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Forum Feedback / Re: this forum is dead
« on: March 09, 2016, 08:48:43 PM »
So the forum errors are fixed now? I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one having problems. I thought it was just me. Sometimes it wouldn't let me log in and would give me an error message, and other times it wouldn't let me post and give me an error message. Even when I would try to log out and then log back in to see if that would fix it, it sometimes wouldn't even let me log out and would give me an error message instead.

I miss the days of when this place used to be active. This place was really active back when the Clone Wars was still running. If anyone's here, I'd like to talk. Let's bring some of the discussions here back to life. I'll start with posting in a few of them.

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Off-topic & Chat / Re: what happened today?
« on: February 07, 2016, 03:02:02 PM »
I'm still here as well. I just wish there were more people to talk to.

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General Star Wars / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: February 02, 2016, 01:16:32 AM »
In my opinion, probably one of the only good things that has come out of this new canon that's actually worth looking into is Star Wars: Rebels. It's made by the same people who had made The Clone Wars,  and the creators are probably the only people at Lucasfilm now that legitimately gave a damn about the old expanded universe and were sad to see it go. They actually try to incorporate as many elements from the old expanded universe as they can into the new stuff. The new Rebels season 2 midseason trailer was a huge indicator of that.

Granted, with The Clone Wars there may have made some contradictions with the old expanded universe, but it's not like they can be expected to have read and know every single piece of lore from the old expanded universe. Most of those contradictions were actually the result of George Lucas interference rather than them screwing up and getting the lore wrong. To me, it was the thought that counts, and the fact that they care enough to keep putting elements from the old expanded universe into Rebels makes me very happy that there are still people in Lucasfilm that care about the old expanded universe. It's obvious that they probably grew up with the old expanded universe themselves.

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General Star Wars / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: January 22, 2016, 03:44:49 PM »
After watching this movie, I have a very hard time believing that the throwing out of the old Expanded universe was worth it, especially considering that Episode 7 was basically a rehash of Episode 4. At this point, it's obvious that getting rid of the EU was motivated by pure financial reasons rather than "creative freedom" as Disney claims. Where's the creative freedom in a rehash of a movie we've already seen many times before?

In case some of you might not be aware, the real reason for Disney de-canonizing the EU was because they did not want to have to keep paying royalties to all of the EU creators. Back when the EU first started up in the 90's, Lucasfilm made a contract that whenever any of the characters made by the EU authors/creators were used, they would be payed royalties. So that is why Disney will not use any old EU characters. They have re-canonized many other things from the EU, such as events, locations, species, groups, etc... but you will never see them bring actual characters back into the canon. Instead, they will pretty much just remake their own versions of those characters and call it new. So say goodbye to Thrawn and Mara Jade, and hello to Jara Made and Rawnth (those are just examples, they don't actually exist, but I wouldn't be surprised if Disney did make such characters).

If you want an actual example, there's:
[spoiler]Ben Solo. He is pretty much just Jacen Solo, with maybe Ben Skywalker mixed in. They could have easily named him Jacen, but probably named him Ben just so there couldn't be a Ben Skywalker.[/spoiler]

Disney's "creative freedom" is nothing but a shallow lie to disguise what they have really done. They'll continue to feed us basically the same osik from the old EU, but recreated under their own banner.

This movie, in my opinion was pretty mediocre. I'd give it a 7/10, and that's me being generous. Can we have the EU back now Disney? No? I guess not. When Disney bought Star Wars, they said they would not reboot Star Wars like they did with Marvel, but their actions so far have said otherwise. Right after saying that, they throw out the old EU, and then make a new movie that is pretty much a remade version of the first Star Wars movie. That's a reboot if ever I saw one. 

