Star Wars sans Empire, Rebellion, and light side of force. Is that so?

Tuesday, 19 July, 2016

If you like your alternative takes on the Star Wars saga, you’ll enjoy this article by UK writer Sam Kriss. Here he argues there is no real empire, or rebellion, for that matter.

For instance: what, exactly, is the Galactic Empire? It’s strange: something that’s fully omnipresent, but also nowhere to be found. The Empire rules the entire galaxy, but all we see are border zones: corrupt, bandit-strewn scrubworlds; autonomous mining colonies; planets inhabited only by storms and monsters; bucolic pre-agricultural fantasies. There are warships and soldiers, thousands even, but that only proves the existence of a border, not anything on the other side. The Empire is all hollow inside, it’s nothing more than its own border. If you have shipyards, why build your weapons platform off the forest moon of Endor?

Just goes to show doesn’t it? The more thought you give a story like Star Wars, which on the surface seems like a relatively simple story of good against bad, the less sense it begins to make.

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Darth Vader, the one and only rogue

Friday, 24 June, 2016

A surprise this is. Not. It has been confirmed that Darth Vader will feature in the first of the Star Wars Anthology series films, Rogue One, that is due for release in December. That’s less than six months away. Just thought you’d like to know. About Vader, that is.

While already known that Australian Ben Mendelsohn would appear as an officer with plans to ingratiate himself with the Emperor that might earn the wrath of the supreme commander Darth Vader, it has only now been confirmed by Entertainment Weekly that the black-clad, mask-wearing and not overly sweet-natured dark lord Vader himself would appear in the film.

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Forget the Star Wars crawl, here is the Star Wars scroll

Wednesday, 1 June, 2016

Another way to see A New Hope, the fourth episode of the Star Wars saga, as a single illustration, by Swiss graphic novelist Martin Panchaud.

An illustration that’s one hundred and twenty three metres in length, that is.

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Everything is a remix, and that includes The Force Awakens

Monday, 23 May, 2016

What’s with the often glaring similarities between the latest Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, and the 1977 original, A New Hope? It’s because the latter is a remix of the former, of course. Or a remix for the most part.

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This station is made of bamboo… we are vulnerable

Friday, 6 May, 2016

Amazing, a model of the Death Star, from the original Star Wars film, built from bamboo by Frank Howarth. The video depicting its construction is just over ten minutes long, but it seems far shorter, so fascinating is the assembly process.

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Cutaway illustrations of Star Wars vehicles by Hans Jenssen

Wednesday, 27 April, 2016

Star Wars fans will doubtless enjoy Hans Jenssen’s series of cross section, or cutaway, and intricately detailed, illustrations of a number of vehicles and vessels featured in the sci-fi saga.

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We can rebuild Darth Vader, but at what cost?

Monday, 18 April, 2016

We can rebuild him, we have the technology… Darth Vader that is. I wonder if Emperor Palpatine realised the cost would total close to eighteen million dollars, all up, though? Short wonder Vader is never seen taking a holiday, or even a tea break for that matter. For that sort of money you’d want to be sure you were seeing a return on your investment.

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The trailer for Rogue One… a true stand alone Star Wars story then?

Monday, 11 April, 2016

The first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, due for release in Australian cinemas on 16 December, is set shortly before events of Episode IV, and tells the story of how the Rebel Alliance managed to acquire the design plans of the Death Star.

It looks promising. So far. Here’s hoping Rogue One is truly standalone, and only makes necessary references to other films in the series, rather than being some sort of… duplicate.

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The Force Awakens, a sequel, or a remake of A New Hope?

Monday, 4 April, 2016

There’s been much talk of the similarities between Star Wars films A New Hope, and The Force Awakens, and here you can see select scenes from both side by side. Stark, or what? While some of the comparisons were obvious, there’s a fair number of more subtle likenesses.

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The Millennium Falcon may be a pirate ship, but that’s no name

Tuesday, 8 March, 2016

An extensive history of the creation, and evolution, of the Millennium Falcon, a story that includes a little bit of revolution… can you believe it, one of science fiction’s most iconic vessels might have had the name Pirate Ship?

The Millennium Falcon underwent a long and arduous number of conceptual iterations before its final iconic shape emerged; the one we now once again see blasting its way across the big screen. In fact it wasn’t even known by its famous name until well into production, having up until then gone under the much mundane moniker: Pirate Ship.

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