A year ago when I first read about Crucible, my anticipation was born. I took that word and analyzed the hell out of it. I looked at this cover art and the bar was raised higher and higher with every announcement and promise. The book had promised to focus on the relationships of the Big 3 (Han, Luke, and Leia), give us a glimpse of the new era for Star Wars and reveal who the enemies will be for the upcoming books. I’ll avoid spoilers but when you open the book, it lists characters that are in it so instead of telling you what each character did I’ll only evaluate the way the characters were written and portrayed.
In recent years, many people have complained about the change in Han Solo’s attitude over the years. With his loss of Chewbacca and his sons, modern Han Solo has often been described as whiney and dark, this interperatation of the iconic character reads a little bit more like the young Han Solo, a little romantic, but strategic and bold. This attitude doesn’t always work out for Solo as he struggles to keep up in a young man’s game.
Omad Kaeg on the other hand reads just like a young Han. This young pilot often acts with more courage and stupidity then the mature Han Solo. Omad is an interesting character with some interesting bad habits and develops interesting relationships with several of the characters that are important in the Expanded Universe. I think we can expect him to be in the books and possibly even the new movie.
Luke Skywalker and his sister seemed to be pretty standard portrayals. Both of them have been more philosophical in their latter years and the book acts as a good learning process for them as they learn to allow the younger generation to have more control. Personally I think Luke’s most personal moments are with his son, Ben, and sadly this book doesn’t show much of that relationship.
Though Ben, Tahiri, Jag, and Jaina are in the book, they don’t play that much of a role in the book. I would complain about that, but one of the major reasons for this book is to help transition the focus of the Star Wars books onto the next generation, so I suppose we can expect more than enough of them to come. (Please Episode VII!) The book also mentions several Jedi in training, so it will be interesting to see if they play a part in things to come.
Lando is the man. That’s always beent he truth and always will be. Nothing else can be said about that.
I have mixed feelings about the villains in this book. They present the main villains to be Craitheus and Marvid Qreph, Columi twins that run a massive galactic corporation that is incredibly corrupt. For those of us that don’t think about Columi often, they are a species of little green men that are brilliant strategists. They’re resume is impressive but their actual behavior and responses don’t display the level of incite that they’re suppose to. My favorite scene of theirs involved a very interesting game, you’ll see. The real villains in my opinion are their hired help, Vestara Khai and Mirta Gev.
Vestara Khai returns as Ben Skywalker’s former girlfriend and member of the Lost Tribe of the Sith, it seems that since the Fate of the Jedi series Khai has managed to work her way up the criminal/corporate ladder. She understands the way the Jedi operate by now and provides interesting incite as an advisor, without being afraid to get her hands dirty.
Though they work together, Mirta Gev is often pitted against Khai due to their conflicting styles. Gev is a true Mandalorian, leading the charge while her grandfather, Boba Fett, remains out of the picture for this novel. With Fett growing old it is very likely that Mirta could be next in line to be Mandalore, so these early glimpses of her commanding her own troops give us an exciting look at the new wave of Mandalorians that may rise again as a threat in future novels/films.
The book references a good bit of everything and does a good job of presenting an exciting threat without trying to out-do any previous threats. The book felt exciting and gave me a very optimistic look at the next series of novels. This book gives me hope that the Star Wars timeline that we know and love will stay consistent in Disney era, because it feels like they are starting to build towards something exciting! I highly recommend this book to Star Wars fans of all experiences, as it does a great job catching the reader with the current state of affairs in the Star Wars Universe and acts as a great self contained story without having to be part of a 13-book arc.
With the show being called Rebels, is it safe to say that it will feature some Rebels? I think that the show won’t start with the Alliance already assembled, I think we are going to watch several characters from very different places coming together for a greater purpose.
1. Ahsoka Tano
We never saw how she died, and I doubt they are saving her for the Episode VII era, because she would be about 20 years older than Luke and Leia. It would be very interesting to see her dealing with the fact that her friends are all dead and her master has become Vader. She could survive Order 66 by putting down her lightsabers to avoid attention. She planted the seeds of rebellion on other planets, will she rejoin them or has she found safety with her new friend Asajj Ventress?
2. Wedge Antilles
One of the most notable rebels, he was Red Leader of the Battle of Endor and the only pilot to survive BOTH Death Star runs. This founder of the Rogue Squadron was orphaned before turning 18 and teamed up with the Alliance shortly after his girlfriend Mala Tinero was killed by the Empire. This could be a great character to follow as we watch him lose everything he’s loved and bring that fire and intensity to the Rebels.
