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18. October 2013 06:02
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Don't Come to the Dark Side

18. October 2013 06:02 by jedi1 | 0 Comments

While some people at the U.S. department of defense may daydream about building a Death Star, U.S.A.F. Lt. Col Dan Ward, advises against it. Filled with enough Star Wars movie references to keep any fanboy reading, this well written and thoroughly engaging article explores why such expensive and complex projects should be avoided by the government and, I would argue, by other industries as well. [More]

16. October 2013 16:09
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Krieg der Sterne Read Along

16. October 2013 16:09 by jedi1 | 0 Comments

This is a recreation of the German version of the original Star Wars Read Along book. Dissatisfied with the results from his flatbed scanner, member TK-949 tracked down high resolution images of all the photos required to reconstruct the book from scratch... [More]
Krieg der Sterne Read Along

10. October 2013 16:05
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Carrie Fisher and Bily Dee Williams 1980 TV Interview

10. October 2013 16:05 by jedi1 | 0 Comments

Filmed sometime in mid 1980, this television interview with Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) doesn't reveal anything new about the movie, but it does capture just how beautiful Carrie was, and how charming Billy Dee Williams can be. [More]
Carrie Fisher and Bily Dee Williams 1980 TV Interview

7. October 2013 06:29
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Carrie Fisher Playboy Magazine

7. October 2013 06:29 by jedi1 | 0 Comments

The feistiest woman in the universe talks about first dates, being rich . . . and why Darth Vader should be called darthy.

Shortly after the release of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Robert Crane caught up with the diminutive daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher at her home in Laurel Canyon. He reports, "Carrie Fisher lives in a log cabin. Really. The only tip-off to her wealth is a Mercedes 450 SL parked in the driveway. Carrie talks fast and loud and doesn't forget the audience for a moment. She takes charge, like Princess Leia, but is much more attractive in person without that costume and the doughnuts on the side of her head." [More]
Carrie Fisher Playboy Magazine

4. October 2013 12:12
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New Recording of the Star Wars Holiday Special Surfaces

4. October 2013 12:12 by jedi1 | 0 Comments

Until a couple of weeks ago, there were really only two or three common sources to all the Star Wars holiday Special video available on the internet, now a new, First generation VHS recording from WHIO in Dayton Ohio has appeared. Is this now the best quality source available? investigates. [More]

1. October 2013 14:57
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The History of Star Wars videogames Episode III

1. October 2013 14:57 by jedi1 | 0 Comments

Last week we followed the ups and downs of Star Wars gaming as it grew out of the 8-bit home computer market and rode the wave of console gaming into the mid-90s. In this final chapter, Dan Whitehead picks up the story as the home PC went from being a fancy-pants calculator and started to make its mark as a games machine, right up to the release of the Star Wars prequel movies... [More]
The History of Star Wars videogames Episode III

26. September 2013 15:34
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Nintendo Power - Super Return of the Jedi

26. September 2013 15:34 by jedi1 | 0 Comments

Generally regarded by most people as the weakest movie in the original trilogy (which is not to say it is bad, just that the others are better), Return of the Jedi usually produces the weakest video game adaptation, and Super Return of the Jedi is no exception. Perhaps it is simply that the game play so similar to the first two games that a feeling of 'been there, done that' is creeping in. In any case, unlike the first two videogames, Super Star Wars and Super Empire Strikes Back, Nintendo Power did not think Super Return of the Jedi worthy of the front cover of their December '94 magazine. However, they did devote 8 pages to detailing the game play of this last videogame in the original trilogy. [More]
Nintendo Power - Super Return of the Jedi

23. September 2013 13:29
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Nintendo Power - Super Empire Strikes Back

23. September 2013 13:29 by jedi1 | 0 Comments

Both the September and October issues of Nintendo Power featured articles on Super Empire Strikes Back. The first was an interesting behind the scenes look at the making of the videogame, while the latter was the standard guide to help you play the game. [More]
Nintendo Power - Super Empire Strikes Back

