Jaina Solo has Buffy Summers Syndrome

February 9, 2012 at 9:28 am | Posted in Miscellaneous | 3 Comments

I'm going to stake you now.

There seems to be one particular topic that some fans of the SWEU have taken vocal issue with.

Well. There’s a lot of topics that some minority of Expanded Universe fans have taken overly vocal issues with. But this is one of them. One that I feel deserves a bit more of a balanced perspective.

A while back, there was controversy that posited author Christie Golden had completely slaughtered several female characters and has portrayed them in an overly manipulative, sexist manner. This is based, primarily, on two scenes in the expanded universe novel Allies, the fifth entry in the Fate of the Jedi series:

  1. The scene aboard the Jade’s Fire where Gavar Khai instructs Vestara to, if needs be, seduce Ben to get him to come over to the Dark Side.
  2. The scene in Jag’s office where Jaina attempts to use her feminine charm to get what she wants from him.

These two scenes alone have caused parts of the fandom to harbor a hatred of Golden that goes far beyond any sort of reasonable discourse. Worse, these vitriolic arguments have damaged the characters themselves.

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Monday Funny: Star Wars Goes to the Dog

February 6, 2012 at 8:49 am | Posted in Humor, Monday Funny, Regular Feature | Leave a comment
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Interview with Chris Trevas, Ryder Windham, and Chris Reiff

February 2, 2012 at 10:00 am | Posted in Interview | Leave a comment
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In this Wookieepedia-ready interview, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual, and discover what information about the Falcon didn’t make the final cut from the book’s creators: Chris Trevas, Ryder Windham, and Chris Reiff.

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Tosche Station #2 – Dead Serious

February 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

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In this installment, hosts Brian and Nanci pat themselves on the back for making it episode two, proclaiming the show is now “a thing.” Right off the bat we talk about a pair of new releases in the world of Star Wars books, Darth Plagueis and the Haynes Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual. Nanci talks about her article examining the effect of the prequel films on the Expanded Universe and dives into FSL Tonight, a delightful mashup of sports and fandom. Meanwhile, Brian rants about the lack of sales metrics in print literature*.  Both of us take a few minutes to gush about the latest book we’ve read, The Hunger Games.

*Really. We tried to stop him. We’re so sorry. 

Next up we take a look at death in the Expanded Universe, examining six instances where death worked and six instances where it left us grumbling. Be warned, the hosts are feelin’ ranty today!

Closing out the episode, Brian and Nanci highlight their picks for fanworks of the week:

Nanci’s featured fanwork pick: Lord Vader’s Limpet by frodogenic

Brian’s featured fanwork pick: Rob’s replica speeder bike handle lightsaber from I, Jedi.

Also, be sure to check out the Star Wars Book Report’s fan fiction contest.

Tosche Station is a part of the Solo Sound network and the official podcast of Roqoo Depot. If you like what you hear, please leave a review on the iTunes Music Store or the Zune Marketplace, where we can be found under Solo Sound >> Tosche Station Radio. Any reviews we receive will help the show grow within the online community. While you’re at it, be sure to check out the rest of the great podcasts available from Solo Sound. If you would like to drop us an email with your questions, comments, rants or raves, you can do so at toschestation@solosound.net. We can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Nanci is a news and column writer at EUCantina. You can find her on Twitter with the handle @Nancipants

Brian is a staff writer at Roqoo Depot. You can find him on Twitter with the handle @LaneWinree

Game Review: The Old Republic

December 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Posted in Star Wars: The Old Republic, Video Games | 1 Comment
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Today’s the day, everyone. After years of waiting and angsting, Bioware’s The Old Republic launches officially to the gaming public.

I’ve clocked in about thirty hours between the beta tests and the early access for pre-orders, taken copious amounts of notes, and unintentionally skipped several meals because I was too busy to look at the clock to remind myself that sustenance is a good thing. So without further ado, let’s jump in and take a look at the newest entry into the Star Wars gaming library and the MMO market.

To the jump!

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Top Ten Non-Force Sensitive Expanded Universe Characters

December 9, 2011 at 9:12 am | Posted in Star Wars Books | 4 Comments

I dare you to tell these two they aren't important because they're not Force sensitive.

A few months ago, I posed a question to my Twitter followers (You can find me with the handle @LaneWinree /shamelessplug): who is your favorite expanded universe character?  There were a lot of responses for the Solo spawn, Ganner Rhysode, Kyle Katarn, Revan, Mara Jade. It dawned on me pretty quickly that the vast majority of the responses had something in common: they were either Jedi or Sith. They had some kind of connection to the Force. That’s understandable, there’s been a lot of stories written about the Jedi.  Then the little contrarian part of my brain lit up. Sure, there’s a lot of stories about Jedi and Sith, but there’s just as many tales about non Force-sensitive characters. Tales about characters who are just as important to the fabric of the EU.

And with that, I was committed to the most hallowed of blog posts: the Top Ten List.

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New! Roqoo Depot Discussion Forums!

November 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous, News | Leave a comment

Roqoo Depot has decided to take the plunge into the wild world of Star Wars forum discussion.  Opening today, you can check out the new Roqoo Depot Forums here.  The new site, under the administration of JohnFish, offers all the discussion a Star Wars fan could want, whether it’s the GFFA or something in this galaxy.

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Retro Game Review: X-Wing

August 26, 2011 at 11:48 am | Posted in Reviews, Video Games | 4 Comments

Oh the hours of my life I lost playing you

Growing up, I collected those wonderful Micro Machines Action Fleet Star Wars toys. I had just about every model ship they put out, from the countless TIE Fighter permutations to the entire lineup of Rebellion starfighters. I even had Wedge Antilles’ battle damaged X-Wing, because at the age of eight, I didn’t want to be Luke Skywalker the Jedi Knight. I wanted to be Captain Antilles, starfighter jockey. It was the minor characters that fleshed out the Star Wars universe and created a feeling of adventuring grandeur in my mind. I used to spend hours every day with my Red Two X-Wing and Imperial TIE Fighter playing out the continuing adventures of Wedge Antilles in my head*.

*As you can imagine, the day I discovered the X-Wing novels by Michael Stackpole and Aaron Allston was a watershed day in my fandom life.

In my imagination, I was an orange-clad starfighter pilot. I burned a hole through my VHS copy of A New Hope and Return of the Jedi because I would watch, rewind, and re-watch the dogfight scenes.  The first legitimate fanfiction I ever wrote in any fandom were about the military pilots of the New Republic (ed. note: neeeeeeeeeerd).  Thankfully for eight-year-old me, my parents chose to foster my love of these minor characters and non-Jedi stories. Let me tell you about the best birthday ever. Okay, so I won’t actually bore you with the details. In brief, it was the one where I unwrapped a copy of Lucasarts’ X-WING.

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Billy Dee Williams Defends Lando

August 9, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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It sounds like a joke but it is a serious question, not just for Billy Dee Williams but for a lot of actors who play the bad guys. One has to assume Tom Felton, Draco Mallfoy of Harry Potter fame, must get some razzing when he’s out trying to get his groceries for the week. Some folks  just don’t have the necessary mental filter to separate the actor from the character.

So from The Washington Post in a blog entry from 8/9/11 comes an interview with the Love Commander himself, in defense of Lando Calrissian. Click the link for more on the story or just enjoy the video below.

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New TCW Season 4 Trailer: Death Watch

August 3, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment

over on the official site Star Wars has released a new season four trailer titled Death Watch.  Looks like there’s more Mandalorian trouble in store for the Republic.

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