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BATTLEFRONT BETA

The temporary Beta of DICE’s version of Battlefront went live this weekend for testing by any player who wished to join in. Like Battlefront 2, players joined in Star Wars battles in a cleaner, crisper version of the previous installment. Unlike the other Battlefronts, DICE’s game will not contain any Prequel-era battles, instead remaining in the Galactic Civil War era.

I watched players team up with a friend in co-op missions as Rebels against AI enemies (stormtroopers) in a Tatooine battle, and against other players (Rebels vs. Stormtroopers again) in a re-creation of the Hoth battle, which had also featured in the previous Battlefront games. The difference here is that the Hoth level seemed to follow the movie more closely: if it’s possible to win the game as a Rebel, I haven’t seen it! Another nice returning feature is the chance to play as Darth Vader or Luke, or drive an AT-AT!

Also of note is another player vs. player level taking place on a volcanic area of the planet Sullust (not to be confused with Mustafar; Nien Nunb, Lando’s copilot in the battle for Endor during Return of the Jedi, is a Sullustan). It’s always nice to see more of the classic minor planets.

The Beta ended on Tuesday October 13, but the full game will be released November 17 for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and on Origin for PC and in December will feature a battle taking place on Jakku (a new Sequel trilogy planet).

Lucasfilm link: http://starwars.ea.com/starwars/battlefront

DICE link: http://www.dice.se/games/star-wars-battlefront/

Information from Gamespot: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/star-wars-battlefront-three-new-modes-revealed/1100-6431356/

–Victory-class Woman

Episode 7 Background Story Updates

If you like reading Star Wars novels, or at least plan to keep up with the background story leading up to The Force Awakens, this link may be of interest:  io9-everything-we-know-about-star-wars-post-return-of-the-jedi

 

It has a lot of information from upcoming and newly released publications, especially novels Aftermath and Lost Stars, so of course there are major *spoilers* in the link. However, there was surprisingly little information about the actual main characters (Luke, Leia, Han). Indeed most of it explains how the Empire and the Rebellion dealt with each other after Return of the Jedi, including a bit about the desert planet with Imperial starship debris that we saw in the second TFA teaser trailer, specifically how it came to be that way.

 

There is also evidence that bits of the old EU/Legends have made their way into this new canon … hmm.

 

Victory-class Woman

Fuzzy or What?

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Found this in my in-box.  Odd but the kids will love it!

Not long now for the real thing and I don’t mean a Coke

Mark Hamill Can Handle

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‘Mark Hamill Can Handle’   by Artist Chris Cape

 

As excitement mounts for December’s launch of Episode VII, I’ve been looking for the looking for those Super-fans who are artist in their own right. By coincidence, this week, I received an email Chris Cape. Chris, a South African rapper, told me about a track he released on SoundCloud earlier this year.

I missed it first time round, and in case you did too, I have embedded it here.

I like it, but more importantly Mark Hamill likes it. Mark tweeted “Surprised and humbled to hear a song featuring me as lyrics… Loved it! “. You can’t get a better endorsement than that. The story even made the international press.

 

Daily Mail …read more.

 

Chris’ music may not be to everyone’s taste and his latest track ‘Lawnmower’ takes a bit of getting used to, but listen to it a few times and it becomes one of those ‘glorious ear worms’  that burrows deep into your brain.

 

Lawnmower…listen now

 

Chris is not finished with Star Wars either, there may be more fan music in the pipeline and it is rumoured, that he has been hanging with various members of the Star Wars cast…

Picture of Chris and John
Chris Cape and Friend?

Star Wars Art -Adrian Ward

Metal Vader
Lord Vader made from twopence pieces.

Following several interesting purchases of original Art from the dreaded flea-bay and seeing the huge variety and incredible quality of Fan Art on Twitter I thought it might be interesting to take a look at some Fan Art and Artists in more detail.

The magnificent sculpture above was made created by Adrian Ward.
Adrian tells me he is a modest man seeking only fame and fortune. Sadly, Adrian sold me this work on a ‘buy it now’ and I paid far too little for him to ever make a profit. As I failed to give him the fortune, it is perhaps only right that I shall try to grant him the fame.

