Fanclub Tales of the Jedi appreciation thread

Discussion in 'EU Community' started by darklordoftech, May 27, 2013.

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  1. darklordoftech Force Ghost

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    It's amazing how little appreciation Tales of the Jedi receives. It was Tales of the Jedi that created the Old Republic era and introduced many of that era's characters. Many aspects of Tales of the Jedi that might not seem to make sense can be explained by the "Tales" part of the title. Tales of the Jedi is a group of tales told by the Jedi about their (and the Sith's) history and members, NOT a book of facts about the history and members of the Jedi and Sith.
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  2. darklordoftech Force Ghost

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    Does anyone else have any words of kindness for TOTJ?
  3. General Immodet Jedi Grand Master

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    I do. I think Tom Veitch and Kevin J. Anderson have done a great job writing TOTJ.
    They masterfully combined all references to this era in one story. Everything adds up.
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  4. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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    I thought this'd get locked and directed to some other exiting TOTJ thread.

    The art is worth it alone. Then they went and gave it a good story and cool charcters too.

    [IMG]

    AAnyone else nerdgasm when they saw the first double bladed lightsaber?

    I recall when one was made for TPM Ray Park said the handle was too small to wield properly, that he'd have to have a longer one to get leverage for swinging.
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  5. Force Smuggler Chosen One

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    I read the 1st omnibus of this a couple of months ago and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.
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  6. General Immodet Jedi Grand Master

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    In my opinion, the moment when Exar Kun walks into the Senate Rotunda to rescue Qel-Droma is one of the greatest moments in the history of the EU.
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  7. DarthJenari Force Ghost

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    In general, TOTJ is one of the greatest things to ever happen to the EU. Good writing interesting characters, and excellent artwork. The floating timeline of the entire thing made it so multiple areas of history could easily be covered at once, and it was written so that it was clear how everything was connected. Shame we don't see that these days. I've said it before and i'll say it now, TOTJ is deserving of a trilogy of movies.
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  8. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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    I would not mind seeing a live action version if they can capture that art in motion. They had a few off issues and such, but overall the look was incredible. Also, I was not happy with Zahn's books, and these with Dark Empire fed my Star Wars hunger better. I have the original issues, all sealed with backing boards. I do occasionally give them air.
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  9. darklordoftech Force Ghost

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    I loved how Kun "discovers" the Sith civilization.
  10. darklordoftech Force Ghost

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    I also loved that story about the "First Great Schism" (later retconned into being the second) and its aftermath, and Naga Sadow's similarities to Palpatine make me wonder who inspired who. Also, Kressh was 5000 years ahead of his time with his isolationism because isolationism would have prevented every defeat the Sith have ever suffered.
  11. darklordoftech Force Ghost

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    DOTJ makes me appreciate the Great Schism backstory (and the two tellings of it within TOTJ) all the more. "Once, we were brothers in The Force".
  12. Revanfan1 Chosen One

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    I like Tales of the Jedi, but I never managed to get through the Ulic/Exar arcs, mostly because of the art (a result of growing up with artists like Duursema). I got through the Naga Sadow arc through sheer force of will, and I wanted to finish the Ulic arcs but just couldn't. DOTJ seems really awesome and I want to read it ASAP.
  13. darklordoftech Force Ghost

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    I would definately enjoy TOTJ Special Edition with Duursema art.
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  14. Hansa Jedi Master

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    I re-read the entire TOTJ saga after the Kotor comic series concluded, and was surprised by how much the saga, now almost 20 years old (from the first issues), makes sense in the current canon. Wonderful characters, told with such a mythological feel and with art that still looks pleasant to the eyes. Definitely one of the most underappreciated parts of Star Wars literature.

    A retelling of TOTJ with modern art and storytelling techniques would definitely be awesome. :D
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  15. General Immodet Jedi Grand Master

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    Personnally, I think TOTJ is fine as it is. The art was great (at least, that is my opinion). So, why change it?

    If they eventually would decide to retell TOTJ with modern art and storytelling techniques or even make a movie about it, its writers will not stick to the story.
    Then, we will get major continuity problems. Look at what they did with TCW.
  16. darklordoftech Force Ghost

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    Rereading TOTJ, I did enjoy the comical aspect of some of the art (such as pajama-wearing Massassi that helped Exar sneak into the Krath base and the Massassi tending to Exar's wounds).
  17. darklordoftech Force Ghost

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    If Disney were to make a movie of 1 TOTJ arc, which should and/or would it be?
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  18. Hansa Jedi Master

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    Dark Lords of the Sith. It's the one arc that can be seen as a standalone, and doesn't require you to read anything before it to understand what is happening.
  19. darklordoftech Force Ghost

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    For some reason I think Massassi are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  20. DarthJenari Force Ghost

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    I'd hate for them to ever change the art for TOTJ. I have to agree it was all perfect the way it was, with their only being a slight change towards the final story.
  21. darklordoftech Force Ghost

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    Do the Massassi remind anyone else of Darth Maul?
  22. Hansa Jedi Master

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    Depends on which take of the Massassi. According to lore, the Massassi were subjected to multiple experiments, making a great variety of Massassi. In the Kotor comics, they all had tattoos.
  23. darklordoftech Force Ghost

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    I meant because the Massassi, like Maul, are red, lack intelligence, and are pawns of the Sith Lords
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  24. Hansa Jedi Master

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    Ahh, then I agree... to a degree. Except Maul had intelligence -- the Rule of Two depends on the Apprentice succeeding the Dark Lord. Can't have a dumb being succeeding you, unless, like Palpatine probably counted on, he wouldn't succeed him.
  25. darklordoftech Force Ghost

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    I thought Maul has always been characterized as stupid, having been raised from birth by Palpatine to hate the Jedi. Also, another similarity is that the Massassi, like Maul, are excellent warriors.
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