Hello....I am looking for help on an Internet Communities research paper. We have been asked to find an online community that we know little about to research and learn. I chose the Star Wars online community. I have become facinated by how many people engage in Star Wars and interested in the many ways and reasons why. Full disclosure, however, I am not nearly as familiar with Star Wars as everyone on this discussion board appear to be, but I did watch Episodes IV-VII to get acquainted with characters. My research would basically be looking for different perspectives to some questions, maybe find better answers to better questions than I have:) Does anyone from this site think that I could accomplish a research paper using this site? If I can get a few people to help out, maybe we can develop our own discussion board, so not to upset the general group? Not sure how all this works, again all new at this, so please be patient. Thanks in advance to anyone who could help me with some questions!
What's on your mind?
Does anyone think the teachins of a Jedi are just fiction, or are there some of you that believe that the life of a Jedi is achievable?
So I made a bracket on Wookieepedia, but since I'm too young to win anything I picked the characters least likely to win, ending with Jar Jar Binks winning the whole thing. However, I would like to make an actual analysis on who will win the whole thing.
I'm going to include the play-ins who are currently in the lead, as the round will end soon and they'll most likely win.
Rule of 32
- R2 vs. Sabine: R2 has been one of the most beloved Star Wars characters for over 30 years, while we've only known about Sabine for one year. R2 victory.
- Leia vs. Hera: Again, Leia is a beloved classic character while Hera's only been around for one year. Leia victory.
- Obi-Wan vs. Luke: The defending champion has taken down the last of the Jedi in the two previous years, and I see a threepeat coming. Obi-Wan victory.
- Yoda vs. Qui-Gon: While both were great Jedi, the fanbase has more experience with Yoda and likes him better. We've only seen Qui-Gon a couple of times as a disembodied spirit since The Phantom Menace. Yoda victory.
- Chewbacca vs. Zeb: I really appreciate this battle, given Zeb came from old Chewbacca concept art. However, Chewbacca's quite a bit more lovable than Zeb is, and he has history on his side. Chewbacca victory.
- Han vs. Lando: Ah, the old smugglers battle. Even though Lando was in Rebels recently, Han is still the more likeable character. Han victory.
- Padme vs. Jar Jar: I have to admit, I hate both of these characters, but one is much more likeable than the other. The one who nearly took down a clone captain last year. Padme victory.
- Rex vs. Gregor: Man, it's been a long time since we've seen these two. But for all Gregor's heroics, he only appeared in one episode. To quote good ol' Colonel Gascon, "I was really looking forward to seeing him again!" Rex victory.
- Tarkin vs. Gunray: No contest here. I don't even see how that slimeball is winning the play-in round. Tarkin victory.
- Grievous vs. Inquisitor: While we haven't seen the good ol' general in a while, and likely will not see him very much anymore, the Inquisitor is still new and underdeveloped, even if he isn't a coward. Grievous victory.
- Fett vs. Ventress: This will be close I bet, but I'm confident the seasoned bounty hunter will make it through, even though Ventress stuffed him into a box. Boba Fett victory.
- Jango vs. Greedo: Battle of the minor bounty hunters who got killed really quickly! Yay! However, while Jango shot down dozens of Jedi and only died after Windu caught him at a bad time, Greedo missed a shot at point blank range, a shot which he shouldn't even have made in the first place. Jango victory.
- Vader vs. Dooku: While I admire Dooku for his elegant demeanor, he was only in the series as bait for Anakin to fall to the dark side. Plus, everyone loves Vader's story. Vader victory. Why can't Anakin ever be a participant...
- Palpatine vs. Maul: Ooooh, this is gonna be close. They both had a lot of expansion in Son of Dathomir. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Maul victory.
- Jabba vs. Fortuna: Well, this is rather easy. After thrashing his court jester for two straight years, Jabba is turning to do the same to another employee. Jabba victory.
- Vizsla vs. Hondo: This will also be close, as we haven't seen these guys in a while. However, Hondo has that pirate charm. Hondo victory.
16 Strikes Back
- R2 vs. Leia: Both beloved classic characters, but R2's just got that charm Leia's lacking. R2 victory.
- Obi-Wan vs. Yoda: ARRRGGG! Why do you have to make us predict this again?! I'm not gonna waste my time thinking about this and just say Obi-Wan victory.
- Chewbacca vs. Han: The sidekick rarely wins, and this is not one of those times. Han victory.
- Padme vs. Rex: This was the closest battle last year, separated by only a couple hundred votes. I think it'll go the same way this year, so (close) Rex victory.
- Tarkin vs. Grievous: Oooh, this one. I sorely underestimated Grievous last year, and my bracket paid the price. However, given his recent appearances, I think this time it's a Tarkin victory.
- Boba vs. Jango: Father vs. son battle once again. It'll go the same way it always has. Boba victory.
- Vader vs. Maul: These two Sith Lords really have a lot in common now. However, Maul's story hasn't gotten the same popularity as Vader's. Vader victory.
- Jabba vs. Hondo: Let's face it, Hondo's got nothing on Jabba when it comes to smuggling, illegal activities, and taking prisoners. Jabba victory.
