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Species of the Week: Geonosian

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Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Geonosis

Notable Members: Archduke Poggle the Lesser

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: Attack of the Clones, The Clone Wars, Darth Vader

 

Geonosians were an insectoid race native to Geonosis and arid, desert planet. They lived in a hive culture with Queens ultimately in control over various castes including mindless worker drones, winged soldiers and administrators who wielded significant power. They rose to prominence due to their large  factories which mass-produced battle droids for the Seperatists. After the conclusion of the war the Empire sterilized the whole planet to preserve their secrets and the race became extinct apart from one solitary queen.

I’m watching the Clone Wars series for the first time and I really enjoyed the invasion of Geonosis. The big-scale battle was well done and the horror element as the clones sneak through the cave while being attacked by solider drones popping out of the shadows. Like most fans I gripe about Episode 2 but the Geonosians were a great design.

 

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The Force Awakens Revisited: Blogga’s Essential Guide to Planets

 

Join me as I look back the The Force Awakens and do my best to catalogue every planet featured in and associated with the film

 

As I promised in the video here is Star Wars Explained’s theory about why Starkiller Base could actually be Ilum

 

Thanks for watching/reading – more nerdy over-analysing coming soon!

Species of the Week: Wyyyschokk

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Designation: Non-sentient

Homeworld: Kashyyyk

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: Jedi: Fallen Order

 

Wyyyshokk are a large species of spider native to the wilds of Kashyyyk along with a number of other deadly species. They attack by shooting webbing at their victims then pounce on them to finish them off. They are a deadly threat even to enemies armed with blasters as they have thick hides.

I really enjoyed watching the gameplay demo for Jedi: Fallen Order and reading the information about the assault on Kashyyyk. Seeing these creatures return from Legends to tangle with a Stormtrooper patrol then prove a significant threat to your Jedi main character made me really excited to play the game

Species of the week: Chistori

Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Unknown

Notable Members: Desann

Fandom: Star Wars [Legends]

Appearances: Jedi Outcast

 

The Chistori were a physically dominating reptilian race who lived in relative obscurity. Those known to the galaxy were typified as aggressive and short tempered and often took up professions such as assassins and bounty hunters. Desann was initially a student of Luke’s Jedi Academy but impatient with his teaching he fell to the dark side, murdered another student and became leader of the Dark Jedi of the Reborn Order, eventually leading a failed assault on the Jedi where he was defeated by Kyle Katarn.

I’ve been feeling nostalgic for Jedi Outcast since using the the infamous Bryar pistol in Battlefront. I would say it’s my favourite Star Wars game by a clear margin and it had such good characters including an original looking and compelling villain. I can’t recomment it enough if you haven’t played it.

Species of the week: Kedorzhan

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Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Kedorzha

Fandom: Star Wars [Legends]

Appearances: Knights of the Old Republic (comic)

 

Kedorzhans were a rodent-like mammalian species native to the Senex-Juvex sector of space. Though they had keen senses their sight was limited, especially in daylight as they were suited to working underground. There was a significant Kedorzhan population on Taris during the Mandalorian wars, with a number of the working long shifts in the mines. 

I’ve been enjoying reading the Knights of the Old Republic comic and I’ve just finished the first arc. I really like the inclusion of this species as Zayne and Gryph use a Kerzorhan bar to hide out as none of the patrons would be able to make out their faces. The species are unique to the comic but felt right at home in the world of the KoTOR games and the Star Wars universe.

Species of the week: Drabatan

Homeworld: Pipada

Designation: Sentient

Notable members: Pao

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: Rogue One

The Drabatans were an amphibious species. Their world was harvested for resources by the Empire, displacing many and causing them to sympathise with the Rebellion.

Been watching Rogue One this weekend. So many great background species but Pao really stood out for me. I was glad to see at least one alien on the Rogue One team and you couldn’t help but feel elated at his battle cry along with all the main cast and supporting human fighters.

Star Wars for very young kids – part 2

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We’re living in a great time for Star Wars fans who want to introduce their younglings to Star Wars but don’t want to expose them to too much violence. In this post I’ve selected episodes from Season 2 of Forces of Destiny that have no fighting or at least keep the action to a minimum.

You can read my post about season 1 episodes HERE

Shuttle Shock

Shuttle Shock is a fun adventure featuring BB-8. Kids adore the little droid (especially when he does his trademark thumbs up!) so it’s an instant favourite. The episode is an interlude in The Last Jedi with Finn and Rose en route to Canto Bight. They come across some giant space jellyfish which shock the shuttle and present mild peril but they aren’t particularly scary in themselves kids love the bright colours and they don’t appear too scary.

