ROGUE ONE IS OUT NOW!!! WHO IS GOING TO SEE IT?!? I normally push out challenge post a few days apart. But with Rogue One out, I figured this would be the perfect time to release it. We’ll be in line currently wait to see this movie. I’ve been looking forward to this movie for awhile now, I did hear some news that it’s not getting a sequel.. I understand the time line will pick up where New Hope is. But that doesn’t you have other random adventures with this group. What are you thoughts on this new movie and also them “maybe” not doing a sequel?
Greedo… Poor, poor Greedo. Finally tracks down high profile bounty, only to be shot in the dick under a table… Yeah I said it and yes I believe Han shot first! Greedo has become somewhat of a legend in the Star Wars universe and also spawned a rather heated debate between fans. I talking about the “who shot first” debate.. The “Han shot first” is a phrase referring to a controversial change made to a scene in Star Wars (1977), in which Han Solo is confronted by the bounty hunter Greedo in the Mos Eisley Cantina. The change was made for the 1997 Special Edition re-release of Star Wars, and has since been altered twice more. The phrase “Han shot first” is meant to express that “Han was the only one who shot”, and is a colloquial retort to series creator George Lucas’s explicit cinematic assertion that Greedo shot first. The actor Paul Blake indicated that Greedo shooting first made the character appear inept (in that he would have missed Solo from very short range), and that “it does give Greedo a little more glory if he’s just blown away.”
Now the film’s 2004 release, the scene was altered again, with new timing so that the shots are fired at nearly the same time and so that Solo dodges Greedo’s shot. In an article titled “The Star Wars George Lucas Doesn’t Want You To See”, The Atlantic summarized that “in the original versions … it’s clear that Han Solo pulled out his gun and shot the bounty hunter Greedo. In the 1997 version, Greedo shoots first. In the 2004 version, they shoot at the same time”. Then they changed it again! Only this time in 2011 Blu-ray release, the scene of Solo and Greedo firing at each other was shortened by several frames. Yeah… So if you raised on the 1977 version of the movie, you know Han shot first.. Han always shoots first.
So with that aside I want to talk about the short story of A Hunter’s Fate: Greedo’s Tale by Tom and Martha Veitch. Giving a backstory to the bounty hunter Greedo. It was later adapted into a webstrip by Pablo Hidalgo for Hyperspace.
A teenage Greedo and his younger brother, Pqweeduk explore the various caves inside the jungles of their adopted home world. They discover the remains of three old Rodian starships inside one of the caves. Greedo returns to his hut and asks his mother, Neela, about the ships. Neela explains that many Rodians made a pilgrimage to this planet to escape the clan wars that had taken Greedo’s father away from them.
Shortly after this event, a Rodian warlord of the Chattza Clan named Navik the Red finds the jungle colony and begins slaughtering as many of the pacifist Rodians as he can. Neela takes her children and along with her brothers, Nok and Teeku, they board one of the starships and escape. Nok pilots them to a heavily populated area in the hopes that they can start a new life for themselves. He takes them to the smugglers’ moon—Nar Shaddaa.
I rather enjoyed this story and almost feel sorry for Greedo. He was used up in more ways than one. Now if you watch the TV show Star Wars: The Clone Wars, most of the events of Greedo’s childhood and early life have been contradicted by the TV series. In the episode “Sphere of Influence“, Greedo is depicted as a fully realized and active bounty hunter, years before the same events would have taken place as detailed in the “Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina” novel. Great story of a doomed character, give it a read sometime!!
X-Wing: Rogue Squadron (written by Michael A. Stackpole) would be the first installment of the X-Wing series, that was first published in 1996.
They are sleek, swift, and deadly. The are the X-wing fighters. And as the struggle rages across the vastness of space, the fearless men and women who pilot them risk both their lives and their machines. Their mission: to defend the Rebel Alliance against a still-powerful and battle-hardened Imperial foe in a last-ditch effort to control the stars!
Its very name strikes fear into enemy hearts. So when Rebel hero Wedge Antilles rebuilds the legendary Rogue Squadron, he seeks out only the best — the most skilled, the most daring X-wing pilots. Through arduous training and dangerous missions, he weeds out the weak from the strong, assembling a group of hard-bitten warriors willing to fight, ready to die. Antilles knows the grim truth: that even with the best X-wing jockeys in the galaxy, many will not survive their near-suicidal missions. But when Rogue Squadron is ordered to assist in the assault on the heavily fortified Imperial stronghold of Black Moon, even the bravest must wonder if any at all will survive.
This story line is filled with great memories from childhood. I remember reading it when it first came out and just loved it. Now after re-reading it, it’s still a great story line haha. But it has a Top Gun meets Star Wars feel to me. Gloriously cheesy at all the right moments, plus it give Wedge a massive spot light. It does feature a lot of characters from the expanded universe (RIP) which is nice. There are some down falls with this novel, mostly do to the story line slowing down to boring crawl. There are a few chapters that have no point in being there, beside space filler. BUT! If you can shoot past tho, it’s a great book.
- The first installment in the X-Wing series of novels, first published in 1996. It was written by Michael A. Stackpole. Narration for the audio version was performed by Henry Thomas.
- This is the first novel to not feature any of the original heroic trio, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, or Leia Organa.
- The simulated battle at the beginning of the book is based on a mission from the PC game Star Wars: X-Wing.
- On page 311 of the first run of the book, Gil Bastra is incorrectly written as Gus Bastra.
- Jek Porkins is incorrectly said to have crashed into the Death Star due to being unable to pull out of a dive. In actuality, he was shot down by the station’s turbolaser turrets.
- This book is unusual for a Star Wars tie-in in that Corran Horn uses the word “bastards” in one scene. The only real-world obscenities in most Star Wars novels are the words “damn” and “hell”.
So far we have these book covered in this Challenge:
So on Jan. 15ht 2017 we will have number 8 in this challenge Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #1)!! Plus I’m sure I’ll post another “.5” story about Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina.