Archive for February, 2006

“The Jedi Council Speaks”

Posted in VII - The Jedi Council Speaks Podcast with tags on February 28, 2006 by jedicouncil

Okay, this is an official announcement for “The Jedi Council Speaks” fans.  TJCS in conjunction with STAR productions will be releasing Special Edition #1 tonight.  It can be found at: as well as our mirror site at:  It will be available at midnight tonight (or tommorrow morning, depending on how you look at it).  Hope all enjoy the show!  I’ll be back to blog tommorrow night.


A Quick Update

Posted in III - The Revenge of the Sith with tags on February 27, 2006 by jedicouncil

Okay, so I thought for all my friends out there I would do a quick update.  No there will be no Star Wars talk tonight, I will start again with that on March 2nd.  Well, I’ll be honest here, I have been in a bit of a slight depression over the past four or five days.  It all started with what happened to Heather and I on Friday morning.  On Friday morning, Heather got pulled over by a police officer who told her that she failed to stop at a stop light before turning right.  After some research, we came to find out that was the initial accussed offense.  Anyway, while stopping Heather, the police officer ran our plates and told my wife that we were not registered correctly.  He informed her that he had to take the plates off of the car and have the car towed.  That’s right, you heard me correctly, NO PLATES!!  Heather tried to talk calmly to the police officer and inform him that there was obviously a mistake.  He told her that there was a note on our file that we had done this once before.  He then said to her “once a criminal, always a criminal.  Guess some things never change!”  Now, to back this story up a little, I will admit that our insurance did lapse for three days sometime about three years ago as we tried to change insurance companies.  However, we got a letter from the DMV and Heather and I went down there that same day and payed the fine.  So, back to the present.  The officer literally ripped the plates off of the car and had it towed, at our expense.  Heather was able to call a friend and have herself and Austin (who was in the car with her) picked up and brought to our house.  Heather immediately got driven to the DMV (this is within an hour of the ticket issuance and plate confiscation) and the DMV says there is nothing they can do.  They told her that the law states that the police officer has to take the plates for at least fourty-eight hours.  We showed them that we had insurance the entire time and they just didn’t care.  Their reaction was that we would need to take it up with the cop.  So, we called the Broome County Sheriff’s Office (as this is who pulled Heather over).  We talked to an over Sheriff and he said the whole story sounded fishy and asked Heather what she was ticketed initially for.  When she informed him, he just sayed “huh”.  Well, he had his Sheriff call our house to talk the matter over with us.  The Sheriff informed us that he was simply following his duty and that yes, we had to surrender our car for two days.  Well, Heather had to call into work on Friday night, Saturday night, and today (in order to take care of the plates).  She lost a total of 20 hours of work, which will result in a total net loss of $160 in wages over the past four days!!!  THAT is why I was so depressed!  We were literally stuck inside our house with no way to get around.

The positives:  We did get our house cleaned, I had a workmate that was amazingly kind to me and gave me a ride to work, Heather got to know one of the members of our church better because he had to take her to the DMV today as a favor, and I found out that Heather and I can live in a house together 24/7 for over two days.

By the way, Heather and I discovered today that New York State just recently (this past voting year) adopted a new policy about registrations that have lapsed.  This is for all you New York State residents out there.  They just past a law recently that states that if you have had a violation of your registration because of a slip in insurance (whether an accident or not) within  the past 36 months, then you MUST surrender your liscence plates for two days.  That’s right, surrender your plates for a small mistake (such as a slip in insurance for a day or two).  Also, we did find out that the DMV made the mistake.  They entered it into their computer wrong.  We got no apology from them, nor did we get an apology from the Sheriff.  That will all be brought up in traffic court later this month with a judge.

So, all of those problems occurred because the NYS DMV made a mistake.  Imagine that!!!

Kit Fisto

Posted in III - The Revenge of the Sith with tags on February 23, 2006 by jedicouncil

Okay, so I’ll be honest with everyone, it was a REALLY slow day around the Crissman household.  I came downstairs to finnish working on writing show notes for the Special Edition for TJCS and I decided while I was down here to finnish prepping my final set of Lord of the Rings Miniatures to paint.  It’s exciting and depressing at the same time.  It’s exciting because I have never finnished painting my miniatures since I started this game over two years ago.  It’s exciting and fun to paint the miniatures and put all of the detail I put into them.  However, at the same time it’s depressing because it’s what I do while watching T.V. at night and if I finnish it, I don’t know what I’ll do with myself while watching T.V, because I can’t really just sit still and only do one thing.

