sábado, 23 de marzo de 2013

Top Star Wars Characters 70-61

Sorry folks, but I have been extremely busy lately and I haven't made it back to this blog in a while.In order to calm our own minds from Disney's not very wise decisions that are rumored to be occurring regarding the Clone Wars and the destruction of Lucas Arts, I now have the list of Greatest Star Wars Characters 70-61. Enjoy folks.

To see previous parts of the Top 100 characters, click here: http://thestarwarsdefender.blogspot.com/2013/03/top-100-star-wars-characters-80-71.html
and here:http://thestarwarsdefender.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-top-100-greatest-star-wars.html

sábado, 16 de marzo de 2013

The Death of the Main Villains Part 1

One of the often most criticized parts of Phantom Menace, and that of Episodes I-III in general, has to do with the appearance of the villains, in particular the Sith. The hateboys often times will go on record to say that they liked the fact that Darth Vader was a recurring villain in Episodes IV-VI, and that Darth Maul should have been the recurring villain of Episodes I-III. Here is why that was and is not a good idea. 

For starters, the idea of having Maul run away from a Padawan, just after he killed his own master, completely destroys the legitimacy of Episode I, and his own character. Maul's ''death'' brings closure to the film itself, and allows to elevate the character of Obi-Wan. A great part of the reason why I love Obi-Wan Kenobi, and why he has been my favorite Star Wars character ever  since I was a 5-year old boy who watched Phantom Menace in theaters, has to do with the fact that yes, he ''killed'' the supporting villain of the story. We obviously know that Jedi are only supposed to kill in self defense, and that is exactly what Obi-Wan did, which brings to show you how much he personifies the Jedi Code itself.

Going back to Maul, even if you find a way to keep him alive while not destroying Episode I, you still have to face the fact that it's going to be difficult for this guy to be running around from the Jedi for a decade until the Clone Wars start. He would have been more of Obi-Wan's foil than he ever was of Anakin, since well, Anakin only knew Qui-Gon for like a few days, while Qui-Gon had been Obi-Wan's father figure. Bringing Obi-Wan towards the dark side simply isn't how the story goes, nor is it in the nature of his character. And besides, a duel between Yoda and Maul simply won't work: Yoda would kick Maul's ass in five minutes similar to how Sidious kicked his ass in the Clone Wars. Having Maul die at the hands of Yoda would force Sidious to get some kind of apprentice to run the Separatists for him, and that villain would have had only minor screen time in Revenge of the Sith. So in the end, it was a wise choice to have Maul ''die'' in Episode I, and have Count Dooku be the villain later on. 

In Part 2 of this series, I will discuss about Maul's return in the Clone Wars, and how his return is different from that of other Star Wars characters. I will see if I can also talk about why Count Dooku is a great Star Wars villain. 

viernes, 15 de marzo de 2013

Top 100 Star Wars Characters 80-71

Sorry folks that this part of the list came late, but I have been busy lately in my own personal life. On a second note, I do want to say that I have come back from my short Star Wars Vacation, and that I am back in the bloggers chair once again.
To see the previous lists click here: http://thestarwarsdefender.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-top-100-greatest-star-wars.html
and here: http://thestarwarsdefender.blogspot.com/2013/02/top-100-star-wars-characters-90-81.html#more

lunes, 11 de marzo de 2013

The future of Star Wars: Are we headed for doom?

Is Star Wars heading for a nasty place???
Folks, as Mace Windu once said, our worst fears have been realized. The Clone Wars as a television show, has been cancelled.

It was a ride I never thought I would see, way back in 2008 when this all started. And after 5 great years in which the show kept getting better and better, it's sad this all bogged down to this. After the emotional ending of Season 5, I had been so moved that for some  reason, I wasn't shocked when I saw the news that The Clone Wars was ending. For some reason, I kind off saw that coming.

Ultimately, the only logical explanation as to why this happened, bogs down to the fact that Papa George is no longer running the company he once made. The Disney executives figured out that they didn't want a distraction to be in place when Episode VII gets released, so they decided to cancel the show. Not only that, but also Detours is getting moved into a future release, proving that the whole ''Disney hates the prequels'' is pure nonesense.

At the same time, all of this gives reason for pessimism, despite how optimistic the crew of the CW might sound, on the future of the franchise. Even though we are going to get a couple of more arcs (like the Anakin, Clovis, and Padme one) released in some way, shape or form, it does bring to question: Will the arcs be able to conclude the fates of Ahsoka, Rex, Darth Maul, Ventress and Bo-Katan? Even though the show managed to break through the 100 episode goal, I feel as if it could have accomplished so much more. All of things brings down to the fact, that as I mentioned earlier, the future of Star Wars is uncertain and not looking very good under the wing of a corporate animal.

I really hope that at the same time I am writing this piece, that George Lucas is simultaneously in Skywalker Ranch sitting with Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Arndt, Simon Kilberg and JJ Abrams, telling them that they can't go ahead and screw up the next trilogy of Star Wars. I hope he is telling them that they need to keep the prophecy of the Chosen One and NOT include a Sith as a villain, that in his view, peace has existed in the galaxy since the Battle of Endor, and so on. Or else folks, if this next installment does not adhere to the vision of the man himself, and is instead thumb nosed by Disney executives just like how the Clone Wars was, I might as well file my divorce of the Star Wars fandom. At least, the things that Disney ends up releasing.

