Is this the first ever Star Wars cosplay?

Aug 7, 2020
Check out this awesome X-Wing Pilot cosplay from 1977!

Found on Reddit, it shows a keen lass called TJ dressed as a Rebel pilot in a home made costume.

Is it the first ever Star Wars cosplay? Did they even call it cosplay back then...?

Maybe Luke or Wedge? 

While the word cosplay was not yet invented, make no mistake, Star Wars fans have been doing this since the moment the first movie came out!

Given back in 1977 there were no VCR or Blu Ray editions of Star Wars (as it was called then!) this is a most impressive rendition of the costume. Sure there may have been the odd picture floating around in a magazine but who knows. 

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Actually we do know! The creator of the costume is actually the girl wearing it. She said in this post "Made entirely by myself ... with no helpful freeze-frame DVD player, BTW. I sat in the movie theatre and took sketches by hand! Oh yeah, I made the fanboys drool when I was 16".

And TJ, you're making the fan boys and girls on Reddit drool 40 years later!

A bit of a day dream about Luke Skywalker's blue and green lightsabers

Aug 3, 2020
Luke turns on green saber - deleted ROJT scene

A bit of a day dream about Luke Skywalker's blue and green lightsabers

I was randomly thinking if I could boil Star Wars down into one thing, what would it be?

My first thought was an X-Wing, particularly one in flight, flying away from me with 4 red orange engine exhausts leaving me in their wake.

Because those things are awesome.

And then flashed up Vader gesticulating wildly at some rebelling princess.

All good things, but no, for this writer, it all boils down to Luke’s lightsaber.

So what of it?

There’s two key Star Wars moments for me that relate to Luke’s weapon of choice.

The first, and by far the coolest part for me as a kid, was watching Luke give some kind of salute to Jabba’s sail barge which turned out to be a signal for R2D2 to fire Luke’s hidden saber into the air so Luke could do a Jedi flip, grab it in mid air and then wreak the worst kind of havoc over Jabba’s henchmen.

That green light slicing across the silver screen was burned into my retina as I sat in the theatre in Heretaunga Street, Hastings, New Zealand. 

The second is the moment Obi-Wan handed Luke his father’s old saber and turned it on.

That sound, that flash of light blue, that awe that suddenly struck Luke was mirrored on myself. That gentle wave of the sword around as Luke starred into its light.

This was not just a cool space movie, this was now a cool space movie with blue swords!

Something borrowed, something blue...

So much happened to Luke’s blue saber both before he actually got his farmer boy hands on it.the saber has already seen a LOT of violence.

In the Revenge of the Sith film it was used to kill Count Dooku and to fight against Obi-Wan Kenobi, oh and lest we forget, it was used to massacre the younglings. This weapon has some really history and blood of innocents on it's hand before it gets to Luke.

When it’s first handed to Luke by Obi-Wan, it’s both an introduction to him and the viewer of such things as Jedi Knights, the Force and a big hint as to what is to come. But Luke doesn’t use the saber for violence in A New Hope. That’s saved up for Empire.

There was no lying when Obi Wan told Luke that the saber he handed to him was his father’s Anakin Skywalker. You’ll note that Obi-Wan picks it up just as he’s leaving Anakin for dead, so he had in his possession the whole time he was keeping an eye out for Luke on Tattoinne.

Luke then used the saber until he lost it down the shaft on Cloud City. It was not seen again until Maz Kanata laid it out for young Rey to find in the catacombe of her castle. We do not know the tale of what happened to the lightsaber between those two moments.

We finally got to see Luke use his saber for realszies in The Empire Strikes back when his duel Darth Vader results in him becoming just another Star Wars statistic.

The loss of one’s arm must be pretty traumatic. It must be even more so when you’ve lost it at the er.. hand of someone who has just told you that they are in fact your father.  And it’s a key moment in the story of Luke’s saber – as Luke’s hand arm is cut off it two things occur. The first is that it's simply great drama and the second is also serves as a personal representation of the Empire striking back (along with the Hoth battle of course).

