Our Favourite Characters from STAR WARS ! Our Favourite Characters from STAR WARS !
Our contributors and guest author Ernest Rister reveal their favourite characters from the "Star Wars"- saga! Our Favourite Characters from STAR WARS !

Star Wars, nothing but Star Wars…

The SF-Fantasy behemoth is returning to the theatres and that’s why we decided to crown our favourite characters from the saga, both original and prequel trilogy.

Read the choices of our The Supernaughts– contributors and guest author Ernest Rister and tell us what you think of them in the comments!


Stalkeye: Lando Calrissian

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Actually I have a few faves from the series but just for the hell of it. I’ll pick a wildcard.

I’ll go with Lando Carissian.

Why you ask? Simple, when we’re are first introduced to the administrator of cloud city, he comes off menacing toward Han (Solo) only to reveal himself as this charming charismatic Man.
Too good to be true? Hells yeah!

Prior to running into Solo and company who sought refuge in Cloud City, it seems that Lando had made a deal with the Devil as in Darth Vader. Lando was obviously forced into setting Han up for captivity, however, his conscience gets the better of him and manages to free Leia and Chewbacca in hopes of rescuing Solo But alas too late . I’m a sucker for redemption storylines and Lando’s arc was another reason of why I loved The Empire Strike Back so much.

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Also I have to be honest here, it was cool to see a Brotha in a major SciFi epic and just as important, not some stereotypical buffoon like Jar Jar Binks. Aside from Solo, Lando is a cool Motherfucker!

Stalkeye

 

Sagamanus: IG-88

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Insert language of binary here. I’m not what you would call a Star Wars fan in perpetuity. I don’t collect anything, nor have I ever pretended to have a light saber in my hand. I don’t watch them as a rite of passage, nor am I nostalgic for them as some imprint of my youth that needs to be regularly remembered so I can continue functioning on this rock. The first SW film I saw was Return of the Jedi in the theater and only came full circle to the others years later. Completely out of sequence as I knew the end before the beginning. No Beta(Max) did not have the SW films on them and there was no way I could see them, as I had the superior machine and could cradle it like a baby with a smug look on my face. Starts crying.

But one character that left a mark on me was IG-88. Someone I saw in a pic far later and who only appears in Empire. The pre-Terminator, Terminator. We don’t know anything about him. We don’t speak his language. And we barely see him, were it not for one scene where he disappears among other bounty hunters. He’s a essentially a metal skeleton with a rotating visor and some red-sequencing dots. He wears gear and operates as if he has purpose outside of his programming. I don’t know if he belongs to someone or is a Wookiee- like companion. But his mystery is what preserved the series for me and the promise of seeing him again fleshed out later in some other incarnation. Something today I would not want to see in fact. After all we’re on the precipice of the alien space-jockey’s background being filled in. Not to mention the entirety of the SW uni paved over with Disney’s promise to see every corner of it filmed. I think I will stick with half-shadows and my own imagination of who that character was rather than see the last vestige of a seemingly dead galaxy revealed.

PS: No I am not against the new films. I’m indifferent…although they do look good.

Sagamanus

 

AsimovLives: Wedge Antilles

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Wedge Antilles, The Galactic Hero

When Detective Dee suggested that I participate in this article, I accepted it and immediately gave the name of my favorite star Wars character. But in truth I hesitated, as for me Obi-Wan Kenobi is a character I enjoy a lot, both when we first met him as a cool old dude as played by Alec Guinness who could still kick ass, and later as the young man played by Ewan McGregor who kicked major ass. He’s one of the major jewels of the series.

But in the end my choice goes to Wedge Antilles. He’s my favorite and he’s the saga’s greatest bad ass. Here’s why:
He survives the 3 major battles in the original trilogy unscathed, and not only he survives to tell the tale, in the 3rd movie he’s responsible to destroy the even bigger Death Star, surpassing Luke’s achievement in the first movie.  And he does so without the help of the force. He’s a regular guy who is very good at this job. He doesn’t need the force cheat mode to accomplish great deeds. That’s a bad ass!

He’s also very smart. In the briefing room in A New Hope, he shows scepticism in the feasibility of the rebels’ plan to destroy the Death Star, which he views as a suicide mission, which it is. Thus proving he’s just not some mindless just following orders drone. Yet, despite his misgivings, he acts like a professional and goes along with it. He’s dedicated to the rebels’ cause.

During the battle, he takes down some TIE Fighters, something only a few of the rebel pilots achieve. With Luke he’s the last of the remaining rebel attack force, thus proving his worth as a pilot. When his craft his hit and damaged, he leaves. This again proves he’s a smart fighter. By then the fight was basically lost (Han’s last minute intervention was unplanned and unexpected by all), he had good reasons to think the battle was lost and retreat to fight another day instead of wasting his life on a suicide run. Without Han’s intervention the rebels would had lost the battle and the command destroyed. Wedge, by surviving, could fight another day, perpetuate the cause of the Rebel Alliance.

Some might think that it’s the duty of a fighter to give his life, period. This is not so. As American General George S. Patton once said: “It’s not the duty of a soldier to die for his country, but to make the enemy die for theirs”.

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Yet, for all his efforts, Wedge gets shafted, not being rewarded the medal he so deserved, as much as Han or Luke (but so did Chewbacca and R2-D2 and they got chaffed too). So Wedge is both a hero and an underdog. Twice the sympathy. As such, for this and other reasons, my favorite Star Wars character is Wedge Antilles.

