Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Jedi spotlight/Adi Gaillia

Jedi Master Adi Gaillia is a member of the Jedi Council who is mostly used as negotiator which is what she specializes in and gathering information. Adi was born to wealthy Corellian parents, and traveled to Coruscant to begin her training in her infancy, She has an vast knowledge of the workings of both Republic and Jedi affairs, and has developed a vast information network, with most of her contacts concentrated on Coruscant, but we are told in the obsession series she also have connection amongst space pirates and was hanging with them, as you can guest she is Corellian (Han solo is corellian and was often called a pirate) .

It was this sister who set off the phantom menace Episode I, it was her who warned Chancellor Valorum and the Senate of the Trade Federation's blockade of Naboo, and urged him to request aid from the Jedi Council. In addition to her investigation skills, she was a master of form six, but a modified version, a unique lightsaber combat style, which holds the weapon with the blade pointed towards the ground, held at the side and angled slightly to the rear, facilitating long, sweeping strikes.

She was strong in the force and feared for her use with a blade, when the jedi was sent to hunt aurra sing down mace windu gave her props for her skill and her smarts, in the last days leading up to revenge of the sith. she faced general grievous and became one with the force. A lot of star wars fan confuse her with her cousin who was also promoted to the jedi council during episode III but Adi died in obsession series comics by dark horse, it was her cousin who was in revenge of the sith and her name was Stass Allie, I guess even in Sci Fi we all look alike, they were both known for there beauty and piercing blue eyes and dark exotic skin, Oh well, I don't know what they were thinking with the blue eyes...

About the Sista that played her in the movie:

Gin Clarke was first spotted by French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier whilst on a trip in London. Soon her tall athletic figure and beautifully shaped bald head were gracing catwalks all over Europe. Her look was copied by a number of young, black models, especially in the UK where many bald black women modeled for UK shows in the mid-90s.She no longer does but has appeared in the movies , the latest Star War films and music videos. She still rocks the Bald look, man he should have let her rock it for the movie...

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Q & A Wednesdays

Sorry, we are behind on the Q&A's. We had technical difficulties and family business to take care of. We promise it won't happen again. Remember, ask anything you want and we will research it for you and try to answer it by Friday (saturday morning the latest).

KG asked..

I heard Chewbaca dies in one of the books, how does that happen?

Our response:
In the words of the Almighty Billie Wheelz " they dropped a moon on him. He got to be a brother!" Which of course is very close to the truth. During the early stages of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, while the New Republic Senate pussyfooted around the issue and actually blamed the antagonism of the Yuuzhan Vong on the Jedi, Han Solo, Chewie, and Anakin Solo headed to the planet of Sernpidal to help out. The Yuuzhan Vong used a "device" that would take a planet's moon and smash it against it. So literally, a moon was dropped on Chewie. Solo went into a state of depression afterward and blamed Anakin Solo for Chewie's death (Anakin was flying the Falcon and did not go back for him). Chewie went out like a trooper saving total strangers and defiant until the end.


Jdid asked:

oh just realized i had another question. drop some science on this whole 'lost twenty' business

Our response:

The Lost Twenty were Jedi who left the Order voluntarily. They did not do it because they went to the Dark Side but because they were dissatisfied with the Republic Senate and the Jedi's subservience to them. Dooku was one of them. The others have yet to be revealed. We do know that they were all highly respected throughout the galaxy. Check "Jedi Rendezvous" to see how Dooku was highly respected throughout the galaxy.




Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Star Wars: The Joiner King by Troy Denning Review

WARNING: there are SPOILERS in this review. If you do not want to know what goes on, PLEASE skip this review...

Four and a half out of Five Stars...

Troy Denning, the author of the Star Wars novels Recovery, Star by Star, and Tattooine Ghost, delves further into the New Jedi Order with Star Wars Dark Nest: The Joiner King. Denning is already familiar with several of the major characters outside of Luke Skywalker, Leia and Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, Wedge Antilles, and several other of SW fan favorites.

The story takes place 35 years ASW, and 5 years after the war against Yuuzhan Vong. Ben Skywalker, Luke and Mara Jade Skywalker's first son, is now 8 standard years old. There is a new Jedi Council consisting of Luke Skywalker, Kenth Hamner, Corran Horn, Kyp Durron, and the Jedi healer Cilghal. Jacen Solo, one of Han and Leia's twins, is a traveling Jedi hermit who is studying with various Force sensitive adepts around the galaxy. The galaxy is in shambles after the war. Several races have been displaced because of the destruction the Yuuzhan Vong have caused with their terraforming.

