The interviews will be posted together for all of the interviewees so far. After that they will follow the temporary board format. Member Name: @K'Krukh: #1. First, lets talk about your username. Why did you pick a name like that @K'Kruhk? I wanted a good sounding name, and the K'K bit edged it over Tyvokka. The character is also a favourite of mine: old, fierce, big, strong, invincible... all these traits have the opposite effect on me Oh and having a freakin' sweet hat also helps. #2. Then you would say your avatar reminds you of yourself @K'Kruhk and the hat is cooler than Embo's or Dave's? I meant that the traits that K'Kruhk has are somewhat different that the traits I have. When I look at my avatar, I see the hat, and yes, it reminds me that I'm also freakin' sweet... from a certain point of view. And about who has the coolest hat... K'Kruhk's is the most established, has the most fandom, looks better, etc. There's no question about it. One hat to rule them all. #3. What are your favorite movies and where does Star Wars fit, does the TCW movie rank anywhere in your top 30 or so movies @K'Kruhk? I don't mean list 30 movies. The Star Wars saga would definitely fit inside a top ten list of my favourite movies. TCW, however, wouldn't even have an outside chance of ranking anywhere within a top 50 list. I felt it was poor and would have worked better as four seperate episodes as part of the animated series. My favourite animal is the crocodile, so I tend to like films that star them. Two films based on crocodiles that stand out for me are Rogue and Primeval. Both have a great storyline with great death scenes. The former, Rogue is my favourite Australian film. Other animal horror films that I enjoy watching are Piranha 3D, Deep Blue Sea and Snakes on a Plane. Although I enjoy the Harry Potter films, I feel they are a dissapointment compared to the books, and that is a reason why I don't rate them as high as I should. My favourite British film is probably The Tournament, which I feel has a brilliant plot. In case no one here has heard of it, here is the general outline: 'In an unsespecting British city, The Tournament takes place - a secret hitman competition between 30 of the world's deadliest assassins; with the last man standing receiving a £10million cash prize. The Tournament is set up by a syndicate of high stake billionaire gamblers, watching the mayhem unfold via CCTV cameras, betting on its outcome... Only one will survive'. Horror is my favourite drama, and my favourite films from this genre include the Hatchet duology, the Final Destination pentalogy, the Scream tetralogy and the Friday the 13th franchise along the cross-over film with A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy vs Jason. I guess the animal movies from above also count as horror films. Plenty of spectacular death scenes and beautiful naked women. Classics such as the Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and Batman franchises are also favourites. In terms of comedy, none come closer than the Jackass trilogy, it's just a shame that Ryan Dunn passed away. My favourite romantic films include Adventureland, Growing Up Brady and anything else that Kaley Cuoco, Kristen Stewart (except Twilight) or Emma Roberts star in. King Kong (2005 version) is in my top ten. #4. How do you like to watch @K'Kruhk? I prefer watching films at the cinema with the big screen and loud sound. When it comes to football (soccer) matches, I tend to watch them downstairs on our larger television, other than that I hardly watch television, and if I do, I tend to watch it in my room. I use my laptop to watch DVDs, I find it easier to use than on televisions. Not that I find it hard to work out a DVD on the television, I just prefer watching them on my laptop. I've only been to an IMAX theatre once, it was ok I guess. #5 What are your 5 favorite TCW episodes @K'Kruhk? The Umbaran quodrilogy take places 5 to 2 in no particular order. It was great to see an evil Jedi, and to have a double-double-bladed lightsaber wielding Besalisk fill that role was a joy to behold. The sacrifice of Hardcase, the beginnings of Rex's doubts and the non-stop action helped this become the best arc in TCW. My favourite episode goes to Revenge. Even though I don't count Maul's return as part of my SW continuity, as a television episode I thought it was excellent. The ritual to bring him back, although a bit odd, looked and sounded brilliant. Of course, the rematch between bisected and bisector was visually entertaining and I'm sure most fans would liked to have seen a Darth Maul vs Obi-Wan rematch of some sorts. Although the sarcastic and smart-ass remarks might have been out-of-place, I found them humorous. I liked that they used the design from the Infinities comic for Maul's robotic legs. Maul being my favourite character might have made this a bit biased, but oh well. Episodes that narrowly missed out on the top five are Lair of Grievous and Massacre. #6. This ones a long one! List your 10 favorite male characters in Star Wars and Wwy are they your favorites? Actually I'll let you include up to 15 if 5 of them are characters from The Clone Wars. 10. Jabba Desilijic Tiure There's just something about this large greasy slug that appeals to me. Maybe it's just the fact that he sits around all day doing nothing while he gets near-naked females to dance for him and sit on him. Hmmm. 9. General Grievous It's a shame he was shown very little and seen as a coward in ROTS, this character had a lot of potential. In terms of image, Grievous is a visually stunning villain. Skeleton-like mask, long yet skinny metal coverings, organs, the cape and the four arms in which he can wield four lightsabers at a time. To be a non-Force sensitive Jedi killer is quite an accomplishment. 8. Oppo Rancisis Snake body with a chicken's head. How did the concept team think of that? Nevertheless, Oppo is still one of the best-looking Jedi, and his starring role in the Siege of Saleucami comic arc sprang him onto my list of favourite characters. Can't wait to see him in the future on TCW. 7. Embo Although not as freakin' sweet as K'Kruhk's, Embo has a badass hat, for a badass character. Unique language, skilled bounty hunter, surviver of the Box and has a pet anooba? How can he not be one of my favourite characters. TCW Season Five trailer shows fim fighting Savage and snowboarding on his hat. Epic. 6. Tsui Choi The Aleena are one of my favourite species in Star Wars, and Tsui Choi is a big reason why. Small, yet powerful, Choi is a survivor of Order 66 and went down fighting 'til the end against Darth Vader and the members of the 501st. Was supposed to appear as a Council Member in ROTS until Shaak Ti's death at the hands of Grievous got scrapped, Choi can still be seen in the film riding a can-cell on Kashyyyk, making him one of the very few EU elements to be included in the films. Also has a unique writing style when he speaks in comics: his sentences are written in lower case letters as opposed to capital letters used for every other character. 