18. September 2013 09:10
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Nintendo Power - Super Star Wars

18. September 2013 09:10 by jedi1 | 0 Comments

The screen fills with stars, then the world famous theme music bursts out and the adventure begins all over again. Lucasarts Entertainment and JVC, along with innovative developer. Sculptured Software, have recreated the cinematic experience for the Super NES, only this time the fate of the galaxy lies in your hands. Super Star Wars truly uses the force of the Super NES, with digitized frames and sound effects from the movie, dazzling Mode 7 effects, never ending challenge and a wide variety of action sequences. It’s so hot, you can almost hear it I sizzle. [More]
Nintendo Power - Super Star Wars

16. September 2013 06:42
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The history of Star Wars video games (Episode II)

16. September 2013 06:42 by jedi1 | 0 Comments

Last time we looked at the period we’ll call the Old Republic, back when 8-bit Jedi Knights kept the gaming world safe from scum and villainy. That brought us up to 1987, when Domark ported Atari’s wire-frame arcade classics to every home computer in the known galaxy. As Dan Whitehead discovers, 1987 also marked the beginning of a new era in Star Wars gaming.

With 3 magazine articles, 4 videos and links to play all of the games discussed both online and at home for free, this is one post you won't want to miss! [More]
The history of Star Wars video games (Episode II)

12. September 2013 09:08
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The history of Star Wars video games (Episode I)

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The first two Star Wars prequels may have dipped below our expectations, but in early 2005 the upcoming prospect of Episode III had Retro Gamer stupidly excited... so excited that they asked Star Wars uber-geek Dan Whitehead to chart the history of games based on the sci-fi saga. In this article, the first of a three part series leading up to the release of the new movie, Dan looks at Atari’s original arcade trilogy and the early computer and console licenses. [More]
The history of Star Wars video games (Episode I)
The Star Wars Trilogy | Star Wars The Return of the Jedi 1997 Read-Along

The Star Wars Trilogy

A Digital Star Wars Scrapbook.

23. August 2013 06:27
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Star Wars The Return of the Jedi 1997 Read-Along

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In 1997 to co-inside with the Special Edition re-releases of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and to add to the momentum building to the prequels coming in 1999, Lucasfilm and Disney released a new set of read-along books. Here is the 1997 version of Return of the Jedi. Compare it to the original 1983 version.

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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Luke Skywalker had returned home to Tatooine in an attempt to rescue his friend Han Solo from the clutches of the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. Luke didn’t know that the Galactic Empire had secretly begun construction on a new armored space station even more powerful than the dreaded Death Star. When completed, this ultimate weapon would spell certain doom for the small band of Rebels struggling to restore freedom to the galaxy.

Onboard the new battle station, in a docking bay, Imperial troops stood nervously as Darth Vader’s shuttle landed. The Dark Lord approached the Commander. “I’m here to put you back on schedule.” “I tell you this station will be operational as planned.”

“The Emperor does not share your appraisal of the situation.” “But he asks the impossible.”

“Then perhaps you can tell him when he arrives.”

“The Emperor is coming here? We shall double our efforts.”

“I hope so. Commander. The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.”

On the desert planet Tatooine, C-3PO and R2-D2 had found the palace of Jabba the Hutt, where the frozen Han Solo was being held captive. As the droids stood before Jabba, R2 projected a message.

“I am Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight and friend to Captain Solo. I seek an audience with Your Greatness to bargain for Han Solo’s life.

With your wisdom, I’m sure that we can work out an arrangement that will enable us to avoid any unpleasant confrontation.”

Jabba growled his answer. There would be no bargain.

Moments later, a mysterious bounty hunter, pulling Chewbacca behind him in chains, approached Jabba’s throne. Jabba gleefully paid the bounty on the Wookiee, then sent him to the dungeon.

That night, while everyone slept, the bounty hunter returned and went directly to Han’s carbonite slab. He pressed a few' buttons on its side, and Han was free of the carbonite. The bounty hunter was Leia!

“I’ve gotta get you out of here.”

A curtain parted and behind it were Jabba and his gang.

Now they were all prisoners. Han and Chewbacca were in the dungeon, and Leia was Jabba’s servant. Suddenly, a dark figure appeared before Jabba. “I’m taking Captain Solo and his friends. You can either profit by this or be destroyed.” It was Luke!