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General Star Wars / Re: Star wars Rebels
« on: October 30, 2015, 02:47:42 PM »
[spoiler]
From what I know, a clan and a house are two different things that aren't necessarily mutually exclusive. The definition might not always be clear, and can vary greatly, but at times, in real life, the definition of a clan is a large group of people whose connection to each other is that they share some kind of common ancestor from the distant past, whether that relation may be real or perceived by the people of that clan, so they might not always be related by blood. People in a clan could have almost no blood relation to each other whatsoever, and that they just happen to have the same ancestor from thousands of years ago. Like for example, if there's a Fett clan during the Galactic Civil War era, but none of its members are even remotely related to each other, but their only connection is that their ancestor 4000 years ago was Casus Fett, whose descendants had branched off very far and made their own families that became less and less related to each other over time.

A house on the other hand is like an actual family, composed of people who are more closely related by blood. The members of a clan all have their own individual families, which would be their house. So basically, Sabine's clan is Wren, meaning the people of that clan share so kind of connection through a distant ancestor, maybe someone named Wren, and her actual family is House Vizla. That means that she has some kind of direct blood relation to Pre Vizla and possibly even Tor Vizla. House Vizla could have married into Clan Wren at some point in the past. What if Sabine's mother is Bo Katen? We don't really know much about her, or what her clan was. Her father's side might have been Vizlas and her mother's side might have been Wrens.

[/spoiler]

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General Star Wars / Re: Star wars Rebels
« on: October 29, 2015, 08:16:58 PM »
I have a feeling this second season will be much better than the first.

[spoiler]

I find it interesting how it was implied that Rex might have some sort of Mandalorian connections. It seems that some remnant of the old canon of Karen Traviss' Mandalorians still remains. Seriously, how does Rex know about those "hidden Mandalorian bases"? Also, it was good to finally find out what happened to clone commando Gregor. I'm glad he survived. I wonder if he still has his armor though?

I also loved that scene in the trailer where Sabine says "I'm of Clan Wren, of House Visla, and I seek justice through single combat" and she was getting ready to duel that person. The old school Mandalorians are back.

Btw, is Sabine's last name Wren a name we've heard before in the old stories about Mandalorians, particularly in the RC books? That name sounds so familiar, but when I checked Wookieepeda, nothing came up. Could she be related to someone we know?[/spoiler]

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General Star Wars / Re: Star wars Rebels
« on: October 24, 2015, 12:27:37 AM »
I'm wondering, has anyone seen any of Season 2 yet? It premiered two weeks ago, and so far some familiar faces have returned. What do you guys think of it so far? The newest trailer was particularly interesting, especially the part hinting at something in Sabine's Mandalorian past.

Here's the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfeWNZqVYsE

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Clone Wars Era / Re: The Clone Wars - Season VI
« on: May 05, 2015, 01:01:38 AM »
Well everyone, guess what? The time has come. The Bad Batch is here!!! A few days ago the unfinished four part story arc of The Clone Wars was released on Starwars.com and it is also on Youtube as well now. These are the clone commando centered episodes that we have been wanting and asking for. What better day than today, May 4, unofficially known as Star Wars Day, to post this? We'll, I'm a little late, but here it is.

Before you watch it, you should know that the Bad Batch aren't like regular clones. They came out defective and mutated, causing their appearances and voices to be different, but they also acquired some "desirable" mutations. It would seem that they are cut from the same cloth  as the Null-class arcs, who might have been the inspiration for them. Also, it would seem that like in the RC books, the clone commandos of the Bad Batch, and the Arc troopers Rex and Jesse don't seem to get along too well.

Here they are. These episodes had some nice clone commando action in them, almost like something out of the RC video game and books. You can tell that the creators have played RC and that the Bad Batch is based on Delta Squad. I can only imagine how good these episodes would have looked completed. Also, apparently there was a second Bad Batch story arc that would have happened later.

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wop0vjo40CA

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1-Kjz34WPw

Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhmYjupHi80

Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OK46bti72g

There also a cool interview that the creators of the Clone Wars did after the Bad Batch arc was shown at Celebration Anaheim.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrulKkPjFms

There were also a few short clips of other unreleased content for the Clone Wars in story reel form.