5. Pong Krell A Besalisk Dark Jedi who wields two double-bladed lightsabers? WIN. Great voice-acting, and the animation used for him was superb. 4. A'Sharad Hett/Darth Krayt It's not just the appearance of this character that I like, but also his story: born to a Jedi, raised as a Tusken, father killed at a young age, taken to the Jedi Temple to be raised as a Jedi, survives Order 66, falls to the dark side and becomes a Sith, lives to around 180 years and becomes Emperor. 3. K'Kruhk FREAKIN' SWEET HAT. Dies several times, survives, is invincible, and is the last surviving Jedi of the old Jedi Order. The appearance also interests me, with those tusks, big muscular body and menacing face. 2. Kit Fisto My favourite Jedi. Has a weird name, but has a good appearance with those tentacles and orb-like eyes. Of course the smile in the arena is a winner. Given the most screen-time for a Jedi in the arena outside the main characters, and is given two episodes all to himself in both of the Clone Wars television series. Obviously a fan-favourite. Jedi Council Member and chosen to accompany Mace Windu to confront Palpatine. Unfortunate that he went down quite easily, at least he bowed out with that famous smile on his face. 1. Darth Maul Quiet, menacing, evil. The horns, tattoos and that double-bladed lightsaber. Played by Ray Park, voiced by Peter Serafinowicz, expert duelist. Epic WIN WIN WIN. #7. What is your favorite season premiere of The Clone Wars and are there any you found lacking? What are the improvements and changes you would have made to them @K'Kruhk? I'm going to have to go with Ambush. Didn't include any of the big three and had only four characters that we were already familiar with, and even then one of them only appeared via hologram. I liked that Yoda was the main character, as we hadn't been given a lot of stories of him in the Clone War. To my knowledge, Ambush is the only TCW episode which doesn't contradict or mess up any previous Star Wars material. The season premiere which I found the most lacking/dissapointing was the Mon Calamari arc for Season Four. Although it featured my favourite Jedi, Kit Fisto, I felt it was... silly. The Council knows of Anakin's and Padme's relationship, yet they decide to send them on this kind of errand together? Anakin loses his helmet, yet instead of using the Force to get it back he decides to squirm around holding his neck? Jar Jar's spitting abilities? Bah. We already had a battle on Mon Calamari, did we really need another one? They could have had an underwater battle on a new world, with a new species. I also didn't appreciate the lack of respect for previously established continuity that lightsabers couldn't operate underwater. There were just too many things wrong with this arc/season premiere. 8. Many fans consider season 3 to be the worse season of TCW made so far @K'Kruhk. If you could go back in time and make improvements. What would you do to make that season better and more interesting? I also consider Season 3 to be worst in terms of ridiculous stories and canon steamrolling. I would never have had these episodes produced or released: ARC Troopers (Just how many battles on Kamino do we need in the Clone War?) Supply Lines (Jar Jar ruined anything good with this episode) Assassin (I would have removed the Boba Fett trilogy from Season 2 as well, so this episode goes with it) Evil Plans (How ridiculous) Hunt for Ziro (Gardulla coming back from the dead and Quinlan Vos' different personality from the comics) Ventress/Savage trilogy (Why change Ventress' and Maul's backstory? Completely unnecessary) Mortis trilogy () Citadel trilogy (Magical clones appearing from nowhere and of course, Even Piell) Padawan Lost/Wookiee Hunt (Another battle on Felucia, really? Improvements I would make: Most important of all, NO CANON STEAMROLLING. Have more original worlds created, or have battles on already established worlds which haven't appeared in any Clone Wars source yet, such as Glee Anselm. Create more original Jedi, and instead of killing them off soon after being introduced, keep them for a season or two. Have the Jedi Council scenes filled with all the Jedi that should be there, such as Oppo Rancisis. I would have made episodes showing how Poggle and Wat Tambor got released from prison. Concentrate less on the big three, and more on the background characters (look at Lair of Grievous). Show Darth Sidious in full. Have Grievous killing Jedi. In fact, these improvements should be made for the whole of TCW. #9. If you could team up five characters in The Clone Wars who would you team up? We'll call it your dream team @K'Kruht. Grievous, Embo, Pong Krell, Kit Fisto and Darth Maul #10. If you put those 5 characters into a razer wire Cage of Death who would win @K'Kruhk? Darth Maul. #11. Are you serious? J/k... How would you have brought Darth Maul back? Yes, @K'Kruhk you have to bring him back. If I HAD to bring him back, I would have done it somewhat like they did on TCW, save for a few changes. From the short story Restraint in the 2012 re-release of Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, Talzin collects Maul's blood in the necklace that she everntaully gave to Savage in Witches of the Mist. I would instead, after Maul's bisection and relocation to Lotho Minor, have Talzin use the necklace to locate him, and look after him until the time was right for her, then heal him back by taking him back to Dathomir. #12 @K'Kruhk, Do you like Genndy Tartakovsky's Clone Wars or TCW Better and why? Hmm, I like and dislike certain aspects from both, but if I had to go for one of them, I prefer Genndy Tartakovsky's Clone Wars better. For one, it fits around the movies much better than TCW does. In Genndy's series we see, or are told, how C-3PO gets his gold coverings, Anakin's Knighthood, how Anakin gets an 'upgraded arm' in between AOTC and ROTS, how Palpatine gets kidnapped, Luke and Leia's conception ) and Grievous' introduction to the Jedi among others. While TCW tends to center around the 'big three', Genddy's series had episodes centered around many different Jedi and other characters. The only two problems I have with Genddy's series is the exaggerated powers of certain characters (Mace Windu, Grievous, etc.) and the difference of the Battle of Coruscant compared to the novel Labyrinth of Evil. With TCW, I have problems with nearly everything they do. #13. We know what other movies you like, but how about what other TV shows @K'Kruhk? Apart from TCW, the only still-running show that I watch on a regular basis once an episode is released is The Big Bang Theory. Brilliant, funny cast with good storylines, jokes, one-liners and what-not. I think that Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny on the show, is the hottest woman on the earth along with Natalie Portman. Aside from that, I occasionally rewatch episodes of 8 Simple Rules online. Also starring Kaley Cuoco, I find it to be as funny as The Big Bang Theory. It's just a shame