The saber was also used in Empire to show that Luke's powers as a Jedi were improving. When he was stuck in the ice came by the Wampa, Luke showed his control over the Force by drawing it from the ice to him to use it set him free. It shouldn't be lost on anyone that when Rey called with the Force to the same saber, this was an homage to that moment in the cave.

With The Force Awakens we get to Rey returning the saber to Luke at the top of her climb to him on planet Ahch-to. Will he accept the sword from her? We imagine he will ruefully take it, ponder some of moments in his life when it was in his possession and give it back to Rey, signalling the beginning of her training as a Jedi.

A small aside is to remember Luke’s saber also serves as means for Han to get Luke into his dead Taun Taun which meant we got the best joke ever made in a Star Wars film, “and I thought they smelled bad on the outside..”

It ain't easy being green - Luke's second saber

I alluded to earlier in this piece at just how cool I thought the green saber was. I think it's mostly because it was an unexpected surprise to see it suddenly slice and dicing the bad guys. Refer the photo at the top - it's a cut scene from Return of the Jedi. Luke is in a cave on Tattooine and he appears to have found the required crystal to make his newly fashioned saber complete. The shot of him with the saber turned, while cool, would have reduced the excitement of Luke's surprise attack at the Sarlacc Pit. 

Even Darth Vader was moved to comment on this new green saber in ROTJ: "I see you have constructed a new lightsaber. Your skills are complete. Indeed you are powerful, as the Emperor has foreseen." 

Luke and his dad eventually battle it out in a great duel before the Emperor. The clash of red and green was awesome and the set itself was dark and evil, conjuring thoughts of the dark side of the Force and just how close Luke was to succumbing to it.

Shortly after Luke returns the favour of chopping off his dad's arm the Emperor invites him to join him and rule the galaxy. Luke rejects this grand gesture  and throws the saber to the floor. It's just as a telling moment in Luke’s path to becoming a Jedi as any. He is now one and in becoming so has turned away from the lure of dark side of the Force and the attempted seductions of Palpatine.

And then there's The Last Jedi?

DO we get to see Luke kicking as with the green saber?

No, we get possibly one of the most amazing role reversal's in Star Wars - Luke cannot physically fight Kylo 0 no, he best's him with the greatest manipulation of the Force we have seen to date - he wasn't even there, yet bested Kylo Ren in a light saber battle.

With a blue sword.

Which at the time was WHOLLY disappointing because I wanted the KICK ASS version of Luke. But stepping down from my high horse and thinking about what the heck happened truly showed how Luke became LEGEND across the galaxy for a second time.

No matter that he probably has caused a lot of the problem when he decided to kill Ren as a student for some truly unfathomable reason...

Ludwig Göransson video of The Mandalorian Main Theme

Jul 9, 2020
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Ludwig Göransson was the composer for The Mandalorian and as part of the hype machine for the October release of season II, he's appeared in a video of him playing the key instruments of the theme he wrote.

We quite love that wee 'Rocky Theme' style moment the tune builds too (we suspect this is quite deliberate given he composed for both Creed films).

It's a mark of good composition that this tune has resonated so well across the Star Wars realm, it's up there with any of the recent sequel and prequels film's - indeed, it's quite comparable to John William's Rey's Theme, which for us was the most memorable and enjoyable composition of them all.

↠ Lucas had an idea for a different ending to ROTJ which had Luke taking on Vader’s mantle…

Jun 30, 2020

The alternate ending to Return of the Jedi 

The Making of Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi by J.W. Rinzler is has hit the book stores and IO9 has done a promotional piece for it.

The book as a great story about how an early idea for the ending of Jedi was for Like Skywalker to actually turn to the Dark Side himself!

IO9 reports:

 “Even though Lucas really wanted a bright, upbeat ending, and he fought against killing off any major characters — even Yoda, for a long time — during one story session, Lucas pitched a really, really dark ending.

In a nutshell, the scene with Vader and the Emperor unspools the way it does in the final film. Vader sacrifices himself to take out the Emperor, and then Luke helps Vader to take off his famous helmet.

And then — Luke puts on Vader's helmet himself!

