You Are Darth Vader's Apprentice

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We got to road test a little bit of the gameplay in the highly awaited Star Wars: The Force Unleashed at LucasFilm's presentation at New York Comic-Con, and hear a round of carefully scripted PR patter about upcoming releases. We did learn a few new bits of information about the Clone Wars animated series... and the one condition George Lucas set on taking part in the Robot Chicken Star Wars special.


As you may have heard, the highly-anticipated game "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed," due Sept. 16, takes place between Episodes 3 and 4 in the movie timeline. You play as Darth Vader's secret apprentice (neither side can know about you), and your Force powers are "over-the-top," in every way that is awesome. I can only describe them as Luke's abilities on acid. The premise seems to be that while the apprentice is mostly being sent on missions to take out Jedis, you also get to dodge and take out Stormtroopers who threaten exposure.

The game looks unbelievably cool, and we saw a clip with creators who said they wanted to give players the chance to go in and really experience using Force powers. Lightning crackles, people levitate in what looks like bullet-time, huge cinematic landscapes sprawl, a TIE fighter explodes — all is right with the world. We also saw a level where the crazy Jedi master assembles "junk gollums" from his giant planet of garbage for you to fight.

Young Indiana Jones is coming to DVD. And on May 1st, individual special DVDs of the first three Indy movies will be released, plus an all-new DVD box set with exclusive bonus features. The Lego Indy video game is coming soon, with the tagline "the greatest adventure ever assembled" and will let you play through the action of the first three movies in Lego form.

Seth Green and his Robot Chicken co-creator Matthew Senreich joined and livened things up, bringing the funny and the Robot Chicken Star Wars Special clips. Green said that one of the notes he received from George Lucas after he agreed to cameo was "Don't use penises." Green and Senreich, fanboys themselves, were thrilled to receive attention from Lucas, and he was game to take their direction when voicing his own tiny action figure.

We saw a few short clips from The Clone Wars, the Star Wars animated series debuting in theaters this August and then coming to television this fall. The show will premiere on Cartoon Network and then air on TNT. The plot goes that Anakin and Obi-Wan leave the Clone Army to fight the forces of darkness. Lucas is said to be very hands-on with the creative process.

They're particularly proud of creating a new "vertical battle" display that will have Walkers and Jedi alike fighting vertically. We're told that the mysterious female padawan Ahsoka Tano is "feisty and fun," and that each episode will be like having a new Star Wars mini-movie each week. That seems okay with me, because the animated Hayden Christensen is already displaying a hundred times more expression than the real one.



Kaila Hale-Stern

@loosenut: Thanks, very true! I think that's the result of what happens when one's head totally overdoses on genre in a weekend.

Assorted Gollums to fight would just be really, really annoying and too slithery. Not sure how the Force would go against the One Ring, either, but I smell crossover fanfic potential.