that John Ritter died, the show wasn't as successful after that. Old shows that I loved as a kid include Pokemon, Digimon, Power Rangers, Takeshi's Castle and pretty much anything that was shown on Cartoon Network, Fox Kids and Boomerang. #14. Do you like the Original Trilogy or the Prequel Trilogy better @K'Kruhk and why? At first I liked the Prequel Trilogy better, but now I enjoy the Original Trilogy more. I guess that the OT is a lot more believable, I love all the intricate sound details and real-life sets that we just don't get as much in the PT. Sometimes all the paintings and CGI among others makes the Prequels look a bit... fake, especially when it's overdone, as we saw in the droid factory scene with C-3PO. The characters are much more likeable in the OT and you tend to get more attached to them as apposed to the main cast in the Prequels. I think the lines in the OT are much better compared to those in the PT (I wish I could just wish my feelings away), and the best scene in the saga is in the OT (celebration at the end of ROTJ). I love both trilogies, but the OT edges it for me. #15. Do any of the characters in your top 10 list really remind you of yourself @K'Khurk? 10. Jabba: Fat, slimy slug = no 9. Grievous: Cowardly, four-armed alien-machine cyborg = no 8. Oppo: Serpentine, four-armed chicken = no 7. Embo: Samurai boomerang-wielding hat = no 6. Tsui: Small and blue = no 5. Pong: Four-armed, cold-blooded traitor = no 4. A'Sharad/Krayt: Centuries old Emperor obsessed with immortality = no 3. K'Kruhk: Centuries old, furry beast with tusks and a freakin' sweet hat = no 2. Kit: Green-skinned tentacled amphibian = no 1. Maul: Evil, horned and tattooed animal = no I think that answers the question easily. #16. Do you want to be like any of those characters @K'Kruhk? Like Jabba, I want to have my own gang and have near-naked females dancing for me and sitting on me. Like Kit, I would like a badass smile that can attract the likes of Aayla. Like Maul, I would like to be a skilled martial-artist lightsaber-wielding duelist. #17. Who do you think the most successful villain is in The Clone Wars @K'Kruhk? Fan appreciation: I guess Cad Bane might be the most successful villain in terms of fan appreciation, however, since I do not know the opinions and thoughts of all the fans, this is just an assumption. His appearance, voice and characterisation when he made his debut at the end of Season One took to the fans quickly I think, and since then I feel that he has become quite a 'favourite'. Of course, the storylines he has been involved in and the situations he has been put in has helped a lot. Hiring Aurra Sing et al to break out an inmate on Coruscant and nearly blowing up numerous Senators and Anakin Skywalker in the process was a great debut for him to the show, and that stuck firmly in the minds of his fans, who would later see him torture the (quite) annoying C-3PO, survive the obstacles of The Box and then save Obi-Wan Kenobi from instant death. Story progression: I think the only character who can win this category is Asajj Ventress. Dooku's apprentice deemed too powerful, she survives execution and ends up on her (retconned) homeworld of Dathomir, where we are shown the troubles that she has had in her past. From there, we see her fail in an assassination attempt on Dooku, is betrayed by her apprentice, and is proclaimed a Nightsister. When things start to look better for her again, her 'sisters' are all wiped out on the orders of the man she once served. A lone survivor of the massacre, she painfully makes her journey across the galaxy, eventually ending up on Tatooine. By killing somebody who is pestering her, she unwittingly becomes a bounty hunter caught up in a dangerous mission, surviving it, and making a lot of money in the process. The last we see of her is coming to the aid of her nemesis, Kenobi, saving him from certain death to fight against her former apprentice and his brother, the presumed-dead Darth Maul. We will probably see more of her in Season Five and beyond. If anybody else in this show has had a more successful story progression than her, then you can run me through the chest with a lightsaber. Accomplishments: Palpatine/Sidious, perhaps. This is still his war, orchestrated by him and only him. Everything is still going as planned for Palpatine, including his quest to turn Anakin to the dark side of the Force, as we have seen at the end of Season Four. He's the puppeteer, and the rest of the cast are his puppets. Although, Maul's survival is an accomplishment in itself, and we're still to see what will happen to him in the future. #18. What's you favorite Star Wars video game @K'Kruhk? I've only played five Star Wars video games: LEGO Star Wars I + II, Bounty Hunter, ROTS and Battlefront II. Out of those five my favourite is Battlefront II. I love the multiple storylines, characters, locations and weapons, among others. I enjoyed killing Apailana and Gizor Dellso. I enjoyed re-enacting Operation: Knightfall. I enjoyed and love everything about the game, so it was a shame that Battlefront III got cancelled. #19. What appeals to you the most about the LACWAC community @K'Kruhk? That's simple: the users. Without the users, there is no LACWAC community. Without the users, we wouldn't have as much fun as we do. Of course, there are some annoying members, but the interesting, funny, and liekable ones outnumber them in a landslide. #20. How LACWACy are you @K'Kruhk? People around here know full well how LACWACy I am: VERY. #21. Create an episode @K'Kruhk. Episode Title: The Dream Anakin and Ahsoka are in the Jedi Temple Archives when Ahsoka ponders if she's ready for the Jedi Knighthood Trials yet. Anakin, feeling very emotional, wakes up from a long sleep, and it turns out that TCW was a dream of his all along. There never was an Ahsoka Tano, Even Piell is still alive, Darth Maul is still dead, and we can gladly read Obsession again. Now a more serious episode idea: Episode Title: Show of Force I would convert the Republic comic storyline 'Show of Force' in to a two-episode arc, exactly how it is done in the comic. This means that we don't see or hear about Anakin, Ahsoka or Obi-Wan. I like the idea that the Jedi team assembled by Mace Windu that we see in ROTS have been on other missions together during the Clone Wars. Member Name: @True_Zandalorian. #1. First, let’s talk about your username. What is the origin of your username and why did you choose to use that as your username? When I first joined the JCF, it was around 2009, and I'd gotten into the Republic Commando novel series after playing the game. Karen Traviss's portrayal of the Mandalorians was a nice change of pace from the post Return of the Jedi expanded universe. I also have a great appreciation for Timothy Zahn's works, so I decided to combine them into the totally original and not at all contrived name Darth_Zandalor. When we got to the Temp boards, I decided it was time for a change. I'd been here for a few years, and figured I'd like to drop the Darth title and go for something a little more individual. So, I became super original, and just named myself after the True Mandalorians from the comic book Open Seasons. 