The story focuses on the survivors of the ill fated Myrkr mission in which several young Jedi headed by the late Anakin Solo plan a suicide mission on a worldship (sort of like a Yuuzhan Vong capital ship) orbiting Myrkr to destroy a labratory that creates the Jedi killing Voxyn. Several Jedi including Anakin are killed in the process. In the beginning of Joiner King, several of the survivors are summoned via the force to the outskirts of Chiss space. Jaina Solo, Alema Rar, Lowbacca, Zekk, Tekli the Chandra Fan, Tezar (one of the few surviving members of his race), Tenel Ka (the current queen of the Hapes Consortium) and later Jacen Solo all head out to the Chiss border withouth consulting the Jedi Council.

There is a race of insect like beings, the Killik, who are infringing on the outskirts of Chiss territory. So the Chiss, who are a military race of beings which the infamous Admiral Thrawn hailed from, are forced to push the Killiks back. The Killik are joined as one by a Jedi thought killed during the Myrkr mission. There are also dark jedi who were thought dead after being rescued by Anakin and the others. This leads to the discovery of a Dark Nest. Luke, Mara, Saba Sebatyne, Han and Leia all head out to the Chiss frontier to investigate. They later return with several members of the Jedi council to avert a war with the Chiss.

The book is well written by a veteran of the SW Expanded Universe (EU). Unfortunately, a reader unfamiliar with the New Jedi Order series, particularly with the Myrkr Mission, would be lost. If one did not read Survivor's Quest by Timothy Zahn would be missing out in certain cultural tidbits about the Chiss. So it is important that they read at least a few books centered around the Myrkr Mission and the last few books of the New Jedi Order.

Denning throws several surprises at us like the re-emergence of Raynar Thul, a jedi knight who was kidnapped by two dark sider Jedi's during the Myrkr mission and many thought was shot down. Ben Skywalker is strong in the force but because of the trauma he felt during the Yuuzhan Vong war, he has cut himself off worrying his parents. Luke Skywalker gives a delegate of the Chiss a tour of the new Jedi temple which has been relocated to Coruscant (which still shows evidence of the Vong terraforming). This gives insight to how the Jedi run things much differently than the Jedi of the BSW era. Jacen Solo's concept of the force continues to develop.

The only reason why the book does not get a full 5 stars is because much of what happens to the galaxy after the war is left out. The Yuuzhan Vong destroyed several worlds, killed billions, and displaced billions more. Denning does discuss the plight of the Ithorians, one of the first race of beings to lose a planet to terraforming but thats about it. He also leaves out characters such as Lando (even though his company, which is raking in millions of credits is mentioned several times) , Wedge Antilles, and Gavin Darklighter. Yet it is only part one of a three part series. The Jedi are also grappling with thier new approach to the Force. People are beginning to notice. I have no beef with the latter part but the Jedi are slipping into the same problem their predesscors did in the Old Republic era. That's wack

Overall the book is a dope read.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Q & A Fridays

Jdid asked:

Is that what Mara Jade 'The Emperor's Hand' was when we first meet her in that series with Admiral Thrawn after episode VI?

Our response:
Jdid was referencing the part about certain Dark Siders not being Sith. She worked for the Dark Side but she was brainwashed by the Emperor to assasinate Luke Skywalker. We also learned that the Emperor had several Dark Siders who worked for him who were not Sith. During the Dark Empire days (Dark Horse comics had a series called Dark Empire (holla at a scholar if you want a copy or two) we learned that Palpatine really mastered the Force. He was able to transfer power to jedi sensitive adepts who were not that strong. Kam Solusar was a dark sider who worked for the Emperor. Luke was able to turn him back to the light side and currently Kam Solusar is active in the New Jedi Order series (we will be giving spoilers away if we went further). We also learned that Vader has his own Dark Siders as well.

Jdid also asked:
Oh and whats Vaapad did I miss the explaination of this?

Our response:
fortunately we did go over that. We also gave a link for it. But for more information read Star Wars: Shatterpoint. You will learn more about Windu and his former padawan Depa Billaba who is the only other master of this form.