In the transcript of the story session with Lucas and Kasdan, Lucas says: "Luke takes his mask off. The mask is the very last thing — and then Luke puts it on and says, 'Now I am Vader.'


The ultimate twist.

 'Now I will go and kill the [Rebel] fleet and I will rule the universe.'"

Kasdan immediately responded, "That's what I think should happen" — but Lucas didn't actually want to go that dark because "this is for kids."”

THAT would have been an ending to end all endings eh? That movie was also originally going to be called Revenge of the was a last-minute change, the posters had already been designed! This alternative ending would have been insane.

Final trivia but, legend has it that Lando was supposed to die during his attack on the Death Star II.

Anakin Skywalker quotes - before he became Darth Vader

Jun 23, 2020
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Love him or hate him, Anakin Skywalker was an integral part of the Star Wars prequel films and has some great quotes

We guess there's almost a 50:50 split amongst the fandom.

While some moan and drop jokes on Reddit all day about how Anakin doesn’t 'like sand', others revel in his massacre of the Younglings in the Jedi Temple.

Either way, both the child and adult versions of the Chosen One had a lot to say!

Here’s a selection of Anakin’s best quotes from the prequel movies – all before he became Darth Vader – which we count as when Anakin first steps out in his new shiny black costume after getting his legs handed to him by Obi-Wan Kenobi at the conclusion of their epic lightsabre duel.

now this is pod racing!

Anakin's The Phantom Menace quotes

Anakin was played by Jake Lloyd, the kid who had made his name as the kid in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s shocker of a Christmas movie, Jingle All the Way.

He attracted a lot of hate for his acting and having to say lines such as “are you an angel?” but anyone who dismisses his “now this is pod racing!” moment during one of the most thrilling chases in Star Wars, simply doesn’t like Star Wars.

Haters are gonna hate but they need to chill out.

Here are little Ani's quotes

Anakin: Are you an angel?
Queen Amidala: What?
Anakin: An angel. I've heard the deep space pilots talk about them. They live on the moons of Iego, I think. They're the most beautiful creatures in the universe.
Queen Amidala: You're a funny little boy. How do you know so much?
Anakin: I listen to all the traders and star pilots who come through here. I'm a pilot, you know, and someday I'm going to fly away from this place.

Anakin: Mom, you said that the biggest problem in the universe is no one helps each other.

Perhaps the most cringing moment in the whole movie, it, however, served to show that Anakin started out with a pure heart.

Which makes his fall to the dark side of the Force as tragic as any effort by Shakespeare.

Anakin: You're a Jedi Knight, aren't you?
Qui-Gon Jinn: What makes you think that?
Anakin: I saw your laser sword. Only Jedi carry that kind of weapon.
Qui-Gon Jinn: Perhaps I killed a Jedi and took it from him.
Anakin: I don't think so. No one can kill a Jedi.
Qui-Gon Jinn: I wish that were so.

A nice piece of foreshadowing what was to become of Anakin.

Anakin: What are midi-chlorians?
Qui-Gon Jinn: Midi-chlorians are a microscopic life form that resides within all living cells.

A lot of Star Wars fans hated this exchange as for them it removed some of the mysteriousness of the Force.

Anakin: Now this is pod racing!

Anakin: I will come back and free you mom, I promise

Anakin did eventually come back to free Shimi however it was from the Tuskens who had treated her so poorly, she was too die shortly afterward.

Anakin: Qui-Gon told me to stay in this cockpit, and that's what I'm going to do!

And the boy that could, did. He was drawn into the space battle above Naboo and helped break the so called blockade by destroying the Droid Control Ship.

Attack of the Clones quotes by Anakin Skywalker

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Nothing to do with Anakin, it's just cool concept art!
In this film, Anakin was played by Hayden Christensen who at the point of his casting was probably most well known for his part in Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides and various television roles.

Christensen is often scorned by caustic fans for his acting in this movie however many people ignore or were ignorant that George Lucas wanted his actors to deliver their lines in a deliberate manner to pay homage to the movies that inspired Lucas AND you could actually argue his efforts are no worse than Mark Hamill's whinny Luke:

 "But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!"

