Sith Ghostbusters

Strip mining other franchises can work too.

Apparently, the Sith will be busting Force Ghosts in crappy DisCanon.  ScreenRant reports:

George Mann’s recently-published Star Wars: Dark Legends subtly hints the ancient Sith had a way to deal with Force Ghosts, however. This is a collection of in-universe myths, although Lucasfilm has stressed every one of them contains a grain of truth. One of these stories, “The Gilded Cage,” tells of an ancient, subtle war between the Nightsisters and the Sith Lord Darth Caldoth. The Nightsisters attempt to lure him into a battle with what seems to be a Force Ghost, but he saw through their trick, and prepared a response; he performed a binding ritual that trapped the Force Ghost inside a vial. He stoppered it, and took it away.

Or maybe the illustrious Story Group is conflating Star Wars with Willow.

Thanks to O G Star Wars for the tip.

Hal Hickel Supports Free Speech Except For When He Doesn’t

The ILM Animation Director recently compared the Trump Cruise Rally in Portland, to ISIS.

It’s a childish surface comparison of course.  One could just as well compare ISIS to a Ringling Bros. Circus Parade if idiot SJWs hadn’t killed that spectacular part of American culture.  Or one could point out that ISIS terrorists and Trump supporters both wear shoes and exclaim, “ah-ha!”

But a more accurate comparison that goes far below mere surface deep visuals would be this:

But if you want to respond to Hal’s publicly broadcasted idiocy in that post on Twitter, you won’t be able to.  Because Hal is now ensuring that only people who agree with him are able to respond.

So if you want to respond to Hal, you’ll have to respond to the tweets where Hal advocates free speech:

If you do respond, be sure to ask Hal about Rachel Butera’s free speech while you’re there.  Readers of this blog already know the answers, but it will be entertaining to watch Hal navigate the minefield of his own blatant hypocrisy.

Now, the adults in the room can snicker at all of this with derisive mockery.  And they’ll be right in doing so.

But this serves as an important lesson for the younger folks reading this blog.  Because this is how fringe leftists treat “free speech”.  While they give lots of lip service to free speech particularly when it’s them who want to speak, they simultaneously do what they can to restrict free speech among those with whom they disagree.  If pressed he’ll likely go on about ridiculous notions of “responsibility” attached to free speech, but it’s really just the SJW attempting to justify suppressing any speech they don’t like.  And it’s transparent.

Dark Empire Writer Sees His Uncredited Work In TROS

Chris and JJ determine what they can strip mine from Dark Empire.

Before the Disney Trilogy excreted onto cinema screens, the legacy media wrote diatribes of what they didn’t want to see in it.  And it usually consisted of heavy criticisms against the Expanded Universe.  Such as the 2009 article from cracked.com, 5 Awful Storylines We Don’t Want in the Star Wars Sequels.  Here’s some of the comments that the article made:

#5 Undoing the Ending of Return of the Jedi

In the unofficial “sequel” stories, this happens:

That is, the Empire keeps rolling right along, imposing space-tyranny on all who stand in their way.

According to the majority of the books and comics set after the original trilogy, with the Emperor gone, there were hundreds of Admirals, Generals and Politicians who vied for control of the Galaxy. Without a universally accepted leader, the Empire spiraled into a civil war.

The Rebellion is still, well, a Rebellion, which means it still has to gain victory over the remaining Imperials to win, who are in turn fighting amongst themselves.

#4 Cloning the Emperor

…the “sequel” stories Emperor Palpatine is brought back from the dead in a clone body that inexplicably looks like Buck Compton from Band of Brothers.

Once more, you can see why they did it. You need a villain. And if George Lucas had written the sequel stories, it’s hard to believe he wouldn’t have done the same, after he contorted every prequel storyline to shoehorn in as many OT characters as he could.

Many now know that this is exactly what happened in the Disney Trilogy.  But more interestingly, many have remarked about the similarities between The Rise of Skywalker, and the EU comic book Dark Empire.

Well, one of the people who has noticed the similarities, is comic book author Tom Veitch, who wrote Dark Empire.