Duel of the Eights
- R2 vs. Obi-Wan: R2 may be popular, but he's way out of his league now. Obi-Wan victory.
- Han vs. Rex: Scoundrels from movies > dutiful soldiers from TV shows. Han victory.
- Tarkin vs. Boba: Tarkin may be despicable, but he's nowhere near Fett's level. Boba victory.
- Vader vs. Jabba: No contest here. Vader's spawn brought Jabba's end. Vader victory.
Fate of Four
And now we're here, with the exact same Fate of Four battles as last year. Who would've known.
- Obi-Wan vs. Han: Once again, Obi-Wan will prove to Han that he ain't as senile as he looks. Obi-Wan victory.
- Boba vs. Vader: People like Fett, but they like Vader more. Vader victory.
We're here...at the ultimate duel...which is the same as last year's...
vs. Darth Vader!!
However, this is the time for the dark side to rise and the apprentice to become the master.
So I've read a bunch of rumors about Episode VII, and all-if not, then most of them state that Han Solo will be killed. Han Solo is one of my favorites and I'm sure, a lot of people's favorites too. And if they do kill him off, don't you think a lot of people would complain about it? (cause like, we know that Han wasn't supposed to die in the Expanded Universe just yet)
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Maybe I should make my dying wish be that the Disney staff stand by my bedside as I curse them with my dying breath.
So this is Palpatine's backstory from James Luceno's book Darth Plagueis, before Lucasfilm was sold: Palpatine grew up on Naboo from a wealthy and influential family. He was rotten since his conception, and loathed his family. He eventually abandons the name his parents gave him, and only keeps his ancestral name. As a young man he meets his future master, Darth Plagueis, and begins to associate with him. Plagueis sees potential and begins subtly influencing him. His parents don't like it, or his behavior (Plagueis was on the opposite political side as Palpatine's family, and Palpatine naturally spites his family), so they send him to his auntie and uncle in Bel Air. En route, his uses the Force to murder his entire family. Bottom line, his first name might as well not exist. He rejected it, and it became a secret that died with him.
Now, it's just like that time a guy you met said, "Hi, I'm Bob." and never told you his last name.
"Oh, there's Senator Palpatine."
"What's his first name again?"
Reminds me of Sheldon J. Plankton. The new Story Group asked Del Rey if in their new book if they could give Palps the first name "Sheev." Del Rey said yes, but it's unlikely that they couldn't.
Too many times do we say and hear that the Prequels blow rancors, but seldom do we discuss, "Why?", that is, if you are of that persuasion. Here's my take. I hope you all enjoy it, and I would like to hear yours.
Episode I: Personally I think that the whole Naboo Crisis should have been thrown out the window. It's boring enough to get a mere reference. Enough of "He's too old," "Meesa Jar Jar Binks," and he-has-no-ma-because-he's-alien-Jesus. It's his son, Luke who will be the chosen one, at least in this version. Just start out with seventeen or so Anakin Skywalker, an unusually powerful Padawan who came into the Jedi Order under usual circumstances training under Qui-Gonn Jinn. Obi-Wan Kenobi is already a knight, who is reluctant to take a Padawan. The Clone Wars have been going on for a year now, though there are no clone troopers yet. The Republic has been relying on the Jedi, who have been fighting alongside mercenaries and various local militia groups who are still loyal to the Republic. Anakin meets Padme Amidala, who is closer to his age, and their love progresses normally and not creepily over the steady course of three movies, fueled by the flames of the war raging around them. Darth Maul, the current muscle of the CIS, is the main villain in Episode I, and Master Dooku is still a Jedi at the time. Anakin is training under Qui-Gon, until he is killed by Maul and Obi-Wan finishes his training. That way the "You're no Qui-Gon Jinn!" factor is still there looming. Obi-Wan kills Maul as usual. Anakin is leading a space battle at the time, but feels that his master is in danger. By the time he arrives, Qui-Gon is mortally wounded. He asks that Obi-Wan continue Anakin's training, with both of them looking on. Dooku feels that the Sith are more powerful after his apprentice's death, and becomes Darth Sidious' new apprentice. Thus concludes Episode I.
Episode II: Instead of Sidious relying on Nute Gunray and the Separatist Council to lead the war, they now have a leader which unifies and strengthens the CIS. After this defection and tilt in the Separatists's favor, along with Qui-Gon Jinn's death (the first Jedi casualty of the war), faith in Chancellor Valorum is lost, and Senator Palpatine is made Chancellor. The emergency powers Valorum had during the war are his, but he gains more in time, starting with the formation of the clone army (he put the plan in place the same way he did in the real prequels), which is a welcome idea. The whole Kamino debacle happens pretty much the same way, and so do the attempts on Padme's life by Zam Wessell and Jango Fett, except it is because she is a loud voice in the senate for an end to the war, not because of revenge. Anakin is still full of anger, but because of Qui-Gon's death, not his mother's. The assassination attempts on Padme strengthen her and Anakin's bond, and Anakin has his first taste of the Dark Side while defending her. They marry by the end of the movie after a normally progressed romance, not a couple weeks and a pickup line, and the war is now known everywhere as the Clone Wars after the Grand Army of the Republic's debut on Geonosis.
