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Holy Crap on a Cracker! They’re Making a New Star Wars Film

Truly, I never thought I could say those words.  Well until, I can’t believe I am saying this, Disney saved Lucas Arts.

George Lucas has been accused of greed and milking a franchise for 30 years by releaseing, editing, re-releasing, adding 3D and re-boxing Beta, VHS, Laserdiscs, DVDs, and BluRays all to force fanboys into ponying up another $100.00 bucks to re-watch the same film with a new tidbit.  Today Lucas unselfishly stated in a statement, “It’s now time for me to pass ‘Star Wars’ on to a new generation of filmmakers.”  Don’t rush to lift him on a pedestal as a philanthropist, he took a minor payday of 4 billion dollars for his part in the deal.

Disney announced it’s plans to release Episode 7 in 2015, followed by 8 and 9 in the future with plans to continue releasing movies every two or three years for generations to come.  The idea that my child and maybe his children will be able to enjoy a continued saga is a great thing, and before you think it can’t be done, just look what has happened with the James Bond franchise which is set to release it’s 24th film and already in development for it’s 25th chronicle of 007.

Will Disney work on the years following Return of the Jedi starting with Truce at Bakura?  I doubt that, it would be odd picking up days following RotJ with new actors.  Maybe the Thrawn Trilogy or the Jedi Academy?  Maybe they will jump a hundred years in the future for the ancestors of Skywalker as seen in tales like Legacy.  Could they return to the past and make a Knights of the Old Republic franchise?  Who knows.

The biggest failure of the prequels (if you can call it a failure) is the loss of any suspense.  As a child you were devastated and shocked when Vader first revealed his identity to Luke on Bespin, so watching Anakin grow up in the prequels only had one direction to go and you knew who lived and died for the most part based on a cannon history that was determined during the first three films.  Going away from already expressed cannon would make for the best films, the biggest flop in our film industry has been the constant remakes, no matter how well you redo a franchise you already know how a story will end, and the biggest allure of a story is its mystery.  We want to be amazed again.

 

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Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison

These are the comics that make Star Wars such a valuable property, the SWU is so deep and diverse that in a hundred years if people still care they can still be writing stories within the scope of Episode 1 through the New Republic and if the writers stay original so will the stories and ever-growing character pool.

Focusing mainly on characters we have never even heard of before Dark Horse may have release the best Star Wars comic in nearly a decade since the end of Star Wars Tales.

Amid the timeline of the first Death Star’s construction a terrorist student uprising at the Imperial Academy takes control of Coruscant with the intention of luring General Tarkin to the facility and destroy the Empire’s prize weapon before it is complete.

Thinking that Vader and the Emperor have died during the initial attack and release of toxic gas throughout the palace the rebels bide their time for the arrival of the seemingly third and final piece to bring down the blossoming Empire.

Lieutenant Tohm, the sole loyal cadet of the class assists the escape of a dying Emperor, Vader and  Moff Trachta who travel to the secretive Jedi Prison previously know only to the High Jedi Council where they care to the aid of their leader and devise a plan to take back their home base before similar thinking worlds rush to the aid of the surprise army.

Deciding to free the prisoners Vader pits them against Continue reading


The Mars Rover Caught an Interesting Photo Today

Is this proof of intergalactic life, or just coincidental image pixilation

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Help Me Obi-Wan Kenobi, You’re My Only Hope

By Charles Q. Choi | SPACE.com

The discovery of the first alien planet with two suns — like the “Star Wars” world Tatooine — residing in its parent star’s habitable zone is good news for the search for life beyond Earth, scientists say.

The planet, known as Kepler-47c, is a gas giant and therefore probably not suitable for life as we know it. But its existence hints that smaller, rockier worlds may inhabit other two-star systems’ habitable zones —that just-right range of distances where liquid water can exist.

And that’s important, because there are a lot of binary systems out there, scientists say.

“Roughly half of the stars in the galaxy are in binary systems,” study lead author Jerome Orosz, of San Diego State University, told SPACE.com. “I thought it would only be a matter of time before we found a system like Kepler-47 where a planet is in the habitable zone.” [Gallery: The Tatooine-Like Kepler-47 System]

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Death Star spotted orbiting Mercury

I think they are wrong, it is the Death Star [Video Below]

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/mysterious-planet-sized-object-spotted-near-mercury-154443870.html

 

Is a giant, cloaked spaceship orbiting around Mercury?

