga film is seeing further, only because it was standing on the shoulders of giants. They may have slipped in a few Easter eggs as well...
  • When Rey trains in the forest, she uses a training orb, the same as Luke did in ANH. The same one was found again by Finn during the Force Awakens when he was looking for first aid items for Chewbacca. 
  • B-Wing space fighters are seen for the first time since the Return of the Jedi.

Check out Rise of Skywalker quotes and what Kylo Ren said. There's a star destroyer load of TROS trivia as well.

9 great 'Call Backs' that connect Star Wars films

Aug 29, 2019
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8 awesome 'call back moments' that join the Star Wars movies up



When we say callbacks we're talking about how the Star Wars movies each have moments where they reference each other. 

Here's 8 classic moments where the script writers took the time to match things up. 


Things that go bump on the Death Star



Remember that Storm Trooper that bumped his head in A New Hope? 


That goof became the stuff of legend among Star Wars fans so much so that when Lucas decided Jango Fett was to be the 'father' of the Clone Army, this 'bump' was called back as an actual character trait of Jango. 

During Attack of the Clones, when the Mandalorian Jango Fett gets into his ship after his tete a tete with Obi-Wan, he bangs his head on the open door.


Grand Moff Tarkin's Revenge of the Sith blink and you'll miss him cameo



Remember this guy from A New Hope? 

Tarkin is the dude who ordered the destruction of planet Alderaan, the home of the Organa family and millions of other voices. 

The quick character cameo occurs at the end of Revenge of the Sith when Vader and the Emperor are standing on the bridge of a Star Destroyer, overlooking the initial construction stage of the Death Star. 

In a blink and you'll miss it moment, a younger Tarkin quietly sidles up to the Sith Lords.


Tarkin was also brought back from the dead as a CGI animation for Rogue One. This means Tarkin appeared in three Star Wars movies in a row (for the time line).


Vader's murder of the Younglings



Killing of the Younglings in Revenge of the Sith was a pretty obvious severe call back to the prior film, the Attack of the Clones. 


While the murder is off-screen, it is blatant what the freshly anointed Vader has just done. 

He has murdered innocent children and there's nothing so subtle as that. 

The call back is to the prior film, Attack of the Clones. Recall the scene where in front of the Younglings, Obi-Wan and Yoda chat about how Obi-Wan has lost a planet (how embarrassing!). 

This is the same type of class where Yoda is teaching young ones about being a Jedi. 

In hindsight, it's a brutal set up.


'It's treason then' quote by Palpatine
It's treason then..



I've got a bad feeling about this



This line is stated by so many major characters, you just expect this line to be in every Star Wars movie you see.



"I love you"



So said Leia to Han as he was about to be frozen in carbonite. Ford's ad libbed reply of" I Know" is the stuff of Hollywood legend. 


The call back came in Jedi when just after Han Solo grabbed Leia's breasts, the lines were reversed. 


"You will die"


During Revenge of the Sith Mace Windu and Palpatine have battled it out and Windu has won the duel (something Yoda couldn't do, even when Mace had softened the Emperor up for him). Palpatine is no longer pretending he is anything but a Sith Lord. 


And he launches a lightning bolt attack on Windu with the words "you will die". 

This is a call back to Jedi when Luke has resolved not to kill his father and join the Dark Side which pisses of the Emperor who confirms Luke is now a Jedi and then stuns him with a bolt or a few thousand of Force lighting. 


He takes a pause and says "And now, you will die". Great work script writers, great work.


The Force Awakens


The Force Awakens film was basically a well executed rehash of all the famous Star Wars moments, revisited in different guises.

Jakku is a stand in for Tatooine, Rey's heroism matches Luke, Maz's Castle can be likened to the Cantina etc.

The movie is basically a greatest hits of the Star Wars universe and there's one hit which we think is a brilliant call back to the film that started it all, A New Hope. 

When Finn is tending to Chewbacca's injury he looks for something to use. And he pulls out the training remote that Luke used under Obi Wan tutelage, 30 odd years beforehand. It's a blink and you'll miss moment but it was a nice wink to the past. 

And if you didn't like that, this little factoid may brighten your smile.

You know when Finn bumps the digital chess board (the game is actually called Dejarik) ... the game the starts up is the uncompleted game that Chewbacca and R2D2 played in A New Hope!

What did Rogue One offer?


