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#1285630
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Anyone else totally disregard Leia being Luke's sister?
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The Leia thing was stupid for two reasons - one, she was never meant to be Luke’s sister and Luke was obviously attracted to her in the preceding two films (with deleted scenes clearly showing an attraction from Leia’s side as well - not ‘canon’ but certainly indicative of the writers’ intent).

Secondly she was a prisoner on Bespin while Yoda made the “there is another” declaration in the first place, so she could not possibly have been the other hope - sister or no. At best you’d have to argue that Yoda, who previously couldn’t ‘see her fate’, suddenly sensed through the Force (as Luke was taking off) that Leia would survive the Bespin fiasco but somehow he couldn’t see that Luke would make it as well. Or something…

Personally I think Boba Fett should’ve been the ‘other hope’…

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#1285419
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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screams in the void said:

^ I would re think taking Howard Chaykin copies of Star Wars to sign , I have seen recent interviews with him and he has not been very happy for being only known in fan circles for that over his original works . He has also said that it was not his best work by a long shot and had he known how big the movie was going to be, he would have done a better job .He even went so far as too say he was embarrassed by it .He was pretty pissed and salty about it on a video interview on youtube …around the 44 minute mark…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-cvoqg9wzg

I see his point to a degree, but I think he’s missing something in his analysis. Some artists are actually more enjoyable (subjectively speaking) when they’re under the whip. For example I love John Buscema’s stuff even though it has become evident that a lot of the material was just being churned out to make rent. It doesn’t matter because even half-hearted Buscema is great Buscema. Similarly I actually prefer Frank Miller’s standard Daredevil stuff over his more personal and stylised material. I just happen to love those comics, and the fact that Frank was working mostly to the formula - but in his own special way - makes for great Daredevil.

So with Chaykin I think Star Wars has a great feel - particularly that first issue (for me) - even if he was just banging the pages out nonchalantly. It’s wrong of him imply the folks who enjoy it are idiots. I’m sure he would’ve personally appreciated music or art or some other media that just so happened to have been loathed by its creator. Hell, Lucas doesn’t even like the first film, but I’m darned if I’m gonna let that spoil how I feel about it!

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#1284198
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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canofhumdingers said:

Back in February I showed my kids (boys aged 3 & 5) Star Wars via 4K77 prior to taking them to Disney World. Of course they absolutely loved it and thoroughly enjoyed all the Star Wars stuff in the park (we decided to wait until they’re a bit older to commit to doing the whole Galaxy’s Edge attraction).

Well, this week I had the extreme pleasure of showing them the entire Original Trilogy. They had been asking to watch Star Wars again and my wife and I decided that if they could handle it, they could handle the other two as well. So we watched 4K77, ESB Despecialized 2.0, and 4K83 over the last week. It was such a pleasure re-living these films for the first time through my kids eyes. Their excitement during the action was palpable. Their awe and fascination were clearly visible on their faces. I often felt almost like I myself was seeing the movies for the first time. My 3 year old exclaimed “Whoa!” at every show stopping explosion or action stunt. My five year old’s nose and brow immediately crinkled into a frown of extreme disbelief at the father revelation (he was absolutely adamant that Vader was lying. It was so cute!).

To everyone who worked on or contributed to these projects in any way at all, I wish to express my deepest and most heartfelt thanks. This has been an experience I’ve been looking forward to for many years. It did not disappoint!

Beautiful post! How did they go with the more heavy visuals ie burnt corpses on Tatooine, severed limbs etc etc? Are you going to follow up with the PT/ST?

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#1283490
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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canofhumdingers said:

Shopping Maul said:

ZkinandBonez said:

Shopping Maul said:

I remember when ANH was perceived as a SPFX milestone with breakneck pacing. Of course these days, especially to kids, it seems cheap and slow paced.

Really? It didn’t bother me or any of my friends when we were kids during the release of the PT movies. There were plenty of modern films to compete with, yet as far as we were concerned the OT was as good as it gets. (Ditto on the orig. Indy movies.)

