Monday Funny: Party!

April 30, 2012 at 8:25 am | Posted in Humor, Monday Funny, Regular Feature | Leave a comment
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We may be a bit biased, but we think this video should go viral.  So come on, party with your friends!  Kudos to Hot Problems and check out their facebook page

(Via Club Jade)

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Happy Birthday, Katie Lucas

April 13, 2012 at 11:57 am | Posted in Birthday | Leave a comment
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When your dad’s George Lucas and your godfathers are Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola, it would pretty much seem your destiny is set, and Katie Lucas is getting a fine start on hers.  The second daughter of Star Wars creator, George Lucas, has appeared in all three prequel movies, but her real forte seems to be writing.  In total, Katie has penned 7 episodes for Star Wars, The Clone Wars TV show, including the  return of Darth Maul.

We wish Katie Lucas a very happy birthday and definitely look forward to her continued and, hopefully, increasing involvement in the Star Wars universe.

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Happy Birthday, Lando, You Old Smoothie

April 6, 2012 at 11:16 am | Posted in Birthday | 2 Comments
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Today is Billy Dee Williams’ birthday. Famous for (among other things) playing the dashing Lando Calrissian, Billy will forever be immortalized as a part of Star Wars history. Feel free to stop by Billy’s Twitter page or on Facebook and wish him happy birthday. Or if you want, you can head over to his art site and buy a painting. (What? You didn’t know Lando was a smuggler and a painter?).  And if you haven’t caught his turn as Judge Reinhold (love that name) in the Star Wars homage, Fanboys, shame on you.  I’m yanking your Star Wars nerd badge.

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Happy Birthday, Ann Crispin

April 5, 2012 at 10:34 am | Posted in Birthday | 1 Comment
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Roqoo Depot wishes Ann Crispin a very happy birthday today.  As A.C. Crispin, Ann wrote  the popular Han Solo Trilogy for Star Wars, a back story set before the events of A New Hope. She’s authored works for Star Trek and the miniseries V as well as original works such as the StarBridge series.  Her latest back story is Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom, based on the popular POTC character, Captain Jack Sparrow.

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Fate of the Jedi: ‘Apocalypse’ – A Second Opinion

March 13, 2012 at 12:01 am | Posted in Miscellaneous, Reviews, Star Wars Books | 5 Comments
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The long-awaited Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse hits bookshelves today, wrapping up the nine-book tale and marking the end of the megaseries approach in the Expanded Universe. Does it stack up with the rest of the series? Is it a satisfying conclusion?

Be forewarned, spoilers loom below the cut.

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The Clone Wars, Simon Pegg, and a Missed Opportunity

March 2, 2012 at 10:10 am | Posted in Miscellaneous, The Clone Wars | 3 Comments
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I wish this controversy was over the fact he was in a Trek film.

For those who haven’t been near the Internet in the last few days, you might have been wondering what caused the latest tremor in the Force. On Wednesday, it was announced that actor Simon Pegg would be voicing the bounty hunter Dengar in The Clone Wars. Yes, Simon Pegg. Notable not just for being in that other Star* franchise, but for being vocal in his criticism about the Prequel Trilogy and changes to  Original Trilogy.

*No. Not Gate. Or Search. Or Dancing With.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last thirteen years I’ve been in this fandom, it’s that controversy will erupt at the drop of a hat. Within seconds of the announcement, my Twitter feed began blowing up with rage-fueled messages. Utter dismay over Pegg’s hiring. Anger at Lucasfilm for giving him the role of a popular minor character. Anger at Pegg for having the gall to audition and accept the part for a character in this era. Accusations of “hypocrisy” on the part of LFL. And that was just from a twenty minute sample of tweets. It’s even more vitriolic if you venture over to Dave Filoni’s Facebook page.

Anger at a creative head. Anger at Lucasfilm. Anger at actors. We’ve been here before, haven’t we?

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Lane’s Introductory Roadmap to the Post-RotJ Expanded Universe

February 24, 2012 at 11:36 am | Posted in Books | 3 Comments
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Meet Mara Jade. She'll be very important in the EU.

I think we all recall how we felt the first time we saw the credits roll at the end of Return of the Jedi. A moment of satisfaction, a satisfying conclusion to a science fiction saga we enjoyed so much. Then, almost without fail, a moment of dread. It’s over! But I’m not ready for it to be over! What do Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewie do next? There has to be more, right?

Mercifully, there is: the Expanded Universe.

Perhaps you’ve hit up the Internet and have done some preliminary research into the EU, thinking you’ll pick up one of these books to satisfy your hunger for more Star Wars. It seems like a great idea at first, right up until you discover that there are scores upon scores of books, comics, and games featuring different characters and eras. Where do you start?

To preface, this is intended to be a roadmap to becoming familiar with the post-Return of the Jedi EU. This isn’t an official Roqoo Depot reading guide, just my own suggestions* on what novels will best help a new reader build up the needed knowledge of universe, plots, and characters to understand and appreciate the current state of the Expanded Universe. It is possible to get every bit of information needed from Wookieepedia, but if you’re anything like me, it’s simply more fun and enjoyable to develop this knowledge by reading the novels over reading a dry wiki-style overview.

*But a big, big thank you to my friend Bria for helping me compile this list

Seventeen books comprise this list and are broken into five distinct phases. While that sounds like a lot, it’s a mere drop in the giant Expanded Universe bucket. Some of these novels are optional depending on your preferences and are marked as such.
To the cut!

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Timothy Zahn Releases Details On New Han Solo Novel

February 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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While he wasn’t allowed to divulge the title, author Timothy Zahn released a few details about his upcoming Han Solo novel:

First, it will be be set in the classic movie era.
Second, it will be an Ocean’s Eleven-type heist caper.
And third, it will star everyone’s favorite smuggler, Han Solo.

More information should release next month.

An Ocean’s Eleven-type heist caper? Han Solo? Here’s my wallet, Del Rey. Charge me whatever you would like for this book.

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Nuts to Romance. Let’s talk Bromance in Star Wars

February 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous | 1 Comment
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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today, we celebrate the beauty of relationships and affection. Love and respect. That’s right, we’re celebrating the great bromances in Star Wars and the Expanded universe.

What, did you think we were going to talk about straight-ahead romantic relationships? Please. At least bromances have a shot at standing the test of time in this Galaxy Far, Far Away. Have you taken a look at Luke Skywalker’s love life lately? Let’s dive in and take a look at five bromantic archetypes to highlight our favorite male friendships in the fandom.

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Tosche Station #4 – Abandon Shipping

February 14, 2012 at 10:00 am | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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Spoiler alerts!

There are two sets of Hunger Games Trilogy spoilers from 11:43 to 19:18 and 1:09:04 to 1:14:37.

It’s a very special episode of Tosche Station Radio! To celebrate Valentine’s Day, hosts Nanci and Brian take a look at some of their favorite (and least favorite) ‘ships in Star Wars and other fandoms. And we don’t mean the flying kind of ship.

In Fixer’s Flash, the hosts talk about The Phantom Menace in 3D and discuss whether or not the conversion process worked. In addition, it looks like both Nanci and Brian have finally finished The Hunger Games trilogy and offer up their thoughts on the conclusion of a series that’s put them through the emotional wringer.*

*Mostly Brian. This surprises no one.

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