George Takei and Mark Hamill are guests on this episode of Irrelevant Astronomy. And how can you say no to a tongue-in-cheek robot talk show produced by NASA anyway?
I’m a total grinch about the holiday season, but John Scalzi isn’t. He’s included Darth Vader in his SciFi Thanksgiving:
I’m thankful for Darth Vader. In the last 30-some years, has there been a better villain in all of film — not just science fiction film, but film in general? I tell you, there is not (Hannibal Lecter comes close, but dude. Vader could use his Force powers to feed him his own liver with a nice Chianti). Vader is so badass that he survived George Lucas turning him into a whiny loser in the prequel trilogy. Think about that.
- Weird: ‘The Tatooine Exchange’ wins worm charming trophy.
- Space: Star Wars beats Star Trek on the International Space Station.
- Event: Fourth Annual Unofficial SW Fan Day at Disneyland is set for June 28. (via)
- Lists: R2-D2, Wicket, and Short Round make io9’s list of cutest sci-fi sidekicks (and why they fail.)
The New York Post got wind of the “Deadwood meets The Sopranos” rumor, and they also report that Lucas met with cable channel executives, including HBO, last year… Though that could easily have been for The Clone Wars.
On that note, Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross ponders Star Wars cartoons.
- Space: Ion thrusters propel real spacecraft.
- Fans: Georgia collector Pete Eckroat profiled by the Rome News-Tribune.
- Books: Matthew Wilhelm Kapell, an anthropologist and historian from my neck of the woods, explores the Star Wars phenomenon in his book Finding the Force of the Star Wars Franchise: Fans, Merchandise, and Critics. He’s doing a signing in Modesto today.
Slashfilm came across a fan-made poster that spans the entire saga. I’m usually not a huge fan of the collage aesthetic, but I gotta admit this one is pretty nifty.
- This week saw the release of Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga – and yesterday the game’s developer, TT Games, was purchased by Warner Brothers. Guess all that hard Wiisaber work paid off.
- The Discovery returned safely to Earth on Wednesday – presumably with lightsaber intact.
- Fan compiles relevant screenshots from The Clone Wars videos on StarWars.com.
- BBC interviews ANH prop hauler.
- Humor site Aniboom casts U.S. primary candidates and assorted other political types in Star Wars roles. It’s… about what you’d expect. Meh.
- Know A Legion: Neon City Garrison.
- TOS interviews Dick DeBartolo, who penned (all? some of? most?) Mad’s Star Wars film spoofs.
- McClatchy review of The Star Wars Vault.