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It's Only the End if You Want it to Be

Posts tagged star wars

Sep 15 '14

gradientlair:

obiwanskenobi:

If we can’t write diversity into sci-fi, then what’s the point? You don’t create new worlds to give them all the same limits of the old ones. (quote)

 *slow clap….*

Sep 4 '14

Mara Jade and Episode VII

chronic-genderbender:

After a couple of Star Wars spam sprees, I’ve gotten a few messages asking me: Who is Mara Jade Skywalker? And why do I care if she’ll be in the upcoming movie or not?

So, for those of you who have no idea, here’s the gist:

Back in 1990, a now highly respected sci-fi author by the name of Timothy Zahn wrote a novel trilogy called the Thrawn Trilogy: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command. These were the three books that would kick-start the Star Wars Extended Universe. 

The trilogy took place about 5 years after Return of the Jedi. The New Republic had been established, Han and Leia were finally married and expecting twins, and Luke was planning to restart the Jedi Order soon. Out of nowhere comes along this remnant Imperial by the name of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who is hell-bent on restoring the Empire and has quite a formidable force to do so. Also, there’s a bat-shit insane Dark Jedi named Joruus C’Baoth whose name I’ve never known how to pronounce, but a maniac intent on becoming Emperor of the known galaxy and having Luke, Leia, and Leia’s unborn twins as his minions. As well as Mara Jade.

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Background story time. From a very young age, Mara Jade was discovered by Emperor Palpatine as a Force-sensitive child, and he took her on as a sort of unofficial apprentice. She was trained more in the art of espionage and assassination, and even became known as the Emperor’s Hand, Palpatine’s personal assassin. She wasn’t an official Sith Lady as her training in the Force was brief, but she was trained enough to be a lethal force to be reckoned with.

Cut to Return of the Jedi; Zahn actually worked her into it by having her on a mission to kill Luke when he arrives as Jabba’s palace. Of course, there isn’t any definite character there in the movie since Lucas didn’t create her, but she’s supposed to have disguised herself as one of Jabba’s harem girls and it’s still kinda fun to browse the crowd trying to see which one could be her. Anyway, Jabba forbids her from joining him on the cruise barge and is instead told to wait behind at the palace just in case. This of course leads to a failure in her mission, but ultimately saves her life.

It’s unclear exactly where she was during the Battle of Endor, but right before Palpatine dies, he sends her a very quick but powerful message to her through the Force: You will kill Luke Skywalker.

After the fall of the Empire, Mara is employed by a smuggler named Talon Karrde, work is good, but she literally cannot get the Emperor’s last command out of her head; it’s like a constant buzz that won’t be silenced until she fulfills it’s demand.

Now, during the Thrawn trilogy, Karrde’s ship captures Luke, and that’s when he and Mara meet for the first time. As it turns out through the course of the trilogy, she can’t find it in herself to kill him. Their friendship starts off rather resentfully, but it does evolve into just that: a friendship. But she still can’t get that last command out of her head, and it only gets louder whenever she’s near Luke.

Plot device convenience! C’Baoth is so desperate to get Luke to be his apprentice one way or another that he actually goes to Bespin, finds Luke’s lost hand, and uses it to clone him. In a final battle, Mara uses this to her advantage to finally carry out the Emperor’s last command without actually killing Luke. Lot of other shit happens, but in this case, that’s all you really need to know. 

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So, over the course of about 10 years after the Thrawn trilogy, Mara and Luke form a tight-knit bond. She continues to work for Karrde, but Luke does start to teach her how to better develop and use her Force potential. They date other people during that time, but almost always have this bizarre flirting ritual whenever they’re around the other. Kinda like Han and Leia, but unique in it’s own right.

Eventually, the two of them finally do realize that they’re head-over-heels in love. Mara quits Karrde’s business and agrees to become a full-fledged Jedi, even becoming a highly respected Jedi master. Luke and Mara get married and have son named Ben. She’s feisty, fiery, snarky as hell, as well-rounded a character as anyone could hope, and never treated as anything less than equal to her male peers, Mara Jade Skywalker is a badass.

For Christ’s sake, she went on missions while heavily pregnant and sick with an unknown virus and lived to tell the tale. This woman is a total badass! Not only that, but as a couple, she and Luke compliment each other perfectly. Probably even better than Han and Leia, and much better than Anakin and Padme. 

So, if you’re still with me after all that, this is why I’m so anxious about Episode VII, particularly where Mara is concerned. Episode VII has the potential to change everything. The entire Extended Universe, which many fans have come to accept as canon, could be retconned. Which means that all the characters that many fans have come to love, such as Mara Jade Skywalker, could be made non-existent.

