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Greedo Character Corner

Greedo in Cantina
Greedo in the Cantina

Usually, on the Character Corner, we talk about cool characters. Popular characters. Interesting characters. This week, it’s Greedo.

History:

Born on Rodia in the persecuted Tetsu Clan, Greedo’s father (Greedo) was an esteemed bounty hunter that made his family famous. A rival bounty hunter named Navik the Red, leader of the Chattza Clan, killed the elder Greedo and stole his fortune, forcing the pregnant Neela to flee with her clan to U-Tendik. The clan elders decided to never tell the children what had happened. As a teenager, Greedo discovered three silver starships with his younger brother Pqweeduk. Their mother reluctantly revealed their clan’s past, and only a month later Navik the Red found the Tetsu clan once more, killing many and forcing Greedo and his family to Nar Shaddaa.

There, Greedo learned the ins and outs of the black market and learning more about the galaxy at large after a sheltered childhood. Later, the family moved to Tatooine, during which we can see Greedo in Episode I, pestering Anakin Skywalker. He became a mercenary, kidnapping and fighting for the highest bidder. After the end of the Clone Wars Greedo again found himself at Nar Shaddaa, which fueled his desire to become a bounty hunter. After saving the lives of two of them, he became a protégé to Spurch “Warhog” Goa. During this time, Greedo tried to steal power couplings from what turned out to be the Millennium Falcon, prompting Han Solo to steal Greedo’s rancor-skin jacket in exchange.

Soon after, Imperial agents attacked a rebel enclave, causing an explosion and killing Greedo’s family. Greedo began his bounty-hunting career in earnest, though he found himself out of his element. On Tatooine, he took the contract to kill Solo, tricked by his mentor into believing it would be simple. After the end of the disastrous job, Greedo’s body was ground into a powerful liqueur by Wuher, the Cantina’s bartender, who disliked the Rodian and proudly displayed his head – the only part that wasn’t ground up, on a stake. The details of Greedo’s death were told in different ways by those present, and eventually he became post-humously famous.

Behind the Scenes:

In Episode IV Paul Blake played Greedo in shots with Han Solo, and a special articulated head was used for close-ups, using a woman named Maria De Aragon to play the bounty hunter. The language he speaks is actually the South American language Quechua. In the Star Wars: Clone Wars series, he is voiced by Tom Kenny, who also does the voice for Spongebob Squarepants and the Ice King from Adventure Time.

Greedo in heels
Greedo in heels

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Sebulba Character Corner

Sebulba
Give us a smile, Champ

Podracing – one of the galaxies most dangerous and difficult sports – has for itself a number of high-profile figures, such as goofy Ben Quadinaros, the long-limbed Gasgano, and the journalistic Clegg Holdfast. But none was greater, or more famous, than the Dug Subulba. Today we’ll be looking at the storied life of this ill-tempered little racer, up to and past the Boonta Eve Classic.

History:

Born in the city of Pixelito on the planet of Malastare, Sebulba was a mean-spirited and angry creature, like many Dugs. Born a slave, he eventually bought his freedom after exhibiting his incredible podracing skills. Quickly becoming the star of the podracing circuit thanks to his ability to use all four limbs with fine motor control, he built his own podracer and dominated the races using destructive tactics — frequently injuring or killing other racers — but was never punished.

Now living a decadent and expensive lifestyle, Sebulba became involved in slave-trading rings, and owned a number of Twi-lek slaves himself. During races, Sebulba was dedicated to winning at any cost; cheating was a common and intended action. Sabotaging rival podracers, pressing them into on-track obstacles, and modifying his own podracer to include dangerous weaponry were all standard tactics.

Sebulba concept art
Sebulba concept art

Sebulba was a constant favorite to win any race he was a part of, but his luck would temporarily change during the Boonta Eve Classic, the single race that future Jedi and Sith Anakin Skywalker would participate in. Sebulba roared to an early lead but Skywalker caught up to him in the end, disabling his engines (destroying both sides in the process) and leaving Sebulba sitting in the middle of the course in his small cockpit.

While the loss was a blow to Sebulba’s fierce pride, he recovered quickly. After purchasing Anakin’s podracer and rejoining the circuit the next year, Sebulba began again his reign of podracing terror. After a while, Sebulba retired and allowed his son Hekula to fly his podracer. Hekula raced in the Boonta Eve Classic, six years after his father lost to Skywalker . . . and also lost to Skywalker. Hekula crashed his podracer, being a rookie, and Sebulba emerged from retirement, forbidding Hekula from racing again.

