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Implied starting date of the Empire from OT dialogue

Frey said:

Hello, OTF! I love the OT, generally dislike the PT, and am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the sequels.

With introductions out of the way, here is my question: Did the OT ever really nail down *when* the Empire began (disregarding the prequels entirely)? Some things about the timeline of the PT don't really match up with what we saw and heard in the OT which is why I choose to discard them.

One in particular was Luke's comment in ESB about how Dagobah "felt familiar". Personally I interpret this to mean that through some combination of circumstances, Luke spent a short amount of time on Dagobah at three or four years of age, right around the time the brain starts forming coherent memories.

Secondly, we were never actually told the ages of Obi-Wan and Anakin. For all we know the old man could be a hundred years old by ANH, his systems kept functioning by the power of the Force. 

Finally Grand Moff Tarkin's past always intrigued me. If the Empire hasn't been around for that long, then was he once an officer loyal to the Old Republic? If so, was he always the hard-driving, militaristic, fear-will-keep-the-local-systems-in-line type of dude, or was he once a more humane man who got hardened and battered by the strife of the Clone Wars?

I ask these questions because I'm working on a prequel rewrite where some common assumptions about the timeline get challenged, but I'm trying to make them plausible given the depiction of the OT.

Obi-wan says that he and Anakin were jedi knights, yet he says the jedi were the guardian of peace BEFORE the empire. So it seems they were the last jedi generation (at least as guardians of the Republic), thus the empire may have risen up to 50 years before.

About that "felt familiar", my guess is that Luke had a vision of Dagobah (like later with Cloud City), but he doesn't remember it anymore as usually happens with dreams. It's just a "cloudy picture" in his mind :D

Episode VII: The Force Awakens - Discussion * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *

Ryan McAvoy said:

John Boyega and Daisy Ridley somehow look so OT-Star Wars in this 2nd trailer (Not totally sure I know what I mean by that).

For one, this many hairs being out of place wouldn't have been tolerated on the Prequels. Also Daisy distorting her facial muscles into something that aproximates convincing acting wouldn't have been allowed either ;-)

Like you said, I think it's probably the hair floating in the wind: it looks done on-set, doesn't look fake. Also, to me this shot resembles the one with Luke just after he saw his house burning.

Star Wars Battlefront

I shot first said:

While I probably will play this one, I totally agree with you. I'm sure there won't be much story in this game though (if any) because it's basically just an online multiplayer shooter. And who knows, we might get more backstory for the battle in Ep 7 than the game will even show.  

Battlefront 2 had a short but interesting singleplayer campaign, though. My hope is that they will at least make a similar campaign to connect the OT to the new movies, like from the Battle of Endor to wherever TFA's grand finale will take place. I'm not expecting too much, though.

Episode VII: The Force Awakens - Discussion * <strong>SPOILER THREAD</strong> *

This teaser was ok, I guess... Being a teaser, it doesn't say much about the story, but still it does introduce some of the themes and characters (though, I wonder why that pilot keeps screaming. Dude. :D )

What I really dislike, though, was the color timing: just like in the other teaser, it has cyan and magenta completely boosted, yet high contrast, which means that shots that are monochrome-like (especially the chrome troopers' ones) feel very strange and almost make me puke.

Thankfully, yesterday they released those on-set photos. I don't know how much they can be of use but, using them as reference, I tried (I'm no pro lol) to regrade both the teasers to a more natural look:

Not perfect, but doesn't it seem better? I really don't understand why they keep boosting colors like that.