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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

2015 or Bust

George Lucas has done it. Disney has bought Lucasfilm Ltd. for FOUR POINT OH SIX BILLION DOLLARS.

I am surprised, to say the least. But that does not mean that I am not excited. My mom says that I am more excited for Episode VII than I am for a college acceptance letter. She's right. (On a somewhat related note, I got all three of college applications into Wheaton College, Erskine College, and Cedarville University. Yay!)

Episodes VII, VIII, and IX are due to be released in 2015, 2017, and 2019 respectively. Oh yeah.

I personally want to see an adult Ben Skywalker with a kid of his own. The books have not gone into Ben's adulthood, and I think it would be great to continue the Skywalker family tree within the movies.

What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Star Wars History and Influence [part 1]

Ahh. The first installment in this epic space opera. First of the original trilogy, fourth in the canonical timeline.

It was released in 1977, an important year for the film industry. The Rescuers, a Disney animated film about anthropomorphic mice and the Rescue Aid Society, brought back an interest in animation that was somewhat lost after Disney's adaption of Robin Hood. Shortly after the release of Star Wars on May 25, 1977, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a Stephen Spielberg film about the discovery of extra-terrestrial life, was released in September. Star WarsClose Encounters of the Third Kind, and the 1978 release of Superman set up the pins for the success of future science-fiction movies such as Alien (1979), the Star Trek films (1979-today), ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Back to the Future (1985), Jurassic Park (1993), Men in Black (1997), The Matrix (1999), Avatar (2009), and the superhero film craze that started in 2000 with X-Men.

A New Hope was George Lucas's third feature length film after THX 1138 and American Graffiti. American Graffiti starred Harrison Ford. Lucas did not consider Ford for the role of Han Solo, but did use Ford for the readings of Han Solo's lines in auditions for Princess Leia. After hearing Ford read Solo's lines, Lucas was won over and Harrison Ford was given the role of Han Solo.

Star Wars opened in 32 theaters on May 25. Mann's Chinese Theatre (previously Grauman's Chinese Theatre) saw the biggest opening day in its 50-year history, taking in $19,258 at $4 a ticket. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner watched the movie twice in a row on opening day.

Star Wars: A New Hope won six Oscars at the 50th Academy Awards, which was hosted by comedian Bob Hope. They won Oscars for Best Music (Original Score), Best Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction, and Best Sound. It was nominated for Best Picture, Best DIrector, Best Supporting Actor (Sir Alec Guinness), and Best Original Screenplay.

No one, not even critics, can claim that Star Wars has not helped shape the culture. Star Wars was the highest-grossing film in the box office until beaten out by E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial in 1982. The phrases "May the Force be with you" and "evil empire" have entered popular lexicon. Darth Vader is an iconic villain. He is instantly recognizable. Industrial Light & Magic, a visual effects studio that has dominated visual effects for years, was created in order to make effects for Star Wars. In 2001, on census counts across the world, people put down "Jedi" or variations thereof for their religious preferences. TV spoofs are plentiful, including That '70s Show, How I Met Your Mother, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Robot Chicken, and Saturday Night Live.

It started with Star Wars and it hasn't yet stopped.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

It's a trope!

Star Wars TV Tropes Page.

Ahh, the wonders of TV Tropes. If you haven't heard of this site, then you haven't been on the internet for very long. One can spend hours pouring over the single page linked to above. Not to mention the countless links within the site. Hours is an understatement.

I was going to have an article about TV Tropes and Star Wars, but a link is much easier.

On a semi-related note, I'm mentioned on TV Tropes. Here. Here. And here. Of course, it's all because of my webcomic, but whatever.

Yay for links.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

...sequel trilogy?

Is it possible?
Is it possible to do so without ruining Star Wars for us?
Is it possible to do so without taking the existing Expanded Universe canon and stomping all over it?
These are the first three questions that popped into my head. 

