Dash Stryker Dash's Comments (member since Aug 02, 2011)

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Jan 16, 2012 07:30AM

29445 I thought the Jedi Academy series was pretty good! I figure pretty much anything would pale somewhat in contrast to the Thrawn trilogy, but I still enjoyed it. If Zahn revitalized the EU, then Anderson revitalized the Jedi.

I also enjoyed the YJK book series, even though I started reading it when I was a senior in high school.
29445 Reading those comments...I don't think I'm going to take the word of some of those people! Still, my expectations for cross-media tie-in works like this are always a little low. I like Karpyshyn, I like Mass Effect and the Bane novels - but more to the point, I love Revan, Canderous and Bastila as characters. As long as he doesn't let them down, he won't let me down.
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Nov 22, 2011 03:07PM

29445 I think so too - I found the whole combat scene they were in together, without really laying eyes on one another, to be too contrived.

It was like a Tom & Jerry / Wile E. Coyote & Roadrunner / Sylvester & Tweety sketch - they were both running around the same space in the same time, but she never quite got to him. Meanwhile, he's sort of bumbling around like, "I tawt I taw anudder lightsaber!"
Nov 17, 2011 11:00AM

29445 Well, they'd have shown up in Ghosts of Mortis, if that was the decision - so they wouldn't have had to actually be alive. I'm also glad it didn't happen, it would have been forced.

I must now leave you all...and go find an immortality MacGuffin.
Nov 16, 2011 08:51PM

29445 None from me!

Speaking of TCW, Drew Karpyshyn (who wrote the books about Darths Bane and Revan) was asked if he'd have like to see those two awesomest Sith Lords in the animated series. His reply:

"I’d love to see Bane and Revan make an appearance in other works. I know everyone involved in the Star Wars franchise is respectful of characters they didn’t create, so I don’t have to worry about them being misrepresented."

Clearly, he either didn't catch the Dathomir or Mandalore arcs...or didn't read the original works about those planets and their inhabitants.
29445 Head on over to http://star-wars.suvudu.com/2011/11/i...

Of particular interest:

"My completely unofficial opinion is that he’d be disappointed in Sidious. I got the feeling the Emperor wasn’t really interested in finding someone strong enough to take his place; he was more interested in ruling forever. He also violated the Rule of Two several times – he had Darth Maul working for him while Dooku was his apprentice, and when Vader was his apprentice his focus was on using Vader to recruit Luke. Add in some of the extended universe information and you find out that Sidious had all sorts of people he was grooming and training in the dark side – he twisted the Rule of Two into something Bane wouldn’t even recognize. If you ask Bane, he’d probably say that’s why the Emperor lost."
Sep 06, 2011 10:13AM

29445 A friend just sent me a link to this webcomic: http://chainsawsuit.com/2011/08/31/st...

Definitely read the blog post beneath - it ties in to what we've been talking about.
Sep 01, 2011 03:26PM

29445 I guess I haven't read her as having aged any since NJO. They wrote her back then as maybe a bit too mature for a sixteen year-old (even if she was a *little* whiny), and haven't figured out how to compensate for that.

What's especially weird about it is I didn't have that problem with Jacen, who was *exceptionally* whiny. Seriously, he should have taken the name Darth Petulance.

I wish they would do more "How's Jaina doing after killing Caedus" and less "How are Jaina and Jag going to resolve their differences blah blah".
Sep 01, 2011 02:15PM

29445 That's definitely a great way of looking at the series. I also remind myself - whenever I can bear to watch the show - that Sidious directed both sides of the war, and always intended the Separatists to lose.

So any time the "bad guys" were coming too close to a major victory, only to be thwarted when a Padawan discovers some ridiculous tactical flaw in a Separatist plan...well...
Sep 01, 2011 02:02PM

29445 Sometimes, I forget that Jaina's in her thirties. It's weird.
Aug 31, 2011 05:49PM

29445 Cade isn't Luke's grandson - he's Luke's great-grandson. But if I see where you're going, yeah - there's no mention yet of the relationship between Kol Skywalker (Cade's father) and Ben.

I assume that's just for publication reasons. By not describing the relationship between Ben and Kol, or Ben and Cade (if Ben stays alive that long), they leave it open for other authors to describe elsewhere.

Legacy follows Cade - if they talk about those relationships in Legacy, it's backstory. If they leave it open for other authors, those authors can take the relationships deeper.
Aug 30, 2011 07:39PM

29445 I don't think Ben is mentioned at all. But since I don't think Luke's remarrying or having any more kids at this point, it's safe to say Ben lives to procreate...of course


he could have already taken care of that.
Aug 30, 2011 12:02PM

29445 That's what I was thinking, until I finished Ascension - now, I figure if it's going to happen, it'll be down the line. He never crossed over to the dark side with Jacen, not really. He came close, and turned back.

If Vestara has anything to do with it, it'll be because he kills her. And since, given who she is, that's not necessarily a dark-side act, we'll have to see what happens.
Aug 30, 2011 11:54AM

29445 Zekk is a part of that elite Jedi club of "Never Going Dark/Never Going Back." Luke, Kyp, Jaina, Zekk, Kyle, and apparently Corran.

If anyone's going to the dark side, folks, it's Ben Skywalker. And I'm taking bets on that, even odds.
Aug 30, 2011 10:23AM

29445 Hm...I'll bet not.
Aug 28, 2011 11:57PM

29445 Yeah, they sort of jacked Mandalore and Dathomir for their own purposes. But remember, EU isn't canon, so they're completely allowed to overwrite all the printed fiction Karen Traviss ever thought of writing, and presto-change-o, Mandalore is Alderaan.

Then there was the whole thing on Mortis, which was great for the Sam Witwer but not for much of anything else They showed Anakin his entire fate, then made him forget it? Then why show him in the first place?

"Um, 'cause foreshadowing's cool, or something...?"
Aug 26, 2011 01:15PM

29445 I think he's a victim of mixed perceptions/expectations. You say, "Real men move on;" other people say, "Real men stand and fight." How's a Jedi supposed to know what to do?

Oh, right...the Force...hm. He's actually worse than the creepy boyfriend, because he really ought to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jaina's not interested.

I like Jaina/Jag because it means the Fels, the Antilleses, the Skywalkers and the Solos will all be related, and that just makes me smile.
Aug 24, 2011 06:01PM

29445 Okay, that too - but mostly when it comes to Jaina, and a lifetime of unrequited love will do that to a guy, right?
Aug 22, 2011 10:43PM

29445 I think he's mostly guilty of the crime of existing while not being Jagged Fel.
Aug 22, 2011 04:37PM

29445 @Derrick - I don't think you're alone, but I kind of feel bad for him.
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