It’s that time again – the latest issue of Star Wars Insider, the official Star Wars magazine, is making its way to subscribers and newsstands. Here’s a look at some of the top content inside this issue, as well as an important correction that fans of The Clone Wars won’t want to miss.
A Clone Wars Correction
Ah, the challenge of print deadlines. It shouldn’t surprise anyone these days that the deadlines for a print magazine aren’t nearly as forgiving as the instant publication that comes with the Internet. For example, this week we’re signing off on layouts for Star Wars Insider #138, which won’t come out until the very end of the year.
Occasionally our desire to let Star Wars Insider readers be as “inside” as they can be results in information changing after the magazine has gone to print. You saw it happen before when “Revival” moved to the start of Season 5 after “A War on Two Fronts” had been printed as the season opener. It was the season opener when it had gone to print, but in the intervening weeks, things changed.
So, in issue #137, on page 7, there’s some gorgeous concept art from upcoming episodes of The Clone Wars, featuring a look at the Banking Clan headquarters on Scipio. It says these episodes will air in November. Since that text and those images were set on the page, things have changed. The long lead-time of episode production and the anthology-nature of the show means episode order is often shuffled to present a different flow for broadcast compared to the order in which episodes were produced. So, the episodes coming in November will be different.
Already, the Cartoon Network blog has shed some light on what’s coming up after the Onderon arc wraps. It’s a series of episodes showcasing Ahsoka and a group of younglings – episodes that were edited together as a unique feature-length movie screened at Celebration VI. These episodes, “The Gathering,” “A Test of Strength” “Bound for Rescue” and “A Necessary Bond” will deliver a rousing Clone Wars adventure in the vein of the classic Lucas and Spielberg produced-films that dominated the late ‘70s to mid-‘80s. And they feature an amazing guest star that – much to my surprise – has not been reported anywhere since the Celebration VI screening. I guess he filled the role that well that no one guessed who he is…
So that’s the scoop about upcoming Clone Wars episodes. Please update your navicomputers accordingly. Back to 10 highlights in the latest magazine…
1. Becoming Luke. Carrying on the classic discoveries that began in issue #136 with a never-before-published Carrie Fisher interview comes this newly unearthed chat with Mark Hamill which dates back to January 1977, months before Star Wars would change the world. Hamill was one of the few people involved in Star Wars who predicted its success. Read what he has to say, and why he thought people in Japan would go bananas.
2. Star Wars Insider Awards: The Results. Star Wars Insider put it to a vote (elections are a popular theme these days), and here are the results of your votes. Who is the favorite villain? Favorite hero? Favorite moment? Favorite movie? And which luminaries receive recognition for their outstanding contribution to Star Wars?
3. Guide to the Galaxy. Self-serving? Maybe. But at least I didn’t mark it as #1. Editor Jonathan Wilkins interviews yours truly about the recently released Essential Reader’s Companion. In between my ramblings there are showcases of the awesome art from the book, including Jeff Carlisle’s fantastic image of Fett being digested by a Sarlacc, Chris Trevas’s beautiful rendering of young Han, Chewie and Bollux and Blue Max, Chris Scalf’s tense Solo-Skywalker family dinner, and more!
4. Small World, Dr. Jones. Odds are you’re still playing and replaying the discs of the recently released Indiana Jones Blu-ray set. If not, here’s another reason to give those classic films a look as Matt Ford illuminates the connections and similarities between the worlds of Star Wars and Indy.
5. The Clone Wars Cast and Crew on… Gathered from The Clone Wars Season 5 press conference held at Celebration VI are these responses from Dave Filoni, Sam Witwer, Ashley Eckstein, and Joel Aron on the future of the series. Also, in time for this week’s Season 4 debut on DVD and Blu-ray is a look at international sets which showcase different volumes and cover art.
6. Classic Moment: A rarity for this column, this installment spotlights an unforgettable moment from Season 2 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, featuring a showdown between Pre Vizsla and Obi-Wan. As far as I can recall, this is the first time a page from a Clone Wars script has been reproduced this way. It’s interesting to note that the script was in a transitional state – after George Lucas nixed the idea of Vizsla having a vibroblade, but before the Old Republic darksaber was introduced. There’s a placeholder weapon name instead.
7. The Last Battle of Colonel Jace Malcom. Speaking of the Essential Reader (as it feels like I have been through all of October), that tome was the first to feature a summary of a short story that appears in this very issue. Assuming I didn’t spoil it for you in the book (sorry about that), you can read here this tale of Jace Malcom written by Alexander Freed and illustrated by David Rabbitte as a tie-in for Star Wars: The Old Republic – Annihilation.
8. Detours Preview. If you missed it at Celebration VI, the Insider’s Launch Pad brings you up to speed on the zaniness that is Star Wars Detours.
9. Red Five. This issue’s numerical rankings column talks to Joe Corroney about his favorite Star Wars comic book characters, and I got to give him props for reaching deep into the EU past and calling out Valance. Love that cyborg guy. Valance, that is. I have no reason to believe Joe is a cyborg.
10. Rogues Gallery. The ever popular who’s-who feature penned by Leland Y. Chee breaks down an assortment of background Jedi lurking in the shadows of the Temple in Episode III. Poor Joopi Shé. We hardly knew ye.
Pablo Hidalgo is paid to know the difference between Romba and Lumat and dies a little bit inside when you misspell Wookiee or Lucasfilm. He lives in San Francisco.