But what could be the most interesting post, came 8 days ago, when Tom changed his cover photo.

Here’s the image in its entirety:

Here’s a description of the image from a Portuguese WikiPedia page, so take it with a grain of salt:

A  monk copies text from a large book?

This is only speculation of course, but is Tom making a statement with this image about the writers of The Rise of Skywalker copying text from Dark Empire?  Perhaps, but only Tom knows for sure.

Regardless, if Tom hopes to see any credit or paychecks for his contribution to The Rise of Skywalker, he may have some obstacles.

Because back in December 2019, TROS screenwriter Chris Terrio credited Kathleen Kennedy with the idea of bringing back Emperor Palpatine.

SyFy Wire reported:

According to Chris Terrio, who wrote The Rise of Skywalker with J.J. Abrams, this plot point came from on high at Lucasfilm. According to McDiarmid, Lucas told him that Palpatine was dead. What changed? Well, Lucasfilm changed hands over from Lucas’ control to Disney and the managerial purview of president Kathleen Kennedy and senior vice president Michelle Rejwan — two executives and producers that Terrio, in an interview with Awards Daily, credits with shaping the end of the Star Wars saga.

IGN reported:

Palpatine’s Return in Rise of Skywalker Was Apparently Kathleen Kennedy’s Idea

Though Colin Trevorrow, who was originally tapped to helm Episode IX, had credited J.J. Abrams with having the idea to bring the Emperor back for the conclusion, a new AwardsDaily interview with Rise of Skywalker co-writer Chris Terrio seems to shift the narrative a bit.

In it, Terrio possibly credits Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy with wanting to bring back Palpatine. “Kathy Kennedy and [SVP] Michelle Rejwan had a clear plan for where they wanted things to end,” Terrio said. “They had clear plans about certain narrative marks they wanted us to hit. They also gave us a lot of freedom within that. We knew that Rey and Ren were utterly key to this trilogy, but we also felt that there was no way that we were going to not find a path to redemption for Kylo Ren, the son of Han and Leia.”

“That’s when we really started aggressively pursuing this idea that there is old evil that didn’t die,” he continued. “The source of the evil in the galaxy is this dark spirit waiting for its revenge and biding its time. The entity known as Palpatine in this version – his body died in Return of the Jedi – is patient and has been waiting. He dug his fox hole and has been waiting for his chance to re-establish his total domination.”

When asked if Palpatine had always been the plan, prior to Episode IX, Terrio said “Well, I can’t speak to Kathy’s overall intent. That was certainly discussed and was discussed before I ever came on. Kathy had this overall vision that we had to be telling the same story for nine episodes. Although from the sleight of hand of Episode VII and Episode VIII, you wouldn’t necessarily know immediately that we were telling the same story. She thought it would be a very strong end for the ninth movie. This fits well with J.J. because he loves magic tricks.”

Things just get more amusing as time rolls along.

In any case, for those who may be interested, here’s a trailer for an animated Dark Empire series:

Hal Hickel Intimidates Fan To Dox Himself

Indeed it is!

After spending the evening arguing as to whether or not San Francisco’s Poop Patrol exists, ILM Animation Director Hal Hickel decided to intimidate a fan into doxxing himself, so that he could prove some moronic political point.

The primary reason Hal is going this route, is because he has some well-rehearsed prefabricated hyperbole ready for when Jack mentions whatever city he may be in.  The actual city won’t matter, because no matter what it is, Hal will recite something about how it doesn’t match up to the metropolitan splendor of Poop City on the bay.

In the absence of genuine ideas, or even the understanding of what an idea actually is, the SJW relies heavily on identity attacks.  It’s why communist China now requires name registration on the internet; so dissidents can be found and dealt with when they express opinions that Chinese SJWs don’t like.  Such is the case here.

Because Hal really is old enough to know that people have commonly been using handles on the Internet since its inception.  Heck, they’ve been using handles since the CB radio days.  Not everyone has access to the kind of private security details that champaign socialist Hal Hickel probably has.

Besides, anonymous speech has a proud history in America going back to the Revolution with its pamphleteers.  Hal might know this, if he had studied anything outside of Marx.

But perhaps Hal can explain to us what he would do if he had Jack’s location and identity.  We’re all ears, Hal.

The SIMs Simulate ABC After School Special

Hal Hickel just might have been right.  Star Wars might have been about war once upon a time, but it certainly isn’t about war anymore.

Rather than telling stories about soldiers that one would expect to see fighting in a war, the franchise is now hell-bent on telling stories about cosplayers that couldn’t handle 2 nano-seconds in any war.  Behold:

A knock-off villain.  A marshmallowy gender-neutral trooper.  And 3 “resistance” characters that look like they couldn’t leave the house before spending 3 hours on their hair.

Are these soldiers fighting in a war?  Or are these ciphers intended to pass on some moronic after-school special lesson?  You decide.

Hal Hickel Never Heard Of The Poop Patrol

Recently, conservative pundit Larua Ingrahm had some comments about San Francisco, the city that gave rise to America’s smelly hippie contagion back in the flatulent 1960s:

So ILM Animation Director Hal Hickel saw fit to pester Laura with his uneducated idiocy:

It’s amusing to see someone from the camp that chants “old white men” caterwaul about ageism.  That aside, what planet is Hal living on?  

San Francisco is famous for having an actual Poop Patrol to deal with all of the human feces from their homeless.  And you can get an app to report poop incidents.

The city is literally covered in shit.

But Hal wasn’t finished:

Hal may be unaware of what’s going on around him due to hobnobbing with his fellow champaign socialists behind walls of private security.  Apparently, that doesn’t qualify as “sheltered.”

Right, Hal.  But perhaps you could explain the historic mass exodus particular to San Francisco?

Even so, you’d think Hal would have some inkling as to what’s going on around him due to the fact that the company he works for would have been hit by a homeless tax if the idiot activists in San Francisco were successful.  

Not to mention, his wealthy pals already fled the city in a “Mad Rush” back in June.

So what did Hal just say?  Hal just said more rubbish.

Nerdrotic comments:

 

Rumors About Spielberg’s Departure From Indy V

And other Lucafilm tidbits, various and sundry.  Salt.  You know the drill.

Insider tips are a dime a dozen these days.

I received this email from an individual claiming to be a Lucasfilm insider.  I present it to you now as I received it for your consideration.

I’m not sure I believe any of this.

Kathy is the one in charge.  She created feminist star wars, or at the very least heavily promoted it and put it into hyperdrive.  She hired JJ Abrams.  So the fanboys have every right to malign her efforts, and I’m happy to see it continue.  in fact, I’ll be engaging in it myself when need be, and encouraging it until she’s departed from Lucasfilm.  I couldn’t care less about her personal and business relationships.  Likewise, screw management and their headaches.  Clearly, they’re part of the problem as well.

Outside of the personal relationship drama, this is information that is widely known to just about anyone who has been following any of this.  As for the personal relationship drama itself, who knows.  I have no way of knowing the nature of their personal relationships.  But if George felt betrayed according to Iger’s book, then it stands to reason that these relationships would be strained.  So again, there really isn’t anything here tremendously “inside” in my opinion.

Again, the notion that there would be culture clashes between a company that was purchased and its parent company is something that could be arrived at with common sense.  This is a common occurrence with any merger or acquisition.

So from my perspective, this reads like a lot of public knowledge trying to pass itself off as inside info.  But, I could be wrong.

 

Lucasfilm’s Diversity & Inclusion Summit

Recently our good friend Doomcock reported on a rumor that Disney was going to de-woke their business.

I’m extremely skeptical of this rumor for two reasons.  

First, SJWs never ever correct course.  Instead, they double down on their stupidity to prove some worthless point, inevitably resulting in them being even more wrong than they were before.  This is an unchanging law of the universe.

Second, as recently as August 23rd, Lucasfilm held a Diversity & Inclusion Summit where all manner of moronic irrelevancies were obsessed over by busybody activists.  From their Instagram page:

There’s also a 4.5 video from this summit on Facebook if you can stomach it.