Hail Wedge Antilles, the true galactic hero of Star Wars.

AsimovLives

 

Dr. Newton Geiszler: Han Solo

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Han Solo is the definitive badass for me, tied with Indiana Jones. Chicks wanted to be with him and dudes wanted to be him (or vice versa!). His cool starship, equally badass friend, and an exciting, dangerous life definitely appealed to most kids.
I can recall a time when I was a kid living in Kansas getting into arguments with my cousin about who would play as Han Solo, as I’m sure other kids at the time were wont to do. But that’s probably not why we all dig the man.

I think it has to do with the fact that he’s a representation of what we become as grown ups. At some point in our lives, we were all young, idealistic, and full of hope and we were so sure of ourselves. But the truth is life is one mean bastard that batters us down relentlessly until we accept that nothing ever changes, that there is no point in doing the right thing, and that hope is a mistake. So we try to take measures to protect ourselves from what life throws at us and thus we form a façade so that we won’t get hurt again. We become more skeptical because we’ve been let down and lied to that it becomes so goddamn tiring to give a shit.

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But deep down inside of us, there is a part of us that still believes in helping others, because life can’t take away our conscience. Even if it’s a really idiotic thing to do at the moment. But you do it anyway because who else is going to do it? Anyway that’s my take on Han Solo….oh, and the fact that he’s in debt is kind of a universal thing. So, like, pay your debts off because if you don’t, they’re going to carbon-freeze your ass and a space gangster worm will put you on display in his lair.

Dr. Newton Geiszler

 

Dee: Admiral Ackbar

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I cannot count how often I changed the choice of my favourite character from the Star Wars saga. There are just so many great ones, particularly from the original trilogy.
With each revisiting, I saw new qualities in the different characters and my favouritism shifted from Han to Vader over Chewie to Lando and so on. A lot of that has of course to do with my progressing age and the life experiences that inevitably come with it, unspectacular as they may be. Lando for example is now a much more compelling character to me, a more complex, mature and overall superior version of Han Solo in my eyes.
Other characters I initially embraced, then rejected them, only to find some redeeming qualities again later on. A good example for that would be the Ewoks. Every kid loves those fuzzy little teddy bears, but most of us got sick of and embarrassed by them later on. Yet, when I see them today I can’t help but be impressed by those brave little guerilla warriors and I am saddened by the lack of respect they get. The Ewoks rock, deal with it.

But if I had to pick a favourite character nowadays, I’d go with Admiral Ackbar, the leader of the rebel fleet that won the Battle of Endor and blew up the second Death Star, as seen in Return of the Jedi. 1983 was maybe the last moment in history you could call a race of fish-like aliens “Mon Calamari” with a straight face and get away with it.

Star Wars had its share of great alien designs, see Hammerhead and Gran and by ROTJ the budget had become high and the make-up/puppetry FX advanced enough so Lucasfilm and the Jim Henson Creature Shop could present us some of their finest creations. The sequence in Jabba’s palace would seem seriously drawn out and overlong if the place wasn’t stuffed with wacky puppets that lurked in every corner, one reason why it is one of my favourite segments of the whole saga.
Oh, and while we’re at it: Oola > Slave Leia.

Lately Ackbar has been, due to his infamous “It’s a trap!” line, reduced to a one-note joke character in countless memes on the web, suggesting that his rank should be downgraded from Admiral to Captain (Obvious).
That’s a little unfair, as funny as those memes are. In the few minutes he is actually on screen, he conveys a vague idea of a fully formed character with rich backstory, a marvellous feat that the original trilogy pulled off many times, even with the most insignificant supporting/background characters. As I stated before, the make-up/mask FX is still very impressive, with this incredibly detailed mask that gives him the aura of a breathing, living creature. The wobbling rubber hands only add to the charm.
For a character that is inspired by sea creatures, Admiral (sic!) Ackbar is also surprisingly expressive, with the most soulful eyes I ever saw on a squid-lobster-fish hybrid. When he suspends his stoic, controlled temper for a moment to smile and then leans back with the expression of relief as the rebels blow up the Super Star Destroyer, it’s so infectious that we cheer with him. A great shot and a great decision by the filmmakers to give him that moment.

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PS: I still love seafood and eat it without bad conscience.

Dee

 

Ernest Rister: Watto and Luke

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As a cheat, I’m going to pick two. One pick for the prequel trilogy, and another for the original, classic trilogy.

Starting with the prequels, here’s a bit of not widely known information, at least outside of the sphere of hard-core Star Wars fans. There’s a running theme in The Phantom Menace involving blood-suckers. The next time you watch the film, look at the mouths of the Neimodians (the Trade Federation goons in the back-pocket of Darth Sidious). You’ll notice they have fangs — they’re small, but they’re there. Lucas is essentially referencing vampires. Their much-maligned accents were misconstrued as “Asian” accents, when George Lucas claimed he directed the voice actors to speak with a Bela Lugosi “Dracula” accent. “I vant…to suuuck…your bluuuhd!” Lucas wasn’t employing some sort of ethnic stereotype, he was referencing classic movie vampires.

