RebelForce Radio launched another sister podcast, which will be released once a month and feature hosts Tricia Barr of the FangirlBlog.com and Teresa Delgado of JediNews.co.uk. The show will present the female voices of Star Wars fandom, including spotlight interviews and fangirl perspectives.
The inaugural episode dropped last week, which featured an engaging interview with voice actress Catherine Taber – best known as the voice of Padme from The Clone Wars.
The first episode also featured a well balanced discussion of Boba Fett’s popularity and use in the films and Expanded Universe. This conversation earned my full respect and made me an official fan of their podcast, who will now become a loyal listener.
Barr and Delgado debated on whether the use of Boba Fett is exhausted in Star Wars, speculating the merit of both sides of the argument. What I appreciated is their respect for both perspectives, instead of attacking opposing views rather than insulting Boba Fett’s fan base.
The hosts speak clearly and are very articulate. There are no annoying speech habits, they don’t try to force jokes or tire the audience by repeating the same talking points over and over. I highly recommend this podcast. Barr and Delgado are endearing and you’ll find yourself looking up their other online projects following your first listen.
Between Fangirls Going Rogue and Radio 1138, Jason and Jimmy are putting together a strong, diverse stable of podcasts that I’m sure will provide comprehensive coverage and speculation of the Star Wars Universe going into a new era of the galaxy far, far away.
You can download Fangirls Going Rogue for free on iTunes or at Shotglassdigital.com. Also, follow these ladies on Twitter @FGGoingRogue and at Fangirlsgoingrogue.tumblr.com.
A few months ago we reported that Daniel Logan and Matt Wood were featured at a Star Wars panel at DragonCon. The podcast, Full of Sith, just released a special episode with co-host Bryan Young interviewing the actors for a question and answer session during the convention.
The episode is about an hour long and is a great listen to not only fans of Logan and Wood, but to fans of The Clone Wars in general. Most interesting, Logan answers some questions I’ve not heard repeated from the number of other interviews he’s given over the last few months.
They discuss how the landed their roles in The Clone Wars, comment about the future of Star Wars and share fun stories from the production of the show.
You can download the podcast episode for free on iTunes.
If you haven’t listened to this week’s RebelForce Radio, then download it now to check out an exclusive interview with Daniel Logan and Tom Kane at last weekend’s Marigold Festival in Illinois.
Logan and Kane take a stroll down memory lane, recounting stories from the set of Attack of the Clones and production for The Clone Wars.
Normally, I’d give a rundown of everything talked about, but this podcast is so informative and entertaining – you really need to listen to it for yourself.
However, if that’s not enough to intrigue you – here are some items addressed:
One of the biggest accomplishments brought on by The Clone Wars, was the introduction of powerful female figures. Amongst these ladies is none other than Bo-Katan, who we last saw in the fifth season’s Darth Maul arc.
Bo-Katan broke away from Maul’s Shadow Collective, creating a splinter group of Mandalorian Warriors called the Nite Owls. She also delivered one of my favorite quotes from the season, “Mandalore will survive. We always survive.”
Dave Filoni admits he loves the characters he developed, hinting we’ll see familiar faces in the upcoming Star Wars Rebels. Could Bo-Katan return in the new animated series? Once the civil war resolved, could Bo-Katan be the new leader of Mandalore? I am intrigued on seeing more of this character developed.
Depending on what time period between Episode III and IV that Rebels takes place in, there’s a huge question mark surrounding the fate of Clone Troopers.
Will the show writers address the fallout of thousands of aging Clones, no longer of use to the Empire, who find themselves now without purpose or maybe even a complication? Will they be simply abandoned, or will a new Order be executed, calling for the complete elimination of these troopers?
If so, this could give opportunity to introduce Kal Skirata, the Mandalorian warrior that Jango Fett recruited to help train the Grand Army.
The Expanded Universe portrays Skirata as a man with great love for his men, so when the Kamino project is scrapped, would he surface to the forefront, with a new self-imposed mission – salvaging what’s left of his squad and keeping them alive.
It took some tinkering to perfect the cloning process on Kamino. In some of the Expanded Universe material produced over the years, it’s detailed that early batches of Clones are created with some errors or defects.
One such case is Spar, a Clone who inherited the full memories of Jango Fett and lacked the genetic coding to limit his free thinking. Spar escaped Kamino before the Clone Wars and adopted the lifestyle of a bounty hunter.
Equipped with no only Jango’s skills as a fighter, but with his genetic father’s memories and experience, he could easily evade detection by the Republic, and later, the Empire. Would he also inherit Jango’s desire for an heir? What would happen then, if Spar and Boba Fett encountered one another?
