With our lists of favorites of the past year done, it is now time to look ahead to what is to come this year. [Takes a gander] Holy F there is a lot! Did you read year? No, I said year through March. Silly you. Here is the list from your favorite writers at HST for what we are most excited for and hoping will end up on our “Favorite of 2012″ lists come year’s end. [Read more...]
This week’s Suggestion Box just has a few gaming videos, including Fable III’s awesome launch trailer and two videos for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. Maybe next week will have some exciting movie trailers again, but until then, enjoy these.
Fable III Launch Trailer - (360/PC) – Check out the launch trailer for Fable III which is all about the Revolution aspect of the story line (and builds off of a lot of historical imagery, like the Boston Massacre blended with dodgeball), which from what I have heard constitutes a large portion of the early part of the game. It will be really interesting to see where it goes from there.
It’s not exactly going out on a limb by saying that the Star Wars franchise has been caught in a downslide following the first three films (AKA Episodes 4-6), but The Clone Wars may have found a way to sink even further yet.
The Clone Wars can be summed up as follows: Anakin Skywalker, his Padawan Ahsoka Tano, and Obi-Wan Kenobi go on a rescue mission from within the raging battles between the Jedi Knights and the Republic vs. the Separatist forces. Both sides fight to succeed in saving Jabba the Hutt’s kidnapped son in order to gain access to the parts of the galaxy that Jabba has power over.
Downfall of a Droid is part one of an arc surrounding R2-D2 and a bit of peril he is put into, and is yet another solid entry into the series.
The episode opens on a small fleet of three republic cruisers that are entrenched behind the rings of the planet Bothawui awaiting another assault by General Grievous. Anakin devises a plan to spring on the Grievous’ charging fleet and hopefully find victory against a far greater force heading there way. The strategy goes to plan, but Anakin’s starfighter is damaged in the battle and he has to be rescued by Captain Rex among the asteroid ring. [Read more...]
Rookies is the first episode in The Clone Wars to be almost exclusively focused on the clones without any Jedi help or support, and the results are very good.
The episode unfolds on a tracking station that protects the space route to Kamino, which is the birth place and factory of the clone army of the Republic. The group of troopers manning the track station are fairly “green” and are bored with their post and want to be out on the fighting front; little do they know that it is about to come to them. Commander Cody and Captain Rex, two of the main clone fighters in the Star Wars universe, on currently in route as well to inspect the station as well, since it needs to be in top form due to its great importance. [Read more...]
Episode 104, Destroy Malevolence, is the conclusion to the Malevolence arc in these beginnings of The Clone Wars and it is a good conclusion to the end of this thrilling battle.
Grievous’ war ship the Malevolence is critically damaged do the attack run by Anakin and his squadron of fighters destroying the ships ion cannon. Now in full retreat from Obi-Wan Kenobi and his fleet of Republic battle ships, Grievous is contacted by Count Dooku who informs him that a bargaining chip is about to fall into his hands. Padme happens to be that chip and was sent by Palpatine to negotiate a treaty with the Banking Clan, a huge separatist ally, and she falls under capture of the Malevolence forcing the Republic to halt their attack while they mull what to do to rescue her. Anakin and Obi-Wan end up infiltrating the Separatist battle ship and begin their way to hopefully sabotage the ship while rescuing Padme, all without being captured. [Read more...]
Episode 103, Shadow of the Malevolence, is part II of the Malevolence arc of the Clone Wars series and it is builds greatly upon a solid opening.
Anakin, having just rescued Master Plo Koon from the Malevolence’s clutches, has built an offensive task force to pull a surprise attack on the Malevolence, hoping to take out both the ship and General Grievous in one fell swoop. The first act builds emphasis on a few of Anakin’s Clone Troopers and their willingness to fight for their commander and the will that Anakin brings to his men; even in this potentially fatal assault they are about to endure. [Read more...]
Episode 101, Ambush, follows the exploits of Yoda and three Clone Troopers that are trying to negotiate an agreement with the planet Rugosa to open trade routes and secure the system from Separatist hands. Unknown to Yoda until his arrival is that Asajj Ventress has beaten him to the planet to try and sway the King of Rugosa, Katuunko, that the Separatist droid armies are a better security option over the Jedi. [Read more...]
George Lucas has decided to keep the Star Wars franchise alive by producing two television series, the first of which to debut is, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This film is the first story arc of the television show and introduces us to this fun and exciting new look into the Star Wars universe.
The film is loosely connected to the previously released Clone Wars series on Cartoon Network, and I believe will fill in the gaps that those 25 episodes painted for the infamous Clone Wars during the events of Episode II and III. The plot of this film follows the supposed kidnap of Jabba the Hutt’s son, Rotta, by a group of bandits and the implications it will have on the space routes of both the Separatists and Republic forces on the Outer Rim territories. [Read more...]