This takes me to my pick for my favorite character in the Prequels…Watto. Part giant mosquito (blood sucker), part Telly Savalas, this mendacious parts dealer can’t be trusted, and he seems to be having a fine old time making life hell for Qui-Gon and company. He’s deceitful, conniving, he cheats with loaded dice, he’s scum and he knows it, and he doesn’t care. He’s having too much fun. In a film that lacks many colorful characters, he’s one of the few that pops. When I first saw Menace, by the time the party found themselves stranded on Tatooine, I began to feel something was terribly wrong. No one on screen seemed to be having any fun, and I wasn’t having any fun. Then in flapped Watto, and for a while, the movie seemed to regain a sense of Star Wars whimsy and sparkle. Watto also appears in a cameo in Attack of the Clones, with a grizzled beard and flat hat looking for all the world like Al Pacino in Serpico, and I was glad to see him back, if only briefly.

As for the original trilogy, I’m sure most would choose Han Solo or even Lando or Darth Vader, but I’m choosing Luke Skywalker. Kids in decades past had their heroes and role models, from The Lone Ranger to Davy Crockett to Batman and Superman. I was six years old when I first encountered the universe of Star Wars, and Luke was my “in” to that world. Over the course of the three films, it was a terrific experience to see him grow from impatient, immature hothead to the thoughtful and compassionate warrior who brings down the Empire by refusing to fight and throwing down his sword, resurrecting the conscience of his father.

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Luke was a true hero, and a great role model. I vividly remember that first screening of Return of the Jedi, with the Wicked Emperor taunting and tempting Luke to join the Dark Side using diabolical extortion. As each moment of that confrontation played out, I found myself increasingly concerned and worried for Luke, no more so than the moment he grabs his saber and takes a swing at the Emperor. My heart was in my throat. I wanted to yell at the screen, “No! Luke, no!” After beating the snot out of Vader, repeatedly chopping at Vader’s arms like a enraged lumberjack, Luke pulls himself together and passes the test. He throws down his sword, and does what his father could not — he rejects power, and practically lays down his life. He finally earns the title of Jedi, and his act of self-sacrifice helps Vader return as Anakin and save the world. Attaboy, Luke!

Ernest Rister (guest author)

 

Booger T: Darth Vader

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Star Wars has always been in my life going back as far as me being too young to fully remember my first viewing of it. I do remember very clearly, however, seeing that blockade runner’s door being cut open and the immediate massacre of the hallway of rebel troops that preceded the baddest motherfucker in the galaxy striding through the door and scaring the living shit out of me. I love Luke’s journey, everybody loves Han’s cool, and there’s always the inescapable lure of Boba Fett, but all things considered, Darth Vader is my favorite Star Wars character. Unfortunately, I have to qualify that statement by saying I’m only really considering the original trilogy, because the demystification he suffered from in the prequels, it’s sometimes hard to step back and look at what he used to be and forget obnoxious Annie and wooden Christensen and the pièce de résistance of the comical “NOOOO” from ROTS, but we can do it. We’re retro minded around these parts.

 

Something that’s missing these days with all the tentpole origin stories bombarding the cinemas is mystery. I don’t know about you, but I don’t WANT to know where Wolverine got his signature leather jacket, or how John Connor got that scar on his face. Those kinds of details are atmosphere, not questions to be answered. The thing about good filmmaking, which goes along with good just about anything, is lack of specificity that makes you feel something instead of noting it. It’s a vibe thing. If they do start paying attention to the universe’s background noise, fans can and will fill in the blanks about what the hell a “Kessel Run” is and what a “womp rat” looks like, and it’s much more fun that way.

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The way the story of Darth Vader was handled in the original trilogy was the perfect thread between too much and not enough. Boba Fett was excellently designed and wonderfully enigmatic, but that was it. The EU had to make him into more of a badass than he was. Not Darth Vader, though. Darth Vader was Doctor Doom meets Ming The Merciless and just flat-out bad as hell. His look, his voice, his theme song, his unnervingly iconic breathing all exuded everything they needed to. Then the humanity crept in. We saw it mostly through the eyes of the heroes and when the mystery unfolded it became more and more real but never so real that you had to admit that he was ever your annoying little brother. Every wrinkle made him MORE interesting, raising more questions and making each of the imaginary stories about him we were all writing in our heads more and more fantastical and inventive. It wasn’t until The Phantom Menace when they reversed gears and started undoing all of that, putting dampers and restrictions on the epic fantasy of who Darth Vader was, and constricting his story down to a simple power-corrupts morality tale. For three movies, he was perfect.

Booger T

 

IAB: Lobot

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You all know me. You know I almost never go with the common choices. Same is the case here, regarding “favorite Star Wars-character.” I’m gonna go with a character that doesn’t necessarily have a lot of screen time (or any actual dialogue, actually), nor any mentionable character history. But instead, he has a memorable look and presence. My pick is: Lobot. Or “Lando’s aide” as he actually gets credited in The Empire Strikes Back.

Why Lobot? Well, there was something instantly cool about a human-looking cyborg in a universe that’s filled with mechanical robots of all shapes and sizes (like the mouse droids, I never understood what their actual purpose was – cleaning the air ducts?). He stands out from all of those. He’s there in Cloud City as Lando Calrissian’s aide – kinda like his right hand man, if you will. And Wookieepedia also lists him as “city’s first and only computer-liaison officer” – so he is actually the city’s IT-support guy, if you think about it. There’s a creepy shot, when Lando pushes a button on a remote and a dormant Lobot suddenly opens his eyes, that kinda forever imprinted into my then 8-9 year-old brain as both scary and cool at the same time.