Here is four of them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksIbQVf3jck&list=PLJEhDvslko0GR4ScJMR1cDpULludmpZzN

Here's another one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sQEHbFZwdU

That story reel clip of the Bad Batch on Kashyyyk fighting those kinraths would have been part of the second Bad Batch story arc. That one got me really excited. Do you know why? Let's see, a story involving clone commandos, and it takes place on Kashyyyk. Who do we know of that's a clone commando and was on Kashyyyk? SEV!!!!!!!! It is very likely that the creators may have had some plans for Sev. We might have even learned what happened to him. From what Dave Filoni has said before, he's played Republic Commando and loved it. The story arc might have involved the Bad Batch coming across Sev during their mission on Kashyyyk and rescuing him.

Why did Disney have to cancel the Clone Wars? Couldn't they have just moved it to their channel instead? They didn't have to completely axe it. We could have gotten some great stories if they had been allowed to continue it. According to the creators, some of the last episodes of the Clone Wars would have taken place alongside Episode III. Maybe in the future they might be allowed to go back to it and finish it, but that's just wishful thinking.

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General Star Wars / Re: Star wars Rebels
« on: April 19, 2015, 09:08:19 PM »
Well, the trailer for Season Two of Rebels is out now, and I am super excited. It looks like some old faces will be returning, as well as some new interesting ones showing up.

Here it is. If you haven't seen Season One of Rebels yet and you don't want to be spoiled, I would suggest not watching the trailer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWJmS5R-U3U

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General Star Wars / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One (The First Spin-Off)
« on: April 19, 2015, 09:05:45 PM »
So, on the final day of Celebration Anaheim, a short teaser trailer was released for Rouge One. I haven't seen it, but I'm sure someone will put it on Youtube within the next few days. We also learned some new information about the movie.

Apparently, the plot will involve a squadron of rebels going on a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans. To tell you the truth, I literally face-palmed when I heard this. This has to be like the tenth story there is about the Death Star plans being stolen. I know that the other stories aren't technically considered canon anymore, but still, come on? Couldn't they think of something more creative? It's nothing spectacular that we haven't seen or heard before. It sounds pretty boring to me.

There are some many other interesting things they could explore and make stories about, but instead they choose this? Disney claims that the reason that they got rid of the old EU is so that they would have more creative freedom and wouldn't be restricted by it, but so far, the opposite seems to be happening. They have so much material they could use and explore, but they are too short sighted to do any of that and seem to be too scared to leave the Original Trilogy's shadow and try anything new. It seems like only want to focus on the Original Trilogy era now and milk it dry, similar to how a few years ago, it was the Clone Wars era that was being milked dry.

One of the people who manages the Star Wars canon, Pablo Hidalgo even once commented in the past that you could fill a dinner table with all the people who have supposedly stolen the Death Star plans and you still wouldn't be sure how many settings you would need. This is just adding another one to the list.

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Clone Wars Era / Re: The Clone Wars - Season VI
« on: April 11, 2015, 03:35:40 PM »
Even if you can't make it to see it in person, I'm pretty sure that soon after, the episodes will end up on the internet when someone puts them up.

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General Star Wars / Re: Canon is changing...
« on: April 10, 2015, 03:00:19 PM »
This may be old news to all of you by now, but I just feel like putting this bit of information here. It seems that only a few months after Disney made that announcement which the OP talked about, they all the sudden changed their minds and decided to get rid of all of the EU altogether and deemed it non-canon in order to create a new EU. They then relabeled all of the old EU stuff under the name "Legends", which too me just seems like a polite way of saying non-canon so that the fans wouldn't immediately freak out.

Honestly, I'm not sure how to feel about this. A large part of the EU was sort of garbage, but there were some gems in it that I will be sad to see leave. About half of the stuff in the EU was good in my opinion, but I'll still miss everything from the EU, regardless of whether it was good or not because it greatly expanded what the Star Wars universe could be. I just hope that this new EU will focus on a wide range of things for the new EU and have some variety instead of just being stuck in the Original Trilogy's shadow and only doing EU stories that take place in that era.