Sebulba would again challenge Skywalker to a race using his new Plug-F Gargantuan, a remake of his original racer. The result of this race is unknown. Sebulba’s grandson, Pugwis, continues to tradition of racing, and thankfully is more talented than his father, taking after his grandfather instead.

Behind the scenes

Sebulba is an entirely CGI character, played by voice actor Lewis MacLeod (a frequent Star Wars voice actor). A dug can be seen in Episode II, during the air speeder chase, and it was thought it was Sebulba, but is in fact a character named Seboca. Sebulba is a playable character in the video games Star Wars: Episode I Racer and the game’s sequel Star Wars: Racer Revenge.

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Sebulba and Anakin's podracers
Sebulba and Anakin’s podracers

Grand Admiral Thrawn Character Corner

Grand Admiral Thrawn
Grand Admiral Thrawn

The Galactic Empire had no shortage of brilliant commanders and leaders, but one name stands above the rest. He is Mitth’raw’nuruodo, better known . . . as Thrawn. This Chiss tactician nearly destroyed the New Republic years after Emperor Palpatine died, and was close to returning the Empire to its previous stature before his death. Thrawn first appeared in the Star Wars novel Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn, the first book of the Thrawn trilogy. In this Character Corner we’ll show you the history – and bloody end – of this Imperial warlord.

History:

Born as a commoner, Thrawn was deemed a worthy adoptee of one of the Chiss ruling families, the Mitth, and gained ranks quickly in the Chiss Expansionary Defense Force. At twenty-seven years before the battle of Yavin, Thrawn became the youngest force commander of the Expansionary fleet ever. Soon he would come in contact with a starship sent by the galactic republic to explore unknown space, including the zone of the galaxy where the Chiss battled the aliens that would later be known as the Yuuzhan Vong. Thrawn was put into contact with Darth Sidious, and destroyed the Republic’s ship.

Some years later, after Sidious emerged as Palpatine and began his rule of the new Galactic Empire, Thrawn engineered his own downfall in order to leave the Chiss force and join Palpatine. Despite the Empire’s anti-alien agenda, Thrawn quickly gained a command rank thanks to an innate tactical genius, though he would not become a high-ranking office until after the Battle of Yavin. During much of his time, he would secretly explore the Unknown Region of space, establishing a military state called the Empire of the Hand and a secret base named the Hand of Thrawn.

Made Grand Admiral in 2 ABY, Thrawn spent most of that period on Coruscant, dealing with the politics of the position. He feigned defeat by Palpatine in political posturing to continue both of their goals of exploring the unknown parts of the galaxy. He would return there several times, but shortly after he left for his last trip, Palpatine was defeated at the Battle of Endor.

Four years later, Thrawn returned to the known galaxy with an intention to destroy the New Republic and waged a final campaign to that end. Utilizing brilliant fleet tactics, elite clone warriors, and victory after victory, pushed the New Republic back and seemed unstoppable. He was ultimately betrayed by his previously-loyal bodyguard Rukh, when Rukh found that Thrawn was the one who machinated the oppression of the Noghri planet and people, of which Rukh is one. Zahn had a clone created that would take his place, but it was destroyed while still incubating.

Behind the Scenes:

Timothy Zahn’s trilogy marked a new era in the expanded universe. Zahn has said that several real-life characters were combined, such as Erwin Rommel, Robert E. Lee, and even Sherlock Holmes. Zahn has said that he would be willing to create another clone if the desire was there. It was even suspected early in Episode VII’s development that Thrawn would be the new trilogy’s villain, but this has clearly been disproved.

Thrawn and Palpatine
Thrawn and Palpatine

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Tarkin Star Wars Character Corner

It’s another edition of our regular Character Corner series; this time we’re looking at a character that was in both the original trilogy and the prequels, but only one of each: Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin. From a Republic naval officer to the head of the Death Star, this character has run the gamut of command.

History:

Grand Moff Tarkin
Grand Moff Tarkin

Born to a wealthy family in the outer rim, Wilhuff Tarkin joined his family with great ambition and entered a military academy, going along with the Tarkin military tradition. While in attendance, Tarkin proved himself a talent in multiple studies, but began to see the Republic as a decaying institution. In 33 BBY, Tarkin left the military to pursue a political career in his home system. He became acquainted with Naboo Senator Palpatine, and became a driving force of his planet. When Palpatine became Chancellor in 32 BBY, Tarkin aligned himself accordingly, feeling a political shift.