Anyways, here's some Anakin quotes from Attack of the Clones:

Padmé Amidala: You're not all-powerful, Ani.
Anakin Skywalker: Well, I should be.

Anakin: I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Not like here. Here everything is soft and smooth.

This quote is most often used to highlight how terrible Attack of the Clones is due in part to the apparent poor scripting and bad acting. In his defence, George Lucas has consistently said that he especially wanted this style of voice acting as that’s how it was in the good old days of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers.

Padme: You're making fun of me!
Anakin: Oh, no, I'd be too frightened to tease a senator!

Anakin: I've got a bad feeling about this.

A famous line uttered by every major character in the film franchise.

Obi-Wan: Why do I get the feeling you're going to be the death of me?
Anakin: Don't say that, master. You're the closest thing I have to a father.

A light moment for the film but for those who know how the relationship played out, it's a dark reminder. It was some nice foreshadowing their by Lucas. There's a lot of that in the prequel films.

Anakin: I killed them. I killed them all. They're dead, every single one of them. And not just the men, but the women and the children, too. They're like animals, and I slaughtered them like animals. I hate them!

Anakin raged this quote after he had returned from rescuing his mother from the Tusken people. It’s seen as one of the first times that Anakin went astray from his Jedi training and strayed to the Dark Side of the Force.

He also ignored Qui-Gon Jin's warning as well...

Revenge of the Sith quotes by Anakin Skywalker

Anakin Skywalker: Obi-Wan, may the force be with you.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Goodbye old friend. May the force be with you.

This was a telling moment in the film – it is the last time that Obi-Wan and Anakin talk as friends. Lucas deliberated filmed the scene as Anakin standing in the shadow, Obi-Wan the light, thus signaling the path each was about to take.

If you want to read what Anakin said in the later movies, check out these Darth Vader quotes.

The rest of these quotes occur during and after Anakin and Obi-Wan's epic lightsaber duel.

Obi-Wan: You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them. You were to bring balance to the force, not leave it in darkness.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: You have allowed this dark lord to twist your mind, until now, until now you've become the very thing you swore to destroy.

Anakin Skywalker: Don't lecture me, Obi-Wan! I see through the lies of the Jedi. I do not fear the dark side as you do. I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new Empire.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Your new Empire?

Anakin Skywalker: Don't make me kill you.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Anakin, my allegiance is to the Republic, to democracy.

Anakin Skywalker: If you're not with me, then you're my enemy.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Only a Sith deals in absolutes.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: I will do what I must.

This is a most talked-about moment between our two Jedi friends. George Lucas used this scene as a comment of sorts on American politics. During the so called War on Terror, George Bush used the with us or against us argument – to the frustration of many people, Lucas included it (indeed there's a strong commentary about the Vietnam war throughout the original film).

Obi-Wan: It's over Anakin, I have the high ground.
Anakin Skywalker: You underestimate my power!
Obi-Wan: Don't try it.
Anakin Skywalker: I hate you.
Obi-Wan: You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you.

Return of the Jedi -Anakin's last words to Luke

You thought we forgot this movie, didn't you?

It's very arguable that at the moment Darth Vader chose to save his son Luke's life by throwing his Sith Master down the shaft, he became Anakin Skywalker again.

Here's the conversation that the redeemed Anakin has with his son. 

Darth Vader: Luke... help me take this mask off.
Luke: But you'll die.
Darth Vader: Nothing... can stop that now. Just for once... let me... look on you with my own eyes.
Anakin: Now... go, my son. Leave me.
Luke: No. You're coming with me. I'll not 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.

Heart breaking.

The Rise of Skywalker - Anakin's quote to Rey

Things came full circle and actor Hayden Christian was on hand to deliver a message as a Force ghost to Rey, as The Chosen One:

"Rey, balance the Force as I did"

"The Force surrounds you, Rey"


Want to read some more sweet things about Darth Vader? 

Every Mark Hamill Cameo in Star Wars

Jun 21, 2020

Mark Hamill appeared in 6 Star Wars saga films but he had a few secret cameos in the films as well

Here's a list of every time we can find Mark Hamill has done a voice-over cameo in the wider Star Wars canon.

