Just a quick project from last week. Clips from the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Return of the King edited over Avenged Sevenfold — Hail to the King.
Some genres seem to appear out of nowhere, but others can be traced to very specific roots, artists and dates. The latter type predictably causes some controversy as to what is actually a new genre, and what is just a fancy twist on the old one. Metal is one of these; it comes directly from hard rock and rock n roll, but it’s exact beginnings are a little fuzzy. It’s come such a long way since then though that it is hardly recognizable as one genre anymore; modern ‘core is hardly comparable to the 70s glam swagger that started it all. But when it comes to finding the very first metal bands, there are a few that come to mind.
Obviously, there are much more; these are just the most influential. Metal would not have been possible without dozens of other bands in the 60s and 70s, but these are the bands that kickstarted the genre and made the rest possible.
VH is credited with inventing glam metal, understandably. However, their influence didn’t stop there. Eddie’s brilliant solos invented and/or revolutionized many styles used extensively in later metal subgenres, such as two-handed tapping, whammy dives, pinch harmonics, pinch harmonics combined with whammy dives…you get the idea.
Led Zep is not exactly a metal band. Their most well-known song, Stairway to Heaven, may be a lot of things but it is hardly metal, and their bluesy hard rock sound was not at all unusual at the time. However, as the 70s progressed, their sound only grew heavier, eventually heavy enough to inspire future metal bands and possibly to be considered metal themselves. The definition of metal music has changed over the decades, but in the mid-70s, Led Zep fit the picture.
British prog/psychedelic hard rock outfit Deep Purple seemed like an unlikely band to kick off a genre like heavy metal, but here they are. Their sound may have been bluesy or psychedelic at times, but at the end of the day it was heavy as well, and at the time that stood out. Their unusually heavy guitars are what earned them their place by Led Zep and Black Sabbath in what is now known as the “unholy trinity” of British proto-metal.
You probably weren’t expecting to find Motorhead on this list. They called themselves rock n roll, and for a while that worked out. They lived the rockstar life like no one else–leather, whiskey, and amps cranked to 11. They never cared what the world thought; they just played their music regardless of what people called it. But given their sound from the very beginning, it was no surprise that people started calling them metal as soon as the word had a meaning in music, and while their sound remained relatively stable, the labels changed from hard rock to heavy metal to early thrash metal. While the accuracy of those labels is debatable, Motorhead remains one of the most underrated and overlooked bands to influence the beginnings of metal to this day.
Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne. Sabbath is the first band to be considered actual metal, and their influence is beyond measure. The song “Black Sabbath” is credited with inventing all of metal and while one song couldn’t possibly start such a diverse genre singlehandedly, it’s album, ironically also called Black Sabbath, was the first album to be considered legitimate metal. Some of their other songs, such as Iron Man, Paranoid, War Pigs, and Children of the Grave, together were where it all began, followed up by Crazy Train and other songs by Ozzy and his new guitarist Randy Rhoads. The band’s influence on the future of metal is unmatched by all of the others combined.
In case you missed any, these are 8 of my most successful posts this year.
The Disneyfication of Star Wars. It’s irreversible, but it might not be bad news.
Marvel vs DC. This one was bound to happen. Justice League further justified the conclusion.
Why Thrawn is still the best Star Wars villain. Because he is.
8 Reasons Why Rock Should Still Be Popular. Because it’s so much better than modern pop.
How Cats are Turning Us Into Zombies. Read it and it will make more sense.
Regarding Bigfoot. The worlds greatest hide-and-seek champion, according to a comment I got.
8 Reasons Why Jedi Are EVIL. An unusual opinion, but logical if you think about it.
The Last Jedi: Perfect or Terrible? Better than The Empire Strikes Back or worse than Attack of the Clones?
The Jedi and Sith Codes have remained unchanged since the rise of the Old Republic, and it says a lot about the cultures.
The Jedi Code begins with the line “There is no emotion, there is peace.” Those seven words can stand for the entire code, and summarize everything the Jedi are. Their ultimate goal is to keep the peace, and to do so they detach themselves from everything in the galaxy, including themselves, and focus on doing what is “right.” Another thing to note is that their code is always objective and indirect, just like they are.
