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Listener Mailbag: July 18, 2012

Posted by Eric on July 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM CST

In this week's mailbag, our fans are obsessed with a 1992 Original Trilogy VHS set, theorizing on the return of Darth Maul in The Clone Wars, designing a birthday banner for Jason, and more.


The 1992 Original Trilogy Widescreen VHS Set

Hey Jason, hey Jimmy,

Listening to your Return Of the Jedi commentary and you're talking about what an eye opener the widescreen release of the trilogy on VHS in the mid '90s was and how it wasn't until then that you could find the OT in a widescreen format on VHS.

This reminded me of one of my favorite Star Wars purchases of all time. In '92, senior year of high school, I happened to stumble onto a deluxe widescreen box set of the Star Wars trilogy at a local Musicland store. I didn't know a lot about the letterbox format at the time, but I knew enough to know that this was something I had to have. Not to mention I'd never seen this set before or any kind of collected Star Wars set for that matter. Problem was it was well over $100. I don't remember for sure, but it seems like it was a lot closer to $200.

I lusted after this boxed set for weeks, and eventually, somehow I came up with the money. The first time I watched these in widescreen it was surreal how different they were. The color was better, the picture was sharper. The fact that two actors having a conversation were now both on screen at the same time instead of cross cut back and forth like a TV show was mind blowing to me.

And like Jimmy said, all of the peripheral stuff you were now able to see that you hadn't seen in (at that time) 10 or 15 years was amazing. All the background characters that I could swear I thought I saw in the theater (but then over the years of watching home video had convinced myself I had only imagined) were right there on my screen.

I still have this set and it remains one of my favorite Star Wars possessions, even though I haven't watched this particular set since the first mainstream release of the Trilogy in widescreen format happened in the mid '90s. As much as I loved my first widescreen set, the "THX" set (despite some very disappointing box art) was even better in terms of sound and picture quality.

Here's a link to an eBay auction with a picture of the set I'm talking about. And as you can see, even though it's VHS, it's still not exactly cheap.

Thanks. Love the show.



The Clone Wars Season 5 Trailer

Dear ForceCast,

I just finished listening to your June 15 coverage of The Clone Wars trailer, and I have some comments about the trailer.

Firstly, you pointed out that Kenobi is wielding two lightsabers. That lightsaber belongs to Jedi Master Adi Gallia, who was seen fighting maul and savage with Obi Wan earlier in the trailer. This is a possible hint that Gallia meets her fate in that episode of The Clone Wars, which is likely to happen for two reasons:

Firstly, Gallia is one of the Council members who dies in between Episodes II and III. She is replaced by her cousin, Stass Allie. Secondly, the comic in which she dies (during the Battle of Boz Pity) is already contradicted by The Clone Wars, since it couldn't have happened before the series (it has Ventress's final appearance within the saga before she disappears permanently after denouncing the Dark Side) and it can't happen after (she is seen allied with Dooku). Therefore, since there is no way to retcon the comic, it is inevitable that she is killed off a second time on the show.

Also, I just want to correct your statement about last season's trailer contained content only seen in the first half of the series. Footage of "Massacre" made its way into the trailer, and that's from the very last story arc.

By the way, did anybody else notice Death Watch commandos swarming out of a base on Mustafar?!

Moving forward, it was actually established as far back as when they did Heroes on Both Sides that the Bontari's are native to Onderon. The fan suspicions that Onderon would one day play into the show was confirmed when Lux wa showcased in the trailer as a leader of the Onderon Resistance.

Your talk about EU species appearances got me thinking, there are strange aliens being greatest by DW half way into the trailer. My first reaction was "wouldn't it be cool if those were Taungs, the original Mando species thought to be wiped out at the end of the mandalorian wars?!" well, those hopes we're crushed when I went onto wookieepedia.com and saw that Taung heads are a completely different shape. Now, however, I think the CW might redesign the Taung appearance and that we may actually have seen them in the trailer. The sheer implications of the mythical Taungs endorsing the DW way of life could completely sway the mandalorian citizens to support the DW!

By the way, complete speculation, but what if the Black Sun was looking for revenge for the death of Ziro, one of their members?! Crazy, but it would tie his tattoo into the plot.

Anyway, thank you for your time, and may the Force be with you!



A "Maul Returns" Theory

Jimmy, a while back I was listening to your theories about the Darth Maul / Savage Opress episodes of The Clone Wars. I believe you had mentioned that you thought the Father (or was it the Son) was behind Maul's return. I want to share a screenshot with you; in the background there is clearly a random face that to me looks exactly like Father.