Episode III: Pretty much the same. Three years have passed since Episode II. The dialogue is better. Obi-Wan didn't absolutely say that only Sith deal in absolutes. The droids aren't dumb. General Grievous kills a Jedi on-screen.
Fans of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, I address you with a matter of great importance to the fandom.
As you know, George Lucas has sold Lucasfilm to Walt Disney Studios and they plan on making a sequel trilogy, along with a number of stand-alone films. In my mind, these were bad decisions on his part, but I was willing to let it pass. However, when Mr. Lucas made the claim that the films would not deal with material already in the Expanded Universe, alarm bells started going off in my head. How would he be able to do such a thing without disturbing already established events from the novels and games? This question was answered by the recent shocking decision by Lucasfilm that all Star Wars stories outside of the films and cartoon were now to be labeled as non-canon.
This was a major blow to the Star Wars fandom, of whom most considered the Expanded Universe to be canonical; rightfully so, as it has slowly been established over the course of more than twenty years. Lucasfilm has claimed that while all the already created works will continue to be sold under the “Legends” brand, but they have also claimed that no more stories under the “Legends” brand will be published in the future. For a Star Wars fan such as myself this decision is intolerable. The Expanded Universe told many great stories of the Star Wars universe, and it still held promise many more stories yet to be told.
Obviously, we can’t convince Lucasfilm to cancel production of future films; they’ve already spent too much time and money for that. Likewise, we can’t convince them to withdraw their claims that the “Legends” brand is non-canon, as that would work against their film production. However, one thing we can convince them to do, with enough strength, is to allow more works to be created under the “Legends” brand. Just because they don’t view it as canon doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be allowed to continue following it. In the end, it would simply be a matter of there being two separate Star Wars universes, allowing each fan to decide for themselves which one they want to follow. And knowing the fans, many of them will probably decide to follow both.
That being said, if they did properly separate the two “canons” and allow them both to continue, some work would have to be done. The main thing that would have to happen is that the “Legends” brand would have to disregard most of what happened in the “Clone Wars” cartoon. The reason for this is that the cartoon was the biggest part of the franchise that contradicted events that occurred in books of the old Expanded Universe. However, some events from the cartoon would have to be included in the “Legends” brand because some of the later books and short stories mentioned or dealt with events that occurred in the cartoon. Even so, it would most likely have to be altered so that it didn’t contradict events, lore, or facts from works in the “Legends” brand. Most likely a novelization of those episodes with necessary alterations to their stories would have to be written. This shouldn’t be very difficult. A Star Wars novelist who has read most of the Expanded Universe novels could do it easily enough.
So I appeal to Star Wars fans everywhere. Tell Lucasfilm to allow the “Legends” brand to continue and publish future works. Let the Expanded Universe we grew up with to continue.
Sign this petition.
And get as many others to sign it as possible.
If you didn't see the news, yesterday Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars Episode VII and the rest of the new Star Wars films would not be following the continuity of the Expanded Universe. Although books from the Expanded Universe, such as Heir to the Empire, will continue to be printed and sold under a new "Legends" banner, the Expanded Universe is not official canon.
What do you think of this decision? Are you happy that the films have a newfound freedom to tell whatever story they want, or disappointed that the films won't follow fan-favorite stories that have been told for over thirty years?
Hey everybody! Go to this link and vote on this article! May the force be with you!
Hey where do you find the voting page? anyone have a link? I found it once and have not been able to find it again... thanks!
I was actually introduced to Star Wars by way of the prequels. I remember watching The Phantom 'Menace on VHS in my family's apartment, glued to the screen at age 5. In fact, I remember vividly that scene where Amidala is watching the Federation troops invade Naboo from her palace window. It struck me deeply for some reason, and Episode I was my favorite Star Wars movie for many years. I concede that the Prequel Trilogy has more problems with it than the Original Trilogy, but I see the PT as a willing and powerful addition to the Star Wars saga and I'm eternally grateful that Lucas released it when he did. The Prequels launched my interest in Star Wars, and here I am today.
So, share what you like most about the Prequels! How did they affect your Star Wars experience? How do they stand in relation to the Originals for you?
Through Star Wars the Jedi are able to excel in different areas, just like how people in reality are stronger at different things than others. If you were a Jedi, what would your first choice of studies be? You could focus mainly on lightsaber training, focus on knowledge of the force, work in the hall of records and study the history, be a teacher at the Jedi Temple, work on improving your skills with the living force, or even leave the Jedi order to join the Sith (take a peak at the Sith Holocron)?
If you could create a custom lightsaber (You can btw, but it is pretty pricy) what would it be like? Ill post a picture of the hilts of the lightsabers to help you with your decision. Also what color would you want for the blade? Classic blue or green, or try out a new color?
I say the best hero is Padme, cause she is a senator, but she is good with a gun on the battlefield!