Was Mace Windu truly stronger than Yoda?

Dec 2, 2021
yoda and mace windu

How powerful was Mace Windu? Was he stronger than Yoda?

Not many people have realised that Mace Windu was a more powerful Jedi that Yoda.

How so you may ask?

This can't be true!

Yoda was a bad ass - we saw him take on Count Dooku and the Emperor!

And that is true, Yoda fought Dooku in Attack of the Clones and fought an epic saber duel against Palpatine himself.

But Yoda did not beat Palpatine.

Who did beat Emperor Palpatine?

Mace Windu did. 

He beat him fair and square. 

It was only the naive intervention of Anakin Skywalker that allowed the Emperor a literal window of opportunity to send Mace out the window to his presumed death.

I'd thus contend that by virtue of Yoda being unable to defeat the Sith Lord and that Mace managed to defeat him, Mace Windu was a more powerful Jedi than Yoda.

It's arguable of course, there are many other attributes of being a Jedi that can be defined as powerful or stronger. 

If you want to boil it down, Jedi are knights and how are knights ultimately judged?

By their swordsmanship.

This raises an interesting point.

In the novelisation of Revenge of the Sith, Windu suggests to Kenobi that Kenobi is the better swordsman, thus making him the most powerful Jedi!

* For those seriously troubled by such lines of thinking, treat this as a brain exercise for head canon - it's just a bit of fun. 

The deleted Millennium Falcon gunners from Return of the Jedi

Nov 23, 2021

We had no idea about existence of these gunners that were cut from Return of the Jedi! 

Much like how the female pilots were cut, so too were these Rebels taking part in the Battle of Endor onboard the Millenium Falcon

cut gunners from Return of the Jedi

The older one is called General Airen Cracken, the other like all good Star Wars characters, these two players were eventually given backstories and were part of the bigger Star Wars universe now known as Legends.

This video shows footage of the cut female pilots and the two men above who were cut from the ROTJ film, including a delightful sequence with an unnamed Calamari pilot and a Sullustan:

There's probably no feeling that's more bittersweet than being an actor who was in the original Star Wars trilogy who filmed a scene that ended up getting cut. 

The biggest call of all was in the original A New Hope in which most of the character Biggs Darklighter's scenes were cut.

Directors and editors have to do what's right for the movie of course, and it's well known in Hollywood that even though you have filmed scenes, there's no guarantee they will make it into the final production. 

Fun Fact, Star War's own Harrison Ford was cut from a small role in Steven Speilberg's E.T. !

Ashoka Show: Facts and Trivia

Nov 20, 2021

Ashoka Show: Facts and Trivia

Ashoka is a new show featuring our favourite padawan. Played by Rosario Dawson following on from her debut as Ashoka in The Mandalorian episode "The Jedi"

Dave Filoni is writing and producing Ahsoka, so we have high hopes given his form as the new George Lucas. 

Actress Natasha Liu Bordizzo has been confirmed as playing Sabine Wren. That character debuted in Star Wars Rebels and has a sweet cameo in The Bad Batch.

ashoka show facts and trivia

Fun fact: It was actually Ashley Eckstein who voiced Ashoka in The Rise of Skywalker as she was the actress who brought the character to life in the Clone Wars series.

How Johnathan Hales saved the script for Attack of the Clones

Nov 19, 2021

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 scriptwriter 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 the 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 the trust of Lucas 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!

attack of the clones production art Obi Wan and Jango

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.

battle of geonosis concept art
Concept art for the Battle of Geonosis

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 for the film 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.

The story of how Leigh Brackett wrote the first draft of the Empire Strikes Back is a great tale.

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

↠ Grand Moff Tarkin quotes from Star Wars: A New Hope and Rogue One

Nov 17, 2021

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

The second most evil person in A New Hope, Tarkin represents the face of the Evil Empire that Leia is rebelling against.

Played by British Actor, Peter Cushing, Tarkin was a very quotable character. 

