Posts Tagged ‘Aliens’



Welcome to the Star Wars Jungle

Kevin Beentjes | April 3, 2014

“I believe this tree is talking to us.” — C-3PO

Sentient life comes in many different forms, shapes, and classifications. Although rarer than animals, plant life has also developed sentience across the Star Wars galaxy. Roughly one-and-a-half percent of known sentient life has a botanical origin. And like animals, plants exhibit a range of sentience, from very crude to highly intelligent. At the bottom of the classification system is the plant analog of what anthropologists such as Mammon Hoole would consider a “non-sentient.” While most plants will not respond to external stimuli like animals would (don’t argue about that with a Reeksa survivor), those attuned to a plant’s Force presence will confirm that quite a few of them do have a mind of their own. Jedi describe the life force from plants as an internal hum, each “vibrating according to its own particular emotion, some low and oscillating, others pulsing high and bright to match the explosions of flowers that spring from their stems”.

The Reeksa vines on Iego are ferocious hunters

The Reeksa vines on Iego are ferocious hunters.

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Barely Tolerable: Alien Henchmen of the Empire, Part 3

Rich Handley & Abel G. Peña | September 12, 2013

Aliens are one of the most fascinating aspects of the Star Wars saga. They look strange, sound strange and act strange — all things at odds with another iconic element of Star Wars: the martial order and perfect conformity of the Galactic Empire. This series sheds a light on some of the most notorious alien henchmen of the Empire to straddle these worlds, drawing upon the films and the Expanded Universe. In case you missed them, please read part one and part two.

Given the many aliens who worked alongside Senator Palpatine during his rise to power (Sly Moore of Umbara, Mas Amedda of Champala, Onaconda Farr of Rodia, and Kashyyyk’s Yarua, among others), few could have foreseen the ideological changes that would accompany his assumption of the Imperial throne. Palpatine’s true beliefs became evident only after it was too late for anyone to stop his sinister plans.

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Barely Tolerable: Alien Henchmen of the Empire, Part 2

Aliens are one of the most fascinating aspects of the Star Wars saga. They look strange, sound strange, and act strange — all things at odds with another iconic element of Star Wars: the martial order and perfect conformity of the Galactic Empire. This series sheds a light on some of the most notorious alien henchmen of the Empire to straddle these worlds, drawing upon the films and the Expanded Universe. In case you missed it, check out part one of “Barely Tolerable: Alien Henchmen of the Empire.”

The question: Are Tusken Raiders a form of animal, mineral, or vegetable? The answer: No one in the Empire gives a womp rat’s tail.

Anti-alien discrimination ran rampant within Imperial ranks and society. In some instances, such as that of Grand General Malcor Brashin, whose family was murdered by Rodian thugs, this prejudice was understandable, if misguided. But, for the most part, it was humans’ irrational fear of the unknown, coupled with the power-idolizing influence of Palpatine, that spiraled this instinct into an out-of-control xenophobia. Nonetheless, while Imperials were fond of instituting their bigotry into law, one maxim proved the proverbial Thorn of Ryloth in their sides: good help is hard to find.

Grand General Malcor Brashin (in hologram), a noted anti-alien bigot.

Grand General Malcor Brashin (in hologram), a noted anti-alien bigot.

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Return of the Jedi Creature History with Pablo Hidalgo

Tim Veekhoven | August 9, 2013

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Saturday was certainly the busiest day at Celebration Europe if you were intending to visit different panels. I’ve known Gerald Home (Tessek, a Mon Calamari Officer) for many years and he said that Return of the Jedi Creature History was going to be a panel that I would enjoy — knowing I’m a fan of trivia and uncovering the smallest details from the movies. I had been able to speak to Leland Chee and Pablo Hidalgo after the Holocron panel, and Pablo also said I was really going to enjoy it. So I couldn’t wait.

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Barely Tolerable: Alien Henchmen of the Empire, Part 1

In the landmark Star Wars novel Heir to the Empire, published in 1991 and written by Timothy Zahn, the character Grand Admiral Thrawn gained infamy as an alien who not only excelled in the xenophobic military of Emperor Palpatine, but even succeeded him as ruler. Historically, Thrawn has been perceived as something of an enigma — the lone alien of the Galactic Empire. However, the brilliant, red-eyed Chiss strategist was neither the only nonhuman to serve Palpatine, nor even the first.

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Darth Maul, Dark Lord of the Sith.

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The 40 Most Memorable Aliens

StarWars.com Team | October 9, 2007

The London Times rates their picks for the 40 Most Memorable Aliens of all time. The scores are based on Original Features (how much they vary from the basic humanoid template), Special Powers (any superhuman abilities demonstrated), Messianic Qualities (Many alien stories involve a messianic element, so we felt it was only fair) and of course, the general catch-all Coolness factor.

Ewoks and Max Rebo made the list alongside other memorable aliens such as Cylons (“Battlestar Galactica”), the Borg (“Star Trek”), the Coneheads (“Saturday Night Live”), E.T. and ALF.

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