I’m not saying everyone was/is bothered by it, but the perception obviously changed as the films and the technology evolved. In its day Star Wars felt the way something like Infinity War might feel today - just huge and fast and mind blowing. Now of course it seems so much simpler.

My two boys (ages 3 and 5) thought Star Wars was pretty huge and fast and mind blowing when I showed them 4K77 in February. Certainly quite far from simple.

When I was 5, I took Adam West completely seriously as Batman! No, I was referring to people in general who are now experiencing the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy. In its day Star Wars felt somewhat like GOTG does now, but obviously back to back they are very different thanks to the 40 year gap between them. All I was saying is that, in comparing say TESB to TLJ, we should factor in the different eras in which they were made. Obviously things that worked for TESB in 1980 might not work for a movie made in 2017.

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#1283213
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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ZkinandBonez said:

Shopping Maul said:

I remember when ANH was perceived as a SPFX milestone with breakneck pacing. Of course these days, especially to kids, it seems cheap and slow paced.

Really? It didn’t bother me or any of my friends when we were kids during the release of the PT movies. There were plenty of modern films to compete with, yet as far as we were concerned the OT was as good as it gets. (Ditto on the orig. Indy movies.)

I’m not saying everyone was/is bothered by it, but the perception obviously changed as the films and the technology evolved. In its day Star Wars felt the way something like Infinity War might feel today - just huge and fast and mind blowing. Now of course it seems so much simpler.

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#1283204
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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TESB is a product of its time, so I think doing a nitpicks tit-for-tat with the current films is kind of silly. I remember when ANH was perceived as a SPFX milestone with breakneck pacing. Of course these days, especially to kids, it seems cheap and slow paced. But you wouldn’t deliberately make a modern sequel with cheap effects and a slow plot and say “hey, it was good enough for the original Star Wars”!

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#1282121
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The original Marvel Star Wars series
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I love the inaccurate cover blurbs/scenarios on those adaptation issues - ‘Luke Skywalker - will he save the galaxy or destroy it?’! What? The second one has Luke and Ben in an all-out barroom brawl, the fourth has the bizarre “here I stand though I may die!” from Luke, the fifth has the Death Star laying waste the rebel base from above, and of course Luke duels Vader on the cover of issue six. I’m not being sarcastic - I do love these covers!

I think I said this earlier in the thread but I thought the Marvel SW comics looked positively awful when I first beheld them as a kid. After a few short months of discovering/reading Spider-Man and the like, I suddenly decided that burly-chested Thor-Luke and an equally buff Chewbacca were the greatest! Ah, truly wonderful the mind of a child is…

So yeah, I thought Infantino rocked.

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#1281362
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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This is meant to be a trilogy right? So it’s impossible not to think of the build-up at this point in the previous trilogies with regard to the characters. That three years between TESB and ROTJ was torture! Was Vader lying? Who was the ‘other’? Would Han make it? How would all this impact Luke, his identity, his training etc etc? Would he turn to the Dark Side? Similarly AOTC left us with the (admittedly built-in) prospect of Anakin’s fall from grace, the upcoming Clone War, the fate of Padme and the Galaxy at large.

What are we anticipating with this series? We all know there was no story. What are the stakes for Rey? Training’s no problem. The Dark Side’s no problem. Her being generally brilliant at everything is no problem. The parents issue is (possible retcon notwithstanding) resolved. Rey is fun to watch at a basic level, and Daisy’s great, but there are no stakes here. The only anticipation we have is built around the trailer - why is there a piece of Death Star in the ocean? Why is Palpatine being alluded to? What the heck is this story going to be about? This is less like a trilogy than it is like one of those Marvel Comics that has concluded one story and ended with the blurb ‘next month, a new artist/writer team and all-new thrills for our heroes! Stay tuned!’…

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#1279115
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George Lucas: Unreliable Narrator &amp; Time Travelling Revisionist...
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Jesta’ said:

“Evil” George Lucas creating the movies you love and cherish! “Evil” George Lucas pioneering the technology you used yourselves to restore the original theatrical versions! Fans can restore the past as good as an official company (to some extent, I understand you don’t have access to the original negatives, but you can still get pretty close).

