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Oh R2!!!

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Ever wondered just what the hell R2D2 is beeping at C3PO? Well in early drafts of the script, R2D2 could actually speak English but more than that he had a rather foul vocabulary. That’s right. We always knew he was a cheeky little droid but we never had an idea of just how cheeky.

Ultimately the ability to speak English (or Bad English as the case may be) was deleted in later rewrites. It was felt that if they had a foul mouthed little robot on the screen the movie would lose its family appeal that the movie was aiming for. But while R2D2’s English speech was removed many of C3PO’s reactions to what he would have said were left in implying that R2D2 is probably doing to C3P0 what we are all thinking and that is telling him to “Shut the **** up!”

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COUNTDOWN: Top 5 Star Destroyers

Whether you have a Galactic Republic to defend or are an Imperial force subjugating thousands of worlds you need superior firepower. You need a Star Destroyer. In this list we will be looking at Star Destroyer types that exist in both the movies and the expanded universe of novels, games and TV series.

So here goes…


5. Venator-class Star Destroyer

The backbone of the Republic Forces during the Clone Wars the Venator-class set the standard for the Star Destroyers that followed in the time of the Empire. The Venators were part capital ship, part carrier and had a large complement of fighters and landing ships. While large numbers of these class were under the overall command of the Jedi their clone soldiers and crews eventually turned on the Jedi and the type helped Palpatine, now Emperor, enforce his control on the galaxy.

 

4. Pallaeon-class Star Destroyer

A warship of the Fel Empire the Pallaeon-class was probably one of the most powerful warships the galaxy has ever seen (with the notable exception of the two Death Stars). Entering service 100 years after the Battle of Endor these ships fought the very best the New Republic fleets had to offer and hunted down Jedi refugees killing them mercilessly. Often used as command ships they served on both sides during the Second Imperial Civil War.

 

3. Interdictor-class Star Destroyer

Superior firepower doesn’t have to be in the form of high energy weapons or missiles. The Interdictor-class featured gravity well projectors that simulated the immense gravitational force of a celestial body such as a planet. This rendered starships unable to enter hyperspace to escape making them an extremely useful tool in trapping an enemy force. Unfortunately these generators drained so much power that compared to other Star Destroyers the Interdictors were not as heavily armed or protected and could be disabled by large numbers of X-Wings alone. When used in conjunction with regular Star Destroyers for protection however they proved devastating.

 

2. Viceroy-class Star Destroyer

Easily one of the most attractive Star Destroyer classes with its smoothed off surfaces the Viceroy-class was one of the most advanced designs of its kind and as such proved incredibly expensive to build. While it introduced a whole host of improvements it didn’t offer the advantages in combat to justify the expense making them prized by Imperial Flag Officers as flagships of small formations. One advantage the class did bring however was the Proton Bomb launcher at the front. This was in-effect a super heavy proton torpedo that was powerful enough to crack open the hull of the strongest protected ship making them lethal capital-ship killers.

 

 

1. Imperial II-class Star Destroyer


Of course this was going to be my number one. This was the design that started it off back in 1977. From the moment the movie begins we see this immense vessel and know we are in a universe that is under subjugation and it has become one of the most recognizable symbols of the franchise. Even with the newer types introduced in the expanded universe this class remains one of the most powerful designs and for those reasons it tops my list.

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The Order of Trinity & The Kessel Run

Following news that Star Wars fans can audition for small parts in the new movie we at the Order of Trinity decided to celebrate by creating this by putting our Bitstrips avatars in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. Yes we know that Bitstrips are cheesy but we love them.

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From left to right is Tony Wilkins, Mark Berryman and Wes Imlay

The rendering of the cockpit can be found here

Millennium Falcon – The Perfect Gift

This video was made by Bruce Branit who has worked on tv shows such as “Breaking Bad” and “Lost” as a demo movie of what he and his team are capable of. In it a husband repeatedly outdoes his previous anniversary present until his wife trumps them all by buying him a Millennium Falcon complete with red bow around the cockpit.

Having watched this I felt it prudent to remind my wife that I will be 30 in November. Here’s hoping…

NEWS: Star Wars – The dawn of a new Saga.

Mark Berryman discusses the casting list for Star Wars Episode VII which was finally announced today.


 

Star Wars was my first love. I remember when I was 5 years old, I walked into the living room and my Dad was watching A New Hope. As Tantative IV flew across the screen, chased by a Star Destroyer I sat down next to him and for the next two and a bit hours my love affair with a galaxy far far away began.

Now, like A New Hope, I’m 36 years old and the excitement I felt that day has come back with a vengeance! Less than an hour ago of me writing this the cast for the new Star Wars movie had been announced. Now I’m going to put my cards on the table, I love all 6 movies and I love the Clone Wars TV show. Yes the Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones have their faults (Jar Jar Binks, Jake Lloyd etc etc) BUT they have some epic moments that to be honest will stand the test of time. Obi Wan and Qui Gon facing off against Darth Maul, Yoda showing Count Dooku that he’s not as bad ass as he thought he was are just two off the top of my head. When asked which my favourite movie is I have a hard time splitting up The Empire Strikes Back and Revenge of the Sith. I’ll be honest I don’t care if anyone thinks I’m wrong for not completely hating the prequel trilogy, we’re all entitled to our own opinions after all.

So that brings me to the new cast. For those who haven’t heard yet, here it is:

John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker.

The first thing that hit me was I don’t recognize all of the names on the cast list. When I looked at their IMDB profiles I recognized a few of them. Having a mostly unheard of cast worked well for Lucas the first time and I’m sure our new overlord JJ will have done his homework and it will work again this time. Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow are the names that excite me the most and I’ll be counting down the days until we find out who they’re playing!

I remember the first time I saw Revenge of the Sith, I thought to myself that I had to make the most of it, this would be the last time I would see a new Star Wars movie at the cinema. I think this is yet another part of why I am so excited, a new movie, a new chance to feel the excitement of when STAR WARS crashes onto the screen and that score by John Williams blasts into my ears. The excitement of seeing another visit to my favourite sci-fi universe. As I write this I feel like I did on Christmas eve as a child, impatiently waiting those last few hours before Father Christmas would come and bring me loads of new toys. I know from past experience that this excitement is going to build and get bigger and bigger. I’ll read every scrap of information I can get my hands on, I’ll watch every trailer and scrutinise every photograph.

If you’re one of those people who used to be a Star Wars fan as a child but aren’t any more, remember how you felt way back when, remember how much you enjoyed it, and give the child in you a chance to enjoy it all over again. Yes it may be rubbish, but maybe, just maybe it could be one of the best things you’ve ever seen.

So on December 18th next year, the day before my birthday you know where I’ll be and no doubt as soon as I get home I’ll be writing a review for this page, gushing over how much I loved it. I hope that wherever you see it, you’ll be enjoying it at least half as much as I will.