The gangster slammed his fist on a table, causing a trap door to open beneath the young Jedi. He fell into a filthy pit where a monstrous creature stomped toward him. Luke dodged its attacks and finally crushed it under the heavy cell door. Jabba was furious!

Jabba then sentenced Luke and Han to die in the Pit of Carkoon, the nesting place of the terrifying carnivorous sand monster.

As Luke walked the plank over the pit, R2-D2 threw his lightsaber to him. The Jedi swung at his captors. Then, Han and Lando battled the forces on their skiff while Luke rescued Lcia. In a matter of moments, Jabba was dead, and our heroes were taking off in the Millennium. Falcon to meet the rest of the Rebel Alliance.

Much later, Luke left the group and went off on his own to Dagobah. “I have a promise to keep—to an old friend.”

When Luke arrived, he found that Yoda was very ill.

“No more training do you require. Already know that which you need. You must confront Vader. Then, only then, a Jedi will you be.” “Master Yoda ... is Darth Vader my father?”

“Your father he is. Luke ... there is ... another ... Sky ... walker.”

The old Jedi Master closed his eyes and vanished.

As Luke prepared to leave, Ben Kenobi appeared.

“Obi-Wan! You told me Vader betrayed and murdered my father.” “Your father was seduced by the dark side of the Force. He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker and became Darth Vader.”

‘Yoda spoke of another.”

“The other he spoke of is your twin sister.”

“Leia. Leia’s my sister.”

“Bury your feelings deep down, Luke. They do you credit, but they could be made to serve the Emperor.”

Luke returned to the Rebel fleet and joined his friends in the main briefing room, where the plan of attack was being outlined. One of the admirals announced that the Emperor himself was aboard the new Death Star, overseeing the final stages of the construction.

A strike force headed by General Han Solo would go to the Moon of Endor to deactivate the energy shield that surrounded the battle station. At the same time, a group led by General Lando Calrissian would fly into the Death Star to blow up the main reactor.

The strike force landed on the Moon of Endor. As they sneaked through its thick forest, they were spotted by a group of stormtroop-ers on speeder bikes. Luke and Leia jumped onto an available bike and took off. Zooming around the trees, Luke jumped from Leia’s bike onto the back of a nearby stormtrooper’s and pushed him off. Suddenly, more stormtroopers raced up behind them. Luke went one way, Leia another. With a swing of his lightsaber, Luke cut the fins of one stormtrooper's bike and it went spinning into a tree.

Luke caught up with Han and found that Leia hadn’t returned. They set out to look for her, but were caught in a trap set by the furry Ewoks. When the Ewoks saw C-3PO, they thought he was a god. They escorted him and the others back to their village where Leia was waiting. It was there that C-3PO told the Ewoks of our heroes’ incredible adventure and their struggle against the Empire. The Ewoks declared our friends honorary members of their tribe and vowed to help in the battle against the Empire.

Seconds later, Leia followed Luke outside. “Luke, what’s wrong?” “Vader is here—now—on this moon. I have to face him.”


“He’s my father. ... There’s more. The Force is strong in my family. My father has it, I have it. and my sister has it. You are my sister.” Leia looked at her brother. “1 know. Somehow I’ve always known. But why must you confront him?”

“Because there is good in him. I can save him.”

Luke left and turned himself over to the Empire, where he was met by Darth Vader. “The Emperor has been expecting you.”

“I know, Father.”

“So you have accepted the truth.”

“I have accepted that you were once Anakin Skywalker, my father.” “That name no longer has any meaning for me.”

“Search your feelings, Father. You can’t do this. I feel the conflict within you. Let go of your hate.”

“It is too late for me, Son.”

Lando led his fleet toward the Death Star while Ilan, Leia, and the Ewoks approached the energy shield on Endor. At the same time, Luke was brought to the Emperor aboard the battle station.

“Welcome, young Skywalker. I’ve been expecting you. Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design. Your friends on Endor are walking into a trap. As is your Rebel Fleet.”

Luke looked out the window and saw an entire legion of Imperial Star Destrovers waiting for the Rebels.

On Endor, the Rebels couldn’t make a move. Stormtroopers were all over them. “Freeze, you Rebel scum.”