This "changing of the guard" if you will, seems to mostly just apply to the post Return of the Jedi EU. The Old Republic era stuff (anything taking place before Episode 1) should still be okay and probably won't be affected too much. I don't see why the Old Republic stuff couldn't still be considered canon. They don't conflict with anything, so in my book, they're still okay and canon to me. I also don't see why Disney would just rewrite all of that lore at this point, which wouldn't really make much sense.

EDIT: I have also learned that one of the things that will be released as part of this new canon will be a book trilogy called Star Wars: Aftermath. This book trilogy is intended to fill in the 30 year gap between Return of the Jedi and the new movie, The Force Awakens and will explain everything that has happened up until that point. That is a rather large gap to fill with only three books, even more so if they are going to disregard and do away with EVERY piece of post Return of the Jedi EU and lore. I think that it would be a good idea if they at least incorporated SOME of the stuff from the post Return of the Jedi EU into the novel trilogy to fill in the gap instead of just completely creating a brand new continuity and timeline from scratch. If they recreated everything from the ground up out of thin air, it could very well turn into a similar situation as with the prequels and the novels will just end up feeling like a really bad fan fiction that someone wrote.

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General Star Wars / Re: Star wars Rebels
« on: April 10, 2015, 02:46:12 PM »
So, with Season One of Star Wars Rebels now over, I'm wondering, what did you guys think of it if you saw it? I thought it was pretty solid. This show could potentially end up being better than the new movies that are coming out, like how some of the stuff in the Clone Wars turned out being better than the Prequels. I love this show now. At times it harkened back to the Clone Wars, and at other times, it felt like something straight out of Knights of the Old Republic. There are also so many references to the former Expanded Universe. You can tell the creators loved the former EU and are trying to preserve as much of it as possible.

That ending too:

[spoiler]HOLY CRAP! Ashoka is Fulcrum! I had a feeling that she might show up in Rebels, but I didn't think it would be that soon.

At first I was thinking that Fulcrum might be Gal Travis, but then that theory was shot down when Travis turned out to be a traitor. Then I began to think that Bail Organa was Fulcrum, and at the very end when he came to help them, I was almost sure of it, but then everything did a complete 180 when Ashoka just showed up.[/spoiler]

After that ending, I am so hyped for Season Two. I'm really interested to learn more about Sabine and her Mandolrian past too.

Also, if any of you would like to watch it, I found a place that has all the episodes so far.

http://www.animeflavor.com/cartoon/star-wars-rebels

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Clone Wars Era / Re: The Clone Wars - Season VI
« on: April 10, 2015, 02:32:36 PM »
I just heard some pretty exciting news. At Celebration Anaheim this month in April, there is going to be a screening of a four part story arc of episodes from the Clone Wars that they never got to do. These four episodes would have been part of a seventh season. Apparently, it will have CLONE COMMANDOS in it, and Rex will be leading a squad of them. Maybe we'll find out what happened to Gregor and if he survived. I'm beginning to suspect that Rex might secretly be an Alpha Class Arc trooper and has been from the very beginning. He was originally going to be the Arc trooper Alpha, but that was changed to avoid having too many people with "A" names. I have a theory that Captain Rex is actually Alpha and that Rex is just an alias he is using.

This article I found on Wookiepedia talks about all sorts of stuff that would have been in later seasons of the Clone Wars. Why did Disney have to cancel this great show? Some of that stuff sounds pretty interesting, and who wouldn't to see more clone commandos in action?

starwars.wikia.com/wiki/The_Clone_Wars_Legacy

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General Star Wars / Re: Star wars Rebels
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:26:00 PM »
Not sure if these forums are even active anymore, but I thought I'd try to contribute something to the discussion.

So, as most of you probably know by now, Star Wars: Rebels has premiered already. First there was the hour long premiere movie, Spark of Rebellion, and then the actual first episode premiered the week after. It is on the channel Disney XD and new episodes premiere on Mondays at 9:00 PM.