And when Lando was forced to escape from Cloud City, we never saw Lobot in the movies again. What happened to him? Was he enslaved/terminated by the Imperial forces or did he manage to escape? This was actually answered in the Marvel Star Wars- comics in a two-issue (#56-#57) story, titled “Coffin in the Clouds”/”Hello, Bespin, Good-bye!” where Lando returns to the city, finding it a ghost town because Lobot – malfunctioning due to a Blaster hit – is roaming the streets, violently attacking everyone he sees. After Lando manages to fix Lobot, the two have to deal with the returning Imperial commander and his troops. It was a really cool story and greatly expanded the bio of the character.

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Give a salute to the guy with the coolest headset ever!

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That’s all, folks. Thanks for reading! Who is the coolest SW-character in your eyes? Let us know!

Dee

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Detective Dee reviews movies and sometimes TV-series. He likes to indulge in the Asian cinema, exploitation flicks and the horror genre but is no stranger to Blockbuster culture either. He writes whatever he wants, but always aims to entertain.

  • I_am_better

    XD
    How many of the Vincent gifs have there been this week?

  • I_am_better

    Btw, that creature behind Luke is one of the not-so-subtly named Jabba’s guards: Klaatu, Barada and Nikto. I think that’s Nikto.

  • hm did not know that

  • The one on the left looks like Danny Trejo sans hair.

  • International Assassin Zissou

    Peach should be included on these group articles.

  • I_am_better

    I almost picked IG-88, lol. I mean, how does a droid become a bounty hunter?

  • hm gonna ask him

  • I_am_better

    “The Legal inconsistencies of Star Wars”?

  • International Assassin Zissou

    That sounds like something I’d absolutely read.

  • I_am_better

    The Empire just needs a better entertainment lawyer, that’s all

  • I_am_better

    And they should sue the designers of the Death Star(s) for a catastrophic design flaw

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I think my favorite Star Wars character must be Palpatine, who’s surely one of the most subversive and Machiavellian arch-villains in cinema history.

    Think about it: the wicked old troll not only manipulated the other players in the Star Wars universe, but screwed with the audience’s emotions, as well. Few realized Palpatine was, in fact, the titular “Phantom Menace”; the poor saps in the audience were keyed into taking the so-called “happy” ending of the first prequel at face value, when it was nothing more than a pyrrhic victory designed to elect Palpatine to the position of Chancellor. The joyful celebratory music is nothing but his ROTJ theme played backwards!

    The fanboys complained endlessly that Menace was too silly and kiddie-oriented, but it is, in fact, one of the most cynical and darkest blockbuster movies ever made. Their incessant, clueless complaining was thrown back in their ungrateful faces, as Palpatine’s actions exposed their myopic, banal and conventional expectations for “great” Star Wars movies (dark and serious ones like ESB) for the utter fraud they were and are.

    To further rub salt in the wounds, in Attack of the Clones Palpatine slyly used the most hated Phantom Menace character, Jar Jar, to further his evil aims. He manipulated the amphibian rube into passing through the “emergency powers” bill in the senate, so turning the fanboys own hatred against them. The fanboys longed to see Jar Jar brought low but, by doing so, unwittingly allied themselves with Palpatine’s fascism and are thus responsible for the dark turn the narrative took.

    So, not only is Palpatine a master chess player, he also functions as a meta creation, and a very sly joke on Lucas’s part directed at the bitter and cynical Star Wars fanbase. Muwahahahahahahaha!!

  • I_am_better

    Palpatine’s schemings are really the almost only part I like about the prequels.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Yeah, McDiarmid was consistently great throughout all of them and his character remains a very complex one. It’s too bad that some of the worst fanboys are so blinkered by hate they cannot bring themselves to admit there was anything good about the prequels at all.

  • I_am_better

    That whole opera scene, where he tells about Darth Plagueis, and gives that sly smile after saying, “his apprentice killed him in his sleep”… There’s no guessing who that apprentice was, lol.

  • …Mugatu!

  • I_am_better

    “Mugatu’s a dick! He tried to brainwash Derek to kill the claymation dude!”

  • By filling out a special application form.

  • I_am_better

    Or a software update?

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    We eagerly await the Disney “Darth Plagueis” spin-off to find out, ahem…

  • Zed

    Making a character like Ackbar express subtle emotion is one of the more impressive things about Jedi. Something that’s rarely accomplished even with today’s visual effects wizardry.

  • I_am_better

    True. You can’t do that with fucking CGI. It just can’t be done.

  • I_am_better

    He’s (it’s?) like an anti-Blade Runner

  • ..or we find out sooner than we think if those rumours are true.

  • Sagamanus

    Yeah Lobot is a strange one. The device on his head has always intrigued me.

  • It can. Proof: Gollum. It’s just that it’s both hard and not many want to go that far into a synthetic character. Or the studios are unwilling to fork enough time and money for it.

  • I resent the expression “Machiavellian” to represent evil. The real Machiavelli was not evil, he advocated the very opposite. He’s so often misquoted to make him look evil that’s stopped being funny already.

  • What, no R2-D2? Now that surprises me!

  • Admiral Allah-Ackbar. Fishie to his friends.

  • KilliK

    or you could write the above as part of the opinion article.
    just saying..

  • KilliK

    I am going with the EU and I choose Kyle Katarn.
    http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/1/1f/BeardlessKyleKatarn-PreTalay-SWDF.png/revision/latest?cb=20080115070356

    I wish Lucasfilm would remade Dark Forces instead of giving us that shitty Battlefront game..

  • KilliK

    exaggerating much?

  • KilliK

    and Davy Jones, and Neytiri, and..