In 29 BBY, Tarkin began a mission to find and control the planet Zonama Sekot, a partially mythical planet that can produce living starships. He contacted an old friend, a genius engineer named Raith Sienar. While conversing, Sienar showed Tarkin plans for a huge, planetary battleship, featuring a turbolaser powered by the battleship’s core. After tracking down the Zonoma Sekot, Tarkin attacked with his forces in an attempt to capture it, only to watch the planet engage massive hyperdrives and jump away. Later on Palpatine expressed great interest in the planet battleship concept.

During the Clone War, Tarkin was commissioned as an officer in the Republic Navy. He interacted with Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano on a number of occasions, and even accused Tano of sabotage at her trial. After the war ended with the attempted eradication of the Jedi, Tarkin was placed in charge of the project to build Sienar’s plans for a planet-ship, though he didn’t approve of the name, Death Star, believing it was too melodramatic. The project quickly fell behind schedule. Tarkin was a driving intellectual force behind the regime, and used his military genius and mercenary tactics to hold control of the galaxy.

Through Tarkin’s command, the Death Star neared completion. The Rebels tried their best to both capture the plans for the Death Star, and kill Tarkin, but were only successful in the former. The events of Episode IV led to Tarkin, on board the Death Star, observing the battle of Yavin as Luke Skywalker ran the battlestation’s trench and destroy it, killing him and countless others.

Background:

Played by veteran actor Peter Cushing in Episode IV and Wayne Pygram portrays young Tarkin in Episode III.

Episode III - Episode IV
Episode III – Episode IV

Cushing, the more famous portrayal, was extremely pleasant to his co-stars, and, during shots that wouldn’t show his feet, requested a pair of slippers to wear, which ended up being women’s slippers. These facts made it difficult for heroic characters to correctly portray animosity toward a character that, in-universe, was supposed to be a heartless monster. Tarkin was originally going to be a CGI character with old footage of Cushing, but actor Christopher Lee, a friend of the then-deceased Cushing, stood firm against it.

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Shmi Skywalker Star Wars Character Corner

Shmi Skywalker
Shmi Skywalker

We’re back to our monthly character corner segment, the time when we take a deeper look at some of the characters you’ve come to know and love from the Star Wars series. This week’s character is Shmi Skywalker, Mother to the Chosen One Anakin Skywalker.

History:

Born seventy-two years before the battle of Yavin, Shmi’s family was captured by pirates at the age of six, and sold into slavery. She was taken from one planet to another, serving as a house servant and, as she grew, a cleaning servant. Many of the masters were cruel to her, but one in particular, Pi-Lippa, taught Shmi technical skills and other abilities. At about the time of Pi-Lippa’s death, Shmi became pregnant with Anakin.

Her next master, Hutt gangster Lord Gardulla the Elder, had no such altruism for her slaves, as she allowed Anakin to participate in the Boonta Eve Classic Podrace, despite believing it was impossible for him to win. Gardulla lost the two slaves in a bet to Watto, a similarly cruel master. Shmi became even busier as Anakin grew, attempting to keep him safe and out of trouble. She passed on her mechanical skills and knowledge to her son, who began to make many things.

Shmi and Anakin meet Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and, as we see in Episode I, Anakin is taken to train and become a Jedi himself. Shmi remained in Watto’s service for a time. While the Toydarian had mellowed, the junk shop also began to fall on hard times. A moisture farmer named Cliegg Lars purchased her, immediately freeing her and asking for her hand in marriage. Even though she had a place in the Lars family, Shmi still waited for Anakin to return to her.

About a month before the Clone Wars started, Shmi was kidnapped by Tusken Raiders while she gathered mushrooms. After searching for nearly a month, Lars was forced to give up the hunt. Shmi remained alive, beaten and dehydrated but holding on to her memories of Anakin. It was at this time that Anakin began having nightmares about his mother’s death. Episode II shows us his journey back to Tatooine, and his encounter with his mother’s final moments, and his leap toward the dark side after the destruction of the Tusken Raider camp.

Legacy:

While her screen time is relatively short, her impact on the series is huge. Her capture and death is what leads Anakin to talk to Chancellor Palpatine in the first place, and her death – followed by Anakin’s brutal slaying – leads the way to his eventual turn to the dark side. His turn to the dark side also prompted Padme’s death after the birth of Luke and Leia, setting up the entire original trilogy.