His strong supporting role in the film assured his character's place in film history - most notably for being able to control Darth Vader by his word alone and for being the guy that gave the order to destroy Leia's home planet of Alderaan.

And for also being called out by Princess Leia for having a foul stench about him...

Dantooine indeed. 

Tarkin quotes from Star Wars: A New Hope

Grand Moff Tarkin quotes from Star Wars: A New Hope

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

This next conversation became a classic Star Wars moment. It showed that even though Darth Vader appears to be the bad guy, Tarkin appears to be able to control Vader, so he must be pretty powerful himself. 

The conversation also contains the famous Darth Vader quote to the near-death Admiral Motti, "I find your lack of faith disturbing".

General Tagge: What of the Rebellion? If the Rebels have obtained a complete technical reading of this station, it is possible, however unlikely, they might find a weakness and exploit it.

Darth Vader: The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.

Admiral Motti: Any attack made by the Rebels against this station would be a useless gesture, no matter what technical data they have obtained. This station is now the ultimate power in the universe! I suggest we use it!

Darth Vader: Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

Admiral Motti: Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you clairvoyance enough to find the rebels' hidden fort-...

[Vader makes a pinching motion as he uses the Force and Motti starts choking]

Darth Vader: I find your lack of faith disturbing.

Governor Tarkin: Enough of this! Vader, release him!

Darth Vader: As you wish.

There's also a cool reference here - Motti was about to finish his line as  "hidden fortress". That is the name of one of the films that greatly inspired George Lucas when he was writing the original Star Wars script.

Princess Leia served Tarkin some handy words

Governor Tarkin: Perhaps she would respond to an alternative form of persuasion.

Darth Vader: What do you mean?
Governor Tarkin: I think it is time we demonstrated the full power of this station. Set your course for Alderaan.

Princess Leia Organa: Governor Tarkin, I should have expected to find you holding Vader's leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board.

More banter with Princess Leia

Governor Tarkin: Charming to the last. You don't know how hard I found it, signing the order to terminate your life.

Princess Leia Organa: I'm surprised that you had the courage to take the responsibility yourself.

Governor Tarkin: Princess Leia, before your execution, I'd like you to join me for a ceremony that will make this battle station operational. No star system will dare oppose the Emperor now.

Princess Leia Organa: The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.

Governor Tarkin: Not after we demonstrate the capabilities of this station.

Tarkin demonstrates to Leia that he means business

Princess Leia Organa: No! Alderaan is peaceful! We have no weapons, you can't possibly...

Governor Tarkin: You would prefer another target, a military target? Then name the system! I grow tired of asking this so it will be the last time: Where is the rebel base?

Princess Leia Organa: ...Dantooine. They're on Dantooine.

Governor Tarkin: There. You see, Lord Vader, she can be reasonable. Continue with the operation; you may fire when ready.

Princess Leia Organa: WHAT?

Governor Tarkin: You're far too trusting. Dantooine is too remote to make an effective demonstration - but don't worry; we will deal with your rebel friends soon enough.

Tarkin was not afraid to kill millions or innocent people or a political figure

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

A chat about Obi-Wan Kenobi with Darth 

Darth Vader: He is here.
Governor Tarkin: Obi-Wan Kenobi? What makes you think so?
Darth Vader: A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master.
Governor Tarkin: Surely he must be dead by now.
Darth Vader: Don't underestimate the Force.
Governor Tarkin: The Jedi are extinct, their fire has gone out of the universe. You, my friend, are all that's left of their religion.

Governor Tarkin: Yes?
Voice over comm: We have an emergency alert in detention block AA-23.
Governor Tarkin: The Princess? Put all sections on alert.
Darth Vader: Obi-wan *is* here. The Force is with him.
Governor Tarkin: If you're right, he must not be allowed to escape.
Darth Vader: Escape is not his plan. I must face him, alone.