2. Then you would say your avatar reminds you of yourself @True_Zandalorian and you like to lurk in the shadows? ot really. While I admittedly had lurked for about a year before joining, I've always picked my avatars to reflect what I'm interested in at the moment. This particular avatar is a picture from the film Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, which I recently watched and was very impressed by. Alternate universe Japan where Germany won World War 2 and occupied the country instead of the United States. Really enthralling film that uses what if scenarios based off real world events to paint a plausible backdrop against which the main plot is set. 3. What are your favorite movies and where does Star Wars fit, does the TCW movie rank anywhere in your top 30 or so movies @True_Zandalorian? I don't mean list 30 movies. Argh, this is a tricky one for me. My tastes have changed a lot over the years, but a few films stay constant. If I had to pick favorites, Star Wars is definitely in the top 5. The first time I saw it, I was maybe two, but I remember. It was the 1994 rerelease on VHS with the Leonard Maltin interview. Stuck with me ever since. So, other films... Starship Troopers has got to be up there. I saw that as a kid, and hey, boobies and horrific insect carnage in the same film. Might have had an effect on me. As I've grown older, I really started to appreciate the satire of the film a lot more, especially after I read Heinlein's original novel. The film is a laugh riot where the fascists are the good guys fighting communist bugs. And those Federation News Reports. It is so dumb, and yet so scathingly brilliant at the same time. As for other films. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is definitely up there. Extended Editions running from early morning until sundown, full twelve hours nonstop. It's the only way to watch them. The Lion King is another long runner for me. Watched it every day of the week when I was younger for a whole year. Other films would be Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, and 28 Days later. Also, Aliens, Terminator and the Evil Dead Films. See what I meant about Starship Troopers having an effect on me? I think I became a gore junkie. 4. Are you within the U.S.A and how do you like to watch TCW @True_Zandalorian, do you have a fancy mancave you watch Star Wars in? I'm in Canada, living in the basement room of a nice house in Guelph, Ontario. Student living is rough, especially when unemployed. At home, we have a nice widescreen tv that I occasionally got to use to watch TCW, but I've been without television for months. Nowadays, I just watch episodes from my laptop, either from iTunes or Teletoon Online. So, not in the U.S.A, and no real mancave unless you count an untidy bedroom. #5. What are your 5 favorite TCW episodes @True_Zandalorian and why are they your favorites? Are there improvements you would make to them? #5 is probably Cargo of Doom. This was a great example of just how much further the TCW team was able to push the boundaries of what the show was capable of. It moved at a breakneck pace, had some really good characterization thrown in for the main cast, and was a brilliant middle part of the Cad Bane trilogy. I think what I liked the most about it was the dynamic between Anakin and Ahsoka. Anakin is the inspiring leader with the outlandish tactics, while Ahsoka is the hot headed apprentice still coming into maturity. What was really great about this relationship was how they played off each other. You could see Anakin's lone wolf tendencies wear off on Ahsoka, and how it gets them both into trouble when she runs off. Her overconfidence was her weakness, and she fell for Bane's tricks. It was a really well played scene to show both Anakin's positive and negative influences, and how Ahsoka was still learning. And all this still allowed time for the supporting cast to get their own moments to shine. Denal got a few speaking lines which was great to see, Rex was still being the badass, and Yularen and Cad Bane both got to play off of Skywalker, either reacting to his tactics, or using them to their advantage. Cargo of Doom probably more than any other episode in the series used it's 22 minutes to their fullest extent. The pacing was perfect, never dragging, and still managing to pack in the little details that gave it more flavor than just a bare bones rescue mission. #4 is Landing at Point Rain. Again, this was an episode that really pushed TCW's boundaries, this time in both scale and animation. We'd seen large scale combat before with the excellent Ryloth Trilogy, but round two of Geonosis really put those episodes to shame for sheer spectacle. It isn't the strongest written episode, but in terms of scope, it succeeded in it's goals of showing a planet wide invasion. The jumps between the different units and generals, each with their own unconnected escapades that finally coincide for the final push was a unique concept that the show sadly hasn't come back to. Telling a number of smaller, interconnected stories to form a greater whole really is what sold me on this episode. That, and the gunship assault, which still floors me whenever I watch it. #3 is Wookiee Hunt. This one goes up because of my love for Republic Commando. It was great watching Tarful's warriors dropping from the sky to trash the Trandoshans. Ahsoka's understanding of Wookiee languages didn't bother me that much, since the episode didn't fall into the crutch of making her super efficient at everything like a lot of the series' weaker episodes do. Ahsoka had to work at it to get things done. She got beaten, bruised, and thrown about by the Trandoshan leader, and had to use her wits instead of godmode powers to win. It was a nice change from the infallible Ahsoka we'd seen for the entire season up to that point. This I think was the best season finale we've had so far. The episode before was somewhat of a slow burner, but this one upped the ante, pretty much turning into Predator meets The Most Dangerous Game meets Star Wars. I loved the redneck like Trandos and their trophy racks. The respect of EU lore was also greatly appreciated, with the trando shotguns and the Neo Crusader helmets. The ending was a little saccharine with Anakin's motherly "I'll never leave you again, Snips!" attitude, but on the whole, this was a great ending to an otherwise exceedingly mediocre season. #2 is Rookies. At the start of the series, I was rather hesitant with Baker's performance for the clone troopers. I'm a big fan of Temuera Morrison's voice, and it baffled me that they wouldn't just bring Tem to do the voices. It isn't like he gets so much work that he couldn't do recordings. So, I met Baker with some disdain, viewing him as inferior to Morrison's work. That changed with Rookies. Baker did a great job of