Also. What man in his right mind celebrates the woman who divorced him? She wanted to live a quiet life for a reason, do you really think she wants to be credited as the major reason her ex-husband’s masterpiece was so successful? That seems like rubbing salt into wounds.

If we’re going to suppress art on the basis that its creator suffered relationship issues during its creation, we’re basically going to lose every film, painting, piece of music etc in existence. The Beatles’ ‘White Album’ and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ spring to mind as obvious examples.

Secondly, Lucas didn’t create his awesome technology so that we as fans could reassemble the OT. Lucas is on the record as specifically wanting the original films to be erased from existence.

Thirdly, I can buy pretty much any movie on earth on DVD and/or Blu Ray - from Citizen Kane to the rejected 1978 Dr Strange TV pilot. But I can’t buy the film that changed my life in 1977 - one of the most important and significant movies in the history of film. Fine, that’s Lucas’ prerogative. But to have him appear at the 40th Anniversary celebrations of that 1977 film and sit there banging on about the genius of his ‘mythological motifs’ whilst simultaneously denying the very existence of the actual film is beyond appalling.

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#1278894
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Can't be Bothered: justifying Rey's power vs Luke's
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RogueLeader said:

How much consideration the writers put into it is certainly up for debate (I definitely feel JJ gave more attention to some elements over others). If you read through the “Art of” books, especially The Force Awakens, you can definitely see Rick Carter, JJ, and the whole team delving back into fundamental questions about the nature of the Star Wars galaxy. How strong is the Force? Who is Luke Skywalker? What is the Force’s relevance? Does it mean anything now? They were really focused on the nature of the Force early on, it seems.

That’s really interesting - perhaps I’m not giving JJ his due? And again the subjectivity factor looms large in these conversations. My ‘issues’ with the whole Skywalker/Force aspect goes back to ROTJ where, as I’ve often harped on about, I feel Luke’s role has been misinterpreted as more crucial to the outcome than widely accepted. Which by association colours how I feel about his being revered as a ‘legend’ in any sequel material.
But yeah, I’m curious to know how JJ and his team arrived at their own conclusions regarding Luke and the Force.

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#1278877
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Can't be Bothered: justifying Rey's power vs Luke's
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poppasketti said:

Shopping Maul said:

we as fans are left concocting all kinds of ways to make it work. None of us want Star Wars to suck right? So we do the writing for him - ‘gee, maybe the Force is acting this way, maybe it’s acting that way’ etc etc.

That’s fair that the writing doesn’t work for you, but I would also say that I’m not trying to justify what I like about the ST. I’m simply telling you. In other words, I’m not doing any gymnastics because I want it to be good, I’m just giving my honest reaction to the new movies, which I quite liked except some of the cheesier elements of TLJ.

No probs, and by the way I didn’t mean to imply that you (or anyone) is ‘kidding themselves’ when it comes to these films. This stuff is largely subjective anyway. I could write a thesis on why I think Milius’ Conan the Barbarian is a work of unfettered genius, while another observer might justifiably write it off as puerile adolescent fantasy fronted by bodybuilders in Spinal Tap wigs! Either way I just enjoy these conversations!

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#1278873
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Can't be Bothered: justifying Rey's power vs Luke's
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poppasketti said:

LordZerome1080 said:

Can either of you please provide a source for these claims?

This is from the deleted scenes.

Interesting discussion, and I think both sides have made good points!

I think for me it comes down to this.

Shopping Maul said:
Training is crucial in the OT. Not in the ST.

I think this statement is basically true, but I also don’t think that’s a bad thing. As RL outlined, there is something special about the way the force is behaving, and for me, I’m not interested in another Jedi training arc.

In fact, turning that concept on it’s head is precisely the direction that makes the ST interesting for me. And that much or most of Rey’s training comes from Kylo-Ren is especially interesting. Whether they pay it off in a meaningful way is yet to be see, but I like that their toying with the concepts of good and evil.

The mind-linking in Last Jedi was some of the most creative and interesting material to emerge from Star Wars in a long time.