Suddenly, the stormtroopers were pelted with rocks and sticks as the Ewoks came out of their hiding places and attacked. The battle for Endor had begun.

Meanwhile, Lando and his group came out of hyperspace only to find the force field was still up and that Imperial TIE fighters were there waiting for them.

Back aboard the Death Star, the Emperor grinned at the young Jedi. “From here you will witness the destruction of the Alliance, and the end of your insignificant Rebellion.”

Luke felt the dark side crawling within him. He controlled it as much as he could, but it was a tough struggle. His lightsaber was within reach. In a flash it flew to his hand, and ho swung at the Emperor. Vader’s sword was there, instantly. The Emperor laughed maniacally as Luke’s and Vader’s swords clashed in a spray of sparks.

On Endor, the Ewoks were gaining ground as the battle wore on. Now there were Imperial scout walkers blasting and smashing their way through the foi'est. But the Ewoks ambushed the machines by tripping them with vines and crushing them with logs. Meanwhile, Han and Leia were trying to enter the bunker.

High above, Lando was leading an attack on the Imperial Star Destroyers until Han could get the shield down. But time was running out. He couldn’t hold the Empire back for too much longer.

Aboard the Death Star, Vader searched for the young Skywalker, who had slipped into the shadows.

“You cannot hide forever, Luke. Give yourself to the dark side. It is the only way to save your friends. Your feelings for them are strong. Especially for your—sister! So, you have a twin sister. If you will not turn to the dark side, then perhaps she will.”

Luke went for Darth Vader, slashing wildly. He pounded the Dark Lord with his lightsaber. forcing him to the floor.

The Emperor laughed, and Luke suddenly realized what he had done. He tossed his weapon aside. “I’ll never turn to the dark side. You failed, Your Highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me.” “So be it, Jedi.” The Emperor raised his hands. Bright blue bolts of electricity shot from his fingers and zapped Luke. “If you will not be turned, you will be destroyed.” More energy struck Luke as he collapsed to the floor. Darth Vader struggled to his feet and stood beside his master.

Meanwhile, the Rebels and the Ewoks managed to defeat the Imperial troops. They had placed several bombs in the control room, and in a matter of seconds, the entire shield generator had exploded.

Aboard the Millennium Falcon, Lando got word that the shield was down, so he restarted his attack run into the Death Star. Dodging the Imperial TIE fighters, Lando led the Rebels through the superstructure and headed straight for the main reactor.

Back in his chamber, the Emperor glared at Luke, twisting in pain on the floor. “Now, young Skywalker, you will die.” Again, he blasted the Jedi Knight. Vader looked at his doomed son and then at his master. Suddenly, Vader grabbed the Emperor from the back and lifted him over his head. The Emperor’s energy bolts were now blasting Vader as he carried his master over to an open pit. With one final burst of strength, he hurled his evil ruler over the edge. Then the great warrior fell to the floor. Luke crawled to his father’s side and pulled him to safety. They were both too weak to move.

Not far away, Lando and his team found the main reactor and fired at its supports. The massive structure began to collapse. Pursued by flames, the Rebels headed for their escape route.

Inside the battle station, Luke dragged his father to the ramp of a shuttlecraft. “Luke, help me take this mask off.”

Luke then removed his father’s breath screen and looked at the man beneath the mask. “Now go, my son. Leave me.”

“No. I can’t leave you here. I’ve got to save you.”

“You already have, Luke. You were right about me. Tell your sister ... you were right.” Anakin closed his eyes ... and was gone.

After Luke pulled his father’s armor aboard the shuttle, he lifted off from the docking bay. At that same moment, Lando, chased by flames, flew out of the Death Star. They both managed to escape just as the Death Star exploded in a giant fireball.

Back at the Ewok village, the Rebels celebrated their victory over the Empire, while Luke set a torch to his father’s armor. As the smoke rose overhead, X-wing fighters flew by, setting off fireworks in the sky. Elsewhere in the galaxy there were similar celebrations going on.

Off on his own, Luke saw the ghostly images of Yoda, Ben, and his father smiling gratefully. The Jedi smiled back and rejoined his sister and friends. At last, freedom had been restored to the galaxy.

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