That moment Tarkin's plan came into play

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

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

This was a key plot point that many people miss - Tarkin had ordered the Stormtroopers that Leia and her rescuers NOT be shot - so they could escape and thus be followed to the hereabouts of the elusive Rebel Base could be discovered. It's a myth that Storm Troopers couldn't shoot anything in A New Hope!

That moment when Tarkin's arrogance cost him his life:

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


comparison of rogue one tarkin to ANH
Original on the left, CGI on the right.

Rogue One quotes by Tarkin

Grand Moff Tarkin: Failure will find you explaining why to a far less patient audience.
Orson Krennic: I will not fail.

Grand Moff Tarkin: Lord Vader will handle the fleet. Target the base of Scarif. Single reactor ignition... You may fire when ready.  [Yes, he said the same line he uttered in ANH]

Grand Moff Tarkin: We need a statement, not a manifesto. The Holy City will be enough for today.

Tarkin also appeared in Revenge of the Sith in a true CGI cameo but did not have a speaking part.

It is the long-lasting legacy of Tarkin that his character was used in Star Wars: Rebels and had a book dedicated to his back story story. Buy it from Amazon.

5 superbly subtle moments during 'Revenge of the Sith'

Nov 7, 2021

5 points that were quite subtle in the Revenge of the Sith 

Star Wars movies are not all run and gun. 

While many viewers just enjoy them as a spectacle, George Lucas puts plenty of subtlety into his movies. 

You just have to pay attention. 

For instance, did you know Star Wars was a commentary on Vietnam?

Lucas crammed Revenge of the Sith with some great little moments.

Here's 5 we found, the first being this cameo of Moff Tarkin sidling up to Vader and the Emperor (and in case you missed the obvious, that's the first Death Start being built out in front of them).

  • A quick character cameo occurs 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 young-looking  Moff Tarkin quietly sidles up to the Sith Lords. Moff Tarkin features heavily in A New Hope, it is he who orders the destruction of the planet Alderaan. In Rogue One Tarkin's character is actually given an extended role. Guy Henry was motion captured acting out the role and a CGI version of Tarkin was placed over Henry's head. The character was quite great, showing a strong sense of ruthlessness in his ability to assume command over the Death Star from Krennic and to destroy his own troops left on the ground when he fired the Death Star on his own Scarif base.
  • During the opera scene, Palpatine tells Anakin about how Darth Plagueis was so powerful he could create life. While it's never made explicit, the film could have been suggesting that Darth Plagueis caused the 'conception*' of Anakin Skywalker. The Expanded Universe novels show that Plagueis certainly was capable of such an amazing act...
    Goodbye, old friend
  • Darth Vader's head was symmetrical for the first time in a Star Wars film. It was developed using precise machinery - the original was hand sculpted and was mildly aspherical!
  • As General Kenobi is about to leave to hunt down General Grevious, he shares a nice moment with Anakin which finishes with a very loving, 'Goodbye old friend' from Kenobi. This is the last time in the movie the two Jedi converse as friends. A key thing is the lighting - Anakin in the dark and Obi-Wan in the light - it is a literal case of foreshadowing what was to come.
  • Near the end of the film, Bail Organa and Jedi Master Yoda step into the hallway of Organa's ship and have a nice conversation about becoming. It's the actual ship that Darth Vader boards to capture Princess Leia Organa at the start of A New Hope, the Tantive IV. The ship was later seen again in The Rise of Skywalker and Rogue One.
  • After Padme Amidala dies giving birth to Luke and Leia, she is returned to Naboo for burial - her body has been altered to make it appear like she was still pregnant - this is all part of the ruse to keep the existence of Leia and Luke a secret.
  • But what was the most subtle part? The massacre of the Younglings by the newly minted Sith Lord Darth Vader was a pretty obvious move. While the murder is off screen, it is blatant what Anakin has just done. He has murdered innocent children. Nothing subtle about that. The subtlety is that this moment was set up and a call back 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 want has lost a planet (how embarrassing!). This is the same class (but different students). Clever and chilling.
Bonus subtle moment! 

