- May 2000
fights in Episode II
May 23, 2000]
Episode II news and rumors get more and more exciting
every day!! A small update today:
few days ago, The Force.net posted some very cool inside
information and speculation about a new Jedi fighting
technique involving two smaller lightsabers instead
of just one big saber or a double-bladed one. The article
suggests that there's a possibility that we'll see Yoda
fighting using this technique!
Lucas has confirmed that we'll see Yoda wielding a lightsaber,
but it's hard to imagine Yoda with a 'regular' lightsaber.
However, if you look at the above picture I made today,
you can see what Yoda could look like when he'd be fighting
with two smaller lightsabers! Definitely possible, don't
all for today! Enjoy the new picture and see you next
II character design
May 16, 2000]
are some new Episode II details posted on the web. Today
I'll comment on a quote from theForce.net's latest 'spy'
"Although things have
been running behind to some degree, most of the character
design is done."
means new designs for the following characters:
Amidala. Will she have the same elaborate
costumes as in Episode I? Perhaps in some scenes.
But according to McCallum, Amidala in Episode I is
just at the beginning of a personal 'journey'. So
the Amidala in Episode II might be very different
from the teenage Queen we saw in The Phantom Menace.
She'll be a young women now, and it's my guess that
she'll be more like the Amidala/Padme we see during
the last part of TPM: simple clothes/hair, ready for
action. Perhaps there will be some big costumes /
hairpieces for the wedding scene.
He'll probably look a lot like Obi-Wan in Episode
I. Perhaps there'll be different clothes when he becomes
a Jedi Knight or a war hero in the Clone Wars. Could
we see the come-back of the black outfit Luke had
in Return of the Jedi? It would be a nice transition
to Anakin's black costume/mask later on...
Obi-Wan will be older and have a beard; probably has
the same clothes as in Episode I. Even in A New Hope
he still wears the same brown robe and
the same as in Episode I, perhaps different clothes.
After all, he's a general now!
Fett: his outfit will be a bit different
from what we saw in Episode 4-6. He'll have the same
helmet (Boba Fett wouldn't be Boba Fett without it),
but his outfit will certainly look newer. Perhaps
the armor is different.
as Sidious he'll look no different from Sidious in
Episode I, but what about Palpatine? He'll look a
lot older, and perhaps his face will be a bit more
like the face of the Emperor in Episodes 6. He'll
be emperor in Episode II, but will he wear the black
cloack or something else?
Organa: in the scenes that were cut from
Episode I, Organa wore a white uniform. He's not a
warrior himself, but more a leader (Obi-Wan fights
for him during the Clone Wars), so his costume could
very well be the same white, regal uniform (I always
associate Alderaan with the color white, because of
McQuarries artwork of the university of Alderaan,
and because of Leia's outfit in A New Hope)
no changes I think. Even when he'll be seen in battle,
he probably won't make somersaults. His fighting style
will probably be: minimal effort, maximum effect.
New Bad Guy: no idea what he/she will look
like. Very different from Maul, that's for sure. But
it's clear that he/she will become the new "icon"
of evil in this new Episode.
all for today! See
you next update..
drawings on the official Episode II pages:
are we looking at
a CLONING FACILITY?
May 13, 2000]
official website has confirmed what everybody expected
already: Hayden Christensen has been cast as Anakin!
Of course I think it's an excellent choice, because
now I don't have to redo the picture on the right I
made on May 4. :)
you can see, once again, the Virtual Edition made you
"see things before they happen"! :)
glimpses of a new Episode II environment!
as interesting as the confirmation of Christensen being
the new Anakin might be, what's even more interesting
is the intriguing new lay-out of the official Episode
II page... what are those drawings we're looking at???
It's clearly pre-production work for Episode II; the
style is definitely Doug Chiang's.
artwork shows a huge city-like, industrial-looking place.
My first thought was: perhaps it's some part of Coruscant,
not on the surface, but somewhere deep below in the
darker regions of the bottomless city...
upon closer inspection, the place doesn't really look
like a city, it looks more like.... a factory! When
you look closely, you can see electrical wires and huge
pipes, and even some liquid leaking from one of them!
here's my theory: what we're looking at is a HUGE
CLONING FACILITY! "Oh please!", I hear
you complain, "not that old cloning theory once
again". Some of you are very opposed to the idea
of cloning being in Episode II, because it would be
"too sci-fi". Hmmm... I don't agree. I think
it's very well possible that we will see some kind of
cloning in Episode II, and these new sketches may very
well point in that direction...
take a look at some details that make me think we're
looking at a cloning facility here.
of all, the place is HUGE!! When you enlarge part of
the sketch, you can see bridges with tiny people walking
there's a more important detail: the round 'balls' that
are used in the lay-out. Take a look at the enhanced
picture below.. It's not something small, like a probe
droid, but something pretty big. I think we're looking
at it from above. It's not a droid, but more like some
kind of huge metallic 'egg'. There's a lid on top of
it, and even a joint. On the left side, you can see
something that looks like a ladder! To climb to the
entrance of the egg, or... to climb out of the egg!