“There is no ignorance, there is knowledge” is a reasonable line, but the Jedi don’t live up to it. They never truly understand the Force because they cannot see past the Light and into the Dark. When they assume that the prophecy will be fulfilled when the Chosen One destroys the Sith, when they themselves said that it will restore the balance. Ironic, since they are the ones who say “only a Sith deals in absolutes.”
The next line, “There is no passion, there is serenity,” basically repeats the first one. The idea is that in order to operate in the usual trance-like calm, they must first detach themselves from everything so nothing can throw them off because passion is a potential weakness.
“There is no chaos, there is harmony” is a good principle. The idea is that harmony will help them stay in control and maintain the smooth operation of the Order. However, it is difficult to ignore the fact that the Jedi are surrounded by chaos and darkness and don’t even notice until it’s too late.
“There is no death, there is only the Force” is the last line and it appears to mean that when Jedi die, they become “one with the Force.” How this works is unknown, but it appears that Jedi never die, but instead they remain Force ghosts forever.
As with the Jedi Code, the first line of the Sith Code, “Peace is a lie, there is only passion,” could stand for the entire code. The Sith do not believe that peace is a good thing because they grow more powerful when they fight. Passion fuels their hate, which they channel into power. Unlike Jedi, who prefer to be the secret “illuminati” behind the Republic’s government, Sith want all the power for themselves and achieve it through war.
The rest of the code is in first person (I, me). That backs up the idea that they want power for themselves as an individual, not as a society. The second line, “Through passion, I gain strength,” shows that they consider their passion a motivation, not a weakness.
“Through strength, I gain power” is fairly straightforward. They use their strength, not for the greater good, but for themselves.
“Through power, I gain victory” simply means that their overall goal was to gain power, and the last lines, “Through victory, my chains will be broken, the Force shall set me free,” means that when they do become the most powerful being in the galaxy, they will have no more rules to follow, and they will bow to no one.
The Grey Jedi are another Force-using organization. They are incredibly secretive and are rarely known to not be undercover. They use the use the Light and Dark Sides for what they consider to be the greater good. Their code is a blend of the Jedi and Sith Codes.
The first line, as usual, is the most important: “There is no Dark Side, nor a Light Side, there is only the Force.” To outsiders, it appears that they use the Light and the Dark, but because they use both so fluently, they see no distinction, only the one living Force. They use the Force in its purest form, a state where light and dark are relative. In the same way, they are not good or evil, but a blend of both. They do what they believe is the right thing to do, but sometimes in ways that some would consider morally wrong.
“I will do what I must to keep the balance” states the goal of the Grey Jedi: to maintain both the light and the dark, and keep them balanced. The reason is in the next line: “There is no good without evil, but evil must not be allowed to flourish.” After a few centuries without Sith, the Jedi started becoming stuck up and unethical, to the point where they were so unprepared that the Republic fell at the hands of the first Sith who tried to take it. But when there were no Jedi, the Empire’s reign got so out of hand that only the person who helped create it could end it. These are the two situations the Grey Jedi try to avoid, by maintaining both good and evil.
The next two lines, “There is passion, yet peace” and “There is serenity, yet emotion” show that being a human is not a weakness. It is possible to not be a machine and stay in control at the same time.
The last line of the shortened code (there is a longer one) is possibly the most unexpected: “There is chaos, yet order.” The idea is that a constant struggle between good and evil can be chaotic, but on a bigger scale it can be controlled, and an “organized chaos”-like state is not necessarily bad for the galaxy. War leads to huge advancements in technology that would never happen otherwise, and it prevents societies from becoming bored and overconfident, like what happened to the Jedi after millennia without Sith. When Grey Jedi keep a balance between Jedi and Sith they are creating conflict, but by keeping it even they make sure that the delicate balance that keeps a society whole is maintained.
Season 1: Sidious murders Plagueis, Qui-Gon trains Obi-Wan, Maul gets more character, etc. Sith reveal themselves in the last few episodes, and the duel in The Phantom Menace happens in the finale.
Season 2: Anakin grows up, the Confederacy (Seperatists) is created, the clone army is created, Padme becomes queen and then senator, the Jedi try to track down the Sith Lord. Concludes with the battle of Geonosis.
