Star Wars Insider #130 Preview Team | December 14, 2011

Star Wars Insider #130 hits the street this week, and publisher Titan has sent us a content breakdown and two article excerpts, including an interview with clone voice actor Dee Bradley Baker!

Here are the highlights from issue #130:

  • A feature-packed 100-page issue of Insider kicks off with an interview with Dee Bradley Baker, who talks about voicing the clones in Star Wars: The Clone Wars! Plus, coverage of the show continues with an interview with Animation Supervisor Keith Kellog.
  • As Star Wars: The Old Republic hits stores, Insider features an interview with James Ohlen, Senior Creative Director at Bioware.
  • Artwork from the Star Wars Art: Visions book is profiled, there’s a visit to the amazing LEGO Miniland, Star Wars in 2012 is previewed, and it’s discovered what it takes to be a member of the 501st!
  • Jason Fry discusses how following the Force doesn’t always work, film critic Mark Kermode looks at five films that heralded Star Wars, and all the latest books, comics, and merchandise goes under the spotlight!

Check out two article previews after the jump!

Article preview: Family Tradition

Was Anakin’s change to the dark side provoked by the Jedi’s aversion to emotion? Jason Fry investigates in the latest issue’s ‘A Certain Point of View’ feature. Here’s a taster…

“You must unlearn what you have learned.”

That’s Yoda’s advice for Luke Skywalker, novice Jedi Knight. But it’s also good advice about Yoda’s own teachings. One of the underappreciated themes of the Star Wars saga is how the Jedi’s own traditions lead to their ruin, and how Luke saves the galaxy by refusing to follow those traditions, rejecting his masters’ teachings, and trusting his feelings.

That theme was present in the three movies of the “classic” trilogy. But the prequels have deepened our awareness of it, showing us how Anakin Skywalker and the Jedi Order were at odds from the very beginning and helping explain why he fell—and how his son redeemed him.

Consider our first view of the Jedi Council in Episode I The Phantom Menace. Anakin, separated from his mother Shmi and still in shock, is tested by a circle of intimidating Jedi Masters. When Yoda asks how he feels, Anakin replies, “Cold, sir.” It’s an apt description of how he’s treated. When Anakin admits he misses his mother, a scornful Yoda says he’s scared to lose her. Angry, Anakin asks what that has to do with anything, and Yoda warns that fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and hate leads to suffering.

It’s a line Star Wars fans love to quote, but consider the context: Yoda accuses a frightened child of being vulnerable to the dark side because he misses his mother.

Rejected by the Jedi and facing an uncertain future – will he be marooned on Coruscant? Returned to Tatooine? – Anakin meekly tells Qui-Gon Jinn that he doesn’t want to be a burden. But he must have remembered that first encounter with the Jedi during his Padawan years.

Article preview: Interview with Dee Bradley Baker, the voice of the Clones in Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Dee Bradley Baker might just be the busiest member of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars cast. He certainly had his work cut out when voicing the clones during their deadly encounter with Jedi Master Pong Krell on the planet Umbara. He talks about the experience in the latest issue of Star Wars Insider – here’s a taster of the interview…

When you first signed on to do the show, did you ever imagine that you’d be working on such complex storylines like the recent Umbara story arc?

“The short answer is “No.” This is insane! Not only to be involved in a show that’s gotten so big, so deep, and so gratifying to watch as a fan, but also to be involved in the Umbara arc is striking in a lot of ways. One of them is the involvement of Walter Murch, whose work with George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola includes THX 1138 and Apocalypse Now. He has a very exacting, very thoughtful, and has a unique directorial mind. I’ve done a lot of fun things on the show, but to be directed by Walter for episodes like this is a whole new level. I can hardly really believe it. As I was watching it up on the screen in Skywalker Ranch I was amazed. It’s really knockout stuff.

When you first saw the scripts, can you remember your initial thoughts?

My initial thoughts were Oh, boy! Here’s another clone arc! It’s always very challenging and interesting, and a lot of fun. As we got into it, and as we marched across the dark planet of Umbara, with a Jedi general who has strategies and methods that are not in line with what the clones are used to, I realized that we had something here that we’ve never seen before.

To spend four episodes on this planet, trying to fight our way out and trying to find how to get along with this general, was really rather difficult for me. With the level of personal involvement I feel with these clones, to be sent into this story with this despicable character, actually bothered me. It’s something I’d never seen before in this show and it was not an easy thing to bring to the surface, but once it got out there, it became pretty dramatic!

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