Last weekend was the 30th anniversary of the release of Return of the Jedi (my personal favorite of the Original Trilogy). A book on the making of ROTJ will be coming out in fall, and Huffington Post gave a sneak peek in this article. It details a 1981 conversation between George Lucas and several colleagues regarding the back story of Anakin Skywalker, what would later become the prequel trilogy. The basic plot is the same, even at this early stage, but several details are fascinatingly different: anyone is able to use the Force, and Yoda is like a Jedi guru, not a fighter. (I kind of like these ideas!) “Mrs. Skywalker” also stays with the Organas for awhile before her death, explaining Leia’s line about memories of her mother.
Last night I unintentionally caught the first part of “LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles” on Cartoon Network. It was surprisingly awesome! It completely throws canon out the window, and that’s what makes it so hilarious. The Millennium Falcon as a floating nightclub. An Admiral Ackbar cameo. “Welcome to Kamino: Come for the clones, Stay for the weather.” Plus, it features some of the original cast voicing their characters.
And speaking of Star Wars LEGOs, check out the lifesize LEGO X-Wing in Times Square:
It’s basically a giant advertisement for The Yoda Chronicles. Eventually it will go to LEGOLAND in CA.
I did not know the whole Mrs. Skywalker thing! Fascinating. That part has always bothered me, like I wrote in my post “Grievances”. I still wish that since it was taken out, George would have at least changed the line that Leia had in ROTJ.