Season 3: The clone wars begins, General Grievous, Savage Oppress and Asajj Ventress’ backstory is shown, Ahsoka is introduced, Maul returns, and the Clone Wars TV series starts.
Season 4: The good parts of the Clone Wars happen (the boring parts are left out), but in longer and fewer episodes.
Season 5: Omega Squad and the Nulls from Karen Traviss’s Republic Commando series are introduced. The Republic Commando storyline develops.
Season 6: The Republic destroys the Separatists, General Greivous is hunted down, the Clone Wars ends, the events of Revenge of the Sith happen. Also shows Han Solo’s childhood. Ends with the final battles of Revenge of the Sith.
Season 7: The Rebels come together, Star Wars: Rebels happens, the Rebel Alliance is formed, and the backstory of Rogue One characters is shown.
Season 8: the Rebels timeline continues and ends in the finale of whatever season will be the last.
Season 9: Luke and Leia’s childhoods are explained, the events of Rogue One and events leading up to it are shown, Obi-Wan and Yoda get attention, Han shoots first, A New Hope happens, and the Rebels destroy the Death Star the in the last episodes.
Season 10: The Empire plans it’s revenge, Rebels expand their fleet, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi happen, but with more detail about Jabba and his bounty hunters, the race for Han (why Boba was the best), how Boba lives, etc. Ends with teddy bear party on Endor.
Season 11: Leia builds a New Republic and mops up the rest of Imperial forces, Thrawn takes control, the Empire is reorganized and makes a last stand against the New Republic, Luke forms a new Jedi Order and hunts down the last of the Sith.
Season 12: Rey, Finn, Poe are introduced, the First Order rises, corruption becomes a problem in the Republic, Snoke trains Kylo, and The Force Awakens happens.
To Be Continued…
What do you think? Is it better like this, or will infinite spin-offs be a better way to expand the universe? Comment your opinions below!
Weapons: Lieutenant James Rhodes uses his somewhat-legally acquired Iron Man suit. It has various lasers, missiles, projectiles and guns, the most prominent of which is the machine gun/repeating cannon on his shoulder. Bucky Barnes also carries a remarkable amount of guns on various body-parts, as well as grenades, knives and the sniper rifle. And that brings us to the arm. Yeah, that arm. The one that withstood a repulsor blast a point blank range, held it’s ground against Cap’s shield and has beaten the crap out of a lot of unfortunate people over the years. It’s a cybernetic prosthetic with increased strength and reaction speed, near indestructibility and an electric shock feature. As cool as that sounds, War Machine has more firepower, and is better in this category.
Defenses/weakness: The Iron Patriot has a suit that’s *almost* as good as Tony Stark’s. It protects him from virtually anything anyone can throw at him, and saved his life in a thousand-foot free-fall. His weakness is his suit’s heart. Bucky can use his arm as a shield, but it really doesn’t compare. His weakness is his Winter Soldier activation code. War Machine wins again.
Skill: Iron Man’s renegade sidekick is not kidding around with the suit. He has effortless control over it that translates to deadly accuracy on the battlefield. His weakness is that he isn’t good at hand-to-hand combat. Bucky has the cold precision of a Nazi super-soldier. Combined with Russian sniper accuracy and martial arts skill that rival Bruce Lee, he is a force to be reckoned with. The Winter Soldier wins here.
Mindset/intentions: War Machine is a dedicated patriot, and does everything for his country. The Winter Soldier has been a spy, assassin, sniper, commando, and has done every other unsavory job the Nazis had to offer. Even now that he is free of the mind-control, that mindset stuck, and there is nothing Rhodes can do about it. Rhodes has no intention of taking Barnes alive, as he was a Nazi spy. After seeing Bucky fight, I doubt he intends to spare Rhodes. This is a tie, because it’s basically the same mindset with different motives.
Use of Surroundings: War Machine usually stays focused on his armor, and gives little thought to his surroundings. The Winter Soldier on the other hand not only uses the location as a tool, but manipulates it to fit his style.
