Six covers???

Entertainment Weekly‘s next issue features six (SIX!) Star Wars covers. If last week’s Desperate Housewives multi-cover is any indication, I will certainly be receiving Susan the lamest one in my mailbox tomorrow. While the coolest one is certainly Han, I’m not really sure which of the others to expect. Could they all be good?

Perhaps it’s not the covers that will produce the lameness – do I detect a cover blurb for the Pop Culture Quiz, my absolute least favorite EW feature?

I’ll keep you posted.

Smits in ’05?

Jimmy Smits is running for President. On TV, anyway. He’s one of three contenders for the Democratic nomination on The West Wing.

But he hasn’t forgotten Star Wars:

“The ‘Star Wars’ politics has a lot more gravitas to it,” Smits explains. “It’s got that kind of lore and tradition, the decorum. I think it’s much more akin to what our Founding Fathers had with the wigs and stuff, in its own futuristic kind of way.”

On “West Wing,” there’s little pageantry to politics. “It’s much more quick, we [make] the audience keep up with us,” he says.

I guess the whole ‘long time ago’ thing does factor into it…

Outbound Flight

I don’t know how I missed this last night, but starwars.com has posted a first look at Zahn’s next Star Wars novel. It’s the hardcover release for October.

With the foiling of a murderous plot, C’baoth gained the influence he needed to get Outbound Flight underway. In truth, this turn of fortune was carefully engineered by Darth Sidious, the shadowy Sith Lord who wants Outbound Flight to begin, and ultimately, to fail.

The mission is doomed from the start, for lurking within Unknown Space is the Chiss Ascendancy, and the brilliant alien mastermind who will someday become Grand Admiral Thrawn. Not even the presence of Obi-Wan Kenobi and his young Padawan learner, Anakin Skywalker, aboard the gargantuan vessel can avert disaster.

Cue the music… and the giggles.

Revenge of the Sith soundtrack with bonus Palpatine! Well, and a DVD. But mostly Ian McDiarmid. Oddly enough, does not come out on April 2nd with the rest of the prequel stuff…

We also get a look at some new toys. The highlight? An Obi-Wan lightsaber that, um, vibrates:

Obi-Wan Kenobi Electronic Lightsaber — Turn it on and it vibrates with the power of the mystic energy field that surrounds all living things.

Mystical power of the Force. Sure.