Revenge of the Sith also featured a very cool reference to one of the films by a Japanese director that inspired the original Star Wars film.

We have mentioned before how Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress was a major influence on George Lucas. It’s no surprise then that Lucas deftly slipped in a visual reference to Akira Kurosawa’s famous Seven Samurai film. 

As Yoda brings his hand to his head, this is lifted directly from Akira's film:

akira kurosawa yoda refence revenge sith

* Edited to remove the word 'immaculate' as some people take this stuff a little too seriously. The intention was to convey a comparison to the virgin birth of Mary's child. 

Saw Gerrera and THAT decision he made in #rogueone

saw gerrara death - why did it happen?

Why did Saw Gererra just give up and die in Rogue One?

Rogue One saw Jyn's adoptive father / guardian Saw Gerrera voluntarily stay behind to die while his base on Jedha crumbled as the city of Jedha was destroyed the by test blast of the now operational Death Star.

Why did he do this?

Why did a man so apparently dedicated to bringing down the Empire simply stand back and literally let his world him cave in on him?

It's simply not clear about his reasons but we could guess.

We first wonder if, as a big believer in the Force, he believed he was going to a better place. 

It's kind of like how Obi-Wan Kenobi let Darth Vader strike him down a mortal blow. Except in that instance, Obi-Wan Kenobi knew during his encounter with Vader that he would be able to become a Force ghost and be able to guide Luke through his mission.

If it was to be some kind of Obi-Wan zen type moment, director Gareth Edwards has failed to convince the viewer this is the case.

Saw had been a guerrilla fighter for many years. It seemed that he was still in this mode right up until the point he came face to face with Jyn. He was clearly actively engaged as a guerrilla prior to that point - that's why Galen Erso sent defector Bodhi Rook to him with his hologram message to get to Jyn.

So, based on that Saw's head was still in the game and he was still a resistance fighter.

Until the devil in the sky came to town and blew it up.

At one point he asks if Jyn is here to kill him as if the whole Bodhi defection was one long ruse for Jyn to kill him as part of some revenge plot for abandoning her some years before. He questions this as there was not 'much of him left' to take. He's in a suit that actually appears to be holding him together and it acts as some kind of breathing apparatus like Darth Vader.

Maybe, he's tired of life, maybe he's tired of something. He's certainly not going to learn how to make beer anytime soon.

But, the Star Wars Database makes it very clear that his ill health does not affect his will to fight:

"Saw’s ailing health has not withered his resolve to fight."

So why is it when his world is falling about that he decides to end his life?

He still could have helped Jyn in some way? 

If he was too ill to fight he could have given tactical advice. He could have continued to serve as a facilitator of knowledge in the murky world that he was involved. He could have gone out in a blaze of glory.

We may not ever know but in some ways, this end to his character renders his character a bit of a waste in the context of the movie. He didn't really serve too much of a purpose other than rescuing Jyn at the beginning of the movie, some 15 years in the timeline before?

Why bring in a fine actor such as Forest Whitaker to play this supposed badass character just for him to opt-out at the moment when he was needed the most? 

Just when he was presented with his best-ever chance to make a real difference in his fight against the Emperor? 

Why did he want to give up his dream that he wanted to save so badly?

We honestly have no damn idea. He could simply have retired and spent his credits watching Twileks like Oola dance the night away...

35 Han 'Solo' film call backs to other Star Wars movies

Nov 6, 2021

Han Solo's callbacks and references to the other Star Wars films

Even though it's a prequel, the Solo film directed by Ron Howard, made plenty of callbacks and references to the other films in the Star Wars franchise.

Where Rogue One is a direction companion film to A New Hope, Solo has no direct links to the other movies so the callbacks rely on the myth and mystery around the character of Han Solo and of course Lando who was introduced in The Empire Strikes Back and maybe a prequel or two...

