Sunday, August 15, 2010

Star Wars Celebration V Highlights

Okay, so you may or may not know what a Star Wars Celebration is; basically they are the largest Star Wars conventions in the world that happen to come around once every few years.

A lot of big Star Wars news is revealed at these conventions. Celebration V, the latest Celebration since Celebration Japan in 2008, began just recently in Florida. The biggest news coming from the convention can be found below. And might I say... holy crap! (to all of the below)

George Lucas himself appeared at the convention where he had a sit down with The Daily Show's Jon Stewart. Some of the biggest and most exciting news to come from the interview was that the entire Star Wars saga will be released on Blu-Ray in the fall of 2011. In addition, and perhaps even more exciting, is the fact that at least one new scene from the original trilogy has been added to the movies. This scene, cut from Return of the Jedi, shows Luke putting the final touches on his new lightsaber and placing it in R2-D2 as Vader calls out to his son through the Force.
[You can watch the video at the upper right hand of my blog for a short while. I apologize for the quality.]

Hopefully, this isn't the only scene that will be added to the saga's Blu-Ray release. Several other unfinished scenes come to mind, such as the original Anchorhead scene from A New Hope were we are introduced to Luke and his relationship to Biggs Darklighter. Also, it would be fantastic to see the extended Geonosis Arena Battle wherein Ki-Adi Mundi and Plo Koon infiltrate a Trade Federation core ship in an attempt to disable the droid army. A geek can dream right? :P

The Clone Wars Season 3, beginning on September 17th, was featured heavily at the convention. Along with interviews with the show's creators, an extended trailer for the new season was shown.

This trailer has so much going on. First off, I love how much the new season appears to be influenced by previous work from the Star Wars Expanded Universe (books, comics, video games). Several things to note from this were the inclusion of Asajj Ventress' starfighter from the original Clone Wars micro-series, the Nightsisters from the novel The Courtship of Princess Leia, and perhaps most notable, Delta Squad's appearance from Republic Commando. Some new plotlines that look quite promising are one when Ventress is on the run from Dooku after being told to be disposed of by Darth Sidious and a lightsaber fight between Dooku and three invisible Jedi assassins. A pecurious plot twist comes in the shape of an introduction of Darth Maul's brother. I know, weird right? I don't know where that's going to end up going, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
[The trailer can be watched here.]

Fans of the Star Wars novels of the 90's will be happy to know that the ever popular X-Wing series will be continued in the shape of another Wraith Squadron novel, some of my personal favorite Star Wars books. Also, Grand Admiral Thrawn will appear in the follow up to the 2007 Mara Jade novel, Allegiance.

Well, now that I've revealed just how much of a Star Wars geek I am, I might as well mix things up with a little non-Star-Wars news.

To my great dismay, it's been revealed that a new Terminator movie is in the works. This time around, it will be entirely CGI. Really? Let's hope, "It won't be back." Yeah I know, that was corny.

Whatever, that's all I've got, I'm gonna rewatch the deleted scene now. :)


  1. My kids can't wait for Clone Wars 3 to come out. Was thinking of putting together a party to celebrate :).

    Stopping by from BF.

  2. A party? What a great idea! If I wasn't an adult, (which is sorta embarrassing considering that I'm promoting a show on Cartoon Network :P) I'd show up!

  3. I hadn't heard about Thrawn being in Zahn's next SW book-- that deserves celebration in and of itself! :)

  4. I know right? Gotta love that guy!


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