Our favourite one is the voice-over that Hamill did in The Empire Strikes Back - he announces "The first transport is away!"

This is quite a cool Easter Egg from Rogue One - Hamill is the announcer in the Rebel base that says they are going to Scarif base. He is credited on IMDB as William Patrick which Hamill appears to use as a pseudonym which is made up of the first name of both his brothers:

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Mark Hamill has publically acknowledged he has a cameo in every sequel as well.

He voiced Boolio, a mine overseer at the Sinta Glacier Colony in The Rise of Skywalker. Boolio was given screen credit as 'Patrick Williams' - which can be found on IMDB. The character was portrayed physically by creature performer Aidan Cook.

In The Last Jedi, Hamil voiced and played the character who was a gambler in the Casino on Canto Bight called 'Dobbu Scay'. Hamill wore a motion capture suit to play the part.

A good bit of Mandalorian trivia is that Hamill, himself played the voice of the bartender robot in the Cantina in the fifth episode called "The Gunslinger", the droid, EV-9D9. A cooler bit of trivia is the same robot appeared in Return of the Jedi - in Jabba's palace.

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Hamill has also confirmed he took a turn doing lines for The Force Awakens and also Solo - but the character names have yet to be confirmed.

Here's Hamill credited as William M. Patrick in the Solo film as doing an 'additional voice'.

Hamill credited as William M. Patrick in the Solo film

Hamill did confirm that he has no part in Ewok Adventure and Caravan of Courage.

So while Hamil has had a few parts in the Star Wars films, he's a fair way away from catching up to the actor who has played the most cameo roles - Warwick Davis.

'The Mandalorian' trivia - including Mark Hamill's

Jun 19, 2020

Trivia from The Mandalorian television show 

The Mandalorian is the first live-action Star Wars show and has been released on Disney + Plus (the new Netflix basically). It's a big-budget show which features a bounty hunter that never takes his helmet off.

Sounds a bit like Judge Dredd eh?

Well... he does when no one is looking. 

Here's some trivia that we've learned about it. This will be a living document. 

  • Mark Hamil himself played the voice of the bartender robot in the fifth episode called "The Gunslinger", the droid, EV-9D9.
  • The series was written by Iron Man veteran Jon Favreau. His prior connection to the Star Wars universe was voicing the character Pre Vizsla on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He ended up doing a cameo as well.
  • The Mandalorian's rifle was inspired by the rifle that Boba Fett had on his person in the animation segment of infamous The Star Wars Holiday Special:

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  • The show is set five - seven years after the events of Return of the Jedi
  • Bryce Dallas Howard directed an episode. Her father, Ron Howard directed Solo: A Star Wars Story. 
  • Yes, that was a Kowakian monkey-lizard spied roasting on a spit. You might recognize them as being the same as Salacious Crumb from Jabba's Palace.
  • The lead character's ship is known as the Razorcrest and is a practical effect.
  • The dude frozen in carbonite at the end of the line of blocks is Moralo Eval who was featured in The Clone Wars.
  • Disney canceled the ill fated Josh Trank directed Bobba Fett feature film in favour of this show.
  • Spoiler: the creature of the same species as Yoda that is 'rescued' by the Mandalorian represents the third time such a creature has been spied in a Star Wars feature - Yoda of course, and Yaddle from the original version of The Force Awakens and now 'Baby Yoda'.  
  • Lead actor Pedro Pascal was the thirteenth actor from Game of Thrones to appear in the Star Wars franchise.

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  • The score is composed by Ludwig Göransson, who amongst many recent popular projects, worked with Donald Glover on his Childish Gambino identity. He recently won an Oscar for his work on Black Panther. 
  • Nick Nolte auditioned for the original role of Han Solo 40 years ago. 
  • Carl Weathers plays Greef Cargam the head of a guild of bounty hunters. He has the contacts and contracts for the Mandalorian. 
  • Producer Jon Favreau gave Pascal the esteemed films of director Akira Kurosawa to watch before filming began. Kurosawa's films inspired George Lucas's original script for A New Hope. 
  • In S1E2 - sone of the parts the Jawa can be seen to be holding having taking them from the Razor Crest are Volkswagen fuel injection rails. 
  • Update: It was a similar-looking Mandalorian: Bobba Fett appears to make a sneaky blink- and-you'll-miss-it cameo - when the 'Mando' visits the underground Mandalorian settlement to have his new pauldron forged - a Mandalorian wearing a suit of armour that looks a lot like the legendary Boba Fett may be spied. So Fett survived the Sarlacc pit fall after all eh? Here's the picture:bobba fett cameo in mandalorian