Anyway, I had planned on taping the last segments of the Special Edition, but I didn’t get to it because Heather showed up home early from work and she decided that we needed to go shopping for groceries.  The positive for this was the fact that we got a chance to go to Barnes And Nobles and pick up my next book in Star Wars chronological order, which is “Shatterpoint”.  I am on the verge of being finnished with “The Approaching Storm”.  Of course, with the release of Zahn’s new book, “Outbound Flight”, I’m already going out of order, technically!  Oh well, can’t win em all.

Okay tonight’s Star Wars blog will be short and sweet as I talk about Kit Fisto’s role in Revenge of the Sith.  As many of you know, he’s my favorite Jedi Knight, so here’s my opinion…..

Kit Fisto:  ********* (9)

Okay, I was so looking forward to Kit Fisto’s role in The Revenge of the Sith.  I knew he would play a huge role in the movie as I had heard rumors that he would be one of the Jedi trying to arrest Darth Sidious.  His role in this movie was pretty much limited to that short portion of the screen time.  But I’ll be honest, my favorite Jedi Knight went down in a bitch way and I hate how George Lucas wrote out my favorite Star Wars character.  Fisto shows up with some other Jedi, including Mace Windu to arrest Palpatine for being the Sith that the Jedi have been looking for.  Of course he was also being arrested for abusing the power of the Chancellor.  In the process we see the Sith go to work and start to attack the Jedi.  Two Jedi Knights go down almost immediately.  Then Kit, Mace and the Sith Lord battle it out for a time.  Then in the middle of this three-way fight Kit goes down like a bitch with one swing of the Sith Lord’s lightsaber swings.  I just hate how he went down, but love my favorite character anyway.  So, with that in mind, I have to give Kit Fisto a:

Kit Fisto:  ********* (9)

Mace Windu

Posted in III - The Revenge of the Sith with tags on February 22, 2006 by jedicouncil

Well, today was exciting, yet uneventful in a way.  I was able to do my interview with Andrew Bettis today and it went fairly well.  I still need to work out the kinks with my recording device, but I was able to record the interview, I will have some mega editing to do because my voice is WAY too loud and I will need to boost Andrew’s voice a little.  But, overall, it was a great interview and I was pleased with the results.  Eventually I will work on using some higher tech equipment when I can afford it and edit on the fly.  I’m learning this all as I go and this is just one tool that I’m learning to use.

Well, we had heat all day today, which is a plus compared to what we’ve had in the past.  I watched the “Ewok Adventure” one more time today as I plan on recording the final installment of my Special Edition tommorrow so that it is ready for March 1st.  I think you’ll all like it and it may be my most controversial topic and episode yet.  But, I feel that someone needs to take a stand about the Hollywood movie industry today and where it is and isn’t heading.

Okay, so onto why you’re all here tonight.  Time to talk about Mace Windu’s role in The Revenge of the Sith…..

Mace Windu:  ********** (10)

There is no doubt that Mace Windu is a powerful character in The Revenge of the Sith.  His role in this movie was another role that blew me away!  Maybe that’s why I think this movie is so powerful.  Not only is it emotional, but there are several strong performances by some amazing actors and actresses.  I was greatly appreciative that Samuel L. Jackson played this role and would someday love to meet him and personally thank him for playing the role of Mace Windu so well.  Not only in this movie, but every other movie that Mace Windu shows up in.

However, his best acting came in this movie.  Mace is a powerful character from beginning to “his end” of the movie.  We keep seeing him and Master Yoda discussing how to find and destroy Grevious and we also hear about several references to Anakin and “The Prophecy”.  However, the one role we will remember Mace for in this movie is his attempt to arrest Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious.  The power behind Mace’s words and even the power behind his physical stances reminds me more of the power that we have come to know and learn of Mace Windu.  I keep thinking back to the fact that Mace Windu fights almost the entire fight with only one hand holding his lightsaber.  Man, that takes me back to the days when Darth Vader fought Luke in The Empire Strikes Back with one hand flying behind him.  As a matter of fact, come to think of it, his whole fighting style reminds me of Darth’s fighting style.  Maybe that’s what the point was.  Anyway, I just love how Mace fought right up until he hesitated to kill Palpatine.  NO Jedi would have looked down on him for following through and killing Darth Sidious.  But, he second guessed himself and look what he got in return.  A flying hand and lightning bolts through the soul.

