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


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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If “Star Wars” had been made by Quentin Tarantino

Thursday, 22 May, 2014

I can’t say I have a problem with the first three “Star Wars” films, as in episodes four, five, and six, but who knows, they might have been something else again had Quentin Tarantino helmed them, at least if this imagined trailer for “A New Hope” is anything to go by.

Maybe Tarantino could turn his talents to the prequel film series though, perhaps in the same way that US actor Topher Grace, who condensed episodes one through three into a single, 83 minute feature, did.

I get the feeling I ought to duck for cover now…

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What’s with the Death Star’s ring of destruction as it explodes?

Tuesday, 13 May, 2014

Like it or lump it, “Star Wars” is the talk of the galaxy, and the excitement is only going to grow in the run up to the release of the new film in the franchise, The Ancient Fear.

While there’s loads that could be discussed, I thought I might focus on the rings seen emanating when the two Death Stars, and the planet Alderaan, explode, in the first films. Obviously this is science fiction, but what is the go with these rings anyway, would they actually occur should a planet sized body be destroyed by super powerful laser?

But wait! These are no ordinary planetary sized explosions. Instead, all of these blow up and produce this expanding ring of stuff. I really don’t know why they do this. Maybe this is due to a high speed internal rotation of the core. I could understand some type of high speed spinning thingy inside the two Death Stars, but Alderaan? Maybe Alderaan has a secret core power source inside so that they can keep the surface looking all natural. I’m just guessing here. Oh, we all know that there would be no sound from these explosions in space, right?

It has been suggested these rings only came along after first being seen in 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, but I’m not going to touch that.

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May the fifth be with you, new “Star Wars” film cast named

Monday, 5 May, 2014

The cast of the upcoming Star Wars movie has been officially announced. Those expecting the actors who originally played Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker, to return for the new film, er, like worst kept secret ever, will not be surprised.

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