General of Dokar's Soy-Slaying Anti-Lego Regiment
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I mean there’s always mysteries of the Sith and the Wii version of force unleashedI gotta say, to see Mara Jade finally brought off the page is something I've wanted for years. To fuck her up by casting Brie Larson or making her some icon of a political agenda would make me sick. What a waste.
Anyways, I saw this the other day and got a chuckle out of it.
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The funny thing is I think she was a good character, but this was a case of the Author's Pet ruining that. A character like her had a time to go due to her nature as a prequel character who should not live through it, and he refused to let go. In fact, he continues to force her in everything for money, making her actually annoying.
It's kind of how Spongebob became nothing but the Sheldon and Eugene Show. But with more pedophilia and overbudgeted wolves.
It's good news to see the True eu get attention, but on the other hand it could be hacking. It's very weird indeed.Right now the #1 article keeps fluctuating between Darth Nihilus and Starweirds. (Anyone whose played KOTOR2 knows who Nihilus is and the Starweirds have been discussed thoroughly in this thread as evil space drifting Dark Side specters)
Imperial Sentinels from Dark Empire keep fluctuating between 2 and 3. (They were the Emperor's new genetically altered guards on Byss during Dark Empire whose designs were based on the unused royal guard art for ROTJ and later the armor worn by Atha Prime, an old unused villain from an unused ROTJ sequel project pitched by companies in the 80s who was briefly brought back for consideration in the the sequel trilogy's conceptual phase)
At #4 is the bringer of misery and the big kahuna Sith Goddess herself, Abeloth, who hasn't held a spot like this since 2013.
And at #5 its the last surviving Sith God Mnggal-Mnggal. (Who I haven't discussed yet).
This is all shocking since outside of Mara Jade, Kyle Katarn and (until recently) Revan, no Legends article without canon counterparts have been able to reach the top 10.
This may have to do with 3 things, the continued rise in popularity for old canons stuff following Plan IX (which led to several old canon novels being sold out on Amazon), the rumor that the Starweirds and the old Sith Gods will be main characters in High Republic and that Darth Nihilus may be the "god" of the Nihl bandits (I'm skeptical about High Republic being the cause of this, otherwise the Imperial Sentinels and Atha Prime wouldn't be trending again since they have nothing to do with High Republic or rumors) or quite possibly the upcoming unofficial release of Supernatural Encounters: Expanded Edition which has seen quite a bit of traffic as of late.
It would have been best for her in the scenario where she was brought back. It would be a very sad end as in its way her walking away from the war was a personal victory in its own right. So my personal "best" would have been to just let her leave in Season 5. The whole theme of TCW was the way the Jedi order itself lost its way through attachment (to the Republic and their role in the galaxy which they couldn't accept was gone and should be let go). Ahsoka and Yoda (at the very end) were the only ones who truly let go of the conflict and walked away. And thus were the only ones in the end who truly came to understand the essential founding truths of the Jedi which the rest no longer understood.Ahsoka should have died in Rebels as a hero that saved Kanan and Ezra as she was cut down by her former master. Plain and simple. Give us the ending we waited for and give her a hero's death. That would have been best for the character and a pay off to 8 seasons (6 of CW, 2 of Rebels) worth of build up.
This really helps calibrate Rebels that most of the opposition ARE mid-ranking agents and planetary governors. When we DO see Vader in Rebels for the first couple of times, he absolutely wrecks the place. And even though the main characters get out of there with their lives, they still lose in that episode. Goes a bit off the rails with the whole Sith Temple angle later, though. Personally I kind of feel that Ezra should have fallen under Maul's influence more. Would be interesting to see Kalen's fear and frustration as he realises the more powerful force user is taking his place in Ezra's life and not been able to stop it. Ezra could still turn to the Light at the end but they could have explored Ezra's dark side a lot more.I will say, however, that there are lower-ranked characters like Agent Callus, Minister Tua, and Governor Pryce that give chase later on, but they aren't used anywhere near as much as they should be. And that's a crying shame, since original characters allow for more creative freedom and story immersion than shoving Vader or Thrawn up the protagonists' ass for the 8th time.
I haven't seen Alicia Witt in anything in ages. Used to have the hugest crush on her. Talented, too. Gets my vote for Mara Jade!