As you can see the work is constructed of two-pence pieces, some formed, but most simply welded together to produce a life size, impressionist, vision of Vader’s Head. There must be 20 – 30 hours work just in the welding. The overall composition is delightfully minimalistic but the industrial feel captures the menace of Vader. I can almost hear the John Williams Score. Here I have it on a light background, but backlit it takes on an almost ghostly quality. I can’t decide whether to keep it indoors, mount a light behind it, or put it in the garden to weather to verdigris and black oxides.
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Adrian Karen and James
Adrian Ward and family

Adrian hails from rural Yorkshire in England, where he lives with his wife Karen and their son James. Adrian and Karen are both artists and big Star Wars Fans. From the photo they are cosplay and re-enactment Fans as well. Adrian is an Akido teacher and says, that occasionally, he likes to swap his sword for a Light Saber.

Sword on Stand
Cerimonial Sword

Adrian informs me that Mr Lucas drew inspiration for The Force and the Jedi religion from the teachings and philosophy of Tichi and Akido. It is not surprising then, that Adrian has always felt a connection with the stories. ‘The force, in him, flows strongly.’

But seriously, Adrian sculpts in metal because it gives him pleasure to create form and substance from simple raw materials. As an engineer myself I can see the love and patience in each of those tiny welds.

Spot welds
Made from twopence pieces.

In my opinion he is both Artist and Artisan. In another time he would probably have been the village blacksmith making both art and utilitarian objects. One of his favourite mediums is wire using different metals to give colour.

Metal BIrd
Wire Sculpture BIrd
Metal Fairy
Wire Sculpture Fairy

Perhaps the final duel between Luke the Emperor and Vader would be suited to this medium, however, Adrian tells me he is thinking about making a Storm Trooper next. If he decides to part with it you better get behind me in the queue, or try to outbid me, or at the very lease be prepared to ‘arm wrestle for it’.

Finally, Ardian’s love of SW (and his son) is proven by this image of an electric powered ride that he constructed for his son some time ago. I wish He was my Dad!

R2D2 electric car
Electric powered R2D2

If you want to see more of both Adrian’s and Karen’s work go to: www.Karen-Art.co.uk or Karen’s Facebook. email: adrian@akward1.plus.com I believe they both take commissions starting at, a very reasonable, £200.

I wish them good luck with all their future ventures. May the force be with you Adrian and family.
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If you are a Fan Artist and would like us to review, critique, or showcase your work please contact thejeditor@jedinet.com or paul@tidesignit.com . We are always looking for new talent.

Episode VII Teaser/Trailers

Episode 7 Trailers. I just love teasers and trailers. Especially the short one like these, because as a rule of thumb, the quality of a movie is usually inversely proportional to the length of it’s trailer.  The Producers and Director of Episode 7 have been extremely clever leaving us all wanting more. These Star Wars trailers show the true film maker’s art.  There is just enough of the new, to intrigue us.  There is just enough of the old, to make us feel comfortable. There is just enough of the spectacle, to heighten our anticipation. They are close to perfect.

Here is the final one (probably too long) followed by the previous instalments

Teaser III

Teaser I

Teaser II

Comic-Con

 

 

Making a 3 minute film about a film, without spoilers, without all of the best moments, is a very tricky thing.  If the Movie you have made is a ‘pile of poop’ then it must be very difficult not to put the very best bits in the trailer. Often the trailer is not controlled by the director, but by the Film Studios and Distributors. They need ‘bums on seats’. So will do whatever it take to get you to visit the cinema on that first weekend. If the film is a Turkey it won’t make a difference in the end, but for any chance of success ’they’ need you there for that first weekend.

I hate it most when the trailers shows all the best action, and especially, the two best jokes.  I recently went to see Ant Man encouraged by the trailer, whilst I can think of at least a two dozen better thing to do with 2 hours of my life, it was not too bad. However, all the best bits were spoiled by the trailer.  I have recently been suffering from Super Hero fatigue and it was only the trailer that had dragged me to go see it in the first place.  You see! It works! Even an old sceptic like me fell for it, so they will carry on doing it. Who can blame them?

