Choose: Who Would You Rather?

Choose one or the otherDuring our lives we are presented with many choices. What do you do with your free time? Do you go to a party, or don’t you? Do you wear your parka and snowshoe combo, or your chinos and tie-dye? Today, we’re going to ask you to choose between one of two characters in a number of situations—both have their pros and cons. Who will you choose?

Who would you rather make dinner?

You’re heading to a friend’s house for a fun meal. One of the characters will be manning the kitchen, but which one: Han Solo or Finn?

Han Solo’s been on his own a long time. Doubtless, he’s learned a few tricks about taking the bare minimum and making something tasty out of it. It may not be haute cuisine, but it’ll taste good and stick to your ribs, and taste good with an after-dinner brew. Finn wants to do the best possible, and won’t stop until he’s either produced an incredible three-course dinner, or has burned the house down.

Who would you rather watch give standup comedy?

You’re getting your local laughs at the Mos Eisley Cantina. A Star Wars character gets on stage. Who would you rather see grab the mic: Anakin Skywalker (circa Clone Wars), or Chewbacca?

Chewbacca is a master of the physical form. Impressions, pratfalls, exaggerated motions, Chewbacca can do it all. On the other hand, he can’t exactly speak English. His well-timed gags and wordplay threaten to sail over your head. Anakin, on the other hand, can speak English, but his comedic timing is, shall we say, lacking.

Who would you rather take to a party?

And now the question most fraught with worry: you’re going to a fun party at Brett’s house, but you can only bring one friend. Do you bring Darth Sidious or Jar-Jar Binks?

Darth Sidious has charisma. He draws people around him. He inspires confidence and trust. However, there is the whole electrifying people with the caustic power of the dark side of the force thing. Jar-Jar, on the other hand, is a bumbling, gleefully hateable creature, destined to be forgotten in the corner an hour in, but at least he knows how to tell a joke. He also won’t burn anybody with the power of the dark side.

Who will you choose? Let us know in a comment. Thanks for reading, and be sure to come back next week for more fun fan information!

Cast Member Update – Prequel and Original Series

The original Star Wars castEpisode VII was a blast—nobody without a tinfoil hat can deny it. It had classic characters like Han, Chewie, and Leia, as well as a fresh collection of new faces to put on our kids’ bedsheets. But Star Wars is a big place, and there are plenty of past cast members who have been left out of the latest installment.

Not for bad reasons, necessarily! Obviously Hayden Christiansen isn’t going to pop up, since his character is long gone. Billy Dee Williams will hopefully show up in one of the future installments, but has yet to be spotted. So, what are these guys and gals from the original cast and prequel trilogy up to?

Ewan McGregor had a short voice cameo in Episode VII, apparently because he’s been in all the other movies. I Love You Phillip Morris, The Men Who Stare at Goats, The Ghost Writer, and even Trainspotting 2 (out in 2017) are just a drip of his acting roles since Episode III wrapped, not to mention the numerous documentaries he’s appeared in. His castmate Hayden hasn’t been as active, appearing in only eleven movies since the Revenge of the Sith. The earlier Anakin, Jake Lloyd, has retired from acting after being teased for his portrayal in Episode I.

Natalie Portman’s career has only grown. Since Episode III, she’s stared in popular films such as V for Vendetta, Black Swan, Thor, and more. Her pregnancy and personal life have led her to a slower schedule, staring in zero movies released in both 2012 and 2014. The actress who played Shmi Skywalker, Pernilla August, has mostly acted in a number of (Swedish) films and television shows, but has also directed a few.

Billy Dee Williams, since 1983, has appeared in over thirty movies, including Tim Burton’s Batman, Undercover Brother, and The Lego Movie, as well as dozens of rolls in TV movies, television shows, internet shorts, and video games (mostly Star Wars, save Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars).

There are plenty of other actors and actresses to discuss, but this post would go on forever if we did. Thanks for reading, and be sure to come back next week for more fun fan information!

Kylo Ren Character Corner

Kylo RenOut of the new characters introduced in The Force Awakens, the tortured villain Kylo Ren is one of the most exciting. Today we’ll lay out what we know about this Darth-Vader loving character—his life may be mostly mystery, but there are some things we know.

Kylo Ren was born Ben Solo, son of Leia Organa Solo and Han Solo, leaders and heroes of the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Han and Leia had a difficult relationship, as their personalities clashed: Han, a smuggler, felt strange staying in one place, and Leia became a senator in the new government. Feeling his parents had abandoned him, an individual name Snoke recognized Ben’s potential. Snoke saw Ben as a focal point, and attempted to sway him to the dark side. Leia discovered Snoke’s plan, and sent Ben to train with his Uncle Luke Skywalker.

Though the details are not known, Ben eventually betrayed his uncle, leaving the new Jedi temple in ashes. He began training until Supreme Leader Snoke and become one of the knights of Ren, taking the name Kylo Ren and putting his old life behind him. Wearing armor and a mask and known as “Jedi Killer” in the First Order, Kylo Ren idolized Darth Vader and kept his burned helmet at a shrine, believing, as Snoke did, Darth vader was who Anakin Skywalker truly was.