Now, there are supposedly rumors that Mace may still be alive and may have lived and is lurking in the shadows and may show up later with a massive battle with Darth Vader in a book somewhere.  Folks, if they did that, it would be tandem to brining Boba Fett back to life which I don’t think should have happened anyway.  So, putting all of this to the side and looking strictly at the movie, I like the role of Mace Windu and I like the power he exhibited and his character’s role in the storyline.  Mace was powerful and likable and just a great Jedi Master to have right next to Yoda throughout the Clone Wars.  So, that’s why I gave Mace Windu a:

Mace Windu:  ********** (10)

Woes of New Home Ownership/Yoda

Posted in III - The Revenge of the Sith with tags on February 22, 2006 by jedicouncil

Okay, so the problems and economic issues of the Crissman household are continuing.  Last night, shortly after I came on here and blogged, my wife and I noticed that the heat in the house seemed to not be quite working right.  That was when I realized that the fan for the furnace hadn’t turned on in about a half an hour.  So it was by 11:30 that we realized that we had a problem.  I noticed a burning electrical smell (it’s a good thing my mom is not on the Internet, or she would be freaking out right now, and I would be getting an earful!!!).  So, that’s when I realized we had a serious issue.  I immediately turned the furnace off and we decided that we HAD to call in a specialist to look at our furnace.  After some fidgiting, we realized the heating unit was still working, which was actually some good news.  However, this meant there was a problem with the blower.  So, we called a local merchant and asked them to come to us.  It was midnight by this point and the technician said he was already booked for the night and suggested we wait till tommorrow as he would not be able to get to us till then anyway.  So, we went to bed in a very cold house (it was freezing here last night!).  We woke up early (only because I was cold, mind you) and called the company again.  They promised to send out a technician as soon as they could.  Heather became very worried as no one was here yet, and she had to go to work.  But, as I pointed out to her, we needed for her to make money in order to hope to fix the problem.  So, with some coaxing, she went to work (feeling guilty I think).  By 10 a.m. we still had no word from our company and Heather came and partially saved the day.  She had bought a space heater from Taylor Rental for $10 because they were just trying to get rid of it.  That helped to warm up the living room so the kids and I were relatively cold.  By noon, the core temp of the house had hit 35 degrees.  Hmmm, close to water freezing temps.  So, I decided to turn on the faucets to trickling water till the tech got here.  Finally around 12:30 he showed up and had the house working with heat by 2 p.m.  However, that didn’t come without a price.  We needed a new fan motor and that came at the tune of $425!  OUCH!!!!  Heather and I knew it would be a considerable amount of money, but we didn’t realize it would be that much!  Well, it had to be done, so we did it and swallowed the pill.  Man, this makes things around here REALLY tight!  Man, I wish I made more as a teacher.  Well, such is the woed of being a new home owner.

I’m excited and nervous about tommorrow.  I’m doing my first phone interview with Andrew Bettis for TJCS.  I know it will go well, but it doesn’t help the jitters at this point.  I know that I will end up talking about Star Wars with him and will even forget that it’s for a show.  That’s usually what happens to me when I talk to people out in public about Star Wars.

Okay, well onto what you are all here for, my impression of Yoda’s role in The Revenge of the Sith…..

Yoda:  ********* (9)

Well, I believes Yoda’s role in Revenge of the Sith was both incredible and critical.  Mind you, by this point in the Star Wars saga, Yoda is now completely computer generated.  Here’s some food for thought, had Lucas not played around with Jar Jar for The Phantom Menace, he may not have developed enought technology to have Yoda as involved in this movie as he was.  AHH, a connection between Yoda and Jar Jar, if that’s at all possible (I’ll probably catch crap for saying that!).  Anyway, I think Yoda’s role in this movie was amped and really added to the plotline and the believability that Yoda was really a powerful Jedi Master.

Yoda, throughout this movie played the role of mentor and leader and still managed to strike some fear into Star Wars fans.  Especially those remembering his fight scene from Attack of the Clones.  I know I was remembering that fight scene going into this movie.  Little did I know that the fight scene from that movie would be dwarfed by the fight scene in this movie.  I have to say Yoda’s most memorable role in this movie is the fight between him and Palpatine.  I will never forget when my father and I went to see this movie together with my son, my dad leaned over to me during the fight scene and said, “you know, we all know what happens to these two characters.  We know they both live, yet I’m still intrigued about this fight!”  He made a valid point.  It’s still true today!  I still sit on the edge of my seat wondering if one of them is going to win or loose, and then I say to myself, “oh yeah, they BOTH live!”  I don’t know if you all experience that, but I do.