Nothing on that show is done by accident. I have no idea why it's there; I think it's in the wall. I know it's a stretch, but it makes your theory more credible. Thanks for the great show guys. Huge, huge fan.

If you need the exact point I can fetch it for you.

Dennis Rubin


A banner for CVI birthday boy Jason Swank

Hey Jason and Jimmy Mac,

I NEED to see The ForceCast at Celebration VI / Jason Swank's 35th Birthday Extravaganza! I've been a fan for years and have never missed a show. I've listened to other podcasts out there but you guys blow the competition out of the galaxy. I feel the Notorious GL should give you a cut of royalties for promoting Star Wars fandom on a weekly basis. I know that it's your passion like many of us, but you guys give Star Wars life by saying it "LOUD and PROUD."

Back at CV, I wanted to say thanks in person, but whether it was at the show or the hotel, I always seemed to catch you guys at a bad time. Since then, I made it a point to be sure that, when CVI came around, I would get the opportunity to meet the voices behind The ForceCast. Once they announced the date and place for CVI, I immediately booked a room at the Rosen Centre. Later I realized that the show would take place the week after my one-year anniversary with my wife. Yikes! So instead of going on two trips I decided to combine them into one. After countless mind tricks, along with Disney and Universal tickets, I convinced the Mrs. I'm very excited to meet Ian McDiarmid and get a few autographs along with others. But, putting that aside, my goal is to say thank you from one fanboy to another.

Plus, who would want to miss Jason's birthday?! There's a ton of buzz going around that it could be BIGGER than CVI!!! Given that buzz, I started working on a "Jason Swank's 35th Birthday Banner" for you guys to display at the convention. The logo has the feel of Star Wars mixed with James Bond (two of Jason's favorite franchises). Since your motto is to "make it good," I hope that the banner lives up to that. The banner is my way of saying thanks for the weekly entertainment that you give to me.

I'd LOVE to win the four-day passes to CVI along with those rare collectible ForceCast trading cards. I just turned 30 on Monday, July 9th, so winning the tickets would be an awesome birthday gift along with my one-year anniversary. Please?! ;)

Keep up the awesome work! I look forward to meeting you guys!

Thanks for your time!

Tony P.

P.S.: Quick suggestion for the 2nd wave of trading cards.. How about a Mon Mothma "the moon is round" card?


Star Wars Weekends, San Diego Comic-Con, and a Thank-You


I wanted to thank you for all of the effort that you put into the ForceCast. I have been a listener for the past year, and I look forward to each weekly episode.

During Star Wars Weekends, my wife and I were able to meet The Clone Wars voice actors Tom Kane, Cat Taber, James Arnold Taylor, and Daniel Logan, in addition to Dave Filoni. I was sure to tell them that I enjoyed their interviews on the ForceCast. From Dave, the response was, "Oh yeah, those two guys -- they're great." The interactions with the actors were far more meaningful having first learned about them through the ForceCast.

This past weekend, we were lucky enough to have a friend who got us tickets to 2 days of Comic-Con. Being our first time, the experience was a bit overwhelming. Dave Filoni did a great job with The Clone Wars panel. He has such sincere passion when talking about the show. This was particularly true when he was discussing what my wife called "Ahsoka's eulogy." While it doesn't seem that anything has been decided regarding her fate, it's clear that the decision is a philosophical struggle for Dave. I'm sure this will be a topic of discussion on future ForceCasts or Clone Wars Roundtables.

At the Del Rey booth, I had the opportunity to meet Erich from the Darth Plagueis Roundtable. I informed him that it was because of the ForceCast that I read (and thoroughly enjoyed) Plagueis.

Perhaps one of the more meaningful events was the Drew Struzan session. While I certainly recognize the artwork, I don't think I would have recognized his name had it not been for the ForceCast interview with Drew. My wife was surprised to learn about all the artwork he has done over the years, and enjoyed meeting him after the session. We listened to the replay of the ForceCast interview with Drew on the way home from Comic-Con.

So thank you for all of the time and effort that you put into the ForceCast. People are listening, and it does make a difference.

So far the stars haven't aligned enough for us to make it to Celebration VI, but if that changes, we'll be sure to stop by and say thanks in person.

Thank you,

Michael & Gloria


Thanks to all of this week's mailbag contributors! Keep your emails coming to forcecast@forcecast.net.

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