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Aalenfae's Star Wars Video Essays

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Recently, I started making videos about some of my more unique or unconventional thoughts about Star Wars (and incidentally Star Trek), and thought this site would be a good place to get some good discussion going on some of these topics. I currently have 4 Star Wars videos:

-Was Rey Inspired By Nausicaa? (discussing similarities between The Force Awakens and Miyazaki’s “Nausicaa”)
-Is Obi-Wan a Hypocrite? (1/2 of discussion on “Only a Sith deals in absolutes”)
-How the Jedi Became Sith (2/2 of discussion on “Only a Sith deals in absolutes”)
-What is a Force Ghost?

The most recent question I had was “what is a Force ghost?” because… well… it’s actually kind of a weird aspect of the Star Wars universe when you actually think about it.
https://youtu.be/t8c9Pd1FXBA
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Aw geez totally forgot to keep up-to-date on some of this stuff.
Glad y’all are liking the videos though!

Here are some new ones:
Who has the worst aim in Star Wars (Han, Luke, Leia, Chewie. Some Stormtrooper discussion in there, too)
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Rogue One Trailer in 1976 Style:
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darthrush said:

Gotta say man, I really dig your ideas! Did you use a border around the video so that you don’t get hit with copyright takedowns?

Glad you like it!

And yeah, that’s a big part of it. It’s mostly a defense against being accused of just uploading clips. With the border and effects, they’re clearly contextualized.

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I really wanna sit down and binge through these sometime (when I have time) because they all look intriguing. Keep it up!

Keep Circulating the Tapes.

END OF LINE

(It hasn’t happened yet)

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Improving the Original Star Wars

Thought this was pretty interesting, and might be controversial around here. Not sure if I agree with all of it, but I definitely agree with making Owen and Beru more likable. I got the same feeling of ‘relief’ when they died, honestly. I felt like they were an obstacle in the way of Luke’s destiny.

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Jeebus said:

Improving the Original Star Wars

Thought this was pretty interesting, and might be controversial around here. Not sure if I agree with all of it, but I definitely agree with making Owen and Beru more likable. I got the same feeling of ‘relief’ when they died, honestly. I felt like they were an obstacle in the way of Luke’s destiny.

They’re supposed to be. There’s a beauty in the simplicity of the original film. Sure, there are some ways that would “improve” it, but those things would also take a little something away. The movie isn’t perfect as a part of a larger saga, and I think we’ve all had thoughts about how it could have been different to fit better with the other films (narratively and tonally), but for what it is - a classic, standalone adventure it really is kind of perfect in its own way (and I’d argue the proof of that is in its insane popularity and staying power).

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I like that Owen and Beru aren’t the evil step-parents of traditional fairy tales. Lucas wanted to do something like this in earlier drafts, having Owen smack Luke around, etc., but it works much better as it is in the film.

Owen’s just an ordinary Tatooine farmer, well-meaning but parochial, who gets killed because he accidentally stumbled on something the Empire wanted. It reinforces the evil of the Empire in a way dialogue never could.

“That Darth Vader, man. Sure does love eating Jedi.”

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ATMachine said:

I like that Owen and Beru aren’t the evil step-parents of traditional fairy tales. Lucas wanted to do something like this in earlier drafts, having Owen smack Luke around, etc., but it works much better as it is in the film.

The video is suggesting the opposite, though. It’s suggesting making Owen more likable.

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Jeebus said:

Improving the Original Star Wars

Thought this was pretty interesting, and might be controversial around here. Not sure if I agree with all of it, but I definitely agree with making Owen and Beru more likable. I got the same feeling of ‘relief’ when they died, honestly. I felt like they were an obstacle in the way of Luke’s destiny.

I agree with basically everything in this video.

Return of the Jedi: Remastered

Lord of the Rings: The Darth Rush Definitives

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I was looking through threads to include in the Index for a ‘Ships & Vehicles’ category (more OT-based threads have recently been added), and came across this quality thread…

… it is truly an amazing and insightful youtube channel you have, Aalenfae 😃

 

Am a big fan of everything B-Wing; so this was an engrossing watch… (I hope we see newer and original versions in IX)

B-wing Mark 2: Fan-made Resistance B-Wing’:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSZQSJwMH9o

 

And loved watching your recent…

Fan Design in The Rise of Skywalker? Hard to say’:-

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

 

The forthcoming (12th November)Rebel Starfighters Owners’ Workshop ManualHaynes style book looks decent too; with info on the new Y-Wing…

See the new Y-Wing from TROS and more - Preview - article at the official Star Wars site.
 

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I find that answer vague and unconvincing. Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves?
Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here? And say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

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I had no idea that Aalenfae is EC Henry! So many great people on these boards contributing their own niche ideas and information on other communities and platforms as well 😃

Yours is a superb youtube channel, thank you!

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What?! EC Henry IS Aalenfae?? I remember when I first stumbled across the fan editing community here and discovered aalenfae’s edit videos on Vimeo. He had some really great ideas that I think still inspire people on here. I’ve subscribed to EC for a few years now, and discovering that they’re the same person is just mind-blowing.

I don’t think he’s been on these threads since 2016 (I don’t know how I missed this post when he first made it), but it is great to know Aalenfae is still actively creating things (now in the form of his YouTube channel). Now that I know he has a fan-editing background, it would be interesting to hear if he has any new ideas for edits once IX releases.

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I like seeing that, one of our own developing success on YouTube. Also, for those who don’t know, Gaffer Tape is the guy behind Dragon Ball Dissection! It’s easily the best Dragon Ball review series on YT.

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This video on the early Colin Cantwell designs was a good and discerning watch:-

The ORIGINAL Star Destroyer: Colin Cantwell’s Design Reborn’ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZLAtGu3-98

(with a comment and plug from Mr Cantwell himself in the comments section!)

Tighten Up and then turn it all the way up to 11!