Archive for October, 2005

Star Wars, Episode IV/The Podcast

Posted in IV - A New Hope, VII - The Jedi Council Speaks Podcast with tags , on October 21, 2005 by jedicouncil

Okay, I want to thank all of you who have supported the Jedi Council Blog and better yet, the way you have all supported “The Jedi Council Speaks”.  As of right now, “The Jedi Council Speaks” is one of the top 90 podcasts on podomatic and I only have one episode out there right now!  I am working on the next episode as we speak and will have the new format for you.  I hope to give everyone a preview of the episode on this blog two weeks from now and I have a commentary already from one of my friends in an mp3 format and have some emails to my email box.  Keep em coming.  In case you haven’t heard the podcast you can go to it through Nathan Butler’s site at:  www.starwarsfanworks.com  All you need to do is to click on the “Radio Shows” link at the top and then click on “The Jedi Council Speaks” web link.  Or, you could go directly to:  http://treborgahkor.podomatic.com/  I also hope to start doing some phone interviews in the near future.  If you want to be interviewed by me, email me at robertcrissman@musician.org and we’ll talk about how to connect so that we can record the conversation.

As far as the blog is concerned, I have decided to skip over Star Wars, Episode III.  The reason I have decided to do this is because it has not been released on DVD yet.  I want to take the time to review the DVD and all the missing footage that Lucas has decided to reintroduce into the DVD edition.  So, with this in mind I’m going to skip over Episode III and start with my overview of Episode IV, A New Hope.


Okay, I have a special place in my heart for the original Star Wars Film.  There is no doubt in my mind that A New Hope has the biggest emotional tie to Star Wars for me.  I remember seeing it so many different times as a kid that I thought I would actually get sick of seeing the movies.  But somehow, no matter how many times I saw the movie I thought it was awesome.  It did break some amazing ground in the special effects ground and as a kid I didn’t see that side of Star Wars.  I saw an amazingly beatiful woman (Leia’s HOT, no matter how you put it!), an awesome hero in Luke Skywalker, an absolutely terrifying villain in Darth Vader and an awesome “weapon” in the Death Star.  As a kid, this storyline seemed incredible to me and the whole movie just entranced me.

Then I grew up.  The older I got, the less impressed I became with A New Hope.  I’m not saying it was a horrible movie, but I started to pick up on small things like Luke’s lightsaber being a different color on the Millenium Falcon than when he is in the rest of the movie (and why didn’t Lucas change that on the DVD?!).  I also noticed the stormtrooper that ran into the doorway when walking into the room with R2 and C3-PO in it on the Death Star (actually, my wife noticed that foible, which I still can’t believe I never saw it before she pointed it out to me!) and all of the other problems with A New Hope.  When the videos came out, I thought “wow, this movie has no hope”.  Then Lucas came out with the Special Edition tapes.  I became excited about A New Hope Again.  It was good to see some scenery added in and I really think it was important for Lucas to add in the scene with Jabba the Hutt, it just helped the storyline to make more sense.  Then we get new special effects and better explosions and better graphics.  I thought, “alright, now Lucas has finally decided to give this movie some respect.”  Then the Special Edition DVD’s came out and I am now in heaven.  I really feel like I’m watching Star Wars for the first time, AGAIN!  I feel as though I’m watching a new movie and have been re-energized by what Lucas has done to it in the past five years.  Is it perfect yet?  Heck no!  It’s still got some of the same initial issues, but I’m going to reveiw the DVD edition of A New Hope because frankly, it’s the best version of the movie.  Next week I’ll review the character of Luke Skywalker in A New Hope.

“The Jedi Council Speaks” LIVES!!