Rogue One also featured a few call backs, especially to A New Hope. While the plot connections between the movies are fairly straightforward for us, the call back to 'hope' we like the best is pretty awesome and it doesn't matter in which order the movies are watched.

At the end of Rogue One, Leia's quote is that she has been brought 'hope' in the form of the Death Star plans.

In ANH, Leia refers to Kenobi as being her 'only hope'. With the entire theme of Rogue One being about hope (Jyn says that 'Rebellions are built on hope') the callback is pretty strong.

The Last Jedi snuck a few in too


When Luke is on the Millenium Falcon, R2D2 shows him the old hologram projection of Leia seeking help from General Kenobi is a blatantly obvious reference to A New Hope!

After Rey and Kylo have defeated Snoke's Royal Guard, Kylo makes it clear he is seizing control of the First Order and invites Rey to join him. Vader made the same offer to his Luke in Empire. Both Luke and Rey refused the offer. 

When Leia reunites with Luke on Crait, she mentions her hair. This is a call back to The Force Awakens when Han Solo mentions the change when they too reunite. Here's some more call backs found in The Last Jedi.

The Falcon's dice were carried over from a deleted scene in The Force Awakens and they also turned up in the Solo movie.

Speaking of...

Han Solo movie


Darth Maul cameos at the end as a big call back. He is shown to still be alive, even though Obi-Wan Kenobi sliced him in half in The Phantom Menace. The Clone Wars and Rebels (set after Solo) showed Maul survived his duel with Kenobi which means he is able to turn up as the lead of one of the crime syndicates, the Crimson Dawn.

When Han is stuck in the mud, when fighting the beast, this post echoes that if him being stuck in carbonate in TESB.

How are Acolytes of the Beyond connected to Palpatine?

Aug 26, 2019
Early concept art of Kylo Ren with Vader's burnt helmet

What is the connection of the Acolytes of the Beyond to Palpatine and the Knights of Ren?


OK, bear with us on this one....

"Acolytes of the Beyond" is a group of four words that dropped into Star Wars canon when they were introduced in the Aftermath book written by Chuck Wendig.

Aftermath describes that the Acolytes were were trying to buy Vader's saber from a vendor who claims to have discovered it so that they may 'destroy it and return it to its master in death.

First of all, what is an acolyte?

Isn't that something found in Gatorade?

No, an acolyte is someone who performs religious duties as part of a ceremony or who has been inducted into a particular ministry.

In this case, the acolytes are presumably in the ‘ministry’ of whatever the Beyond is. They worship fallen Sith and wish to venerate them by returning their 'earthly' weapons to them... in spirit.

We could presume the Beyond is the realm of the Force inhabited by Force ghosts such as Gui-Gon Gin, Obi-Wan Kenobi and good old Yoda.

Remember, if Qui-Gon can learn the tricks of the Force, so can Darth Sidiou AKA The Emperor.

Are the Acolytes of the Beyond in touch with Palpatine? 

Are they serving him?

The connection to the Knights of Ren is that Kylo has probably had dealings with the the Acolytes. 

We know he has Vader's helmet which Luke left burning on the funeral pyre on Endor.  We presume he got it from the Acolytes. 

And Vader's saber? Is it possible that the crystal in Ren's saber was that saber?

Perhaps an even more broad question is did the Knights of Ren form out of the Acolytes of the Beyond? Remember in The Force Awakens, Kylo is certainly trying to channel the spirit of Vader via the helmet...

Here's a cut from the Aftermath:

"No Sith remains. And the lone Jedi that exists--the son of Anakin Skywalker--possesses an untouchable soul. At least for now. We must instead move towards the dark side. Palpatine felt that the universe beyond the edges of our map was where his power came from. Over the many years he, with our aid, sent men and women beyond known space. They built labs and communication stations on distant moons, asteroids, out there in the wilds. We must follow them. Retreat from the Galaxy. Go out beyond the veil of stars. We must seek the source of the dark side like a man looking for a wellspring of water."

This is where things get a little bit 'big picture' in the context of The Rise of Skywalker.

Instead of a metaphysical 'beyond' like the Force, they are talking about a physical beyond, one that stretches past the known quantities of the universe.

Now let's wildly speculate about this beyond and tie the Acolytes to Emperor Palpatine and any other crazy theory we can up to.

It's clear that Palpatine is back for The Rise of Skywalker.

How is this the case?

How did he survive his apparent Death at the hands of Vader and the destruction of the Death Star II?