Could we be looking at a cloning chamber??
another circular object on the page. This looks more
like a circular 'window' that can open and close. It
is also used as a 'window' to show the pictures of Hayden
and Natalie. On the enhanced picture of the 'cloning
chamber' you can see a circular opening on the side
of the sphere. Perhaps that's where this "eye"
or window is situated. Could it be used for inspection
of the clones in production?
my theory is correct, we're still left with one big
question: exactly what are they cloning? Why
is the place so huge??? In my opinion there can only
be one answer: they're cloning... Stormtroopers! A huge
imperial army that is needed by the Emperor. These cloned
stormtroopers are replacing the battle droids from Episode
I. George Lucas has hinted several times at the fact
that we'll see in Episode II or three why the stormtroopers
we're introduced... cloned Stormtroopers are much more
efficient and reliable than battledroids, they're easy
to 'produce' in large quantities and clones don't have
families who might protest against the wars..
the way, by introducing 'cloned' stormtroopers in Episode
II, Lucas also makes Episode IV, V and VI much less
'violent', because after all, Luke, Han, Chewbacca and
Leia are not killing human beings, but 'mere' clones...
(and of course the occasional imperial officer - hey,
nobody's perfect :) ).
course, you have every right to disagree with me about
this. And if you want to discuss this theory, it's implications
or it's weaknesses, head over to the Discussion
Forum and make yourself heard!!
you next update..
new Episode II facts:
Boba Fett's apartment;
his costume and two new environments!!
May 10, 2000]
we're getting some official Episode II information!!
As you can read on theForce.net, the new SW Insider
has some cool Episode II information.
are two interesting new facts about Episode II:
to Gavin Bouquet there will be two
new environments never before seen, including
one that is entirely CGI!!
new environments? Are we talking about two planets?
Not necessarily. Otoh Gunga also was a CGI environment,
but it was located on the same planet as Theed. Could
one of those environments be Alderaan? Or Yoda's rumored
homeplanet? Or could it be Boba Fett's homeplanet
we're talking about? It's still a bit early to tell,
but this news gives us a lot to think and speculate
Fett's ship and costume!
also mentions having seen production sketches for
Fett's ship and
apparently will be a bit different than we've seen
before. It's not surprising that Boba Fett's costume
and ship will be different from what we've seen in
ESB, because in this movie, Boba Fett must still be
a young guy (although we don't know his age in ESB).
mention of the construction of an 'apartment' for
Boba Fett is much more interesting, plot-wise. It
indicates that we'll see at least one scene in that
location! Now what could happen there? Why would we
see Fett's home? Could it be the location where Boba
Fett receives his orders? In a transmission from Sidious
perhaps? We don't even know if Boba Fett will already
be a Bounty Hunter in Episode II...
Fett without armor and helmet?
could this mean we'll see Boba Fett without his helmet?
After all, until now, we've only seen Boba Fett in
situations where is armor was required. But why would
he wear his armor and his helmet in his own apartment?
Even Darth Vader took off his helmet while he was
relaxing in his meditation cell in ESB.. :) Will Lucas
reveal WHO is underneath the mask?
talked about 32 set designs being made in Australia.
Let's see what we have now:
Fett's ship (the slave 1?)
Emperor's new throne
CGI environment (it's not sure there'll be a set
if this environment is 100% CGI)
several Tatooine sets (if Anakin returns there to
free the slaves)
also some Theed sets (if they're not shot on location
in the Caserta palace)
you have any idea what these new facts could mean for
the plot-line of Episode II, don't hesitate to share
them in the Discussion
you next update..
sets in Australia!!!
I want to know more!!
May 06, 2000]
the Homing Beacon there's a quote from McCallum about
the sets being built in Australia: ""Right now
we have a total of 32 set designs," said McCallum. "We?ve
started construction on our first twenty that we?re
really going for."
LOVE to read some spy reports about these sets!! Or
even better: some pictures on the starwars.com! (I know,
it might be too early for that..) The only 'spy' information
we have, was the report on TheForce.net about Slave-1's
interior cockpit construction at the set (which seems
to be well underway at this point). There was also mention
of the Emperors new "throne" being built. That's 2 sets
we know about. I want to know about the other 30 sets!
IF you happen to have any additional information about
what they're building there, click
here to let me know!
your thoughts in the Discussion
Forum! See you next update..
Kitster and Bail Organa!