  • KilliK

    “And when Lando was forced to escape from Cloud City, we never saw Lobot in the movies again. What happened to him”

    my speculation? Lando is Finn’s father and we are gonna see both him and Lobot in SW8. So you ll find out then what happened to him.

  • hm hm hm

  • the original actor is dead, sadly

  • Indrid Cold

    Instead of naming my favorite SW character I will name one that I have just recently gained appreciation for. Salacious B Crumb. Now when I was a kid that little whacked out piece of shit scared the hell out of me.. but looking back now as an adult… what a great little character! I mean can you imagine the Jabba scenes now without this little shit laughing his ass off? In the behind the scenes feature for The Phantom Menace, Lucas mentions that they had never had a character as funny as Jar Jar before. I beg to fucking differ. Salacious is HILARIOUS. I know there has been alot of flack recently about a new cantina scene in TFA.. to me…if there is a little monkey looking alien in the background laughing his ass off, it would be all worth it.

    If you can watch this without cracking up, you are a bigger man than me.

  • Who could forget him? Love his laughter. I also dig the toad dog at the entry of the main hall.

  • KilliK

    They can replace him with some other old, bald actor.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    It doesn’t represent evil by itself; it represents scheming. And in this case, Palpatine was a manipulator in the interests of evil, not social good.

    In any event, Machiavelli’s ideas are still considered ambiguous to this day and have been debated by many philosophers and historians for centuries, so it’s certainly not cut-and-dried.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    What rumors?

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Especially Neytiri. And Caesar in the Planet of the Apes reboot series, as well.

  • That Serkis is Plageius. Or a derivate of that character, which sounds even more plausible.

  • yeah it’s def not an obstacle.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Shouldn’t your choice be a character from Cock Nose’s latest opus? After all, he’s the genius who saved Star Wars.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I thought Serkis was playing a giant, Jabba the Hutt-like alien?

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Dark Forces has now been scrubbed from canon to make way for Jar Jar’s efforts, so that was never going to happen. Hell, I don’t think LucasArts even exists anymore. What a disgraceful set of affairs.

  • I am pretty sure they said he is some kind of Force-related creature. But who knows.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I have come into possession, through my network of spies, of an image of Andy Serkis’s character from The Force Awakens. Here it is:

    http://i.imgur.com/3BDKMzx.jpg

    The CGI is marvelous, as I’m sure you’ll agree.

  • Indrid Cold

    I haven’t seen the new Star Wars yet,penis breath.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Beat it, and take that other troll with you.

  • Indrid Cold

    nah.. kind of comfy here.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy
  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Bruce Willis?

  • The Mothman cometh!

  • I didn’t have time to submit my ode to the rancor keeper. =(

  • I_am_better

    Patrick Stewart!!!

  • I_am_better

    Oh, man. Write it here.

  • I_am_better

    I really liked those games

  • In all seriousness though, I wouldn’t have picked a character, more of a species. Utini!

    The Jawas have always been my favourite. I love the mystery of these little scavenger fucks and the fact that it’s never been revealed what they look like underneath the hood, only implied. Take that, Midi-chlorians!!

  • I_am_better

    I wanna see a Jawas spin-off movie.

  • Only for those who are reluctant to not let go of the cliched image the poor fellow aggregated all this centuries. Better critical appraisal of his works makes clear he didn’t advocated evil scheming. Practical realpolitik, yes, but not evil counsel.

  • Indrid Cold

    who is Nutella..er..Neytiri?

  • I had the idea to write a prequel about him awhile back but then someone, Killik maybe, told me he actually had a book about him in the EU already and I looked it up. Pretty cool. Also, Jawas helped capture Jabba’s rancor. Nice.

  • CoolHandJuke

    You should do a most boneable sw character. Grown up ashoka and aunt beru get my votes…

  • Indrid Cold

    wicket.

  • Not a fan of racial profiling, you know.

  • ErnestRister

    Lucas had the new trilogy and loose suggestions for spin-offs before the Disney acquisition. Spin-offs were coming, one way or another.

  • KilliK

    no, they shouldnt:

  • KilliK

    yeah, Disney shut down the LucasArts studio after the acquisition. maybe if some other studio takes the license to make the game.

    I was watching today the Playstation Experience event and Tim Schaefer, a prominent game designer during the golden age of LucasArts, was giving an interview about some of the old LucasArts games his studio is remaking now. During the interview, he said that Lucas had a huge vault in his Skywalker Rauch which he used to archive everything that came from games,comics,movies,etc like concept art,sound files,etc

    I wonder what happened to that archive now, does the Raunch belong to Disney too or Lucas kept it?

  • Orcus

    Why was not Orcus consulted??? Orcus is a bit miffed on this

    Sigh..

    Major Character: Wedge. Survived all 3 movies, two of which side by side with Luke.

    Minor: Orcus is torn on this. First would be the run of the mill Stormtrooper. You can tell that in the later movies that they are either doing if for a check or the Imperial College fund.

    The second would be Willrow Hood. Bespin was going to hell in a hand basket and this Neil deGrasse Tyson looking motherfucker ran like bitch with an ice cream maker. Forget about your ID and family, Willrow will choke a bitch for French Vanilla. What is not to love?

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    A political doctrine as bereft of explicitly “moral” considerations as Machiavelli’s lays itself open to personal interpretation by its very nature, whether justified not not. It doesn’t matter what the real person “intended”, as his ideology allowed room for flexibility and the man himself has been lost to history. It’s not surprising that it could be, and has been, co-opted for nefarious purposes or explicitly identified with them.

