The Phantom Menance


Hey, remember the Star Wars prequels? I know you do. Anyway, it’s been a topic discussion amongst fans as to exactly where the prequel films went off the rails, and where they might have possibly been improved?

Even George Lucas might have considered this. He was planning the prequels since the development of the very first Star Wars movie in 1977 after all, and given that 20 years passed between the first film and that first prequel, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, there must have been a lot ideas that were created and then disposed of. Well, it seems that some of those ideas have reached the light of day.

In J.W. Rinzler‘s upcoming book The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, shares the details of the a story conference between Lucas, director Richard Marquand, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, and producer Howard Kazanjian in the 80s as to how the epic climax of the prequel trilogy would breakdown. Here’s the alternative take:

“Well, anyway, Luke’s father gets subverted by the Emperor. He gets a little weird at home and his wife begins to figure out that things are going wrong and she confides in Ben, who is his mentor. On his missions through the galaxies, Anakin has been going off doing his Jedi thing and a lot of Jedi have been getting killed—and it’s because they turn their back on him and he cuts them down. The president is turning into an Emperor and Luke’s mother suspects that something has happened to her husband. She is pregnant. Anakin gets worse and worse, and finally Ben has to fight him and he throws him down into a volcano and Vader is all beat up.

Now, when he falls into the pit, his other arm goes and his leg and there is hardly anything left of him by the time the Emperor’s troops fish him out of the drink. Then when Ben finds out that Vader has been fished out and is in the hands of the Empire, he is worried about it. He goes back to Vader’s wife and explains that Anakin is the bad guy, the one killing all the Jedi.

When he goes back his wife, Mrs. Skywalker has had the kids, the twins, so she has these two little babies who are six months old or so. So everybody has to go into hiding. The Skywalker line is very strong with the Force, so Ben says, ‘I think we should protect the kids, because they may be able to help us right the wrong that your husband has created in the universe.’ And so Ben takes one and gives him to a couple out there on Tatooine and he gets his little hideout in the hills and he watches him grow. Ben can’t raise Luke himself, because he’s a wanted man. Leia and Luke’s mother go to Alderaan and are taken in by the king there, who is a friend of Ben’s. She dies shortly thereafter and Leia is brought up by her foster parents. She knows that her real mother died.”

Well that’s pretty close to the way Episode III: Revenge of the Sith broke, but it’s a bit more in-line with the continuity established in the original trilogy. It also makes more sense to me that Anakin/Padme relationship was out in the open and not a top secret romance the way Lucas went, but I think in the case of the prequels that’s kind of a nitpick.

But what do you Bastards think? Was that the version of the prequels you wanted to see?

Source: Comic Book Movie

New York Toy Fair 2012 has come and gone. While we thought we featured everything in our NYTF: Toy, Toys and Oh Yeah, More Toys  post, news is still coming out of the “Big Apple”.  Hasbro has announced it’s line figurines, collectible items and game pieces for their upcoming Star Wars line. They presented a plethora of plastic fun things, which are representative of the original trilogy, prequel trilogy and the expanded universe. In other words, more Star Wars shit we can’t help but buy. As much as I hate putting more money in George Lucas’ pocket, I must own that Darth Star display with all the wee little figures (above).

Check out the full gallery of images (with shots supplied by Pietro Filipponi) and descriptions after the jump.

Hey, it’s Star Wars. “Shut up and take my money”, right?


Whoa, today is not a slow news day. So much going down that we can’t keep up. I rounded up 3 stories, each of which would normally make the front page on their own right, but being we are behind I’m gonna run em’ off briefly in this compilation post. Hope y’all don’t mind.
1. Red Skull- First Real Good Pic of Captain America Villain,

That is the face of true evil. Captain America has been my favorite for years. I have a ton of Captain America comics, sculptures and busts, lithographs and posters, and other crazy Cap merchandise. The Red Skull has long been a character I love to hate. Seeing the Red Skull for the upcoming movie has me doing Jazz hands here. I can’t wait for this movie to roll out.

Red Skull looks awesome, dressed in a sleek black leather gloved outfit Red Skull is ready to create weapons of mass destruction in his secret Nazi laboratory in the morning, jump on his Hydra motorcycle to chase down Allied spies in the afternoon, slaughter thousands of innocents before dinner, and still command fear and loathing while reviewing the troops after sunset.

What do you think? I’m just glad they didn’t put Red Skull into some kind of Village People leather fetish outfit.


2. Full Titles of the Two Hobbit Films Revealed?

TheOneRing has a little tidbit of information regarding the Lord of the Rings prequels. It appears they’ve uncovered the full titles of Peter Jackson‘s upcoming two Hobbit movies.

Here’s their brief report:

Ringer Spy Mr. Underbelly monitors movie titles that are registered by major film studios. Mr. Underbelly noticed that New Line has recently registered the following two film titles:

The Hobbit: There and Back Again


The Hobbit: An/The Unexpected Journey

There and Back Again is fitting. Unexpected Journey sounds like a gay pr0n title. What are your thoughts? Remember, this is not confirmed officially, but it is a relatively good indication of what the two film titles could be.

3. ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D Release Date Set

TheForce.Net got word that Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D will hit theaters on February 10, 2012.

Germain Lussier of slasfilm said it best, “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is an abysmal addition to the Star Wars saga, It ruined the character of Anakin, destroyed the mystery of The Force and introduced us to Jar Jar Binks. However, I’m without a doubt going to check out this re-release to see how well the 3D conversion turned out”. We may all hate the SW prequels, but will all line up happily like lambs to the slaughter just because it’s Star Wars and in 3D.