The other touching moment for Yoda in this movie is when he has to say good bye to Tartful.  I really felt some compassion for the Wookies there and the plight that Yoda felt by this point in time.  The Wookies had a powerful impact on this movie just by saving Yoda’s life and hiding him in order for him to escape.  I do have one question for George Lucas, however.  Now that we know that Chewie and Yoda met earlier in their life, why the hell didn’t you unite them for one of the other movies for some heart-felt reunion?  But hey, that just goes to show that maybe George didn’t write these movies in order like he claims he did.  I know, I keep beating this horse to death, but it’s hard to not keep pointing it out.  If George Lucas is going to insist that he wrote them all at once, then he better be prepared for some hard questions.

Anyway, Yoda was very believable as a non-existant character and I was impressed with his advanced role in this movie and the impact he had on the storyline.  PLUS, Yoda had an even better fight scene in this movie with the Emporer than he did in the last movie with Dooku.  Taking all of this into account, I decided to give Yoda a:

Yoda:  ********* (9)

STAR Launches!/Obi-Wan Kenobi

Posted in III - The Revenge of the Sith with tags on February 20, 2006 by jedicouncil

Okay, well today was supposed to be the first official day of my vacation, and it was still buisier than I was really hoping it would be.  However, I can’t complain as I did not get up today until ten a.m. today.  I came downstairs and continued to paint Lord of the Rings miniatures and continue to work on the website for STAR.  As I came upstairs for lunch, my youngest daughter complained about her “Hello Kitty” karaoke machine that I got her for her birthday a little more than a week ago.  Well, a little more than two hours later, and I came to the conclusion that it was officially dead.  Bummer!  I knew it would upset my youngest daughter, so I thought I better figure out a resolution to the matter.  So, I called Toys r’ Us where my father and I bought the machine.  They were very nice and the manager said if I got up there today, they would trade the machine straight up since he karaoke machine was only a week and a half old.  When Heather got home, we went straight over, and sure enough, they traded it for a brand new one that works great by the way.  So, for all of you doubters out there, I highly recommend Toys R’Us.

Anyway, onto the big announcement tonight!  It’s official!  STAR productions has officially launched!  It can be found at  Check it out.  This is only the beginning of the page, it will expand and will contain more information as more projects from STAR are planned for the future.  STAR will be delving not only into Star Wars fandom, but also the Lord of the Rings Fan Audio realm (which I’m not even sure exists at all).  You can find that link on the “Blog Roll” permanently at the right now.

Okay, so onto the real reason you’re all here tonight, time to talk about Obi-Wan’s role in Revenge of the Sith……

Obi-Wan Kenobi:  ********* (9)

Obi-Wan’s role in Revenge of the Sith was another role that blew my mind away in this movie.  Ewan McGreggor took this character to a whole new level.  I knew he had a lot to live up to as he had to fill the gap of the young Obi-Wan to the role that Alec Guinness played in A New Hope.  That was done very well.  I liked the way Obi-Wan’s role was played somewhere between emotional father and emotionless leader.

I really believed that Obi-Wan wanted the best for Anakin and tried to give him good advice.  I feel sorry for Obi-Wan in the fact that he never really does anything wrong with Anakin, but still gets blamed for his fall to the Dark Side.  Anakin makes all of the decisions, Obi-Wan just happens to be the wrong Master with the wrong Padawan at the wrong time.  Obi-Wan does all he can to try and keep order with his Padawan, but is distracted (as most of the Jedi are) with the constant problems of the Clone Wars.

Even up until the very end of Anakin’s leap to the Dark Side, Obi-Wan tries to treat him with dignity and tries to warn him that “I have the higher ground”.   Yet, Anakin still ends up being a stubborn child and thinks he is invisible.  Sometimes fathers need to let go, so Obi-Wan does and decides to cut Anakin at his feet (literally!).  Obi-Wan really was one of the greatest Jedi Masters ever, as he brought an end to both Darth Maul and General Grievous.  It’s a shame that he will be forever remembered as the Jedi Master that failed Anakin and not a great Jedi Master that destroyed many Sith in his hayday.