I absolutely agree with you here, at least in theory. I think the ideas are great, and another Jedi training arc would’ve been redundant as you say. I just think the writing lets it down. In my estimation, everyone on this thread is giving the whole thing infinitely more writing/lore consideration than JJ Abrams ever did. It feels to me like JJ and co. simply threw ‘cool stuff’ onto the page/screen and we as fans are left concocting all kinds of ways to make it work. None of us want Star Wars to suck right? So we do the writing for him - ‘gee, maybe the Force is acting this way, maybe it’s acting that way’ etc etc.

Of course JJ is following Lucas’ post-TESB example in this regard, and that’s why we as fans consistently have to come up with genius in-universe ways to make George’s clumsy inconsistencies make sense. I just think it’s a shame. The movies are fun and cool and very pretty. That’s nice but, a la ANH and TESB, they could’ve been brilliant.

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#1278825
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Can't be Bothered: justifying Rey's power vs Luke's
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SilverWook said:

Between SW and ESB, I only recall Luke encountering Obi Wan in a dream state as he lay in a deep coma/state of shock caused by inadvertently touching Vader’s mind in his first attempt at meditating.

I recall Luke also receiving advice from a spectral Obi Wan before his battle with Baron Tagge. But as I pointed out to Screams, I’m not comparing the lessons or powers themselves to the official canon - I’m merely pointing out that it was a reasonably safe assumption (especially given how tied Marvels’s hands were legally) that Luke continued to train between movies.

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#1278824
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Can't be Bothered: justifying Rey's power vs Luke's
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screams in the void said:

Shopping Maul said:

yotsuya said:

Well, from his reaction to seeing Ben, it seems pretty clear Ben had not appeared to him before so Ben would not have been teaching him from beyond the grave. Otherwise there would be no need for Yoda.

It would not make sense for Luke to simply give up on the Force for the three years between ANH and TESB. You wouldn’t go “oh well, my mentor’s dead so I’m out”. The implication is that he kept training - to whatever extent. “But I’ve learned so much” is an indication of that.

The Marvel series had Luke training with remotes, meditating, using the Force in battle, and communing with ghost-Obi Wan. This obviously doesn’t count as ‘canon’, but it does indicate the logic of assuming Luke would carry on as best he could. Marvel were on a tight leash with regard to how much they could develop these characters, and they did not know the details of TESB until very close to the movie. There was a fan letter in one issue circa mid-1980 that said something like “you need to pick up the pace because it looks like Luke will be levitating small objects in the next movie - you guys still have him practising with his Lightsaber”. Again, this is a fan assuming the logic of Luke self-training as best he could. Yoda never said “download these skills you must, save time you will”. Training is crucial in the OT. Not in the ST.

one thing about that original Marvel series you did not mention is that in issue 23 , Luke was able to reach out telepathically and touch Vader’s mind , eliciting a very loud scream of agony from Vader . Pretty advanced stuff for a fledgling Jedi ! No one taught him that trick , but hey , it’s not “canon” after all…

That’s not the point I was making - I’m not doing a powers ‘tit for tat’ here. I was responding to Yotsuya’s inference that Luke started levitating things out of nowhere in TESB the same way Rey miraculously manifests Jedi skills in the ST. I was pointing out that it was a reasonably universal assumption that Luke continued to explore his powers between the movies. The reason I brought up Marvel was to show that, even under Marvel’s extremely ‘conservative by legal necessity’ stewardship, Luke was continuing to train as best he could.

Still, I have to say that Luke’s arc during the ‘Wheel’ saga, and how he arrived at the notion of sending his rage down the psychic well that Vader had opened up, was infinitely more fleshed out and plausible than Rey’s ‘instant download - no training required’ routine.

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#1278766
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Can't be Bothered: justifying Rey's power vs Luke's
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yotsuya said:

Well, from his reaction to seeing Ben, it seems pretty clear Ben had not appeared to him before so Ben would not have been teaching him from beyond the grave. Otherwise there would be no need for Yoda.

It would not make sense for Luke to simply give up on the Force for the three years between ANH and TESB. You wouldn’t go “oh well, my mentor’s dead so I’m out”. The implication is that he kept training - to whatever extent. “But I’ve learned so much” is an indication of that.

