Rock music during the time of the Star War’s Galactic Empire

Thursday, 18 August, 2016

Rolling Stone album cover, artwork by Superfi

What if planet Earth had become part of the Star Wars Galactic Empire? What would be the impact on our day to day lives? Would we be better off, or worse, that we are now?

ABBA album cover, artwork by Superfi

And what about the arts? And music? How would being an actual part of the Star Wars universe, have influenced our favourite musicians? This is the way Superfi thinks it may have been

Sex Pistols album cover, artwork by Superfi

(Thanks Erastus)

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. An official trailer

Monday, 15 August, 2016

I was lurking on Twitter at just the right time last Friday afternoon, to catch word that the official trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, had dropped.

Up until now we’ve only been treated to a couple of teasers. This is a more substantial outline of the story, and there’s even a glimpse of Darth Vader. Rogue One opens in cinemas on 16 December. Not long to go now.

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Years later the Empire and Rebels are still skirmishing on Endor

Monday, 1 August, 2016

I’m surprised forces from either side of the conflict would still be present in this region of the galaxy, but there you go. Star Wars – Call of the Empire, is a fun, fan made, short film set years after the battle of Endor, which played out in Return of the Jedi.

It has been reasoned that Endor was plunged into a nuclear winter shortly after the destruction of the second Death Star, so it’s a puzzle that anyone is there in the first place. Having said that, it seems clear that an active Imperial base is present. Perhaps that’s where the First Order took its roots? The basis for a possible Star Wars Anthology series film?

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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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