Posted in Uncategorized, VII - The Jedi Council Speaks Podcast with tags on October 11, 2005 by jedicouncil

Okay, I spent my entire Columbus Day vacation on it, but it is done.  My voice is officially on the internet.  “The Jedi Council Speaks” first podcast has been uploaded and I’m excited with how it turned out.  Let me know what you think of it after you have listened to it.  Unfortunately, I will only be able to keep about four podcasts on there at one time, but it’s exciting to have my voice on the Internet.  Check it out at:

http://treborgahkor.podomatic.com

Just listen to Volume 1, Episode 1.  It’s 24 minutes long, so be prepared to sit for a little while!

“The Jedi Council Speaks” is honored!

Posted in Uncategorized, VII - The Jedi Council Speaks Podcast with tags on October 10, 2005 by jedicouncil

I’m proud to announce that “The Jedi Council Speaks” can now also be found on Star Wars Fan Works.  The staff at Star Wars Fan Works (Nathan Butler, also the host of ChronoRadio) have gratiously placed “The Jedi Council Speaks” on their website.  Check it out at:

http://www.starwarsfanworks.com

Look at today’s headlines, or hit the “Radio Shows” link at the top and scroll down to “The Jedi Council Speaks” logo.

THANKS STAR WARS FAN WARS FAN WORKS!!!

I’m Sorry?!

Posted in II - Attack of the Clones with tags on October 5, 2005 by jedicouncil

Okay, I know I keep saying it, but I really am sorry for not having blogged in a while.  I have been completely overwhelmed by the whole “home ownership” thing.  Just to give you an idea of all of the work that I have been doing around my house, here’s a list of things I completed in the last two weeks:  New roof was put on the garage, new water main put into the house, washer leveled, new kitchen sink installed, driveway sealed, dining room carpet removed, carpeting installed in the guest bedroom, chicken coupe removed from the back yard, and countless hours of yardwork.  This is only some of the things I’ve done in the past two weeks.  So, I need to make some changes to how I am going to run this website.  I’ve decided that instead of updating this website every day, I’m going to make my updates once a week.  This will also give me the time to concentrate my efforts on my first podcast.  I know many of you check my blog on a daily basis and are probably very dissappointed by my decision.  However, due to all the changes in my personal life and my living space, I need to take more time away from the blog.  If things slow down later, I will start to blog more.  Now onto the wrap up of all of the characters in Attack of the Clones……


Okay, so here is a review of the characters from Attack of the Clones in the order they appeared on my blog:

Captain Typho

“However, on his watch, there are three attempts on Amidala’s life and he attempts to avert none of them.”

“I’m just not that impressed with Captain Typho and his abilities to execute his job.”

Captain Typho:  * (1)

Senator Amidala

“When I first saw Attack of the Clones, I really liked the Amidala character.  I thought she played the “lover” role very well and I also thought she balanced the role of a strong woman with that role.”

“I mean, how can you beat Sentor Amidala in a leather corsette and a plunging neckline looking like a hot chick?  Okay, maybe because I’m a guy it does a lot more for me, but I really liked her outfits in this movie.”

Senator Amidala:  ******* (7)

Anakin Skywalker (The Teenager)

“Anakin is basically a 17 or 18 year old teenager that is on the verge of rebelling from his father figure which happens to be Obi-Wan Kenobi.  When I first saw this movie, I thought the Anakin role in this movie sucked.  But as I watched this movie a few more times, my viewpoint changed.”

“Anakin Skywalker plays the perfect role of the character in complete confusion.  I believe that this is what makes judging this role so hard in Attack of the Clones.”

“I would like to say that Hayden Christensen was the PERFECT actor for this role!  He played this concept very well.  I believe that he got bashed for no reason at all and that fans just weren’t able to understand such a complex character.”

Anakin Skywalker (teenager):  ********* (9)

Obi-Wan Kenobi (as the father)

“Obi-Wan is definetly a powerful Jedi by the time this movie hits the major timeline.”

“Some of the most powerful fight scenes in Attack of the Clones include Obi-Wan Kenobi.  I believe that Ewan McGreggor does a great job making this movie an even better movie than all the hype that was given to it.”