differentiating the clones based on verbal ticks and gestures. But what I liked was how subtle it was. They were the same, yet different, and Rookies was his first real chance to sell his talents to me. And boy howdy did it work. I really enjoyed the squad's banter and their differing approaches to the situation. They were up against a new opponent that actually posed a threat, they were outgunned, and outsmarted, but they pulled through. It was a strong episode that really proved that Baker was a good choice for the Clones voices. Just not for Boss, Sev, Fixer, Scorch, or the Geonosian Queen. #1 is Duchess of Mandalore. This is my go to example for a political episode done right on The Clone Wars. No bullcrap arguments about a Naboo housemaid not having running water, no Count Chocula murder mystery, and no Rush Clovis. This was a situation on the brink of tipping into a full scale invasion. A group of political terrorists that vastly outgunned the pacifist government are vying for power and preparing to launch a coup, and the only thing stopping them is the word of the New Mandalorian's representative. What we get then is a great character piece for both Obi Wan and Satine, further developing their relationship as they reaffirm their friendship as they try to outrun the assassin. The Assassin was another nice character. He was smart and dangerous, but not so overpowered that he stretched out disbelief. Once Obi Wan was on his feet, the assassin didn't stand a chance. He fought dirty, but in a fair fight, the guy with the laser sword and telekinesis wins. The episode is also bloody gorgeous. Setting aside the Ithorian ghetto of recycled character models, I loved the street shots of Coruscant, and the park around the planet's tallest mountain. Some great use of Ralph McQuarrie's artwork and then dipped in some beautiful color compositions. It showed Coruscant on both a large and small scale, how even the largest towering spires had their ground views instead of panning air shots. It's a fantastic episode with an open ended conclusion that raises more questions than it answers, but I'm not complaining. It left the door wide open for new opportunities for both the New Mandalorians and the Death Watch, setting up some great antagonists and one of the series more intriguing unexplored concepts. And then the poisoned tea and complete waste of the Death Watch for two seasons. #6. @True_Zandalorian. This ones a long one! List your 10 favorite male characters in Star Wars and Why are they your favorites? Actually I'll let you include up to 15 if 5 of them are characters from The Clone Wars. This could take a while. #15 is Hondo Onhaka. God I love this character. He's Lando Calrissian crossed with Jim Cummings. Cummings does an absolutely fantastic job as the pirate Hondo, at once charming and threatening. More than anyone, he seems to be truly in it for himself and his monkey lizard. It's just great to see a neutral character who can be both hero and villain, but never adhering to either side permanently. He can be dangerous, but also kind. He can be shallow, but also insightful. He's just an immensely enjoyable rogue and you never know what to expect from him. He also has a kickass character design, one of the best TCW has ever done. Dem goggles. #14 is Kal Skirata, from the Republic Commando series. In any other series, Kal would be a monster. He kills without remorse, he is morally bankrupt, and he will do anything for his sons, even if it isn't the thing they need. What Kal is truly, is a horribly broken individual with such a warped sense of reality that even he realizes in any other person's eyes, he is the villain. Desperate to have a family after his own abandoned him, his act of kindness towards the Null Arc Troopers developed more into an obsession. He fights for the rights of Clone Troopers to choose for themselves, failing to notice that in reality, all he is doing is supplanting the Republic's ideals with his own Mandalorian traditions. He's trading one form of slavery for another, except his own skewed perception keeps him from truly seeing this until another rogue clone named Maze calls him out on it. I love Kal Skirata because of this conundrum. He is his own worst enemy, but he cannot see it. #13 is Lando Calrissian. It's Lando, you can figure this one out for yourself. #12 is Wedge Antilles. The Redshirt who never dies. I find Star Wars is at it's best when it remembers that there is more to the galaxy than just the big characters. Wedge played a bit part in the Original Trilogy, but his inclusion really lent a sense that each rebel had a name. They were individuals, even if they weren't the focus. Wedge is just a guy who happened to survive through each film, and he did it all without plot armor. Just some fancy flying skills and a cool name kept him coming back. And then he got his chance to shine in the EU with Stackpole and Alliston's X-Wing books. Just a great bit character to get a glimpse into a larger world. #11 is also from the X-Wing series: Corran Horn. I just really like him. He's a hotshot pilot, but he's got some nice quirks to him. When I first read the X-Wing books, they were like the Republic Commando series, a breath of fresh air compared to the Jedi focused stories and dark side uber villains. Corran was just a regular dude fighting the good fight. He was much more down to earth, showing the war from a different perspective. Well characterized, low key but likeable dude who became more important as time went on. Now if only the EU knew what to do with him. #10 is Kyle Katarn. The manly man's response to Luke Skywalker. A farmer who wants to run off to the Academy but gets thrust into the Rebellion when his parents are killed and goes on to discover their latent force powers? I'll take the one with the beard please. Where Luke was a bit more emotionally driven, following the path of the Campbellian Hero, Katarn was the more practical. He met his challenges with sarcasm and a bryar pistol. He's more of a brute force than finesse kinda guy. He'll punch you before he'll swing his saber. I just love him. Good sense of humor, great fighter, and was so awesome he survived getting a lung destroyed by a lightsaber. #9 is Atton Rand. The anti Han Solo. He's a fascinating look at how the regular folk of the galaxy perceive Force Users. To them, it doesn't really matter whether a force user is a Jedi or a Sith, they always seem to drag everyone else into conflict any time they start a fight, and usually it's the working class bums who suffer the most. He's a world weary scoundrel with more than a few skeletons in the closet. Just a very unique take on the scoundrel idea, and a great character. #8 is Obi Wan Kenobi. He's another really great and central contribution to the franchise. He's at once the adventurous hothead, the wise old sage, the pessimist, and the optimist. Bleeding with dry wit, wisdom and more than a few bad puns, I just can't bring myself to dislike him. Maybe his glass jaw however. #7 is Pre Viszla.He