The Marvel series had Luke training with remotes, meditating, using the Force in battle, and communing with ghost-Obi Wan. This obviously doesn’t count as ‘canon’, but it does indicate the logic of assuming Luke would carry on as best he could. Marvel were on a tight leash with regard to how much they could develop these characters, and they did not know the details of TESB until very close to the movie. There was a fan letter in one issue circa mid-1980 that said something like “you need to pick up the pace because it looks like Luke will be levitating small objects in the next movie - you guys still have him practising with his Lightsaber”. Again, this is a fan assuming the logic of Luke self-training as best he could. Yoda never said “download these skills you must, save time you will”. Training is crucial in the OT. Not in the ST.

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#1278537
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The original Marvel Star Wars series
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timdiggerm said:

Shopping Maul said:

SilverWook said:

Yeah, I’d be interested to know how many Marvel movie adaptations were done without seeing the finished film. Did they all feature scenes that were ultimately cut? Jack Kirby’s version of 2001: A Space Odyssey being the exception as it was done around 1976.

An interesting one (for me at least) was the Conan '82 adaptation. It’s vastly different to the finished film, but over the years it has become increasingly evident that it was pretty accurate in terms of the original script. That’s what’s so fascinating to me - it’s almost as if two parallel versions of these movies were being created. A lot of the stuff that seemed so inaccurate in the TESB adaptation has shown up in deleted scenes and script drafts.

ROTJ was probably the most ‘film accurate’ adaptation I was aware of back in the day, but for me it arguably has better dialogue than the movie in a number of places. I see it as a kind of ‘what if ROTJ had been directed by someone else’.

This reminds me of the original Back to the Future novelization

I’m not very familiar with Back to the Future, but that was a great read! And yes, it’s so fascinating how these things turned out given the circumstances of their creation ie being made to come out in time for (or even before) the movies. Dark Horse re-did the Star Wars adaptation in the 90s and it was completely accurate to the film (of course) and boring as hell IMO!

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#1278453
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The original Marvel Star Wars series
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SilverWook said:

Yeah, I’d be interested to know how many Marvel movie adaptations were done without seeing the finished film. Did they all feature scenes that were ultimately cut? Jack Kirby’s version of 2001: A Space Odyssey being the exception as it was done around 1976.

An interesting one (for me at least) was the Conan '82 adaptation. It’s vastly different to the finished film, but over the years it has become increasingly evident that it was pretty accurate in terms of the original script. That’s what’s so fascinating to me - it’s almost as if two parallel versions of these movies were being created. A lot of the stuff that seemed so inaccurate in the TESB adaptation has shown up in deleted scenes and script drafts.

ROTJ was probably the most ‘film accurate’ adaptation I was aware of back in the day, but for me it arguably has better dialogue than the movie in a number of places. I see it as a kind of ‘what if ROTJ had been directed by someone else’.

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#1278446
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The original Marvel Star Wars series
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SilverWook said:

I recall Marvel’s Battlestar Galactica adaptation ran into similar issues. The artists got too close to the actor likenesses somewhere in the middle of the run. They also ran afoul of the differences between the theatrical and tv versions of the pilot, and other last minute changes, like the Cylons being reptilian creatures instead of robots who turned on the flesh and blood Cylons. Baltar was also inexplicably drawn bald in the super sized edition.

Wow, it’s all coming back to me! My brother had the paperback version of that one. I liked it! I think the duress under which these adaptations were created made for much more interesting versions than a direct and accurate adaptation would.

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#1278442
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The original Marvel Star Wars series
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SilverWook said:

I would guess they were working off black and white stills as happened with the SW adaptation, so nobody knew what the actual colors were? How else can one explain purple Yoda?

On the flip side of the coin, I vaguely recall some Gold Key Star Trek comics with wrong uniform colors in the mid 70’s, when finding out what the proper colors were should have been as easy a catching a TOS rerun. 😉

That makes sense - the TESB stuff, not the Star Trek (although I guess colour TVs were quite rare back then). I also love the shots of Vader on the bridge of his Star Destroyer with only that single window visible - clearly the photo reference lacked the later details of the matte painting.

