Tag: star wars

She’s got it where it counts

Your exploration of the internet today will not be complete until you have enjoyed the artwork, the archaeology, and the accuracy, of Michael Heilemann’s look at the evolution of the Millennium Falcon. From George Lucas’s napkin sketch to the Objet D’art we all know today: The Falcon’s conceptual development has always intrigued me exactly because certain creative decisions don’t seem to easily fit together. I’ve researched this subject extensively over the course of years, and it’s only now I can finally start to eek out some sort of sensible process. With that in mind, this then is The Complete History of

Continue reading

Disney’s Cowboy Bebop

It’s taken me a while to get round to Disney XD’s Star Wars animation ‘Star Wars: Rebels‘, partly because I’d ignored the Clone Wars series, but also because there was another Star Wars episode to see last year all the focus was on that. So it was a delight to settle down with Rebels and discover a almost piratical crew led by rough-edged Jedi with amazing gun control and close-quarters fighting skill, a heavily muscular ‘Second Mate’, a feminine sharpshooter, a street-wise urchin, and a cute puppy-like droid that knows far more than it tells. That crew sound awfully familiar

Continue reading

Here’s the Biggest Star Wars spoiler you missed… ‘There is a female character’

We’re expected to believe that Rey was not promoted heavily in the Star Wars toy lines because it would have been a ‘spoiler’ for the film. Let’s forget she was in the trailer, she was one of the three new lead actors in all the promotion, and that Hasbro would rather put Darth Vader into Star Wars Monopoly than a character from the film it was branded with. No, just the idea of Rey was enough to stop selling toys to stop ‘The Force Awakens‘ being spoiled. Or… The insider, who was at those meetings, described how initial versions of many of the

Continue reading

Radicalizing a young Luke Skywalker to the ways of the Evil Jedi

We all know Star Wars, we all know who to cheer for, we know the coding… but ‘Comfortably Smug’ on The Decider looks at the Hero’s Journey of Luke Skywalker through the current prism of radicalisation and terrorism. Guess what, Obi Wan Kenobi is a master at that as well… Obi Wan — a religious fanatic with a history of looking for young boys to recruit and teach an extreme interpretation of the Force — is practically salivating when he stumbles upon Luke, knowing he’s found a prime candidate for radicalization. Stahelski notes terror groups place a focus on depluralization,

Continue reading

Trivial Posts #21: Bond Themes, Vincent Price’s Team, And Nuclear Dreams

And now, live (ish) from the Dublin Web Summit, some links and thoughts from my recent web browsing. If you’re at the Summit, ping me and say hi. If you get Trivial Posts emailed over to you, just hit reply. Web readers can reach me via ewanspence@gmail.com. What I’ve Been Up To What does the 1000 True Fans theory offer performers entering the Eurovision Song Contest, or any TV talent show? Some thoughts on maximising the moments over on ESC Insight. My ‘Beyond Eurovision’ radio show continues to be broadcast four times a week on Radio Six International, tune in

Continue reading