3. Quinlan Vos
George Lucas has always had a special place in his plans for Quinlan Vos, this Jedi has dabbled in the dark side but escaped Order 66 and went into hiding with Khaleen Hentz and his son Korto Vos. They have made several action figure versions of Vos and have tried to push for him to move from EU to mainstream acceptance. They didn’t use him in the Clone Wars series, but may have more in mind for him now.
4. Rahm Kota-
This Clone Wars General used his own militia instead of Clone Troopers, which led to his survival when Order 66 was issued. We know that he was leading troopers during the begining of Force Unleashed and had remained with the Alliance through the end of Force Unleashed 2. So depending on the timing of the series, could we possibly be seeing Kota before he goes blind?
5. Winter Celchu
This woman was raised as Princess Leia’s sister and companion and became her most honest companion for many years. She had a holographic and audiographic memory that made her particularly useful as a spy for the Rebel Alliance. She later would be the nanny for all of the Solo children and was also recently featured in the “Scoundrels” novel.
6. Jax Pavan
Star of the Coruscant Nights series, he managed to evade the purge and was even spared by Darth Vader on one occassion. He has seen some of the early rebel groups on Coruscant and could be part of tying them to the Rebel Alliance.
At this point in time the Empire is becoming more vicious, but hiding it with their strong use of propoganda. Where did the leaders of the rebellion recieved their training? The answer, for the most part, is from the Empire.
7. Admiral Thrawn
Though he was one of the highest ranking naval officers, his commission and his exsistence were kept a close secret for a very long time. In a time where humans were given most positions of authority and aliens were provided very little opportunity, he was one of the empire’s best strategists and a really interesting character.
8. Han Solo
That’s right, Han Solo studied at the Imperial Academy. He was top of his class and kind-of a pain in the butt before he became a scoundrel, and it could be fun to see Han Solo taking that turn. His service in the empire was far from glorious as he aided with construction and SLAVERY. On one mission he encountered Chewbacca, who had freed a ship-load of Wookiee children, and was ordered to skin Chewbacca, that refusal was the first in a long line of defiant acts that the two scoundrels would commit together.
9. Soontir Fel
This classmate of Han Solo, became the deadliest pilot in the Empire has gone farther then most Humans will ever be able to, he has earned respect from the Empire, the Republic and even the racist Chiss Empire of the Hand. His son, Jagged Fel would go on to lead the new Empire and marry Han and Leia’s daughter Jaina Solo. This could be a good opportunity to introduce the Fel family into the mainstream before Episode VII.
10. Kyle Kattarn
Star of the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight series, Kyle trained at the Imperial Academy while his Father (A Jedi in hiding) was helping lead a rebel group. In the first Dark Forces game he succesfully stole some of the Death Star plans and discovered the Dark Troopers. He later becomes a Jedi Master and a member of the new Jedi Council with Luke Skywalker. This would be good for introducing him again for the new movies and also act to bring in fans of his series, and it opens the possibilities for alot of fun stories and great characters like Jerec, Jan Ors, and more.
11. Biggs Darklighter
Biggs was one of Luke’s oldest friends, and he often competed with Luke. He trained with the empire but soon switched sides and joined the rebel alliance. It could be fun to watch him make that transition having some friends at the academy then trying to make friends with the rebels. How do they treat people that defected from the Empire? Do some people resent him? How does his training gel with the less organized style of the early rebel alliance? Maybe some will doubt him until he saves the day in an epic dogfight.
Sith in Training
With the Empire in control, what will happen with new force sensitives that have been discovered. We’ve seen young Jedi in training, will we now see young Sith? Will the Hands of the Empire that we know be shown in their full fury or will we see them young?
He was one of the founders of the Rebel Alliance, and it would be great to see his power displayed with more modern graphics. Not to mention this could be the tie-in for Force Unleashed 3. If it takes place before Force Unleashed we could see him in training. How did Vader keep him secret? Will we see a difference between his training Ahsoka and his training Starkiller? If it takes place after Force Unleashed 2 will he be one of the leaders of the Alliance? Will he find Ahsoka? Will anyone realize that Vader is Anakin Skywalker?