Behind the Scenes:

Shmi is portrayed by Swedish actress Pernilla August. It was revealed she would be playing Anakin’s mother in 1998. In the Phantom Menace game adaption, Shmi is voiced by Carolyn Seymour, with Pernilla reprising her role in a Star Wars: The Clone Wars season three episode (Overlords).

Shmi Skywalker

 

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Mara Jade Character Corner

Mara Jade
Mara Jade

Every few weeks we highlight one of the many characters from the Star Wars universe to talk about, and detail their history. This month, we’ve elected to talk about Mara Jade, The Emperor’s Hand and eventual wife of Luke Skywalker, a character from the Extended Universe, not present in any of the movies.

History

Mara Jade was born seventeen years before the battle of Yavin, during the Emperor’s initial reign. It was a time of struggle in the galaxy, and the few Jedi remnants were fighting to go into hiding or against the Empire. Mara was taken from her family due to her force attunement – she would have likely been taken by the Jedi council had it not been destroyed – and put through an intensive training regiment to develop her physical, mental, and force skills.

At the age of fourteen she became the Emperor’s Hand, one of his personal assassins. She was first tasked to uncover information about Jedi that had gone into hiding, though she soon switches to finding more about the rebel alliance. During the events of the third movie, Mara Jade was ordered by Palpatine to disguise herself as a dancing girl in an attempt to kill Luke Skywalker. She was kept from boarding the barge Jabba took to the sarlacc pit by his slave overseer, who believed she meant to kill Jabba.

With the Emperor dead and the Death Star destroyed at the end of Episode VI, Mara Jade’s tenure as the Emperor’s Hand ended. Moments before his death, the Emperor handed her her final mission: Kill Luke Skywalker. With the Emperor dead, however, her resources had dried up. She was consumed with hatred for Skywalker thanks to the Emperor’s presence in her mind.

She finally ran into Skywalker while working for a smuggling operation run by Talon Karrde. She at first intended to kill him, but was forbidden by Karrde. Soon after, Mara was attacked by a bounty hunter and left drifting, quickly discovered by Skywalker, who saved her from death by exposure. She was helped by Skywalker, who removed Palpatine’s presence from her mind. She eventually rebuked the dark side and joined the Jedi, becoming a padawan.

During this time – and, of course, numerous dangerous adventures – her relationship with Luke grew until the two were romantically attached. The days leading up to the wedding (in grand Star Wars fashion) were fraught with danger, including: a bar fight, angry formal imperial guardsmen, and a separate Imperial plot that included a Moff and Stormtroopers.

It was during the Yuuzhan Vong war that Mara Jade Skywalker became a Jedi Master, a time that also saw her infected with comb spores, a deadly Yuuzhan Vong poison that killed everyone it infected save her, thanks to her connection with the force. However, she was severely weakened, culminating in a collapse into unconsciousness during a critical battle. Afterward, and with care, she experienced a gradual return to health. Some time later, after a period of good health, Mara detected a change in her body’s chemistry. Thinking her disease was returning, she probed her body with the force. Instead she discovered, to her surprise, that she was pregnant.

The child was named Ben, after Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Tatooine alias. After the end of the war, Mara Jade remained an important operative for the New Republic. In the years that followed, Mara fought enemies new and old, and helped her husband keep the growing new Jedi council alive. When their nephew Jacen Solo fell to the dark side and became Darth Caedus, Mara believed him too dangerous to leave alive, engaging him on the planet Kavan. After a lengthy battle in the sewers he killed her with a poison dart. Her final words to him were that she found him more vile and more cruel than even Emperor Palpatine.

Behind the Scenes:

Mara Jade first debuted in Timothy Zahn’s Expanded Universe book Heir to the Empire. She has become a very popular character, even ranking 20th in a character poll, the highest-ranking character that wasn’t in a movie. She was one of the first Expanded Universe characters to receive an action figure. Mara Jade has been portrayed by several models, most often by Shannon McRandle, who first portrayed her in the Star Wars customizable card game.

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Jabba the Hutt Character Corner

Jabba the Hutt
Jabba the Hutt

It’s time again for the Star Wars character corner, an in-depth look at one incredible characters that populate this series. This week let’s learn about the galaxy’s most notorious crime-lord and giant . . . slug . . . thing: Jabba the Hutt.