was the only good thing in the episode A Friend in Need, and a sorely underused villain with some great potential. He's pretty much Mandalorian Hitler (Godwinned!), but I found his descent into more of a butcher than a political foe a great development. He is a nutjob obsessed with returning the Mandalorians to the dominant warriors in the galaxy, and he really comes off as a vicious bastard. #6 is Rex. He is a great example of a free thinking Clone who is becoming more and more disillusioned with his role in life. After his experiences with Cut, and the revelation he received on Umbara, he really shows character growth, something that really needs to be seen more in the series. He's actually changed over time, instead of being reset every other episode like Ahsoka. #5 is Palpatine. He's a cackling psychopath who pulled off the most convoluted and incomprehensible scheme ever, and yet I can't help but love him for his over the top nature and the fact that whoever plays him always sounds like they are having the time of their life. It is a great joy to see someone absolutely revel in being evil for the hell of it. Who cares if it's stupid, I'm having too much fun! #4 is Willhuff Tarkin. On the opposite end of Palpatine, we have this guy. Unlike Palpatine, you don't get the sense that Tarkin is having fun being evil, but he is just downright despicable. Palpatine ordered a godfather like assassination onscreen. Tarkin committed genocide without batting an eyelid. He is just so uncaring, callous, and cold that you can only hate his guts. He is just pure evil. #3 is Darth Vader. One of the best film villains of all time, and open to so much interpretation that he is always fun to have around. I could go into so much detail on why I like Darth Vader, but anything I write has already been said a thousand times, and I'm too lazy to bring up those points. This is going on way too long anyways. But think of reasons why you like Darth Vader. Chances are, I share the same ideas. #2 is Qui-Gon Jinn. One of the few undeniably good parts of The Phantom Menace. Liam Neeson gives a spectacular performance as Qui-Gon, easily the best one in the film. He is just so complex. He's a rogue Jedi, but he still has knows the tenets. He is wise but can still make mistakes. He seems to understand balancing your emotions with your mind. You want to learn more about him, you want to see more of him. I really think that it was a mistake to kill him in Phantom Menace. I feel that he could have just as easily taken Mace Windu's place, given how their characters serve the same role. Except Neeson seems far more comfortable in his role as a wise sage who can also kick ass than Jackson. Samuel L. Jackson is at his best giving intense, in your face performances, not as a quiet, knowledgeable mentor. I love Qui-Gon for the mystery he poses. He isn't like other Jedi. #1 is Yoda. I love Yoda. I like everything about him. His philosophies on the Force are just fascinating, even if they don't make sense in our world. Like Qui-Gon, Yoda presents a mystery to the viewers, and his performance makes you want to see him more. Luckily for us, Yoda did get more screen time, and more reason for us to like him. Admittedly I like him more as the mentor than the fighter, but his duel with Sidious is one of the best parts of the franchise, bar none. He is representative of all that is the light, flawed as it may be, using all his resolve to push back darkness. Even if he lost the fight, the final moments leading up to his fall were excellent. The look of pure determination in his eyes as he actually beat Sidious's full power and blasted it back at him is so awesome it is difficult to put into words. That took longer than I expected. Yeah, there's only two who actually began in The Clone Wars, but you're asking a lot. So I gave a lot. #7. What is your favorite season premiere of The Clone Wars and are there any you found lacking? What are the improvements and changes you would have made to them @True_Zandalorian? The best season premiere was easily the double header for Season 2 with Holocron Heist and Cargo of Doom back to back. Season 3's first episode was excellent, but Arc Troopers failed to live up to the standard set by Clone Cadets. Season 2 on the other hand, started out strong with Holocron Heist, and the surpassed it with Cargo of Doom. You've got a great spy thriller episode to start with, Cad Bane having some great chemistry with TODO 360. It was definitely a little more bare bones, but for the story it was trying to tell, it told it well and was very solid. If I had to improve the premiere, I'd have a bit more tension with Bane and the Jedi playing cat and mouse with each other. It's hard to fault the episode for lacking, because everything that needs to be there is there. It's just adding fluff. The other season openers however... they need a lot of work. I don't try to be too hard on season one episodes, since Ambush was the pilot for the entire series, so it's obviously still got some growing pains. It just felt a little too small. This is the Clone Wars, not the Clone Skirmishes. As a series pilot, it's okay, but it is nowhere near as good as the series has been at it's highest. If I had the chance, I'd go back and update the episode visually, because that is where it is suffering the most. It's script is alright, but stuffed with lame droid humor. It just needs a tuneup. Clone Cadets was a great episode, but like I said, it was let down by Arc Troopers. In this case, what I would have done is gone with an hour and a half special, instead of the two episodes. Arc Troopers biggest problem is that it's pacing is too fast for the story it is trying to tell. Landing at Point Rain showed a number of smaller stories around one central event. Arc Troopers is a story about Echo and Fives at it's core, but it also has to cram all those other smaller stories in as well. So your A plot is hamstrung by the half baked and underdeveloped B, C and D plots, and all of them come out the worse for it. I would have done the episode in flashpoints, showing Domino Squad's training, a glimpse of the Rishi outpost attack, various moments from Echo and Fives time as 501st regulars, and then moved into the Kamino battle. I'd have made it far more character focused, since that has been the biggest problem with post Rookies episodes for the Domino Squad members. Fives could have been given some much needed development during this time, showing his relationship with Echo. It would have made Echo's death more poignant, as well as give much more context for Fives' bitterness during the Umbara Campaign. Season 4's premiere I would have just scrapped altogether. It's a retread of something the Genndy series did better in three minutes than they could do in three episodes. 