13. Maris Brood
The Apprentice of Shaak Ti, she survived not only Order 66, but was spared by Galen “Starkiller” Marek in Force Unleashed. Though she has hints of the dark side, she is generally a Jedi, and her bad-ass Tonfa-style lightsabers would be fun to see in the show. It could also be interesting to see how her attitude clicks with rebels, or if her darkness clashes with any other Jedi survivors. Personally I would love it if she ended up becoming Starkiller’s apprentice.
14. Darth Maul
They brought him back from the dead and killed off his brother, so they must have some idea for what they’d like him to do. What could Palpatine have in mind for his for apprentice? Will he be used to hunt down Jedi during the purge? Will he remain in control of Mandalore? Will Vader and Maul come face to face? How does Vader feel about Maul’s exsistence?
15. Mara Jade
With Episode VII coming soon, some rumors say that this show will be a tool to bring EU characters into more mainstream recognition, and one of the most important characters in the history of Star Wars is Luke’s wife Mara Jade Skywalker. At this point we know that the Emperor took Mara from her parents during the purge, but we don’t know who her parents were. She was raised by the Emperor as one of his “Hands” and trained in the dark side. She was taught to be a spy and often used her youth and beauty to her advantage.
16. Shira Brie “Lumiya”
Another of the Emperor’s Hands she was trained by both Vader and Palpatine and the most vicious Sith to use a Lightsaber-whip. Identified as a Force Sensitive, she was raised in the Imperial Palace on Coruscant and put through Adolescent Indoctrination. She would provide an interesting perspective for us, since we haven’t seen much of how the Emperor handled non-jedi force users. We could even see her doing training missions when she was in intelligence training and have her meet other notable characters that were in training with the Empire at the time (see below). She also is a key character to bring in from the Expanded Universe due to the fact that she is the woman responsible for Jacen Solo’s fall to the Dark Side.
There was alot of talk about a show happening between Episodes III and IV that would not have to do with the Jedi, the focus would be the seedy underside of Coruscant and I think it’s a safe assumption that these Brutes will have a big role in Rebels as they help hunt down the runaway Jedi.
17. Boba Fett
Obviously we are gonna see an teenage/young adult Boba Fett in this show. Basically the ONLY character we can count on to be in this show! Star Wars Underwold was supposedly about two families fighting for power in the underworld of Coruscant while one man is the balancing point…Boba Fett! Star Wars 1313 was supposedly the story of a young man entering the dark world of bounty hunting and piecing together the perfect set of gear for the perfect hunter…Boba Fett! It’s time to see Boba Fett starting to reach his prime. This guy carries around the lightsabers of Jedi he has killed and for a period of time would scalp Wookiee victims! He was Dengar’s best man, Darth Vader’s go-to guy, and betrayed the love of his life and mother of his child. And one day he would go on to rule the most bad-ass planet ever, Mandalore.
18. Asajj Ventress
This former apprentice of Count Dooku has been trained by Jedi, Sith, and Nightsisters before going solo and becoming a Bounty Hunter. She recently made friends with Ahsoka Tano many speculated that we would have seen the two working together in 1313. At one point they had described her fate, but recently have said that anything from the comics relating to her fate should be considered non-canon and overwritten by the Clone Wars TV show. Unwriting her death is a pretty obvious indication of the fact that they have plans for her. Maybe Ahsoka and her will have to work together to go into hiding.
One of Boba’s Best Friends, his bandages cover the burns that he suffered when Han Solo cheated against him in an underground swoop race. With the cyborg enhancements that the Empire gave him, he became one of the most ruthless bounty hunters in the galaxy and kept taking bounties even as late as Jacen and Jaina’s Young Jedi Knight series. He was voiced by Simon Pegg and I doubt they are gonna let his relationship with Star Wars end already.
20. A’Sharad Hett
One of the most patient Sith Lords ever, he was a General in the Clone wars and even commanded Anakin Skywalker on several occasions. Young Skywalker looked up to him in many ways but their relationship was thrown off course by Hett’s sandperson heritage and the death of Shmi Skywalker at the hands of sand people. After escaping order 66, Hett escaped back to Tattooine to lead his sand people and led them until one unfortunate encounter with exiled Obi-Wan Kenobi. After that Hett worked as a Bounty Hunter until he discovered a Sith Holocron and went down the path of the dark side. A hundred years later his new One Sith Order would take over the galaxy.
