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The Empire Strikes Back - at 40...

’Empire at 40 : Revisiting some of the many trips to Hoth in Star Wars Storytelling’:

^ a good article covering some of the numerous stories on Hoth; some seen in the film, in the comics, or animated shorts.


‘The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary | Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures’: - a fun 6 minute video from the ‘Star Wars Kids’ youtube channel.

'Star Wars: Squadrons' - video game

The official gameplay trailer for ‘Star Wars: Squardons’… - at the ‘EA Star Wars’ youtube channel. (6 minutes long.)

The blurb:-

"The second Death Star is gone, but starfighter pilots unite on both sides of the Galactic Civil War as it rages on in STAR WARS™: Squadrons:

Fight alongside your squadron to tip the scales in monumental fleet battles and compete in intense 5 vs. 5 dogfights. Get into the cockpit and triumph as a team by completing tactical objectives across known and never-before-seen battlefields, including the gas giant of Yavin Prime and the shattered moon of Galitan.

Customize the loadouts of starfighters such as the X-wing and TIE fighter and divert power between their weapons, shields, and engines as you roar into the fray. Immerse yourself in strategic multiplayer space battles and a thrilling STAR WARS™ single-player story, seen from alternating perspectives between the New Republic and the Empire.

Master the art of starfighter combat in the authentic piloting experience STAR WARS: Squadrons. Available October 2, 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Origin PC, Steam, Epic Games Store and Virtual Reality (VR) on PlayStation 4 and PC with cross-play support.


About STAR WARS: Squadrons…

ALL WINGS REPORT IN – Plan skirmishes with your squadron in the briefing room before taking off to the evolving battlefields across the galaxy. Compete in intense 5 vs. 5 multiplayer dogfights or unite with your squadron to tip the scales in monumental fleet battles. Together, you’re the galaxy’s finest.

MASTER LEGENDARY STARFIGHTERS – Take control of different classes of starfighters from both the New Republic and Imperial fleets – including the agile A-wing and the devastating TIE bomber. Modify your ship, divert the power between its systems, and destroy your opponents in strategic space dogfights.

GET IN THE COCKPIT – The cockpit is your home. Use its dashboards to your advantage and – with just a thin hull of metal and glass between you and the perils of space – feel the intensity of combat from a first-person perspective. Take off in thrilling multiplayer modes and a unique single-player Star Wars story, which covers a key campaign near the conclusion of the Galactic Civil War. Immerse yourself in the pilot’s seat completely with the option to play the entirety of Star Wars: Squadrons in Virtual Reality on PlayStation®4 and PC.

THE MISSION IS CLEAR – Star Wars: Squadrons is a fully self-contained experience from day one, where you earn rewards through play. Climb the ranks and unlock new components like weapons, hulls, engines, shields, and cosmetic items in a clear path for progression that keeps gameplay fresh and engaging."


^ I am quite pumped for this, dammit, they have suckered me in with their fancy trailers (it didn’t take much 😉)

Modern SE Revisionism

^ I hadn’t heard George claiming that Alan Ladd Jr and the Fox execs talked him out of calling it ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’ before.

It seems strange that the scripts and script notes for ESB had ‘Episode V’ on them - yet while filming ESB the film was sometimes referred to as ‘Star Wars 2’ or ‘Episode II’:

With the amount of revisionism that Geoerge does (and many discredited claims), it is sometimes difficult to believe him and find the actual truth or events 😃

The Kenobi <s>Movie</s> Show

Obi-Wan Kenobi Series Will Use Same VFX Technology As The Mandalorian’:

'Ewan McGregor has suggested that the Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+ will use the same groundbreaking visual effects techniques as The Mandalorian.

In an interview with ACE Nation, McGregor, who appeared in George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy, teased some behind-the-scenes details about the upcoming Obi-Wan spinoff series. In particular, he lauded today’s VFX technology and how much it has evolved since his involvement with the saga in the early 2000s.

“I think I am going to enjoy it much more,” he admitted. "[The prequels] were all blue screen and green screen and it was hard to imagine, but nowadays I think things have moved on so much, and I think a lot of what you see is gonna be what we see on the set.

“I don’t know if you’ve seen the behind-the-scenes of The Mandalorian series, but they employ that incredible screen… it’s pretty amazing. It makes you feel like you’re in the place, it’s going to feel realer for us, as actors. And I think we’ll be using some of that technology on our show.”

For The Mandalorian, Lucasfilm utilised a cutting-edge technology, known as “StageCraft,” that projects high-resolution imagery onto LED screens, which wrap around sets to create reactive surroundings for actors to immerse themselves into their environments.

The Obi-Wan Kenobi series, which was originally set to be a movie, is set to take place 8 years after Revenge of the Sith and will be directed by Deborah Chow, who helmed episodes of The Mandalorian. Joby Harold also recently signed on as a writer for the series, even though its production has been on hold since the beginning of the year.’


