The Clone Wars goes dark in second season


It’s hard to know whether to love or hate the television show, The Clone Wars. Whatever there is to love is undone by much more I find myself loving to hate. There’s Jar Jar Binks, of course. And the new jedi padawan, Ahsoka “Snips” Tano, who is equally deserving of a Great Pit of Carkoon type fate. The biggest problem for the show, however, is it’s place in the time-line. Whatever fertile ground the Clone Wars period may offer for narrative points, any dramatic tension is diffused in the reality that we know how the story will end. In truth, it’s hard to care. Yet, it is still Star Wars. And the show isn’t getting some of the highest ratings on the Cartoon Network for nothing. It’s high production values and invigorating velocity have kept it above some of the other television chaff.

The “darker” second season may rescue some of these faults. The new trailer, first unveiled at Comic Con, introduces bounty hunters into the mix and a tone much closer to the inevitable live-action conclusion. While Cad Bane may be more Jonah Hex than Boba Fett, the mercenary world of rogues and blasters-for-hire should bring in all new kinds of awesome.

The second series will begin in the US autumn, later this year.

Jedi versus Sith: New Star Wars Game Trailer

Becloaked sith villian. Check. Wrist-mounted flamethrowers. Check. Epic saber battle. Check. The cinematic trailer for Bioware’s new Star Wars MMO has everything but the wookie’s pants. Sure, it may be more eye candy than anything close to approximating the final product, but I’m torqued.

Star Wars The Old Republic

The EE3 released trailer depicts the “Sacking of Coruscant” with Sith forces assaulting a Jedi Temple and setting the stage for the historical events within the game. Lucasarts may have long become known for pushing out substandard gaming titles, but with the developer behind spectacular RPG projects like Knights of the Old Republic, the Balder’s Gate series, and Mass Effect, this new online incarnation looks worth it. Set 4,000 years before the dual movie trilogy, players will be able to claim allegiance to either the Republic or Sith Empire, with story-driven content and archetypes unique to both factions. Encase me in frozen carbonite: I’m sold.

From the Star Wars: The Old Republic website: “Republic leaders have traveled to Alderaan to engage in promised peace talks with the Sith Empire. The most powerful Jedi have accompanied them to safeguard against an Imperial deception. The Empire’s real motive, however, was simply to lure the Republic’s strongest defenders away from Coruscant and set the stage for an audacious attack. Under the command of Lord Angral, the Sith fleet approaches the Republic’s capital planet for the first time in centuries. In advance of the fleet, the strongest Sith Warriors have flown a stolen Republic ship into Coruscant’s orbit. Their mission is critical – to destroy the planet’s defense grid mainframe hidden in the heart of the Jedi Temple.”

New Photos from the Star Trek Reboot

Paramount Pictures has been disseminating new pics from the new J J Abrams directed Star Trek film. I have to say, I’m digging the new look.

I was particularly intrigued by what Entertainment Weekly quotes Abrams as saying in its feature article about the new film:

“All my smart friends liked Star Trek,” [Abrams] says. ”I preferred a more visceral experience…that grabbed me the way Star Wars did.” That meant a bigger budget and better special effects than any previous Trek film, plus freedom to reinvent the mythos as needed.

With my allegience firmly tied to Lucas’ scifi vision over Rodenberry’s, I can’t let this go: the new director responsible for the rejuvenation of the future of the Trek franchise enjoyed Star Wars more? Hurt, much?

Although the plot details are still skeletal, what we do know is that the film weaves the origins of the crew of the Enterprise, showing how Kirk and Spock came to be friends. Also, that there is an attack on the USS Kelvin by the Romulan villain known as Nero (played by Eric Bana), hunting one of the film’s central characters (see the pics of the damaged Starship). I wonder if this attack my coincide with the rumours that there may be a time travel aspect to the story.

A second full trailer will be attached to the Bond film, Quantum of Solace, which is released on November 14.

Photos courtesy of MTV, UGO, Ain’t it Cool News, Yahoo, SlashFilm, IGN, JoBlo, and TrekMovie.