I’ve been on a month-long Star Wars bender. Of course, it won’t be wrapped up until after I play through The Force Unleashed next month, but I caught a couple of doses of Star Wars.
Obi-Wan is a snarky badass
The Clone Wars movie (which, if I understand correctly, is really a pilot for an upcoming TV series) is a computer-graphics animated telling of the story of Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan learner. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you should try to catch this on the big screen. That said, I wasn’t super-excited by this feature, so if you’re not a serious fan, there are probably other movies that you could go catch. There are continuity errors (Anakin battles Dooku, which never happened… they re-arranged the OPENING GOD DAMNED THEME… and R2 isn’t a mouse droid because the MSE Messenger Droid hadn’t been invented yet, as Emi pointed out), and while the opening half-hour is an awesome, epic, intense battle of the Clone Wars, the rest of the movie drops down in pace. Things are cutesied-up for the anticipated TV cartoon (kids) audience. But, y’know, it’s got good lightsaber duels and all. And Obi-Wan gets his snarky attitude back! (The novelization of Revenge of the Sith was filled with great one-liners that were inexplicably missing from the film.)
On a brighter (er… well, better) note, I just finished the Legacy of the Force series of 9 novels. They read REALLY quickly — it took me under a month — which isn’t to say that they’re simple or light, but rather to say that they’re difficult to put down. The story is set 40 years after A New Hope, and is bleak and dark. The New Republic has long since failed, Jacen Solo (son of Han and Leia) is going to the dark side, and yet another Galactic Civil War is about to break out as Corellia decides it’s had enough of the Galactic Alliance. The series brings in many of the classic characters (Boba Fett, the Solos and Skywalkers, and characters from throughout the EU books such as Admirals Pellaeon and Daala, many of the New Jedi Order Jedi Knights and Masters, etc). It also does a great job at trying to tie some serious themes back through the Star Wars story, all the way back to prequel-trilogy analyses of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader’s successes and mistakes. And if I didn’t mention this yet, it’s bleak and dark. All in all, this was a satisfying read.