It breaks my heart that what has become an integral part of the greatest film franchise of all time, is now not ending the way it should have. At an end note, I do wish to clarify that I am looking forward to the next arcs that will be in some form released, which will hopefully wrap up The Clone Wars somewhat nicely.
On the other hand, I also wish to take this time to thank George, Dave Filoni, Joel Aron, Killian Plunkett, Ashley Eckstein, Matt Lanter, James Arnold Taylor, Catherine Taber, Sam Witwer, the late Ian Abercrombie, Stephen Stanton, Jon Fravreau, Jaime King, and everyone else involved in all of these seasons, bringing us great episodes of Star Wars goodness. 

May the Force be With You.

domingo, 3 de marzo de 2013

Star Wars Vacation

Well folks, I hate to break it to all of my loyal readers and fellow Star Wars fans who enjoy the six films as much as I do, or probably even more. But the truth is, I am in the state of a much-needed Star Wars vacation.

Star Wars to me used to be an entertainment franchise that I really enjoyed being a fan off. I still enjoy it. The problem now is that the spin and unexpected turn of events that have taken place in the last few months have been so life changing that quite frankly, I need some time to separate myself from all the paranoia and rumors and uncertain fate that the current franchise of Star Wars is in.

I'm fairly certain that The Clone Wars will return in the fall of 2013. I really see few evidence to the contrary. But at the same time, with a bunch of different projects coming along the way, the future of Star Wars is beyond uncertain. Now with Ahsoka gone from the Jedi, it's just too much for me to handle.

Way down deep inside me, something died the moment I saw Ahsoka walk away from the Jedi Temple. I'm not sure what it was. I do know however, that it's kind of sad Ahsoka's Jedi training was never complete. She could more or less handle a fight with General Grievous, but that was about it. It's depressing to think that at this point Ahsoka might loose her abilities to use the force, much like how Lorian Nod lost them in Legacy of the Jedi. At the same time, their are some parallels that I see within my own life and that of Ahsoka's. When I saw the Clone Wars movie, and we all were introduced to Ahsoka, I was just about to enter the 8th Grade. I was far more innocent back then, similar to how Ahsoka was. Now that I am in my senior year, and about to graduate from High School, the time has come for me to move on and begin my life at a university, perhaps in the United States, far from my home country. In that sense, Ahsoka is moving away from home also, with the difference that she will likely not come back, unlike myself.

For now I guess, it's time for me to dedicate myself to other more important matters. I won't leave this site permanently, but I won't be posting as often as I used to do. Once my mind is clear, and things in the Star Wars community aren't as messy as they are, I will return. For now at least, May the Force Be With You.

sábado, 2 de marzo de 2013

The Wrong Jedi Review

After a depressing week in which I dedicated myself into completing my social service hours in order to graduate from High School, I come to see the conclusion of Season 5. I woke up this morning from a series of weird dreams and nightmares all relating to the episode I just watched, acting as a sort of a premonition to what was about to happen. In all honesty, this was an outcome I did not expect. I mean, has the world gone crazy? First we get that Episode VII is coming out in 2015, now that Ahsoka LEAVES THE JEDI ORDER??????????

This was an unexpected and rather depressing turn of events.While I knew that Ahsoka's fate was inevitably going to be determined at some point, this was the option I least thought possible, and yet it happened. I was in a very tense state the entire episode, and this all became even worse when I realized that Tarkin and most likely Palpatine, where behind the events that led to Ahsoka deciding not to come back to the Order after the trial. At least Obi-Wan was smart in not being in favor with Ahsoka being expelled so that she would face trial.

I can understand Anakin's anger in more than one way, and I guess we all saw in a deeper way why he ended up turning to the dark side. The gargantuous question that we all are thinking right now is, what the hell happens to her now? Does she turn to the dark side and become Count Dooku's apprentice? Does she become a bounty hunter with a conscience, similar to how Sugi is? Does she end up facing Darth Vader at one point after the Clone Wars? Does she help Bo-Katan reconstruct Mandalore? Does she have a romance with Lux Bonteri? Does she end up joining Luke Skywalker's New Jedi Order in Episode VII? Does she live as a hermit with the Ewoks? Which one is it, Dave Filoni?

All of this bogs down eventually to this: This character has been building up in the subconscious of everyone for the past 5 years, becoming more and more of a Jedi as time passed. And now that this bomb was dropped in front of our backyards, what was all that character development for at the end of the day? All of these things remind me of an EU book I read a while back titled Legacy of the Jedi, which was basically focused on the character Lorian Nod, whom was also expelled from the Order at about Ahsoka's age and was a friend of Dooku's. Nod eventually looses his own abilities to use the force, which brings to question, will Ahsoka loose those abilities?

I'm not sure about anything anymore my friends. The matter of the fact is that until I don't see the other part of the story, I can't say if Ahsoka's departure from the Order was a good move at the end of the day. For now, I'm basically like when I first saw Empire, bitterly disappointed. Until I don't see what is at hand next I won't know if I truly liked this ending or not. For now you're all welcome to join me, at the Home of the Blues. link