The Stormtroopers’ Story: Looking Beyond the Armor

Around the Galaxy: Star Wars News & Notes - February 2-3, 2018

Spoilers for any number of Star Wars stories ahead…

Friday & Saturday’s Reading

Okay, with some juicy links kicking around, and assuming that “The Big Game” might yield some heartier fare I wanted to clear my plate.

My advice, sit back and enjoy the quiet. After all, YT-1300 light freighters make a lot of noise, and just in case the rumor mill grinds to a halt Sunday night, you’ll have filled up already.

Squad goals…

The cover alone has me intrigued. No? previewed a unique addition to the Saga’s library – Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor:

Comic, book and video game appearances, merchandise development and history, artwork and the rise of fans making their own costumes and doing charity in our world: it’s all in here! Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor also features a forward by John Boyega, and is filled with photographs, illustrations and other artwork, and even some removable replica memorabilia.

The article found chatting with authors Adam Bray and Ryder Windham. They spoke to the reason to focus on the Imperial infantry.

Bray said:

Stormtroopers are one of the most recognizable characters from the saga, next to Darth Vader, Yoda, and the droids. If you go anywhere in the world and show someone a stormtrooper, chances are they can tell you what films they are from.

Love Stormtroopers? Maybe this is the book you’re looking for… Sorry.

Comic coming soon

Marvel Star Wars comic editor Heather Antos posted the following link:

AIPT!’s David Brooke wrote:

Love or hate the film you gotta prick up your ears when you find out Marvel Comics will be releasing a comic book adaptation with new scenes never before seen! Whether or not there will be scenes that were deleted or never filmed remains to be seen, but count us in for this upcoming comic series.

I loved the film, so extra scenes are right in my wheelhouse. Look for my review in May…

Textbook Star Wars

Do you know anyone who needs a Star Wars primer? You might be in luck:

One of my favorite passages is from writer Adam Rogers, explained:

Star Wars is, in short, a vast, familiar, astonishingly well-executed story that emerged from the mind of one filmmaker and is now worth billions of dollars, drives entire industries and subindustries, and has become a seemingly permanent facet of global culture. It’s profoundly silly, yet also profound—a grand, nostalgic romance full of wisdom and love that three generations equate inextricably with childhood, adventure, and the definition of good and evil.

Read the rest!

A customized approach to canon

Have you ever sat there trying to figure out what Star Wars novel to read next?

Yep, me too.

Thankfully, Nerdist’s Amy Ratcliffe did us a favor:

Amy wrote:

Sticking to the current storytelling universe cuts the number of Star Wars book options down significantly, but it can still be difficult to know where to start. If you’ve been wanting to dive into new stories that both bolster the films and focus on new characters, but don’t know which books to pick up first, we’re here to help. You can approach the list chronologically, either in order of release or when they’re set on the Star Wars timeline (you can find a helpful list on Wookieepedia), but I find it’s better to take a more customized approach.

I agree. So have a read at Ratcliffe’s reading list.

Silent fight…

Finally, Variety spoke to the Star Wars sound designers about that incredible — but quiet — moment in The Last Jedi:

Daron James wrote:

The scene in question finds Vice Admiral Holdo, played by Laura Dern, sacrificing her life by flying a spaceship at light speed directly into a Star Destroyer to allow Resistance escape pods to flee from certain doom.

Meanwhile, no sound sounded more difficult than stereo.

“It was a very tricky sequence where our picture editor, Bob Ducsay, converged three dramatic plot points — Kylo and Rey battling the Praetorian Guards, Finn and Rose being captured on Canto Bight and the Resistance trying to escape — into one climactic moment,” sound designer Ren Klyce told Variety. “[Editor] Bob [Ducsay] allowed us to figure out the timing of the sound design, which was building through John Williams’ score. When Holdo jumps to light speed, she splices through the ship, the ship explodes, and then there’s an absence of sound immediately after. In a way, it ties them all together.”

So, next time you see The Last Jedi, enjoy the silence… JB


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John Bishop

A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.
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