May 06, 2000]
thoughts and comments on the latest Episode II news:
Christensen as Anakin?
official Lucasfilm reaction to the rumors about Hayden
Christensen being cast as Anakin, is that websites
are only speculating. They will make an announcement
on the official website, although we don't know when
this will happen. I have no opinion about Hayden,
since I've never seen his acting. But if we are to
believe some spy reports about the reading with Portman
at Skywalker Ranch, Hayden's performance was great.
Hanks as Kitster?
to Harry Knowles, Colin Hanks is up for the role of
Kitster, Anakin's best friend when he was a kid on
Tatooine. Although Hanks would need some make-up to
make him look more like Dhruv Chanchani who played
Kitster in TPM, it's very interesting that Lucas would
pick a good actor for the role of Kitster. It indicates
that Kitster's role could be of some importance to
the story. I don't think it's very likely that Kitster
will turn out to be Boba Fett like some people speculate.
I'll post my theory of what Kitsters role could be
in my next update...
Phillipe as Bail Organa?
clear that we'll see Bail Organa in Episode II. He
will play an important role in the clone wars (Leia:
"General Kenobi [...] years ago, you served my
father in the Clone Wars").
try to figure out more about his role in one of the
Hales refining the Episode II script!
to the Homing Beacon, the official newsletter of starwars.com,
"screenwriter Jonathan Hales began his first
formal day on Episode II helping George Lucas to refine
the final stages of the script. His work begins with
several days of story conferences with Lucas".
I'm very glad that someone else is looking at the
script after Lucas' first versions. In the new poll,
you can show your opinion about what could be improved
in comparison with Lucas' Episode I.
posted a new poll; here are the results of the previous
do you think of Harry Knowles' rumor about a new Sith
true! (91) 19%
It's bogus! (122) 26%
wish it were true, but I'm not sure (181) 38%
hope it isn't true, but I'm not sure (73) 15%
your thoughts in the Discussion
Forum! See you next update..
May 04, 2000]
Hayden Christensen as Anakin?
Internet is buzzing with rumors about Anakin being
cast. While several names are still circulating, some
of the stronger rumors point towards a relatively
unknown actor, Hayden Christensen. Both TF.n and Harry
Knowles have reports on this candidate. The official
announcement can't be far away, and while we're all
waiting for George Lucas' final verdict on who is
going to be the next Anakin, I've already made a picture
of Hayden Christensen as Anakin.
and Emperor Palpatine
It's pretty certain that Anakin is going to meet Emperor
Palpatine in Episode II and Palpatine will somehow
already influence the young jedi and start to push
him towards the dark side. How will this happen? Not
in a straight-forward way. Anakin won't suspect Palpatine's
double identity. It's my guess that once Palpatine
has sensed Anakin's extraordinary gifts, he will develop
a plan to lure Anakin towards the dark side. He might
start by enlisting Anakin's help to fight in the clone
wars. He might even influence the events so that Anakin
becomes a great war hero, thus exposing Anakin to
the temptation of pride, ego and selfishness.
quote from McCallum (Sum Magazine) would support
this theory: "We meet
Anakin Skywalker when he's a young boy and we watch
him become a Jedi- knight, then a Jedi-master. Then
on the background of the Clone-Wars, he becomes a
great hero, and on that moment pride, ego and selfishness
take over and he chooses to go to the Dark Side."
will this choice take place? Further on, in Episode
III perhaps, things might go terribly wrong in the
universe, but Palpatine might still pretend to be
the 'innocent victim' of all the troubles. Now here's
the big temptation he'll present to the ambitious
Anakin: he'll basically say the same thing as Anakin/Vader
said to Luke in ESB: "Join
me, and together we will bring order to the galaxy
(=rule it)". Obi-Wan might
sense that something is terribly wrong and he might
try to discourage Anakin from choosing this path.
But Anakin will accept Palpatine's proposal, perhaps
because his relationship with Obi-Wan was already
damaged (as a result of the rumored love triangle?)
invited to share your thoughts about this theory in
the increasingly popular Discussion
May 03, 2000]
made some changes to the lay-out
today. I might do another update later today if I
can find the time..
May 02, 2000]
working on a cool presentation of all my Denver photos,
but it's not finished yet (I always underestimate
the time it takes to make these interactive presentations).
However, I already posted some new pictures of the
Denver celebration with some comments on
working on much more, so keep coming back! In the
mean time, you can share your Denver memories in the
discussion Forum (look for the thread in the General
Discussion section). See you next update!
May 01, 2000]
I don't have much time to update, but I just wanted
to mention that it's exactly a year ago that I was
in Denver for the big Star Wars Celebration. It was
cold, rainy, but also GREAT fun!! I've got lots of
photos of that event that I've never posted on this
website. I'll try to find some time tomorrow to show
you these pictures. The picture above was taken by
Josh (of the Force.net) during a conversation Josh
and I had with Dan Madsen of the Star Wars fanclub
(who organised the Denver Celebration). I'll post
you then :)
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