Ewan McGreggor convinced me of the plight of this Jedi Master and did a wonderful job on the final fight and acting sequence.  He also helped to add to the final emotional scenes with the birth of Luke and Leia.  Just a wonderful job acting overall.  That’s why I gave Obi-Wan a:

Obi-Wan Kenobi:  ********* (9)

Anakin Skywalker

Posted in III - The Revenge of the Sith with tags on February 19, 2006 by jedicouncil

Well, today was a Sunday like any other.  We woke up and went to church.  Unfortunately when we got there, I realized that pastor was not going to be there because he was in Mississippi with a mission group from our church to help pick up after the hurricane (which they will be doing for the next three or four years, by the way).  Anyway, it threw me off and it’s always hard for me to sit through a sermon from anyone other than pastor, but I managed to make it through.  Heather and I came home and decided to take a nap.  We slept for two hours!  I can’t remember the last time I was this tired!  Maybe it was when I went through the time change between New York and Montana, but I’m all screwed up as far as sleep is concerned.

Anyway, I woke up in time to watch the Daytona 500 with Austin.  I was really upset with the Nextel Cup winner of last year, Tony Stewart.  He went out of his way in a race to “get back at” another driver who had accidentally spun him out previously in a race and then at the end of the race basically said he got what he was asking for.  THAT’S poor sportsmanship.  Too bad we can’t make Tony Stewart take anger management classes to deal with his “issues”.  I was glad to see Robby Gordon actually finnish a race and better yet, end the race in twelfth place.  Not bad for a pretty new owner/driver.

Some good news for TJCS listeners.  “The Jedi Council Speaks” is officially back on air on Podomatic.  They got enough complaints and bad press from me and our listeners, that they decided to waive the bandwidth allotment for this month and keep me on the air.  How nice of them!  I was glad to see they were willing to work with me.  As I said to them, I only put out shows every two months (of course it is going to be more often with Special Editions), which means I have heavy bandwidth usage every other month.  Besides, I believe they had sympathy because I have such a strong following.  So thank you all for sticking with us, I don’t plan on going anywhere!

Anyway, onto why you are all here.  Time to talk about Anakin Skywalker’s role in Revenge of the Sith…..

Anakin Skywalker:  ********** (10)

Anakin’s role in Revenge of the Sith took him far beyond the roles he played in any of the previous two movies.  At the beginning of this movie, we get a chance to see Anakin in all his glory using his Jedi powers at their highest level.  I was totally blown away at the abilities that Anakin shows at the beginning of this movie.  I was really beginning to believe that he may be the best Jedi Knight of all time.  Then Anakin starts having the dreams about the birth of Luke and Leia and Padme’s death.  I knew that this is what would lead him to the dark side, but somehow I still felt sorry for the character.  He really was trapped by the love for his wife and children and his need to do what was right for the Jedi’s.

Then comes what I call “the turning”.  Anakin first finds out that Palpatine is the Sith they have been looking for.  Now if Anakin were really that upset, he would have killed Palpatine himself.  However, he doesn’t, which tells me that Anakin knows that he will need Palpatine in order to save Padme’s life, if he so desires.  The story that Palpatine tells Anakin in the Ampitheater is particularly interesting to me.  The question that my friends and I constantly ask is whether Palpatine is making a reference to himself or not when referring to the Padawan that killed his Sith Master.  No one seems to know that answer to that question.  Anyway, the most emotional part of this movie for Anakin didn’t require any dialogue at all.  It was when Anakin and Padme were looking out at each other acrossed Coruscant, just before Anakin decides to go to the Jedi Temple and try to save Palpatine.

After this point I see a poor man that spirals out of control into everything evil.  It is somewhat incredible how quickly Anakin falls into the Dark Side, but I can attest that love makes you do dumb things.  Sometimes quicker than they should be done.  Anakin’s ignorance is only exacerbated by his ego.  He thinks he is invincible, and that ego is what helped to create Darth Vader.

Hayden Christensen did and incredible job acting this part out and I really enjoyed Anakin in this movie.  I felt compelled to feel sorry for him, which has lead to me feeling sorry for Darth Vader now in the other movies.  I’m sure Hayden knew how important this role was and he did his homework and played the role well.  In particular the fall of Anakin from bad-ass good-guy Jedi Knight to pissed off, bad-ass Sith Lord.  All of this was compelling an emotional for me as a movie goer and Star Wars fan.  That’s why I gave Anakin a:

Anakin Skywalker:  ********** (10)