Boba Fett is used to running into men who look like his father, but what about a man who possesses the mind of his father? Furthermore, what if after bonding, Spar is killed in front of him? What stories could they mine from this relationship?
Dred Priest was another Mandalorian that Jango Fett recruited to train his Clone Commandos on Kamino.He possessed a leaning toward the ideals carried by Death Watch, so following The Clone Wars, he returns to Mandalore to rejoin his brothers.
But, only to find a great schism between the planet’s warriors. His return to Mandalore could conflict with the direction Bo-Katan wants to guide her people – as a system independent of the Empire, while Priest, wishing to use the Empire as a tool to spread a Mandalorian Empire. This conflict could result in further civil war on Mandalore.
Former Clone Troopers
What Mandalorians would you like to see pop up in Star Wars Rebels? Also, would you like to see former Clone Troopers - like Rex or Cody - adopt the culture and lifestyle of Mandalorians if discarded by the Empire?
Share your thoughts at the #BringBackBoba Campaign page at Facebook.com/BringBackBoba.
We were first introduced to Boba Fett in the Holiday Special, when he was portrayed as a spy for the Empire. Even after an overhaul and a more menacing and mysterious debut in Empire Strikes Back, he was still seen as a villain.
Similar to many other franchises, when a character becomes popular enough, there’s an internal push by creators to transform them into an anti-hero. This has been, arguably, the development of Boba Fett over the years. Just look at last year’s release of Angry Birds Star Wars as proof – before he appeared in the game, lots of fan art poured onto the web.
The majority of this fan art illustrated Boba Fett as a bird, instead of a pig. It could be debated, the reason this happened is some fans subconsciously view the bounty hunter leaning more toward the good, than the dark side. This makes sense – since K.W. Jeter’s “The Bounty Hunter Wars” trilogy, Boba Fett has been painted as more of a decent guy who does bad things when paid. Although, he filled a more ruthless role in this book than in modern storylines.
This norm continues through a number of comics and novels. In Dark Horse’s “Blood Ties,” he does right by his half-brother Connor Freeman, even though he should feel as much kinship with Freeman as he should with any other clone or their offspring. In Karen Traviss’ Legacy of the Force series, he even further is illustrated as being more than an emotionless killer.
Contrast these recent stories to his portrayal in early Marvel comics or Dark Horse’s “Dark Empire,” where instead of being surgical in his approach when hunting down his bounties, he is cut throat and willing to shoot down anyone or anything standing between him and his prey. It’s evident, he was written as more of a “true baddie” in these early projects than he is now.
In fact, he’s helped save the galaxy numerous times in relatively modern books – even training one of the Solo children to save the day, opening himself up to family bonds and working to better the lives of Mandalorians as their leader.
The fate of the Expanded Universe is up in the air, so if it’s dispatched of, will we be left with a more ruthless and cold Boba Fett, as hinted at in the Original Trilogy? Not quite. The push to sway Boba Fett away from being a villain is already been planted within the official canon, through his character development in The Clone Wars.
The writers could have written Boba Fett much more sinister in his initial Clone Wars story arc. He was, after all, out to avenge his father’s death and take down the Jedi. They could have made him a “child soldier,” who could shoot down an unarmed clone without blinking. A vengeful kid, whose only concern was the bounty being paid – laying a foundation to the Boba Fett we see in the films.
Instead though, they avoided any actions on young Boba Fett’s part that would make it difficult to redeem him as a good guy later on. He never killed in cold blood and demonstrated a moral compass that separated him from characters like Aurra Sing. When we see him in later seasons, he is working as a bounty hunter – but not carrying out assassinations. He’s specializing more as a mercenary than an assassin.
Since he never performs acts of atrocity, the creators are free to take Boba Fett in a more anti-hero direction in Star Wars Rebels, if they wish. Even in the original films, he technically does nothing that would warrant an ultimate death to fully redeem his actions. Han Solo was not an innocent, so delivering him to Jabba the Hutt in Carbonite, could even be argued as nothing close to a truly evil act.
Will Disney decide to create a story that distinguishes Boba Fett as a bounty hunter to be feared, never hesitating to kill – but never ending the life of the unarmed or innocent? A bounty hunter who uses moral judgment, before accepting a job?
As a fan, what do you want to see – Boba Fett developed into an anti-hero or executed in the role of a villain?
Mandalore had fallen into schism the last we visited it in The Clone Wars, and its leadership virtually dismantled. The premise of Disney’s new animated series deals with the rise of the rebellion, so is there room for a return to Mandalore?
Through the Expanded Universe we learn the Empire catches Mandalore in its crosshairs, due to an interest in its natural resources. In addition to harvesting the planet’s Mandalorian Iron, the Empire also see’s the planet as a convenient outpost to the expansion of its power. What other reason would they set base on a planet in the Outer Rim?
