Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars’

Dinsey Buys LucasFilms for $4.05 Billion, Plans Star Wars VII in 2015

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

“Disney is paying $4.05 billion to buy Lucasfilm Ltd., the production company behind Star Wars, from its chairman and founder, George Lucas. It’s also making a seventh movie in the Star Wars series.”

Well, at least it will keep Lucas from tinkering with the original one for the rest of his life. Or, worse still, going back and “rebooting” it.

How good will a seventh film be? Depends on whether Brad Bird or Michael Bay directs, doesn’t it?

I do hope this means they’ll finally put out pristine Blu-rays of the unfarked with first three films….

The Empire’s Suboptimal Weapons Acquisition Programs

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Evidently bureaucracy is the same wherever you go, even a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away:

To be sure, the Death Star is primarily a weapon of intimidation rather than something to be used all willy-nilly. Even the Evil Empire didn’t want to demolish more than a handful of planets. So the fact that the Death Star only ever fired one shot may not be that big of a deal. However, the fact that the stations kept getting blown up is a big deal indeed. It’s hard to be intimidating if you’re a smoking cloud of debris.

One might wonder how such an ostensibly powerful weapon could have such a consistently poor track record and such a gaping weakness. Despite the opinion of certain critics, these shortcomings are not a cheap plot device by a lazy writer. In fact, the Death Star’s combination o inadequacy and vulnerability may be the second-most realistic aspect of the entire saga.

From a design perspective, a system as enormously complex as a Death Star is more than any program manager or senior architect can handle, no matter how high their midi-chlorian count is. There is bound to be an overlooked exhaust vent or two that leads directly to the reactor core. That is just the sort of vulnerability an asymmetric opponent can exploit….

The truth is, Death Stars are about as practical as a metal bikini. Sure, they look cool, but they aren’t very sensible. Specifically, Death Stars can’t possibly be built on time or on bud-get, require pathological leadership styles and, as we’ve noted,keep getting blown up. Also, nobody can build enough of them to make a real difference in the field.

(Hat tip: Ace of Spades.)

“Obi-Wan Kenobi Is Dead, Vader Says”

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

This is pretty much pitch-perfect. For the cherry on top, page through the hundreds of comments…

(Hat tip: Instapundit. )

Attention German TV: Star Trek Forces Were Not Involved in the Killing of Osama Bin Laden

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

“Yesterday a German news station had a major image fail. While covering the US Navy SEALs operation to kill Osama bin Laden they mistook a Star Trek fan-made emblem for the Maquis for the actual SEAL Team Six emblem.”

Evidently the Klingon skull and bat’leth blades simply weren’t a sufficient giveaway…

Vaguely related: Star Wars Propaganda posters.

(Hat tip: Instapundit.)

My Locus Piece for April 1 is Up

Friday, April 1st, 2011

This time it was Peter Watts and Paolo Bacigalupi’s turn in the barrel. Link Updated

My many previous April 1 offerings include:

  • Neil Gaiman One Step Closer to Sainthood
  • Doctorow and Stross to write authorized sequel to Atlas Shrugged
  • Greg Egan, Kelly Link Collaborate on Novel
  • 12 Killed in SFWA Flamewar
  • Lucasfilms announces “Adult” Star Wars Novel Line
  • “I find your lack of cash disturbing. Put the money in the bag or get Force-choked!”

    Saturday, July 24th, 2010

    Darth Vader robs a bank on Long island.

    Now we know the real reason George Lucas banned David Prowse from Star Wars conventions

    XKCD on the Star Wars Holiday Special

    Friday, October 23rd, 2009

    Sadly, I can attest from personal experience that this is very true.