Is he a clone? Has he possessed Rey or other character?

Is Rey his clone? (Probably not as Obi-Wan and Yoda would surely have figured that out already).

Time will tell.

What we do now know is that there is a massive fleet of ORIGINAL Empire Star Destroyers in the trailer for the Rise of Skywalker. They are not First Order ships.

Where have these ships been for thirty years?

Have they been hiding out in the great beyond, the place that Palpatine said was beyond the edges of the maps?

Have they been hiding where the labs and communications stations are?

Are these ships under Palpatine's control? Did the Acolytes look after them while he has been 'dormant'?

Who's been there? Thrawn? The Acolytes? Palpatine himself?

What's cool is the official poster for the Rise of Skywalker features the Knights of Ren. It is quite possible we may learn some answers about who this group actually is, how Kylo uses them and any connections they may have to Palpatine (or even Snoke) and perhaps the Acolytes.

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

How many words does Darth Maul say?





31.


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!

Wanna see Rey go all Darth Maul like?

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Here's some kind of trailer of a sort for Rise of Skywalker. You'll probably loose your shit at the end....




↠ 27 WTF Star Wars facts

Aug 25, 2019
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Luke Skywalker always took his bath time very seriously...

27 random as Star Wars facts that you might not know


Here's some random as nuggets of trivia and facts about the Star Wars movies. As the legend and lore of Lucas's far away galaxy grows, these factoids become even more awesome!


  1. In a New Hope, Leia was kept captive on the Death Star in cell number 2187. This was a deliberate choice as 2187 is the year that the Lucas directed film THX 1138, was set. 
  2. In Return of the Jedi, listen to the music very carefully as Darth Vader picks up the Emperor and throws him down the Death Star shaft. This is the only time the Jedi theme music plays over a shot of Vader, reflecting his return to the light side of the Force and him actually being the Chosen One
  3. Darth Vader was actually the only Star Wars film character to lose an arm three times! And both his legs as well... Obi-Wan Kenobi got 3 of his limbs in Revenge of the Sith! He did have the higher ground after all... Luke followed up with a hander arm sever in Return of Jedi.
  4. The Bantha milk drank by Luke and Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru in A New Hope is blue! It's become the stuff of Star Wars legend so much so, it was used in Rogue One as well. 
  5. Anakin Skywalker really is the ‘Chosen one’. While Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi may have thought a mistake had been made in the reading of the prophecy, Anakin was the one who actually killed Sith Lord Palpatine by throwing him down the Death Star’s reactor shaft in Jedi and thus restored balance to the Force. If you pay careful attention to the music when this happens, the Jedi theme plays briefly, perhaps signaling something profound... 
  6. Harrison Ford famously was never intended to be Han Solo, he was just hanging around after American Graffiti and was helping other actors read their lines as Lucas was in the casting process. Eventually, Lucas wised up and realized Harrison already had the part down cold. 
  7. Princess Leia was subject to one of the most famous ad-libs in cinema history - that being Han Solo's response to her declaration of love - "I know". Harrison Ford apparently made it up at Irvine Kershner's suggestion. Leia got to return the line in Return of Jedi during the Battle of Endor. 
  8. Carrie Fisher appeared in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. This movie was a weird Kevin Smith homage to Star Wars and featured an appearance by Fisher as a nun and Mark Hamill as a parody of himself. Carrie's cameo was the one that got the laughs.... do you follow the good book?
  9. A lot of people forget this but Fisher appeared in the classic movie When Harry met Sally. She was the 'friend' of Sally who ended up marrying Harry’s best friend. See, there is life outside of Star Wars! Fisher also had a cameo in the Blues Brothers!
  10. Carrie Fisher wrote an actual bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge and screenplay for the film based on her writing. The book was about her drug addiction and her relationship with her mother. Fisher has managed to parlay her writing talent with a few turns at playing script doctor for a few Hollywood movies, most notably Rene Russo's Outbreak. 
  11. Yoda’s species has never been mentioned. In official records, he is simply an ‘unknown species’. He'll always be Kermit's ugly cousin to us.
  12. For the prequel film Attack of the Clones, Yoda was performed by Frank Oz. The next two prequels featured a CGI Yoda and the DVD release of Clones saw a CGI version replace the puppet. 
  13. While many think Yoda had Darth Sidious beat in his famous duel in Revenge of the Sith, it was actually Mace Windu, a former student of Yoda who firmly beat the Sith Lord (of course Anakin came in and ruined it all..). 
  14. The original drafts for Star Wars show that the Skywalker family was actually called Starkiller. Indeed the drafts featured a General Starkiller and didn’t focus on the young moisture farmer from Tatooine. His son was called Deak. He eventually became Luke. 
  15. During Revenge of the Sith Bail Organa and Yoda step into the hallway of Organa's ship and have a nice conversation about becoming rebels or something. It's the same ship that Darth Vader boards to capture Princess Leia Organa in the start of A New Hope. 
  16. Does the name “Annikin Starkiller” sound familiar? That's the character's original name for the Skywalker line.
  17. During the assault on the Rebels ice base on Hoth, it is Hamill who speaks the line, “the first transport is away!”. This line is later used as a reference to Star Wars in Mass Effect 3
  18. Carrie Fisher had to stand on a box for most of her scenes with Harrison Ford in the original Star Wars films because she is a foot shorter than him. This was done so the actors would look better in the frame shot together. 
  19. Master Yoda is 66 cm tall. As a comparison, R2D2 stands taller at 96 cm! 
  20. In the very short lived T.V. show Firefly, a model version of Han Solo frozen in carbonite can be seen in many places - the props department would move it around as a running gag. Presumably, this was kind of like how Superman appeared in every episode of Seinfeld
  21. Princess Leia never actually gets to 'meet' Obi-Wan Kenobi. She sees him from afar when she's escaping the Death Star and Obi-Wan is about to let Darth Vader kill him but that's it. Unless you count Obi-Wan being present for her birth in Revenge of the Sith... 
  22. Harrison Ford is the only actor to have appeared in films directed by all three of these directors: Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppola.
  23. Yoda's original name was 'Minch'. Glad Lucas changed it?
  24. Everyone assumes Luke only appeared in the three original Star Wars films. Think about it for a moment and you’ll realize Skywalker appears as a baby at the end of Revenge of the Sith. He, of course, appeared for 30 seconds in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi making it 6 film appearances. 
  25. In A New Hope, Darth Vader has only 12 minutes of screen time! Talk about screen presence.