Here's the list of call backs and references to the other films.

  1. Did you notice the dice hanging in Han's land speeder? They are the same ones that make it on to the Falcon. They become a minor plot point in The Last Jedi and can be seen in a deleted scene from The Force Awakens. Qi'ra later gives them back to Han. 
  2. Han is given his original iconic pistol by Beckett, and Chewie his bandolier. It is crossed over like the original Ralph McQuarrie design sketch >> look at the image to the right
  3. After knocking the chasing TIE fighter out of the sky with Falcon, Han says to his fellow companions, "I thought we were in trouble there for just a second but it's fine, we're fine". This is a call back to when Han has a conversation via a comm channel in the Prisoner Block and he say's "we're fine, everything's fine how are you" which then led to the great Han Solo quote, "it was a boring conversation anyway!"  Edit: This was not actually in the movie but the trailer.
  4. Qi'ra's red cape design style has been seen before - a certain person who was hesitant to take on the Empire in Rogue One... Vasp Vaspar. Heck, the cape could have been made for Rogue One and recycled into the Solo movie.
  5. Han says he has a 'good feeling about this', a twist on the classic 'bad feeling' expression.
  6. The "Punch it" quote (or Push it as some trailers had it) is a classic reference to the famous line. 
  7. When Han says "Watch this' to Kira as he attempts to maneuver through a tight spot and fails, its a reference to Empire when Han attempts to flee the Imperials in the Falcon and he says the same line. 
  8. We finally get to see Chewbacca rip someone's arms off in the mine elevator on Kessel (the deleted scene in The Force Awakens does not count). This is the kind of skill Han warned Chewie had in ANH. 
  9. Han pretending to use a thermal detonator in front of  Lady Proxima is a call back to when Leia does it in front of Jabba the Hutt in Jedi.
  10. Han claims in front of Lando that his ship is a VCX-100. This is perhaps a reference to the freighter flown in the Rebels television show.
  11. The Zan sisters are mentioned in the book Shadows of the Empire.
  12. Speaking of Empire, the bounty hunter Bossk is mused as a possible fit for Beckett's team.
  13. There's a 'Two Tubes' alien from Rogue One that is a part of Enfys Nest's marauder gang.
  14. We see parts of Star Destroyers being made that can be seen in the other movies and also some TIE Fighters.
  15. Han shoots Beckett first, the same as he shot 'poor' Greedo first in A New Hope.
  16. When Han and Lando hug at the end, it reverses their hug when they first meet in The Empire Strikes Back, this time Han is the aggressor. 
  17. The planet Scariff from Rogue One is referenced.
  18. Tobias Becket is confirmed to be the killer of Aurra Sing. She was briefly spied in The Phantom Menace on Tattoine, observing the famous pod race that Anakin won.
  19. Lando deliberately states Han as Harn thus establishing why Billy Dee did that in Empire. It 'kind of fixes' the mispronunciation mistake that was made.
  20. Chewie plays space chess on the Millenium Falcon with Beckett, a call back to the infamous game on ANH and The Force Awakens
  21. Qi’ra was a student of the fictional martial art called Teras Kasi. The name "Teras Kasi" is a direct reference to the Star Wars-themed fighting game on the PlayStation, called Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi. We can probably thank Jon Kasdan for that one.
  22. Warrick Davis plays his millionth cameo in a Star Wars film. This time he's a part of the Enfys Nest gang. And given they use his natural face, it would seem he's playing Weasel who was first spied in The Phantom Menace as part of the pod racing scenes. 
  23. When Han is stuck in the mud when he fights Chewie, his pose is the same as that when he was frozen in Carbonite in TESB. 
  24. When Lando says to Han, "I hate you", he replies with the iconic line from TESB, "I know".
  25. In The Empire Strikes back Han and Lando are taking about the Millenium Falcon and Han says "you lost her to me, fair and square". In this film, Lando is a card cheat, and Han takes advantage of that to win the last game by removing Lando's cheat card from the game, thus making it, fair and square.
  26. The Imperial March is used as part of propaganda to get Imperial Recruits. This is totally some kind of meta 'in joke' as the March is Darth Vader's theme song...
  27. Lando talks about how he had "alluvial dampers" installed on the Falcon. This is a great call back to when Han references these in The Empire Strikes Back when he suggests Chewie checks on them.
  28. "They don’t serve our kind here" so says L337 - which is a classic nod to when C3PO and R2 got booted out of the Cantina in ANH
  29. Jabba the Hutt is referred to as a gangster putting together a crew.
  30. Darth Maul's cameo is as obvious a cameo as anything!
  31. When Chewbacca is offered as a slave on Kessel, it's a subterfuge - Han uses the same trick with Chewie on the Death Star in ANH.
  32. The smuggling compartments are used to store the fuel - these of course a used in ANH and The Force Awakens.
  33. Lando does a two fingered salute - just as he does before the Battle for Endor in Jedi.
  34. The helmet Beckett wears as he enters the Spice Mine as Kira's bodyguard is the same that Lando wears in Return of the Jedi at Jabba's Palace.
  35. A Stormtrooper says "Move along, move along" - the same line that is said to Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope.
  36. Han Solo is finally seen doing the infamous Kessel Run in 12 parsecs (if you round it down)...
  37. If you were wondering about the comparison between the original Han Solo as played by Harrison Ford and newcomer to the role, Alden Ehrenreich then check out this cheeky grin:

