By: Mike Audette
Taking cues from the Official Star Wars website's "StarWars.com 10" I'm here to bring you my own version! This installment we're talking Lightsabers! This includes the wielder, saber color, and hilt style, as we know a Lightsaber is a Jedi's life! I'll be covering anything in the current canon; all 6 movies, The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.
Ahsoka Tano's duel Lightsabers are some of the best an unique sabers in the Star Wars universe. She wields a regular length Green saber as well as a Yellow bladed shoto saber. This made her quite formidable in combat going up against the likes of General Grievous and Asajj Ventress! A great episode of The Clone Wars about Ahsoka and her saber is "Lightsaber Lost" in Season 2.
The only Jedi known to have a Purple (or Violet, your preference) Lightsaber, Mace Windu was a master swordsman. Even creating his own style of Lightsaber combat known as Vaapad. Mace is shown using his significant saber combat talents when he brings down Jango Fett, one of the Galaxy's best bounty hunters, during the Battle of Geonosis at the start of the Clone Wars.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the most popular characters in Star Wars history most notably for his teachings and experience with the Lightsaber. He is the one that teaches young Anakin how important the Lightsaber is to the Jedi, saying it is an extension of the Force within. Obi-Wan opted for the standard Blue saber color matching his even personality.
Count Dooku, the former Jedi and Separatist leader has one of the coolest Lightsaber hilts in the Saga. The striking Red blade and Chrome curved hilt gave it an air of sophistication. Dooku's fighting style was one of elegance using mostly defensive measures to create his own openings to attack.
The Darksaber (Pre Vizsla & Darth Maul)
Which may not be a traditional choice in choosing a favorite Lightsaber, the Darksaber goes down as the coolest Star Wars weapon in my opinion. Introduced in The Clone Wars, the Darksaber is an ancient style Lightsaber from the Old Republic when it was stolen from the Jedi Temple by the old Mandolorians. The saber is used by Pre Vizsla who is the leader of the Death Watch. Darth Maul then takes use of the weapon after taking over Death Watch with the death of Vizsla.
So what do you guys think? Am I way off base on the Darksaber? Let me know all your Top 5's by leaving a comment or following me on Twitter!
By: Mike Audette
What is it about the Star Wars saga that makes it's numerous villains somewhat, likeable? For me it's the way they are created. Recently I've come to have a new favorite character. Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin. Only second behind Obi-Wan Kenobi, Tarkin's status as a favorite character largely came to realization after reading James Luceno's brilliant new novel, Tarkin.
In the novel we learn of young Tarkin's upbringing on the Outer Rim planet of Eriadu. Born into a wealthy, ruling class family, Tarkin grew up a life of privilege. What he had yet to learn was how to live like a "beast."
One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from a line said by Tarkin's Grand-Uncle Jova:
"Never try to live decently, boy—not unless you're willing to open your life to tragedy and sadness. Live like a beast, and no event, no matter how harrowing, will ever be able to move you."
From this quote alone you can see how the Tarkin we see onscreen in A New Hope, The Clone Wars, and Rebels, came to be. There is a rite of passage that every Tarkin needs to complete before they are considered to be a man.
Led by his Grand-Uncle Jova and a group of other guides, Young Wilhuff is taken out to the Carrion Plateau where him and the others go through numerous trials, fighting beasts, and doing whatever it takes to survive. I won't go into details to spoil the book but I highly recommend picking it up.
Tarkin's coldness, cunning, and sheer determination of will are just some of the attributes that make him such an intriguing character. In a Galaxy full of Jedi, Sith, Bounty Hunters, and more, Tarkin's power as just being an ordinary human being make him that much more special.
The performances of Peter Cushing and Stephen Stanton in, A New Hope and The Clone Wars and Rebels respectively, do an absolutely wonderful job capturing the characters heir of judgement, superiority, and ruthlessness.
So what do you think? Do you have an affinity for the Grand Moff as I do, or do you hate him as much as Princess Leia when shes in his clutches on the Death Star? Let me know on Twitter or comment below!
By Ryan Donoho
We have some news here at Podcast 66.
When we started this show back on August 1st, 2014, we didn't know what to expect. Anyone could go out and make a fan site and podcast.
When Daniel and I first started talking about doing this show, we weren't sure how to go about it. I had preliminary talks with Fansided about taking over DorkSideOfTheForce.com, and I was thinking of starting a show to go along with the site.
That's when I found Daniel. I hit him up on Twitter asking if he'd like to join me, and of course he jumped right in. One thing led to another, and next thing you know Dan was the editor and chief of DSOTF and I was on his staff.
We launched the first episode of Podcast 66 on August 1st.
Our tech and distribution was so bad. We had put the episode on SoundCloud after not being able to find a host for the show. DSOTF didn't have the capacity to host it, so we were basically starting in a giant hole.
Finally after three episodes we made it on to iTunes and used buzzsprout.com to host our show. We had a logo, a new intro, and finally it felt like we had some traction.
Now that we are 23 episodes in, it's time to make a change.
Effective immediately Podcast 66 is going independent. We are leaving DorkSideOfTheForce.com and moving to our own site, Podcast66.com.
This wasn't an easy decision for us to say the least. What DSOTF brought us was a platform. Those of you who have started podcasts or fan sites know how tough it can be to get out there. You have to get on social media and share like crazy. You have to send out emails to guests hoping they will view you as legitimate.
What Fansided and Dorkside did for us was give us that legitimacy. Seeing Sports Illustrated at the top of our site with the sleek look of the page made listeners and readers see that we had a foundation.
Now, we've talked to Star Wars actors and actresses, made friends with some of the biggest Star Wars podcasts out there, and have risen in content and production. We feel we can make an impact on our own.
We couldn't be more thankful and appreciative of Fansided. They gave two knuckleheads the keys to a site. They trusted us to bring good Star Wars content out there every day.
But just like kids grow up and move away from their parents, we feel it's time to move out and venture out there alone.
So what does this mean for the listeners?
Our show will still be the same. We will have the same great content that has been brought to you for 23 episodes.
When it comes to Podcast 66 regular Eric Crisp, he's leaving Dorkside to join us as a writer here on Podcast66.com. As is DSOTF staff writer Mike Audette.
What this really means is there will now be one central location where you can check us out. All of our episodes are already on here and will continue to be posted here. We have complete control of what we post and when we post it on here. We will also be adding forums for listeners to interact and talk as well.
Basically this will become the ultimate hub for Podcast 66. You can still find us at the same place on Twitter and ITunes and Stitcher.
We are so thankful to every listener and guest that has made all of this possible. We are moving here as a big family.
Hopefully you'll continue to join us every week and keep coming back to the new website.
May the force be with you, always.