History:

Born Jabba Desilijic Tiure six hundred years before the battle of Yavin, Jabba the Hutt  is the child of Zorba Desilijic Tiure. At the young age of eighty, gangster Jabba established himself on Tatooine, moving it into an old monastery building. He worked as a gun-runner, defeating other criminal empires such as Sise Fromm and Prince Xizor, heir to the Black Sun criminal empire. He acquired minions, such as his majordomo Bib Fortuna, who can be seen in Episode VI.

The crime lord was very active during the Clone Wars, smuggling slaves, guns, and supplies to both sides of the conflict. He found himself in the interesting position of aiding a general of the Republic during a battle on Tatooine, and briefly allied with the Jedi to retrieve his son Rotta in exchange for passage through Hutt space after Rotta’s was kidnapped by Separatists, but despite this, he always attempted to profit from both sides of the war. He had dealings with notorious Jedi hunter Cad Bane, the Chairman of the Pantoran Assembly, and was even forced into an alliance with Darth Maul, Savage Opress, and Pre Vizsla.

After the end of the Clone War and the rise of the Galactic Empire, Jabba’s criminal empire continued to grow. He discovered the smuggling skills of a young Han Solo, and became the true head of the Desilijic kajidic crime empire after the death of his grand-uncle. At the beginning of the rebellion, Jabba had become the most powerful crime lord in the outer rim, perhaps the entire galaxy. It was at this time that Han Solo dumped a load of smuggled spice to avoid detection, resulting in Jabba setting a bounty on him.

It was that bounty that led to the crime lord’s eventual death. After Boba Fett captured Solo in a carbonite slab, R2-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca and the disguised Princess Leia Organa arrive. Their plan to free Solo fails, forcing the new Jedi Luke Skywalker to intervene. This led to an execution attempt by Jabba at the Sarlacc, Skywalker’s exciting escape, and Jabba’s death by strangulation at the hands of Leia.

Behind the Scenes:

In several of Lucas’ early drafts of Star Wars, Jabba was a human smuggler, pirate, and finally crime lord. He was original going to appear in Episode IV, but the scene was cut for time. The puppet used to film Episode VI weighed one ton, took three months to build, cost half a million dollars, and required six puppeteers to control. Larry Ward, the voice for Greedo, provided Jabba’s as well. The sounds of Jabba’s limbs and mouth were created by running a hand through a bowl of cheese casserole, and a muddy towel scraping the inside of a garbage can.

Jabba’s appearance and legacy in the original trilogy created a famous and recognizable character that would be featured in popular culture many times. . Action figures, comic books, toys, and, of course, Halloween costumes have all featured Jabba. His appearance has been parodied many times, including in Family Guy, South Park, and Mel Brooks’ 1987 Spaceballs, and his name has become synonymous with weight, greed, obesity, and corruption

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Feast your eyes on Jabba
Feast your eyes on Jabba

Mace Windu Character Corner

Let’s talk about Mace Windu. This powerful warrior and wise leader is one of the strongest Jedi in its history, and today we’ll take a look at his history, and behind-the-scenes information.

Mace Windu
I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear you over the sound of how cool I am

History

Born seventy-two years BBY (Before Battle of Yavin) on the planet Haruun Kal, Mace Windu brought to the Jedi temple at the standard age of six months. At an early age, he developed the strange Shatterpoint ability, able to see how he would affect future actions, as well as the vulnerabilities of opponents. He traveled to the planet of Hurikane to create his distinctive purple lightsaber. Before becoming a Jedi Master, he went on many missions and trained several force-adepts as Jedi.

Prodigious in the force, Windu became a Jedi Master at the age of twenty-eight. He would eventually rise to become Master of the Order, making him the leader of the Jedi Council. He was only behind Yoda in rank.

Windu would stay active while on the council, leading diplomatic and peace-keeping missions, including ones to Yinchorr, Malastare, tracked and killed murderers, dealt with revolutions and civil wars alike, dealt with terrorists on Coruscant, as well as adding to the great reservoir of Jedi teachings. He also developed a new style of lightsaber fighting, Vaapad, to help make his weakness to the dark side a valid strength.

During the invasion of Naboo, Windu first met Anakin, voting not to train him due to his age and uncertain future. After Qui-Gon Jinn’s death, Windu and the other masters appointed Obi-Wan Kenobi to train Skywalker.

