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George Lucas reveals original villains for Star Wars sequel trilogy

Published: 10/Nov/2020 11:25 Updated: 10/Nov/2020 14:59

by Daniel Megarry


A new interview with George Lucas has unearthed some interesting facts about his original plans for the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

Lucas was the creative vision behind the original Star Wars trilogy from 1977 to 1983, as well as the prequel trilogy between 1999 and 2005. But when he sold Lucasfilm to Disney, he gave up his rights to the franchise and the House of Mouse created the sequel trilogy without him.

That trilogy, which ran from 2015 to 2019, received mixed reviews from fans and critics. But it turns out Lucas had a very different vision for the sequel movies in mind, one which sadly never made its way to the big screen.

Star Wars Rise of Skywalker
George Lucas’ original Star Wars sequel trilogy would’ve looked very different

A new interview with Lucas in Star Wars Archives: Episode I-III, a collectible hardcover release from art book publisher Taschen, shines a light on some of the ways he would’ve made a sequel trilogy different from Disney’s version of the movies.

Darth Maul and Darth Talon were the original villains

A page of the book has been shared on Reddit, and one of the most interesting revelations is that the two villains of the trilogy would have been Darth Maul and Darth Talon. Lucas explains that Maul would have eventually become “the godfather of crime” in the Star Wars universe.

“Darth Maul trained a girl, Darth Talon, who was in the comic books, as his apprentice,” he explained. “She was the new Darth Vader, and most of the action was with her. So these were the two main villains of the trilogy.”

Darth Maul in Star Wars
Darth Maul would have been the main villain in George Lucas’ original Star Wars sequel trilogy

Luke Skywalker would have rebuilt the Jedi Order

The trilogy would have started a few years after Return of the Jedi, with Luke Skywalker trying to restart the Jedi Order. He reunites the 50 to 100 survivors of Order 66 and trains them over the next 20 years, until a new generation of Jedi is ready to fight.

“We establish pretty quickly that there’s this underworld,” Lucas explained. “There are these offshoot stormtroopers who started their own planets, and that Luke is trying to restart the Jedi. He puts the word out, so out of 100,000 Jedi, maybe 50 or 100 are left.

“The Jedi have to grow again from scratch, so Luke has to find two- and three-year-olds and train them. It’ll be 20 years before you have a new generation of Jedi.”

Leia was originally the Chosen One

Another big difference in Lucas’ original plans for the sequel trilogy is that Leia would have been revealed as the Chosen One who ends up in charge as the Supreme Chancellor.

Leia in Star Wars
Leia would have been the Chosen One in George Lucas’ original Star Wars sequel trilogy

“The movies are about how Leia – I mean, who else is going to be the leader? – is trying to build the Republic. They still have the apparatus of the Republic but they have to get it under control from the gangsters. That was the main story,” Lucas said.

“By the end of the trilogy Luke would have rebuilt much of the Jedi, and we would have the renewal of the New Republic, with Leia, Senator Organa, becoming the Supreme Chancellor in charge of everything. So she ended up being the Chosen One.”

Paul Duncan, who interviewed George Lucas last year for the new book, has since tweeted that these were some of the Star Wars creator’s ideas while he was prepping for the sequel trilogy in 2012, before he sold the rights to Disney.

While the Star Wars sequel trilogy may be over and done with, there’s plenty more coming to Disney+ over the next couple of years. There’s a Rogue One prequel series, an Obi-Wan series, an untitled female-led series, and the animated Star Wars: The Bad Batch series to look forward to.

In the meantime, you can catch new episodes of The Mandalorian Season 2 on Disney+ every Friday.


Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp


A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
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The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.