Amadeo asked:
Jedi create their lightsabers in a way that reflects themselves...yet they frown on ownership (or rather attachment) to the point that they weren't happy that Anakin made so many modifications to his fighter to improve it. It made it more "his" so why wasn't this a big deal with the lightsaber.

Our Response:
A lightsaber, like a samurai's sword, is a an extension of yourself. As a padawan, you have to use to force to create your own lightsaber. Notice, that no lightsaber is the same. A padawan has to gather their own parts and crystals. Many make them with parts they may find in the trash. Where as Anakin's fighter was donated to the Jedi. When he created modifications to HIS OWN fighter, instead of making suggestions to the company to make modifications to ALL of the fighters, he was creating an attachment.

KG asked:
1 Was Count Dooku Darth Sidous's apprentice while Darth Mahl was alive? If not, when did he get his Sith membership?

Our response:
No, he was not. Darth Maul was taken as an infant by Palpatine and trained in the ways of the Sith. As Jedi Counsular noted, Dooku was never seduced, he chose the path of the Dark Side. All Sidious had to do to Dooku was "reveal" himself (but as we learned in EP III, Dooku was suckered as well, in the book adaptation of EP III and Jedi Rendezvous, you can learn much more about Dooku and his situation). Also this is a timeline issue. From Ep I to Ep II, 10 years pass. From Ep II to Ep III, 3 and a half years pass.

KG asked:
2 Who was the head of the Jedi Council before Yoda?

Our response:
This has yet to be answered but before the Jedi vs. Sith War, there was no council. In the Old Republic era Jedi Masters usually had more than one padawan and had attachments. The Jedi Council is a very recent thing. We know that started right after the Jedi vs. Sith War and began 1,000 BSW . We know that Yoda is over 800 years old and we don't know when he actually became head of the Jedi Council.

KG asked:
3 How do the Jedi use Shatterpoints?

Our Response:
Only Mace Windu had that gift. We learned that many Jedi get "gifts from the Force." For example, Master Yarell Proof, was a master illusionist. He can take your biggest fear and bring it out. Master Corran Horn, a Correillian, could make illusions as well (Ironically, we learned that his lineage had this power but did not have the power of telekinesis). We also learned that your "gift" is also dependent on what planet you were from. We learn that many force adept Correillians did not have telekinesis. Another example of gifts were Master Saesee Tiin who was a telepath and so was Master Plo Koon. Also Quinlan Vos was a telemetric, where he can "read" objects. Only force sensitive people from Vos' planet had this gift.

KG asked:
What novels can I read that tell the story of Darth Vader directly after Anakin crosses over to the dark side and Jedi fall?


Our response:
They have not come out yet. You can however purchase comic books from Dark Horse called Vaders Quest (holla at a scholar if you want a copy or two). But some new books are coming out about Vader after Ep III. you can also check out Jude Watson's books on "The Last of the Jedi." It's not about Vader but it does discuss his actions. Also on Starwars.com Hyperspace, there is a comic strip on some padawans who are chased by Vader. We do know that there will be books called "Coruscant Nights" about the Jedi who survived Order 66. We hope this answers your questions. We will be reviewing some of these books on here.

Jdid asked:
if Dooku is so racist whats he doing working with the trade federation dudes?

Our response From the Ep III book adaptation:
Pg. 51 -- "They wanted a government clear, pure, direct. None of the messy scrabble for the favor for ignorant rabble and subhuman creatures that made up the Republic he so disposed. The government he would serve would be authority personified: human authority. There was no accident that the primary powers of the Confederacy of Independent Systems were Neimodian, Skakoan, Quarren and Aqualish, Muun, and Gossam, Sy Myrthian and Koorivar, and Geonosian. At war's end, the aliens would be crushed, stripped of all they possessed and their systems and their wealth will be given into the hands of the only beings that can be trusted with them, human beings. Dooku will serve an Empire of man. He will serve it as only as he knew as he was born to do. He would smash the Jedi Order, create it anew, not shackled by the corrupt narcisstic, shabby little beings who called themselves politicians, but free to bring true authority and true peace to a new galaxy that badly needed both. An order that would not negotitiate, not mediate. An order that would enforce. The survivors of the Jedi Order would become the Sith Army. The Fist of the Empire."

That sums it up right thur...

Jdid asked: who were these mandalorian army guys.