Obi-Wan Kenobi:  ********** (10)

Zam Wessel

“Although Zam only appears for a short while in the movie, her role I think is diminished by the average Star Wars fan.”

“I think that Lucas created one great chase and fight scene using Zam and I became more intrigued by her character because of this movie.”

Zam Wessel:  ******* (7)

Jango Fett

“The idea of this character being in a movie reminded me of the days that I first learned about Bounty Hunters in The Empire Strikes Back.  I must truly say, that this is what made me most interested in this movie.”

“I believe that Temuera Morrison did an absolutely incredible job with this character.  I have to say, of all the Star Wars cast members that I would want to meet, Temuera would be my first choice.”

“Really, Jango is just an awesome bad guy!  I defy anyone to find a better bad guy in all the history of Star Wars!”

Jango Fett:  ********** (10)

Count Dooku

“There is never any mention of him before this point and there seems to be much disdain for a man that no one knows anything about.”

“So, instead of trying to find a character to fit Christopher Lee into, I think Lucas developed a character that Christopher Lee could play.  After he screwed up with this character, he kills him off fairly quick in The Revenge of the Sith.”

Count Dooku/Darth Tyrannus:  *** (3)

Yoda

“I often thought about why such a short, seemingly powerless Jedi can end up as the head of the Jedi Council.”

“Yoda kicks butt and amazingly seems to have no problem fighting off the Sith Lord.”

Yoda:  ********** (10)

Kit Fisto

“I do have a million and one questions about Kit Fisto.  First off, he’s supposed to be a really important Jedi.  So, if he’s so important, then why dont’ we ever see him on the council?  Why don’t we see him in the chambers?  Is it possible that he’s not actually an acting member of the council?”

Kit Fisto:  ********* (9)

Mace Windu

“More important in this movie, we get to see Mace Windu as a leader as well as a Jedi.”

“How powerful does a Jedi have to be to jump over a balcony, force land, deflect shots, and not break a sweat?  I think that just tells you how powerful Mace Windu really is.”

Mace Windu:  ********** (10)

C-3PO

“The only upside of C3-PO’s performance is the small amount of comedy interjected by Lucas by putting his head on the body of a war robot and vice-versa where there was some comedy interjected into the movie.”

“I really was just not impressed with this character in this movie.  And if Lucas really thinks these movies are told from their point of view, then we’re missing half the story half of the time in this movie.”

C3-PO:  **** (4)

R2D2

“When talking about Attack of the Clones, I believe that R2D2 has stepped up even further in his role in the Star Wars universe and in my heart.”

“In these scenes we see R2D2 fly, use a mechanical arm and we see him save Padme’s life while in one of the “lava” containters (or at least that’s what I think it is).”

R2D2:  ******* (7)

The Emporer/Chancellor Palpatine

“Of all the “bad guys” in the Star Wars universe, there is one guy who becomes the resident evil man.”

“Again Ian McDiarmid did an amazing job playing this two-faced character.  He seems to sell the character wll and we all are very convinced that Palpatine and the Emporer are running the show.”

Palpatine/Emporer:  ********* (9)

Jar Jar Binks

“Although Jar Jar has a very limited role in this film, I feel I do need to show how George Lucas shows his disdain for Jar Jar by leading him to the biggest mistake by a Star Wars character in a single movie.”

Jar Jar Binks:  *** (3)

 

The List:

Captain Typho:  * (1)

Senator Amidala:  ******* (7)

Anakin Skywalker (teenager):  ********* (9)

Obi-Wan Kenobi:  ********** (10)

Zam Wessel:  ******* (7)

Jango Fett:  ********** (10)

Count Dooku/Darth Tyrannus:  *** (3)

Yoda:  ********** (10)

Kit Fisto:  ********* (9)

Mace Windu:  ********** (10)

C3-PO:  **** (4)

R2D2:  ******* (7)

Palpatine/Emporer:  ********* (9)

Jar Jar Binks:  *** (3)

 

OVERALL:  3