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Oh yeah...

:: how jedi are you? ::

Thanks goes out to hieeee for this one. It likely made my afternoon.

And while I'm on the subject, here's an interview EW did with Frank Oz about Yoda in AoTC, and another article about his reconception from wizened and dignified puppet to CG action hero.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: June 5th, 2002 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)

:: how jedi are you? ::

Huh? I am a geek, as square as they come! In high school I was the whitest white boy in a private school that was lily white. Don't get me wrong, I'll gladly accept the result, but geez, this is an insult to Samuel Jackson and Mace Windu. Something is horribly, horribly wrong in the universe.

komos From: komos Date: June 5th, 2002 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I think that Mace Windu is portrayed because he is probably one of the coolest and most developed of the Jedi Masters (in the film, at least). There were plenty of folks on the council who looked like they were probably the Republic's equivalents of "lily white" geekitude. I mean, there was a Caminoan on the council (I think) in Menace
komos From: komos Date: June 5th, 2002 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Out of curiosity, when you took the quiz, did you answer as you thought a jedi should/would answer, or did you choose according to your own impulses?
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 5th, 2002 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
A little of column a, a little of column b.

My real impulses would have had me chasing skirt, but I really do belive in peace, love, harmony and all that jazz. : )

I also like to walk.

but I wanted a double bladed red lightsaber damnit.

: )

Funny, when I took the test again changing three of my answers to randy jedi, I still got "Jedi Mastser".

So there you go!


komos From: komos Date: June 5th, 2002 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, there was something that was incredibly satisfying about Maul's weapon. I think I had a preconception coming off of the original trilogy that lightsaber dueling was most like fighting with incredibly light and fast zwiehanders. Ray Parks' wushu-influenced style opened up a world of possibilities, making the 'saber essentially a weapon that is as unique as the individual that wields it.

And Yoda rocks.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 5th, 2002 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Jedi Techniques

I too received Sam Jackson as my reward. Though I have to say my own answers skirted the dark side more than one. When Anakin tells Padme "If it works." in the Sound of Music scene I find that a part of me agrees with him. Sigh.

As for lightsabres and the multitudes of styles we have seen I think one could even see the differences back in the OT. Obi Wan had a distinct Kendo influnce. Darth Vader looked as you say like he was swinging some kind of electrified greatsword, even when he toyed with Luke one-handed inside Bespin. Luke was more difficult to pin down, which made sense considering his formal saber training consisted of watching his first mentor cut down by Vader, a two week crash course from an aging Master 1/4 his size, and repeated beatings by his father. He had that desperate swashbuckling thing going, leaping, twisting, always on the verge of getting struck but just managing to get out of the way. And the one time he whups on Vader he is in total dark side mode. Letting the wrong side of the Force flow through him.
I gotta say I like Dooku's style of modern day saber swings, total economy of motion on defense, combined with his force powers. He presents an interesting contrast to Ray Park's Wu Shu Maul. And then there's Yoda. Damn.

Oh and I saw the film for the second time yesterday on a Digital projector at the Boston Common Theatre. Wow, it really does make a difference. If you thought some of the CG looked "fake" on a celluloid this really cleans that up. Its so sharp. My only complaint was that the sound in that theatre is a little poor compared with some of the other places I've been. I can't wait for the DVD.

komos From: komos Date: June 5th, 2002 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Jedi Techniques

I really should give early Obi-wan more credit than I have, and I see your point. To some extent, the styles of young Obi-wan and Qui-gon seem to be extrapolations of Sir Alec's hints of a style. Sort of a "now that we can really show what it would look like" thing.

I did really enjoy Dooku, and contrary to the protests I've heard that Lee made a horrible duelist, I found his style to be elegant and quite simply magnificent to watch. I'm sure you noticed that his 'saber had a pistol-grip...

Although Yoda was bouncing around like a superball, his attacks show a very strong tai chi sword influence. I really liked watching him after I got over the initial, "OMG, he is SO COOL!" reaction. He just does some amazing things, and I missed them on the first go around.

Hey, do you happen to know if there is an in-story effect of the different 'saber colors? I know that Jedi Outcast assigns slightly different characteristics to them, but are these considered canon?
muzzie From: muzzie Date: June 5th, 2002 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Jedi Techniques

There is in fact, a very real theory on lightsaber colors, and it goes something like this.

The blue sabers go to the purely light side users. For instance, Obi-Wan in Epi IV. Anakin, before he goes all ballistic and shit. About half of the Jedi also use this in the huge fight at the end of the movie.

The Red sabers are for the dark side users, pure and simple. Vader uses one, Maul uses one, as does Dooku. Only Dark Jedi get red sabers.

The Green sabers are for the 'tweeners' to use a wrestling term. The Jedi that are, at their heart, good, but that bend the rules a bit, or even break them. The ones that have, at times, seen the power of the dark side, but don't succumb to it. Obi-wan, in killing Maul, gets angry, and picks up Qui-Gonn's saber, which is green, accentuating his brief foray into the anger of the dark side. Luke, clearly uses dark side abilities in RotJ, and uses a green saber in that movie. Anakin uses both, and loses, from what I remember, the blue one, when his hand is cut off. Yoda, has clearly seen the dark side, and mastered it, but he still uses green, as he is more of a balanced character.

As for the one purple saber...well....I think that still bears out my theory that Mace isn't actually what he seems...look out for Samuel L. in the next movie I think.

komos From: komos Date: June 6th, 2002 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Saber colors

I think that the in-game effects for Jedi Outcast are as follows:

Blue - speed
Green - agility
Red - power

Rumor has it that the blades actually handle differently (i.e. red is "heavier," if that's possible).

I don't know that we'll see Mace turn to the dark side. He may be faced with a difficult choice that assists in Palpatine's power grab, but I'm guessing that there will be enough Sith in the next film to satisfy everyone. Best guess as to his fate is an ignoble death at the hands of Boba Fett.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 6th, 2002 07:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Oooh the Colors

According to GL the only meaning the colors have is that Jedi use Green and Blue and Sith practicioners use Red. Originally all sabres would be red or blue, however when they were filming RotJ they dicovered that the Blue looked washed out and hard to see on Tatooine (ie: Tunisia). So the decision was made to create the color Green to fix the problem. In the current installments digital technology has progressed to allow them to fix that hitch, except if you notice that while in motion the blue sabers can appear purplish against the reddish Geonosis soil.

As for Mace, Sam Jackson asked Lucas if he could have a different color sabre. GL chucled and said sure, how about purple? Jackson received a new saber hilt in AotC, note the electrum fittings, and it got a purple blade. Supposedly its a mark of his status as a senior council member. Rumors of him being a traitor are in cirulation the SW boards but I tend to think he is simply a powerful Jedi who too has fallen into the trap of arrogance and complacency that comes with power and seclusion.

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