Our response :
The Mandolarians were a race of warriors from the planet Mandalore who had a strict warrior code. Later on they allowed other races to join their ranks. Their first well known leader was Amandalore. They had several wars against the Jedi often siding with Sith Lords and usurpers to do battle.

BSW , Jasper Mareel was the head of the Mandolarians. He was also Jango Fett's adopted father, remember Jango was an orphan. Mareel was betrayed by someone in his camp. THen Jango Fett assumed the duties of the Amandalore. Many had problems with this because of his age. A team of Jedi lead by Dooku, ironically, defeated many of the last Mandolarians headed by Fett.

Fett was sold into slavery, for the rest you can read Open Seasons, another Dark Horse series. Also read Star Wars Insider (we forgot the number) which gives a timeline of the Mandolarians. Some Dark Horse comics also discuss some of the wars between the Jedi and the Mandolarians. Also read Hard Contact which really gets into the clones and how many mercenaries had respect for Jango Fett.

Jdid asked:
In Episode II, the cloners on Kamino said that Jedi Master Cypadias was the one who commissioned the army. not questioning your comments on Dooku selecting janga as the template but I was wondering what can you tell me about this jedi master cyphadias

Our response:
You know just as much as we know. It is spelled Sifo Dyas. We don't know how he was killed but we know he ordered the clone army during the time around Ep I. As usual, more will be revealed in time to all of us. We did figure out that Dooku may have had a hand in his death, but we have not proof of that.

Again thank you for the questions. It keeps us on our time. May the Force be with you all

Thursday, August 04, 2005

The trappings of a Political idealist

Once a Jedi Master of great repute, dooku's departure sent a shock threw the Jedi order and across the galaxy. He is the most recent of the so-called "Lost Twenty," the only Jedi in the history of the order to voluntarily renounce their commissions.
Citing disillusionment with the Republic and the Council, And the fact that he was a racist against people who were not human. Dooku left Coruscant for his homeworld of Serenno. He was so wealthy he could have simply purchase the republic but he wanted more, he wanted to remove non human control and to have a republic run by man, and create a sith army, it's ill and if you read the books you understand when jedi Ki adi munda says he is a political idealist

His long standing tradition of independence, is indeed unusual for a Jedi. Dooku was a strong proponent of the living Force, He was Qui gon jinn master, so hence Master jinn school of Jedi thought, You can tell a lot about some Jedi Masters by there style and he was a Master of form two/makashi, which is perfect for blade to blade contact and fighting alone, and for going against a jedi this was a perfect style because most jedi had but all but abandon this technique when the blaster became the weapon of choice. He was one selfish mofo, to dooku most people was boring.

The former Jedi Master was responsible for selecting jango fett for cloning, the ironic thing is he led the jedi team that destroyed Jango and the Mandalorian army, only jango survive but many jedi died, which led to jango being sold into slavery. The thing that separate dooku is the fact that he was not seduced by the dark side like some star wars guru say, he chose the dark path in hoping to establish his political ideals. Kind of like my man Brother Omi says when people say I will take the lesser of the two evils, thankz for that jewel cause as you can see Dooku and his master sat down and plan it out that know matter what the jedi do, they will lose as soon as they join either side, separatist or republic, I guess because he was so arrogant he actually believe old Palpy. Palpatine is like a lot of tyrants, they realize what dooku/people wanted and played into it until he could get his prize which was anakin and the republic in time.

The thing to remember is when old faithful himself Obi wan Kenobi killed Darth Maul, palpatine needed a temporary apprentice, Dooku was perfect choice, powerful and frustrated that the council did not agree with him and his agenda plus already train in the jedi arts, (peep dude is 83 years old when he is in revenge of the sith). what some did not know is that He disliked anakin, he wanted Obi Wan to join them but he did come to see why palpatine wanted Skywalker/vader.

The funny thing, I never looked at dooku as being evil, he had issues like a lot of people I know, One he was into himself so much that it blinded him and he look down on people who was not on his level, the sad thing is jedi master yoda and other jedi looked over these flaws and did not correct them because he had charisma and he was very powerful and respected jedi, his peers made excuses for him Mace Windu thought dooku was a friend he could not see that dooku could commit a crime like murder and mace never wanted to bring up the battle of genosis where he saw the shatterpoint around dooku and he did not act upon it, Dooku was one of the finest the order ever produced, so thus began his decent.

suggested readings
Attack of the clones novel
Open season Jango Fett 1-4
dark horse comics Dark Rendevous(the paperback with yoda on the front. Novel)
labyrinth of evil,
novel Revenge of the sith novel

Monday, August 01, 2005

Terms and concepts...