Mace Windu was present at the first battle of the Clone Wars on Geonosis, fighting and killing Jango Fett. Like all the Jedi, Windu was busy during the Clone Wars, acting as high Jedi General. He encountered his old friend Sora Bulq, who was a Jedi against involvement in the war, but who was tricked into fighting Windu by Asajj Ventress. Bulq revealed he was a confederate agent, and had fallen to the dark side, and Windu killed him.

Windu battled on many worlds, including Simocadia, Haruun Kal, Ryloth, Juma 9, and many others. Near the end of the war, Windu and other council members detected a dark side influence around Chancellor Palpatine. They saw him turning into a dictator, and did not trust him to return his emergency powers. When Windu was told by Anakin Skywalker that Palpatine was actually the Sith Master behind the Clone Wars, Windu resolved to arrest him.

Windu and three others attempted to arrest Palpatine, but were forced into a battle with the Chancellor instead. Windu was the only one who survived the initial charge, and a furious battle followed. Windu overpowered the Chancellor, but Skywalker intervened and gave Palpatine the opportunity to kill Windu.

Behind the Scenes

Mace Windu was originally from the thirteen-page treatment that George Lucas wrote for Star Wars, though entirely different from how he is in the movies.

Samuel L. Jackson, who portrays Windu in the movies, strived to add his own originality to the character, asking to have a purple lightsaber (purple is Jackson’s favorite color, and likes to have an item of that color in each movie he’s in), keeping his head bald, and asking that, for Episode III, Mace Windu “Not die like some punk.”

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Character Corner: General Grievous

This week on the Character Corner we’re looking at one of the Jedi’s most dangerous enemies during the Clone War: The half man, half machine warrior General Grievous!

General Grevious Cosplay
Amazing General Grevious Cosplay

History

Grievous was born Qymaen jai Sheelal, a Kaleesh. During conflicts with the Huk, an alien race that resembled human-sized bugs, Sheelal mastered the art of war, becoming a legendary figure in his tribe. After the death of his loved one, Ronderu lij Kummar, he rebranded himself Grievous, vowing to destroy the Huk, who turned to the Galactic Republic for assistance. The Republic in turn gave aid to the Huk, pushing back the Kaleesh and leaving them to starve.

Grievous sought off-world assistance from the InterGalactic Banking Clan, and was noticed by Chairman San Hill and Count Dooku. A plot was hatched to bring Grievous fully to their side for the approaching galactic conflict, and a bomb was placed aboard Grievous’ shuttle when he returned to his planet. The shuttle crashed and Grievous was severely injured. He was given blood from the Jedi Master Sifo-Diyas, a droid body, and a synth-skin gut-sack, along with numerous other enhancements by San Hill.

Count Dooku now had a leader for the droid army that he was creating, and began training Grievous in lightsaber combat. Fueled by a hatred for the Republic and the Jedi – whom he believed responsible for his shuttle’s crash and his injuries – he eagerly joined Count Dooku’s cause.

General Grievous’ first appearance in the Clone War was the Battle of Hypori, four months after the Battle of Geonosis. Grievous would fight against six Jedi, including two Jedi Council members, during the battle. Two of the Jedi would fall, Tarr Seirr and Sha’a Gi. Grievous’ standing increased, and he began to perform runs with his heaver cruiser Malevolence, which possessed ion cannons strong enough to disable entire fleets.

General Grievous would proof to be a constant and legitimate threat to the Galactic Republic during the War, and a danger to both the clone forces and the Jedi. His collection of trophies, lightsabers taken from Jedi he killed in combat, grew. He fought Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano several times, but was unable to kill any of them.

As General Grievous’ attacks succeeded and the Republic’s situation grew more dire, Grievous became an “avatar of terror” for the Republic, winning battle after battle and pushing them back more and more. This led to Grievous being ordered by the Sith Lord Sidious to capture Chancellor Palpatine (Sidious himself, of course). He led the battle both on the ground and above Coruscant, suffering an injury from Jedi Mace Windu that damaged his internal organs, giving him the coughing heard in Episode III. Skywalker and Kenobi, during their rescue of Palpatine, engaged Grievous and destroyed his ship. Grievous was sucked into space but survived using one of his ship’s escape pods.