  • Pascal was inspired by Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name character from the Sergio Leone spaghetti western films. This is no surprise given, Boba Fett has the same inspiration
  • The ship is called the Razor Crest 
  • Writer and producer Jon Favreau had written four of the scripts for The Mandalorian before he even had a deal to make the show! 
  • The reference to Life Day is I think the second 'new canon' reference to the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special television movie - the same one which Boba Fett first appeared in. The other reference was in the Solo film where we learned Chewbacca's father's name. 
  • Clone Wars veteran story teller Dave Filoni makes his live action directorial debut with the first episode being his to direct
  • In epsiode 1, The Big Bang Theory’s Brian Posehn plays the snowbound speeder Lyft driver who gets eaten by the ice creature. 
  • In S1E2 - when the Jawa drops the item on Mando's head - a distinctive bell clanging sound is heard - this is a straight lift from the classic Looney Tunes style of comedy when a dropped anvil hits someone's head. 
  • Deborah Chow, directed Episode 3 and will direct the full Obi-Wan Kenobi series. 
  • Episode 4 was directed by Bryce Dallas Howard - star of the Jurrasic Park remakes and the daughter of Ron Howards - who directed the Solo film
  • The container in which the Imperial Steel is held is actually the same as the infamous 'ice-cream maker' that was carried during the evacuation of Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back:

  • Thor: Ragnarok director Taikia Waiatiti has directed an episode and voiced the IG killer robot assassin:

  • The Mando's weapon is modeled on a Bergmann pistol. In the same vein, The joystick in the Razor Crest is a commonly used Thrustmaster joystick.
  • Cara Dune is the bad ass Rebel Shock Trooper that gives Mando some grief before teaming up to save the fishing village by bringing down the AT-ST. Played by Dead Pool actress Gina Carano, we suspect the character's name is a play on Carano's last name and a subtle to reference to the Dune novel which had a massive influence on the original scripting of A New Hope.
  • Season One: Episode 4: Sanctuary is basically one giant reference to The Magnificent Seven and the film that inspired it, The Seven Samurai. This is classic Star Wars - many Western films have inspired the past films (John Wayne 's cowboy in The Searchers for example) and the Mandalorian is not short on positioning itself as a Western.
  • That's Dave Filoni as an X-wing pilot in the episode The Prisoner. Filoni directed two episodes of the first Season of The Mandalorian and of course, he wrote and directed most of The Clone Wars animated season:
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  • But that's not all! The other X-wing pilots are directors of season one shows - Rick Famuyiwa and Deborah Chow (who is also slated as the director for the Kenobi show. 
  • British comedian Richard Ayoade voiced Zero in Episode 6. 
  • Matt Lanter who voices Anakin in The Clone Wars played the New Republic Officer on the Prison Ship. 

mandalorian facts and trivia

Here's some quotes from the Mandalorian.


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Official poster of The Mandalorian.
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Fan art by James Yusufi

The visual and poetic Symmetry of Star Wars

May 22, 2020
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Star Wars has a certain rhythm and rhyme.

It's a visual poem where themes echo and rebound.

Where the colors compare and contrast and bode both hope and dread. 

When voices air similar beats.

There are plenty of callbacks and references to each film.

Common moments happen at the same time in the film's pacing as they did in their mirrored scenes.

This occurs across all 9 saga films but especially the first 6 of which George Lucas acts as the poet or Great Bard

Star Wars aficionado Mike Klimo will happily explain this to you as 'Star Wars Ring Theory'.

And there's no denying the above when you look at these comparisons between the films which show the extent of the visual symmetry that the first 6 Star Wars films that George Lucas helped write, direct and produced have.