    Hell, there are some like Rousseau who resorted to defending “The Prince” as a work of satire, precisely because the message was so unclear. Machiavelli only has himself to blame for any possible misinterpretations of his message and knew well enough what he was doing.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    She’s that big, blue, cat-like alien you jerked off to, while simultaneously hating yourself for doing it.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    George kept it to host his giant sex-parties.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    But I thought Lucas had only scribbled a few mere paragraphs, sketched on the back of an envelope while he was shit-faced? Bwahahahaha!!! :p

  • Orcus

    You have Orcus’ forgiveness. This time. 🙂 Check your email.

    Orcus is trying to get Fiber in the Underworld, but the cables keep melting

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Actually, one of the EU stories had a captured Jawa forcibly unmasked in Jabba’s palace in order to humiliate it in front of the sadistic crowd there. It was described as looking like a furry rat with huge, phosphorescent eyes.

  • Orcus

    That’s the iPod 12. Lobot was ahead of the curve

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy
  • Orcus

    The ol’ banana in the tailpipe

  • KilliK

    Ben Kingsley! But have him talk like Trevor. oleoleoleo, it’s Rey and gang.

  • KilliK

    man, do you imagine if this was true, Lucas arranging sex parties with the attendees dressed as characters from SW? that would have been hilarious.

  • Was it a picture book?

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Sadly, no. I think it happened in a short story in the “Tales from Jabba’s Palace” anthology.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    It is true. The best moment was when two female ILM employees, dressed as Twi’Lek dancers, performed an ass-to-ass with a double dildo shaped like R2’s head at both ends while Lucas, dressed as The Emperor, looked on, cackling and clapping his hands. I have the footage to prove it. I’ll upload it on Pornhub very soon. 😉

  • Toruk_Makto

    I’ve always loved The Phantom Menace.

  • Toruk_Makto
  • CoolHandJuke

    what would i do with my other three hands?

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Stick them the same place you park your third leg.

  • KilliK

    Harry’s mon.

  • Good. No pics, no proof! =)

  • ErnestRister

    LucasFilm closed LucasArts. LucasArts had hemorrhaged millions of dollars a year, for years. Kennedy couldn’t justify keeping it viable. By November, employees were showing up for work with nothing to do. They all knew what was coming, but were hoping they’d get folded into Disney Interactive. Kennedy pulled the plug, LucasFilm issued a press release saying they were transistioning to a licensing model…and every headline read, “Disney Closes LucasArts”. Nope.

    Oh, from what I understand, Skywalker Ranch is Lucas’ real estate, he owns it.

  • Stalkeye

    So that’s who the inventor of the Bluetooth wireless headset got his inspiration from! XD

  • KilliK

    I don’t know who you are, Sith. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for money, I can tell you I don’t have credits. But what I do have are a very particular set of Jedi skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my padawan go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you. With my lightsaber.

  • Stalkeye

    I will not rest until I locate that software!!!!! *Shakes Infinity Gauntlet covered fist*

  • For making those gifs? There is a lot of free software online, I believe.

  • Combining gifs is not easy though…. I failed so far.

  • Zed

    I always liked Darth Bane, played by Christopher Walken.

  • I got a fever… and the only prescription is more midichlorians!

  • Stalkeye

    I want the software that will merge a character into a animated gif background ever since I had seen these!

    http://comicsalliance.com/files/2012/03/tumblrm0beomkppg1r5ur0ho1500.gif

    http://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m25qylt7Ze1r5ur0ho1_500.gif

  • Dennis O’Keefe

    It’s no wonder why you’ve never felt the touch of a real woman. And, lamely cribbing a scene from the end of Requiem for a Dream is especially desperate, but not surprising. You are such a vulgar hack.

  • Stalkeye

    Well done article, Guys!
    I also though Wedge was the unsung Hero during the original Trilogy (Y’know, the one that really matters? LOL) After seeing ROTJ, I was glad to know that he survived throughout all the major battles and even chilled with those damned Ewoks!

    Yub,nub.

    Wasn’t Watto seen as some sort of Racist caricature as well as Jar-Jar?

  • It was not himself he is to blame, but his enemies of the time who did a great job sully his reputation. He did die in disgrace, after all.

  • Frimmel

    I’ve never really had a favorite character. They all make up this great big “whole” that is less without the other parts.

  • Frimmel

    I’d hope for the anthology series we get some Jedi and his padawan on the road so to speak. The thing I most wanted to know after Episode I was what Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan had been up to prior to the trade negotiations. The Clone Wars sort of tells that sort of tale but not quite.

  • Frimmel

    It is just more of the mythical brilliance. Every King has a court jester.

  • Frimmel

    I for one have never understood the outright hatred for the prequels. They are by no means horrible films. They might be horrible Star Wars films depending on your point of view but they are better than the scorn would have you believe.

  • Frimmel

    Palpatine killed Plageius as I_am_Better points out above.

  • KilliK
  • KilliK

    make it a sex drama, a forbidden gay love between a teacher and his student.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    They were never outright bad movies. All three contained too many interesting elements or well-directed sequences to be judged truly terrible, and ROTS is a pretty good movie overall.

    How anyone can claim, with a straight face, that ROTS is worse than the majority of summer blockbusters is beyond the ken of rational folk. Maybe if you compare it to Empire or A New Hope, but most genre movies fall short of that yardstick.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Parts of it are great, and it’s the strongest of the series visually after The Empire Strikes Back. Terrific art direction and concept design. Nothing in The Force Awakens yet glimpsed seems to be remotely comparable.