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Latino Review, a generally reliable source of entertainment rumors, has recently claimed that JJ Abrams wants Meyers to star in Episode VII. If you look at his IMDB page, you will see that he currently has movies in Post-Production but doesn’t have anything serious slated for filming anytime soon, leaving him conventiently available over the next two years. I’d like to first of all present a few reasons why he could be great for the series, then I’ll explain why I think he would be a great Jagged Fel
Good For Star Wars
Though he has gained recognition for his leading role in Tudors, Meyers hasn’t starred in any major franchises or features, mostly playing supporting roles in films. This is great from a merchandising standpoint because his likeness isn’t already over used by King Henry action figures, so they have a chance to be unique. He also would help bring in alot of European support especially due to his British popularity and Irish Heritage.
Good For Jagged Fel
If the movies take place after the current EU, Jaina and Jag will be in their 30’s and Meyers would be around the right age. Jag has a complicated background, having earned much respect amongst the Empire, being exiled, and regaining standing. Jonathan’s flexibility with his accent can be used to add character to the role and a certain sense of distinguishment. Meyers has displayed his ability to be a trouble leader, in a similar way to how Fel acts, making tough decisions and hiding important information from his own wife. According to the Star Wars Legacy comic series, Fel becomes the new Emperor and starts a dynasty that lasts a hundred years, but we haven’t seen that happen in the novels yet. Could this new saga be the story of the Fel dynasty’s new begining?
Check out this great video of Michael Arndt working on his first draft of the Episode VII script. If he needs any help, maybe he should talk to Patton Oswalt…
UPDATE 4/17: THIS WAS FAKE! LUCASFILM’S SPOKESPERSON HAS DENIED THE AUTHENTICITY OF THESE DOCUMENTS. I WILL KEEP IT POSTED SO THAT PEOPLE CAN SEE THAT THIS WAS A LIE AND THAT PEOPLE SHOULD REMAIN SKEPTICAL OF ANYTHING THAT THEY HEAR FROM ANYONE THAT IS NOT CURRENTLY EMPLOYED BY LUCASFILM/DISNEY.
In response to a IMDB thread about Dave Filoni’s next Star Wars animated series, one poster claimed;
“might be talking about this. we’d been working on details of it since early last year but didn’t know the details until a few months ago. got the greenlight in january but stopped everything when the layoffs hit. I could probably get in trouble, but oh wait, i don’t work there anymore who knows if this is the same project though, everything was dicey“
He then leaked the following documents which appear to be a vague summary and series of character descriptions for the new series.
I have mixed feelings about this information. On one hand it says the show will be “Making use of decades media as influence.” This leads me to believe that it is going to utilize the Expanded Universe, but does not mention ANY characters from the EU. The only real Star Wars characters mentioned are Leia and Mon Mothma. I also find the mention of Kala Calrissian to be interesting, because she has never been mentioned before, and most illegitimate daughters don’t recieve their estranged father’s last name.
This could be a prank or a canceled Idea. The fact that it mentions level 1313 furthers this in my mind due to the fact that 1313 has supposedly been canceled, as well as the SW Underworld.
Patton Oswalt Proposes Marvel/Star Wars Episode VII Crossover in this 9 Minute Improvised Monologue from Parks and Recreation
Wow. In this weeks Parks and Recreation episode, Patton Oswalt’s character is suppose to be Filibustering, so he improvised an amazing 9 minute straight monologue detailing what Disney could do in Episode VII to connect Star Wars with the rest of their comic universes! Wow what a crazy speech!
Kotaku is providing us with alot of great stuff as Mass Effect Week continues! Drew Karpyshyn is one of my favorite writers, not only for his video game work with Kotor, Mass Effect, and ToR, but also for his Mass Effect, Darth Bane, and Darth Revan Novels. He is one of the best fantasy/Sci-Fi writers alive and everyone should definitely check out his stuff. The following is an exerpt from an interview that the man made with Kotaku;
“I think taking a video game and putting it into another form—book, movie, or whatever—is very complicated, especially a BioWare game. We have 30 hours of content!,” Karpyshyn noted. “Obviously, you’re going to have to define Shepard, which is going to annoy a lot of the fans. ‘Hey, my Shepard was female.’ ‘Hey, my Shepard was Paragon.’ Or ‘my Shepard was Renegade.’ ‘My Shepard didn’t have a romance.’ That is something you just can’t avoid as a film. You just have to bite the bullet and realize that’s going to happen.”
Follow the link below for more information on their interview with the amazing Drew Karpyshyn: Full Article at Kotaku