There’s no confirmed voice cast for LEGO Skywalker Saga, but after Battlefront 2 used the TCW cast, it’d strike me as odd if this game didn’t. The Holiday Special used Matt Lanter, Dee Bradley Baker and JAT for their TCW roles, at least. On the other hand, Droid Tales didn’t use the TCW cast, so there are pre-established LEGO VAs for the prequel/TCW/Rebels characters that LEGO could fall back to (but I for one would be disappointed if they went that route). I definitely wouldn’t expect any actual movie actors - except the eternal Anthony Daniels - because I seriously doubt they’re contractually obliged to do this one.
Sand, I don’t think Saw Gerrera is in Revenge of the Sith.
I thought this was a great episode. It had a nice pacing to it, building tension when necessary but never feeling drawn out, and also managing not to come across as rushed either, which is something I think TCW used to sometimes struggle with. I hope that’s maintained for the shorter episodes.
Crosshair got a raw deal, being the only one to respond to the chip - I hope they get it out and “redeem” him at some point. It was great to see Caleb, even if it is a bit of a retcon. I did notice that the Palpatine audio was taken directly from the movie, since you could tell when it had more or less reverb due to the movie cutting to and from close-ups and the wider senate chamber, but it worked well enough for the scene.
I suppose from that recommended TCW episode list that we’ll be seeing Gregor again? This show is in a really cool spot in the timeline for bridging TCW and Rebels, and the PT and the OT, and maybe even tying in elements from the ST, Fallen Order, The Mandalorian etc.
Flowframes, RIFE in particular, is probably the best bet.
Legends still exists, though. Even in the Disney era, the comics have been republished in large collections and the more famous novels are getting new editions with new covers and all. The old cartoons are being put up on Disney+. It’s all more accessible than ever. The only change is that there’s no new stories in the old continuity, but even that isn’t necessarily a permanent thing. Honestly, I prefer the route of explicitly time-capsuling it and starting afresh compared to what Lucas tended to do with TCW and similar, where it just overrode the existing material and left it up to people like Pablo Hidalgo, Leland Chee, various authors etc. to try to reconcile things. Which is exactly what Lucas’ sequels would’ve done, had they ever actually come to pass, of course - and the Internet would no doubt have been very unhappy about it…
I certainly wouldn’t mind if there was some more room for experimentation in the new canon, however. Some kind of ‘Infinities’ brand or similar for stories which don’t have to adhere to the tone and continuity of the rest of things. There’s a bit of that sort of a thing with the ‘myths’-flavour books that have been coming out recently, though, and obviously the High Republic is offering authors a lot more freedom compared to trying to ram books into the gaps in the main saga. Oddly, the LEGO side material of all things does get to exist in an only-vaguely-canon realm.
I hope this is some kind of misdirect, or he’s like, just taking some of Luke’s genes to get the Midichlorians for his strandcasts or whatever. The new canon mostly does a decent job of not plucking the sillier elements of Legends. Doesn’t Mando, which is set years after this comic, suggest that the cloning still hasn’t achieved Force sensitivity - that’s why Herzog wanted Grogu so badly, right?
Edit: irrelevant note - does anyone have any idea of how to more clearly communicate that Rey deflecting the lightning back at Sheev is also killing her? In the movie she just randomly collapses, and I think it’d land a lot better if it was made clear that she was sustaining injuries while fighting him. It’d also make her come across as braver to keep pushing despite being hurt, it’d make Sheev continuing to zap her seem mildly less foolish if he was actually doing some damage.
Yeah, Jonh’s Ben ghost goes a long way to smooth this over and make the ending less of a bummer imo.
While I agree in principle with everything EddieDean says, I still get a bad taste from having Leia explicitly foresee Ben’s death and to subsequently quit being a Jedi to prevent it from coming to pass… only for Rey to then take up the lightsaber, triumphantly “complete” Leia’s journey in her stead, and have it result in Ben’s death, as predicted. I feel like the plot thread about Rey taking up Leia’s journey was intended to be uplifting, rather than weirdly fatalistic.
The theatrical placement of Leia becoming one with the Force just after Ben’s death compounds this general sense of weirdness for me - it almost gives the impression that Leia needs Ben dead for her to become a proper Jedi, or something like that. It gives me “sigh of relief” vibes. It all compounds to make Leia and Luke adopting Rey without ever mourning on-screen for Ben, and him theatrically not appearing as a ghost, even more uncomfy. Some people read the scene of Leia teaching out to Ben as her intentionally distracting him so Rey can stab him, which I think is stupid and obviously not intended, but I can sort of see where they’re coming from when the rest of the movie seems to give off this sense of everyone just accepting Ben has to die.
I like the “Here?” idea because it conveys that the Knights don’t often make appearances amongst the First Order, giving a small nod to their physical absence from the first two movies.
That’s a fun idea. Definitely a job for EBSynth. Any specific extras in mind?
That “birth” line sounds great. How well does it mesh with Hamill’s voice over in the same scene, though?
Play the Force theme over that beat to make it clear she’s using the Force to hit the tricky shot.
I think Cinematic Captures is working on restoring the fireside scene but the style is more battlefront than clone wars.
Wow, and what an excellent face texture he is using for Anakin 😉
SandMTV is a rogue AI, right?
This little bit from the Shadows of the Empire OST gave me Exegol vibes so I stuck it in. Amusing, but not anything worth doing seriously for an edit (plus it’s way too short).
Isn’t Rey’s dad a different type of clone to the body Palpatine is using in TROS? I didn’t actually read the novel, but the impression I’ve gotten is that Rey’s dad was part of some failed attempt to engineer a younger, healthier clone body, whereas the one he’s using in TROS was a more standard thing.