I think with some of the current offerings, which are increasingly are ‘me too’ sequels with no script and nothing to say, we would better served if the editor cut the actual film down to four or five minutes.  Then at least, I would not get bored half way through. I pride myself on only having left before the end of a film on two occasions in my entire life, (of which I may tell you on another occasion) but I am starting to believe I should do it more often. Enough of my rantings, and returning to the Episode 7 trailers – I hope the Movie lives up to our expectations. I believe in JJ. I (almost) believe in the force. Say it enough times and it will be true!

Finally to end on another upbeat note there are always exception to the rule and hopefully my theory is wrong about the new Bond movie. Not Star Wars, I know, but this trailer is a mini feature in its own right and I thought I would put it here anyway.

 

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Last Piece of the Han Solo Puzzle

Logo Han and Chewie
THE SOLO CREW

Han Solo Prequel – Too much of a good thing?

With the announcement this month of the Han Solo Prequel (or more likely a trilogy), and the upcoming Rogue One, are we in danger of too much of a good thing?

Like all fans you probably can’t get enough of your favourite escape to an alternate Universe where goodies (metaphorically) dress in white and baddies dress in black. A place where love, family, comradeship, and even new age religion, can redeem even the worst of us, but be warned… too much, especially prequels, brings great danger to the very fabric of force that links our fandom.

For those of us over 40 Episodes 1, 2, and 3 never quite lived up to Episodes 4, 5, and 6. Not just because it is impossible ‘to see a thing for the first time’ more than once. Not just because the effects were a bit too big and the story a bit too small. Not just because of Jar-Jar Binks. No! The fundamental problem was, we already knew what would happen. Whilst it was fun to explore the why, there was never any peril, mild or otherwise, because peril relies on an uncertain outcome. For us the outcome was the outcome and would inevitably lead us to episode IV.

If you are lucky enough to be a lot younger and have watched the full sequence in quasi chronological order then 1, 2, and 3 will get much better reviews from you. There was plenty of foreshadowing and hints, but for you there was uncertainty.

The trouble with prequels is the story is already told. Often they seem a cynical attempt to continue something that has finished. There are plenty of examples where franchises have finally hit the buffers in prequel-land.

Star Trek Enterprise tried hard to scupper the federation and the prime directive forever, but luckily for them, along came JJ to administer CPR and breathe new life.

Battlestar Galactica’s Caprica promised much, but flopped after two seasons. (Or was it one and a half?)
You can probably tell that I am not a big fan of prequels, but as a vehicle to extemporise around a character then, sometimes, the device is not too bad.

‘Young Indiana’ was not a televisual triumph, but then again it was a pleasant enough way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The problem arises when you try to make a new blockbuster. Filling in a back story is exactly that, filling a void with a filler!

Perhaps that will be enough for some of you, but not for me. I fear for Han’s legacy. I fear the casting. The writing will have to be exceptional. I hope I am wrong.

However, my ‘New Hope’ is episode VII where the story can unfold before me. I will embrace it, suspend reality, and be immersed in the uncertainty. As I have said before, I can hardly wait!

‘Rogue One’ looks promising too! So perhaps all is not lost, but we should all be careful what we wish for.

The jEditor

Vader Lives?

Shadow of Vader falling across the page
DARTH’S SHADOW

 

Will Darth Vader be Resurrected in Eposide VII?

Who cares whether Jon Snow is dead (well I do, a bit, actually!), but the question we should all be asking is  Darth Vader alive?  There is small but growing body of opinion that, in one form or another,  Darth Vader Lives and will awaken to make an appearance in episode VII.

How can this be? Surely, he not only died in Return of the Jedi but also returned from the Dark Side?  Darth Vader is dead, and in corporeal form he is, once again, Anikin. (Old or Young depending on the order in which you first saw the franchise).

So it would not seem possible for Vader to rise again, but we are dealing with JJ Abrams here. In a moment of cinematic genius he re-launched Star Trek using a ‘time travel quantum universe thingy’ to change it all around and start afresh. Somehow, and I don’t know how, it hardly caused a ripple of indigestion in even the most diehard of Trekkies. Will he try to pull off a similar trick with episode VII. I am sure he won’t use the same device, but don’t be surprised if he comes up with something even better.

