YOU DON’T NEED THE FORCE TO HELP TAKE DOWN THE EMPIRE.
Everybody knows being a Jedi is the coolest job ever. You get to travel all over the galaxy, you can move objects — and control people — with your mind, and, oh yeah, you get a lightsaber. The Jedi are the defenders of justice across the entire universe, but even they can’t fight an Empire on their own. In Rogue One, we were exposed to a uniquely different Star Wars film — not one Jedi so much as makes a cameo (there’s a Sith Lord, but no Jedi). Even without the help of a Force-wielder, the crew of Rogue One manages to storm Scarif and get the Death Star plans into the hands of the Rebel Alliance, thus kickstarting a sequence of events that leads to the downfall of the Empire. And they did so without the help of a single lightsaber.
In the spirit of the heroes of Rogue One, let’s take a look at 13 characters who held their own in the galactic struggle for peace, all without the use of the Force.
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Review via Yodasnews Contributor Jacob Burdis:
With the new Star Wars anthology film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just around the corner, excitement and anticipation levels are at an all-time high in the Star Wars community. Catalyst was released exactly one month before the movie premier to build on the excitement and anticipation, and give some of the backstory of Rogue One’s main characters Jyn Erso, Orson Krennic, and Saw Gerrera. The book is mostly supplemental and not essential to read to enjoy the film, and since it was published in advance it is mostly spoiler-free.
Catalyst was written by James Luceno, who also wrote the novel Tarkin. I read all of the Star Wars Canon literature in chronological order before watching Episode VII, and Tarkin was among my favorite of the novels. I actually just finished it a second time in my preparations for Rogue One. Luceno is a fantastic author who expertly helps readers dive deep into understanding the key characters. I believe it was this ability that led to him being chosen to write Catalyst. To be frank, the storyline is somewhat bland, and the “I just couldn’t put it down” factor is almost non-existent; so if you are looking for an action-packed novel with light-sabers, dog-fights and epic battles you will be disappointed. But if you are looking to gain a better understanding of the backstory and context of the characters, you will be richly rewarded.
The book centers mainly on two characters: Galen Erso and Orson Krennic. Galen is a brilliant scientist who is determined to harness the power of crystals, including kyber crystals (the same ones that power jedi lightsabers) to create a renewable energy source. His vision is to improve the lives of people on countless underprivileged worlds throughout the galaxy. He is adamantly opposed to weaponizing his research. Krennic is a smart, strategically-minded official in the government (the Republic and later the Galactic Empire) who is one of very few assigned to work on Palpatine’s top-secret mobile battlestation. His specific assignment becomes leading the Special Weapons Group in charge of developing the super laser for the station. His primary motivation is to do whatever is necessary to elevate his status in the eyes of the emperor and move up the chain of command. Oh, and did I mention that Erso and Krennic are actually old friends who studied together in a program for the gifted individuals in the republic?
The story follows Galen, his adventurous wife Lyra and their young daughter Jyn as their lives are whipped around by the subtle and covert manipulations of Krennic as he strives to corner Galen into contributing to the development of the super laser. In addition to the Ersos and Krennic, we get a glimpse into Tarkin and Krennic’s rivalry, and we also learn how Saw Gerrera becomes a close friend to the Ersos.
Overall, this is a very well-written novel that does a phenomenal job at diving deeper into the context and backstory that I believe will greatly enhance my enjoyment of Rogue One. However, in my opinion this novel is a step lower than the other novels I’ve read recently because it doesn’t stand on it’s own. The novel is relatively slow, uneventful and lacks the suspense and plot twists necessary to pull me in as a reader. I anticipate it will be a great companion to Rogue One and it has done its job in getting me even more excited for the film, but it’s probably not one I will pick up and read again.
That being said, I recommend Catalyst for all Star Wars fans, especially as a step in preparing for the Rogue One Anthology Film (read more about how I recommend preparing for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).
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The Star Wars at Madame Tussauds London experience, which opened in May 2015 to wide acclaim, announced today that it is set to add character figures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2016. Fans of the #1 UK movie of all time will be able to interact with figures of BB-8 and Rey in extraordinary sets recreating iconic scenes from the film at the attraction.
A figure of BB-8, the skittish but loyal astromech droid, will be unveiled before Easter at the Star Wars at Madame Tussauds London experience, in a set depicting the lawless frontier desert world of Jakku. Fans will be able to get up close to an exact replica of the show stealing spherical, white and orange droid created especially for the attraction with light and sound effects.
In addition to BB-8, this Summer a figure of Rey will join 11 existing scenes featuring 16 characters in Madame Tussauds’ unique, immersive Star Wars experience, which recreates some of the most powerful moments from the Star Wars universe.
General Manager of the world famous attraction, Edward Fuller, commented: “Like the rest of the world we have been blown away by the new Star Wars movie and are very excited to be welcoming figures of BB-8 and Rey to the Star Wars experience at Madame Tussauds London this year. The experience is an evolving one and we will add new scenes and characters as the story continues to unfold. Guests have confirmed that BB-8 and Rey are top choices they want to meet.”
To celebrate BB-8’s arrival at Madame Tussauds London on Friday March 25, 2016, the attraction is inviting Star Wars fans to dress-up as their favourite Star Wars character over the Easter weekend. Fans visiting the attraction dressed as their favourite Star Wars character from Friday March 25 to Monday March 28 (inclusive) will receive a *FREE BB-8 gift and get entered into a **FREE prize draw to WIN a BB-8 app-enabled droid (£130 RRP) each day.
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*FREE BB-8 gift subject to availability.
**There are four (4) prizes to be won. Each prize consists of one (1) BB-8 app-enabled droid. Merlin Entertainments Group’s decision is final, no correspondence will be entered into. Competitions may be modified or withdrawn at any time. There is no cash alternative to the Prize or any element thereof and unless agreed otherwise in writing the Prize is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Hayden Christensen, known to many as Anakin Skywalker, has revealed why he quit Hollywood after finding global fame in the Star Wars prequels.
The 34-year-old was just 19 when George Lucas cast him in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and the sudden worldwide attention left him feeling like a fraud. He packed it all in and went to live on a farm.
“I felt like I had this great thing in Star Wars that provided all these opportunities and gave me a career, but it all kind of felt a little too handed to me,” he told the LA Times. “I didn’t want to go through life feeling like I was just riding a wave.”
Christensen’s first film in five years, 90 Minutes in Heaven, was released in September to scathing reviews but he insists he is happy keeping a lower profile.
“You can’t take years off and not have it affect your career,” he said. “But I don’t know – in a weird, sort of destructive way there was something appealing about that to me.
“There was something in the back of my head that was like, ‘If this time away is gonna be damaging to my career, then so be it. If I can come back afterwards and claw my way back in then maybe I’ll feel like I earned it.”
There was talk of Christensen briefly appearing in the new Star Wars movie The Force Awakens in a vision showing his battle with the dark and light side, but ultimately it was Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan that spoke to Rey.
Star Wars 8 arrives in 2017, which the screenwriter has promised will be “weird”.
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