Lucas should be more widely credited for the six Star Wars stories he told - here's the proof why as put together by Mike Klimo on his most interesting Instagram.

His posts have a lot of detail about common connections between the films, and plenty of comparisons of how Lucas was inspired by many movies as he made his films - for example, did you know that Return of the Jedi had a small homage shot to the Wizard of Oz? 

So, with full credit to Mike (and George Lucas) here's some visual symmetry and poetry of the Star Wars films:

thirty of us went after her. four of us came back.

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Feeling a great disturbance in the Force.

This pose of Mace Windu is a deliberate homage back to when we first met the cocky and arrogant Han Solo. While Han's personality was not his undoing, Mace's ignorance of the spread of the Sith was his (and that of the Jedi).

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Jedi and Sith, looking after their protege
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Klimo writes: "When Palpatine reveals himself as the Sith Lord Darth Sidious in Revenge of the Sith, there is a wall sculpture, or “frieze,” hanging in the background of Palpatine’s office. 

In Return of the Jedi, there’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it wall sculpture on Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge that depicts the slimy gangster surrounded by slave girls. (You can see it right after the first skiff guard falls into the Sarlacc Pit.) 

In “The Art of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith,” Erik Tiemens, concept artist on the film, notes: “The idea behind the archaeological frieze in Palpatine’s office is that it depicts an event. [George Lucas] was very clear about making it a dynamic and somewhat gory scene of Jedi and aliens and warriors fighting each other.” It foreshadows what is to come at the end of the film and parallels back to Return of the Jedi. 

Poor C3P0 didn't catch too many breaks in Star Wars. 

When Han Solo wasn't trying to shut him off, Poe Dameron was trying to get his mind wiped so they could learn Sith secrets in The Rise of Skywalker - and all the while his mechanical body took a few hits. 

When we first met him he had a silver leg and the parallels in Attack of the Clones and Empire are quite notable - and let's not forget his red arm in The Force Awakens. 

Die Jedi Dogs! 
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Klimo reveals: "When cleaning R2-D2 in the original Star Wars film, Luke Skywalker accidentally stumbles across a hologram of Princess Leia pleading for help, a vital message that draws Luke into a quest to rescue her. In Sith (A New Hope’s corresponding episode in the Star Wars Ring Theory), director George Lucas reinterprets this crucial plot point, rather brilliantly, as Anakin Skywalker’s nightmare about Padme dying in childbirth. 

Much like Leia’s holographic message, the vision of Padme will draw Anakin into a life-saving quest. And if you listen carefully during Anakin’s first nightmare, Padme cries, “Anakin, help me,” which, of course, echoes Leia’s “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” 

In addition, the holographic message is played twice in A New Hope, the second time with Obi-Wan Kenobi in his hut. In Sith, we witness two of Anakin’s nightmares, with Obi-Wan appearing in the second one"

It's also worth noting that director Rian Johnson cleverly incorporated Leia's plea into the plot of The Last Jedi by using R2D2 to deliver the message for the second time to Luke, but this time meaning Luke was Leia's only hope. 

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There are plenty more connections made between the films, check out the symmetry of Revenge of the Sith to A New Hope - and for the curious fan, here's 510 facts about Star Wars.

Who is Jonathan Hales, script writer for Attack of the Clones & how he saved George Lucas

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Johnathan Hales and his role saving the script of Attack of the Clones

Keen eyes may have noticed the name Jonathan Hales as being credited as a script writer on prequel film Attack of the Clones.

While the story was Lucas’, Hales was called in to help with the third draft as time was up – filming was due to start and the script was not yet finished – what a mess!

Hales was tasked with saving the film.

When it was a live site, Secret History of Star Wars noted that Lucas’s first “rough draft - not yet even a proper first draft-was completed in March of 2000 and it was typed up as he was boarding the plane to leave for the studio since production would begin in June.”

Given Lucas was directing and there were pressing production duties, Hales was roped in to help write the finer details of the movie.

He was a writer for Lucas’s Adventures of Young Indiana Jones and clearly had his trust to get the scripting job done.

