I might be able to help with the logo stuff. I’ll try to mess with that when I get a chance.
Luke’s test in the Dark Side cave on Dagobah was purely a fight with his inner darkness. Through his training, Luke was sensing more and more his own dark potential which Yoda redirected by telling him that the darkness existed within an entirely normal cave. This allowed Luke to exteriorize an interior feeling and bring it to light.
Ooo, I love this idea. I prefer it being a total psychological thing rather than there being a “Force nexus” tied to a physical location.
Interestingly, Shamook is actually a deep fake researcher, and it seems like his YouTube content has become more of a byproduct of his research. So at first this hiring feels like Lucasfilm hired a fan with a interesting hobby, but Shamook is actually a professional in his field, to my understanding.
It’s possible he’ll be doing work for future Star Wars projects down the road (him improving older effects is possible but I doubt it), I think they’ve brought him on now for the new Indiana Jones film. There will probably be flashbacks to young Indy, so I imagine Shamook will be working with ILM to make the effect look as believable as possible. I’m pretty excited to see what they’ll cook up.
My childhood trauma is bubbling up to the surface.
The puppet show stuff has basically been done for over a month now. But I start a new job at the end of last month, so I just haven’t had time to export everything properly. I had trouble exporting the audio in the appropriate format during my last attempt, so that’s the only thing I have to get to Hal, really.
I’ll share that with you as well, MR!
I’ve actually suggested a similar idea before, but you could potentially replace Anakin killing the Separatists leaders with Anakin killing a group of Jedi that have rendezvoused on Mustafar.
First, you would have to cut Palpatine telling Anakin to go to Mustafar after he has killed all the Jedi in the temple, and then Anakin telling Padmé that he is going to Mustafar to “end this war”.
Instead of Anakin calling Palpatine after he’s killed the Separatists, you could replace that hologram with a Republic/Imperial officer telling Palpatine that they’ve received reports that a group of Jedi have been spotted on Mustafar. Then, Anakin just tells Padmé that he’s going to Mustafar for a very important mission.
This would be the hard part, but you could potentially have actors dress as Jedi and film in front of a green screen, then create new shots to replace them with the Separatists. You could even have someone dress as Anakin, and since Anakin has his hood on in this scene, you could just avoid the body double’s face.
Though if you were going through all of that effort, it might just be better to make a “Darth Vader hunting Jedi” fan film.
This is really cool, Faraday! I’d like to check this out sometime.
I’m trying to think of how you could get the red plom bloom thing to work…
I believe that was Sir Ridley. I don’t think Ridley ever posts on here anymore so I don’t think it is likely we’ll get this scene.
I think Ridley’s plan was to take that behind-the-scenes shot and mask out all of the production stuff. Probably would have been a bit of work. I can’t recall the framing of that shot exactly off the top of my head though.
Yeah, at least for this version, I think it would be better not to do it.
If the AI voice plan doesn’t work or isn’t convincing, I feel like his TLJ line, “You’re not alone” could fit there. Feels like it could be a nice callback, and it would be an appropriate response to what Rey might be feeling internally in that moment. Like, Ben has left her alone, and then he responds through the Force that she’s not alone.
Now that Cad Bane has showed up it seems very likely to me that the Fett vs Cane story-arc might be repurposed for this series. I haven’t read up on the details of the unfinished episode(s) but I would assume they wouldn’t have to change too much lore-wise.
From what I recall, the unfinished Bounty Hunter arc had Bane and Boba team up to rescue a child kidnapped by Tusken Raiders. Then Bane and Boba later duel over some ethical dilemma, I think Boba was leading a town insurrection for some reason on Tatooine. I doubt much of this being carried over to Bad Batch, but I would LOVE if we got that Boba vs Bane stand-off.
I actually think Bane’s duel with Hunter sets it up. The audience is reintroduced to the audience as a formidable duelist. Bane saying, “I’ve taken down so many clones over the years. Once you figure out one, the rest are easy” would be a great set-up for a duel with another clone: Boba.
With the War of the Bounty Hunters arc going on in the comics right now, it almost feels like we could get a similar “war” between bounty hunters over Omega. At the very least, I could see Boba dueling Cad Bane for money or moral reasons. I would be so stoked if we get to hear Cade Bane say in his signature voice, “It’s just you and me now, Boba Fett.”
Speaking of War of the Bounty Hunters, I know it has been compared a lot to Shadows of the Empire since it is covering Boba’s struggle to get Han to Jabba and the general events between ESB and ROTJ, but I kinda see another similarity too. Although it isn’t exactly the same, I feel like we’re basically getting a multimedia exploration into the life of Boba Fett.