Let me back up and start with the release of Revenge of the Sith. That was back in 2005... I was so young and naive. When George Lucas announced that there would be no more movies, I still held out hope for my favorite series of all time.

And there it was, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, my only hope, rising from the ashes of George Lucas's first announcement. It was my knight in shining armor. I watched the movie in theaters, and I was totally pumped for the series premier. It was awesome. After the first two seasons, however, the knight's shining armor began to become a little rusty. When Greedo is not a kid, it becomes dented. After Darth Maul was resurrected, the knight died. "So this how my Star Wars dies, to thunderous applause from hundreds upon thousands of both young and adult Cartoon Network viewers across the country," I said to myself.

But then, I remembered a wonderful proclamation by Lucas way back in 2005. My father and I dismissed it as nonsense, that George Lucas was dreaming. Star Wars: Underworld. Of course, this is most likely not the title, but still. When some actors signed on, including Daniel Logan, and Lucas announced that 50 scripts were completed, things were looking up.

But then George Lucas retired.


This completely messes it all up. I understand he will take an active role in Underworld's production (much like Young Indy), but he said he won't make any more movies.

All six movies will be released in 3D. Yay. Whatever. I have farsightedness that makes 3D movies basically ineffectual.

The possibility of a sequel trilogy being made after the 3D movies are released is exciting to say the least. I first started thinking about this possibility, believe it or not, while browsing the Star Wars messageboards on (my username is ninjavader999 on by the way). A thread titled "Sequel Trilogy" caught my eye. The poster was an awful linguist, posting in all lower caps and totally disregarding punctuation rules. But the fact that the thread was only created recently intrigued me.

Then I saw Buruk say something about a new trilogy. Yeah, woohoo. But he cited Edessa, and I knew something was up.

It seems that I am out of the loop, but I cannot find a single recent thing on such a trilogy. Anyone care to help?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Star Trek vs. Star Wars

Ahh... the great debate.

Well, kind of. The first great debate (well, it's a one-sided debate, really) is "Why Jar-Jar?" The second great debate is "Mac or PC?"  The third great debate is "Original Trilogy or Prequel Trilogy?" The fourth great debate is "Captain Kirk or Captain Picard?" The fifth, then, is "Star Trek vs. Star Wars."

(The answers, by the way, are George Lucas was drunk, PC, Original Trilogy, Captain Picard, and Star Wars. ^-^)

Well, I found these comics making fun of the fifth great debate. They both make some pretty valid points. :P

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Wanna buy some deathsticks?

Welcome to the Outlander Club! The only people who will have recognized the name "Outlander Club" are those who browse Wookieepedia for fun, have read The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia from front to back, or have read the novelization of Attack of the Clones. Indeed, a bar almost exactly like the Outlander Club is a level in Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. Whether it is or not, we never find out.

It doesn't matter whether or not you knew that (though if you did, congratulations!). What matters is that this blog is here for you guys, my fellow fans of Star Wars.

I forgot to introduce myself, didn't I? I am Helpusobi1. I have two webcomics that haven't been updated in a while. Critical Miss and Mystery Science Comics 3000

I enjoy LEGOs, movies, and superheroes. Now, I may sound like your typical geeky young adolescent, but I'm not. I'm a senior in high school. So there. I may still be geeky, however. 

I am a heavy Photoshop user (I created all of the graphics you see on this blog). I am an avid writer, and I hope that I'm good at it, since that's what I want to do in college and after college. I love to read, and to date I have read... a lot of Star Wars books. I think, at last count, it was well over 100. 

I enjoy LEGOs, but I am a very old school LEGO fan. I enjoyed the old, I spell LEGO in all caps, and I wish Johnny Thunder was still a LEGO theme. That is me.

Feel free to check out the tabs at the top of the page! Here is a summary of each tab...

The Bar- The main page. Go here to check out my latest posts!
Disigee Gaming Floor- An open discussion of all things related to Star Wars video games.
Viewing Screens- A Star Wars picture gallery.
The Penthouse- Interviews with other Star Wars bloggers.
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