Rise of Skywalker official poster

Aug 24, 2019


rey fighting kylo ren in rise of skywalker

Arise, Jedi. 

Here's the first official poster from the Rise of Skywalker.  Featuring a dueling Rey and Kylo Ren, looming large is the Emperor himself:
 
rise of skywalker poster


The return of Ian McDiarmid to the Star Wars franchise as Emperor Palpatine sounds pretty awesome. 

We all thought he died when Lord Vader threw him down the shaft in The Return of the Jedi. 

How did he survive?

Recent in universe books have suggested there was a contingency plan in the event of Palpatine's demise - how does it all come together?

Ewan McGregor confirmed as returning to Star Wars

Aug 23, 2019
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Edit: This has now been formally confirmed by Lucasfilm as happening!

Hello there.

Internet scuttle but is heavily reporting that  Ewan McGregor has signed a deal with Disney to return to the Obi-Wan Kenobi character once more.

McGregor famously played the Jedi Master three times in the Star Wars prequels, his turn in Revenge of the Sith is often considered one of the high points of the entire saga. 

The Return of Kenobi has been a long-held wish for many Star Wars fans. It was widely anticipated that the character would feature in a stand-alone film as part of the Star Wars anthology series when it was discovered that Stephen Daldry was prepping for an unannounced film

That work apparently was dropped when Solo didn't perform strongly at the box office (great film though!).

Maybe Disney was foxing after all as the Hollywood 'trade' sites are all now reporting that the deal is inked. 

With no formal announcement from Disney, we can only speculate if this role is for a film or television. 

Indeed, we await a public confirmation!



The Mandalorian trailer officially released

the mandalorian and ship

Here is, the long awaited trailer for the first ever live action Star Wars show, The Mandalorian:


The show executive produced by Jon Favreau and Clone Wars veteran Dave Filoni.

It follows the travails of a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy after the fall of the Empire. 

Starring Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian and featuring Gina Carano, Carl "you got a stew going on" Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, and Agents of Shield's Ming-Na Wen.

Key things to note from the trailer:


ig robot shooting mandalorian

The Mandalorian is set 5 years in the time line after The Return of the Jedi.

Here's the official poster of the show:

mandalorian official poster

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