There are rumors that Mara Jade will be appearing on Disney’s new animated series Star Wars: Rebels, which will be a sort of spin-off of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

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This particular piece is just fan-art, but if Mara does indeed become part of Star Wars: Rebels, this will not only cement her into Star Wars canon, but it could guarantee her a role in Episode VII

And indeed, it appears that that might happen. When Karen Gillian shaved off all her fiery locks for her role in Guardians of the Galaxy, she said in an interview that her hair had been donated to the Star Wars crew to be made into a wig. And the most famous red-head in all of the Star Wars saga is Mara Jade. So this looks promising.

However, some rumors say otherwise. There are rumors going around that J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, and George Lucas -who are all apparently trying to incorporated elements of the EU into the new movie- are writing a character who will indeed be Luke’s wife or love interest and will indeed be based off of Mara Jade, but will not actually be Mara herself. That concerns me and kinda pisses me off, because I don’t want a discount Mara Jade; I want Mara Jade.

All in all, I am getting excited for Episode VII. I’ve said it a couple times before that George Lucas is a better screen-writer than he is a director, and not only is he not directing this new movie, but J.J Abrams will be directing it, and he is working on the screenplay with both Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan. This is highly promising, because Kasdan also wrote the screenplays for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Silverado. I just don’t want to see a Star Wars universe where Mara Jade Skywalker doesn’t exist.

Aug 24 '14

vortisaurus:

so I hadn’t seen a Star Wars one of these yet…

Aug 20 '14
Aug 7 '14

iconuk01:

Saw this on io9 and had to share…

Even when he’s BAD he’s good (And I say that as someone who isn’t that big a Benedict Cumberbatch fan)

Jul 27 '14
alwaysstarwars:

Star Wars: Princess Leia #1 cover art by Terry Dodson
I’m in love with this cover. Totally kickass.  And how great will it be to have a series dealing with Leia’s reaction to the loss of Alderaan?  That’s something the EU never fully explored.  I’m really looking forward to this. 

AND it’s going to be written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Terry Dodson, which is a pretty fantastic creative team if you ask me.

alwaysstarwars:

Star Wars: Princess Leia #1 cover art by Terry Dodson

I’m in love with this cover. Totally kickass.  And how great will it be to have a series dealing with Leia’s reaction to the loss of Alderaan?  That’s something the EU never fully explored.  I’m really looking forward to this. 

AND it’s going to be written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Terry Dodson, which is a pretty fantastic creative team if you ask me.

Jul 23 '14

(Source: clarke-griffin)

Jul 20 '14
"If the new movies do contradict my books in some way, I can probably come up with some hand-waving story that will explain the apparent discrepancy. If there’s one thing we authors are good at, it’s hand-waving."
Timothy Zahn, creator of Mara Jade and other Star Wars EU goodness (via nerdyjoy)
Jul 16 '14

celestedoodles:

lupita in some star wars costumes

Jul 8 '14

get to know me meme- 1/10 favourite female characters: Princess Leia Organa

Jul 2 '14
t1mey-w1mey:

If Mara Jade will be in the new Star Wars films, I vote Julianne Moore to portray her!
She’s an amazing actress, and I could totally see her as the badass Mara Jade-Skywalker.

Nice to see an age-appropriate(ish) Mara fancast! I could see her being really good in the role. I also think Sigourney Weaver would work well.

t1mey-w1mey:

If Mara Jade will be in the new Star Wars films, I vote Julianne Moore to portray her!

She’s an amazing actress, and I could totally see her as the badass Mara Jade-Skywalker.

Nice to see an age-appropriate(ish) Mara fancast! I could see her being really good in the role. I also think Sigourney Weaver would work well.

May 4 '14

Happy Star Wars day!

(Source: sansaofwinterfel)

Mar 24 '14

Anonymous asked:

Should I rewatch Star Wars in order of release or in story order?

febricant:

wrynny:

soloontherocks:

I AM HERE FOR THIS QUESTION.

I’m about to blow your mind.

NEITHER.

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why did I not think of this?
That’s genius.

100% gospel truths

Mar 12 '14

I’m out of it for a little while, everyone gets delusions of grandeur.

(Source: carriefishers)

Mar 8 '14

ungoliantschilde:

Cliff Chiang ~ a Series of Star Wars Propaganda posters.

He sells these and the Bombshells prints on his website:

http://www.cliffchiang.com

His original art is for sale from:

http://www.splashpageart.com