I think that’s pretty funny.
Maybe “my friends” would be slightly more fitting though since presumably he’s not talking to any one of them specifically, if you can find an ‘s’ sound that works there.
Kylo sort of makes sense as a daft mashup though, because it comes from Ben’s own head (and in a comic he suggests he came up with it when he was a child). Solana would be an out-of-universe daft mashup.
Personally, I’ve had good luck using Handbrake to detelecine the DVD rips to 720x480 square-pixel lossless CFR 23.97fps h264 mp4s, and then running Topaz VEAI’s Dione Interlaced Robust V3 on them. The great thing about this model is that it keeps the majority of the detail while making things a little cleaner and sharper. It never massively blurs any areas of the image, like Artemis has a tendency to do, nor does it have the lengthy processing time of Gaia. It also sorts out the occasional interlacing artifacts left in my detelecined rips (which are usually the result of post-process screen shake). Other models tend to exaggerate them instead. The only big downside is that the sharpening causes the image to lose a little of its perceived depth - but that’s not so noticeable in motion, at TV-distance.
Here’s images of the Defiant, the Station, the Replimat, and the Sisko.
Maybe it’s a consequence of thinking about the movies too much because of fanedits (or just re-evaluating things in the light of TCW, where it’s made super super obvious with Ahsoka’s arcs in Season 5 and 7) but I’ve always thought the Jedi and the Republic being pretty awful in the PT was text, not even subtext. Obviously there’s the stuff about them not bothering to do anything about slavery outside of Republic space (or to even free just Anakin’s mum which would take minimal effort), but then there’s the characterisation of Mace and Yoda, and the rest of the council occasionally, as generally being aloof, holier-than-thou, hypocritical monks up in their literal high tower - especially in TPM. Mace being a bit of a prick to Anakin is very on-the-nose at times. Also, lines like “You know, m’lady, that Count Dooku was once a Jedi. He couldn’t assassinate anyone.” are surely written to show us just how naïve and egotistical the Order has become.
What does R2’s label say?
stealing the Skywalker name
What’s up with this idea? The ending scene of TROS clearly indicates she has chosen that name with Luke and Leia’s blessing. She hesitates and looks at their ghosts, who are smiling at her, before she says it. It’s not “without their say in the matter”. It’s essentially a post-mortem adoption, if you have to label it. Did Leia “steal” the name Organa? Sure, it’s silly fan service, but it’s not le evil Palpatine woman stealing God Emperor Luke’s holy surname.
Characterising Rey’s behaviour in TLJ in the way you did is also twisting it to the point of parody - you’d have to be completely closed off to what the movie is doing with Rey and Luke’s dynamic for you to think Rey is the one at fault on Ahch-To. “Stole his books”? You mean the ones he was planning to burn? And yes, Rey finding inner peace and acceptance is the main thrust of her journey. Internal emotional development is just as valid as like, levelling up her force powers to throw bigger rocks and pull Star Destroyers out of the sky!!!, or whatever.
TROS is a rough enough movie without people reading these weirdly malicious ideas into it.
People post nonsense on reddit claiming to be insiders all the time. This post is so transparently trying to push some narrative that Lucasfilm/Disney ruined some mythical four-hour ‘JJ cut’, or that “Abrams shot two movies”, which is entirely unsubstantiated. The reshoots and cuts in TROS aren’t subtle - Mustafar is obviously cut down, Luke’s wig is obviously a reshoot etc. Similarly for Josstice League vs. the Snyder Cut: you can feel it. If Coruscant, Mortis, clones mixed with Phasma’s DNA (???) etc. had been cut, there’d be some trace in the final product, and there just isn’t. Ditto for the claim that Crait was originally at the start of TLJ - that leaves the movie without a functional third act; where would Luke project to? Would he just die on the island? It’s silly fanfiction at best, some weird attempt to slander Alan Horn and venerate JJ Abrams at worst. Plus “Heirs to the Force” is a fan-speculation tier title (to be fair, Duel of the Fates is too, and that’s real…).
Edit: Also, I can’t possibly trust anyone who sincerely believes DOTF ‘got Star Wars’ the best. That script ends with Yoda and Luke telling Rey how fantastic it is that she’s decided to embrace the Dark Side and that “narrow was their point of view”, entirely missing what Lucas was getting at the whole time. Yes, integrating your shadow is part of Star Wars; no, this doesn’t mean just occasionally choking people, as a treat. The dark side is addictive. Plus, “Rey Solana”? Why give Rey a totally arbitrary last name? If she had to get one, let’s be honest, it was always going to be “Skywalker” or at an absolute stretch “Solo”. Sorry, I’m ranting because I’m sick of DOTF being put on some pedestal just because TROS was also bad.
I mocked this up very lazily. The audio is a total mess because both the clip and the original movie are fully scored; and also there’s not quite enough audio to fill the gap. I’m sure with time and effort and the OST you could make something a little cleaner but I don’t have a huge amount of hope. I also tried to match the colour grade of the new clip to the original movie, though I think I actually prefer the colour grade from the YouTube video. I wonder what other lovely, fully restored clips Lucasfilm are sitting on to occasionally trickle out in YouTube videos forty years later.
If anyone ever needs a slight variant of a shot, for example to help disguise a reuse, the 3D version of the film is a potential resource. It’s fake 3D, created entirely from the 2D version, but it’s pretty well done so the left/right images aren’t noticeably artificial.
Now, back to forgetting to do those Sith eyes…