Grievous would then travel to Utapau, where his forces captured Kenobi. Grievous relished the chance to fight him, and demanded he be the one to kill the Jedi. Grievous split his arms into four and attacked with a dazzling flurry of blows. Kenobi was able to see through the pattern, and cut off two of Grievous’ hands, just as Clone Commander Cody and his battalion arrive, sparking a wide conflict on the planet. Grievous fled and Kenobi followed, ending their battle on Grievous’ private landing platform. Nearly pushed off a ledge, Kenobi used the Force to grab a blaster, striking Grievous in his exposed gut sack. The oils there ignited, incinerating the cyborg’s critical organs, killing him.

Behind the scenes

Grievous was designed for Revenge of the Sith as a villain for the Jedi to fight. George Lucas asked simply for a “droid general” and the design team eventually came up with the design for Grievous.

Many parts of Grievous foreshadow Anakin Skywalker’s transformation into Darth Vader. The mixture of cybernetic and biological components was one element Lucas desired, and the heavy, racking cough that Grievous possesses mirrors Darth Vader’s heavy breathing. In-universe, the technology that kept Grievous alive was prototype technology that would eventually be used to greater effect on Anakin Skywalker after being burned on Mustafar.

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The Secret Behind Jar-Jar Binks

Jar-Jar BinksPerhaps you are aware of a character in the Star Wars saga named Jar-Jar Binks. He’s a Gungan, an underwater race that lives on Naboo, and accompanies the Jedi to Tatooine. We understand if you haven’t heard of him; he’s a fairly minor character.

This character is derided by fans for being “CGI,” a “racial stereotype,” or “stupid.” Now I only understand what one of those things mean, but Jar-Jar deserves more credit! He’s clearly a Jedi!

What?!

Yes! There is a belief that certain adherents to the Force held called the “White Current” theory. The idea was that the Force was like a river, and one person’s control of the force was like dipping a hand into the river – it could do nothing to divert the river’s course. By immersing themselves in the “Current” these adepts developed strange and unique force powers.

Jar-Jar, a Gungan, lived most of his life underwater, and would have certainly experience going through currents before. If the White Current Theory had taken effect, Jar-Jar may have manifested special traits: mainly, his luck.

That’s stupid. You’re stupid.

Hear me out! There are events during Episode I that could give hints as to how well-attuned Jar-Jar is to the Force. For example, while Jar-Jar, Obi-Wan, and Qui-Gon are riding in the Gungan sub thing (actually called a Tribubble Bongo!) Qui-Gon uses a sort of . . . Force Vulcan Neck Pinch, trying to calm Jar-Jar down. Jar-Jar instead falls asleep. Obi-Wan says “You overdid it,” but could this actually be because of Jar-Jar’s unseen force sensitivity?

The clue is the way the Force manifests itself using Jar-Jar. He is known to be horribly clumsy, as well as rather unintelligent. Look closely, however, at some of the times Jar-Jar has affected the story of The Phantom menace:

His first meeting with the Jedi, when Qui-Gon saves his life, leads Jar-Jar to take the Jedi to the Gungan city Otoh Gunga, keeping the Jedi alive until they can rescue Queen Amidala.

On Tatooine, Jar-Jar bumps into Sebulba, the reigning podracer champ and all-around bully. This causes a young Anakin Skywalker to step in and rescue Jar-Jar, leading to the Jedi’s discovery of Anakin’s force powers.

Finally, during the battle of Naboo in which the Gungan forces went up against the Trade Federation’s droids, Jar-Jar inadvertently releases a wave of energy balls into both battle droids and armored tanks, destroying several and giving the Gungans time to retreat, having given the Naboo pilots the chance they needed to attack the Trade Federation droid command ship.

None of this makes sense.

Sure it does! The Force was using Jar-Jar to guide the Jedi to safety, help them find Anakin, and save Naboo, thus allowing them to escape and setting up the rest of the saga, like when Anakin goes evil and . . . murders . . . murders hundreds of people. I have a new theory.

Jar-Jar Binks: Sith Lord.

Seriously?

In Episode II, when Padme Amidala goes into hiding after attempts on her life, Jar-Jar stands for her in the Senate, as per his duties as a Junior Senator. Jar-Jar then motions for Chancellor Palpatine to receive emergency powers required to create a Grand Army of the Republic, AKA the Clones! Jar-Jar Binks gives Darth Sidious the power to destroy the Jedi!

Update: On October 31st of 2015, the rest of the internet caught on, leading to this post.

Jar-Jar: Sith Lord
His dark secret!