Jyn’s Trade

Jyn’s Trade is a sweet episode featuring Jyn Erso having a run in with an adorable Chadra-Fan child who steals her necklace in the hopes of trading it for some food. After chasing the child and retrieving her necklace she realises that all the child wants is to eat so she willingly gives her food.

The Path Ahead

“Can we watch Yoda in the bag?” is something I’ve heard often. This episode features more of Luke’s training on Dagobah and the wise master teaching his pupil to trly on the force to navigate. But seeing Yoda wriggle into Luke’s backpack and his classic chuckle is a great way to introduce kids to Star Wars. I would definitely say this is my number one recommendation, especially as it ties so closely to the Empire Strikes Back scene.

Porgs!

This episode features Chewie and R2 on Ach-To dealing with some pesky Porgs who steal wiring from the Falcon. After chasing them down they help the creatures find better materials to build their nest and leave them in peace. Kids love the hilarious Porgs and it’s a great way to introduce them to Chewie and R2.

 

These are the episodes which feature no weapons or violence of any kind. The following videos do feature them in a limited sense but I still feel they’re suitable as they don’t feature violence in a direct way.

 

Porgs!

Another episode on Ach-To with the pesky birds, this time causing problems for Rey when they activate her lightsaber then run off with it. I’ve added it here because the lightsaber is activated but it’s never used as a weapon and it is retrieved safely by Rey.

Monster Misunderstanding

I add this one here hesitantly because it does feature blasters firing, but never at people. The Sando Aqua Monster is ramming a building on Naboo. I tell kids that the Naboo guard are trying to scare it away as the blasters don’t appear to be harming the creature at all. The Sando Aqua Monster is less scary than it’s appearance in Phantom Menace and never directly attacks Amidala or other characters and, when reunited with it’s child, is seen playing peacefully in the ocean. Personally I think it’s fine for young kids, but you might want to watch it first and make your own judgement.

 

And that’s it for Forces of Destiny. However there are plenty more videos for young kids out there, including the growing collection of Galaxy of Adventures shorts so I’ll be back soon with another post!

Species of the week: Kel Dor

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Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Dorin

Notable members: Bo Keevil, Plo Koon

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: Resistance, Prequel Trilogy, Clone Wars

 

The Kel Dor come from a planet with an atmosphere toxic to most  other species. This requires them to wear breathing equipment in what is considered a normal environment by most other species. Their species were most famous for their expert pilots; including Jedi Master Plo Koon and experminatal stunt fighter pilot and Ace Squadron member Bo Keevil.

 

OK so I haven’t seen much of Star Wars: Resistance but the fact that he is a Kel Dor has made Bo Keevil a favourite character of mine. It also doesn’t hurt that he has a sweet-looking experimental ship with multiple wing configurations that I would have given my left arm for a toy version of as a kid. We need more Bo Keevil!!!

My Two Credits: 2 reasons you should play Republic Commando and 2 things you might want to know

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Star Wars: Republic Commando is this month’s Games with Gold title on Xbox Live. Here’s my take on the game and why you should get it…other than it’s free!!

1. The Squad System

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Usually I’m all for story over gameplay but the squad system on Republic Commando  was particularly memorable. You play as the leader of a squad of four clone commandos. As you look around you can use the d-pad to direct clones on your squad to perform specific actions, such as breaching doors, manning turrets and  engaging enemies. I acknowledge I don’t play many games but I haven’t played anything like it apart from Halo 5.

2. Live the Clone Wars

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The game puts you in the heart of the Clone Wars, battling the Seperatists and other enemies such as Trandoshan Slavers across a variety of planets. The campaign was relatively short but each mission was challenging in a fun way with a variety of enemies to fight and mission objectives to complete. The game itself is Legends now but there’s nothing I’m aware of that contradicts the new Canon so you can really put yourself into the Clone Wars.

Ok these are two reasons to play the game, here are two things you should know.

1. The game is a tie-in to Episode III

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One of the missions has you rescue Tarfful, the leader of the Wookiees seen in Revenge of the Sith. It felt awesome to play this game and then see the results of one of your work on-screen at the cinema!

2. The games spawned a series of books

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The characters in the game continued on in a series of books written by Karen Traviss, which explored their role in the Clone Wars, their Mandalorian heritage and how they dealt with Order 66.

OK, just a quick one today. But like I said if you’re a Star Wars fand and an Xbox Live Gold account holder you can get this for free so, honestly who not?!!

It’s no longer free but you can also see my review for Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy HERE