2015-01-21

The Clean Break

Hmm.  Those who might be tempted to ignore the new canon really do have a clean break point.

See, the sale to Disney was an obvious choice, especially given the unceremonious end to TCW, but with the Lucas treatment for Star Wars Episode VII in play and Dave Filoni being one of the guys involved in Rebels it seemed there remained at least some continuity of Lucasian thought.

But as it happens, all that remains is Filoni, but even he is watered down by contrary voices.

And so Disney Star Wars is truly a different animal.  Lucas purists would be wise to ponder this further.  I know I am.

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From http://www.cinemablend.com/m/new/How-George-Lucas-Star-Wars-7-Ideas-Were-Used-By-Disney-69271.html

"It was revealed in a recent interview that George Lucas, the father of the Star Wars movies, had originally planned to make Star Wars: Episode 7 before Disney purchased Lucasfilm. He even began developing some ideas for the next installment, which he passed along to Disney. As it turns out, though, the Mouse House and J.J. Abrams didn’t use Lucas’ treatment ideas for the current script.

I had the chance to speak with Lucas for his upcoming film, an animated musical called Strange Magic, and asked about any details he could offer on the ideas he was tossing around. In response, he revealed this tidbit:

The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn't really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it's not the ones that I originally wrote [on screen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens]
Unfortunately, he wouldn’t go into detail about his early ideas for his Star Wars: Episode 7 script, but there are some things we can infer. An interview with Mark Hamill from back in 1983 made the rounds online a while ago, and it revealed footage of Luke Skywalker talking about how Lucas approached him about playing an Obi-wan-type character in a potential sequel and passing the torch to another generation of Jedi. Though, this seems like a general enough kernel of a story to have also been thought up by Abrams and company. Could it still be in play?

As we reported earlier, Lucas’ plan to make Star Wars: Episode 7 was snuffed when he realized the time commitment was too much for him to take on. Making a new trilogy of this already massive franchise would mean putting his life on hold yet again for another 10 or so years. "The time is more important to me than the money," he said. Couple that with Disney coming along at just the right time, and he was willing to pass the torch."

2 Comments:

Blogger Sarahwitch said...

I DID IT! I just cracked the canon-code at SDN.

At http://www.stardestroyer.net/Empire/Misc/Canon.html , Mike Wong says "the policy of Lucasfilm is that the books count, although not as highly as the movies."

Assuming that to be true for the sake of argument, this means that nothing in the books can give a military advantage over the films, since this would contradict higher canon; after all, both sides were fighting to the best of their ability, and so what you see is what you get.

However the books can give a disadvantage where they state a LOWER figure that we don't see exceeded in the films. For example, in the novelization of "A New Hope," Han Solo tells Jabba that he'd be back from Alderaan in three weeks with his money. This means that it's a 10-day trip, real-space time, or about 240 hours even though onboard the Falcon it's closer to 2.4; and the book also states that time in hyperspace travels faster than real-space, so this would explain the discrepancy.
In contrast, this indicates that Admiral Piett's statement that Solo could be "on the other side of the galaxy by now" just minutes after a search of the area to be simple hyperbole-- since, as Wong admits, "the books count," just not as highly as the films." (Indeed, the notion of a ship being able to traverse the galaxy in minutes, contradicts even the onboard-Falcon scene in ANH-- including the fact that Obi-wan felt Alderaan being destroyed- an unlikely coincidence if the trip was indeed only about 2 hours rather than 10 days.
Another point from the ANH novel is that Han Solo says "no ship can track another accurately past lightspeed," and indeed this is supported by the fact that we see tracking-devices rather than scanners used to track ships in hyperspace (on the Falcon in ANH, and on the Slave I in AotC). This likewise contradicts anything in the books that shows the Empire being able to track-- let alone HIT, or otherwise hinder-- a ship moving faster than lightspeed.
So simply put, the Empire wouldn't stand a CHANCE against the Federation, which has been seen on film attacking at warp and hitting targets from 200,000km away; since all SW combat takes place at sublight speed, with sublight weapons.
In short, a battle against a Starfleet vessel would look like a Speedy Gonzales cartoon where he runs around Sylvester at warp 4.... if they think that X-wings are bad in outrunning their fastest turbolasers, imagine the Enterprise: "ARRIBA ARRIBA, ENDELE ENDELE!"

That's All Folks!

1:03 AM  
Blogger Sarahwitch said...

Maybe Goofy can play Jarjar, he's a natural.

1:07 AM  

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