No defending the ST here. Talk about wasted potential...Well, the difference I can accept between TCW and Rebels is that in Rebels, characters like the Inquisitors are actively looking for the main heroes after they start hindering their operations. Not to mention that throughout the OT, you have numerous battles where Luke/Han/Leia and Vader are on opposite sides in spite of the size of the conflict. I suppose you could trace that back to the franchise's roots as a space opera, in which the focus is on a small set of characters and the drama that unfolds between them. Rebels was made to feel more like that than TCW was, in many areas. It's not a perfect excuse, and shows a deficiency in the narrative competence of the story, but it allows for a lot of neat scenarios between the characters...something that, at the time I was watching Rebels, I wasn't getting from the ST movies. Those films break logic and immersion just like Rebels does, and the characters and scenarios at the center of them aren't even fucking good enough to warrant the compromise.
I think one of the things that makes GCW so great is it only went for one season so didn't have an opportunity to trip over its own toes in regards to hoping around in time and space.The timeline of events in TCW was always a bit screwy, at least in terms of how much time passes between episodes (weeks, months, etc), so the scale of the war was never really diminished for me in that respect. Someone out there took an insane amount of time to put together a timeline in which the 2D CW, TCW, and Multimedia Project are combined to form one really long, convoluted timeline of events.
One of the best cameos.Her leaving the Jedi Order would have been a perfect way for her exit the story alive and even get a cliche brief "she's alive" confirmation appearance post-OT. Something like this for example but more MİLFish.
Tragedy is sort of the point of war. We can't allow favoritism to dictate if a character lives or dies, not that we should go full GoT either, but from a writing standpoint, having her walkaway to do nothing of relevance for the next 30 years or become a glorified easter egg is not exactly a victory. And her death would certainly make Anakin's fall to the Dark Side more believable. It would show the reality of war, the corruption of the Republic and the Jedi that would force a child into a pointless war that they had no stake in. It would instill Anakin with more fear and paranoia, making his extreme obsession with keeping Padme alive all the more believable and mature than simply being a side effect of his mother dying. It would also make her lack of being mentioned in any prequel media or any media for that matter prior to Filoni Wars make more sense. She was never around for any big event or even took part in the reformation of Luke's academy like other surviving Jedi did. So death would've been the best explanation for that than simply saying that she was just content watching from some not-Dagobah because fans don't want to see her die. Favorite characters can die in SW, that's always been a thing, Chewbacca, Mara Jade, Anakin Solo, etc, their deaths all caused fans to become pissed off and mindlessly rageful to the point of sending death threats and whatnot, but deaths like those of Chewbacca held a great impact for the character in the public eye that was not aware of his standalone exploits, it proved that he was more than just a sidekick. He was a soldier and a hero in the end who ascended to godhood among wookiees. And I say this as someone who initially hated his death and Mara's.It would have been best for her in the scenario where she was brought back. It would be a very sad end as in its way her walking away from the war was a personal victory in its own right.
Force Unleashed was the first and probably only time I felt smug over owning the Wii version of a game. The multiplayer was great, hands down.I mean there’s always mysteries of the Sith and the Wii version of force unleashed
time stamp?Here you folks go.
It still has waggle and graphical downgrades as well as one of the levels being cut from the console version but I still have nostalgia for the game especially the multiplayer. On the topic of Mara Jade thats actually how I first found out about the character. She was such an odd choice for the game since the other characters were either OT/PT characters, characters from the game, or Starkiller alternates. The only other outlier was Ventress but she was in two animated series so chances are people knew who she was.Force Unleashed was the first and probably only time I felt smug over owning the Wii version of a game. The multiplayer was great, hands down.
Handling character send-offs well is probably the final and ultimate pleb filter any writer must go through. Anyone who's ever written knows how hard it can be to finish the story of a character you've spent weeks, months or even years with. Your favourites almost become a part of you, it becomes harder and harder to remain unbiased and your story's quality may suffer for it if you cling to your characters too long or defiantly. If a story has been told, you have to be able to lay it to rest. Give your hero or villain a meaningful send-off, one that concludes their arc, gives new motivations to other characters and makes the story as a whole better instead of having them plod along forever for no real reason.
Think of Boromir in the extended cut of The Companions. Peter Jackson actually goes out of his way to improve on Tolkien's work by giving Boromir a character and an actual arc, along with a simply all-around excellent, well-acted and touching death scene to finish things off. It's one of the templates for what a death scene should be like, I think.