If we give back Bucky his left arm and Rhodes the use of his legs, or have this battle before the events of Civil War, this is not an easy win for either. War Machine has more firepower, but lacks the close quarters skills. Bucky could evade and block his fire for a while, and would probably make some sort of leap-of-faith onto War Machine’s back, where he wouldn’t be able shoot him. He would probably go for the guns, so he is forced to land and face him hand to hand. This would not slow War Machine down, but Barnes might be able to throw him on the ground long enough to rip off the mask part of the suit, giving him a target to shoot for. War Machine would fly away, then fly straight at Bucky. Bucky wouldn’t miss–he never misses–and he would kill War Machine.
But whether Bucky survives or not is a completely different problem. His main guns may be damaged, but Rhodes still has plenty firepower, not to mention force of impact. Unless Cap shows up to save the day, this fight may be a double-death, and the last we see of the Winter Soldier.
Red, blue and green lightsabers are popping up in the hands of all sorts of characters from a galaxy far, far away with the occasional purple. But what can these colors tell you about the wielder? And how many colors are there? That’s what I’m going to answer.
Note: by the time of the New Republic Force-sensitive individuals chose crystal colors by personal preference rather than moral value.
Red: Red lightsabers are used by individuals deep in the Dark Side, such as Sith and Dark Jedi, though not all Dark-Side users have them. Red lightsaber crystals are synthetic; so they are more compatible with Dark Side energy. Occasionally, they may even shatter the opponents blade, overloading the matrix, but that is rare. Famous users: Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, Darth Maul, Count Dooku…
Blue: Blue is the color of a Jedi Guardian, Jedi Warriors who use force on a very physical level. The first branch of Jedi (Consular and Sentinel are the other two), they are possibly the most skilled swordsmen in the Jedi Order, and the Galaxy. Blue lightsaber crystals, like most other naturally occurring ones are found on the planet Ilum. Famous users: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker, Plo Koon, Ki-Adi Mundi, General Grievous…
Green: Green is used by Consulars, the second branch of Jedi, who prefer to study the mysteries of the Force, fight evil in their minds, and concentrate on Force abilities rather than combat skills. Consulars try to not use their weapons, however will not hesitate to do so if necessary. Famous users: Yoda, Qui-Gon Jinn, Luke Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, Luminara Unduli…
Yellow: This is the color of Jedi Sentinels. Sentinels, the third and least known branch of Jedi, seek to keep balance between the other two branches, and to destroy all traces of the Dark Side, going undercover for months at a time.They also concentrate on tech, distraction and surveillance. Here’s an analogy: When faced with a sealed door, a Guardian will slice it open, a Consular will knock, and a Sentinel will pick the lock. Famous users: Plo Koon, Yeareal Poof, Bastilla Shan.
Purple: These lightsabers are used by individuals who combine both sides of the Force into an aggressive fighting style, sometimes having mixed loyalties. Gray Jedi also use these sabers. They are Force-users who openly use both sides of the Force, and strive to keep balance between the Jedi and Sith. Famous users: Mace Windu, Revan, Mara Jade.
Orange: Orange tends to be used by Jedi who focus on negotiation as well as combat. Wielders of this color often operate in the Sentinel class. Famous users: Yaddle, Plo Koon (again!)
Gold: Gold lightsabers are generally associated with strong Light Side abilities. Famous users: Qu Rahn.
Bronze: Bronze sabers were used mostly by Jedi who used physical strength as well as Force abilities. They are possibly the rarest color there is. Famous users: Lowbacca.
Silver: Used by Jedi who are very calm and focused on the living Force as a whole. Silver wielders sometimes operate in the Consular class. Famous users: Tera Sinube.
White: Wielded openly and arrogantly by the Imperial Knights, and not many others, white lightsabers are used by those with extremely narrow-minded philosophy. Note: Imperial Knights have nothing to do with the Galactic Empire or Sith Empire. They have their own Empire Famous users: All Imperial Knights.
Darksaber: Black, like white, is used by Sith with a very narrow view on the Force. However, instead of serving a master, wielders of the one known darksaber (“stolen from the heart of the Jedi Temple”) are the master. Famous users: Darth Maul, Pre Visla, Sabine Wren.