Kylo Ren built his own lightsaber, using an ancient and crude design. Using a cracked kyber crystal, which could barely withstand the power the weapon generated. As a result, the weapon needed dual vents on either side, as well as making the blade possess an unstable and flickering appearance. Kylo Ren, as Snoke’s apprentice, had the capacity to command military forces, though technically existed outside the military hierarchy. This caused no small amount of tension in the First Order, though it was based off of the agreement between Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.

Supreme Leader Snoke and Kylo Ren both know if Skywalker were to reappear, it would be dangerous for the First Order. He commences his search for his old master, leading to the events of Episode VII.

The embodiment of conflict, Kylo Ren’s legacy was some of the most powerful Jedi in decades. He loved the power the Dark Side brought him, and feared the Light Side. He knew he had to avoid Vader’s sentimentality, though his inner conflicts continued, as we can see in The Force Awakens. He combined Jedi techniques with Sith lore, resulting in a contradictory warrior who was often angry, and used his temper as a weapon. Kylo Ren may have been conflicted, but had no fear in battle, and was very sure of his abilities.

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren
Adam Driver as Kylo Ren

Behind the scenes, Kylo Ren shares similar aspects with Jacen Solo, the son of Han and Leia from the Expanded Universe, and has a similar name to Kybo Ren, a space pirate from the animated series Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO. Actor Adam Driver was able to better feel the character’s anger because of the time and effort required to get into costume, described as a “cumbersome and difficult” process. An early version of Kylo Ren’s design was used in The Force Awakens for the Guavian Death Gang, one of the criminals Han meets during the movie.

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Rumors for Episode VIII

Episode VIII RumorsAfter “The Force Awakens” came out, rumors flew (If you haven’t seen “The Force Awakens,” you may want to turn away now). Now, for your reading pleasure, we will collect some of the prevailing rumors and news about the next installment in the main Star Wars franchise.

Frank Oz is at Pinewood: Pinewood Studios, perhaps the most famous United Kingdom film studio, is where many of the Star Wars films have been captured. On April fifth it was confirmed through various channels Frank Oz—who provided the voice and puppetry for Yoda—has visited the studio. Will this result in a little blue ghost to assist Luke in training Rey, or is it just a social visit?

Oscar Winner Nyong’o to Return: Maz Kanata, one of the new (and one of the only totally-CGI) faces in episode VII will also be in the next installment. A photo posted to director Rian Johnson’s Tumblr page has actress Lupita Nyong’o in a motion-capture suit while a film crew works its magic. Though Kanata was left in peril at the end of VII, there is plenty of ground for her character to cover, including how she got Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber in her possession.

Hayden Christensen’s Triumphant Return: Editor-in-chief of website Making Star Wars, has reportedly been told: “A team in the UK are soon heading to the US to being training Hayden Christensen for a Star Wars: Episode VIII appearance of some sort.” There’s been no confirmation or other news about this, so it should be taken with a grain of salt. However, if it was true, what form could this spot be? A vision from Luke? A nightmare from Kylo Ren?

Of course, there’s a possibility any of these rumors are entirely false, and will result in something unexpected. Thanks for reading! Come back next week for more fun fan information!

Holiday Special Coming Back

New Holiday Special Still
Still from the upcoming Holiday Special

One of the black spots on the Star Wars timeline, the Holiday Special was released on November 17th, 1978. It is available to watch on Youtube, though this cannot, for culpability reasons, be recommended. It was the first appearance of fan-favorite character Boba Fett, and is something that even just this last year Harrison Ford denied being involved in. Along with much of the main cast, Bea Arthur, Art Carney, and Diahann Carroll play parts.

Incredibly, on April first of all days, it was announced a new Holiday Special will be filmed and released in time for the holiday season of 2016. While J.J. Abrams won’t be in charge, auteur “filmmaker” Zack Snyder, whose movie Batman v Superman: Maw of Justness came out recently, has been signed on to direct. Writer Colin Blythe is attached to the short project, whose three-hundred page script is in the process of being pared down to an acceptable length. “An hour will be a good length,” Snyder (who unsuccessfully tried to give Henry Cavill the lead roll) said in an interview with the New York Times. “It may be difficult getting Blythe’s intricate six acts down to ten minutes each, but we think it can be done.”

Actors John Boyega (Finn), Daisy Ridley (Rey), and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), are contractually obligated to appear in the film. “The Disney said something about being frozen in Carbonite if we didn’t,” Ridley said in an interview. “I asked if it meant Rey. It thought for a few minutes and then nodded.” When asked if he would be joining the project, Harrison Ford brandished a number of exotic weapons, hidden throughout his person, and threatened to “go Ark of the Covenant on your a–!”

Not much has been revealed about the story or plot, but vague references to a “Last March of the Ents”-style scene featuring the Tree of Life, a gang of prohibition-era mobsters running the Mos Eisley cantina, and, of course, Chewbacca’s Wookiee family (Lumpy, Malla, and Itchy) going on wild adventures around the galaxy.

The Disney made only a few comments, other than acknowledging the project’s existence. “We are not afraid, we are on a high grade,” it said. “Paradigms being revised, pictures made stylized. The Snyder is sufficient for this task. We’re surprised you even have to ask.” It seems The Disney is confident Snyder will deliver.

We look forward to learning more about this new version of the Star Wars Holiday Special. Thanks for reading, and be sure to come back next week for more fun Star Wars information!