War of the Bounty Hunters covers what Boba was up to in-between his two OT appearances. The Book of Boba Fett seems to be exploring different parts of his life, like what happened to him after ROTJ, and then what he is doing after Mando Season 2. If we do end up seeing Boba in the Bad Batch, we could possibly see a snippet of him becoming that feared bounty hunter we first met in the OT.
I actually went back and watched the scene of Leia pulling herself back to the Raddus, and I honestly think it is gonna well. I still don’t think it looks bad, and the idea of her looking like Mary Poppins make zero sense to me. Glad you’re keeping it. I mean, this is the novel anyway, so people can imagine it however they want.
Regarding the spy stuff, you wouldn’t need Holdo, D’Arcy or any of the top people suggest that they’re might be a spy. Maybe during the briefing, there could be rumblings amongst the crew wondering if there is a spy. Basically, people on the ship are paranoid, and think that could be a possibility.
Because of that, Holdo could be cautious about letting information leak, so she could tell Poe that it is a “need-to-know” plan, and he doesn’t need to know. And when Finn and Rose tell Poe about the hyperspace tracking, Poe is already sort of pissed at Holdo, which is why he mocks her by saying their plan is a “need-to-know” plan, and she doesn’t need to know.
Alternatively (or additionally), it could be nice if Holdo said something more straightforward to Poe. She could basically say he needs to learn how to follow orders, since he clearly struggles with that. Holdo could even give Poe some kind of orders, but then we see Poe blow them off to try and save the day in his own way.
Anyway, I’m sure you’ll figure out something good.
Yeah, to me, the throne = power. Kylo doesn’t want to be a Sith, but he wants that power.
Fuuuuck, spelling it out like it that makes it so good. In a way, it fits really well with what we’re already doing with Restructured. We all know that TFA is guilty of being a little to similar to ANH. But since the whole film has been establishing that similarity, when the Rebels 2.0 actually fail to blow up the Death Star 3.0 in time, it should actually be surprising to the audience. The film had set them up to expect our heroes to save the day in the nick of time, just like ANH.
With this version of Rey vs Kylo, we expect Rey to “use the Force” just like Luke and be victorious. Although Rey is also victorious, the audience should be surprised that our hero used the dark side to win. Whoa. Wasn’t expecting that.
But it makes sense, because no one has taught Rey the difference between the good side and the bad, and seeing her potential raises the stakes for why she needs some guidance. I know I’ve said this before, but these changes really change TFA’s weaknesses sort of into strengths when you use those weakness to surprise the audience in the third act.
It definitely makes me realize the Sith eyes are a simple, efficient way to show the audience that she is channeling the dark side. You wouldn’t be 100% sure any other way.
Why did you swap out the voices of Finn/Chewie for the Force whispers. I mean, I think it works, but I think her using her friends’ pain to feed her anger also worked well. It helped show the audience what she was thinking/feeling. Are those dark side whispers specifically? I felt like the whispers she hears on Ahch-To, for example, never felt like “dark side whispers” in particular to me.
I know it didn’t fit, but with you leaning into this dark side direction, it sort of makes me wish Han’s alternate death track was used when Rey beats Kylo!
That’s a good idea. This issue also might be a remnant of DOTF plot point, where the First Order has literally blocked communications across the galaxy, and our heroes try to get a message out to their scattered allies. In that scenario it would definitely make sense why Poe would be a little of unsure of the galaxy’s resolve to fight the First Order.
Using the word ‘silencing’ could be interpreted as them attacking/destroying rebel planets, as the current craw is basically saying, or it could be interpreted as blocking communications from the rest of galaxy, helping to explain Poe’s skepticism. It would also sort of explain why Lando has to physically go to the Core Worlds to get that message to potential allies, rather than being able to send a message directly from their base on Ajan Kloss.
Yeah, I think the “They’ve given up” is the most problematic line. That makes it seem like everyone has accepted the First Order’s rule. I think Poe saying “everyone is so afraid” can still work though. People can be rebelling and still be afraid. Maybe Poe means everyone is too afraid to join forces to fight for the galaxy, rather than their own planets.
And what is funny regarding that seeming contradiction between the new crawl and the Poe scene is that the contradiction would’ve existed in the original version of the film if they kept the entirety of the Mustafar scene. In the original version, Hux and Pryde are on the surface of Mustafar watching Kylo dispose of their enemies, and Hux says, “Flames of rebellion burn across the galaxy and Ren chases a ghost.”
I like this version better personally! I think making the eyes too obvious makes it feel a little too in-your-face.
The updated Starkiller destruction looks great!
And I don’t think you should do more of the Sith eyes. I really don’t like the Sith eyes too much, personally. If you wanted to have it, I sorta wish it was a bit more subtle.