So is there any concrete evidence that Vader will be Back? Not a great deal, but dollars talk louder than words. Missing from episodes I & II was Vader. Missing form episodes I & II was real Menace (not Phantom)! Vader is (and always will be) the glue between the Heroes, the Princesses, the Oppressed and the Oppressors. If I were making episode VII I would find a way! There is, however, one small scrap … teaser II
It is clearly the voice of Luke, and when talks about the force being strong in his family he says “My Father has it; I have it; My Sister has it; and you have it.” Of course we all want to know about which particular offspring “you” could be. Son, daughter, nephew or nice, who knows? There is much speculation on this also, but far more interesting is the ‘has’ in ‘my father has it.’ There it is – Vader in the present tense.

I am certain it is a modern recording, so why not change the ‘has’ to ‘had’. Is it grammatical error, by Disney and Abrahams? I think not. It is deliberate. It implies life. Now maybe, in the Jedi tradition, Luke is still in touch with Yoda, Obi-Wan, and Anikin. Maybe death has no meaning to a Jedi. I’m not convinced! Perhaps just the tense is just paying homage to the original speech, perhaps it is a ruse to confuse, or perhaps Vader is back! It may all just be wishful thinking but my money is on Vader having real screen time. What do you think?

Other life and death issues are the fate of Captain Solo. Fuelled by the supposed reluctance of Harrison Ford to be involved in another 5-7 year franchise. I hear he only appeared in this one as a trade off so he is able to make yet another Indiana Jones. It could mean a transfer for the old guard to the new. That would be quite disappointing, but it is all unconfirmed speculation, and we will all just have to wait and see. Unless you know better?

The jEditor.

Battle of the Quotes

Corny perhaps, but here is my personal selection of  the best Star Wars quotes. Darth Vader Quotes and Han Solo quotes  are the joint winners in my opinion, Yoda quotes are up there as well.
I think it is a pretty definitive list, but you may have other ideas?

Action figure Darth Vader
Lord Vader

“You may dispense with the pleasantries, commander. I am here to put you back on schedule.”

“The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the force.”

“No. Leave them to me. I will deal with them myself.”

“I am altering the deal, pray I do not alter it any further…”

“You underestimate the power of the dark side.”

“I find your lack of faith disturbing.”

“I’ve been waiting for you, Obi-wan.”

“Impressive. Most impressive. Obi-Wan has taught you well.”

“No…I am your father!”
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Luke looking to the heavens
Luke Skywalker Jedi

“I won’t fail you. I’m not afraid.”

“I’ll never join you!”

“Noooo! Nooooo!”

“You will take me to Jabba now.”

“I’ll not leave you here. I’ve got to save you.”

“The force is strong in my family….”
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Old Yoda
Yoda Jedi Master

“Death is a natural part of life.”

“A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defence, never for attack.”

“Powerful you have become, the dark side I sense in you.”

“Told you I did. Reckless is he. Now, matters are worse.”

“Yes, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side.”

“Ready are you? What know you of ready?”

“Strong is Vader. Mind what you have learned. Save you it can.”

“Size matters not.” ( I particularly agree with this.)
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Lego Han Solo
Han Solo

“I know.”

“Great, kid. Don’t get cocky.”

“Never tell me the odds!”

“I expect to be well paid. I’m in it for the money.”

“Laugh it up, fuzzball.”

“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”

“Better her than me!”

“You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon?”

“Chewie, we’re home.”
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Lego Obi-Wan
Young Obi-Wan

“Obi-Wan… Now, that’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time.”

“Your father’s light saber. This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight”

“That’s no moon. It’s a space station.”

“The Force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded.”

“Who’s the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?”

“You want to go home and rethink your life.”

“You can’t win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.

“May the Force be with you.”
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Perhaps I have missed one or two. Let me know if you think I have or tell me your favourite anyway!

The jEditor.

Christopher Lee Passes Away

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Sir Christopher Lee died last Sunday, June 7, at the age of 93. While in Star Wars we know him for his film role as Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus (spoiler) and close friendship with Peter Cushing, it’s fair to say that Lee lived a quite a full life. He will be greatly missed.