  • Toruk_Makto

    It wouldn’t surprise me if there were people out there who hated the movies purely on the basis that they introduced Midi-chlorians

    Which if true is all kinds of hilarious.

  • force reincarnation blah blah blah

  • Dennis O’Keefe

    So, it would be a bio pic about your life with Turd?

  • Frimmel

    It certainly seems with the big franchise films that folks have a much harder time disconnecting their own expectations and desires for a film and whether or not that film was any good. The things that get a pass and the things that get savaged often leave me puzzled.

  • S_D_M_F

    Yep.

  • S_D_M_F
  • Bop

    My favorite Star Wars character is Amaiza. So sue me.

  • What about Jaxxon?

  • Ernest is addressing the racism accusation!

  • oh wait, Watto. Yeah, some people saw a Jewish stereotype in him.

  • Bop

    Number 2.

  • Stalkeye

    Who dat?

  • Stalkeye

    . Part giant mosquito (blood sucker), this mendacious parts dealer can’t be trusted, He’s deceitful, conniving, he cheats with loaded dice, he’s scum and he knows it, and he doesn’t care”.

    LOL Yup, its definitely true that some if not many have equated those traits as Jewish Antisemitic stereotypes since the Phantom menace made its debut and called Lucas out on it.

  • Stalkeye

    LMMFAO@

    http://i.imgur.com/oGB2O7y.gif

    Well played, friend.

  • Frimmel

    Well JJ has let the villain stew for decades before marching off to his revenge before but in the case of Plageius it might stretch it even for him. Besides they seem to be distancing themselves from the prequels. Unless they go with Plageius being some sort of riff on the Abeloth character from the Fate of The Jedi novels. http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Abeloth

  • ErnestRister

    And Lucas seemed mystified by it. Here’s something I’ve often stated about animation. Your brain knows what you’re looking at isn’t real. Let’s look at the young fawn in Bambi. Bambi has a head as big and round as a bowling ball. Real deer have long, elongated heads, like a cigar with ears and a mouth. Bambi actually looks more like a calf than a fawn. So why do we read him as a fawn? Because he moves like one, and because his mother is clearly a deer. But he doesn’t look like one. Your brain takes that design and fills in the gaps all on its own.

    Since we don’t have a point of reference for Jar-Jar and Watto, the brain does what it does and starts to associate qualities, to “read” the design of the unreal animated creature and fill in the gaps. I don’t think Lucas intended for audiences to read Watto like an Arab or a Jewish person, or the Neimodians as Asians – people simply had no point of reference and so, personal associations crept in.

    Because of this associative quality of animation, animation has a unique power far different than live action film making, and young people are particularly susceptible to this power as their young brains are learning to understand the world.

  • ErnestRister

    So strong with the Dark Side he learned to cheat death…wouldn’t surprise me if it took decades to heal.

  • ErnestRister

    Seven-foot-tall unnaturally thin character is what I’ve heard. Anakin was willed into being by Plagueis or Palaptine…the midichlorians were only introduced as a trail of bread crumbs to the truth that would be revealed to Anakin in Revenge of the Sith. Anakin was to learn he’s living proof the Dark Side can cheat death and keep people from death. Alas, Lucas decided not to pull that trigger. It would have gone a long, long way to rehabilitating The Phantom Menace, at least as far as the whole Midi thing is concerned. In the scene where Qui Gon learns Anakin’s count is off the chart, Lucas cuts to a worried Shmi, and John Williams starts playing a Sith theme.

  • Stalkeye

    That’s a well defined breakdown and truth be told, and its true in the case of an individual who has often seen depictions or preconceived notions of racial stereotypes-that would equate a character as employing actions or speech patterns similar to said stereotypes.

    The shit may be embedding in their mind however, on the same turn “if it walks like a duck…” (Regarding the stereotypes, of course.)

    Jar Jar Binks is pretty much Stephen Fetchit I guess that’s another reason why the character is so hated by many. One may argue that the Ewoks are portrayed as Pygmys.

    Anyway, here’s one’s take on “caricatures” associated with racial connotations.

    http://www.weirdworm.com/the-five-most-racist-star-wars-characters/

  • ErnestRister

    Yes, but I was just wondering if other nationalities — say, Estonia — saw Jar-Jar and thought he was Steppinfetchit. We bring a lot of our own backstories and experiences when it comes to art evaluation, especially in fantasy and animation.

  • thanks! What do you think about the new site header?

  • I can respect that

  • Stalkeye

  • that article is shit though

  • KilliK

    this one:

  • Scopedog

    Thanks for picking Lando, Stalkeye–and good point about “it was cool to see a Brotha in a major SciFi epic and just as important, not some stereotypical buffoon…”. Growing up outside the US–as I did–STAR WARS was still a major event, but with the EMPIRE STRIKES BACK it was damned good to see a Black man who held his own AND was in a position of authority. And he did have a great character arc throughout that film and blew the s@#! out of the second Death Star in ROTJ.

    (Funny enough, Lucas was toying with the idea of casting African American actor Glynn Turman as Han Solo in the original SW…)

    The prequels do have many flaws, but I give them a lot of credit from adding more…color to that galaxy far, far away. From Mace Windu to Captain Panaka Captain Typho to well, Jango Fett and even Bail Organa–it was good to see more faces of POCs in a major SF film series (even though one can call Lucas out on the Nemodians’ accents and possibly Watto…but when one calls Jar Jar Binks a stereotype of Jamaicans, actual Jamaicans have called bulls@#! on that one!).