Yeah, the Zori stuff in general is weird. I wish it was more of Poe who was convincing Zori that there are “more of us”, rather than Poe being so hopeless. But, I guess it is sort of necessary for his arc. But he even gives up at the battle of Exegol basically. Everyone is begging Poe to tell them what they should do, and he basically says, “Well, I guess we’re all gonna die now…” I guess it isn’t bad, just wished they would’ve expressed Poe’s growth as a leader in a different way.
Could Zori just say “No, you don’t believe that”?
For some reason I expected Ewan to have a short cut, since that’s what he had in ROTS and ANH, but his hair being long and disheveled makes sense too, especially if this a period in Obi’s life where he is still dealing with the trauma of what happened.
Yeah, I’m not suggesting to punish the characters for the hell of it. Just spitballing ways that the show could develop the characters more. It’s fun when things don’t go perfectly as planned. Yeah, Wrecker went berserk momentarily, but it gets resolved with no lasting consequences on the characters or their relationships. Of course things can work out perfectly for our heroes sometimes. And it does look like things may take a turn for the worse in the next episode.
Despite everything I’ve said, there could be a really great benefit for things working out well for them in this episode. All of their procedures being successful might lead them to believe they could do the same thing to Crosshair and he will go back to “normal” after the procedure, just like Wrecker did. What would be great is if they somehow incapacitate Crosshair and remove his chip, but once he comes to, he is still loyal to the Empire.
If they go that route, I will take back my critiques! And again, there not really complaints. I’m still enjoying the show!
Mentioned my hope for some flashbacks. Well, it turns out there will be.
“Well, we can’t say too much, but we’re going to see his past and where he’s been since The Empire Strikes Back. Somebody pointed out he’s been kind of stuck in this one place, and now’s the time to actually go back in time and check out his journey and find out more about him.”
This quote fro Temeura seems to indicate we’ll at least see what he was up to between ROTJ and Mando, if we don’t go back even further.
EDIT: Also, Daniel Logan replied to someone on Twitter in a way that makes me think we might see Logan play a young Boba as well. I don’t know if he would reply this way if he wasn’t appearing, since the show has apparently wrapped. Who knows, though?
I also really enjoyed this episode. A lot of nice little moments, like Rex looking at his helmet (like jedi_bendu mentioned), or Omega realizing how big Star Destroyers really are.
This is me being nit picky, but I do wish that there would’ve been a little more consequences by the end of the episode. I thought the inhibitor chips created a nice conflict for the Bad Batch. I feel like they were able to remove that conflict with very little consequence. Yeah, Wrecker went berserk, which was very fun and dramatic, but by the end it seems that problem is good and everyone is hunky dory.
I’m not suggesting someone should’ve died, but it would’ve been dramatic if Omega actually had to shoot Wrecker, and then they would have had to quickly save him using that medical device. How would have that affected Omega?
Maybe he could’ve still been stunned at the last minute, but it would have been interesting if Hunter talked to Omega about how if she were ever in a similar situation, she would need to take the shot if it meant protecting herself.
I also think the procedure itself could’ve potentially had a bit more consequences as well. After all, they’re basically “winging” neurosurgery in a rusting, broken starship. What if after the surgery, we discover that removing the chip hurt their skills in some minor way. Like, it could have negatively affected Tech’s memory or intelligence. He begins to notice he makes more mistakes. It would be interesting to see how Tech wrestled with that, since his identity is wrapped up so much in his intelligence.
I mentioned this before, but I do wish there was more differentiation between Tech and Echo. Like, Tech is exclusively the “hardware” guy, while Echo is the “software” guy. Or Echo could have still been struggling to embrace this cybernetic side of himself, and Tech could have helped him unlock his potential more over the course of the season. I think because of their similarities, it makes them both stand out less.
Again, this is all really nit picky stuff. I still really enjoyed it, I just wish there had been a bit more cost or consequence for the Bad Batch getting their chips removed.
The title, “The Book of Boba Fett” does make me think, and hope, that will series will have some flashbacks to different parts of Boba’s life. Maybe some snippets bridging the gap between ROTJ and Mandalorian, showing what Boba was up to all that time. It’s probably wishful thinking, but it’s also be cool to see flashbacks to Boba in his prime bounty hunting days as well.
Before Boba was revealed to be alive, I had imagined a film or series that I was calling “Boba Fett is Dead”, the premise being Boba trying to reevaluate his identity after the Sarlaac and the loss of his armor. But the series would also show flashbacks, contrasting Boba at his peak and at his present, lowest point.
I’m really open to anything with this show, but seeing Boba at different points in his life and career would be really fun. But if not, it will still be cool to see Boba does with his new criminal(?) empire he’s apparently setting up.