Whether or not this concept will be explored in Star Wars Rebels, perhaps in later seasons, there’s another reason we may return to Mandalore. The generation that grew up with The Clone Wars has become endeared to the clones.
The clone troopers are beloved, and would Disney simply discard these characters completely? I doubt this, especially since Dave Filoni is personally attached to these characters, and he would know some continuity in characters is essential to keeping audiences watching each episode.
The problem then becomes, how do you include clones – who are aging aggressively, and according to present canon, are not around in the era right before Episode IV. The answer could come from what we read in Expanded Universe novels, like the Republic Commando books by Karen Traviss.
In Traviss’ novels we learn that Mandalore becomes a sanctuary for clones, especially those under the command of Skirata – a Mandalorian who assisted Jango Fett in the training of early clones. Of course, there’s no guarantee that they’d introduce characters like Fenn Shysa, Spar, Skirata, etc. But, they could carry over popular troopers from The Clone Wars and put them on Mandalore.
Mandalore could be the only safe place for former clone troopers, and the story could still fit within the stories premise. Are we assuming that in the title “Rebels,” the show is only referring to the Rebel Alliance?
Wouldn’t a faction of ex-clone troopers, discarded by their government, dealing with betraying their Jedi commanders, who are fighting against the occupation of their adoptive planet, Mandalore, be considered rebels?
Would you like to see clones featured in Star Wars Rebels? If so, in what capacity? Share your thoughts by clicking through to our #BringBackBoba Campaign page on Facebook.
The latest issue of “Star Wars Insider” sheds new light on the roles of the development team behind “Star Wars Rebels.” We already knew storylines for season one has been nailed down, but according to a short article within Insider – production has started.
In fact, fans at Celebration Europe II will get a first look at the show. Without a doubt, we’ll receive online reports about whatever clips they show, if not some shaky cell phone footage of the unveiling. However, how much product could they have produced in such a short time? Is this a hint the animation models from Clone Wars are at least being used for a foundation for the show?
This could very well be the case – if you take a gander at the art team.
The article named members of the creative team, besides the producer credits of Simon Kinberg, Dave Filoni and Greg Weisman. Art direction is being led by the team of Kilian Plunkett, Amy Christenson, Andre Kirk, Pat Presley, Chris Glenn and Darren Marshall – supervised by production manager Liz Cummings.
Plunkett was the lead character designer for The Clone Wars and is now the art director for Rebels. He’s also known for his work with Dark Horse – his earliest work involved Boba Fett, when he penciled “Shadows of the Empire.”
That’s not the only connection to Boba Fett and other bounty hunters. The entire art team has strong connections to bounty hunter design, stories and development.
Christenson is previously known for her concept art, namely with her involvement in The Force Unleashed franchise. Kirk and Presley are also concept artist, and if you Google their names – you’ll run across some bounty hunter images – possible clues?
Well, if it’s not, then Glenn’s involvement should definitely make us wonder – he was the concept artist brought in to work on the Rise of the Bounty Hunter arc in The Clone Wars.
We also learn CG lighting and effects supervisor Joel Aron, animation supervisor Keith Kellogg and asset supervisor Paul Zinnes are on the development team.
The exact characters and plots of Rebels are still a closely held secret, but with so many members of its development team advocates of the bounty hunters – the odds are looking good we’ll get to see some of our favorites show up on screen.
Twitter once again delivers insight during a conversation between fans and former Clone Wars writer Matt Michnovetz. The back-and-forth confirmed that the unaired story arc featuring Boba Fett, Cad Bane and Aurra Sing was a four episode story.
It was rumored after the cancelation of The Clone Wars that the Boba Fett story arc would show how he acquired his Mandalorian armor and retrieved his ship. The inclusion of Aurra Sing nods to this rumor, since she also has strong ties to Hondo Ohnaka.
Michnovetz then went on to say he and Dave Filoni have discussed including the story arc with the “bonus content,” but in the end that decision was up to Disney and not them. As fans continued to try and get greater details, Michnovetz replies grew shorter – becoming understandably cautious.
He also added he and Filoni loved the story, so it stands to reason if it’s not included in “bonus content” Filoni might take elements of that story and pitch them for Star Wars Rebels.
RebelForce Radio broadcasted live from C2E2 over the weekend, where they caught up with actor Daniel Logan. His interview can be found 36 minutes into the episode.
Listen to Logan’s interview, and those of numerous other actors, by downloading RebelForce Radio through iTunes for free or hear it for free at http://www.shotglassdigital.com/release/april-28-2013