    Here’s hoping that THE FORCE AWAKENS will be worth the wait.

  • Scopedog

    Too easy, Killik…besides, I’m sure there are enough yaoi doujinshi that cover this….:)

  • Scopedog

    This bickering is pointless.

  • Scopedog

    Well, playing JEDI KNIGHT on the PC and yep, Kyle was a pretty good character….

  • Scopedog

    Yep–there was a great article in Game Informer that covered the fall of LucasArts. It wasn’t pretty–but it also made it clear that Disney was not at fault.

  • Scopedog

    Same here. If you are feeling nostalgic, go check out gog.com–they’ve got a few of them DRM-free and at good prices.

  • Scopedog

    Good point….and no Boba Fett either….

  • Scopedog

    Not just Gollum–Caesar from the new PLANET OF THE APES films as well.

    (But then again, both Gollum and Caesar were played by Andy Serkis…..)

  • Scopedog

    Good point. He really was THE main bad guy of the entire SW saga was Palpatine–he manipulated everything from the shadows while, shockingly remaining in the light as a kindly politician who seemed to give a s#@! about everyone.

    You gotta give Ian McDiarmid serious props for making Palpatine more than a one-note cackling bad guy.

  • Scopedog

    True–they aren’t perfect. But they still had some redeeming qualities and hell, there are far, FAR worse films than the prequels out there.

    And let’s face it, REVENGE OF THE SITH is one dark film.

  • Scopedog

    Too many!

    (But they are pretty funny, though….)

  • Tarmac492.1

    Great picks and great article dudes!!! No love for Palpatine in the prequels??? Probably the most fully formed character in them!!

  • Right, Caesar from the POTA remake, excellent example as well, thank you for bringing that up.

  • Fuck Bobba Fett, he’s over-rated, his only claim to fame is his suit. Fanboys are like chicks, they love the suits().

  • Stalkeye

    Hey, Scopo!! What’s good?

    I was torn between Han Solo, Luke, Darth and Bob Fett (Who was such a cool character but very, very underused!!) But I had a feeling everyone would’ve already picked them however, I remember Lando being such a cool, suave character and his subplot involving betrayal and redemption was a stroke of genius. I just love ESB for so many reasons and Lando was one of them.

    As for TFA, I’ll reserve judgement till I see the finished project.

    *SPAM ALERT* be sure to checkout my first podcast as I discuss Anime live action adaptations and other things. Warning: NSFW or TEO!

    http://thesupernaughts.com/podcasts/the-overground-podcast/the-overground-podcast-pilot-episode/

  • Scopedog

    HAH! Well, he’s not a fave of mine either–I did wonder why no one had brought him up, since it seems many hold his character up as a favorite.

    (Come to think of it, no Darth Maul either? Curious about that one. He was one hell of an evil badass–but thankfully, Ray Park is one hell of a nice guy.)

  • Scopedog

    Hey Stalkeye, doing okay, just waiting for the holidays (and TFA, of course). I’m also waiting to see TFA before passing judgement–don’t get me wrong, the trailers look great, and I like the fact that the story is being kept under wraps–imagine if they spilled the shocker in ESB about Darth being Luke’s daddy before the movie came out? It wouldn’t have had any impact at all.

    BTW, did you catch Lando’s appearance on the STAR WARS: REBELS series? Great stuff.

    Thanks for the heads-up on the podcast–will check it out. Also, I’ve finally broken down and opened up a Tumblr page–don’t worry, nothing NSFW on it (yet!), but more stuff showing works in progress and the finished products:

    http://redshoulder.tumblr.com/

  • The problem with Darth Maul is, I think, he died too soon. But he sure made an impression. He’s part of what I think is the best duel in all of Star Wars movies. Say what you will of the movie, but that duel was fantastic.

  • Stalkeye

    I never had the chance to watch REBELS. I thought it looked a bit too cute but hey, I could be wrong. I peeped into your tumblr page, Cool art pieces and I hope you will add more Mecha and videogame material. Had no idea you were a fan of Destiny. I own a copy for my XB1 but the MMO integration may not be my thing. I like the character customization option though.

  • Orcus

    The reason why Palpatine was so kick as was that he used his brains and not the Force to kick everyone’s ass. Even walking in the middle of the Jedi they still did not see him coming.

  • He was cool and he definitely had fun playing his role!

  • Stalkeye

    As you can tell just from the (below) Gif you created. XD

  • But you could have written that tribute!

  • Well that was his stuntman though…I guess.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Trying to finish up my horror story for SN.

  • Not pressuring anyone here! Was just saying.

  • Scopedog

    Thanks, Stalkeye–hope to add more mech goodness whenever possible (especially with the GUNDAM: THUNDERBOLT anime on the horizon). I’m just as shocked that I’m a fan of DESTINY myself–I played the demo first a few months back and just fell in love with it. I was not one for MMOs, but this one….well, this one worked. Got it for my PS3 and have never regretted it (although all my other games that I’ve got sitting around might disagree!). Agreed on the character customization; it’s a standout.

    Don’t get me wrong–the game’s got flaws, to be sure. I pretty much ignored it pre-release and never bought into the hype…but honestly, I’ve found it to be a great experience so far.

    I almost gave REBELS a pass, but this season…oh man they’ve really hit the ground running. Good stuff so far, in my view.

    Peace!

  • Scopedog

    Agreed.

  • Stalkeye

    I know, but I would like to imagine if it were actually him.

  • yeah, lol