Production was well advanced and it was in a position that producer Rick McCallum described to as like trying to build a skyscraper without a foundation. Ultimately the final production script was only able to be read by the actors three days before filming!

So what contribution did Hales make? 

The Secret History of Star Wars (now a defunct website) surmised that given Lucas also re-wrote Hales' last polish, his contribution to the script was “tenuous”.

This may not be a fair assessment as Hales did receive a full screenwriter's credit and under the Writers Guild of America screenwriting credit system, a screenwriter must contribute more than 50 percent of an original screenplay or 33 percent of an adaptation to receive credit.

Despite the suggestion of Hale’s work being mere polish (well, if that’s the case, how did he not pick up on the Anakin's sand quote business? Or did he write that line into the script himself?) Lucas must have been happy enough with his contribution to the script as Hales continued to do a fair bit of writing of the Adventures of Young Indiana Jones series.

All this aside, Lucas gave Leigh Brackett a credit for The Empire Strikes Back, despite evidence from Lawrence Kasdan suggesting her work did not contribute materially to the final version of the film.

As an aside, some famous film re-writes or script doctoring moments have gone uncredited including Star War's very own Carrie Fisher as a script doctor for Hook, Sister Act, Lethal Weapon 3 but even Fisher couldn't save Last Action Hero.

In such circumstances, script doctors often deliberately go uncredited, even when they do major work.

But what is this business referred to as script doctoring and why is this discussion suddenly taken place?

To answer the latter, it's an interesting tangent and it gives a good reason to talk more about Star Wars. The first part of the question refers to a scriptwriter taking an existing script and giving it 'another go' with a major restructure or simply tidying up some pacing issues, improving dialogue, fixing scene that wasn't quite working or coming up with a more suitable ending.

Did you ever hear of a scriptwriter called Tom Stoppard?

If you've ever had a cup of tea in his living rooming, you'd have probably noticed his big shiny Oscar gathering a fine layer of dust on the mantlepiece. He won it for a delightful film called Shakespeare in Love.

Tom Stoppard also has a massive connection to George Lucas which fans will be amused to consider.

George Lucas once asked Stoppard to do a  re-write of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - he did the final version of the film but is uncredited - screen writing credit is shared between 5 people but not Stoppard.

Now if we go cast back to Revenge of the Sith, the film turned out a lot different to what was original script - and we're referring to the fall of Anakin Skywalker to the dark side of the Force here. As the film was pieced together Lucas felt Anakin's turn was too abrupt and not logical.

Lucas did two sets of extra pick up filming to ensure his new story line of Anakin turning to the dark side of the Force was in response to his need to save Padme's life.

So who helped Lucas get this very late piece of story incorporated into Sith?

It must have been Stoppard who is credited as being the uncredited scriptwriter that saved the film.

This was a secret let out of the bag by Hayden Christiansen in an interview with Playboy.

So there we have it.

A small insight into Hale's work on Attack of the Clones leads us to learning that Carrie Fisher is an actual script doctor herself and that one of the most famous scriptwriters in history, Tom Stoppard helped Lucas with Revenge of the Sith. The connection there is because Stoppard worked a turn on Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade.

Hollywood is clearly a 'who you know' industry!

We wonder what is the best ph meter for brewing that Darth Vader ever used?

That time Harrison Ford lost his wallet...

May 21, 2020
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Here's a friendly story we saw relayed about Harrison Ford!

We all know how a large part of the Star Wars films are filmed in London. This story to relates Harrison Ford and his time in London filming The Force Awakens:

"While escaping work for half an hour, I walked into the Elephant and Castle just off Kensington High Street and who else but Harrison Ford is in there, full lycra running gear on, having a half pint on his own.

"I go to the bar, get my drink and nervously say hi and briefly tell him what a hero of mine he is. He was very polite and I left him to his half. He then left the bar five minutes later but left his wallet on the table. (Who knows where he would have put it in all the lycra he was wearing anyway.)

"I grab the wallet and run up the road shouting 'Harrsion!' He turns back and I hand him his wallet and he says 'I guess you're my hero now.'"
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