What kind of lightsaber would you have? Write about it in the comments. Here’s mine: Two sabers, a red and a blue, which can be joined together into a double-blade. When joined, the crystals’ colors mix, giving both blades a uniform purple hue. The core would be black instead of white.
Hey people! I’m here to announce the relaunch of this blog and the start of the Mandalore Project, a partially finished script for a Star Wars movie I will (probably not) be making at some unspecified time in the future. I won’t publish the script itself for a while, but I will publish ideas and sketches for various planets, ships and characters.
As for the blog, I’m going to repurpose it entirely and write about all sorts of things instead of just Star Wars. I hope to draw in a wider audience by writing about a wider range of subjects. From now on, I will publish every week, hopefully forever, starting today. Hope y’all enjoy it!
There’s plenty of fun trivia about The Force Awakens; here’s the seven I liked the most.
- In Rey’s force vision, both Obi-Wan actors’ voices were heard. The word “Rey” was taken from Alec Guinness’s “afraid” and Ewan McGregor delivered “these are you’re first steps.”
- Daniel Craig played the stormtrooper Rey mind-tricked into loosening the restraints. And dropping the blaster. James Bond is a stormtrooper!
- The Force Awakens is the first Star Wars film where no one loses arms.
- The freighter that Han and Chewie flew before they found the Falcon again was called the Eravana.
- Phasma’s look was originally considered for Kylo Ren.
- The doctor that tended Chewie’s arm was played by Christopher Lee’s niece (Lee played Count Dooku in two Star Wars films). This is fun because Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan) is Denis Lawson’s nephew. (Lawson played x wing pilot Wedge Antilles). Star Wars really about family.
- Chewie had to chose between breaking a wookiee life-debt and avenging Han when he saw what Kylo Ren did. Life debts expand to family members, so when he swore to protect Han, he also swore to protect Ben, thus shooting him was breaking his oath. He must have decided that Kylo Ren was not Ben Solo anymore, and fired a shot into his heart. This shot weakened Kylo and had a big effect on the duel between Rey and Kylo.
The Slave 1 is a highly modified Kuat Systems Engineering Firespray-class patrol and attack craft. It was used originally for Republic law enforcement before it came into possession of Jango Fett, who outfitted it with weapons of all sorts. His son/unaltered clone, Boba Fett, inherited the Slave 1 from his father Jango. Since then the ship has been improved and customized for the needs of the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy.
The most famous scene with Jango in the pilot seat was the dogfight with Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter (delta-7 aether-sprite class light interceptor) in the asteroid field over Geonosis. Jango exhausted every resource in his grasp to capture Obi-Wan: first lasers, then charges, and finally a heat-seeking missile.
The most famous bounty Boba achieved with the Slave 1 was tracking and capturing the Millennium Falcon, and bringing Han Solo to Cloud City (Bespin). Possibly the most iconic scene in The Empire Strikes Back was the carbon-freeze chamber, where Han got frozen into a block of carbonite. (I couldn’t get a proper picture of that scene, so I chose this one instead).
Here are the weapons that brought this ship to victory so many times.
Laser cannons: the Slave 1 has two rotating twin laser cannons on the end of the nose. Interestingly, although it’s a fact that they are laser cannons, they were never fired in the films or the Clone Wars TV series.
Proton torpedoes: the Slave 1 has two torpedo launchers on the very tip of the nose (a concealed turret). Proton torpedoes are heavier firepower than standard laser cannons.
Tractor beam: tractor beams pull in ships or floating objects. Boba’s ship has one on the bottom of the nose, right under the lasers and torpedoes.
Ion cannons: Boba replaced the hidden laser cannons seen in the very first picture with hidden ion cannons simply for weapons diversity. Ion cannons shoot highly charged plasma to disable enemy ships without destroying them. He replaced it at about the time he painted it red and green, (before that it was blue and gray).
Heat-seeking missile: heat-seekers are a type of homing missile that follows enemy ships and detonates on impact. The Slave 1 has two of them.
Seismic charges: seen in Attack of the Clones, Jango used seismic charge to detonate Obi-Wan’s ship in Geonosis’s asteroid field. Had the bright blue shockwave hit the ship, it would have sliced it cleanly in half, as demonstrated by several asteroids it hit.
I have no idea why the images won’t work the way they should.