I'm curious, if you guys have seen it, what do you think of it? I thought it was a pretty solid start so far. At this point, we know that the first season will have sixteen episodes, and that Disney has already approved it for a second season. I'm pretty sure that Rebels is in good hands. The same people who worked on the Clone Wars are working on it.

Also, a few weeks before the Spark of Rebellion movie premiered, a few shorts had been released, each involving a different member of the crew from Rebels. If you want to watch them, here they are. They will probably give you a feel for how the show will be like. I'd suggest to watch them before watching Rebels, as they kind of tie into the story of the show.

Short 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgoDwquiwRM

Short 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dSJRKB8x9E

Short 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pxyXtBuXHM

Short 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yy9waYcrE8k

Also here is the trailer for Rebels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg5YN3LAGw4

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Clone Wars Era / Re: The Clone Wars - Season VI
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:16:41 PM »
Not sure if anyone will ever see this, but recently, the creators of the Clone Wars show (who are now working on Rebels), released four unfinished episodes of Season Six that would have comprised a four-part story arc. The episodes are in story reel format and never got to be fully animated, but they are still watchable. If anyone is curious and wants to watch them, here they are. They take place on Utapau, and I found them to be pretty interesting. Some of the banter between Anakin and Obi-Wan was hilarious.

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg4FoXJQE08

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXCcYMNC4wQ

Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZrsVx1dpEQ

Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAe5Ogs6a-c

Also, here is an interview with the creators in which they discuss the episodes and other unfinished content that they never got to do for Season Six.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnH1JKr4o_8

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Clone Wars Era / Re: The Clone Wars - Season VI
« on: March 18, 2014, 08:57:09 PM »
Itís nice to see that the place is at least somewhat active.

[spoiler]It makes sense that they were called Domino Squad. They all fell like dominos.

I also felt bad for Clovis in the end. He seemed like such a tragic figure.

Darth Bane is canon now!!! I could not believe it when he showed up, though his appearance was somewhat different. Also, to clear up some confusion, Moraband is Korriban. Korriban has had many names throughout galactic history. Moraband is the common name for it during the Clone Wars era. The only people who still use the name Korriban at that point are the Sith.

One more thing, did anyone hear the KOTOR reference in the illusion Yoda had of the Jedi temple where everyone was outside?[/spoiler]

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Clone Wars Era / The Clone Wars - Season VI
« on: March 16, 2014, 03:09:17 PM »
I'm not even sure if this place is active anymore, but I guess this is worth a shot. Here is where we will discuss Season VI of The Clone Wars, known as the Lost Missions, which has been released on Netflix. It is about 13 episodes long, which I thought were all good. For those of you who can't see it on Netflix, I found a site which has it, and is the site I watched them on. It has every episode of The Clone Wars for every season.

http://www.animeflavor.com/node/24785

At the end, it felt like the creators wanted to do more and add more, but they had to end it right there. This series has come a long way. It's ironic, back in Season I, I kind of hated the show and thought it was stupid because I thought it was destroying canon, but by the end I absolutely LOVED it and actually wanted it to continue. For example, I hated Asoka in the beginning, but by the end she was one of my favorite characters. She changed and matured so much. She is a perfect example of a dynamic character. At the beginning you don't really feel that attached to her, but you slowly start to care what happens to here more and more. The same can be said of Asajj Ventress.

SO, if you've seen Season VI, what are your thoughts?

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General Star Wars / Disney shuts down LucasArts
« on: April 06, 2013, 09:55:26 PM »
Not sure if this has already been posted, but I thought I should let you guys know anyway. If this is in the wrong section, could the mods please move it?

http://kotaku.com/disney-shuts-down-lucasarts-468473749

Thoughts?

Ever since Disney bought Star Wars, I knew it would start heading in a bad direction. I have a feeling Lucas only sold the rights to it to troll all of the fans. I have a bad feeling about this. Star Wars has been ruined for me.

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General Star Wars / Re: Things in the EU that annoy you.
« on: April 28, 2012, 09:40:38 PM »
SW: Galaxies is non-cannon.

That's a relief.

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