One of my favourite Marvel adaptations was the Close Encounters one, where they had no photographic reference at all and no permission to use actor likenesses! I think it’s pretty amazing what was achieved under those circumstances!

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#1278441
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Can't be Bothered: justifying Rey's power vs Luke's
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RogueLeader said:

Yoda does say, “Lost Ben Solo, you did. Lose Rey, we cannot.”

He also says something along the lines of, “Wisdom they held, but that library contained nothing that the girl Rey does not already possess.”

Which, we find out he means literally, but I also think there is a figurative meaning he was trying convey to Luke about Rey’s own abilities and disposition. Basically that she has the right mindset to be a good Jedi.

And I’ve mentioned this before, and I know people disagree with me, but I kind of think a lot of us have just assumed how the Force works without considering that it might be a little more mysterious than we’ve thought.

The Force, through the lightsaber, called out to Rey, even Maz described it as such. The Force called Rey to the Tree on Ach-To. The lightsaber flew into Rey’s hands not because she’s more powerful than Kylo Ren, but because the Force chose her. When Rey lets go of her own desires, the Force is acting through her. The Force has literally awakened, and I feel it plays a more active and obvious role in this story than it may have had in the past.

So the way I see it, it isn’t that Rey just has all these amazing skills. Yeah, she has some piloting, mechanic and survival skills, but that’s from her growing up on Jakku. Her “Jedi” skills are, in my opinion, are based in faith. She starts believing in the Force, especially after Han tells her and Finn about the Force and the Jedi.

I’m not trying to say your guys’ own interpretations are wrong or anything like that, but if you think of it this way it might be easier to rationalize. When I try to picture myself in her position, learning that stories of Jedi I grew up on were real, that the Force is real and that it is calling to me too, it helps me sympathize with how she is afraid of this newfound awakening within her and her desperation to understand it, like she is in The Last Jedi.

And who knows, maybe IX will reveal more to us about Rey, the Force, etc.

Also wanted to say despite my disagreements with OP and some others, I’m glad you guys feel like this is a pretty positive environment to discuss stuff. I might argue with people on here every once in a while, but it is all in good faith and I enjoy talking about it with you all!

Cool post as always Rogue, and I doff mine helm to your last paragraph!

My personal issue with the ‘faith’ aspect is that my reading of the whole ‘I don’t believe it/that is why you fail’ lesson (which is what tends to be brought up when comparing Luke to Rey) is more in line with what someone like Schwarzenegger might profess than say a faith healer. For example Arnold always bangs on about self-belief/positivity and visualisation as the conduit to achieving his various goals, but that doesn’t mean ‘belief’ alone conjures the outcome. You still have to get off your backside and strive, learn, grow, fail, get back up etc etc. When Luke says “I don’t believe it”, I think Yoda’s response is essentially “well, you’ll never get there with that attitude”. Training has such a specific relevance in TESB - we see Luke running and climbing vines and doing flips (all which Mark ‘buffed up’ for) and the comicbook/deleted scenes had him trying to slice a metal bar into 7 pieces after running for miles on end. It just feels cheap (to me) to dismiss the levitation thing as a pure matter of ‘faith’ rather than an integral part of the whole ‘honing of the body and mind’ that TESB implies. By that measure anyone could simply see Yoda raise the X-Wing and then do it themselves because they’ve witnessed it and now believe it.

I like the concept of Rey in theory. Rey has tapped into Jedi territory on the back of being forced (snicker) to survive under severe circumstances. But it would be nice (for us, not Rey!) if there was a downside. If being a Jedi is indeed, as I believe the original films imply, about discipline and patience and true honing of the mind/body/spirit, wouldn’t it follow that Rey might have certain barriers to achieving this state? Perhaps she’s impatient, or distrustful, or so bogged down in her survivalist attitude that she lacks the worldview and/or empathy to resist the Dark Side (which is implied in TLJ but again, has no downside for Rey). I just think that making Rey so automatically brilliant at everything diminishes Luke’s journey in the OT (not to mention Anakin’s fall) and makes the implied training path in the original films appear kind of redundant.

