Similar to following evolutionary theory backward to the Big Bang, “Star Wars” stories always seem to have a backstory, no matter how far back on the timeline they take place. 1993’s “Tales of the Jedi,” which takes place 4,000 years before “A New Hope,” aimed to give some historic flavor to the Force. But writers Tom Veitch and Kevin J. Anderson (who took the reins on the “TOTJ” sequels) inevitably gave this backstory a backstory.
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When I first saw “Episode I — The Phantom Menace,” I was a bit disappointed that the Emperor was already, for all intents and purposes, the Emperor — he was already evil. As the prequels went on we learned how he gained power over the galaxy, but not why he sought that power. Certainly, the novel “Darth Plagueis” eventually filled in Palpatine’s backstory, and certainly, the prequels gave us Anakin’s fall to the dark side (facilitated by Palpatine), but it illustrated a common not-so-great trend in “falls to the dark side” in “Star Wars”: It’s too often a matter of plotting more so than characterization.
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There are no spinoff TV series, movies or books, but almost nine years after “Angel” aired its final episode, the Buffyverse is thriving in comics. In fact, there are currently four titles going under the Season 9 banner: The regular titles “Buffy” and “Angel & Faith,” plus the miniseries “Spike: A Dark Place” and “Willow: Wonderland.”
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For the sake of simplicity, “Star Wars” stories can be divided into four eras. The classic trilogy era started with the movie “Star Wars” (1977), the post-“Return of the Jedi” era started in earnest with the book “Heir to the Empire” (1991) and the prequel era started in earnest with the movie “The Phantom Menace” (1999). That leaves the ancient era, which started with the comic book “Tales of the Jedi” (1993). The first “TOTJ” series, with Onderon as its main location, is ripe for the flashback treatment due to the planet being the site of the current “Clone Wars” arc.
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In an interview with Star Wars Insider, Jeff Grubb (author of the new novel “Scourge,” which I’ll review in a future post), separates “Star Wars” novels into three categories: Jedi books, war books and “scum and villainy” books. That latter are his favorite, and I concur.
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Ask “Star Wars” fans to list notoriously bad “Star Wars” yarns through the years, and No. 1 will of course be the 1978 “Star Wars Holiday Special.” Some will add the two “Ewoks” movies and some will throw in the “Ewoks” and “Droids” cartoons (assessments that I disagree with). Some will mention the giant green rabbit from the early Marvel comics (I can see their point) and some will point to the very end of the Marvel comics run (with good reason).
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Since the beginning of “Buffy,” I’ve found myself liking the characters more and more and the world they live in — the “mythology,” in geek-speak — less and less. (I’m talking in generalities; obviously, Angel’s backstory in Season 2 was a great addition to the mythology, for example.) It puts me in a weird position going into Season 9 of “Buffy” (and the corresponding “Angel & Faith”) from Dark Horse Comics, because with the whole world knowing about vampires and demons and Slayers, it doesn’t feel like those wonderful early days. But on the other hand, I love me some “Buffy” characters like never before.
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An entertaining “Star Wars” fandom debate broke out recently, prompted by FANgirl’s provocatively titled blog post “Luke Skywalker Must Die.” Jason at The ForceCast podcast blasted her post a couple episodes ago (May 20) and then he and his co-host, Jimmy Mac, had FANgirl (real name: Tricia) as a guest on the latest episode (May 27).
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