8. Many fans consider season 3 to be the worse season of TCW made so far @True_Zandalorian. If you could go back in time and make improvements. What would you do to make that season better and more interesting? Count me among those who really felt let down by Season 3. We had high concept plots ruined by poor execution, and a massive downgrade in writing quality. If I was to go back, I would refocus the season to work off a central theme. Season 2, despite it's title Rise of the Bounty Hunters, was really more about pushing into the harder aspects of war and the galaxy that they either couldn't do in season 1 or hadn't the confidence to do. It was really about making the show grow up a little and find it's feet. Season 3's title was Secrets Revealed, which is almost as big a load of crap as Rise of the Bounty Hunters. I would have scrapped a lot of the episodes that we did get, and rewrite even more. The departure of Henry Gilroy and the lack of input from Paul Dini really shows in the episodes. Sharp wit is replaced with the blindingly obvious, or the ludicrously exaggerated. The scripts just weren't up to par with what we had. Episodes like Clone Cadets still had problems with dialogue, with moronic lines like "Domino Squad is the finest unit I have ever seen!" being spouted only a day after the same character said that unless they stand together, they will fall. I look back and really wonder just what Season 3 was about. It is so scatterbrained that I cannot really find rhyme or reason between episodes. Here's an episode about what happened to Ventress. Here's the gods of the Force. Here is poisoned tea. It really didn't seem to have a goal in mind, and any secrets it revealed were buried under the questions they raised and never answered. The animation was moving faster than the writers were, so we got lots of filler. If I were to change something, I would have kept the Season 2 writers. They really brought the dialogue to life, and I never felt embarrassed listening to characters. Compare Anakin and Ahsoka's banter in Landing at Point Rain to something like the Citadel trilogy. It feels much more natural and better timed in LAPR than any scene I can remember from the Citadel episodes. Pretty much all I do remember is the bad stuff, like Taylor's horrific Christopher Walken impersonation. I don't know how you would fix it without cutting most of the episodes we did get and just starting from the ground up. #9. If you could team up five characters in The Clone Wars who would you team up? We'll call it your dream team @True_Zandalorian. Hondo, Tan Divo, Rex, Pre Viszla and Sugi. A pirate, a cop, a soldier, a nazi and a merc. So, the usual. 10. If you put those 5 characters into a razer wire Cage of Death who would win @True_Zandalorian? (Poor Tan Divo...) Rex would win in a straight up fight, but Hondo would bribe his way out first to avoid death. 11. Hold up. You think Rex would kill Pre Vizsla in the staight up fight @True_Zandalorian? Lets delve deeper and ask...Why? The Death Watch are Mandalorians, but they are thugs. As much as they boast about how they are the greatest warriors in the galaxy, they forget that the Mandalorians only truly became a galactic threat when organized leadership was established by Mandalore the Ultimate and Cassus Fett. Rex is a soldier, who just happens to be cloned from THE Mandalorian, Jango Fett. Viszla might have a darksaber, but he doesn't really know how to use it effectively. Much of his fighting with it involves crude swings and stabs. I doubt he could block a blaster bolt. Rex has the blood of Mandalore in him, as well as an entire life of training. He is built to be a killing machine. Pre might be a butcher, but we've seen that as soon as he is on the back foot, he'll cower out and sic his lackeys on you. In a cage match, he doesn't have that option. Lol, that would be a really cool fight. Make it happen Dave! Would you rather have the real number 11 or number 12 @True_Zandalorian? Nah this doesn't count as a number. ill take 11 You asked for it... #11 as #12.How would you have brought Darth Maul back? Yes, @True_Zandalorian you have to bring him back. If I had to bring him back, I would first need to go all the way back to Phantom Menace. Instead of focusing Jar Jar as the breakout character, work on emphasizing the importance of Maul. He is the first sith seen publicly in hundreds of years. He outclassed two experienced swordsmen at the same time. He was a new threat. Work with that concept. Instead of the very final bisection, have him die more ambiguously. His survival through sheer hatred can still work, but losing your major arteries doesn't. Stab him, blow him up as you escape, but make his death less final. Then, continue laying hints throughout attack of the clones regarding him. Draw parallels between Anakin and Maul through Obi Wan's teachings. Have him cast a shadow over things. Nobody knows about Tyrannus yet, and Maul's master hasn't revealed himself. Weave more mystery into it. Then, we reach TCW. Throw out the Savage plotline and focus that trilogy entirely on Ventress's power play with Dooku. When she fails, then Talzin sends her to find Maul. Maul is still alive, but not insane. Rather, he's begun his own plotting for revenge against Sidious for abandoning him. Ventress discovers that Maul has been using the Clone Wars to cover his tracks as he slaughters planets, blaming the atrocities on the CIS. He's out for revenge against Sidious, Ventress is out for revenge against Dooku. They share a mutual goal to usurp the title of the Sith and overthrow the current Rule of Two. 13. We know what other movies you like, but how about what other TV shows @True_Zandalorian? Right now, my current project is Deep Space Nine. I love this show for the way it both embraces the Star Trek ideals while also challenging them. In The Next Generation, we saw the best of humanity, the model example that the Federation sought to achieve. In DS9, we see the reality, the limitations their ideals have, the pressures the Federation must endure to reach it's goal. It's fascinating to see the true face of the Utopia, just what the Federation has to put up with on a daily basis. Benjamin Sisko is a much more down to earth captain than Picard. He believes in the ideals of the Federation, but he never preaches them, or talks down to anyone. He wants people to get along, and he realizes that forcing one ideology over another isn't always the best course of action. And then there is the Dominion War. It was awesome to see how Starfleet acted in a wartime scenario, swiftly needing to upgrade explorer and science ships into battleships to take on the Dominion. Plus it gave us a chance to see more Klingons actually fighting instead of boasting. I really don't get to watch much TV anymore, so that's about all I've watched lately. Other shows I have liked include the Game of Thrones and Clash of Kings HBO series, Two and a Half Men, Futurama, and the DC Animated Universe. 