Sunrise on Endor

Star Wars Weekly: Here's how to get your kids into Star Wars and the original trilogy

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Dec 7, 2018

Time again for STAR WARS WEEKLY, the SYFY WIRE series that rounds up the most important news of the week from a galaxy far, far away. Think of us as your own personal Star Wars Holocron.

GALAXY OF ADVENTURES

The new Star Wars YouTube show, Galaxy of Adventures, began to roll out over the last week and we got looks at some of the most iconic moments in the classic trilogy through a new lens. Dialogue, sound effects, and music is taken from a variety of sources and repackaged together to tell new vignettes in a brand new style.

Check out this short starring Darth Vader:

Lucasfilm is positioning this as a way for adults to introduce Star Wars to their kids in a way that meets them on their level, and that's not a bad thing at all. The animation is gorgeous and it moves with an elegance I'd never imagined I'd see in Star Wars. Whether or not they'll add up to something worthwhile that will bring kids into the saga is something that remains to be seen, but for those of us invested in the universe already, these are fun ways to while away the time and look at Star Wars a little differently.

KEVIN SMITH ON SET OF EPISODE IX

Filmmaker Kevin Smith got another chance to visit the set of a Star Wars movie. This time it was Episode IX. Smith told Good Morning America that the performances he saw made him cry.

Smith is no stranger to being emotional over Star Wars. He's given spirited defenses of all the movies and talked openly about how weepy they make him. He's not the only one.

THRAWN: TREASON

Del Rey made a big announcement this week, revealing the third book in Timothy Zahn's Thrawn cycle.

Thrawn: Treason seems set prior to the events of the Star Wars Rebels series finale and pit the two things Thrawn cares most about against each other: his adopted Empire and his home in the Chiss Ascendency. Answers that were left dangling from the first book appear to be paying off as well with the return of a character named Eli Vanto, who played the Watson to Thrawn's Holmes through their early careers.

Since it happens before Thrawn's forced exile into the unknown with Ezra Bridger, it's fairly apparent that Thrawn doesn't necessarily commit treason against the Empire. At least not in a way that the Emperor and Vader might know about.

The book is being released next summer. Timothy Zahn will also be making an appearance at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

VADER: DARK VISIONS

A new comic book was announced by Marvel, this one delving into the darkness of Darth Vader.

Dark Visions is billed as a different look at the dark lord of the Sith. The word "anti-hero" is used in the announcement of the book. It's not a term many would use in reference to Darth Vader, but, from a certain point of view, it may well work. I mean, if you were a loyal citizen of the Empire and the Rebels were attacking and Darth Vader arrived to save the day, he'd definitely be a hero to you, right?

The five-issue limited series starts next year.

You can read more about it at StarWars.com.

SUNRISE ON ENDOR

This might be one of the most unusual bits of Star Wars ephemera you might see all year, and easily my favorite this week.

This is Sunrise on Endor: A music video composed and constructed by a man named Gareth Wood. It's an '80s synth-pop sort of song you might hear on the soundtrack to a high-quality Blade Runner knockoff. And the visuals created are a mix between Kung Fury and a Cyberpunk Roleplaying Game. But it's all Star Wars and somehow it all works.

It's amazing and you need to watch it. Click here to do so, since embedding has been disabled.

Wood posted a making-of documentary that is embeddable, though, and it's pretty amazing to see how he put it together on his own.

Almost more impressive are all the references he crammed into the video.

Until next week, May the Force Be With You!

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