That’s been the speculation from some corners aftera camera onboard NASA’s STEREO spacecraft caught a wave of electronically charged material shooting out from the sun and hitting Mercury.

Theorists have seized on the images captured from the “coronal mass ejection” (CME) last week as suggestive of alien life hanging out in our own cosmic backyard. Specifically, the solar flare washing over Mercury appears to hit another object of comparable size. “It’s cylindrical on either side and has a shape in the middle. It definitely looks like a ship to me, and very obviously, it’s cloaked,” YouTube-user siniXster said in his video commentary on the footage, which has generated hundreds of thousands of views this week. Now, how this user was able to determine that the object was “obviously” a cloaked spaceship with no other natural explanation remains as much a mystery as the object itself.

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Death Star For Sale!

As fans already learned, the Death Star isn’t only huge, it’s apparently easily destroyed. Kinda makes you wonder how much it would cost to construct a Death Star of your very own. Luckily, someone else figured it out. Ryszard Gold considered the Death Star’s size, the price to launch it into space, and all the air you need to fill it so you and your own Tarkin BFF can run up and down the passageways.

Add it all up, and we have a figure of exactly:
$15,602,022,489,829,821,422,840,226 and 94 cents.
Tell you what, I’ll pitch in the 94 cents.

That is a lot of money. Wait, no that’s a disgustingly large sum of money. How much exactly? $15 Septillion, I told you. But how can we conceive of that number? Well, the figures I could find for the World Economic Value were pretty general, around $14 Trillion USD. In other words, the DS would cost 1.11 TRILLION times the amount of money available in the world, that’s not even including the fact that the majority of that is digital and not physical.

Reference: http://www.starwars.com


How Much Energy Does the Death Star Take?

http://starwarsblog.starwars.com/

Ever wonder how much energy it takes to run the laser on the Death Star? Now you don’t have to wonder thanks to the eggheads at Science Blog.

For the earth, it works out to around 2.2 x 1032 joules. That’s a preposterously huge amount of energy! It’s a solid week of the sun’s entire power output. Dumping it in about a single second, as required to blow up Alderaan, is a very, very impressive feat. Doubly so when you take into account the fact that the binding energy is just enough to dissociate the planet into a diffuse cloud. If you want to actually blow the thing up into pieces flying out at many times escape velocity, you need much more energy.

Read the full article here:
The Physics of the Death Star (via Science Blog)


Dōmo arigatō Lord Vader

Japanese manufacturer Kotobukiya unveiled these awesome Lightsaber chopsticks at Celebration Japan a 30th anniversery honoring of Star Wars in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Kotobukiya is well known for their Star Wars replica statues, now has Geek-Nation abuzz with how they will eat their Asian Cuisine when these awesome delights make their way to the States.

I can just see the pandemonium I alone will create in my household while devouring sushi with my trusty lightsaber ready to stab an unsuspecting dinner guesyaist.


Death Star For Sale!

http://www.starwars.com

As fans already learned, the Death Star isn’t only huge, it’s apparently easily destroyed. Kinda makes you wonder how much it would cost to construct a Death Star of your very own. Luckily, someone else figured it out. Ryszard Gold considered the Death Star’s size, the price to launch it into space, and all the air you need to fill it so you and your own Tarkin BFF can run up and down the passageways.

Add it all up, and we have a figure of exactly:
$15,602,022,489,829,821,422,840,226 and 94 cents.
Tell you what, I’ll pitch in the 94 cents.

That is a lot of money. Wait, no that’s a disgustingly large sum of money. How much exactly? $15 Septillion, I told you. But how can we conceive of that number? Well, the figures I could find for the World Economic Value were pretty general, around $14 Trillion USD. In other words, the DS would cost 1.11 TRILLION times the amount of money available in the world, that’s not even including the fact that the majority of that is digital and not physical.


Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars released a production video of their upcoming game The Old Republic, a MMORPG branch-off from the Knights of the Old Republic series.

http://www.starwars.com/video/view/000745.html

The game looks go if you ask me, but I am not sure I will ever end up playing it because it is scheduled to be a PC only release, but should they co-build it for the console systems I will most surely rip up the SW Universe.

I have tried World of Warcraft and was never able to get interested in the fantasy world that so reminds me of a Tolkein-esk world. I gues it comes from being forced to read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings novels in school. I grew up loving to read, just not anything that was “assigned,” homework sure can take all the fun out of a hobby.

Hey Mr. Leblanc, thanks for never assigning our class to read anything from Stephen King, I sure do enjoy reading his works to this day.


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