qi'ra costume cape compared to rogue one Vasp Vaspar


How Artist Moebius' work was the inspiration for ESB's 'Imperial Droid'

Nov 4, 2021

Design inspiration for the Imperial Droid used on Hoth in Empire Strikes Back

Kitbashed has done it again with a flash of brilliance in demonstrating how (for this author) one of the coolest things in The Empire Strikes Back came to be in the film.

I'm talking about the Imperial Probe Droid that finds the Rebel Base on Hoth. Some keen folk call it the Viper droid or Probot.

So every usually goes on about how Ralph McQuarrie or Joe Johnston had the most artistic sway over how the Star Wars universe looked and felt. And this is true, but on this occasion, another very famous person contributed in the most minor way but that contribution left a pretty cool mark on Empire.

Mobieus draw a very small robot in the corner of a frame in what became a well-known piece of science fiction called The Long Tomorrow:

imperial droid found in the long tomorrow by Mobieus

As to how the production crew of The Empire Strikes Back came to use the robot, Kitbashed ponders:

"The story supposedly goes (which is my way of saying that I’ve heard, but have so far found no evidence of) that the production team received permission from Mœbius to use his design. That may be true, after all Mœbius did himself go on to produce a number of drawings in the Star Wars universe, and Dan O'Bannon had worked with him, etc. But given how most of the other inspirational borrowings for Star Wars have gone down, I see little reason to believe that this one would be any different."

So there we have it. Another example of Star Wars taking an idea from another piece of media and making something awesome.

Extra for Experts:

Leigh Bracket, who is credited on Empire Strikes Back also wrote a story called The Long Tomorrow, her story was different in nature being set in a post-apocalyptic America. It was published in 1955.

Adrianne Curry - best Star Wars cosplay ever?

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Cosplayer Adrianne Curry sums up what many people think of Jar Jar

Your wife probably will recognize Adrianne Curry as one of the original winners of America's Next Top Model.

Any cosplay fan will tell you Ms Curry loves to serve herself up as a bowl of cosplay any chance she gets. She doesn't mind tapping into the dark side either.

And she loves Star Wars so why shouldn't a top model put on the Princess Leia golden slave bikini and take down Jar Jar?

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Strike a pose, Adrianne. Vogue. Vogue. Vogue.....

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But to answer the question, is this the best Star Wars cosplay?


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