Before we go any further, Billie Wheelz and I felt it was important that we go over some terms. Of course, we will explore many things outside of the six movies. The movies will be our reference points.

SW -- Star Wars
ASW -- After Star Wars: A New Hope, or Episode IV
BSW -- Before Star Wars: A New Hope
SE -- Sith Era, takes place 5,000 BSW
RE -- Republic Era, begins 1,000 years BSW and ends in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
NJO -- New Jedi Order, many argue when this happens but in our case, it begins 30 Years
ASW
Jedi vs. Sith -- a battle between the Jedi and the Sith... it began 1,004 years BSW
and ended with the destruction of the Sith except for Darth Bane and his apprentice. Here is
where Darth Bane began the concept that there should only be one Sith Lord and his/her
apprentice.

For more information, you can check Dark Horse comics for a timeline. You can also check The Force.net, they have a timeline as well.

Force Sensitive -- someone who is sensitive in the Force. this may not mean that they are learned. There have been incidents of people who could feel the force but not 'utilize' it in anyway. Some races are force sensitive due to evolution such as the indigenous people of Haruun Kal or some folks from Kiffex.

Sith -- Dark sider Jedi's that study Sith lore. Not all dark siders are Sith. One of Dooku's henchwomen, Asajj Ventress, was a dark sider but not a sith. Sith magic was kept a secret when Darth Bane came to power.

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Primero: big up to Jdid... that brother asks some really good questions. Thanks for the love. What we decided to do with questions is to handle them on Friday night. So that way, EVERYONE will see the answer and won't ask the same question twice (as a veteran blogger, I realized that heads don't read comments...). Plus, it gives us more ideas. THanks Jdid, for being a true Jedi.

Here was his question:

how many lightsaber forms are there or rather are there more than 7?

at this point just 7... i am sure that in the future, heads will make more and say its always been that way. FOr more information check here on the 7 lightsaber forms. We hope that helps.

KG asked :

My only question is was he really whippin Darth Sidious ass, or was Sidious just bluffing so he could get Anakin to get closer to the dark side. The three Jedi who accompanied Mace should have been working in the Jedi mail room becasue they didn't get a whiff of action before they got chopped up.

Our initial response:

Mace Windu was really giving sidious a beat down, what the movie does not tell you is that vaapad is not just a lightsaber style, it is a state of mind, so when sidious is attacking, mace is absorbing his dark side enegy and throwing it right back at him, this is one of the advantage of vaapad. A person has to have the discipline of the highest level, so far there has been only one to master vaapad and as for the other two, vaapad mastered them.

Our update:

About the other Jedi Masters that accompanied Mace Windu: Kit Fisto (the green one with all the brain tails), Agen Kolar, and Saesee Tiin (with the two long horns on the side of his head). Kit Fisto is a formidable fighter with the lightsaber. Of course, he should not have been taken out. Master Tiin is a telepath and he could not even read Palpatine. Yet the former Senator turned Emperor was able to kill them with ease.

As Billie Wheelz discussed before, the dark side (which we will discuss later) was clouding everything. Even Yoda could not see the paths the future laid for them. Since Episode I, he made references on how the Sith had clouded everything (actually since the Stark Hyperspace War which took place about 40 years BSW). So that coupled with the element of surprise was how Palpatine was able to defeat at least one Jedi Master with one swipe.

Remember that Palpatine/Sidious is very powerful in the Force. There have only been a handful of Jedi/Sith throughout the entire history of adepts who can actually 'remove' themselves from the Force meaning they can not be detected by Jedi/Sith as 'Force sensitive.' One would also have to be very powerful to do this. THe most recent has been Vergere, an Old Republic Jedi who lived well up until the Yuuzhan Vong invasion. He actually lived and worked a few kilometers from the Jedi Temple. So that says alot.

He watched the Jedi for decades and probably knew what forms each of the Masters he fought knew and practiced. The only one he did not know much of was Vaapad, which we peeped in Star Wars: Shatterpoint. We also know that Sith such as Dooku master Form II which is used to battle other lightsaber wielders. That can explain more.