14. Do you like the Original Trilogy or the Prequel Trilogy better @True_Zandalorian and why? In terms of execution, the original films just work better, as both standalones and as a whole. The Prequel trilogy has got the same thing going on as the Lord of the Rings trilogy. They are more connected to each other, with questions raised in one being answered in another. However, while this helps the Lord of the Rings flow like one seamless narrative, for the Prequels, it just introduces new hiccups. Since so much of the EU is dedicated to filling over potholes, you don't get the same seamless narrative, unless you happen to be reading the book that explains why example B was used at part D. I also really love the set designs from the Original Trilogy. What a lot of science fiction fails to do is make their world seem like a place where people would actually live. It's always so clean and sterile. Star Wars, Alien and Blade Runner all worked with the concept of a used future. This is a place where people live their lives normally. It just also happens to have space samurai monks with laser swords fighting giant battleships. The Millennium Falcon is a great example of what I mean. It looks rundown, but on the inside, it really feels like someone's home.There's a game table, a living room, closets, comfy chairs. It's like a guy's rec room. I never really get that feel with the Prequels. It's supposed to be the elegant designs clashing with the rough and tumble designs of the OT, but it makes one big mistake. Perspective. Everything we see from the Prequels is through the big picture, viewing all the splendor and pomp. This is a sophisticated society. But it's like looking into Ancient Rome. You see all the big, towering monuments and grand sculptures, and you have this very romanticized view of the past. But all that was built on the backs of millions who lived in squalor, eking life out of the dirt just to stay alive. It's a big shift, since that latter form of living is what we saw in the OT. We still saw the grand scale stuff, like the glory of Cloud City, but the focus was always on the ground eye view of the people who actually worked there. The people were the focus, not the setting. The reversal of this in the Prequels minimizes the impact of the human element while the films try to sweep you up in their pretty visuals, never stopping to make you wonder just how it was all built. 15. Do any of the characters in your top 10 list really remind you of yourself @True_Zandalorian? Really only two, Wedge and Atton. Not because I really share personality traits with either of them, but just with their presence. Wedge and Atton are just sort of there, never the center of attention, always a little distant, but still very much involved. They have their place, and I have mine. It's just not the focus. 16. Do you want to be like any of those characters @True_Zandalorian? If I wanted to be like any of those characters, I'd want to be one of the scoundrels. Hondo, Lando, Atton, I love these guys for their charm. And that I could get away with being insufferable in real life 17. What's you favorite Star Wars video game @True_Zandalorian? Definitely Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords. When I first played the game, I had completed the first Knights of the Old Republic, and being an adolescent, I thought it was the greatest thing in the history of everything. So when I first played The Sith Lords in it's horribly broken initial state, I was let down. When I discovered that this was actually the result of Lucasarts deadline meddling, I decided to take another look back at The Sith Lords with a different perspective. That led me to a let's play by a guy named Scorchy from the LP Archive. It really changed how I looked at the game. I was used to Bioware's bombastic approach, lacking in subtlety but making up in charm. I had to invert that sense of expectation for The Sith Lords, and only then did I really begin to appreciate the complexity of the story. Nothing is said in certain terms. Everything people tell you is either a lie or is colored by their own perceptions. You are forced to figure it out for yourself rather than having it shoved down your throat. It turned from a tediously plodding story into a game of deception, trying to catch characters in their lies and trying to disover just what the truth is. And once the Restored Content Mod was completed, I could finally go back once again and see a glimpse into what the game could have truly been. It is a flawed masterpiece, and one of my all time favorite contributions to the Star Wars universe. 18. @True_Zandalorian, what would the perfect SW game be about? Personally, my ideal Star Wars game would be an Empire focused game set after the Battle of Endor. So little media focuses on the Empire's perspective in the post Return of the Jedi fallout, so I would love to see that change. Perhaps taking the role of an Imperial Officer who has to complete a dangerous mission as the Empire falls apart around him. Full of intrigue, mystery and shaky alliances. It would be fascinating to play through. 19. What is it about the LACWAC community that appeals to you @True_Zandalorian? The people. Maybe. Maybe it's just because I don't have many avid Star Wars fans to talk to around my home. 20. @True_Zandalorian how LACWACy are you? Not as LACWACy as I should be. But I manage. Ready for the bonus round? 21. @true Zandalore, post one of your epic rant reviews of an episode. I don't think I have any on the Temp boards. My last one was for the episode Brothers, which I think was the last episode to air before we made the move. If you have a way to access the old boards, I'd go grab one of my rants, but I don't have any on the Temp board at the moment. Of the ones I did, I think that my favorite rants would have to be Water War, Kidnapped, or Brothers. I got some nice zingers in there. I don't usually do play by play commentary unless the episode really starts to irritate me, then I go back and make a concentrated effort to pick apart every last thing I can find. Hmm... ok then... Create an episode @True_Zandalorian. The Death Watch have made their move. Sundari is under siege, and Pre Viszla holds Duchess Satine at saber point, daring the Jedi to come after him. So, the council sends in a strike team on a rescue mission. A frontal assault would be too costly and risk the lives of innocents, so infiltration is the proper route. Delta Squad, Rex, Fives and Obi Wan and Anakin steal a Mandalorian shuttle and use the Republic Commando's knowledge of Mandalorian warrior customs and language to fool the Death Watch guards. They break into the palace and split into two groups. Anakin, Rex and Fives move to free the hostage security forces while Obi-Wan and Delta Squad head for Satine. Delta Squad gets into trouble fighting Bo-Katan, while Obi Wan fights through Pre Viszla's guards and eventually fights him head on. However, he doesn't fight fair, and when Obi Wan has him down and begging for mercy, he takes them by surprise and murders Satine before running. The episode ends with Satine dying in Obi Wan's arms, and the fate of the New Mandalorians uncertain. The Republic failed to save their leader, and the Death Watch is still out there, despite their defeat.