Of course everything I’ve said here is through the lens of my personal fan-view that the Force should be a ‘thing’ and not a ‘who’. I get that many folks don’t mind the idea of a sentient Force that intervenes and bequeaths powers and has its own particular ideas concerning ‘balance’, but for me that creates more questions than it answers. Why didn’t the Force simply choose Luke and spare him all of that pain and heartache? Intervening gods really need to account for their fickle choices. The Force as originally depicted has no such issues.

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#1278439
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The original Marvel Star Wars series
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screams in the void said:

I have the treasury edition of The Empire Strikes Back adaptation , to me it is the best way to enjoy it . The colors are much better than in the monthly comic and Al Williamson and Carlos Garzon’s artwork really shines in the large format .

One of the first Conans I ever read was a treasury edition (lent to me by a High School senior when I was 13). Pretty spectacular format! If I remember correctly it featured the ‘Rogues in the House’ adaptation.

There was an article somewhere explaining how/why the various versions of TESB had different colourists. The paperback I recently re-acquired has some bizarre colour choices ie Lando with a green shirt and red cape!

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#1278297
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Taking a stand against toxic fandom (and other )
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screams in the void said:

Luke Skywalker…my childhoood hero , and my adult hero as well. This is what this thread is all about folks…https://geektyrant.com/news/mark-hamill-stands-up-for-passionate-star-wars-fan-ridiculed-for-his-the-rise-of-skywalker-reaction-video it’s sad and pathetic when people feel the need to tear others down to build themselves up .

Wow, that’s super cool!

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#1278195
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The original Marvel Star Wars series
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Inspired by a wonderful exchange I had with Silverwook a while back (thanks Silver!) I finally tracked down a copy of Marvel’s paperback edition of the TESB adaptation. I had it as a kid back in '81 or so, and had acquired it primarily for the famous ‘original Yoda’ that had been based on a Ralph McQuarrie painting and been Marvel’s only visual reference at the time (and obviously amended for later editions). Of course the book was lost to me over time, so it was super cool to have it again some 38 years later!

The interesting thing while reading (or rereading) this amazing little artifact was just how acutely those feelings came back to me - feelings of a time that predates my having a VHS of TESB where I could memorise every piece of dialogue, a time when the burning questions about Vader and ‘the other’ had not been answered, a time when this comic book was pretty much my only version of the film. I guess it’s like getting your favourite old Led Zeppelin album on vinyl again - no matter how many times you’ve played the CD (or Spotify!) there’s something about experiencing its original format that brings back those feelings in such a vivid way.

I haven’t read this adaptation in quite a while (I do have the regular 6-issue version packed away in a box somewhere) so it is/was quite a trip reliving the different dialogue, the inclusion of such extras as the Wampa subplot, Luke’s lightsaber training with (purple) Yoda, the greater emphasis on the love triangle etc etc. One cool little detail I had completely forgotten was Luke thinking he’d spotted a beacon as he began his descent into the Dagobah swamp - indeed a neat way of explaining how he managed to land in just the right vicinity for Yoda’s entrance!

It also brought back memories of the many times I would do side-by-side comparisons of the Williamson/Garzon artwork with photo stills from the movie (usually TESB bubble-gum cards). Some panels were also clearly derived from McQuarrie paintings, and comparing the artworks was endlessly fascinating to me.

So anyhow, I just thought I’d share this little nostalgic moment with you guys while the tingle was still fresh, and again - thanks to Silverwook for lighting the way.

May the Force…etc

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Great thread - thanks! It’s both entertaining and extremely frustrating at the same time. It’s interesting to note (in one of the Kurtz links you provide) that the whole ‘Joseph Campbell’ connection has supposedly been blown out of proportion by GL as well.

It saddens me to say that I work with a few young SW fans that really don’t care that there was ever an ‘unaltered’ version of the films. In this regard Lucas seems to have succeeded with his revisionism. Still, hopefully threads like this will help to keep the flame alive. Thanks again!