The force awakens… I didn’t know it could sleep

Wednesday, 19 November, 2014

Star Wars 7, the J.J. Abrams directed next installment – just over a year from release now – of the much loved sci-fi saga has a title… The Force Awakens.

Certainly intriguing, but I don’t know… somehow I have a bad feeling about this.

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“Star Wars” as seen in a galaxy close, very close, to home

Wednesday, 29 October, 2014

Toronto based photographer Thomas Dagg brings the “Star Wars” universe right into our world by blending characters, devices, and craft, into a series of what are otherwise day to day photos.

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Will our robots be more like R2D2, or C3P0?

Friday, 24 October, 2014

The robots are coming. One day. And when they do, will they enslave us, or will they make our lives easier? But as… individuals, as apparently intelligent entities, what will they be like?

“Star Wars” makes as good a starting point as any, when it comes to visualising the way our droids may be:

R2-D2 excels in areas where humans are deficient: deep computation, endurance in extreme conditions, and selfless consciousness. R2-D2 is a computer that compensates for human deficiencies – it shines where humans fail. C-3PO is the personification of the selfish human – cloying, rules-bound, and despotic. (Don’t forget, C-3PO let Ewoks worship him!) C-3PO is a factotum for human vanity – it engenders the worst human characteristics.

I think the commentary on Threepio is a tad harsh… a mixture of both may be the way to go.

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Drone racing on the forest moon of Endor

Thursday, 16 October, 2014

This may be the best possible way to use drones that I’ve seen so far… race them in Rebels versus Imperial troops on the forest moon of Endor – as seen in Return of the Jedi – style.

Presented here in French but click the “Subtitles/CC” button for subtitles.

Via prosthetic knowledge.

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A drone shield for the new “Star Wars” film… should the force fail

Tuesday, 30 September, 2014

With “leaks” such as this seemingly taking place every five minutes, it’s short wonder producers of the new Star Wars film want drone shields established over outside filming locations, to prevent those who can’t wait for its release, taking a peep at its production.

Anyone else have the feeling that the whole story will be spoiled long before it ever reaches cinemas?

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Preserving the “Star Wars” Expanded Universe exactly the way it was

Monday, 1 September, 2014

The “Star Wars” Expanded Universe, or EU, is a vast collection of books, comics, and video games, that feature many of the saga’s original characters, in, for want of a better term, side-line stories, that relate in varying degrees to events of the six “Star Wars” films released to date.

Not all of these stories however were entirely peripheral, given George Lucas stated long ago he would not ever film the final three segments of the saga, episodes seven to nine, the EU had come along and picked up the slack as it were, and carried on the adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, and company.

In April however it was announced that the EU was effectively going by the wayside, and that for the most part the characters and developments it had given rise to, would not be part of the forthcoming Disney produced series of films.

This may not be as distressing as it seems, as it will allow for the creation of new story arcs, and add a little intrigue to the upcoming films.

For those who would rather adhere to the EU’s vision of the “Star Wars” future though, Rich McCormick, a writer for The Verge, has put together a timeline of significant events that take place following Return of the Jedi.

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The science of the science fiction “Star Wars” films

Thursday, 14 August, 2014

US scientist Andy Howell discusses the science of the “Star Wars” films… which he actually describes as “space fantasy”. Could it be that more people might focus on the fiction, rather than the science, of sci-fi stories if they were referred to as fantasy more often?

In any event, some of the apparent science presented to us in the films isn’t too far off the mark.

If Star Wars really happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, we might be able to watch it through a telescope right now, or at some point in the future.

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Is Tatooine really as bad as it is made out to be?

Wednesday, 23 July, 2014

Tatooine

A People’s History of Tattooine by Jacob Harris, Tim Carmody, and others. Having, by chance, re-watched the original “Star Wars” trilogy last week, it is apparent our perceptions of the planet, and the Mos Eisley space port, are very much shaped by Obi-Wan Kenobi’s quite disparaging, really, point of view.

What if Mos Eisley wasn’t really that wretched and it was just Obi Wan being racist again?

It’s hardly an excuse, but I guess the old Jedi master hadn’t ever envisaged that he would end up seeing out out his days on the desert planet.

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And now, the 1976 trailer for “Star Wars”

Friday, 18 July, 2014

This trailer for “Star Wars”, dating from 1976, the year before the first film in the sci-fi saga was released, seems a galaxy removed from trailers we’re familiar with today, as do the trailer/teasers for “The Empire Strikes Back”, and “The Return of the Jedi”, all of which I spotted at Kottke.

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Who really killed Luke Skywalker’s aunt and uncle in “Star Wars”?

Thursday, 12 June, 2014

Might this constitute a “Star Wars” conspiracy theory? Events in “A New Hope” suggested that Luke Skywalker’s aunt, Beru, and uncle, Owen, were murdered by Stormtroopers. Jim Ciscell however, writing for Toptenz, argues that bounty hunter Boba Fett was actually responsible.

For all of the many failings of the Star Wars Special Edition that was first released in 1997, George Lucas has stood by this version as being canon. The last part of the docking bay scene clearly establishes that Boba Fett was on Tatooine during the search for the droids. Boba Fett would not have been above trying to collect multiple bounties. A bounty for the droids, as well as a bounty for Han Solo, would have made Boba Fett even more likely to be on Tatooine.

There are a few holes in this idea, but isn’t that case for any conspiracy theory?

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