^ Cool news that they’ll be using the same tech as used on The Mandalorian for this series - and also a cool video interview with Ewan McGregor 😃

Last movie seen

fmalover said:

Mother! Starring Jennifer Lawrence.

A weird movie about a cycle that repeats itself over and over, at least that’s how I saw it. I later found out that the movie is full of Judeo-Christian symbolism and themes, but since I’m not a religious person all that was lost on me. I also wonder if Jennifer Lawrence did topless for real or they used a body double with Lawrence’s face superimposed.

I think Jennifer Lawrence has already done topless for real 😉

(she obviously didn’t like the invasion of privacy, or having security on her phone, along with a host of other actors and celebrities)

A good and talented actress - a captivating quality to her, even when in films that don’t really appeal.

The <strong>random Pics &amp; GIFs</strong> thread for the Original Trilogy

ZkinandBonez said:

oojason said:

^ by Mr Garcin -

I have to say that I find this far less awesome after finding out that the artist actually cuts up comics to make these. Maybe I’m a bit “priggish” (not sure what the correct term is) about these things, but that seems like a really silly way to pay homage to something you like, especially when there’s other ways to accomplish this without having to vandalize actual comics. I’d also imagine it would get pretty costly, even if mostly reprints were used?

Does he not use photocopies of the comics for his art? (and not use the actual comics themselves)

Are there any new <strong>Star Wars Books</strong> coming out soon? a general book discussion thread

I enjoyed the ‘From A Certain Point Of View’ book for Star Wars '77 (the better stories outnumbered and outweighed the bad for me), so hopefully the follow-up book, for The Empire Strikes Back, will also be of a high quality…


WIRED's Article &quot;Disney+ Should Offer the Star Wars Original Cuts&quot;, doubleofive's Magnum Opus

I have just read the article - wow!

As an older fan who hasn’t kept up with recent developments in the latest version release, and what the current situation is with the unaltered original version being a possibility, or reality, this has helped a lot.

Thanx doubleofive for all the time and effort it must have taken to do that, and in such a clear way, also. 😃

Health and Fitness

I have to admit my fitness level has decreased over the past 2/3 months - even going for a brisk 30 minute walk can leave me a little short on breath.

Soon we will be able to do more - maybe get a cycle and do that, go outdoors and see some scenery, instead of the inside of the same 4 walls, and get fitter while doing this 😃

The <strong>random YouTube / Vimeo etc video finds</strong> thread for the Original Trilogy

’Jason Eaton and His Incredible Star Wars Models | Our Star Wars Stories’:- at the official Star Wars youtube channel. (7 mins)

"Jordan Hembrough goes to Baltimore, Maryland, to meet Jason Eaton. It was the behind-the-scenes magic of Star Wars and the work of Industrial Light & Magic that captured Jason’s imagination; now he makes models as detailed and amazing as the real thing. "


Some impressive models, skills and patience to do all that, but really amazing OT models, and looks like he has a lot of fun doing this 😃

What can a Newbie do to help?

Fated-Dualist said:

Any interested in doing their bit to help go and read the mods’…

A centralised collection of threads supporting the call for an official release of the unaltered theatrical version of the Original Trilogy films | + Info on how you can help…

…and do our bit to help and contribute a little to this unique and awesome site 👍

As an old ‘newbie’ (and an old member here with a new account and couldn’t remember my old user login), I hope everyone will try to do this too, I will! MTFBW us.

I love the OOT fan projects here - yet still want an official unaltered OT release. You too?

Absolutely I’d love to see an official release!

That is not to take anything away for the numerous fantastic projects that have taken place on here since the early days of the forum.

But an official release would make it easier for the many talented people on here to no doubt fix and put right (given that any official release would likely require some additional work, given the sub-standard quality for many of Lucasfilm’s releases for some time).


My reasons for wanting to see an official release are all listed above, but also because it is not right that Geoerge Lucas changes two films he did not direct. And then stopped people experiencing the original version not made by him. Then more changes, then more changes, then more changes and more releases - but the original films made by the Kershner and Marquand are still not available.

Disney and Lucasfilm should remember that (maybe they do - but do not care?).

💡 An <strong>Index &amp; Help Thread</strong> for <strong><em>Original Trilogy Discussion</em></strong>... 💡

Big thanx to the mods in creating these Indexes - they are very helpful and easier to find content via a specific category or subject.

I especially appreciate the Fandom and The Home Releases and Formats sections - they make it a lot easier to understand what is quite two large, complicated and easily confusing subjects.


12th November Edit…

I made a thing (or rather, completed a thing):

An Index of OT•com threads on all things the Audio of the Original Trilogy - in Theatrical Cuts vs. Subsequent Releases

I thought I’d also mention it in here as there is content on the ‘index thread’ about Original Trilogy audio in general.